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Most in a year…?

What is the most books you’ve ever read in a year? Was that a goal you set for yourself or did you just reach that amount by accident? Do you think you’ll ever beat that number at any point in the future? Why or why not?

In 2018, I did not have a set amount of books I wanted to read. I just kept track of how many books I read that year (I read 22 by the way). Then, I set out to see if I could read more books in 2019 then what I read in 2018 and I did (I read 28 in 2019). Now, I’m trying to see if I can read more this year than I did last year. If I continue the way I’m reading now, then I should be able to beat what I read last year.

So, I’m not really setting out to read a certain amount. I’m just trying to see if I can read more than I did the year before. It’s kind of like I’m trying to see if I can increase my personal best with each passing year. There may come a year when I don’t beat what I read the year before and that’s okay. It’s still interesting to see what I read this year versus what I read last year. There can also be some other challenges I can add to make things even more interesting (like reading more on my Kindle than I normally do or reading some books outside my comfort zone). Feel free to let me know what reading goals you are doing, or have done in the past, in the comment section of this article. I’d love to hear from you.

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Re-reading….?

How much of your time is spent re-reading literature? How often do you re-read a book? What book have you re-read the most? Have you been forced to re-read anything while being cooped up at home due to the Coronavirus?

I don’t re-read that much. I will re-read a book once in a great while but it’s not something I do that often. There has to be a certain amount of time that has passed between reading it the first time and re-reading it again for me to consider reading it a second time. I will tell you that I’m planning on re-reading the Harry Potter series. I’ve been collecting the illustrated edition of each book in the series as they are being released and I plan on re-reading the series all the way through once I have all of the illustrated editions in my hands.

If there is one book out there in the world that you were forced to re-read again and again, which book would that be? Why? Please share in the comments below…

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Share your shelves….

Below, you’ll find all the books I currently have on my shelves. Some are hardcovers while others are paperbacks. Either way, I have quite a few books to keep myself busy for a long time, however, it’s my belief that there’s no such thing as too many books. {Note: The books with an asterisk next to them are the books I’ve read already.}

