The Screaming Staircase, Lockwood & Co, Jonathan Stroud

Ghosts and dark days: The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1) by Jonathan Stroud

 

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When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in. For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions. Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead, she finds herself joining the smallest, most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately, this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England and trying to escape alive. Set in a city stalked by spectres, The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts. Your nights will never be the same again.  (GoodReads, 2013)

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Reading and more of it: The 2020 Swords & Stars Reading Challenge

Seems that I will be joining a challenge after another to fulfill my 100 books to be read in 2020. The 2020 Swords & Stars Reading Challenge is hosted byMs Noseina Book.

Note: The following are the rules quote directly of landing page for the 2020 Swords & Stars Reading Challenge.

The purpose of this challenge is to celebrate the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. This challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st (midnight). The rules are as follows:

  • The goal of this challenge is to read one book that matches up with each one of the challenges.
  • You must create a sign-up blog post/video/bookstagram post and link it back to this page.
  • If you do not have a blog, you can link up a Goodreads shelf of the books you completed/reviewed.
  • You can sign up anytime up to December 31st.
  • Books count as long as they are read in 2020. This can be any format (print, audiobook, etc) and any page length other than specified in the challenges.
  • Whatever Goodreads counts, will count in this challenge this includes graphic novels and novellas.
  • Please use #SwordsnStars for Social Media Updates and be sure to link up your sign-up posts & wrap-ups.

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Don Quixote Chapter-a-Day Read-along Day 1: Prologue and Poetry #quixotereadalong

 

Since I am a part of the 2019 Chapter-a-Day Read-along, I started reading Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, which is 134 chapters; to keep the exact successive days, One Catholic Life counted the prologue to Part 1 as a chapter (and will do so again at the beginning of Part 2), thus the actual narrative starts January 2.

Don Quixote by Miguel de CervantesDon Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes is a story of a man who has become so fascinated by reading chivalric romances, that he determines to become a knight-errant himself. In the company of his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, his exploits blossom in all sorts of wonderful ways. While Quixote’s fancy often leads him astray–he tilts at windmills, imagining them to be giants–Sancho acquires cunning and a certain sagacity. Sane madman and wise fool, they roam the world together, and together they have haunted readers’ imaginations for nearly four hundred years.

With its experimental form and literary playfulness, Don Quixote generally has been recognized as the first modern novel. The book has had enormous influence on a host of writers, from Fielding and Sterne to Flaubert, Dickens, Melville, and Faulkner, who reread it once a year, “just as some people read the Bible.” (Goodreads)

Miguel de Cervantes
Miguel de Cervantes

Thus being as dreamy as the Don, I have lost my sense to the humour of Miguel de Cervantes. The fact of experiencing glee from a classic novel is merely new. Experiencing the fanciful poems by fictional characters, which they wrote for a fictional character, is a joyful occasion; because I have always dreamt what shall my favourite characters think of my acts. Will they speak of my chivalry and pride? or will they mock my childish acts? Thus a story about following the steps of glory as your heroes will consistently be close to my core existence.

Yet within the Prologue de Cervantes reflected his fears of not bringing a realistic or a philosophic story of great citations and references. He asked the reader to be gentle and to appreciate his work. Hence the wonderful time I took to reach Ch.3 (I have lost myself in his words). Though, I will respect the reading timetable and spread my word and reviews as they were already planned.

To stay on track with the chapter-a-day schedule, be sure to download the Chapter a Day Reading Schedule

Visions and Terrifying Imagination A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

 

 

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-Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
– Series: The Gemma Doyle trilogy (Book 1)
-Author: Libba Bray
-Release Date: March 22, 2005
-Age Group: Yong Adults
-Publisher: Random House
-Source: I’ve bought it *Paperback Copy*
-Rating:  5 /5 

-About the book *Good Reads*:

A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy–jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel. Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother’s death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls’ academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions “for a bit of fun” and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the “others” and rebuild the Order. A Great and Terrible Beauty is an impressive first book in what should prove to be a fascinating trilogy.

Tombstones, Ghosts, and Darkness within The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

-Title: The Graveyard Book.
-Series: None.
-Author: Neil Gaiman.
-Genre: Horror (Fantasy and Paranormal).
-Age Group: All ages.
-Source: Bought-Rating: 5 /5.
-GoodReads (quote):

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family . . .
Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages