MASHED by Grivante and others || Review

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Title: MASHED: The Culinary Delights of Twisted Erotic Horror
Author(s): Grivante, John Grey, Eddie Generous, J. Donnait, Stephen McQuiggan, Brandon Ketchum, Mark Daponte, Devon Rose, Darla Dimelle, J.L. Boekestein, Alex Colvin, Steve Carr, Maxine Kollar, R.A. Goli, Cobalt Jade, Calypso Kane, Nicholas Paschall & Devon Widmer
No. of pages: 155
Genre: (Erotic) Horror, Anthology
Publication date: April 25th 2017
Date read: January 16th 2018
1.5/5 ★

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How I organise my desk

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Yesterday Pieter and I, once again, went to IKEA. And, once again, we ended up buying more than we actually needed to. I had in mind to only buy a pen holder and a box to put in all my other stationery, but I walked out of the store with a board and other equipment to organise my desk. Above you can see the final result and although I spent money I didn’t actually have, I’m very happy with my purchase!

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Getting through my TBR || #theunreadshelfproject

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In my bookish New Year’s resolutions of 2018 you could read that I’m now really devoted to diminishing the amount of books on my TBR. With all the books that aren’t on Goodreads, I now own about 130 unread books. Of course, it’s nice to know that if there was to be an apocalypse and I couldn’t leave my house for whatever reason, at least I wouldn’t be without a new book for a year! On the other hand, why buying all those books – or actually, hoard – if I don’t actually read them?! That’s why I was determined to put myself on a book buying ban until I’ve read a good amount of books on my TBR!

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Birthday haul!

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For those who didn’t know, last Thursday, January 4th, was my birthday. I turned 23!! Time’s flying by so very fast! It only seems like a year ago that I turned 20 (I’m afraid you’ll hear me say this until the day I die). This post is dedicated to the wonderful gifts I got!

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Books I want to reread in 2018

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I have noticed that I say “ooh I want to reread [book] so badly!” about a lot of books but almost never do it. So I thought to make a lists of some of the books I definitely want to reread in the coming year.


5. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can “read” fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.

Characters from books literally leap off the page in this engrossing fantasy. Meggie has had her father to herself since her mother went away when she was young. Mo taught her to read when she was five, and the two share a mutual love of books. He can “read” characters out of books. When she was three, he read aloud from a book called Inkheart and released characters into the real world. At the same time, Meggie’s mother disappeared into the story. This “story within a story” will delight not just fantasy fans, but all readers who like an exciting plot with larger-than-life characters.
(Goodreads)

This was the book that really got me into reading as a kid. It just represented the love I feel for the act of reading and just books in general!


4. The “Sweep” series by Cate Tiernan

Morgan Rowlands never thought she was anything other than a typical sixteen-year-old girl. But when she meets Cal, a captivatingly handsome coven leader, she makes a discover that turns her whole world upside down: she is a witch, descended from an ancient and powerful line. And so is Cal. Their connection is immediate and unbreakable; Cal teases out Morgan’s power, her love, her magick. But Morgan discovers too soon that her powers are strong– almost too powerful to control. And she begins to suspect that Cal may be keeping secrets from her . . . secrets that could destroy them both.
(Goodreads)

This series has been the only one I read in one sitting and just … binged. I was OBSESSED. These books really have a high nostalgic value to me, so I can’t wait to go back to Widow’s Vale!


3. Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

A new collection of four never-before-published stories from Stephen King.

1922
The story opens with the confession of Wilfred James to the murder of his wife, Arlette, following their move to Hemingford, Nebraska onto land willed to Arlette by her father.

Big Driver
Mystery writer, Tess, has been supplementing her writing income for years by doing speaking engagements with no problems. But following a last-minute invitation to a book club 60 miles away, she takes a shortcut home with dire consequences.

Fair Extension
Harry Streeter, who is suffering from cancer, decides to make a deal with the devil but, as always, there is a price to pay.

A Good Marriage
Darcy Anderson learns more about her husband of more than twenty years than she would have liked to know when she literally stumbles upon a box under a worktable in their garage.
(Goodreads)

This was one of the first Kingbooks I read and well, this was also the one that gave me nightmares – BIG TIME. 1922 is just terrifying and kept me up for nights! I can’t really remember the other three stories that well, so I’m looking forward to reading them again!


2. The “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling

Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter “H”.

Harry Potter has never heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

An incredible adventure is about to begin!
(Goodreads)

I already reread the first two books in the series last year, but in 2018 I want to finish rereading the whole series (and maybe just reread the first two books as well …)! Hogwarts is my home.


1. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Humbert Humbert – scholar, aesthete and romantic – has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady’s gum-snapping, silky skinned twelve-year-old daughter. Reluctantly agreeing to marry Mrs Haze just to be close to Lolita, Humbert suffers greatly in the pursuit of romance; but when Lo herself starts looking for attention elsewhere, he will carry her off on a desperate cross-country misadventure, all in the name of Love. Hilarious, flamboyant, heart-breaking and full of ingenious word play, Lolita is an immaculate, unforgettable masterpiece of obsession, delusion and lust.
(Goodreads)

Lolita is the book I have read the most and it’s also my all time favourite. In uni I wrote my BA thesis on it and lots of other smaller essays. I just love analysing and reading it, so I can’t wait to reread it for the fourth time!


Are there books you want to reread in 2018?