Locke & Key

Locke & Key is a comic book series written by author Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez. I read this comic book series a couple of years ago and I really enjoyed them a lot. Ever since I read them, I’ve heard rumors that they were going to make this series into a tv show and then I heard rumors they were going to make them into movies…..now I’ve finally found out that there is suppose to be a tv show based on this series that is being made for Netflix. Currently, they are filming this from February 11th till June 17th of this year in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I imagine (this is just my theory here) that we won’t get to see this show until very late in the year or some time next year. It depends on how long it takes them to getting through the post-production process and all that jazz. Anyway, I’m glad to finally hear that we are getting a show after hearing so many rumors floating around and I can’t wait to see this show.


My recent purchase!

I wanted to talk about my recent trip to the local bookstore in my hometown. I just love going in there. Just the smell alone is wonderful (yes, I like the smell of books). But they also have a little coffee shop in the right hand corner of the store as soon as you walk in so there is usually a coffee smell mixed in there as well. Even though I’m not really a coffee drinker, it’s still a pleasant smell. Anyway, I had lots of fun browsing through the isles to look for some new books to add to my collection. I wouldn’t be surprised if they had thought I moved in with as much time as I spent in there shopping. I also saved a pretty good amount while I was there. Since I was a “member” and had their discount card, I saved 10% off my purchase (which came to about $19.50). Then I had a coupon for $25 off (it’s one of the coupons that they give you when you sign up for their membership card). So I got to save almost $45 total on my purchase….who can complain about that? *big smile on my face* Anyway, I had fun shopping and it was a very pleasant experience. Also, if you are mildly curious as to what I bought…..you can check out the list below.

“The Thief of Always” by Clive Barker (paperback)
“The Mansion” by Ezekiel Boone (hardcover)
“Ghostlight” by Sonia Gensler (hardcover)
“The Rules” by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie (paperback)
“The Escape” by Hannah Jayne (paperback)
“Watching You’ by Lisa Jewell (hardcover)
“Misery” by Stephen King (paperback)
“Bird Box” by Josh Malerman (paperback)
“Little Monsters” by Kara Thomas (paperback)
“A Head Full of Ghosts” by Paul Tremblay (paperback)
“The Chalk Man” by C. J. Tudor (paperback)

“The Night Sister” by Jennifer McMahon

I just finished reading this last night and I wanted to share it with you. I had gotten a gift card to the local bookstore for Christmas and they were having a sale on their bargain books at the time (buy 2 books and get the 3rd one free on all books from the bargain section) and this was one of the books I picked out. I stayed entertained throughout the entire book. There was no “slow beginning” parts that I had to get through either to get to what everybody calls “the good parts”. This novel held my attention from start to finish. I think I’ll try some of the author’s other novels and see if they are just as good. If you want a good, spooky novel to read around Halloween time (or any time you want a good scare), then this book would be a good one to read.

Synopsis: Once the thriving attraction of rural Vermont, the Tower Motel now stands in disrepair, alive only in the memories of Amy, Piper, and Piper’s kid sister, Margot. The three played there as girls until the day that their games uncovered something dark and twisted in the motel’s past, something that ruined their friendship forever.

Now adult, Piper and Margot have tried to forget what they found that fateful summer, but their lives are upended when Piper receives a panicked midnight call from Margot, with news of a horrific crime for which Amy stands accused. Suddenly, Margot and Piper are forced to relive the time that they found the suitcase that once belonged to Silvie Slater, the aunt that Amy claimed had run away to Hollywood to live out her dream of becoming Hitchcock’s next blonde bombshell leading lady. As Margot and Piper investigate, a cleverly woven plot unfolds—revealing the story of Sylvie and Rose, two other sisters who lived at the motel during its 1950s heyday. Each believed the other to be something truly monstrous, but only one carries the secret that would haunt the generations to come.

Famous Quotes (Professor McGonagall edition)

Professor Minerva McGonagall….teacher of Transfiguration and Head of Gryffindor House. She happens to be one of my favorite characters from the Harry Potter series. There are times that she is a pretty stern teacher but she also shows that she cares for the students that attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry. I am pleased to present to you some of my favorite quotes made by Professor McGonagall at some point during the Harry Potter series.

The house of Godric Gryffindor has commanded the respect of the wizarding world for nearly ten centuries. I will not have you, in the course of a single evening, besmirching that name by behaving like a babbling, bumbling band of baboons! (Goblet of Fire)

Minerva McGonagall: [to Harry, Ron, & Hermione] Why is it, when something happens, it is always you three?
Ron Weasley: Believe me, Professor. I’ve been asking myself the same question for six years.
(Half Blood Prince)

Potter, take Weasley with you. He looks far too happy over there.
(Half Blood Prince)

‘Is it true that you shouted at Professor Umbridge?’
‘Yes,’ said Harry.
‘You called her a liar?’
‘Yes.’
‘You told her He Who Must Not Be Named is back?’
‘Yes.’
Professor McGonagall sat down behind her desk, frowning at Harry. Then she said, ‘Have a biscuit, Potter.’
(Order of the Phoenix)

‘May I offer you a cough drop, Dolores?’
(Order of the Phoenix)

Neville: Are you actually giving us permission to do this?
McGonagall: Yes, Longbottom.
Neville: Blow it up? Boom?
McGonagall: BOOM!
Neville: Wicked. How do you expect we do that?
McGonagall: Why don’t you confer with Mr. Finnigan? As I recall, he has a particular proclivity for pyrotechnics.
Seamus: I can bring it down.
McGonagall: That’s the spirit, now away you go.
(Deathly Hallows)


Present?

