Posted in Reading Goals

2019 Review

I just wanted to go back over the past year as a whole. I had a reading goal for this year and that was to try to read more books than I did last year. I normally don’t make reading goals because I usually fail to complete them but this year I managed to achieve the goal I had set. I’m so happy with completing the goal but I also had fun in the process. I got lucky when picking books because I enjoyed each book I’ve read this year. What were your reading goals for 2019? Did you achieve those goals?

2019 List:
And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich (paperback)
Poison by Sarah Pinborough (paperback)
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox (hardcover)
A Haunting by L. I. Albemont (e-book)
The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby (paperback)
Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie (paperback)
The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon (hardcover)
The Hotel for the Lost by Suzanne Young (paperback)
The Shape of Water by Guillermo Del Toro & Daniel Kraus (hardcover)
The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor (paperback)
Fort Whiskey by David Banks (paperback)
Ghostlight by Sonia Gensler (hardcover)
Watching You by Lisa Jewell (hardcover)
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (paperback)
The Bone Keeper by Luca Veste (paperback)
The Truth Lies Here by Lindsey Klingele (hardcover)
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (paperback)
The Mansion by Ezekiel Boone (hardcover)
Ten by Gretchen McNeil (paperback)
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (hardcover)
What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper (hardcover)
Tomb of Ancients by Madeleine Roux (hardcover)
The Princess Bride by William Goldman (paperback)
Pet Sematary by Stephen King (e-book)
Ghost Story by Peter Straub (paperback)
The Invited by Jennifer McMahon (hardcover)
Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes (papterback)
Enter the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz (paperback)

2018 List:
Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes (paperback)
The Cellar by Natasha Preston (paperback)
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (paperback)
The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton (e-book)
You Will Be Mine by Natasha Preston (paperback)
The Mystery of Drear House by Virginia Hamilton (e-book)
Hell House by Richard Matheson (e-book)
Murder has a Motive by Francis Duncan (e-book)
The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum (paperback)
The House with the Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs (e-book)
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (paperback)
The House Next Door by Darcy Coates (e-book)
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich (paperback)
An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena (hardcover)
The Women In The Walls by Amy Lukavics (hardcover)
Court of Shadows by Madeliene Roux (hardcover)
The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates (e-book)
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (paperback)
Ten Dead Comedians by Fred Van Lente (paperback)
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn (hardcover)
The Apartment by S. L. Grey (paperback)
Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan (e-book)

Posted in Movie (based on literature)

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

I got to see the latest Star Wars movie over the weekend. My hubby had already watched the movie so I had to ask him to keep any and all spoilers to himself. Overall, I was pleased with the film. It tied up a lot of things and answers a lot of questions from the Force Awakens and the Last Jedi. I won’t reveal any spoiler to anyone that hasn’t watched this movie yet but I will tell you this….go see the movie. Don’t listen to the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes or anywhere else. Check the movie out for yourself and come to your own conclusions.

Posted in Literature

New e-books!

One of the things my hubby got me for Christmas was an Amazon gift card. Today I used that to get some e-books put on my Kindle Fire. One of the e-books is a pre-order and I won’t be able to download it onto my Kindle until it is released on April 2 of 2020 (it’s the last one on the list). Now I’ll have to get reading…

The Folcroft Ghosts by Darcy Coates
The Haunting of Gillespie House by Darcy Coates
So Pretty a Problem by Francis Duncan
In at the Death by Francis Duncan
The Girl Who Lived Twice by David Lagercrantz
The Vanishing by Bentley Little
Viper’s Daughter by Michelle Paver

Posted in Fun

Here comes Santa Claus!

Merry Christmas everyone! Thanks to my wonderful hubby, I got a lot of wonderful things this year for Christmas. I got the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Luigi’s Mansion 3 for the Nintendo Switch, an Amazon gift card and a gift card to the local bookstore. I also woke up with quite a few things in my stockings….a Michael Myers plush doll, a few Harry Potter items and an assortment of candy.

I also got quite a few things from different family members and friends. Some more gift cards to the local bookstore, a new wallet, a pair of warm house shoes, a necklace, a bracelet, a 2 year planner, one of those adult coloring books and many more.

Posted in Answer a question

Merry Christmas!

Well folks, it’s Christmas Eve. For those of you who celebrate the holiday, you’re probably spending time with family today and tomorrow. I hope you enjoy yourself and have a wonderful Christmas.

I stopped by my local bookstore yesterday that I normally like to shop at and it was a mad house. There was a line at the register that looked like it was 3 miles long and the store was packed full of people besides the people standing in line. This reminds me why I do my Christmas shopping early and avoid doing any Christmas shopping at the last minute. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love shopping at this particular book store. I can browse in there for hours. But when I usually go there, they normally aren’t so packed full of people. I think that if I get any gift cards to the book store that I’m either going to a) buy online from their website and just have it shipped to my house or b) wait until I get my vacation in January to spend them in the store (the kids should be back in school by then).

