When You’re Feeling Blue, Go Book Shopping…

Whenever I have an upsetting day, I love to go to a book store.  Sometimes I go to the big Barnes & Noble, but most of the time I go to one of my favorite places in town, a used bookstore called Book-a-Holic.  I love this store because 1.) they always get new stuff in, 2.) they have a huge section that is JUST horror and 3.) I have, like, $300 something dollars in credit there so I always get amazing deals.   I could, and have, spent several hours browsing multiple themed aisles.  There is almost always something new to find.  I have found many wonderful gems hidden away there. Even when I don’t find anything to get, I always enjoy being there.  I absolutely love this store.

So the other day, I was just having a very mopey day.  So I went to look at Books-a-Holic.  I needed to go before October anyways because I plan on reading  and reviewing the whole Bunnicula series and I was missing my least fave book of the series, book 2, Howliday Inn.  I had been dragging my feet on buying it and figured why not, I’m having a mopey day! I should just go to the store, buy book 2 and look around in my favorite genres (horror and non-fiction science) and see what is new.  I hadn’t been in several weeks and I thought it would be a nice little trip.

And like always, I found a few fun looking things to get!


The Immortals by Andrew Neiderman.  By Pocket Books, July 1991.  Horror.

What would you give for eternal youth?

Drake Edwards was a hard-working family man when he was recruited to become a salesperson for Youth Hold.  How could he resist?  The Youth Hold people are young and vivacious, the product, and anti-aging cream, works better than anyone’s fondest dreams.  And as for the perks… Drake was entering a world of beautiful women and luxury cars, where no object of desire was ever out of reach.

But for Cynthia Edwards, her husband’s good fortune is as mysterious as the reclusive man who runs the Youth Hold empire.  Who is Mr. Leon- and why do none of the other Youth Hold salespeople have husbands or wives?

Suddenly, Cynthia is moving deeper into a nightmare of money, success- and death.  She is about to meet the man behind Youth Hold and come face to face with a secret so evil it can never die….

Omg, just look at that beautiful cover! I love it!  And the story just sounds super fun. 😀 Can’t wait to read this!


The Birds and the Bees by Sephera Giron.  Leisure Horror, Dorchester Publishing Co., Inc.,  November 2002.  Horror.

We barely notice them, though they are all around us, flying overhead, singing… or just watching.  But lately Gabrielle has been noticing the birds.  Especially the mysterious black birds that seem to call to her, to follow her, to dive at her.  They stare at her with their soulless, black eyes.  Soon incidents with birds begin to appear on the news.  People are getting hurt.  The birds are out of control.  Then Gabrielle notices that bees, too, are becoming more dangerous…

Birds, bees, hornets, wasps… The city is under siege.  Nature has run amok.  Death hovers in the sky, then swoops down on the unsuspecting in a swarm.  How can mankind fight an enemy that numbers in the billions?  Could Gabrielle somehow hold the key?

I love killer nature stories, especially when it involves wildlife.  Looking forward to seeing what is going on in this one.


The Deluge by Mark Morris.  Leisure Fiction, Dorchester Publishing Co., Inc.,  December 2007.  Horror.

It came from nowhere.  The only warning was the endless rumbling of a growing earthquake.  Then the water came- crashing, rushing water, covering everything.  Destroying everything.  When it stopped, all that was left was the gentle lapping of waves against the few remaining buildings rising above the surface of the sea.

Will the isolated survivors be able to rebuild their lives, their civilization, when nearly all they knew has been wiped out?  It seems hopeless.  But what lurks beneath the swirling water, waiting to emerge, is far worse.  When the flood waters finally recede, the true horror will be revealed.

Natural disaster horror is another one that I enjoy and then you throw in that line about something lurking beneath the water, waiting to emerge. Oh yeah! Can’t wait to see what it is!! 😀


Remarkable Creatures:  Epic Adventures in the Search of the Origins of Species by Sean B. Carroll.  Mariner Books, 2009.  Science > natural history > evolution.

One hundred fifty years ago, most of the world was an unexplored wilderness.  Our sense of its age and origins was vastly off the mark, and our own species’ history was a set of myths and fairy tales.  How did we learn so much so fast?

Sean Carroll’s Remarkable Creatures celebrates the pioneers who replaced our fanciful notions with the amazing true story of hour our world evolved.  Carroll recounts the most important discoveries in two centuries of natural history- from Darwin’s trip around the world to Charles Walcott’s discovery of Precambrian life in the Grand Canyon; from Louis and Mary Leaky’s investigation our our deepest past in East Africa to the trail blazers in modern laboratories who have located a time clock in our DNA.  Join him in a rousing voyage of discovery, from the journeys of pioneering naturalists to the breakthroughs making headlines today.

I love reading about evolution.  Not just humankind, but evolution of all life.  I find it very fascinating and it is one of my favorite subjects.  This will be a very interesting book to read!


Howliday Inn by James Howe.  Book 2 in the Bunnicula series.  Scholastic, November 2001, originally published in 1982.  Horror > Kids

Not a great place to visit and you wouldn’t want to live there.

The Monroes have gone on vacation, leaving Harold and Chester at Chateau Bow-wow- not exactly a four star hotel.  On the animals’ very first night there, the silence is pierced by a peculiar wake up call- an unearthly howl that makes Chester observe that the place should be called Howliday Inn.

But the mysterious cries in the night (Chester is convinced there are werewolves afoot) are just the beginning of the frightening goings on.  Soon animals start disappearing, and there are whispers of murder.  Is checkout time a Chateau Bow-Woo going to come earlier than Harold and Chester anticipated?

Agh.  I read this way back in the day when I was little and I hated it.  It is book 2 in the Bunnicula series, but there is ZERO Bunnicula in it!!! 😡  Super disappointed!!  I wanted to read the book to see more of the vampire rabbit, not that clownshoe cat and the dog.  But.  Like I said earlier.  This October I wanted to read and review the whole series (which, thankfully has more vampire rabbit!!) and I didn’t want to leave this book out, even if it is super disappointing.  I mean, who DOESN’T want to read about a VAMPIRE rabbit??  Exactly.

All in all I think I picked out some fun books to read and had a nice trip out to one of my favorite stores. 😀