R. L. Stine
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.
This just might be my favorite Goosebumps book. It is well-written, it is suspenseful, and it is interesting. Maybe it’s because I read a really terrible entry in the series right before reading this book, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed The Cuckoo Clock of Doom.
The cover and title made me think and hope that this book would play with time travel, and it did, -ish. The main character, Michael, messes with the bird in a cuckoo clock his father brings home, and finds himself going backwards in time years at a time. He must find a way to stop time from moving back anymore before his existence is erased.
The Barking Ghost is an entry in the series I had seen at book fairs and stores when I was a kid and always wanted to read, but never had the opportunity to buy (until now!). The cover is actually one of my favorites in the series, and a ghost dog seems like it would make for an interesting plot device. Spoiler: it didn’t.
Funny enough, this is one of R. L. Stine’s least favorite Goosebumps books. (Has he READ Chicken Chicken?) I wonder if that had any weight on the price of this book at Amazon. Both of the books he listed as least favorites (the other one being Go Eat Worms!) were only $1.99. I’m glad I didn’t spend more than that on this.