#Blogoween | Try A Chapter October 2018

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Hello everyone so once again I am ignoring a #blogoween prompt. I am sorry about this, but I thought it would be fun to do a Try a Chapter with books that would be perfect to read during this spooky time of the year. So I went through my TBR and picked up some books that I have had for some time that had to do with horror, witches, or ghosts in some way. I hope you enjoy this Halloween themed edition!

Previous Posts: Let’s Talk | Try a Chapter April 2018Try a Chapter | August 2017, and Try a Chapter | June 2017.

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The Books

Lisey’s Story by Stephen King

Lisey's Story

  • goodreads rating: 3.66
  • pages: 513
  • genre: Horror

Outcome: I read a total of 14 pages, which is actually kinda short for a Stephen King chapter. The first chapter is really setting up the story and introducing the main character and fills us in on her recent live events. Overall, I think it was a good start to the novel and I think I will really enjoy reading it. So, I am going to be keeping this book.

Revival by Stephen King

Revival

  • goodreads rating: 3.76
  • pages: 405
  • genre: Horror

Outcome: I read about 5 pages, and I was already wanting to skip around and see what would happen. For me this is a bad sign. While I do want to see what happens, I only cared about what the guy did, not the aftermath or repercussions, which is the whole point. So because I already wanted to skip around I am going to be unhauling this book.

Gerald’s Game by Stephen King

Gerald's Game

  • goodreads rating: 3.48
  • pages: 468
  • genre: Horror/Thriller

Outcome: So I read about 30 some odd pages of this book. I will say I didn’t ever read the description of this book. When I first discovered reading King I just kinda bought a ton of his books without really reading the descriptions. So if I had I would never have bought it. So I am unhauling this book. It is NOT for me in anyway. x

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

The Dinner List

  • goodreads rating: 3.84
  • pages: 273
  • genre: Fiction/Magical Realism

Outcome: I read 14 pages of this book and I can see that I will pick up another book by this author from the library, but I don’t know if I would buy another book by this author. I thought her writing was beautiful, but the plot just isn’t exciting to me. I think if the desciprion sounds like something up your alley you will love this book, I am actually going to be sending it to my cousin as a present. So I am unhauling/gifting this book.

Insomnia by Stephen King

Insomnia

  • goodreads rating: 3.81
  • pages: 912
  • genre: Horror/Fiction

Outcome: I read about 15 or odd pages of this one and it was a very slow build that didn’t really pull me in a lot. So I don’t think I would really like reading anymore of this novel. So I am going to be unhauling it. I do think for those who enjoy a slow burn kinda book this would be great one for you.

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

The Wicked Deep

  • goodreads rating: 3.85
  • pages: 308
  • genre: YA/Paranormal

Outcome: I read 13 pages of this book and I wanted to read more almost instantly. I love that there is a bit of folklore and “history” poured into the book so early on. I am also getting Sanderson sister vibes mainly because there are 3 witch sisters. I am going to be keeping this book and reading it hopefully this month since it is Halloween season, but I feel like it would be great to read in the next few months as well.

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What do you think about unhauling books? What is your TBR currently?

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#Blogoween | Character Inspired Costume

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Prompt:

Monday 15th: Shapeshifter
What characters would you like to dress up as at Halloween?

For me I think one of the best book characters to dress up as would be Coraline Jones from Coraline written by Neil Gaiman. The first reason I would say this is because even though this is a kids book, it is creepy and really has halloween vibes to it. I mean other mother and a black cat? The first time I saw other mother illustrated I was spooked and the black cat is just icing on the halloween cake.

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Comic and Cosplay

The second reason might be very obvious if you look at the picture above. Dressing up as Coraline is a comfortable costume. I can wear jeans and sweaters so I wont be too cold and if it is too cold I can wear a rain jacket as another layer and it wont take away from my costume, it only adds. Also, thanks to Comic and Cosplay you can see there are different outfits you can wear depending on your own personal style. I know I would prefer to wear the blue and white stared sweater and black jeans with blue booties. That is my comfort zone. While someone else would feel better in a red and white stripped shirt and jeans.

I have to admit that Comic and Cosplay did a great job with creating these board and helping others to dress up as this character. They really were able to look at the character at a few points in the story and find real world equivalents for people to wear. I might even use this as my costume this year, time will tell on what I decide to be.

