An Updated About Me

So I realized today that my 3 year blog anniversary is next month. While I have done life updates now and then my about me section needs some major updating. Over the last 3 years I have fallen in love with some different authors, books and genres. So let’s get started

Basic Info:

Hello new followers! Thank you for checking me out and sticking around through all the ups and downs of my crazy life. I have been a reader for as long as I can remember. It started out with Boxcar Children, Sweet Valley High, Babysitters Club and Goosebumps. At the age of 13 or 14 I discovered true crime. My frist book was about the Zodiac Killer. I was hooked. I spent most of my teenage years reading those kinds of books. I also discovered Stepehen King. It was my Aunt that helped with that. She had a ton of his books and they always intrigued me when I was at her house. I honestly can’t remember which was my first King book. But I do remember starting with the Castle Rock books in my early 20s. Needful Things being my favorite! Anywho we will get more into favorite authors and books in a bit. So besides reading I am a HUGE history nerd. My sister from another misses, Cat, is my history partner. We can talk for hours. My dream job (and maybe one day it will happen) is to teach college level history and do research and field work with Cat being my assistant. While I love ALL history, Medival England/Scotland is my favorite to read and learn about. I also have an unhealthy obsession with things True Crime realted and have been for like 20 years now. I probably know more about serial killers/killers than most ‘normal’ people should know. But it’s all good. I like being the oddball. Let’s see, what else…ummm I love cats, I believe in aliens/UFOs, I believe unicorns were real at some point and who knows there could even be mermaids. Besides collecting books, I like to collect cookie jars, coffee mugs and postcards from around the globe. I like hiking, exploring new places, photography, floating down a river, book shopping, exploring museums and watching movies. That’s all I can think of to say about myself right now. So lets move on to some favorites.

My Favorites:

  • Authors: Joe Hill (who happens to be Stephen King’s son), Stephen King, Louisa May 0Alcott, Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo, Victoria (V.E.) Schwab, Marissa Meyer, Melissa Landers, Rainbow Rowell, Alison Weir and of course the one and only, J.K. Rowling.
  • Books: Needful Things, NOS4R2, 11/22/63, Little Women, Throne of Glass series, The Lunar Chronicles series, Darker Shade of Magic trilogy, This Savage Song duology, Six of Crows duology, Grisha trilogy and many more.
  • Color: Blue
  • Season: Fall
  • Food: Tacos
  • Drink: Unsweet Ice Tea and coffee
  • Holiday: Halloween and Cristmas
  • Movies: The Goonies, Spaceballs, Harry Potter movies, Don Quixote
  • Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip and Rocky Road
  • Football team: NFL: Packers and Lions; College: Michigan State

That’s all I can thinkg of at the moment. Want to know more just as in the comments below. Thanks for reading and I hope you stick around.

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All About Me

Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by and giving me a look. I’ve been going back and forth on starting a blog for the longest time. I kept telling myself no one is going to read this. There are a ton of bloggers out there that are probably way more intresting than myself. I decideded to just go for it. Even if I just have one or two readers. I love talking about the books I’m reading or have read and frankly I think my husband is getting tired of listening to me, even if he doesn’t say it.  I have been a reader for as long as I can remeber, probably 30 years now. I like to explore different genres. Just to give you a little background on me I’m going to list some of my favorites below.

My Favorites:

    • Author(s): Stephen King and Louisa May Alcott have been my top favotire authors for 15+ years. As of recently I have fallen in love with Cassandra Clare, Melissa Landers and Marissa Meyer.
    • Book(s): Thinner and Misery by Stephen King and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
    • Series: The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments, The Lunar Chronicles
    • Character(s): Magnus Bane, Sirius Black
    • Genre(s): YA, Middle Grade, Adult, True Crime, Horror, I pretty much read anything as long as its good.
    • Color: Blue
    • Season: Fall
    • Movie(s): The Goonies and Spaceballs and of course all the Harry Potter movies
  • Place to read: Outside if its nice or my bed
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Victoria: The Queen by Julia Baird

