Fortnight of Fright | Book Review + Recipe | World War Z

Fortnight of Fright

And now, for something not often seen here on Tripping Over Books: Zombies! Courtesy of Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla!

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Fortnight of Fright | Book Recommendations

Fortnight of Fright

Just when you thought MAAAYBE we were going to make it a whole fortnight without some book recs, Madalyn from Novel Ink is here to save the day!

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Fortnight of Fright | Book vs Movie: The Ring

Fortnight of Fright

Believe it or not, friends, but I’m not one for scary movies. I know. Hosting a Halloween event over here. But it’s true: they’re just not my favorites, and definitely not a go-to when I’m looking for something to watch. Alas.

Good thing we have Erin from Bluestocking Bookworm to handle this for us! And because we’re all book nerds at heart here, she’s comparing a scary movie to its book version. Excellent! Just let me know when I should cover my eyes, k?

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Fortnight of Fright | Caramel Apple Cider Cookies Recipe

Fortnight of Fright

Guys. I need these cookies STAT. Thank you slash GEE, THANKS to Morgan from The Bookish Beagle for sharing the recipe for these undoubtedly DELICIOUS cookies!

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Fortnight of Fright | Hunting Prince Dracula | Kerri Maniscalco

Fortnight of Fright

Hey, friends! It’s about time for a Halloween-y book review! This one is courtesy of yours truly, and it’s legit the first review I’ve written, despite my best intentions, in…well, a long time. I’m excited that I get to review one of my most anticipated books of 2017, though! Huzzah for creepy books!

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Fortnight of Fright | Graphic Novels for Halloween

Fortnight of Fright

HELLOOOO and welcome, friends! It’s Fortnight of Fright time!! So exciting to be hosting this with my girls, Alyssa and Brittany, again to showcase all kinds of creepy, fallish, AWESOME posts.

Speaking of which, let’s get right to our first post, courtesy of Marrill from Books and Ravens (hiii, spooky name)! She’s got some awesome graphic novel recommendations for us!

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Fortnight of Fright | Halloween Book + Movie Recs

Fortnight of Fright

Halloween Book +  Movie Recs

What kind of book blog would I be if I didn’t share a Halloween Book Recs post for Fortnight of Fright?? That’s right. A bad one. Thankfully, Jennie from The Book Nut is here to save the day with some books AND movies! She’s got some good ones for you!


It’s no secret that we love Halloween at our blog, The Book Nut. So we’re absolutely thrilled to be a part of a Fortnight of Fright!

There’s nothing better than settling down with a scary book or movie during the month of October, so I’ve decided to share a few of my favourites with you today!

1. THE REPLACEMENT by Brenna Yovanoff

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My number one scary read, EVER. Babies being taken from their cribs and replaced with “other” children? A whole creepy world underneath the slag heap in town? yeah, this qualifies as the spookiest read I have ever read. It’s also one of my favourites, EVER!

2. THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black

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I love vampires. LOVE THEM. Holly Black managed to write her own dark YA version of what reminded me of THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES — and it’s spectacular.

3. THE ORPHANAGE (EL ORFANTO)

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A mother loses her child after moving back to her childhood home, a now abandoned orphanage — riddled with the spirits of long dead children. I don’t even know how to begin to explain how scared I got by this film! I don’t usually scare easily, but this one had me up until dawn so I could go to sleep safely! It’s in Spanish as well which gives the film an even scarier aspect, though how I can’t quite say. I loved it.

4. STEPHEN KING’S IT

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The brilliant thing about this one is that it’s both a book AND a film–one that scared me so badly that I refuse to read/watch it again! IT scared me so badly as a child that I was convinced there was a killer clown coming out of the sewers when I walked home from school.

Even as an adult I am super unsettled by the image of Tim Curry as Pennywise.

5. THE ASHES TRILOGY by Ilsa J Bick

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An EMP goes off. Billions die–but amongst the survivors, a zombie apocalypse starts. In this series, you don’t know who you can trust and who is a “Changed.” I loved this series so much, but it’s so unsettling. READ IT!

Fortnight of Fright | Books + Halloween Candies

Fortnight of Fright

Books + Halloween Candies

What two things go better together than books and candy? Or books and ANYTHING for that matter? Not much, in my opinion. I’m so excited to have Angela from Angela’s Library here to share this awesome book-and-candy-pairing list with Halloween candy!


candyHi everybody – I’m happy to once again be participating in A Fortnight of Fright! My husband and I were recently shopping for candy to pass out to trick-or-treaters, and while we were browsing I started thinking about the clever names the various candies had. That led to me thinking about how some of those names could be equated with different types of books, and the idea for this post was born. Below is a recommended reading list, inspired by popular candies. I hope you enjoy it!

Snickers: Funny Books

  • My Best Friend, The Atlantic Ocean and Other Great Bodies Standing Between Me and My Life With Giulio by Jane Harrington: Written in the form of a journal for English class, this book details a ditzy teenager’s hilarious attempts to steal her best friend’s sexy Italian boyfriend. (Read my review here.)
  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray: I like to think of Beauty Queens as a comedic version of what The Lord of the Flies would have been like if the plane that crashed on a “deserted” island had carried teen beauty pageant contestants instead of British schoolboys.
  • Play Me Backwards by Adam Selzer: This book had me laughing until my cheeks ached. It features a deadbeat teen whose best friend claims to be Satan, parents who plan “disaster dinners” complete with costumes and alter egos, an epic slushie quest, and lots of hijinks and goofiness.

