Spell the Month in Books September 2023

Spell the Month in Books September 2023

Afternoon all~

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A happy welcome to the newest edition of Spell the Month in Books! It is time for September!

Though it is mostly SEPTMB, and the rest of the letters I found in author’s names. Haha. I really am not a fan of these bigger months, but I am still very happy that I managed to find 6 of the 9 books through titles! And I am glad that I found the rest of the letters in author’s names. It was quite fun to go through my lists and see if I could find some books! The books are from my To-Read-Library, OMG-Need-to-Buy, 1 is from my Read shelf, and 1 from my OMG-Need-To-Buy-Kindle. As you can see, I really went through all my shelves!

I hope you enjoy my choices, let me know what you think looks good or what is on your shelves as well!

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The original creator of this tag is Reviews From The Stacks!

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Strange Japanese Yokai A Guide to Weird and Wonderful Monsters, Demons and Spirits by Kenji MurakamiSince time immemorial, Japan has been inhabited by supernatural creatures, spirits, monsters and demons…Here’s your chance to meet them up close and personal!
Strange Japanese Yokai assembles an extraordinary collection of mysterious creatures in every possible shape and size, each with their own unique back story. Some are well-known, others obscure. The one thing they share in common is that they are creepy and weird!
The 122 different Yokai described in this book
Yokai expert Kenji Murakami identifies each Yokai, explains the history, where they commonly appear, and their strange powers. The book is illustrated with hundreds of full-color drawings showcasing the fascinating features of these strange creatures. Every monster here, no matter how disgusting, is part of the rich cultural legacy of Japan.

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It’s hard to fight the supernatural when you’re naturally “un-super.” This chilling middle grade is perfect for fans of Stranger Things and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark…even if they don’t have any special powers.

Charlie Greer is nothing special—at least not compared to her adopted siblings. Her younger sister is a ghost. Her brother Mateo is a werewolf. Gideon is the product of seriously sketchy experiments that gave him telekinetic powers. Even her parents work for the Division of Extranormal Investigations tracking down all things supernatural, alien, and otherwise unusual.

Charlie’s mom says her superpower is maturity—which doesn’t really count. But what Charlie lacks in powers she makes up for by keeping the household running. Now, with her parents off on their first vacation in years, it’s up to her to take care of her siblings and make sure nothing disrupts the trip.

But then the new neighbors arrive. The Weavers are a nice, normal couple. Too nice and too normal. And for some reason, they don’t seem to want Charlie to see inside their house. She’s certain they’re hiding something. Charlie has to uncover what’s going on with the Weavers and stop their plans—without letting Mom and Dad find out anything is wrong.

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The Pachinko Parlour Elisa Shua Dusapin, Colourful cover with people playing pachinkoThe days are beginning to draw in. The sky is dark by seven in the evening. I lie on the floor and gaze out of the window. Women’s calves, men’s shoes, heels trodden down by the weight of bodies borne for too long.

It is summer in Tokyo. Claire finds herself dividing her time between tutoring twelve-year-old Mieko, in an apartment in an abandoned hotel, and lying on the floor at her grandparents: daydreaming, playing Tetris and listening to the sounds from the street above. The heat rises; the days slip by.

The plan is for Claire to visit Korea with her grandparents. They fled the civil war there over fifty years ago, along with thousands of others, and haven’t been back since. When they first arrived in Japan, they opened Shiny, a pachinko parlour. Shiny is still open, drawing people in with its bright, flashing lights and promises of good fortune. And as Mieko and Claire gradually bond, a tender relationship growing, Mieko’s determination to visit the pachinko parlour builds.

The Pachinko Parlour is a nuanced and beguiling exploration of identity and otherness, unspoken histories, and the loneliness you can feel amongst family. Crisp and enigmatic, Shua Dusapin’s writing glows with intelligence.

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Thor Quest: Hammers of the Gods Jackson Lanzing , Collin Kelly , Billy Yong, Fantasy, Mythology, Asgardian, Asgard, Gods, Thor and other gods on the cover,Everyone’s favorite Asgardians are finally coming to the middle grade space with Thor Quest!

In this super-charged, super-fun, fast-paced adventure, Thor, Loki, Sif, and Fandral find themselves on an epic quest across the stars. In heavy illustrated pages and even the occasional comics panel, our heroes learn the value of friendship, the power of purpose and destiny, and the importance of teamwork and humility.

Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly lend their incomparable talent to this heavily illustrated series, bringing the adventure to life in electric, vivid detail that harnesses the infinite possibility of the kid Asgardians’ universe.
Alongside elements that come from Norse mythology, this thrilling kids’ story delves into Thor’s world (or realm, if you will) in a fresh, new, exciting tale that’ll readers won’t be able to put down.

