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Leah's Bookshelf

Likes: Horror, macabre, fairy tales, ghosts, hauntings, serial killers, zombies, werewolves, shapeshifters, vampires, time travel, orphans, clones, thrillers, classics, gothic


I like to read anything that tells a good story, duh ;) Genre doesn't really matter much but I tend to read dark fiction and fantasy the most. I skip chick lit and romance novels with a few exceptions for the extraordinary.


My ratings system:

5 stars - ADORED; plan to read over and over and over.

4 stars - ENJOYED; will likely read once or twice more.

3 stars - LIKED; may or may not read again ... someday.

2 stars - MEH; no plans to read again.

1 stars - I didn't enjoy the story and was lucky to finish.

0 stars - I couldn't or wouldn't finish for reasons that may or may not be listed in the review box.

Currently reading

The Oxford Book of American Short Stories
Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Henry James, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Washington Irving, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Ray Bradbury, Charlotte Gilman Perkins, Willa Carter, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Stephen Crane, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Katherine Anne Porter, Eudora Welty, Nath
Progress: 225/768 pages

The Lottery and Other Stories

The Lottery and Other Stories - Shirley Jackson My first experience with Shirley Jackson was about five years ago when I read The Haunting of Hill House. Her talent as a writer was evident from the very first page; eloquent, revealing, and yet, mysterious enough to make me turn the page. The Haunting of Hill House really fulfilled my expectations and it was a great introduction to Shirley Jackson, I think.So before my last trip to the library I did a little research to gather a list of authors and titles I wanted to read. Shirley Jackson's name was on a list of must-read novels for horror fans, and since I'd already read the list's suggestion – The Haunting of Hill House – I dug a little deeper and discovered The Lottery. As soon as I read that title, it sounded familiar. Then it hit me: a movie I'd watched years ago with Keri Russell. And sure enough, a quick search on IMDb confirmed the movie was based on Jackson's short story. I was certain the story would be loads better than the book...finish reading this review.