Some new additions! #bookhaul 📚
This one was a later Christie. Just ok in my opinion. Not very exciting even though it featured a murdered child, a first for Christie. It also didn‘t seem to have much to do with Halloween; only the murder took place during Halloween. There just wasn‘t the atmosphere I was looking for.
As a major fan of Hitchcock who acknowledges his problematic tendencies this was a fascinating book on the actresses&characters they played in some of his most famous films including Grace Kelly in Rear Window Tippi Hedren in The Birds Ingrid Bergman in Notorious&Janet Leigh in PsychoThis coffee table book goes into the actresses‘ experiences in working with the famed director their roles&their wardrobesFilled with beautiful photos&trivia tidbits
Very unsettling supernatural/psychological horror mashup that gave me Lolita and Rosemary‘s Baby vibes. Fourteen year old Elizabeth is not your average teenager, nor is her mirror an ordinary mirror. Not when the ghostly Frances talks to her through it anyways.
This graphic memoir chronicles Forney‘s diagnosis with bipolar disorder, her initial refusal to take medication for it for fears of how it would after her output as an artist, and also some independent research into the connection between famous artists throughout history and mental illness. She uses a more cartoonish style in some panels, while other pages are ripped directly from her sketchbook for a more immediate feel.
This was a great witchy read to usher in the fall season. I just can‘t resist a book with plot points pertaining to the Salem witch trials. Though some parts were predictable (I could see the villain coming from a mile away) I still got sucked into the details of the story.
Mortician Caitlin Doughty travels the world to examine other cultures‘ funereal and death practices, including the Mexican Day of the Dead, Bolivia‘s skull (ñatita) festival, and Japan‘s high tech cremation centers. All these practices and more are put in stark contrast to the American way of death, namely embalming and burial. Doughty makes the case that we‘ve lost our connection to death to our detriment.
Sayers pokes fun at gentleman‘s clubs in this Lord Peter Wimsey mystery. When elderly General Fentiman is found dead in an armchair at the eponymous club, an investigation is launched into his exact time of death in order to figure out who receives a large inheritance. But a couple things seem funny about his death, from the lack of rigor mortis in his legs to the missing poppy on his lapel. Was the old military man‘s death hastened along?
This graphic novel had a lot of weird/creepy/fantastical elements like a road trip to a town in West Texas that doesn‘t exist on a map, a maybe magical cat, and some seriously eerie law enforcement, but it all gets grounded by the underlying friendship between Lou and Bea. Both are running from their pasts for their own reasons, and it was a nail biting, slightly surreal journey to the end.
An in depth look at the science behind the poisons Agatha Christie used in some of her novels, with sections on history, antidotes, and real life cases. Very interesting stuff as Christie had a background in pharmacology so her descriptions of poisons were usually accurate. I love the cover too!
Listened to this one digitally on audio, great narration as always by Hugh Fraser. Poirot is sent to investigate when a wealthy man dies from an illness and his relative meets a bloody end with an axe after making a comment that he was murdered... Lots of twists and turns.
Fascinating look at why we get scared, why some types of people seek out scary situations, and why some proclaim to love getting scared. The author, a sociologist, collects data from her own personal experiences and that of others as she rides the most intense rollercoaster in the world, spends the night with a group of ghost hunters at Eastern State Penitentiary, treks through the suicide forest in Japan, and other chilling adventures.
Ooh spooky! 👻
A fascinating history of the United States in haunted places, including cemeteries, parks, government buildings, whole cities, and of course the ubiquitous haunted house. It doesn‘t really delve into the paranormal question of whether ghosts really exist or not, but rather analyzes the reasons why we come up with these ghost stories. Now I‘d like to visit some haunts near my city! 👻
A witty romantic comedy of aristocratic British life. Polly Hampton is bored of upper class society and the expectation of marriage thrust upon her by her overbearing mother, but a secret soon tears them apart as an elderly suitor pursues her. Meanwhile a flamboyant heir visits in preparation to take over the estate, but nothing works out quite as expected.
This behemoth, chock full of essays, photos, interviews, and playlists, increased my love for Beastie Boys even more! Now I have a bunch of new music to check out! At some point I might try the audiobook too.
This was a fascinating book of early medical history during the Victorian era, combined with a biography of the health crusader Joseph Lister. Wash your hands everyone!
Like many, I was so saddened to hear the news of Toni Morrison‘s passing. I was also ashamed it took me so long to get to this beautiful novel of family and belonging, steeped in biblical allusions and magical realism. This might be my second favorite of her novels, after Sula.
Both a domestic suspense and an in depth character study of a wife trying to hold her household together while her husband is away at war, this novel describes the lengths this woman will go to in order to protect her family, even as it gets her involved in murder, extortion, and the criminal underworld.
Aside from the clunky title, this was an amazingly disturbing portrayal of psychopathy in its dissection of the parallel situations of two men. One man has killed his wife, while the other fantasizes about killing his while becoming obsessed with the other wife‘s murder case, with terrible consequences for all.
A campus novel satire/murder mystery hybrid. When a popular English professor is found murdered in his apartment, a snappy journalist and student are on the case. The novel shifts perspectives quite jarringly, making it an unconventional mystery.
Nothing is as it seems in this feminist hard boiled noir, especially not the “femme fatale” Laura. A detective investigates the death of the eponymous Laura, looking into all possible suspects, including her fiancé and older male friend, all the while struggling not to fall in love with this specter of a woman.
This was a fun little self-contained graphic novel set in the Lumberjanes universe. I really loved the art. Molly and Mal evaluate their relationship while on a navigational hiking trip that quickly goes off the rails because of a malfunctioning magical compass. Of course the lumberjanes find their way back to each other again!
In this volume, Coco grows and learns more as a witch when she finally lets go of some of her insecurities and confidence issues. Her strength is undermined by the Knights Moralis, who seek to wipe her memory after she unknowingly practices forbidden magic. It ends on a cliffhanger so I‘m looking forward to the next one!
Loved this collection of graphic short stories, only wish they were longer. Strange, weird and wonderful tales of a woman who keeps shrinking, a bed bug infestation, a cult like skin care product, a variation of Facebook that makes characters question reality, plus many more. Sketched throughout with seemingly effortless illustrations.