Books

Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones – Collected by Alvin Schwartz

This morning I only had time for a shorter book before I need to head to work.  I decided to go ahead and finish off my boxed set of Scary Stories books and read Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones. There are some interesting stories in this book.

My favorite was probably the one about the girl and her mother staying in the hotel in Paris.  Her mother gets sick, the hotel doctor sees the mother and sends the daughter to his wife’s house to get medicine, they send her in a taxi, she gets the medicine, she comes back to the hotel, the rest I will leave for when you read the story.

I enjoy reading the scary stories and ghost stories.  This is probably why I enjoyed Wuthering Heights and The Graveyard Book so much.  I want to find more stories and books that follow this theme.  I might go back and re-read some of my Stephen King novels, but they just do not have the same feel as the pure ghost stories that I really enjoy.  I’ll have to research other similar books.

Today, I am going to see if our copies of the Stalking Jack the Ripper books have come in at work.  I am waiting on that and for book four in the Wings of Fire series right now.  Until I can get those, I am going to read a collection of Roald Dahl’s short stories next.  I also want to re-read Dragon Rider since I have learned that it is coming out in a movie.  I also should re-read The Turning of the Screw before the modern movie adaptation comes out soon.

It always seems that the list of books that I want to read gets longer and longer every day.  Working in a bookstore doesn’t always help.  I am constantly shelving new titles that I decide I need to read.  I keep saying I won’t buy any new books until I read all of the ones in my TBR pile, but then I see books that I just have to have and buy more books.  Maybe I need to create a list of books I want instead of letting myself buy them and then have an allowance for the books I can get each month.  The problem is that I know I will never stick to that.

As I am going through this pseudo-mid-life crisis and trying to decide what I really want to be when I grow up, I keep coming back to something involving reading and writing.  Maybe I want to be a teacher or a librarian.  I certainly enjoy reading with the kiddos that come into the bookshop, and I love listening to them talk about the books that they are reading.  For now, I am just going to let myself float and not overthink for a year or two.  I would rather enjoy my life than constantly worry about what is coming next or what I was “meant to do”.

I am off to research more ghost stories and scary stories for kids.  If you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments.  Don’t just drop the title, tell me a little bit about the book and why you loved it.  I always love getting book recommendations from other people, and it is starting to feel like my blog is a one-way conversation.  Until next time, Happy Reading!

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