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 It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I am having a hard time concentrating on what I read and I am worried about it. Lately, I’ve been falling asleep every time I start reading FFS!  I just can’t. I also don’t enjoy it when I’m in a lot of pain. My mind isn’t retaining anything and I can’t seem to concentrate. I fear to have a stroke. I don’t know what is going on physically, but reading is really hard to do. I also have to go over things 2 or 3 times just to be able to comprehend what I’m missing. I don’t want to say that the books I read are garbage because that would be an insult to the author’s hard work and dedication and to my ability as a reader probably, but I’m not enjoying anything.

¶ I guess what I want to say is I am greatly affected by what goes into my mind and it is important to feed our minds with good books and not junk. Why do people fall into reading slumps? Speaking about cancer in a horror story

“This place, this fanciful realm, it’s crept into you through your brainholes. And I’m connected to your brain, to every part of you, really. I have so much access now. I see so many things. I’m everywhere and everyone.”

—Exquisite Corpse Episode 8
My brain is generally overactive and it doesn’t work as effectively in processing certain things. Idk, I have too many unanswered questions related to my health right now. I need answers.

What I added to My Shelf

Was I wise to buy these two books? Idk, I really wanted to read a Cormoran Strike novel again and The Name of the Wind kept popping up. I thought the synopsis was interesting and I just might have to get the audio for this one.

¶ I was really hoping to get Muse of Nightmares (although I have the audiobook). I think I will wait for it to come out in paperback because it is just too dang expensive and the library has too many holds on it. I have to reread Strange the Dreamer also. That was one book I couldn’t wrap my head around! I lost interest over the god spawn up on the hill.

I also won a book of choice from Angela’s Guilty Pleasures during the FraterfestRAT. I chose Cecy Robson #1 Sealed With A Curse, which I’m looking forward to because I had received an e-arc of Gone Hunting and I really liked it.
¶ I haven’t got any new arcs from Netgalley but I still need to read the eleven I have waiting to be read. Is it a coincidence there are 11 more days until Halloween?

¶ I am 2 books away from completing my Goodreads Reading Challenge for this year and we still have Christmas books to read! I joined in a Christmas Readathon with Just Another Girl and Her Books. I encourage everyone to participate in that as well.

Exquisite Corpse A Serial Box Original Horror Story

Sanguine Woods shared a FREE Horror story made up of 10 episodes that I listened and read.  If you didn’t have anything better to do but waste your time with this then I recommend it. It was just okay but “I would HAVE to read/listen to it over and over to come to a better appreciation. That’s how slow my mind works.” My favourite episode is Ep. 8 written by Stephen Kozeniewski. I suppose because it was the most exciting with the most action but what a poor old coot the exquisite corpse was! He had a family and everything! You can read all about that in episode 4.

I hope everyone is safe and in good health. What epic books have you read this week?

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That’s hilarious. I mean do bears even have opposable thumbs?

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Down The TBR Hole is a meme that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read. It’s a fun way to clean up your shelf to make room for new ones. Each Saturday, I’ll share ten books that have been on my to-be-read shelf for the longest and then decide whether I’m keeping them or not.


  1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  2. Order on ascending date added.
  3. Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  4. Read the synopses of the books
  5. Decide: keep it or should it go?
    Alright, let’s do this!


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The Books

The Little Match Girl
by Hans Christian Andersen, Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)

Date added to my TBR: Nov 17, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: I adored this story when I was young. You can read it HERE. In French, it’s called ” La Petite Marchande d’Allumettes”. I wanted a copy just for old times sake but perhaps someday I will find it, just not on a virtual shelf.
Verdict: Will not keep

Icing on the Lake by Catherine Clark
Date added to my TBR: Nov 19, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: I want to read it but it seems a bit immature for me. It’s about a young girl who wants to meet a handsome young man and perhaps fall in love. I so want to read a good Christmas book that hasn’t been done before. *sigh
Verdict: Will Keep

The Smurfs Movie Novelization by Stacia Deutsch
Date added to my TBR: Nov 19, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: Again I thought I could relive my childhoods favourite little blue smurf fantasy but I don’t think this one is the same as it used to be. The Smurfs are not in their element and it just seems too LA or whatever giant city this is. I adored Gargamel and Azrael his cat. I have read so many adventures of the Smurfs as a child.
Verdict: Will Not Keep

Baby, It’s Cold Outside
(When I Fall in Love) by Susan May Warren
Date added to my TBR: Nov 20, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: This looks promising but I fear it might be a bit too depressing to deal with. 5 people with broken hearts. Who likes a bah humbug, Scrooge? I don’t. Will Stella rekindle her Christmas spirit after losing her son?
Verdict: Will Keep

Come Sunday by Isla Morley
Date added to my TBR: Nov 21, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: An exercise in empathy for an emotionally scarred mother who is dealing with the loss of her daughter and growing up with an alcoholic father. Ugh! Life and all that you know, that is so prevalent in the world.
Verdict: I will keep this on my virtual shelf until I read the damned book because I have a real physical one.

