Reading is my ESCAPE from Reality!

“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.” 

 

-- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Bingo Call: 9/23/17

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Bingo Call:

 

 

Haunted houses: any structure or location that is, or is believed to be, "haunted" qualifies - it doesn't need to be a house.

Bingo Call: 9/21

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Diverse voices: any mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural book written by an author of color.

Bingo Call: 9/17

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Modern Masters of Horror: horror published in or after 2000.

Halloween Bingo Card update 3

 

Called squares not yet read: Tombstone

Read squares not yet called: BOO!

Squares called & read: Both

 

 

 

Calls:

9/1      Ghost

9/3      Cozy Mystery (Not on my card)

9/5      In the Dark, Dark Woods

9/7      Genre: Horror

9/9      Locked Room Mystery (Not on my card)

9/11    Murder Most Foul (Not on my card)

9/13   Witches

9/15   Werewolves

 

 

Books read:

Free Space (Creepy Raven): Castle Hangnail

Ghost: Heart-Shaped Box

Genre: Horror: Bird Box

In the Dark, Dark Woods: Suicide Forest

 

Suicide Forest is real.

Suicide Forest - Jeremy Bates

 

 

 

It was human nature to want to know what was around the next corner, regardless of what might await you.

- Chapter 4

 

Death isn't picky, doesn't play favorites. It doesn't care in which country you were born or how much money you had amassed in your brief existence or how happy you are. It's supremely patient and rightly so, for it knows you can't escape its reach.

Chapter 27

 

An English teacher in Japan, off with his friends and his girlfriend, to climb Mt. Fuji. The weather intervenes, so as an alternative, they decide to camp overnight in Aokigahara, also known as Suicide Forest. I'm sure you're thinking, "Wow, that's a great idea!" Well, turns out that camping in Suicide Forest is not the best idea. In my opinion, Honda is the only smart one as he refused to go camping there.

 

How many people die, how many survive, is it really ghosts that are after them? You will have to read the book to find out. The book is creepy and suspenseful. It didn't keep me from sleeping at night, but not much does. I think reading Stephen King as a teenager made me sort of immune to scary stories...

 

I did enjoy the book, even though some of the decisions made by the characters were a bit suspect. But, I can't imagine what I would feel if I was lost in a dense forest (nicknamed Suicide Forest) with no way out.

 

I found the villians a bit unbelievable and might have preferred a different ending, but a good book anyway.

 

I read this for the "In the Dark, Dark Woods" square for Halloween Bingo. Since 90% of the action takes place in a very creepy forest, I think it fits.

So You Want to be a Jedi?

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back So You Want to Be a Jedi? - Adam Gidwitz

 

This book is a retelling of The Empire Strikes Back and a guide to becoming a Jedi. It is told through Luke Skywalker's point of view, and follows the original book's story line very closely. In between chapters Gidwitz talks directly to the reader giving lessons on meditation and self-control. Gidwitz tells the reader that he (or she) is Luke, so when he tells some parts of the story he says, "but you know this because you are Luke" (or something like that).

 

If you read my other review of A Tale Dark and Grimm by Gidwitz, then you might remember he was scheduled to visit our school on September 12th. Well, Irma had other plans for that week. I'm not sure when or if his visit will be rescheduled. But, I really hope it works out; it would be fun to meet him.

 

Our librarian has been reading the meditation lessons to the students. It is interesting to see how the different children respond. The first lesson involves closing your eyes and counting to 10, while trying to keep your mind blank. It is funny how many students either miss the instructions or can't sit still long enough to even count. And then there are the students who take it so seriously - very cute.

 

The librarian is not a fan of Star Wars, but she enjoyed the book anyway. (I am a huge fan.) When she tells the students that this book is about the most famous jedi, they almost always guess Yoda, and some of them say they would rather be a sith lord.

 

I loved the book. I remember reading The Empire Strikes Back (many years ago), and reading this version brought back so many memories. There are three books in this series. I am going to go back and read the first book (A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel and the Farmboy) and then the third (Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side) which are both written by different authors.

Bingo Call: 9/15/17

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Bingo Call:

 

 

Werewolves should be included in the book. 

Bird Box - review

Bird Box - Josh Malerman

 

 

 

Malorie stands in the kitchen, thinking.

- first sentence

 

This book is soooo creepy and claustrophobic. I loved every minute of it. I can't imagine what it would be like to have to walk around outside blindfolded, let alone rowing down a river. The feeling of something unknown standing right next to you, practically breathing on you... Imagine the willpower it would take not to rip the blindfold off??

 

The story is very original and creative. It jumps back and forth in time between the time when Malorie is pregnant and 4 years later. Malorie is a very strong woman and determined to find a way to survive in the new reality. She finds a group of people and together they try to do more than just survive, but every time they step outside or let a person in, they are taking a huge chance.

 

The idea of "creatures" that make men go mad at the sight of them brings a new horror to the end of the world as we know it. When people go mad, they kill not only themselves, but the people around them. Survivors are forced to live in houses with locked doors and blankets covering all windows. Even opening the door, can lead to death. Any time a person goes outside, they must be blindfolded or take the chance of seeing the creatures. The worst part is, no one alive actually knows what the creatures look like or if they mean harm or making people insane is just an unfortunate side-effect of their exisitence. 

