Famous Quotes (Sirius Black edition)

Sirius Black was different from the rest of his family in the fact that he didn’t buy into the “pure blood mania” like some pure blood wizards/witches did. He ended up being disowned by his family for this and he even broke tradition by being sorted into Gryffindor when he went to school at Hogwarts instead of being sorted into Slytherin like the rest of his family.

“When this is all over, we’ll be a proper family. You’ll see.” (Order of the Phoenix)

“If you want to see what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” (Goblet of Fire)

“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matter is the part that we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” (Order of the Phoenix)

“What’s life without a little risk?” (Order of the Phoenix)

“The ones who love us never really leave us, you can always find them here.” (Prisoner of Azkaban)

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Book storage….?

How do you store the physical books that you have?

I have 3 bookcases in the spare bedroom. My hubby now refers to that room as the library. I have my books arranged by author to make it easier to find books that I’m looking for. It makes sense to me because that’s the way the books are arranged at my local bookstore. Since that’s the way I am use to finding them at the bookstore, then I figured that would be a good way to arrange them at home.

I do have a Kindle Fire (as of last year) so that has helped me keep the bookcases from getting overwhelmed with books. There are some books that I can live with having on my Kindle and then there are some books that I have to have the physical copy of.

Which one next?

The nice thing about having a Kindle Fire is that I can take a bunch of books with me without taking up a bunch of room in my carry on when I travel. So, my question is…..which book should I read next when I take my next trip? Keep in mind, I’ve marked the e-books that I’ve read already and there is one that is currently in progress, however, which one should I start next when I finish that one? Do you have any other suggestions besides what is on this list?

A Haunting by L. I. Albemont (already read)
The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs (already read)
Craven Manor by Darcy Coates
Quarter to Midnight by Darcy Coates
The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates (already read)
The House Next Door by Darcy Coates (already read)
Night Music (Nocturnes Volume II) by John Connolly
Aberrations by Joseph Delaney
Murder has a Motive by Francis Duncan (already read)
Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan (already read)
The Magician’s by Lev Grossman
The Magician’s King by Lev Grossman
The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman
The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton (already read)
The Mystery of Drear House by Virginia Hamilton (already read)
The Small Hand by Susan Hill
Pet Sematary by Stephen King (in progress)
1922 by Stephen King
The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz
Darker Daze: The Storms Within Volume I by A. L. Mabry
Hell House by Richard Matheson (already read)
Awake by Natasha Preston
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

8 books to read this Halloween!

Yes, I am making my own list of books to read for your enjoyment this Halloween. I do understand that we are barely into September at the present moment but this gives everyone plenty of time to either purchase the books or check it out from your local library or however you normally acquire books to read. The list is in no particular order whatsoever. Enjoy!

This is a book I read last year around summer time. It’s a book about good versus evil, however, there are some horror elements to it.

This book is typically labeled as a mystery but I find it kind of scary. 10 people are stranded on an island and then people start mysteriously dying one by one. This book will keep the pages turning.

I read this book a couple of years ago but it’s still one of my favorites. A man who is a legendary rock artist who is haunted by a ghost, this book will stick with you even after you’ve finished reading it.

I read this book last year on my Kindle. It’s a great read for anyone who would enjoy a good haunted house story.

This is another favorite of mine that I read a couple of years ago. A group of people go to a house to investigate it to see if it’s “haunted” and by the end of the book, you won’t be able to sleep without the lights on.

This is one of my all time favorite books to read if you’re looking for a good scare. A teenage girl moves into a run down mansion with her father and weird things start happening as soon as they move in.

This isn’t really a haunted house story but more about a specific family that is haunted. There are some nice twists that will keep you reading.

Two sisters run away to go live with their aunt in order to escape horrible living conditions at home, only to find that the safe haven they thought they were walking into isn’t really as safe as they thought.

Worst book you’ve ever read?

For me, the worst book I’ve ever read was “The Night Strangers” by Chris Bohjalian. I read this book a few years back and it was clearly the worst book I ever read out of all the stuff I’ve read over the course of my life. The ending was the part I didn’t like about the book. I remember reading along, thinking this was a pretty good book until I got to the end. That book had the worst ending I could have possibly thought of. Anyway, don’t believe the synopsis on this one, it’s not what you think it is. That’s what sucked me into giving this book a try in the first place was the synopsis so I’m giving you a warning now. After reading this book, I have made sure to steer clear of anything written by Chris Bohjalian as I don’t want to be disappointed again.

