Book Review: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 346 pages

Published: January 8, 2018

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Fiction & Literature, Mystery & Thrillers

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Celebrating Mystery & Thriller Week

Round up the suspects and gather all the clues…it is time to celebrate Mystery & Thriller Week on Goodreads! Not only do I love watching mysteries, I love reading them. I always love the puzzles that authors lay out for me and I enjoy trying to figure it out for myself. It is such a fun brain teaser! So to join in this celebration, I am listing some of my favorite mystery novels. Dive into these heart-pounding and spine tingling stories and discover why it is most book lovers’ favorite genre: Continue reading “Celebrating Mystery & Thriller Week”

Must Read Books That Represent Mental Illness

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There needs to be an open discussion about mental health. And what better way to stand up to the stigma than to read fiction books that portray the topic perfectly. Readers appreciate to have characters that we can connect with and see as real people. So for Mental Awareness Month, here is a list of books that portray mental illness more realistically:

All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Everything Everything – Nicola Yoon

The Awakening – Kate Chopin

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

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Quote of the Day – October 26, 2016

“There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold.”
― Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

Top Ten Tuesdays: Favorite Books of All TIme

Top Ten TuesdaysTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Today’s post is:

FREEBIE — your choice!”

I have been blogging since March and I just realized that I never really mentioned which books are my favorite. I have said one particular book was my favorite but never a list. And when I say favorites, I mean favorite books that I will most likely read in the future. So that is my “freebie” for this week, top ten favorite books of all time (listed backwards):

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10. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

This use to be higher on my list but another book (which will be mentioned) took its place. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve place in my top ten. This far beyond chick lit, even wouldn’t call it a love story. It was just a true and honest examination between a female friendship that you rarely see in women’s fiction.

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9. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This book was different from anything else I have ever read. I didn’t like any of the characters. I was rooting for both of the main characters to fail and yet I loved every last word of it.

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8. The Gemma Doyle Series by Libba Bray

I know I’m cheating but this series was so good I couldn’t just pick one. It was so refreshing to see a female witch independent and making her own decisions. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesdays: Favorite Books of All TIme”

Weekly Tea Discussion: Likeability

Books_Cups_Grass_Tea_CupCharacters are such a vital part of any book.

Why am I telling you something you already know?

Because while they are so important, characters can also affect how you feel about the book in its entirety. If you are overcome by the negative characteristics, you might forget about everything else that’s good about the novel and just focusing on the bad. So that is why this week, I will be talking about likeability of characters.

As book lovers, we are bound to have a personal connection with the characters, which of course is natural. When we read, we’re entering into another world, trying to get a sense of our surroundings, develop a deep connection. So in order for us to like this new world, we have to like the people who are in it, i.e. the characters. It’s only expected. But is having that deep connection with the book characters hindering our own experience with this new world? Are we allowing characters’ particular personalities judge a book unfairly?

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