I first heard the story of The Bell Witch on the podcast Lore. If you like spooky strange Lore is a great podcast. So one night when I could not sleep I was looking at audio books. When I can’t sleep if I find the right story it will short out my brain, and let me sleep. As I was perusing the library for an audio book I found a version of the Bell Witch written by Brent Monahan .
To be entirely honest if I read this I might not have finished it. The book it written in a letter style, a father writing to his daughter, to tell her the story of her mother and how the haunting effected her family.
If you do a search on the Bell Witch it is debated on whether this haunting is a true story or not. Either way it has been around for years, and it is still a point of interest in Tennessee.
Other then the podcast this is the only version of this story that I have read. I do not know if the ending is anywhere near what really happened or not. It was amazing to listen to. I am going to start listening to more audio books, my office is moving and I am going to become a super commuter.
This is the first book that I have read by Fredrik Backman, and I cannot wait to read more. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry was not what I expected it to be. I honestly thought when I read the cover blurb that this book was more about fantasy, and we were going to find out that her grandmother was a fairy godmother.
I picked this book for our book club to read and the reviews on it were mixed, a few people could not get past the simple language or the style that it was written in. I believe that they said “adults should never try to write as a child”. When I picked this I wanted something light and fun, we have been reading some very heavy stuff and it was a nice change.
I did not know that this book was not English in origin and the book had a very British feel to me. I was not alone in this the language of the book was one of the things we spent some time on in our discussion.
Back to Grandmother in a way she was a fairy godmother, at least to those around her and how she effected their lives. In the book there was one character that I did not like that was Britt-Marie. I did feel sorry for her, but I did not like her.
This book was well worth the read it was enjoyable, light, and just a bit stressful. The grandmother told amazing stories. It was a stories about stories in stories.
I love reading books about places I have been, and areas that I know. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford covers all of that. It takes place in Seattle and tells the story of a man revisiting his past and his escape from the internment camps. It tells of first loves lost and found, family secrets, and healing a family.
It was an amazing book and I learned that the Puyallup Fair Grounds were used as a temporary camp for the Japanese during WWII. I have been there many times and did not know that, it puts a different perspective on the fair. That a place of fun and enjoyment was once used as a prison. I don’t know if I will ever be able to look at the buildings there the same way again.
The Paramount hotel actually exists the items found in the basement are not only a time capsule but a reminder of what is lost, and the lives disrupted. This book is just a glimpse of what was lost in history because of a fear.
Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce has been on my TBR list for a while. After I read The Secret Garden I have had a thing for hidden garden books.
Tom is sent away to stay with an aunt and uncle while his brother recovers from the mumps. FYI this was written in 1958 and won the Carnegie Medal from the Library Association. The house that Tom’s aunt and uncle live in has been converted into flats and there is not a garden to play in.
This is a time slip book there Tom can slip back in time to play in the original garden and meet the a few of the people who live there. It is cute, a bit preachy, and very much has the ideas of the 1950’s written into the book . I borrowed this one from the library and did not take a picture of it before I took it back.
I would get this book for a small child my son would have read it in first grade, however it is written for someone with a 5th grade reading level.
These are the two books that I picked for the shorter reads for the readathon. Both Plain Jane’s and Plain Jane’s In Love were written by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg.
There is Jane, Theater Jane, Brain Jane, and Polly Jane. These books are about a group of high school students who plain and carry out “art attacks” on the town. Jane has a motive for doing this she survived something terrible and her mother has become a recluse because of that. This is her way of trying to heal her mother.
Each book is short, sweet and made me wish that I had been in that group at school. Just go and read them.
This is a blog post for a book I read for the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathion.
Mike Carey wrote the Lucifer and Unwritten comic also wrote The Devil You Know. This book is about Felix Castor or Fix as he is known to his friends. Fix is an exorcist an unofficial exorcist, the official ones are with the church. He takes on what should be the simple job of removing a ghost from an archive. If it were simple this would not have been a book.
What I most enjoyed about this book is the world building. The setting was the modern world but one where ghosts have come back to haunt or not haunt the world. I love the explanation of what a Loup-Garou was and why they used the French term for the phenomenon. It is one that I hope that Mr. Carey keeps writing in.
The reason I picked this one to read is that if you were to go on my Goodreads books to read list you would see over 200 books. So my goal when I am not reading a book a round the world I plan on trying to get through this list. However, today I added another book. Shush it looks good.
