Thursday, December 1, 2016

Reading Wrap-up For November at Moonshine and Rosefire

Hello everyone out there and I hope that you all had a terrific reading month for yourselves. I am known as Rosefire around the Internet and this is my new personal reading blog. I originally posted my reviews over at my daughter's blog, Emeraldfire's Bookmark but am now in the process of transferring them all over to my own blog. My daughter makes blogging look like so much fun that I thought that I would try it out for myself! :)

Anyway, I started out November with 1,061 books lying around the house and ended the month with 1,057 books unread. All the books that I acquired this month came from Paperback Swap and Bookmooch.

Let me try to break down the influx for you:

Changes to the TBR pile

- Between Husbands and Friends: A Novel by Nancy Thayer

Read from my TBR pile (Yes! I am a reading machine :))
Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales by Stephen King
- When the Ghost Screams: True Stories of Victims Who Haunt by Leslie Rule
The House of Lost Souls by F. G. Cottam

Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! Not too bad though, I suppose:))
- House by Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti
- Endangered: Your Child in a Hostile World by Johann Christoph Arnold
- Shutter Island: A Novel by Dennis Lehane

Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a new home (Yay! Happy Dance! :))
- Telling Lies to Alice by Laura Wilson
- Lisey's Story: A Novel by Stephen King
- Exclusive: A Novel by Sandra Brown
- Ladder of Years: A Novel by Anne Tyler

Well, there it is...the breakdown! All in all, a very good reading month for me. Here's a further breakdown:

Books Read: 4
Pages Read: 1,389
Grade Range: A+! to A!

So, there you go! The reading month that was November. I hope that you all had an equally good reading month; if not a little better. :) See you all next month! :)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November's Book of the Month


Hello Everyone! I chose the picture posted above because it reminds me of reading to my daughter Mareena when she was little. Every afternoon until she was about eight or nine years old, we would take one of her books that she wanted to read or that she was reading and we would curl up together on my big bed. 

We would spend an hour or so reading a chapter of her book, and then take a nap together. Her absolutely favorite author at that time was an English author named Enid Blyton. Ahh, nice memories... 

My picks for 'Books of the Month' will be decidedly more adult these days, but they will be from almost any genre. November's Book of the Month is:

The House of Lost Souls by F. G. Cottam
  Published as: The House of Lost Souls in November 2007
Publisher: Hodder and Staughton

Birth Name: Francis Cottam
Born: 1957 in Southport, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Canonical Name: Francis Cottam
Pseudonyms: F. G. Cottam

The House of Lost Souls by F. G. Cottam was the fifty-third book that I read in 2016. I have had this book on my TBR shelf since November 23, 2016 and it only took me three days to read. This book is definitely still a keeper for me. 

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Monday, November 28, 2016

I'm a Little Behind With my Reading!

Hello everyone! I hope that you're all just fine this morning - I certainly am! :) Anyway, I just wanted to give you an update on how I'm doing so far.

I'm happy to say that I've not suffered from reader's block since maybe mid-April. Although having said that, I've noticed that I have been reading just the slightest bit less. I will say that I have been reading back-to-back chunksters - for a combined total of 1,086 pages - so I guess that's why I haven't read more.

Since I read one chunkster book as my last book in October and the second book was the first one that I read in November, I wasn't too worried about the actual number of books that I was reading. I'm enjoying the books that I've read and that is basically all that matters to me anyway. LOL!!!

Anyway, Mareena and I have been watching 'The Exorcist' since it came back on television on Friday, November 4th! I think the season finale of the show aired on Friday, November 18th, but I honestly don't know if it was actually the series finale or not. It was such an incredible cliffhanger, that I sincerely hope that the show comes back on television again soon.

I haven't been doing that many sumdoku puzzles from my collection of puzzles, but sudoku and crossword puzzles from the newspaper have been all the rage for me recently. So far, I have managed to finish about fifteen to twenty sudoku and crossword puzzles from the newspaper. I have also been dabbling a little bit more into my jigsaw puzzle and sumdoku puzzle collection - I've only managed to do two or three sumdoku puzzles from my books, and I finished the 750-piece jigsaw puzzle of the castle on Monday, November 21st!

So, as regards my own reading, I actually finished reading When the Ghost Screams: True Stories of Victims Who Haunt by Leslie Rule on Wednesday, November 23rd! Then I immediately started reading The House of Lost Souls by F. G. Cottam - another book that had just arrived in the afternoon mail on Wednesday, November 23rd. I finished the book three days later on Saturday, November 26th!

After spending about a day and a half trying to choose another book to read, I think that I have settled on a book that has been on my bookshelf for almost eight years. Snow Falling on Cedars: A Novel by David Guterson was Mareena's 'just because' gift for me from August of 2009. It looks like such a good book that I'm actually quite surprised that I haven't gotten to read it yet.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Saturday, November 26, 2016

F. G. Cottam - The House of Lost Souls

53. The House of Lost Souls by F. G. Cottam (2007)
Length: 343 pages
Genre: Horror
Started: 23 November 2016
Finished: 26 November 2016
Where did it come from? From Paperback Swap
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 23 November 2016
Why do I have it? I like horror and have read and enjoyed The Magdalena Curse by the same author in the past.

In the 1920s - a decade known for its incredible decadence and opulence - Klaus Fischer built himself a residence that would soon come to rival all other homes of the period. Yet, such a magnificent house can still hide its own dark secrets. And, while many were certainly charmed by the Fischer House - and awed by its mysterious occupant - they would also come to realize that some doors are just too dangerous to open...

Seventy-five years later, the Fischer House has been reawakened to claim the innocent and unsuspecting souls who dare to unlock its door. In 1995, four university students and their professor cross the threshold of the derelict Fischer House. What starts out as a simple class field study and an in-depth discussion on the nature of true evil, soon turns into a waking nightmare for the participants.

Just weeks after the four philosophy students and their professor return home, one young woman has committed suicide and the other three are slowly descending into madness. Nicholas Mason's sister Sarah was one of the participants in that impromptu lecture-study at Fischer House. Determined to find a way to save her, Nick seeks help from Paul Seaton - the only person to have visited the house and to have survived. Yet Paul is also a deeply troubled man, haunted by otherworldly visions which even now threaten his sanity.

Although Paul is fearful of ever returning to Fischer House, Nick is desperate to protect his sister. He forces Paul to go back into his past - to try and recall his own dark memories of a time that Paul would much prefer remained buried. So in order to help Nick, Paul must return to Fischer House to fulfill an unfinished duty: he must find the secret journal of the tragically beautiful photographer Pandora Gibson-Hoare. Although not much is known of the young woman's life, Pandora's journal is rumored to have been kept during a particularly dark period in her life - when she became acquainted with Klaus Fischer.

Paul learns from Pandora's personal diary that Fischer House was a mansion created for debauchery - a decadent house that catered to every hedonistic desire. She describes a secretive gathering in the 1920s which was presided over by a malevolent figure. It was during this gathering of depravity where the dark legacy of Klaus Fischer was born - as the master of the unspeakable crime and diabolical proceedings that have haunted the mansion ever since. Now Fischer House is beckoning, and some old friends have gathered to welcome Paul back...

I must say that The House of Lost Souls was exactly the type of book that I have always enjoyed reading. The pacing of the story was just perfect - there was always something happening in the plot and to me, the horror never seemed forced. I thoroughly enjoy reading books about haunted houses and in my opinion, this book was actually quite brilliant. I give this book a definite A+!

A+! - (96-100%)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Thursday, November 24, 2016

May you all have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

So, in honor of the day, I would like to wish all my wonderful followers the happiest of  Thanksgivings. May your holiday be filled with great food, wonderful friendship and all the family ties that you may wish for. :) I have to say that Mareena and I had the usual turkey and gravy - as well as pan fried potatoes, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. I had brussel sprouts, and Mareena had some wonderful stew meat and pears on the side.

After that, we will take a bit of a nap, then kick up our feet and read books for the rest of the day! :)

So once again, may all of you have a wonderfully safe and blessed Thanksgiving. Be sure to find some quiet time for yourselves and count your blessings today when and if you can. I know that I'm incredibly thankful for my continued health and happiness, Mareena continued health and happiness, that we are both comfortable and love each other as much as we do, and that our family is as well as they are. We are also incredibly thankful for our three kitties - Ruby, Leila and Lollipop.

