Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween themed freebie

This week’s TTT is a Halloween themed freebie. For my list I am choosing my favorite scary books. These are not all horror reads, but they all gave me the chills.

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Top 10 Scary/Creepy Books

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Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
This one takes places in an asylum for the criminally insane during the 1950’s. Author Lehane sets the atmosphere perfectly. This is more of a psychological thriller than a horror story but I thought both the novel and the film were very good.

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Pet Sematary by Stephen King
I could easily say that Pet Sematary is the scariest book I have ever read. Even King says that after he was done writing it he put it away in a drawer for years because he thought he had finally crossed the line. This one merits a re-read, but I have to be brave enough.

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The Countess: A Novel of Elizabeth Bathory by Rebecca Johns
I actually read this book in one day as part of the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon years ago. Set in the 1600’s, this historical thriller chronicles the life of Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Bathory who is said to be the world’s first known female serial killer. It is a work of fiction based on a real life monster. As the Countess narrates, you do not want to believe her version of the gruesome story.

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Short Story Peril: In the Tall Grass by Stephen King and Joe Hill

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title: In the Tall Grass
authors: Stephen King/Joe Hill
first line: He wanted quiet for a while instead of the radio, so you could say what happened was his fault.
pages: 41
genre: short story/horror

My thoughts:
Oh how my heart skips a beat at the thought of Stephen King writing with his son Joe Hill. They need to write more together. I wish a collaboration on a full length novel was in the works between these two. One can only wish.
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Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon 2015


It is time once again for Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon (twitter). This event takes place twice a year and I really enjoy the October one especially. I just love to settle in with a hot cup of tea and a good book during cool Fall days.
For this event, I read as much as I can during the day and as late into the night as I can. I will be updating this post and tweeting on and off as well.

Good luck to those who are participating, thank you to the hosts and event coordinators and have fun everyone 🙂


Introductory Survey:
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? New Jersey

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I’m starting off with Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion, on my daughter’s recommendation. I might dive into a short story by King after that.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I’m baking s’mores later 🙂

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m a mom, a wife, reading and crocheting are my favorite pastimes. I have a furbaby chihuahua who will be keeping me company today while I read.

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 have participated in this read-a-thon for years and I know to it’s best to pick books that are fun and fast paced. Also, short stories work well for this event.
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Really Random Tuesday October 6: Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit


October 6: Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit (aka ten book series I think I’m going to abandon, ten bookish habits I want to quit, ten authors I quit reading, ten types of books I’m quitting, ten tropes I want to stop reading about, ten books I marked as DNF (did not finish) recently, etc. Get as creative as you want)
A photo of some of my books.

1. I need to stop buying books that I know I will just shelve for “reading later”.
I know from experience that later never gets here and there is no time like the present.

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Sunday Salon: The Brooklyn Bridge

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Happy Sunday everyone. I hope you are all having a nice weekend. We’ve had some rainy weather here and are keeping an eye out for Hurricane Joaquin as it passes through New Jersey. We haven’t been hit badly where I live, just plenty of rain and some winds.

Last month we took a trip out to NYC into Brooklyn. I wanted Brooklyn pizza and it was well worth the trip. I thought I’d share some pics.

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