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Haunted Week: Written in the Tombstone

Haunted Week: Written in the Tombstone

Haunted Week is hosted by This Girl Reads, all credit for these daily ideas goes to them. ^.^

Today’s post concerns the following: The epitaph is the inscription on a tombstone—you could say it’s a person’s last words. Today, quote the last line of five books. (No spoilers, please!)

This was one of the most fun ones for Haunted Week, it gave me an excuse to pour through part of my book collection to find some of my favorite last lines. I hope you enjoy them!

1. Cell by Stephen King – “‘Hey, Johnny-Gee,’ he said, ‘Fo-fo-you-you.’ And pressed the cell against his son’s ear.” This is a very sad, and meaningful quote from Cell which if you have read it you completely understand. It symbolizes how much the father cares for his son despite how much he doesn’t want to lose him. Sad but good. Expect more Stephen King to come.

2. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell – “When the screen created a pure Blink moment, a small miracle happened, the kind of small miracle that is always possible when we take charge of the first two seconds: they saw her for who she truly was.” I loved all of Gladwell’s books that I have read so far but this ending was by far my favorite. It really just takes having control for a few seconds in order to allow people to see what they should be able to but are often unable to see. Reality.

3. The Gunslinger by Stephen King – “The gunslinger waited for the time of the drawing and dreamed his long dreams of the Dark Tower, to which he would some day come at dusk and approach, winding his horn, to do some unimaginable final battle.” Just awesome. How can you not love Stephen King? I really need to get and read his whole Dark Tower series…someday.

4. Sports From Hell by Rick Reilly – “Still, I did do one smart thing during this quest. About two and a half years into it, I married TLC. I love her. She loves me. And for lonely nights, she beats the bejesus out of ferrets.” This is easily the most humorous last line(s) I chose. I laughed my way through this whole book and it was a very fitting ending that made me chuckle and sigh as I knew the book was at its completion. I’ll have to go back and read this one again someday.

5. Under the Dome by Stephen King – “Pity was not love, Barbie reflected…but if you were a child, giving clothes to someone who was naked had to be a step in the right direction.” Clearly I have a big part of my reading heart devoted to all things King. It isn’t my fault that he has awesome endings! You need to read this book, trust me.

This was definitely a blast to go find all of these endings! I knew that it was likely King would be a big part of my selections though I didn’t know he would be quite that prevalent. I really thought I would have a Grisham quote or perhaps one from one of the many series I have mentioned in previous posts but though those books were excellent their ending lines weren’t quite on the same level. Thanks for reading! What book ending lines do you love? Let me know in the comments!


Haunted Week: Tricked or Treated

Haunted Week: Tricked or Treated

Haunted Week is hosted by This Girl Reads, all credit for these daily ideas goes to them. ^.^

Today’s post concerns the following: Some books aren’t at all what you expected—which can be good or bad. Today feature five books you read that were either a pleasant or nasty surprise.

This is an interesting one for me, and a bit tough since I usually know what I am getting myself into when I go to read a book but I will give it a shot!

1. Shaq Uncut by Shaquille O’Neal – I got this as a Christmas present and though I had asked for it I had no idea what the quality of the book would be or what areas of Shaq’s life it would focus on. This was a case where I was “treated” to a wonderful read. I tore through this book loving every detail and I will be making sure to reread it soon. Fantastic.

2. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell – This was the first book that I read by Gladwell as it was assigned in my first year of college. I absolutely loved it, which probably comes as no surprise to those who read my blog since I have mentioned him a few times before. I now own all four of his books (though as you may have seen I have only read three) and he has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Definitely a “treated” one. ^.^

3. The Red Serpent Trilogy by Rishabh Jain – I’ve mentioned this book a few times (and wrote a review on it) so if you follow my blog you likely know what my thoughts on it are. This was my blog’s first DNF. I won this in a giveaway and when it arrived I was excited as it was one of my first few books that I won that were of the print variety. However, the quality of writing was poor to say the least and I quickly found too many flaws in it to continue reading. “Tricked” indeed.

4. The Sallie House: Exposing the Beast Within by Renee Pawlish – I won a copy of this book in a giveaway last year and had no clue what to expect. It was definitely a short read but I loved it. I can’t say that I was scared while reading (it takes a LOT to scare me via book/movie) but I did enjoy it, in the “treated” pile.

5. Owlet by Emma Michaels – This is another book that I have reviewed on my blog so if you are a follower you know where this one will fall. I was really excited when I found out that I won an eBook copy of Owlet especially since it had just been released. I read it expecting to enjoy the short read but was sorely disappointed. If you want to know more on how I felt about this book read my review here. “Tricked”, sadly.

I hope you enjoyed that mix of “tricked” and “treated” books! It isn’t often that I am surprised by a book but it is refreshing when I don’t know a whole lot about the book I am about to read because it allows everything to be new as I read it. Thanks for reading! What books “tricked” or “treated” you? Let me know in the comments!


Haunted Week: Ghosts of Books Half-Read

Haunted Week: Ghosts of Books Half-Read

Haunted Week is hosted by This Girl Reads, all credit for these daily ideas goes to them. ^.^

Today’s post concerns the following: Ever had the feeling that someone was watching you? It just might be the spirit of a book you haven’t put to rest. Today feature five books you began but never finished.

This one is particularly tough for me because it is VERY rare that I do not finish a book but I will do my best to find five if possible.

1. The Red Serpent Trilogy by Rishabh Jain – This is because it was my first DNF for this blog. Not a fan of this book and I don’t plan on revisiting it later.

2. Nephilim Genesis of Evil by Renee Pawlish – I won this book sometime last year and only read part of it while I was on an airplane but never completed it once I got back home. I did enjoy the part of it I did read and someday I will finish it.

3. What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell – Ugh. This one KILLS me that I never finished it. I LOVE Gladwell’s work, I even own all four of his books, and I just never got around to it, this WILL be fixed soonish.

4. Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good by Jonathan Balcombe – Another one that definitely “haunts” me. I got this book and even had it signed when I was in my first year of college. He was talking about his book among other things at the University of Minnesota and signing books there so I got it, I will definitely finish this one at some point as well.

5. Black Water: Pendragon Series Book #5 – This is where I left off in the Pendragon series when I was a kid. I don’t think I could find the next book in the library at the time so I stopped reading this one about 2/3 through. I’ve since bought almost the entire series and will revisit all of them (probably in a marathon) once the collection is complete.

So there you have it! I’m somewhat surprised I was actually able to find five but it looks like I pulled it off! I definitely need to get to What the Dog Saw first, that one is going to bother me until I’ve read it. I hope you enjoyed this post, the first of Haunted Week and if you did leave me a comment, it can be about my picks, if you are participating your picks, or if not whatever you’d like! Thanks for stopping by. ^.^