 

Here's a quote that helps give an idea of the claustrophobic feeling:

It feels like a cage was lowered over them all. A cardboard box. A bird box. Blocking out the sun forever.

- Chapter 41

 

I loved this book and highly recommend it to horror fans. :)

 

I'm using this for the Genre:Horror square on my bingo card. I was going to use it for In the Dark, Dark Woods, but I decided to read Suicide Forest for that one.

 

 

Bingo Call: 9/11/17

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Bingo Call:

 

 

Murder most foul: any murder mystery!

 

Halloween Bingo Card update 2

 

Called squares not yet read: Tombstone

Read squares not yet called: BOO!

Squares called & read: Both

 

 

 

Calls:

9/1      Ghost

9/3      Cozy Mystery (Not on my card)

9/5      In the Dark, Dark Woods

9/7      Genre: Horror

9/9      Locked Room Mystery (Not on my card)

 

Books read:

Free Space (Creepy Raven): Castle Hangnail

Ghost: Heart-Shaped Box

 

 

Heart-Shaped Box

Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill

 

Jude had a private collection.

- first sentence

 

A collection of the grotesque and bizarre. As a heavy metal star, that is part of his image, and he enjoys it. And that is why he jumps at the chance to buy a ghost on the Internet. Turns out it isn't the best choice he's ever made...

 

Jude is kind of a jerk. He's a singer and plays guitar, divorced with a slew of girlfriends he calls not by their names, but by the name of their home state. Thus, his current girlfriend is Georgia (20-something to his 50-something). His assistant, Danny (who happens to be gay) is often more of a friend to the girls than Jude is. So, when the ghost came, I wasn't that invested in Jude's safety (or survival). Luckily events throughout the book made me root for him and even like him enough to be invested in his survival.

 

I had no idea where the story was going and that was good, it kept me guessing. I love the twist about the ghost and about why it was meant specifically for Jude to buy.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I also enjoyed the other two other Joe Hill books I read (NOS4A2 and The Fireman). I love his writing and of course horror, so... I know Hill has been around for a while but I don't know why I never read his books until this past year. I'm so glad I did. I will look for more by him. Let me know if any of you have recommendations. :)

 

My favorite lines:

 

the radio was just background sound, the auditory equivalent of wallpaper.

 

He understood that the ghost existed first and foremost within his own head. That maybe ghosts always haunted minds, not places.

 

The ghosts always caught up eventually, and there was no way to lock the door on them. They would walk right through.

 

I read this book for the ghost square, because... well, the ghost. :)

Bingo Call: 9/9

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Locked room mystery: A subgenre of detective fiction in which a crime—almost always murder—is committed under circumstances which it was seemingly impossible for the perpetrator to commit the crime and/or evade detection in the course of getting in and out of the crime scene.

Most Dangerous

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War - Steve Sheinkin

 

They came to California to ruin a man.

- opening sentence

 

 

This book tells the story of Daniel Ellsberg and of the Vietnam War. He was a Marine, he worked as a military analyst for the Rand Corporation, and he even worked at the Pentagon. But he is most famous for releasing the Pentagon Papers - a seven thousand page top-secret classified document that covered the secret history of the Vietnam War.

 

The story is disturbing and informative. It's hard to believe some of the things the government was willing to cover up. And it's sad that so many Americans had to die in Vietnam, in what seems to have been an unwinnable war.

 

Before reading this book, I didn't know much about the Vietnam War. Of course, I learned about it in history class, but I don't remember much. History was never one of my favorite subjects. But I sometimes find myself reading historical fiction or books that reveal the truth behind historical events and really enjoying them.

 

I read this book for my Information Needs of Young Adults class. I probably wouldn't have picked it up on my own, but I'm really glad I read it. It was very eye-opening, and actually very sad. The lengths several presidents were willing to go to so that they wouldn't be the "first president to lose a war" are shocking. 

 

At the end of the book, Sheinkin points out that despite what Ellsberg revealed, the government continues to keep secrets. He talks about Edward Snowden and how while we are all aware that the government needs to keep some secrets, how much secrecy is too much? 

 

If you enjoy history or are interested in finding out more about the truth behind the Vietnam War, this might be the book for you. I also read The Port Chicago 50 by Sheinkin and really enjoyed it. I will be looking for more by this author in the future.

 

Bingo Call: 9/7/2017

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Here is your bingo call:

 

 

Horror is a genre of fiction which is intended to, or has the capacity to frighten, scare, disgust, or startle its readers or viewers by inducing feelings of horror and terror.

Bingo Call: 9/5

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In the dark, dark woods: a mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural book in which a forest/woods plays a significant role, or which has a forest/woods on the cover.

Bingo Card update 1

 

Called squares not yet read: Tombstone

Read squares not yet called: BOO!

Squares called & read: Both

 

 

 

 

Calls:

9/1      Ghost

9/3      Cozy Mystery (Not on my card)

 

Books read:

Free Space (Creepy Raven): Castle Hangnail

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