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.
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 »
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Welcome to the world of Bookstagram/Instabook, a special corner of Instagram where bibliophiles come together to share bookish photos.
This month was the most wonderful time of the year: October! Meaning: time to read and photograph all the spooky books.
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2015 was the year I said goodbye to goals and decided to focus on quality over quantity. Despite promising not to judge my end result, I was still bummed I didn’t hit 100 books. Regardless, even though I still took all of May off to move apartments, I was only two books shy of my goal-centric 2014 total, reading 94 books in 2015.
For this year’s best and worst of wrap up, I decided to do things a little differently and divide my favorites and least favorites of the year by genre. Note: these are the books I read in 2015 and are not limited to books published in 2015.
You can check out a visual list of all the books I read in 2015 over on GoodReads — for the best and worst, continue scrolling!
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While not my favorite Atwood novel, her latest speculative fiction tale about a crumbling America was not my least favorite of her many works either. The despicable characters may make it a tough read, but Atwood’s touches of dark humor combined with her world building are the real stars of the story. [READ FULL REVIEW]
Shirley Jackson writes superbly tense gothic horror and We Have Always Lived in the Castle is no exception. Unlike the much more well-known The Haunting of Hill House, her last novel revolving around a family murdered by poisoned sugar explores how houses can become haunted by their human occupants.
I was really excited to read this horror novel, which combines diary entries, interviews and transcripts to tell a story about two girls who share the same body. I go into this book way more in-depth in the first meeting of the Spines with Wines book club, but it didn’t exactly live up to my expectations. [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]
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