7 truly creepy reads for kids this Hallowe’en

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7 truly creepy reads for kids and teens this Hallowe’en


I have a low tolerance for horror, so I won’t be recommending anything here that is going to give your child nightmares, rather those books which give you a little bit of a chill down your spine without being really frightening. At this time of year, as the nights start to draw in and the weather gets chillier, you can imagine drawing closer to the fire to tell spine-tingling stories about the dark outside. Here are some books to get you in the mood for Hallowe’en!


Here are a few I would recommend…

For 9+ readers:

The Switching Hour by Damaris Young

Never stay out after the Switching Hour… never let the outside in….

Amaya lives with her grandmother, her small brother Kaleb and her pet goat Tau in a land suffering a terrible drought. Every night, the doors must…

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Not an Anti-Trump Rant…Much

By Hook Or By Book


I believe I’ve discussed, probably ad nauseam, my feelings toward Mr. Trump since he first announced his intention to run for president. In the 3+ years he’s been in office, nothing he’s said or done has given me any cause to change my mind. There are so many things I despise about his administration such as: the blatantly rampant corruption, the attempted trampling of the Constitution (“phony” emoluments clause anyone?), the stance on immigration, the persistent racism and bigotry, the steady erosion of equal rights and protections for the LGBTQ community, the consistent attacks on a woman’s right to choose, the daily attacks against the press and the First Amendment, the constant lying day after day after day after day… I’m so much angrier than I used to be, and honestly, I’m getting worn down. Most days I obsessively worry over why he still has so much support, what this…

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The Fountains of Silence

Bionic Book Worm


Written by Ruta Sepetys

Published by Philomel Books, October 1, 2019

My star rating – 5 stars


Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming guise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of a Texas oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother’s birth through the lens of his camera. Photography–and fate–introduce him to Ana, whose family’s interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War–as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. Daniel’s photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger. He is backed into a corner of decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side…

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My Top Ten BTS Songs

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I’ve been an ARMY since Epiphany released and I haven’t looked back since.

It’s been a year and a half, and while I don’t keep up with everything BTS*, I manage to know the highlights. It’s the only band that I’ve consistently been following. Usually, I move on to others pretty quickly. So yes, BTS is damn good.

*let’s be honest, it would take every minute of every day because there is SO MUCH happening with BTS. That’s not counting the backlog of BTS things to be updated on.

I’ve been wanting to make a post about my favourite songs by BTS for a while now. I just want to talk more about these AWESOMESAUCE songs, okay?! And I’m totally inviting more discussion and fangirling about BTS.


My #1 song by BTS will ALWAYS be Epiphany. It’s the first song by them which I REALLY liked, even though I…

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Joker (2019) Movie Review


Universe: Stand-Alone.
Rated: R.
Director: Todd Phillips.
Story: Todd Phillips & Scott Silver.
Release Date: 2019.
Runtime: 122 min.
Genre(s): Crime, Drama, Thriller.
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, and many more!
Budget: $55,000,000.
Opening Weekend: $93,500,000.
Gross USA: $39,900,000.
My Overall Rating:  ∞ (10/10).


Warning: This is going to be a very long spoiler-free review!

Let me tell you something fictional characters. They are the creation of individuals like you and me. They are brought to life with a set of traits and characteristics that are or not based on other real or fictional entities that the creator might or might not have encountered throughout his life. The older these characters are, the more odds there are for a myriad of creative minds to reimagine these characters to their liking…

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Joker Movie Review : Not Quite Perfect


A lot of controversies surrounding this movie, a masterpiece that moved peoples’ hearts. However, if we go straight to the point: how was the movie? I loved it but it wasn’t a 10/10 and it wasn’t perfect.


Undeniably, Joaquin Phoenix’s acting and performance. The Joker is such a dark and sad character but you have to really step into the darkest part of yourself to play someone this marginalized by the society. It criticized how the system does not help the mentally illed, the poor, and they suffer from it. And his laugh alone is worth any Oscar to be honest.

I love one particular scene where he dances in the bathroom right after his first act of liberation, the moment he became aware of the power he possessed.

The movie cinematography also plays a huge part, all the angles are poetic and…

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The other answer to all the great questions of the universe. #humor #parenting

Barb Taub

Other than 42…

Consistent:(adj.) 1. congruous; in accord. 2. conforming regularly to the same pattern, habits, principles, etc. —Webster’s Handy College Dictionary

When we became parents, everyone from Dr. Spock to great-grandmom told us, “Children need consistency.”

But after becoming a parent, I decided that consistency belongs on my list of Things They Lied About, right between “A good personality is more important than good looks,” and “Chocolate gives you zits.”

The only true consistency kids care about.

What children really need, of course, are parents with bags of money. When is the last time you heard:

  • Childrens’ Shoe Salesperson: “Here are your kid’s sneakers which will fit him for less than three months and cost more than his parents’ entire wardrobe, but at least they’re consistent. They’re also available in accord, if you go for the top of the line.”
  • Pharmacist: “And here are your pediatric antibiotics…

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Book Review – The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini / Powerful Fiction /

Books and Co.

My Rating – 5 stars (Fiction)

Published on – May 1st 2004

Plot– Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant.

“For you, a thousand times over”

This book had me in a mess when I had finished with it in a day. I…

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