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I still love my Kindle though. ;)

Fonts Designers Love To Hate

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Reading Lamp Bookmark - how cool is that!


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Jacket + Bookmark Project Makes Books Look So Special

The idea is splendid and I love how it's executed. I assume it can be used mainly for some book ads and promotions but this can be a great inspiration for a home library or child's books.


No much effort is needed to print or even draw a custom made jackets and make a matching bookmark. Not to mention how fun, creative and thought provoking it can be. It's a great way (and nonconventional, read less boring!) to engage children into discussion about literature, books, the plot, book characters an so on... and at the same time improves their cognitive and manual skills. I'll definitely give it a try :)

more time sinks :)

Bigger version here :

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4 Stars
A Murder of Crows
A Murder of Crows: Seventeen Tales of Monsters and the Macabre - DeAnna Knippling

*I was given a free copy for an honest review.*
As per Amazon: "A collection of short horror, ghost, and dark fantasy stories for adults, woven together by a flock of crows, telling stories to entertain a girl trying to survive a tragedy..." That line alone made me interested in reading this book.
At first I wasn't sure how to review this book because I wasn't completely certain what was happening in the overarching storyline about the crows and the young girl. I know there is symbolism there I am missing, through no fault of the author. So I decided to take the book at face value, a collection of 17 short stories. I've read other short story collections where each tale seemed so similar to the last that they all blend together. You don't have to worry about that here. Each story is an individual that stands out from the crowd. The author is very skilled at giving each story its own voice. The endings are open-ended so the stories make you think too. I especially enjoyed "Vengeance Quilt" and "Family Gods." I would love to see those two stories worked into full-length novels.
4 stars

3.5 Stars
Angel Falls
Angel Manor  - Chantal Noordeloos

*I was given a free copy for an honest review.*

A young woman named Freya and her two friends decide to turn Freya's newly inherited mansion into a hotel. Little do they know that an ancient evil sleeps deep below the house, its halls are filled with angry trapped spirits, and the evil Angels are hungry for sacrifices.

I wanted to like this book more than I did. The cover and synopsis of the book are what really drew me in, but I ended up feeling a bit ambivalent about the whole story. The main characters are supposed to be in their 20's but come across as much younger with all the poking and sticking their tongues out at each other. I never did feel a real connection with them and that is important in a horror story. Most of the story relies on slow-building tension, then the action really picks up at around 65% when the ghost hunters come to investigate the house and all hell breaks loose. That's when I really started to like the book and was glad I hadn't put it aside. The best part for me was finding out what the ancient evil beneath the house was - definitely not what I was expecting. For that reason alone I want to read the second book in the series.

Overall I do recommend this book. I'm sure others will find it much scarier then I did. Maybe I'm just jaded.

3.5 stars

Harry Potter Spells You Should Know

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First 4 Harry Potter books, illustrated. Way, way abridged.

Literature Houses Put On The Real Estate Market

Bustle came up with a splendid idea of putting the houses from the literature on the real estate market! Have a look at several ads that I absolutely love!





For sale: Return at the end of your journey to trendy “tiny house” with full garden in a close-knit farming community. Simple, cozy, yet large enough to entertain a party up to 13 dwarves and one wizard. Home has long legacy of ownership in a family of adventurers and jewellery collectors. Unique features include: round windows with fantastic views of the countryside and a full kitchen well-suited to cooking six square meals a day. Current owner gone West; please address all inquiries to realtor.






  For sale: Imagine yourself reading Tennyson and sipping raspberry cordial with your bosom friend in this RADIANTLY lovely rustic orchard home! Must-see attractions such as the White Way of Delight and the Lake of Shining Waters are only a short buggy ride away! Within walking distance of the local school, this home is perfect space for a family to grow.





For rent: Why rent a gloomy basement flat when you can feel like one of the family? Modern, executive home with top-of-the-line furnishings in village of Little Whinging has main-level studio to let. Flat is snug and intimate, but with room to store your belongings, it’s all you’ll need. Home owners are respectable, normal middle-class couple with sweet, gifted child. Serious inquiries only. First and last month’s rent is required upfront, and deposit is non-refundable. No funny business, no weirdos. 


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The Dystopian Zodiac

Pinwheel of emotions.

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Books That Go Bump in the Night: Creepy YA Gothic Reads
Horror, science fiction, fantasy, suspense—all these categories came from Gothic literature. I devour 18th and 19th-century Gothic literature, from Shelley and Bronte to Poe, Dickens to Lovecraft, and all the neo-Gothic works today like Susanna Clarke and Michael Cox and Diane Setterfield. Several YA authors are embracing neo-Gothic literature and sharing retellings of famous Gothic works or incorporating elements of Gothic literature—like terror, horror, transgression, and Byronic heroes—into their stories.
I could go on for ages, but then I’d just recap my graduate thesis.
This Halloween (this autumn and winter, really—let’s be honest, the dark months are the best months for horror!), curl up in your biggest, comfiest chair, turn out all the lights save for one, and immerse yourself in these chilling reads.


