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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, Henry James, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Herman Melville, 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

Once Upon a Time (Volume 2 from Collier's Junior Classics, The Young Folks Shelf of Books)

Once Upon a Time (Volume 2 from Collier's Junior Classics, The Young Folks Shelf of Books) - Thanks to Volume 2 I quickly fell in love with folk tales and fairy tales at an early age, especially the ones with more sinister plots.Volume 1 and Volume 2 of Collier's Junior Classics were read to my sister and me every night for several months. Then I started reading it by myself, over and over and over. There was a large gap of time between my last read (around 12) and when I first read it to my daughter in 2000, but that gap only helped to remind me how much I loved those stories growing up. I'm holding onto this 10-volume set - the same set I've had all my life - so I can hand it down to my daughter to read to her kids someday.