WWW Wednesday #9: November 6, 2019

WWW Wednesday #9: November 6, 2019

Welcome to November, friends! WWW Wednesday is a weekly tag hosted by Taking on a World of Words, in which you answer the following three W’s:

🌿 What are you currently reading?
🌿 What have you finished reading recently?
🌿 What are you planning on reading next?

CurrentReading

Why yes, I am still reading Girls of Storm and Shadow, which released yesterday to the world! I’m almost done with it; to return to my more contemporary roots, I’m also trying out Let’s Call It a Doomsday.

FinishedRecently

I’m hoping to get a review up for Sawkill Girls soon, and I also picked up Long Way Down, which was a quick but powerful read that I really enjoyed~

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the same blood

I honestly don’t know what to pick up next! I feel like I have a lot to get through before the end of the year, and it’s a little overwhelming. But I picked up this book, The Same Blood, which has been on my tbr for at least a year now. It’s written in verse, so I’ll definitely have it read by the next time we meet 😋

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I hope everyone is having a great start to the month! See you next time!

      xonikee1

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Review: You by Caroline Kepnes

Review: You by Caroline Kepnes

Your lips were made for mine, Beck. You are the reason I have a mouth, a heart.

I wanted to read something creepy to get me into the Halloween mood, and so I picked up this book in hopes of getting a different sort of scare. Friends: I really got what I asked for.

You follows the story of a man stalking a woman after she walks into the bookstore he works at one day and immediately develops an obsession. The unique thing about this novel is that it’s written in a mix of first and second person, meaning that we see many sentences like “you do xyz” followed by his reaction to these words or actions written in first person. In my opinion, this was what really solidified the creepy factor of this book, especially if you’re listening to the audiobook version. Not only does this get into the main character’s head, but it allows the reader to feel the all-consuming nature of his thoughts directed at one single person.

I started the audiobook on a bus ride home with my boyfriend, and after we got home, he asked “What were you listening to? You looked like you were going through a lot.” That’s an understatement. It was so hard to sit still through Joe’s ramblings and tangents. What’s surprising was that the things that made my skin crawl the most weren’t his violating actions, but the thought processes that lead to them. What struck me was that I recognized snippets of these thoughts in people I once knew, particularly one man who decided we were dating after a few times hanging out. One of the lines in the novel — you said ‘bang’ and you said ‘Joe’ and that has to mean something — hit me so hard because it was exactly the same kind of thing that man had once said to me. The guesswork required to draw the most extreme conclusions was so upsetting to read, it was bordering on funny. Because, we all know this person, don’t we? The one who decides that another is fated for them, and they’ll stop at nothing to have them? The one who doesn’t mind a lie or two or seventy to get what they want? Maybe it’s not to the degree that it is for Joe, but we’ve all seen that sliver of something that gives us pause.

I honestly think the audiobook was a better way of going about reading this (at least for me). The narrator delivered a fantastic performance, managing to sound controlling and calculated while still maintaining the cool exterior that allows people to trust him. The book is full of sentences that sound like crazed rambles, thoughts upon thoughts driven by obsession, and the narrator reads them perfectly. He’s tense in all the right moments, frightening in his calmness and self-assurance. He thinks he’s better than everyone, and his anger and frustration comes out not in raised voices, but long-winded rambles. I don’t know about you, but this is the kind of anger that scares me the most: the quiet & expecting anger.

Needless to say, I couldn’t stop listening. I was engrossed in Joe’s twisted brain, hoping he would be thwarted while at the same time wondering how he would get out of certain situations (and subsequently being disgusted whenever he did). I saw someone say that they thought the minor characters weren’t as fleshed out, but I think that makes sense for the narrative. Joe doesn’t really care about anybody apart from himself, Beck, and the people who stand in the way of them being together; his intense attention is selective, so of course he wouldn’t give the reader as much information as he does for the characters he actually cares about, whether that be genuine care or as a means to get what he wants.

One more thing about the audiobook, though this is just a silly thought I had: the voice the narrator does for one of the characters sounded like the voice of Joey in the Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged series. Not that it was necessarily a bad thing, just kind of hysterical.

In all seriousness, though, You was such a creepy novel and got under my skin in ways I didn’t think were even possible. Caroline Kepnes really understands how easy it is to violate someone, and the ins-and-outs of manipulation. It’s definitely not an easy read, and sometimes downright disgusting; Joe is by no means a likable character, and definitely not even one that you can say you love to hate. But if you’re in the mood for something a little different, I’d definitely recommend this book.

      xonikee1

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WWW Wednesday #8: October 30, 2019

WWW Wednesday #8: October 30, 2019

Happy day before the best night of the year ever, friends! WWW Wednesday is a weekly tag hosted by Taking on a World of Words, in which you answer the following three W’s:

🌿 What are you currently reading?
🌿 What have you finished reading recently?
🌿 What are you planning on reading next?

CurrentReading

Listen, when you need to, it’s important to put aside the things that threaten to put you into a reading slump. So I put aside The Beautiful and The Whisper Man for now, so I can come back to them when I feel less pressured and so I can focus on GOSAS. I’m also almost done with Sawkill Girls, which is a semi-buddy-read with my friend Ari!

