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Weekly Wrap Up: October 1st-7th

It’s still R.I.P. season, and it’s Blogtober, and I’m still trying to make these weekly wrap ups happen even though I know I’m not going to be consistent :/ (Also, this post was supposed to go up yesterday for Blogtober, but I ended up being really ill, so I finished it today.)

I haven’t read anything for R.I.P. XIV or Something Wicked Fall so far, because the book I started at the end of September (The Supernatural Enhancements) is not working for me. Neither is The Girl With All the Gifts, but I think I’m just not in the right mood for either of them, so I’m going to backburner them and pick them back up some other time, and move on to something I am excited to read right now.

What I did read was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, but I can’t give you my thoughts on it yet because I’m still processing it. I do think I really liked it, but I’m not sure of my rating and all that just yet.

It’s October, which means it’s Halloween Month, which means it’s time for my annual 31 Days of Horror movie marathon πŸ’€πŸ”ͺπŸŽƒ

I’m a huge horror movie lover, and I take my marathon slightly seriously. What I mean by that is that sometimes, I don’t actually manage to start a movie before midnight, but as long as I come out of the month having watched at least 31 movies that are Halloween Month appropriate, I consider it a success.

(I’m using the πŸŽƒ emoji to rate stuff, like stars. No πŸŽƒ means I didn’t think it was good enough to earn any jack-o-lantern emojis πŸ˜› )

I watched:

American Horror Story: Apocalypse– I’m not linking a trailer for this one, partially because it has crossover with three other seasons, but also because I feel like AHS isn’t something you watch a trailer for :/ Is that just me? Yes? Ok, I’m fine being the weird one. Anyway… I’m pleased to report that Cult didn’t ruin AHS for me, and I actually ended up really liking Apocalypse. It’s not going to be my favorite, but it’s kind of in the middle with the ones I really liked, but didn’t love or hate. πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ /5

Darkness Rising– This one is on Netflix, and I highly suggest skipping it, oh my gods. The acting was terrible (or maybe that was the script, idk), the plot was a mess, and it was honestly just pretty damn stupid. It had some great gory bits, though, if that’s your jam with horror.

Clinical– Also on Netflix, this psychological thriller impressed me more than I thought it would. I did figure it all out pretty early, but I was never absolutely certain. This one is definitely worth a watch if you like thrillers. πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ /5

The Monster– Ugh. I don’t know what to say about this one. It’s on Netlix, and it’s basically a slow moving drama about a terrible mother/daughter relationship, and there happens to have a monster eventually. It wasn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen, but I kept waiting for something to happen, and not much did until near the end. I feel like it was trying to be profound or something, and just failed. πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ .5 /5

Mercy Black– Is one I’ve been wanting to watch for a while, and I was slightly disappointed, but I enjoyed it overall. I’m not going to try to categorize it, because that might be spoiler-y (maybe), but it wasn’t horrible. πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ /5

The Witch Files– I actually ended up really liking this one. If you like The Blair Witch Project, The Craft, and Mean Girls, or Gossip Girl, maybe check this out. I kinda saw the big reveal coming from really early on, but it was still entertaining. πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ .5?…maybe 4/5

Gerald’s Game– Ugh. Ugh, ugh, ugh. I need to just stop with anything that came from Stephen King. I know, I know, as a horror lover, I should be worshiping at the King altar. But I just don’t love his stuff, ya’ll :/ I hate that, but it’s true. In all fairness, I haven’t read the book, but I haven’t read the book because so far I haven’t liked any of King’s fiction, so I’m not excited about reading it. All that said, this wasn’t…terrible. I seem to have a love/hate relationship with Mike Flanagan’s work, so maybe it’s that, idk. I just did not really enjoy this one, and I barely managed to pay attention through the whole thing. I did really like the ending, though, which saved it from a single jack-o-lantern rating. πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ /5

Lights Out– Oh man, I saved the best for last, it would seem. I’m actually trying to write a real review for this one, because it might be one of my new favorites. Kid and I watched this one yesterday, and I really loved a lot about it, but I have conflicting thoughts about some other parts. If you saw the short film that kinda went viral back in 2013, and you thought it was creepy and good, check out the feature film because it’s not disappointing, imo. πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ (.5?)/5

All in all, not a terrible first week. I wish I’d read more, but it’s fine. Hopefully this second week will be better for reading, and horror movies.

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R.I.P. XIV: Week 2 Wrap Up

I almost didn’t do this post, but I’m trying to not be too hard on myself when it comes to posting. I used to think it was better to skip posting than be late, but now I’m trying to break out of that way of thinking, at least when it’s something I actually do want to write about.

