• gwen

Weekly Round Up: October 30, 2020


50 States 50 Scares

This New York Times article shared a list of the scariest novels set in every state. It was shared all over the internet because how cool is this list?! It also gave me so many creative reading ideas.

The Virginia recommendation?

Steve Rasnic Tem, “Blood Kin”

Snake handlers, iron cages, preachers who speak in tongues: What starts out as the bleak tale of a young man coming home to Appalachia to care for his elderly grandmother ends as a supernatural-lashed tale of horror.


The Goodreads Choice Awards 2020

How is it already time to start voting for the best books of 2020?

Opening Round Oct. 27 - Nov. 8

Semifinal Round Nov. 10 - 15

Final Round Nov. 17 - 30

Winners Announced Dec. 8

I'll probably do a more in-depth discussion about this at a later time, but in the meantime go vote!


The Queen's Gambit on Netflix

The Queen's Gambit is an American dramatic television miniseries based on Walter Tevis's 1983 novel of the same name. It was created by Scott Frank and Allan Scott and released on Netflix on October 23, 2020.

It's a fictional story that follows the life of an orphan chess prodigy named Beth Harmon from the age of eight to twenty-two during her quest to become the world's greatest chess player while struggling with emotional issues and with drug and alcohol dependency. The story begins in the mid-1950s and proceeds into the 1960s.


#Alive on Netflix

A zombie movie that's actually good?

#Alive is a 2020 South Korean zombie film directed by Cho Il-hyung. Starring Yoo Ah-in and Park Shin-hye, it is based on the 2019 script Alone by Matt Naylor, who co-adapted his script with Cho.


Hempz Pumpkin Spice & Vanilla Chai exfoliating herbal body scrub (limited edition)

You're welcome.

Pumpkin Spice & Vanilla Chai Exfoliating Herbal Body Scrub by Hempz is a luxurious, fine scrub, that softens, smooths and helps remove dead skin. Blended with essential extracts and oils to help condition and hydrate skin.


  • Convenient, reusable, wooden spoon assists with even application

  • Enriched with 100% Pure Natural Hemp


Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Synthetic Wax, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Fragrance (Parfum), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Mica, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Eugenol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Isopentyldiol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Benzyl Benzoate, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Cinnamal, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Coumarin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Tin Oxide, Citric Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Retinyl Palmitate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Disodium PEG-12 Dimethicone Sulfosuccinate, Cholecalciferol.