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu and Erin Mcguire (Illustrator)

Date added to my TBR: Nov 21, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: Okay?! I mean just look at that cover and just by the title what does it remind you of? It screams Hanzel and Gretel and I love it!
Verdict: Will Keep

If Only You Knew by Claire Allan

Date added to my TBR: Nov 23, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: I don’t like purple shoes.
Verdict: Will Not Keep

The Puppy That Came for Christmas: How a Dog Brought One Family the Gift of Joy by Megan Rix

Date added to my TBR: Nov 23, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: Make no mistake, I don’t hate animals but I am not an animal lover. It’s fine for someone else to take care but not me. However, I remember adding this to my shelf because it was recommended.
Verdict: Will Not Keep

My Mistress’s Sparrow is Dead: Great Love Stories, from Chekhov to Munro by Jeffrey Eugenides (Editor), Harold Brodkey, William Trevor, Guy de Maupassant, Gilbert Sorrentino, Vladimir Nabokov, Lorrie Moore, Mary Robison and more…

Date added to my TBR: Nov 23, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: A compilation of love stories. I love LOVE stories and this book suggest to read this in my single bed, (although I have a queen size). It would seem I am the perfect candidate for this book because I’m single. Great.
Verdict: Will Keep

The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy

Date added to my TBR: Nov 23, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: If you are attracted to Simon Van Booy’s books and like to read Love stories I suppose this one will titillate your fancies. I have yet to read one of his novels even though I got “Everything Beautiful Began After” from my secret Santa years ago.
Verdict: Will Not Keep

So there you have it. I am keeping 5 out of 10 this week.

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This is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy, but kept up by Lynn’s Book Blog.

This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers. The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined list, choose a book, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.

This weeks theme

“If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!” – A horror cover

This weeks theme reminds me of something out of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in fact, so that is what I am going to use as my feature. I recently finished listening to the audio by the Listening Library and narrated by Jim Weiss. I loved it and I probably could listen to it again and again. Moreover, there are a lot of Frankenstein audiobook covers so instead of showing different book covers why not Audiobook covers? There are 53 shown here and the numbers are in the caption.

1 Oregan Publishing

2 Brilliance Audio

3 Chris Hendrie/AudiobookstoLife

4 Trout Lake Media

5 Dreamscape Media, LLC

6 Oregan Publishing

7 Tantor Audio

8 Book speaker

9 Naxos AudioBooks

10 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

11 Audible Studios

12 Real Reads

13 Publisher: FrontPage Publishing

14 B.J. Harrison

15 A.R.N. Publications

16 Spoken Realms

17 Publisher: Audible Studios

18 Trout Lake Media

19 Open Book Audio


21 Saland Publishing

22 Alfaudiobook

23 Jeffries-Prendergast-Underhill

24 The Copyright Group

25 Jimcin Recordings

26 Naxos AudioBooks

27 Hodder Headline Limited

28 Simon & Schuster Audio

29 Trout Lake Media

30 Listening Library

31 CSA Word

32 Naxos AudioBooks

33 GoodMood

34 SAGA Egmont

35 Cdcom Publishing

36 BBC Worldwide Limited

37 Audio Media Digital

38 Ueberreuter Verlag GmbH

39 EDCON Publishing Group, Inc.

40 Spoken Realms

41 Audiobooks Collection

42 Saddleback Educational Publishing

43 Bassett Publishing

44 Red Door Audiobooks

45 Authors Republic

46 Raffin

47 Paperless

48 Alpha DVD

49 Essential Audiobooks LLC

50 Librivivi Media srl

51 Yoyo USA, Inc

52 Alberich Ediciones Mexico

53 Audible Studios

The ones that stand out to me the most are the comic and artwork renditions and the beautiful title fonts. They are. . .
5 Dreamscape Media, LLC
6 Oregan Publishing is a classic Frankenstein image with his hands outstretched like he’s gonna reach out and grab ya.
36 BBC Worldwide Limited I haven’t seen before but I like the ship in the background on the ice.
39 EDCON Publishing Group, Inc. is just Wow. Love the title font. It looks like an image from a computer game.
41 Audiobooks collection
52 Alberich Ediciones Mexico (The ship on the ice glaciers)

Take a short excerpt from a book that describes something scary of some creature that you remember.

