I have 1 book left to read to reach my goal of 50 books in a year! I didn’t think it was possible to read this many in 1 year because my eyes tire easily and I get nasty headaches. But with the help of audiobooks and totally ignoring my writing, I’ve gotten tons of reading done.
I’m finishing this year with Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill. A guy who collects strange, macabre things buys a ghost from an online auction site. That’s all anyone needs to hear to know that it’s a horror story and that bad things will ensue. I don’t say “terror” because I have yet to be scared and the main character is pretty stoic. I like it so far. It’s interesting and much better than the last horror book I read – The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.
The Haunting was supposed to be one of the top 10 scary books out there (authors could be represented by a single book or else Stephen King might have taken up more spots). I’m not the kind of person who believes a scary book must have blood and guts, but I do believe that something has to happen in it. There were moments of action in The Haunting but they led to nothing. Nothing happened. Eleanor went crazy and you followed her meandering, nonsensical thought process all through the book but it didn’t grab me as a psychological thriller or anything. For me, it was a flop and pretty boring. I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads but only because there were those moments of action that were good. Otherwise I would’ve given it 2 stars. I didn’t hate it, I was just thoroughly bored. It was also short, thank goodness.
I was quite disappointed.
Why did I pick Heart-Shaped Box? Because someone on Goodreads asked Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood (I thought it was a great book), what 3 books scared her the most. This was one that she mentioned so I thought I’d check out the audiobook version. The reader is awesome and the book has been pretty good too though reading about a protagonist who’s like Ozzie Ozborne was a bit odd at first.
What book scared you the most?