Leigha's Little Library

I am a small time Booktuber on Youtube and book reviewer on here and Goodreads! I blog mostly book content, but other content may slip in every now and again. What you might find here or on Youtube: books, poetry, life in general, hobbies, mental health awareness...etc. I'm a doll and toy collector, so that is bound to show up one day.

 

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First Date by R.L Stine

First Date - R.L. Stine

Here we are again with body shaming, and shaming curly hair again as well (come on, what is so wrong with curly hair R.L Stine!?)

 

R.L Stine is huge with rape culture in his teen books. Yikes. I did not notice this when I read them as a preteen/teenager. It happens three times in this book. With the boys in the car, two guys in Chelsea's workplace and that scene with a drunk Sparks. (more details below) These are terrifying real-world situation that no person wants to be in. There is also an instance where they call another girl a tramp, so we've got slut shaming, too.

Body shaming:

The mom going "you're attractive... if you lost a bit of weight...and put on lipstick"

Um NO... you can call a person pretty, regardless of their body weight. That is a good way to mess your kid up. I can relate to having someone in the family always bringing up weight. It is really painful when the shaming comes from the last people who should ever shame you and can leave lasting damage.

I can also relate to having someone always trying to get me to put on makeup. "Oh hey, if you just put on a little makeup." or "Here, let me show you how to fix your hair." No, mom, you might mean well, but I'm fine the way I am, thanks. I'm an adult now, so I think I can figure out how I want to do my hair or if I want to wear makeup or not. (Spoiler, I don't 99% of the time!)

 

Don't do this. If you try to force someone to change their looks (by adding makeup..etc) when they don't want to, you are basically telling them they are not good enough the way they are.

Throughout the book, her weight and looks are mentioned. There is also a scene where she compares her lunch (a normal size lunch!) to Nina's lunch of yogurt and an apple, saying "Nina is going to think I'msoooo fat, but if I only eat what she has, I will be starving!"

(show spoiler)


Rape culture:

I'm not writing this word for word... but you get it.

Boy: How about a date?
Other boy: Plenty of room in here.
*boys laugh and make kissing sounds*
Boy: We're great. We're really great.
Other boy: Bet you're great, too.
Chelsea: Leave me alone!
Boy: Aww, that's not friendly?
Other boy: Don't you want to be friendly?
Chelsea: I'm warning you!
Boy: Aww, she's getting steamed
Other boy: That's not friendly!

This is rape culture. You know what these boys are doing and what they wanted to do to Chelsea, whether they would go through with anything or not is beside the point. It is disgusting that anyone would act like this.

Also, two guys do about the same thing to her when she is alone in her workplace.

Happens again later on when Sparks tells her to "be friendly" while he's basically chasing her around her workplace, saying and doing creepy things. He is also drunk.

(show spoiler)


I still love these books; yeah, I have a blind spot for them. I know they are outdated and problematic by today's standards. I'm reading them through nostalgia-colored glasses.

First came Jaws by Peter Benchley, a novel about a stressed-out great white shark suffering from portion control issues.

Paperbacks From Hell by Grady Hendrix

 

 

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (picture book)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Jim Smith

This was the cutest picture book. It is the perfect way to introduce a child into the world of Buffy and when they are older force them to watch all the episodes. I loved looking for the little details that would make any Buffy fan smile in delight, or in my case grin like a dork and make a giggle sound. You see familiar faces of people Buffy goes up against in the show and her little pig stuffed animal, Mr. Gordo!

 

The illustrations by Kim Smith are so adorable. As this is meant for children the canon is changed; it is the cute, innocent version of Buffy. I loved it. I'm an adult who still loves picture books, children books, young adult, and adult books, too. (and that will never change!)

He's Gone

He passed away this morning at home. We are thankful we did not have to drag him to the vet to be put down. He hated the vet and since he couldn't move on his own, any forced movement would have been beyond painful. As far as I'm being told by my mom, his passing seemed peaceful.

 

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Thanks to everyone who offered me kind words and virtual hugs. This is a really wonderful community. I'm only a small fry here but those who do interact with me on here have been so nice.

