Kell's Reading Realm

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Currently reading

Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret
Craig Brown
Progress: 123/432 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 106 out of 336 pages.

Be Buried in the Rain - Barbara Michaels

Halloween Bingo 2018 - Update

Here is my updated card. I am only marking the ones that have been called and read (with little ghost stickers).





Called AND read (Ghosts)

09/03/18: Cryptozoologist - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling

09/13/18: Grimm Tales - Snow White & The Huntsman by Lily Blake

09/07/18: New Release - The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tromblay

09/25/18: Amateur Sleuth - Suspicion by Alexandra Monir


Read NOT called

Doomsday - The Final Six by Alexandra Monir

The Drowning Deep - Ghost Ships, Gales & Forgotten Tales: The Adventure of the Great Lakes by Wes Oleszewski

Genre: Horror - The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (audio book)


Called NOT read

09/01/18: Classic horror

09/05/18: Cozy Mystery

09/09/18: Southern Gothic

09/11/18: Terrifying Women

09/15/18: Modern Masters of Horror

09/17/18: Creepy Carnivals

09/19/18: Relics and Curiosities

09/21/18: Diverse Voices

09/23/18: Murder Most Foul





















Strikeout - not on my card.

Snow White and the Huntsman

Snow White & the Huntsman - Hossein Amini, Evan Daugherty, Lily Blake, John Lee Hancock

The book is described as a breathtaking new vision of a legendary tale. Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen who is out to destroy her. But in a twist to the fairytale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed becomes her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.


I have been meaning to see this movie for years now but have not gotten around to it. When I saw the Grimm Tales square, I checked to see if there was a book based on the movie and there was. I normally don't read books solely based on movies if I have seen the movie before because they are usually a scene by scene rehashing of the movie with no added character thoughts or feelings. Like I said, I haven't seen the movie but I could tell by reading the book it was like all others. Characters were not really fleshed out well and scenes were choppy and quick. However, it does make me want to see the movie even more now to watch it all unfold on screen. Plus bonus Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman.


I am using this for the Grimm Tales square.







The Cabin at the End of the World

The Cabin at the End of the World - Paul Tremblay

A gay couple and their adopted Chinese daughter are taking a vacation in a secluded cabin. Their dwelling is invaded by four strangers who take the family captive and tell them that to prevent the upcoming apocalypse one of them must be killed by the others. - Wiki 


I just finished about two minutes ago and I don’t know what to think. I do know I disliked the style of writing. The POVs were hard to follow even when the book was divided into character headings because it wasn’t one character at a time. 


Anyone else read this? Thoughts? 


This was published in 2018 so I am using for New Release. It could also be used easily for Doomsday!


Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - J.K. Rowling

It's been a while since I read this book and I am enjoying it as much as I did the first time I read it! I love all the "doodles" that the kids left behind. lol


I am using this one for the Cryptozoologist square!


Ghost Ships, Gales & Forgotten Tales - True Adventures on the Great Lakes

Ghost Ships, Gales and Forgotten Tales: True Adventures on the Great Lakes - Wes Oleszewski

Picked this one up from our library. Living in Michigan and going on a few shipwreck tours in the Great Lakes, I thought this one would be a fun read!


I am going to use this one for Fear the Drowning Deep!


The Final Six by Alexandra Monir

The Final Six - Alexandra Monir

When Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, and Naomi, a science genius from California, are two of the twenty-four teens drafted into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever altered. After erratic climate change has made Earth a dangerous place to live, the fate of the population rests on the shoulders of the final six who will be scouting a new planet. Intense training, global scrutiny, and cutthroat opponents are only a few of the hurdles the contestants must endure in this competition.

For Leo, the prospect of traveling to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—to help resettle humankind is just the sense of purpose he’s been yearning for since losing his entire family in the flooding of Rome. Naomi, after learning of a similar space mission that mysteriously failed, suspects the ISTC isn’t being up front with them about what’s at risk.

