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Buy or borrow?

Do you prefer to own your own books or do you prefer to borrow them from your local library?

I prefer to own the books that I read. The reason being, I don’t have to worry about having a time limit to read the book before returning it to the library. I can spend as much time as a I want reading the book and I can go back to re-read it as often as I want to so long as I own the book.

There have been a few instances where if I’m not sure I’m going to like the book or not, then I’ll borrow the book from my local library so I’m not out any money if I don’t end up liking it. For instance, when I read Lemeny Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, I borrowed that from the library. I checked out two books from the series at a time and I was able to read the two books I had before my time limit was up. I did end up liking the series but I wasn’t sure before I read them. Plus, there were a lot of books in that series to have to purchase if I wasn’t sure I was going to like it.

Posted in Literature, romance, science fiction

“All the Birds in the Sky” by Charlie Jane Anders

I had heard a lot about this book and decided to give it a go. It supposedly won the Nebula Award in 2017. Yeah, I know, I know….I’m a little late to getting around to this novel.

I wasn’t sure what to think of this novel before I started reading it. I read the synopsis and wasn’t sure if it was something I’d like or not. Anyway, I finished reading this over the weekend and I actually enjoyed it. The book builds and builds until you get the end, even when you don’t realize that it’s building. Anyway, I tried reading something outside the usual with this one and I ended up liking it.

Synopsis: An ancient society of witches and a hipster technological startup go to war in order to prevent the world from tearing itself apart. To further complicate things, each of the groups’ most promising followers (Patricia, a brilliant witch and Laurence, an engineering “wunderkind”) may just be in love with each other.

As the battle between magic and science wages in San Francisco against the backdrop of international chaos, Laurence and Patricia are forced to choose sides. But their choices will determine the fate of the planet and all mankind.

In a fashion unique to Charlie Jane Anders, All the Birds in the Sky offers a humorous and, at times, heart-breaking exploration of growing up extraordinary in world filled with cruelty, scientific ingenuity, and magic.

Posted in horror, Literature

“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” by Alvin Schwartz

I read this book back in 7th grade (if memory serves me right). I wanted to re-read this book after they made a movie based on this book and it was released back in August. The book was just as I remember it. This book is good for younger audiences who enjoy a good scare (on the back of the book it says this book is appropriate for ages 8 to 12 but that depends on whether the child is easily scared or not).

“Sure to provoke chills along the spine, this collection of short selections about witches and ghosts includes ‘jump’ stories as well as macabre songs, modern-day psychic tales, and frightening legends from the past.” -ALA Booklist

Posted in horror, Literature

“The Haunted” by Bentley Little

Okay, my first book of the year. This book is one of those haunted house type stories but it’s a little different than the haunted house stories I’ve read before. I’m kind of on the fence about this one. There were things I liked about this novel and other things I didn’t like. It’s hard to talk about without ruining the story to someone who hasn’t read it yet. There were some strange things going on at this “haunted house” and I felt like some things were left unanswered or just left hanging. Maybe that’s what I didn’t like about it. Anyway, I’ll leave it to you to read yourself and form your own opinions about the novel. (Note: I do not recommend this book for younger audiences. This book is for adults only, especially adults who are not easily scared.)

Synopsis: Julie and Claire Perry and their two children, Megan and James, have made the move to a bigger, nicer home in their city’s historic district. But something isn’t right.

The neighbors seem reluctant to visit. Claire can’t shake the feeling that someone is watching her. Megan receives increasingly menacing and obscene texts. And James is having terrible dreams. No wonder, considering what he’s seen in the corner of the basement, staring at him and shuffling closer ever so slowly. 

Pity no one warned the family about the house. Now it’s too late. Because the darkness at the bottom of the stairs is rising….

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Another childhood favorite….

This was another one of my favorites as a kid. I want to say that I read this somewhere around 2nd or 3rd grade. It’s possible I read this more than once so I could have read this in both 2nd/3rd grade. I don’t remember if I’ve read the any of the other Ramona Quimby books or not. I just remember reading this one and actually having my own copy of it.

Synopsis: Ramona likes that she’s old enough to be counted on, but must everything depend on her? Mrs. Quimby has gone back to work so that Mr. Quimby can return to school, and Ramona is expected to be good for Mrs. Kemp while her parents are away, to be brave enough to ride the school bus by herself, and to put up with being teased by Danny the Yard Ape. In Ramona’s world, being eight isn’t easy, but it’s never dull! 

Posted in fantasy, Literature

“Blood of Wonderland” by Colleen Oakes

I finished this one last night as I settled in to bed before going to sleep. I read the first book in the Queen of Hearts saga last year and wanted to give this a go. There were several surprises in this book that I didn’t see coming but I see how this is shaping Dinah for book 3. I’m expecting the 3rd book to be good and I hope I’m not let down.

Synopsis: The queen will rise.

Dinah has been exiled from Wonderland. The vicious father she always feared has framed her for the brutal murder of her brother and turned the kingdom against her.

Now hiding in the lush and mysterious Twisted Wood with only her war steed at her side, Dinah is faced with a choice. She could leave Wonderland forever or return and fight her father for her throne—a fight she knows would only result in bloodshed.

When a chance encounter with one of her father’s long-lost enemies brings Dinah more allies than she ever could have imagined, war starts to feel inevitable. But before Dinah can lead her people into combat, she must confront certain truths about her heart and her destiny—no matter how dark those truths may be.

Revolution is rising in Wonderland.

Dinah’s battle has begun.

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Best gift…..?

What is the best book that you received as a gift?

One year for my birthday, my hubby purchased the first three books in the Harry Potter series. This was right around the time when the 5th book in the series was just being released in paperback form. I got interested in reading Harry Potter books kind of late in the series. I originally didn’t think I would like the series when it first came out because I knew they were books written for kids. But I found out that there were several friends or relatives of mine that were reading the books so I changed my mind and decided to give it a try. I ended up liking the first three books so much that I immediately went out to get the 4th and 5th book with some of my birthday money.

I also ended up renting the first three movies and watching them when I had a couple of days off from work. Before I could return them, my hubby ended up watching them and he ended up liking the movies. So he ends up going to watch all the movies with me when they are released in theater from that point on. He goes with me to see the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” movies when they come out every other year and I think he is just as excited to see them as I am.