THE BOOK TITLE TAG

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Today’s post is a bookish tag, created by ReadingRealm, that I stumbled upon through fellow book blogger, Shannon, at It Starts at Midnight. Are you ready to learn more about me through random book titles? Then, let’s get this bookish fête started!

Book Title That’s the Story of Your Life

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: No matter the success I have been able to achieve, I constantly doubt myself. Everyday is a struggle to overcome the anxiety and depression of feeling like I am not good enough.

Book Title That Describes Your Perfect Weekend

Sunday Brunch: If the question is “Brunch?” my answer is always “Yes!” I brunch so hard that I literally have the T-shirt. So my best weekend would include a stack of pancakes, a side of bacon, and bottomless mimosas.

An Adventure You’d Like to Go On

Around the World in 80 Days: No matter if ††it’s on a boat, or on a train, or in a car, or on a plane, I want to see the entire world because that’s the adventure of a lifetime!

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Book Title You Want to Name Your Child

The Violet Hour: My favorite color is purple, so I always wanted to have a daughter and name her Violet. Later, I fell in love with the name Lorelai thanks to my Gilmore Girls fandom. Which sounds better Violet Lorelai or Lorelai Violet?

Your Ideal Job

Design is a Job: When I was a kid, I wanted to be a fashion designer because I loved styling and posing my Barbies. I also loved being crafty, so I also wanted to be an interior designer. And I fell in love with the architectural designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, which made me want to pursue a career in architecture. I didn’t pursue any of these paths, but I think blogging has been a suitable substitute for the dreams and creativity of my inner child.

A Place You’d Like to Visit

Meet Me in Barcelona: Barcelona was on my travel bucket list before the word “bucket list” was part of pop culture vernacular. I’m ready to enjoy a nice glass of sangria on the beach while savoring the most amazingly authentic paella of my life.

Book Title of Your Love Life

Just the Two of Us: Although it’s technically the three of us since my beau came to our relationship with a cat, we know it’s going to be us together until the end of the line.

Questions You Ask Yourself

What Color is Your Parachute?: Sometimes I wonder what is the job I’m meant to have. My love for science and math steered me toward engineering, but I still have a passion for books and writing. Plus, I am absolutely obsessed with makeup … So, what color is my parachute?

Book Title of a Kingdom You Want to Rule

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles: I was a huge fan of Once Upon a Time and loved all the fairy tale characters and imagery. It would be amazing to be the queen of The Enchanted Forest, but I promise there will be no evil doings from me.

Book Title You’d Name Your Band

The Sapphire Rose: Our name would be The Sapphire Roses and be comprised of 9 women who were all born in September because … symbolism. I would be the lead singer who sometimes plays lead guitar, and I would be a diva because why not, this is my fantasy!

Book Title That Describes Where You Live

In the Lake of the Woods: I currently live in a city that has both “wood” and “lake” in the name. Instead of residing in a lakeside cabin. I live in a walk-up studio apartment within walking distance of a lake.

Your Turn

So…have you participated in The Book Title Tag? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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LIT REVIEW: THE MOTHERS

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Title: The Mothers
Author: Brit Bennett
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: 2016
Summary: During the summer before college, Nadia Turner mourns her mother’s recent suicide while hooking up with the local pastor’s son and former football star, Luke Sheppard, and by befriending Aubrey, who quickly becomes her best friend. Soon, Nadia, Aubrey, and Luke are full-fledged adults who are caught in a love triangle and dealing with the choices they made during that fateful summer.

The Love Triad That Could

I know the love triangle trope can be annoying to some people, but I’m okay with it as long as it isn’t forced into the storyline just to add drama. For this book, I did not feel like the love triangle was forced and served the story well. From my understanding, love triangles seem to be someone chasing one person who is chasing the first person. The Mothers did not present this type of love triangle.

Each person involved in the triangle had a deep and emotional relationship with the other people involved. Nadia loves Aubrey and Luke. Luke loves Aubrey and Nadia. Aubrey loves Luke and Nadia. That dynamic creates a constant tension in the novel, and that dynamic kept me engaged from beginning to the end of Brit Bennett’s debut novel.

Military Brats Represent!

As a former military brat, it was really cool to see that represented in literature! I have never experienced that prior to The Mothers, and to have it be a black military family on top of that was icing on the chocolate cake! It makes me want to see more stories like this. If anyone has read a book that has a POC military family, then please share in the comments, so I can keep getting my life to this.

I also like that it wasn’t the typical military brat experience of moving around all the time. When I tell people I grew up in a military family, they want to know all the places I lived in, but it was only my dad who got to traipse around the world. I only got to move back and forth between a few states. It was cool to read how Nadia basically grew up in the same area, even though her father was in the Marine Corps because I graduated with a kid who lived his entire life on the same base.

No Neat Ending

One of the aspects that can kill a book experience for me is a lackluster ending. I am happy to say The Mothers doesn’t fall short in the ending department. I was also happy the ending was not wrapped into a perfect bow with a sweet happily ever after. The book ends with speculation and innuendo, and I adored it. I was left with mixture of satisfaction and uneasiness because of the ending. I wanted more of the story because of the ending. For me, that is the sign of an excellent read.

Overall Opinion

I don’t remember how I came to know about The Mothers, but I’m glad I did because I enjoyed every part of this read, even though I didn’t know what to expect while reading it. The story tells of a black experience that I have yet to read, which is always good when showing that we are, in fact, not a monolith. However, I was left wanting more once the story was over. I guess that is something that can be explored in the adaptation. Yes, this is definitely a story that I would like to see adapted.

Final Grade

Carpe Librum: Even though The Mothers left me wanting for more, I still say this book is a must read. It seems like lots of books lately are retellings of older stories or books that remind you of other books. The Mothers is none of that! It feels fresh. It feels original. It feels current. Read it. You will not be disappointed.

Your Turn

So…have you read The Mothers? Are you a fan of love triangles? Are you a military brat? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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DECEMBER IS READ A NEW BOOK MONTH

December is National Read a New Book Month! Some calendars say this holiday is celebrated in September, but we ask…isn’t December a much better fit? The holiday season is upon us, and we are finalizing our holiday wish lists. Doesn’t it make sense to add that new book you keep eyeing at your local bookstore to the list? I’ve already added a few books I’ve seen in the book blogosphere to my Amazon Wish List.

A Leap of Faith for New Book Month

Take New Book Month to venture outside your reading comfort zone. How about browsing a new genre you might have been reluctant to explore in the past? What about checking out an author who has previously piqued your curiosity? Why not do a book swap with your BFF and read each other’s favorite book? In today’s world, there is more than enough material to find your next read! Hey, you might even find your new favorite author or book series!

Your Turn

So…how do you discover new books? What new author are you going to explore? What new book are you adding to your wish list? What book would you swap with your BFF? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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20 BOOKISH ORNAMENTS UNDER $20

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The holiday season is in full swing, which means buying gifts and decorating a Christmas tree might be high on your to do list. Today is your lucky day, because we are bringing you a list of goodies that can help you tackle both of those tasks with ease. Whether you have to buy a bookish small gift for a fellow bibliophile or you need another ornament for your book-themed tree, we’ve got you covered with 20 bookish ornaments that will cost you no more than one Tubman Jackson.

There are ornaments that are literally books and ornaments that celebrate the magical books we love like Matilda and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Some ornaments are available at your local Hallmark store, but most are just a click away online. Happy shopping, and remember to share your beautiful, bookish Christmas trees with us on Twitter!

The self-explanatory bookish ornament:

Bookish Ornaments - Hallmark "Read" Book Ornament

The meta ornament for your bookish tree:

The definitive ornament for bibliophiles:

Bookish Ornament - Bibliophile Ornament

The meme-o-rific ornament:

Bookish Ornaments - Keep Calm and Read

The perfect ornament for the cat lover who loves books or book lover who loves cats:

The book that started a phenomenon ornament:

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LIT REVIEW: ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN

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Title: All the President’s Men
Author: Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: 1974
Summary: The most devastating politicial detective story of the century as told by the two Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate scandal.

