Happy Monday Storytellers and welcome to the last week of Bookending Autumn! This month has been a complete blast and I have been loving reading everyone’s posts, prompts, and chats! Much like last week, I’m still waddling through everyone’s posts (make sure to add it to the blog hopping masterlist!) because as usual, I am trying to play catch up–but the end is near!

If you don’t know what Bookending Autumn is, its a month long event in October that was created by myself and Clo @ Cuppa Clo where we aspire to bring the bookish community closer together through the platform we love the most–blogging! Each day we have different prompts from different hosts that participants can replicate! I am wickedly excited to check out everyone’s posts and prompts as we get more into the month as our hosts this year are dishing out quality content! You can catch me smiling from ear to ear as I get to meet all of you on your blogs and on our Twitter (@bookend_events if you haven’t followed, you totally should!) page!

Today I am taking over reign of this spooky kingdom and I cannot even describe to you how beyond excited I am to be hosting! So grab your popcorn (and knives) and prepare to be bewitched! (hehe, get it? Cause the lead on bewitched was named Samantha (Sam) and my name is Samantha (Sam)…I know, I’m hilarious)

Also don’t forget that we have a blog hopping masterlist! The list features all of our participants and those who are participating in Bookending Autumn can put their post links next to their name for easy blog hopping! Can’t wait to see all your amazing posts! And with that, let’s get into today’s prompt!


Pumpkin Carver Challenge

CHALLENGE PROMPT! Spell out JACK O’ LANTERN with Book Titles! You must omit determiners, such as, “The” and “a” etc. If you want to go hardcore– try using only horror/thriller books, or stories set in the month of October!

1A Photo of my book choices for the challenge

J – The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

A – All That Compels the Heart by Erin Bowlen

C – Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

K – Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

O’ – OCD, the Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn

L – The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

A – The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian

N – None of The Above by I.W. Gregorio

T – This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

E – Eliza and Her Monsters byFrancesca Zappia

R – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

N – Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Wow was this harder than I thought it was going to be! The entire time I was waddling through my shelves, I kept mumbling “why are there so many quacking letters in the name Jack O’ Lantern?!”

I think the hardest letter for me would definitely be ‘k’, as I think that one is the only book that I own that starts with that letter, High key was going to sneak into my mom’s romance stash if my own library failed me! LOL.

Good luck everyone and may the book gods be ever in your favor if you accept this challenge! Can’t wait to see your finished product!


Are you up for the challenge?



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  1. Laurie

    October 28, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Nice picks! I did something extra for this one, to be published tomorrow!

    1. fictionallysam

      October 28, 2019 at 11:05 am

      YAY! Hope you enjoy the challenge and can’t wait to see it!

  2. Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads

    October 28, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Okay I love that you actually had the physical books! I had to go on Goodreads to find the ones I read/or wanted to read, and then choose those.

    1. fictionallysam

      October 28, 2019 at 2:30 pm

      AH Thank you!!!!!!! <3 I def wanted to waddle to GR for this challenge, but when I realized I don’t read a lot of books set around October (or anything spooky really) I decided to challenge myself to the shelf life lmao 🤣🤣🤣

      P.S. Just finished reading your post, AND LOVED IT!!!! (felt compelled to tell you twice lmao)

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    October 28, 2019 at 1:30 pm

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  4. dbsguidetothegalaxy

    October 29, 2019 at 6:18 am

    Also waddling a lot over all the posts because there are a lot and I’m behind on so many of them! But I always do like these type of posts – and good picks! This Mortal Coil again?? Is that a sign? 😄😄

  5. Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)

    October 29, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    stares because joke definitely went over my head because I haven’t watched Bewitched I would fail this challenge so badly because despite the fact I own whole 18 gallon tote box of books… I’m 95% sure 1 gallon is actually journals and 5 gallons are um… actual air.

  6. danielle

    October 29, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Nice choices Sammy!! I’d probably fail at this post because I don’t have a lot of physical books in my library, as I chose to borrow or read from Scribd and Overdrive.

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    October 30, 2019 at 5:20 am

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  8. KeepReadingForward

    October 30, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Wow, this seems like a challenger alright. I’m not even sure if I could spell it with the books I have. I’ll have to go see. Nice picks!

  9. Clo @ Cuppa Clo

    October 30, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Aaaah love your choices, I’m not even surprised that you’ve included This Mortal Coil phaha and Eliza and Her Monsters is just amazing, I loved that one. I still need to erm finish the red queen series, I’ve only read the first book and keep meaning to continue…oops

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