T5W: Characters on the Naughty List

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.


December 13th – Characters on the Naughty List
–These can be villains or just characters you don’t like!

They’re so bad, but they do it so well ❤ I decided to go with characters who are…not nice, but I love them anyway.

In no particular order…


The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo– If you’ve followed me (here, or especially on tumblr) for any length of time and happened to remember anything I’ve said about this series, it will be no surprise that he made this list. He’s terrible, and I love him so much.



Pam Ravenscroft from The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris– I. LOVED. Pam. Even on True Blood (they kinda butchered her character and relationship with Sookie, if I remember right) she was one of my favorites, and I was so torn between picking her or Eric for this, because I’m just a teensy bit in love with both of them.




Lestat de Lioncourt from The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice– He’s such an ass and I adore him. (Do I need to say more about Lestat?)



Dorian Gray from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde–
Dorian Gray is one of my favorite characters ever (this is also one of my favorite books ever), and I can’t believe I almost forgot about him while thinking up characters for this topic :O




Holland from the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab– I was so torn between a few characters, but I finally basically chose Holland from those at random. I loved to hate Holland, then eventually just kind of loved Holland. I won’t say more, because ~spoilers~ 😉



Who are some characters on your naughty list?


Bookish Bingo: Winter 2017/18 Sign Up

Winter is heeeeeerrrrrre!

I’m very excited and relieved that this year is almost over. I’m trying to not put a lot of pressure on myself for reading during December, because I really need a break from that  (pressure, that is) after NaNo, and I need to just enjoy books/reading again. Writing so much, with so much panic constantly, really drained my creativity and stuff, and I’m hoping to recharge a bit by just relaxing while reading. So, I’m abandoning trying to finish reading challenges, and just picking up what sounds good in the moment.

The exception is Bookish Bingo! I really like these, and I think I’ll probably continue doing them. I feel like, with the bingo format, they’re less stressful than some other challenges I do, and more fun.

Here’s the card for winter

I have ideas for what to read for some of these, which is pretty great. I don’t have definite book in mind for most of them, but I know I have books that will fit them once I start looking/thinking more about it.

I’m wondering if I read a book that was released much earlier in the year for “2017 release you missed,” if it would still count, because it’s still 2017:/ (I just started When Dimple Met Rishi, which was released in May, I think. I finally got it from the library.) I’m not sure about that one *sigh* I might still count it, though.

Spinoff” is going to be a bit of a challenge, maybe. I’m thinking of reading a Chronicles of Nick book for that one, though, which would probably be the easiest thing to do since I own one or two I haven’t read yet.

Winter Release” will take some thinking. I’m hoping I’ll have something from Net Galley to fit that one, because I definitely won’t be able to buy more books for quite a while, and my library doesn’t get many books I’m interested in very often, and when they do, the wait list is usually months long.

Are you doing bookish bingo this time around?

Have any suggestions for books I could read for some of these prompts? (Please let me know! Especially for the winter-y ones.)

How about other challenges? Are you participating in any this winter?

Spooky Book Recs & Discussion: A Mixed Bag

So far, I’ve recommended Snack Sized Stories (novellas, short stories, etc.) and some for kids-teens (or anyone else who likes YA, MG, picture books, etc.), and between those two lists, I don’t have a lot of horror/thriller/otherwise spooky books left to recommend.

I have read a couple of things since writing those, though, and there were a few things that either didn’t fit with those lists or I looked over, so this is just a mixed bag of spooky book treats.

These will probably run the gamut from slightly creepy/darker setting (think gothic lit, or things that have a Halloween/autumn “vibe” to them, or are actually set in the autumn) to actual horror/thriller stories.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie– Gotta have some Christie in these recs lists ❤
Bird Box by Josh Malerman– I really liked this one. It actually creeped me out several times.
Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl– I don’t think I finished this YA series, but I liked the first 3(?) books.
Dracula by Bram Stoker– Classic vamp book is classic 😛
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley– Again, classic. Not my fave, but I liked it.
Generation Dead series by Daniel Waters– I really liked most of this YA zombie series.
Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott– This one is hard to describe, but I enjoyed the mild-eeriness it had going on.
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill– I wanted to love it more than I did, but it was still good and a bit creepy at times.
Horns by Joe Hill– I really liked this one. (The movie was pretty good, too.) Book + Movie review here
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson– I saw the movie first, but I think I liked the book more.
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio– Kinda thriller? I will recommend this book every chance I get ❤ ❤ (Review of the audiobook here)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë– Gothic lit, so not terrifying, but definitely has a darker mood/vibe thing going on. Fave ❤
Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist– I really liked this, and highly recommend it if you haven’t read it yet. (The Swedish version of the movie is also good.)
Living With the Dead series by Jesse Petersen– If you like comedy/horror, like the movies Zombieland, Dead Snow, etc., read this series!
Outcast vol. 1 by Robert Kirkman– I think I expected more from this comic series, so I’m on the fence about continuing it. This one was ok, though.
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman– Ok, I didn’t love the book :/ It was good, but I like the movie more.
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin– The book and movie are both great.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn– I have conflicting feelings about this, but I cautiously recommend it (just look up trigger warnings first if you need them).
Sweep series by Cate Tiernan– One of my favorite YA series with witches. Not super spooky, but I like re-reading it around autumn/winter.
The Funhouse by Dean Koontz (writing as Owen West)– I think this was adapted from a screen play (I can’t remember the movie well enough to be sure, though) and I loved it. Very campy, B Horror-ish.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson– Classic horror is classic. It’s good. Give it a read if you like haunted house stories.
The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine– These YA vamp books aren’t really terrifying, but there are some bits that are tense and they give me “autumn” vibes.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde– Just read it. It’s fantastic and gothic and creepy and funny and brilliant. (I’m in love with Oscar Wilde, ok?)
The Rose Master by Valentina Cano– YA gothic story that I really enjoyed (reviewed here) and can’t wait for the sequel (Of Bells & Thorns) coming out next month. (It’s also kind of a Beauty & the Beast retelling, and I really liked that aspect, too.)
The Shining by Stephen King– I’m not a Stephen King devotee, but I did like this one. I’m still not sure how I feel about his writing, overall :/
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon– I reviewed this one. I really liked it. Nice, spooky vibe throughout the whole thing.
The Witching Pen series by Dianna Hardy– One of my absolute fave indie/self-published authors and series. It’s not terror-inducing, but might be a good pick for people who like reading paranormal/PNR this time of year.
We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory– I also reviewed this one and it’s stuck with me. I don’t remember a lot about it, now, but I do remember enjoying it a lot.