I also hope that everyone who is away from their families at this time, will know that they are sorely missed, truly loved and deeply appreciated by all! God bless all of you, may you have a very happy and wonderful Thanksgiving! :)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Leslie Rule - When the Ghost Screams: True Stories of Victims Who Haunt

52. When the Ghost Screams: True Stories of Victims Who Haunt by Leslie Rule (2006)
Length: 222 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction
Started: 14 November 2016
Finished: 23 November 2016
Where did it come from? From Paperback Swap
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 7 December 2015
Why do I have it? I like non-fiction and Leslie Rule is a new author for me.

Leslie Rule's When the Ghost Screams: True Stories of Victims Who Haunt explores the supernatural world and chronicles various personal accounts of paranormal activity. For so many people - both paranormal enthusiasts and skeptics alike - the word 'hauntings' immediately conjures up a certain feeling of insatiable curiosity. Paranormal author Leslie Rule explores a new twist on this strange phenomenon as she investigates the historical events, the brutal deaths - and the subsequent hauntings - that have left their own vivid impressions on various historic sites all around the United States. Through her extensive research and by interviewing credible witnesses and taking down their eyewitness testimonies, Ms. Rule reveals why and how the souls of those who suffered such violent deaths are prone to remain earthbound. 

From the hallowed halls of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois to the historic ghost towns of Garnet, Montana - and everywhere else in between - the author visits each location and delves into the history of the area. These spine-tingling true stories divulge the mysterious details of ghostly sightings and include numerous artistically shot black-and-white photographs of the haunted sites. Leslie Rule is the daughter of best-selling true-crime author Ann Rule - and she is a prolific author in her own right - whose lifelong fascination with the paranormal actually sprung up from living in a haunted house overlooking Puget Sound as a child.

I must admit that I really enjoyed reading this book. In my opinion, Ms. Rule certainly researched her subject very thoroughly and I was surprised by the number of personal stories of the paranormal that she has managed to collect. Although I perhaps would have enjoyed reading some longer stories, I would still give this book an A+!

A+! - (96-100%)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Monday, November 21, 2016

Puzzles, Puzzles Everywhere!

Hello everyone! I hope that you're all just fine this morning - I certainly am! :) Anyway, I just wanted to give you an update on how I'm doing so far.

So, when Lisa came to take us to lunch on Wednesday afternoon, November 16th, we ended up going to Red Lobster. As soon as we arrived, we discovered that they were apparently freshening up the place - repainting the siding and reinforcing the front steps and the ramp. We still decided to have lunch there - but honestly, the temporary ramp was much steeper than we were expecting - so if they are still working on the place for much longer, we've decided to go somewhere else next time.

Lisa actually gave us the souvenirs that she bought for us from Paris: Mareena got a deep blue enamel clip for her hair, and I received a box of three fairy puzzles all in French. Each puzzle features a fantastic scene with a glittering little fairy sitting in glades, on toadstools, or hiding in trees. I don't know if the puzzles are actually meant for children or not, and I really don't mind if they are. Lisa said that she knows how much I like doing jigsaw puzzles, so she just couldn't pass up the chance to get me a jigsaw puzzle - or I suppose, three jigsaw puzzles - all the way from Paris, France.

Actually, I finished the 1,000-piece puzzle of the old-fashioned county fair on Sunday night, November 13th. Since I initially started doing this puzzle on Friday afternoon, November 4th, that means that I have spent nine days on this particular puzzle. I immediately started doing the 750-piece puzzle of the fairytale-style castle the next day - Monday morning, November 14th! I'm actually pretty close to finishing this puzzle today - exactly a week later.

So, as regards my own reading, I've found When the Ghost Screams: True Stories of Victims Who Haunt by Leslie Rule again. I actually finished reading Between Husbands and Friends: A Novel by Nancy Thayer on Friday, November 18th and even though I had only spent two days reading this particular book and had already found the Leslie Rule book by Thursday, November 17th - I picked up with my reading of When the Ghost Screams: True Stories of Victims Who Haunt again on Sunday, November 20th!

According to Goodreads - as of today, November 21st - I've actually read 86 pages out of 240 in the Leslie Rule book; or approximately 36 percent. Since my copy of When the Ghost Screams: True Stories of Victims Who Haunt by Leslie Rule is actually 222 pages, reading 86 pages means that I have read approximately 39 percent of the story so far. Leslie Rule is the daughter of the crime author Ann Rule; but she seems to be a great writer in her own right.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight