If You Like That, You Like This: Romance Novel Edition

If you liked Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff, you’ll like Party Lines by Emma Barry

Most people who bought Fire and Fury probably realize that they have to read it with one thing in mind: the information wasn’t obtained with journalistic integrity in mind. Therefore, I think most readers are reading it as political/historical fiction. If you like reading about politicians, Party Lines by Emma Barry is for you. The two protagonists are on opposite sides of the political spectrum, and this hate-to-love romance does not disappoint.

 

If you liked Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, you’ll like Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

Little Fires Everywhere deals with suburban drama, and so does Hate to Want You. The warring families and divided town involved in Alisha Rai’s romance make it seem like a Happily Ever After is impossible–but this book totally satisfies by the end!

 

If you liked Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, you’ll like Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard

Big Little Lies was the hit of the television season last year, and readers loved seeing moms be a little bad. That’s why Linda Howard’s Mr. Perfect is great for Liane Moriarty fans! It centers around a group of women who decide to list all the qualities that would make up their perfect man. The List eventually gets picked up by media outlets…and then, one of the women is murdered! Read this one to bide your time before season 2 of Big Little Lies comes out (or Liane Moriarty writes her next book)!

 

If you liked The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, you’ll like Ghost Shadow by Heather Graham

Heather Graham’s Ghost Shadow is about a woman researching an old murder, and fans of the amateur (and unreliable) sleuth in The Girl on the Train will love it!

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The Glass Menagerie’s Amanda was the First MLM Saleswoman

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Amanda in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams (selling magazines): 

“Ida Scott? This is Amanda Wingfield! We missed you at the D.A.R. last Monday! I said to myself: She’s probably suffering with that sinus condition! How is that sinus condition? Horrors! Heaven have mercy!- You’re a Christian martyr, yes, that’s what you are, a Christian martyr! Well, I just have happened to notice that your subscription to the Companion’s about to expire!”

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2018 Amanda (your friend from high school, on Facebook)

“Hi Ida! Long time no see! Your kids are beautiful and your trip to Hawaii looked so fun! I saw your daughter was sick last week. Boo! Anyway, are you happy with your skincare routine? Because The Magical Skincare Company has empowered me to be financially independent and go out of the house without makeup!”

 

Note: I really respect women who sell things to people. It takes such guts! This is just in fun, I promise!

Oh, hey, here are some books I like!

I was thinking about how last year in January I felt like I would never read again. Part of this was my pregnancy, part of this was feeling dispirited, and part of this was just normal reading slump stuff.

How things have changed since then! I feel like I’m on a real reading streak lately and I’ve already finished my first book of 2018!

[Side note: My friend Whitney tweeted something to the effect of, “When did reading become a contest?” the other day and, unbeknownst to her, it really owned me. I make reading such a contest–with myself–sometimes. I should stop that and just enjoy it.]

Ok, so here are some books I’ve enjoyed lately. If romance makes you feel dirty or something, I’m so sorry–most of these are romance titles! I know there’s a lot of stigma around the romance genre, but I love romance novels. They’re hopeful, happy, and very fun. They’re also written WITH WOMEN IN MIND! What’s not to like? (Note: the romance novels I write about are NSFW and have what we’ll call “adult scenes” for the purposes of this blog and my audience.) Anywho, here are two good ones (with one mystery thrown in):

 

  • Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren is a new-to-me author, but she’s huge in the romance community. I should say they, really, since “Christina Lauren” is a pen name for two writers. DY/HY is a lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers story. The main characters meet, fall in like with each other, and then realize they’re going to be put up for the same job. Lots of conflicting feelings of hatred and desire ensue. I really loved the characters in this one and the writing is great!

  • Roomies by Christina Lauren

After reading Dating You/Hating You, I had to get my hands on the one of the newest titles by this pair. Roomies is ADORABLE. I seriously fell in love with the male lead in this one (my husband is totally ok with me falling in love with book characters as long as I let him continue to go on fictional quests in video games). Our female lead is in an aimless stage of life. She wants to be a writer, but is suffering from major writer’s block. She works for one of her uncles at his hit Broadway musical and even lives in an apartment where he pays her rent. Her only real passion is listening to this guy play music in the subway. Through a series of crazy events, the two are thrown together (I won’t spoil anything) and they have to decide whether they’re pretending to like each other or whether they really do. I loved this one!