What scary thing or creature lurking in the shadows will you shed light on?

The dictionary defines a muse as a person or personified force who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist. 

In Magic Bites, Ilona Andrews writes about A Wolfman


Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1)
by Ilona Andrews
Ch. 4 page 93-94

The Wolfman comes tapping at Kates window. . . .

Two amber eyes glared at me, full of longing and hunger. A face that was a meld of wolf and human leaned on the glass. Its misshapen, horrid jaws did not fit together right and long strands of drool hung from its crooked yellowed teeth.
The skin around the lupine nose wrinkled. The nightmarish thing sniffed the glass, blowing air through its black nostrils and making a small opaque circle of condensation. It raised one deformed hand and tapped the glass with an inch-long claw.
Tap, Tap, Tap.
The nightmare opened his mouth and produced a low guttural growl, the frustrated snarl of a mind gifted with the power of speech but locked in a body unable to produce the words. Only the most adept of the shapechangers could speak in a midform.

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for The Sunday Post

I started off enjoying a beautiful sunny day on Friday, but then it snowed on Saturday. I hope this week we will see more sunny skies. I’ve been working out à la fitness center. I also bought a new swimsuit and a Nike sweatshirt hoodie that I love. I mostly use the treadmill in the weight room where I can run a safe 2.2 miles adjusting my speed to about a 5.2.
After that, I can’t wait to get into the hot tub for some much-needed pain relief therapy and some underwater stretching in the deep end of the pool. It feels so nice. I fell on my tailbone some years ago at a rock concert and the pain has finally taken a toll.

Fraterfest kicked off this week and I finished reading In Darkness We Must Abide Book One by Rhiannon Frater. I finished The Vampire Stories by Nancy Kilpatrick on audio. I also read a graphic novel Deadly Class.

I purchased In Darkness We Must Abide #1, Death In The Shadows #2, and Ashes in the Night #3 on my kindle for the Fraterfest Readathon!

I received a few arcs from Netgalley
Texas Hold’em by George R.R. Martin
The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

I also blogged a few posts for Blogoween
Reasons why I love Fall
There’s Something in the Water
Scary Book Recommends

As I blog mostly when I feel inspired and for fun, I can’t say exactly what I will post next because I have none scheduled. I do have some drafts though:/ However, I will probably post favourite horror movies and more Blogoween related prompts. Obviously, we will be wrapping up Fraterfest readathon on Tuesday as well.
Have a great week!

Review: In Darkness We Must Abide: The Complete First Season - Rhiannon Frater

Reading this book contributed to the FraterfestRAT challenge

Will this have a happy ending? I can only hope *crosses fingers

It was Halloween 2007 that broke the last straw for Vanora Socoli. Alisha and Roman were bitten with the vampire curse but would never hurt their sister, still, Vanora felt she had to leave her vampire family after what she saw.

Vanora was young but very naïve and had unrealistic expectations regarding the true nature of vampirism, but so did Roman although they fed off of animal blood and were doing a pretty good job of it until…well.

There was some other terrible evil brewing in the background to which a very handsome and mysterious Armando was involved. dun duh dun dun


I have read other books by Rhiannon Frater and loved them. The Tale of the Vampire Bride and Pretty When She Kills are both epic vampire novels. I have not read the As The World Dies zombie trilogy nor finished her science fiction series The Last Bastion of the Living. I hope she continues writing excellent fiction horror inspired books like these.



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God’s of The Nowhere is a horrific fantasy about a boy who descends from a great druid and doesn’t know it. Some bad things start happening on his 16th birthday. He has to learn the clues of who he is with the help of his best friend. They travel to the land of nowhere and encounter all sorts of terrible creatures.

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The Graveyard Book is a novel about a baby raised in a graveyard by the dead. The Owens’ entire family is murdered in the middle of the night when he is only eighteen months old. He escapes by wandering into an old graveyard and is adopted by a couple buried there for more than a hundred years. As the boy grows up, he learns all there is to know about being dead and haunting the living, but must continue to hide in the safety of the graveyard until the man who wanted him and his family dead is found. The Graveyard Book is a story of an unusual child and his unusual childhood, one that starts out frightening but ends up enlightening the unsuspecting reader.

