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Favorite books read in 2018

I read 54 novels in 2018, five of them re-reads (which I count because my memory is terrible and subsequent readings still manage to surprise and delight). Last year I was determined to raise my overall count and I managed to do that by 6 books! Here are my favorites...

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Tea and Books for Christmas

I come to you with tidings of tea and holiday reads! For young (and young-at-heart) readers: Christmas with the Savages, by Mary Clive: Seen through the eyes of a prim little eight-year-old, and based on real events and people, this novel perfectly recaptures a...

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2018 Spooky Film Recs, Part IV: Family Viewing

For my final "Spooky Films" post, I'm offering some suggestions for family viewing. If you're new to the blog and have younger children, you might check my 2016 post that includes solidly PG films. If you have tweens and teens interested in watching horror, the...

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2018 Spooky Film Recs, Part III: Ghost-free Horror

Today you'll find paranormal, sci-fi, slasher, and post-apocalyptic films, but there's nary a ghost in the bunch! (As far as I could tell, at least.) As always, the brief synopses are from imdb.com. The Ritual (2017) -- Rated: TV-MA A group of college friends reunite...

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2018 Spooky Film Recs Part II: Ghostly Favorites

In this post I hope to inspire you to watch some ghost films that flew under the radar during the past couple of years. I've come to appreciate lower-budget/independent ghostly films because there's much less reliance on expensive special effects and, in many cases,...

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2018 Spooky Film Recs Part I: Mainstream Favorites

Today I launch the 2018 Spooky Film Blog Series with four mainstream favorites released in 2018. Since you've probably already heard of them, I won't write lengthy reviews. I will include helpful links, however, and with my Geeked on Gothic post in mind, I'll rate...

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Geeked on Gothic

It's mid-September and each day we draw closer to the season of ghosts, ghouls, and witches (not to mention sugar hangovers). I must confess, however, that I wrote this post not just to celebrate the season. I'm also hoping for a particular sort of redemption. Over...

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Swoonworthy Reads

To celebrate Valentine's Day here on the blog I searched my bookshelves and Goodreads reading list for stories that struck me as delightfully romantic. I'm leaving out category romance and trying only to include books that feature a pairing or a moment that really...

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October Reading Recs

For various reasons this has not been my best year for reading, but the situation seems to be improving of late. Today I have two books to recommend, and though they don't have that much in common, they both celebrate female relationships. A Secret Sisterhood...

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Spooky Film Recs for Halloween, part III (2017 edition)

The adventure concludes! I tend to gravitate toward ghost films, but from time to time other forms of horror tempt me. So if you're looking for a ghost-free option, here are three films for your consideration: The Devil's Candy (2015) -- Unrated A struggling painter...

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Spooky Film Recs for Halloween, part I (2017 edition)

It's that time of year when I voraciously consume recent (or new-to-me) horror films in hopes of sharing my favorites with you -- oh what fun I have! If you are a horror fan, you've probably seen most of the recent mainstream options. However, there are plenty of...

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Spooky Films for Younger Viewers

To conclude my 2016 "Spooky Films for Halloween" series, I offer suggestions appropriate for younger viewers (and those adults who aren't quite up to the intense horror options I've previously recommended). Please mention your own favorites in the comments, and I will...

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Spooky film round-up, part II — 2016* releases

The Witch -- Rated R A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession.Many fans of mainstream horror have panned this specimen of "cerebral horror" for being slow and hard to follow, but I was caught in its spell. If...

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Spooky film round-up, part I

It's that time of year again! This post features "new to me" ghostly/Gothic films, three of which are from this intriguing list of Scariest Ghost Movies of All Time. (Stay tuned for a follow-up post on spooky films released in 2016.)Jessabelle (2014)Returning to her...

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