Fall Essentials

Autumn is my favourite season and October is the greatest month to ever exist.. so I’ve compiled a list of all things fall-ish that help me to enjoy this wonderful season. What would you add to it?

1. Blanket scarves

2. Cute boots

3. Dark lipstick

4. Horror movies

5. Long books

6. Pumpkin spice EVERYTHING

7. The Halloween Town movies

8. Oversized sweaters

9. Red nail polish

10. Pumpkins

The Saturday Night Ghost Club: Review

5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I LOVED this. I started it yesterday and became totally engrossed in the story that before I knew it, I hadn’t slept after my night shift and it was almost 6 pm.

This story is told from neurosurgeon Jake’s perspective of his twelfth year of life. The year his crazy uncle Calvin started The Saturday Night Ghost Club. Uncle Calvin owns the Occultatorium on Clifton Hill, where he possesses all things strange and macabre. We go back and forth between present day Jake and childhood Jake without missing a beat but with an intense amount of feeling. This book made me laugh out loud and got me close to sobbing at the end. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a horror novel, though there are some horror elements involved. For me, this was more of a coming of age story, with the only horror being the reality of life and death itself.

This book meant a lot to me because of its location. It’s based in Niagara Falls, Canada. A place I grew up near and have frequented often throughout my 27 years. The streets he mentions, the shops he goes in, the Ripleys museum he loves so much – I love those places too. Lundy’s Lane graveyard is a historically beautiful place, one I have visited and where my grandparents are buried. This book is an easy, easy 5 star read, even without the intense nostalgia that I felt throughout. I recommended this to EVERYONE.

October Goddess Provisions Unboxing

A monthly Box that Lights up your Soul * 

Box Highlights

  • 5-7 full size products per box
  • Great value, typically $60-$90 of goddess goodies
  • Free shipping to the U.S.
  • Ships Worldwide
  • $33 per month or as low as $27.75 with 12 month prepay
  • Always cruelty-free & vegan

 

Another month, another Goddess Provisions box. I am so happy to have discovered this subscription box! This is my third month of receiving it and I do not have a single complaint. The box is worth WAY more than you actually pay for it and every single item is hand picked by the creators to provide wellness and sanctity in our every day lives. Octobers theme was “Self Care Rituals” and what a perfect time for a theme like this. Winter is coming and with it comes months of darkness for us Canadians. It’s especially difficult in the months without sunshine to get out of bed and progress through our daily lives. For me especially, as I work 12 hour shifts and most of the time I leave when it’s dark and get off work when it’s dark.. only seeing glimpses of sunshine through the break room window.

Okay, let’s get to what is actually in the box!

  1. Balanced Guru Purify Me Spot Treatment
     https://balancedguru.com/
    – “Treat your face to this soothing serum that’s forumulated with probiotics, active ferments, willow bark, and tea tree oil  to help heal and balance stressed out skin”
  2. Lutska Dawn Roll-On
    – https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/LutskaBotanica
    – “Roll this blend of lavender, spearmint, peppermint, eucalytus, tea tree and geranium on your palms, rub them together and inhale deeply for an uplifting self care morning ritual”
    * THIS SMELLS LIKE HEAVEN.
  3. Soapylayne Sacred Space Spray
    – https://www.etsy.com/shop/SoapyLayne
    – “Sage Hydrosol that’s infused with clear quartz. Use it throughout your home, on your body and over your crystals to cleanse, refresh and protect your energy.”

4. Goddess Provisions Self Care Rituals Oracle Deck
– illustrated by @rainbowforester 

5. Orange Calcite
– “Meditate with this energizing stone to help boost your positivity, feelings of self worth, creativity and to support your physical, mental and spiritual development”

anddddd my personal favourite because I’m tea obsessed..

7. Lee Provisions Pink Chai Tea
– https://leesprovisions.com/
** DELICIOUS

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Down the TBR Hole #1

Down The TBR Hole is a meme created by lost in a story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

How does it work?

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go
  1. A Clockwork Orange ✔️
  2. Shadow and Bone (Grisha #1) ✔️
  3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn✔️
  4. The Light Between Oceans✔️
  5. Girl, Interrupted✔️
    I thought I did read this.. but maybe I’m just confusing it with the movie? Regardless, this one is a definite yes to keeping.
  6. One flew over the cuckoos nest✔️
  7. The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls✔️
  8. Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness✔️
  9. The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry✔️
  10. A Beautiful Mind✔️

Hooray! I’m keeping all of them. This has been an exciting start. I also own a couple of these already!

