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I’ve decided to resurrect my old blog, Books That Go Bump in the Night.

It’s primarily a vehicle to show off and discuss my Halloween book collection. I’ll still be reviewing books here, but likely most of the horror themed books will be reviewed over there. Or maybe not. We shall see.

In the Woods by Tana French
Well written and suspenseful. The ending left me a little empty, though. I am still debating whether I will read the second book in the series.
Rating: 3.5 find sheds out of 5.
Challenges:
F author for A-Z Challenge

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
Surprisingly, John Green’s story wasn’t my favorite. It was good, as everything John Green writes, is good. Maureen Johnson’s was my favorite. I suppose at that moment I was just in the mood for something a little more romantic. All in all, the stories are well written and populated with interesting and original characters.
Rating: 4 teacup pigs out of 5.

Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts
I read this for a book club I am in. When I say this is not something I would ever read on my own, that’s a bit of an understatement. I don’t regret reading it. It was a very quick read. The characters were interesting enough and the plot had about intrigue to keep me turning pages. The end, however, ruined the entire book for me. I probably wouldn’t read anything more by Letts. It’s just not my kind of book.
Rating: 2.5 domino players out of 5

A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Read (Psych #1) by William Rabkin
I’m going through Psych withdrawl, and after reading about this book on 50 Book Challenge, I decided to pick it up. It was a nice way to spend an afternoon. The mystery was interesting, and the characterization of Shawn and Gus was pretty spot-on. I did have a little problem with Jules and Lassiter’s characters, though.They seemed a little off. There were some moments of complete absurdity where even suspending disbelief didn’t work. Overall, it wasn’t bad. It was overwhelmingly mediocre, though. Based on my sheer love for Psych, I’ll probably read more from this series.
Rating: 3 impound lots out of 5.

The Grand Ole Opry: Making of an American Icon by Colin Escott
I confess, I have a deep and abiding love for country music. Not the “country” you hear on the radio. REAL country music. Hank Williams. Johnny Cash. The Louvin Brothers. I’ll also admit I have issues with the Grand Ole Opry. All this combined with my adoration of Escott’s writing, buying and reading this book was a given.
I found the history fascinating. There was so much I didn’t know. The anecdotes and assorted photos and ephemera made this a really comprehensive work on the history of the Opry. Recommended not only for real country music fans, but for music fans in general, as so much modern music has roots in country music.
Rating: 5 dobro players out of 5.
Challenges:
(781.642.) 700-The Arts for the Dewey Decimal Challenge

Stori Telling by Tori Spelling
I assumed this wold be just guilty pleasure reading, but was pleased when it turned into something a little deeper than that. I’ve always been ambivalent about Tori Spelling, but after reading this, I think I’ve drifted over to the fan side.
Rating: 4 tabloid headlines out of 5.

General Warning: Reading journal entries may contain spoilers.

Entry Date: 1/21/09
Reading: The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

I’m only about 70 pages in, but I’m feeling slightly uncomfortable while reading this. Around page 10 a creeping feeling of “This just isn’t right” started to overcome me. Is it the main character, Sutter, that makes me uneasy? Or, is it his frank admission and justification of alcoholism that has me slighty on edge? I like Sutter, so I think I’ll go with the latter. God, I sound like such a Puritan. (I swear I’m not.) I generally detest preachy didactic books. I’d rather feel uneasy and uncomfortable while reading than have a moral bashed into my head. The uncomfortable books are the ones that stick with me.

Perhaps Sutter’s drinking and his rationalization unnerves me, not because of philosophical or moral opposition to alcohol, but because I can’t help but wonder what horrible fate will befall him? Or am I expecting/hoping for something tragic? Is that what I’ve come to expect, not only from books but from life?

It always amazes me how much one’s reaction to a book can reveal more about the reader than the book.

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week, the book I’m most looking forward to being released is:

Cold Hands, Warm Heart by Jill Wolfson
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
ISBN: 9780805082821
Publication Date: 3/31/2009
Pages: 256
Reading Level: Young Adult

Book Description (from Amazon):
Dani was born with her heart on the wrong side of her body. In her fifteen years of life, she’s had more doctor’s appointments, X-rays, and tests, and eaten more green hospital Jell-O than she cares to think about. Fourteen-year-old Amanda is a competitive gymnast, her body a small package of sleek muscles, in perfect health. The two girls don’t know each other, don’t go to the same school, don’t have any friends in common. But their lives are about to collide. Acclaimed author Jill Wolfson tackles this fascinating story with her trademark honesty and wit.

About the Author (from Amazon):
Jill Wolfson is the author of the highly acclaimed novels What I Call Life and Home, and Other Big, Fat Lies. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.

More Info:
Author’s web site

These books came into my home this week:

Dirty Laundry by Daniel Ehrenhaft
The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
My Kitchen Wars by Betty Fussel
Please Don’t Kill the Freshman: A Memoir by Zoe Trope
Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
Shift by Jennifer Bradbury
Kissed by An Angel by Elizabeth Chandler
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

Find more Mailbox Monday posts at Marcia’s blog The Printed Page.

These bookcases and cabinets designed by Vincent Lemen are my new obsessions.
They’re so marvelously Dr. Seuss-like.

More of VIncent Leman’s wonderful designs can be found at Dust Furniture.


I know I said I wasn’t going to take anymore challenges, but I just couldn’t pass this one up.

So, I’ll be taking the Unshelved Reading Challenge.

The goal is to read three books (from February 2009 – June 2009). The three books chosen must come from Unshelved Book Club Archive.

My tentative choices (which all happen to be in my massive TBR pile) are:

  1. Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
  2. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  3. Skullduggery Pleasant by Derek Landry

Where else you can find me:

Books That Go Bump in the Night- Halloween and scary books for kids and teens. My other blog.


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