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Read for the first time…?

What is a book that you could read again for the very first time? Why?

I read this book recently but I wish I could read it again and again and again. I just love that the main character isn’t an avid reader at the beginning of the book but she becomes an avid reader by the time the book ends. She uses reading as a means of escape from World War II and shares that with others over the course of the book.

I love the Harry Potter series and would love to read it all over again for the very first time, especially the third book as that one is my favorite one in the series. There were times that I remember staying up late to read. I stayed up way past my bed time, there were times I didn’t have work the next day and there were times I did. But I was too interested in the series at the time to care about loosing the sleep.

The Inheritance Cycle written by Christopher Paolini is a series that I would like to read again. I actually enjoyed this series and read it as each book was being released. I remember when they announced that this was going to be turned into a four book series after it was initially stated that this was suppose to be a trilogy. On one hand I could understand but at the same time I wanted answers ’cause I wanted to know what happened to everyone by the end. Also, they did a movie based on Eragon and I wouldn’t mind if they would remake the movie.

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“A Stranger in the House” by Shari Lapena

I’ve finished another novel and wanted to share. I’ve read other things by this author before so I picked up this one. I thought I had it all figured out and that I knew who the murderer was because I could see that this person clearly had a motive. But I was thrown a curve ball and it ended up being someone else, which was weird ’cause I thought it couldn’t be that easy. Everything changes when you get to that final chapter at the end of the book, believe me.

On top of that, they also leave the book open for a sequel (if the author decides they want to do a sequel to this one) and I definitely wasn’t expecting this. All the other books I read from this author were pretty much one and done. Anyway, there are at least 2 directions, that I can think of, that the author can go with. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what the author does, if they are going to do a sequel or not.

Synopsis: Karen and Tom Krupp are happy—they’ve got a lovely home in upstate New York, they’re practically newlyweds, and they have no kids to interrupt their comfortable life together. But one day, Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished—her car’s gone and it seems she left in a rush. She even left her purse—complete with phone and ID—behind.

There’s a knock on the door—the police are there to take Tom to the hospital where his wife has been admitted. She had a car accident, and lost control as she sped through the worst part of town.

The accident has left Karen with a concussion and a few scrapes. Still, she’s mostly okay—except that she can’t remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. The cops think her memory loss is highly convenient, and they suspect she was up to no good.

Karen returns home with Tom, determined to heal and move on with her life. Then she realizes something’s been moved. Something’s not quite right. Someone’s been in her house. And the police won’t stop asking questions.

Because in this house, everyone’s a stranger. Everyone has something they’d rather keep hidden. Something they might even kill to keep quiet.

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Crazy moments in reading…

What are some crazy moments in reading that made you stop and go “What the heck!” or left you scratching your head?

{Note: Please be aware that there may be spoilers in this article if you’ve not read any of the literature mentioned below.}

  • Harry Potter = That moment towards the end of the series when you find out which side Snape is really fighting on. The whole series, you are left wondering if he’s on Dumbledore’s side or Voldemort’s side. For nearly 7 novels, you don’t know until we get to almost the end of book 7.
  • The Hunger Games = I knew there were going to be some casualties during this particular trilogy. But I was still a little shocked when they killed Kat’s sister Prim. It was especially shocking, to me, the way that Prim died and the fact that Kat saw it.
  • Where the Red Fern Grows = It was shocking the way the dogs died at the end. I know all dogs are going to pass away at some point. I just figured the boy would have had more time with the dogs than he did or maybe it just seemed like it wasn’t that long during the book.
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Tips for buying books

First, here is what you do if you like a certain genre. Most book stores will have different sections of the store for different genres……like horror, mystery, fiction, classics, poetry, etc. There’s even a section for young adults and another for children. Just browse the sections you think you’ll like most.

Second, here is what you do if you like a certain author. Most likely, your favorite author or authors will normally stick to a certain genre. For example, if you are a Stephen King fan then you’ll know he can be found in the section where they keep all the horror books. The book store that I frequent will have each section alphabetized by author. So, once you find the horror section, just look for the “K” section to find Stephen King.

Third, if all else fails, ask an associate that works at that store. It’s likely that they are readers as well if they work in a bookstore so you can ask them for recommendations. However, you may have to be prepared to answer some questions like “Which authors do you like?”, “Which genres do you like?”, “Do you like a series or standalone novels?” and so on. You can do the same thing with someone you know that is an avid reader. But you may have to be prepared to be asked the same questions though.

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The importance of reading

How important is reading to you? Why does reading have such an importance in your life? When did it become important?

I’ve always enjoyed reading. Reading is a way for me to escape without having to actually leave the house. It’s like a vacation without actually going on a vacation and it’s much cheaper than taking an actual vacation. This provides a way for me to relax or unwind after a hard day at work. Plus, you don’t have to worry about your neighbors complaining about your book being too loud.

Another importance of reading, I’ve found out, can be in can help you stay sharp mentally. I’ve found this out reading a few articles saying reading helps you stay sharp as you age. I like that idea so I’d like to continue reading for as long as I can and for as often as I can.

