Posted in Literature, thriller/suspense

“The Couple Next Door” by Shari Lapena

Well, I just finished reading this a moment ago and I wanted to share it. When I purchased this at my local book store, the employee that rang up my purchase said this was a good book and that they weren’t expecting the ending. Boy, they were right. I had purchased this book because I had read another novel by the same author and decided to give this one a try and I’m glad I read it. There are a lot of twists and turns throughout the entire novel and you won’t see the end coming. This is one of those books that I think would make a pretty good movie. It would be fun to watch the movie if you haven’t read the book. If you want a book to keep you on the edge of your seat, give this one a try…

Synopsis: It all started at a dinner party. . .

A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors—a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . .

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night, when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately lands on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years. 

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family—a chilling tale of  deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

Posted in children's, horror, Literature, mystery, thriller/suspense

My latest e-book purchase…

I got a bonus at work for having perfect attendance. I used a part of my bonus to purchase a gift card from Amazon which I used to purchase some new e-books to add to the collection on my Kindle Fire. I’m going to have to have to get reading pretty soon, my Kindle is quickly filling up. Below is the list of e-books I added….

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko
Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko
Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer Choldenko
Mary by Amy Cross
The Ghosts of Lake Forth Hotel by Amy Cross
Haunted by Amy Cross
The Last to Die by Kelly Garrett
The Lunar Wars by Janey Hunt
Ghost Song by Mark L’Estrange
The Haunting of Beacon Hill by Ambrose Ibsen
The Haunting of Rainier Aslyum by Ambrose Ibsen
Ghostland by Duncan Ralston
The Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff
Tainted Waters by Lucretia Stanhope
Feral by Lucretia Stanhope
Blood Relic by Lucretia Stanhope
Paracosm by Lucretia Stanhope
All Our Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban
The Room Upstairs by Iain Rob Wright

Posted in Movie (based on literature)

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

I almost forgot to mention that I was able to snag this movie on blu-ray. I had been looking for this movie for a while but I could never find the blu-ray version that I wanted. Everywhere I looked, all they had was just the regular dvd version (if they even had it). My hubby and I went to see this move in August of last year when it was released in theaters and I wanted to make sure I got a copy of the movie to add to my collection of movies at home. Now, I’m just curious if they’ll make more movies like this one because there was more than one book…..

Posted in Answer a question

Re-reading….?

How much of your time is spent re-reading literature? How often do you re-read a book? What book have you re-read the most? Have you been forced to re-read anything while being cooped up at home due to the Coronavirus?

I don’t re-read that much. I will re-read a book once in a great while but it’s not something I do that often. There has to be a certain amount of time that has passed between reading it the first time and re-reading it again for me to consider reading it a second time. I will tell you that I’m planning on re-reading the Harry Potter series. I’ve been collecting the illustrated edition of each book in the series as they are being released and I plan on re-reading the series all the way through once I have all of the illustrated editions in my hands.

If there is one book out there in the world that you were forced to re-read again and again, which book would that be? Why? Please share in the comments below…

Posted in Literature, romance, thriller/suspense, young adult

“Remember Me” by Chelsea Bobulski

I finished reading this last night right before I went to bed and I have to say that I enjoyed it. It was very much a suspense/thriller with some romance thrown in there for good measure. I originally thought this was going to be some kind of ghost story but I ended up being wrong. I wasn’t upset though, it was still a good read. I found the book hard to put down once I started reading. Also, the story flips back and forth between Lea and Nell so you’re getting the story told through two different points of view. I can’t really say much more than this without spoiling something so I’m just going to leave it at that. Go read it for yourself if you enjoy a good novel that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat.

Synopsis: Nell Martin is moving again, this time to the Winslow Grand Hotel, built in 1878. As Nell is settling in, strange things begin to happen. Doors lock of their own accord, writing appears on bathroom walls―and most horrifying of all―visions of a dead boy permeate her waking life. Thinking it was her mind playing tricks on her, she soon finds the past and the present colliding as she learns horrific details of a murder that happened at the hotel in 1907 involving a girl named Lea.

Nell and a mysterious bellboy must relive that day in hopes of finally breaking a curse that imprisons them both. And Nell discovers what truly links her to the history of the Winslow Grand Hotel.

