The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

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Title: The Amityville Horror
Author: Jay Anson
Length: 300 pages
Genre: Horror
Format: ePUB
Rating: 1/5
Why I read it: It was recommend

What it’s about: This is the supposedly true story of the Lutzes and their experiences in their new house.

The good: The house that is the major player in the story, really was the scene of a horrendous murder. And that is as much truth there is in the book.

The bad: I hate that the Lutzes used this story and the previous owners as a jumping off point to gain fame. Pretty much everyone knows that everything they have said is lies, but continuing to label this as a true story of a haunting is doing nothing but giving the Lutzes more attention than they need.

Final thoughts: I can believe the family’s and the dog’s change in behavior, and even the daughter’s imaginary friend really being the spirit of one of the victims. I can even believe the wife’s feelings of being touched and the cold feeling in the house. But The toilets turning black and slime coming off the wall….Not so much. It is better as a movie, but as for the book,stay away. It is not the fear fest it brags to be.

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I am what I am by John Barrowman

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Title: I am what I am
Author: John Barrowman
Length: 243 pages
Genre: Biography
Format: ePUB
Rating: 4/5
Why I read it: A love for all things Barrowman and it was a sequel to Anything Goes.

What it’s about: This book focuses on Barrowman’s T.V. success/career, and his rise to fame as a gay man/icon.

The good: As with the previous book, it had me laughing out loud, and crying along with Barrowman as he recounted details from his past. I said in my review of his previous book that it felt like sitting at a table listening to his stories, and this one had the same feel. Barrowman even put “table talks” in this book which he explained were short stories the family would tell at the table during dinner. it was a nice touch, and something I wish he’d done with the first book. I loved his anecdotes about his partner knocking out walls in every house they own. And I felt his pain when talking of his dogs passing away. He told a story about him shopping and a kid coming up to him and asking “captain Jack” why he was there. He told the child that there was a cyberman in Costco, and if the kid saw it, to find “Jack” and tell him where. That story alone shows how much he loves his fans, no matter what age they are, and how great he is with kids. Not that there was any doubt in my mind. reading about his relationship with his nieces and nephews shows it as well.

The bad: As much as I loved the book, it did at times, feel like he was lecturing the readers, or that he was bragging a bit too much about his fame.

Final thoughts: Maybe I’m biased, but, as with Anything Goes, I would recommend it to any Doctor who/Torchwood fan, and I would definitely recommend keeping a box of tissues near by because weather they are from the sad stories or the funny ones that have you laughing out loud, you will be crying.

More about me.

While reading other book blogs, I stumbled on a post about bookish bad habits. So, I thought it would be fun to post my BBH list as well.

1. Sometimes I judge a book too quickly. If I don’t like the cover I tend to not want to read it. When it happens for book club picks (especially after committing to going to the corresponding meeting), I feel bad for not giving it a chance, even more so if all the other girls love it.

2. I buy books, even though I have stacks of unread ones. Remeber my post about my February vacation to TN? I had three books that I hadn’t read yet to take with me and ended up going to the used book store and buying 12 more. Plus the two that I had ordered before the vacation. Sadly, I must admit that all 17 of those books are currently on my TBR shelf (or in this case shelves, as I have four).

3. I have duplicates. Before I had my nook, I never wanted to sell my books. But now I have ebook copies of most of my books, which means duplicates. Not always a bad thing to some, but I am rapidly running out of room on my book cases, and while I have managed to get three full plastic tubs of books to sell, there is still a big chunk I don’t want to sell.

4. I stay up way too late, and end up reading the ending of a book when I’m so tired that I barely remember it. Case in point: last night. I was reading the book club pick that we are going to discuss next weekend. I had a little over a hundred pages left, and I wanted to finish before going to sleep. I finished the book at 2:30 AM.

5. If I get tired of a book, I set it aside and start something new. I always plan to return to the other one, but I rarely do. Actually, to be honest, I don’t necessarily get tired of the book, I just get sucked into another book and forget all about the previous one.

6. In the same vein as # 5, I try to read too many books at once. Reading two or three books at a time is fine. As long as I stick to alternating after each chapter. But I don’t always want to stop at one chapter if the book is really compelling.

7. I read in the bath. This is a habit I’ve had for years. Sometimes if I find a book particularly hard to read, I take it into the bathroom with me and read while bathing. Not so bad if it’s a paper book, if it gets wet, it’ll dry. But with a nook…..yeah.

So, that’s my list of bookish bad habits. Hope you enjoyed it and if you share any of these habits or have some you’d like to add. feel free to comment.

Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America by Les Standiford and Joe Matthews

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Title: Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America
Author: Les Standiford and Joe Matthews
Length: 231 pages
Genre: True crime
Format: ePUB
Rating: 2/5
Why I read it: recommended to me by a friend

What it’s about: This is the saddening true troy about the kidnapping and murder of Adam Walsh, son of America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh. The book also focuses on the investigation process of the murder and the number one suspect, Ottis Toole.

The good: I think the only good things that came out of this is all the advocate work that John and his wife did, and the changes to how child abductions in America are handled and put out to the public. The other good thing this book did was finally give the Walsh’s peace after 27 years of heart ache and not knowing.

The bad: The fact that this happened in itself is bad, but that it happens more now than it did in the 80’s is saddening. If this book had been written, and I had read it 12 years ago, it probably wouldn’t resonate with me the way it has. I could just imagine the hell the Walsh’s went through.

Final thoughts: I found this book very difficult to read. Not because it was gory or gruesome (it really wasn’t), but because it is a true story. Because I simply couldn’t stop reminding myself that this could happen to my nieces or nephews, it could have been one of my sisters. Because it happened at all. My sisters were 2 years old and 5 months old. It made me mad, the way the investigators either didn’t know how, or didn’t care to bring the murderer to justice and properly investigate the case. It’s great that so much good came of this tragic event, but the cost was way too high.