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
After a night of partying Tana wakes up and finds that everyone at the party has been slaughtered. What compels her to rescue a vampire named Gavriel, and her ex-boyfriend Aidan from that house, I have no idea.
The story takes us on a dark and twisted journey to Coldtown where Tana lives among dangerous vampires and is at risk of turning into one. She seems to do a good job at evading it though until one of the people she meets along the way bites her…..I love the ending to what I thought was an epic vampire novel

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
I liked this book. It takes us into the strange lives of gifted children. Peculiar is a levitating girl, an invisible boy and the bird which they call Miss Peregrine. A peregrine falcon is her moniker. She is the headmistress of this home and takes good care of the children.
Jacob is different too, but everyone else thinks he’s crazy. His grandfather would tell him stories of children with different abilities. At first, he didn’t believe the stories his grandfather told were real, but only fairytales and he desperately wanted to find him. After Abe is killed, a psychiatrist was called in to help Jacob through his recurring nightmares. BUT….. Dr. Golan is a very dangerous man. Jacob journeys to Cairnholm with his father, where Miss Peregrine’s home is and where Abe spent most of his childhood, intent on investigating and resolving his many questions about the life and death of his grandfather. Abe could see monsters (Wights and Hollowgast) but so could Jacob. Seeing monsters were their gift that had an extraordinary purpose.

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The Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake is the second book in the Anna Dressed in Blood duo. I didn’t think I would be so scared. Just thinking about Anna makes my hairs stand on end. The Girl of Nightmares is a gory mess, and I couldn’t turn off the lights. I made an acrostic for the title some years ago here

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Nos4a2 by Joe Hill is every child’s dream fantasy come true and a parent’s worst nightmare. Charlie Manx steals the life out of innocent children by luring them and trapping them inside his Rolls Royce taking them on an adventure to Christmasland.

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Heart-Shaped Box was hard to read. The old geezer Craddock was disturbing, and there is that feeling of suspense. It is creepy, and I was scared of this one. It touches on some serious subjects like child molestation and suicide.

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Doctor Sleep wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Stephen King touches on the subject of child abuse and a mother who used drugs robbing her child of food, milk, and diapers. Speaking of drugs, the chilling factor comes from those people who sucked the essence of your soul particularly those who are gifted. I didn’t like reading about Danny Torrance’s alcohol addiction, but I liked Abra. I had the song “Abra abracadabra I wanna reach out and grab ya” stuck in my head for forever afterwards. Also. This. Quote. Is. Epic.

FEAR stands for fuck everything and run – Stephen King

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Salem’s Lot is, of course, a book about vampires who take over a small town in Salem. The creep factor was all the clues that something terrifying was happening right under everyone’s noses. When a person was bitten, they had no idea what happened to them because their memory was erased. Oddly enough I didn’t think Mr. Barlow the vampire was too terrible.

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Jenny Pox (the paranormals #1)
I really liked this YA novel. She must be avoided like the plague. I don’t know how she came to inherit this deadly plague and when she touches things the life is sucked out of them and everything she touches dies. She is the bringer of death and it’s kind of a lonely existence not being able to touch anyone or animals or plants. Nor is she able to be touched. It’s really sad. So she wears gloves. The kids at school make fun of her.

This is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy, but kept up by Lynn’s Book Blog.

This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers. The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined list, choose a book, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.

This weeks theme

 “The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”  – A cover for a mystery novel

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo is a mystery crime novel. ☃️ I was a little surprised at how many book covers and in different languages are published. I probably shouldn’t be but once again, I have not inserted all the covers because some of them are variants of the same.

For me personally, I like,
#18 the Arabic cover(?)
#1 mass market paperback with the cutout snowman. It’s a classic.
#11. The Ukrainian Snowman. It’s mean but cute 🙂 ☃️ Those are my top 3 picks.

Which cover do you like best?

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Glorious! That is how I feel after I downloaded In Darkness We Must Abide #1Death In The Shadows #2, and Ashes in the Night #3 on my kindle for the Fraterfest Readathon!

It’s Day 2 and I’ve only managed to read Deadly Class, a graphic novel, listen to a 7 hr audiobook The Vampire Stories of Nancy Kilpatrick and boy! was it a vampire erotica or what? lol. I can’t say it was amazing. I remember much about nothing really. I also read a few short stories from Tales from the Cauldron and the first episode in Rhiannon Fraters Vampire series that I am currently reading and probably will continue with until I’m finished all 3 books OR the readathon ends.

I am at 23% in book one so far and loving it.



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