Hello from Charleston, SC! I came down for a four-day vacation. We’ve been visiting Civil War sites, seeing some beautiful views, and spending some time relaxing on the beach. I’ll make a post about our vacation when I get back! In the midst of all the excitement, I somehow found time to finish another Goosebumps book, and here I am with some surprising downtime to put together this recap, so here we go!
I have been pretty pumped to get to Let’s Get Invisible! I have vivid memories of watching the episode of the television series based on this book as a kid, and although I didn’t remember much from the book–I’m not even sure if I ever got around to finishing this book as a kid–, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it this weekend. I can see why I probably put the book down as a kid; this book is slow. Having said that, its atmosphere is thrilling and engaging. It’s a lot like Night of the Living Dummy in that way. It deals subtle scares, and leaves you wanting more. Like Night of the Living Dummy, the book doesn’t outright hit you with the book’s evil until the end. Up until that point you’re left wondering, is Max imagining these things? Is the mirror evil? What is it doing? Much like the mirror pulled Max into it, this book pulled me into Max’s world. Not many Goosebumps books are able to do that, so these good books are worth calling out.
Gasp. Shock. A Goosebumps recap! I haven’t done one of these babies since January. A couple people have poked me and asked where I’ve been, wanting me to get back on these. (Keep doing that, by the way! Your excitement motivates me to do these, and I love hearing from visitors!) The simple answer is school, although fickleness goes into play. I have other hobbies besides reading, and I don’t just read Goosebumps. I’ve recently read Along Came a Spider by James Patterson, The Haunted Forest Tour by Jeff Strand, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, and I started rereading (and recapping here) the Animorphs series by K. A. Applegate. I allow myself to read a wide variety of things so that I don’t get bored, and so that I never feel like I’m forcing myself to read. Having said that, I do need to do these recaps more often, not just for you, but for me. Putting these together, I realized how much I missed writing about Goosebumps, haha. Reading this book last night, I realized how much I enjoy reading these often ridiculous stories. They are my guilty pleasure.
I actually had never read How I Got My Shrunken Head when I was into the series as a kid. I wish I had. I think it’s one of the better entries in the series that I’ve covered so far. I’ll tell you why below the cut.
I am sick as a dog. I’ve been sick for about two weeks, actually, but I thought I was getting better. I didn’t show any symptoms Monday through Wednesday at school. Thursday, it’s like I hit a wall. Everything I had that I thought I was over came back at full force, and then some. I had a fever, cold chills, hot spells, a sore and itchy throat, and body aches. I was miserable during my classes Thursday, but since it didn’t hit until I was already at school, I toughed it out. I went to the doctor yesterday and got tested positive for the flu. Now I’m on Tamiflu, Gatorade, and lots of bed rest. At least I have Goosebumps.
I slept a ton yesterday and it really messed with my sleep schedule. While Josh was sleeping last night at midnight, I was reading Monster Blood. While I remember having read it as a kid, I didn’t remember much of it, so I might as well have been experiencing this book for the first time. It is my favorite entry in the series so far by a mile. It was well-written, it was engaging, the characters were multi-dimensional, the plot had substance (and twists!), and the ending was satisfactory. I read it one sitting; I kept saying, “one more chapter,” and before I knew it, I had finished the book.
Thanks to everyone who voted in my poll. This is the book you guys chose for me to cover next! Random fact: this was my very first Goosebumps book in fifth grade. My brother and I used to visit my mom every other weekend, and I have a vivid memory of her surprising us one Friday evening with a Goosebumps book each. I got this, and my brother got Say Cheese and Die! Fortunately for me, my brother wasn’t much of a reader, so I ended up with both Goosebumps books, and my love for this series was born.
This entry is dedicated to Cherri on Twitter and Banana at the Goosebumps Wiki (who is just a little obsessed with scarecrows ;)). I was going to read this book after the book that won the poll if this book didn’t win because they both have been requesting that I cover it, but I guess it’s a popular entry in the series. I appreciate all the messages people have been sending me about these reviews. Keep them coming! I love that people are enjoying these.
Can you guys tell I’m on Winter Break? Haha. I had conflicted feelings about updating so much, but pushed them aside because I’m on break. When school starts back Monday, I’ll be blogging (at least slightly) less. I’m having fun with these. Might as well enjoy it while I can. I promise to blog about something personal or exciting soon. (Hopefully both?)
With money I got from Christmas (plus a little from my savings), I bought a recliner for my office. Josh watches TV in the living room a lot when I want to read, and I’ve been reading in bed, which quickly becomes sleeping in bed. I don’t always feel like laying in bed, and so I found myself reading less. A recliner to read in has been on my wishlist for a while, and I decided to just go ahead and splurge.