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

Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Let Me In - -Macmillan Audio-, John Ajvide Lindquist, Steven Pacey

 

Audience: Adult

Format: Audiobook/Owned

 

Blackeberg. It makes you think of coconut-frosted cookies, maybe drugs.

- first sentence

 

Let's see, the narrator was amazing and I enjoyed listening to him. The story was creepy and the vampires were scary as hell. The human characters were highly flawed; there are no heroes in this story. Oskar is bullied relentlessly and puts up with it until he meets the new girl next door. The boys who bully him deal with difficult home lives. There are other characters who drink together and that's pretty much it. There is also pedophilia, abuse, adult bullies, and parents who don't seem interested in what their kids are doing. I would say this takes a dark and unflinching look at the more disturbing realities we try not to think about.

 

The reason I didn't really like the book is because of that darkness. I'm better with stories that have less of the realistic evil and more of the supernatural I guess. I'm glad the book is over and eager to move on to something less disturbing.

 

I read this for the Vampire square.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

City of Ghosts - Victoria Schwab

 

 

Audience: Middle Grade

Format: Kindle/Owned

 

People think that ghosts only come out at night, or on Halloween, when the world is dark and the walls are thin.

-First sentence

 

When Cassidy was drowning, she was saved by a ghost named Jacob. Ever since then, she can pull back the Veil and enter the spirit world. She can also see ghosts, and Jacob is her best friend. Her parents write books about spirits and they are going to host a TV show about the world's most haunted places. They all travel to Edinburgh, Scotland where graveyards, castles, and passageways are filled with all types of ghosts. At the hotel, Cass meets a girl like her who can also see ghosts.

 

Cass is a strong, brave girl and Jacob is loyal and brave. I love their interactions and how her parents think Jacob is her invisible friend. Overall, the story moves quickly, is a little scary and has a lot of heart. I enjoyed reading this one and I think middle-grade readers will love it. It has a few scary parts, but nothing that will be too much for the middle-grade audience.

 

I'm looking forward to reading the sequel and finding out more about Jacob, Cassidy, and the next haunted place.

 

I read this for the Ghost Stories space.

Bingo Call: 10/04/2019

Reblogged from Obsidian Blue:

 

Vampires: vampires, preferably non-sparkly, in all of their glorious fictional permutations

Bingo call: 9/29/19

Reblogged from Moonlight Murder:

Halloween Bingo 2019 Update 3

— feeling vampire

 

 

 

Called:

9/1/19: Ghost stories
9/2/19: Genre: Horror
9/3/19: Creepy Crawlies
9/4/19: Amateur Sleuth (not on my card)

9/5/19: American Horror Story
9/6/19: Dystopian Hellscape (not on my card)
9/7/19: Fear Street

9/8/19: Black Cat
9/9/19: Relics and Curiosities
9/10/19: A Grimm Tale  (not on my card)

9/11/19: Stranger Things
9/12/19: Creepy Carnivals (not on my card)

9/13/19: Country House Mystery (not on my card)
9/14/19: Classic Horror (not on my card)
9/15/19: Supernatural
9/16/19: Psych (not on my card)

9/17/19: Darkest London (not on my card)
9/18/19: Cozy Mystery (not on my card)
9/19/19: Southern Gothic (not on my card)

9/20/19: Read by Flashlight or Candlelight (not on my card)
9/21/19: Modern Noir (not on my card)

9/22/19: Spellbound
9/23/19: Dark Academia
9/24/19: Deadlands

9/25/19: Slasher Stories

9/26/19: In the Dark, Dark Woods

9/27/19: It was a Dark & Stormy Night

 

 

 

 

Currently Reading:

 

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Kill Creek by Scott Thomas

Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

 

 

Read:

 

The Shuddering by Ania Ahlborn for American Horror Story

 

The Shuddering by Ania Ahlborn

The Shuddering - Ania Ahlborn

 

 

Audience: Adult

Format: Audiobook/Owned

 

 

Don slapped the trunks of the trees with his left hand as he ran past them, a small ax held tight in his right.

- first sentence

 

This book takes place in the mountains of Colorado. Ryan and Jane, along with their friends, are enjoying their last trip to their family's mountain cabin and lots of snowboarding. They don't encounter the creatures until about 70% through the book. We see the creatures attacking other disposable characters, but the main characters have no idea there is any danger. There was a pack of the creatures, maybe more, and yet no one knew about them? Supposedly they were somewhere hidden until their prey ran out and they were starving. I think they were some sort of wolfish/human creature, it was unclear.

When the creatures finally start attacking the main characters, the story moves quickly and the characters have pretty realistic reactions - freezing out of fear, wanting to save themselves while at the same time wanting to help their friends, acting without thinking. There are no selfless heroes in this story. The end is left open-ended and I kind of like that, though I see no need for a sequel.

I read this book for the American Horror Story square because it takes place in the Colorado mountains.

