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Ordering books as a kid….

When I was a kid, we use to be able to order books from this little magazine. The little magazines use to look like the image below. You’d have a few pages to look over the books they offered during that period, along with the cost of each book. Then there was a little order form on the back page for you to turn it what you want along with your money to pay for it. There were a few random things that they sold in these little magazines, like games or posters and stuff like that. But it was mostly books and they were usually catered to readers depending on your reading level (they were all suitable for kids).

Does anyone else remember having this when you were in grade school? If so, how much do you think you spent back then? Do you remember what you bought?

Posted in children's, Literature, young adult

Trip to the local book store….

I went to the local book store yesterday morning. I got several Harry Potter themed socks that they had. Four different sets of them….each set represents one of the four house at Hogwarts. A book mark that reads “She reads books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.” I also got four books to add to my collection (listed below). There’s no such thing as having too many books to read.

Scare Me by K. R. Alexander
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon
The Agony House by Cherie Priest & illustrated by Tara O’Connor

Posted in Literature, young adult

“Small Spaces” by Katherine Arden

I finished reading this book last night right before I went to bed. It didn’t take long before this book starts to get good. Once you’re a couple of chapters in, you won’t want to put this book down. This is more of kids book but it was still a fun read. Fans of R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps series will like this book (or I think they would) so you should totally read this around Halloween.

Synopsis: After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie who only finds solace in books discovers a chilling ghost story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who loved her, and a peculiar deal made with “the smiling man”–a sinister specter who grants your most tightly held wish, but only for the ultimate price.
     Captivated by the tale, Ollie begins to wonder if the smiling man might be real when she stumbles upon the graves of the very people she’s been reading about on a school trip to a nearby farm. Then, later, when her school bus breaks down on the ride home, the strange bus driver tells Ollie and her classmates: “Best get moving. At nightfall they’ll come for the rest of you.” Nightfall is, indeed, fast descending when Ollie’s previously broken digital wristwatch begins a startling countdown and delivers a terrifying message: RUN.
     Only Ollie and two of her classmates heed these warnings. As the trio head out into the woods–bordered by a field of scarecrows that seem to be watching them–the bus driver has just one final piece of advice for Ollie and her friends: “Avoid large places. Keep to small.”
     And with that, a deliciously creepy and hair-raising adventure begins.

Posted in horror, Literature, mystery, young adult

Latest purchase…

I purchased some new books at the book store today. As always, I enjoyed shopping for new literature to read. There were some books I was looking for but they didn’t have them. But that’s okay….I can always order the books I didn’t get today from their website. I need to get reading…

Synopsis: Everybody is a book of blood; wherever we’re opened, we’re red.

In this tour de force collection of brilliantly disturbing tales, Clive Barker combines the extraordinary with the ordinary, bringing to life our darkest nightmares with stories that both seduce and devour. As beautiful as they are terrible, the pages of this volume are stained with unsettling imagery, macabre humor, and visceral dread. Here then are the stories written on the Book of Blood. Read, if it pleases you, and learn….

This Volume includes: “The Book of Blood” – “The Midnight Meat Train” – “The Yattering and Jack” – “Pig Blood Blues” – “Sex, Death and Starshine” – “In the Hills, the Cities”

Synopsis: Discover a terrifying world in the woods in this collection of five hauntingly beautiful graphic stories that includes the online webcomic sensation “His Face All Red,” in print for the first time.

Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection that features four brand-new stories and one phenomenally popular tale in print for the first time. These are fairy tales gone seriously wrong, where you can travel to “Our Neighbor’s House”–though coming back might be a problem. Or find yourself a young bride in a house that holds a terrible secret in “A Lady’s Hands Are Cold.” You might try to figure out what is haunting “My Friend Janna,” or discover that your brother’s fianc e may not be what she seems in “The Nesting Place.” And of course you must revisit the horror of “His Face All Red,” the breakout webcomic hit that has been gorgeously translated to the printed page.

Already revered for her work online, award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll’s stunning visual style and impeccable pacing is on grand display in this entrancing anthology, her print debut.

Synopsis: Be careful of the dark, dark wood…

Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.

Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman–the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago–and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.

Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own–secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago.

For as long as there have been fairy tales, we have been warned to fear what lies within the dark, dark woods and in Winterwood, New York Times bestselling author Shea Ernshaw shows us why.

Synopsis: This Christmas season, travel to the North Pole you’ve never seen before–where Santa’s new wife, April Claus, is not only set on creating the perfect holiday–she’s also set on solving the perfect crime…

Love is full of surprises–though few compare to realizing that you’re marrying the real-life Santa. April Claus dearly loves her new husband, Nick, but adjusting to life in the North Pole is not all sugarplums and candy canes. Especially when a cantankerous elf named Giblet Hollyberry is killed–felled by a black widow spider in his stocking–shortly after publicly arguing with Nick.

