Friday 11 October 2019

Weekend Blog Hops - 11 October 2019

Hi all! It's time for those weekend blog hops once again!  

Name one book that gets you in the mood for Halloween.
I'm not sure that I have one. I am not really a 'seasonal reader'. I read anything at any time. Plus, Halloween is not such a big holiday in the UK as it is in the US, and it's even less so here in Australia. In my twelve years here, not once has someone come to the door trick-or-treating. If anything, I might throw on a few seasonal films such as Practical Magic, The Nightmare Before Christmas or Hocus Pocus.

Opening sentence:
Her eyes rested above the waterline as a moth struggled inside her mouth.


From page 56:
How many mortals had died during the witch hunts because they couldn't defend themselves with the same quicksilver thoughts of a malevolent witch?
My Current Read 
The Vine Witch
Luanne G. Smith

A young witch emerges from a curse to find her world upended in this gripping fantasy of betrayal, vengeance, and self-discovery set in turn-of-the-century France.

For centuries, the vineyards at Château Renard have depended on the talent of their vine witches, whose spells help create the world-renowned wine of the Chanceaux Valley. Then the skill of divining harvests fell into ruin when sorcière Elena Boureanu was blindsided by a curse. Now, after breaking the spell that confined her to the shallows of a marshland and weakened her magic, Elena is struggling to return to her former life. And the vineyard she was destined to inherit is now in the possession of a handsome stranger.

Vigneron Jean-Paul Martel naively favors science over superstition, and he certainly doesn’t endorse the locals’ belief in witches. But Elena knows a hex when she sees one, and the vineyard is covered in them. To stay on and help the vines recover, she’ll have to hide her true identity, along with her plans for revenge against whoever stole seven winters of her life. And she won’t rest until she can defy the evil powers that are still a threat to herself, Jean-Paul, and the ancient vine-witch legacy in the rolling hills of the Chanceaux Valley.


  1. I love witches!!! I'd read this one for sure!! I added you to the Linky. Hapy CDN Thanksgiving weekend!

  2. The Vine Witch seems like such a unique story. I haven't heard of it before, so thanks for mentioning it. I'm going to add this one to my TBR list.

  3. Eew. Who has a moth in her mouth? Yuck. Funny, intriguing opening. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. I've had this on my TBR list for a while! Happy Weekend!

  5. I've been curious about this book. Hope you're enjoying it. Happy reading! :)

    1. Yes, I liked it well enough. Not an all-time fave, but still good.

  6. I don’t read a single book each and every Halloween either but I am participating in a number of Halloween themed reading challenges this month. I love those films though and I will be watching all three of them over the half term in a couple of weeks as well as Paranorman and Monster House.

    I hope you enjoy your weekend, Nicki. Here's my BBH Post
    Flora x

  7. Ooo, this book sounds really good. I might have to look for it.
    My Friday: Marie @ Pages to Explore