  • A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

This is the first book in the Lady Sherlock Series. I was skeptical about this one because I’m kind of tired of Sherlock Holmes adaptations. However, it blew me away! Charlotte Holmes is trying to get away from her parents and their expectations. She doesn’t want to marry, but instead wants to get training to be the superintendent of a girls’ school. Her father promises her that if she doesn’t get married by a certain age, he will fund her studies. When he breaks this promise, Charlotte takes desperate measures that get her exiled from London society. This, in turn, gives her the freedom to use her talent for deduction and begin a detective agency under the name “Sherlock” Holmes. You guys, I loved this book! The mystery is based on A Study in Scarlet, but has different twists. The character development was awesome, and I absolutely love the unrequited/requited romance here. I highly recommend it and plan to dig into the next installment (A Conspiracy in Belgravia) asap!

 

Have you read any of these? Do you like romance and suspense? Any suggestions for me? Comment below!

The Wonders and Horrors of TV

As my friends, family, casual acquaintances, and basically anyone who will listen to me can attest, I’ve been worrying about television lately. This is a strange feeling for me, as I’ve always loved TV like I was the one who invented it or something. I watched GLOW in ONE. DAY. this summer. I binged all of The Sopranos in a matter of three weeks. I also have a full time job, lots of social obligations,  and many, many books to read, so I feel like my TV-watching skills are impressive.

Lately, though, I’ve become a fanatic about not having the television on while Oliver is awake. I know I’ll probably give in some day, but I just don’t want him to watch TV, hear TV, or even know such a thing exists. I can’t help but think it’s going to melt his brain, despite the fact that I’ve turned out fine so far. I guess I have this fantasy about him going to kindergarten and having a conversation that goes like this:

New friend 1: “[Insert show character here] is so cool!” 

New friend 2: “I know, I can’t wait to see the movie coming out!” 

New friend 3: “My dad got me a t-shirt with [cool character name] on it!” 

Oliver: “I don’t know what you guys are talking about. What’s television? Do you guys mean live theater? Books? Is anyone else as obsessed with the Hardy Boys as I am?”

I know I would be setting him up for a lot of wedgies, but it’s my fantasy and I’ll have it if I want to.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children not be exposed to any screens until they’re two. Then, they recommend only one hour of quality programming. I only know one couple who’s actually been able to pull off following these restrictions with their kid, so I’m not too optimistic about us achieving this. However, we’re going to give it a go. This doesn’t make us better than other parents or anything like that…it probably just makes me crazier. Some people plan to make their kids eat organic, I’m obsessed with shielding mine from TV.

On the other hand, I plan to watch plenty of it (after Oliver goes to bed, hopefully). These are the shows I’m excited about this fall:

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The Good Place

If you haven’t watched the first season of Mike Schur’s The Good Place, starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, DO IT! The premise is that Kristen Bell’s character, Eleanor, has died and gone to heaven, the titular “good place.” However, she soon realizes she’s not supposed to be there and has taken the place of another actually good Eleanor, who has gone to the bad place. Hijinks ensue. However, it was the end of the first season (and I won’t say too much here because it’s soooooo good and I don’t want to spoil anything for you) that had people talking last year. The second season is on now and I can’t wait to see where it goes. Some of the best comedy writers in TV are writing for the show, like Megan Amram and Jen Kirkman. If you liked Schur’s Parks and Recreation, make sure you catch up on The Good Place.

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Crazy-Ex Girlfriend

Rachel Bloom, star and co-creator of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, is crazy alright. Crazy talented. (I’ve taken to making bad mom jokes now, by the way.)

