Possible new blog series?

This is going to be a bit long, sorry.

I’ve unshelved a ton of books over the last two or three years, thanks in large part to Sam (Thoughts on Tomes over on youtube).

For years, I couldn’t stand the thought of getting rid of books, because I grew up only getting new books maybe on my birthday and Christmas. Plus, I rarely got to go to the library, and both the nearest public library and my school library were jokes. So, books were precious. I had to hold on to them for dear life.

Then my bookshelves filled up. So I bought a new one. Then it filled up. I bought a new one. It filled up. I couldn’t buy a new one. Uh oh…

*Cue panicking*

That’s when I finally started looking at the books I was hoarding, and thinking about which ones I could live without seeing on my shelves. I took down about a shelf’s space, maybe shed a few tears, and packed them away.

Eventually that space filled up, and it was sometime after I’d watched some video of Sam’s in which she talked about unhauling books. I was inspired. I felt like I was finally given permission to stop clinging to all my books for no good reason. (As though a 20-something married woman needed anyone’s permission to get rid of books she didn’t want to keep, ugh.)

I started seriously taking stock of what was on my shelves, and I was surprised by how many books I just no longer cared about having, for various reasons. I pulled them off, small stack by small stack, and carted them out to my storage building. I wanted to immediately get rid of them, but they’ve been sitting in those plastic boxes for like two years, and I keep adding to them.

There are a lot of books out there. Like, waaay too many to even try to get rid of in one go, or even several trips to a bookstore. It’s probably going to take me no less than 10 trips to get rid of the ones that are in a good enough condition to sell. (I’m not too hard on most of my books, but some are very old from one of my relatives, and a few I ended up annotating back when I thought I would want to keep them.) It doesn’t help that it’s about a 2 hour drive in light traffic and good weather to the nearest bookstore that accepts used books :/

So, I’m thinking about making a new series on this blog. Something like “Bookish Rejects: Unhauling My Books.” It wouldn’t be a regular feature because I don’t get to go to the city too often, but maybe a seasonal thing? Would anyone care about that at all?

I wanted to do a post about the books I’m unhauling, but…there are so many. So. Many. It would probably take me hours just to get them all out and arranged to take pictures, so that’s why I’m thinking about doing it this way. If I do it in small posts, as I go through them to take away to sell, there would be few enough so I could talk a little about why I’m getting rid of them and stuff.

This is probably a stupid idea, and maybe no one else would care. But I might do it anyway, just so I have a record to look back on.

If you are interested, definitely let me know in the comments!

Do you unhaul books?
If so, what’s your system like? (Do you unhaul everything once you’ve read it? Do you unhaul things you rated below a certain point? etc.)


April Wrap Up

I can not believe it’s already May, wow.

Part of that is because Mother Nature seems a bit confused and is still living in March. Weather here has been so weird, bouncing from highs in the 70s to having snow the next day. It’s not totally unheard of or anything, but it’s definitely been the chilliest spring we’ve had for a while, which hasn’t upset me (I hate the heat). But, because it was still spring and things were still starting to bloom and such, my allergies were horrendous and I felt awful most of the month. Which meant I didn’t get as much reading done as I wanted.

Oh well, things still worked out pretty well. I participated in two read a thons over the weekend (Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon as well as the monthly read-a-thon in the goodreads group All About Books), and read five books 😮 Total pages was 927 (894 for the books I started and finished, plus a chapter from LOTR).

