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

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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 »

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

Enjoy looking at books as much as reading them?

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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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s Best and Worst of 2015 Wrap Up

2015 GoodReads

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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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s October 2015 Wrap Up

October 2015 Book Wrap Up

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

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]

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

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.

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

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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