Wall to Wall Creeps | Pub Date

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I am not the best at the Halloween-ish themes.

What creeps me out? Sometimes the dark? My parent’s basement. The OUIJA board. Ghosts (oh, I totally think they are real.) Pigeons (one flew into my face today). BLOOD. (When I was little, I once told my aunt I wanted to be a nurse and she was like YOU HAVE TO LIKE BLOOD, YA KNOW.) Mannequins. It’s true! Their faces can be so blank. I’m sure I have more items to add to this strange list but I’ll let you mull these over for now.

My plans to see Goosebumps in the movies this weekend totally inspired this post’s direction. I couldn’t think of anything I’d read lately that creeped me out so why not go back in time and talk about those. While R.L. Stine’s series was no Babysitters Club in my world, I was pretty addicted to these stories for awhile (my whole class was). My favorite will always be Ghost Beach. (I wonder if it’ll be mentioned in this new flick.)

But BEFORE that, I was loving Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz. One of my friends at the time had copies at home and I remember reading the stories over and over again. The ones in our library were never available because this book was so dang popular. I’m actually surprised (or should I be) that these books are banned in some schools. Unless my imagination is playing games with me, I remember our teachers reading these outloud to us. Did you know there’s a documentary being made about the series?

Another fun little memory from my childhood was the big “grown up” 5th grade trip to Washington, D.C. I bought a book of ghost stories at one of the monument gift shops (was it Jefferson?) and my roommates and I stayed up so late reading them, totally freaking ourselves out. I was so exhausted the next night I was SURE the Abe Lincoln monument was blinking at me. For some unknown reason, I gave the book away but I recently bought my own: Ghosts: Washington’s Most Famous Ghost Stories. I need to dig this one out.

So while you’re sitting in a dark room with a Pumpkin Apple candle burning, I’m recommending Saranac’s OctoberFest (NY) for another kind of “spirit”. It’s your basic German lager and goes down well with pizza or all the candy you’re attempting to hoard for the big trick or treating day. It’s uncomplicated and cozy, and a great beer for the brew rookies out there.

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Enjoy the fall weekend, dears! (Someone remind me to watch Hocus Pocus!)

And thanks for stopping by! xoxo

Pub Date: Brittany @ Book Addict’s Guide | Andi @ ABC’s | Maggie @ Just a Couple More

I Saw the Sign | Pub Date

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I’m not going to be the person to ask you what your sign is, but something about horoscopes really fascinates me. I’m sitting here reading about Aquarius (who said Pub Date wasn’t educational), and I’m wondering how people decide which advice to trust, which traits really fall under the umbrella of this horoscope. I read something today that said Aquarians were near geniuses and another that said we were always searching for the meaning of life. I don’t think I’m anything close to a near genius but I am an over thinker, I like to understand things. But the real holy shit moment was this:

To Aquarius, compassion is not an emotion, but a conclusion. You have ideals and you cherish them, because you know they lead to a better world for all. Therefore, Aquarius tends to be altruistic even at great personal costs. Others admire that, but to Aquarius it’s self-explanatory: We must be benevolent to our fellow human beings for the benefit of all of us. That makes sense.

Whoa.

Now that my mind is blown, I’ll share my beer. As the ‘water bearer’, I went for Heavy Seas Smooth Sail Summer Ale (the website rightfully calls it a ‘pool beer’). I’m hanging on to the last few weeks of summer, and this is the perfect accomplice. It’s light, comes in a can, and goes down so easy. (Unfortunately, you might have to put this on your wish list for next year because if your grocery store is anything like mine, it’s full of pumpkin beer already.)

I’m not sure if my book relates to the beer at all. In fact, I think it relates more to Aquarius and how we like to understand even the most difficult things in life. The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell about a high school student named Sora dealing with an ALS diagnosis. He can’t go back to school (he loves literature and dreams of being a professor) and he’s slowly losing his motor skills. Throughout the book (which is so quietly written), he’s trying to come to terms with death and what happens after. It’s a beautiful (though heartbreaking) book with a wonderful mom, surprising new friends (from the internet!), and lovely grandparents. I completely loved it. I hope you’ll check it out.

Smooth Sail Summer and The Last Leaves Falling

That’s it for me, and this #PubDate. Hope you have a great month, and some wonderful brews and books! xoxo

Pass it on: Brittany @ Book Addict’s Guide | Andi @ Andi ABCs | Maggie @ Just a Couple More