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The Oldest Treasures From 12 Great Libraries

I found the article below talking about some pretty old books from 12 different libraries (you’ll find the link at the bottom). I thought it was an interesting article but I didn’t know there were so many different old books. I’d be afraid to touch them for fear of damaging them (they probably don’t let you touch them anyway). I’d even be afraid to take a look at them for fear I’d sneeze at the wrong moment when I got to close.

Anyway, do you have any books on your shelves that you think are rare, old or collectable? Are there any books that you have that you treasure more than the others? Why?

Posted in Literature, mystery, thriller/suspense

“One by One” by Ruth Ware

I finished reading this one today on my Kindle Fire. This was a good book, however, I was disappointed with the fact that I was able to guess the ending before I got to the end. I don’t like being able to figure out who did it before the author reveals who did it. I prefer to be surprised and shocked when I get to the end. Besides that, this was a good book. It was paced well so that you are kept entertained.

Synopsis: Getting snowed in at a luxurious, rustic ski chalet high in the French Alps doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world. Especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a full-service chef and housekeeper, a cozy fire to keep you warm, and others to keep you company. Unless that company happens to be eight coworkers…each with something to gain, something to lose, and something to hide.

When the cofounder of Snoop, a trendy London-based tech startup, organizes a weeklong trip for the team in the French Alps, it starts out as a corporate retreat like any other: PowerPoint presentations and strategy sessions broken up by mandatory bonding on the slopes. But as soon as one shareholder upends the agenda by pushing a lucrative but contentious buyout offer, tensions simmer and loyalties are tested. The storm brewing inside the chalet is no match for the one outside, however, and a devastating avalanche leaves the group cut off from all access to the outside world. Even worse, one Snooper hadn’t made it back from the slopes when the avalanche hit.

As each hour passes without any sign of rescue, panic mounts, the chalet grows colder, and the group dwindles further…one by one.

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What you learned…?

What have you learned while reading? Did you read to learn a specific thing on purpose? Or did you learn something accidentally while you were reading one of your favorite books?

Normally, I don’t read to learn anything specific. I just read for the fun of it. It’s always been something that I’ll do purely for the entertainment value and/or to relax after a long day at work. I’m sure there was a lot that I learned when I was in school because that was the whole point in going to school in the first place. But if there has been anything that I’ve learned since then, it’s been purely accidental.

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How often do you talk about your reading with others? Do you talk a little or a lot? Do you usually share your reading with others or do you just sit quietly in a corner somewhere and read?

I love sharing my love for reading with others. That enjoyment has a lot to do with why I started this blog to begin with. I’ve always enjoyed for some reason, I can’t pinpoint it to just one event in my life.

There are times when I’ll just quietly sit down and read a book. If I don’t won’t to be disturbed while reading, I’ll just keep my reading at home where I don’t have to worry about being interrupted. If I’m reading in public, then I don’t mind if I’m interrupted during my reading.

The only time I normally get to talk about my reading with others is when I share it here on my blog. My hubby isn’t much of a reader so I don’t get to discuss it at home. If they make a movie based on a book, I can usually get him to watch the movie with me and then we can talk about that.

Posted in Literature

Top 5 Horror Picks

Books-A-Million has listed their top 5 horror picks for this fall. I’ve read the first two on the list but I’ve not read the other three. I’m interested in reading Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. It sounds like something I would read. What do you think of their list? Have you read any of the books on this list? Will you be reading any of the books you haven’t read already?

Carrie by Stephen King
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

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Top Literary Blogs

There is a site called Feedspot that has a list of the top 100 literary blogs that are on the internet (see the link at the bottom of this article). The Fireside Chats is currently #10 on that list. I thought that was pretty cool. I figured if I even made the list that I would be way down at the bottom somewhere.

Anyway, there are a lot of neat blogs/websites on that list. I’ve visited a few of them myself. Whether you’re a writer, publishing agent or just an avid reader like me then it might be worth your while to check out that list.

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

Latest haul!

My wonderful hubby let me go to the bookstore today and I got to purchase the following books. You’re probably thinking by now that my living space has got to be filled to the brim with books by now. My hubby even said to me just a few moments ago that he’s surprised I haven’t purchased every book ever made by now because I have so many books.

Synopsis: Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why–or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man’s touch–and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes.

Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day, they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a con-woman, and he’s determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather’s last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.

Synopsis: A week’s visit to the remote Harob Lake cabin couldn’t have come at a better time for Sam.

She’s battling artist’s block ahead of a major gallery exhibition. Staying at Harob Lake is her final, desperate attempt to paint the collection that could save her floundering career. It seems perfect: no neighbours, no phone, no distractions.

But the dream retreat disintegrates into a nightmare when Sam discovers she’s being stalked.

