Week-Before-Halloween Weekend Reading – All Hallows’ Eve

Charles Williams was a contemporary of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, so All Hallows’ Eve is a cerebral kind of horror that you won’t be able to get through in one weekend – but you could finish it in a week and get to the end before Halloween. (The link … Continue ReadingWeek-Before-Halloween Weekend Reading – All Hallows’ Eve

Fifteen Days to Halloween! Your Weekend Reading

Shirly Jackson wrote some scary stuff. You’ve probably hear of The Lottery; it seems like that was required reading in school for many of us. It’s definitely creepy. Why not try her novel We Have Always Lived in the Castle? Mary Katherine (Merricat) Blackwood is the first-person narrator; she is … Continue ReadingFifteen Days to Halloween! Your Weekend Reading

Page to Screen: Still Life

You’ve read my review (hopefully) of the inaugural novel in Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Armand Gamache Three Pines Mysteries – and maybe you’ve read the book. Did you know you can also watch the movie? It’s available on Acorn TV. (Really; this time I checked.) The movie is entertaining. It … Continue ReadingPage to Screen: Still Life

A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries (2003-2020)

David Sedaris 2021 When David Sedaris releases a new book, I buy it – almost always the audio version. His latest work was released last week, and I finished it yesterday evening just as I pulled into my driveway after a three-hour drive. Did I take that drive to finish … Continue ReadingA Carnival of Snackery: Diaries (2003-2020)

Your FREE Weekend Reading – Dracula on Demand

I’ve never actually read Bram Stoker’s Classic Dracula, in spite of my sister’s telling me the book is great. It’s free to read on the Project Gutenberg website (you can even send it to your Kindle if you want) and I don’t think it’s terribly long. . . maybe I’ll … Continue ReadingYour FREE Weekend Reading – Dracula on Demand

Page to Screen: The Subtle Horror of “Midwinter of the Spirit”

Phil Rickman’s Merrily Watkins series is one of my favorites. The second book about the unassuming Hereford priest and exorcist was made into a series; watch the trailer below and then check out the whole series on Acorn TV or YouTube for a weekend binge that’s perfect for this season … Continue ReadingPage to Screen: The Subtle Horror of “Midwinter of the Spirit”

Nightstand – a new (used) bookstore (Giveaway has been claimed.)

I’ll be spending this rainy Sunday reading a good book. What will you read today? For weeks now I’ve been focusing on high fantasy in my reading and listening. I already own some of the books; if not, I source them from the library or used bookstores, and sometimes (very … Continue ReadingNightstand – a new (used) bookstore (Giveaway has been claimed.)

Watch it Here – The Member of the Wedding

Carson McCullers’ novel The Member of the Wedding has been released twice on film and at least once on stage. The 1953 version starring Julie Harris and Ethel Waters appears to be available to stream on Turner Classic Movies. The 1997 version, starring Anna Paquin and Alfre Woodard, is “not … Continue ReadingWatch it Here – The Member of the Wedding

Jude the Obscure – Where’s the Movie?

In this, the second post of my weekly Tuesday series spotlighting film or television adaptations of books featured on this site, I’m sharing the 1996 movie adaptation of Jude the Obscure. Starring Christopher Eccleston and Kate Winslet as Jude Fawley and his cousin Sue Bridehead, the movie – just called … Continue ReadingJude the Obscure – Where’s the Movie?

FREE – A Dead Djinn in Cairo

P. Djeli Clark – 2016; Dead Djinn Universe #0.5 BONUS: Although I don’t recommend bypassing Suehyla El-Attar’s perfect narration (and I think the book is only a couple of dollars on Audible, so you don’t have to spend a credit), the publisher (Tor) is offering the entire story FREE to … Continue ReadingFREE – A Dead Djinn in Cairo