Looking forward to…..

Author Joe Hill has another book coming out later this year that looks interesting. I found this book while browsing the website for the local bookstore. It’s a book with several different short stories in it, one he even wrote with his dad…Stephen King. I think I’m going to have to get this book when it comes out on October 1st. I just have to decide if I want to purchase the physical copy or get this as an e-book on my Kindle.

Favorite genre?

As far as a particular genre, I’ll switch back and forth between several different ones depending on what I feel like reading when I’ve finished reading a book and I am picking up another one. So, it’s hard for me to pick up just one genre or another.

horror = Sometimes I’m in the mood for something scary. Something from either Stephen King or Joe Hill. They are fun to read whenever there is a thunderstorm going on outside.

mystery = I like a good mystery from time to time. Something that makes you think. Agatha Christie and Frances Duncan are authors who can write a good mystery.

suspense/thriller = These are good to keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page….not that you can’t do that in horror as well.

fantasy = The Harry Potter series or the Chronicles of Narnia series are what come to my mind when someone says fantasy. They are books that take you off into other worlds.

romance = While I have read the Twilight series, I don’t read this genre very often. Of course, there are some books from some of the other genres that will have bits of romance in them. Like the Hunger Games or Divergent series…..I would file those under fantasy but I can see having bits of romance in them.

There may be some books that I’ll read that don’t really fit into any of the above genres and that’s okay. I’m one of those people that is open to other things, especially if it sounds interesting enough. What is your favorite genre to read from?

“Ghostlight” by Sonia Gensler

I finished reading another book and I wanted to share it with you. In this book, we follow Avery May as she explores an old house on her grandmother’s property that is reportedly haunted, even though her grandmother has forbidden her from ever stepping foot in that house. Weird things happen each time she visits and the story takes off from there (I don’t want to reveal too much and ruin the story for people who haven’t read this yet). Even though I know this is a book that is more for kids, this story is still pretty good and the characters are relatable. If you like to read to your kids or have your child read out loud to you, this will probably be a good book to do that with (if your kids like to read about haunted houses, that is).

Synopsis: Avery is looking forward to another summer at Grandma’s farm, at least until her brother says he’s too old for “Kingdom,” the imaginary world they’d spent years creating. Lucky for her, there’s a new kid staying in the cottage down the road: a city boy with a famous dad, Julian’s more than a little full of himself, but he’s also a storyteller like Avery. So when he announces his plan to film a ghost story, Avery is eager to join in.
 
Unfortunately, Julian wants to film at Hilliard House, a looming, empty mansion that Grandma has absolutely forbidden her to enter. As terrified as Avery is of Grandma’s wrath, the allure of filmmaking is impossible to resist.
 
As the kids explore the secrets of Hilliard house, eerie things begin to happen, and the “imaginary” dangers in their movie threaten to become very real. Have Avery and Julian awakened a menacing presence? Can they turn back before they go too far?

What do you look for in a book?

What do you look for in a book? How do you go about finding that next book to read? I’m always looking for more books to read despite how many books I have on my shelves or stored on my Kindle Fire. Some people would go so far to say that I have an addiction to reading. Normally I enjoy browsing through my local bookstore. I can even order online through their website in the comfort of my own home. I like going through the racks and reading the synopsis on the back of the book, or on the inside of the dust cover, whichever the case may be. If there’s one that intrigues me, I’ll give it a try. So, I’m always browsing for that next book. However, I’m not above taking recommendations from other book lovers that have the same interests as me or can recommend something based on what I’ve read previously.

“Fort Whiskey” by David Banks

I recently finished reading this book and I wanted to share it with you. I ordered this book online at Books-a-million.com and it showed up in pristine condition. I loved this book. It only took me a couple of days to read it, which is pretty fast for me. The characters really came to life. They seemed so real and believable. The story kept me hooked from beginning to end. I was surprised when I got to the end but I did like how the book ended. I hope that there will be more literature in store from this author.

