Vlogmas Day 15 πŸŽ„ Favorite Christmas Books

Showing you some of my favorite Christmas reads πŸ“šπŸŽ„

Links to the books mentioned (Bookdepository with FREE worldwide shipping):

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore (not the same edition)

My True Love Gave to Me (new edition)

One Day in December by Josie Silver

The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher

Secret Santa by Andrew Shaffer

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Krampus the Yule Lord by Brom

My review of Krampus

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Lovecraft Country πŸ“š BOOK REVIEW

My review of Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff πŸ“š

I read a paperback edition of Lovecraft Country.

Genre:Β Horror, sci-fi, fantasy

Publisher:Β Pan MacMillan

Originally published:Β February 16th, 2016

Pages:Β 384 (paperback)

Audiobook length: 12 hrs and 13 mins

Synopsis by the publisher:

Chicago, 1954. When his father Montrose goes missing, twenty-two year-old Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his Uncle George – publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide – and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr. Braithwhite – heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus’s ancestors – they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours.

At the manor, Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn – led by Samuel Braithwhite and his son Caleb – which has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centers on Atticus. And his one hope of salvation may be the seed of his – and the whole Turner clan’s – destruction.

My thoughts:

The thing that drew me to this book was the trailer for the HBO series that I haven’t watched yet), and I decided that I needed to read the book before watching it.

I’ve read quite a bit of Lovecraft, and I love the stories (not the white supremacist author), so I was intrigued to find out how another writer would incorporate Lovecraft’s stories into their own.
I thought Matt Ruff did an excellent job of making the story his own and giving it that Lovecraft vibe. I also think that it’s so wonderful how Ruff took inspiration from a racist author and made this story with such an incredible cast of black characters and also portraiting racism as the real monster of the story at the same time. I always appreciate it when our author reveals that the real monsters to fear are often the ones that live inside the people we see every day.

Lovecraft country follows a cast of fascinating characters but does an excellent job of giving them each a unique voice so that as a reader, I never got confused. That being said, I wish we would’ve had more time to get to know them all. With so many lead characters, I felt like I missed a bit of the depth that would’ve made me more invested in them. We also got introduced to some places and creatures that I would’ve liked to know more about.
But the story was fast-paced and action-packed. It was filled with mystery and well-developed characters.
It all wrapped up quite quickly at the end, and I felt like it left me with quite a few questions unanswered.

Lovecraft Country was a fun, dark, and interesting ride. And I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Ruby will get her own book someday!

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Vlogmas Day 11 πŸŽ„ Waiting an Hour for Grinch Shoes!!

I waited for over an hour to see the Grinch collection from Irregular Choice πŸ˜…

I waited for over an hour to see the Grinch collection from Irregular Choice πŸ˜…

Grinch Collection

Vlogmas Day 10 πŸŽ„ Hardback Book Haul

Showing you some of the hardback books that I’ve accumulated over the last weeks πŸ“š

Links to the books mentioned (Bookdepository with FREE worldwide shipping):

The Archer by Paulo Coelho

Ghosts by Dolly Alderton

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given

Memoirs and Misinformation by Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon

Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke

Cell by Stephen King (paperback)

Needful Things by Stephen King (paperback)

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Vlogmas Day 8 πŸŽ„ December TBR

Where I show you the overly ambitious pile of books that I would love to get to during the month of DecemberπŸ“š

Links to the books (Bookdepository with FREE worldwide shipping):

The Archer by Paulo Coelho

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

Secret Santa by Andrew Shaffer

Hark! The Herald Angels Scream

Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Night I Met Father Christmas by Ben Miller

Ghosts by Dolly Alderton

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Phantom Lock: Mysteria by A. Charles Ross

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Vlogmas Day 5 πŸŽ„ Unicorn Christmas Tree

We found a new Christmas Tree and it’s PERFECT!! πŸ¦„

Unicorn Christmas Tree (Not an affiliate link)

Secret Santa by Andrew Shaffer

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