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1st May 2017

77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz – Book Review Week 17

77 Shadow Street

I gave 77 Shadow Street a 1-star rating on Goodreads. I think that should be enough to tell you how much I didn’t like this book!

It was my first Dean Koontz book. I really wanted it to be as scary as the cover and the blurb made it out to be. Unfortunately, I really didn’t enjoy it right from the start.
I know I should have given up because as I’ve said before, life’s too short to read a boring book. I just wanted all the reviews to be wrong because it sounded really good!

The Pendleton is a luxurious apartment building. It was originally built in the 19th century for a wealthy family. Every 38 years horrible things happen at The Pendleton; suicide and mass murder to name a couple.

As it’s an apartment building, there are a lot of characters and Koontz jumps between them through the whole book. It’s annoying.
I found myself not really caring about what happens to any of them except, of course, the children, because, well, they’re children!

As much as I disliked this book, I will give Dean Koontz another go. I’m going to try one of his older books. This time, I’ll take note of the reviews on Goodreads and pick one that lots of people like!

77 Shadow Street Goodreads challenge 17 books read

Challenge so far


4 ideas on how to improve your home’s curb appeal

Curb Appeal


Spring is the most popular time to put your home on the market for sale. After a long winter, many consider moving to a new space and in order to do so, need to update their current property. While it is important to make sure that the interior of the property is clean, freshly painted, free of clutter, and smells fresh, the outside needs to look just as nicely kept. This article will provide ideas on how to improve your home’s curb appeal to prepare it for the real estate market this spring.

First Impressions

  1. Make sure that your grass is cut, weeds are picked, and plants are watered. When potential buyers pull up to your property, the very first impression they get of your space is the landscaping. If your yard is in total disarray or in need of maintenance, it is likely that the potential buyers will already have a tainted perception of your property before even stepping inside the house. If you have a beautiful house that is in pristine condition, you should be sure that your yard represents the same. It is possible that you could miss out on a sale if your yard is a mess.

curb appeal

Paint The Front Door

  1. Paint the front door. Along with the yard needing to be in tip top shape, the look of your front door needs to be appealing to the eye as well. A fresh coat of paint on your front door is an inexpensive update that can help you sell your house. Again, the smallest thing can impact a buyer’s perception and cause them not to buy. It is important to do what you can to fix small little things that are minor but that make a big difference such as the shape of the front door.


  1. Update your mailbox. When a potential buyer pulls up to your property, chances are that they will see your mailbox. Be sure to have a mailbox that is in good shape, works properly, and is standing upright. If your mailbox is on the side of your house, make sure that it is free of cobwebs, dust, and dirt.



  1. Make sure your fence is in good shape. A fence around the property is something that potential buyers find appealing. That being said, it is important to make sure that the fence is in great shape and not falling down. While one of the most tedious of tasks to update, a great fence can be a selling point. If your fence is in need of repairs, or if part of your fence needs replaced, you may need equipment that can be expensive to help with the task. Instead of spending money buying the needed equipment, it is more cost effective to invest in  small excavator rental.


These tips will certainly help you get your house ready to sell. Curb appeal makes a big difference to potential buyers and does not require a great deal of money, time, or work. Minor repairs make an impact.

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