WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: October 30, 2019

Well, another week, another lull in posting. But….this week I have been reading my little heart out! Thanks as always to Sam at Taking on a World of Words for hosting the meme that keeps me organized and brings me back time and time again!

What Did I Recently Finish Reading?

Whew!! Thanks to my Dewey’s 24-hour-Readathon I set aside a huge chunk of time this weekend to read. I finished Obsidio (amazing – a thousand stars for the whole trilogy), Here Be Monsters (loved loved loved this weird middle grade book!), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (which I really enjoyed…far more than I thought I would) and Frankenstein (I have a lot of thoughts on this book).

I may have been another week without posting, but I finally feel like I am back in the swing of things on reading and it feels so very very good.

What am I Currently Reading?

Not only did I finish four books last week, I am nearly finished with two more and progress is being made on The Art and Science of Hand Reading. I hope all of you will forgive me this blatant bragging but I have been in a reading slump a bit here and there (and there again) and this is the first time in a while I feel like I am reading at my normal level. It is like running into an old friend – so comforting. I want this feeling for everyone.

What Will I Read Next?

If I can finish all of my currently reading books I will finished with my Frightening Good Reads list. That means I can actually (without guilt!) turn to my NonFiction November Reads. I am so excited about all of the wonderful NonFiction books I have lined up for the next month!

Tell me, please!

What is on your WWW?


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: October 23, 2019

Well, another week has gone by and I haven’t posted anything to my blog since the last WWW. But, at least this week, I HAVE been reading. Yahoo! Thanks to Sam @ Taking on a World of Words for hosting my favorite meme and to everyone who participates because WWW always brings me back!

What Did I Recently Finish Reading?


One is better than none right? This was a fantastic follow-up to the first book in the series and I was so pleased to see there will be a third! I love that this one is set in Paris and has Cass and her ghost BFF Jacob running through the city from a particularly dangerous spirit. Spooky, full of historical facts and just plan frighteningly fun.

What am I Currently Reading?

For everyone last week that was worried about Frankenstein, I found it! It was…..in a pile on my bedside table. Safe, but buried. I have made really good progress on this beautiful book. I relishing the writing style and the gorgeous imagery it evokes.

I am deeply into Obsidio as well and it is heart thumping! I can hardly wait to get the time to turn the audiobook on again everyday. My home has never been vacuumed so frequently!

Chapter by chapter I am working through The Art and Science of Hand Reading. It is truly fascinating and I am even taking notes. That makes the work slower but I am hopeful that I will retain more information that way.

Here be Monsters is simply delightful. It is the perfect book to read at the end of a long day and the illustrations are a delight. I shouldn’t have been so daunted by the size of the book because, many times, the pages are short blurbs.

What Will I Read Next?

It is the same list as last week. But, I am participating in this Friday’s 24-hour Readathon so I hope that I will make some serious progress on several fronts this weekend.

Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: October 16, 2019

Usually, if I don’t finish anything in a week I feel too embarrassed or disorganized to post a WWW but, the more I socialize with other bloggers, the more I see this is just the cyclical reality of reading and blogging. And, really, nothing is quite as inspiring as seeing what everyone else has been reading this week.

Don’t forget, WWW Wednesday is a meme sponsored by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. To take part, you just have to answer the following questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

What Did I Recently Finish Reading?

Ahhh, now I see why this is buried in the middle instead of being chronological! I have finished nothing this week.

What am I Currently Reading?

See, whenever I go over my four book plan it is just chaos! And, none of these are on my trusty Ken (Kindle) so I’m not getting anything done at night.

The cold I had has become trapped in my ears so I cannot read on the L or the busses without becoming motion sick but I have the audio of Obsidio to keep me going.

I’m in the early stages still of Frankenstein and loving it but I have put it somewhere….safe. (I can’t find it)

I’m also smack dab in the middle of Tunnel of Bones and loving it just as much as the first book in this series.

I am also about 25% of the way into Here be Monsters. This one is a cutie and the basis for the sweet movie, Boxtrolls.

What Will I Read Next?

In addition to my currently reading list, these are the only three books I would like to finish before the end of October for Frighteningly Good Reads.

Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: October 9, 2019

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.  Just answer the following three questions and leave a link to your own WWW post or a feel free to comment with your responses. The best part is visiting other participants to see what they are reading!

What Did I Just Finish Reading?

I feel like I have posted so many reviews this week and I have been doing nothing but reading but, for some reason, I only finished four books this week and almost all of them middle grade reads.

