Another purchase!

I almost forgot to mention, I got to make a second purchase at my local book store. I got “A Stranger in the House” by Shari Lapena (paperback), “What the Night Sings” by Vesper Stamper (hardcover), “Enter the Dark House” (Welcome to the Dark House & Return to the Dark House) by Laurie Faria Stolarz (paperback). I just love going to my local book store. Plus, I’ve noticed that they’ve rearranged the store a bit so I had to spend some time getting myself reacquainted with where stuff is. I didn’t mind them rearranging the store since I normally make sure that I have plenty of time to shop when I go to the book store because I know I’m going to spend a while in there anyway.

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My latest purchase today!

I got to do a little shopping today. As always, I had fun browsing the store looking for books. I could live at the book store if they stayed open all the time. If you’re mildly curious to see what all I bought, you can check out the list below.

“If You Go Down To The Woods” by Seth C. Adams (paperback)
“The Saturday Night Ghost Club” by Craig Davidson (paperback)
“Haunted Nights: A Horror Writers Association Anthology” edited by Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton (paperback)
“Splinter in the Blood” by Ashley Dyer (paperback)
“Tomb of Ancients” by Madeleine Roux (hardcover)
“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” by Alvin Schwartz (paperback)
“More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” by Alvin Schwartz (paperback)
“Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones” by Alvin Schwartz (paperback)

Scary Stories…..

This was another childhood favorite of mine. I believe I read these when I was in the 7th grade. It includes “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”, “More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” and “Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones”, all written by Alvin Schwartz. I remember checking each one out from the library at my school and reading them. I did enjoy reading these books. I was old enough to know that the stuff in the books wasn’t real, however, they are good enough books to keep you on the edge of your seat. I have seen this at my local bookstore and I’ve thought about re-reading these.

Now, they’ve made a movie based on the stories from these books and it’ll be released in the United States on August 9th of this year (just in a couple of weeks). I would like to see the movie on opening weekend but I don’t know if my schedule at work will allow me to. I may just have to go see it on a day off.

“Ten” by Gretchen McNeil

This is the latest novel that I’ve finished reading over the weekend. It is similar to Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” novel but it deals with teenagers instead of adults. With that comes some teenage angst or teenage drama mixed in with the story. I think this book would be geared more towards the young adult audience who like a good thriller. The story is good but I don’t know if an adult would like sitting through the teenage angst/drama that is mixed in.

Synopsis: It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie are looking forward to two days of boys, booze, and fun-filled luxury. But what starts out as fun turns twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. And things only get worse from there.

With a storm raging outside, the teens are cut off from the outside world . . . so when a mysterious killer begins picking them off one by one, there’s no escape. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on one another, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

Another childhood favorite…..

I found another childhood favorite of mine today. It’s called “Aunt Morbelia and the Screaming Skulls” by Joan Carris. I remember liking this book as a kid but I don’t remember much about how the story went. That makes me want to re-read the book now to help jog my memory (assuming I can even find this book somewhere).

Synopsis: Todd isn’t too happy at the prospect of his Aunt Morbelia’s permanent move-in with his family. But for dyslexic Todd, Aunt Morbelia proves a bigger help than he thought. Award-winning author Joan Carris delivers good, prankish fun (School Library Journal).

Spiderman: Far From Home

My husband and I got to watch “Spiderman: Far From Home” over the weekend. It was a really good movie and I enjoyed it. There was a few funny moments in the movie and lots of action going on. There are 2 “scenes” after the credits but I won’t ruin it for you if you are planning on seeing this movie yourself. But this is a good movie to see if you are a fan of Marvel movies. I will warn you that there may be spoilers in this movie if you haven’t already watched Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel.

“The Mansion” by Ezekiel Boone

Finished another novel and I wanted to share it with you as well. This books was a creepy read but it was good. It’s hard to explain without giving too much away and spoiling the book for someone else who wishes to read it. It’s kind of a cross between reading a haunted house story and reading a “robots take over” story….that about the best way I can put it. If you like either of those things then this might be a book for you.

Synopsis: After two years of living on cheap beer and little else in a bitterly cold tiny cabin outside an abandoned, crumbling mansion, young programmers Shawn Eagle and Billy Stafford have created something that could make them rich: a revolutionary computer they name Eagle Logic.

But the hard work and escalating tension have not been kind to their once solid friendship—Shawn’s girlfriend Emily has left him for Billy, and a third partner has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. While Billy walks away with Emily, Shawn takes Eagle Logic, which he uses to build a multi-billion-dollar company that eventually outshines Apple, Google, and Microsoft combined.

Years later, Billy is a failure, beset by poverty and addiction, and Shawn is the most famous man in the world. Unable to let the past be forgotten, Shawn decides to resurrect his and Billy’s biggest failure: a next-generation computer program named Nellie that can control a house’s every function. He decides to set it up in the abandoned mansion they worked near all those years ago. But something about Nellie isn’t right—and the reconstruction of the mansion is plagued by accidental deaths. Shawn is forced to bring Billy back, despite their longstanding mutual hatred, to discover and destroy the evil that lurks in the source code.

Author Spotlight (chapter 4)

J. K. Rowling is one of my favorite authors. She is best known for writing the Harry Potter series. Since then, she has written an adult book called “The Casual Vacancy”. She has also written the Cormoran Strike series under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. I’ve read the Harry Potter series and I’m in the process of collecting the illustrated editions so that I can re-read the series again with illustrations. I’ve also read “The Casual Vacancy” when it first came out. It was pretty good but I enjoyed the Harry Potter series more. The crime fiction that she is currently writing, I have the first three books so far but I haven’t read them yet. They are on my “to-be-read” list.

How fast do you read?

How fast are you when you read? I know I’m not the fastest reader out there but I’m not the slowest reader either. I’m sure I’m about average when it comes to the pace. However, I normally like to take my time when reading. I do that on purpose so that I can enjoy the book I am reading, especially if the book is really good. Do you ever do that….read slower than you normally do so that you can enjoy the story? Or do you read fast no matter what?

“Murder on the Orient Express” by Agatha Christie

I have another book crossed off my list. This was one of those books that was made into a movie and I wanted to make sure I read the book before I watched the movie. The only bad thing I can say about this book is that the end was spoiled for me before I got to finish it. I enjoyed the book very much, just like I did the other books I’ve read from Agatha Christie. It just bothers me when someone spoils the ending before I’m finished reading. I don’t normally do that to someone else unless they give me their permission first. Anyway, the book was still great enjoyable. I’m now considering reading some more books from Agatha Christie after reading this and a couple of others.

Synopsis: “The murderer is with us—on the train now . . .”

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Without a shred of doubt, one of his fellow passengers is the murderer.

Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again.