 

[This is my last time seeing him, on Saturday. <3 Go sweet boy, run in puppy Heaven.]

Reading progress update: I've read 174 out of 292 pages.

Ordinary Souls - J.S. Bailey

Just finished Imaginary Friend - This story is a prequel to “Rage’s Echo” a novel by J.S. Bailey I haven’t read. Knowing nothing about Rage’s Echo, I really enjoyed this story. It was sad, but sweet at the same time.

 

Just finished - Weary Traveler - I really liked this one. It was spooky. I like how you are not sure what is real and what might be supernatural.

 

Just finished - Journal Entry From The End Of The Universe - This one was told in journal entries. I really liked the format. This story makes you think about what matters and to be careful of what you wish for. The thing you wish for might not be what it is cracked up to be.

 

16 stories, 10 finished.

 

The Mirror - 5/5

The Ghost of Memory - 3.5/5

Vapers - 3/5

Maria - 1/5

Agoraphobia - 4/5

The Author, The Lonely Walker and The Class - 4/5

The Outing - 3/5

Imaginary Friend - 4/5

Weary Traveler - 4/5

Journal Entry From The End Of The Universe - 5/5

Reading progress update: I've read 136 out of 292 pages.

Ordinary Souls - J.S. Bailey

Just finished The Outing - This one seemed like it would be a sweet story about an average looking man (he pretty much describes himself as such) and a younger woman he thinks is out of his league getting together and getting married. It is a much darker story than that. I can’t say much without spoiling anything, though. I liked the story, but I wanted more, or a little more “oomph.”

 

16 stories, 7 finished.

 

The Mirror - 5/5

The Ghost of Memory - 3.5/5

Vapers - 3/5

Maria - 1/5

Agoraphobia - 4/5

The Author, The Lonely Walker and The Class - 4/5

The Outing - 3/5



Reading progress update: I've read 128 out of 292 pages.

Ordinary Souls - J.S. Bailey

Just finished The Author, The Lonely Walker and The Class - This one is interesting. It is a story within a story…within a story. I’m not going to say it isn’t confusing at first. I'm not usually a fan of this, but I think it was handled well here. This kind of story (especially considering it is so short) is a hit and miss for a lot of people, but I liked it. I feel like I could also relate to “the author” who talks about what I assume is social anxiety and having meltdowns in public. I don't want to spoil anything, but I relate to "the author" and "the lonely walker" in other ways, too. Really solid writing style.

 

16 stories, 6 finished.

 

The Mirror - 5/5

The Ghost of Memory - 3.5/5

Vapers - 3/5

Maria - 1/5

Agoraphobia - 4/5

The Author, The Lonely Walker and The Class - 4/5

Goodbye, Sweet Boy

 

to a human

twelve years feels like

a blink of time

 

it is hard to accept

this is the end

 

it is time sweet boy

do not be afraid

it is okay for you to go

you don't have to worry

 

we love you

and of course

we will miss you

 

no more crying

the pain will go away

 

you have come to the end

of your journey

but the next one is starting

 

it is time sweet boy

time to say goodbye

and be free

 

when you see the

Rainbow Bridge

run as long and

fast as you want to

 

[Bandit as a puppy]

 

[Bandit at 4]

 

[Bandit at 12]

 

 

~My mostly old book haul~

I'm more than a fat person

Not book related, but sometimes life isn't all about books. I know, shocker!

 

When I talk about my mental health or chronic pain (etc) I am not whining, complaining or looking for pity. Hey, I know it can sound like whining, but if I don’t write about it, I wouldn’t have a healthy outlet. I’ve got to share this with people, because I know that there are people going through similar and we need to know we are not alone. Invisible conditions have such a stigma.

 

A stigma we should have never had. Why is it so shocking that a person can be ill or in pain, but look "normal" on the outside? What is normal anyway? Why is it just a weight problem when a heavyset person has to use mobile assistance, is in pain all the time and depressed? Believe it or not... fat people are allowed to be treated as more than a fat person. Not every condition is caused by excess weight. I’ve heard horror stories of fat people trying to get help, but sent away because “oh, honey, you just need to lose weight.”