While I’m really happy about those numbers, I’m a little irritated that life got in the way on Saturday and Sunday, because I was soooo close to topping 1k pages. That’s petty, I know. But I was so close 😛

Ok, on to the rest of the wrap up…

I read:

april wrap up

  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo– I loved this one and I highly recommend it. 5/5 stars, reviewed here.
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff– Not my favorite from the trilogy, but still 4.5/5 stars, reviewed here.
  • Snow White and the Seven Keys to Doomsday by Justin Richards– I’m really liking the Time Lord Fairy Tales, but not quite loving them. I gave this one 3.5ish/5 stars.
  • Night of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine– Goosebumps were my obsession when I was a kid, and I’m enjoying revisiting some of them. I think I liked this one better 20 years ago, but it was still a fun 3/5 stars read.
  • She Who Destroys the Light: Fairy Tales Gone Wrong by Shahida Arabi– I talk more about why I gave it 3ish/5 stars in my review.
  • It’s All Fun and Games by Dave Barrett– This one was a fun and quick read that I gave  4/5 stars. Reviewed here.
  • Tales of the Peculiar by Ranson Riggs–love the Miss Peregrine’s series, so I’ve been wanting to read this for ages. I finally got around to it and gave it 5/5 stars.
  • Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams– This was a re-read for me and just as much fun the second (third?) time around. 5/5 stars and this one might be my favorite of the 5 part trilogy 😛
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson– I never read this as a kid, so I got to count it for a prompt in both the PopSugar and Book Riot reading challenges, whoo! I didn’t love it, though, so 3/5 stars.
  • Deadpool, Vol. 1: Secret Invasion by Daniel Way– I. Love. Wade Wilson/Deadpool. I’ve unfortunately only read a few of the comics, but I’m working on slowly remedying that by grabbing volumes when they’re cheaper for Kindle. I really liked this one (5/5 stars) and I can’t wait to get through the next two volumes because volume 3 has the comic that was the first one I ever read ❤ (And I am ridiculously excited for the new movie! If you are, too, let me know in the comments!)

11 books isn’t my best, but it’s the best I’ve done all year so I’m pretty happy with it.

I’m hoping to get through even more in May because I’m woefully behind on my yearly page goal. I keep trying to get to 30k pages in a year, and I never make it 😦 I got so close back in 2013 (29,521), but missed it because I got really ill the last week of December.

As of right now, I’m almost 3,600 pages behind. Ouch :/

But I have a plan, which, if successful, will get me back on track hopefully by mid May. (Spoiler alert: I’m going to binge my way through the Heroes of Olympus series, then hopefully get in a few graphic novels and a comic trade or two.)

Usually this is the point where I’d post my Bookish Bingo progress, but I think I’m going to start just posting those separately when the season wraps up. 

I haven’t really examined my Book Riot or PopSugar lists to see what else I can cross off, but the children’s book prompts weirdly stuck in my head, so I know I can cross those off. Or at least I’m 90% sure I can :/

Since we’re almost halfway through the year, I think it’s time to compare my mental/wishful TBR with prompts on both lists (and the Bingo card) so I can work on prioritizing some of them.

Ok, I think that’s enough babbling. Time to go grab some coffee and hopefully dive into a new book. Happy reading, everyone 🙂

How was your April?

What was your favorite thing you read?

If you participated in Dewey’s and posted about it, leave a link so I can check out your TBR and/or wrap up!

It’s Readathon Time!


Ok, that was way more enthusiastic than I actually feel right now because it’s almost 3AM Saturday morning while I’m writing this, and Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon starts in like…5 hours, soooo… I need to sleep so I can try to read later! (This post is being scheduled to go up just before the Readathon officially begins. At which time I will hopefully be getting some sleep :/ )

I might make a post or two here if anything amazing/exciting happens (like me actually finishing a whole book), but mostly I’ll probably be updating on twitter and goodreads.

But there’s a chance I’m not going to be able to participate for much of the Readathon because life stuff might be getting in the way. *overly dramatic sigh* 😦 I’m crossing my fingers, though.

I planned to take pictures of my tentative TBR, but I kept changing my mind every 2 minutes and the light was never good anyway because it’s been rainy here on and off all week.

So, here’s a quick list I made up on the spot of some books I might grab at some point during the Readathon!

(I do not expect to even finish one of these books. These are just the ones that are either time-sensitive, or feel most appealing as I’m writing this post, so I’m more likely to pick up one of them.)

