I found this book last year and I‘ll listen to it every year at Christmas time. It‘s an absolutely wonderful tale about a church‘s Christmas pageant that goes delightfully wrong and yet ends up being more meaningful at the same time! I‘m an atheist and absolutely adore this book and recommend it to all regardless of one‘s beliefs. Elaine Stritch‘s narration is perfect. I plan to check out more of this series!
This was a collection of two pulp western stories related to Christmas and a bonus article about the Christmas tree industry in Eureka Montana in 1948. In particular I enjoyed the 2nd tale, Santa in the Saddle, and the bonus article! It‘s also great that they include a bunch of old advertisements in this book. This seems to be my year for overindulging in Christmas westerns and horror stories! 🤠 👻
The 2nd installment of the Christmas at Ruby‘s series. I love the idea of Ruby‘s being a place where the memories and ghosts of Christmas past meet those in the present. I don‘t love the book‘s theme of rekindling a first romance from 20-30 years ago. That theme is overdone and unrealistic in general. I may revisit the series next year as I think the ghost/memories idea and the author‘s style still show some promise.
This was an impulse holiday read as I ran out of other books to listen to. It‘s grittier than a cozy mystery, but still pretty formulaic, especially with how mastermind criminals make ridiculous mistakes at the end and everything basically falls into the laps of the investigators. Overall, it was nice for something different!
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This was a wonderful, breezy read for the holiday season. Many of the stories are cute and funny but some will definitely give you the feels! This is out of print. It seems the Santa and co-author has become more known for playing Vampire Santa at horror conventions and some creepy interviews. One can still find this secondhand. Many thanks to @StayCurious for tracking this down and sending it my way!
I‘ve read and listened to a number of classic and vintage Christmas story collections this month, and this is my favorite one so far. It has the most variety as it includes a western story, a Sherlock Holmes mystery, and a great comedy to conclude the collection (Christmas at Thompson Hall).
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I gave this title a whirl as 1) I was entertained by the original, 2) I‘ve had a lot of road trips in my car for my new job, and 3) it was available through my library. I ended up enjoying this more than the first installment. The author infused more humor this time around. Highlights included Me and My Christmas Jumper, Caroling with Convicts, and The Present. Recommended for horror fans who want a holiday read/listen!
This was a cute and light story collection that celebrated the Christmas holiday with a slight old west slant. There weren‘t any amazing stories, but they were a fun way to pass the time when I couldn‘t sleep the past few nights!
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Sorry, I‘m late on posting results and also with updates and reviews I‘ve what I‘ve read and listed to so far. Here are my totals:
Week 2 points: 1078
Total Points: 1922
I‘ll try to catch up, interact, and post more this week. Happy reading, watching, listening, etc. everyone!!
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I was a bit disappointed by this. Only two stories included Anne, and they were both retreaded excerpts from the novel series. The other stories became quite redundant. Too many of the other tales involved a family struggling at Christmas time and another family stepping in to give them a big holiday meal and/or estranged relatives coming together at Christmas time. A bit more variety would have helped!
I started of the holiday season with this collection of horror stories. Overall, it was pretty entertaining and much better than the other Christmas-related horror story collections that I‘ve read or listened to.
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After taking most of November off from reading it‘s time to ramp up for #WinterGames2021, December #BookSpinBingo, #WinterCosy readathon, #AVeryMerry readathon, #AVeryMerryBingo, and #LittenListen audiothon! Thanks to all the hosts who will be tagged below (assuming I don‘t botch things up a bit!😜).
This was an addictive audiobook detailing William Queen‘s undercover assignment to infiltrate the Mongols MC. I especially appreciated how Queen acknowledged having developed mixed feelings towards the end of the assignment as he had become close to a number of the members who would be prosecuted. It‘s impossible to know if the work is 100% accurate (Queen makes his involvement sounds a bit squeaky clean), but this made for an exciting ride!
I already miss the excuse of “but honey, I‘m part of a team” to nab a bit more time here and there for reading or as a reason to watch scary movies and TV shows! 😂
703 points for the final week
3628 total points for the competition. Most importantly, it was fun!!
I loved this book. I‘ve been struggling to read at times, but this book pulled me in. It was the right mix of fun ridiculousness with some truly freaky situations!
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I enjoyed listening to this memoir, especially with how Ms. Peterson got her start in show business and her continued struggles both personally and professionally after finding her breakthrough role of Elvira. I enjoy memoirs of working actors much more as they struggle and have to take whatever jobs they can to pay the bills versus A-listers who score multimillion paydays that allow them to take months or years off.
As I‘m a bit of a nerd, this was a fun book of random facts about the holiday. I was the only one in the household who seemed really entranced by it, as everyone has been ignoring me the last few days when I would open the book up and read several pages of festive facts
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Week 3 Scarathlon Totals:
Total for the week: 623 points
Grand total: 2,925 points
I seem to be cratering thanks to work and the fact that we‘ve run out of children‘s books for the season! 😂 The highlight of the week was watching Muppetd Haunted Mansion!
This was a short, light-hearted read for the season. It was fun for a change of pace from the more serious and gruesome stuff I‘ve been reading. However, I don‘t think I‘ll revisit this the way that I will Pumpkin Heads. 3/5
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I finished the audiobook this weekend and found this to be a creative take on the werewolf genre. It kept me entertained throughout but didn‘t reach the point of creeping me out or scaring me in any way. It was a fun book though and a good place to start for someone new to SGJ‘s work.
