Sunday, April 26, 2020

Dewey's Readathon Wrap-Up

Total pages read: 568
Books read: Monster, She Wrote by Lisa Kroger and Melanie R. Anderson, and Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

I sort of made it to the end. I stayed up until 8:00 am, but I fell asleep for a couple hours earlier in the day because I didn't sleep well on Friday night, so I didn't really read the full 24 hours.

I only ended up reading two books, Monster, She Wrote by Lisa Kroger and Melanie R. Anderson, and Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix. I enjoyed both and would definitely recommend them. I now have a long list of horror books and stories written by women that I want to check out thanks to Monster, She Wrote. Horrorstor was a quick read and a lot of fun.

Closing Survey

1. How would you assess your reading overall?

I didn't end up reading as much as I would have liked because I kept getting distracted, but I read more than I did last readathon and I'm happy with that.

2. Did you have a strategy, and if so, did you stick to it?

I didn't really have a strategy, I just tried to read as much as I could, but I gave into distractions pretty easily.

3. What was your favourite snack?

I ordered pizza from Little Caesars and it was really good. I especially love their Italian cheese bread. Yum.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Dewey's Readathon

My TBR for the day...hopefully I can get through a few of these

Today is Dewey's Readathon and I'm thrilled because I can't think of a better way to spend my time in quarantine than reading all day.

My TBR:

Midnight by John Russo
Magic by William Goldman
The Female Man by Joanna Russ
Monster, She Wrote by Lisa Kroger and Melanie R. Anderson
Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

My stash of discount Easter candy in a festive Halloween bowl
My snacks:

The only snack I really have is this clearance Easter candy I've been working my way though. I didn't make anything special for the readathon like I normally do because since the quarantine has started I've been snacking constantly and I really need to stop.

Opening Survey

1. What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Horrorstor by Grady HendrixI've loved all his other books, so I'm hoping I'll love this one too.

3. Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Reese's eggs

4. Tell us a little something about yourself!

I've been in a bit of a reading slump for the past few months and I'm hoping this brings me out of it.

5. If you participated in the last readathon, what's one thing you'll do different today?

I want to post more updates in my blog, but I also want to read more, and those are two conflicting goals, so we shall see.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Stay Home Reading Rush



I'm going to be participating in The Stay Home Reading Rush, which starts today and ends on April 19. Seeing as how I'm off work due to COVID-19, I should have plenty of time to read. I've been in a reading slump for the past several months, so I'm hoping this will help bring me out of it.

Here's what I plan on reading for all of the prompts:

Read a book with a house on the cover: The Garden of Bewitchment by Catherine Cavendish — It's very tiny and in the background, but it's still there.

Read a book set somewhere you wish you could go: Bunny by Mona Awad — I've always wanted to go to New England, and I just really want to read this because I was planning on reading it for Women in Horror Month, but I never got around to it. Plus I've had it checked out from the library for months.

Read a book that will make you smile and read a book in the same room the whole time: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh  I'm combining two challenges on this book because I don't think it will take me long to read this.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Dewey's Readathon


Dewey's Readathon is today and I am so excited to spend a whole 24 hours reading - well I do have a driving lesson at noon, so 23 hours, I guess. 

Books I plan on reading:
  1. The Darkest Veil by Catherine Cavendish
  2. Slash by Hunter Shea
  3. Those Who Came Before by J.H. Moncrieff
  4. Night in the Lonesome October by Richard Laymon
  5. Halloween Party by R.L. Stine
  6. How to Survive a Horror Movie by Seth Grahame-Smith
  7. Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror Spine-Tingling Spooktacular
  8. The Haunted Forest Tour by James A. Moore and Jeff Strand (audiobook on Hoopla)
Food I plan on eating:
  • spinach dip with pumpernickel bread
  • chocolate covered almonds
  • stew and crescent rolls

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Book Review: Silence in the Woods by J.P. Choquette

Most people are wary of Shiny Creek Trail, located deep in the Green Mountains of Vermont. There are stories about hikers and hunters who have gone missing in the area, and rumors of a "man beast" seen in the same location. In 1917, a group of photojournalists head into the woods to capture a photograph of the legendary monster to skyrocket them to fame and fortune. What they find in the caves of the forest is far worse than any beast.

Silence in the Woods by J.P. Choquette puts an interesting twist on Bigfoot stories, adding an extra supernatural element. The story actually begins a few months after the trip to the woods with the main character, Paul, in an insane asylum and what happened on their adventure is slowly revealed in alternating chapters, focusing mostly on Paul and his wife, Jane.

I'm not a huge fan of historical fiction and I was a bit concerned that the language used would be hard to read because the novel takes place in 1917, but the dialogue sounded modern, which I enjoyed, but could be a problem for readers who are looking for something more authentic.

This is a fast-paced read that I read in one sitting (it's only 214 pages), and I recommend it for Bigfoot fans, or fans of supernatural thrillers in general. Silence in the Woods is the first book in the Monsters in the Green Mountains series.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

Monday, July 22, 2019

The Reading Rush

I know I just finished a readathon yesterday, but since I love readathons so much I decided to participate in another one. The Reading Rush is a week-long readathon (starting today and ending this Sunday) with different reading challenges and badges you can earn on their website for completing each challenge. I found out about The Reading Rush while watching BookTube and I thought I would try it even though I'm not a BookTuber.

There are seven reading challenges but I don't think I can read seven books in a week (I probably won't even finish all these), so I'm going to combine some of the challenges.



Read a book with purple on the cover/read an author's first book - The Cellar by Richard Laymon

The copy I have has The Cellar in purple font.

Read a book you meant to read last year - Kill Hill Carnage by Tim Meyer

I bought this book for my Kindle last summer and was so excited to read it, but I just kept putting other books first, as I so often do.

Read a book with a non-human main character - Thor by Wayne Smith

This book is a werewolf story told from a dog's perspective. I could've used this for "read and watch a book to movie adaptation" because it was made into the film Bad Moon, but I wanted to choose a book with an adaptation that I haven't seen yet.

Pick a book that has five or more words in the title/read a book in the same spot the entire time - The Summer is Ended and We Are Not Yet Saved by Joey Comeau

This is the shortest book on my TBR, so I think it'll be the easiest to read in the same spot. I normally don't read books in one spot. I read on the bus, on my breaks at work, in bed, on the couch, on my balcony, in the bathtub...so this will be a challenge for me.

Read and watch a book to movie adaptation - Meg by Steve Alten

This would also work for "book you meant to read last year" because I planned on reading it before I watched the film that was released last year, but didn't end up reading it or seeing the film.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

24in48 Readathon

This weekend, I've decided to participate in the 24in48 Readathon. It's a readathon with a goal of reading 24 hours over the course of the whole weekend. My plan is to read 12 hours today and 12 hours tomorrow.


My TBR:

  1. Witch Island by David Bernstein
  2. Camp Carnage by Joshua Winning and Elliot Arthur Cross
  3. Silence in the Woods by J.P. Choquette
  4. The Witching House by Brian Moreland
  5. Unmasked by R. Saint Claire
  6. Death Tour by David J. Michael
  7. The Bad Seed by William March
  8. The Incredible Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson
  9. Creature by Hunter Shea
  10. I Call Upon Thee by Ania Ahlborn
24in48 Wrap-Up

Total hours read: 20 hours 52 minutes

Total pages read: 721

Books read: Silence in the Woods by J.P. Choquette, Creature by Hunter Shea, The Bad Seed by William March, and two hours of the audiobook I Call Upon Thee by Ania Ahlborn

I came close to reading 24 hours, but I think there were a few times when I wasn't reading and I forgot to turn my timer off. I really enjoyed the few books I managed to read and will hopefully have time to review them this week.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: The Beast of Brenton Woods by Jackson R. Thomas

I love werewolf books, so I was really looking forward to reading The Beast of Brenton Woods and it did not disappoint. 

