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Monday 24 October 2022

Scariest real-life ghost story

 Long and Short Reviews came up with a good topic this week - I'm looking forward to reading everyone else's stories. For me, I've had a few paranormal experiences, but the one I remember best happened when I was eight years old.

I woke up in the middle of the night to a pitch-black room - not surprising at that time - but when I looked over towards the door, I could see a dark figure standing there. For whatever reason I assumed it was a burglar, but I was too scared to scream, so I just stayed in bed and stared at it.

After a moment it started to cross the room towards my bedroom window. As it reached the window, I blurted out "Who are you?" Why I thought it was a good idea to say this to a burglar I have no idea.

It turned around and started approaching my bed, at which point I dived under the covers and screamed for help, at the same time kicking out at it - and hit nothing.

My bedroom door flew open and the light came on, revealing my dad standing in the doorway completely naked. Not the best sight in the world, but at that point I really didn't care. Of course, there was nothing standing beside my bed, nor was there any sign that anything had been in my room at all.

Dad insisted I had been dreaming. I am well aware that when you're half-asleep it's possible to see strange things, but I still say I was wide awake when it happened. 

Whatever it was, I never saw it again.

So what about you?

Monday 10 October 2022

Do you buy books new or thrift them?

 This topic from Long and Short Reviews was an interesting one, because it took me back to my teenage years. We had a local market which had a bookstall and every week we would be there looking for cheap novels.

My friend was much more into it than me, I have to admit, because most of their stock was Barbara Taylor Bradford or Mills and Boon, neither of which I was really into. However, I did pick up a few while I was there - and donated them back a few weeks later after reading them.

These days it's new all the way. That said, if my current local market has a bookstall, it might be worth a look.

So do you prefer new or thrifted?