Posted in Fun

Harry Potter At Home

For those of you looking for something to do while you’re being quarantined, you can go to the link below and have something to do for a while (especially if you are a Harry Potter fan). There seems to be plenty to do with craft videos, fun articles, quizzes and puzzles. I plan on looking into this in more detail on my next day off but at least there’s something to keep me entertained if I ever run out of stuff to read.

https://www.wizardingworld.com/collections/harry-potter-at-home

Posted in Movie (based on literature)

“IT” on blu-ray

I got a movie on blu-ray over the weekend. I got both parts (chapter 1 and 2) of “IT” based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. I am in the process of reading the book (it’s quite a long read so this may take me a while) and I have been telling myself that I was going to watch the movies when I finished the book. Well, I think I’ve been reading the book for so long that they are out on dvd and blu-ray. The good news is I can watch the movies at home whenever I want and I don’t have to worry about any distractions.

Posted in Fun

Share your shelves….

Below, you’ll find all the books I currently have on my shelves. Some are hardcovers while others are paperbacks. Either way, I have quite a few books to keep myself busy for a long time, however, it’s my belief that there’s no such thing as too many books. {Note: The books with an asterisk next to them are the books I’ve read already.}

If you Go Down To The Woods by Seth C. Adams *
The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender
The Collector by K. R. Alexander
The Fear Zone by K. R. Alexander
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders *
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson *
Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson
Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
Bad Man by Dathan Auerbach
Fort Whiskey by David Banks *
The Thief of Always by Clive Barker
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum *
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor *
Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor *
ArchEnemy by Frank Beddor *
The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski *
Remembering Me by Chelsea Bobulski
The October Country by Ray Bradbury
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Fellside by M. R. Carey
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
The Last Seance by Agatha Christie
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco
A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
Witchlanders by Lena Coakley
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer *
The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer
The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer
The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer
The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey by Chris Colfer
The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide by Chris Colfer
A Tale of Magic by Chris Colfer
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly *
Nocturnes by John Connolly *
The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
Creep by Eireann Corrigan *
The Ghost Road by Charis Cotter
Haunted Nights by Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton
The Cutting Room Ellen Datlow
The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
Splinter in the Blood by Ashley Dyer
Stoneheart by Charlie Fletcher *
Ironhand by Charlie Fletcher *
Silvertongue by Charlie Fletcher *
Beastly by Alex Flinn
The Charmed Children of Rookskull Castle by Janet Fox *
The Diary of a Young Girl (the Definitive Edition) by Anne Frank *
In The Woods by Tana French
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht *
The Breathless by Tara Goedjen
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Girl in the Locked Room by Mary Downing Haun
Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski
Gotcha! by Wayne Hancock *
Along Came Bill by Wayne Hancock *
The Hard Way by Wayne Hancock *
Off to War by Wayne Hancock *
30 Days in May by Wayne Hancock
Up On Crowley’s Ridge by Wayne Hancock
The Vampire Rebellion by Wayne Hancock *
The Vampire’s Revenge by Wayne Hancock
The Unlikely Predator by Wayne Hancock
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
The Book of Light by Deborah Harkness
After the Fire by Will Hill
20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
The Fireman by Joe Hill
Strange Weather by Joe Hill
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill *
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill *
Horns by Joe Hill
Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland by Joe Hill & Charles Paul Wilson III *
Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez *
Locke & Key: Head Games by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez *
Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez *
Locke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez *
Locke & Key: Clockworks by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez *
Locke & Key: Alpha & Omega by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez *
The Outsiders (50th Anniversary Edition) by S. E. Hinton
Frostfire by Amanda Hocking *
Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking
Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking
The Rules by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
The Complete Horowitz Horror by Anthony Horowitz
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson *
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson *
A Lush and Seething Hell by John Hornor Jacobs
The Escape by Hannah Jayne
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
Classic Ghost Stories by Miles Kelly
Carrie by Stephen King *
Cujo by Stephen King
Misery by Stephen King
The Gunslinger by Stephen King *
The Drawing of Three by Stephen King
The Wastelands by Stephen King
Wizard and Glass by Stephen King
Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King
Song of Susannah by Stephen King
The Dark Tower by Stephen King
The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
IT by Stephen King
The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
The Truth Lies Here by Lindsey Klingele *
Wildefire by Karsten Knight
The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz *
Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land
A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena *
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis
Perelandra by C. S. Lewis
That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis *
The Haunted by Bentley Little *
The Lovecraft Compendium by H. P. Lovecraft
The Giver by Lois Lowry *
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Messenger by Lois Lowry
Son by Lois Lowry
The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics *
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin *
A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
Duel by Richard Matheson
The Mile End Murder by Sinclair McKay *
The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon *
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
The Invited by Jennifer McMahon *
Ten by Gretchen McNeil *
The Son by Philipp Meyer
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer *
New Moon by Stephanie Meyer *
Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer *
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer *
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer *
Fireborne by Rosaria Munda
The Vanishing Game by Kate Kay Myers
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness *
Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes *
Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes *
War of the Cards by Colleen Oakes
The Third Twin by C. J. Omololu
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje *
Eragon by Christopher Paolini *
Eldest by Christopher Paolini *
Brisingr by Christopher Paolini *
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini *
Crazy House by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell
There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins *
Poison by Sarah Pinborough *
Charm by Sarah Pinborough
Beauty by Sarah Pinborough
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
True Grit by Charles Portis
Ghost and Bone by Andrew Prentice *
The Cabin by Natasha Preston *
The Cellar by Natasha Preston *
You Will Be Mine by Natasha Preston *
One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs *
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs *
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs
The Conference of Birds by Ransom Riggs
The End and Other Beginnings by Veronica Roth
The Asylum Novellas by Madeleine Roux
Asylum by Madeleine Roux *
Sanctum by Madeleine Roux *
Catacomb by Madeleine Roux *
Escape from Asylum by Madeleine Roux *
House of Furies by Madeleine Roux *
Court of Shadows by Madeleine Roux *
Tomb of Ancients by Madeleine Roux *
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling *
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Throne *
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling *
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling *
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling *
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling *
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling *
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling *
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling *
Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated edition) by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated edition) by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban (illustrated edition) by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire (illustrated edition) by J. K. Rowling
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Campfire by Shawn Sarles
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz *
More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz *
Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill your Bones by Alvin Schwartz *
The War in the Dark by Nick Setchfield
The Spider Dance by Nick Setchfield
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
One More Day by Kelly Simons
The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
The Shapeshifters by Stefan Spjut
What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper *
Miss Buncle’s Book by D. E. Stevenson
Miss Buncle Marrie by D. E. Stevenson
Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens
Scream and Scream Again! by R. L. Stine
Enter the Dark House by Laurie Furia Stolarz *
We Know It Was You by Maggie Thrash
Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay *
The Haunted by Danielle Vega *
Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace
My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh
Hotel for the Lost by Suzanne Young *

