Worship Me by Craig Stewart

Feeling too good about life? This book will change your tune :)

Worship Me by Craig Stewart
Hardcore Horror Fiction
Released July 2017
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Something is listening to the prayers of St. Paul's United Church, but it's not the god they asked for; it's something much, much older. A quiet Sunday service turns into a living hell when this ancient entity descends upon the house of worship and claims the congregation for its own. The terrified churchgoers must now prove their loyalty to their new god by giving it one of their children or in two days time it will return and destroy them all. As fear rips the congregation apart, it becomes clear that if they're to survive this untold horror, the faithful must become the faithless and enter into a battle against God itself. But as time runs out, they discover that true monsters come not from heaven or hell... ...they come from within. 
My Thoughts:

We all need a little darkness in our reading lives, if only to escape the …

Friday Reads & Stuff

#Fridayreads & stuff. I am halfway finished the steamy SERVANT OF THE UNDEAD by @isabelledrake, listening to a reread of NAKED IN DEATH by #JDRobb & will be rewatching #WhatWeDoInTheShadows & maybe squeezing in some book hunting. Happy reading & watching! — barksbknonsense (@barksbknonsense) June 15, 2018

I'm leaving my laptop closed for the weekend but you can reach me via Instagram & Twitter. What're you all up to this weekend?

The Outsider by Stephen King

Will Patton reads it. You should read it too :)

The Outsider by Stephen King, Narrated by Will Patton
Unabridged Audiobook
Released May 2018, 18+ Hours
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An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King's propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating stron…

Books From The Backlog: The Blue Viking by Sandra Hill

Carole @ Carole's Random Life In Books has created a fun new feature called Books from the Backlog to spotlight neglected and unloved books that have been sitting on your bookshelf for too long.

If you would like to join in, click the pic above to find out more.

My Neglected Book of the Week is The Blue Viking by Sandra Hill.I figured since he'd been hiding away in the very back of a bookshelf stacked three stacks deep that he deserved to be let out to get a little sun and fresh air. I bought this in 2001 brand new when it was first released and never read it. He and his abs have been waiting so very long that I think I may break down and give him a read soon(ish). When I finish with my review commitments, that is. And, yep, I accidentally hit up Netgalley again.

The Goodreads Blurbage:
"What in the name of Thor could be making this Viking so blue?
- Eating haggis?
- Listening to those insufferable bagpipes?
- Traveling through Scotland with the world's worst poet?
- Search…

Review: How Not to Run A B&B by Bobby Hutchinson

I'd have been gone at "semen stains" but this writer is made of sterner stuff.

How Not to Run A B&B by Bobby Hutchinson
Unabridged Audiobook
Released April 2017
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Bobby Hutchinson, a bestselling Harlequin writer, decides to open a B&B in Vancouver, B.C., when sales of romance novels falter. Despite never having stayed in a B&B and knowing absolutely nothing about running one, she jumps right in. Strange people from nearby and halfway around the world arrive at her home with their stories and struggles, not to mention their baggage, psychological and otherwise.

Each chapter is peppered with a humor, a little tragedy and many life lessons (but mostly humor). There are sure fire breakfast recipes guaranteed to turn out even if the cook is half asleep.

In explaining why she opened a B&B, she says, "I was far too old for prostitution, the only other job I could think of which might net enough to pay the mortgage."
My Thoughts:

Well, this boo…

The Oh-So-Sad DNF Collection, Vol. 1

I don't like to DNF but I also don't like the idea of struggling through a book that doesn't get along with me. Here is a little collection of books I had to give up on because I am a quitter and I have entirely too many books in my tbr pile.

Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman

I gave it my best try and read a third before throwing in the towel. This book was just so incredibly not for me. I like weird and dark little stories but this tale about a woman afflicted by a condition where she falls into a death-like state and the dastardly bastard of a man she trusted, who naturally is doing her all kinds of wrong, isn't working for me in any way. The characters are not engaging me and the plot is not interesting to me so I'm calling it quits and starting something else.

Tasty Treats for Demanding Dogs by Gregg R. Gillespie

I made it to the 25% mark, skimming all the way. I never read all the way through cookbooks but already I've noticed something scary going on he…

Friday Reads

#Fridayreads Stealing @Charrlygirl's tweet. I am almost finished WORSHIP ME by @TheCraigStewart (it's so evil, I love it!!) & listening to King's THE OUTSIDER read by Will Patton. Next is something spicy! SERVANT OF THE UNDEAD by @isabelledrake and it looks great. Happy reading! — barksbknonsense (@barksbknonsense) June 8, 2018 I try to do this post every week but always forget to do it here. I HOPE to get some reading done this weekend and maybe take a few bookish pictures but I always hope that and then get distracted. What are you guys up to?!

Feel free to follow me @ Twitter  & @ Instagram. I typically ignore my blog on the weekend and use only my phone and those two social outlets.

May 2018 Wrap-Up

I just realized I haven't done one of these since March of 2017. I am nothing if not inconsistent!

May 2018
New Reviews Posted (clicking on cover will bring you to my review)
My Favorites
The Good Reads
The Eh
The Sexy
Well, looks like I read mostly great books so yay but only three of them were from my physical TBR pile. Better than zero, I suppose! I learned a few things when looking back at my books in May, mainly that I am pretty much finished with any sort of thriller written from the FBI or investigators POV and that I need to weed my tbr of most of the YA titles hiding in there because they don't grab me. Horror is still my first and forever love and twisted serial killers are still working for me but I do need a little romance thrown in to break up the darkness.

Reviews Coming Soon:

This month I'm hoping to catch up on my review copies, both audio & print, and maybe read at least one TBR book but that's not looking too good :) How's your June looking?

The Shining by Stephen King - Audio Review

A classic reread on audio.

The Shining by Stephen King
Horror Fiction
Released August 2012, Unabridged 15+ Hours
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Listening Length: 15 hours and 56 minutes

Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old. 
My Thoughts:

I reread this on audio, narrated by Campbell Scott. I was a kid when I read it the first time and it helped solidify my lifelong love of the horror genre. I hoped it would be as scary as I remembered.

Knowing what I now know about Jack after reading Doctor Sleep (if you haven’t read it, you should) helped give me a diffe…

Mind Wreck: Shadow Games by J.Z. Foster

I've been such a lazy blogger. Sorry about that :(  Here's a book recommendation to make up for it.

Mind Wreck: Shadow Games by J.Z. Foster
Dark Urban Fiction
Released March 2018, 373 pages
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Has anyone ever told you how special you are? How great you could be at anything if you just put your mind to it? 

They were lying. 

There are people, Shadows, who really can do anything. They walk like gods among us, speaking with the dead and tearing their enemies apart with a simple thought. Some live unchained by death, and others live without the shroud covering what tomorrow brings. 

They’ve had the Mind Wreck. 

It’s when the chemical stew inside your brain begins to boil. All those soft spots start to turn red and bleed as a host of human potential claws its way into you, dragging you into the deep end of the world. 

Matthew Reed is drowning in the deep end. 

He’s been thrust into the games, The Shadow Games, where god-like beings vie for control and power, everyone out there…