I finished all these books last year! Woohoo! I’m so happy to be back into the scary spooky stuff. Getting back into reading was like putting on a favorite sweater. I just had to wean myself off of the phone/tablet, and now I don’t want to go back…except for audiobooks.

I like to mark what platform I used to read a book too, just to see what I use the most. I was a little surprised at the results and it was a lot of fun to keep track!

I read (=finished) a total of 51 books in 2017. 20 were audio books (from Overdrive or Audible), 4 were hardbacks, only 2 were paperbacks, and 25 were kindle books. I bet there are a few I forgot to write down, especially the random short story here and there…anyway, it was fun and I’ll try to write it all down this year. 

k=kindle

@=audio book

p=paperback

H=hardback

L=library

?=forgot to write the author/editor and can’t find it now

January:

Beyond the Ice Limit-Preston&Child (H)

Made You Up-Franscesca Zappia (k)

Carsick-John Waters (@)

The Excorcist-William Peter Blatty (k)

February:

Cops’ True Stories of the Paranormal: Ghosts, Shivers, & Other Stories-Loren Christensen (a collection from reddit submitted stories) (k) this was before I discovered some excellent youtube channels that will read the stories to me in very nice narratives

Haunted Route 66-Richard Southall (L, p)

You Can’t Touch My Hair & Other Things I Still Have to Explain-Phoebe Robinson (L, @)

I briefly tried out kindleunlimited this month, hence the influx of spoopy stuff below!

True Ouija Board Ghost Stories from Real Ghost Hunters (True Ghost Stories Book 2)-Lauren Gilman (k)

True Ghost Stories: Frightening Accounts of Haunted Houses, Paranormal Mysteries, and Unexplained Phenomenon-Selinda Hart (k)

Ouija Board Nightmares: Terrifying True Tales-John Harker (k)

Demonic Dolls: True Tales of Terrible Toys-John Harker (k)

Haunted Places: Exploring The Creepiest Locations On Earth: Don’t Even Think About It… (True Hauntings Book 2)-Roger P. Mills

Evil Unleashed: True Tales of Spells Gone to Hell and Other Occult Disasters-John Harker (k)

Ouija Board Stories: Terrifying Eyewitness Accounts Of REAL Life Ouija Board Experiences: Would You Dare Play? (True Paranormal Book 2)-Roger P. Mills (k)

True Horror: Let’s Not Meet Again Reddit Collection-? (k)

March:

I, Zombie-Hugh Howey (k)

April:

Materialist- Eric Garcia (k)

The Devil in Silver-Victor LaValle (k)

Series of Unfortunate Events: The Miserable Mill-Lemony Snicket (@, L)

Series of Unfortunate Events: The Austere Academy- Lemony Snicket (@, L)

May:

The Dispatcher-John Scalzi (@)

Series of Unfortunate Events: The Ersatz Elevator-Lemony Snicket (@, L)

Series of Unfortunate Events: The Vile Village-Lemony Snicket (@, L)

Series of Unfortunate Events: The Hostile Hospital-Lemony Snicket (@, L)

June:

Lucretia and the Kroons-Victor LaValle (k)

Series of Unfortunate Events: The Carnivorous Carnival-Lemony Snicket (@, L)

Full Tilt-Neal Shusterman (k)

Doll Parts-Amanda Lepore (k)

July:

Understanding Jim Crow: Using Racist Memorabilia to Teach Tolerance & Promote Social Justice-David Pilgrim (k)

The Watson’s Go to Burmingham, 1963-Christopher Paul Curtis (@, L)

Series of Unfortunate Events: The Slippery Slope-Lemony Snicket (@, L)

August:

Series of Unfortunate Events: The Grim Grotto-Lemony Snicket (@, L)

Series of Unfortunate Events: The Penultimate Peril-Lemony Snicket (@, L)

HEX-Thomas Olde Heuvelt (H, L)

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened-Jennifer Lawson (k)

Alien-Alan Dean Foster (@)

September:

The Graveyard Apartment-Mariko Koike (H, L)

Aliens: Out of the Shadows-Tim Lebbon (@)

Series of Unfortunate Events: The End-Lemony Snicket (@, L)

October:

Lovecraft Country-Matt Ruff (k)

Carter & Lovecraft-Jonathon L. Howard (@)

Haunted House-J.A. Konrath (k)

Alien: River of Pain-Christopher Golden (@)

November:

Lots of youtube scary stories **

Murder on the Orient Express-Agatha Christie (@)

December:

Burn Notice: The Bad Beat-Tod Goldberg (p, L)

Dead Trees Give No Shelter-Wil Wheaton (k)

The Hellbound Heart-Clive Barker (k)

Gone Fishing-Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (k)

 

**I love these channels on youtube for scary stories read aloud. The stories are user-submitted, mostly through reddit or their email. Check them out!

