Friday, October 2, 2020

My Summer 2020 TBR is now my Fall 2020 TBR

I have managed to knock a few of these books off the list, but still many to go. So, I have chosen to turn what is left of my Summer TBR list into my Fall TBR. The highlighted ones are the ones that have been read. Several of these on the list are ones that I am reading now and hope to finish by end of October. Wish me luck!

1. Vlog like a Boss by Amy Landino

2. Good morning, Good life by Amy Landino

3. The Island by Heather Graham

4. Lie to Me by JT Ellison

5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

6. The Devil wears Prada by Lauren Weissburger

7. Killer Chef by James Patterson

8. The Exile by James Patterson

9. In the Woods by Tana French

10. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

11. The Séance' by Heather Graham

12. One of Us is Next by Karen McManus

13. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

14. Small Kingdoms and Other Stories by Charlaine Harris

15. Your One and Only by Adrianne Finlay

16. The Dead Room by Heather Graham

17. Nightwalker by Heather Graham

18. Unhallowed Ground by Heather Graham

19. The Presence by Heather Graham

20. Dead on the Dance Floor by Heather Graham

21. Last Scene Alive by Charlaine Harris

22. Fireproof by Eric Wilson

23. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

24. The House at the End of the Street by Lily Blake

25. The Cabin by Natasha Preston

26. We all Fall Down by Natalie D. Richards

27. The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper stories by Maxim Jakubowski

28. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo

29. Part of Your World by Liz Braswell

30. The Bridges of Madison County by Robert Waller

31. Sing for Me by Trisha Grace

32. Kiss by Ted Dekker

33.The 19th Christmas by James Patterson

34. The 20th Victim by James Patterson

35. The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles

36. The Kissing Booth 2 by Beth Reekles

37. Stay with Me by Mila Gray

38. Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

39. The Passage by Justin Cronin

40. Zoo 2 by James Patterson

41. Eat Pray Love Made me Do It- Stories of Life Journeys

42. Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

43. Mine by Courtney Cole

44. Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin

45. Classic Ghost Stories compiled by Vic Parker

46. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

47. Two can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus

48. Your Best Life by Joel Osteen

49. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

50. Taking the Titanic by James Patterson

51. Little Black Dress by James Patterson

52. Mom's Night Out by Tricia Goyer

53. The Haunting of Blackwood House by Darcy Coates

54. A Fool and His Honey by Charlaine Harris

55. The Last Star by Rick Yancey

56. Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

57. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

58. Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas

59. Elevation by Stephen King

60. If It Bleeds by Stephen King

61. The Diabolic by SJ King

62. The Girl Before by JP Delaney

63. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

64. Missing You by Harlan Coben

65. Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

66. Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

67. The Child by Fiona Barton

68. Because you love to Hate Me by Amerie

69. Full Throttle by Joe Hill

70. No One to Trust by Iris Johanssen

71. Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell

72. Running for Good Chicken Soup for the Soul

73. Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

74. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

75. The House Next Door by Darcy Coates

76. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

77. Single Minded by Lisa Daily

78. Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne

79. Sculpt Yourself by Savy

80. Song of the Dryad by Natalia Leigh

81. Eve the Awakening by Jenna Moreci

82. Queen of Swords and Silence by Carrow Brown

83. The Savior's Champion by Jenna Moreci

84. Beautiful Demons Books 1-4 by Sarra Cannon

85. Reshaping It All by Candace Cameron Bure

 

Bonus Book: Pistol Daisy by Natalia Leigh



Thursday, October 1, 2020

10 Random Things About Me

 I recently watched a video on YouTube where someone named ten random things about themselves. I thought it was a cool idea, but decided to do the blog post instead of a video.

 1. I am terrified of snakes and have been for most of my life. Can’t really tell you why, but I find something very creepy about them that scares the crap out of my when I see one.

2. I have had three nicknames in my lifetime. The first one was given to me by my father. He called me Bittle Bug from the day I was born until the day he passed away. The next nickname came from a friend in middle school. She called me Duckie. My husband currently calls me Butterfly and has since we first started dating.

3. I am obsessed with Baby Yoda aka The Child from The Mandalorian. I have a bookmark, stickers, a Build-A-Bear, and a toy. I want the animatronic one. I think he is just adorable and haven’t been this obsessed since Baby Groot and even he wasn’t this bad.

4. I have never been on an airplane. I know that is hard to believe in this day and age, but I have never really had the desire to fly. Places I have wanted to go or have went, I just wanted to drive. I can think of two places I would like to visit that involve an airplane, but I don’t know if I find them worth it.

5. I bleed Pepsi. When it comes to the age old war between Pepsi and coke, I have been a Pepsi fan since I was a child.

6. My husband and I graduated high school together and were very close friends before we ever started dating.

7. When I played with Barbie as a little girl, I thought Ken was a joke. GI Joe was Barbie’s boyfriend.

8. I never considered audio books actual reading until about ten years ago when I learned how much time could be saved with multi-tasking and I could still enjoy the story.

9. I would rather do fifty loads of laundry than one sink full of dishes.

10. I am a book hoarder. I will buy books from the bargain section of a local bookstore as well as Barnes & Noble that sound good. I have collected over 600 books on my bookshelves, as well as over 150 books on my kindle, that I still have not read.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Let's Wrap this Horror Up

 9/20 Hollow Creek

Starring Steve Daron

Looking for inspiration for a new novel, Blake heads to the Mountains with his mistress. When she disappears, he becomes a prime suspect.

Movie starts with some statistics about missing children. Then a man searching high grass with a flashlight. Dude with light just grabbed a little boy.

Now we have switched to a couple in the car talking. They are listening to a news report about a child abduction. The name of the town is Castle Rock and it looks creepy. Hmm, I feel a bit of copycatting here.

And we quickly learn that the guy is a jerk. His wife calls while he is sitting in the car with his mistress. What a pig.

There is definitely something happening with this cabin they are staying in. Looks like ghosts or something. Zombie kids? Who knows. So far the movie is pretty interesting. It does have a level of more mystery than horror at the beginning. There are flashes, but not a lot of horror at very beginning.

Oh snap. The mistress is pregnant, but wasn’t supposed to be able to get pregnant. She is visibly upset about this and convinced that the guy will be mad. I’m sure he will be, he’s a creep.

We are about thirty four minutes in and things are starting to get real. She has apparently stumbled upon who is taking the kids. So far I’m impressed with this movie.

At least the cheating husband seems to care that his mistress is missing. That’s nice of him. The cops are centering in on him, though. He is going down for her disappearance it looks like. However, they haven’t discovered her alive or dead.

Five months later…

Now, our hero is DIVORCED. Guess the wife didn’t like the fact that he was cheating and it got plastered all over the news. Took him for just about everything he had.

So, now the guy is searching for some kind of answer for what happened to the mistress. Which he has been referring to her as his girlfriend throughout the movie. That’s nice of him.

The ending was pretty good. There were moments when it was hard to tell how things were going to go. I would give this one a B-.

9/21 Playback

Starring Christian Slater

A group of students unlock a dark secret while digging into their towns infamous past.

Movie starts with a video of some serious violence and crying. A lot of static. Basically a person carrying a camera and filming all this stuff. I hope there isn’t a lot of the video camera version of shooting because that messes with my head.

Now, you see the person carrying the camera, then it switches back to video. Now we have some weirdness with the television. Guy covered with blood standing on porch. Ok, he is definitely crazy.

Now we switch to some kids filming scenes for a horror movie class project. Guy who loaned them equipment is asked to find what he can on the murders that happened in 94’, this is the filming we see at very beginning of movie. The guy who loaned them the equipment is a bit on the weird side. He is also quite a bit of a creepy peeping Tom using video as a way to see girls half dressed.

I feel like maybe I have seen this movie, but I can’t remember anything about it. So, I am not sure. Oh, well. I will include it anyway.

Christian Slater is definitely a sleaze in this. We have some unnecessary action involving him that I could have done without. He is a pig, no doubt.

Oh, my god. I love what one of the characters just said. He is talking about the shakiness of a handheld camera when filming. The filmmaker is defending it and the friend is just like “the rest of us call that a headache.” I can totally relate. I hate movies like that!