If you Go Down To The Woods by Seth C. Adams *
The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender
The Collector by K. R. Alexander
The Fear Zone by K. R. Alexander
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders *
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson *
Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson
Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
Bad Man by Dathan Auerbach
Fort Whiskey by David Banks *
The Thief of Always by Clive Barker
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum *
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor *
Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor *
ArchEnemy by Frank Beddor *
The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski *
Remembering Me by Chelsea Bobulski
The October Country by Ray Bradbury
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Fellside by M. R. Carey
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
The Last Seance by Agatha Christie
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco
A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
Witchlanders by Lena Coakley
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer *
The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer
The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer
The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer
The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey by Chris Colfer
The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide by Chris Colfer
A Tale of Magic by Chris Colfer
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly *
Nocturnes by John Connolly *
The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
Creep by Eireann Corrigan *
The Ghost Road by Charis Cotter
Haunted Nights by Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton
The Cutting Room Ellen Datlow
The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
Splinter in the Blood by Ashley Dyer
Stoneheart by Charlie Fletcher *
Ironhand by Charlie Fletcher *
Silvertongue by Charlie Fletcher *
Beastly by Alex Flinn
The Charmed Children of Rookskull Castle by Janet Fox *
The Diary of a Young Girl (the Definitive Edition) by Anne Frank *
In The Woods by Tana French
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht *
The Breathless by Tara Goedjen
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Girl in the Locked Room by Mary Downing Haun
Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski
Gotcha! by Wayne Hancock *
Along Came Bill by Wayne Hancock *
The Hard Way by Wayne Hancock *
Off to War by Wayne Hancock *
30 Days in May by Wayne Hancock
Up On Crowley’s Ridge by Wayne Hancock
The Vampire Rebellion by Wayne Hancock *
The Vampire’s Revenge by Wayne Hancock
The Unlikely Predator by Wayne Hancock
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
The Book of Light by Deborah Harkness
After the Fire by Will Hill
20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
The Fireman by Joe Hill
Strange Weather by Joe Hill
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill *
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill *
Horns by Joe Hill
Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland by Joe Hill & Charles Paul Wilson III *
Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez *
Locke & Key: Head Games by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez *
Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez *
Locke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez *
Locke & Key: Clockworks by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez *
Locke & Key: Alpha & Omega by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez *
The Outsiders (50th Anniversary Edition) by S. E. Hinton
Frostfire by Amanda Hocking *
Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking
Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking
The Rules by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
The Complete Horowitz Horror by Anthony Horowitz
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson *
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson *
A Lush and Seething Hell by John Hornor Jacobs
The Escape by Hannah Jayne
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
Classic Ghost Stories by Miles Kelly
Carrie by Stephen King *
Cujo by Stephen King
Misery by Stephen King
The Gunslinger by Stephen King *
The Drawing of Three by Stephen King
The Wastelands by Stephen King
Wizard and Glass by Stephen King
Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King
Song of Susannah by Stephen King
The Dark Tower by Stephen King
The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
IT by Stephen King
The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
The Truth Lies Here by Lindsey Klingele *
Wildefire by Karsten Knight
The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz *
Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land
A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena *
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis
Perelandra by C. S. Lewis
That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis *
The Haunted by Bentley Little *
The Lovecraft Compendium by H. P. Lovecraft
The Giver by Lois Lowry *
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Messenger by Lois Lowry
Son by Lois Lowry
The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics *
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin *
A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
Duel by Richard Matheson
The Mile End Murder by Sinclair McKay *
The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon *
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
The Invited by Jennifer McMahon *
Ten by Gretchen McNeil *
The Son by Philipp Meyer
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer *
New Moon by Stephanie Meyer *
Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer *
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer *
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer *
Fireborne by Rosaria Munda
The Vanishing Game by Kate Kay Myers
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness *
Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes *
Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes *
War of the Cards by Colleen Oakes
The Third Twin by C. J. Omololu
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje *
Eragon by Christopher Paolini *
Eldest by Christopher Paolini *
Brisingr by Christopher Paolini *
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini *
Crazy House by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell
There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins *
Poison by Sarah Pinborough *
Charm by Sarah Pinborough
Beauty by Sarah Pinborough
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
True Grit by Charles Portis
Ghost and Bone by Andrew Prentice *
The Cabin by Natasha Preston *
The Cellar by Natasha Preston *
You Will Be Mine by Natasha Preston *
One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs *
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs *
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs
The Conference of Birds by Ransom Riggs
The End and Other Beginnings by Veronica Roth
The Asylum Novellas by Madeleine Roux
Asylum by Madeleine Roux *
Sanctum by Madeleine Roux *
Catacomb by Madeleine Roux *
Escape from Asylum by Madeleine Roux *
House of Furies by Madeleine Roux *
Court of Shadows by Madeleine Roux *
Tomb of Ancients by Madeleine Roux *
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling *
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Throne *
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling *
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling *
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling *
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling *
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling *
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling *
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling *
Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated edition) by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated edition) by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban (illustrated edition) by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire (illustrated edition) by J. K. Rowling
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Campfire by Shawn Sarles
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz *
More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz *
Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill your Bones by Alvin Schwartz *
The War in the Dark by Nick Setchfield
The Spider Dance by Nick Setchfield
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
One More Day by Kelly Simons
The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
The Shapeshifters by Stefan Spjut
What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper *
Miss Buncle’s Book by D. E. Stevenson
Miss Buncle Marrie by D. E. Stevenson
Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens
Scream and Scream Again! by R. L. Stine
Enter the Dark House by Laurie Furia Stolarz *
We Know It Was You by Maggie Thrash
Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay *
The Haunted by Danielle Vega *
Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace
My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh
Hotel for the Lost by Suzanne Young *

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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?

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Perfect setting

Do you have an ideal setting to read in? If so, what is it?

Mine is being at home where I don’t have to worry about being bothered, first of all. I also don’t have to worry about noise or a lot of distractions. My hubby is likely to have the tv on but I can always go to another room in the house to get away from that noise. The tv actually doesn’t bother me a whole lot because I may just be use to it. Plus, I don’t have to worry about someone walking up to me and talking to me right when I’m in the middle of my book, especially if I get to a good part and I want to continue reading.

Second of all, if the weather decides it wants to be gloomy outside, then I prefer to stay home and read. Like yesterday for instance, it was really cold and it was snowing when I got up. I wanted to stay at home where it was nice and warm so I could read but that doesn’t pay the bills unfortunately. So I had to brave the cold and go off to work. I can also stay home if it’s raining outside, especially if it’s storming.

Last but not least, I can do with a nice hot chocolate if it’s cold outside. If it’s during the warmer months, then I’ll find something cold to drink like a Baja Blast Mt. Dew or one of the many flavored waters I have.

I’d love to hear about your ideal setting to read in in the comments below.

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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?

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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)

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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.