I didn’t include Something Wicked Fall in the title of this one, because I didn’t finish anything that counts for it. I think. But, it all counts for R.I.P., so I didn’t totally fail πŸ˜›

Once again, I didn’t read a ton. But, I also didn’t watch a lot, really. I think I’m going to stick with the Best/Worst format for what I watched, like I did in my first weekly wrap up.

The Worst:

The Ones Below– I almost never skip through a movie (or book), but I was soooo bored with this one. I ended up skipping to the end and watching the last five minutes or so, hoping I was wrong about how it was going to end, but I wasn’t. It was so predictable and boring, and I saw the ending coming from the first maybe 10 minutes or so of the movie.

American Horror Story: Cult– It took me five tries (and reading spoilers for every episode) to finish this season, but I finally managed by having it playing in the background while I did other things. This one is probably my least favorite season, which sucks because I had high hopes for it back when it was announced.

The Best:

Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil– Holy crap, why aren’t more people talking about this one? I absolutely loved it. I thought it was entertaining, funny, and didn’t feel like I was watching something I’ve seen 10 times before.

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House– This got a lot of buzz (good and bad) when it was new, but I only just watched it, finally. I thought it was brilliant, and definitely one that makes you think. But, I can also see why so many people hated it. It’s great if you like more Gothic-style horror as opposed to jump scares, blood and gore, etc.

Darna Mana Hai– This is an Indian anthology horror/drama, a lot like Campfire Tales from 1997, and I loved it. If you like your horror to be on the campier side, check it out.

City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake, #1)

The only thing I finished reading during the second week was City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab, but I really enjoyed it. It’s somewhere between a 4.5 and 5 star book for me, and I can’t wait to pick up the second one. I’m thinking about writing a review, but I’m not sure yet.

I started another book Saturday night, but I didn’t finish it until Sunday, so that’s going in this week’s wrap up. And I might write a review for it, because I have thoughts, but I haven’t been able to wrangle them into something coherent yet.

I’ve got a few books I’m hoping to get through this week, so hopefully the next wrap up will be a bit more book-heavy. I’m still not fully out of the slump, but I think I’m getting close to being free of it, finally.

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R.I.P. XIV and Something Wicked Fall: Week 1 Wrap Up

I pretty much never stick to weekly wrap ups for anything, but maybe I will this time, who knows.

If you don’t know what R.I.P. and Something Wicked Fall are, I covered the basics in my sign up post. The short version is that both events are for spookier/darker kinds of reading choices, but R.I.P. also has challenges for movies and reviews.

This has not been a great reading week, mostly because I haven’t felt well, but holy crap I watched a ton of horror and thriller movies. Every October, I do a 31 day horror (and other ~Halloween-y vibes~ movies) marathon, but this year, I’m not saving stuff for that. I do still intend to do my usual marathon, but I’ve been burned too many times when I’ve tried to save a movie until October.

Basically, I see that a horror movie I really want to watch is on Netflix or Amazon Prime, it’s usually not too far from October, and I decide to wait and watch it during my marathon. By the time October rolls around, the movie is gone, and very rarely do I ever find them again. It’s really annoying.

I’m not going to list everything I watched (partially because now that I’m looking at the list, I’m wondering how I did anything else all week, yikes), just the best and worst.

The Worst:

  • The Blackcoat’s Daughter (This one is probably making my list of movies I wish I hadn’t watched because it was pretty freaking boring imo)
  • St. Agatha (I barely finished this one because I kept almost nodding off. It was very predictable, but some of the acting was good.)
  • A Dark Song (I wanted to like it, but one of the last scenes ruined it completely for me.)

The Best:

  • Train to Busan (I don’t think I’ve ever teared up during a horror movie before omg. If you like zombie movies at all and haven’t seen this, go watch it if it’s available on a streaming service you have!)
  • The Last Exorcism (I did go into this with low expectations, but it was an entertaining twist on exorcism movies I think. Loved how it ended.)
  • Shutter (I finally got to watch the original Thai version, and it was fantastic. If you’ve only seen the American remake, you should check this version out.)

Even though the first week was film-heavy, I did manage to read a tiny bit in the form of one short story and a novella.

I re-read The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether by Edgar Allan Poe, which was really good. (If you didn’t know, this story was also the inspiration for the movie Stonehearst Asylum, which I also recommend.) While this short story still deals with darker themes, it was probably one of Poe’s more humorous tales.

