New Year's Resolutions!

I know it’s the third day of the year already but I wanted to talk about New Year’s resolutions for a minute. Last year, I made the goal to read more than I did the year before….that was my New Year’s resolution.

This year, I want to do something a little different. I still want to try to read more books….sure. But I was thinking of adding on to that this year. Something like reading more books on my Kindle than I have since I’ve had it or reading more stuff that’s outside my comfort zone (or reading stuff that’s not the norm for me). What do you think I should add to reading more this year?

2019 Review

I just wanted to go back over the past year as a whole. I had a reading goal for this year and that was to try to read more books than I did last year. I normally don’t make reading goals because I usually fail to complete them but this year I managed to achieve the goal I had set. I’m so happy with completing the goal but I also had fun in the process. I got lucky when picking books because I enjoyed each book I’ve read this year. What were your reading goals for 2019? Did you achieve those goals?

2019 List:
And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich (paperback)
Poison by Sarah Pinborough (paperback)
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox (hardcover)
A Haunting by L. I. Albemont (e-book)
The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby (paperback)
Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie (paperback)
The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon (hardcover)
The Hotel for the Lost by Suzanne Young (paperback)
The Shape of Water by Guillermo Del Toro & Daniel Kraus (hardcover)
The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor (paperback)
Fort Whiskey by David Banks (paperback)
Ghostlight by Sonia Gensler (hardcover)
Watching You by Lisa Jewell (hardcover)
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (paperback)
The Bone Keeper by Luca Veste (paperback)
The Truth Lies Here by Lindsey Klingele (hardcover)
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (paperback)
The Mansion by Ezekiel Boone (hardcover)
Ten by Gretchen McNeil (paperback)
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (hardcover)
What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper (hardcover)
Tomb of Ancients by Madeleine Roux (hardcover)
The Princess Bride by William Goldman (paperback)
Pet Sematary by Stephen King (e-book)
Ghost Story by Peter Straub (paperback)
The Invited by Jennifer McMahon (hardcover)
Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes (papterback)
Enter the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz (paperback)

2018 List:
Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes (paperback)
The Cellar by Natasha Preston (paperback)
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (paperback)
The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton (e-book)
You Will Be Mine by Natasha Preston (paperback)
The Mystery of Drear House by Virginia Hamilton (e-book)
Hell House by Richard Matheson (e-book)
Murder has a Motive by Francis Duncan (e-book)
The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum (paperback)
The House with the Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs (e-book)
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (paperback)
The House Next Door by Darcy Coates (e-book)
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich (paperback)
An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena (hardcover)
The Women In The Walls by Amy Lukavics (hardcover)
Court of Shadows by Madeliene Roux (hardcover)
The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates (e-book)
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (paperback)
Ten Dead Comedians by Fred Van Lente (paperback)
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn (hardcover)
The Apartment by S. L. Grey (paperback)
Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan (e-book)

Friday the 13th

I know I’m off a day but I figured better late than never. Yesterday, the 13th fell on a Friday. This doesn’t happen very often throughout the year. However, the folks at Penguin Random House has created a list for us….the list is titled “13 Spooky Books for Friday the 13th”. I actually have 2 of the books on this list already sitting on my book shelves, waiting to be read. Maybe when there comes another Friday the 13th, I’ll pick one of those books up and start reading it (if I don’t have them read by then). Anyway, I’ve provided a link to the list if you want to check out their list to see if any of the books look like something you’d be interested in reading.

Reading problems…?

Have you ever experienced any problems with reading? It can be anything from your eyes getting too tired to there being too much noise around you. What have you done to alleviate those problems? How well did that work for you?

I tend to read somewhere by myself so that I’m not interrupted by noise or someone trying to talk to me while I read. Reading at home is how I avoid that. You don’t get more comfortable than home. Especially when you’re wrapped up in a nice warm blanket and have a cup of hot chocolate to sip on while you read. Other than that, I can’t think of any problems I have when I read.

Take a look, it’s in a book, a Reading Rainbow!

Did you ever watch the tv show “Reading Rainbow”? Why or why not? What was your favorite thing about the show?

