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Lora's Rants and Reviews

My own unapologetic opinions on books and writing. I DO NOT accept review requests but only review books I choose to read and I don't post reviews on Amazon. I'm also persnickity about genre and plot.

Currently reading

Belinda Bauer
Progress: 34%
Ecstasy: A Novel of Alma Mahler
Mary Sharratt
Progress: 13%
Her Name Was Rose
Claire Allan
Progress: 87%
The City of Brass
Suman Chakraborty
Progress: 45%
Unnatural Creatures
Maria Dahvana Headley, Neil Gaiman
Progress: 55%
Don Quixote
Roberto González Echevarría, John Rutherford, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Progress: 64%

My Bingo list so far


While I reserve the right to change anything I haven't read yet, especially if the book turns out to be cack, I think I've mostly got a good list worked out. I had double booked Supernatural so bumped one to read by candlelight or flashlight, though I don't promise to actually do that!


I've also been switching out re-reads, except Ocean at the End of the Lane which I wanted to re-read anyway. Graveyard book gave way to something new and Exsanguinate may do the same when a list comes out for Vampire vs Werewolf or if something suitable comes to my attention.


The irony is that a lot of Halloween themed books will probably be all over the Amazon freebies during October! Meanwhile a lot of Classics on my tbr have slipped into this list and that makes me happy.


25 books in two months is pushing it a little for me, but there are some short ones in here so I'll give it my best shot and read them all eventually.


So, the list so far:


Read by candlelight or flashlight

The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson


Magical Realism

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (re-read)



The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving


Genre: Horror

Hell Bound by Andrew P. Weston


Black Cat

The Cat Detective by Amma Lee


Diverse Authors Can Be Spooky Fun

Bloodchild by Octavia E. Butler


Ghost Stories and Haunted Houses

America's Most Haunted Hotels by Jamie Davis Witmer


Young Adult Horror

Willa Wicked by A.M. Hudson


Scary Women (authors)

Demoniac Dance by Jaq D. Hawkins


Reads With Booklikes Friends

Letters to the Damned by Austin Crawley

With: Portable Monsters and anyone else who wants to join


Grave or Graveyard

The Graveyard Speaks by Hunter Shea


Genre: Mystery

Thorneyhold by Mary Stewart


Free Space

Floor Four by A. Lopez



The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo


Creepy Crawlies

Insects: A Novel by John Koloen


"Fall" into a good book

A Fall of Glass by Stanley R. Lee


Locked Door Mystery

The Locked Door by Austin Crawley (re-read)


It was a dark and stormy night

It Was A Dark and Stormy Night by Snoopy


Set in New England

The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne


Full Moon

High Moor by Graeme Reynolds


Vampires vs Werewolves

Exsanguinate by Killion Slade (re-read)



The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde


Classic Horror

Dracula by Bram Stoker



The Human Ate My Pumpkin! by Jon Mac


Set on Halloween

Haunted Hijinks by Madison Johns