If you like interactive mysteries, or even if you don’t, you should read “S.” aka “Ship of Theseus” by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst

People who wake up in the middle of the night and see those big-eyed alien abductors or a ghostly old woman… it’s always something they saw in some movie, isn’t it? Your mind puts a familiar face on something it can’t understand. Only here, somehow it becomes real.
We rode in silence, I think all of us wondering what was behind the flowery wallpaper our perceptions had always pasted on the unknown. All the things the mind won’t allow us to see, to protect our sanity, or our soul, or maybe just to keep the shit out of our pants.
John Dies At The End by David Wong
why am I so tired

why am I so tired

Reading A Discovery of Witches

122 pages in and I just realized I have been picturing Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling as the main character, Diana Bishop.

I think it’s the compact yet physically fit description, as well as the blond hair and female strength and independence.

Never mind that Clarice Starling isn’t a mythical creature such as a witch, and Hannibal isn’t a vampire… although… He could be.

A lot of parallels here.


Liebster Award

The wonder and insanely fast reader booksandghosts has apparently nominated me for the Liebster Award. At least that is what I think is happening… Though I have been informed that if I’m not confused I have been misinformed.


1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.

2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator and create 11 questions for your nominees.

3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen. (I realize that they’re supposed to be blogs with 200 followers or less, but I think that it should just be presented to any blog that deserves it, I mean, what if that blog has two hundred and one followers?)

4. Copy and paste the Blog Award onto your blog.

I will know answer booksandghost’s 11 questions:

1. Do you come from a family of readers?

I can’t say that I do. My mother has poor taste and occasionally reads nonfiction humor such as things written by Dr. Laura Schlesshinger, or however the hell you spell that. I have never actually seen my father read anything yet it was off of his bookshelves that I pulled my first Stephen King book. He also had some Cussler, I think.

2. Do you like a deep analysis of the books you read?

It really depends on the analysis. I enjoy analyzing and if I agree with the analysis then I do enjoy it. Yet if I disagree with the analysis I feel it interferes with my view of the book and that upsets me. 

3. Are there any books made into movies where you prefer the film?

Not that I can think of. There are many that I enjoy both equally. Or as close to equally as possible. For instance, The Shining and Fightclub are the first that come to mind. I felt the Hannibal movies were very well done, yet I do wish they had included Clarice and Hannibal’s real relationship at the end.

4. Paperbacks or Hardcovers?

Paperbacks. I find hardcovers to be too large for my little hands, and even in the case of a smaller sized hardback, I don’t feel as comfortable holding it and I find that I can never keep the pages open. You may infer that I damn well crack the spines of my books.

5. Do you judge a book by the cover?

Sometimes. When I was younger and had no real sense of what was good to read or what I wanted to read I chose my books somewhat based on the cover and title. I suppose there is a small part of me that holds onto this technique. I am still quite often drawn to books by their cover but I won’t reject a book because I don’t like it’s cover.

6. What book do you consider your guilty reading pleasure?

Definitely romance. Not kinky romance, just your run of the mill love story. I don’t seek them out nor do I read them often, but if I end up reading one by chance I enjoy more than I’d like to admit and I can’t put it down. Similarly, if a novel of any other genre has a love story in it I am guiltily drawn into it.

Or wait, book as in singular? If I have one specific book that is a guilty reading pleasure I am going to have to say it is The Time Travelers Wife. For a romance novel it is phenomenal and written extraordinarily well. Every question about the time travel in the book you could possibly have Niffenneger answers it. The story and the characters have depth and it really is just a wonderful read. The movie does not do it justice; so much happens that just cannot be capture in average movie time. 

7. What’s a treasured book from your childhood?

Sideways Stories From Wayside School by Louis Sachar

8. Have you ever vaguely remembered a storyline of a book but not the title or the author and tried to hunt a copy down?  Were you successful or still hunting?

Yes. There have been a few story lines from books I read as a child that I have often wondered if it was just a dream I had and not actually part of a book I once read. I have since forgotten them, and so am not currently trying to hunt them down.

9. Whats the longest it has taken you to read a book?

I cannot remember. I’m sure there have been times in my life where I have had a lot of other things going on and it probably took me about a month to read a book.

10. When you buy a favourite book series do you read it straight away or save it for a day when you just need a familiar world to delve into?

I generally read it straight away. I like to devote myself to one story line at a time.

However I am reading The Series of Unfortunate Events again and I am not reading them all together. I am reading other books and mostly reading them before I go to sleep. This is probably because I have read them all before, they are generally quick reads (I re-read the first one in only a few hours) and because each book ends and the next book is a new beginning, so I don’t feel that I am abandoning that story line if I read something else before continuing onto the next book.

11. Have you got a favourite bookmark? Why is it your favourite?

My favorite bookmark used to be from an old tarot deck, an albino deck, and the card was simply white and an interesting looking sun in the middle. I think it had a light blue border. I don’t know where it came from. It was my favorite simply because I liked it’s shape and the way it looked, probably. 

Now, my 11 questions are:

  1. What is the first book you remember that had an impression on you?
  2. Have you always been a reader?
  3. Do you have any strange habits when you read?
  4. What is a favorite quote that you read in a book?
  5. What is your favorite and least favorite genre and what is it that you like/don’t like about them?
  6. Have there been books whose characters you wish you knew in real life?
  7. Where is your favorite place to read?
  8. What have you read that you either couldn’t finish or didn’t want to finish but did anyways?
  9. What character from what book have you been able to sympathize with or relate to most?
  10. What gifts have you received as gifts?
  11. What books would you give as gifts and why?

And my 11 nominees are: (these are not book blogs but I feel these people will have interesting things to say regarding reading and books.)

  • nearsightednelly
  • thepissedoffredhead
  • notsoup
  • palahniukandchocolate
  • blue-drag
  • ladirectionhonore
  • lobotomy-zombie
  • owlbeyourfriend
  • dropbarsnotbombs
  • siren-waters
  • lifeserial
Man is as much a parasite on the cow as the tapeworm is on man: We have suckled their udders like leeches. ‘Man the cow parasite’ is probably how non-man defines man in his zoology books.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

The slides of my movies into books presentation :)

(I don’t agree that all of these movies were bad or have ruined the books, but fuck it, it’ll make a fun presentation)

I really really really want to own this edition o.o

I really really really want to own this edition o.o

Needless to say I think I’m really enjoying this book.

My horror corner :)

Thrift store loot. How could I turn down something titled Evil, Inc.? Also, that set of horror/supernatural/ghost stories is fucking awesome and creepy and perfect. $3 This almost makes up for my leaving Weaveworld at the airport.

Opened up my Millennium Series (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo books) and forgot I’d put all these here.

There is a method to my book shelf madness, kind of.

Fear is the relinquishment of logic, the willing relinquishing of reasonable patterns. We yeild to it or we fight it, but we cannot meet it halfway.
The Doctor -The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson