Next Week’s Choice

cropped-cover.jpgFirst, I want to thank you for stopping by the blog! In this category, I will tell you what book I’m going to read next week, and hopefully, you’ll be able to read along with me. I’m hoping at the end of the week, we can have a fabulous discussion about the book in the comments and/or in a chat if we need it!

I will post the next week’s choice each Wednesday, and it will open for discussion the following Friday.  Happy Reading!

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Ghost Stories!

haunted book coverJohn Pinkney’s Haunted: The Ghosts That Share Our World was worth the read!

While the majority of the accounts were set in Australia, I still enjoyed them.

What’s Good

  • He does his own research into accounts–field research and library research. This is a huge plus in my opinion. I like to know more than just an account with no context provided, and Pinkney delivers.
  • The text is (mostly) edited! I wasn’t stumbling around trying to make sense of demonically twisted syntax. Huge bonus in this field!
  • The writing is engaging! Don’t get me wrong; this is not a suspense novel in any sense of the word. Still, the writer provides flesh and bone to the bare accounts.

Some of the accounts are set pretty far back in history; however, I’m a history buff, so I enjoyed even these. For some people, though, it might be a bit too much. Of course, the bonus is that a haunting with history means even more accounts of the haunting, which only helps to verify the claims being made. It was a wise choice to include these, even though some readers might not enjoy skeletons from the past.

The only complaint I have of the text was I wish it had been longer–I was ready to keep reading!

Some theorist (I can’t remember his name–Patrick Lang maybe?) once made the claim that haunted tales are always political tales. I personally do not know enough of Australia’s history to be able to inform anyone whether or not the tales are political.

I don’t plan on visiting Australia any time soon simply because that is not possible for me. However, if you are, I’d love to hear if you visit any of the haunted sites and what you thought!

Welcome to The Cover!

Thanks for joining me! I chose the title of The Cover because I do think books can speak to us–sometimes the titles just reach out and grab us. It’s our first impression of a book, and the may influence how we read/understand it. I know I’ve picked up several books just based on the titles, without knowing anything about the writer or the genre.

I love reading; it’s been a life passion of mine–and became my work. I want to share my thoughts on the books I’m reading and let you know if I think a particular book is worth a read or a pass.

I’m also more than ready to discuss books with anyone who would like to read along with me! Each week I will post a book for the week, and we can read and discuss at the end of the week–I do hope you’ll join me!

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the art or practice of judging and commenting on the qualities and character of literary works.
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