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September 16th I got…

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKS. Surprised? I know. I’m totally unoriginal. I got books. And some other bookish crap, but I’m primarily excited about the books.

Why might you ask?

Well, because I got two titles specifically for October: one horror (my first horror book, I’m anxious to see what it’s like), one thriller, and one fantasy.

So my BFF and I took a day trip to Coronado. Because we love fall so much and because Los Angeles is miserably devoid of anything but perpetual summertime, we decided to take our very first day trip.

Coronado is a little island off the bay surround San Diego, and it is BEAUTIFUL. Its beaches are speckled with grass and sand dunes. They aren’t congested with tourists. And they are that perfect seventy-degree temperature with minimal wind.

Downtown Coronado is adorable. It stretches out for like three or four blocks and has cute shops, tourist shops, some clothing stores, boutiques, restaurants, and of course, a bookstore: Bay Books.

Bay Books is a little bit darker than most bookstores with forest green carpet and black bookshelves, so naturally I gravitated towards the darker titles and picked up three I can’t wait to dive into:

In the Heart of the Canyon by Elisabeth Hyde


Over the course of thirteen long days, twelve assorted passengers, three rafting guides and one stray dog will navigate the rapids of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon together. From their early-morning rise on the shore of the river to the adrenaline rush of paddling through Lava Falls, they will soon come to know each other more intimately than they could have expected. Tempers will flare and decisions will be second-guessed . . . and ultimately all of them, from an unhappy teenager to an aging river guide, will realize that sometimes the most daunting adventures have nothing to do with white-water rapids, and everything to do with reconfiguring the rocky canyons of the heart.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

This book looks creepy as fuck. I’m not even kidding. I picked it off the suggested reading wall where the bookstore workers read and reviewed books, and in the little review card taped to this book the guy said, and I quote, this book is creepy, just look inside. And I looked inside, and it’s so weird. There are pages of the letter X and pages of footnotes and nothing else. Like, it’s fucking odd and I can’t wait to read it and get totally creeped out.


Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth — musicians, tattoo artists, programmers, strippers, environmentalists, and adrenaline junkies — the book eventually made its way into the hands of older generations, who not only found themselves in those strangely arranged pages but also discovered a way back into the lives of their estranged children.

Now, for the first time, this astonishing novel is made available in book form, complete with the original colored words, vertical footnotes, and newly added second and third appendices.

The story remains unchanged, focusing on a young family that moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

Of course, neither Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen Green was prepared to face the consequences of that impossibility, until the day their two little children wandered off and their voices eerily began to return another story — of creature darkness, of an ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all their dreams.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This is another one I’m saving for October. I can’t wait to get into darker literature for a couple months. Normally I’m pretty heavily immersed in family dramas and adult literary fiction, it’s time I came out of my hole and fell into a darker one.


The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.



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