Perfect for fans of The Last Kids on Earth and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Thor Quest is illustrated middle grade storytelling at its finest, featuring some of the most well-loved Marvel characters of all time.

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A Haunting on the Hill Elizabeth Hand, House flipped over with a light shining in a window, horror, spooky, halloweenFrom three-time Shirley Jackson, World Fantasy, and Nebula Award-winning author Elizabeth Hand comes the first-ever authorized novel to return to the world of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House: a suspenseful, contemporary, and terrifying story of longing and isolation all its own.

Holly Sherwin has been a struggling playwright for years, but now, after receiving a grant to develop her play The Witch of Edmonton , she may finally be close to her big break. All she needs is time and space to bring her vision to life. When she stumbles across Hill House on a weekend getaway upstate, she is immediately taken in by the ornate, if crumbling, gothic mansion, nearly hidden outside a remote village. It’s enormous, old, and ever-so eerie—the perfect place to develop and rehearse her play.

Despite her own hesitations, Holly’s girlfriend, Nisa, agrees to join Holly in renting the house out for a month, and soon a troupe of actors, each with ghosts of their own, arrive. Yet as they settle in, the house’s peculiarities are made known: strange creatures stalk the grounds, disturbing sounds echo throughout the halls, and time itself seems to shift. All too soon, Holly and her friends find themselves at odds not just with one another, but with the house itself. It seems something has been waiting in Hill House all these years, and it no longer intends to walk alone . . .

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Misfit Elle Kennedy, Gold and purple cover, romance, schoolFinding out your mom is marrying some rich guy you’ve never met is enough to make any eighteen-year-old’s head spin. And for RJ Shaw, it gets worse: he’s being sent to Sandover Prep for senior year. If there’s one place a misfit hacker like RJ doesn’t belong, it’s an ivy-covered all-boys boarding school for rich delinquents. There’s no point trying to get along with anyone. That is, until he meets Sloane Tresscott in the woods on the outskirts of campus. Gorgeous and sharp-tongued, Sloane is pure temptation.

Except Sloane is the one girl he’s forbidden from touching.

The headmaster’s daughter.

Good thing RJ doesn’t believe in rules. Sure, Sloane insists she’s swearing off boys this year, but he wants her bad, and he’s going to win her over if it kills him—unless her ex-boyfriend, the ruling king of Sandover, kills him first. Luckily, RJ’s unwittingly made some friends. His new stepbrother Fenn, a pretty boy with a self-destructive streak. Lawson, self-proclaimed agent of chaos. And Silas, the All-American good guy who can’t actually be as nice as he seems.

If RJ wants to survive prep school and win Sloane’s heart, he’ll need to figure out a way to use all the secrets hidden in the walls of Sandover.

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Bruiloft in de B&B Kaat De Kock, Little house with a mountain behind it, romance, adult, wedding, b&BHanne has a very busy period ahead of her: she now lives in her own house next to the B&B, which allows her to receive more guests, and she is also arranging her best friend’s wedding party, for which she is happy to use her bed and breakfast. But everything becomes even more hectic when friend Julia arrives on the doorstep with stunning news and her mother’s boyfriend unexpectedly ends up in the hospital. Suddenly they have to do everything they can to save the wedding party and her stepfather’s bistro, which also puts pressure on her own relationship. ‘Wedding in the B&B’ is part 3 in the B&B series, in which Hanne and her friends continue to conquer the Ardennes and your hearts.

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Jungle Juice, Vol. 1 Hyeong Eun , Juder, Action, Manwha, Bug with a man behind it with green eyesPREY VS. PREDATOR Every society has its hierarchy, and college student Suchan Jang is at the top of the human one. But despite his popularity and charisma, he has a secret that keeps him from getting close with others―under his clothes lies a pair of dragonfly wings! And when he’s forced to expose them to save the girl he likes, Suchan suddenly finds himself plummeting to the bottom of the food chain. It is then, alone and at his lowest point, that he is introduced to a hidden society of fellow human-insect hybrids. Abuzz with both friend and foe, this world offers Suchan the opportunity to seize a new start for himself…All that’s left is climbing his way back to the top!

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The Monster Menagerie: An Anthology for Monster Lovers  Lyonne Riley, Girl being embraced by two monsters, romanceIn the Monster Menagerie, all bets are off and everything is on the table.

This anthology features six original short stories by Lyonne Riley, author of the Trollkin Lovers series. Some are pure spice, while others spin a tale of love and romance around these fearsome monsters and their human mates. The anthology features creatures of all sorts, including mermen, orcs, and even dryads. There will be group encounters, twice-the-fun-in-one, wild rutting, and plenty of steam to suit the tastes of any monster-lover.

This is a super steamy short story collection (50k words) that features many different pairings with multiple characters. For a full list of stories included, tropes and content warnings, visit the author’s website.

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