Recommendations!

I’m always looking for that next book to read so I’m willing to take recommendations from others, especially if I know that person likes to read similar books. Anyway, if you like to read, I wouldn’t mind hearing your recommendations for some new literature for me to read.

Genre: Horror, science fiction, fantasy, mystery & thriller. I can take in the occasional romance if it’s good.

Have read: The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, the Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis, the Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney, the Locke & Key series by Joe Hill, the Stoneheart trilogy by Charlie Fletcher, the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie, Murder Has a Motive by Frances Duncan, Murder for Christmas by Frances Duncan, The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly, The Cellar by Natasha Preston, The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox, Carrie by Stephen King, The Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, The Host by Stephenie Meyer, etc.

Books I refuse to read: The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian. I read this book once upon a time and I really got into it at first but the ending disappointed me. This book really turned me away from that particular author and I won’t read anything remotely similar again.

Age Range: I normally read young adult and up. I will read children’s literature if it’s good enough to hold my interest (Harry Potter series is a good example).

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Library….?

Do you think libraries will ever cease to exist at some point? What makes you think so? I think libraries will evolve with the times but I don’t they will ever cease to exist completely. There’s so much you can do at a library besides just check out a book. There is a wealth of information that you can find at your local library. I know that a lot of people are thinking, “Can’t I just find that stuff on the internet?” I don’t think you always can. There’s stuff you can find at the library that may pertain to history in your area that you may not always be able to find on the internet. Plus, at your local library, there is a librarian or other staff that may be able to help you with something if you get stuck. As far as evolving, I know some libraries are starting to let you “borrow” e-books now in addition to borrowing the physical books. The libraries are starting to realize, e-readers and tablets are becoming a thing these days so they are trying to keep up with the times.

Midnight release party?

Have you ever attended one of those midnight release parties? I know they did it for the Harry Potter series when they were being released. Did you ever try to go to one? Which book was it for?

I’ve never attended one myself. Whenever I’ve gotten a book that I’m anxiously waiting for, I tend to sort of shy away from people to avoid having someone spoil the ending for me before I can finish it. I’m not normally an anti-social person, I just don’t like someone revealing the ending before I get to that point. I think it’s rather rude to do that to someone unless the person you are talking to give you permission to do so.

Too old to read children’s books?

Do you think there is an age when you should stop reading children’s books? Why or why not?

I think a lot of people like to go back and read books from their childhood. That person may have good memories attached to that specific book and those memories may be brought back when they reread that book again later. Other people may just feel nostalgic and want to relive their childhood in some way be rereading a particular book. Last year, I reread a book that a teacher had introduced me to. I also reread the sequel to that book. They were books that I enjoyed enough that I wanted to read them again. Also, there was enough time that had passed since I had read them the first time that it was almost like reading a new book.

On the other hand, there are a lot of people that are adults that enjoy children’s books, like the Harry Potter series for example. I was already an adult when I started reading that series. I didn’t get into it when it first came out because I figured it would be too childish for me to read, however, I noticed that several relatives and friends of mine where reading them and quickly changed my mind. I was glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed the series. In my opinion, there’s nothing wrong with an adult reading something that is considered a children’s novel.

“The Truth Lies Here” by Lindsey Klingele

I’ve finished another book last night right before I went to bed and I wanted to share it with you before I forget. This book didn’t end the way that I thought it would but that’s okay. I was thoroughly surprised when I got to the end and I like to be surprised. I don’t like being able to guess the ending before I get there. The story did move along at a nice pace, enough to keep you coming back to the story. I didn’t find any slow parts where I could have gotten derailed and not picked the book back up. This book will probably be the type of book for people who liked the tv show the X-Files.

WHAT’S GOING ON IN BONE LAKE? THE TRUTH WILL SURPRISE YOU.

In small town Michigan, Penny Hardjoy, an aspiring journalist, teams up with the nerdy boy next door and the town’s star quarterback to find her conspiracy theorist father after he goes missing and several other people turn up dead in the woods.

