Tough I haven't posted regularly (what else is new) I have been watching movies and reading various books, so why not embark on a new edition of the October Horror Project? For a couple of years I've done horror-related viewings this time of the year, tackling some of the best horror movies I had yet to see. It's a genre I love but surprisingly, I'm missing a lot of classics! This year I'm adding books to the mix, since I'm even more behind in that department.
The plan is to watch and read as many of these as I can. I've already seen A Tale of Two Sisters (WHY do I torture myself with scary movies) and Shaun of the Dead (sort of a rewatch, I couldn't remember much), and started reading Stephen King's The Shinning. Feel free to join in with these or your own picks!
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I'm back from a summer break with a brand new batch of book releases! And oh my god YA got to me. I've read two series of a genre combo I thought I'd never ever like: YA fantasy. Queue the gasps and applauses, because it is f*cking amazing. But more on my past reads in September's Suddenly post; for now let's focus on the best October has to offer!
Like I said, there's YA but oh, not one, not two, but three of them. Who am I? We also have the obligatory thrillers and serious non-fiction (including one what could be the guide to the scariest road trip of your life), and something rather new to me, contemporary poetry. Most exciting, however, is the new book in the Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid! If you like contemporary romance with clever women and a healthy dose of comedy, you need to check out this author.
Oh man, this post has got me excited for three things: first and foremost, the movies hitting cinemas till the end of the year! There's about 10 I think will be quite good, the rest could go either way. But also because one: I stepped up my coding game with this list layout - something I've always wanted to do; and two: I got to feature artwork by an artist I'm absolutely in awe with: Bokkei.
But back to movies, which is why we're here! We've got a nice mix of genres with something for everyone. Seasoned directors Woody Allen and Tim Burton return; spin-offs, remakes of remakes and sequels of Bridget Jones, Harry Potter and Star Wars have fandoms on fire, including those familiar with the classic Seven Samurai (not sure if these are in fact horrified). There are poignant dramas, an outer space romance, and even a musical with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone - which is pretty much the whole reason behind this post.
SEP 28th EDIT: I added two movies that I totally forgot about!
You can check out the full list, or find below
the 15 movies I'm most anticipating this Fall/Winter:
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Another month, another batch of awesome book releases! I'm loving these posts because they've helped me keep up with new novels and, more importantly, get out of my comfort zone by getting into genres I'd normally ignore.
I still lean towards crime, horror and romance - genres that seem to thrive this September with works from notorious authors Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children), Ian McEwan (Atonement) and Herman Koch (The Dinner). There's also three new short stories from J. K. Rowling for all you potterheads out there, and two novels I'm particularly interested in: The Ballroom by Anna Hope - an historic romance set in an asylum - and Nine Island by Jane Alison, which sounds different and intimate.
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I know it's the middle of the month, but it's always a good time to share things we're excited about. And the fact that 90% of these books are already out, just really means that you can get your hands on them ASAP! Bu timeless aside, August has some seriously great books to offer: from chilling mysteries, shocking romances, to poignant dystopia - even a YA that sounds sweet! Yes! A YA!
I'm especially looking forward to All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, which I've already started. It sounds unique and daring, which is always a killer combo. If it lives up to the hype it will be one of my favourites of the year, for sure. Also, this month brings not one but TWO books from auto-buy authors for me - Sandra Brown and Loreth Anne White. Their romantic suspense novels are always super entertaining, I can't get enough!
We're back with a brand new podcast episode! In which we talk about our favourite summer blockbusters from the past 10 years - that is, since we were aware and got caught up in the hype that surrounds these movies. And yup, guaranteed there will be some Harry Potter love.
We chicks are taking a small break to enjoy the Summer - see you guys in the Fall!
If you've seen Robert Eggers' nightmarish folktale The VVitch, let me tell you right now: the curse of Black Phillip is real. We chicks have been trying to record and publish this episode for ages, months. Unexpected plan changes, power cuts, sudden illness, broken laptops... you name it, it happened to us. And that evil goat is the only rational explanation, so yeah, beware of Black Phillip.
For anyone who loves to know all about new book releases but doesn't know where to look for them, Goodreads is the place. Specifically, the monthly new releases lists that showcase the most popular 200 books on the website that were published on a giving month. Yes, you'll have to go through dozens of romances that sound really bad, but hey, some of them are actually quite nice, don't be such a snob. Note to self.
You can also check out new releases by author's you've read and by genre. Anyway, if these posts appeal to you I'll start publishing them at the start of every month!
Other novels readers are pretty excited about: The Muse by Jessie Burton, The Last One by Alexandra Oliva, The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close, Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters , The Sister by Lousie Jensen.