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Top 5: Books to read for Halloween

Top 5: Books to read for Halloween!

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Hello All

Happy spooktastic season! I am a lover of Halloween and all it entails. All the scares, jumps and almost pee your pants scary moments. Movies for the visual effects are obvious favourites during this season but I have been sufficiently spooked by a good book or two! Here I offer your 5 eerie reads that are hopeful to triggers all those fears in one’s mind! As always if you have any other bloodcurdling freaky reads I would love to hear from you!!!! So sit back, relax and enjoy these top 5 reads for Halloween!!! -(insert evil laugh from tales of the crypt keeper)

  1. A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay Goodreads 3.80

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First on the list is a ghost/ paranormal story! A Head Full of Ghosts follows a family in England as they try and navigate through their daughter’s mental health problems. The Barretts’ s 14 year old daughter faces schizophrenia issues and as per usual in these types of horror stories modern medicine fails her. The family turns to a Catholic priest for an exorcism. Sounds like the Exorcist right. The novel does stray in the storyline as the Barrett family allows a film crew to make a reality TV show of the exorcism. For the viewers what is real and what is fake TV? Fast forward 15 years and the sister if the ill daughter now does an all tell interview where the truth comes out!!!

  1. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving Goodreads 3.72

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A classic gothic tale that has been made into many movies and TV shows. This novel follows the main character of Ichabod Crane who is an outsider in a Dutcvh settlement called Sleepy Hollow. Sleepy Hollow is known to be a haunted settlement. The most famous of their stories is that the ghost of a headless horseman, a previous Hessian soldier who lost his head in a canon accident rides around the area. Ichabod is a superstitious school teacher pining after the local Van Tessal daughter, as many other men are. One day at a party he gets turned down by Katrina. While riding home he encounters the headless horsemans who chases after him. The horseman then throws the severed head at Ichabod. The next morning Ichabod disappears. Is this a mystery of did the local man Brom scare him away?

  1. Caroline by Neil Gaiman Goodreads 4.05

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The famous author of American Gods brings to you this frightening dark fantasy novel. Caroline moves into a new complex of houses. She has neighbours all around her except there is an empty complex on the other side of her’s. She finds a bricked up door in between her complex and the empty one – strange dadada! She finds the new place very boring and decided to go and meet the neighbours. Mr. Babo has a circus full and mice and passes on a message from them, Caroline is warned not to go through the brick door. Don’t you love the crazy eccentric neighbours! After this ominous message of course the door would be open. Caroline goes through and finds the ‘Other world” which is exactly like hers but way more interesting. There is the Other Mother and Other Father that pepper her with love and affection- one weird thing- they have black buttons for eyes!!! This story takes a dark and spooky turn when the Other Mother turns out to be evil!

  1. Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe Goodreads 4.23

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One of Poe’s most famous short stories the tell-tale heart is sure to ensue nightmarish thoughts. It is told by an unknown narrator who is trying to convince the reader that he is in fact sane. Then he goes on to describe the murder her committed of this old man. He goes into great detail regarding the murder and reveals that he kid the body under the floorboard of his house. Of course this ‘sane’ person starts to go off his rocker. Whether it be from guilt or actual insanity the narrator think that he/she hears the beating heart of the old man under his floorboards- all over a period of time. Such a great and macabre short story it is sure to give you all the goose pimply feelings that accompany Halloween.

  1. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz Goodreads 4.06

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This has been made into a movie released August 9th of this year. I haven’t read then but have heard great things! They are a collection of 3 books consist of around 30 short stories. These stories have an urban legend Brothers Grimm feel. The stories are made to scare children and are said to be violent, habe controversial content and are sick and repulsive!! What more could you ask for in a Halloween book? Some short stories include: Old Woman All Skin and Bones, The Haunted House, Alligators, The BLack Dog, Deadman’s Brain.

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So what do you all think of my creepy picks? For those of you that read them what do you think of the scare factors? I would love to hear from those of you that have read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark! What did you all think of the short stories? I would love to hear any comment so please feel free to leave one below! I hope you all have a ghoulish holiday!