The show’s premise isn’t even the best thing about it, so I won’t get into that here. I will say that if you like musical comedy, this is the show for you. Every episode is a musical with hilarious songs and great choreography. My favorite part about this show, however, is the diverse, amazing cast. The main character’s love interest, Josh, was widely praised as one of the first prominent Asian guys playing an object of desire rather than a nerd or joke. (Asian-Americans have long lamented Hollywood’s portrayal of their men as somehow less than masculine). The cast is also full of people whose bodies are different–no cast full of similar-looking, usually skinny people here. And they’re all hilarious and super talented. I love this show and if musical comedy is your thing, you will too.

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The Mindy Project

We’ll be saying goodbye to The Mindy Project after this season, so I’m so excited to see how it ends. Mindy Kaling and her writing staff come up with some of the most laugh-out-loud funny jokes on a weekly basis. For example, I guffawed at this joke on an episode this week:

Mom at Mindy’s kid’s school: “Your son is so sweet.”

Mindy: “I know he’s sweet. I had gestational diabetes the whole time I was pregnant!” 

 

So that’s my fall TV lineup. I guess I’ve been thinking about this because having a kid has made me examine my own habits. The way we eat, talk to one another, and consume media has to get healthier now that our little guy is watching.

What are you changing about your life these days? Leave a comment and let me know, if you want!

Why I Left, Why I’m Back, and What I’ve Read Lately

I stopped blogging after the election last year. I know that sounds stupid, but it was right after I got pregnant and I found myself being angry and stressed all the time. Blogging seemed trivial and stressful at the time, and I dropped a few other things from my life along with it.

Our son is about eleven weeks old now and I am still on maternity leave, so I’ve decided to start blogging about books again when I can. If you’re reading this, thanks for indulging me. I’ve missed you!

Last summer I read around 20 books and this summer I read half of that. I like hanging out with my kid, so reading has definitely taken a back seat. However, I’ve read more this summer than I did the whole time I was pregnant! Reading is such a relaxing pastime for me, so it makes sense that in this time of transition I’ve gone back to it. Here’s what I got up to this summer.

Romance

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I read a few romance novels this summer, which was a first for me. Friends have been telling me to get into romance novels, and they’ve made some good arguments for how feminist and enjoyable they are. I really liked them and plan to read more in the future. Did you know that romance novels basically keep the publishing industry running? So even though people (read: me) have a tendency to think of them as guilty pleasures, we shouldn’t be ashamed of reading ANYTHING that we like.

(That reminds me of this scene in Liberal Arts when Josh Radnor’s character makes fun of Twilight.)

Anyway, these are the romance titles I read this summer:

  1. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  2. How Not to Fall and
  3. How Not to Let Go by Emily Foster
  4. Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren

My favorite of these were the two Emily Foster books. They were really sweet, smart, and insightful. The two main characters are smart science-y people who work in a lab together (she as an undergrad, he as a postdoctoral fellow). At the end of Annie’s undergrad career, she asks Charles to start a relationship with her. The romantic tension between these two is great, but even better than that is the depth of these characters; since there are two books, Foster really gets to flesh these two out (no pun intended). I loved Annie’s self-assuredness, her great relationship with her parents, her willingness to ask for what she wants, and the way she tries to understand those around her. Charles is kind, but a little broken. His family is fascinating and the way he battles with his horrific childhood and the scars it left behind was just so satisfying. I loved these two books so much that I wrote into my favorite book podcast to find a couple more like them!

Mystery/Thriller

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  1. Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
  2. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
  3. Final Girls by Riley Sager
  4. Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

It’s really hard to choose which of these I liked best, so I’ll go with the one I read most recently. Fierce Kingdom is about a mass shooting at a zoo. The main character is there with her four-year-old son when the shooting starts, but since they are far away from the action they are able to hide. The novel takes place over the course of three hours, and during that time Joan has to make really hard decisions (should she help others and risk her son’s life in the process? how much should she tell her son about what’s going on?). I cried in parts of the book, so–TRIGGER WARNING–this one is not for you if you don’t want to be a little depressed. Babies and animals are involved here…so it’s tough. I liked it so much, however, because of the mother-son relationship. Joan knows Lincoln so well and the way they converse and negotiate fascinated me.

