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.
An old friend, Chris, told me the other day, “Hey, it’s so great you are keeping your shrines online even though you’ve quit that hobby.” I replied, “Thanks! Wait, what?” It occurred to me that although I have an About page, what I hope is clear navigation, and detailed descriptions in each section detailing what you can find on this site, I haven’t really discussed what I’m doing here or what my online plans are. I’ve just kind of been working away and hoping you guys enjoy what I put up. I want to take a minute to talk about where I see the site going, what I enjoy working on and want to continue working on in the future, and give you guys a space to ask questions and clear up any confusion. Having an idea of where I want to go is just as important as knowing where I am.
I see this site having four major focuses: personal blogging, recaps, fan sites, and writing.
So… my entire index page is now covered in Animorphs recaps. I am officially obsessed. Again. I started a Tumblr pretty recently, mainly to interact with other Animorphs fans, I’m not going to lie, but I’d love to follow you guys. If you have a Tumblr, friend me! Or is it “follow me?” I’m not down with the Tumblin’ lingo yet. 😉 Anyway, I have a regular blog post coming your way soon. I get not everyone is into Animorphs.
The Capture was one of my favorite entries in the series when I was younger. It wasn’t my top favorite. That spot belonged to The Departure, but this book is a lot like The Departure in many ways. The covers are even very similar, both yellow, and both cover morphs featuring bugs. I really enjoy the up-close and personal view of the Yeerks these books provide. I wish this book had a little more Yeerk in it.
I didn’t intend to finish another book so soon, but I couldn’t put this one down. The first time I read Animorphs, Marco was one of my least favorite characters. Reading through the series a second time, as an adult, he is one of my favorites. I used to hate how he joked about everything all the time, and I felt like he whined too much. Now, I guess I’m understanding him more.
I was discussing Animorphs with my friend Lori the other night (because I can think of little else these days). Marco happens to be her favorite character. This is her favorite book. I was explaining to her that I was liking Marco more this read-through. This time, after reading the first four books, I began to realize that Marco has something to live for rather than fight for. It’s not so much that he is afraid of getting hurt or dying for himself. He’s afraid of getting hurt or dying for his father. After this book, Marco has both a reason for living and a reason for fighting. This book made the battle against the Yeerks personal for Marco.