The show started to air in 1983 and ran all the way to 2006 (I had no idea that it aired for that long). LeVar Burton was the host of the show the whole time it aired. I use to watch this show all the time as a kid. I found some pretty neat books through watching this show but I just liked getting lost in the stories they told on the show.

Do you think there should be more shows like this to get kids interested in reading? What other things do you think they can use to get kids interested in reading?

Movie or tv show based on literature…

How often do you watch a movie or tv show that is based on some form of literature? If you don’t watch them, then may I ask why? Which do you prefer….a movie or a tv show based on your favorite books?

To me, it depends on the book. I thought the Harry Potter series did well being made into movies. A long series like that (7 books total) would have been more difficult to make as a tv show. It would have dragged on for years, a lot longer than it took to make the movies. However, they took one of my favorite books from Joe Hill (it was a stand alone book) and made it into a tv show earlier this year. I watched it and I thought they did a good job with it. They can continue it and make a second season out of it (it definitely wasn’t finished by the end of the first season). I would watched it if they continued it.

What about you? Do you prefer to see your favorite books turned into a movie or a tv show? Which would you rather see? Why do you prefer that over the other?

Is it rude…?

First off, I want to wish a happy Halloween. I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday, especially for those going trick or treating at some point today.

Now, to the topic at hand. Do you consider reading to be rude rather than interacting with other people around you? Why or why not?

In this day in age, I see people buried in their cell phone all day. So, my question is how can someone accuse a person of being rude to read a book instead of interacting with the people around them when other people bury themselves in their phones? I’ve always been kind of on the shy side so it was always hard for me to interact with others. That may have been something that helped draw me to reading. So, I don’t consider it rude when someone reads instead of interacting with other people….some people are just introverts.

Biggest problem?

What is your biggest problem with reading?

For me, it’s finding enough time to read. I could spend all day reading if I am allowed to. Unfortunately, I have a job that I have to go to in order to help pay the bills. I do try to do chores and stuff like that on the days that I work so that on the days that I have off from my job, I can spend those days doing stuff I enjoy….like reading. If I could get paid to read, that would be a dream!

Finding enough literature to read is not a problem. You’d see what I mean if you could see all the books I’ve got on my bookshelves and the books I have on my Kindle. I’ve got three bookshelves in the spare bedroom and they’re nearly full. It’s the reason I had to get a Kindle so that I could have books without them taking up a lot of space.

One more round at the bookstore!

I was able to make one more purchase today at my local bookstore. This may be the last time I am able to make a book purchase for a while. I kind of went book crazy while I was off from work and I’m going to have to save my money for a while before I can buy more books again. The good news is I’ll have plenty of books to read for a while.

Anyway, you can see below what I was able to purchase with the money I had left. I think I’ve made out like a bandit but I’m pretty happy with what I’ve got.

“The Collector” by K. R. Alexander
“The Fear Zone” by K. R. Alexander
“Remember Me” by Chelsea Bobulski
“The Ghost Road” by Charis Cotter
“The Girl in the Locked Room” by Mary Downing Hahn
“After the Fire” by Will Hill
“The Complete Horowitz Horror” by Anthony Horowitz
“Ghost and Bone” by Andrew Prentice
“The War in the Dark” by Nick Setchfield
“The Spider Dance” by Nick Setchfield
“The Shapeshifters” by Stefan Spjut

Recommendations!

I’m always looking for that next book to read so I’m willing to take recommendations from others, especially if I know that person likes to read similar books. Anyway, if you like to read, I wouldn’t mind hearing your recommendations for some new literature for me to read.

Genre: Horror, science fiction, fantasy, mystery & thriller. I can take in the occasional romance if it’s good.

Have read: The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, the Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis, the Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney, the Locke & Key series by Joe Hill, the Stoneheart trilogy by Charlie Fletcher, the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie, Murder Has a Motive by Frances Duncan, Murder for Christmas by Frances Duncan, The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly, The Cellar by Natasha Preston, The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox, Carrie by Stephen King, The Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, The Host by Stephenie Meyer, etc.

Books I refuse to read: The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian. I read this book once upon a time and I really got into it at first but the ending disappointed me. This book really turned me away from that particular author and I won’t read anything remotely similar again.

Age Range: I normally read young adult and up. I will read children’s literature if it’s good enough to hold my interest (Harry Potter series is a good example).