It’s The Great Pumpkin! (Book Tag)


It’s fall, season of the pumpkin…so here we are with a pumpkin themed book tag! I found this one on Thrice Read  and to level with you all I’m not a big fan of the pumpkin. I didn’t try my first piece of pumpkin pie until junior year of college and I have never had a pumpkin spiced latte. Fall time for me is usually an caramel Macchiato or some warm cider. For those of you who do enjoy pumpkin flavored things, try out this book tag. Leave your link below so I can check it out!

Pumpkin: A writer you always make a point to read in October


There is no particular author I read base don the time of year it is. My plan is usually to read the books as they come in the mail or as they’re released. For the remainder of 2017 my plan is to finish the Cassandra Clare series The Mortal Instruments. It’s also November and almost the end of pumpkin season and the beginning of peppermint takeover which I am a fan of.

Pumpkin Spice: A work you would read to impress a millennial


I don’t know what would impress a millennial nor do I read books to impress people, but there are a few books that I feel smarter for having read. I’m a big fan of poetry and I have a book of Harlem Renaissance poems that I think is pretty impressive.


Pumpkin Pie: A work that makes you think of autumn


The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, I read this story in Jr. high school which would’ve started in the fall around September or October. The story itself takes place over the course of the school year I believe also. The incident mentioned in the book occurred in a suburb of Philadelphia.


Pumpkin Cheesecake: A work that was challenging to read but was a rewarding experience


Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky was one of the hardest books I’ve ever had to read. It was on my high school summer reading list my junior year of high school and I recall not being able to force myself through the entire book. I made it halfway through and had to finish reading through the school year to pass the tests that came along with the summer reading lists.



Pumpkin Bread: An underrated work by a well-known writer

I am so new to this I’m not sure who is well – known or who is just well known to me. I spent a few years not reading anything and so I’ll have to wait until at least next year to give a fair opinion on that one.


Pumpkin Soup: A work that you first enjoyed, but then lost interest 


The very first series that comes to mind is The Immortals by Alyson Noel. The very first book Evermore  was amazing but upon reaching the ending I was annoyed and I found the main character so insufferable that midway through the second book I gave up.

Pumpkin Doughnut: A light, five-star read


Sisterhood of the APF by Zane is both a light read and a five-star book though definitely not for children. Zane’s books discuss adult situations and are very steamy.  Sisterhood of the APF is one of my absolute favorites. I bought the book shortly after borrowing a copy of Nervous by the same author.

Pumpkin Picking: Within the last year, in which genre did you purchase the most books


As always the genre I spent the most coin on was fantasy.It is my personal favorite and the genre I aspire to write for. Plus there are so many great options to choose from. .

Pumpkin Carving: A work that could have been trimmed down


I try really hard to look at the entire body of work of a series. I have been fortunate enough to pick series that i’m interested in and that also have interesting plots and I haven’t been disappointed yet. When you commit to a series you have to be along for the ride.

Pumpkin Painting: A book with magnificent illustrations


I love the illustrations in The Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire. So far I’ve only read Wicked but the cover art as well as the title headings are very pretty.

Pumpkin Ice Cream: The most random work you would recommend


The most random book I would recommend is actually a fantasy theme book called Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons by Dugald A. Steer, Ernest Drake and Wayne Anderson. It was a book my mom got for me as a pre-teen when I was obsessed with dragons, the book has several fun activities to keep the excitement going and it’s very shiny. As far as books go it’s not the most plot driven but the illustrations are amazing.

What is your favorite way to enjoy pumpkin/what is your favorite dish where pumpkin is the main ingredient?

So once again I’m not a major fan of pumpkin flavored anything, however, I do really enjoy Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake. Cheesecake is one of my favorite food groups and I absolutely love caramel on anything so caramel cheesecake with pumpkin or any other kind of pie just makes sense.

What’s Your Favorite Pumpkin  Inspired Thing?  Leave a Comment Below!


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The Name Game Book Tag


I found this book tag on The Book Owl and just had to try it! Before making it’s home at The Book Owl  this tag was featured on the blog of Madeline J. Rose!  Remember those cheesy poems we used to write as kids, using the letters of your name? It’s actually just like that, but with books!

The original post suggests using the titles of books you’ve read or recommended to spell out your name.  The books can have either have the letter in the title or as the author that starts with each letter of your name. I noticed in my bookshelf there are far more books I own than have read, so i’ll be using books I own or have read. I’ll also be spelling out my byline: Noel Bleu, feel free to use whichever name you’d like and leave a comment below!



Night Star: Alyson Noel

Night Star

N – Stands for Night Star by Alyson Noel.  This letter was only slightly challenging as I only have a handful of N books. I have not read this book yet, but I do own it. I have read the first book in the series and half of the second book. Night Star, is book five in The Immortals six book series. Without having read it there’s not much to say but I do looooove the cover.



Out Of Oz: Gregory Maguire

Out of Oz

O – Stands for Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire. I couldn’t think of an O book off the top of my head and wouldn’t have been able to find one in my shelf if not for my Nov book haul. I started this series with Wicked but hadn’t been able to get my hands on the rest of the books. It is the final book in The Wicked Years series.  As for now though it looks like I’ll be completing the series in 2018.


E.B. White: Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte's Web EB White

E – stands for E.B. White author of Charlotte’s Web. Between The Immortals and Twilight I could spell out my name with just those two series, but,  for the sake of variation I decided to use the name of the author of one of my favorite children’s books. E.B. White is the creator of Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little, (I saw the movie but have yet to read the book.)


Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Dangerous Liasions

L – stands for Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.  Finding L books are hard, this book only counts as L by acknowledging that the in french is Les. This book also known as Dangerous Liaisons also known as Cruel Intentions is a book that I haven’t ever read, but, I’ve watched the movie more times than I can count.  I actually picked this book up in college because I found out the movie was based on a book. Finding the original french written story was a bonus. Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a difficult read if you don’t have the time to decode French and old English. It’s been listed on several classic books list so I’ll be reading it at some point.


Breaking Dawn: Stephanie Meyer

Breaking Dawn

B – Stands for Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer. I had to travel to my bookshelf for this one but surprisingly I have several B books to choose from. I chose this one, a book that I both own and have read to completion! Breaking Dawn for me was the ending to a month long marathon/binge read that started mid-may and ended by early June. It was also the wedding we all waited for, the wedding night we wish we could’ve read more about and the incredibly gifted Renesmee Cullen. This is one of few series with an ending I loved but was sad to end.


Lady’s Night

Lady's Night

L – Stands for Lady’s Night by Mark Anthony. This was another challenging book to find but I found it. I read this book when I was teenager, during a time when my literary interests were mostly urban fiction. Growing up in Philadelphia, it’s a lot easier to relate to the characters in these books. It’s been so long ago, that although I’ve read it, I can’t recall much besides the main character “Lady” ends up in a prostitution ring and that it has a happy ending.




E – Stands for Evermore by Alyson Noel. I would’ve walked right by this book if the author’s last name wasn’t my middle name. (Yes, Noel is actually my middle name). I grabbed the book and felt the story was intriguing enough to buy. Feel free to make your own judgements, but, the main character is so frustrating that I have yet to finish book #2.




U – Stands for Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast. Another book that I both own and have read to completion. It is book four in the House of Night series. I wouldn’t call it one of my favorites but I do love the book because it ramps the action up a few notches. The series as a whole is one battle after the next, an amazing read for anyone who enjoys magical vampires and mythology.



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