October’s Spooky TBR ~ 2017

Halloween is only a few weeks away and to get into the spirit I have chosen three books that showcase the paranormal in different ways! We have supernatural powers, a 33784373haunting, and vampire which all await me in this month’s TBR! Without further rambling, here is what I am reading this month.

I’ll be starting off the month by reading Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. Earlier this year, I read her debut novel, Stalking Jack The Ripper, and loved it.  I fell in love with not only her writing style but also with her storytelling. I cannot wait to meet back up with our characters, in Romania, as they begin this new mysterious adventure.

51yeLeY4vfL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Next, I will be beginning a new series that seems to have been on my radar forever and I just never picked it up off my shelf and that is…The Diviners by Libba Bray. The third book in this series was released this past Tuesday, October 3rd, and it jump-started my need to read this book. We are moving on from murder & vampires in Romania, to murder & supernatural powers in 1920s New York City. A book containing flappers, speakeasies, and the supernatural sounds right up my alley! Do you think I’ll need a password to open the book?

Finally, I will be moving on to the haunting tale of A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. Taking place in two different 24376529asylums, we see our main character, Grace Mae, use her powerful mind to help assist at crimes scenes and hunt a murderer. She does this all while dealing with the darkness that lurks in her own past. This book sounds absolutely chilling and I cannot wait to flip thru its pages!

QOTB: What is at the top of your TBR this month?

Can’t wait to read what is on your TBRs as well as fall into the books on my list! Thanks for reading!


Kimberly ~ Whimsical Narratives



Top 5 Wednesday #8: Books Featuring Witches

The Top 5 Wednesday Weekly Meme/Tag was created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and is now moderated by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). To learn more about this tag and how to participate check out the group on Goodreads here.

It has been a hot minute since I’ve participated in Top 5 Wednesday on my blog or my YouTube channel. I’ve started slowly posting reviews about once a month but I’m ready to dip my toes back into the TAG pool. I absolutely love the list of spooky topics we get to cover this month! October was definitely a great place to start back with this TAG.

This weeks topic is Books Featuring Witches

I decided to step back in time to some of my favorite witchy books from my school years. We are time traveling all the way back to 3rd grade for this first book and will move forward from there! 

1.  Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone
Even though this book is first about a boy wizard, it was the beginning of a series that brought forth some of my favorite book witches. These witches include Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, and Nymphadora Tonks. It gave us strong female characters that we could look up to and watch them fight against the forces of evil…and I think we all know that Harry would have been lost without them.

IMG_44402. T*Witches by H.B. Gilmour & Randi Reisfeld

T*Witches was probably one of my first book series about witches. It revolves around two twin girls who find out they are witches as well as sisters and how those revelations twist and change their lives. I loved waiting for the next book to come out. I want to say I picked this one up at the Scholastic Book Fair one year and never looked away from the series. It is a great witchy series for younger readers.


3. Sweep by Cate Tiernan
Sweep is a step up in reading level from the T*Witches and revolves around a girl, named Morgan Rowlands, who with a few of her friends become a part of a coven of witches. Throughout the series she begins to slowly learn the truth about who she is and what her past will say about her future. I began reading this book series when I was sick with Tonsillitis and had to keep returning to the bookstore everyday to get the next book as I would easily finish one each day. Quick reads filled with drama, magic, and a little dose of romance.




4. The Crucible by Arthur Miller

It wouldn’t feel right not to include a story of the Salem Witch Trials. This play was required reading my Junior Year of high school and then my Senior Year our Drama classes performed the play. It is such a gripping play, that will keep you on edge as you see the hysteria of the witch trials unfold for the Proctors. If you haven’t read this play, I beg you to pick it up.

5. Balefire by Cate Tiernan


   Balefire is a bind-up series of 4 books. Taking place in New Orleans, long-lost twins are reunited. One knows about magick and the other is thrust into this unknown world. Brought together they will learn about their family and the mystery that surrounds them. It is a quick read and I love that the book takes place in such a mystical setting of New Orleans and the French Quarter.

QOTB: What is your favorite witchy read? Let me know in the comments below.

Thank you for visiting my blog and stay tuned for more spooktacular posts this month!


Kimberly ~ Whimsical Narratives