  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien This one is my ongoing (aka “I am never going to finish this, help!”) book that I’m moving through slowly and just hoping to finish by the end of the year. Finally. So it’s 50/50 whether or not I’ll read any from it, but it’s a possibility.
  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab A book that has been sitting on my shelf, glaring at and judging me for a few years now, this one is a strong contender for the next book I might start.
  • Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs I love the Peculiar Children series so much, and the only reason I haven’t already read this is because I had to prioritize a couple other short story collections first. But this weekend, it might happen at last!
  • Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta This is one of my library e-books right now, and honestly it’s not a strong contender because I’m not feeling in the right mood just now. But that could be totally different later today!
  • When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore My other library book, which I’m on the fence about right now, but I’m keeping it as an option just in case.
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik A book that’s been sitting on my shelf longer than I meant, but I’m really kind of feeling it right now after re-reading the synopsis last night.
  • The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw I accidentally picked this up during release week (I had forgotten when it came out and happened upon it as if fate directed me), and I am so excited! This was one of my most anticipated 2018 releases but I’m trying to prioritize books I’ve had longer. Still, the temptation to dive in is so strong!

Yep, that’s a lot of books. I have an idea of the kind of mood I’m in (fantasy, probably), but my reading moods can change suddenly, so who knows what I’ll actually end up reading. I could end up diving back into The Divine Comedy, or re-reading a Hitchhiker’s Guide book, or grabbing a comic trade, or a middle grade novel, or…well, you get the idea.

As a side note, I’m also doing a read a thon in a goodreads group that lasts all weekend, so when I was thinking about my Dewey’s TBR, I was also factoring in that read a thon in case I start reading before the 24 Hour Readathon starts. (Unlikely, but I might grab a book 5 seconds after I schedule this just to squeeze in a few pages before bed since I finished two books for that second read a thon earlier today. Reviews for those will probably be up next week.)

Let me know if you’re participating in the Readathon, and I’m wishing happy reading time to those of you who are!

National Poetry Month

It’s the 18th and I just realized I never posted book recs for National Poetry Month :/ Oops…

I made a post last year, so I won’t add all of those to this post. This post will be for poetry I’ve read since last April, or forgot to include last time. All the links (and covers…if they’re working properly) take you to the Goodreads page for each book.

Love, and You
by Gretchen Gomez– This was one of my favorites last year, and I highly recommend it if you’ve enjoyed books by Rupi Kaur, Amanda Lovelace, etc. (Reviewed here)



I Am More Than a Daydream
by Jennae Cecelia– I liked this one a lot, but haven’t bought more of her books yet. This is one I would recommend if you want a “feel good” poetry collection.




Tell Me Where it Hurts
by J.R. Rogue– This is what you read when you want to ache and ugly cry your way through a book. It is raw, emotional, and beautiful and I loved it.



Throes by Kat Savage– Ok…I read a couple of Kat Savage’s books really close together, so I’m not sure what my exact thoughts on this one were. I just know I gave it 5/5 stars and Kat has almost become an “auto-buy” poet for me.



La Douleur Exquise
by J.R. Rogue– Rogue has also become a favorite. Like the idiot I am, I also never reviewed this one. But I gave it 4/5 stars and remember really liking it.



The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One
by Amanda Lovelace– This one had to make the list, right? If you want to get pumped up to fight the patriarchy, check this one out. (Reviewed here)



by Cyrus Parker– This one basically ripped out my heart. I loved this debut, and I can not wait for more from Cyrus Parker. (Reviewed here)




Mad Woman by Kat Savage– I think this was the first of Kat’s books I read, and oh wow did it hit me hard. (Reviewed here)



Blue Horses by Mary Oliver– I actually don’t remember anything about this one, other than enjoying it and wanting to buy more of Oliver’s books. She’d been on my TBR for like a decade anyway, but this was the first book of hers I got my hands on and I gave it 4/5 stars.



Last year, I don’t think I really talked about novels in verse, but this year, I am. Some of these I read waaaay back in high school, some I’ve read recently.


