Blogoween Sign-Up Post

Are you tired of me screaming about Halloween season and Blogoween yet? I hope not because I am so excited and this is my official sign-up post for the event.Â đŸ‘» I am participating in the 13 Days of Halloween level but I am going to be posting daily in October! In addition to my regular Reading Around the Globe posts, the month will be filled with reviews of spooky books, some BLOGOWEEN prompts, and my first ever SCAREtober event that begins on October 19th! Image result for this is halloween gif

Preview of my host prompts & SCAREtober!

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UnHappenings by Edward Aubry

"...I became aware of the non-deterministic nature of the universe, and that the past is every bit as flexible as the future."

I love well written time travel fiction; there is just something about it that tickles my brain in a way that is incredibly entertaining. I recently endured a five day reading slump and needed something to lift me out of it, and UnHappenings managed to bring me out of my existential crisis!

Meet Nigel, who since he was fourteen years old has been plagued by "unhappenings." Conversations, friendships he had, relationships all retroactively were undone around him and he is the only one with the memory of the original timeline. Continue reading...

The Soul Ripping Romance tag

Way back at the end of May, Anna @ Dole Whip and Books tagged me in the Soul Ripping Romance tag (thank you!). And for the subsequent four months this tag sat in my drafts, looking longingly at me whilst I wrote guides and started new projects. I bet it thought that I was never going to give it the love it deserved, but it was wrong! I just needed to be in the right mood for romance... and lucky for you today is the day! Be sure to check out Anna's blog, she has lovely book and travel content!


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The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda BĂ©rubĂ©

My initial thoughts when seeing this blurb was "Black Swan meets Paranormal Activity? Don't mind if I do!" Despite being a paranormal skeptic, I cannot get enough of ghost stories; however, The Dark Beneath the Ice missed the mark for me. Drawn in by the premise of missing time and paranormal activity, these elements are very much there but to me that wasn't the main focus of the story. It is as much of a family drama about the breakdown of a family and the struggles of divorce on a family as it is a supernatural story.

The silence still clings to me. If I close my eyes it's there waiting for me, filling my mouth, heavy as water. Ready to swallow me again.

The opening lines captivated me straight away, and it is clear that Bérubé is a talented writer who has a poetic way with words. Continue reading...

Reading Around the Globe: thebookprescription

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Welcome to Reading Around the Globe, a new series here on Reader Voracious Blog geared at fostering a culture of understanding in the bookish community about access to books in various countries around the world. Each post in the series highlights a full interview with one international reader. You can read more about this series here on the series master post.

  1. What is your name? Hamad
  2. Blog URL? http://thebookprescription.wordpress.com/
  3. Twitter handle? @Hamad9626
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Sentranced Saturday #18: Representation matters

sentranced (adj.): the state of being captivated by a well-written sentence.

Sentranced Saturday is a meme created here that encourages you to share a quote that left you entranced. It makes you think. Everyone is welcome to join in; link to this post so I can read what has left you sentranced!

I wasn't intending on doing a Sentranced Saturday post this week because I didn't read anything entrancing and wasn't in the mood to search for a quote to share. But I was on Canva this morning looking through the available layouts to see if there was one I wanted to use for my "I am going camping this weekend" Twitter post (!) and I stumbled upon this quote in a graphic. And I was sentranced yet again. I googled the line quote and saw that it is something Sean Patrick Flannery said and I freaking love him okay (Boondock Saints is perfection) so I was absolutely convinced that it was meant to be that I post this week. Continue reading...

Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton

This is such a weird and beautiful book. Friends, I am struggling to find the words to articulate how much I adored this book. While the premise of a hundreds-year old pacts that provide prosperity to a town in return for sacrifice isn't new, I found Strange Grace to be refreshing and captivatingly written. It is one of the best witch stories I've ever read.

Three Graces is an idyllic town: there is no disease, the weather is perfect, injuries heal overnight, and crops grow in abundance. Continue reading...

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Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut [Traveling Book Review]

This is one of my favorite books, and one that I have read countless times since first reading it about 15 years ago.This is my first re-read since becoming a book blogger, and it was very interesting for me to re-read a coveted book of mine with a different lens than I had in the past; it made for an enlightening and new experience reading a book that I am incredibly familiar with.

“Live by the harmless untruths that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy.”

As one of the best satirists of our time, Vonnegut juxtaposes science and religion in Cat's Cradle. "Continue reading...

How to schedule tweets & pins using Hootsuite & why you should

It's September and I am back with another guide for the bookish blogging community, and this time I am here to tell you all you need to know about scheduling tweets using Hootsuite and why you should! You may or may not know this, but for my day job fundraising in higher education I also manage the social media strategy for my unit. I have four years of professional social media strategy experience, and countless trainings and collaboration with others in the field helped me hone these skills to put them to work with my personal account when I decided to use it for my book blog back in April. I wanted to create a guide to pay it forward to the blogging community! Continue reading...

The Night Crossing by Robert Masello

"At night, the shadows run free."

Friends, I was so excited to receive an advanced copy of The Night Crossing for review as I love spooky stories and historical fiction. A mysterious golden box, London in the late nineteenth century, and an evil that must be overcome are all ingredients that I love and I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, my expectations were not met: I found the writing a to be a bit lackluster and I struggled to connect with the characters. While I found the overall plot to be interesting, I struggled to find the desire to read... and the last 25% of the book infuriated me to no end. Continue reading...