"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

"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….

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! 

“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.

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.

Another purchase!

I almost forgot to mention, I got to make a second purchase at my local book store. I got “A Stranger in the House” by Shari Lapena (paperback), “What the Night Sings” by Vesper Stamper (hardcover), “Enter the Dark House” (Welcome to the Dark House & Return to the Dark House) by Laurie Faria Stolarz (paperback). I just love going to my local book store. Plus, I’ve noticed that they’ve rearranged the store a bit so I had to spend some time getting myself reacquainted with where stuff is. I didn’t mind them rearranging the store since I normally make sure that I have plenty of time to shop when I go to the book store because I know I’m going to spend a while in there anyway.

My latest purchase today!

I got to do a little shopping today. As always, I had fun browsing the store looking for books. I could live at the book store if they stayed open all the time. If you’re mildly curious to see what all I bought, you can check out the list below.

“If You Go Down To The Woods” by Seth C. Adams (paperback)
“The Saturday Night Ghost Club” by Craig Davidson (paperback)
“Haunted Nights: A Horror Writers Association Anthology” edited by Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton (paperback)
“Splinter in the Blood” by Ashley Dyer (paperback)
“Tomb of Ancients” by Madeleine Roux (hardcover)
“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” by Alvin Schwartz (paperback)
“More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” by Alvin Schwartz (paperback)
“Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones” by Alvin Schwartz (paperback)

“Fort Whiskey” by David Banks

I recently finished reading this book and I wanted to share it with you. I ordered this book online at Books-a-million.com and it showed up in pristine condition. I loved this book. It only took me a couple of days to read it, which is pretty fast for me. The characters really came to life. They seemed so real and believable. The story kept me hooked from beginning to end. I was surprised when I got to the end but I did like how the book ended. I hope that there will be more literature in store from this author.

Synopsis: At the tail-end of the Civil War, the United States was in the grip of an internal struggle many thought it would never see the end of. Moral and political struggles gave way to violence, gunpowder and bloodshed filling the landscape. The struggle found was mirrored in the life of Willis Reed, a young soldier torn between his duty to his family and to the love of his life. In his adventure, set in the state of Arkansas, which was so hotly contested in the war, can he choose what is right and make it out with his life?

My recent purchase!

I wanted to talk about my recent trip to the local bookstore in my hometown. I just love going in there. Just the smell alone is wonderful (yes, I like the smell of books). But they also have a little coffee shop in the right hand corner of the store as soon as you walk in so there is usually a coffee smell mixed in there as well. Even though I’m not really a coffee drinker, it’s still a pleasant smell. Anyway, I had lots of fun browsing through the isles to look for some new books to add to my collection. I wouldn’t be surprised if they had thought I moved in with as much time as I spent in there shopping. I also saved a pretty good amount while I was there. Since I was a “member” and had their discount card, I saved 10% off my purchase (which came to about $19.50). Then I had a coupon for $25 off (it’s one of the coupons that they give you when you sign up for their membership card). So I got to save almost $45 total on my purchase….who can complain about that? *big smile on my face* Anyway, I had fun shopping and it was a very pleasant experience. Also, if you are mildly curious as to what I bought…..you can check out the list below.

“The Thief of Always” by Clive Barker (paperback)
“The Mansion” by Ezekiel Boone (hardcover)
“Ghostlight” by Sonia Gensler (hardcover)
“The Rules” by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie (paperback)
“The Escape” by Hannah Jayne (paperback)
“Watching You’ by Lisa Jewell (hardcover)
“Misery” by Stephen King (paperback)
“Bird Box” by Josh Malerman (paperback)
“Little Monsters” by Kara Thomas (paperback)
“A Head Full of Ghosts” by Paul Tremblay (paperback)
“The Chalk Man” by C. J. Tudor (paperback)

Do you prefer books or e-books or audiobooks?

I thought this would be a pretty cool topic to discuss. We live in a world of technology….so more and more people are using tablets/e-readers to read or they are listening to audiobooks on their phone and such. There are plenty of ways to read now since technology has changed our world a bit. I don’t have any audiobooks. I don’t spend a lot of time driving and my commute to work isn’t that long so I don’t really have the opportunity to listen to books. I mean, I do but I prefer reading a book myself as opposed to having someone else read to me. Now, I currently have a Kindle Fire which I use for reading only. I didn’t get one till last year (I want to say around late February or early March was when I got it). I only got one because my bookshelves were filled to capacity and I didn’t have any room to add anymore books. I still prefer to read the actual book (and I’m always going to prefer the physical copy) because I love the smell of books and turning each page as I’m reading. But there is one benefit of having my Kindle. If my husband and I ever travel, then I can take a bunch of books with me to read without taking up a lot of space. I just have to remember to take the charger with me for my Kindle. So, do you prefer to read books, do you prefer to read using a tablet/e-reader or do you prefer listening to an audiobook?