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It took me some time to get into this, but eventually I was hooked. This is a dark, engrossing take on the Jack the Ripper murders. I can‘t say I loved it but it was unique and interesting!
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The was an absolute hoot! It was quirky and one of the more unique things I‘ve read (or listened to). This is the first time I‘ve read anything by Dahl and I‘ll be sure to read more of his novels in the future!
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I‘ll probably read spookier things this month, but I‘d be shocked if any other book sticks with me as long as Season with the Witch does. Ocker takes a fair and balanced look at the tragedy of the Salem Witch Trials and the way that an entire cheesy tourist industry and local economy was built on the Witch City billing. Ocker would prefer the city make a more somber acknowledgment of what occurred there; he also embraces the ridiculousness…
This book was a pleasant surprise. I was leery through about 95% of it due to odd occurrences and potential plot holes, but the ending really tied it all together in a pretty satisfying way! The narrator honestly killed it with his performance on the audiobook. How many people could nail the characters of a middle aged man, a young girl, and a cat? I heavily recommend this title for those into slowly building thrillers!
Chiming in with my picks for the today‘s prompt of “witches.” I‘m currently working my way through A Season with the Witch; it‘s a nonfiction book that explores how Salem has built a tourist industry based on the witch trials and what it‘s like to spend an October there. I also hope to read Dahl‘s The Witches at some point before the month is over!
I typically don‘t enjoy poetry, but this collection hit the spot. The subject matter certainly didn‘t hurt. Meyer explores monsters, things that go bump in the night, and other dark subject matter. I didn‘t love them all, but they were consistently solid!
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The book had such a creepy, promising start. What followed was a long, rambling story that failed to justify the huge time investment. It had some interesting characters and ideas, but needed to be trimmed down by 150 pages or so.
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1) Hell yes! I‘ve been looking forward to it for a couple of months now! It‘s always fun to see what people are reading, watching, and how they‘re celebrating the season!
2) I‘ve been anxiously waiting for almost a whole year to read Alan Moore‘s From Hell…it looks wonderfully creepy!
Thanks for the tag @DarkMina
This was on my #Bookspinbingo list for the month, but when I went to read it, it turns out I never got around to buying it. Fortunately, Hoopla bailed me out with an audio recording of a play production! The play is as solid as I remember it! The cast is great and I love the tension between the characters as they debate a man‘s guilt or innocence!
This book did not live up to its promise of telling interesting ghost stories about legendary writers and/or ghost stories about the places they used to hang out. The stories are mostly bland; it felt like the author ran out of material by the time he reached Henry James. Baltrusis added tons of filler material through stories about his ghost hunts and profiles on other paranormal experts. I‘m glad I got this out of the way before Oct!
Here‘s my TBR list for October! Who the hell knows how much I‘ll actually get around to reading and/or end up sticking to the list! #bookspinbingo #scarathlontbr #screamathon #teamhendrix #SpookoweenReadathon #SpookOWeen
I really wanted to like this; heck, I enjoyed the first half of it. It has a gentleness in both the story telling and the characters that I enjoyed for a while. I have a hard time warming up to a character like Hungry Paul. He‘s a middle-aged man who can‘t be bothered to work more than one day/week and who undeniably mooches off his parents. Yes, there‘s a lot of love in the familial relationships, but they‘re also enablers.
3.5/5 - I loved the fact that this was shorter with a more direct style of writing than most of what I‘ve read by King. I enjoyed the story but I think the surprise twist at the end missed the mark to the point of almost ruining the book for me. Also, King still overuses foreshadowing to a ridiculous degree. Overall, it was pretty fun up until the end though!
This was a beautiful collection of essays exploring the connections and conflicts between science and religion. It was different than anything I‘ve read or listened to in a very long time. I‘ll definitely listen to it again at some point in the future.
Today‘s prompt of “Come Little Children” made me think of Bradbury‘s The Halloween Tree. A group of friends excitedly meet up for trick-or-treating, only to have one of their crew snatched away. The rest of them take a journey through time and the history of Halloween in hopes of finding and saving their pal.
3.5/5 - This is a pretty good collection of ghost stories from West Virginia, one of the states I briefly lived in as a kid. This basically reads like a textbook about ghosts and haunted places, which is common for these types of books, but not scary in the least. I‘d prefer more narrative accounts of hauntings to introduce a locale or at least each of the different regions. Then the author could have provided all of the history and details.
This was a great audiobook! I loved that the author read her own work. The book outlines how women are often ignored and left out when policy changes are made by governments and companies and in medical trials. This book will leave you dumbfounded in regards to how much women are overlooked in many realms of life. I respected how calm the author‘s writing remained as she could have easily engaged in some deserved male bashing!
-Oh hell, just one? For October, I‘m excited to read A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem Massachusetts.
-My girlfriend. She‘s amazing and I‘m happy we‘re together and made it through some tough times and ugly curve balls life threw at us!
Thanks for the tag @DarkMina
1. I think they‘re just as good but the market is so fragmented. There are so many genres and sub-genres. So whatever you‘re looking for, it‘s out there. There‘s some really great stuff being published by small companies and independently by authors….I think it just takes longer to find the hidden gems (but that‘s where Litsy and GR can help!)
2. Nope. I try to avoid guessing too much and let a book‘s plot lead me wherever it‘s going to go.
This book takes a unique approach to introducing the events of 9/11 to young readers. It tells the story of Deja, as she starts attending a new school. She makes friends and starts to build a better understanding of what it means to be part of a family and community. She also gradually learns about what happened on 9/11, her father‘s connection to that day, and why he‘s been so secretive about it.