Monday Mash-Up #048 It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas!

There’s nothing like getting your Christmas tree all decorated, then finding it splat on the floor the next morning!!  :/  The hubby and I got it upright  and I finished the decorating (again!) earlier today….

Now that this drama has passed, time to get back into the Christmas spirit!  Plus I’ve been trying to figure out if I want to do anything special for my birthday weekend this coming weekend or just relax at home.  Of course, I do have plans to treat myself to a trip to a couple of bookstores (where else?!  😀  ).

The Week in Books—

Now That We’re Alone by Nicholas Day — 4.5 out of 5 stars!

This short story collection really does have it all, from killer turtles to vampiric revenge…..even serial killer John Wayne Gacy makes an appearance as a heavenly angel (yes, you read that right!!).  A great collection, and one I would recommend for anyone new to Day’s work.

Jimmy the Freak by Charles Colyott and Mark Steensland — 4.5 out of 5 stars!

A little novella with a lot of heart…as well as telepathy and some really bad guys.  I kept thinking of one of my favorite stories, Of Mice and Men, while reading this, as Jimmy and Mike reminded me so much of Lennie and George.  Be sure to check this one out.

Waiting Out Winter by Kelli Owen — 4.5 out of 5 stars!

Flies.  Disease-carrying flies.  That pretty much sums up this novella.  I enjoyed Owen’s take on an apocalyptic future, focusing on an ordinary family trying to survive in an altered world with an unknown future.  Added bonus–The sequel will focus on spiders!  Yep, I need to read that one as well!!

The Institute by Stephen King — 4 out of 5 stars!

I agree with many other reviewers that this latest King novel has some heavy shades of Firestarter.  I thought it started out pretty slow, but King is a master at keeping you turning the pages, even during the slow parts.  King’s style has also changed over the years, and while this definitely falls under horror it has more of a subdued horror feel and not the “in your face” extremes like some of his older works.  Another great story from the master.

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh — 2 out of 5 stars

For me, this has not been a good year for books named after the main character (most notably  Gretchen and Zuleikha ).  Add Eileen to the list.  There was some potential and a good twist I really didn’t see coming, but after constant references to laxative-induced bowel movements and menstrual odors (among other bodily functions) I just couldn’t find that potential (or care about it) anymore.

Now to pull out my Christmas dvds and revisit some favorite movies.  Do you have any favorite holiday books or movies?  Are they traditional classics or something more recent?

Enjoy your week, and until next time, Happy Reading!


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