 

Halloween Bingo Update 2

 

 

 

Called:

9/1/19: Ghost stories
9/2/19: Genre: Horror
9/3/19: Creepy Crawlies
9/4/19: Amateur Sleuth (not on my card)

9/5/19: American Horror Story
9/6/19: Dystopian Hellscape (not on my card)
9/7/19: Fear Street

9/8/19: Black Cat
9/9/19: Relics and Curiosities
9/10/19: A Grimm Tale  (not on my card)

9/11/19: Stranger Things
9/12/19: Creepy Carnivals (not on my card)

 

 

Currently Reading:

 

The Shuddering by Ania Ahlborn

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

 

 

Read:

 

Captain Superlative

Captain Superlative - J.S. Puller

Audience: Middle School

Format: Kindle/Library

 

We released paper lanterns into the night.

- first sentence

 

This is an inspirational story about a middle school girl who decides to become a superhero by doing little things to make a difference in people's lives. She wears a red mask, blue wig, silver swimsuit, rubber gloves, torn tights, high top sneakers, and a cape. And she opens doors for people, helps people pick up books, and tries to be a friend to everyone. She calls herself Captain Superlative - and she is a puzzle that Janey can't help but try to figure out. Janey doesn't understand WHY Captain Superlative does the things she does; Janey has always tried to be invisible. Why would anyone want to draw so much attention to themselves and potentially put themselves in a bully's sights?

 

Every superhero has secrets and Captain Superlative is hiding more than just her identity. Janey is determined to figure out who Captain Superlative really is and in the process, she finds herself inspired to be more than another invisible student walking the halls of Deerwood Park Middle School.

 

Great book. Students in grades 4 & up who like realistic fiction will enjoy this one.

 

Bingo Call: 9/12/109

Reblogged from Obsidian Blue:

 

Creepy Carnivals: horror/mystery/supernatural set in or concerning a carnival, amusement park, or other party/festival - think Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, Joyland by Stephen King or Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie. 

Bingo Call: 9/10/2019

Reblogged from Themis-Athena's Garden of Books:

 

A Grimm Tale: any fairy tale or retelling of fairy tales, folklore, legends, etc. 

Bingo Call: 9/8/2019

Reblogged from Obsidian Blue:

 

Black Cat: We haven't seen this square since our first bingo game, back in 2016! Any book that has a black cat in the title, on the cover, or in the story. 

Land of Stories - The Wishing Spell (audiobook)

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell - Chris Colfer

Audience: Middle Grade

Format: Audiobook/Library

 

The dungeon was a miserable place.

- first sentence

 

This is the first book in the 6-book Land of Stories series and it is fabulous. Twins Alex and Conner Bailey find themselves in a land where fairy tales are real. The land consists of multiple kingdoms such as the Sleeping Kingdom (ruled by Sleeping Beauty & King Charming) and the Dwarf Forest. All your fairy-tale favorites are here, the heroes and the villains. The twins are desperately searching for the ingredients to the Wishing Spell which is their only hope to go home. Along the way, they encounter a talking frog, trolls, Queen Red Riding Hood, the wanted criminal Goldilocks, and even the Evil Queen (among others).

 

This book is loved by many students in our school and kids who start it don't want to put it down. There are a couple of instances where the language might be objectionable to parents (harlot, floozy), but it wouldn't keep me from letting my kids read the book. Overall the story emphasizes persistence, empathy, and kindness in the face of danger and hopeless situations.

 

I would recommend to grades 4 & up.

Halloween Bingo Update 1

Well, I haven't done much reading or been on Booklikes much recently :(

Real-life and school reading requirements have been getting in the way. But I am taking some time today to create a post that at least keeps track of the calls.

 

 

Called:

9/1/19: Ghost stories
9/2/19: Genre: Horror
9/3/19: Creepy Crawlies
9/4/19: Amateur Sleuth (not on my card)

9/5/19: American Horror Story
9/6/19: Dystopian Hellscape (not on my card)
9/7/19: Fear Street

 

Currently Reading:

 

 

 

 

Read:

 

 

 

 

I'm so behind on the bingo calls (not to mention the reading). The readings I have for school are just unreal this semester and the assignments are taking up all of my free time. :(

Bingo call: 9/7/19

Reblogged from Moonlight Murder:

Storm & Fury - audiobook

Storm and Fury (The Harbinger #1) - Jennifer L. Armentrout, Lauren Fortgang

Audience: Young Adult

Format: Audiobook/Library

 

"Just a kiss?"

- first sentence

 

Trinity lives in a community of Wardens (gargoyles who fight demons and can transform into human form). Trinity isn't a warden, but she isn't just a human either. She is one of a kind - a true born. Misha is Trinity's protector, and if she dies, he will also die. Trinity's mom was killed by a warden and since then, she has lived under the protection of the wardens.

 

This book reminded me of the Court of Thorns & Roses series. It had the same feel. I enjoyed the book, but I didn't realize it was part of a larger universe (The Dark Elements series). There was danger, magical creatures, good vs. evil, treachery, death, betrayal, and of course, hormonal teenagers. Overall it was just ok for me. 

 

Hooray for the first Bingo Call!!

First call! 9/1/19

Reblogged from Moonlight Murder:

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Kill Creek
Scott Thomas, Bernard Setaro Clark
Annie's Life in Lists
Kristin Mahoney
Tracing The Trails: A Constant Reader's Reflections on the Work of Stephen King
Chad CLark, Duncan Ralston, Richard Chizmar

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The Ersatz Elevator
The Vile Village
The Hostile Hospital
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The Nerdy Dozen
The Carnivorous Carnival
The Iron Giant
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The Slippery Slope


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