It's Monday, What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey where we share what we have read and what we are reading and see what everyone else is reading.
It's summer!! Schoooooooooollllll's out for summer! Yay! More reading time, more gardening time, more canning time, more walks with my dog and time with my family and friends.
Read Last Week:
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani: This book was crazy good. Although it left me feeling battered and broken a little inside, it is still one of the best books I have read all year.
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill: This book was also amazing. I ran the gamut of emotions, and am blown away by Hill's prowess.
Reading this Week:
The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne: I have heard such great things about this book! And starting tomorrow, you have a chance to win it!! Just visit my blog tomorrow for details.
NOS4A2 is a spine-tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.
Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.
Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”
Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.
Angst. This book caused me to angst. And hard. I also
freaked out, couldn't sleep, and when I did it was fitful and in spurts, due to
nightmares about the Gasmask Man. I
fretted and debated over things that might possibly happen, and in some cases
did happen. I even tweeted Joe Hill, for spoilers, although it was a no go, as
I kind of figured. I really wanted a warning about some stuff, because I sure
didn't see it coming most of the time.
This book not only scared the pants off me, it also made me cry.
Wow, right? Not what I expected either. Sure, I expected to be scared. This scared me
and disturbed me sometimes to the point I considered abandoning the book! A
woman on twitter told me to persevere, so I did. And I am glad that I stuck
with it because this book was amazeballs.
NOS4A2 is an amazing journey of love, imagination, and
grit. Grit, because Vic McQueen is one
tough cookie. I loved Vic and her take
no prisoner’s attitude, her will, and her determination. Covered in tattoos, a hard drinking woman at
times, who hangs with bikers, Vic is the first female antihero that I have
enjoyed reading about since Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon
Tattoo. Also, is the reader supposed to
make a connection between Vic and Steve McQueen? Both ride Triumphs, and share
the last name, so I am assuming yes?
Vic. also known as The Brat, and bikes go way back– when she was just a
young girl, she desperately wanted a Raleigh Tuff Burner. The store owner
laughed and said that maybe when she was older, she could get one. A few weeks later, her father surprised her
with the bike for her birthday, saying she was older now, wasn’t she? (one of
my favorite parts of the story!) Vic soon learns that she and her bike together
can do something spectacular – when she rides the bike, she is magic. If
someone has lost something, she can find it – by riding her bike across a
special bridge, one that no longer exists, except in Vic’s memory. Vic is not the only one able to create these “inscapes”
as the author calls them. A librarian in Iowa by the name of Margaret Leigh (a
reference to Psycho?) can tell the future with her Scrabble tiles, and Charlie
Manx, has his 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith. When Charlie is in his Wraith, he can do
things too, just like Vic. But his intentions are not quite as noble. Charlie kidnaps children and takes them to a
place in his mind, called Christmasland. His partner in crime is a murderous
manchild named Bing Partrige, who is the Gasmask Man. Bing’s job is to get rid
of the pesky parents of the missing children, and Bing uses his imagination too, although in a disturbing, horrible way.
Vic grows up, crossing her bridge when she needs to,
although every time she uses it, it takes a toll. Her home life is dissolving with the divorce
of her parents, and her father’s new young girlfriend, that he is living with.
Feeling abandoned by her father and angry at her mother, Vic decides to find
some trouble. And she does, trouble that
is named Charlie Manx. The showdown does not go well, and Vic barely escapes
with her life. On her escape from Manx’s home, the Sleigh House, she runs
straight into the arms of morbidly obese biker Lou. From this meeting on, their lives are intertwined,
and the build a dysfunctional life together.
She has not forgotten about Manx and the children, nor has he forgotten
One day, this all comes to a head. Here the story picks up speed, taking you to
the end of the story with Manx and Vic.
I skipped a few pages, I have to admit.
I also cried. I cheered. And after the full range of emotions I experienced
reading this book, I finally finished mostly unscathed, and without ending up
on the “naughty list”. The only thing I could have asked for was a bit more about Charlie Manx.
I found the end
to be bittersweet, and perfect. If you are squeamish or easily scared, I would
skip this book. But if you like to be scared, like I do, then run to the
nearest store or library or the internet, and get this book!
Hostess: Chrissy Book: Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Hayes Food: Lemon Pasta Salad, Veggies and dip, cucumber
and feta salad, cheese and crackers, crescent rolls- and homemade ice cream, chocolate and
strawberry. Month: May Wine of the Night:
Chrissy’s house is a burst of color in
summery colors, yellow and grass green. Cheery and bright, perfect for a spring book
club meeting. She had her Fiestaware bowls lined up on the counter, all ready
to be filled with her homemade ice cream, and it was so visually appealing,
with the colors and the line, I had to take a picture. I wish I would have remembered to get one of
the ice cream!
I arrived first to see if Chrissy needed
any help (because I am such a good sister-in-law lol) but she had everything
under control. As everyone trickled in and relaxed, we started with the food.
I think I ate my weight at book club that
night. That lemon pasta salad was amazing, and I could have eaten it all
day. I am a fan of anything lemon
flavored, and lemon pasta in the spring can’t be beat. And the ice cream – so rich
and creamy. My favorite was the chocolate, but the strawberry had chunks of
real strawberries in it. Jill made the set up her own little TCBY, and added
every topping to her ice cream.
Click on pic for recipe and original post
Chrissy and I were the only ones who had
finished the book this month, and we had loved it.Mary is right in the middle of it, and is
loving it as well. If you are interested, here is my review.
Conversation eventually turned into the
normal conversations that happen at our book clubs. Alyssa brought up a few
funny anecdotes from my past as well.We
talked about other books we were reading, about what was happening in our
lives, and I mentioned how I have certain book types for all my friends. Some
overlap, but I have certain kinds that I recommend to them all.With Alyssa, if a book is crazy or twisted, I
tell her about it. With Chrissy, I can go that way too, and I also tell her
about thrillers that she might like. Jill, if I read anything that is literary
or British, that is what I tell her. Mary and Kelly, romance novels and
contemporary writers. Jennifer, memoirs, books about farming, and the outdoors
is what we have in reading common. I am sure I drive them crazy, but at the
same time, I love when they tell me about a book that I would love. Because I
normally do love it.I feel like if you
know someone well enough to recommend a book to them and have them like it,
then you really know that person. I feel like we all know each other that well, and I feel like this a testimony to our friendship.
June is Kelly’s month, I am looking forward
to reading what she picks!