Review: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Warning: spoilers ahead. On to my second trans* book of the year: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children.  The Book Our MC is Gabe, a high school senior and total music nerd who has just landed his first radio show (at midnight, on local radio). He's very close to his neighbor, John, an older man with an… Continue reading Review: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Bookstagrams & Summertime

I'm officially finished with my second semester of library school, so to celebrate, my girlfriend and I went for a little vacation at a nearby lakeside town. We stayed at this bed & breakfast called the Allyn Mansion, which was possibly the coolest place I've ever spent the night (and I've spent the night in… Continue reading Bookstagrams & Summertime

Review: The First Bad Man by Miranda July

There are very few books that I would classify as "weird," but Miranda July's The First Bad Man is definitely one of them. My partner, to whom I read this book aloud, was over it by the time we were halfway through; it was too strange for her. I, on the other hand, found it… Continue reading Review: The First Bad Man by Miranda July

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Today I was surprised and flattered to be nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, by one of my favorite book bloggers, Annette at booknerderie! Thanks so much, Annette! (Seriously, her blog is awesome, and her reviews are very entertaining. Go check it out!)   Here are the rules for this blogger award: 1. Thank and… Continue reading The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Matilda Reviews: Psycho by Robert Bloch

Genre: Horror Published: 1959 Blurb It was a dark and stormy night when Mary Crane glimpsed the unlit neon sign announcing the vacancy at the Bates motel. Exhausted, lost, and at the end of her rope, she was eager for a hot shower and a bed for the night. Her room was musty but clean… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Psycho by Robert Bloch

Matilda Reviews: The Bad Seed by George March

What happens to ordinary families into whose midst a child serial killer is born? This is the question at the center of William march's classic thriller. ... The spine-tingling tale of little Rhoda Penmark had a tremendous impact on the thriller genre and generated a whole perdurable crop of creepy kids. Today, The Bad Seed remains a… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: The Bad Seed by George March

Matilda Reviews: Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates

Toward the end of October, a friend of mine lent me three books that he read for a class on horror literature, so I just had to add them to my horror lineup. Joyce Carol Oates's Zombie is the first of these. Zombie reads like the journal of a sexual psychopath. Quentin, or Q__ P__ as he refers… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates

Matilda Reviews: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

I read on a book blog last month that Joe Hill's NOS4A2 was being described as a "masterpiece." Pretty tempting, right? So after reading a synopsis, I decided to add it to my horror month repertoire, and I'm so glad I did. It truly was an outstanding novel for many reasons. Here's the synopsis from Goodreads: Victoria… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Top Ten Books I Was Forced to Read

Happy Tuesday, everyone! This week's topic over at The Broke and the Bookish is a fantastic one: top ten books we were forced to read. To my delight, some of my favorite books have been ones I cracked open as required reading for a class. By the time I was in 5th grade, I realized… Continue reading Top Ten Books I Was Forced to Read

Review: Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

I added this book to my October horror reading lineup at the last minute, but after reading it, I'm not sure it can even be classified as a horror book. Horrifying, certainly---not at all for the faint of heart (or stomach)---but not horror. Here's the premise.  Twenty-three writers answer an ad for a writer's retreat:… Continue reading Review: Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk