Gifts for Christmas

Have you thought about what you want to give that book lover for Christmas? With Black Friday only a couple of weeks away, here are some ideas and suggestions from one book lover to another….

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire : The Illustrated Edition by J. K. Rowling

The illustrated edition of Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire will be great for any Potterhead (like me). I’ve personally asked for one of these for Christmas. I plan on re-reading the entire series once again using all the illustrated editions once I’ve collected every single one of them.

The Stoneheart trilogy by Charlie Fletcher

If you have someone on your list who likes alternate realities….this trilogy would probably be a good gift for them. It also has a sort of coming of age story like Harry went through in the Harry Potter series.

The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater

If you have a book lover on your list who is looking for a little romance then this may be something that they’ll enjoy. It is equal parts romance and fantasy but it’s still a great read. Shown below are the 3 main books in the series but there is a fourth novel that revolves around a couple of the supportive characters if 3 is not enough.

The Asylum series by Madeleine Roux

If you have a horror junkie on your list then this may be something that they’ll enjoy. It starts out as a trilogy but there is a prequel book that revolves around different characters and you can find all the novellas from this series in one book (separate from the main series) that will give you more back ground into the story if they want to continue reading.

Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan

For that person on your list that enjoys a good mystery then this would be a good read. Anyone who is a fan of Agatha Christie would like something from this author. Plus, he has some other books that would be of interest if you enjoy this one.

Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer

For those of you who have kids on your list that are avid readers, here is something you can get them. Whether they read on their own or you want to read it with them, this is a good series to share.

You Will Be Mine by Natasha Preston

For that teen on your list, check out this book from Natasha Preston. This is equal parts thriller/suspense and romance if your teenager likes that sort of thing. There are other thrillers from this author that they may like if your teen likes to read that sort of thing.

“Ghost Story” by Peter Straub

I finished reading this book last night and wanted to share it here. I had several people recommend this to me or tell me this would be a really good horror novel to read…..they were not wrong. There may be times where it seems like the are straying off the main story but they are not. You’ll see when you get to the end of the novel….all of that has something to do with the story. I did end up liking this novel because the author did a good job of building the suspense all the way through the end. It’s a good book to keep you on the edge of your seat or if you like ghost stories.

Synopsis: What was the worst thing you’ve ever done?

In the sleepy town of Milburn, New York, four old men gather to tell each other stories—some true, some made-up, all of them frightening. A simple pastime to divert themselves from their quiet lives.

But one story is coming back to haunt them and their small town. A tale of something they did long ago. A wicked mistake. A horrifying accident. And they are about to learn that no one can bury the past forever…

“Pet Sematary” by Stephen King

I finished reading this on my Kindle this morning and I thought I’d share it here. This book looked interesting from the synopsis so I thought I’d give it a shot. I thought it was good, especially the way it ended. The book kept a good pace throughout and kept me turning the pages because I couldn’t wait till I got to the end. Now, I have to go watch the movie they released earlier this year, plus, I’ll have to watch the original they made.

Synopsis: When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Despite Ludlow’s tranquility, an undercurrent of danger exists here. Those trucks on the road outside the Creed’s beautiful old home travel by just a little too quickly, for one thing…as is evidenced by the makeshift graveyard in the nearby woods where generations of children have buried their beloved pets. Then there are the warnings to Louis both real and from the depths of his nightmares that he should not venture beyond the borders of this little graveyard where another burial ground lures with seductive promises and ungodly temptations. A blood-chilling truth is hidden there—one more terrifying than death itself, and hideously more powerful. As Louis is about to discover for himself sometimes, dead is better

“The Bone Keeper” by Luca Veste

I’ve finished another novel and wanted to share it with you. This novel is a stand alone and was a really creepy read. I enjoyed it, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t see the ending coming. I imagined that the killer was a particular person and it wasn’t who I thought it was. Plus, it seems that the author is trying to throw you a few curve balls to throw you off. But if you’re looking for a crime novel that is really creepy, than this book may be right up your alley.

Synopsis: Twenty years ago, four teenagers went exploring in the local woods, trying to find the supposed home of the Bone Keeper. Only three returned.

Now, a woman is found wandering the streets, horrifically injured, claiming to have fled the evil urban myth.

And then a body turns up.

Looking forward to…..

I have enjoyed several of Stephen King’s works in the past and am in the process of reading some of his literature now. I just found out today that he has a new book coming out on September 10th of this year. This book looks interesting and I hope to have it when it is released. What about you? Do you think you’ll be reading the following book?

Synopsis: In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks uncannily like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, other kids with special talents – telekinesis and telepathy — who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and the ten year old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”

In this most sinister of institutes, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are fanatically dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you behave, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.

As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is a gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil– and what it takes for good to win.

“Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins

Please note that there may be spoilers in this article if you’ve not read any of the books yet.