A tall, strange man stands on the edge of her dock, staring intently into the swirling waters below. He starts to follow her. He disables her car. He destroys her only way to communicate with the outside world.

And Sam is beginning to suspect he’s responsible for the series of disappearances from a nearby hiking trail.

Stranded at Harob Lake, Sam realises she’s become the prey in the hunter’s deadliest game…

Synopsis: In 1959 Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshop – the only bookshop – in the seaside town of Hardborough. By making a success of a business so impractical, she invites the hostility of the town’s less prosperous shopkeepers. By daring to enlarge her neighbors’ lives, she crosses Mrs. Gamart, the local arts doyenne. Florence’s warehouse leaks, her cellar seeps, and the shop is apparently haunted. Only too late does she begin to suspect the truth: a town that lacks a bookshop isn’t always a town that wants one.

Synopsis: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp comes a shocking new thriller about a group of friends tied together by a game and the deadly weekend that tears them apart.

FIVE friends go to a cabin.
FOUR of them are hiding secrets.
THREE years of history bind them.
TWO are doomed from the start.
ONE person wants to end this.

Are you ready to play?

Synopsis: Everyone in Evie’s east-coast school is obsessed with Kill Screen, one of the scariest, most intense video games on the market! But no one has ever beat the game and many believe there must be a defect in the last level, making victory impossible to attain.

When Evie finally figures out how to defeat the final ghost, the Wisp, her work is far from over, for as the first person to ever complete Kill Screen, she’s unwittingly unleashed the Wisp into our world.

Synopsis: The new neighbors are not who they seem…Siblings Matt and Sophie aren’t thrilled when their parents move them away from the country to a boring neighborhood in a new development.The only house that stands out is the one next door—an old stone farmhouse whose owners have refused to sell to developers. They even have a horse in the pasture. And Sophie hopes the owners will let her ride it if she helps take care of it.But something is not quite right about their new neighbors, and Matt and Sophie are determined to find out what exactly is wrong with the house next door.

Posted in children's, fantasy, Literature

“Snow and Rose” by Emily Winfield Martin

I finished reading this last night. I really enjoyed this book, even though I think it’s meant to be for kids. It’s a very good story and there are lots of great illustrations throughout. I also like the way this ended but I won’t ruin it for you in case someone wants to read it. For those of you that want a book that you can read with your children, this would be a good book to do that with.

Synopsis: Snow and Rose didn’t know they were in a fairy tale. People never do. . . .

Once, they lived in a big house with spectacular gardens and an army of servants.

Once, they had a father and mother who loved them more than the sun and moon.

But that was before their father disappeared into the woods and their mother disappeared into sorrow.

This is the story of two sisters and the enchanted woods that have been waiting for them to break a set of terrible spells.

In Snow & Rose, bestselling author-illustrator Emily Winfield Martin retells the traditional but little-known fairy tale “Snow White and Rose Red.”The beautiful full-color illustrations throughout and unusual yet relatable characters will bring readers back to this book again and again.

Posted in Literature, thriller/suspense, young adult

“Escape Room” by Maren Stoffels

Well, I finished this book last night. I’ll have to say that this was an alright book. It was a short read and to the point, but it was geared more towards the young adult crowd. The story line was pretty good if you can get past the teenage angst going on. The book is told through multiple view points from Alissa, Sky, Mint, Miles and Cleo. Mint was my favorite character.

Synopsis: Alissa, Sky, Cleo, and Miles just wanted something to do on a Friday night, so they signed up for an Escape Room. They have one hour to find clues, crack codes, and figure out puzzles. The Game Master told them they can always leave the game. But what if that’s not true? What if the Game Master has no intention of letting them out?

Posted in horror, Literature, young adult

Latest and newest…

I almost forgot to mention latest and newest e-book that I’ve purchased on my Kindle Fire. I’ve read the Last Apprentice series and the Starblade Chronicles from this author and I enjoyed them both. Now, it looks like I get to read something that about 2 characters from those series while being introduced to a new character when I read this book. I can’t wait to read this.

Synopsis: When young novice monk Brother Beowulf is sent to spy on Spook Johnson, he has no idea of the trouble he’s about to find himself in. Johnson boasts to Wulf of his battles against demonic creatures, and even seems to imprisons local witches, though Wulf is sceptical – not least because the church has taught him that Spooks are a force for evil, and not to be trusted. But then the monsters Johnson claims to fight turn out to be very real indeed, and soon Wulf is forced to seek help from another young Spook, Tom Ward, who terrifies and charms him in equal measure.

But the forces of the dark are many, and it’s not long until Wulf and Tom realise they’ve bitten off far more than they can chew. A horrifying new enemy is rising – and only Wulf can stop it.