Hey! So, I know I’m not very consistent with being active on here, but I have some motivation at the moment. So, I figured I would make a bookish post while still motivated. After all, I do still have a love for books. Even if I don’t read as much as I used to!
Today’s post is gonna be about the stack of books I keep by my bed. 🙂 These are all the books I plan to read in the future or books I’ve acquired recently. 🙂
So, I guess we’ll start from the top and work our way down. 🙂
1. The Whisper Man by Alex North
In this dark, suspenseful thriller, Alex North weaves a multi-generational tale of a father and son caught in the crosshairs of an investigation to catch a serial killer preying on a small town.
After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal. A new beginning, a new house, a new town. Featherbank.
But the town has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night.
Just as Tom and Jake settle into their new home, a young boy vanishes. His disappearance bears an unnerving resemblance to Frank Carter’s crimes, reigniting old rumors that he preyed with an accomplice. Now, detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis must find the boy before it is too late, even if that means Pete has to revisit his great foe in prison: The Whisper Man.
And then Jake begins acting strangely. He hears a whispering at his window…
So, I got this book for myself from Target this month. I'm actually really excited to read it because it sounds soooooo interesting! I've been on a true crime/mystery kick lately so that's probably more reason I want to pick this book up.
2. Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith
They’re an iconic part of history’s most celebrated birth. But what do we really know about the Three Kings of the Nativity, besides the fact that they followed a star to Bethlehem bearing strange gifts? The Bible has little to say about this enigmatic trio. But leave it to Seth Grahame-Smith, the brilliant and twisted mind behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to take a little mystery, bend a little history, and weave an epic tale.
In Grahame-Smith’s telling, the so-called “Three Wise Men” are infamous thieves, led by the dark, murderous Balthazar. After a daring escape from Herod’s prison, they stumble upon the famous manger and its newborn king. The last thing Balthazar needs is to be slowed down by young Joseph, Mary and their infant. But when Herod’s men begin to slaughter the first born in Judea, he has no choice but to help them escape to Egypt.
I think this book seems pretty interesting. I’ve had it for a while though. Maybe, I’ll actually get to it soon! That or I’ll change my mind and switch it for a different book haha.
3. Gerald’s Game by Stephen King
Once again, Jessie Burlingame has been talked into submitting to her husband Gerald’s kinky sex games—something that she’s frankly had enough of, and they never held much charm for her to begin with. So much for a “romantic getaway” at their secluded summer home. After Jessie is handcuffed to the bedposts—and Gerald crosses a line with his wife—the day ends with deadly consequences. Now Jessie is utterly trapped in an isolated lakeside house that has become her prison—and comes face-to-face with her deepest, darkest fears and memories. Her only company is that of the various voices filling her mind…as well as the shadows of nightfall that may conceal an imagined or very real threat right there with her…
So, at the time I put this next to my bed I think it was just after finishing cujo and was in the mood to read more horror/thriller. Right now I'm in the mood for fantasy or romance so I don't know if I'll actually pick this book up anytime soon.
4.Fiend by Harold Schechter
When fourteen-year-old Jesse Pomeroy was arrested in 1874, a nightmarish reign of terror over an unsuspecting city came to an end. “The Boston Boy Fiend” was imprisoned at last. But the complex questions sparked by his ghastly crime spree — the hows and whys of vicious juvenile crime — were as relevant in the so-called Age of Innocence as they are today.
Jesse Pomeroy was outwardly repellent in appearance, with a gruesome “dead” eye; inside, he was deformed beyond imagining. A sexual sadist of disturbing precocity, he satisfied his atrocious appetites by abducting and torturing his child victims. But soon, the teenager’s bloodlust gave way to another obsession: murder.
As I said before I've been on a bit of a true crime kick lately and my mom gave me this book to read. I may or may not pick it up soon. It does sound like something I would like based on my fascination with true crime.
5. Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
When the president of Hartland Flour chooses cozy Lake Eden, Minnesota, as the spot for their first annual Dessert Bake-Off, Hannah is thrilled to serve as the head judge. But when a fellow judge, Coach Boyd Watson, is found stone-cold dead, facedown in Hannah’s celebrated strawberry shortcake, Lake Eden’s sweet ride to fame turns very sour indeed.