See any favorites on this list?

Let me know if you check any of these out!

First Lines Fridays: October 27th

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

The Rules:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first

Finally… reveal the book!


If you’re afraid of bees, I have to warn you–there are a lot of bees in this story. In fact, there are hundreds. 


Interested? Keep scrolling to find out which book this is from.

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Why I’m Afraid of Bees by R.L. Stine

What it’s about:


Gary Lutz needs a vacation…from himself. Bullies are constantly beating him up. His only friend is his computer. Even his little sister doesn’t like him.
But now Gary’s dream is about to come true. He’s going to exchange bodies with another kid for a whole week.
Gary can’t wait to get a new body. Until something horrible happens. And Gary finds out his new body isn’t exactly human….


Cover links to goodreads

I know I read this when I was a kid, but this one didn’t stick with me like a lot of the others did. I recently got a tin with 5 of the original Goosebumps books (I’ve already re-read A Night in Terror Tower) and I can’t wait to finish re-reading all of them ❤ I’m thinking I might pick this one up this weekend, since I remember it the least.

Also, I post links for some places to buy books, with these FLF posts, but…Goosebumps are tricky sometimes, so I just linked to goodreads. I’ve had ok luck finding them at a used bookstore a couple hours away, so if you’re looking to buy, I’d suggest that because finding some of them in stores, new, is difficult :/

Did you read Goosebumps books when you were a kid?

If you did, do you remember any of your favorites?

Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Book Titles

This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out the upcoming topics (or browse past topics) here.

Ha! I finally remembered it was Tuesday again and have time to do this!

I decided to limit these to book I own, to make this easier. In no particular order…

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray


Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo


Rigormortie: Death by Sex Puppet
by Dick and December Bouvier


The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
by Becky Chambers


The Bone Season
by Samantha Shannon


Hyperbole and a Half
by Allie Brosh


Good Bones and Simple Murders
by Margaret Atwood


The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
by Jonas Jonasson


Einstein’s Beach House
by Jacob M. Appel


Jonnie Panic and the Bible of Dreams
by Sylvia Plath


Do you have any favorite unique book titles?

Blogtober Babbling: I need to write things down

Yesterday, I said I might be going to the bookstore and I’d decided to look for three books. I didn’t name those books. That was a mistake.

I got to the bookstore and couldn’t remember anything I wanted to look for. I mean, I could think of at least 20 books I wanted, but none that I’d specifically set out with the intention of bringing one or two home with me. *sigh* After about 10 minutes, I remembered I was going to look for Wonder Woman: Warbringer (because Leigh Bardugo ❤ ), but I still have no clue what the other two were :/ I think I might have wanted to see if there was an audiobook version of Sleeping Beauties, but I’m not sure.

Regardless of what I wanted to look for, I know that what I ended up getting was not on that list. I passed on Warbringer, for now, but I might grab it soon-ish. I decided not to get it because I’m not in the mood for it now, and I’m not sure I will be before the end of the year, because I have a giant stack of things I want to read ASAP.

I ended up mostly just trailing kid around the middle grade section, plucking books off the higher shelves when needed, or helping figure out if the book kid was looking at was the first in a series or not. Kid also gave us some ideas for Christmas/Yule gifts, so that was kind of a miracle.

I’m still trying to explain to kid that with most of the Goosebumps books, it doesn’t matter which one you read first. I think kid wants to start reading some of them, but is confused because they’re numbered, but not one ongoing story. I think that confused me at first, too, so I think I’m just going to have to hand kid one of mine and say, “Here, read this and see what you think,” then repeat that a couple of times until kid sees what I mean about them not being a continuous story.

I wanted to do something a bit more interesting today for my blogtober post (like a tag or more book recs), but I’m just too tired :/

Dewey’s 24 hour readathon wrap-up, etc.

Short post because I’ve got a busy day, but I’m reasonably pleased with how I did. 

I finished Heart-Shaped Box and gave it 3/5 stars (and wrote a ton of ranting in my goodreads review in spoiler tags, instead of reading :/ ). I read about 225 pages of it yesterday.

Then I read the first volume of Outcast, which I also gave 3/5 stars. I really liked the art, but the story was just “meh” for me, so I’m not sure I’ll continue with the series.

Today I’m off to the city that’s home to the closest B&N for me, so cross your fingers and wish me luck.

I want to go, because I actually got just enough money for my birthday last week to buy a new book (which surprised me because I wasn’t expecting to get anything at all), and I’ve narrowed down my options to three books I want.

I don’t know if I’ll even go to the bookstore, but I’m hoping for it. I’ll decide which book I get after I’m there and see if they even have any of them in stock.

If you participated in the readathon, let me know how you did & your favorite thing you read 🙂