The deeper she digs, the weirder things start to get. Townspeople repeat the same phrases—verbatim. Men in black suits stroll around Main Street. Chunks of Penny’s memory go missing.

Pretty soon, her research leads her to the long-ago meteorite crash in Bone Lake’s woods, and she’s going to have to reconsider her definition of “real” if she wants answers. . . .

Comic books?

Do you consider comic books/anime/manga/graphic novels to be the same as reading an actual novel? Now, I’m not one to say that the book has to have a certain word count before it’s considered a “novel” and it can’t have any pictures or anything like that. I would say “yes” to that first question.

I’ve read the mini series “Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland” that was written by Joe Hill. It’s a prequel to the novel “NOS4A2” that tells you all about how Charles Talent Manx became the villain in that novel. It doesn’t add anything or take anything away from the book. It just gives you some back history on Manx.

I’ve also read the Locke & Key series, which was also written by Joe Hill. That’s my first comic book series that I’ve read and it’s what introduced me to author Joe Hill. It’s a good series but I would consider it and the mini series listed above to be for “mature audiences” only because of some of the content.

Professor Albus Dumbledore

Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore was the Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during Harry’s time in school. In the first 2 films, Richard Harris plays the part of Professor Dumbledore. When Harris passed away after the second film, Michael Gambon plays the part of Professor Dumbledore from the third movie on to the rest of the series. Who do you think plays the part of Dumbledore better…..Richard Harris (pictured on the left) or Michael Gambon (pictured on the right)? This is a big debate in my household….my spouse and I are always discussing who we think played the part better.

Got caught?

Have you ever got caught reading when you weren’t suppose to?

There have been a time or two that I got caught reading when I was suppose to be in bed asleep. I remember being given the speech that I would ruin my eyes because I was trying to read with not enough light to help me see properly. This was back during a time when we didn’t have tablets and e-readers that had a lit up screen to read on. It was just me and the book I was reading…..I usually left my door open enough to have some light coming into my room that I thought was enough light to see by. Plus, I thought I could see/hear my parents coming down the hall and be able to put my book away fast enough to not get caught.

As far as school went, I usually only read when the teacher allowed it. I don’t remember getting caught when I wasn’t suppose to. I knew that if I did get caught that I would be in double the amount of trouble. I would get in trouble at school for not paying attention to the teacher but I would also get in trouble a second time once I got home.

Did you see the premiere?

So, who here watched the premiere of “NOS4A2” (yes, I know I’m a little late on this)? Are you excited to see the next episode? What are your expectations for the first season? How many of you have read the book that this show is based on?

I know there are some little differences, so far, between the show and the book. However, I don’t think it’s enough to deter me from watching the show. Yeah, in the book, Vic McQueen was a little younger and she rode an actual bicycle instead of a motor cycle (that seems to be the big difference so far at this point). But I’m still interested in seeing how this show plays out. What do you think so far?

The Hunger Games (movies)

My hubby purchased the entire collection of Hunger Games movies on blu-ray a few weeks ago. My collection doesn’t include a digital copy….just the movies themselves along with bonus features spread out over 6 discs. I’ve watched “The Hunger Games”, “Catching Fire”, “Mockingjay part 1” and “Mockingjay part 2” today. They seemed to have kept the movies pretty close to the books from what I can tell. I know they can’t put everything from the books into the movies….if they did, each movie would be about 12 hours long and no one would be able to sit through that. I did enjoy watching the movies today.

Anyway, I never did get to see these movies as they were being released in the theaters. I wanted to read the books and have them finished before I saw the movies. I didn’t want the movies to have any effect on what I was reading as I was making my way through the books and I’ve always preferred it that way. My hubby purchased the movies for me when I finished the last book in the trilogy not long ago.

Have you watched any of the movies? What are your thoughts on them? Did you watch them when they were released in theaters or did you wait to watch them at home once they were out on dvd/blu-ray?