Blogtober // 2019: The Year of the (Fictional) Witch Part II

Blogtober // 2019: The Year of the (Fictional) Witch Part II

Near the start of the year, I put together a list of witchy upcoming releases that were high on my TBR. I really loved putting this list together, so decided to do a second part! View part one here.

Some of these books are already released and a couple were actually released closer to the beginning of the year – however, I wanted to include them since I wasn’t aware of them when I wrote part I!

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Book Recommendations // Greek Mythology

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A huge passion of mine for a few years now has been Greek Mythology. I’ve always loved any kind of mythology but nothing captures my attention as much as Greek mythology. Here I’ve combined two loves – books and mythology to share some of my recommendations with you. Two of these are non-fiction and the rest are fictional retellings. Not included but I’d still definitely recommend The Iliad & The Odyssey but don’t feel like you need to read these in order to understand retellings. I hope you find something you love and if you have any recommendations, please leave them below.  Continue reading “Book Recommendations // Greek Mythology”

Recommendations: Autumnal Spooky Reads

So despite having a lot of books to study from now on (I started an A-Level English Literature!!) I still want to dedicate October and November to some atmospheric, creepy reads. This post was inspired by one book in particular, The Silent Companions, which I talk about below. I’ve added a few others, some I’ve read, some I haven’t and I hope you can find something to suit you! If you have any other reads you think are perfect for this time of year, please leave them below!

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Book Recommendations // Blue Monday

So today, January 15th, is what is officially known as Blue Monday – believed to be the most depressing day of the year. However, this can sometimes be used by the marketing bigwigs in the travel or sales industry to get a bit of money in the till. However, it also allows charities such as Mental Health UK to raise awareness for people who live with depression every day of the year. Becky and I have decided to do our bit by recommending some books that could benefit you, not just today, but any day when you’re feeling a bit shitty.

“Depression is a dark cloud passing across the sky, but – if that is the metaphor – you are the sky. You were there before it. And a cloud can’t exist without the sky, but the sky can exist without the cloud.”
– Matt Haig

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October Recommendations

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So I have been trying to think of a blog post to welcome in the month of October that wasn’t just the same as our one last year – our recommended spooky reads. I was hit with inspiration when I came across a new podcast that fits the whole horror, October vibe and then decided to pair it with book, movie and song recommendations for you, guys. So of course these cover the whole month of October, not just Halloween specifically so I hope you see something you like!

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Autumn leaves under frozen souls,
Hungry hands turning soft and old.
My hero cried as we stood out there in the cold,
Like these autumn leaves I don’t have nothing to hold (x)
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But if I know you, I know what you’ll do
You’ll love me at once
The way you did once upon a dream (x)

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So we have chosen two new releases and one quite old release. However, these books all have an equal amount of witchiness, magic and creepiness. Language of Thorns has added atmospheric illustrations to pair up with their short stories. Frankenstein is a classic for a reason – despite primarily being the birth of the sci-fi genre, it also explores the world of horror and human nature. Wicked Like A Wildfire just screams Autumn with its beautiful, colourful cover and the story is equally as atmospheric and magical.

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As soon as I asked Becky to recommend an Autumnal/Halloween esque film, she basically bit my head off with her answer which was Beetlejuice. She told me to say that Winona Ryder is in it, need she say more? I chose Fantastic Mr. Fox because despite seeing this movie years ago, I still love it to this day and I distinctly remember the autumnal scenes throughout the movie. One of these movies is very cute and the other is a bit more creepy so I like to think we chose both something from both sides of the October period.

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So, you may recognise one of these Podcasts, and the other not so much. Trace is a fairly new podcast which I’d definitely recommend if you’re a fan of true crime and Buzzfeed Unsolved. It follows the case of Maria James who was stabbed to death in 1980 and to this day her killer has never been found. Welcome to Night Vale is definitely a much-loved podcast that is quite frankly bizarre, crazy and amazing. It follows Cecil, a radio broadcaster who tells us the strange events that happen in his small, fictional town of Night Vale. There’s a lot of episodes already out in the world so get started!


 

So that’s it! I hope you find something new for October and even if you don’t, have a Happy Halloween and a lovely, cosy month!
Love Angharad & Becky @
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