The Love That Split The World

Emily Henry

Published February 2016

I received The Love That Split The World in my February OwlCrate box, and was super excited about it because I had been ogling it on Instagram for a month.  I love OwlCrate, not only for the bookish items I receive, but also because they put books in my hands that I normally would not have picked up or bought.  BUTTT, I will gush about OwlCrate in a separate post, here I am going to gush about TLTSTW.
 
This is a book that crawls into your soul and sits there.  I have thought constantly about it since I turned the last page over two weeks ago.  It should also be noted that as an adult, it has become harder and harder for me to marathon books.  I’m not a young’n like I once was; gone are the nights of no sleep to finish a book, you know, with work in the morning.  But, I finished this in a single weekend. So, there’s that. 

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Still Life

Louise Penny

Published January 2005

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #1
First and foremost, I want to apologize for slacking off on writing this week.  I actually had an eventful weekend and everything was pushed to side other than spending time with my best friend who came into town to visit me.  Being separated from your BFF by 600 miles is hard, and you have to take advantage of the time you are able to spend together. Anyways!
I love detective stories. Maybe my soul is older than my 26 year old body, but the coziness of the “whodunnit” stories always feels like home.  In the novel Still Life, Louise Penny has done a fantastic job of grabbing me and pulling me into her quaint town, and even quainter characters from page one.
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called to the scene of a suspicious death in the small village of Three Pines. Poor Jane Neal, a lovely elderly woman, and town favorite, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bow hunter.

My Testament to Audio Books

Every year we set a reading goal that is supposed to stretch us, and push us to the limits of reading.  We aim to expand our library and broaden our horizons.

Personally, I have set my goal at 60 books for 2016, as I do work a standard 9-5 Monday through Friday and that doesn’t leave a lot of reading time in the evening before its time for bed and back at it again.

The best way for me to hit my reading goals, was to take advantage of all the ‘adult time’ I was obligated to dedicate my life to, like driving to work, and cleaning my house.  I wanted to squeeze in a few extra books, but have you ever tried dusting while reading a physical book? It’s impossible I tell you. Continue reading “My Testament to Audio Books”

Love Fortunes & Other Disasters

Kimberly Karalius

Published May 2015

Grimbaud #1

This book solidly falls into the category “picked up based on the cover”, and I am really glad I did. Love Fortunes and other Disasters is a pretty adorable story, (both inside and out) with interesting characters and a unique plot line.

There comes a time during the year that I don’t want to be tricked by plot twists, I don’t want to end on a cliffhanger, and it seems that the only thing that will satisfy me, is a good old fashioned happy ending. Love Fortunes and other Disasters, is EXACTLY what I needed. Continue reading “Love Fortunes & Other Disasters”

The Thirteenth Tale

Diane Setterfield

Published September 2006

“I shall start at the beginning. Though of course, the beginning is never where you think it is.”

The Thirteenth Tale has been sitting on my bookshelf for entirely too long.  It was one of those books that kept popping up whenever I would peruse any second-hand bookstore.  I was of the strange opinion that if they had five or more copies of any book in stock, then it must not be good enough to encourage people to keep it.  The story was always there, when I least expected it, I would turn around, and there it was.  It was following me, whispering for me to bring it home, but for some reason I never bought it.  I think the cover may have turned me off initially (yes, I am a judger of covers, *GASP*)

Until finally, I did.  I brought that book home and read the shit out of it.

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Firefight

Brandon Sanderson

Published January 2015

Reckoners #2
“My name is David Charleston.  I kill people with super powers.”
As amazing as Steelheart was, I have to say that I enjoyed Firefight more.  This book picks up a couple months after the end of the first Reckoners novel, and when I say picks up, I mean it… BAM this book starts off with a bang!   
Unfortunately going through with the summary of Firefight means there are going to be major spoilers for Steelheart, so beware!

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