How about you? Do you do any shopping online or do you shop in the actual store? Do you do a little of both? What about shopping in a small business….do you do any of that for the holidays?

Posted in horror, Literature

“Enter the Dark House” (part 2) by Laurie Faria Stolarz

I’ve finished the second part of this novel, “Return to the Dark House” last night. There’s so much I want to say about this but I can’t do it without revealing spoilers and ruining the whole thing before you get a chance to read it yourself. I did enjoy the second book as well as the first one. This was hard to put down and kept me on the edge of my seat to the very end. This would be good to read around Halloween time.

Synopsis: Ivy Jensen survived the Dark House once, but can she make it out a second time?

Two months have passed since Ivy narrowly escaped the Nightmare Elf’s grip, but the memories of Parker, Natalie, Shayla, Frankie, and Garth continue to haunt her. Their killer is still out there-somewhere. The police trail has gone cold, though, and it’s up to Ivy to piece together the clues to find him.

When a cryptic video arrives in her in-box, Ivy finds herself back in the spotlight, this time on a twisted scavenger hunt through the dark, ancient halls of a long-forgotten Gothic building. Ivy’s not alone, either. Taylor Monroe has returned to the scene. But can Taylor be trusted? Or is she another pawn in the Nightmare Elf’s deadly game?

Posted in Movie (based on literature)

Jumanji: Next Level

I got to see this movie over the weekend. I was looking forward to this one after seeing “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”. This was a good movie and I would recommend this to anyone who watched the other back in 2017. There were some funny moments as well as plenty of action. Plus, all the original actors and actress’ are back in this one with a few extra characters added to the mix. I’ll probably be getting this on dvd or blu-ray when it comes out, which reminds me…I don’t think I got the first one yet either.

Posted in Literature

Friday the 13th

I know I’m off a day but I figured better late than never. Yesterday, the 13th fell on a Friday. This doesn’t happen very often throughout the year. However, the folks at Penguin Random House has created a list for us….the list is titled “13 Spooky Books for Friday the 13th”. I actually have 2 of the books on this list already sitting on my book shelves, waiting to be read. Maybe when there comes another Friday the 13th, I’ll pick one of those books up and start reading it (if I don’t have them read by then). Anyway, I’ve provided a link to the list if you want to check out their list to see if any of the books look like something you’d be interested in reading.

Posted in Literature

Another childhood favorite….

This was another one of my favorites as a kid. I want to say that I read this somewhere around 2nd or 3rd grade. It’s possible I read this more than once so I could have read this in both 2nd/3rd grade. I don’t remember if I’ve read the any of the other Ramona Quimby books or not. I just remember reading this one and actually having my own copy of it.

Synopsis: Ramona likes that she’s old enough to be counted on, but must everything depend on her? Mrs. Quimby has gone back to work so that Mr. Quimby can return to school, and Ramona is expected to be good for Mrs. Kemp while her parents are away, to be brave enough to ride the school bus by herself, and to put up with being teased by Danny the Yard Ape. In Ramona’s world, being eight isn’t easy, but it’s never dull! 

Posted in Literature

Top 10 Favorite Picks

With this being the last month in the 2019 year, we find ourselves coming towards the end of a decade (as well as another year). Below is a list of books that have been released in the last decade that I’ve read and I am sharing them with those of you reading this. This list is my favorite picks of the decade in no particular order. Enjoy!

This novel is a good mystery to curl up on a couch with and drink a nice cup of hot cocoa while you’re reading. If you’re a fan of Agatha Christie, you’d be interested in reading this book.

This is a good book to read if you’re into reading something a little on the spooky side about a haunted house. This one kept me on the edge of my seat while I was reading it.

If you are into historical fiction and/or westerns, then this is a book for you. Even though this book is outside the genres that I normally read, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn’t put it down.

This author is a favorite of mine and has been for a while. This book is a good book for any true horror fan to read around Christmas time.

This author is another one of my favorites. This book is good for anyone who like crime fiction or stories about vampires.

This novel kept me entertained until the end and I was shocked when I got to the end. If you like suspense, then this will probably be the book for you.

This was an interesting mystery. You’ll want to settle down somewhere comfortable because this book will keep you turning the pages until the very end.

I’ve read a couple of things from this author but this one is my favorite so far. If you like horror/suspense, try picking up something from this author like this book.

I don’t normally read a lot of romance but I read this one after my husband had watched the movie. I knew it couldn’t be that bad if my hubby would be willing to watch the movie (and enjoy it). I did enjoy the book and I loved the ending.

I read this book when it came out and I loved it. It’s turned into a series since it’s been published. I’ve read this book and Hollow City. I have to go read Library of Souls so that I can see what happened to Jacob and continue that story. I have to see what happens!