My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s October 2016 Wrap Up


The Grownup by Gillian Flynn (★★★★½)

I can understand why people feel lukewarm toward The Grownup. Aside from the ridiculous price point, we were promised a ghost story and we weren’t given a ghost story — not exactly. Instead, what we got was a well-written psychological story with one hell of a twist. And I for one can’t really complain about that.

Penpal by Dathan Auerbach (★★★☆☆)

This creepypasta turned novel could have been great. Unfortunately, a non-linear narrative, way too many descriptive elements and all the filler made what could have been a superbly creepy horror story way less creepy. While I ultimately liked it and some of its chilling turns, Penpal has plenty of falts. Still curious? Read the shorter online version — which makes way more sense structurally — instead.

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay (★★★★½)

In this modern day exorcism story, a teenage girl and her family become the subjects of a reality television show called The Possession. Named for a Bad Religion song, and partially inspired by The Yellow Wallpaper — with a dash of We Have Always Lived in the Castle thrown in — A Head Full of Ghosts will leave you with more questions than answers.Read More »

Neil Gaiman is Penning a 6-Part ‘Good Omens’ Miniseries!


At a memorial for the late Sir Terry Pratchett last night (April 14), Good Omens co-author Neil Gaiman announced he would be writing a six-part television adaptation of their hilarious post-apocalyptic story.

While Pratchett and Gaiman originally promised to only work on Good Omens things together, before his death Pratchett gave Gaiman the go ahead to complete the project.

Joked Gaiman to the assembled crowd, “At that point, I think I said, ‘You bastard, yes.'”

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s January 2016 Bookstagram Wrap Up

What’s just as fun as reading? Taking pictures of the books that you read!

Welcome to Bookstagram, the corner of Instagram where bibliophiles everywhere participate in literary themed photo challenges and share what they’re currently reading.

Last month my January Bookstagram photos included the literal color purple, bookish presents, my latest book haul, puppies and plenty of Spines With Wines action.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s January 2016 Wrap Up

January 2016 Wrap Up

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (★★★)

After finishing this contemporary novel about a school shooting, I gave it four out of five stars — after working through my conflicted feelings while writing my review however, I realized it was one star too many. While I wanted to love this book, the characters were poorly developed and it didn’t really open up a dialogue about anything of importance. [READ FULL REVIEW]

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (★★★★½)

My second favorite Sarah J. Maas book behind Crown of MidnightA Court of Thorns and Roses is a gorgeously written retelling of Beauty and the Beast and Tam Lin with a side of Cupid and Psyche. From the fabulous world building to the fully realized characters, Maas’ brand new series has it all. [READ FULL REVIEW]

The Walking Dead Vol. 25: No Turning Back by Robert Kirkman (★★★★½)

If you have fallen behind on The Walking Dead, now is the time to catch up. This trade (which collects issues 145 to 150) deals with the aftermath of the new big bad’s recent attack, features some awesome character development and gives readers more of what they want: Negan!

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