Posted in Literature, poetry

“Pillow Thoughts III: Mending the Mind” by Courtney Peppernell

I finished reading this one and I enjoyed it just as much as the first two. This one is split into different sections, same as the others, but it’s geared toward your mind instead of your heart. My favorite had to be the one on page 50 (I’ll let you read it for yourself). You need to read this, especially if you enjoy reading poetry in the first place. But you really should read this if you are dealing with any kind of hurt or rough situation.

In a voice that is inclusive and open to all, Courtney Peppernell presents a tribute to her readers in the third installment of her bestselling Pillow Thoughts series.

A beautifully raw and poignant collection of poetry and prose, Pillow Thoughts III continues the series from poet Courtney Peppernell. Fix yourself a warm drink and settle into Peppernell’s words as she pens a tribute to her readers who are bravely continuing their journey from hurt to healing. 

Posted in Literature, poetry

“Pillow Thoughts II: Healing the Heart” by Courtney Peppernell

I’ve finished reading this one and I have to say, it didn’t disappoint either. Like the first book, there are different sections in this book depending on what situation you’re currently in in your life. However, this book is geared specifically towards your heart. My favorite from this book would have to be the one on page 135 (I’ll let you read it on your own).

Following the smash success of her best-selling book, Pillow Thoughts, Courtney Peppernell now returns with the follow-up sequel Pillow Thoughts II: Healing the Heart

Peppernell understands that healing is a process, and Pillow Thoughts II eloquently captures the time and experience that one goes through on their journey to peace through restoration. 

A collection of inspirational and comforting poems for anyone who is mending from a broken heart.

Posted in Literature, poetry

“Pillow Thoughts” by Courtney Peppernell

I finished reading this and thought I’d share. This book is split into different sections. Each section is meant to be read at different stages in life, I think. You should really pick up this book No matter what you’re going through in your life, there’s probably a section in here for you to read (especially if you need a little encouragement). Even if you are dealing with any specific emotion or issue, it’s still a nice read.

Make a cup of tea and let yourself feel.

Pillow Thoughts is a collection of poetry and prose about heartbreak, love, and raw emotions. It is divided into sections to read when you feel you need them most.

Posted in Literature, romance

Valentine’s Day List!

Valentine’s Day is only a couple of weeks away. Do you have any plans for Valentine’s Day? I’ve made a list of books that I think will help you get into the mood for Valentine’s. At the very least, you can have a list of romances whenever you feel in the mood for a romance.

“All the Birds in the Sky” by Charlie Jane Anders = Childhood friends Patricia Delfine, a witch, and Laurence Armstead, a mad scientist, parted ways under mysterious circumstances during middle school. But as adults they both wind up in near-future San Francisco, where Laurence is an engineering genius and Patricia works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world’s ever growing ailments. But something is determined to bring them back together—to either save the world, or end it.

“Remember Me” by Chelsea Bobulski = 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 1905 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.

“Crave” by Tracy Wolff = My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.

Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.

“The House on Foster Hill” by Jamie Jo Wright = 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?

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 . . .

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.