When Victoria was born, in 1819, the world was a very different place. Revolution would threaten many of Europe’s monarchies in the coming decades. In Britain, a generation of royals had indulged their whims at the public’s expense, and republican sentiment was growing. The Industrial Revolution was transforming the landscape, and the British Empire was commanding ever larger tracts of the globe. In a world where women were often powerless, during a century roiling with change, Victoria went on to rule the most powerful country on earth with a decisive hand. Fifth in line to the throne at the time of her birth, Victoria was an ordinary woman thrust into an extraordinary role. As a girl, she defied her mother’s meddling and an adviser’s bullying, forging an iron will of her own. As a teenage queen, she eagerly grasped the crown and relished the freedom it brought her. At twenty, she fell passionately in love with Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, eventually giving birth to nine children. She loved sex and delighted in power. She was outspoken with her ministers, overstepping conventional boundaries and asserting her opinions. After the death of her adored Albert, she began a controversial, intimate relationship with her servant John Brown. She survived eight assassination attempts over the course of her lifetime. And as science, technology, and democracy were dramatically reshaping the world, Victoria was a symbol of steadfastness and security–queen of a quarter of the world’s population at the height of the British Empire’s reach. Drawing on sources that include fresh revelations about Victoria’s relationship with John Brown, Julia Baird brings vividly to life the fascinating story of a woman who struggled with so many of the things we do today: balancing work and family, raising children, navigating marital strife, losing parents, combating anxiety and self-doubt, finding an identity, searching for meaning.

Before this I had never read anything on Queen Victoria. All I knew about her was that, until recently, she had been the longest raining monarch. What a woman she was. This book was an amazing way to get to know the Queen.

I feel in love with Victoria from the start. She was young, witty and seemed very independent and adventurous. She became Queen at the young age of 18 after having been 5th in line to the throne. Thankfully she had she pretty irresponsible uncles who produced no heirs. Victoria stared out strong as a queen. It was only after she married Albert that I saw a dramatic change, and not in ways I liked.

I don’t want to dive in too much since I don’t want to spoil the book nor do I want this to become a history essay paper (maybe that will come at a later time) but I do want to point out a few things that bothered me. And not with the author. Julia Baird is absolutely amazing! She did a great job with this book.

So as I said before Victoria was very independent. Then she married Albert. At first she remained the independent queen she started as. Albert was not the king no the king consort. Then she became obsessed with Albert. And maybe in ways that were a bit unhealthy. But to be fair, Victoria grew up with no father and a very controlling mother, who at one one point was consipiring with a nasty man, John Conroy, to try and steal the throne from Victoria before she even had it. Ugh anyway when Victoria became pregnant with her first kid she started letting Albert take over her duties. It was like he became King. Which I was completely ok with! He was amazing and would have been an amazing King had he been allowed to be. He helped change a lot during that time period and help modernize the monarchy.

Fast forward and Albert dies and does so at way too young of an age. This is when I started to dislike Victoria. She became weird. It’s like she just didn’t know how to rule. She liked to manipulate everyone to get her way, even if it wasn’t the right way. She became whiney and just child like.

She did have some positive things about her. She did fight for the poor and better living conditions for them but man it seemed like she was she so against women’s rights and them gaining independence and freedom from the cluches of men. Those parts annoyed me.

Speaking go men. My gosh they were horrible little tyrants back then. I mean I knew they were but my gosh they were completely ignorant 🙄 Specially when it came to women. I love how it was the women’s fault that venereal disease was spreading through the military but they also said the men “needed” prostitutes cause it was normal for them to need relief 😒 Really? I could write a WHOLE novel on the stupidity of men through the ages. 🤔 Hmmm could be a fun series of blogs.

It does seem like as Victoria got in her golden years she finally snapped out of whatever she was in and started being the Queen she needed to be. But at that point I felt it was a bit too late. But whatever I guess. Just really irked me a little reading about all the nice and wonderful things people had to say about her after she died. I was like umm ok cause I didn’t come to that same conclusion about her. The women who were fighting for equal rights for women were seeming to even bow down to her. She was so against women’s right but these people were talking about her like she was there protesting with them when she clearly wasn’t

Ok well I’m going to stop there or else I could keep going. I do want to read more about her. Specially her relationship with John Brown and Karim Abdul. I also found a few other subjects and people I want to check out. Overall I found this a fantastic read and very well done.