Besides the horror at the very beginning, we are about thirty minutes in and nothing has really happened.

Oh, snap. Things have just changed. While things are still weird, things have started picking up. However, the movie is alittle strange.

Movie actually ended up being okay. The perverted cop was unnecessary and the ending could have been better, but I think it was decent. I would give this one a B-.

9/22 7 Guardians of the Tomb

Starring Kellan Lutz

A team of scientists search for a missing colleague only to be met with a swarm of deadly spiders.

Movie immediately starts out with a woman being told that her brother is missing. She is invited to travel to China to the dig site and look for her brother.

Then, we rewind to three days beforeand switch to the brother and his friend. So, it looks like we are going to be given a flashback of what happened to the brother.

We are having some flashes between past and very very past. Got to pay attention to this one or I will really get confused.

Okay, now we are back in present. I think this movie might have potential. The dynamic between the main characters seems to be pretty good for right now.

There is definitely some action in this one at the beginning. I am only 21 minutes in and am very interested in what is happening.

Eew! Spiders! Oh, yuck. Creepy crawly spiders!!! Lots of spiders!

The main woman in this, Gia, is a force. She is so freaking cool. Definitely not a wuss.

The ending was really good until it got to the final moment. Did not like the way that went. I would still have to give this one a B-, though. Definitely worth a watch.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Along Came the Devil 1 & 2

9/18 Along Came The Devil

Starring Sydney Sweeney

A young woman has visions of her deceased mother while visiting her hometown. This drives her to contact the spirit world, unwittingly unearthing a demonic force.

Movie starts out with quick background in text form. I always find these interesting because if you blink you are going to miss the information. It also states that this movie is supposedly based on true events.

We switch to two little girls lying in the closet talking. Apparently they are laying in the closet because their dad is making them stay in there. Dad seems like a real piece of work. Yep, dad is abusive.

Now we switch to ten years later…

The youngest of the two girls is now a teenager and living with her aunt back in her home town.

While riding her bike, she decides to take a trip back to the old house she used to live in. It has some spooky moments so far, but nothing eye catching.

Now, Ashley has reconnected with friends that she had when she was younger and is hanging out with them by the lake. Of course they want to play with candles and “trying to contact the dead” so Ashley thinks she sees her deceased mother and freaks out.

Yep, she is definitely seeing something and hearing things. Ashley’s friend, Hannah, is trying to help her figure out what she is seeing. However, she thinks it is a good idea to try communicating with the dead again. Nope, it is not mommy.

Okay, things are starting to pick up a little bit now. It is pretty interesting so far.

Yeah, Ashley is definitely acting different than she was. I am under the impression she might be possessed now.

I have to say I am a bit concerned about this aunt. Is she honestly so stupid that she can’t figure out something is seriously wrong? I mean, I’m not saying that she would immediately think possession, but common sense would tell anyone something is wrong with this girl.

Apparently, Ashley’s mother was once possessed. That is an interesting tidbit.

I will say that when the action started, it continued. The movie definitely picked up. If you are an Exorcist fan, then you should consider this one.

The ending was great, although I found it surprising. I would give this one a B+ and recommend it to any horror lover.


9/19 Along Came the Devil 2

Starring Laura Wiggins

Jordan returns home after receiving an unsettling voicemail only to find her estranged father and more questions. No one is safe in the small town now that a demonic force has attached itself to it.

Movie starts out with the Reverend from the first movie praying.

Flashback to three nights earlier as the camera moves through what appears to be an empty house.

Okay, not an empty house. It’s a boy who gets woke up by a lot of whispering and banging. And the kid is off to check out the noise, calling mom and dad rather loudly. This is not a little kid. He is old enough to know that, if it was an intruder, hollering out for his parents could get him murdered.

So, it looked like that turned out to be a nightmare that Jordan and Ashley’s father was having.

Now we switch to a college girl, Jordan, getting the message the aunt left in the first movie asking her to come home. She is on her way.

