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Pick from e-books…..

I’m willing to give the people following my blog and any one reading it the ability to pick the next book I read on my Kindle. Below, you’ll find a list of all the e-books I currently have my Kindle Fire. They’re listed in alphabetical order by author. I only ask for two things when choosing a book from the list….

One, please choose a book that I haven’t read already. I’ve put an asterisk next to the books I’ve already read to make it easier for you to pick a book from the list. Two, if you are going to choose a book that is part of a series then please don’t pick a book out of order. Please choose the first book in the series that I haven’t read yet.

If you have any questions, hit the “contact” button and I’ll be happy to help. Otherwise, leave your pick in the comments below. Thank you in advance!

A Haunting by L. I. Albemont *
Gum Town Detective Agency by David Banks
The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs *
Gwendy’s Button Box by Richard Chizmar & Stephen King
Gwendy’s Magic Feather by Richard Chizmar
The Haunting of Gillespie House by Darcy Coates
The Folcroft Ghosts by Darcy Coates
Craven Manor by Darcy Coates
Quarter to Midnight by Darcy Coates
The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates *
The House Next Door by Darcy Coates *
Small Horrors by Darcy Coates
The Carrow Hunt by Darcy Coates
The Haunting of Rookward House by Darcy Coates
Ghost Camera by Darcy Coates
Night Music (Nocturnes Volume II) by John Connolly
The Haunting of Lannister by Amy Cross
The Ghost of David Brook by Amy Cross
Aberrations (The Beast Awakens) by Joseph Delaney
Aberrations (The Witch’s Warning) by Joseph Delaney
Murder has a Motive by Francis Duncan *
Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan *
So Pretty a Problem by Francis Duncan
In at the Death by Francis Duncan
Behold a Fair Woman by Francis Duncan
Winterhouse by Ben Guterson
The Secrets of Winterhouse by Ben Guterson
The Winterhouse Mysteries by Ben Guterson
The Magician’s by Lev Grossman
The Magician’s King by Lev Grossman
The Magician’s Lang by Lev Grossman
The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton *
The Mystery of Drear House by Virginia Hamilton *
The Small Hand by Susan Hill
Full Throttle by Joe Hill
Pet Sematary by Stephen King *
1922 by Stephen King
The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz
The Girl Who Lived Twice by David Lagercrantz
The Vanishing by Bentley Little
The House by Bentley Little
Darker Daze: The Storms Within Volume I by A. L. Mabry
Hell House by Richard Matheson *
Dark Halls by Jeff Menapace
Viper’s Daughter by Michellle Paver (won’t be downloaded till 04.02.2020)
A Journey Through Charms & DADA by Pottermore Publishing
A Journey Through Potions & Herbology by Pottermore Publishing
A Journey Through Divination & Asterology by Pottermore Publishing
A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures by Pottermore Publishing
Awake by Natasha Preston
The Lost by Natasha Preston
Mirror Image by Michael Scott & Melanie Ruth Rose
Nightmares by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller
Nightmares: The Sleepwalker Tonic by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller
Nightmares: The Lost Lullaby by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud
The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud
The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud
The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop *
The Battle for the Castle by Elizabeth Winthrop *
The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

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Are you quarantined due to COVID-19?

I know there are some people that are probably stuck inside and can’t get out due to the Coronavirus going around. I haven’t gotten to that point yet where I live but I have a feeling that may come one day soon. Even though the Coronavirus was already in my state, they just announced over this past weekend that someone in my actual town tested positive for the Coronavirus. Yikes! Being that I work with the public, I wonder how long it’ll be now before everything gets shut down here? A lot of the restaurants were already “pick up only” or “curb side only”, at least for the ones that are still open. Plus, kids were already out of school for 2 weeks……and all this was before the confirmed case. I just have to see if the place where I work is considered essential or not (if it is considered essential, then we’ll have to stay open). We may just end up going “curb side only” like some of the restaurants.

Anyway, I have plenty of reading material to keep me occupied if I were to get quarantined. If anyone wants to, you can join me in reading. I’ll even take suggestions if anyone wants to throw some my way. I’ve also got some movies to watch (a lot of them are based on some of the literature I’ve read) so I can pull out some of them if I want to take a break from reading.

What do you have planned to do, if in the event you get quarantined? What are you doing to get by if you are already quarantined? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Quit reading?

Do you think you’ll ever stop reading?

Reading is something I’ve enjoyed my entire life. Even before I learned to read on my own, I enjoyed it when someone else read a book to me. I don’t ever see myself quitting because I’ve enjoyed it too much. These days, not only do I enjoy it but I find it a relaxing after a long, hard day at work. It takes my mind off the stress and the little things that can get you down. It’s like giving your brain a vacation without having to leave the comfort of your own home (and I’m sure it’s a lot cheaper than taking a vacation).

Are there any avid readers out there like me who think they’ll ever quite reading? Why or why not?

Posted in Reading Goals

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?

Posted in Reading Goals

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)

Posted in Literature

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.

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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.