Stranger ‘Cause It’s Not Fiction

I learned more than I knew about the Watergate scandal from the book. Since I knew next to nothing about it, that meant that every page gave me something new. However, it was hard for me to keep the names straight while reading the story. Man, there are so many names!!!! Even with the confusing names, I enjoyed watching the story unfold. Although I knew how the story turns out in the end (because … history), I was still on the edge of my seat and nose deep learning about how these reporters were going to not only uncover the truth, but how they were going to convince others that the stories were true. It is crazy how naive the country was to actually believe it’s possible for all this dirt to be done without the president’s knowledge. You can’t be the CEO and not know what the people serving under you are doing. Either you’re in on it, or you’re not observant enough to be an effective boss. I don’t know which is worse, but neither are a good look.

Overall Opinion

The book definitely didn’t blow me away with information, but it was somewhat enlightening in the fact that it literally showed me how history repeats itself. The White House battling with the media and challenging freedom of the press. (Check) Politicians using coded racist and xenophobic language with little to no consequences. (Check) Corruption thanks to people who want power for the sake of it with no plans to actually serve the people. (Check)

The Final Grade

Carpe Librum: Although I would not say this is one of my best reads, I do think it is important for us to learn about what has happened in the past because it affects both our present and our future. Reading All the President’s Men is essential reading for folks like me who were not alive during Watergate.

Your Turn

So…are you familiar with the Watergate scandal? Do you believe history is doomed to repeat itself? Have you read All the President’s Men? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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THE STORY OF ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN TOLD IN QUOTES

The All the President’s Men quotes were worth sharing were few and far between, but these standout quotes give the main story behind the Watergate scandal. The scandal was about the importance of Freedom of the Press, the fear of unchecked political power, and the difficulty in being David against Goliath.

The Truth in Whistleblowing

Deep Throat stamped his foot. “A conspiracy like this … a conspiracy investigation … the rope has to tighten slowly around everyone’s neck. You build convincingly from the outer edges in, you get ten times the evidence you need against the Hunts and Liddys. They feel hopelessly finished–they may not talk right away, but the grip is on them. Then you move up and do the same thing at the next level. If you shoot too high and miss, then everybody feels more secure. Lawyers work this way. I’m sure smart reporters must, too.”

The abiding characteristic of this administration is that it lies.

On evenings such as those, Deep Throat had talked about how politics had infiltrated every corner of government — a strong-arm takeover of the agencies by the Nixon White House. Junior White House aides were giving orders on the highest levels of the bureaucracy. He had once called it the “switchblade mentality” — and had referred to the willingness of the President’s men to fight dirty and for keeps, regardless of what effect the slashing might have on the government and the nation.

Where the Buck Stops

Basic strategy that goes all the way to the top. The phrase unnerved Bernstein. For the first time, he considered the possibility that the President of the United States was the head ratfucker.

The White House vs The Press

So the White House wants to eat the Washington Post, so what? It will be wearing on you, but the end is in sight. It’s building and they see it and they know that they can’t stop the real story from coming out. That’s why they’re so desperate. Just be careful,  yourselves and the paper, and wait them out, don’t jump too fast. Be careful and don’t be too anxious.

The White House had decided that the conduct of the press, not the conduct of the President’s men, was the issue.

In a tape from the Oval Office on February 22, 1971, Nixon said, “In the short run, it would be so much easier, wouldn’t it, to run this war in a dictatorial way, kill all the reporters and carry on the war.” “The press is your enemy,” Nixon explained five days later in a meeting with Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to another tape. “Enemies. Understand that? … Now, never act that way … give them a drink, you know, treat them nice, you just love it, you’re trying to be helpful. But don’t help the bastards. Ever. Because they’re trying to stick the knife right in our groin.”