The Poet X
by Elizabeth Acevedo– I just read this one and abso-freaking-lutely loved it. It’s contemporary and very good. I highly recommend it, 5/5 stars. (Reviewed here)



by Melanie Crowder– I read this one last year and devoured it, too. It’s historical fiction, but based on a real person (Clara Lemlich) and her fight for equality. I gave it 4.5/5 stars.



What My Mother Doesn’t Know
by Sonya Sones– Ok I read this one ages ago, like…probably 13+ years ago? (It came out in 2001, so I probably read it between then and 2005.) I don’t remember anything about the book itself, I just remember that I loved it when I read it. And instead of listing the other Sonya Sones books I read as a teen, I’ll just generally recommend looking into them.


Out of the Dust
by Karen Hesse– I probably read this one around 1998/1999, so–again– I don’t really remember it. But I did immediately remember that I’d read it when I accidentally came across it on Goodreads, so that’s something, right? I’m pretty sure I liked this one back then. I think it’s kind of pre-YA, but suitable for maybe ages 10+ (the protag is 14ish I think).



There are a lot more out there, and several I’d like to read, but this is all I can think of right now. (Although I think I could also include a couple I tried and hated, but…this is a post for recommendations to read, not avoid.)

And then we have…”other.”

The Divine Comedy
by Dante Alighieri– Confession: I haven’t finished this >.< I started it about 11 years ago when my then-fiance-now-husband bought a copy for me, and I made it like halfway through Paradiso before getting distracted by the last HP book coming out :/ Oops. But, I now have an edition that I am in love with (both the aesthetic and the translation), so…sooon!



The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer– I remember devouring these in the school library in 6th and 7th grade, and now I’m dying to re-read them, but I sadly do not have either 😦 But I have to recommend them, because they’re epic 😉 (See what I did there? I know, I’m not funny. Sorry.)



The Poetic Edda
No author on this one because the poetry was compiled and probably changed quite a bit by multiple people over the course of who knows how much time. These poems were originally passed along orally, probably as poetry or songs, before eventually being collected in writing. Anyway, if you want to know about Norse mythology, and want something closer to the original stories than some modern retellings and the like, check this out.

Aaaannnd….that’s all I have right now. I am thinking about making another post with the poetry books at the top of my wishlist, so if that’s something any of you would be interested in, definitely let me know 🙂

What are some of your favorite poetry books?

Have you read any novels in verse that you loved?

How about epics, myths, etc.?

2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge Book Recs

**Edited April 4th to include a few more books**

I’ve been doing the PopSugar Reading Challenge since 2015, which might have been the first year. Usually, I try to have an idea of what I plan to read as soon as the list is posted (I actually have pages of scribbled ideas in my reading/blogging binder right now). This year, I realized I’ve already read a lot of books that would work for the prompts, so I thought I would share a few, for anyone who’s doing this challenge and might want some suggestions.

I can’t suggest things for a lot of the topics, really, because I don’t know what other people have read/seen, favorite colors, birth years, etc., but I’ve got recommendations for some, and I hope someone finds this post helpful. (There will definitely be some books appearing in multiple categories, too.)

Regular Challenge

True Crime: This one is going to be hard for me this year because I don’t read much true crime, but I will suggest The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. It has some other historical stuff mixed in, but I would count it.

A novel based on a real person: If you want to stretch “novel” to include “novel in verse,” try Audacity by Melanie Crowder. There’s also Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith, possibly the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder (I want to say these were based on her family, but double check), an argument could be made for The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

A book with a time of day in the title: Ok, I’m stretching this one to be more vague, so something like The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern would fit for me. It’s harder to find books with a specific time in the title, but something like Twilight by Stephenie Meyer would work. Think “twilight,” “dusk,” “dawn,” “evening,” “morning,” “noon,” “midnight,” etc.

