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#BookReview: The Late Breakfasters by Robert Aickman

I love that Valancourt is bringing back some gems but this wasn't my favorite.

The Late Breakfasters by Robert Aickman, Narrated by  Matt Godfrey
Audiobook Review, 9 Hours
Released March 2017
Amazon ♦ Goodreads
In this riveting debut novel, See One of the preeminent writers of weird fiction, Robert Aickman is celebrated for his unsettling and often ambiguous “strange stories”, but he once wrote that “those, if any, who wish to know more about me, should plunge beneath the frivolous surface of The Late Breakfasters,” his only novel, originally published in 1964.

In The Late Breakfasters, young Griselda de Reptonville is invited by Mrs. Hatch to a house party at her country estate, Beams (which, incidentally, is haunted). There, amidst an array of eccentric characters and bizarre happenings, she will meet the love of her life, Louise. But when their short-lived relationship is cruelly cut short, Griselda must embark on a quest to recapture the happiness she has lost.

Never before published…

Retro #BookReview: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Who knew the Doctor was such a whiny baby?!

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Narrated by Jim Weiss
Classic Dark Fiction Audiobook, Unabridged 8+ Hours
Victor Frankenstein learns the secret of producing life, and so, by putting together parts of various corpses, he creates the Frankenstein monster. The monster is huge and malformed, but he means no harm to anyone--until constant ill treatment drives him to murder and revenge. This version of Mary Shelley's long-standing masterpiece easily captures the sadness and horror of the original. 

My Thoughts

This is one of those books I’ve been meaning to get around to reading forever but probably never would’ve read (or finished) if I hadn’t found a free unabridged audio from SYNC’s summer reading program.

It’s hard to believe that Shelley was only 18 or so when she wrote this novel and though I wanted to fall into it and fall in love with the prose and the story I found it a difficult and overly wordy read. The narrator, Jim We…

Got My Eye On, March 2018 (2)

Need more books? Maybe something here will tempt you the way it did me :)

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.

Please take a moment to visit my lovely enablers if you want to be as broke as myself!

Daniela @ Noctural Devices
The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco

Daniela says: "OH, CALAMITY. You discover you aren’t the baddest ass in town! There is something eviler! So, you say: bring it on ! Evil Japanese yūreis  cat-fight!"

Here's what it's about:
You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night.

A dead girl walks the streets.

She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred yea…

#BookReview: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

This is the second year of the DNF and, since I'm still failing pretty badly at that, it will also continue to be the year of the lazy ass review. As threatened in thispost, you'll likely be seeing a few reviews that are completely thoughtless and probably shorter than their blurbs as I attempt to get off the computer and work my way through more books before the tbr topples and takes out one of my family members. Today's victim of my laziness is A Man Called Ove which has enough well thought reviews out there anyway :) 

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Crabby Old Man Fiction
Released May 2015
Amazon ♦ Goodreads
A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” B…

#BookReview: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

If you aren't in a bad mood, you will be if you start this!

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt, Narrated by Erin Hunter, Garrick Hagon & Jennifer Woodward 
Audiobook Review, 9+ Hours
Released August 2017
Amazon ♦ Goodreads
In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.

On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid: Someone’s killed Father. The brutal ax-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions. While neighbors struggle to understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens, those close to the family have a different tale to tell—of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful stepmother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence. 

As the police search…

Between Naps, March 2018 (1)

Between naps is a little recap of what we been up to recently on and outside of the blog.

Last Week (or so) on the Blog:

The Reviews:
♥  The Party by Robyn Harding
♥  Unsub by Meg Gardiner
♥  The Dispatcher by John Scalzi
♥  Lost & Found by Jacqueline Sheehan
♥  Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
♥  The Nightmare Room by Chris Sorensen
♥  The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham
♥  The Drowning Girl by Caitlin R. Kiernan
♥  Bad Reputation by Nicole Edwards
♥  The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Other Stuff:
♥  My Spring Horror Wishlist
♥  New Edition of Got My Eye On with more tempting reads!

What We've Been Up To 

Whoops, I missed many weeks this time. I don't even know where to start now so I'll just jump in. I stopped with the madness that was 80 Day Obsession after injuring my back twice. I'm still sore both emotionally and physically. I started this program to make my body stronger but my body is not cooperating. I'm sticking with yoga and non-impact cardio. …