Posted in Answer a question

Book for a day!

If you could “slip” into a book for a day, which one would it be? Why?

I think I would want to slip into one of the Harry Potter books for a day. I am a big fan of the Harry Potter series and I’ve always wanted to know what it’s like to spend a day at Hogwarts. The only problem is I would want to spend more than a day at Hogwarts. I think there’s too much to explore to only have one day and I would want to get the whole Hogwarts experience.

I also wouldn’t mind being a dragon rider in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. There’s a lot of stuff that they can do, magic wise, that we can’t do normally (or they can do it a lot easier or a lot faster). Plus, they are immortal and who wouldn’t want to be bonded with a dragon in the first place. You definitely wouldn’t have to worry about being bullied ever again.

Posted in Literature, thriller/suspense, young adult

My latest purchase!

I got a couple of new books to add to my collection. My hubby had to run to the local book store for something he needed and I was able to find a couple of books while I was there. What’s even better is that I found these books in the bargain section so they didn’t cost me a lot of money. Feel free to leave a comment about what you think of my selections or let me know about any new books you’ve picked up recently….

Posted in Fun

The Three Broomsticks

Well, this just showed up in the mail yesterday (much to my surprise). I think this is going to be a little bit more difficult to put together because of the parts of the roof that have snow on it. There are a lot of white pieces here that I have to figure out how they go together. I think I’ll have fun with it anyway. I always love doing these puzzles. After this one, the only one that I won’t have will be Hagrid’s Hut. I hope I end up getting that one for my birthday.

Posted in horror, Literature, young adult

“The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall” by Katie Alender

I just wanted to take a minute to share the latest book I’ve read. I think this book is geared more towards the young adult crowd, however, I thought it was a pretty good book. The book had a really good story line but it didn’t have a lot of teenage angst or drama in it. I won’t say too much because I don’t ruin it for anyone who wants to read it. I will say this…this would be a good book for anyone who likes haunted house stories or stories about cursed land.

Synopsis: Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females — an insane asylum nicknamed “Hysteria Hall.” However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself.

But the house still wants to keep “troubled” girls locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia becomes trapped. And that’s when she learns that the house is also haunted.

Ghost girls wander the hallways in their old-fashioned nightgowns. A handsome ghost boy named Theo roams the grounds. Delia learns that all the spirits are unsettled and full of dark secrets. The house, too, harbors shocking truths within its walls — truths that only Delia can uncover, and that may set her free.

And she’ll need to act quickly — before the house’s power overtakes everything she loves.

Katie Alender brings heart-pounding suspense, gorgeous writing, and a feminist twist to this tale of memories and madness.

Posted in Fun

Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes / Daily Prophet

My wonderful hubby surprised me by getting me one of the Harry Potter 3D puzzles from Wrebbit. The one he got me is part of the Diagon Alley Collection…specifically the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes and Daily Prophet building (seen below). I had noticed that his one and another one (the other one being the Three Broomsticks) on the Wrebbit website not too long ago and I told my hubby about it. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to get any of the latest puzzles until my birthday in July. But I will tell you I was able to finish this puzzle in less than 24 hours. I just have to put it with the others in the spare bedroom.

Posted in Literature, Other Fiction

“The Saturday Night Ghost Club” by Craig Davidson

I finished another book recently and I just wanted to share. I don’t want to spill too much because I won’t want to spoil anything for those of you who plan on reading this at some point in the future. This book was described as a heartwarming coming-of-age story but I also found it a little spooky. You’ll understand what I mean about spooky when you get towards the end and they reveal an important part of the story. But I thought it was a good book and it’s kind of a quick read.

Synopsis: Growing up in 1980s Niagara Falls – a seedy but magical, slightly haunted place – Jake Baker spends most of his time with his uncle Calvin, a kind but eccentric enthusiast of occult artifacts and conspiracy theories. The summer Jake turns twelve, he befriends a pair of siblings new to town, and so Calvin decides to initiate them all into the “Saturday Night Ghost Club.” But as the summer goes on, what begins as a seemingly light-hearted project may ultimately uncover more than any of its members had imagined. With the alternating warmth and sadness of the best coming-of-age stories, The Saturday Night Ghost Club is a note-perfect novel that poignantly examines the haunting mutability of memory and storytelling, as well as the experiences that form the people we become, and establishes Craig Davidson as a remarkable literary talent.

Posted in children's, Literature

The Ickabog

I just found out that Harry Potter author, J. K. Rowling, has written something else called the Ickabog. It’s a story for children (something she had written for he own children) but she’s bringing it back out during the lockdown due to Covid-19 and she’s publishing it for free on a website. Anyway, there is a link to the website at the bottom of this article if you want to read it for yourself or if you want to share it with someone else.

https://www.theickabog.com/home/

Posted in fantasy, Literature, romance, young adult

Picked this up over the weekend…

I’ve picked this book up over the weekend. The synopsis sounded good so I thought it would be a good read for the summer. Plus, I found out when I got home that Universal Studios has picked up the film rights for this book so I may be watching the movie adaptation of this book at some point in the future. I also found out that this is the first book in a trilogy and the next book, Crush, will be released on September 29th of this year.

Synopsis: 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.

Posted in TV (based on literature)

NOS4A2

Last year, we got to see a show based on a book by the same name by author Joe Hill. Now, they are getting ready to air season 2 of the show on AMC (beginning June 21st at 9/8C and the last episode airs August 23). Season 2 is suppose to pick up eight years after the events of season 1. Vic McQueen is just as determined to put an end to Charlie Manx and Charlie Manx has his sights set on Vic McQueen’s son. You can see a trailer for season 2 below if you’re interested.

Are you planning on watching this show when it returns next month? If you haven’t watched this show yet, will you go back and watch season 1 before season 2 comes out?

Posted in fantasy, Literature

Book News!

Michelle Paver, author of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, has just announced that she finished a book called “Skin Taker” (minus editing, pics, cover, etc.). This book is suppose to be the sequel to “Viper’s Daughter”, which just came out last month. I already have “Viper’s Daughter” on my Kindle Fire so I guess I need to get reading on that one before the next books comes out.

Maggie Stiefvater, author of the Wolves of Mercy Falls series and the Raven Cycle, has announced that the next book in the Dreamer trilogy will come out next May. I haven’t read the first book yet, “Call Down the Hawk”. I have the Raven Cycle on my Kindle Fire and haven’t finished it yet.

Are there any other books out there that you are looking forward to? If so, what is it and who wrote it? Is it part of a series?