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.
NO ONE IS SAFE.

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.

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Hagrid’s Hut

My husband and I are celebrating our wedding anniversary today. I woke up this morning to find that my hubby had gotten me a 3D puzzle from Wrebbit. It’s of Hagrid’s Hut from the wizarding world of Harry Potter. I’m going to have a lot of fun putting this together. Of course, I always have fun putting these puzzles together.

I have all of the 3D puzzles from the Harry Potter collection except for the Ford Anglia, which is suppose to be a Collector’s Limited Edition. I’m going to have to get it while it’s still available. I wonder if I can talk my hubby into buying this for me for Christmas….?

Posted in horror, Literature

“The Complete Horowitz Horror” by Anthony Horowitz

I finished reading this last night. This book is actually a collection of short stories that are meant to be on the scary side (you can see a list below of the stories contained in this book along with a synopsis). I thought this was a good book. There were some mixed reviews of this online, some people thought that the stories contained within weren’t all that scary while other people said they enjoyed the book. I think this book is geared towards the young adult crowd so if you are an adult reading this book, you’ll have to take that into consideration when reading this. This would be a good book to get you in the mood for Halloween coming up.

Synopsis: New York Times Bestseller Anthony Horowitz’s horror collections, now in one volume! Welcome to a world where everything seems normal. At least, at first. But the sinister and truly terrifying lurk just beneath the surface. Like a bathtub with a history so haunted, no one dares get in it…or an ordinary-looking camera that does unspeakable things to its subjects…or an elevator filled with cannibals just waiting for their next victim to walk in. This wicked collection of eighteen macabre tales combining both Horowitz Horror and More Horowitz Horror will send shivers up your spine.

This edition includes…
1. Bath Night
2. Killer Camera
3. Light Moves
4. The Night Bus
5. Harriet’s Horrible Dream
6. Scared
7. A Career in Computer Games
8. The Man with the Yellow Face
9. The Monkey’s Ear
10. The Hitchhiker
11. The Sound of Murder
12. Burned
13. Flight 715
14. Howard’s End
15. The Elevator
16. The Phone Goes Dead
17. Twist Cottage
18. The Shortest Horror Story Ever Written

Posted in horror, Literature, mystery

Next from Joe Hill…

The hardcover edition of this came out today. Well, I purchased the e-book version of this on my Kindle this morning before going off to work. I’ve read the “Locke and Key” series and the “Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland” mini series so I’ve read some comics/graphic novels by Joe Hill before. I didn’t realize Joe Hill did another one until this morning while I browsing the internet. I’ll be interested in reading this when I get done with the book I’m currently on. This seems like something that would be good to read for Halloween.

Synopsis: June Branch visits her boyfriend, Liam, on Brody Island for a relaxing last weekend of summer. After an escaped group of criminals breaks into the house that June and Liam are watching, Liam is taken by them. June grabs a strange Viking axe and flees from the intruders. When one of the attackers finds her, she swings the axe and takes off his head, which rolls away and begins to babble in terror. For June to uncover the truth, she’ll need to hear the facts straight from the mouths of her attackers, with…or without their bodies attached. Collects issues #1-7.

Posted in horror, Literature, thriller/suspense

New e-books for the collection!

I’ve purchased 2 new e-books today. One is a new book that was just released today known as “One by One” by Ruth Ware. The other book I found by accident while I was looking for the first book and it’s called “The Ghost of Old Coal House” by Amy Cross. Both of them sounded right up my ally so I decided I had to get them. I’ve posted what the book cover looks like and the synopsis for each book so that you can see if you’d be interested in them as well.

Synopsis: Getting snowed in at a beautiful, rustic mountain chalet doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world, especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a cozy fire, and company to keep you warm. But what happens when that company is eight of your coworkers…and you can’t trust any of them?

When an off-site company retreat meant to promote mindfulness and collaboration goes utterly wrong when an avalanche hits, the corporate food chain becomes irrelevant and survival trumps togetherness. Come Monday morning, how many members short will the team be?

Synopsis: The year is 1843, and Arthur Foreman is on his way to visit his sister and her family for Christmas. Tucked under his arm, he carries the manuscript of a strange ghost story, written by the mysterious Walter Ward of Old Coal House.


Arriving at his sister’s home, Arthur immediately realizes that something is wrong. Elizabeth seems distant and distracted, and she finally erupts in a fit of fury. After being thrown out of the house, Arthur searches through the snowy night for refuge. All the usual boarding houses are closed for the holiday. His only choice is to make his way up the hill and knock on the of Old Coal House, and to ask for a room.


Soon, Arthur discovers that Walter Ward’s tales are not necessarily works of fiction after all. A strange figures stalks the halls and corridors of Old Coal House, tormenting Mr. Ward and driving him to drink. When he sets foot in the house for the first time, Arthur does not believe in ghosts at all. By the time he leaves the following morning, he has discovered the truth not only about Old Coal House itself, but also about a terrible tragedy that once struck his own family.