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Harry Potter reread….A back to Hogwarts adventure

I have been dying to do a Harry Potter reread for a while now. So I decided now is the time. I have no set schedule on this. I plan to break it up by reading other books in between. Maybe try and read one book a month until I finish. I will probably read the first 2 or 3 within one month since they are on the smaller side. After I finish a book I will then rewatch the movie and probably blog about it. Let you go on my Hogwarts adventure with me! Maybe I will even try out some recipes that go along with the series to enjoy while reading and watching. I’ll let you know how they turn out. I do believe there is a Harry Potter cookbook out there. Has anyone tried any recipes yet? Which ones are the best??

First up….obviously is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone!!!

31 Days of Summer Horror – Day 10: Deal-Alive (Braindead)

“Overprotective mother Vera Cosgrove, spying on her grown son, Lionel, as he visits the zoo with the lovely Paquita, is accidentally bitten by the fearsome Sumatran rat-monkey. When the bite turns his beloved mother into a zombie, Lionel tries to keep her locked safely in the basement, but her repeated escapes turn most of the neighbors into the walking dead, who then crash a high-society party thrown by Lionel’s boorish Uncle Les.”

Alright, I’m not even sure where to start. But I guess from the beginning. I wasn’t sure at first about this movie. I needed time to think it over. But the more I think the more I realized I actually enjoyed it. Was it the best movie out there? No! Was it the scariest? No! But it was hilarious for sure! You have to go into this movie with an open mind.

The acting was so-so. I’ve seen worse for sure. But I didn’t hate any of the characters. It was a fun ride.

I would like to know what kind of drugs the writer and director of the movie were on though! I mean come on! You had to have been on something to come up with this crazy shit 😆😆

There was even a baby born to these creatures! Which is so ugly it’s kind of cute.

All in all if you are looking for different, funny, out of this world crazy than this is the movie for you! But if you have a weak stomach I suggest you don’t eat while watching this.

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31 Days of Summer Horror – Day 9: The Taking of Deborah Logan

“Mia records the daily lives of Deborah and her daughter Sarah as part of her thesis. As the days progress, strange things happen around Deborah, and it becomes apparent something has taken control of her.”

I didn’t hate this movie but I didn’t love it either. I’ve never been a big fan if found footage movies. But decided to still proceed with this one because it sounded interesting. While the story line is great and creepy, I feel like it would have been a 4 or 5 star rating had they not done the found footage part. I feel like it went a little over the top to be honest. Like they were trying too hard. There has only been one found footage franchise I’ve been able to watch and enjoy and that is the Paranormal Activity series.

I found the acting to be meh. Except for Deborah. I loved her character. Very creepy and very well done. Everyone else can..well…go eat a bag of dicks 😆 Sorry (but not really) had to throw that in there. Been my favorite saying lately.

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If you are a fan of found footage movies then I would totally recommend this one. If not, then pass on it and go watch the Insidious movies. 😛

31 Days of Summer Horror – Day 8: Ginger Snaps

The story of two outcast sisters, Ginger and Brigitte, in the mindless suburban town of Bailey Downs. On the night of Ginger’s first period, she is savagely attacked by a wild creature. Ginger’s wounds miraculously heal but something is not quite right. Now Brigitte must save her sister and save herself.”

Interesting movie. I honestly would have never watched it if my best friend had not suggested it. At first I wasn’t too sure about it. But it ended up pulling me in. I enjoyed the sisters. They did remind me of two characters from the movie The Craft. But that isn’t a bad thing because I LOVE The Craft.

I haven’t watched many werewolf movies so I can’t really compare it to anything. Actually now that I think about it, I’m not sure I’ve watched any werewolf movies 🤔. Guess I need to change that.

The story line was good. I like that the werewolf wasn’t the typical werewolf you picture in your head. And it didn’t have a happy ending. Which was a nice touch. I’m pretty sure I will get to the other two movies in the series at some point.

