Week In Review

October 19 – 25

Hello! Another quiet book week around here. I watched a lot of baseball this week but my precious Blue Jays are no longer in the playoffs.

I’ve also been watching The X-Files on Netflix with my husband. I was a little too young for that show when it was first on the air, and thought it was super scary, but with the new episodes coming out in January, I’ve been wanting to see the entire series before watching the new episodes. It turns out that it isn’t scary, but it’s been really great to watch it for the first time, and to talk about it with my husband as he re-watches it. We’ve also been listening to Kumail Nanjiani’s The X-Files Files podcast, which is great.

I received a few new books this week that I’m really excited about:

Slade House, by David Mitchell (e-arc via Netgalley, thank you!) – I’m super excited for this (and yes, I still have to finish reading The Bone Clocks):

An ordinary road in a town like yours: bus routes and red-brick houses. A dank narrow alley, easy to miss, even when you’re looking for it. A small black metal door set into the wall: no handle, no keyhole, but at your touch it opens onto a sunlit garden, sloping up to a house that doesn’t quite make sense… Go through, and the door closes discreetly behind you. In David Mitchell’s exhilarating new novel, five “guests” separated by nine years enter Slade House for a brief visit–only to vanish without trace from the outside world. Who draws them to the heart of Slade House, and why is the house missing from maps? Beginning in 1979 and ending in 2015, these five interlacing narratives will enchant Mitchell’s readers, old and new, with a signature blend of mystery, realism and the supernatural. (summary via Chapters)

A Head Full of Ghosts, by Paul Tremblay (purchased for my Kobo for $1.99!). This sounds like a great creepy read and I can’t wait to get into it:

The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia.

To her parents’ despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie’s descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession. He also contacts a production company that is eager to document the Barretts’ plight. With John, Marjorie’s father, out of work for more than a year and the medical bills looming, the family agrees to be filmed, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show. When events in the Barrett household explode in tragedy, the show and the shocking incidents it captures become the stuff of urban legend.

Fifteen years later, a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie’s younger sister, Merry. As she recalls those long ago events that took place when she was just eight years old, long-buried secrets and painful memories that clash with what was broadcast on television begin to surface–and a mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed, raising vexing questions about memory and reality, science and religion, and the very nature of evil. (summary via Goodreads)

The Lake House, by Kate Morton (purchased, for 40% off at Chapters). She writes amazing stories that blend historical fiction and present day and mysteries and secrets, and I’m so excited about this new book of hers:

Living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure…

One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest child, eleven-month-old Theo, has vanished without a trace. What follows is a tragedy that tears the family apart in ways they never imagined.

Decades later, Alice is living in London, having enjoyed a long successful career as an author. Theo’s case has never been solved, though Alice still harbors a suspicion as to the culprit. Miles away, Sadie Sparrow, a young detective in the London police force, is staying at her grandfather’s house in Cornwall. While out walking one day, she stumbles upon the old estate—now crumbling and covered with vines, clearly abandoned long ago. Her curiosity is sparked, setting off a series of events that will bring her and Alice together and reveal shocking truths about a past long gone…yet more present than ever.

A lush, atmospheric tale of intertwined destinies, this latest novel from a masterful storyteller is an enthralling, thoroughly satisfying read. (summary via Goodreads)

Hooray new books!

Yikes, I didn’t finish reading anything this week. Not only am I still reading Black Widow: Forever Red, by Margaret Stohl (and loving it), I’ve started reading two other books: Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, a collection of short YA horror stories, and The Devil and Winnie Flynn, by Micol Ostow and David Ostow.

I did have a Waiting on Wednesday post this past week, and coming up on Monday is my review of These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly.

That’s it for me! I’m off to read, listen to some X-Files Files, and then settle in to watch The Walking Dead tonight!

Happy Sunday!

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