Witching Hour Theatre by Jonathan Janz

"Because Fridays at midnight, long after the casual moviegoers filed out of the exits, the Starlight Cinema transformed into something dark and perilous. Theater One, the newer half of the Starlight, closed for the night, while the other half, Theater Two—the older, original theater—was plunged into a shadowy world of hauntings and serial killers, werewolves and cannibals, slaughter and mayhem. Witching Hour Theatre. It was the one place he could go and allow his imagination to run rampant."

Um, excuse me but why doesn't my town have something like this?! Well, minus the disappearing horror movie patrons and the creepy figure slowly making their way to the front of the theatre. I could do without a night like what our main character Larry Wilson experiences. But honestly this is such a unique, fast paced, and enjoyable read - and you can tell that it is written by a lover of horror films. Continue reading...

#Poeathon // Celebrate my birthday 🎂 with a group buddy read of Edgar Allan Poe!

Friends, I am so excited to share this with you and invite you to celebrate my birthday with me this weekend! Last August my dear friend Melanie hosted a big birthday buddy read, and that was such a fun experience for me so it's been on my mind subconsciously for awhile but I honestly wasn't planning on doing anything unless the right idea came along. And goodness, did it!

I was chatting with the wonderful Bex and for some reason I told her that I share my birthday with one of my favorite authors Edgar Allan Poe. (Hopefully I don't end up dying destitute in a gutter.) We then got to talking about how much we adore Poe and how I haven't cracked open my Complete Works for at least a decade...  And then I got an idea about how I wanted to share my birthday with my bookish family: the #poeathon!

Outdoor Adventures: Hiking in Auburn

My blog's tagline is "adventures in books and in nature," and this year I wanted to add my non-bookish adventures to my corner of the internet! Welcome to my new semi-regular series called Outdoor Adventures, where I will highlight my hiking adventures as part of my accountability for my 2019 goals.

2019 was a rocky start for me as I got sick with the flu for nearly a week. Rude! This meant that I couldn't get started on my health goals, but at least Mother Nature was like "I got you fam" and it rained a lot for several days. With the flu finally gone from my system, this weekend I decided to unplug from all socials and my blog and get outside.

Reading Around the Globe: Marco in The Netherlands


Welcome to Reading Around the Globe, a new series here on Reader Voracious Blog geared at fostering a culture of understanding in the bookish community about access to books in various countries around the world. Each post in the series highlights a full interview with one international reader. You can read more about this series here on the series master post.

  1. What is your name? My name is Marco. I'm 24 years old and studying to become an English Teacher in secondary/high schools.
  2. Blog URL? My blog can be found over on barelyablogger.wordpress.com. Here I mainly blog about the books I want and post my book reviews.
  3. Twitter handle? @barelyablogger and on Facebook, I can be found at https://www.facebook.com/barelyablogger
  4. Where do you live? I live in a city called Leeuwarden which can be found in the topmost province (Friesland) in the Netherlands. Before that, I lived in a little village about 20km more up north, but I moved out about 10 months ago. Quite the remote location if I do say so myself. Continue reading...

Pretty Little Liars (#1-4) by Sara Shepard

As you may have noticed, I've been reading the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard for the first time and honestly rather enjoying myself! The television series was something that I loved until it got super convoluted and it was obvious no one had any idea where things were going. I legit watched closely like an investigator 🔍 and took notes to figure out who A was, but by the end of the series I was spite-watching it just to see how it ended. Spoiler alert: not well. Many people told me that the book series was better (which is often the case with adaptation) and completely different.

I wanted to do something a little different with my review for Pretty Little Liars. The way the series is written is each arc is really one story (so books 1-4 roughly follow seasons 1 and 2, ending with the first A reveal). It made the most sense to me to review the arcs of the series in one post, so here is my review for books 1-4 of Pretty Little Liars!