Between perfecting her Cheddar Cheese Apple Pie and Chocolate Crunchies, Hannah’s snooping into the coach’s private life and not coming up short on suspects. And could Watson’s harsh criticism during the judging have given one of the contestants a license to kill? The stakes are rising faster than dough, and Hannah will have to be very careful, because somebody is cooking up a recipe for murder…with Hannah landing on the “necessary ingredients” list.
So...I tried reading one of Fluke's books before and I can't remember if I ever finished it or not. I don't think I did. I, unfortunately, bought a few of her books at the time because I had high hopes that I would binge them. Clearly I didn't. I have this one over here because before I get rid of the books I would like to give them another chance. Hopefully I'll manage to get to this book fairly soon.
6. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Fragments of a Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions, and philosophies throughout the centuries. For the first time, all the pieces of The Secret come together in an incredible revelation that will be life-transforming for all who experience it.
In this book, you’ll learn how to use The Secret in every aspect of your life—money, health, relationships, happiness, and in every interaction you have in the world. You’ll begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that’s within you, and this revelation can bring joy to every aspect of your life.
The Secret contains wisdom from modern-day teachers—men and women who have used it to achieve health, wealth, and happiness. By applying the knowledge of The Secret, they bring to light compelling stories of eradicating disease, acquiring massive wealth, overcoming obstacles, and achieving what many would regard as impossible.
I read this book before and I would really like to get around to re-reading it. That's why it's next to my bed. I hope I can get to it soon. It was a quick read if I do remember correctly.
7. Warrior Of The Wild by Tricia Levenseller
How do you kill a god?
As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: To win back her honor, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year—or die trying.
Like I said I'm on a fantasy kick so I definitely plan on reading this book next! I just got it for my birthday and I'm really excited to read it. It just seems like such a fun read that I can't imagine it not capturing my full attention.
8. The Secret Diary Of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old translated by Hester Velmans
Technically speaking, Hendrik Groen is….elderly. But at age 83 1/4, this feisty, indomitable curmudgeon has no plans to go out quietly. Bored of weak tea and potted geraniums, exasperated by the indignities of aging, Hendrik has decided to rebel–on his own terms. He begins writing an exposé: secretly recording the antics of day-to-day life in his retirement home, where he refuses to take himself, or his fellow “inmates,” too seriously.
With an eccentric group of friends he founds the wickedly anarchic Old-But-Not-Dead Club–“Rule #3: No Whining Allowed”–and he and his best friend, Evert, gleefully stir up trouble, enraging the home’s humorless director and turning themselves into unlikely heroes. And when a sweet and sassy widow moves in next door, he polishes his shoes, grooms what’s left of his hair, and determines to savor every ounce of joy in the time he has left, with hilarious and tender consequences.
I'm also very excited for this book as well! It sounds like such a fun, delightful, silly read! I plan on picking this book rather soon!
9. Nerves Of Steel by Tammie Jo Shults
Nerves of Steel is the captivating true story of Tammie Jo Shults’s remarkable life—from growing up the daughter of a humble rancher, to breaking through gender barriers as one of the Navy’s first female F/A-18 Hornet pilots, to safely landing the severely crippled Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 and helping save the lives of 148 people.
Tammie Jo Shults has spent her entire life loving the skies. Though the odds were against her, she became one of the few female fighter pilots in the Navy. In 1994, after serving her country honorably for eight years, Tammie Jo left the Navy and joined Southwest Airlines in the early 1990’s.
On April 17, 2018, Tammie Jo was called to service once again. Twenty minutes into a routine domestic flight, Captain Shults was faced with the unthinkable—a catastrophic engine failure in the Boeing 737 caused an explosion that punctured hydraulic lines and severed fuel lines, tearing away sections of the plane, puncturing a window, and taking a woman’s life. Captain Shults and her first officer, Darren Ellisor, struggled to stabilize the aircraft.
Drawing deeply from her well of experience, Tammie Jo was able to wrestle the severely damaged 737 safely to the ground. Not originally scheduled for that flight, there is no doubt God had prepared her and placed her right where she needed to be that day.
I feel like the reason I picked this book up is kinda self explanatory. Also, it was on sale at Hobby Lobby...even more reason to buy it! I'm not sure when I'll read this book. It does seem like it'll be a quick read, but the fact that it's about something pretty heavy might in turn make it a slow read.
Anyway, that’s all for now! I did enjoy rambling and sharing my current ‘by the bed tbr’ and I hope y’all enjoyed too.
Also! I’m still in search of contemporary romance books to read! Please comment below your favorite romance novel!
Thanks and have a beautiful day/night! 😀