And we are back to the Reverend cleaning up the mess from the first movie. He actually called Jordan and Ashley’s dad? This the loser from the first movie. From what I caught in the first one, he is not a good person. Why on earth would the Reverend call him?

So, Jordan shows up back in her hometown and that Reverend spills out some bull about how Ashley and Tanya left town with the doctor for Ashley’s sake. This doctor is dead by the way and I know the Reverend knows it. Tanya is the aunt. I am interested to see what happened to her because it didn’t show anything in the first movie. Did the Reverend kill the aunt to protect the possession secret?

Jordan gets talked into staying with the dad. Apparently the dad found religion and has cleaned up his act, met a nice woman, and started another family.

The boy from the beginning of the movie is actually Jordan’s half brother and he is very creepy. His name is Xander which I am sure will make my best friend laugh.

Dang, Reverend been keeping some secrets. It is weighing heavily on him. He confesses things to the father, who thinks the Reverend has lost his mind. He tells him things because he is convinced that Jordan will be next when it comes to the possession.

The movie is actually pretty interesting. I am enjoying following along with it. There are moments where it just kind of jumps out at you, then there are moments when it does slow down a bit. It really starts picking up without much slowing once you hit the middle of the movie.

The ending was actually pretty good. It definitely left room for another movie. I liked it. I would give this one a B+ as well.

Friday, September 25, 2020

More September Scares

 9/16 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

Starring Kim Director

A group of college students decide to take the Blair Witch Hunt tour only to wake after camping with no memory of the night before. When they return to town, something has come with them.

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I despise the Blair Witch Project movie. Dumbest thing ever in my opinion. However, I remember watching this one once and I think it was different from the first movie. Don’t remember much about it, but decided to revisit it for the Scare-A-Thon.

Movie starts off with news clippings talking about the Blair Witch Project movie. Then switches to a scene in an insane asylum. This is a strange start off. It is showing dates at the bottom and looks to be jumping around.

I immediately took a liking to Kim which is part of the group that goes on the tour. Apparently they are interviewing the guy who took the group on the tour, but it is going back and forth.

There is a lot of talk in this movie. I am waiting for the scenes that make it a horror movie.

The group wakes up and none of them have any memory of what happened. Finally we are starting to see a bit of the horror element. It took thirty minutes in before it starts happening.

Okay, so it turns out that the tour leader was in the insane asylum but it hasn’t said why.

Things are definitely happening now. By the time you get half way through the movie, things have really started happening.

I love the way the video does. What they see is not what other people see. So cool. I absolutely love the end of this. I would give this one a B+. I may not have liked the first one, but I really liked this one.

 

9/17 Kruel

Starring Kierney Nelson

A teenager girl is accused of causing the death of a young boy in her care and sets out to find out what really happened.

Movie starts out with couple making out in a jeep. Ooh, the guy just admitted to cheating and they broke up.

Okay, the ice cream man is just a little on the creepy side.

Oh dear. She is watching a little boy and the ex boyfriend shows up. She gets mixed in with a conversation with the loser and now the little boy is missing. It looks like he wandered off and possibly drowned, but something tells me that is not what happened.

She begins to suspect the ice cream man, Willy, once her ex-boyfriend tells her that he saw a guy fishing the day that the little boy disappeared. The police, of course, doesn’t believe that she is correct about Willy and won’t investigate him. So, the ex suggests they break into his house. This should be interesting.

This movie is actually pretty good. I really find myself getting lost in the movie and interested in finding out what is going to happen.

I swear the cops in this movie are completely useless. The dad goes to them because the girl is missing and they pretty much brush it off as her running off with her ex. Idiots. So now the dad is trying to find his daughter.

Ending was really good. Had a moment that was touch and go. I was really wondering if things were going a completely different way. I would definitely give this one a B+. I enjoyed it.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Vudu Halloween Movies

 9/14 The Legend of Halloween Jack

Starring Jo Hart

A mysterious apparition begins stalking the land in a sleepy seaside England town.

Right off the movie starts with two dead bodies in a car. Then we have the credits coming on showing flashes of a black and white horror movie. I’m getting nervous guys.

Now we switch to a news broadcast telling about a guy entering a plea about the death of the two people at beginning of movie. The acting is a bit off, but I am giving it a chance.