Stuff About Motherhood/Memoir

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  1. The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems by Tracy Hogg
  2. I Like You Just the Way I Am by Jenny Mollen
  3. Live Fast, Die Hot by Jenny Mollen

In case you don’t already know, baby books are evil…or at least they have been for me. I felt compelled to read a few during my pregnancy and then I read this Tracy Hogg one right before my son arrived. It was great, but I’ve found that reading books that say stuff like, “If you do everything I say your baby will be smart and happy and sleep through the night at two weeks!” are lying. These kinds of books have really made me feel like I must be doing something wrong, so I’ve stopped reading/listening to them.

What I have enjoyed, however, are books by mothers about motherhood! Mollen’s Live Fast, Die Hot made me laugh so hard I thought I was going to bust my c-section incision (too graphic?). I highly recommend it if you don’t mind some crudeness…I seriously laughed so hard I was worried about tearing myself open.

Comics

 

  1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, season 8 vol. 1

I loooooooove Buffy TVS and have been meaning to read these comics for a long time. Daniel got me some for my birthday and they have been a true delight. They’ve added years to my life, I’m sure, as it is a true pleasure to read them at night (when my son is safely tucked in bed) and imagine that the world is a simple as the good guys/bad guys in these comics. I highly recommend them if you liked the show!

 

Anyway, that’s what’s been up in my reading life. Real talk, my son is waking up from his nap, so I have to go. Thanks for reading! I hope to update again soon!

A Kidnapping Plot, A Doppelganger, and Three Murderous Queens

Hi there! I don’t know about you, but my stress levels have been way up lately! I’ve read quite a few studies that say most Americans feel really stressed out because of the divisiveness of this election. For the sake of my health and sanity, I’ve been doing a few things to lessen the stress:

  1. Reading international news: I think it helps to get a perspective outside of the US these days. Reading national news is pretty depressing lately; however, I don’t want to be uninformed. The Guardian, BBC, Reuters, and Al Jazeera have been my go-tos because they focus on more than just our election (although there’s enough of that thrown in there that I still feel informed).
  2. Staying off social media when I can: This is tough, but it sometimes helps to take a break from Facebook and Twitter for a while. Everyone is so passionate about politics right now (which is great!) but it can get overwhelming to read everyone else’s thoughts all the time. This is why I would NEVER want my superpower to be mind-reading!
  3. Reading escapist books! I’ve read two mystery/thrillers and one fantasy novel over these last two weeks. I swear, escaping into the problems of a novel’s protagonist is the best way to relieve stress!

So here’s what I’ve read lately:

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena, mystery/thriller (320 pages)

This is the kind of book you can reading in a weekend because from the first page you’re dying to know whodunit.

The story begins with Anne and Marco Conti, an upper-middle class couple in their thirties, having dinner at their neighbors’ house. Anne and Marco began the night with a disagreement about coming to this party; Anne wanted to stay home since they babysitter had cancelled and Marco insisted they could put the baby to bed and bring the baby monitor with them since the houses are so close together. Every thirty minutes, the couple has taken turns checking on the baby. However, when they get home late that night their front door is ajar and the baby’s crib is empty.

Everyone in this novel has secrets and it’s up to us and the detective assigned to the case to figure out whose secret has compelled them to kidnap (or even murder) the child. As ransom demands start to come in, secrets start to come out. It’ll keep you guessing until the very last page!

(New mothers, I don’t suggest you read this one! Just reading the words “baby stolen out of its crib” is triggering!)

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The Likeness (Dublin Murder Squad #2) by Tana French, detective procedural/thriller (466 pages)

I read the first novel in this series a couple of weeks ago (I wrote about it here), and after reading this one I am a Tana-French-aholic. The Dublin Murder Squad books are kind of like the TV series True Detective in that they each star a different detective. The first one was from the perspective of Rob Ryan and Cassie Maddox was his partner. The Likeness is from Cassie’s perspective and I believe each one follows that formula (the protagonist of each novel is featured in the one before it). Though I loved In the Woods, this one was even better!

