Joyland

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Title: Joyland by Stephen King

Category: Fiction, Mystery

Review: I really loved reading Joyland. I don’t think it’s as heard of because it is more of a mystery novel, but I loved reading it and I think anyone who calls themselves a Stephen King fan needs to. The book is narrated by a man who is recalling his year at Joyland, an amusement park that he worked at when he was a college kid. He tells of his heart break, the way his girlfriend broke up with him. How he became a favorite in the park by dressing as a dog. He also tells about the murder at the park which had happened and he learned of when he applied for the job. There is so much that keeps you hooked in the book that you just can’t put it down. The book centers around the murder and he is the one who ends up solving it. You would never have thought that the man who did it was the killer. Stephen King is just a great writer. He really should do more mystery books. Try reading this one. I’m a fan of Stephen King’s scary stories, but he is a great mystery writer too.

Rating: *****

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Book goals of October

Well September was much better than the month before. I did get three books read. 🙂 I am hoping to reach the same amount or more. I have a lot going on this month so forgive me if I don’t reach my goal. Here’s hoping though. Here are my book goals for this month:

  • Fiction: One
  • New Age: One
  • History: One
  • Cookbook: One

So those are my goals for this month. Thanks for keeping up with me. Have a good one!

Serenity

Carrie

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Title: Carrie by Stephen King

Category: Fiction, Horror, Thriller

Review: I have been on a tangent for Stephen King novels lately. I had never read Carrie or seen the movie. Now I have done both. Carrie is a book about a very isolated and lonely girl. Her mother is a very devout and religious woman who shames Carrie. The whole thing starts when Carrie gets her first period. She is in the locker room with other girls who have picked on her for all her life and she thinks she is dying. She is never taught by her mother about menstruation or womanhood. This is what brought on her telekinesis most likely. In return for the girls making fun of her, they have a week’s detention by the gym teacher. One of the girls walks out and basically comes up with a revenge scheme for Carrie. While one of the other girls genuinely tries to make up by sending her boyfriend to go with Carrie to the prom. Fast forward, Carrie goes to the prom with a very popular boy and is having a wonderful time. They are voted king and queen and get up on stage. Pig’s blood then is poured over both of them and this sets off the destruction of not only the school, but the town as well. Carrie takes her revenge, but it kills her in the end. It is very sad book, but you cannot stop reading it. I loved it from the beginning. Definitely read it before you watch the movie if you haven’t seen the movie. It’s definitely worth adding to your book collection.

Rating: *****

Happy Mabon!

Well technically Mabon was yesterday, but it can be on either the 22 or 23. Mabon is the first day of Fall and to Wiccans or Pagans we celebrate it as one of our many Sabbats. Sorry I didn’t get to wish you a Happy Mabon yesterday. I hope you have a wonderful Fall your way!

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Samhain

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Title: Llewellyn’s Sabbat Essentials, Samhain

Category: Nonfiction, New Age, Wicca, Witchcraft, Sabbats

Review: So the reason I got this book is because Samhain or Halloween, is my favorite Sabbat of the year. Has been since I was a little girl, though I didn’t know it was a Sabbat back then. Anyway, this book is a great resource for anyone who wants to learn about Samhain. It gives a great history on it; where it began, what it is called in other countries, traditions, etc… It also gives great recipes and divination techniques. Cause as you may or may not know, the veil between worlds is the thinnest at this time of the year. Also, the book has a great array of invocations, rituals, and celebrations. Samhain is not a Sabbat of death entirely, it is one of change. It has spells to focus on ourselves as well as to communicate with our long gone ancestors. I loved this book and am looking forward to incorporating some of what I have read into my practices on Samhain. I hope you get this for your personal library. It was excellently written and definitely a great book for someone who wants more knowledge on this Sabbat.

Rating: *****

It

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Title: It by Stephen King

Category: Fiction, Horror, Thriller

Review: I think this is one of my favorite books written by Stephen King, ever. This book is set in a town called Derry, Maine. It is about seven friends who end up coming together one summer because of their experiences with both a town bully and It, which I can only describe as a monster, if you haven’t read it. The book does a flip flop between when they are kids and adults. Since as kids they had vowed to kill It and would return to make sure they would. The only reason I didn’t get this read sooner was because the book is over 1400 pages. Stephen King did an excellent job with this book. He thought out every character and situation and I truly believe this is definitely a masterful horror novel that should be on every horror fan’s shelf. The only thing that some might get riled up about is that there is a lot of curse words, there is abuse, description of sex, and some other stuff. However, this isn’t kid stuff and I never think of kid stuff when I read Stephen King. I’m just warning you though. It’s a really good read and it might take you a few days, but it is worth your time. Definitely will keep you guessing about what ‘It’ truly is.

Rating: *****

Book goals of September

Well August was a bomb for me. I only did one book review. Ugh! I was reading a lot of library books and trying to keep up with the dates and it just got away with me. So this month, I promise, will be a better month. These are my book goals for this month:

  • History: One or Two
  • Cookbooks: One
  • Fiction: One
  • New Age: One

So that is my goals for this month. I hope to have a review by next week. Thanks for sticking with me. 🙂

Serenity