Guy enters plea of Not Guilty. There are people watching that are not happy about this. The case ends up getting dismissed because the police failed to read Miranda rights.

The families of the victims, the Mayor, and the detective that screwed up decide to get together to bring down justice on the head of the man they believe killed the two people.

I have to be honest. This is very boring right now. The graphics are so fake and the acting is absolutely terrible. I am going to give this a few more minutes in hopes that it will pick up. Oh, my god. Now we are quoting I Know What You Did Last Summer. Major eye roll.

Fast forward one year later…

One of the guys killed himself out of guilt which brings back the dude they killed who is dressed like a scarecrow which is how he was when he died.

The acting has picked up somewhat, but some of them are still not that great. I haven’t cut it off yet because it is starting to show possible potential.

And that’s a nope. I cannot take anymore… I made it thirty minutes in and I can honestly say I regret that much of my life spent on this movie.

I give this one an F and warn you to watch at your own risk.


9/15 Halloween Night

Starring Derek Osedach

An escaped mental patient terrorizes teenagers at a party.

Movie starts out stating it is based on actual events. Then switches to two men holding a woman and another guy with a gun. The woman gets raped. There is a boy hiding under the table and when he goes to escape, he gets burned by a hot pipe that is shot with a bullet.

Then it switches to ten years later on Halloween. The burned guy is in a mental ward and the orderlies are tormenting him with a mask like the one the guys were wearing the night he got burned. Dang, first murder already. Didn’t wait long.

The graphics aren’t that great, but so far this movie seems like it might have some potential. We’ll see.

The kissing is horrible. It sounds like a bunch of smacking. If you are going to have these scenes at least don’t make it sound like a slobber fest. Gross.

Still showing some potential, but there are parts that are just weird. I’m still waiting for someone else to die.

And boom! You get what you ask for. Now it is time for the party so you know what is coming next and, of course, the party is taking place at the house that used to belong to the mental patient that escaped.

There is this weird scene at the party that is hard to follow. But it picks up pretty quick with some deaths.

Now we have something that is crazy similar. Killer won’t kill this one girl because she is wearing his mother’s necklace and reminds him of his mom. So, he handcuffs her instead. Friday the 13th remake fans will recognize that.

This reminds me of a discount version of Halloween crossed with Friday the 13th. The movie needs some work, but it isn’t too bad.

The ending is not that great and was a bit of a cliché. Could have been a lot better. I would give this one a C-.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Phantasm: Ravager

 9/13 Phantasm: Ravager

 Starring A. Michael Baldwin

 Reality blurs for a hero as he searches for his friend in this final installment of the series.

 I could not resist the temptation to watch this one since I had watched the others.

 Movie starts off with Reggie wandering down a road looking pretty beat up. Starts the monologue with scenes flashing of past movies.

 Right after that the action picks up fairly quick.

 Now, we switch to Reggie being pushed in a wheelchair by Michael, which is the friend he was wandering around looking for. Michael tells Reggie he has been diagnosed with dementia.

 Michael asks Reggie to tell him the story of what he thinks is actually going on. I’m a tad confused now…

 It flips back to the story and right off the bat, Reggie picks him up a girl. I love how these women just immediately believe his story of a Tall Man, zombie dwarfs, missing friends, and balls that kill people. Of course, it makes sense that they would totally believe a stranger spitting out this stuff.

 Ha! Reggie just tried to get laid. This is classic Reggie and I love watching his pitiful efforts. So funny.

 Now he wakes up in an old fashioned hospital and the Tall Man is dying in the bed next to him. Then a flash back to wheelchair and now back to the story Reggie was telling. I am so totally confused right now, I can’t even explain what is happening. It bounces a lot making it hard to follow.

 Oh, come on! They didn’t have to kill the horse.

 Even though the movie is confusing, it is interesting. I find myself really trying to follow along and figure out what the heck is happening.

 Okay, the ending was good and I think I had a bit of a grasp on what was going on by then. There is just something fun about these movies.

 I’d give this one a C+. If you make it through the others, you got to watch this one.