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What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

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A Week in Review | October 7th -October 13th

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Another week of October is complete, where is the time going? I keep feeling like every time I turn around it is a day later than I thought it was. It is also getting chillier where I am. I think it is officially indoor sweatshirt weather and fall jacket time. This week I went out and bought myself a new one and I am in love with it. I have been wearing it every day. What is the weather like for you currently, has the season finally started to change? Anyway, here is my weekly book wrap-up.

Books I Finished

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

I have been hearing about this book since finding out Shirley Jackson was an author. I can see why We Have Always Lived in the Castle is one of her most talked about novels. It is eerie, but not in a traditionally sense. The truth can be a bit surprising and the atmosphere was just wonderful. Even though her novel is so short, she is a master of creating a setting that you can feel. I really enjoyed this novel and I suggest it for anyone who wants to be creeped out, but not by monsters.

4stars

Tropic Of Cancer by Henry Miller

Tropic Of Cancer

So, this was a really weird book. While I did read the entire thing I can’t really tell you what happened if that makes sense. As the story progresses it does get a little more coherent, but it never becomes tame in any shape way or form. I would never have read this book on my own that is for sure, the description is not something I would normally be drawn to. I honestly can’t really suggest this book to anyone though.

2stars

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)

So I am buddy reading this book and at first I feel a little behind it. I did not think I was going to like it a lot so I kinda put it off and read 3 other books last week. Well, when I finally picked it up this week I read 200 pages mainly over one day. I loved one of the characters and the shock I felt at the twist left me floored! I need to keep reading this as soon as I can, but I don’t want to read too far head of everyone else.

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

Emergency Contact

This week I started to read this book, I finally got up the courage because there was so much talk about this novel. So far, I am not thrilled at all. Literally on the first page there was already someone calling someone else a  slut. Are you kidding me? Then one of the main characters is aggravating and I just felt like all I was reading was whining.  I just don’t really want to read anymore of it. So, I might be DNFing this. I will update you on what I decide to do next week.

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

This month I need to read this as part of the BN Book Club, so I think it is about time to pick it up. I am a bit worried I wont like it because I know I like Hank Green from his videos and what not. I am also worried what the older individuals in the BN Book Club are going to say about this book mainly because it deals with YouTube and social media where I think some people are going to have a trouble adjusting to that point of view when it was something that many people did not grow up with or was not mainstream when they were younger.

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What did you read this week?

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#Blogoween | Horror Movie Recommendations

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Prompt:

Saturday 13th: 31 Horror Movies in 31 Days
Throughout October I’ll be aiming to watch 31 horror movies and blogging about them. The number 2 there is because this will be a weekly feature I do where I look at the horror movies I watched that week.

So I am not watching 31 horror movies this month, but I thought it would be a fun time to share 3 of my favorite ones that I have watched and rewatched over the years. Some of these are considered classics and others not so much. But, to me they are a great example of a good horror. Some are based upon ghosts and others are more of a psychological another is both of these combined. I want to add, please pay attention to the ratings of these movies. If you are younger than the recommended age, get parent permission before watching. W

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The Shining directed by Stanley Kubrick

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This is my all time favorite scary movie, even though I think the book is much better this movie was wonderful and it has all the things I look for in a scary movie. Ghosts, old hotels, and just the right amount of  “magic”. I have rewatched this movie many times over and it really is great. It is rated R, so make sure you are old enough to watch it.

Sleepy Hallow directed by Tim Burton

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This is the first Tim Burton/Johnny Depp movie I think I ever watched. I always heard about Sleepy Hallow as a legend living in the North East, but I didn’t really know the story behind it so when I watched this I really liked it. While this is an adaptation and there is a Civil War Sleepy Hallow Legend which I like a bit better. I still really love this movie it is creepy, Depp plays a very interesting man of science in a time where there is little, and the magic and ghosts are great. Once again this movie is rated R, so once again make sure you are old enough to watch it.

The Secret Window directed by David Koepp

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If you are looking for soemthign that will just mess up your mind and really question what humans can do, this is the scary movie for you. This is another one I watched and rewatched and even have bought a few times because I wore out the dvd. It is a thriller that gets a bit over the time at times, but it really is made really well. This one is rated PG-13, so 13 and older.

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What is your favorite horror movie?

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#Blogoween |Vampire Book Recommendations

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Prompt:

Friday 12th: Loving the monsters always ends badly for the human
I’ll be exploring my favourite creatures of the night – Vampires – and leaving a recommendation or two.

I am very excited to share some of the vampire books I have read and loved. I noticed as going through this list I used to read a lot more vampire books than I currently do. I cannot figure out why. I will need to fix this as soon as possible. Well, without more rambling, here are the books.