So, what did everyone get for Valentine’s Day? I got one of those 3D puzzles from Wrebbit. It’s part of the Diagon Alley collection and it’s specifically Quality Quidditch Supplies and Slug & Jiggers. I already had Olivander’s Wand Shop and Scribbulus. I got that for Christmas and it’s already put together. I have to get this one put together so I can put them next to each other. After this one, I just have to get one more to complete the Diagon Alley collection. Once I get that last one, I’ll currently have all the Harry Potter puzzles that they’ve made so far (unless they come up with more puzzles from the Harry Potter world). Anyway, maybe I can post some pictures of all the puzzles put together.

Valentine’s Day Picks

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope every is enjoying their day so far or has something good planned for their day. For those of you who happen to like Valentine’s Day, I have some literature you can read to help enjoy the holiday even more (or these could also be purchased as gifts for that special someone on your list who likes to read).

“Twilight” series by Stephanie Meyer = Okay, I know this one may be kind of obvious but it is very romance-y. There is some fantasy elements to it since it has vampires and werewolves in it. I’ve read all the books, plus, there are movies based on the novels that you can watch with your special someone if the two of you like to watch movies together.

“You Will Be Mine” by Natasha Preston = If you want a stand alone book to read, then this will be a good one. Yes, I know this is a mystery/thriller but there is a lot of romance happening throughout the story.

“The Host” by Stephanie Meyer = A friend of mine let me borrow her copy of this book and I really did enjoy it. It may be equal parts romance and fantasy by Stephanie Meyer but it’s set in a different world than her Twilight books.

“Shiver” trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater = If you are a fan of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series, then you’ll probably like this one as well. There are wolves in this one but no vampires. Lots of romance. You’ll see when you start reading them. Also, there is a 4th book….it doesn’t really have anything to do with the story from this trilogy but it takes two of the supporting characters from the books and tells their story for just a little bit longer.

“The Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins = Yes, I know these books are fantasy but there is a lot of romance going on throughout. It actually plays an important part during the story.


Where is your favorite spot to read?

Everybody has a favorite spot to read. Whether it’s at their local library, their favorite bookstore, the coffee shop down the street, etc. There are plenty of places for you to relax and enjoy a good book. My favorite place to read is at home. I have a spare bedroom set up as my own personal library and that is my go to spot for curling up with a good book. There is a small couch in there that folds out into a bed so it doubles as a bedroom when we have company over but that doesn’t happen often. Also, I tend to read in bed just before I turn in for the night. I have a few different reasons for picking my home as my favorite spot.

One, it’s quiet enough for me to do my reading. I don’t like a lot of noise or any other distracts going on around me when I’m trying to enjoy a book (especially if the book is getting really good).

Second, I find reading to be a relaxing after a long hard day at work. There is something soothing to me to sit down with a good book when I’ve made it home after work. It’s also kind of like giving myself a reward for all the hard work that I’ve had to put in for that day.

Last, but not least, I don’t have to spend the extra money on gas to go out of my way to go read somewhere. I’m already going to home anyway…. Plus, if there’s bad weather, I’d rather be at home anyway instead of being out and about somewhere.

Author Spotlight (Chapter 2)

Joseph Delaney is a British author of typically fantasy novels. He retired from teaching pretty quickly into his career as an author. The first books he wrote under his real name was the Last Apprentice series as they are known in the U.S. (it’s known as the Wardstone Chronicles in the U.K.). That story continues in the Starblade Chronicles, however, you don’t necessarily have to read the Last Apprentice series to understand what is going on in the Starblade Chronicles. I’ve already read all of those books so far. His Aberrations series, I’ve got the first one on my Kindle Fire but I haven’t started reading it yet. His Arena 13 trilogy…I haven’t been able to find them in my local bookstore yet. I’ll probably have to either order them or see if I get get them on my Kindle.

“Hallowe’en Party” by Agatha Christie

I just recently finished reading this book so now I can write about it. I’ve read some of Agatha Christie’s work before so I know she is a good author to pick up with I’m in the mood for a classic “who done it” novel and this novel definitely fits that bill. I did enjoy this novel even though I was able to guess the ending before we got to it (at least, partially speaking). If you want to know what I mean by that statement, you’ll have to contact me because I don’t want to blast any spoilers out there for anyone who hasn’t read this novel yet and would like to do so. Anyway, if you love a good mystery or a nice murder mystery, you may want to pick up this novel.

Synopsis: A teenage murder witness is drowned in a tub of apples… At a Hallowe’en party, Joyce—a hostile thirteen-year-old—boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no-one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub. That night, Hercule Poirot is called in to find the ‘evil presence’. But first he must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or a double-murderer…

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

I had almost forgot to mention, my hubby and I watched this movie a while back. I had read the book that this movie was based on when it first came out and I wanted to watch this movie when I heard that they were making it. My hubby hasn’t read the book but I can usually get him to watch these movies with me though. Anyway, I enjoyed watching the movie even though there were some differences between the book and the movie. The movie was paced well enough that I stayed entertained throughout and didn’t loose interest. There was a lot of stuff I had to explain to my hubby as we were watching since he’s never read any of the books from the Millennium series. I have the next book, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, which I plan to read as soon as possible. I’m curious to see if they will make a movie on that one as well.