Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

Here's how I plan on spending my Halloween night:


I'm going to stay in and have a Halloween marathon while drinking Nightmare on Mill Street pumpkin ale. And I plan on watching Ash vs. Evil Dead tonight at 10:00 pm on Super Channel (in Canada).

How are you spending Halloween?

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Dewey's Read-a-Thon Update #4

I did it! I made it to the end! I didn't read as much as I would've liked, but I still had fun. I can't wait until the next Read-a-Thon! 

Total pages read: 510

Closing Survey

Which hour was most daunting for you? 

Pretty much from 4:00 am until right now.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

Horns by Joe Hill, Pines by Blake Crouch, The Shuddering by Ania Ahlborn 

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

No, I thought everything was great. 

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

I thought the challenges were really fun.

How many books did you read?

3

What were the names of the books you read?

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, A Dark Autumn by Kristopher Rufty, Psycho by Robert Bloch and I just started Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge.

Which book did you enjoy most?

The Haunting of Hill House

Which did you enjoy least?

I guess Psycho because I knew what to expect from seeing the movie so many times and the book is very similar. It was still good though.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I'm definitely going to be signing up as a reader again next year. 

Dewey's Read-a-Thon Update #3

I'm so tired I can barely keep my eyes open. At this point, I'm wavering between "close enough, I might as well go to bed" and "I'm so close I might as well stay up a few more hours." I'm almost done reading Psycho by Robert Bloch, so I'm at least going to try to stay up to finish it. But it's hard to be excited by a book where you know everything that happens from watching the film version several times.

Book Beverage Photo Challenge

I'm currently reading Psycho and drinking a peppermint mocha
Shelfie Challenge



My horror bookshelves

Dewey's Read-a-Thon Update #2

I finished reading my second book of the day, A Dark Autumn by Kristopher Rufty. If you're a fan of Richard Laymon, I think you would enjoy this. It reminded me of Laymon's book, Blood Games.

I'm starting to get a bit tired now, so I'm taking a break to have a snack (spinach dip with pumpernickel bread and iced coffee) and then I'll start reading Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge.

Four Seasons Four Books Mini-Challenge

For this challenge, you choose book covers to represent each season. Books I think work well from my horror collection are Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (rain for spring), Island by Richard Laymon (a beach for summer), Horrorween by Al Sarrantonio (pumpkins for fall) and Eternity by Tamara Thorne (snow for winter).


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Dewey's Read-a-Thon Update #1

Wow, I've made it halfway through the read-a-thon and have only managed to finish reading one book. My boyfriend has the day off and has been very distracting. I think I wasted at least one hour reading the same sentence over and over while he talked and watched TV. I ended up reading in bed to get away from him and fell asleep for about a half hour, which was counterproductive.

I finished reading The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. It was pretty good, but a bit dated.

Mid-Event Survey:

 1. What are you reading right now?

I just finished The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and I think I'm going to start A Dark Autumn by Kristopher Rufty next. 
2. How many books have you read so far?
 
Only one. 

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Psycho by Robert Bloch

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Yes, my boyfriend has interrupted me quite a few times. Usually I just give in and listen to whatever he's talking about or end up watching part of whatever show he's watching on TV. I think I'm going to have to sequester myself in my bedroom for the second half of the read-a-thon.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?


How little reading I've been able to get done. I need to stop getting distracted! 


My boyfriend made his delicious homemade pizza for dinner,
so I guess I can forgive him for being irritating. 

Dewey's Readathon

Today is Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon! I will be participating again and attempt to spend 24 hours reading (and blogging about reading).

What I plan on reading:

  1. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  2. Psycho by Robert Bloch
  3. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  4. Halloween Night by R.L. Stine
  5. Halloween Night II by R.L. Stine 
  6. Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge 
  7. All Hallow's Dead by Bryan Smith
  8. A Dark Autumn by Kristopher Rufty 
  9. Exorcist Road by Jonathan Janz
  10. Jackpot by David Bernstein, Adam Cesare, Shane McKenzie and Kristopher Rufty
I chose some horror classics that I've never read, some Halloween themed horror and a few new horror novels that I've been wanting to read for a while.

The snacks:

  • Spinach dip with pumpernickel bread and veggies
  • Bugles
  • Pumpkin spice cookies
  • Orange Kit Kats
  • Pumpkin spice latte and peppermint mocha t-discs
  • International Delight caramel macchiato iced coffee

Plus whatever meals my boyfriend makes.

Introductory Meme

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

Oakville, Ontario

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

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Spinach dip. I made it just for today because I love it and I never get to eat it.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I work at Value Village and the best part of my job is my 50% discount on books.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I want to read more than I did last time. I only read three books when I participated last year, this year I hope to read at least five.  

Monday, May 25, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: The Cliffhouse Haunting by Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross

Cliffhouse Lodge is a hotel with a dark past. In the 20s, a spirit known as the Blue Lady was spotted just before a murderer dubbed the Bodice Ripper struck on the hotel grounds. Now, guests of Cliffhouse are once again reporting Blue Lady sightings. These are soon followed by murders that have the Sheriff of Cliffside baffled. The owners of Cliffhouse think the murders have a connection with the Blue Lady and help the Sheriff to figure out the mystery.

That description of the The Cliffhouse Haunting makes it sound darker than it is. Although it has some gruesome murder scenes and features a psychotic killer, it's also quite humorous. Especially the chapters involving a character named Constance Welling. Pardon me - Constance Welling, authoress. The humour element of the novel sets it apart from other haunted hotel novels. I spent a good chunk of the novel laughing rather than being scared. That being said, a few of the murder scenes did make me gag a bit. The murderer in this novel is truly sadistic.

The characters are what make this novel a good read. I loved all the chapters involving a crazy guest of Cliffhouse named Constance Welling. She's definitely one of those characters that you want to see killed, making it even sweeter when/if it happens. Dr. Siechert, who carries a severed finger around in his pocket, is another funny character, but in a more darkly humorous way.

If you're looking for a book that makes laugh on one page and cringe on the next, you've found it. The Cliffhouse Haunting is an entertaining novel and is available for a mere $5 on Kindle.

Rating: 4/5

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Santa's Little Helper by H.D. Gordon

I usually choose books to read based on the season, and try to read a Christmas-themed horror novel each December. This year I read Santa's Little Helper by H.D. Gordon. The Elf on a Shelf is already disturbing - watching you and reporting back to Santa - and this novel takes it to a whole new level of creepy with a demonic version.

Santa's Little Helper is a toy elf and book that appear on the doorsteps of four families in a small town called Peculiar. The children in each family quickly realize there's something sinister about the elf and get rid of it. But they find out it's not that easy to get rid of him when he comes back to terrorize their families.

The book has some unsettling scenes with Santa's Little Helper taking the shape of the children's worst fears including an abusive father and Special Ed (a corpse named Ed which I found to be pretty scary). The chapters involving being snowed in with Santa's Little Helper were also creepy - especially when the power went out.

There were a few too many characters. I had difficulty keeping track of which child belonged to which family. And since each chapter features a different family, it took a while for me to remember what happened four chapters ago. I think the novel would've been more effective with just one or two families. It was also unrealistic that each of the 5-year-olds could use such a large vocabulary - it would've been easier to believe if the kids had been older.

The ending feels abrupt and I wish there had been a better explanation of the origins of Santa's Little Helper. There's a bit of backstory about how Peculiar is a town where strange things happen, but I still wanted to know more about the origins of Santa's Little Helper.

Despite those few complaints, Santa's Little Helper is a good Christmas horror read. I realize it's a little late to review this, being Christmas Eve and all, but I just finished reading it today.  

Rating: 4/5

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!


Hope everyone has an awesome night! I'm staying in and watching horror movies tonight. What are your Halloween plans?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dewey's Read-a-Thon Update #3

Woohoo I made it to the end! I didn't read as much as I would've liked because I kept getting distracted by my boyfriend, but I still had fun.

Total pages read: 713

End of Event Meme:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?  The last two hours.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I Am Legend was really suspenseful and interesting.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope. Thought everything was great.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The cheerleaders were awesome.
  5. How many books did you read? 3
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller, I Am Legend by Richard Matheson and Big Driver by Stephen King
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? I Am Legend
  8. Which did you enjoy least? I liked all of them. 
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I'll definitely participate again as a reader.