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I decided to forgo the Up Next part. On two occasions I’ve had to change up what I was watching next. Now it will just have to be a surprise 😛

31 Days of Summer Horror – Day 7: House

“A Vietnam vet turned horror novelist returns to his boyhood home to find that it has been invaded by ghosts and ghouls.”

OMG this movie had everything I love about cheesy 80s horror movies! At first I wasn’t too sure what to think but once I got about 15-20 minutes in I was loving it. It’s not gore horror. You don’t even really see any blood. It has more of a jump factor to it. Now of course being at the age I am now it didn’t make me jump. Had I watched this as a kid in 80s (which I am an 80s kid) it would have made me jump for sure.

The actor was not the best. Typical 80s. But there really wasn’t any character or actor that annoyed me. I enjoyed their horrible dialogue at times. I have to say the old lady (the aunt who owned the house) was my favorite and we really only seen her a handful of times. But to me she stole every scene she was in.

Now to the creatures. For an 80s movie I think they were very well done. Sometimes that’s what I miss about horror movies is the realness of creatures. Ok this isn’t forming as well in words as it does in my head. Nowadays most things are done digitally, back in the 80s artist’s spent hundreds of hours making these creatures with their hands. I love that about this movie. It was so well done.

My favorite of all the creatures was the skeleton solider. He was great. And hilarious!

With that being said, I will probably check out the rest of the movies in this series at some point.

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31 Days of Summer Horror – Day 6: The Witch

“In 1630 New England, panic and despair envelops a farmer, his wife and their children when youngest son Samuel suddenly vanishes. The family blames Thomasin, the oldest daughter who was watching the boy at the time of his disappearance. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, twin siblings Mercy and Jonas suspect Thomasin of witchcraft, testing the clan’s faith, loyalty and love to one another.”

Oh where do I even begin. Well to start I love a good witch story so I was excited to see this one. Opening scene was pretty interesting. A little disturbing but off to a good start. Then it just got SLOOOOOW! Kept waiting for it to pick up. Then in like the last 20-25 minutes it starts to pick up. I hate that. Doesn’t matter how good the ending is (this ending was meh) if you can’t hold my attention throughout the whole movie then I’m still gonna hate! Everyone just annoyed me. I didn’t like any of the characters. 😒 Ok I’m done talking about this one….

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31 Days of Summer Horror – Day 5: Winchester

“The most haunted house in the world sits on an isolated stretch of land that’s 50 miles outside of San Francisco. Built by Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester fortune, it stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms. To an outsider, it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness. But Sarah’s actually building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts — and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters.”

I was excited to watch this one. I have know, and read, about the Winchester House for years. One day I will get out to California and see the house and take a tour. This movie had a good spook factor. I love what they did with the story. I’m always down for a good ghost story. One I will watch again.

So while I did enjoy the movie, I did nitpick a bit. The only true thing about this movie is the fact that Sarah Winchester built this house. And that her husband and daughter died. After those events she moved to California, bought the farm house and started building. After the earthquake of 1906, which destroyed part of the house, Sarah moved into a nearby house where she lived for the last 15-20 years of her life. I will provide a link here where has more information on the true story behind Sarah and the Winchester House.

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31 Days of Summer Horror – Day 4: Army of Darkness

Ash is transported back to medieval days, where he is captured by the dreaded Lord Arthur. Aided by the deadly chainsaw that has become his only friend, Ash is sent on a perilous mission to recover the Book of the Dead, a powerful tome that gives its owner the power to summon an army of ghouls.”

😑 Ugh…will I ever watch a 4 or 5 star movie for this challenge? I watched Evil Dead 2 a few months back. I enjoyed it. This one…well I know it was suppose to be a comedy horror but I just didn’t like it as much as Evil Dead 2. Honestly I kept falling asleep during the movie 🤦🏻‍♀️

These guys were my favorite. Wish we could have had more of them

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Up next…..

I am excited for this one. I love the story of the Winchester House. I would love to go see it. Fingers crossed this one is good 🤞🏻

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