In In the Woods we learn that Cassie was in Vice (undercover) before she got on the Murder Squad. During her time in Vice, she posed as a college student named Lexie Madison to infiltrate a drug ring. At the beginning of the novel, Cassie is called to a murder scene in a secluded cabin. There, she finds a girl who looks exactly like her carrying an ID with the name Alexandra Madison on it. In order to find out who killed this girl, Cassie agrees to go undercover again. In doing so, she hopes to find out how this girl slipped into her made-up alias from long ago, who she is and how she looks so much like Cassie, and whether the group of tight-knit friends she was living with had anything to do with Lexie’s death.

This is a brilliant mystery. I’ve always like novels about a too-close group of college friends who find themselves wrapped up in a murder (both Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates and The Secret History by Donna Tartt come to mind). This one fits that bill and also offers up some great character studies and a satisfying ending. I loved it and can’t wait to read the next one in the series!

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, young adult/fantasy (416 pages)

I’m telling y’all, fantasy is where it’s at if you want to escape from the everyday stuff for a little while.

Think about living in a society ruled by a queen. Every generation that queen births triplet girls imbued with magic: one poisoner, one naturalist, and one elemental. These girls hone their magic in separate kingdoms for years until The Beltane Festival celebrating their sixteen birthday comes around. Then, during a time called The Quickening, the girls are to show off their magic. With this, it’s open season on queens and each sister must try to kill the others in order to rule the kingdom.

Three Dark Crowns follows each of these sisters during their fifteenth year up to The Quickening. Katherine, the poisoner, is trained to eat tainted food without dying as well as how to use poison to kill others. She, however, is a weak queen and the poison her caretakers use on her makes her sick and small. That is, until Pietyr comes along to train her. Will he be able to make her strong and cunning enough to kill her sisters?

Next there’s Arsione, the naturalist queen. Though naturalists are supposed to be able to control vegetation and animals, Arsinoe has never been able to do this. Her caretaker and friend Jules, however, is the strongest naturalist the island has ever seen. And then there’s Joseph to round out this trio of friends; we learn that Joseph and Jules once tried to help Arsione off the island so that she wouldn’t have to die at the hands of her sisters. It was no use, however, and as Beltane draws nearer Arsione finds herself going to extreme lengths to try and call her magic.

Mirabella is the strongest of the three. An elemental, she can control the air, water, and fire. She is so strong, in fact, that the priestesses at the temple watch and support her every move so that when she becomes queen they can become more powerful. The problem with Mirabella, however, is that she does not want to kill her sisters. She will try everything she can to avoid the events of the Beltane year, even if it means throwing away her crown.

I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait for the next one to come out (I think it’s going to be a trilogy). I’ve decided I would want my power to be naturalist because they get to have “familiar” (animal soul-friends). Forget controlling the weather or being immune to poison, I want a cat with me at all times.

 

So that’s all this week. I hope to read a little more Dublin Murder Squad in the coming weeks as well as my new BOTM club pick, The Wangs vs. The World by Jade Chang. Happy reading and keep your stress in check!

Exile in Moscow and Murder in the Woods

I guess there’s something about the weeks leading up to October that puts me in a creepy mood. I’ve been really into mysteries and thrillers lately and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Today I’ll talk about what I’ve read over the last two weeks and the books in my TBR pile.

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, mystery/thriller (320 pages)

When I finished The Woman in Cabin 10 a few weeks ago (recap here) I looked over some reader reviews on Goodreads because I was curious if other readers felt the same way I did about parts of the novel. Though a few reviewers made me feel a little better about my own feelings regarding it, my biggest takeaway from those reviews was the overwhelming feeling that Ruth Ware’s first book was more satisfying. I picked up In a Dark, Dark Wood at the library a few days later and read it in 24 hours.

It takes place over the course of a bachelorette weekend in the woods. Lenora, the narrator, reveals early on that she was surprised to be invited since she and the bride-to-be, Clare, haven’t spoken since high school when their friendship ended badly. Lenora isn’t excited about the weekend to begin with, but when she finds out Clare is marrying her ex-boyfriend she becomes almost unhinged. Adding to her frustration is Emma, Clare and Lenora’s mutual friend, who won’t stop awkwardly bring up the man both Clare and Lenora now share. There’s also Flo, Clare’s best friend who seems a little too obsessed with her (one character actually compares Flo to Glenn Close’s character in Fatal Attraction). And then there’s the cabin: it’s in the middle of the woods, miles from help, and the walls are made chiefly of glass. Lenora often remarks that she feels as though someone is watching them from the woods and the suspicious shoe prints outside early one morning don’t help matters. The weekend is interrupted by a brutal crime and Lenora wakes up in a hospital with large gaps in her memory. She knows she is going to be accused of a crime since she overhears police officers discussing whether she’s innocent or guilty, and she must somehow prove her innocence from a hospital bed. But is she innocent? Both Lenora and readers won’t know until the end since her memories only come back in small spurts.

