A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book the Seventh through Book the Ninth by Lemony Snicket

I believe that these three books are where I really started to enjoy A Series of Unfortunate Event. In this little bundle, you learn more about FVD, they're definitely more mature than the previous six books, and the Quagmire's find safety-ish.

The Vile Village: Book the Seventh

After escaping Olaf and Esme again, the children and Mr. Poe are at a bit of a loss for where they should go. No one really wants them. However, a few towns have taken the saying "it takes a village to raise a child" seriously and are adopting children. The Baudelaire's have a variety of cities to pick from, but when they see that one of the towns is called VFD, they choose it, hoping they will find out some answers. While the children are technically taken in by the entire city, they live with Hector, the towns groundsman. They help Hector with the chores, one of which includes cleaning the new fountain that is devoted to the crows that occupy the town. In this instance, VFD stands for th…

A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book the Fourth through Book the Sixth by Lemony Snicket

So I really started enjoying the Unfortunate Events books around the fifth and sixth books, which is where the second season on Netflix picks up. I have a feeling it's because I haven't watched the episodes yet, so I have nothing to compare it to and my imagination was allowed to be as creative as it wanted to be.

The Miserable Mill: Book the Fourth

After leaving the remains of Aunt Josephine's house, the Baudelaire's are once again swept off to a new guardian. This time, Mr. Poe deposits them at the entrance of Lucky Smells Lumber Mill which is run by their new guardian, Sir. Sir is "too busy" running the mill to take care of the children, so he treats them as employees and they are left to do the back breaking work that should only be done by adults. While they don't like that they get paid in coupons and are fed gum, so a little bit, they think they have finally found a place away from Count Olaf. That is until Klaus breaks his glasses, is sent to the o…

A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book the First through Book the Third by Lemony Snicket

So unlike most people my age, I never read the Series of Unfortunate Events books. I saw the movie that came out in 2004, which led me to buying the first book, but I never finished it. I was still in my Harry Potter craze, and Unfortunate Events did not compare. Last year, when the Netflix series was released, I watched it. I was eager to see how it compared to the movie, even though it had been over a decade since I've seen it, and I love Neil Patrick Harris. I loved it, so again, I bought the box set of the first three books, and they've been sitting there. Until last week that is. I was extremely behind on my 2018 Reading Challenge, and I wanted to not only catch up, I wanted to get ahead. So how better to get ahead than read a thirteen short books aimed at 8-12 year olds? I knew I would enjoy it, and I was eager to see how it compared. I also told myself that I would watch season two of the Netflix series until I read the books, so that was a good incentive. Little did I …

The Manson Women and Me: Monsters, Morality, and Murder by Nikki Meredith

Okay, I promise this will be my last serial killer book for a little bit. After recent events, I've needed something lighter. But that does not mean I didn't enjoy this book thoroughly. I have taken an interest in the people involved in the Manson murders, and this book did not disappoint.

In this biography, Nikki Meredith spent 20+ years getting to know Leslie Van Houten and Patricia "Pat" Krenwinkel. She wanted to learn if they really had changed in their years of incarceration and ends up building a relationship with the women.

After reading Helter Skelter last month, I had my opinion on the people involved in the murders. I felt that Manson did deserve the death penalty all those years ago as he never changed his stance that what he did was wrong. And I felt that Susan Atkins, Tex Watson, Leslie, and Pat did deserve life in prison without the chance of parole. After reading this book, I see that this thought is much more complicated. My stance on Manson has not c…

Misery by Stephen King

Stephen King definitely has a way of pulling the reader in. I've seen the film version of Misery; it's one of my favorite movies. And yet, reading it was a completely new experience.

Misery tells the story of every authors worst nightmare: author crashes car; author is saved by number one fan; number one fan turns out to be a psychopathic killer who keeps author prisoner and has strange torture methods. The author here is Paul Sheldon and the number one fan is Annie Wilkes. Paul, while driving drunk, crashes his car during a snow storm and is rescued by Annie. To be fair, Annie lives in a small town and the snow storm was horrible, so she did the right thing taking him to the house. However, Annie keeps Paul pretty much sedated and on IV's. When Paul finally comes around, she tells Paul how much she loves his books, especially his Misery novels-a series that takes place in the nineteenth century and is extremely melodramatic. She is eagerly waiting for the most recent novel…

Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History by Tori Telfer

So I have to make a confession: For as feminist as I am, when I think of a serial killer, or really any killer, I think of a man. I'm not the only one who thinks this, it's an extremely common belief. But after this book, I will not make that mistake ever again. I will also know if I'm ever being poisoned with arsenic.

Lady Killers focuses on 14 female serial killers, which is what intrigued me. If you can't tell, there's been a theme in my reading lately: killers and psychopaths. But, aside from The Girlfriend (and she didn't kill anyone), they've all been male. So I was really excited to read about these lady killers. This is what I was expecting: a variety of serial killers from different eras that killed in a variety of ways. What I got was women dating back a few centuries who killed using poison. There were a few who tortured their victims, but in the book, the majority used poison, specifically, arsenic (hence knowing if I'm being poisoned with it…

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances

Have you ever watched or read something and thought "This gives (blank) a bad name"? That's what The Girlfriend is. It's dramatic and thrilling, but damn, it gives women a bad name. I'm hoping that the readers of this book are primarily female, because if not, women, we are doomed.

Laura is a successful career woman with a nice house, comfy lifestyle, and a dreamy son, Daniel. There are things that cold be better, like her marriage, but she's happy; and from an outsiders perspective, she has it all. The outsider in this case is Cherry. Cherry is Daniel's new girlfriend. She comes from the other side of the tracks, but she has dreams, and those dreams involve finding a man with money so she can live the life she's always dreamed of for herself. The first time Laura meets Cherry, she thinks Cherry is just nervous. But the more Cherry comes around, and the more she discovers about her, the more she begins to think that Cherry might have other plans in m…