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‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

'Salem's Lot

So this is one of the most creepy of the vampire books I have read to date. I really love the build of this book and the atmosphere of it. There is town folklore, history and much, much more that makes it feel real.  There is something of a mystery and it really adds to the story as well.

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)

So, I read this series when I was in high school, many moons ago. I ended up flying through all of the books that were out at the time. This is a paranormal romance series that the True Blood HBO series was based upon, I will tell you right now they are very different from one another.

Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer

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Life and Death was an enjoyable read for me. I actually really liked the fact that the characters were the opposite gender and it made rereading the story something new even though it was basically the same plot. If the rest of the series did something like this I would read it. Also, I am not ashamed for liking Twilight.  I know its faults, but I still liked them.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, #1)

I remember vividly reading this on the beach. I loved reading this creepy and historical fiction-esk book in the totally “wrong” season. I also loved the writing style in this book, the combination of history and the paranormal was done so well and blended so nicely I would not doubt that some younger reads would think this is true. lol.

The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith

The Last American Vampire (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, #2)

So, this is book number two that comes out after Abraham Lincoln: Vampire hunter and it was just as good as the first one. It really was wonderful to jump back into this reality and continue following some characters that I thought I would not see again. I also loved the choice of time period that was used. It was fun to read once again. I have picked up more of his books and I will continue to pick up more of his works.

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What vampire books do you love?

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#Blogoween | Book Spine Spells!

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Prompt:

Thursday 11th: Spell List
We’re all familiar with Book Spine Poetry by now. No? Stack up your books in an order that allow the titles to create a poem. For this prompt we’re using horror or Halloween themed books only to line up and create Book Spine Spells!

Oh goodness, this was a hard one for me. I was never good at poetry. The only time I enjoy writing poetry is when it is blackout poetry. So this one was a prompt I was kind of dreading, but over all it didn’t turn out as bad as I thought it would be. So without further delay here is my spooky book spine poetry!

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the witches

in the darkest part of the forest

carry on

The wolf wilder

in the days of rain

carry on

 

from here to eternity

misery

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What is your favorite poem or poet?

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#Blogoween | Local Ghost Demand a Book!

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Prompt:

Wednesday 10th: Local Ghosties Demand a Book!
Chose a horror, supernatural, scary, or ghost story that you’ve heard and is local to your area/home town, or a personal scary experience. Tells us about this and write a blurb too!

The mother never gave up looking for her daughter even when her community slowly gave up, the weather turned worse as the seasons cycled through. As the years passed she was said to continue to walk around the water and the surrounding area of Durand-Eastman Park. She continued to do this until her passing, or did she really stop?
It is said that when you go to this area that you could see a few different things. A women in white walking up and out of the water onto the land searching and looking for those who may have taken her daughter, or the body of her young child. Some of the tales say that she is accompanied by two dogs who help in her search.
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#Blogoween | Bookish Monster Bender

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Prompt:

Tuesday 9th: Bookish Monster Bender
You’re transported into a random book but a bad surprise awaits you. Everything is horror and death, because the story is now a monster version of what you know. The objective is to create a monster bender version of book characters. You can choose who you want and imagine a dark horror version of them and their novels.

So the first book that popped into my head was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Chances are that is no surprise to you, it is always the book I think about first. Anyway, I was thinking an interesting twist on this story would be if our dear Beth became a zombie.

SPOILERS AHEAD! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Image result for beth from little women

So in the story little women Beth, one of the four sisters, tragically dies from an illness about halfway through. She is very young and she is one of the kindest and sweetest souls. As you can see in the image above, she looks very ill. She has dark circles and is very pale. Most zombies are described as having pale skin and their eyes are darkened and sunken. So it would not be hard to imagine Jo turns to discover that Beth has died, but then an hour later while her sisters and Marmee are preparing her body. Her eyes spring open and lock eyes with Jo. Jo, who had slept on the couch in her room and kept her company day and night.

Now, the story changes. There is no loss, but the family now needs to care for ailing Beth in a whole different way. They now need to track down brains of freshly passed individuals or even animals. They need to keep her occupied and under control in the house. How would they explain her absence or the accountant of death, but people can see the shadow of her at night due to the flickering flame?

Would the family continue to be the family that are, or would this terrible secret change them?

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I know this might not be quite what the prompt wanted, but I thought it was an interesting idea. It is fun to think what would certain characters do if they were faced with something like this.

