Sunday Funday, and it’s raining!!! I could lay in bed all day and listen to the sound of the rain. Could you? But alas, Mr. Baxter was not so pleasantly reminding me that he needed to be taken out for his morning walk. Nothing like waking up to the dog inches away from your nose staring at you.
So Today finishes up the 36 Hour Readathon I’ve been participating in with the facebook group called Bookaholic Cafe. I did not manage to stay up reading all night, but did read until about 10pm. *reminder to self, do not stay up until 2am the night before you begin a readathon* LOL. I did however manage to read about 176 pages of The Color of Rain by Cori McCarthy, the sci-fi novel with a female protagonist written by a female author. This was a book that fulfilled a topic for the 2018 Read Harder Challenge present by BookRiot, for Book Club. We have our monthly Book Club meeting at a local swanky restaurant called TRATA which is downtown (Rochester, NY) at the Armory. We don’t meet until Noon, so I should have plenty of time to finish or get close to finishing. Not sure what to read after that, I’m thinking The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis, but my taste may change.
In parting I leave a throwback for you. Exactly 1 year ago Today I was snuggled on the couch, reading a book, and having coffee in my favorite mug. Low and behold, Baxter and I recreated this image (different book of course). Too funny! Enjoy your day and stay tuned for the final Readathon updates!
“An intellectual feast for fans of offbeat history, Ghostland takes readers on a road trip through some of the country’s most infamously haunted places–and deep into the dark side of our history.
Colin Dickey is on the trail of America’s ghosts. Crammed into old houses and hotels, abandoned prisons and empty hospitals, the spirits that linger continue to capture our collective imagination, but why? His own fascination piqued by a house hunt in Los Angeles that revealed derelict foreclosures and “zombie homes,” Dickey embarks on a journey across the continental United States to decode and unpack the American history repressed in our most famous haunted places. Some have established reputations as “the most haunted mansion in America,” or “the most haunted prison”; others, like the haunted Indian burial grounds in West Virginia, evoke memories from the past our collective nation tries to forget.
With boundless curiosity, Dickey conjures the dead by focusing on questions of the living–how do we, the living, deal with stories about ghosts, and how do we inhabit and move through spaces that have been deemed, for whatever reason, haunted? Paying attention not only to the true facts behind a ghost story, but also to the ways in which changes to those facts are made–and why those changes are made–Dickey paints a version of American history left out of the textbooks, one of things left undone, crimes left unsolved. Spellbinding, scary, and wickedly insightful, Ghostland discovers the past we’re most afraid to speak of aloud in the bright light of day is the same past that tends to linger in the ghost stories we whisper in the dark.” – From Goodreads bio.
My Review- 5/5 Stars
Ghostland provides a brilliant new take on a book about ghost stories. Even though it is a historical book, it still has that tone to certain chapters that sent chills down my spine. It created a need in me to visit all of the places mentioned, and gave me a new prospective on ghosts and the after life. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes to read about things that go bump in the night, especially when it’s related to real life places!