Your Turn

So…do you understand the story behind the Watergate scandal through these All the President’s Men quotes? Are you taking the White House or the Press in the fight? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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11 NOVEMBER AUTHOR BIRTHDAYS TO CELEBRATE

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November is obviously one of the most lit months with all these author birthdays! Happy birthday to all the scorpions and archers of the literary world! We have Bram Stoker and Margaret Mitchell starting the party for November author birthdays on November 8 and Johnathan Swift closing it out with a bang on November 30. Is it kismet that the 11th month of the year has 11 author birthdays to celebrate?!

Bram Stoker – November 8

Born Abraham Stoker on November 8, 1847, Bram Stoker is best known for gifting bibliophiles around the world the gothic novel, Dracula. If you have already devoured Dracula and want to venture into Stoker’s deep cuts, then check out his first published novel, The Snake’s Pass, about a young Englishman who is forced to take shelter from a storm in a mysterious village. Oooh…creepy!

C.S. Lewis – November 29

C.S. Lewis was born Clive Staples Lewis on November 29, 1898, and will be forever known for creating The Chronicles of Narnia, but he wrote more than 30 books, including the notable science fiction novel, The Space Trilogy and The Screwtape Letters, a satirical novel exploring Christianity. Fun fact: C.S. Lewis was close friends with J.R.R. Tolkien and dedicated The Screwtape Letters to Tolkien.

Fyodor Dostoevsky – November 11

Born Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky on November 11, 1821, Dostoevsky was a Russian novelist and philosopher whose literary works explored human psychology under troubled atmospheres. His most acclaimed works include Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov. His 1863 novella Notes from Underground is considered to be one of the first literary works in existentialism.

Jonathan Swift – November 30

Satirist and essayist, Jonathan Swift was born on November 30, 1667 and is best remembered for Gulliver’s Travels and A Modest Proposal. Like many authors, Swift originally published his work anonymously or under pseudonyms like Isaac Bickerstaff and M.B. Drapier.

Kurt Vonnegut – November 11

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born November 11, 1922 and enjoyed a 50+ year writing career including 14 novels, 3 collections of short stories, 5 plays, and 5 non-fictions works. However, he is most famous for the dark satirical classic, Slaughterhouse-Five. People of the book who are looking to expand their Vonnegut knowledge may want to seek out Cat’s Cradle, Fates Worse Than Death, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, A Man Without a Country, or his first novel, Player Piano.

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Louisa May Alcott – November 29

American novelist Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832 and grew up among many well-known intellectuals of the day like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. She is best known for the novel Little Women and its sequels Little Men and Jo’s Boys. We semi-stan for Alcott who was an abolitionist and feminist and remained unmarried until her death.

Madeleine L’Engle – November 29

Born Madeleine L’Engle Camp on November 29, 1918, L’Engle was a writer of young adult fiction that reflected her Christian faith and love for science. Her most notable works are A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time that make up the Wrinkle in Time Quintet.

Margaret Mitchell – November 8

American novelist and journalist Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell was born on November 8, 1900. Everyone under the sun is familiar with her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Gone with the Wind. More recently, a collection of Mitchell’s writings as a young adult, Lost Laysen, was published.

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Mark Twain – November 30

Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30, 1835, Mark Twain was lauded as the greatest humorist America has ever produced and was deemed “The Father of American Literature” by William Faulkner. That is certainly high praise for the man who wrote “The Great American Novel,” Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which is a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. If you’re looking for additional literary works from Twain, we recommend Pudd’nhead Wilson or A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

Neil Gaiman – November 10

Neil Gaiman was born on November 10, 1960 and is a highly regarded and awarded author. In fact, he is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for The Graveyard Book. If you are looking for an author with a diverse range of literary works, then Gaiman is probably your guy! For graphic novel fans, check out The Sandman. If you like getting #ReelLit with us, then there are a plethora of source material in Stardust, American Gods, and Coraline that have all been adapted.

Robert Louis Stevenson – November 13

On November 13, 1850, the world was blessed with novelist and poet, Robert Louis Stevenson, who, unlike many writers, enjoyed his literary celebrity while he was alive. Stevenson is famous for the beloved novels, Treasure Island and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but he also wrote a popular collection of children’s poetry, A Child’s Garden of Verses that was first published under the title Penny Whistles.