A book about a villain or antihero: I already know exactly what I’m reading for this one (Vicious by V.E. Schwab). Well, probably. Other suggestions: Macbeth by William Shakespeare would work…I think, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire (I never finished it, but I think it counts), The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

A book about death or grief: I have to suggest Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (non-fiction) by Mary Roach for this one. I vaguely remember reading Death Be Not Proud (non-fiction) by John Gunther waaaay back in middle school (I liked it then, but that was like 14 years ago, eek :/ ). I want to say The Stoning of Soraya M. (non-fiction) by Freidoune Sahebjam might count, too. For fiction, there’s The Crow by James O’Barr (graphic novel), Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt,  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (I think counts), Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, and maybe The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

A book with alliteration in the title: Cozy mysteries are probably a great place to look for these. I would count things like Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.

A book about time travel: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger is an obvious choice. Ages ago, maybe in high school, I read Time & Again by Nora Roberts (I think it’s two novels in one volume?) and it’s still the only Nora Roberts I’ve ever picked up. But I liked it then. You could probably count A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs, probably any Doctor Who novel, and I want to say maybe Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams (but it’s been a long time since I read those books).

A book with a weather element in the title: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer-Bradley (does “mist” count as a weather element?), The Tempest by William Shakespeare (another one I’m not 100% sure counts),  Storm Front by Jim Butcher, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen, Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, Soldier of the Mist by Gene Wolfe, Lightning by Dean Koontz, and Frostbite by Richelle Mead.

A book with an animal in the title: The Soul of an Octopus (non-fiction) by Sy Montgomery was a favorite of mine from last year. I also really liked Releasing the Wolf by Dianna Hardy (this is definitely an adult book), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The Crow by James O’Barr, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Bird Box by Josh Malerman, The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, Blue Horses by Mary Oliver, The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, and Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. Oh and of course The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

A book set on a different planet: The Maritan by Andy Weir is an obvious one. I also liked 27 Hours by Tristina Wright (I think they were actually on a moon of a different planet, but whatever), and loved Saga, vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, and I’m pretty sure you could count at least some of the Hitchhiker’s Guide books by Douglas Adams for this one.

A book with song lyrics in the title: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (Heart Shaped Box by Nirvana), Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas), Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Deep Blue Something), One for the Money by Janet Evanovich (Blue Suede Shoes by Elvis), Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris (Dead to the World by Nightwish), Wildflower by Drew Barrymore (Wildflower by The JaneDean Girls), Seize the Night by Sherilyn Kenyon (Seize the Night by Meat Loaf), Neverland by Shari Arnold (Lost Boy by Ruth B).

Advanced Challenge

A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title: The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen, Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman (I haven’t read this one…I’m assuming “berry” counts, and this is what I plan to read), Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn (this one is making 3 appearances on this list).

An allegory: Ok, I’m not totally sure about any of these :/ The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood,  Life of Pi by Yann Martel, The Pearl by John Steinbeck, Animal Farm by George Orwell, The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, When She Woke by Hillary Jordan, and I think Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn would also count for this one (it was suggested several times in the goodreads group for the challenge).

A microhistory: I’m reading Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy by Hallie Lieberman for this one. I would suggest The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach, or Hidden Figures by Margo Lee Shetterly. I haven’t read much non-fiction until recently :/

A book about a problem facing society today: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp, and I’m planning to read (finally) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge: Take your pick from anything I’ve listed 😛 If free-picks count for this (as in, not books that fulfill any other prompts), I’ll recommend a few more: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio, Love and You by Gretchen Gomez, Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, The Valiant by Lesley Livingston, and My Invented Country by Isabel Allende.

Happy reading, everyone, and I hope this helps someone 🙂

Spooky Book Recs & Discussion: Snack Sized Stories

Normally on Mondays I do Must Read Mondays, to recommend one book, but for this month, I’m carving out some time to make lists of recommendations. I’ve decided to do this in categories (that I’m coming up with as I go, because in life, as with NaNoWriMo, I am a pantser and not a planner).

This week, I’m recommending collections of stories in their various forms, and a few long short stories and novellas. I’ve read more of these than I’d originally thought, and some have been featured on my blog before. Not all of these are particularly scary, but I wanted to suggest things for people who like horror, as well as for people who just want a little bit of creepiness, things based on folklore, or stories that have a Halloween-vibe/theme.

