In the Library of Hannah: August 27th

Hi guys! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, but I’m back with another edition of In the Library of Hannah, a weekly event that I’m doing to talk about one of the many random books that I own that might not see a ton of love. It’s as simple as that, so lets get to it!

This weeks book is: The Lie by Chad Kultgen

theliekultgenSynopsis from Goodreads: Try to remember the moment when all the stupid innocent things you thought about life and love, all the things you thought mattered, all the things you thought were true…try to remember when they all turned out to be lies. -Kyle

I never thought anything Kyle and I were doing would lead to this….I was clearly incorrect. -Brett

We all get what we deserve. I know I did. -Heather

Where I got it: I’m almost positive I picked this one up at Barnes & Noble. Every time I go into a B&N I see Kultgen’s books because the spines ALWAYS catch my eye.

Why I got it: The book seemed really interesting and humorous, but like a darker humor which is right up my alley. Basically I just had to have it… so.

What I thought of it: What did I think of it. Regardless of the fact that I had to have this and some of his other books because they are pretty and sound perfect for me… I (shocker) haven’t read it yet. LOL. Go figure.

Tell me, have you read this one? If you have, what did you think of it? There’s truly not that many ratings/reviews on Goodreads for it which makes me want to pick it up sooner rather than later… Anywhoodle, until next time, Happy Reading!

 

In the Library of Hannah: July 9th

Hi guys! I’m back with another edition of In the Library of Hannah, a weekly event that I’m doing to talk about one of the many random books that I own that might not see a ton of love. It’s as simple as that, so lets get to it!

This weeks book is: Between the Bridge and the River by Craig Ferguson

betweenbridgeandriverSynopsisBawdy, joyous, messy, hysterically funny, and guaranteed to offendregardless of religion, race, national origin, sexual orientation, or professionBetween the Bridge and the River is the debut novel by Craig Ferguson, host of CBS’s The Late Late Show. Two childhood friends from Scotland and two illegitimate half-brothers from the American South suffer and enjoy all manner of bizarre experiences which, as it turns out, are somehow interconnectedand, surprisingly enough, meaningful. An eclectic cast of characters includes Carl Jung, Fatty Arbuckle, Virgil, Marat, Socrates, and Tony Randall. Love, greed, hope, revenge, organized religion, and Hollywood are alternately tickled and throttled. Impossible to summarize and impossible to stop reading, this is a romantic comic odyssey that actually deliversand rewards.

Where I got it: This is another book that I found whilst browsing at The Book Barn, my favorite used bookstore.

Why I got it: Firstly, when I saw that Craig Ferguson was the author, I was intrigued. Then I scanned the synopsis and into my shopping bag it went! Simple as that.

What I thought of it: Welp, I haven’t read it yet, surprise surprise, so I can’t say. I can say that  I look forward to reading it though.

Have you read this book? Have any books that you want to spotlight and let the world know about? Feel free to share below! Until next time, Happy Reading!

In the Library of Hannah: July 2nd

Hi guys! I’m back with another edition of In the Library of Hannah, a weekly event that I’m doing to talk about one of the many random books that I own that might not see a ton of love. It’s as simple as that, so lets get to it!

This weeks random pick is: Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates

zombiejcoSynopsis: Meet Quentin P., the most believably terrifying sexual psychopath and killer ever brought to life in fiction. The author deftly puts you inside the mind of a serial killer–succeeding not in writing about madness, but in writing with the logic of madness.

Where I got it: I actually got it from a friend of mine. She bought it when we were on vacation up in Vermont from a little secondhand bookstore we found (can’t remember the name for the life of me!) and after she read it she passed it on to me to read.

Why I got it: She told me what it was about, I was intrigued – I wasn’t a criminal justice major for nothing – and I’ve had it since.

What I thought of it: This is going to sound awful, but I loved what I read of it. I started reading it and never finished the book even though its really short, and have wanted to go back and re-read it all ever since. I just remember it being really haunting and quite simply fucked up. I must finish it.

That’s today’s random pick! Have you read this one or any other JCO that you think I should check out? Let me know! Until next time Happy Reading!

In the Library of Hannah: June 25th

Hi all! I’m back with another edition of In the Library of Hannah, a weekly event that I’m doing to talk about one of the many random books that I own that might not see a ton of love. It’s as simple as that, so lets get to it!

This weeks random book is: The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta

theabteacherSynopsis: Stonewood Heights is the perfect place to raise children: it’s got good schools, solid values and a healthy real estate market.  Parents in the town are involved in their children’s lives, and often in other children’s lives, too—coaching sports, driving carpool, focusing on enriching experiences.  Ruth Ramsey is the high school human sexuality teacher whose openness is not appreciated by all her students—or their parents.  Her daughter’s soccer coach is Tim Mason, a former stoner and rocker whose response to hitting rock bottom was to reach out and be saved.  Tim’s introduction of Christianity on the playing field horrifies Ruth, while his evangelical church sees a useful target in the loose-lipped sex ed teacher.  But when these two adversaries in a small-town culture war actually talk to each other, a surprising friendship begins to develop.

Where I got it: I’m pretty sure I got it from Barnes & Noble. If not I picked it up on vacation at Village Book Store in Littleton, NH.

Why got it: I think the cover originally caught my eye, but once I read the title I knew I had to get it. So I did.

What I thought of it: I absolutely adored this book. I read it over a day or two while I was on vacation and it instantly went on my favorites list. The story, the characters, Tom Perrotta’s writing… all of it was just fan-fricking-tastic!

That’s my spotlighted book of the week! Tell me, have you read this one? Did you love it? Any books you want to share? Feel free to share and until next time Happy Reading!