Corpse Husband https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFNTq9XKHDNy_1-2lL0kqCg

Insomniak https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1qzXjbsIiBmkaCbl0ezchg

Lazy Masquerade https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7dHBh9QmYF1L0TOeGIzZgw

Mr. Davis https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC23nJ5NfrsN4wX9fAynA1SA

Mr. X Dreams https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1dRxsZYGElwy9-4ohmYjeg

Let’s Read https://www.youtube.com/user/LetsReadOfficial

Mortis Media https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCCLGjb5b9_0MY9HLE65x9Q

Swamp Dweller https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyYjOfKMuuIv0oMjG68Reug

The Creepy Fox https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGYfa8SkVrI_f437hOZnHlg

King Spook https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaQgjklPY4JLF0_wF8bOWlA

The Frosted Pumpkin’s 2017 Happily Ever After SAL:

I changed a little on Sleeping Beauty: I didn’t stitch the “lamp”/whatever or the stars. I put in little fairies instead and made the cat black, after mine.

I know I babble a lot about new projects and I’m so excited blahblahpromisesblahblah. So, starting now and into 2018, I’m going to work on focusing. On everything. I don’t need to do everything all the time! It’s been tough, honestly, I’m so used to multi-tasking I get lost in things and forget to appreciate them.

I thought the best cross stitch to finish this year (2018) and focus on would be The Mighty Samurai by Dimensions Gold. I bought this kit…geez…15-20 years ago?? It was my biggest goal, my unicorn. I got this far in it on 2004 (see below) and picked it up today. It’s such a lovely pattern; the colors, blending, etc. Way back when we watched a bunch of Toshiro Mifune movies and I did the work in the pic. I named this guy Toshiro because naming things comes naturally. ;-)

Hopefully the first of many WIP pics…

I’m going to take this to the in-laws for Christmas eve/Christmas gatherings along with my kindle.

And nothing else. No knitting, crochet, two more books, my planner, etc etc etc. I need to slow my brain down and focusing should help that, plus I get to work on my most anticipated project! I’ve had this guy on my mind for so long…what a relief to concentrate on it. Speaking of, I’m trying to only read one book at a time too! Ugh so hard!! But I foudn some cool looking ones by Clive Barker, the (or “my”) master of the terrifying horror novel. I blew through Hellbound Heart this week and just started The Scarlet Gospels. Since most of his work was published in the UK, it’s hard to find copies here, especially on Kindle. So I may have to visit my friendly neighborhood bookstore for more once I finish Scarlet Gospels.

Anyway, babbles over. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and if nothing else, a boring one or even better, a warm and relaxing one! Remember you are loved and it’s always ok to believe in a little magic.

Finished before lunch yesterday! The Happily Ever After SAL starts today, so I made my goal with a day to spare. :-)

I got to work on my Doctor Who sampler again. That’s going to take awhile, but at least I’m having fun with it again!

Here are all the progress pic from Yei II:

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Coffee stored separately.
Coffee stored separately.

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Penny made some needle minders for us for Christmas, now I have a sweet collection! I put them all in one place in a tin. I’m using the pizza slice on the Dr sampler, it makes me smile every time I see it.

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You can make your own needle minders with buttons, magnets, and glue. Make sure the back of the button is flat/smooth, then glue on a strong magnet. Use another magnet on the other side of the fabric, and boom! Never lose a needle again. Plus! Cute stuff on your project.

I’m pretty busy lately, we started a new adventure. (We think they’re around 7 weeks old. Possibly australian shepherd/lab mix.) Meet Pepper and Watson:

Pepper (girl) has the white stripe. Watson is the boy.
Pepper (girl) has the white stripe. Watson is the boy.
We think they're around 7 weeks old. Possibly australian shepherd/lab mix.
xoxoxoxoxo

I finished it last week!

I used a pale pink hand dyed Aida and DMC 413 (pewter grey)
I used a pale pink hand dyed Aida and DMC 413 (pewter grey)
Here is the link to the shop again. It’s a delightful rabbit hole of awesome cross stitch patterns! I have a few more from her to get to someday.

My Frosted Pumpkin SAL starts on January 15, so I have until then to finish another WIP, the Yei I started in 2013.
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Honestly, I hope to finish it by New Year’s day! Whew! What a great way to end the year! I am working on my planner for 2017 and have a whole page dedicated to cross stitch WIPs, so I can keep track of what I’m working on. I’m already using it and it has helped a bunch. More on planning soon…

Dimensions Gold Collection: Petites, #65038
Finally finished! Woohoo! I’m a little tired of yellows and browns now.
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Now I’ll keep working on Reflections of London, the Doctor sampler, and a kit of bright-colored butterflies.