Friday the 13th – Spooky Books!

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Happy Friday the 13th!

I don’t read much traditional horror – actually these days I mostly just read romance – but  I do occasionally enjoy a book that just gives me the creeps. Some paranormal, some thriller, some that are just disturbing.

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Bury Me by Tara Sivec
Narrated by Stephanie Willis

This is one of my favourites and one I recommend often, but you have to listen to the audiobook. Stephanie Willis, the narrator, does such an incredible job. She is SO creepy. Part of what makes me love Bury Me so much is that Tara Sivec is known for her sexy, funny contemporary romances. And this is SO not any of those things. I love when an author can test out a different genre and do it so well. I love when an author can surprise me. The book itself is full of surprises, too. Seriously, though, listen to the audiobook.

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You by Caroline Kepnes
Narrated by Santino Fontana

Caroline Kepnes did such an incredible job with this thriller that she kind of screwed herself over – at least for me. What I mean is that, I’m still so disturbed after listening to this book almost two years ago that I haven’t been able to pick up the sequel. You was sometimes categorized as a romance. THIS IS NOT A ROMANCE, but it is really seductive. Like Bury Me, I listened to this audiobook and the narrator, Santino Fontana, really made it for me. The second-person narrative rarely works, but it is perfect for this book.

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The Witching Hour
by Anne Rice

I spent most of my high school sophomore year reading all 965 pages (in hardcover. Pretty sure the paperback is ~1200) of The Witching Hour, including during a few science classes when I really shouldn’t have been. I read at the mom’s recommendation – apparently age fifteen is when a girl is ready for witchcraft and demon sex. Though, the year before she had decided I needed to see A Clockwork Orange. Afterward saying “Well, I had forgotten about all the rape”. So, The Witching Hour was pretty tame.

Honestly, I can’t say it scared me. I think Anne Rice is classified as horror and, in a recent discussion, quite a few others brought up this and others in the series as one of the most disturbing books they’d read. Even if you are like me and not scared or disturbed by the kind of evil this book deals with, it brings the spooky Halloween feels.

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Black Bird of the Gallows
by Meg Kassel

Black Bird of the Gallows isn’t quite spooky, but it gets pretty creepy and it’s chock full of magic and mythology. It also has a good swoony romance so it’s perfect to enjoy curled up with a hot beverage. Beautifully written and really fun to read.

 

What are you reading this weekend? I think I’m going to give myself the creeps with Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics.

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RELEASE BLITZ – Talk British to Me by Robin Bielman

Y’all – this is one of my favorite books of 2017. It’s so fun and sexy and such a perfect, feel-good read. Get it and take it to the beach.

Title: Talk British to Me 

Series: Wherever You Go #1

Author: Robin Bielman

Publisher: Entangled: Embrace

Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: June 19, 2017

 

Blurb
As the Dating Guy on L.A.’s top morning show, I give the
single guy’s perspective on dating, love, and sex—and I give great advice. Everyone’s
hooking up…well, except for me. Sure, I can get any woman I want, but I’ve got
a “no relationship” clause in my contract and the only woman I want has
“relationship” written all over her. Probably stamped on her ass, too. And
wouldn’t I like to confirm that.
Unfortunately, she wants nothing to do with me. At all.
Something about the next Ice Age might have even come up in her rebuttal.
Adorable. Because she’s determined to ignore what one simple kiss proved: she
wants me as badly as I want her.
Everything in me is screaming to go after her, but I’ve got
a secret that I’m fairly certain will end up with her roasting my nuts over an
open fire. So, job on the line? Check. Nuts on the line? Check. Can’t get her
out of my head? Nail…meet coffin. But what a way to go…

 

Purchase Links

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

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Author Bio
When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin
Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl,
the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for
swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without
jumpstarts most of her story ideas.
She loves to frequent coffee shops, take hikes with her hubby, and play
sock tug of war with her cute, but sometimes naughty, dog Harry. She dreams of
traveling to faraway places and loves to connect with readers. To keep in touch
sign up for her newsletter on her website at http://robinbielman.com



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Happy Rex Manning Day!

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April 8th is Rex Manning Day! That’s the day all of the cult classic, Empire Records, takes place. Celebrate with M&Ms, visiting your local record shop, fake funerals, telling everyone your name is Warren Beatty, dancing with a couch pillow, and, most importantly, great music.

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And, at 1:37 exactly, tell someone how you feel about them.

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Audiobook Review: Bury Me, by Tara Sivec, narrated by Stephanie Willis

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Bury Me
Author: Tara Sivec
Narrator: Stephanie Willis
Publisher: ListenUp Audiobooks (Disclaimer)
Length: 11 hours 47 min
Where I Got It: ListenUp Audiobooks
Audible
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Synopsis: 

I hear screams in my head. I see blood on my hands. When I look in the mirror, I see a stranger.

How is it that I can remember bits and pieces of my life, but nothing of any importance and nothing that makes any sense? Everything is twisted and nothing is right. I’m choking with every breath I take, suffocating on the unknown.

Two days ago, everything changed. Two days ago, the people I should trust the most became strangers in my convoluted head. The dreams I have can’t be real. The fleeting memories that whisper through my mind are scary and wrong…they have to be. If they aren’t, I have something much worse to fear than my fractured mind. I need to find out the truth, even if it destroys me.

I’ve been told my name is Ravenna Duskin. I’m 18 years old, and I live in a prison….

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Review: Jesus Christ.

This book is crazy.

So, we open on an 18-year-old girl who has suffered an injury and is experiencing memory loss. She’s told that her name is Raveena Duskin, that she lives in a prison (inactive, but a historical site and her parents provide tours), with her parents who love her, and she is a good girl. As she begins to remember more and more, she starts doubting everything they’ve told her.

