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Book 8- The Cellar

Book 8- The Cellar by Natasha Preston

This book was written in first person and had three perspectives, the main character, and featured less were those of her boyfriend and her abductor.

I have mixed feelings about the book as the reactions of the main character at times seemed a bit unreal, but as I've never been abducted and forced to live in a Cellar with three other victims (one who has been there so long she has Stockholm), I'm not sure what the more realistic reactions would be. Considering the events, the book didn't seem particularly deep, but that could just be down to the first person perspective.

The book also wasn't very graphic (which was all when and fine because I don't know anyone who wants to read about rape), which I suppose is because the book is for young adults and some very young readers might be reading. And at least in my opinion, the ending wasn't satisfactory.

So all in all, If I were giving it stars on Amazon or something, this book would get like three stars.

-HQ

Book 4-7

Book 4- The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  This is the second mystery novel written by J. K. Rowling and I think, I actually enjoyed this one better than the first   (The Cuckoo's Calling).

Book 5- Witches of Demon Isle (books 1-3) by Rachel Humphrey
  An e-book series that is available for free on Amazon. For what it is (a supernatural, coming of age type story with some mystery and adventure and a coming love triangle), it wasn't awful. I've read much worse. But I think I only gave it like two or three stars (And I think I was being generous at that).
  I could classify this as three separate books, as they are supposed to be three different books. But all three of them together barely felt long enough to make one book.
  I think there are three more books, but those aren'f for free and honestly, I just don't think they're worth spending the money on.

Book 6- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  I read this book for the first time in seventh grade and fell in love with it. When I reread it, I didn't remember a whole lot about it, just the twist at the end and the character, Turtle. But after rereading, I recalled why I loved this book so much and still love it. It's a great mystery novel.

Book 7- Bridget Jone's Diary by Helen Fielding
  This is one of the few books I've ever read, where the movie is much better than the book. While it was still amusing, it seemed a bit all over the place. Bridge wasn't as endearing as she was in the films, Daniel was not at all charming and Mark was nowhere as rude. All in all, it didn't convince me that I should read the rest of the Bridget Jones books.

Currently, at least off and on, have been reading The Vampire Archive, which is a book compiled with short, vampire stories, by many different authors. It's quite big and I'm not even halfway through it, but I just haven't been in a vampire mood lately. At least not since Halloween has passed. I might just give up on finishing it at all and move on to reading something else.

Woman Logic?

Oh, here is a poem by Shel Silverstein that I thought was cute and made me wonder, would this be classified by men as woman logic (Or more specifically by my nephew and boyfriend). If so, it's still written by a man.

Tell Me by Shel Silverstein

Tell me I'm clever,
Tell me I'm kind,
Tell me I'm talented,
Tell me I'm cute,
Tell me I'm sensitive,
Graceful and wise,
Tell me I'm perfect--
But tell me the truth.

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Book 3- Falling Up by Shel Silverstein

So I've really sucked this year, perhaps more than previous years at reading. Perhaps I should not be called a bookworm anymore. It's really quite shameful. (I blame it on all the fanfiction and easy access via cell.) V_V

Okay so this is my third book this year, and it's a children's poetry book at that. However, I used to love Shel Silverstein as a child, much like I enjoyed Dr. Seuss, and it's just interesting to read over the poems now that I'm an adult and have a way different perspective. Or rather, developed one.

So it was rather enjoyable, a bit nostalgic and even somewhat sad.

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Anywho, here is a list of books I plan to read in the next several weeks, some of which I started on (The vampire one, because it's an encyclopedia of short stories or poems that are vampire-ish related). Not in any particular order.

  1. Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein

  2. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

  3. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (BKA as J. K. Rowling)

  4. The Vampire Archives editd by Otto Penzler

That is all for now.

-HQ
So I've just finished reading The Haunting, or The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and I've got to say, I'm not really loving this book.

First, it's the writing. The whole thing was kind of confusing and read like a descent into madness (which maybe was the point, but if so, I've seen it done better). But apart from that, the conversations didn't read too... realistic. They, at least for the first half, read like something that Dr. Seuss may have written in one of his stories (not to knock Dr. Seuss as I was very much a fan as a child).

Secondly, nothing really seemed to happen. People spend a week in this haunted house, and all that happens is that doors get banged on and rattled. And the House just gives this feeling of creepiness. And then there is the writing on the wall, and the supposed blood spattered in one of the rooms, but overall, pretty uneventful. But maybe I'm just being harsh about my expectations for the horror/suspense genre.

Thirdly, the backstory for the house, was not remotely interesting or even creepy.

Lastly, the ending was totally weak. It ... frankly, sucked.

I just hope that this isn't what all of Shirley Jackson's writing is like, cause I wanted to read her book 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle'.

Honestly I wanted to put the book down and stop reading before I was even half way though, but I kept hoping it would get better. And I was curious to see how the book would differ from the film, and what the deal was with the house. But you get no answers, whatsover about what was the cause for the haunting, or what was even haunting the House. And apart from Hugh Crane leaving this creepy book for his daughter to learn from, you didn't really get the sense that he was an evil bastard that was the reason for the house being haunted.

-HQ

2014, Book 1- What's a Witch to Do

So I'm going to try this over again. Hopefully I'll do better than the last two years. LOL. I'm shaming bookworms everywhere.

So first book of the years, What's a Witch to Do by Jennifer Harlow.

So what can I say about this book. It was... entertaining enough. Perhaps bit too... woman in her late thirties fantasy, what with there being an attractive doctor and "hot" werewolf going for the protagonist who is described as an overweight witch. But... I guess it was humorous and at least the protagonist was a stick-figure teenager with no personality.

I had half a mind to stop reading when she called Harry Potter fans hipsters. I was like really? How are Harry Potter fans hipsters?

-HQ

Book 5- The Moth Diaries

The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein is the fifth and probably final book of this year. Interesting book, as far as Vampire novels go (not a piece of crap like Twilight, Vampire Diaries or Vampire Academy- though I'm just taking a guess about those last two sucking as I haven't even bothered to read their synopses).

I'm gonna go ahead and say that this book must've been influenced by Carmilla. It has that lesbianish vibe, though that may simply be because it takes place in an all girl's boarding school. Although, you don't know for sure if the girl was really a vampire, or it was just a delusion by a girl experiencing a psychotic break.

Either way, interesting book. Fast read. Slightly depressing, but not in a way that was overly angsty,

-HQ

Book 4- The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I'm really a crappy bookworm this year.

I need to stop reading so much fanfiction and just get back to books.

Okay, so I've just reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I've had this book for like over a month and in reality I've probably read it a grand total of three days. But considering how thin it is, and the fact it is written in letters, its pretty sad it's taken me this long.

Anyway, the book itself was good. I mean the writing is a bit... everywhere and very simple. It does have it's poignant lines/moments. I didn't really expect the big reveal at the end, even though it was clear that the character was unstable and there had to be a reason for it. However, it's always awful to read such things, even if they are fictional.

I guess the book ends on an uplifting note, but I don't think it's quite so well achieved. The Lovely Bones was better in that aspect.

Not to knock the book. The book was great.

-HQ

Book 3- The Cuckoo's Calling

So... I've finally managed to get around to reading another book. Honestly, if I want to read more books this year than I did last year, I'm definitely going to have to stop being distracted by fanfiction.

Anyway, I've read another book. The Cuckoo's Calling is a mystery novel, written by one Robert Galbraith (better known as J. K. Rowling).

Of course the book was extremely entertaining and good. J. K. Rowling simply has a way of writing that is so engaging. She's descriptive without being boring, and though the humor might be dark and morbid at times, the book managed to be quite amusing despite the subject matter.

It's simply, a book worth reading.

Apart from that... my life has been... interesting lately. I spent about two weeks in and out of the Hospital. I was admitted for like a week after I had surgery. It hasn't been much fun, but I'm feeling better these days, even though I still have a gaping wound in my lower back for which nurses visit every four days or so to change the "dressing". But I'm at least happy that the wound is healing well, and I hope it continues to do so because I'm not sure how mush more my sanity can take.

-HQ

Book 2- The Vampyre, A Tale

I am uber failing at this attempt to read more books this year than I read last year. V_V

So I've read my second book: The Vampyre, A Tale by John William Polidori. It's your typical gothic vampire classic. It was a quick read. Not a bad book, but then I might be biased because I like Vampires (the good old ones, not the crappy Twilight version ones).

This book is available on Google Books for free. Which is how I read it.

Apart from that, I don't think I have anything else to add. So toodles!

Love,
HQ