 

I will fully admit that I know my weight doesn't help my problems, but my weight isn't the cause. It is a vicious cycle. Can't move because of pain, more pain because can't move. It is just...I wake up every day… day starts with a migraine. My joints need extra waking up time before I can move around. If you started every day with a migraine, or even a horrible headache, I’m sure that wouldn’t set the mood for a good day!

 

Sure, let me pop in a workout dvd… no, let me crawl under the bed away from sounds and light. Sounds like excuses, huh? It is really not. Then we got my lovely friend executive dysfunction, depression and body parts coming and going whenever they feel like it. Sudden sharp pains, hip, back, knee deciding to “pop” out for a little fun. (Spoiler: not really fun.)

 

Put yourself in my shoes and then ask why don’t I just workout… You try and be active when you are in pain everyday, depressed every day, and you are so much an empath that even hearing about a complete stranger having a bad day could set you off into an emotional mess.

 

I don't want you to feel sorry for me and I am sure a lot of people in similar boats feel the same way, though I can't speak for them. I'm happy if you offer to think about me or pray for me, but whatever you do...don't tell me to try yoga! I actually love yoga, but it isn’t a magical cure for anything. I’m sure it really helps when you can get to the point of actually being able to do it.

 

I’m not stupid. I know any activity is helpful. Tell that to my mind and body.

 

Pro Tip: Other things not to tell someone with invisible conditions

 

1. You don’t look sick [Sorry, I forgot to wear my "I am sick" shirt.]

 

2. You’re too young to be sick [What is the correct age for sickness, so I can tell my problems to hold off until then?]

 

3. Everyone gets tired [Of course, getting tired is normal, but not when it is 24/7]

 

4. You’re just having a bad day [I'm sure tomorrow all my issues will be cleared up! Thanks for your help.]

 

5. It must be nice not having to go to work/school [It is so nice to be in crippling pain... you're right! Lucky me.]

 

6. You need to get more exercise [And my chronic pain and depression will just "poof" away? Why didn't you tell me this sooner!?]

 

7. I wish I had time to take a nap [It isn't all it is cracked up to be when all you do is feel tired or sleep.. I wish I had "time" to do a lot of things, too.]

 

8. Think positive [And I will be fixed? Cool!]

 

9. Just push through it [I do that every day... because I am alive.]

 

10. It will get better, just be patient [How much more patient can a person be? When will it get better? Can you give me an exact date?]

 

11. Have you tried (insert your wacky ideas) [Oh, cool, and that will cure me?]

 

12. You should stop (insert things you judge me for) [So if I stop drinking loads of coffee, eating chocolate and reading children books, I will be fixed?]

 

13. It’s all in your head [WOW! You are SO smart!!]

 

14. You need to get out more [So...weekly trips to Wal-mart isn't enough?]

 

15. You take too many medications [You mean the medication that I need to be alive/gives me relief... okay, I will stop and see what happens!]

 

16. You should go to church [You mean...my cure has been there all along? The witch doctors lied to me! Ooo eee, ooo ah ah! Ting tang, walla walla, bing bang!]

 

Something you could say to a person instead of all these is a simple "I believe you. Is there anything I can do for you right now?"

 

Vintage Rescues! [Horror, teen, children 60s-90s]

It feels weird to me, too, but I guess we're now calling 90s things vintage. Ouch!

 

I was inspired by Paperbacks From Hell by Grady Hendrix and some awesome Instagram accounts to go on a hunt for some "vintage" books, from Horror, teen and children books.

 

Inspired by these accounts:

@booksuncovered [They judge books by their covers, but mostly post older, nostalgic type books.]

@vintagebooknerd [They post vintage books, obviously!]

@heylittlethrifter [She thrifts books and a lot are older, nostalgic books! She also has a Youtube channel under the same name.]

 

Disclaimer: Times were different when these were published. If you look into getting any of these, I am sure by today's standards, they are full of problematic, offensive material (even the children books!) Also, it would be a safe bet to say all the horror books have trigger warnings! I am mentioning the original publish date, not the date of any reprints.

 

I did something wild... I bought all these without looking up ratings and reviews, like people used to do back in the day.

 

Okay on to the show!

