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Top 5 books with pumpkins

Hello friends!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is top 5 books with pumpkins!!

We are in the midst of our October/Halloween topics!! And honestly, even though I hate the taste of pumpkin (yes, I’m one of those), and it’s actually spring here in Australia and therefore not pumpkin season at all — I love the idea of pumpkins. I love how they are associated with Halloween (which we also don’t celebrate). And I love how synonymous they are (in my head) with the small-town American concept of trick or treating and decorations (based entirely on movies and not my actual experience in the US). (And also Cinderella retellings… but shhhhh!!)

Anyway, small rant over, please see below my top 5 books with pumpkins. Mostly on the cover. Because there was really only one book I could remember where they were featured throughout. And all the cozy paranormal romances I’ve read that are set at Halloween (The Ex-Hex, Hex Appeal, The Kiss Curse, Witcha Gonna Do?) don’t have pumpkins on the cover and it’s been so long since I read them that I can’t recall detailed content!! The outrage!! (In fact, let’s just say we went DEEP into my Kindle and iBooks account… very deep…)

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top 5 books with pumpkins

Pumpkinheads — Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.

Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.

But this Halloween is different Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.

Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years…

What if their last shift was an adventure?

Geekerella — Ashley Poston

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win… unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Glass Coffin — Gabby Hutchinson Crouch

Glass Coffin by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch

NOTE: Glass Coffin is book 3 in the Darkwood series. Please read at your own peril…

The tyrannous Huntsmen have declared everyone in one village to be outlaws, since they insist on supporting the magical beings of neighbouring Darkwood. Why won’t they accept that magic is an abomination?

Far from being abominable, the residents of Darkwood are actually very nice when you get to know them, even Snow the White Knight, who can get a bit tetchy when people remind her she’s a Princess.

In order to stop the Huntsmen from wiping out all magical beings, Snow and her friends have to venture into the Badlands of Ashtrie, and seek the support of the Glass Witch but she has plans of her own, and let’s just say they’re not good ones.

The Bitches of Everafter — Barbra Annino

These are not the mild-mannered maidens of your childhood. These are fallen princesses and fierce women with no recollection of who they are, where they came from, or how they arrived in a mysterious town called Everafter. All they know is that they’ve been sentenced to a stretch in a half-way house by a malicious judge with an ax to grind. They’ve been stripped of their freedom, their kingdoms, and their true loves. Now, they have nothing left to lose.

Snow White is the newest parolee to arrive at Granny’s House for Girls. It isn’t long before she learns that her housemates harbor secrets, and that the mansion itself is a meandering enigma. She stumbles upon forbidden doorways, ghostly passages, and walls that seem to breathe. Determined to find out what’s really happening inside those old walls, Snow embarks on a dangerous discovery mission. Not everyone is thrilled about her nosing around. In fact, there are some who would kill to keep the secrets that the house and its occupants hold.

The Bitches of Everafter by Barbra Annino

The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride — Kristen Painter

The Vampire's Mail Order Bride by Kristen Painter

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town where Halloween is celebrated 365 days a year. The tourists think it’s all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.

Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.

After seeing her maybe-mobster boss murder a guy, Delaney James assumes a new identity and pretends to be a mail order bride. She finds her groom-to-be living in a town that celebrates Halloween every day. Weird. But not as weird as what she doesn’t know. Her groom-to-be is a 400-year-old vampire.

Hugh Ellingham has only agreed to the arranged set up to make his overbearing grandmother happy. In thirty days, whatever bridezilla shows up at his door will be escorted right back out. His past means love is no longer an option. Not if the woman’s going to have a future. Except he never counted on Delaney and falling in love for real.

Too bad both of them are keeping some mighty big secrets…

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