Tuesday, May 21, 2024

What I Will Be Reading...


As soon as I finish The X-Files book, I will be diving into the new Stephen King, You Like It Darker: Stories. I can't wait! I'm so excited to read his new shorts - talk about the perfect book to kick off summer. Woo hoo! The book is out TODAY and I'm expecting my copy to arrive TODAY. What about you? Will you be reading the new King? Let me know what you think of it. 

Wishing you a truly groovy Tuesday! Happy reading!

Monday, May 20, 2024

Monday Musings...

Tracker is over for now. I'm already missing it and can't wait for the next season to begin later in the fall. Such a great show! I'm wondering if I should read the books...or, just re-watch it, again. 

I started watching Supernatural and I'm liking it. I like the dynamic between Sam and Dean. I'm not sure I'll keep watching it though - mainly, because some of the episodes creep me out. I used to love scary movies and shows, but lately, not so much. 

I'm reading an X-Files book and really enjoying it. I've always loved the show and have rewatched it several times, but I've never read a book. I'm glad I finally am. 

I booked an appointment with a therapist for this week. I needed to and I'm glad I did. Wish me luck.

Hope you're having a great start to the week! Happy reading!

Friday, May 17, 2024

My Friday Five...

1. Tracker. I'm officially obsessed with this show. I love it! And, we finally met the older brother, Russell. Love seeing Colter with his family, so we can figure out the dynamics and the truth as they each know it. I still have so many questions, which I love. It means I need to keep watching the show - LOL!

2.  Books. The Secrets Next Door by Sally Royer-Derr. It's a mystery suspense story. I enjoyed parts of it - some of those twists made my jaw drop. However, the story itself was a bit too predictable and could definitely have been edited much more. All in all, it was a quick read that I did sort of like. Plus, it was a nice break from Rushdie's, Knife. I'm loving his writing and the book, but I'm taking my time with it. Knife is the kind of book that needs to be mulled over, not just devoured. 

3. Mental Health. I feel a bit better, which is nice. Except, I feel like anxiety is simmering just under the surface, so...yeah, it's still a bit rough this week. 

4. TV. I'm still rewatching Grimm and LOVING it. I wish they had kept the show going a bit longer. Oh well, it's fun to watch again and again. I'm thinking of rewatching The West Wing - I haven't in awhile, so maybe it's time. 

5. Music. Let It Be by The Beatles. I'm still playing it on repeat after re-watching Let It Be. Such a great film and such a great album. Love it!

Wishing you all a great weekend. Happy reading!

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

The House That Horror Built by Christina Henry

(Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!)

about book: (summary from Goodreads)

A single mother working in the gothic mansion of a reclusive horror director stumbles upon terrifying secrets.

Harry Adams loves horror movies, so it’s no coincidence that she accepted a job cleaning house for horror-movie director Javier Castillo. His forbidding gray-stone Chicago mansion, Bright Horses, is filled from top to bottom with terrifying props and costumes as well as glittering awards from his career making movies that thrilled audiences—until family tragedy and scandal forced him to vanish from the industry.

Javier values discretion, and Harry always tries to keep the house immaculate, her head down, and her job safe. Then she hears noises from behind a locked door, noises that sound remarkably like a human voice calling for help. Harry knows not asking questions is a vital part of keeping her job, but she soon discovers that the house may be home to secrets she can’t ignore.

my thoughts:

1. I love the title of the book! The House That Horror Built. How fun does that sound? Makes me want to pick it up ASAP!

2. That book's cover is ace! I love how creepy and retro is looks - reminds me of old horror films, which is perfect for this story.

3. The summary of the book sounds soooo good!! A creepy mansion. Scandal and tragedy that forces you to vanish from the public eye. Noises behind a locked door. Talk about all the right ingredients for a spooky read!