Skittles: Diverse BooksCandy

  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo: This book follows your typical “new girl at school struggles to fit in and find love” plot, with one important exception: that new girl was born a boy. As a heterosexual, cisgender reader, If I Was Your Girl challenged me to view the world from a new perspective and opened my eyes to the various struggles transgender men and women face every day.
  • OCD, The Dude and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn: The quirky yet lovable heroine of Vaughn’s novel battles severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Reading about her struggles and endless idiosyncrasies is humorous at times and heartbreaking at others. (Read my review here).
  • Push by Sapphire: Although it’s a short book, I found it incredibly challenging to make it the whole way through Push, as it features horrific abuse and is emotionally draining. All the same, I’m glad I read it, as it let me see through the eyes of someone totally different from myself: a young black girl living in poverty who’s been impregnated multiple times by her own father.

3 Musketeers: Books Featuring Strong Friendships

  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: Karou, the blue-haired heroine of this trilogy, and Zuzana, her tiny but fierce BFF, share one of my favorite fictional friendships. They’re intensely devoted to one another and are as hilarious individually as they are as a pair.
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: The Raven Cycle series is about magic and fast cars and dreams and psychics, but its heartbeat is the all-consuming friendship shared by the titular Raven Boys and a girl named Blue, who finds herself swept up in the boys’ quest to find an ancient Welsh king.
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: Charlie is a quiet, troubled loner when he starts high school, but that all changes when a group of upperclassmen take him under their wing. Never underestimate the power of friendship to change your life for the better!

milky-way-pic-angelas-libraryMilky Way: Books Set In Outer Space

  • Lightless by C.A. Higgins: Written by an author with a physics degree from Cornell University, Lightless tells the story of those on board a military spaceship: the terrorists who were caught trying to hijack the ship, the computer scientist who is developing a relationship with the ship, and the artificial intelligence system that is rapidly developing a will of its own.
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: When Earth is destroyed in order to build a interplanetary superhighway, a hapless Brit finds himself hitching his way across the universe on a wild and ridiculously funny journey.
  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: Described by many as “The Titanic in space,” this novel follows a young man and woman from very different walks of life who are forced to rely on one another after they’re (space)shipwrecked on an unfamiliar planet.

Pixie Stix: Books About Fairy Talescandy

  • Enchanted by Alethea Kontis: This first book in Kontis’ Woodcutter Sisters series is a delightful mash-up of various fairy tales, such as “The Frog Prince,” “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “The 12 Dancing Princesses.” (Read my review here.)
  • Nameless by Lili St. Crow: What would the tale of “Snow White” look like if the princess had been taken in by the Mafia, instead of by seven dwarves? And what if the members of that Mafia were vampires? Well, it’d probably look a lot like this book. (Read my review here.)
  • Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross: Cross’ novel is set in a town where each inhabitant is destined to live out a predetermined role in a fairy tale, whether as villain, hero, princess, etc. It’s brilliant and edgy and one of my favorite fairy tale stories yet.

Fortnight of Fright | Halloween Books + Movies

Fortnight of Fright

Halloween Books + Movies

Can you guys believe that Halloween is just ONE WEEK from today? HOW DID THIS HAPPEN!? As usual, time is flying by. Of course, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be well into the Halloween spirit by now, but just in case you need a crash course in Halloween media in which to indulge to get you just the right amount of spooked, Morgan from Gone with the Words is here to help!


I’m so happy to be participating in Fortnight of Fright again! I’m a big fan of being festive and I particularly love Halloween and fall! One of my favorite things to do is watch Halloween movies (although I don’t like horror movies). Here’s a list of movies that are on my must list:

Halloween
Hocus Pocus: a true cult classic and a forever favorite. In fact, I wrote about it two years ago!
The Haunted Mansion: an under the radar pick and much better than you might think! It’s spooky and funny and has a lot of fun nods to the ride.
Casper: “Can I keep you?” I’ll never be over that, or the music.
Monster House: a perfect Halloween treat, it’s great.
Goosebumps: I saw this in theaters last year and immediately wanted to add it to my Halloween lineup! Fun and scary.
Ghostbusters: another that had to be added to my annual list. I laughed so much and the ghosts are creepy!
Practical Magic: romantic, tragic, and so very witchy.
Hotel Transylvania: lots of fun, I love all of the monsters!
Paranorman: Sad but wonderful with a historical twist, and set in a Salem-like town.
The Covenant: I watched this for the first time recently (couldn’t resist the attractive cast!). It’s cheesy but the atmosphere is spooky and perfect for Halloween, as is the witchy storyline.

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Unfortunately I’m a very moody reader so even though I have good intentions, I’m not great at sticking to lists. These five books are on my October TBR though, rife with witches, demons, faeries, and creepy mysteries. All sound like good seasonal books to me!

What movies do you like to watch every year? Are there any seasonal books on your TBR?

Fortnight of Fright | Laurie’s Magic 4-Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Fortnight of Fright

Laurie’s Magic 4-Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Guys. I need these muffins. Four ingredients? Pumpkin spice? YES. Thank you, Emily from Emily Reads Everything for sharing Laurie’s awesome recipe!


Laurie’s Magic 4-Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Pumpkin spice muffins

Hello! I’m Emily from Emily Reads Everything. Thank you so much to Amy for having me here today to share this muffin recipe. These muffins come from my friend, Laurie. It is told she found the recipe on Muggle.net as a recipe for pumpkin cakes. She adapted the recipe a little and history was made. These muffins are quick and easy to make and moist and delicious to eat. Plus they aren’t terrible for you, so don’t feel too guilty if they all disappear like magic within 24 hours of baking them.

This recipe calls for cinnamon chips. If you can find them, they come from Hershey’s and they look like chocolate chips, except not. When I baked this batch, I couldn’t find cinnamon chips, so I substituted Greek yogurt chips. Still delicious. White Chocolate chips or even nuts would work as well (but nuts are gross).

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Deliciousness is in your future!

pumpkin spice muffins

YUMMMM. Thanks, Emily!

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