Posted in Literature

Latest haul!

I made a visit to the local bookstore today. I received a gift card to the local bookstore for my birthday and I got to spend it earlier. You’ll see below what I purchased with said gift card. I always enjoy shopping at my local bookstore. I can always find what I’m looking for and the store is always clean.

Lucy Crisp and the Vanishing House by Janet Hill
Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin
Killing November by Adriana Mather
Hunting November by Adriana Mather
High Crime Area by Joyce Carol Oates
This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher

Posted in Answer a question


Tsundoku is a Japanese word that means you have a bunch of books piled up somewhere and then you don’t read them. Do you have a bunch of unread literature at your house? Do you plan on reading them at some point? Why or why not?

Apparently the term tsundoku also refers to books stacked on a bookshelf that you plan on reading later. So I guess it applies to me anyway because I have books on my bookshelves that I haven’t read yet but I do plan on reading at some point. I add books to my shelves before I’ve finished reading the ones I’ve already got. What can I saw…..I like to read. At least you’ll never hear my neighbors complain about my books being too loud.

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“The Haunting of Gillespie House” by Darcy Coates

I’ve been reading this on my Kindle Fire and I was able to finish it last night. I didn’t realize it was going to be such a quick read but it was still a pretty good read despite that. This isn’t the first thing I’ve read by Darcy Coates (I’ve also read “The Haunting of Ashburn House” and “The House Next Door”, which are both on my Kindle) so that’s what kind of got me reading this book in the first place. I like reading things from this particular author but I am also a fan of horror. If you want to read something scary but you also want a quick read, this would be a good book to pick up.

Synopsis: Elle can’t believe her luck; she’s spending a month house-sitting the beautiful Gillespie property. Hidden near the edge of the woods and an hour’s drive from the nearest town, its dark rooms and rich furniture entice her to explore its secrets. There’s even a graveyard hidden behind the house, filled with tombstones that bear an identical year of death.

If only the scratching in the walls would be quiet…

The house’s dark and deadly history quickly becomes tangled with Elle’s life. At the center of it is Jonathan Gillespie, the tyrannical cult leader and original owner of the house. As Elle soon learns — just because he’s dead, doesn’t mean he’s gone.

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Recent purchase for birthday!

I was able to make a purchase at the bookstore for my birthday over the weekend. I feel happy with what I picked up. I could have spent more time at the book store than what I did but my hubby was waiting for me. My hubby got me other stuff for my birthday but this is the literature I got.

What Happened That Night by Deanna Cameron
The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane by Julia Nobel
The Secret of White Stone Gate by Julia Nobel
Daphne and Velma: The Vanishing Girl by Josephine Ruby
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
Escape Room by Maren Stoffels

Posted in Literature, mystery, thriller/suspense

“The Third Twin” by C. J. Omololu

I finally finished reading this book. It was a good book, I didn’t see the end coming and I like it when I can’t guess the ending. You don’t find out what happens till the last 2-3 chapters of the book and you’re left guessing the whole entire time prior to that. But the book isn’t slow and boring prior to finding answers though. There is enough going on in the story to keep you going until then. On a side note, I think this book was geared towards the young adult crowd.

Synopsis: Identical twins. Identical DNA. Identical suspects. It’s Pretty Little Liars meets Revenge in this edge-of-your-seat thriller with a shocking twist.

When they were little, Lexi and her identical twin, Ava, made up a third sister, Alicia. If something broke? Alicia did it. Cookies got eaten? Alicia’s guilty. Alicia was always to blame for everything. The game is all grown up now that the girls are seniors. They use Alicia as their cover to go out with boys who are hot but not exactly dating material. Boys they’d never, ever be with in real life.

Now one of the guys Alicia went out with has turned up dead, and Lexi wants to stop the game for good. As coincidences start piling up, Ava insists that if they follow the rules for being Alicia, everything will be fine. But when another boy is killed, the DNA evidence and surveillance photos point to only one suspect: Alicia. The girl who doesn’t exist. As she runs from the cops, Lexi has to find the truth before another boy is murdered. Because either Ava is a killer…or Alicia is real.

Posted in Fun

Harry’s Birthday

The bookstore that is near my house, it usually has a “buy 2 and get the 3rd free” on the Harry Potter books (paperback version only). They usually do this in July and I figured it had to do with the fact that Harry’s birthday is in July. Those of you who are a fan of the series, do you do anything special during the month of July since it’s when Harry celebrates his birthday?

Which Harry Potter book is your favorite? Did you like the movie better than the book or the book better than the movie? How often have you read the books? How often do you watch the movies?

Posted in Fun

Explore Science Fiction & Fantasy Week!

At Goodreads, they’re celebrating science fiction & fantasy week. One thing they’ve done is listed the 100 most popular science fiction books on Goodreads, the 100 most popular fantasy books on Goodreads and more (you can view it all at the link below). What are some of your favorite science fiction and fantasy novels? Which do you like more… fiction or fantasy? How much time do you spend reading each? What are you doing to celebrate science fiction/fantasy week?

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Harry Potter flagship store

Warner Bros. has decided they’re going to open a Harry Potter store in New York (the link below is the original article with the details). Originally reported back in January of this year, this flagship store will be 20,000 square feet and 3 stories, and was set to open sometime this summer. I’ve not heard if they are still opening this summer or not now that we’re dealing with the whole Covid-19 or if the pandemic is pushing that date back.

Will you be visiting the store once it opens? How much time do you think you can spend in a store like that? How much money do you plan on saving up when you do get to go?

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Have you ever…?

Being an avid reader, have you ever thought of writing and becoming an author yourself? Why or why not? Would you ever do it if you had the chance?

When I was going through school and a teacher would ask us to write a story in class, I was always happy to do so. I liked writing assignments in class because I was usually pretty good at it. One teacher even told me I had a really active imagination. This same teacher entered one of my stories in a local writing contest and I ended up doing pretty well in it. I didn’t really expect much going in but I remember being proud of myself. I think I got an honorable mention or something like that.

Anyway, I’ve never thought about making a living out of it and becoming an author. I think it would be nice to do if I had the talents to do it. But I think I’m happy with reading books written by others. I enjoy being immersed in other worlds, even if they aren’t worlds that I’ve created myself.

Posted in Literature, Other Fiction

“The House on Foster Hill” by Jaime Jo Wright

I wanted to share with you what I just finished reading on my Kindle Fire. This book was told through the perspective of 2 different character in 2 completely different periods in time. It wasn’t hard to follow though despite going back and forth between the two. I was glad the book ended the way it did. I hate it when you spend all that time reading a book and end up with a disappointing ending. If you like a good, clean mystery then you’d probably enjoy this book.

Synopsis: Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives–including her own–are lost?