Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday – Books with Creepy Settings

 

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So I haven’t done a top 5 wednesday in months and as I havent been posting much lately I thought I would get back in the game with this. This weeks topic is all about books with creepy setting all of these books I have read and are quite dark and eerie… the perfect read for Halloween.

Coraline

‘An electrifyingly creepy tale likely to haunt young readers for many moons…. a real bedtime-buster’. Read an exclusive excerpt at BookBrowse today. Reading age approx. 9 yrs +.

The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring….

In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close.

The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

Only it’s different.

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there’s another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.

Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Neil Gaiman will delight readers with his first novel for all ages

Bird Box

Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

Interweaving past and present, Bird Box is a snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.

The Darkest Part of the Forest

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

Night Film

Brilliant, haunting, breathtakingly suspenseful, Night Film is a superb literary thriller by the New York Times bestselling author of the blockbuster debut Special Topics in Calamity Physics.

On a damp October night, the body of young, beautiful Ashley Cordova is found in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. By all appearances her death is a suicide – but investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. Though much has been written about the dark and unsettling films of Ashley’s father, Stanislas Cordova, very little is known about the man himself. As McGrath pieces together the mystery of Ashley’s death, he is drawn deeper and deeper into the dark underbelly of New York City and the twisted world of Stanislas Cordova, and he begins to wonder – is he the next victim?

In this novel, the dazzlingly inventive writer Marisha Pessl offers a breathtaking mystery that will hold you in suspense until the last page is turned.

Horrorstör

Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.

To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they’ll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.

A traditional haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting, Horrorstör comes packaged in the form of a glossy mail order catalog, complete with product illustrations, a home delivery order form, and a map of Orsk’s labyrinthine showroom.

So there it is my top 5 books that have creepy settings. Have you read any of these or have any recommendations.

Thanks for reading

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September Wrap Up

Hey, I hope everyone had a wonderful month of reading, I on the other hand didn’t do so good.I have been busy working and also feeling ill for the past couple of weeks. I managed to read 2 non-fiction and 1 classic and 1 YA book.

I have been in a posting slump at the moment. I will try to keep posting in October as I sucked at September

Click on the covers to be forwarded to Goodreads for more information.

The Border

This was my first read of the month, it’s not something I usually reach out for, however I was pleasantly surprised. I rated this 3 out of 5 stars.My review here

The Crime Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

I was really interested to get my hands on this book, however it is very simple and it has an example of pretty much every crime. It is grouped in types of crimes from fraud to murder and chronicled in date order. I rated this 3 out of 5 stars.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

I then read The Picture of Dorian Gray, this is a small book but took me a long time to read.I liked the concept of the book more than the execution.I rated this 3 out of 5 stars.

My Sister Milly

I  then read this book, I couldn’t give this any less than 5 stars. The courage it must have taken to write this is worthy of 5 stars.I was 16 at the time that Milly went missing and I didn’t really follow the press coverage. I learnt how awful this family was treated in a time of crisis and there after. I recommend people read this book.

Bookhaul:

 

Madness

From Roald Dahl, the master of the sting in the tail, a newly collected book of his darkest stories.

‘There is a pleasure sure in being mad, which none but madmen know’

Our greatest fear is of losing control – of our lives, but, most of all, of ourselves. In these ten unsettling tales of unexpected madness master storyteller Roald Dahl explores what happens when we let go our sanity.

Among other stories, you’ll meet the husband with a jealous fixation on the family cat, the landlady who wants her guests to stay forever, the man whose taste for pork leads him astray and the wife with a pathological fear of being late.

Thanks for reading

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Top 5 books I want to read this Autumn

So as I am not doing monthly TBR’S at the moment, I thought I would share the top 5 that I definitely want to read in the next few months.

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…

Working as a paid companion to a bitter elderly lady, the timid heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Life is bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she falls in love with Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose proposal takes her by surprise. Whisked from Monte Carlo to Manderley, Maxim’s isolated Cornish estate, the friendless young bride begins to realise she barely knows her husband at all. And in every corner of every room is the phantom of his beautiful first wife, Rebecca.

Rebecca is the haunting story of a woman consumed by love and the struggle to find her identity

I have had my eye on this for so long and it needs to be read ASAP.

An electrifyingly creepy tale likely to haunt young readers for many moons…. a real bedtime-buster’. Read an exclusive excerpt at BookBrowse today. Reading age approx. 9 yrs +.

The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring….

In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close.

The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

Only it’s different.

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there’s another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.

Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Neil Gaiman will delight readers with his first novel for all ages.

I feel this is going to be a great Halloween read. Dark and eerie…just what I need.

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

Another book that has been piqued my interest and feel like I should have read this by now.

Adam is a stay-at-home dad who is also working on a history of the bombing and rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral. He is a good man and he is happy. But one day, he receives a call from his daughter’s school to inform him that, for no apparent reason, fifteen-year-old Miriam has collapsed and stopped breathing. In that moment, he is plunged into a world of waiting, agonising, not knowing.

