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Pick a Word and Pass it On Booktag 

This is, as far as I’m aware, a completely brand new Book Tag created by me! So, I was looking for something on my Goodreads and realised that there were a lot of books with the world King in them. So I decided to start this Book Tag. 

Here are the rules; 

1. You can either take the word the person who tagged you used, or you can pick your own. 

2. You must list all the books on your read list which include that word in either the title or the author. 

3. Tag some friends and pass it on! 

So thanks to my search I have picked the word ‘King’ my tagged friends are welcome to use King too or to pick a word for themselves! So here are all the books I’ve read that have the word King in either the title or the author name. I’ve skipped out titles which include the word king as part of another word I.e breaking or shocking as this gave over 70 results! 

The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory is my currently reading book. 

Insomnia by Stephen King 

Stig of the Dump by Clive King 

Ace by Dick King Smith 

Harry’s Mad by Dick King Smith 

The Hodgeheg by Dick King Smith 

The Fox Busters by Dick King Smith 

The Crowstarver by Dick King Smith 

The Witch of Blackberry Bottom by Dick King Smith 

King of the Middle March by Kevin Crossley Holland 

A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin 

The Green Mile by Stephen King 

The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory 

The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien 

Gerald’s Game by Stephen King 

Pale Kings and Princes by Cassandra Clare 

Babe by Dick King Smith 

I tag; 

Becky at Uptown Orace 

Love Books Group 

Kristin at Kristin Kraves Books 


Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. Review

I am reeling. The roof has blown off the top of my head. I am in shock. My mind is full of turmoil. This book has destroyed me and everything I’ve ever thought was right with the world. But in a good way because it was absolutely fantastic. 
Creepy, weird, fast paced, psychologically gripping and with a paranormal twist to the theme the best way I could describe this book is by saying you should imagine the brain child of Gillian Flynn and Stephen King and that’s what this book is. 

Louise has had it rough since her husband left her for another woman. With a 6 year old son to look after she doesn’t get out much but on a rare night out she meets David a dashing stranger and they share a kiss. It’s only the next day that’s things turn awkward when she meets her new boss… David. To make matters worse David’s husband Adele is lonely and desperate for a friend and Louise is drawn to her and wants to help her. Here begins a crazy love triangle. 

Sarah Pinborough is an amazing story weaver. She doesn’t ‘tell’ the story, she doesn’t ‘write’ the story. She weaves it. It took me only three hours to read this because I couldn’t put it down. Just as I thought I knew what was happening something came up which made me throw doubt on what I thought I knew until finally I realised I knew nothing at all and had no choice but to let the story carry me where it wanted me to go. As for the ending. Obviously I’m not going to include spoilers but i can honestly say that having read 199 books just this year I haven’t come across one other book which carried off a twist like that without me working first. If I didn’t have deadlines I don’t think I could read anything else for a while after that. It’s certainly going to stay with me for a long time to come. 

Halloween SpookRead Guide 

So it’s the most wonderful time of the year.. If like me you really dig Halloween and like nothing better than tucking into sweets, treating (or tricking) callers at the door and snuggling down to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus. 

This is my blogs first Halloween so I decided to review my top 5 horror/ghost/spooky stories and hopefully give you some ideas on what to read this Halloween. 


This is a story which juxtaposes between the story of Jonathan Dark, a troubled detective who encounters Maria a blind woman who is being stalked. Despite an operation to cure her blindness, Maria still chooses to blindfold herself putting her in more danger than necessary. The second side to the story is that of a secret organisation known only as ‘The Ring’. Frank, a funeral director who can see ghosts is visited by his deceased friend who enlists him in avenging his murder. 

In places the story was hard to follow but persevere as it does all come together in the end. Although there are no really likeable characters and it’s hard to know who to trust this only adds to the suspense and mystery surrounding the plot. 

A Living Nightmare is the first novel in the Cirque Du Freak series by Darren Shan. Darren himself is the young protagonist in this story and after a visit to a mysterious freak show he finds himself drawn into a world of vampires, ghouls and other monsters. Essentially, a book aimed at teenagers but highly enjoyable as a read for adults as well. There are 12 books in this series. 


The Canterville Ghost is more comedy than horror but definitely a ghost story worth reading. This little novel tells the tale of an American family who move into a house occupied by a tired ghost. The family refuse to believe in his existence causing him untold frustrations and manic attempts to get them to notice and fear him. It has Mr Wilde’s usual satirical humour and wit and is very enjoyable. 


It’s hard to choose a favourite James Herbert but The Secret of Crickley Hall is the one which made me scared of things that go bump in the night. Swarthed in mystery it has everything you could possibly want from a true horror story: cute little family move into an old abandoned house, weird stuff starts happening, power cuts, old stories and folklore about what happened there. It is creepy and hell. If you want something to spoil you out this Halloween then this is the one for you! 


Of course no true horror-book list would be complete without a story from the master of horror himself: Mr Stephen King. I haven’t read many of his books so I appreciate there are some which are much scarier than this. However Gerald’s Game is the reason I stopped reading Stephen King’s novels. It scared me so much I couldn’t sleep. Just writing about it now gives me chills and makes me want to sleep with the light on. The novel starts when Gerald and his wife go out to a secluded cabin to play some s&m type games. Unfortunately Gerald dies and it’s then that the true horror begins. Skin crawlingly, spine tinglingly frightening. Read it at your peril! 

Have a spooktacular Halloween guys, however you choose to spend it!