The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The Library at Mount Char

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked up this book for bookclub. I don’t know that I would have read it otherwise, but I am glad I did. The book was a little strange, but the story’s pieces all fit together by the end. 

This was well worth the read. I wouldn’t call it fun, but it sucked me into the story right away. It kept me guessing for most of the book. I enjoyed it and may reread it one of these days. 

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I watched this as part of the film noir program at The Roxie theater late in 2020. I think this was one of the weirdest movies I’ve watched. It’s a well-known movie by movie historians, but it really wasn’t for me.

It was a silent film and it bounced between reality and dreams. It was hard to follow at some points, but I worked my way through the movie. Nope, I didn’t like it, but I’m also not a big horror fan.

The Haunted Vagina by Carlton Mellick III

The Haunted Vagina

The Haunted Vagina by Carlton Mellick III
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I picked this book up after it went circulating around one of my reading groups, mostly as a joke, so I wasn’t expecting much. I looked at the number of reviews, and at how many stars it had, so I was expecting more. I decided to go for it. I regret it. This was the weirdest book I’ve ever read. I spent a lot of my reading time shouting “No! Don’t go in there!” and feeling very strange about it. 

I had difficulty suspending belief on this one. I just couldn’t get the idea of the book in my brain. 

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Horror Books by Diverse Authors

Horror books

All of the books listed in the above linked article are horror books by diverse authors. The descriptions of them make them all sound wonderful. I’ve added a couple to my TBR list.

Fledgling by Octavia Butler

The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun

Coyote Songs by Gabino Iglesias

We Cast A Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

The Drowning Girl by Caitlín R. Kiernan 

The Good House by Tananarive Due

Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix


Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this up as a bookclub read. I normally don’t read horror, but because I was assured that it was humorous, I gave it a shot.

I enjoyed the book. The author made the characters that were important to the story important to the readers. 

I was surprised at the ending. I was waiting for a little longer epilog or maybe a promise of a sequel. 

I would recommend it, but the paper version. You miss a lot of the pictures that are important if you get the audiobook. This still isn’t my genre of choice, but it didn’t cause me to have nightmares. 

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Working on a Weekend

Usually, if I go in to work on a weekend, it’s a brief trip. I had to go in this weekend, after a crazy work week. I wasn’t able to get a lot done after work last week, so I planned to get it done after work on Saturday.

I worked, then took myself to breakfast since everything went smoothly. I was alone, so I sat at the bar instead of waiting 25 minutes for a table. The lady who ended up sitting next to me had done the same thing. She gave me a lecture on the benefits of being single. I gave her a lecture on why she needs a Kindle.

After breakfast, I went to the nail place, expecting a long wait since it was a weekend. I was seated right away and was out the door with a mani pedi in just over an hour.

After nails, I went to the post office to pick up mail. My daughter’s ATM card had been delivered, so I brought it to her girlfriend at work. She’d have the card for the trip they were taking.

Next on the list was the library, to pick up holds. On the way there, I talked to a friend. We got caught up in just over an hour, while I sat in the car. I ran in to the library quickly while he was talking. Then sat in my car at home to talk longer. After we hung up, we texted for a few more minutes, since we weren’t done yet.

I went inside and read for a while. I eventually decided to finish watching The Shining. I had never seen it before, since I’m a big chicken when it comes to horror and thrillers. I got about halfway through and paused it to have dinner. Mostly because I was afraid to watch it all in one chunk.

After dinner, I gathered up my online support group to watch the second half with me. I was surprised that the movie wasn’t as scary as I thought. Creepy, yes. Scary, not so much. I think part of it was that I’d seen so many pieces of it over the years that I kind of knew what was coming.

My aunt texted me right after I finished it and told me that my cousin had just watched it for the first time, along with The Sixth Sense. She was more scared of the other movie. I recommended The Ring and The Blair Witch Project for their next movie nights. Those scared the heck out of me.