The Book of Joy

Currently listening to The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. In the past, I haven’t done well with audiobooks. I tend to wander off (usually to the refrigerator) or fall asleep.

I guess, due in some part to the passing of Desmond Tutu, I wanted to hear some of Tutu’s teachings about joy.

Currently reading: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

I am reading Joe Hill’s NOS4A2. I’m about a quarter of the way through it and it’s a pretty good read. It took me a while to get hooked but I’m glad that I stuck with it. I didn’t really care for the finishing a sentence with the title of the next chapter — come on Joe.

I think that I am getting to the meat of the story now. 

Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be.

Charles Talent Manx has a gift of his own. He likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate NOS4A2. In the Wraith, he and his innocent guests can slip out of the everyday world and onto hidden roads that lead to an astonishing playground of amusements he calls Christmasland. The journey across the highway of Charlie’s twisted imagination transforms his precious passengers, leaving them as terrifying and unstoppable as their benefactor.

Then comes the day when Vic goes looking for trouble…and finds her way to Charlie. That was a lifetime ago. Now, the only kid ever to escape Charlie’s evil is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx hasn’t stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. On the road again, he won’t slow down until he’s taken his revenge. He’s after something very special—something Vic can never replace.

As a life-and-death battle of wills builds, Vic McQueen prepares to destroy Charlie once and for all—or die trying.

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Books I’m reading in November and December

Currently, I am reading On the Trail of Bigfoot: Tracking the Enigmatic Giants of the Forest by Mike Dupler. I had planned to read Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 but I decided to move it back to January.

Some of the new books are from Weiser Books ( I love those guys & gals), I have The Extraterrestrial Almanac, Von Daniken’s War of the Gods, and Meditation and the Bible. I also want to read a couple of Christmas books so I can get into that Christmas spirit. That being said, Krampus may be a better fit for me — bwahahahaha.

Currently Reading —

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires

by Grady Hendrix

Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula in this Southern-flavored supernatural thriller set in the ’90s about a women’s book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious and handsome stranger who turns out to be a blood-sucking fiend.

Patricia Campbell had always planned for a big life, but after giving up her career as a nurse to marry an ambitious doctor and become a mother, Patricia’s life has never felt smaller. The days are long, her kids are ungrateful, her husband is distant, and her to-do list is never really done. The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a group of Charleston mothers united only by their love for true-crime and suspenseful fiction. In these meetings, they’re more likely to discuss the FBI’s recent siege of Waco as much as the ups and downs of marriage and motherhood.

But when an artistic and sensitive stranger moves into the neighborhood, the book club’s meetings turn into speculation about the newcomer. Patricia is initially attracted to him, but when some local children go missing, she starts to suspect the newcomer is involved. She begins her own investigation, assuming that he’s a Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy. What she uncovers is far more terrifying, and soon she–and her book club–are the only people standing between the monster they’ve invited into their homes and their unsuspecting community.

How to Make Bad Things Happen to Awful People

How to Make Bad Things Happen to Awful People
Spells for Revenge, Power & Protection (Stop a Gossip, Repel a Creep, Turn the Tables . . . and More)
Deborah Gray
ISBN: 9781571748485
Book (Paperback)
Hampton Roads Publishing Company
$14.95
5 1/2 x 6 1/4
128 pages
September 1, 2019

Coauthor of the bestselling How to Turn Your Ex-Boyfriend into a Toad, Deborah Gray shares an array of hexes, spells, and incantations for revenge, power, and protection.

Life is beautiful but crossing paths with awful people can make your life a misery. It is a fact. Some people are beasts.

This is a little book of 101 humorous hexes, protection spells, and banishing incantations. Gray helps readers to get back at errant boyfriends, dream-sabotaging scoundrels, and back-stabbing bitchy gossips. Spell titles include Dragon Slayer, Nanny No Go, Dirty Rotten Scoundrel, Troll Stalker, and Jinx Off.

This is a high-spirited, fun, magical romp. The goal here is not only to have a good time but also to “get your mojo back,” re-learn the importance of laughing out loud, and regain your personal power.

“Let’s face it: some people are just horrible beasts. Why not live your life free from the 

In my mailbox: Lost Teachings of the Runes

An earth-honoring approach to rune divination using the northern Spirit Wheel as a guide and rune-casting sheet.

Lost Teachings of the Runes invites the reader to journey to the realms of past and future that exist hidden beyond the horizon and beneath our feet. Using an engaging blend of stories, meditations, and ancestral knowing, author Ingrid Kincaid explores Northern Mysteries from the center of the Wheel of Life. Kincaid demonstrates ways the Wheel can be used to connect ancient wisdom with modern life, and offers tools and teachings that may be used on a daily basis to enable readers to reclaim their personal power. Lost Teachings of the Runes presents a life-affirming, death-honoring approach that returns the runes to a place of balance, to light and dark, to order and chaos, and to the roots and branches of the world tree.

Known as the Rune Woman, Ingrid Kincaid is an author, educator and workshop facilitator with over 45 years of experience. She is a staff-carrying wise woman in the Old Norse tradition and her connection with the runes is ancestral. Ingrid teaches throughout the United States and Europe. Visit her at www.ingridkincaid.com.

I’m thrilled to get a copy of this book. Thank you Weiser Books for the free review copy. Expect to see this book at your favorite bookstores in October.

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