The Ghost Knight was surprisingly enjoyable. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart books, I have read a few of her other books and I consider myself a fan. But I liked this book far more than I thought I would. My full review is here but let me just say, great story and amazing characters make this book perfect for middle grade readers for the Halloween season.

I also finished Gemina and while I haven’t posted about it yet…good LORD this book was good.

I finished two other middle grade books this week. The Jumbies was new to me and The Witches was a re-read. I wanted to love The Jumbies but I didn’t. I knew I loved The Witches but it gets better with every re-read. My full review of The Witches is here.

What am I Currently Reading?

The only new book on the list this week is Obsidio, the third in the Illuminae series. I’m making progress on Frankenstein and Hand Reading but not as much as I hoped I would this week. Still, these are three fantastic books!

What Will I Read Next?

Frighteningly Good Reads continues with Tunnel of Bones and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I hope to start one, if not both, this week.

Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Characters I Love

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is “Character Traits that I Love.” Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish but is currently being run by That Artsy Reader Girl. I haven’t participated in a long long time but I love this meme. Today I would like to focus on my top character traits that I enjoy in my Halloween themed reading.

  1. Clever. Who doesn’t love a clever character? But, when you are reading spooky books clever comes in the form of characters like Velma Dinkley, the calm logical mind in the midst of chaos. I am always so thankful for a clever character because I know when faced with a possessed doll or ghostly visitor I would just run around screaming.
  2. Special Talent. I know, I know. It’s a bit silly but I am a sucker for a character with a special talent. For example, Agent Aloysius Pendergast from Relic (and all the amazing books by Preston and Child) is an expert in an eclectic mix of subjects. It makes the books so nuanced and my connection to the character so deep. Also, I wanna be cool like Pendergast!
  3. Humor. Even the scariest of moments in enhanced with humor. Perhaps this is why I love dark-comedy as much as I love light-scary. I mean, Crowley, from Good Omens is such a perfect example. The world is ending you say? Chastise the plants.
  4. Self-DepricatingI love when a strong and smart character is confident enough to make fun of themselves. Peeta from the Hunger Games won me over with his self-depreciating commentary.
  5. Loyalty. I love characters that are loyal to the very end. This is especially true in scary stories where your very life could depend on the loyalty of friends.
  6. Adventurous. This is probably because I am fairly risk-averse but I love an adventurous spirit in a character. Not too much, just enough to step out of their comfort zone. Because, as we all know, too much adventure in a scary story usually leads to death.
  7. Dedicated. Like Jack in The Shining, I am always interested in anyone who is so dedicated to their craft that they are willing to upend their whole life. Obviously, dedication takes all forms…
  8. Naughty. I like when characters are a bit…badly behaved. Nothing terrible, just the sneaking suspicion that they aren’t following the rules. My obsession with The Illuminae Files is only fed by the naughtiness of Kady and Hannah. Oh, and the naughty snark of Aidan? Yes, please!
  9. Weird. There is nothing more fun than a weird character. The ones who march to the beat of their own drummers! The Luna Lovegoods. I love them all.
  10. Kind. This one is a bit harder to find in frighteningly good reads but a kind character will capture my heart forever. A sweet older person who helps the kids avoid the witches, a next door neighbor, it doesn’t matter. These kind characters are the ones that always make me fall in love with the story.

Tell me, please!

What are your favorite character traits?


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Frighteningly Good Reads #5: The Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke

This book is perfect for readers out there who want to enjoy the spooks and specters of the haunting season without the scare. Cornelia Funke, writer of the wonderful Inkheart series, has written a number of other books I have enjoyed but Ghost Knight has the perfect feel for Frighteningly Good Reads.

Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft never expected to enjoy boarding school. Then again, he never expected to be confronted by a pack of vengeful ghosts, either. And then he meets Ella, a quirky new friend with a taste for adventure…

Together, Jon and Ella must work to uncover the secrets of a centuries-old murder while being haunted by terrifying spirits, their bloodless faces set on revenge. So when Jon summons the ghost of the late knight Longspee for his protection, there’s just one question: Can Longspee truly be trusted? Goodreads.

ghostknightI’ll admit, In the beginning I didn’t care for Jon at all. His Dad died when he was four and he fears that his mother and little sisters have become too attached to the man she is dating, “The Beard.” Instead of talking about it with his Mother he has taken the petulant stance that only a pre-teen has the energy to maintain. His assumes his Mother sending him to boarding school is his punishment and that The Beard is only vying to get rid of him. This sullen attitude is slapped right out of him when he starts seeing ghosts at his new school. Ella, the beautiful Ella, not only believes him but she can see ghosts too. With a new friend to confide in Jon begins to discover what all children must: talking about your fears is how you overcome them. But will talking be enough with the Knight? Or is it all a trap? How can we tell who to trust?

The level of scary of this book falls far below Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with a smattering of Knightly violence that adds to the action. The characters, their friendship, and their collective adventures are a beautiful foil for the individual development of Jon himself. By the end of the book, my grudging acceptance of the little twerp had grown to genuine admiration.

If you want a lighter fare or need a recommendation for a younger reader this is a perfect book to curl up with during the month of October!

Tell me, please!

What is your favorite fun ghost story?


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Frighteningly Good Reads: Social Sunday

The whole purpose of Frighteningly Good Reads is to extend and enjoy the gorgeous month that is October. It is my favorite month culminating in my favorite holiday of all: Halloween! I am thrilled that other bloggers are joining me this year and so on Sunday this year I want to highlight all their amazing blogs and any other fantastic books I have found through other blogs during the week.

Muse With Me

I have been reading and following Ryan’s blog nearly as long as I have been writing mine. Ryan reads truly terrifying books and fantastic graphic novels and comic books. If you are looking for scarier fare than you are seeing here, Muse With Me is a great place to go. Here is Ryan’s reading list for this years FGR.

What’s NonFiction?

I haven’t always been a great reader of nonfiction but, when I started regularly blogging, I wanted to pay more attention to this fabulous genre. But, I will never be as good at covering nonfiction as What’s Nonfiction? I’m not even going to try! This glorious site is full of amazing nonfiction selections that I really never see anywhere else. For example, look at the amazing spooky nonfiction books featured last year at this post. Or, check out a more recent post on the sociology of the science of fear here.

The Writerly Way

I want to know where Sammie at The Writerly Way is shopping because this blog is always packed full of books I have never seen before but I simply must read. I am so thrilled that Sammie is participating in Frightening Good Reads because everything on The Writerly Way awesome ! It is on this blog that I found out about In the Hall with the Knife and anyone who gets as excited about a YA books based on the movie Clue is my kind of people. Just a stroll through this blog’s 2019 reviews will give anyone lots to add to their TBR.

Tell me, please!

Have you read anything spooky this weekend?


FrighteninglyGoodRead · Middle Grade

Frighteningly Good Reads #4: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

This middle grade book is the kind of thrillingly creepy tale that will bring a shiver to your spine even as the last heat of the summer sun continues to burn your skin.

The Night Gardener follows two abandoned Irish siblings who travel to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house. But the house and its family are not quite what they seem. Soon the children are confronted by a mysterious spectre and an ancient curse that threatens their very lives. With Auxier’s exquisite command of language, The Night Gardener is a mesmerizing read and a classic in the making. Goodreads.

thenightgardenerThe Night Gardener the story of Molly and her brother Kip. Molly and Kip have been sent to the countryside of England to find work during the Irish potato famine. They are alone, their parents mysteriously behind them, and they are headed for work at an English manor. Every step they take closer to the manor comes with warnings from the people along the way: they are headed to their death.

Molly and Kip are quite a pair. Molly is blessed with the knack for storytelling while Kip has a green thumb. But it will take more than stories and planting to save them from the deadly traps set in the woods around the manor. Meanwhile, the Windsor family is hiding a secret so wretched that it appears to be eating them alive.

In the grand scheme of scary, this book is less jump-out-and-shock-you and more like that nightmare we all have where no matter how fast we are running the murderer is gaining on you. The atmosphere of this story is masterful and the fear becomes palatable until I found myself flipping the pages faster and faster to the end.

Beyond the spooky atmosphere, there was much to be admired in both Molly and Kip. Molly has taken the role of protector and mother to her younger brother. She maintains a positive mindset and attitude in the face of tremendous adversity. Kip has a physical disability. This is presented as a fact, not a defining characteristic. He works, he plays, he carries the crutch his father made and named Courage, he is a typical eleven year old boy. His disability is reminiscent of the character of Freddy from Shazam and I liked the portrayal.

Middle grade readers will need to pack their patience for this book. Since the story relies heavily on building a genuinely creepy atmosphere, it doesn’t move quickly. Instead, your sense of fear and dread sneak up on you. Some middle grade readers may need encouragement to persevere all the way to the end but reassure them – it is worth it!