4. Here's a sneak peek of the book (an excerpt from the book thanks to the publisher!):

Javier Castillo had brown hair going gray, brown eyes behind steel-rimmed spectacles, was on the shorter side (though not as short as Harry, who had reached five feet at age thirteen and never grown again) and overall had the completely nondescript appearance of any random person on the block. He was the sort who would never attract attention unless you knew who he was, would never be whispered about if he went to the grocery store-which he never did. He never went anywhere if he could help it.

Because of this, very few people in his neighborhood realized one of the world's greatest living horror directors lived among them: Javier Castillo, director and writer of fifteen films, most of them visually groundbreaking, genre-defying masterpieces. His film The Monster had won the Oscar for Best Picture five years earlier and swept most of the other major categories along the way, including Director and Original Screenplay. The world had waited breathlessly for the announcement of his next project.

Then a shocking, unthinkable incident happened, and Castillo withdrew into his California home, and there was no mention of potential new movies while the paparazzi stood outside his house with their cameras ready for any sign of life within.

After one too many wildfires came too close to his residence he decided to move, somewhat incongruously, to Chicago. He packed up his legendary and possibly priceless collection of movie props and memorabilia and brought them to a cold Midwestern city where the last major urban burning was decidedly in the distant past.

If it wasn't for those California wildfires Harry would still be collecting unemployment, frantically responding to job ads with a horde of other desperate people, never hearing back, wondering how long Gabe would believe her tight smile followed by, "Everything's going to be fine."

But instead there was this miracle, this miracle of a strange and reclusive director who needed someone to help him clean his collection of weird stuff three days a week, and so Harry climbed up the stairs and listened to Javier Castillo huff and puff.

The second floor was essentially one big room divided by a load-bearing archway. The stairs curved up to the southwest corner of this room and stopped there. The stair to the third floor was on the northeast corner, which always made Harry think of a Clue board, with its seemingly random staircases scattered all around. There was a black railing running along from the southeast corner of the room to the top of the stairs to keep people from falling straight down the first-floor stairwell.

The bucket of cleaning supplies was ready at the top of the stairs. Harry and Mr. Castillo each took a long-handled duster. Mr. Castillo went to the far end of the room while Harry started on the closest figure.

The blue room wasn't entirely blue. The carpet was blue-and Harry really thought he ought to get rid of the carpet; it collected dust and it was such a difficult room to vacuum. The wallpaper had blue flowers patterned on it, blue flowers that made Harry think of Agatha Christie's story "The Blue Geranium."

Except that's not quite right, Harry thought. In "The Blue Geranium" the color of the flower on the wall changed to blue because of a chemical in the air-proof of poison.

Nobody was in danger of poisoning in Bright Horses. Nobody lived there except Mr. Castillo-and his props, of course, and some of those were so lifelike that Harry sometimes thought they really were watching her, just out of the corner of her eye. When she'd turn, the figures would be still and glassy-eyed, the artificial pupils staring off into the middle distance, never having focused on her or anything else at all.

Excerpted from The House That Horror Built by Christina Henry Copyright © 2024 by Christina Henry. Excerpted by permission of Berkley. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

5.  Overall, I really enjoyed diving into this horror novel. It quickly drew me in and kept me turning pages, faster and faster to find out if I was right - I had a suspicion of what was happening - plus, I wanted to read more about the house and the characters. And, I loved all the creepy vibes throughout the story - they really helped build up the tension of the mystery and provided such a great atmosphere. I definitely found The House That Horror Built to be a fun read. I would recommend it to fans of Christina Henry and to anyone looking for a thrilling story. Make sure to check it out!

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

TBR Book...


Out June 3rd and I can't wait. I'm excited to read what Crichton was working on before he passed away and to see how Patterson finished it. Should be a right treat. Or, at least I'm hoping it is. Then again, I've been wanting to reread Jurassic Park, so maybe that's why I'm looking forward to a new Crichton. What about you? What do you think of this book? 

Hope you are having a great Tuesday! Mine's been a bit bumpy (thanks to anxiety), but I'm trying to push myself through it. Anyhow, take care and happy reading!