Well, I’ve finally done it. I’ve finished the Hunger Games trilogy. It feels like forever ago since I read “Hunger Games” and “Catching Fire”. After finishing the last book that I read, I decided to go ahead and read “Mockingjay”. I really enjoyed this book, there were a lot of up’s and down’s. Some were happy and seemed almost normal while others were sad and took your breath away. There were a couple of deaths in this book that really made me sad. When Prim dies, that is really heart-breaking. It just worked out where Katniss was right there when her death occurs and you get to see how it really affected Katniss. Especially when Katniss comes across Buttercup later and even the cat misses Prim. The other death that affected me was Finnick. I get why he died but I feel sad because he was reunited with the love of his life and got to marry her before his death occurs. Overall though, I think I’m okay with the way the series ended though. I know that war comes at a price so there are going to be some deaths that will happen.

Also, the books I read had the foil covers instead of the original covers. If that makes a difference to anybody.

“Watching You” by Lisa Jewell

I finished reading another novel. I am very glad I picked this book up at my local bookstore. The book starts off with showing you that someone has been murdered. After that, you meet the characters that live in Meville Heights. Everyone is either watching someone or being watched by someone, leaving you with a creepy feeling. The book will leave you guessing who the murderer is till the very end (make sure you read the epilogue provided at the end of the novel and don’t skip over that part, I can’t explain why or it’ll ruin the book). Anyway, if you want a suspenseful “sit on the edge of your seat” thriller then this is the book for you. I think you’ll be surprised. I sure was!

Synopsis: Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighborhoods in Bristol, England; home to doctors and lawyers and old-money academics. It’s not the sort of place where people are brutally murdered in their own kitchens. But it is the sort of place where everyone has a secret. And everyone is watching you.

As the headmaster credited with turning around the local school, Tom Fitzwilliam is beloved by one and all—including Joey Mullen, his new neighbor, who quickly develops an intense infatuation with this thoroughly charming yet unavailable man. Joey thinks her crush is a secret, but Tom’s teenaged son Freddie—a prodigy with aspirations of becoming a spy for MI5—excels in observing people and has witnessed Joey behaving strangely around his father.

One of Tom’s students, Jenna Tripp, also lives on the same street, and she’s not convinced her teacher is as squeaky clean as he seems. For one thing, he has taken a particular liking to her best friend and fellow classmate, and Jenna’s mother—whose mental health has admittedly been deteriorating in recent years—is convinced that Mr. Fitzwilliam is stalking her.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier, a schoolgirl writes in her diary, charting her doomed obsession with a handsome young English teacher named Mr. Fitzwilliam…

Favorite genre?

As far as a particular genre, I’ll switch back and forth between several different ones depending on what I feel like reading when I’ve finished reading a book and I am picking up another one. So, it’s hard for me to pick up just one genre or another.

horror = Sometimes I’m in the mood for something scary. Something from either Stephen King or Joe Hill. They are fun to read whenever there is a thunderstorm going on outside.

mystery = I like a good mystery from time to time. Something that makes you think. Agatha Christie and Frances Duncan are authors who can write a good mystery.

suspense/thriller = These are good to keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page….not that you can’t do that in horror as well.

fantasy = The Harry Potter series or the Chronicles of Narnia series are what come to my mind when someone says fantasy. They are books that take you off into other worlds.

romance = While I have read the Twilight series, I don’t read this genre very often. Of course, there are some books from some of the other genres that will have bits of romance in them. Like the Hunger Games or Divergent series…..I would file those under fantasy but I can see having bits of romance in them.

There may be some books that I’ll read that don’t really fit into any of the above genres and that’s okay. I’m one of those people that is open to other things, especially if it sounds interesting enough. What is your favorite genre to read from?

“The Chalk Man” by C. J. Tudor

I just recently finished reading this book and I wanted to share it with you. I picked this book up at my local bookstore a few weeks back (in paperback form) because I found the synopsis intriguing. It’s a great book to read if you like a book that is full of suspense and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Also, I would never have guessed the ending either and I like that. I don’t want to read something that I can guess what is going to happen before I am finished with the book. This book is pretty creepy throughout and probably not for the faint of heart or little kids.

Synopsis: In 1986, Eddie and his friends are on the verge of adolescence, spending their days biking in search of adventure.  The chalk men are their secret code, stick figures they draw for one another as hidden messages.  But one morning the friends find a chalk man leading them to the woods.  They follow the message, only to find the dead body of a teenage girl.

In 2016, Eddie is nursing a drinking problem and trying to forget his past, until one day he gets a letter containing a chalk man – the same one he and his friends saw when they found the body.  Soon he learns that all his old friends received the same note.  When one of them is killed, Eddie realizes that saving himself means figuring out what happened all those years ago.  But digging into the past proves to be more dangerous than he could have known.  Because in this town, everyone has secrets, no one is innocent, and some will do anything to bury the truth.

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)