My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s October 2018 Wrap Up

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager (★★★★½)

The suspenseful follow-up to Final Girls tells the story of Emma, another survivor of trauma (Sager’s forte). 15 years after the disappearance of her Camp Nightingale cabin mates, Emma returns to the hoity-toity summer camp to learn what happened to Vivian, Natalie, and Allison all those years ago. Perfect for fans of psychological thrillers, Sager’s latest novel will keep you guessing (and screaming) until the very last page. Adapt this for the big screen, please and thanks.

I Am Not Your Final Girl by Claire C. Holland (★★★★)

This debut collection from Claire C. Holland combines two of my favorite things: feminist poetry and fictional final girls. Written in response to the 2016 election and the #MeToo movement (among other unfathomable goings on in the world), Holland’s poems explore the perspective of 40 female horror film survivors throughout the decades. Deeply unapologetic, this debut collection is a fitting tribute to final girls and the society that shapes them.

You by Caroline Kepnes (★★★★★)

Kepnes’ debut thriller is an incredibly disturbing novel about obsession in the social media age, including the unhealthy fixation we have with curating our own online personas. Full disclosure, I should not have enjoyed this dark and deranged novel told in the second person as much as I did. And I especially should not have been rooting for the charming, literary loving stalker/kidnapper/murderer the entire time. But here we are. Insert Sorry Not Sorry joke here.

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The Team Behind ‘Sherlock’ is Working on a ‘Dracula’ Miniseries!

Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat — the team behind BBC’s Sherlock — are hard at work on a brand-new series based on another tale of classic literature: Bram Stoker’s Dracula!

The duo are currently in talks with the BBC to bring the OG vampire to life on the small screen.

Not to be confused with all those other times he made his television debut.

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Shirley Jackson’s ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’ Adaptation Starts Filming

We Have Always Live in the Castle Adaptation

Filming for We Have Always Lived in the Castle — Shirley Jackson’s creepily atmospheric 1962 novel about how people haunt their own homes — began this week.

The big screen adaptation, which is being produced by Michael Douglas, stars Taissa Farmiga, Alexandra Daddario, Willem Dafoe and Sebastian Stan as the Blackwoods, social pariahs rumored to have poisoned their relatives with arsenic hidden in the familial sugar bowl.

Despite the fact that the cast is currently filming in Ireland, no release date has yet been set.

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Top Ten Tuesday: The 10 Best Books Cassie-la Read in 2015

Top Ten Tuesday Best 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly original feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that combines the fun of making lists with our love of books.

This week’s prompt was Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015 and because I also read a lot of great graphic novels and trades, I chose to compile this list with only novels in mind.

As per usual, my annual best of the year list — which is much more comprehensive — will be up in late 2015/early 2016 complete with my favorite short stories and comic books.

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