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Top Ten Tuesday: Recent Spooky Reads

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Good morning! I want to say “Happy Tuesday”, but do we like Tuesdays more than Mondays or are they both equally days people don’t look forward to?

Anyhow, today’s TTT is a Halloween freebie. I know I’m not being super original here, but I’ve been flitting around Instagram this whole month and saw a number of recommended reads for this spooky season. I thought I would collate the ones that seemed interesting and/or popular to discuss with you all!

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If You Loved Geekerella…

Happy Monday! Or should I say, yay, it’s the start of a new week?

Regardless of how we feel about Mondays, I hope you had a restful weekend. It’s starting to get super chilly here and I think I have to put away my bike for the season soon. Definitely time to take out the warm sweaters, blankets and a comfy seat to curl up with a book!

So today I am bringing some recommendations for an old story that I fell in love with so long ago. Whether you’ve read this one or not, hopefully you’ll find one of these books interesting to take a look into.

About the book (review here)

Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfieldmovie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

If you loved the Cinderella retelling aspect with a fun sci-fi twist…

…then you should definitely pick up Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I personally LOVE Cinderella retellings the most and if you haven’t read this one yet, I love the creativity in our heroine, Cinder, and the additional plot lines that were added on top of the traditional Cinderella story. Both books are just SO creative!

If you loved all the geekiness and modern day sci-fi references…

…then Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner is an amazing contender for all of your sci-fi geekiness and the realm of cosplaying. I personally have only touched the surface of cosplay and D&D but I loved learning so much about standing up for what you love, whether it’s labelled “cool” or not, and be proud of it. Even if sci-if geekiness isn’t your thing, both books dive so well into the characters who love this so much that it really doesn’t matter.

If you loved a romance between a celeb and an ordinary teen…

…then you should check out Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West! Have you ever wondered what it would be like for a “normal” person to find themselves not only interacting with a celebrity of sorts, but being the object of their affection? Well, it definitely comes with some bumps (and paparazzi), but it makes for fascinating reading as they navigate such a relationship.

And that’s a wrap for this week’s If You Loved This! I would love to know what you think of some of these books if you’ve read them, or if you feel there’s another book you’d group in this series.

Thanks for stopping by! I always appreciate it



Let’s Talk Bookish – What’s Your Back-up Plan for Posting?

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where they discuss certain topics, share their opinions, and spread the love by visiting each others’ posts.


Prompts: There are just some days when you completely forget to prepare a post beforehand. In those instances, is there a specific kind of post you quickly throw together to stay on schedule? Do you just miss the day and move on? If you can’t come up with any new ideas for posts, what do you usually end up recycling?

Welcome to another week of LTB, everyone! Today’s topic is suggested by our gracious meme co-host, Rukky. She definitely asks a good question – I wonder what the rest of you do as well. But first, what do we do over here at DTRH?

The biggest benefit to a co-run blog is that there is someone to cover for you most of the time! But here at DTRH, we usually try to stick to a general schedule, or else it can get messy with who is posting what and when. That being said, in terms of back-up posts, I think we’re like most bloggers (?), where we generally have drafts of book review posts that are either finished or almost finished, and we can quickly churn one out if need be.

It’s funny that despite having a schedule, life can still catch you off-guard, and leave you forgetting. Ironically, a good example is this post – meant to post this yesterday properly on the Friday, but after being in the zone, working 14 hours yesterday…it just completely slipped my mind. I’m sure many of you can relate!

Assuming there is no post prepared nor anything planned for a particular day, I think the quickest kind of post to quickly through together is a type of informational or opinion piece. Recommendations also work well in a pinch, in case any of you need ideas for a quick post! I always find that book reviews always have the most content that is hard to churn out quickly – and certainly if you aren’t finished reading the book, the review becomes an impossibility anyway.

Missing a day is definitely acceptable too, everyone. Let’s not buy too much into the hustle culture that we’re always sold. It really is okay to take a break. If you were tired and missed a post – then that means you needed the rest! I wouldn’t want any of you to feel the pressure of posting if you don’t feel like it. Definitely just miss a day and move on if necessary, we’ll all be here waiting for when you’re ready.

I think we don’t recycle too many posts here at DTRH, but certainly we do look to all of your blogs for inspiration if we’re ever running out of ideas. In fact, if you have suggestions of what you might like to see here on our blog, please feel free to suggest it to us. We are always looking for new content that might interest you all!