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The Read-a-Long is Coming!

If you follow us over at the Facebook page, then you already know what is coming: Our second read-a-long! The first was The Institute by Stephen King, and that went…not so well…..

Well, we are not giving up, in fact, we are trying again! This time we are reading House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski which was suggested to us by Beccie… SO…. if it fails it is her fault! LOL, not really!  Maybe we can have a ‘normal’ book with chapters the next time. We will see how it goes as it is a HUGE book at just over 700 pages, but it is not a traditional book format, so it technically isn’t that long.

How it is working: We have 9 participating and starting February 15th we will be messaging in a group message via Facebook messenger to talk about the book. We will reading 25 pages a day. Kim will start out leading the discussion and we will see what happens from there. I will send out the first group message in a few days so we can all introduce ourselves. 

Here are our list of participants:
Jessica (myself)
Kim
Devin
Yami
Becci
Sara
Lacey
Cynthia
Jessica (yes two of us this time!)

If you want in, you still have time! You can order the book off Amazon and should get it by Satruday! Also let me know you are participating so we can have you in the group messaging!


Now you might be asking, what’s this book about????

Book Description from Goodreads:

Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth—musicians, tattoo artists, programmers, strippers, environmentalists, and adrenaline junkies—the book eventually made its way into the hands of older generations, who not only found themselves in those strangely arranged pages but also discovered a way back into the lives of their estranged children.

Now, for the first time, this astonishing novel is made available in book form, complete with the original colored words, vertical footnotes, and newly added second and third appendices.

The story remains unchanged, focusing on a young family that moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

Of course, neither Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen Green was prepared to face the consequences of that impossibility, until the day their two little children wandered off and their voices eerily began to return another story—of creature darkness, of an ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all their dreams.


Like I said, who knows what we are getting ourselves into… And apparently this house is a Tardis…..

We’ll be reading it and talking about it starting February 15th. We hope to ‘see’ you then!

If you need a purchase link, here it is:
Amazon US

This is 2020!

Wow, can you believe that we are now in 2020!??!?! This is crazy as we are entering a new decade!  It is also a big year for me, as I turn 40 at the end of April. I am not even sure how this happened…. I can’t wait to see what this year and new decade brings, hopefully mostly good!  Let’s see what we can accomplish that is ‘bookish’ this year!

Jessica

 

2019 has been a great year filled with great things! Considering I almost didn’t finish my reading challenge and I freaked out, I read a lot of really good books, and some really bad ones this year. I’m kinda surprised at the extremes, but I also enjoyed them. My nerdy self has continued to grow and appreciate the fun things about life and I can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store! Thanks to all you awesome followers; it wouldn’t be nearly as fun if we didn’t have y’all! Here’s to a new year filled with more books and nerdiness!

Kim

 

What are you looking forward to in 2020?  What suggestions do you have for us?

 

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Kim’s Top 10 of 2019

Today we get to find out what Kim’s Top 10 Reads of 2019 are!  As mentioned yesterday, we do have one book in common(stay tuned to see what it is) , and Sian B Claven made Kim’s list TWICE this year! 

Here is Kim’s Top 10 list, these are in no particular order, since it becomes impossible to rank at this point for her!:

 

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

I love the story of the last Romanovs and it made me super emotional. My review is here.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Any book by Bardugo is gonna be awesome. She understood Diana as a character and the book paired perfectly with the WW movie soundtrack! My review is here.

Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich

Scary, dark, perfect setting, and I need the sequel, yesterday! My review is here.

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

So well written and I got very emotionally involved. Ivan told me to quit asking so many medical questions cuz he was sick of talking about B. Cepacia. My review is here.  THIS is the one Jessica and I had in common!!!

The Huntress by Kate Quinn

I want to be a Nazi Hunter when I grow up! My review is here.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

So uncomfortable and creepy; it was awesome! My review and TV series comparison is here.

Buried by Sian B. Claven

Grave Encounters in book form! So dark and a perfect ghost story!! My review has not been written yet, but here is the book description:

Home is where the heart is … or the hatred.

You can feel the love and care someone puts into their home just by walking into it. Equally, you can feel the hatred and malice when you step into a home where dark deeds have been done.

Alex and his team of so-called paranormal investigators are given the opportunity of a lifetime when they are able to film inside one of the most haunted, and cursed, locations in their area:  The Jackson Mansion.

The thing that makes this mansion truly unique is that it is built completely underground. Determined to uncover the dark secrets of the mansion’s past, and prove himself a notable investigator, Alex doesn’t care what it takes. The mansion, however, has other ideas, as well as some rather restless occupants.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

This book will stay with me a very long time! This is one I just read so there is no review yet.  Here is the book description, if you don’t know the story of this classic!:

At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate; this far from civilization the boys can do anything they want. Anything. They attempt to forge their own society, failing, however, in the face of terror, sin and evil. And as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far from reality as the hope of being rescued. Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies is perhaps our most memorable novel about “the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart.”

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

I have never identified with a character so much! My review is here.

Asylum 1 by Sian B. Claven

An insane asylum with medical experiments- enough said! My video review of both books one and two are here.  These books are not for everyone! 


Have you read any of these books? If so what did you think?????

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