Showing posts from January, 2017

Antique Dust: Ghost Stories by Robert Westall

Antique Dust 
by Robert Westall
Narrated by R.C. Bray
Quiet Horror 
Audiobook 8+ Hours
Amazon ♦ Goodreads
This ghost story tells about a one-time bomber pilot who is now an antique dealer and keeps getting involved with ghosts. While this is his first book for adults, he has been writing ghost stories for young adult readers such as "The Machine Gunners".

I’ve always believed that old things are haunted but I never realized that the quiet little world of antique buying and selling was so cut-throat!

I listened to this collection of eerie stories on unabridged audio. They’re all stories about antique dealer Geoff Ashton, except for one or two that are stories told to him or are about a close relative. My copy was narrated by R.C. Bray whose voice is wizened and quite perfect for this book about old stuff.

The Devil and Clocky Watson

This first story introduces us to Geoff. He’s an honest dealer just trying to make a living but others, namely a shifty character named Clocky Watson,…

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Retro Review

The Madman's Daughter 
by Megan Shepherd
Young Adult Dark Fiction Audiobook 12 hours 50 minutes

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she mus…

Keeping in Touch

If you haven't noticed already, I'm kinda nosy. Today I got to wondering how the rest of you manage to read, blog, live life and keep up with your all of favorite blogs. Right now my patched together method consists of:

Reciprocal Visits
1.  I always visit people when they comment on one of my posts and try to comment on theirs. I've made some great blogging friends with this method. Between work, kids, six pets and never-ending renovations at home some days this is all I am able to do. Does this make me selfish?!

Wait. Don't answer that! I always feel a little bad doing it this way but it seems to be my default method. I know I'm missing out on some great posts and book recommendations (like I really need more of those!) but it also means I never miss the people who take the time to visit me and that's super important to me. I realize not everyone can visit everyone's blog every single day so how do you manage to stay on top of your favorites? (How's tha…

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

The Turner House 
by Angela Flournoy
Narrator by Adenrele Ojo
Unabridged Audiobook 12+ Hours
A novel centered on the journey of the Turner family and its thirteen siblings, particularly the eldest and youngest, as they face the ghosts of their pasts—both an actual haint and the specter of addiction—the imminent loss of their mother, and the necessary abandonment of their family home in struggling Detroit.

I was under the impression that this was a book about a haunted house. At about the halfway mark I finally realized that I was quite mistaken.

Yes, it took me that long to figure things out.

This is a book about suburban decay, family dynamics and little life dramas. It’s well written but it’s not a ghost story, not even close and that’s entirely my own fault. I guess I saw the word “haint” somewhere in the description and I saw nothing else. But because I had purchased the audio during a sale I was determined to finish it. Am I glad I did? Not particularly.

Viola and Fran…

The Woman Next Door by Barbara Delinsky

Retro Review

The Woman Next Door 
by Barbara Delinsky
Unabridged Audiobook
10 Hours, 52 minutes
On a charming cul-de-sac in suburban Connecticut, three close-knit couples find their long-cherished harmony undone when a lovely, younger neighbor, widowed a year ago and presumably still unattached, becomes pregnant. Who is the father? Could it be one of the husbands? One by one, the couples turn inward, taking stock of their marriages and the loyalties that perhaps have been taken too much for granted. . .

I plucked this audio out of the bag I keep in my car. It’s been in there a while but I figured now was as good a time as any to finally give it a listen. I’ve been on a horror binge lately and needed a bit of a breather from all of the bloodshed.

At the midway point, I have to admit, I was hoping for some bloodshed that would put an end to one, two or perhaps all, of these insufferably miserable people. It didn’t happen but I hung in there and things did improve a little. Not a…

TTT: 10 of My Most Special Books

Today's Top Ten Tuesday is a FREEBIE so I'm going to share some of my most memorable reads with you, those books that have stuck with me over my lifespan for one reason or another. As always, please feel free to share your thoughts on them in the comments.  If you haven't seen the feature before now it is hosted/created by The Broke and the Bookish. See upcoming topics and learn more HERE.

Clicking on a cover will whisk you away to my review either here or at Goodreads.
The Books That Scared People Away
These are the books that I read when I was far too young for them. In middle and high school I would read scary books to:  1.  Scare people away from talking to me (and, boy, did it ever work like a charm).  2. Make me feel  better about my crappy life.  3. Because I was a weird kid and I LOVED them,

The Books I Won't Ever Forget
Dark and beautiful reads that both haunted me and resonated with me on an emotional level for different reasons. Both books found me when I need…

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Non-Fiction, Unabridged Audiobook  8+ Hours
LET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, Jenny Lawson baffled readers with stories about growing up the daughter of a taxidermist. In her new book, FURIOUSLY HAPPY, Jenny explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. And terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

According to Jenny: "Some people might think that being 'furiously happy' is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he's never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I…

Got My Eye On (8)

I saw a post over at Mailbox Monday that was encouraging readers to share their best finds of the week via their Books That Caught Our Eye posts. I love, love, love that idea so this is my warped version of it.

Here are the books I've added to my wishlist over the last week or two with credit to my enablers :)

Bookfanatic @ Booklikes
What Remains by Garrett Leigh (m/m romance)

Web designer Jodi Peters is a solitary creature. Lunch twice a week with his ex-girlfriend-turned-BFF and the occasional messy venture to a dodgy gay bar is all the company he needs, right?

Then one night he stumbles across newly divorced firefighter Rupert O’Neil. Rupert is lost and lonely, but just about the sweetest bloke Jodi has ever known. Add in the heady current between them, and Jodi can’t help falling hard in love. He offers Rupert a home within the walls of his cosy Tottenham flat—a sanctuary to nurture their own brand of family—and for four blissful years, life is never sweeter.

Until a cruel twis…