Monthly Archives: October 2021

13 of the most terrifying books published

Hey there, word lovers!

Since Hallowe’en is fast approaching, I thought this might be of interest to you. I found this list that was compiled by a library. They call it 13 Most Terrifying Books of All Time.

  1. Pet Sematary – by Stephen King
  2. The Island of Dr. Moreau – by H.G. Wells
  3. The Cask of Amontillado – by Edgar Allen Poe
  4. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – by Robert Louis Stevenson
  5. The Turn of the Screw – by Henry James
  6. Frankenstein – by Mary Shelley
  7. The Exorcist – by William Peter Blatty
  8. Something Wicked This Way Comes – by Ray Bradbury
  9. Silence of the Lambs – by Thomas Harris
  10. Hell House – by Richard Matheson
  11. Rosemary’s Baby – by Ira Levin
  12. Dracula – by Bram Stoker
  13. House of Leaves – by Mark Z. Danielewski

I will not read: #1 – Pet Sematary; #7 – The Exorcist (saw the movie years ago and that was enough!); #11 – Rosemary’s Baby.

I have read: #2 – Island of Dr. Moreau; #5 – The Turn of the Screw; #12 – Dracula (only in the daytime) – and they weren’t all that scary to me then. Well, except Dracula – which I enjoyed – although it kind of spooked me.

I plan to read: #6 – Frankenstein; #4 – The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Since I sometimes can be easily spooked, being a very visual reader (and I don’t like being haunted by the visuals), the others I’m not sure about: #3 – The Cask of Amontillado; #8 – Something Wicked This Way Comes; #9 – Silence of the Lambs; #10 – Hell House; #13 – House of Leaves.

What do you advise? Which ones have you read, and what did you think of them? Which ones would you suggest I avoid?

Stay safe and well. Thanks for reading … and Happy Musings!

Books Banned in 2021

Book banning has been a thing for a very long time, since the late 18th century, in fact. And it continues.

Here is a list of 21 of the most commonly banned books this year.

  1. George – by Alex Gino
  2. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You – by Abram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds
  3. All American Boys – by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  4. Speak – by Laurie Halse Anderson
  5. Something Happened in Our Town: a Child’s Story About Racial Injustice – by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins and Ann Hazzard
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird – by Harper Lee
  7. Of Mice and Men – by John Steinbeck
  8. The Bluest Eye – by Toni Morrison
  9. The Hate U Give – by Angie Thomas
  10. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out – by Susan Kuklin
  11. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo – by Jill Twiss
  12. Sex is a Funny Word: a Book About Bodies, Feelings, and You – by Cory Silverberg
  13. Prince and Knight – by Daniel Haack
  14. I Am Jazz – by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
  15. The Handmaid’s Tale – by Margaret Atwood
  16. Drama – by Raina Telgemeier
  17. The Harry Potter series – by J.K. Rowling
  18. And Tango Makes Three – by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
  19. The Captain Underpants series – by Dav Pilkey
  20. Thirteen Reasons Why – by Jay Asheri
  21. This One Summer – by Mariko Tamaki

How many of these have you read? I’ve only read the seven books I have in bold print.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!

More brief book reviews: Our House is on Fire – by Malena Ernman; The City in the Middle of the Night – by Charlie Jane Anders; Big Burn – by Lesley Choyce; The Stationery Shop – by Marjan Kamali

These are brief reviews of four more of the books I’ve read in the 52BookClub challenge and the Indigo reading challenge.

Title: Our House is on Fire: scenes of a family and a planet in crisis

Author: by Malena & Beta Ernman, Svante & Greta Thunberg

Published: March 5, 2020

The climate change is a big deal – as in, CRISIS – and this Swedish family, specifically 15-year-old Greta, has made more of the planet’s population aware of the seriousness of it in the recent past – and ongoing.

This book is written mainly by her mother and is in scenes rather than chapters. Readers are taken through the past few years so that we get to know Greta, her family, and her cause. Her passion for saving our planet is real, the crisis is real, the need for change is real. There is not much time left to make a positive and effective difference.
I read this book for the Indigo 2021 challenge and used it for the prompt “a book about helping the e
nvironment.”

 

Title: The City in the Middle of the Night

Author: Charlie Jane Anders

Published: February 12, 2019

This is one of the strangest books I have ever read — and I had to finish it! It’s a story about a planet that’s dying, a society with strict, regimented rules and traditions, and a rebel named Sophie who is their unrealized way to change. This is a story to get pulled into and when it ends it leaves you wishing for more.
I chose this book for the Indigo reading challen
ge, prompt “A book by a trans* or nonbinary author.”

 

 

Title: Big Burn

Author: Lesley Choyce

Published: May, 1995

Although this little book was written in 1995, it is still valid today with regard to pollution of soil, water and air, and the ill effects that has on wildlife and human health.
Two teenagers meet and become great friends, while taking on a big business that is polluting the environment. Both their families have been deeply affected by the secrets and underhandedness of the companies they had b
een involved with, and it is time to do something about it.

I used this book for the 52BooksClub challenge, prompt #52 – featuring the environment.”

 

Title: The Stationery Shop

Author: Marjan Kamali

Published: April 6, 2021

This is such a beautiful and heart-wrenching story of young love in Iran during a politically tumultuous time in 1953. Teenagers Roya and Bahman are deeply in love but his mother fiercely disapproves, although Roya does what she can to please her. The day they are going to start a life together everything changes for them.
This story takes the reader through the early days of their relationship, and then decades later to an emotional ending and surprising twist. Excellent!
Included is a section Topics and Questions for Discussion. I used this book for the 52BookClub reading challenge, prompt #11 – “Book with discussion questions inside.”

 

Perhaps you have enjoyed one or more of the above books. If so, any comments on them?

Thanks for reading, and … now get lost in a good book! 🙂

 

More from the reading challenges. Have you read any of these books?

Hi there!

With all the things that draw my attention, and as a family caregiver, I fell behind again! I am still reading, but more slowly, so I haven’t as many books to list here as I had hoped to have read by now. I also found that I am changing some around on my reading challenge lists, but since they are of my own choosing I can do that. Because it makes my lists not quite accurate for posting here, from now on I will combine them into one list for you to read. The books below are quite a variety.

  1. The Stationery Shop – by Marjan Kamali
  2. 6 Week Money Challenge – by Steve Repak
  3. Amanda in Spain: The Girl in the Painting – by Darlene Foster
  4. Life of Pi – by Yann Martel
  5. Eat Pray Love – by Elizabeth Gilbert
  6. The Fault in Our Stars – by John Green
  7. Grandma Says – by Cindy Day
  8. Country of the Heart – by Barbara Wersba
  9. The Black Kids – by Christina Hammonds Reed
  10. The Happiest Man on Earth – by Eddie Jaku
  11. Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden – by Jessica Walliser
  12. A Tale of Two Cities – by Charles Dickens
  13. Into Thin Air: a personal account of the Mount Everest Disaster – by Jon Krakauer
  14. Cyrano – by Edmond Rostad; Geraldine McCaughrean

I currently have eight other books in various stages of being read.

Two questions for you this time: Have you read any of the above? Do you usually have more than one book on the go at once?

Thanks for reading … And Sharing! Do Come back for more!

 

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