I bought my first house two years ago this September. We’ve done a few big things to the house so far – paint and furnished the main living room, painted and decorated the bathroom, both of the kids got full bedroom makeovers, including new furniture. We repainted the kitchen, even sanded, cleaned and repainted the cupboards. That was a pain the ass. Do not recommend if you can help it.
All of that in one year! We worked hard, but there is still so much left to do. Sometimes I think I’ll never accomplish it all.
This year I have 3 things on my list:
- Paint the front entrance hallway and convert the coat closet into a mudroom-like sitting area.
- Install a fireplace in the basement.
- Redecorate the rec room, including floor to ceiling bookshelves.
Continue reading “Book Nook Sunday: Feb. 18, 2018”
“Ken, two kids just came in with some story about a body out in a field somewhere. Want to go down and see what it’s all about?”
Last True Crime Tuesday, I talked about the still unsolved Robison Family Murders.
One of the theories (however unlikely, and if you read this post you’ll see why) batted around has been that the family fell victim to John Norman Collins, aka the Ypsilanti Ripper, the Michigan Murderer, and the Co-Ed Killer.
Oh shit, I just love those classically cheesy serial killer nicknames.
John Norman Collins beat and strangled seven women to death between 1967 and 1969. Grab a drink, snuggle in and let’s take a longggggggg journey through a savage serial killer’s spree. This is an intense one and probably comes across best if you read it like Keith Morrison is narrating it.
Continue reading “True Crime Tuesday: The Michigan Murderer”
If you’ve ever wanted to eat your sister’s hair, this book is for you.
Or if you just like reading twisty novels about obsession, with a dose of weirdness, then definitely try this. I will in no way assume it’s because you also eat your sister’s hair.
This novel has a decidedly bleak and gloomy, unsettled atmosphere hanging over it, with a noir quality that is subtle, but evident. Combine that with twins and the “murder exchange” trope and you’ve got yourself something that can only fail in its cliches.
Callie is the ugly twin. Tilda is the beautiful one. I’m going to be honest, they both have serious mental health issues even if Tilda wants to play like only Callie does. Callie is a quiet, meek follower. Tilda is a leader, controlling and determined.
Continue reading “Review: White Bodies by Jane Robins”
Sunday is here again!
I have to say it’s been a hell of a couple of days.
I’ve had the flu since Wednesday night, then had a pretty intense couple’s therapy session – while I was still sick – where my self-care was focused on. I guess it’s important I do things for myself so that I can be happier in a relationship blahblahblah.
Basically I need a creative outlet, something that is just mine that I’m CREATING, that I can put some of my energy into. This blog is so fun, but I’m just reading and writing – there’s a big part of spirit that needs a little bit more.
So, yesterday I hit up my favourite craft store and invested a few dollars in starting up my own #bookstagram to accompany this blog. You can find me by searching @thefuckingtwist!
Continue reading “Book Nook Sunday: Feb. 11, 2018”
Hands up if you love the movie Se7en!
Well, it’s one of my favourite movies of all time (naturally), and in honour of that for literally no reason, it’s time for a new round of book tag. This time the Seven Deadly Sins edition!
*the crowd goes wild*
Jeez, guys. Calm down.
Continue reading “Book Tag Thursday: Seven Deadly Sins”
Listen, this isn’t going to be an easy lighthearted booknerd post, okay? I have some actual real thoughts that I want to put down. It might be long, so if you stick around for the whole thing I’ll be your best friend. And I’m a pretty good friend. I can talk some good shit about your enemies, or find you some enemies if you don’t have any, and then talk shit about them. I always have wine & weed at my house that I’ll share freely. I can fill your instagram DMs with dank memes. And if you want to cancel plans at the last minute instead of going out, that’s okay with me because I was probably thinking of doing the same thing.
There’s a new book prize that is specifically designed to honour thrillers that don’t contain violence against women. Colour me intrigued.
“The inaugural Staunch Book Prize will be awarded to the author of a novel in the thriller genre in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered.”
Part of me is giving this a thumbs up and thinking how is it 2018 and this is a new idea? And another part of me is having some conflicting emotions about it just because of comments made surrounding it. I love crime thrillers and serial killer stories, without shame, and yes, they mostly always contain violence against women. So, is it me? Am I shitty feminist? I try, but maybe my own misogyny runs so deep I didn’t even know it was there?
Continue reading “Booknerd Wednesday: The Staunch Book Prize & Violence Against Women in Fiction”
There’s just something about smart, in-charge females solving violent crimes against other females, perpetrated by men with psycho fucking issues, that really gives me some lady wood.
I was super excited to read this new series by Victoria Jenkins for that very reason, and I have to say it didn’t disappoint.
This is a really promising start for a new author and new series.
In Wales, a jogger finds the body of a woman floating in the river. DI Alex King and DC Chloe Lane are called to the scene. It seems almost as soon as the first body is found a second body turns up. Serial killers FTW.
Continue reading “Review: The Girls in the Water (Detectives King and Lane, #1) by Victoria Jenkins”
Obviously, I missed Book Nook Sunday last weekend. Obviously everyone is devastated. Like, quit crying about it. Christ!
Kidding. If only I was that popular and could verbally abuse my readers through the written word and still have them stick around. I’d be like the Donald Trump of book blogging.
The Donald Trump of Book Blogging was my second choice for this website domain, b. t. dubs.
Continue reading “Book Nook Sunday: Feb. 4, 2018”
Greyson, over at Greyson Reads, was sweet enough to tag me in the Weather in Books boog tag! I have no idea what I’m doing because I’m such a book blogging n00b, but thanks for putting some faith in my blogging skills, Greyson! She’s cool and if you’re reading this then you should definitely hit up her reviews.
Okay, let’s do this! *solo air guitar noises*
Continue reading “Book Tag Thursday: Weather in Books”
Canada Reads 2018!
If you don’t know what that is, let me explain you a thing:
It is an annual Battle of the Books. It takes place on CBC and has been ongoing for the last 16 years! Five books, five defenders, one winner.
From the CBC Canada Reads website: Canada Reads is a “literary Survivor,” with celebrities championing books. Books are voted “off the bookshelf,” one each day, until one book is chosen as the title the whole country should read this year.
Continue reading “Booknerd Wednesday: Jan. 31, 2018”