TTT: Top 10 longest reads

Top Ten Tuesdays are some of my favorite blog posts to create! Hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the prompt is the top 10 longest books I’ve ever read!

1. The Stand 823

5/5 ⭐️

2. IT 1138

5/5 ⭐️

3. Order of the Phoenix 870

5/5 ⭐️

4. A Dance with Dragons 1056

5/5 ⭐️

5. Outlander 858

4/5 ⭐️

6. Goblet of Fire 636

5/5⭐️

7. The Eye of the World 814

I actually didn’t like this book at all. I haven’t even considered picking up the rest of the series because of it .. even though I hear it’s one of the greatest epics of all time. What do you think? Should I revisit it again?

8. A court of mist and fury 626

5/5 ⭐️

9. 11/22/63 849

5/5 ⭐️

10. The Wise Mans Fear 994

5/5 ⭐️

mornings are for coffee and contemplation

Long weekends are for pyjamas and reading.

But most importantly long weekends are for spending time with family. Thanksgiving to me means being with those you love and sharing a meal. Remembering how lucky you are to be alive and to breathe fresh air. To find happiness in whatever your circumstances may be.

This thanksgiving I decided to test my baking skills and make this cake! It’s a spice cake with vanilla buttercream frosting.

What are you thankful for?

give thanks

I am forever grateful for books. I never knew such a love affair could exist. I didn’t realize the friends and heroes I needed always existed in the pages surrounding me. The comforting shoulders and the belly laughs, the great adventures and the heartbreaking romances, the forever and the now. I will always be grateful to the authors for giving me an escape from my sometimes harsh reality.

I am also grateful for the house I live in, the love I have in my heart, the caring partner I share my life with, the career that gives more than it takes, the health I have, the family I love and the adventures I’ve experienced.

we are the reckless, we are the wild youth

You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, and the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, breath of the fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner. You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life. You are every single second of every day.

So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence. Let the words run through your veins and the colors fill your mind until there is nothing left to do but explode. There are no wrong answers. Inspiration is everything. Sit back, relax, and take it all in.

– J. Vanek

forever changing with the leaves.

Another month, a new start. I love beginnings. I admire their honesty. They bring out the best in people. Everyone is bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to carpe diem whatever the hell they want to carpe diem. We wake up early, we have a plan, we stick to our goals and we do this until we fall apart and then we start again. But sometimes, just sometimes, these ideas become habits and these habits turn into lifestyles. I hope to create a new lifestyle.  One full of wonder and crafting and of course, reading.

I want to utilize this new beginning to start fresh as the person I hope to be one day. The one who creates a schedule and sticks to it. Who watches less TV and gets more exercise. Who tries new recipes daily and continues to further her crafting skills day in and day out. In saying all of these wonderful things, I also want to make sure I blog at least 3 times a week. I don’t know if this will continue being only a book blog. I have so many ideas brewing in my cauldron that I need to get out and share with the world.

Thank you for sticking by me through these quiet months,
I solemnly swear I’ve been up to no good.

Review: The Book of M

4/5 ⭐️

Published June 2018

The book of M is Peng Shephards FIRST novel and I will definitely be reading anything she writes from here on out. It is an incredibly unique take on an end-of-the-world apocalyptic type scenario. It follows the lives of several different narrators who all become connected in some way or other.

The characters are written beautiful and the unique narrations really pull you into the story and make you genuinely care about their fates. It is tragic and beautiful at the same time. I really liked the relationship between Max and Ory. It felt so real. I can’t imagine what it would be like to love someone so much and watch them slowly slip away from you. As a nurse, it reminded me a lot of watching someone deteriorate from Alzheimer’s. It is heartbreaking trying to hold on to something for dear life and realizing there is nothing you can do to stop the inevitable.

Shepherd has a lovely way with words as she weaves a tale of destruction and loss. There is magic in this novel and it was crafted expertly to become completely believable. My four star rating is due to the last quarter of the book feeling rushed and slightly jumbled. The book could have easily been another 100-200 pages and I would have still loved it!