It's a great time to catch up on some reading, and I was fortunate enough to get my hands on The Witch Boy books 1 and 2 by Molly Ostertag before my library closed. I haven't read the third book yet but having enjoyed these two I'm looking forward to it.
Milennials, get ready to squee: R. L. Stine is back with a new series and it's about... Garbage Pail Kids! Can you believe this? I loved Garbage Pail Kids so much as a kid. I even left them at peoples' graves in those little vases they had on them to hold flowers because I thought they were very meaningful, important gifts. (I wonder if they're still in them...)
I wasn't a big fan of Goosebumps, although my teenager was; I was into the Fear Street books instead. Either way this is a neat throwback featuring two nostalgic 80s/90s favorites.
Last month, I sadly missed out on my book club's book of the month. It finally got here from the library last week after being on hold since the beginning of the year so it must be a popular one!
Do you like morbid books and read-a-thons? If so, Strange-a-Thon is definitely for you. I took part in December and had a lot of fun with this read-a-thon (although I wrote about it in my journal instead of sharing on social media), so I thought I'd share it with you again here now that there's another one coming up.
The other day I was reading about how Keanu Reeves wasn't a great student because of his dyslexia, but he became a bibliophile later in life. It made me think of all the kids I knew growing up who didn't like to read not because they didn't want to, but because they struggled, and it broke my heart. My own husband is one of them, and today he still doesn't enjoy reading himself, but he likes to listen to me read to him.
This post about bookstore cafes is really inspiring. It's not about a cafe found in your bookstore, but an actual cafe that gives you a book to read based on what you want to read in that moment. Alongside your beverages and snacks, the barista also gives you a book when you describe what kind of book you want to read.
How was your year in books, Bibliophiles? If you rate your books at Goodreads like I do, it's pretty easy to track and see what you've read, what you liked and disliked and how much progress you made on your TBR. My TBR is ridiculous, with several thousand books, which makes it impossible to completely tackle, but I do make progress each year (while adding more books to the TBR!).
My heart is completely broken and it's all Stephen King's fault. It often is.
In 2018, I feel head over heels with Marissa Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles. Since then I've been reading all of her books, and while I've liked many, those remain my favorites. I was overjoyed to hear that the books are getting new covers next year and Meyer is going on tour to promote them. There will be a stop about an hour away from me and I'm definitely going to try to buy a book and get her autograph.