Hello and welcome to a mid-month check in on my current reads and WIPs I am dedicating my time to. I already finished a few book, woohoo! But, I picked up a new read this weekend as well. While I am not reading luckily, I am working at a study pace, which makes me happy. As for making I have a few things on my needles, but one I am really focusing on. I hope you enjoy!
My Current Reads
Ghosts of Maine T.M. Gray, I just started reading this over the weekend so I don’t have too much to say. I am enjoying the way the book for a few reasons. The first being the formatting. It is perfect for picking up here and there in between all of my other obligations. The stories I have read so far have been enjoyable and I am excited to read more of these tales, especially since spooky ghost season is coming up soon. I love reading ghost stories this time of the year and the formatting mixed with the tone of these stories has been a perfect mixture for me. I can’t wait to continue reading it.
My Current WIPs
I am currently working on my Alpenglow sweater. I am just about to separate for the sleeves, so good progress is being made. This is my first time doing color work, so I have been moving along very slowly, but now I am moving along. I am hoping to finish this sweater before the end of the month, but we shall see how much time I actually have to work on it. Things are looking promising though, so I am leaning towards being able to make thus goal.
* I received this book from publisher via netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review.*
When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.
What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.
Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.
It was everything.
She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is. –goodreads
What I Liked
Ruth Ware for me has been one of my favorite thriller writers. She has mastered the art of building a world and atmosphere that the reader is just pulled into. In fact, I was so enthralled with this novel, I read it in a single day. It kept me from the first page till the last.
The main part that pulled me in, apart from the atmosphere, was the characters she created. I really was interested in the people she wrote into being. I always felt like they were hiding something, there was just something I couldn’t understand, even though their character was very distinct and in a lot of cases had a lot of interaction with one another so you have a good handle on their voices. Especially for the main character, I had to say I really loved how Ware decided to tell this story. I don’t want to spoil it, but I think the method really added to it. Not only did I feel like these flushed out characters feel like there was something just under the surface, the way they interacted with one another was interesting.
On top of the development of the characters and the great atmosphere, I have to say the location of the novel I thought was just a wonderful choice, I don’t want to say more because I think others will really enjoy it coming to life as you read.
As for the plot there were a few things I saw coming and a few things I did not see coming. For me that is a true sign of a good thriller. While, I read a lot of thrillers I can say with some confidence that I have gotten quite good at being able to predict what is going to happen. So, if it can surprise me not once, but multiple times, the author has done a very good job.
Also, I must add, this is one of the best unreliable narrators I have seen in some time.
What I Didn’t Like
Uh, nothing. I honestly loved it from front cover to back cover. Ruth Ware truly has a talent and I feel like with every one of her book she continue to get better and better.
Overall, I think this is a fantastic thriller. It has the atmosphere, the setting, an unreliable narrator, and wonderful characters in addition to a wonderful plot. If you enjoy thrillers or any of the things I mentioned in this post, I really think you should give it a try. I will also add, that I liked it so much I bought a final copy of this book so I can tell more people about it.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
What do you think about unhauling books? What is your TBR currently?
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!
So in the North East there is one ghost story or local myths that I find to be really interesting and have always caught my attention whenever I hear someone talking about it. Which, with the friends I have tends to happen a lot. Ghost stories are one of my favorite things to talk about or watch on TV or YouTube, any recommendations let me know! Here are those two stories.
The Lady in White
This one is a tad bit sad, it starts with a young daughter going missing on the shores of Lake Ontario. This area can get very cold during some times of the year and cold water is never a good thing to jump into. While I am unsure of what time of the year the young girl went missing, but it is said that she went missing in the 1800s. No one knows if she was taken, murdered, or wondered and became lost or fell victim to the water. A lot of the stories I have heard revolve around her running away with a boy and he turns on her or she is taken and murdered. Whatever tragically happened to this girl, we do know that her mother was very, very upset.
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.
legend is one of many similar tales across the country. The story goes that a woman in the 19th Century lost her daughter on the shores of Lake Ontario. She spent the rest of her life looking for her, and continued to haunt the lake after her death, where she is said to appear as a white apparition. But, locals always say she is the most present during the full moon.
What is your favorite local legend or ghost story?
This is the first Stephen King Novel I have ever read, but I am very familiar with movies based off of his work. I saw this when I was in my local bookshop and decided it was time to read some of his work.
Bag of Bones follows an author named Mike Noonan four years after the unexpected death of his wife. At the start of the book Mike is having nightmares about a lakeside cabin he owns, but has not visited in a long time. He decides to face his fears and returns. He ends up at odds with a millionaire and receives strange messages from ghosts that haunt the town. As times passes he discovers a deadly secret as he gets more involved with a widow and her young daughter.
Over all I really enjoyed Bag of Bones, I already went out to purchase another one of Stephen King’s novels. I thought the supernatural aspect was done in a very interesting way and I found the reason for the haunting and the mystery to be very powerful. You find yourself sympathetic to those who have passed as well as Mike and those he cares about. Mike Noonan’s journey was well done. The relationships he grows and losses, the way he investigates, and his over all personality was well done. What I did not fully enjoy was that that reason he was “seeing” some particular dealing with the young girl was not fully explained, but it mostly explained in my option. This is not something major and is easily looked over and does not hold up the story in anyway.
I ended up giving this novel a 5 out of 5 stars! I really enjoyed the rawness of his writing, he isn’t afraid to be callous or hold back, which I find refreshing. I am very glad I picked up this book and like I said I already picked up another one of his works. If you enjoy reading ghost stories, interesting character development, and a good mystery I would say pick this up right away.
Where did the Summer go? I can’t believe that it is already August and I am building my TBR. This month my goal is to get through some monsters I have on my shelf before work gets overwhelming for me and only short and sweet novels keep me sane. I plan on reading 5 books in total. Who knows if I will stick to this, but right now it is my plan.
The Shining by Stephen King
Sleep Doctor by Stephen King
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
The Silver Witch by Paula Brockton
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
I am going on a bit of a vacation so I am packing at least two of these bad boys into my bag. What are you reading this month?