Joyland by Stephen King
Fluffy Summer Travel Reads / Highly Recommended / Paranormal

Joyland by Stephen King

This is my last review for Halloween and the R.I.P. IX Challenge. Happy Halloween! Joyland is part murder mystery, part ghost story, part coming of age novel. There’s nothing ground-breaking about Joyland, but it’s the kind of novel that shows King at his best. He’s writing about real people experiencing real-life drama, it’s just in … Continue reading

Blog Hops and Other Memes / Challenges

The R.I.P. IX Challenge

It’s September, which means it’s time for Stainless Steel Droppings’ R.I.P. challenge (R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril IX) (note the cool graphic by Abigail Larson.) For this challenge, you simply read books from any of the following categories: Mystery. Suspense. Thriller. Dark Fantasy. Gothic. Horror. Supernatural. The challenge runs from September 1 to – you guessed it … Continue reading

New to Me Author / Nonfiction (Misc)

The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir by Josh Hanagarne

This book was recommended on a few blogs I like, and while it’s not my usual kind of read, I’m always looking for interesting non-fiction to broaden my horizons. Librarian is Hanagarne’s memoir, and it’s basically about four aspects of his life: his career as a librarian, his faith as a Mormon, his passion for … Continue reading

Blog Hops and Other Memes / Contemporary Fiction / Paranormal

Doctor Sleep Read Along, Chapters 1-6

I’ve joined the Doctor Sleep Read Along, hosted by Tif Talks Books and Cheap Thrills.  I’ve only read through Chapter Five, so I’m only a little behind. Dr. Sleep, for those who don’t know, is Stephen King’s many-years-later sequel to The Shining.  I can’t say The Shining was one of my favorite King novels, but … Continue reading