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#Blogoween | Gory Magical Sweet

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Prompt:

Monday 8th: Gory Magical Sweet
The objective is to create one or more snacks (sweet or savoury is okay) and a drink (if you want) that must be Halloween themed but created with a mix! Use common food elements and parts of our beloved mythical and magical creatures. Just to be clear: things like rainbow unicorn sparkles aren’t gory.

So one of my favorite things to eat is pizza, I know nothing quite so original nor a snack but I think you will really like my recipe. For the month of October I always add a special ingredient to my pizza, it really is a pain in the butt to get so I have to use it sparingly.

Items Needed

  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup preshredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 (1-pound) pizza crust
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Thinly sliced breaded eggplant
  • 1/4 cup Blood of a unicorn

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°.

 

Step 2

Combine the first the three cheese in a medium bowl. Drizzle blood of a unicorn all over the crust, leaving out a 1/2-inch boarder. Spread cheese over the crust, ensuring to stay within the area where blood is. Sprinkle crushed red pepper, black pepper, oregano and garlic over cheese. Then place your breaded egg plant over pizza, best to not over lap the pieces.

Place pizza on baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 10 minutes. Remove pizza to cutting board; cut into 6 slices.

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Inspired by this recipe.

What is your favorite food to eat during the colder weather?

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A Week in Review | October 1st -October 6th

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October has been off to an amazing start. First there has been blogoween, which has been a blast. Them it is getting cooler, the nights are getting longer, and I can now light a bunch of autumn smelling candles and not get laughed at for burning apple scented things in the middle of the summer. Also, my reading this week has done very well. I read more than I thought I would and I started a book I have been wanting to read for the past few months and I have been saving it for October. Without more of a delay, here is my reading week.

Books I Finished

The Outsider by Stephen King

The Outsider

I absolutely adored this Stephen King novel. It was the perfect mixture of the real world and the monsters and paranormal beasts that I look for in one of his books. Not only was the monster interesting and I liked how it was pulled from myths and such, but the characters felt real. I really enjoyed seeing a lot of another character I never thought I would see again. I nearly yelled in joy when that happened. Now, I will say that there is a very, very graphic crime that happens that is really appalling. So if that kind of stuff gets to you it might not be the read for you.

Salem’s Witch House: A Touchstone to Antiquity by John Goff

Salem's Witch House: A Touchstone to Antiquity

So I was super excited to read this book, I ended up being disappointed. The book was more of a history of who lived in the house and what stores it had been and less about the role it had during the Salem witch trials. While it was interesting I found the name it be a tad bit misleading so it left be just feeling like I missed out on something. If you know nothing about the history of the house and such, this would be a good read for you.

The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger

I just picked this up and happened to put it on hold as an audiobook at my library and it became available within a day or so. I ended up flying through this novel very quickly since it was under 300 pages, nearly unheard of when dealing with a King novel. I will admit that I am intrigued by this series when I thought I would have absolutely no interest in it. It is very different from what I thought it would be, but I was also not totally in love with it as well. Over all this was an okay read, there really was no horror it was more of a slow burning science fiction. You can easily see that this is a set up book for the series. I found myself enjoying the characters and worlds created here.

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

East of Eden

I was so excited to read this since I read The Red Pony and reread Of Mice of Men this year. I really enjoy John Steinbeck’s writing style, it just seems to flow. This is one of the bigger novels of his that I have read and I really enjoyed this novel that spanned multiple generations. I can see why my uncle says it is his favorite book and that I needed to read it.

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born by by Peter David, Robin Furth, Jae Lee, Richard Isanove, Stephen King

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born

So, right after reading the novel I decided to read the graphic novel adaptation. I guess you would call it an adaptation? If I am wrong please let me know. Anyway, I really liked that the graphic novel is a bit different, well has a different story to tell completely. But, at the same times it isn’t. It is really hard to explain in this little blurb, I think I might just do an entire post comparing them. Any who, I really enjoyed this and it bought the world visually more to life for me and I can picture what happened in the book even more vividly than I could before.

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

I finally started to read We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Apart from The Haunting of Hill House, which I LOVE, this is the second most talked about book of Jacksons. So I am very happy to have started this. So far I am really enjoying the feel of this book and I am excited to see where it goes.

Tropic Of Cancer by Henry Miller

Tropic Of Cancer

So my aunt gave me this book with no explanation other than saying she wanted to know what I thought about it. So far I think this book is all over the place and VERY stream on consciousness. It is a very weird book, but I am curious to see where it goes because I think it honestly can go in any where.

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NEXT BOOK

To Be Determined, I honestly have no idea what I am in the mood to read right now.

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What did you read this week?

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