FinishedRecently

I can’t believe I even finished anything this past week! My absolute fave of the bunch was Ninth House. I don’t know who I was so scared going into this! I also finished You (terrifying) and Magic in Manhattan, which is actually a compilation of two books in a series. Then I read Blackbird (😕) and Spell on Wheels (😍) and I feel like I’m finally getting back into a good reading spot!

ReadingNext

Truthfully, I’m not sure what I’m reading next, but I’m been itching to read Crier’s War, so that’s what I’ll say here 😋

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That’s all for today! I hope the week is treating everyone well and that if you celebrate, you have a happy and safe Halloween!

     xonikee1

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5 Things That Scare Me In Books

5 Things That Scare Me In Books

Hello, friends! Halloween is merely days away (finally!) and so today, I thought I’d go over 5 things that I look for in books when I want a good scare. This list is brought to you by Top Ten Tuesday, which was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. As I feel most comfortable with smaller numbers, I’ll be making a top 5 instead.

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5. El Cuco

I’ve been thinking about this one a lot because I was talking with Jesse over at Bowties & Books about the book Five Midnights. The story features el Cuco as the main villain, and I was incredibly excited to pick it up because of this. If you don’t know, he’s sort of like the Puerto Rican boogeyman. My behavior as a child could be corrected instantly with the threat of him. Unfortunately, the book didn’t really work for me, but I would be glad to pick up another horror with this creature.

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4. Supernatural Identity Theft

Someone recommended Netflix’s Haunted to me the other day because of a specific episode where a bunch of friends were tormented by something they called the Mimic. The episode itself was not very good in my opinion got me thinking about how horrifying that would be. Imagine thinking you’re seeing someone you care about, but it’s actually another being entirely? It could lure you into places you wouldn’t normally go. It could probably kill you. All it has to do…. is gain a little trust. This is also something that happens in my favorite horror movie, It Follows. I think that’s the part that made me the most paranoid, actually. How would you know that the person you’re seeing is real or not?

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3. Home Invasion

I don’t know if I’d say that I actively seek this one out. This one frightens me so much that I’m sure I’d have instant nightmares if I read too much of it. The thing is, I don’t even live in a full house. I haven’t in years. If someone broke into my apartment in the middle of the night, there’s nowhere I can really go because it’s so tiny (which I guess is frightening on its own). But the idea of thinking you hear somebody in the house but you have no idea where? That’s terrifying. Suddenly it’s like you’re playing a game for your life. Make the wrong move and enter the wrong move, and you’re dead.

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2. Ghosts / Poltergeists

This was very nearly my number one. Honestly, ghosts are much scarier to me than humans or even serial killers, because you have absolutely no idea what they can do. A serial killer has to find you in your hiding spot, but a ghost can just pop through the walls and be all, “You really thought I couldn’t see you there?” A human can harm you, yes, but a ghost has so many more ways to do it. Especially poltergeists! My favorite ghost series is the Bad Girls Don’t Die trilogy by Katie Alender, and the third book included a scene that frightened me enough to put the book down for a second and slowly back away to catch my breath.

I also want to note that new ghosts are much scarier to me than old ones. They know the way your mind works better and can mess with you that way.

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1. Shadows

Can you believe a shadow is what beat out a ghost? It may sound silly, but just the very idea of a shadow standing, immobile, in the corner of my room sends chills down my spine like you can’t even imagine. It’s something about the fact that you can’t see what’s there but you know that something is! You want to tear your eyes away from that spot of darkness, but you just can’t. And why are they just standing still like that? Gets me every time!!!!!

I even made up a game when I was a kid that I like to call Closer and Closer. You play with two people, on opposite sides of a room (one is preferably in bed, like in the horror movies). The person standing says “open” and “close”, and the other person opens and shuts their eyes accordingly. When their eyes are closed, the person on the opposite side of the room gets closer to the other. It’s always frightening. Always. I’ve tried playing it in school, in a classroom that wasn’t entirely dark because of a lack of proper curtains, while making funny sounds, and it’s always unnerving.

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That’s all for today! What are some of the scariest things for you to read about? Let’s talk about it~ Have a happy and safe Halloween (if you celebrate!) and I’ll see you soon!

     xonikee1

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WWW Wednesday #7: October 23, 2019

WWW Wednesday #7: October 23, 2019

Hello, friends! WWW Wednesday is a weekly tag hosted by Taking on a World of Words, in which you answer the following three W’s:

🌿 What are you currently reading?
🌿 What have you finished reading recently?
🌿 What are you planning on reading next?

CurrentReading

Ahahaha send help, I’ve hardly made progress on what I thought I would. But also, I’ve been in a reading slump that seems to be going away at least a little bit! I’ll be finishing Ninth House soon, at the very least.

FinishedRecently

pretty little liarsfixherup

All hail Fix Her Up for getting me out of a reading slump!!!

ReadingNext

you

No use in trying to jinx myself right? Anyway, I mean it this time!!! will have this book read the next time we meet here!

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That’s all for today! I hope everyone is having a fantastic reading week!

    xonikee1

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