So, what is the worst book you’ve ever read? What is it about that book that you didn’t like? If you can’t think of a specific book, then share your worst reading experience then if you have any…

News on “Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children”

I’ve just found some news on the 5th book in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series, titled “Conference of the Birds”. The book will be released January 14th and is available for pre-order. If you check out the link below, you’ll get some questions answered by the author and you’ll get a look at the book cover.

https://ew.com/books/2019/08/28/ransom-riggs-miss-peregrine-book-5-preview/

After reading the article, what are your thoughts on the next book in the series? Are you looking forward to it?

“The Princess Bride” by William Goldman

“The Princess Bride” (S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure) by William Goldman is another book I can add to my list of books I’ve read this year. I’ve watched the movie that is based on this book countless times but I had never read the book until now. Normally I read the book first and watch the movie afterwards, however, I didn’t realize this movie was based on a book when I watched it as a kid. I loved reading this book but now I’m conflicted about which I like more…..the movie or the book. This is usually not the case with me because normally I like the book over the movie (this usually occurs 99% of the time).

The book did live up to my expectations. I was pleased with reading it and enjoyed reading it throughout the book. There are a few minor differences between the book and the movie but it wasn’t enough to ruin either for me.

Synopsis: What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be…well…a lot less than the man of her dreams?

As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad’s recitation, and only the “good parts” reached his ears.

Now Goldman does Dad one better. He’s reconstructed the “Good Parts Version” to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere.

What’s it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.

In short, it’s about everything.

What would you do?

What would you do if you didn’t have any books to read? What would you be doing in your spare time?

I honestly can’t see myself not being able to read. Burying myself in a good book allows me to go to my “happy place” and helps me to relieve stress from the day. Nothing helps me get over a bad day more than a good book (except for maybe my awesome hubby or favorite little puppy dog).

Reading can also be informational because I know some people enjoy reading for learning purposes. Other people read in order to keep up with the news and what all is going on out there in the world. I think reading helps to enrich our lives is some form or fashion.

Order online….

I purchased a book online the other day and it showed up on my door step today in perfect condition. I was browsing Books-a-Million’s website and I noticed they were having a 50% off sale on select titles and I happen to come across the book listed below. I thought the book looked interested so I purchased it. Now it looks like I’ll have something interesting to read for Halloween.

Synopsis: From Danielle Vega, YA’s answer to Stephen King, comes a new paranormal novel about dark family secrets, deep-seated vengeance, and the horrifying truth that evil often lurks in the unlikeliest of places.

Hendricks Becker-O’Malley is new in town, and she’s bringing baggage with her. With a dark and wild past, Hendricks doesn’t think the small town her parents moved her to has much to offer her in terms of excitement. She plans on laying low, but when she’s suddenly welcomed into the popular crowd at school, things don’t go as expected.

Hendricks learns from her new friends that the fixer-upper her parents are so excited about is notorious in town. Local legend says it’s haunted. Hendricks doesn’t believe it. Until she’s forced to. Blood-curdling screams erupt from the basement, her little brother wakes up covered in scratches, and something, or someone pushes her dad down the stairs. With help from the mysterious boy next door, Hendricks makes it her mission to take down the ghosts . . . if they don’t take her first.

“Tomb of Ancients” by Madeleine Roux

I finished reading this book this evening. It is the final book in the “House of Furies” series by Madeleine Roux. I’ve liked all her books so far and this book didn’t disappoint. This book was hard to put down and kept me turning the pages. I won’t ruin the end in case anyone reading this is in the process of reading this series and hasn’t finished it like I have. The “House of Furies” series would be something good to read around Halloween time (along with her other works) for those of you who like a good dark fantasy.

Synopsis: The war between old gods and monsters comes to a thrilling climax in this final book in the “darkly delightful”* House of Furies series, from the New York Times bestselling author of Asylum. (*Publishers Weekly)

Free from the nightmares of Coldthistle House, Louisa and her friends have taken up a posh new London residence. But there’s no rest for the wicked. Religious zealots from the shepherd’s flock are gathering in the city, and ominous warnings are being left on Louisa’s doorstep. With the evil influence of her father’s spirit growing stronger—trying to take over—Louisa knows she will be forced to pick a side in the coming war between the old gods, whether she’d like to or not.

To save herself, Louisa is desperate enough to do whatever it takes—even if it means returning to Coldthistle House and striking another deal with Mr. Morningside. To uphold her end of the bargain, Louisa will have to rejoin his supernatural staff to venture to a gateway between worlds, a place of legend: the Tomb of Ancients. But, as always, there’s a catch…