How Not To Die Alone by Richard Roper was my book of the month. I would place the book in the humorous fiction category, with a bit of dark humor mixed in. If you have enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, you will love How Not To Die Alone. Richard Roper is able to touch on the subjects of death, grief, loneliness, and bittersweet friendship while still maintaining a light mood that kept me laughing all the way through. “Andrew coul...

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For this weeks Spring Reading Challenge, you are supposed to read a book that was on your list in 2018. I had a lot of books on my list, because my book list is always running about 50 books long (even more now that I have gotten into the blogging community!). Thankfully I worked through quite a few of them once I moved 5 minutes from my favorite bookstore in August, but there are still a lot! Here are just a few from my list that I still have ye...

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In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is a true crime novel set in Holcomb Kansas, 1959. It is 343 pages long (though it felt longer at some points due to the details that are involved in the story). Capote has received praise as well as criticism for his work on In Cold Blood. Obviously the most important aspect of a true crime novel is the crime that it resolves around. In Cold Blood tells the story and details of one of the most famous murder cases i...

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer is a historical fiction novel set after September 11th, 2001 in New York City. It is approximately 368 pages. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close became a major motion picture in 2011. Foer is also the author of Everything Is Illuminated. Most of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is narrated by nine year old Oskar, who is socially awkward and we can assume may have some developmental i...

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This week for my Spring 2019 Reading Challenge, we are going to look at a book that is set in a city you have been to. I was trying to think of the best way to do this for all of my international readers, and decided that I would find the top traveled to cities of 2018, and provide books from there. If you would like to see a full list, visit Business Insiders post on most traveled to cities! Bangkok, Thailand A Marine sergeant is murdered under ...

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Now we come to our next week of the Spring Reading Challenge: books that are over 300 pages. If you would like to see the first two weeks of the Spring Reading Challenge, you can find them here, and here. I thought that finding books I loved over 300 pages would be easy…which it was in a way. I found that a lot of books that I love dearly are just under 300 pages (Death Be Not Proud I am looking at you!), and that I have loved A LOT of book...

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It is week two of the Spring Reading Challenge, which means it is time for reading a book set in your state. I won’t be long winded, because this will be a long post, but here are my suggestions for books set in all of the 50 states. If you are from outside the states, feel free to pick a book from a state you would like to visit (or have visited!), or just pick your favorite! Alabama: Sorry, Alabama, you can’t escape the classics. I ...

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I was not planning on writing a blog post on books today, I really wasn’t. I had a fun mental health post planned (look for that later in the week!). However, last night, I had my life changed. At about 7:00 PM, I opened The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. At 11:10, I walked out of my bedroom, all 323 pages complete, and exploded to my husband about how this was the best debut novel I have ever read (Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn is pr...

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It is officially Spring! After celebrating my 21st birthday yesterday, I am very happy to wake up to official Spring. I am also excited because that means the first week of the Spring Reading Challenge! This first week is going to be amazing because there were so many books that came out last year that were phenomenal. The first week challenge is: A Book That Was Published Last Spring If you have a favorite in your own library, or a book you have...

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Spring is arriving! Spring is officially one week away. It is one of my favorite seasons; the days get warmer, the trees get their leaves back, the flowers blossom, and it is the perfect time to enjoy the sunshine and sound of the birds with a book! So I decided to create a Spring reading challenge! I would love it if you would try the whole challenge, or even just pick one week and challenge yourself it! Here is how it will work: there are 13 we...

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All of this is in the hope that there can be a community of readers who join together and revel in the simple love and joy of reading. Books can be a form of entertainment in the best times, and a manner of deep comfort and companionship in the worst. Thank you for taking the time to join with me in this journey. ...