Everyone in town has heard the notorious legend of the white wolf of Brenton Woods, which supposedly was responsible for many murders in the 80s. Recent gruesome deaths have led a few members of the local law enforcement to believe the white wolf is back, while others will need to suspend their disbelief if they want to help save the town from the savage beast.

The Beast of Brenton Woods is a quick and fun read with tons of gorewhich is to be expected of a novel about a monster that rips its victims to shreds. The action starts on page one and the frenetic pace doesn't let up until the end.

The ending left a few questions unanswered, so I'm really hoping Jackson R. Thomas will write a sequel. I would really love to read more about the beast of Brenton Woods and see what happens to the characters in the future.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: The Dark Game by Jonathan Janz

When 10 authors are invited to a writing retreat/contest at reclusive writer Roderick Wells's secluded estate, they can't believe their luck at getting the chance to be mentored by a literary genius. Not to mention, one winner chosen by Wells will get $3 million and a publishing contract. But the writers soon come to realize maybe they weren't so lucky after all when they start disappearing one by one.

I'm a huge fan of Jonathan Janz and his latest book, The Dark Game, did not disappoint. I love books about writers, especially when those books contain excepts from the characters' works in progress. Several chapters in The Dark Game are excerpts from the novels the writers in the book are working on at the retreat. I especially liked how one of the characters was writing a book called The Siren and the Specter, which is another Janz novel.

Even though there are a lot of characters in the book, I found it easy to tell each of them apart because they were all well-developed and each writer had a distinct voice and writing style. I also really enjoyed the slow reveal of each character's dark past.

The settingan old mansion in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by spooky woodswas made even creepier by the fact that the writers had to wear blindfolds while they were chauffeured there, so they had no clue where they were. There are lots of scenes with the characters exploring the mysterious grounds that add to the eerie mood.

If you're a horror fan and you haven't read Jonathan Janz yet, you should definitely check out his work. The Dark Game is a creepy and fast-paced read with excellent characterization. I also highly recommend Janz's other novels, Children of the Dark, The Sorrows, and The Siren and the Specter.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Dewey's Readathon Closing Survey

Total Pages read: 828
Total books read: 6 1/2
Total hours read: 24

Woohoo I made it to the end! I decided to go to bed at 8:00 am instead of writing this post because I was so exhausted.

Closing Survey

1. What hour was most daunting?

The last few hours I could barely keep my eyes open and I was debating on just going to bed, but the graphic novel I was reading (Revival) was so interesting that I just had to finish it. I told myself I would go to bed when it was over, but then I wanted to see what happened next so I read Revival Volume Two and that took me to 8:00 am.

2. Tell us all the books you read!

In the Tall Grass by Stephen King and Joe Hill, 1922 by Stephen King, The Offering by Gerald Suster, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz, Revival Volumes One and Two, and half of The Con Season by Adam Cesare.

3. What was your favourite snack?

Bruschetta on a french baguette

4. What was your favourite facet of the day?

Just getting to spend the whole day reading was awesome.


I didn't participate in many challenges (other than the Instagram one), but I got a bingo!


  • Wear something bookish related: I was wearing a sweatshirt that says "It's not hoarding if it's books."
  • Re-read a book: I read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark for the first time when I was a kid.
  • Read a book with illustrations: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
  • Read for an hour straight: I pretty much read straight from the time my boyfriend went to bed (around midnight) until 8:00 am
  • Read a book with 3 words or less in the title: The Offering
  • Read 200 pages
  • Eat a healthy snack: baby carrots
  • Read a book with a person on the cover: Revival Volume One
  • Read in your PJs: I had pyjama pants on all day
  • Finish a book: I finished 6 1/2
  • Read for a total of 5 hours
  • Read a book with diversity: Revival Volumes One and Two
  • Read a book new to you: All the books I read except Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
  • Read in two separate locations: The balcony, the couch, the bed, the bathtub