Book Nook Sunday: Feb. 18, 2018

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.

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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.

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Review: N0S4A2 by Joe Hill

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OMG I HAVE FINALLY READ THIS FUCKING BOOK. What’s it been, 30 years?!

I’m tired, guys. I’m so so tired.

I feel like I just escaped from Christmasland and my life force is nearly drained.

My head hurts. I think this book gave me a headache – that’s how intense it was.

The gist is Victoria ‘Vic’ McQueen can travel across a covered bridge on her bike and arrive on the other side wherever she wants to be.

Charlie Manx can drive his vintage 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith to a supernatural amusement park, which he created, called Christmasland. And the Rolls Royce is the key to get in. On his way there, he kidnaps children. During the ride, the kids are drained of their life force in order to keep Manx alive, because you see, he’s a few hundred years old. Can’t let that decay sink in, can we?

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Book Tag Thursday: One Lovely Blog Award

My Australian book buddy Greyson Reads tagged me for this one. She said I was “lovely and hilarious”, and obviously flattery works really well on me! Thanks, G!

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There are some rules…

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award (well, duh.)
  • Display the banner/sticker/logo on your blog. (sure!)
  • Share 7 facts or things about yourself. (are there 7 facts about me? *thinks hard*)
  • Nominate up to 15 bloggers that you admire and inform the nominees (absolutely not.)

Ok, here we go. Don’t get weirded out and leave me once you know me better.

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Review: White Bodies by Jane Robins

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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.

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Book Nook Sunday: Feb. 11, 2018

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!

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Book Tag Thursday: Seven Deadly Sins

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.

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Review: The Girls in the Water (Detectives King and Lane, #1) by Victoria Jenkins

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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.

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Book Tag Thursday: Weather in Books

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*

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Booknerd Wednesday: Jan. 31, 2018

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.

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Review: Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson, #5) by Darynda Jones

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You guyssssssssssss, I love Charley! Sincerely, I have massive amounts of affection for her.

I wish she’d be my friend. We could get drinks together, gossip about people (both alive and dead), maybe smoke a little pot together in our pajamas and then pass out watching Rick & Morty.

She’s just honestly one of my favourite female characters.

And really, you don’t even need to read this series from the beginning to get into it, (but it does help.) You can jump in whenever and immediately know Charley. Because her voice and her personality are clear and genuine from the beginning. Darynda Jones has her figured out and never wavers from that truth.

This time around Charley is dealing with a lot. And it starts from page one. A cheating husband, gun fire, being confronted by the police about how exactly she manages to solve cases the way that she does. Not to mention, her apartment is filled with dozens of dead blonde women who may, or may not, have been killed by serial killer. They are the worst houseguests too – climbing her walls (literally), hanging from the ceiling (literally), straight up ignoring her requests to communicate but then also getting in the shower with her. Like you do.

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