We’ve all been there. You read a book by a brand new author, you absolutely love it, you vow to read anything and everything they’ve ever written! You don’t. lol Okay, well, some authors I have read a few of theirs but have plenty more to go. These are all authors I’ve read and loved, and the book of theirs that remains unread that I’m most excited to hopefully one day read.
Well, almost. The one month I allow myself to go crazy and read nothing but horror! One of these days I’ll take my bestie’s advice and do some random horror month in like March just to appease my horror needs. Or at the very least just read more throughout the year? Hmmm… or both.
I’ve been hosting Ominous October since 2014 and it’s one of my favorite things ever. This go around, I’ve realized I was quite ambitious in my picks (really long audios and a few really long books… eek.) and especially with all the crazy stuff going on life-wise, these are the ten I’d like to get around to but I’m not holding my breath about getting through the entire list. But who knows! I might turn this slump around and knock out this list and then some. 🙂 I might also just start early. lol
Ghost Story by Peter Straub (532 pages)
I’ve been slowly working my way through all the “classic” horror novels and this is one of them. I’ve heard mixed things but it’s one I’m quite excited about. I love a good ghostie story.
Hell House by Richard Matheson (302 pages)
This has honestly been on my Ominous October plans for like the last 3 years. I have been so. damn. excited. for this book… I love Matheson and I honestly have no freaking idea why I haven’t read this yet. This one is top priority!
Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King (992 pages)
I’m still slowly but surely making my way through King’s catalog and I think this might be next up! Looking back over the ones I’ve loved the most and his short story collections are simply incredible.
Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson (208 pages) The Haunting of Hill House remains one of the books that stand out in my mind that made me start loving horror at an early age. I’ve always wanted to try something else of hers and decided on this one.
The Listenerby Robert R. McCammon (10h 27m)
I’ve heard nothing about rave reviews about anything and everything McCammon has written and I have yet to read a single one of them. I’m not sure if this is necessarily the best one to start with, but here goes nothing.
Kill Creek by Scott Thomas (15h 46m)
This was a completely random Audible daily deal pick up but I’m so glad I took the chance. The reviews have me most excited about this one!
Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist (16h 54m)
I’ve been wanting to watch this movie for YEARS because it looks so damn creepy but I keep insisting to myself that I need to read the book first so I figured I should knock that out one of these days.
Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2)by Libba Bray (20h 12m)
I read (and loved) The Diviners and am currently in the middle of a re-listen because I read it waaaaaaaaay back in 2012 and knew a re-read was the most advisable thing before diving into Lair of Dreams. These are fantastic on audio, January Lavoy does an incredible joy. And boy, are they creepy.
At the Mountains of Madnessby H.P. Lovecraft (4h 48m)
I love me some Lovecraft. Lovecraft narrated by the late Edward Herrmann? Even better.
One of the things that I love most about blogging is helping to bring more attention to all the books that manage to fall under the radar. The amazing ones that aren’t nearly as appreciated as they deserve to be. These ten are books that I loved reading and would love to see more people love too.
A book is #1 on the New York Times bestseller list? I couldn’t care less. A book just won a literary award? I need a copy NOW so I can see what all the fuss is about. (That is unless your book just won the Booker Prize, then, unfortunately, I couldn’t care less.) There is a multitude of literary awards these days and I avidly await the announcement of winners. Sure, the winners aren’t always as amazing as an award would seem to merit, but sometimes those awards shine a spotlight on some real gems.
Here are just ten that I have read and loved, that have been honored with an award, and it’s clear just why that is.
A book doesn’t require a billion pages to be amazing. Sometimes the best stories have the fewest words. From a mere 4 pages up to 102, these are ten stories in miniature that I couldn’t help but wish for more pages.
It’s never more evident how all over the place my reading picks are than when I do a best of list. Memoir, graphic novel, Dystopian, Romance, Non-Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and even a re-read (and a DNF) of two books I didn’t like the first time around. I’ve got a little bit of everything in this list. Here are my current favorite ten reads for the year… so far. 🙂
Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about those series’ that I’ve called it quits on. It can be hard to finally make that decision to move on, I know that personally, I have a hard time closing the door on a story that you may have spent a lot of time invested in. But hard decisions sometimes have to be made so you can move on to better books. These are just a few of the series that have joined my Series Graveyard.
Last installment read: An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1)
This was a well-loved debut (and still remains a well-loved series) but someone has to be the black sheep. Baaa. Between the extremely slow pace and the excessive (and unnecessary) violence, I didn’t much care for this one and never continued the series.
Last installment read: Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2)
This one is a weird one. The last book I read in this series I rated four stars, however, I’ve practically forgotten everything about this and I didn’t enjoy it enough to warrant a re-read. So here it lies.
Last installment read: Blood and Salt (Blood and Salt, #1)
This was one of the last horror (YA) books that I read. I’m such a massive horror fan and unfortunately, the majority of YA books are far too tame (and contain too much unnecessary romance.)
Last installment read: Symbiont (Parasitology #2) I never expected to dislike this one as much as I did. Parasites! Contagion! Mira Grant! It still upsets me that I couldn’t even finish this trilogy. So sad.
Last installment read: Love Lies Beneath (Love Lies Beneath, #1)
This is another favorite author of mine that managed to write something I didn’t like. But it happens, I suppose. Maybe it was the lack of verse? Whatever it was, this was terrible, but at least my review was fun to write.
Last installment read: Sanctum (Guards of the Shadowlands, #1)
This had been on my TBR for ages and I’d listened to people rave about this series for years. Definitely another black sheep situation. I could barely finish the first installment.
Last installment read: Origins (Alphas, #0.5)
I’ve heard rumblings that even though this was written a while ago, that a series may happen someday. I love Ilona Andrews so much but this is one series I’ll be skipping out on if it does in fact happen.
Last installment read: Bonnie (Eve Duncan, #14)
I read this one for many, many years but finally had to call it quits. The 14th installment was meant to be where we finally got all the answers but it was such a cop-out. And then the series continued somehow, even after everything was “resolved”. I’m curious how Johansen kept the story afloat but not interested enough to actually pick up the next book.
These ten are a combination of genres but all include the requisite fluffy bits (for the most part) that my reading lists typically tend to lack. I searched for the term “Beach” from past posts and had a good laugh at all the planned reading lists I made solely to be read by the beach… and how few of them ended up getting read. Oh well, good intentions are great and all, but here’s hoping these actually get read? And maybe I actually go to the beach?
I’ve got a trip of a lifetime coming up in a few short weeks: 11 days in Ireland. I’ve never been overseas so this is a really big deal. Naturally, I’ve already scoped out all of the literary things I need to make sure to do while I’m there. 🙂 In terms of Irish/Ireland literature, I haven’t read a whole lot. I’ve compiled a list of ten that should help me keep the memories of the hopefully amazing time I’m about to have alive in my mind.