The Night Gardener was an excellent study in how the slow drip of fear can overcome you. Like Small SpacesThe Night Gardener is a perfect creepy middle grade book.

Tell me, please!

Do you enjoy middle grade reads?


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Frighteningly Good Reads #3: The Witches by Roald Dahl

“My darling…you won’t last long in this world if you don’t know how to spot a witch when you see one.”

This is not a fairy-tale. This is about real witches. Real witches don’t ride around on broomsticks. They don’t even wear black cloaks and hats. They are vile, cunning, detestable creatures who disguise themselves as nice, ordinary ladies. So how can you tell when you’re face to face with one? Well, if you don’t know yet you’d better find out quickly-because there’s nothing a witch loathes quite as much as children and she’ll wield all kinds of terrifying powers to get rid of them. Goodreads.

thewitchesI read this book as a child and I have re-read it several times since then. It is my go-to recommendation for middle grade spooky reads. The reasons are simple. A nameless boy and his nameless Gramamama fight evil with two simple skills: communication and observation. Just the ability to look around and see what’s happening and talk to an adult about your concerns. In addition, even though the child’s parents are killed (can’t kids go on adventures with their parents?) the Grandmama actually listens to her grandson. It may seem silly but think about it, how many children’s books have you read where the underlying theme is, “parents just don’t understand”? Around the world there are children who talk to and are listened to by adults in their lives. But, somehow, in fiction our under-age protagonists are usually saddled with parents who don’t believe them in addition to their bigger problem. I love this book for the simple fact that it showcases an adult and a child working together.

Also, neither Grandmama nor the Grandson have any super powers. The Grandson isn’t gifted with super intelligence either. They are just regular people working together to thwart evil.

And the evil? It looks like a regular adult. The world is frequently terrifying to kids today. They know, or are taught, that there is evil everywhere in the world. But, if you know how to spot it you can stay safe.

This book is not perfect. It is a rare book that can claim that title. I will admit, I vastly preferred the ending in the movie to the one in the book (sacrilege, I know!). And, certainly, Dahl has been accused of darker motives.

But, The Witches is still one of my favorite Frighteningly Good Reads and one I highly recommend. The scary and macabre tone has an underpinning of the importance of listening to each other. And, one day, I hope I am the kind of Grandmama that makes a cup of cocoa, sits down and says,

“Tell me everything.”

Tell me, please!

Do you have a favorite Roald Dahl book?


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: October 2, 2019

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.  Just answer the following three questions and leave a link to your own WWW post or a feel free to comment with your responses. The best part is visiting other participants to see what they are reading. This week I am going to try to pop into every other participant’s WWW and really ruin my to be read list.

What Did I Recently Finish Reading?

As it is now October I am deep into Frighteningly Good Reads 2019. If you enjoy reading spooky, scary or chilling books, join me! Because of that theme I am letting go of my usual reads and embracing everything frightening.

Last week I did finish The Dugout by Meghan Quinn. This was an insomnia and accidental-kindle-unlimited situation. The cover is….not great. But, I had read Meghan Quinn before and liked her romances. The Dugout did not disappoint. It was a great story,  likable and complex characters and a fairly realistic story (tricky in romances, right?). I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I also read The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton. This was one creepy and scary story. Additionally, it had the worst fictional mother I have encountered in years. I featured it as my FrighteningGoodReads #1 and you can read a full review here.

I also did a quick re-read of one of my favorite books, The Witches by Roald Dahl. It will be my FGR#3 and the full review will be up later today.

What am I Currently Reading?

Here Be Monsters! is the story that the movie Boxtrolls is based upon. That, and Ghost Knight, are the middle grade books I am reading in lieu of my lighter reading at night (and in the middle of the night should insomnia strike).

I am listening and tandem reading Gemina, the second in the fabulous Illuminae Files and loving every minute. I am nearly half way through the story and it has me on the edge of my seat.

I continue to work through The Art and Science of Hand Reading. At this rate, I will be happy to finish it by the end of 2019.

Finally, I have started Frankenstein! This is the book I am most excited to read this week.

What Will I Read Next?


The Legend of Sleepy Hallow is still on my immediate TBR. But, I am also waiting for a lot of books to come into the library so the only thing I can guarantee is that it will be spooky!

Tell me, please!

What is on your WWW?