Synopsis: At the tail-end of the Civil War, the United States was in the grip of an internal struggle many thought it would never see the end of. Moral and political struggles gave way to violence, gunpowder and bloodshed filling the landscape. The struggle found was mirrored in the life of Willis Reed, a young soldier torn between his duty to his family and to the love of his life. In his adventure, set in the state of Arkansas, which was so hotly contested in the war, can he choose what is right and make it out with his life?

Well written characters

Which characters come to mind when someone asks you who is a well written character?

One character that stands out in my mind is Professor Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series. Throughout the entire series, you constantly question yourself about whose side he’s on and that it isn’t revealed until the very end of the final book. While you can clearly see the motives of the other characters in that series, you don’t see his until the very end when all is revealed. I couldn’t even begin to guess until I finished the final book.

Mordecai Tremaine is another well written character. He is a retired tobacconist and an amateur sleuth that helps find out who the murderer is in each book written by Francis Duncan. Each book is a classic “who done it” mystery. If you are a fan of Agatha Christie, these books may be of interest you.

“The Chalk Man” by C. J. Tudor

I just recently finished reading this book and I wanted to share it with you. I picked this book up at my local bookstore a few weeks back (in paperback form) because I found the synopsis intriguing. It’s a great book to read if you like a book that is full of suspense and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Also, I would never have guessed the ending either and I like that. I don’t want to read something that I can guess what is going to happen before I am finished with the book. This book is pretty creepy throughout and probably not for the faint of heart or little kids.

Synopsis: In 1986, Eddie and his friends are on the verge of adolescence, spending their days biking in search of adventure.  The chalk men are their secret code, stick figures they draw for one another as hidden messages.  But one morning the friends find a chalk man leading them to the woods.  They follow the message, only to find the dead body of a teenage girl.

In 2016, Eddie is nursing a drinking problem and trying to forget his past, until one day he gets a letter containing a chalk man – the same one he and his friends saw when they found the body.  Soon he learns that all his old friends received the same note.  When one of them is killed, Eddie realizes that saving himself means figuring out what happened all those years ago.  But digging into the past proves to be more dangerous than he could have known.  Because in this town, everyone has secrets, no one is innocent, and some will do anything to bury the truth.

Another childhood favorite

One of my favorites as a kid was “The Indian in the Cupboard” by Lynne Reid Banks. When I was in school, I read it around 5th or 6th grade. A young boy name Omri receives a plastic Indian figure from his friend as a birthday present. He also receives a small cupboard from his brother and finds out the Indian has come to life upon being placed in the cupboard. I don’t want to tell you too much about the story because I’m not one who likes to reveal spoilers and ruin the book for anyone who wants to read it. But there are more stories that continue in “Return of the Indian”, “The Secret of the Indian”, “The Mystery of the Cupboard” and “The Key to the Indian”. I knew there was a second book but I didn’t realize the story continued into so many books. I’m kind of curious to see how the story continues on in the other books so I’m thinking of re-reading “The Indian in the Cupboard” and then reading through all the others.

A childhood favorite

When I was a kid, one of my favorites was “Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls (as seen below). It’s a wonderful, heartwarming tale about a boy and his two hunting dogs. I think I may have even read this book more than once. I know they made a movie based on this book quite a while back. I’m kind of surprised they haven’t done a remake yet. Hollywood seems to like rebooting things as of late. Anyway, if you like tales about the bond between man and dog, this would be a good book to read.

Get a glimpse into Christmasland!

Back in January of this year, I had written an article about a tv show that they’re making back when they first provided a still photo of what the villain would look like. The book is called “NOS4A2” and it’s written by Joe Hill (there is still time to go read the book before the show comes out). Well, I am now happy to report that they’ve now released a trailer for the show and it will air on AMC on June 5th of this year. I’m so happy to get a little bit of an insight to the show and get a premiere date. June 5th can’t get here fast enough!