1. Which hour was most daunting for you? To be honest this time it was all of them I blame it on the pneumonia.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next year? Alys by Kiri Callaghan , Anything by Charles de Lint
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? Can really answer I mostly just read books.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Again I did not participate much, it was difficult to multi-task this year.
5. How many books did you read? 4
6. What were the names of the books you read? The Devil You Know, Plain Jane’s, Tom’s Midnight Garden, and Jane’s in Love.
7. Which book did you enjoy most? I enjoyed the Jane books they were cute and I wanted to be in P.L.A.I.N
8. Which did you enjoy least? Tom’s Midnight Garden it was not the story it was that I could “see” the prejudice of the author. It was written in the 1950’s though so not a big surprise.
9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? It is already on my calendar! I would be interested in donating a prize, if someone would contact me about that.
Today is the April Dewey’s readathon, it is also International Table Top Gaming day, and my cousins birthday. This is my third year of doing the readathon and I am a bit out of it. On Thursday it was discovered that I have pneumonia.
The last few time I have done the readathon I have kept up every hour on the hour. This time sitting up is wearing me down. This will be a post that I add to as the day goes on. Right now I am reading The Devil You Know by Mike Carey. I should have it done in a few more hours.
But first a mini challange this one is run by Bart over at Bart’s Bookshelf. This is called Show Us the Weather.
I am taking a short break from reading, So far today I have read. Plain Jane’s, Jane’s in Love, Tom’s Midnight Garden, and The Devil You Know. My next book is going to be In the Sanctuary of Outcasts a non fiction one. I am hoping to get through this tonight then I will only have 2 books from the library left to read. Not to worry, I do plan on writing reviews for each of these books.
This next challenge is by Reading Women, they also run a wonderful podcast about women authors and their books. Meet Dobby my German Shepard and Alys by Kiri Callaghan.
Just got done watching Doctor Who, and I don’t know if I should keep going or go to bed. Having pneumonia is awful. My brain is screaming at me “DO ALL THE THINGS!” however, after getting up off the couch to get some water all I want is a nap.
I finally got a copy of this book! It has only taken 4 months to get one and that is ok. In fact when I went to Powell’s where I get my books from and got this one from it was gone. There is not a link for it.
The Dream of Death by Vagif Sultanly is a short book that deals with death, but not in the way that one would think.
The book starts out with a man on a bulldozer building a road. As he follows his path he realizes that it goes right through a graveyard. He is haunted, torn and conflicted by what he has to do here. The people of the town are given leave by the government to relocate the graves of their loved and unloved ones. In moving the graves we read of the secrets of the village. There is old Halima, who’s son buried by the government finds something that breaks her mind. Alish, who was resurrected. Yolchu and Pari and the second loss of the baby. Then there is the dog, who in grieving moves the only person who loved him.
The language of this book is lyrical and yet to the point. It is not dreams that this book focuses on but death. Death is a character that effects everyone and everything in here. I would like to know what was going on in Mr. Sultanly’s life at the time he wrote this.
“He doesn’t know that each creature has only one way directed to the grave; and each persons last address is a cemetery.”
“In any case life is a lie and falsehood for many people.”
“She felt sunset in her spirit, watching the daybreak.”
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is the book that my book club decided to read this month. The wait list for this at the library was astronomical; I think I was number 456 for the book, and 594 for the audio version. The subtitle for this is “A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis”. That should give you a hint that this is going to be about a life story, with a bit of the culture of that family tossed in. Nope.
There was passing mention of his family and life as a child/teen/young adult, but most of this was a socio-economic commentary on the state of what he called working-class whites. His writing primarily focuses on the steel mills, and those who worked there. Statistics abound in this book, there are several reference notes for each chapter.
This is not what I think of when I think of a memoir, I think of the stories that people tell when they go home for Christmas. Most of them start with “remember when”, or “tell me about the time”. There were a few of those in this book but not a lot and for myself I would rather have more of the story than of the basis of the facts.
One thing that made me angry about this book was when he partially blamed his grandfather’s alcoholism on his grandmother’s behavior. Could that have been a factor on why the man drank? Maybe, however, that is not always the case nor it is always a deciding factor.
If you are looking for facts on Hillbillies read this book; if you want to know about a young hillbilly’s life, look for another one.