This story is dark and full of unexpected twists. I kept thinking I had finally figured it out only to discover that, no, no I had not. Bury Me is an excellent psychological thriller, full of complicated characters – many of whom are absolutely unlikeable, but fascinating.

I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Stephanie Willis. And her performance was so creepy! Once I got into the story, I didn’t want to stop listening. Some of her voices are kind of screechy or whiny – but it makes sense within the story and I think those voice choices were good. The audiobook is only about 6 and a half hours long and it’s addictive enough that you might want to just listen to it non-stop.

Hello, 2016

This year the following things will happen:
– Benjamin and I will get married!
– I’ll turn 30!

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Hopefully these things will also happen:

– We will make steps toward other changes, like moving to a place we want to be and making more money.
– I will increase my flexibility. I’m weirdly flexible in some ways, like I can lick my elbow, but in other ways not at all, like I can barely touch my toes. So, hopefully I can touch my toes. And do a split.
– I’ll keep up with my exercise routine and improve my diet. Specifically, I want to work out at least 4 days a week, drink more water, and log my food everyday.
– Keep my perspective and privileges in check. Keep challenging myself and learning about other perspectives.
– Cultivate my relationships. Appreciate Benjamin every day. Make time for just us at least 3 times a week. Make time for friends weekly.
– Work toward my goal of a book a week.

Goodbye, 2015.

In 2014, I changed jobs, graduated graduate school, and moved to a new home. In comparison, 2015 was much more stable, though not without its own changes and happenings. The biggest, of course, was the surprising status update from “in a relationship” to “engaged”.

I was a bit better about keeping this blog updated, especially in regards to my book life. I wanted to read a book for each week in 2015. I didn’t quite get to 52 books for the year – 34 total – but there are some novellas and short stories that I didn’t track on GoodReads, so the total is probably closer to 40 or 45 if we count those. I aspired to write reviews for all the books I’ve read, and maybe, eventually, I’ll get to those.

Of what I read this year, these are my favourites. –

I didn’t get to add a new stamp to my passport this year, but I traveled quite a bit in the spring – NYC in March for a friend’s birthday surprise, Miami in May (where Benjamin proposed), back to NYC at the end of May for Book Expo America. I spent more time on planes in those few months than I have in years – I don’t do a lot of plane travel, historically. Since the Spring, we’ve mostly been at home. I spent a weekend in Blue Ridge for a friend’s bachelor party where I got to hang out with two goats. We stayed another weekend in Dahlonega for my brother’s wedding. Earlier this month, we drove to Cincinnati for Christmastime with family.

 

After the stress of my thesis, going full-time, and all the rest of 2014’s turmoil, I started 2015 at the highest weight I’d ever been. I did not take good progress pictures, but trust me, I’ve progressed. Over the holidays, I’ve gained back some of my lost weight, but I’m still 7 pounds lighter now than at the beginning of the year. Which doesn’t sound like a lot, but I’ve added muscle and I’m short. Bust is 2″ smaller, waist is 3″ smaller, abdomen/love handle area is at least 1.5″ smaller (but I didn’t start measuring that until later in the year), and my butt is 1.5″ bigger.

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Here’s 2014’s super fat Christmas tree and a little more fat Holly

And here’s this year’s less fat Christmas tree and less fat Holly

Benjamin put us on a budget and, if we ignore December, I’ve done a good job of sticking to it. I’m still not organized, but I’m improving. I’ve been drinking more water, but not enough. I’m better at meal planning and prepping, but I have much to learn (if you have vegetarian/pescatarian friendly freezer meal recipes, holla).

Overall, I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished in 2015. It’s been a good year. 2016 is going to be even better.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Quotes

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) asks for our favourite quotes from books we’ve read this year.

  • “I read stuff. Books are not my only friends, but we’re friendly. So there.” – Magonia, Maria Dahvana Headley
  • “I embrace the label of bad feminist because I am human. I am messy. I’m not trying to be an example. I am not trying to be perfect. I am not trying to say I have all the answers. I am not trying to say I’m right. I am just trying – trying to support what I believe in, trying to do some good in this world, trying to make some noise with my writing while also being myself.” – Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay
  • “What colour are your eyes?
    Olly (O): blue
    Madeline (M): Be more specific please
    O: jesus. girls. ocean blue
    M: Atlantic or Pacific
    O: atlantic. What colour are yours?
    M: Chocolate brown.
    O: More specific please
    M: 75% cacao butter, dark chocolate brown
    O: hehe. nice” – Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon
  • “He talked about an ocean between people. And how the whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to.” – Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Becky Albertalli
  • “A bit early to put all the chips in the fryer just yet. Why don’t you just wait and see? Remember: There’s a reason the Fairy godmother gave Cinderella two glass slippers.” – Searching for Grace Kelly, Michael Callahan
  • “When we originally went to the moon, our total focus was going to the moon. We weren’t thinking about looking back at Earth. But now that we’ve done it, that may well have been the most important reason we went.” – Binary Star, Sarah Gerard
  • “In the first months without him, Edith had marveled at how any different types of quiet there could be. What had been so different about the levels of noise with him sitting in the chair, reading for hours in his drugstore glasses? Why did every shower, now, feel like such an exercise in fallacy, preparation for an event never coming, though, this had always been a lone ritual?” – Infinite Home: A Novel, Kathleen Alcott
  • “Before that she hadn’t realized how fragile happiness was, how if you were careless, you could knock it over and shatter it.” – Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng
  • “Maybe I’ll post a consumer review. ‘Brought product to surface of Mars. It stopped working. 0/10′” – The Martian, Andy Weir
  • “Hesitation is the death of advantage.” – A Darker Shade of Magic, Victoria Schwab