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Butterbeer

There’s a drink called “Dang! That’s Good Butterscotch Rootbeer” that tastes like the butterbeer that you can get at the Harry Potter park at Universal Studios. So you can get your butterbeer fix without having to travel. It comes in a glass bottle which is a little different from drinking out of a plastic bottle or can like you normally get in today’s soda. I happen to have a couple of these in my fridge and I’ll drink one once in a while when I feel in the mood to have a butterbeer.

Normally, I would tell you that you could pick one up at a store that sells old fashioned candy and/or soda in a glass bottle, however, that may be a little difficult right now during this pandemic going on. Maybe when it’s all over we can all toast and have a butterbeer….

Posted in Literature, mystery

“The Mile End Murder: The Case Conan Doyle Couldn’t Solve” by Sinclair McKay

I couldn’t do it. This is the latest book I tried reading but no matter what I did, I couldn’t finish it. Have you ever read a book that was so bogged down with details that you couldn’t drudge your way through it to finish the book? Well, that’s the way it was for me with this book. I felt like there was too much information being stuffed into this book that the train derailed badly. I didn’t even make it half way through the book before I had to put it down. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t able to finish a book, this may be a first for me.

Synopsis: In 1860, a 70 year old widow turned landlady named Mary Emsley was found dead in her own home, killed by a blow to the back of her head.

What followed was a murder case that gripped the nation, a veritable locked room mystery which baffled even legendary Sherlock Holmes author, Arthur Conan Doyle. With an abundance of suspects, from disgruntled step children concerned about their inheritance and a spurned admirer repeatedly rejected by the widow, to a trusted employee, former police officer and spy, the case led to a public trial dominated by surprise revelations and shock witnesses, before culminating with one of the final public executions at Newgate.

This is the case Conan Doyle couldn’t solve and, after confounding the best detectives for years, has finally be solved by author Sinclair McKay. Discover ‘whodunit’ as the real murderer is revealed for the first time exclusively in this captivating study of a murder case in the nineteenth century, a story never told before.