Happy Reading!

Happy Halloween!!

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Book Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

Book Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

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I have wanted to read this novel for a really long time. I am a fan of Greek Mythology and what better way to enjoy it but in novel form!!! A bit of Greek mythology background before we get into the review. Circe is a goddess, daughter of Helios – God of the Sun and a titan. Circe was known to be a sorceress and master of potions. Moving forward we go to the book review, I LOVED it! It was such a great read I couldn’t put it down. Seeing all the other greek stories intertwined with this one made for a page turner. Madeline Miller also wrote also wrote The Song of Achilles which is on my TBR! For those of you that have read Circe what were your thoughts/feelings?

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Right off the bat we see that Circe is not like her vivacious mother or any of her siblings. She thinks her father is the light of everyone’s life and desperately wanted his attention. Throughout the beginning of her story we see her brothers and sisters leave their island leaving Crice all alone. The reader learns that if you are a God or Goddess you have a glow about your being, however Circe does not have this thus isolating her more. Her parents describe her as bird like and ugly.

Circe is on the beach one day and meets the mortal Glaucus. She became infatuated with him but the realization that he would die hit her hard. Throughout this love affair we learn that Helios and the other Titans feel belittled by the Olympians. They want to rise up against them and devise a plan to get close marrying Helios’s daughter to one of the sons of Zeus.

Circe went to ask her grandmother to help with this problem, asking her about the herbs that Zeus knew about that have magical properties. This made her grandmother afraid- what would be able to make a titan afraid? She goes on the hunt for these herbs which the blood of God’s grew after a battle. Crice finds them and is able to use these to make Glaucus a God.

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This backfires and he chases after another nymph. To get back at the nymph Circe turns her into an evil sea creature – not meaning to she just wanted to make her ugly. The Oymlpians get word of Circe powers and find this punishable. Zeus banishes Circe to an isolated island and he sends unruly daughters to the island for Circe to look after.

Not all was lost to Circe though. On this island she came into herself and harnessed/ developed her powers. She was able to be herself with no fear of repercussions. She was able to summon creates and create illusions.

Down the storyline her sister sent for her from Crete to help deliver her baby. Circe’s journey there was full of hardships, particularly when Circe meets the sea monster whom she was responsible for turning turning. When Circe arrives at Crete she learns that her sister’s baby is a Minatar hungry for flesh. Her and Daedalus built a maze under the city to cage the creature. This Minatar was used as intimidation to other cities. We get to see a nice crossover as Daedalus the famous and his son Icarus is an unfortunate story. Daedlaus built his wings out of wax so he could fly but Lcarus flew too close to the sun, melting the wax and plummeting to his death- a short version.

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In the next part of Circe’s story men come to her island and try to take it from her. She kills all 20 men using her magic. She is a strong independent Goddess! Enter Odysseus and as prophesied she took a potion colly Moly so when Circe went to harm the other men he was not harmed. They were able to strike a friendship in a way and became lovers. Circe was fascinated with Odysseus and his stories of one disaster he witnessed after another. He stayed on the island for a year hoping to find peace but alas it was not his fate. He must travel back home and cross the island where Helios keeps his forbidden cows.

After he leaves we find that that Circe is pregnant with his son Telegonus! He was born a difficult child always screaming. She was not lonely again. We learn that Athena sought to harm Telegonus but she could not kill the baby outright so she sent many toils his way. Circe protected her island with the spells she taught herself!

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Telegonus grew restless on this island and seeks to leave. He would rather live one day and die by Athena’s wrath than live a life lonely on the island. She goes and asks the old sea god for poison from his stingray to save her son- she self sacrifices and gets it. She put the venom on a blade and Telegonus was to use it against any God he may encounter. He travels to see his father but his father taught him a thief and runs into this blade- killing him. Athena’s prophecy of Telegonus is true, he kills her greatest love Odysseus.

Odysseus’s wife and son come to the island with Telegonus. Circe could not figure out why they would want to come to this island and stay with her but she learns that Athena will come for her son. Penelopy hoped she could keep her son Telemachus safe on Circe’s protected island with the beasts she commands to protect them.

Athena breaks through and does come her Telemachus but it is Telegonus that goes with her to become a great hero. He gets what he wants but breaks Circe’s heart in the process. Circe ends up with Telemachus on the island and she becomes mortal in the end to stay with him, but taking the same flowers she made Glaucus immortal.

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So what do you think? I left out quite a lot of details as Miller’s book was packed full to the spine with details. I found this such a great read and loved the crossover stories. Was this a great book for those who love Greek Mythology. If not I would love to hear your reasons. I am hoping this may be turned into a movie? Please feel free to leave any comments below! Would you pick up another book by Miller?

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Happy Reading!!!!

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Top 5: Horror Novels

Top 5: Horror Novels

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Happy October and happy horror month for those who love everything spooky and Halloween! Fall is my favourite time of year for so many reasons! I am a huge horror buff whether it be movies, T.V. or books, hence my favourite author is Stephen King. Now looking forward into this post I have decided to make a top 5 horror novel blog excluding King novels. Now I know for all of us King and Horror go hand in hand but if I included his books they would just take over and this would turn into another Stephen King favs- see my post on April 29 for my top 5 King books!. I have chosen novels that are also in the horror genre and also scared the bejeebers out of me. All of the following books promise to give the reader all the palpitations and scares of any good horror story! Enjoy!!

  1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly Goodreads 3.78

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A super popular classic fiction novel Frankenstein was published in 1818!!! This story has been redone so many times in the cinema and theater it’s mind boggling. This thriller/horror novel follows main character Victor Frankenstien who is studying to become a doctor. He becomes obsessed with the meaning of life and death, more specifically the giving/origin of life. He decides to construct his own human being and give it life!!!! Totally disgusted in the monster he made he abandons the creature. Faceing extreme loneliness, betrayal, rejection and burning questions of why he was created the creature then goes on a blood soaked revenge. Haunting Victor’s entire future the struggle of deep emotions and life questions is the center to this novel. This novel and its concepts were way before its time!

  1. World War Z but Max Brooks

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World War Z was made popular in current society by Brad Pitt’s movie adaptation. P.S. novel is completely different than the movie. This story is an oral history of the zombie war in 2006- haha, hence the name. It follows main character Max Brooks… yep… who works for the United Nations. He journeys all over the world to get first hand experiences of survivors. The zombies in the novel are your typical slow moving flesh hungry undead. The POV however is what gives this novel a unique twist. Most zombie apocalypse books – even the movie- are focused on fighting the plague while this novel is told through stories and survival.

  1. The Exorcist by William Blatty Goodreads 4.16

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There should be a common theme popping up. Every book on this list has been made into a super famous movie! Being one of the scariest movies of all time this books does not disappoint! It was inspired by a true story of child possession in 1949 Blatty. The Exorcist was published in 1971!. Another oldie but goodie! The only difference that I found was the demon in the book was more touched on and discussed which gives the novel a way more scary feel! The descriptive language Blatty has almost outshines the visual effects of the movie. This a great read for all you satanic/ demonic groupies out there!

4, Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin Goodreads 3.99

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Here is another great Satanic cult horror novel for you! And yet again another great movie was made based on this book. Levin published this in 1967 and who knew it would develop such a great following. Not only was a movie made but more recently a TV show as well! A young married couple in New York rents an apartment. Guy is an actor and Rosemary wanted to start a family. They seem to have the perfect relationship. When they meet their eccentric and bizarre neighbours things start to change. Guy’s career picks up with some big acting parts and Rosemary gets pregnant, however this is not a normal pregnancy. Is Rosemary being paranoid or is there a more sinister plot a foot? What an awesome suspense/horror read with a crazy ending!

5. Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice Goodreads 3.99

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Literary genius Anne Rice is the queen of witches, vampires and all things creatures! One of her more famous books, also a famous movie is such a thrilling and spooky read. Interview With a Vampire is full of scares, goore and of course vampires. It is the tale of Louis and follows him from being mortal to his immortal life as a vampire. He was turned by the blackhearted Lestate. Louis goes from historical city to historical city trying to come to terms with his new life. Having some spark of humanity and morals still in him this is a hard change. From meeting Claudia to seeing that there are many vampires throughout this world Louis’s tale is sure to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up in fear!!!

So who has read any of these and what did you all think? Do you have any horror books that are your favourite? I would love to hear from all you bookish ghouls out there! Stay tuned for my top 5 books to read for Halloween post coming in a few weeks!!!

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Happy Spooky Reading!!!!!!!

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Book Review: We All Fall Down by Daniel Kalla

Book Review: We All Fall Down by Daniel Kalla

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I am coming to you will a great book review for an under hyped book. I love me a pandemic, doomsday novel and this was a great pick. We All Fall Down is just the book for those like me, it follows a modern day black plague story!!! YAY – no zombies attached. I have never read Daniel Kalla but I will def read more from him ps Canadian Author and a doctor woo woo!! Also by this author includes: The Far Side of the Sky and Pandemic.

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This story starts off with Vittoria who is in charge of a construction site. She has a wet cough and boils, passes out at work. She is supposed to tear down a monastery to build new condos and shopping centers.

Now enter Dr. Nico Olivia who is involved in caring for Vittoria. He called Alana to come and help with this patient in Genoa. Alana goes on many trips for her job to outbreaks around the world looking for the contamentent. This patient has been positive for a thought it be extinct ‘disease’ the black plague.

Now the second part of this book are journal entries from a Dr. Pasqua who treated the black plague back in 1348. He goes to the monastery that is being torn down- this is where his journal is found. Somehow Dr. Pasqua is immune to the disease and this arises suspicion from the archbishop – thinking maybe it is witchcraft.

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Present day the plague is spreading outside the construction site. It is starting to hit the community and the number of sick patients is adding up. It has now started to transfer with the briefest of contact which is different from the original strand. We see Alana’s boss is having a hard time believing it is the plague and wants to pull Alana out. It is outlines that the fast spread with even with antibiotic use is happening which brings into question possible bioterrorism. It turns out that NATO has samples of the Soviet’s plague bacteria they were weaponizing back in the day, Alana wants to help ahold of these to compare to their strand.

They find rat droppings at the construction site, which is how the original black plague was spread- fleas on small animals. It seems that there is a history between Nico and ALana- they once were co-workers who fell in love. Nico now has a family and he is drunk texting Alana causing mixed feelings that make this situation harder.

Nico and Alana start to be little detective and want to find a missing construction site worker who was supposedly sick before Vittoria- possible patient zero. They meet with Emilio who knows Yasin – he believes he disappeared as well.

Back to the journals. Dr. P finds out the same monastery which is being torn down in present in the past had these rats touched by the hands of god. These particular rats are immune to the plague. He wants to make a makeshift vaccine from these rats but the monks are not allowing this as they were ‘touched by God’. He at this time is now sick and drinks the blood from these rats. And he lives – the first vaccine ! He goes back to collect more rats and now there is a rat keeper because the monks believe they are a gift from God.

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So all the results come back in the present day. It turns out that the rats are immune to the strand but the fleas they carry are not. Is this the perfect bio weapon? We learn that the monk present at the beginning of the story sitting outside the construction site is really the person releasing the ‘infected’ rats into the city. He is releasing them into the slums because he believe God is stelling him humanity needs salvation and cleansing.

Dr. P’s journals paint a picture of hysteria among man when the outbreak was at its peak. They all wanted someone to blame, just like what Alana was seeing in present day. Dr.P. learns that the monastery set up crypts for the rats in case of a future plague outbreak thus protecting the rats throughout the centuries. For the following years the monks unknowingly fed these rats as they threw their garbage down a chute that led to their crypts.

This monk who hears the voice of God – Stefano- is receiving mysterious emails from someone telling him to follow the voice he thinks is God. God is out for vengeance because so many people have fallen out of religion.

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Alana finds out that Nico really wants to work on his marriage and ends up hooking up with her co worker on this case Byron- who has given her trouble throughout.

Enter Don Arturo who spend years are the monastery and is upset it’s being torn down. Alana learns that he is the one sending the emails to Stefano. He convinces Stefano to get off his psych meds because he worked so closely with Stefano there was great trust. He justifies this so STefano can hear the Lord’s voice more clearly and he took that the treating down of the monastery was a sign that humankind needed correcting- kind of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons style.

Alana and Byron pursue Stefano onto a ship where he was going to release the rats into Asia. He decides to hide in the food bins on the ships so the rats have food and no one would look for him there. Alana finds him and tries to convince him that what he was doing was cruel, he was hurting children. Stefano caves as he is a good person deep down.

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Overall it was kind of your typical religious doomsday novel but I enjoyed being an old plague to haunt modern day. I will look forward to reading more of his novels in the future. Have any of you read this one? What did you think? Please feel free to leave comments below. I would love to hear from you. What are some of your fav disaster books – ps look for my top 5 natural disaster and man made disaster posts in the future!!

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Happy Reading!!!!!

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Top 5: My Favourite Self Development Books

Top 5: My Favourite Self Development Books

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Hello All,

I hope everyone is having a great Thursday! I received such great responses from my last post on self development books I first off want to say a huge thank you. I appreciate all the love and support out there in the book blog community. I never could have imagined all the positive feedback and the number of views I received for Self Development Thursday! It is truly humbling to see and I am excited others enjoy these genre of books as much as I do. I have decided to continue on with the Self Development Thursday theme. I bring to you today my top 5 favourite self development books of all times. Each book in their own way has touched my soul and helped me reach my potential- even in areas I did not think possible. So without further adieu, here we go!

1. Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Holli

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What a great women powering book!! Rachel outlines that it is okay for women to have aspiring goals that go outside the family group. Rachel also gives lots of tips and tricks to help you stay motivated and reach your goals! Some of these include having daily practices such as a gratitude journal, writing your goals down every day and the 5 to Thrive! If you listen to the audio book it is read by Rachel herself so you can hear the enthusiasm which empowers you even more!

2.Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

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This wouldn’t be a top 5 self development book if there wasn’t a Tony Robbins shout out. The king of motivation and self development Tony Robbins has inspired and helped millions. This short read will be sure to motivate and inspire you to be the best version of yourself! My husband loves Tony Robbins. He has read a bunch of his books but highly recommends this one and I have to agree with him.

3.The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

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Probably one of the more famous books on this list most people have heard of The Secret. Maybe you’re more familiar with the movie but hey it’s actually a book. Not everyone may agree with the Laws of Attraction. Self development is the ability to take in knowledge and see what suits you the best. I enjoyed the Laws of Attraction for the main reason that it’s based in positive thinking. You get what you put out into the world!!

4.The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

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Another oldie but a goodie on this list is the Four Agreements! It is a self powering book that increases self awareness. The 4 agreements with yourself include: be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best. These seem so simple and we would already do these but hey it’s a lot harder than it appears. Don gives us tips and tricks to try and incorporate these into our everyday lives. All of these books sound like they promote daily habits – seems like my first Self Development Post!

5.The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

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This is a great book to learn to live in the moment and be present. It follows the mindfulness movement and outlines that our current emotional stresses are a result of our thoughts not who we actually are at the core. It’s a lot to wrap your mind around but its a super great and eye opening read. Worry and anxiety are a product of our thoughts and it’s our job to learn to live in the present moment and allows our thoughts to pass through our mind without reacting to them.

I hope these have opened your eyes to all the possibilities out there in book form to help you change your life- if this is what you are looking to do. If you have any self development books you would like to recommend I would love to hear from you. Also if you have read any of the above books please feel free to leave a comment below with your thoughts and feelings regarding the content!

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Happy Reading and Development!