As the race to the final six advances, the tests get more challenging—even deadly. With pressure mounting, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo, and the two grow closer with each mind-boggling experience they encounter. But it’s only when the finalists become fewer and their destinies grow nearer that the two can fathom the full weight of everything at stake: the world, the stars, and their lives. - Synopsis


I actually really liked this book. There were some things in the book that made it hard for me to believe... things that just wouldn't be possible to do in a closely guarded government facility but I have learned to leave my common sense at the cover and not dwell too much on things like that. The book leaves you on a cliffhanger so I am hoping she writes another as I would definitely read it.


I am using this for the Doomsday square!


Reading progress update: Finished

The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson, Laura Miller

I got the audio version from my library. So far it has me hooked. I didn't want to get out of my car this morning to go into work... I rarely want to do that anyway, but more so now that I was listening to this. :)


This would fit multiple bingo squares, but I think I will be using it for my Genre: Horror square.


Finished and am using for my horror square. 


Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

SuspicionSuspicion by Alexandra Monir

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

By the author’s own admission this book is a cross between gothic suspense novels and Downton Abbey. A lot of reviews mention it being a homage to Rebecca, but I have not read that book so I cannot comment on that.

Through horrid circumstances, 17 year old Imogen Rockford is now the new Duchess of Wickersham. It is a role she would rather not have taken on. It is only because of all the loss in her life that she gained her title. Her grandfather, aunt, uncle, mother and father and now her first cousin have all died and all (but her grandfather) in very suspicious ways. Now that she has taken over Rockford Manor she begins to learn of the dark secrets that lay hidden, not only upstairs but downstairs. It only fuels her desire to get to the bottom of her parent’s death and also the mystery surrounding her entire lineage.

Although I am not the target age of her books, I do enjoy Alexandra Monir’s writings. I fell in like with her writing when she came out with Timeless years ago. It was only recently I realized she had written more books. Although I can understand why some didn’t like aspects of the book, I found it a very easy relaxing book to read. There were some plot twists that could have been fleshed out to be more believable but I don’t thing this book was meant to be believable, so they didn’t infuriate me like they did others. Looks like you either love or hate the book so I would recommend giving it a try and see for yourself.


This could have fit in quite a few squares, but I am going to use this for amateur sleuth since the whole premise of the book was Imogen trying to get to the bottom of the mysteries surrounding her family. 


Halloween Bingo 2018

My beautiful card!


I am really excited to get started. Halloween is my favorite holiday and fall my favorite season. It is so fun to curl up and work on my bingo squares!


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Censored on Final Approach

Censored on Final Approach - Phylis Ravel Story about the WWII women pilots. It’s a story that needed to be told as the bravery these women showed and the disrespect they were forced to endure were kept secret. My son’s high school drama group will be doing this play in the fall and he has a part. I’m really looking forward to it.

The Life And Times Of Elizabeth I

The Life And Times Of Elizabeth I - Massimo Rossaro, C.J. Richards Very good overview of Elizabeth I reign. It’s filled with a lot of wonderful drawings and paintings.
This is a book about St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research. On the outside, I pictured the Institute looking like a college research building. On the inside, however, the teams are doing top-secret time travel. It was this premise that really caught my attention. I love historical fiction. I really liked the idea of a team going back in time and witnessing what really happened during various periods. To a point, the team did this but the book lacked a lot of detailed, historical content and the trips into the past were not fleshed out very well. They were quick and just as I would be getting into the story, the teams were back in present time and onto the next. I thought maybe each book would be about one particular jump and they would really immerse themselves in the time period and culture, but that wasn't the case. I think they had about four or five jumps in this one without much detail at all. I am hoping that was just because this is the first book and the rest in the series are not quite that choppy and lacking in details and character development.

I am willing to give the series a chance because the premise is so good.

Best Castles: England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales: Over 100 Castles to Discover and Explore

Best Castles: England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales: Over 100 Castles to Discover and Explore - Peter Somerset Fry Very good little informative book. It gives background history of over 100 castles, along with current exhibits, times and locations. Very helpful for someone visiting England, Scotland, Ireland and/or Wales.


Watchmen - Dave Gibbons, John Higgins, Alan Moore Not my cup of tea at all.

Holidays on Ice

Holidays on Ice - David Sedaris Not my kind of humor. :(