Your Turn

So…which one of these November born authors are on top of your reading list? Are there other November author birthdays we missed? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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10 MUST-READ HALLOWEEN BOOKS FOR YOUR TBR

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Halloween is around the corner…literally! Are you still trying to decide which bookish costume you’re going to wear this year? Are you looking to read the Halloween books that will keep you up at night and make the hair on the back of your neck stand up? Then, we have the list for you! We are using this Top Ten Tuesday Halloween Freebie to share some spooky reads to add to that never ending TBR List of yours.

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor Lavalle

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When Charles Thomas Tester delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress, he opens a door to a realm of magic and gets the attention of things best left sleeping. If you like the stories by H.P Lovecraft, but aren’t a fan of his racism, then this book is for you! The Ballad of Black Tom is a clever retelling of Lovecraft’s infamous story The Horror of Red Hook.

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami and Yuji Oniki (Translator)

A class of junior high school student is taken to a deserted island where they are forced to kill one another until only one survivor is left. Everyone compares this most dystopian of the Halloween books to The Hunger Games, but we heard that Battle Royale puts that book to shame.

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Domingo is a lonely street kid trying to survive. Atl is a descendent of Aztec blood drinkers who needs to escape to South America from a rival vampire clan. Ana is a cop following a trail of corpses that lands her in the middle of vampire gang rivalries. Vampires, humans, cops, and gangsters collide in the dark streets of Mexico City. Based on the reviews from other readers, be prepared for a blood bath and a rich, complex story with this read.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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When Coraline explores her family’s new flat, she discovers a passage to another flat that looks just like hers, but … it’s different. The other mother and the other father want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. Coraline will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find to save her ordinary life. This book may be written for children, but it is sure to delight book lovers are all ages who love a creative, creepy story.

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Count Dracula wants to move from Transylvania to England in search of new blood and to spread the undead curse. Even people who have never read Dracula are familiar with the lore through the many adaptations and interpretations of the story in film, books, and television.

Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler

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An amnesiac girl learns she is a genetically modified 53-year-old vampire. She must learn what she can about her stolen former life while learning who wants to destroy her and her loved ones. This is the perfect read for fans of science fiction who are looking to read diverse narratives because Octavia Butler represents one of the few black women science fiction writers.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Committed science student Victor Frankenstein is obsessed with discovering how to create life and animate lifeless matter. Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts and successfully brings it to life, but recoils in horror at his hideous creation. Frankenstein was an instant bestseller that raised profound questions like, “What does it mean to be human?” and “How are far can we go in tampering with nature?” that are more relevant than ever in today’s society 

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

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Four people arrive at Hill House. In the beginning, their stay seems to be a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena, but Hill House is gathering powers and will soon choose one of the seekers to make its own. The Haunting of Hill House has been called a perfect work of unnerving terror. An adaptation is currently available for viewing on Netflix.

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Dr. Faraday is called from his rural home to the once impressive Hundreds Hall, home of the Ayres family. The owners are struggling to keep pace with a changing society while being haunted by something more sinister. Dr. Faraday is unaware how their story is about to become intimately entwined with his. This gothic read is not only a top choice on the list of must-read Halloween books, it is also one of the books that has been adapted for the big screen.

The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard (Artist), Tony Moore (Artist), Stefano Gaudiano (Artist), Cliff Rathburn (Artist), and Dave Stewart (Artist)

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Rick Grimes, a Kentucky deputy shot in the line of duty, wakes up from a coma during a zombie apocalypse. After joining a group of survivors, he gradually becomes the leader of the newly formed community as it struggles to survive. The Walking Dead has received the Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series and has inspired a TV show loosely based on the comic book storyline, as well as a companion TV series. There are also web series and novels. Your Walking Dead fandom can last forever…just like a zombie, theoretically.

