Here is my TBR stack for Saturday‘s 24 hour Dewey‘s #readathon. I will definitely not be able to get through everything (ha ha!), but I am hoping to finish the top 7 books at least, and maybe some of the graphic novels in the wee hours of the morning. I am especially looking forward to reading John Connolly‘s The Book of Lost Things, although- to be honest- I am also looking forward to rereads of the Christopher Pike and Sweet Valley Twins books!
#FallIsBooked Day 16: This book is not for everyone. It was like a purging of sorts for Connolly whose shadows may have compelled him to embody these #wicked demons into nothing less than the sweet fairy stories of yore – infusing them with every imaginable atrocity known to reside in the darkest corners of a man‘s heart. I felt that even the triumph is tinged with a blunted-kind-of-nagging pain that one can live with– if only to keep breathing.⬇️
#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush Day 2
Another favorite edition of a favorite book by one of my very favorite authors!!
@LibrarianRyan I know you regularly show your #CoverLove but do you want to join in on 7 days of 7 favorites, no explanation needed?
A creepy fairy tale for adults that focuses on a young boy adjusting to life during WWII after his mother dies. The book has a wicked step-mother, trolls, and an enchanted forest-all the elements of a classic Brothers‘ Grimm nail biter. This book gave me chills - haunting and definitely memorable.
After losing his mom, a 12-year-old boy takes refuge in the comfort of books so completely that his reality and fantasy begin to become one. Sounds like an adventure I‘ll enjoy.
Finished the other day and forgot to review. I liked Connolly‘s world building. The ebook included details of the many fairy tales that Connolly modified for the protagonist, David, and his coming of age story, which the audiobook did not have. It is set against the background of WWII, but most of the story takes place in the fairytale land. Very thought provoking. 4.0/5.0 ⭐️ #2019
My John Connolly collection for #Ireland. Although the Charlie Parker series is set in USA, I'm using the tagged book for Ireland/Irish author for #booked2019. #literaryluck @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88
Bonus Andrew Scott Moriarty! 😂😂😂
Dark yet enchanting at the same time. A fun cross between Grimm's Fairy Tales, Pan's Labyrinth, and Neverwhere. I liked the acknowledgment in the end that "life is filled with great grief as well as great happiness, with suffering and regret, as well as triumphs and contentment."
So wonderful! It usually takes me 1-4 weeks to read a book depending on how interesting I find it. I finished this one in 2 days! Wow, I just really really liked it. So many fairy tales wrapped up in a little boy‘s fairy tale adventure. Very good book and highly recommend.
"The world of the old tales existed parallel to ours... but sometimes the wall separating the two became so thin and brittle that the two worlds started to blend into each other. That was when the trouble started. That was when the bad things came. That was when the Crooked Man began to appear to David."
This book was very creative. It is hard to do twists on fairytales anymore, but this book did it well. The only reason I‘m giving it a “So-So” is because it surprised me in a few places where it was very dark/“mature”— I don‘t mind that, but I felt like it didn‘t fit the book that well and was unnecessary. Otherwise, a fun, easy, and entertaining read.
My reading view for my birthday weekend staycation 🌲
One of my goals this year is to track the amount of time I spend reading. I am the type of reader that barrels through a book in 2 days and then waits a week or two to pick up another book. I want to be more consistent with my reading, and this app is definitely going to help. I just discovered it- it‘s called “Leio”. Hopefully this will make a difference! (BONUS: it‘s $Free.99!)
“Stories were different, though: they came alive in the telling. Without a human voice to read them aloud, or a pair of wide eyes following them by flashlight beneath a blanket, they had no real existence in our world. [...] Stories wanted to be read, David‘s mother would whisper. They needed it. It was the reason they forced themselves from their world into ours. They wanted us to give them life.” | Doing my best to bring more to life this year.
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly was a tale about loss and how that can steal the childlike innocence and rush a boy into adulthood. At first I wasn't sure what to think about this book, as I went into it totally unaware. But it soon won me over.
Part two of my Christmas gift card shopping arrived today! I‘m looking forward to these reads and super excited about my new glass mug 🖤 I finished a book this morning but spent the rest of the day battling a headache bordering on a migraine all day. Starting to feel better but very exhausted. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better reading day 😊
"People were alive whether you chose to notice them or not, while dogs tended to make you notice them if they decided that you weren't paying them enough attention. Cats, meanwhile, were very good at pretending people didn't exist at all when it suited them, but that was another matter entirely." Dresden is the king of ignoring me, especially when I'm trying to take pictures of him. #CatsofLitsy
This is not the copy I read from, but I really like this edition. The only John Connolly that I‘ve read and I enjoyed it.
The Book of #Lost Things brings us to a magical journey of nursery rhymes, fairytales, and classical myths. An adult story about when childhood ends and what life is made as we grow up.
The short bit: I didn't like it.
The longer bit: Angry spoilers in the comments.
It was very childish and boring. If you like kid‘s fairytales, here‘s your book.
This was okay. I think it was the style that made it seem lackluster to me. Perhaps it was trying to echo the simplistic style of old world fairy tales. It certainly got its level of brutality and gore from old world fairy tales. But in the end, it‘s simplistic style fell flat for me.
So, let talk about how delightfully twisted and creepy this story is...first off, the most terrifying parts of this book are right out of your worst childhood nightmares: a “Boogey Man-like” character called “The Crooked Man” is definitely hiding under your bed (and the scariest part of this fantasy thriller). Also, super vivid and gory details of death 💀 and destruction of magical creatures including the Werewolves called the Loup. Excellent!
#SevenDaysofLove nuts! I missed Day 4 so there will be two tidy 🤦🏻♀️
I‘m taking part in a tagalong game to post 7 covers of books I love. No reviews, no explanation, just pictures and love. Each day, I‘ll tag someone new to play along and those people should too! Let‘s have fun!
tagging @GinEyre22 one of my steadfast pen pals who sticks with me through months of radio silence 🤦🏻♀️
OMG you guys. This book is so creepy. You know that feeling when someone is staring at you and you just have to turn around and see who it is? That is the vibe you‘ll have when reading this fairytale for adults.
1st impression of this book "cool. It's a fantasy novel in the WWII era about a 12 yr old boy that takes a journey." Then the Crooked Man comes along & takes this kid on the most creeptastic journey thru all the scariest fairytales. I looked over my shoulder more than once listening to this book whilst walking thru the heavily wooded park. This narrator sent more than 1 chill down my spine as he screeched "David!" in his dead mother's voice.
This book is a rare, unusual & altogether haunting take on our best loved fairytales. It‘s a story about a boy & his rebellion at the turn his life has taken, punctuated by tales we know by heart, rewritten into darker versions. The cynic in me prefers them, no happy endings; no true loves kiss. It‘s all very real. It‘s a sad story, there‘s no getting around it. But it is magical & it makes you think. I would urge you to read it, at least once.
What a beautiful, emotional, interesting read! The dark side of fairy tales has always been a favorite of mine, and this book does an excellent job of balancing the dark and the fantasy. #fairytale #librarybook #adventure