Sunday, October 14, 2018

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | October 14

It's been a few weeks since I did a proper update post so hopefully this won't be too long!

If you are on Instagram, the Ladies of Horror Fiction team is hosting a 1K followers giveaway of The Haunting of Hill House and Rebecca. Thank you to everyone who follows our IG account! (Are you going to read Rebecca with us in November?)




Finished Reading




The Toy Thief by D.W. Gillespie ⭐⭐ - I'm not sure if I'll post a full review for this one. My biggest problem was the main character - I hated her. I just wasn't very into this one.

Bag of Bones by Stephen King ⭐⭐ - I was hoping 20 years of being an adult since the first time I read this would change how I felt about it. Unfortunately, I may have liked this book even less this time around. I'm going to keep my original rating, but I'm feeling ⭐ about it. Bag of Bones is one of my least favorite King novels.

The Sea Was a Fair Master by Calvin Demmer ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - I loved this one! I hope Calvin Demmer is still writing flash fiction because I need MOAR. I will have a review out for this one this week.

Baal by Robert McCammon ⭐⭐⭐ - I know. This is definitely the first time I've given McCammon only three stars. I'll try to review this one soon.

HWA Poetry Showcase Volume V edited by Stephanie M. Wytovich ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - This was a great collection of poetry. I will have a review out for this one later this week, as well.

Currently Reading



Exploring Dark Short Fiction #1: A Primer to Steve Rasnic Tem by Eric J. Guignard - I am loving this collection of Steve Rasnic Tem stories.

Recent Aquisitions



The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) by Brandon Sanderson - It's October and everyone is finally reading horror, and I'm over here craving Fantasy! 😂

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell - A little bit of trivia: almost 9 years ago Swamplandia was the very first book I blogged about here on Book Den. It was a wishlist post. Nine years later I finally own a copy. I think that was pretty much a great representation of my blog to come.

Marvelocity: The Marvel Comics Art of Alex Ross by Alex Ross - Thank you so much to Pantheon Books for sending me this amazing review copy! Stay tuned for a look inside!

So what about you? Let me know what you're reading this week or leave me some links!


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30 comments:

  1. I want to read a lot more of a King’s Books than I have have.

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    1. I would love to make my way back through them again. I still have several I haven't read, as well.

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  2. Ouch! Some less than stellar reads. I give you a lot of credit for giving a book you did not enjoy a second try. That is very open-minded of you. I am ruthless, and would never do it.

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    1. Thanks, Sam. I honestly thought I would feel differently about it. A lot of people love it, but it's just not for me.

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  3. I read Rebecca a few years back and I have to say I liked the movie better. The Alfred Hitchcock 1940s version. Hope you enjoy the book version better than I did. Looks like you got a lot of spooky reads in, but not a lot were very good. That's a bummer. Hope you enjoy your fantasy reads better. Happy reading and thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

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    1. I've been having trouble finding the Hitchcock version of the movie. I wanted to watch it after the readalong.

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  4. I have a couple of Stephen King books on my soon to read pile!! :)

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  5. The Sea Was A Fair Monster caught my eye- looks like an anthology? I would love to read some short stories about the sea (and monsters hopefully lol).

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    1. I'm glad you caught the flash fiction part of my review. It was a fun little collection of stories.

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  6. I read Rebecca years ago, but it wasn't one of my favorite books. I love the covers of Swamplandia and Marvelocity and it's great that you got a copy of Swamplandia nine years later!

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  7. I must say that I am feeling better about not picking up Bag of Bones when it was on sale at Audible a while back. I have a copy of Swamplandia on my shelf that has probably sitting there for years. I should give it a read. Have a great week!

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    1. I wish Bag of Bones could have worked out better for me, but... nope! You probably made a good decision.

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  8. I've been seeing Rebecca around a lot lately (maybe from all the news about the readalong?) I haven't read it, but I may check it out after my current read called The Winters, which is supposed to a modern retelling.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Now I've been seeing The Winters everywhere. :) I may have to give it a read if you loved it.

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  9. I just finished The Elizas yesterday and hope to start The Boy in the Keyhole tonight after work. We all seem to have a King or two that doesn't work for us. Stormi and I were discussing this yesterday - for me it's Tommyknockers. I'm excited to participate in the readalong and got my copy in the mail Thursday.

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    1. Yeah, I remember not being thrilled with The Tommyknockers.

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  10. I love Bag of Bones! I think I might be the only person. Lol. I am not sure why I love it so much, but I do. Then probably The Shining, The Stand, Desperation, and The Long Walk.

    It's been a while since I read Rebecca!

    Have a great week!

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    1. Tracy really loved Bag of Bones, too. I've heard such good praise for it over the years. I thought maybe I'd come around this time. NOPE. LOL.

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  11. I never read Bag of Bones and I am not sure why. LOL Hope you have a good week!

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  12. It’s been so many years since I read Bag of Bones. And I honestly can’t remember a thing about it. I guess the fact that it was so forgettable tells me all I need to know.

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    1. Yes, I forgot most of it, and I'll probably forget it again.

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  13. Oh no, I picked up Bag of Bones in the Spring and was hoping to read it this month. I loved Rebecca, it's one of my favorites.

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  14. I loved Swamplandia! I read it when it first came out, and now she's one of my favorite authors.She wrote a short story anthology called Vampires in the Lemon Grove that was AMAZING.

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    1. I really need to read it. Vampires in the Lemon Grove is on my wishlist, too.

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