Christmastown is hardly a hotbed of crime, aside from mishaps caused by too much eggnog, but April disagrees with Constable Crinkle’s verdict of accidental death. As April sets out to find the culprit, it’ll mean putting the future of Christmas on the line–and hoping her own name isn’t on a lethal naughty list . . .

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Hogwarts Legacy

“Hogwarts Legacy” is an action role-playing video game that was suppose to come out this year. It was announced yesterday that the game will be delayed until 2022. I’d heard about an open world Harry Potter game being made but this is the first time I’d heard of the actual title for the game.

Also, the game is being made for Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. Well, I don’t have any of the consoles (I’m a console gamer, by the way) because I’ve only ever had whatever consoles Nintendo has put out. So that means I’m going to have to purchase one by the time the game is released if I ever want to play this game.

Will any of you be playing this game? Why or why not? What are you looking forward to with this game?

Posted in Literature, poetry

“Home Body” by Rupi Kaur

I finished reading this one over the weekend. Like with the first two, I was not disappointed with this one either. I think my favorite from this one was on page 39 (I’ll let you read it for yourself). I would recommend this for someone who is interested in reading poetry, however, I want to mention that this is probably more appropriate for adults.

Synopsis: rupi kaur constantly embraces growth, and in home body, she walks readers through a reflective and intimate journey visiting the past, the present, and the potential of the self. home body is a collection of raw, honest conversations with oneself – reminding readers to fill up on love, acceptance, community, family, and embrace change. illustrated by the author, themes of nature and nurture, light and dark, rest here.

i dive into the well of my body
and end up in another world
everything i need
already exists in me
there’s no need
to look anywhere else

– home

Posted in horror, Literature, Other Fiction, poetry

Latest online order!

I got a couple of gift cards for Christmas so I decided I was going to spend them at my local book store. I ended up ordering off the website instead of going to the actual book store. I was able to purchase six books (seen at the bottom of this article) and a Hogwarts bookmark with the four houses on it (also seen below). Five of the six books, along with the bookmark, arrived on my front door step on the 30th of December and the final book just now showed up in the mail today. I don’t know why they showed up separately since I bought them all at the same time. None of the books had a later release date. Maybe that one book was shipped from a different facility than the rest of my stuff… Anyway, I’m just happy that I got all my stuff in finally.

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
The Creepshow by Elley Cooper
A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig; Chris Mould
Home Body by Rupi Kaur
Watch Over Me by Nina Lacour
Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

Posted in Literature, poetry

“The Sun and Her Flowers” by Rupi Kaur

I finished reading this book this evening. Just like with the first book, I was not disappointed with this one either. I couldn’t pick a favorite from this book though….there were too many to choose from. I’d recommend this to anyone interested in reading poetry or anyone who could use something encouraging to read (the poetry in this book may be for adults only).

Divided into five chapters and illustrated by kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

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The Best Fantasy Novels of All Time

I’ve recently found this list from Penguin Random House of the best fantasy novels of all time while browsing the internet (I’ve provided the link at the bottom of this article). Some of the books on this list are books I have but haven’t read yet and other books are some that I have read. There are some books on here that I’ve not even heard of but I’m at least familiar with the author. What are your thoughts on this list? Do you agree with this list? What novels would you add or subtract from this list?

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
Assassin’s Apprentice (The Illustrated Edition) by Robin Hobb
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
The Broken Crown by Michelle West
The Changeling by Victor LaVelle
City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith
The Devourers by Indra Das
The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams
Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
The Dreaming Tree by C. J. Cherryh
The King of Elfand’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany
The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
A Game of Thrones (HBO Tie-in Edition) by George R. R. Martin
Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
The Hobbit (Movie Tie-in Edition) by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Bloody Crown of Conan by Robert E. Howard
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
The Book of Jhereg by Steven Brust
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
The Library of Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Lord Foul’s Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson
Magician: Apprentice by Raymond E. Fiest
The Magician’s (TV Tie-in Edition) by Lev Grossman
Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
The Name of Wind: 10th Anniversay Deluxe Edition by Patrick Rothfuss
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Night’s Master by Tanith Lee
The Once and Future King by T. H. White
Outlander (Starz Tie-in Edition) by Diana Gabaldon
Palimpsest by Catherynne Valente
Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
Redwall by Brian Jacques
Riddle-Master by Patricia A. McKillip
Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
Running with the Demon by Terry Brooks
Sorcerer and the Crown by Zen Cho
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner
Throne of the Cresent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Posted in Literature, poetry

“Milk and Honey” by Rupi Kaur

I read this over the weekend and this is my first time reading poetry (this is also my first book for this year). I would like to say that I was not disappointed with this book. You can tell that the author wrote about some life experiences in this book so there will be a lot of thinking and feeling that comes from reading this. I think my favorite poem in this whole book is on page 53 (I’ll let it be a surprise to you until you’ve read this for yourself). I would recommend this to someone who enjoys poetry (the poetry in this book may be for adults only).

The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.