Say Her Name by James Dawson: A rare gem—I’ll be surprised if you can find it in a bookstore—that has such a creepy twist on the Bloody Mary legend. This can easily be visualized into a movie. Never mess around with ghost stories and legends, folks. You don’t really want to find out if it’s legit. 
Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell: Mitchell’s short southern ghost story is perfect for fireside reading and chilly camping trips. It has all the elements you could ever want—Ouija boards, unexplainable messages written on mirrors, and things that go bump in the night. If you don’t believe in ghosts now, just wait!
The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco: When I first saw this book, I thought, “Oh! Scary title, cool cover, what’s this about?” A girl from the well—ohgod The Ring!—who is dead and murders murderers—sounds like Dexter, only as a ghost!—and involves a thrilling, mysterious race into Japan—ohgodohgod The Grudge! No! Oh GOD. By the end of the blurb it promises to be exactly that. And let me tell you…you don’t want to go near any wells after this.
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson: Jack the Ripper, 1888. Scary enough, right? Now imagine that happening all over again today. Same locations, same style, same dates and times. You’d think law enforcement would be able to catch the murderer now, what with the advancement in forensics and CCTV cameras nailed to every building in London. But that’s not possible. The stakes are higher, and ghosts soon begin to feel all too real, too close for comfort.
The Dead of Winter by Chris Priestly: Think Woman in Black meets YA. Creepy Victorian setting—heck, it even opens in a graveyard scene!—mixed with a child who can see poltergeists, an elderly man haunted by his past, and his sister out for revenge and family wealth. Superbly creepy, and a perfect stepping-stone to Dickens and Collins.
Amity by Micol Ostow: Are you thinking Amityville? Good. It’s inspired by that. Throw in some Stephen King horror, parallel voices, and approval from the Bram Stoker jury and you’re set for one thrill of a ride.
Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough: I am of the opinion the book jacket for this needs to be rewritten. In fact, no summary can be written that fully explains just how eerie, creepy, frightening, and deep this book is. Though the characters are around 10 years old, this is most certainly not a book I would give a 10-year-old. Throw in post-WWII English lifestyles, family curses dating back centuries, priest holes and abandoned graveyards, and an unsettling folklore song, and you’ve got yourself a story that will keep you far from manor houses for months. (And possibly pianos. And singing “Three Blind Mice.” Just no. No no no.)
Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff: This contains some fantastic supernatural elements and magic—a distancing for the reader that both works to amplify the creepiness as well as bring the chilling mystery and suspense closer to home. It harkens back to those classic Gothic books—Mysteries of Udolpho and The Monk—so prepare yourself for some strange occurrences!
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd: This YA retelling of H.G. Wells’s The Island of Dr. Moreau is frightening not for its location—though a remote island filled with half-human half-animal beasts running around the jungle certainly brings about a LOST-like intense desire to escape—but for its commentary on humans versus animals, humans versus God. What scared Wells’s readers then can still scare us today.
The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle: The best, most underrated vampire book ever. Ohmigosh. It’s like Dracula meets the Black Plague. The only ones safe from this contagion are those within holy ground. Every second Katie steps out of her Amish community will fill you with dread—the suspense is endless and your stomach will be in knots.
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll: Fantastic! A collection of stories by one author—check! Written entirely in a graphic novel format—check! And, bonus, the words and the colors evoke such chilling descriptions all on their own, that sometimes they provide enough of a thrill without a story. Need to heighten the tension? Stretch the words you want emphasized, give them the proper color. Words never looked so frightening.
Reading books that frighten us can tell us so much about our culture, our definition of fear, and what scares us most in ourselves. We find pleasure in fear, and such juxtaposition is beyond comprehension; we ignore the paradox, enjoy the stories and the emotions they evoke, and share these stories with friends. Pick your way through the YA section during these darker months and discover those Gothic books you know your heart calls out to. They’re everywhere.
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Literary Halloween Costumes

A killer






Innocent Zombie?


Well, Hello Ed



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No One Else Can Have You - Kathleen  Hale

Shame. I was interested in reading this book until I found out the author stalked a reviewer over a 1-star review on GoodReads.


I'm willing to ignore bad reviews and form my own opinion about a book. I refuse to ignore the fact that this author is a self-confessed stalker.


Some authors really do deserve the title of BBA.


'Am I being catfished?' An author confronts her number one online critic | Books | The Guardian

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