House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

House of Leaves is the edited story of a man, reading & commenting on the story written by a dead man, about a fictional documentary made by a man with a wrecked family life & a very strange house.

The elements of the house are not necessarily important. It is the way they are described that produces the eery heebie-jeebies. Although, not a horror story, it can certainly be a bit anxiety producing. The children aren’t creepy, but they say & do creepy things. It’s a little bit Butterfly Effect, but better.

The Navidson Project, the title of the documentary, is by far the funnest bits of the book to read. It’s no surprise Danielewski’s father was an avant-garde film director. It is written about in almost thesis-like format, but somehow contains the most emotion & interest. I cared about this fictional family & the relationship between the main character, Navidson, & his wife, Karen, more than I cared for any other characters. Continue reading

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Dashing Through the Snow Book Tag

So I’ve been busy lately & blogging less because I have been accepted into NYU for grad-school! Ew! I’m so old! Yay! Books are about to take over my life again soon! But this is a quick tag, so I thought I’d post it before the season’s over.

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Thank you Anna from mybookishdream  for tagging me in the Dashing Through the Snow book tag! Jam packing this thing full of Harry Potter gifs because I can. Continue reading

Book Gift Guide

So this post comes from my personal experience ordering books for my friends & family. Everything on this list is a present I actually ordered for somebody, or considered ordering. This being said, a lot of my friends don’t read (blasphemy, I know), so alot of these categories overlap on the same person. I do not have endless friends as this list suggests. But I stand by my choices.

I’m normally pretty good at picking out which books certain people will like, & for that I thank my time working in a bookshop with very picky customers. I tried to make sure most of the books were as recently released as possible, with some exceptions. Books make perfect gifts because if you find the right one, that person will never, ever forget you gave it to them. Continue reading

The Infinity Dreams Award

Thank you to Michelle from The Book Adventurer & T.K. Lawrence from Read It or Not Reviews for nominating me for the Infinite Dreams Award.

Rules

  1. List 11 facts about yourself
  2. Answer the 11 questions set by your nominator
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers.
  4. Create 11 questions for your nominees.

11 Facts About Me

  1. I feel naked without hair-ties around my wrist.
  2. I don’t like pumpkin, but I love the smell of it, which is odd, because isn’t smell the majority of taste? or something like that?
  3. I love traveling.
  4. I like the feeling of infinite places, like the middle of the ocean, or the stars.
  5. I fear puppets, specifically marionettes.
  6. I was adopted.
  7. I like football, as in American, specifically the Giants.
  8. My car’s name is The Bambi, it’s a hunk of junk impala, but I love it.
  9. I want sushi right now.
  10. Of all my girl friends, I’m the tallest, but I’m only 5’4.
  11. I’m way too optimistic.

Michelle & T.K. Lawrence’s Questions (instead of answering all 22, I mixed them up, a lot of them overlapped anyway) Continue reading