Here is what I found! 

 

An Old Friend of the Family [1979 - Dracula series #3 - Mentioned in Paperbacks From Hell]

The Children [1982 - Mentioned in Paperbacks From Hell]

Dominion [1982- Dracula series #5]

Spectre [1988]

Demon Within [1988]

 

 Fiends [1990]

 Billy [1990]

Candlenight [1991]

Twisted [1992]

Cutting Edge [1986]

 

The Perfume [1992]

Trapped: Cages of Mind and Body [1998]

The Accident [1991]

Don't Look Behind You [1989]

The Twisted Window [1987]

Stranger With My Face [1981 - Mentioned in Paperbacks From Hell]

 

 

The Dreamer [1996]

Humor - Horror - and the Supernatural [1968]

The Stepdaughter [1993]

Midnight Fright [1980]

My True Love Gave To Me [1993 - Scream series #5 (stand-alone series)]

The Scariest Stories You've Ever Heard Part 3 [1990]

 

 

The Immortal [1993]

The Party [1988 - Final Friends #1]

The Dance [1988 - Final Friends #2]

 

 

Mary Anne's Book [1996 - The Babysitters Club Portrait Collection]

Logan Bruno, Boy Baby-sitter [1991 - The Babysitters Club Special Edition]

Claudia's Book [1995 - The Babysitters Club Portrait Collection]

Sideways Stories from Wayside School [1978 - Wayside #1]

Sunny, Diary Two [1998 - California Diaries #6]

Wayside School is Falling Down [1989 - Wayside #2]

 

 

The Stranger I Left Behind [1989]

A Taste Of Smoke [1993]

The Secret Secret Passage [1992 - Clue #2]

The Whipping Boy [1986]

 

 

The Ghostmobile [1987]

Fourth-Graders Don't Believe In Witches [1989]

Secret Agents Four [1967]

Mystery of the Secret Dolls [1993]

Reading progress update: I've read 117 out of 292 pages.

Ordinary Souls - J.S. Bailey

Just finished Agoraphobia - This story hits too close to home. It was written in the second person, so that made it even more personal as if I were the main character. Thankfully, it gives a hopeful message.

 

16 stories, 5 finished.

 

The Mirror - 5/5

The Ghost of Memory - 3.5/5

Vapers - 3/5

Maria - 1/5

Agoraphobia - 4/5

Reading progress update: I've read 107 out of 292 pages.

Ordinary Souls - J.S. Bailey

Just finished Maria - This one isn't for me. It has a creepy vibe, but it doesn't feel like a complete story whether it was a short story or not.

 

16 stories, 4 finished.

 

The Mirror - 5/5

The Ghost of Memory - 3.5/5

Vapers - 3/5

Maria - 1/5

"KRR-KOO!"
"What was that?"
"A not ominous and totally normal noise?"
*something magical & outrageous happens*
"Of course." *Jen slaps her head in a Homer Simpson "Doh!" way.

I "should" be reading my spooky books for the readathons, but I really need a mood lifter, so I'm reading some Lumberjanes. So random and makes me smile.

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 102 out of 292 pages.

Ordinary Souls - J.S. Bailey

Just finished Vapers - I don't have much to say about this one other than it was confusing. I did like it and I enjoy the writing style. It was more science fiction than supernatural; maybe that is cause of my confusion, because I don't read much sci-fi.

 

16 stories, 3 finished.

 

The Mirror - 5/5

The Ghost of Memory - 3.5/5

Vapers - 3/5

Reading progress update: I've read 76 out of 292 pages.

Ordinary Souls - J.S. Bailey

I just finished The Ghost of Memory and I would probably give it a 3.5/5. I felt like it needed to be longer. I did like it, but everything happened so fast. I know it is a short story, but I can't help desiring more. I however really enjoy the writing style. There are a couple parts mentioning spiders, so arachniphobia warning.

 

16 stories, 2 finished.

 

The Mirror - 5/5

The Ghost of Memory - 3.5/5

Currently reading

Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction by Grady Hendrix
Progress: 100/256pages
Ordinary Souls by J.S. Bailey
Progress: 174/292pages