Your Turn

So…what’s your favorite scary story? What are the Halloween books on your Top 10 Tuesdays list? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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LIT REVIEW: KIRSTEN AND ALLY #1

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Title: Kirsten and Ally #1
Author: Shelby Lamb
Publisher: Grunge Bookz
Publication Date: 2017
Summary: Kirsten and Ally were meant for each other. They go a mission to kill Kirsten’s ex-lover. There is yet a grizzlier encounter, and this one must confess sadly. For after it’s done there’s no more Kirsten and Ally.

Disclaimer: We received a copy of this book from the publisher.

Meet the Players

Each chapter of the book is a day in the life for one of the four main characters, Matt, Kirsten, Blake, and Ally. I was definitely thrown off when a book called Kirsten and Ally started off from the point of view of a guy named Matt. I was thinking, “Who the heck are you?” However, the writing was clever enough to keep me going, and I found Matt to be one of my favorite characters out of the bunch, but I’m still not certain how he fits into this thrilling murder mystery. I am certainly curious if I will still be as enamored with Matt Chambers after reading part 2 of Kirsten and Ally.

According to the Prologue, he is most likely not the hero in this story. Despite Kirsten and Ally’s tough home lives, I am not “rooting” for them. Kirsten seems like a stone cold bitch, which I never mind because I am one too, but she comes across as trying too hard to be cool. That is always annoying to me. Ally comes across as a clingy poser. Blake’s family situation is also seriously screwed up in a way that makes me feel sorry for him, but he is a creeper, so should I feel bad that he is most likely being catfished?

Warning to the Wise

I feel it is my duty to issue trigger warnings for future readers that this book has moments of domestic violence and eating disorders. As a reader, we only experience these incidents during our initial meetings of Kirsten and Ally, and the incidents are not drawn out. However, they are there, and anyone who is sensitive to such topics should be prepared.

Overall Opinion

This book was less action-packed than I expected, but I guess I shouldn’t have expected too much action in part 1 of a two-part series. However, I did enjoy the book, and it has me looking forward to all the shenanigans that are bound to happen in the next book.

The Final Grade

Page Turner: It took me some time to get used to unconventional format of the book, but I loved the cool factor of it. Kirsten and Ally probably won’t look like other books you’ve read, and that’s a good thing because it makes for a fun and engaging read.

Your Turn

So…are you putting Kirsten and Ally on your TBR List? Let us know in the comments! |RL

P.S. Want more Kirsten and Ally? Check out Part 2 of this tale of dark and twisty love!

NEW LIT: OCTOBER 2018 BOOKS ARE SPOOKY

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Reel Lites, we are in the midst of Halloween season, so this New Lit round up is all about the spooky, scary, spine-tingling, terrifying and fantastical October 2016 books being released that are all about Halloween. There’s mermaids, murder, and vampires! Happy reading!

Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb

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Kate Granger retreats to her parents’ Lake Superior home after the end of her marriage. When the body of a murdered woman washes up, no one can identify the woman, except for Kate. She has seen her before in her dreams. (October 1, Lake Union Publishing)

Elevation by Stephen King
In the town of Castle Rock, Scott Carey is engaged in an escalating battle with his next door neighbors whose dog regularly does his business on Scott’s lawn. When Scott finally understands the prejudices his lesbian neighbors face, he tries to help them in the launch of their new restaurant. (October 30, Scribner)

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The Oyster Thief by Sonia Faruqi

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Fate brings together Coralline, a shy mermaid in search of a legendary elixir to save her gravely ill younger brother, and Izar, a human looking to find a cure for his dying father. As their attraction grows, their secrets threaten to tear them apart. (October 2, Pegasus Books)

The Vampire: A New History by Nick Groom
2018 Marks the bicentennial publication of The Vampyre. In the sole non-fiction October 2018 books on the list, Groom details the complex history of the iconic creature through literary and artistic representations and by drawing on medical, forensic, empirical, and sociopolitical perspectives. (October 30, Yale University Press)

The Witch Elm by Tana French

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After Toby is beaten and left for dead by two burglars, he recovers from his injuries at his family home where he takes care of his dying uncle. When a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed. (October 9, Viking)

Your Turn

So…which of these Halloween-esque October 2018 books are going on your TBR? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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