I also listened to Susan Hill’s Dolly, which works for both R.I.P. and Gothic September (Something Wicked Fall’s September theme). This novella was not spectacular, but it was nice and creepy, and I enjoyed not having answers to everything handed to us. I’m not always a fan of that in stories, but I think it can work quite well in Gothic tale and classic ghost stories, which is what this book is.

I meant to get this post up yesterday, but I was having a really bad day and it slipped my mind. I’m hoping week two will have more reading, even if it isn’t all stuff for R.I.P. and SWF :/

If you’re participating in either of these events, how’s it going?

Are there any horror movies (or thrillers) on Netflix or Amazon that you think are “must see” films?

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Weekly Wrap Up: Jan. 01-Jan.07

I seriously doubt I’ll stick to weekly wrap ups because A) I don’t have the time, focus, or patience for it, and B) my life (including my reading life) is pretty boring honestly. But, I felt like trying something new, and I wanted to make a blog post.

Reading stuff:

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2018 started off strong, and then tapered off dramatically in like two days.

Why? Well, at the end of 2017, I decided to try to finish series I’ve started but never finished. I have quite a few of these (or at least parts of them) sitting on my shelves, and it’s time I finally get through the ones that are complete, or will be soon.

I was excited about re-reading The Southern Vampire Mysteries (aka the Sookie Stackhouse series, aka the books True Blood is based on) because I’d just finished True Blood and I (finally!) had all the books. Yay! (I’d read all but the 13th a few years ago, and have since forgotten basically everything :/ )

But no. I read up toΒ Dead Reckoning, finishing it in the wee hours, and got up later and reached for my copy ofΒ Deadlocked (the 12th of 13 books in the series)…and it wasn’t there.

I tore my house apart all day looking for it. No luck finding it, but I did find about 6 billion spiderwebs, 5 missing DVD,s, a few other missing books, and a partridge in a pear tree. (Ok, not the partridge, but everything else.)

Then I checked Overdrive. Huzzah! The entire series is there! But no. The license forΒ just the last two books has expired.

But wait! My library has a physical copy! Nope. That was when the below freezing weather began and husband has been working snow removal, and heck if I’m driving an hour one way across a mountain in the snow and ice just to check out one book.

Finally, I looked on goodreads to see what the edition I’d read previously was (I’m obsessive about getting the right edition shelved, except in rare instances, like back before we had the re-read option). Hardcover. No, that can’t be right! I only owned books 9 and 10 in hardcover!

So, it turns out I never actually bought book 12. *sigh* I have books 1-11 and book 13, as well as the complete stories, but not book 12. That frustration kinda killed my desire to keep reading.

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But all is not lost! I’m starting a buddy read ofΒ Hidden Figures with one of my friends, now that we’ve both managed to get a copy.

Hopefully, since the days are supposed to warm back up a bit this week, I’ll be able to finish it, get to the library and check outΒ Deadlocked, and get back on track. (Bonus Timon! πŸ˜› )



Life stuff:

You really don’t want to hear about it. Basically, this is me right now:

Blog stuff:

I’m working on figuring out a new schedule because some of the weekly meme things I used to participate in don’t seem to be active anymore.

I’m also reading an ARC IΒ should have read last year (my surgery, the kittens, and NaNo really threw off my reading and reviewing, eek) and will hopefully have finished and reviewed around the middle of the month.Β 

I’ve gone through my files and deleted pretty much all my (ugly) original featured image things. I’m planning to take some pictures, maybe doodle some, and play around a bit more with GIMP. Hopefully, I’ll have new ones that look better on posts by mid-February.

That’s a project I’ve been meaning to work on for almost a year, and it’s really not something I’m looking forward to because I have a lot of ideas, I’m not particularly talented, I’m a little lazy, and I tend to lose interest in projects like that halfway through. (There’s a reason I have a few scrapbooks and the like with only a few pages finished. *sigh*)

Lastly, I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do for my 2017 wrap up -_- That should be up in a few days.

On the agenda for today:

Hopefully knocking out a chunk ofΒ Hidden Figures, not freezing to death (it’s actually not that cold, it’s only like 0-ish outside and between 50-60 degrees inside), and getting started with those featured images. And getting pictures I’ve been meaning to take since Christmas, of my holiday book haul, because I’m sick of looking at my tree and meant to take it down on the 1st, but keep putting it off because I want it for those pictures.

How’s your 2018 going so far?

Have you finished any books?

What are you reading now?