This is a story of sinister friendships and relationships gone wrong. It kept me up into the late hours of the night and when I finished it I didn’t want to go to sleep.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, literary / historical fiction (462 pages)

It took me about a week and a half to read this one, and since this novel covers so many years and is so dense I broke it up by reading In a Dark, Dark Wood. Amor Towles’s debut novel was a wonderful story about a young woman living in New York in the 1920s (it’s called Rules of Civility and it’s a great for Gatsby-lovers!). So, when I heard he was putting out another work of historical fiction, I was thrilled. A Gentleman in Moscow did not disappoint. Set in Moscow after the Russian Revolution, it follows the life of Count Alexander Rostov, a “former person” (as the Bolsheviks call him), who has been sentenced to live out his remaining days in the Metropol Hotel under house arrest. Rostov’s crime was writing an unsavory political poem years before. Used to a life of endless choice and luxury, Alexander is forced to reconcile himself to the four walls of this grand hotel. His life inside the hotel moves forward as people on the outside are disappearing, old ideas are dying, and Russia is being demolished and rebuilt for a new generation. Though you might think a novel that takes place in one building would be boring, Alexander’s zest for life despite his circumstances is contagious and I delighted in his many adventures. He is able to fall in love, build relationships, and transcend his sentence. There are a few surprises along the way too, and I have to say it’s been a while since I’ve read a novel that was at once cozy and unsettling.  If you like history or comeback stories, this one’s for you.

In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1) by Tana French, mystery (429 pages)

I have told almost everyone I know to read this book. Though I finished it a few days ago, it has stuck with me and I’m still trying to figure out one of the book’s mysteries.

Three twelve year old children go out to play in the familiar woods surrounding their small community and don’t come back. Days later, one of the children is found hugging a tree so hard his fingernails are falling off. His shirt is sliced up in the back and his shoes are filled with someone else’s blood.

Years later, this boy has changed his name from Adam Ryan to Rob Ryan. Though he is a detective in the exclusive Murder Squad of the Dublin Police Department, no one there knows about his mysterious past except for his partner and best friend Cassie. Rob himself doesn’t know what happened in those woods as his memories from the first twelve years of his life are gone. When a young girl goes missing and is found murdered in that same small community, Rob and Cassie have to figure out if there is a connection between the two cases.

GUYS.

GUYS.

This book is great.

I loved the two mysteries at the center of the story, but even more than that I loved French’s characters. I’m biding my time before I start in on the other books in this series, but I’m so glad I’ll get to visit with some of these characters again. This novel really did it for me for some reason, and I can’t wait for some people I know to read it so I can talk through my theories with them. I’ve heard French always leaves at least one mystery unsolved in all of her books, which is so cool! This one has had me reeling for days.

TBR Pile

The Shining by Stephen King

My book club is reading this for the month of October and I’m so scared and so excited! Red rum…

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

I’m currently reading this one and it’s pretty good so far. I didn’t know that it was about a stolen baby before I started reading, so that has me a bit bummed. But it’s supposed to be a really great thriller…hopefully things will get less sad and more awesome soon!

A to-be-determined romance novel

My friend Lindsey is a huge advocate of romance novels and I’ve decided I don’t read enough of them. I’m leaning toward The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean (who wrote this great article, “Bashing Romance Novels is Just Another Form of Slut-Shaming” , for Bustle this week).

A Few Others…

I’m picking up The Wonder by Emma Donoghue, Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, and Before the Fall by Noah Hawkley from the libary soon, but it might be a week or two before I get to those!