 

In the Library of Hannah: June 18th

Hi all! I’m back with another edition of In the Library of Hannah, a weekly event that I’m doing to talk about one of the many random books that I own that might not see a ton of love. It’s as simple as that, so lets get to it!

This weeks random book is: The Watchers (The Angelus Trilogy #1) by Jon Steele

thewatchersSynopsis: Meet Marc Rochat, a man-child who has devoted his life to being the bell ringer at the Gothic Lausanne Cathedral, one of the greatest architectural structures in the world. Eerie things have been going on in and around his church, including tremblings in the underground crypt and a variety of gruesomely murdered bodies showing up in nearby streets. Across the square from the cathedral lives Katherine Taylor, a beautiful young American woman who is making phenomenal money as one of the highest-priced call girls in Switzerland; she’s a bit too introspective for her own good and, unfortunately, much too observant of her clients’ peccadilloes. Rochat’s and Taylor’s lives collide with Jay Harper, a British private eye who has been sent to investigate the killings and other strange doings; alas, he has no memory of who hired him or precisely why he was chosen for the job. And now all the clues are pointing skyward, where fallen angels are said to haunt Lausanne.

Where I got it: This is another book that I picked up at my favorite used bookstore The Book Barn.

Why I got it: It was a combination of the cover being pretty and the synopsis sounding intriguing. I’m a sucker for those two things!

What I thought of it: This is another of the books that I haven’t read yet, lol. So at this point all I can say is I think it sounds intriguing, but I haven’t read it yet.

Have you heard of this book? Do you have any random books that you want to share? If so, please feel free do so in the comments! Until next time, Happy Reading!

 

In the Library of Hannah: June 11th

Hi all! I’m back with another edition of In the Library of Hannah, a weekly event that I’m doing to talk about one of the many random books that I own that might not see a ton of love. It’s as simple as that, so lets get to it!

This weeks random pick is: Death at the Priory: Love, Sex, and Murder in Victorian England by James Ruddick

deathatpriorySynopsis: In 1875 the beautiful widow Florence Ricardo married the handsome and successful young attorney Charles Bravo, hoping to escape the scandals of her past. But Bravo proved to be a brutal and conniving man, and the marriage was far from happy. Then one night he suddenly collapsed, and three days later died an agonizing death. His doctors immediately determined that he had been poisoned. The graphic and sensational details of the case would capture the public imagination of Victorian England as the investigation dominated the press for weeks, and the list of suspects grew to include Florence, her secret lover the eminent doctor James Gully, her longtime companion the housekeeper Mrs. Cox, and the recently dismissed stableman George Griffiths. But ultimately no murderer could be determined, and despite the efforts of numerous historians, criminologists, and other writers since (including Agatha Christie), the case has never been definitively solved. Now James Ruddick retells this gripping story of love, greed, brutality, and betrayal among the elite — offering an intimate portrait of Victorian culture and of one woman’s struggle to live in this repressive society, while unmasking the true murderer for the first time. Simultaneously a murder mystery, colorful social history, and modern-day detective tale, Death at the Priory is a thrilling read and a window into a fascinating time.

Where I got it: I’m not 100% sure, but I’m guessing Barnes & Noble. I acquired this one long, long ago.

Why I got it:I love reading true crime books (fun fact: I actually majored in criminal justice and forensic psych) and this book was a 2003 nominee for the Edgar Award in Fact Crime which was how I found it. It seemed intriguing then as it does now.

What I thought of it: Well, I haven’t read it yet (something that you’ll be seeing A LOT in this series, lol) so I can’t really tell you. Someday I will though!

Please feel free to share any random books, thoughts, etc that you have and until next time, Happy Reading!

In the Library of Hannah: June 4th

Hello all! Happy Thursday! I am here today to rollout a new weekly feature kind of thing where I’m going to share about a random book on my bookshelves.

A lot of us have a LOT of books, but they don’t always get talked about. Whether it’s a book we read forever ago or one we purchased and never got around to, there are always books to talk about. You never know when you’re going to come across one of those gems. Not to mention, the best way to find books is probably to talk about them.

I’m going to call this In the Library of Hannah, at least for now, because my friends lovingly refer to my bedroom as the Library of Hannah seeing as I have tons of books, lol. And possibly also because my creativeness does not tend towards naming things. So let’s get to it.

This weeks random book is: Demon’s Fright by Penelope Banka Kreps

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Synopsis: When Patti’s mom told her they’d be moving down to Trapper’s Cay after the divorce, Patti groaned. The small Florida town was boring. And, the kids who lived there were weird. Especially Dirk Emerson. He acted like he had some dark power, but all he did was party with his druggie friends and read from some old book of black magic spells.
At least, that’s what everyone thought. Until the demons arrived. Soon, innocent children became their playthings, the victims of a horrible ritual resurrected from the dawn of time…

Where I got it: I purchased this from my favorite used bookstore, The Book Barn in Niantic, CT

Why I got it: A couple of years ago I came across a random forum post online that talked about Zebra Horror books. The covers were cheesy and the plots reminded me of B-Horror movies and I fell in love. However, I couldn’t find them online anywhere. So now, every time I go into a used bookstore I go the Horror section and look for any Zebra Horror books I can find. And I buy them.

I haven’t read this book yet, but I just can’t get enough of the Zebra Horror stories. I don’t think I’ve found one that I don’t like yet. Someday, I’ll read this one to!

Are you familiar with this book or any other Zebra Horror books? Do you have any sort of books that are auto buys like this? Want to talk about one of your books? Please share and Happy Reading!