Horrorstör

HorrorstörHorrorstör by Grady Hendrix, Michael Rogalski
Published by Quirk on January 1st 1970
Pages: 248
Goodreads
three-stars

Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.
To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they’ll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.
A traditional haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting, Horrorstör comes packaged in the form of a glossy mail order catalog, complete with product illustrations, a home delivery order form, and a map of Orsk’s labyrinthine showroom.
Designed by Andie Reid, cover photography by Christine Ferrara

This was the first time in a long time that I gave into the hype of a book. Several booktubers I follow and respect and who have the same tastes as me highly recommended this book. It was labeled as spooky, hilarious and weird. And while I did like this book, I did not love this book. Sadly, it did not live up to the hype for me. It just wasn’t as spooky, hilarious or weird as I wanted it to me. For me, it slightly missed the mark on all three counts. Also, I didn’t really care about any of the characters in this book. Even the main character fell flat for me.

What I did love about this book, was the concept. I really did like the idea of a kooky horror story happening within a department store very much like Ikea. But I do feel that the author could have taken the concept much further.

I do own a copy of My Best Friend’s Exorcism by the same author and I hoping I like that book much more.

three-stars

Books You Felt Betrayed By

  1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Not a huge fan of the insta-love and I didn’t care for the main character’s choices.
  2. The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte. OMG. Get to the point!
  3. Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix. Didn’t live up to the hype.
  4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Really not into all the rape.
  5. Nerve by Jeanne Ryan. WTF. Why? Why did the characters make the choices they did? This book was awful and I imagine the movie was horrible as well.

Sharp Objects

Sharp ObjectsSharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
on January 1st 1970
Pages: 254
Goodreads
four-stars

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows, a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

This book made me physically ill. I loved it. I did like Dark Places just a bit more as I was more into the whole “satanic panic” theme, but this book actually gave me stomach aches at times. And I honestly cannot think of another book that has done that to me. At times I found the main character’s choices to be a little frustrating. I felt like I would have gone about doing things a little differently. But when I got the end, I understood why she did what she did. I rated it 4 stars only because there were a few parts where I felt the pacing was off. The story would speed way up and feel very fast-paced and I felt like I had to finish it. But then all of the sudden it would slow way, way down and I almost got bored. I am glad I pulled through, but I felt like the pacing could have been a little better.

Overall I really enjoyed this one (when it wasn’t making me ill). And this was the last Gillian Flynn book that I had not yet read. So now I am all caught up with what she has published!

four-stars

Love Warrior

Love WarriorLove Warrior Goodreads
four-stars

The highly anticipated new memoir by bestselling author Glennon Doyle Melton tells the story of her journey of self-discovery after the implosion of her marriage.

Just when Glennon Doyle Melton was beginning to feel she had it all figured out—three happy children, a doting spouse, and a writing career so successful that her first book catapulted to the top of the New York Times bestseller list—her husband revealed his infidelity and she was forced to realize that nothing was as it seemed. A recovering alcoholic and bulimic, Glennon found that rock bottom was a familiar place. In the midst of crisis, she knew to hold on to what she discovered in recovery: that her deepest pain has always held within it an invitation to a richer life.

Love Warrior is the story of one marriage, but it is also the story of the healing that is possible for any of us when we refuse to settle for good enough and begin to face pain and love head-on. This astonishing memoir reveals how our ideals of masculinity and femininity can make it impossible for a man and a woman to truly know one another - and it captures the beauty that unfolds when one couple commits to unlearning everything they’ve been taught so that they can finally, after thirteen years of marriage, fall in love.

Love Warrior is a gorgeous and inspiring account of how we are born to be warriors: strong, powerful, and brave; able to confront the pain and claim the love that exists for us all. This chronicle of a beautiful, brutal journey speaks to anyone who yearns for deeper, truer relationships and a more abundant, authentic life.

So I ended up loving this book. That is to say that when I first started it, I was annoyed. I didn’t fully understand Glennon’s choices, but once I got further in the book and once I finished it, it all came together. Please note, this is not a work of fiction. This is her life or at least a significant portion of her life. And while at times I felt like I could not relate to her and her story, her message was nonetheless very hopeful.

four-stars

Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump

  1. Trash novels. Seriously. Works for me every time. Examples: NA books, 50 Shades of Gray, etc.
  2. Favorite books. Reading books I loved and stories I know by heart helps.
  3. Short books. Sometimes reading short stories or a novella gets me back on track.
  4. Middle-grade books. Easy to read and usually have fun stories.
  5. Graphic novels.