The story of his life and the lives of his family are rewritten and re-told around this shocking central event, around a body that has inexplicably failed. In this exceptionally courageous and unflinching novel of contemporary life Sarah Moss goes where most of us wouldn’t dare to look, and the result is riveting – unbearably sad, but also miraculously funny and ultimately hopeful.

The Tidal Zone explores parental love, overwhelming fear, illness and recovery. It is about clever teenagers and the challenges of marriage. It is about the NHS, academia, sex and gender in the twenty-first century, the work-life juggle, and the politics of packing lunches and loading dishwashers. It confirms Sarah Moss as a unique voice in modern fiction and a writer of luminous intelligence.

The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

I don’t have an explanation to why I have not read this yet but I need to rectify it pronto…but I do want t reread illuminae first.

So there it is my top 5 books that I want to read this Autumn…I am currently trying to read more of the books that I own.

Have you read any of these? Which one shall I tackle first?

Thanks for reading

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August Wrap Up

I know this is really cliche! But wow the year is flying by! I had a great reading month, I participated in two Readothons, #MakeMeRead and Tome Topple which definitely helped me read some of the books that I have been putting off. I read a few Middle grade books and also some massive tomes.  I read 9 books in August and I am extremely pleased with that and I am still 10 ahead of schedule on my Goodreads goal.

If you want to find out more information on the books please click on the covers to be directed to Goodreads.

What I read:

Sometimes I Lie

This was a really good Mystery/Thriller and had me guessing the whole way through – there is a lot of twists and turns.I rated this 4 out of 5 stars (Review to come)

Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye

I then read this Middle-Grade/children’s book about a young boy who is next in line to take over the hotel that has been in his family for centuries only there seems to be a rumour that there is an all-seeing eye which is a magical object hidden in the house. – This was a lot of fun and had lovely illustrations. I rated 4 out of 5 stars (Review to come)

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

Another Middle-grade that was the winner of the MakeMeRead readathon and I absolutely loved it. It was so fast paced and taught you about greek mythology without being too info dumpy. There was so much adventure and I couldn’t fault it in any way. I rated this 5 out of 5 stars #MakeMeRead wrap up and review

The Walking Dead, Compendium 1

I then read the whole of Walking Dead Compendium One which was a whopping 1088 pages long. This was one of my picks for tome topple. I liked this enough I had some problems remembering who was who and the artwork was not the usual style I like, However I did enjoy the story line and rated it 4 out of 5 stars.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

I managed to read the third book in the ACOTAR series and whilst I enjoyed it, I prefered ACOMAF and ACOTAR more than this latest edition. I liked that Maas added some diversity in this book but I just didn’t like the sisters or that everyone was coupling up. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

This is one of the books on my  beat the back list 2017. I have had this on my TBR for ages and I finally got round to reading it. This is one of those books that I can easily read but if you ask me what it’s about I wouldn’t be able to tell you. With magical realism things just happen with no reason given and I find it hard to get my head round it. I rated this 3 out of 5 stars

The Stonekeeper (Amulet, #1)

A graphic novel was next on my list and whilst I had heard a lot of great things about this story I wasn’t overly impressed by it and just thought it was ok. I rated this 3 out of 5 stars

Every Last Lie

This is Mary Kubica’s latest novel. This was great in the build up of the story and had me on the edge of my seat. However the ending let it down for me. I will go more into detail with a review in the next coming week. I rated this 3 out of 5 stars.

Public Library and Other Stories

I thought I would end the month with a set of short stories and I have wanted to read something by Ali Smith for a long time. I really didn’t like this book. I knew that from the blurb of the book the stories were about meanings of words and what public libraries meant to people. I didn’t like the stories, I don’t know if I am just not intelligent enough to interpret these stories but they seemed to just go off on tangents and I would find myself lost. The only thing I did like were the little paragraphs of what Public Libraries meant to people. I rated this 1 out of 5 stars.

Favourite Book: Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief

Longest Book: Walking Dead

Shortest book: Amulet

Favourite Cover: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrow of Ava Lavender

Total pages read: 3,816

Goodreads:59/75

 

Reviews:

Flight of a Starling

See What I Have Done

None of The Above

 

Other Posts:

July Wrap Up

August TBR

#MakeMeRead wrap up and review

Tome Topple wrap up

 

What I watched:

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I mean honestly, who hasn’t watched this? This is the best thing on TV in August and now we have to wait till 2019 for season 8! There is so much speculation going round the interwebs at the moment but this is making me want to read the books and re-watch it all over again.

Image result for penny dreadful

I have started watching Penny Dreadful, I have only watched the first 2 episodes and not sure what to make of it yet. Though it has made me pick up ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’.

The Emoji Movie Poster

Yes I have watched this, only because the kids wanted to. This is pretty bad to be honest. It’s not funny and the plot is just very weak, However the kids loved it.

Currently reading:

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Crime Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

The Border

ok that’s it, That is what I read and watched in August. How was your month? Did you read any of the same books?

Thanks for reading