I’ve been a reader my whole life. It never started with a particular book or author or a specific event in my life. I’ve always been a bookworm my entire life, for as along as I can remember. Even before I was old enough to read on my own, I enjoyed it when someone else would read to me.

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My recommendations for you!

I know I just posted an article asking for recommendations from everyone else. This article is not asking for recommendations again….this is me giving you some recommendations depending on what you’re looking for.

  • If you are a Stephen King fan = Go check out anything from author Joe Hill. Stephen King’s son writes under the pen name of Joe Hill because he wanted to become known for his own work before everyone found out who his dad is. Also, go check out something from author Darcy Coates or another author by the name of Shirley Jackson.
  • If you are a Harry Potter fan = You can check out the Stoneheart trilogy from Charlie Fletcher or “The Charmed Children of Rookskull Castle” by Janet Fox or “Lucy Crisp and the Vanishing House” by Janet Hill.
  • If you are an Agatha Christie fan = Go check out anything from author Wayne Hancock, especially his “Gotcha!” series. You can also check out something from Shari Lapena (my personal favorite from her is “The Unwanted Guest”).
Posted in historical fiction, Literature

“The Last Bookshop in London” by Madeline Martin

I finished reading this today and I just had to share. I picked this book up on a whim while I was out get groceries for the week. Let me say that I LOVED this book….so much so that I had trouble putting it down. Words cannot express how much I enjoyed reading this book. I don’t normally pick up books from the historical fiction genre but I was glad I did with this one. If you are an avid reader or a book lover, you need to pick this book up for yourself.

Synopsis: August 1939: London prepares for war as Hitler’s forces sweep across Europe. Grace Bennett has always dreamed of moving to the city, but the bunkers and blackout curtains that she finds on her arrival were not what she expected. And she certainly never imagined she’d wind up working at Primrose Hill, a dusty old bookshop nestled in the heart of London.

Through blackouts and air raids as the Blitz intensifies, Grace discovers the power of storytelling to unite her community in ways she never dreamed—a force that triumphs over even the darkest nights of the war.

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Recommendations!

I’m sure I’ve done one of these before but I’m going to do one again because I’m a big believer in there’s no such thing as having too many books. I am open to suggestions as far as what I would like to read next. Below is some info to maybe help you with suggesting some more recommendations if you have any….

  • Age Range: I usually read young adult and up (I’ll resort to kids stuff if it holds my attention).
  • Preferred Genre: I read a lot of fantasy or horror. Will read some mystery and science fiction.
  • Favorite authors: J. K. Rowling, Stephen King, Davis Banks, Wayne Hancock, Joe Hill, Agatha Christie and C. S. Lewis
  • Previously Read: The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, the Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis, the Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney, the Stoneheart trilogy by Charlies Fletcher, the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, the Locke & Key series by Joe Hill, NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, Carrie by Stephen King, Misery by Stephen King, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, Gotcha! series by Wayne Hancock, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series by Stieg Larsson, the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer, the Host by Stephanie Meyer, the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater, the Asylum series by Madeleine Roux, the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, etc.
Posted in Literature, young adult

“Some Kind of Animal” by Maria Romasco-Moore

Well, I finished reading this book today. This book wasn’t what I thought it was going to be but I don’t mean that to sound like a bad thing. It’s just that there are times that a book doesn’t turn out to be like you expected when you first picked it up. The story follows Jo…..she’s just a typical 15 year. The only difference is she’s keeping a secret. She has a twin sister that no one knows about and no one believes her either, even when she does try to tell them. So, she just continues to look after this twin sister that no one knows about and an adventure ensues. I don’t want to share more because I don’t want to ruin it for anyone else reading it.

Synopsis: Jo lives in the same Appalachian town where her mother disappeared fifteen years ago. Everyone knows what happened to Jo’s mom. She was wild, and bad things happen to girls like that.

Now people are starting to talk about Jo. She’s barely passing her classes and falls asleep at her desk every day. She’s following in her mom’s footsteps.

Jo does have a secret. It’s not what people think, though. Not a boy or a drug habit. Jo has a twin sister.

Jo’s sister is not like most people. She lives in the woods–catches rabbits with her bare hands and eats them raw. Night after night, Jo slips out of her bedroom window and meets her sister in the trees. And together they run, fearlessly.

The thing is, no one’s ever seen Jo’s sister. So when her twin attacks a boy from town, everyone assumes that it was Jo. Which means Jo has to decide–does she tell the world about her sister, or does she run?

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Latest purchase!

I got to go shopping at a book store that’s about 45 minutes to an hour away from my house over this past weekend. My hubby wanted to go to a venue in another town that’s about that far away and he dropped me off at the book store that is nearby while he was doing his thing. While I was at the book store, I picked up a few books while I was there (see the list below). When you’re an avid reader like I am, there’s no such thing as too many books!

  • Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
  • Midwinter Murder By Agatha Christie
  • The Night Visitors by Carol Goodman
  • Sleep No More by P. D. James
  • Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  • Burn by Patrick Ness
  • Twelve Nights at Rotter House by J. W. Ocker
  • Dropkick Romance by Cyrus Parker