Short Story Collections, etc.


  • Basically anything by Edgar Allan Poe (obvious, but for a reason)
  • M.R. James’s ghost stories (not for everyone, but I liked them)
  • H.P. Lovecraft (I’ve only read a couple of stories, I think)
  • Ray Bradbury (I remember reading a couple of his stories in high school that I think were creepy. I really need to read more of his work soon because it’s great.)
  • Algernon Blackwood (I’m pretty sure I haven’t read any of his stories in 10 years or more and he’s really not that well known these days, except among horror lovers)
  • Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories trilogy (another obvious one, for a reason)
  • The Horror Zine (I think I’ve only read one issue so far, but I keep meaning to get more)
  • Penny Dreadfuls: Sensational Tales of Terror (I haven’t read everything in this, but it’s a great collection and has two full-length novels: Frankenstein–the original 1818 version!– and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)
  • Halloween Carnival vol. 1 (I have a review of this one coming out tomorrow, which is also release day)
  • The Haunted Grove by Tim Jeffreys (I actually don’t remember much about this because I read it so long ago, but I rated it pretty high)
  • Horrors! 365 Scary Stories (I got this when I was in middle school, I think, so I haven’t read from it in a while, but I remember liking a lot of the stories)
  • Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (so pretty and creepy in an old-school fairy tale kind of way. Review.)

Longer Pieces 

These are longer than short stories, but under 150 pages (except the comic trades, but I included it in this part because they’re short, but not stand-alone stories).

There are definitely more that I read years ago, but they’re unfortunately lost to me now.

I wish I could remember some of the better true (or “true” if you’re not a believer) ghost story collections I read when I was growing up. I remember having quite a few, but the only ones I still have aren’t books I would recommend.

If true/”true” haunting stories are your jam, I would suggest you start by searching for books written about hauntings in your locality, or a place you’re interested in. Your local library might some collections from your area.

I have a few things I’m really looking forward to getting around to soon(ish), like Scottish Ghost Stories by Elliot O’Donnell, The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs, more of Lovecraft’s stories, Arthur Machen’s stories, and I’d like to revisit some Algernon Blackwood now that I’m older and have forgotten if I liked his work or not. On my wishlist, I have The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter (although I think it’s more horror/fantasy than just horror) in the highest position, but there are loads more I’d like to get eventually.

Ok, I think I’ve rambled on enough for one day, so I’ll wrap this up now.

Do you have any recommendations for shorter horror books, graphic novels or comics, or short story collections? I’d love to hear about them!


If you read any of these, let me know what you think!

July& August Book Haul (+ bonus pictures of other kittens and a mama cat)

I might have left out a book or two :/ I don’t think I did, but I have this feeling that I missed one.

Anyway, this whole summer was ah-maze-ing for me and acquiring books. Like, I found so many deals! It was magical.

july august haul

Left stack, from top to bottom: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katerine Arden // The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers // Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher // The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike // John Dies at the End by David Wong // Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World by Bill Nye // Cicada Summer by Maureen Leurck (review here)

Right stack, from top to bottom: Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O’Neill // White Teeth by Zadie Smith // Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh // Fun Home by Alison Bechdel // Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle // The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry // The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher // The Witches: Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff

And now what you’re really here for…the cats!

mama cat

So, we think this is the mom of our two babies. Our best guess is that she was trying to move all her babies because they were getting more mobile, but the two little shits we found had squirmed into places she couldn’t get to.

Anyway, there are 3 others outside with her, but I could only get pictures of these two. (I touched both of these a couple of nights ago and holy crap you guys, the cream one is like petting a freaking cloud! So. Soft! And brave. She…I think…faced me and put herself between me and her two siblings until they decided I was harmless and climbed over her haha.)

striped kittenwhite kitten

How freaking cute are these? The other one looks a lot like the top one, but more grey than brown.