How I like to spend my evenings alone. A good book and one handsome snakey boi.
1 115 hours ago
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Charlotte Quinn never left her home town Pikeville, where a traumatizing event left her family broken beyond repair when she was just 13 years old. 28 years later a tragic event left everyone in town shocked but this event reunited the Quinn family. The tragedy resurfaced old memories that Charlotte and her family tried to put behind them but in order to move on, they must relive the past and figure out the truths.
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This is a captivating twisted thriller. There are some fairly gory scenes of violence, so if that is not your taste then it might not be the thriller for you. I however enjoyed this book and would like to read more of Karin Slaughter. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Karima knows what's up. She not only loves reading, but pins up her favourite passages on her walls. 🙌🏼💡 #inspo#positivevibes
9 1697 hours ago
Well, I can say with utter certainty that #daisyjonesandthesix was my first #literary surprise of 2019. I did not expect to love this book so much. In fact, I was almost certain that I was going to end up putting it down after a few pages. I devoured it in less than 24 hours. This book is amazing and written in such a remarkable way. It feels as if the characters are speaking directly to you, that they are telling you their story while looking you in the eyes. It feels intensely private and personal. Reid masterfully nails the idiosyncrasies of each character - the bitterness of Eddie, the struggle within Billy, the self-destructiveness of Daisy, the push and pull between Karen and Graham. Even the nonchalant manner of Pete is conveyed through his lack of participation in the narrative. There are very few authors that can do what Reid accomplished. While the novel is titled Daisy Jones & The Six, the star (for me) was Camila. The unveiling of her character and strength was something that I did not expect. For most of the story, you think that Camila is unassuming - so much so that when Daisy first meets her, she doesn't even mention her or the notice of her - which makes sense. Daisy is the star of every room. She is used to the attention on her and she undoubtedly shines bright even at her worst moments. But Camila. Camila is the constant, not the fleeting. She is the steady hand, the comforting calm, the immovable presence that centers Billy. I couldn’t love a character more - and that ending - THAT ENDING. For me, this book lives up to all the hype that it has generated and then some. Without a doubt, I will recommend it to every single person I know. Now excuse me while I revisit some of Reid's earlier work, because I obviously was missing something by not #reading them! Link to full review in bio.
“You don’t have time to be timid. You must be bold, daring.” Beauty and the Beast has some of the best quotes. As if I needed an excuse to dress up like a Princess and strut around the library. @katrinawinterphotography always makes exploring the best time!
You know that thrill you get when you see that unexpected cardboard box turn up signifying bookmail?? That was me last week when I received THE CINEMA AT STARLIGHT CREEK (Releasing in June 😯) & ESTHER from the tagged publishers! 🥰 Probably wouldn't have picked these out myself either, so even better. 👏Has anyone read them? 💭👇They look gooood. 💫 •
Btw, keepin' it real: This photo is very deceitful because my room never looks this nice. 😂
Yay, I’m starting my next thriller. By the looks of this cover, I will be up all night. 😴
20 1618 hours ago
Always learning, always growing.
I’ve never been a leader. That’s always been an area where I’ve struggled. And to be quite honest, I’ve always envisioned a leader being a certain way. I always thought they had to be powerful, knowledgeable, be in a certain position and know certain people.
I really love anything J.K. Rowling has ever written. This is no exception. Her Cormoran Strike series is one of my favorites. I alternated between the print and audio version of this (both excellent). I just hope I don’t have to wait another 3 years for the next installment.
As someone who has a history in both finance and tech, I was excited to read this book. I wasn't exactly sure what the plot would be but I thought it had potential.
I am loath to say anything bad about a book because I know a ton of effort goes into writing a book and it's a huge accomplishment. This book has an interesting story line and I liked the last 15% more than the rest of the book. For someone who's looking for an interesting, plot-driven story, it might just be the thing.
For me, there were several things that made the book less than ideal. The beginning of the book dragged quite a bit longer than I would have liked. It took a long time for the reader to find what was in the drive and what this whole thing was about. This would have been interesting in a character-driven story but in a story that was mostly about the plot, it made me impatient and frustrated. Some of the details of this future world were interesting to me but I felt the author didn't give me the depth I would have liked. The characters were reasonably under-developed with possibly the exception of the main character. Even Ichi did a lot of telling of her backstory as opposed to feeling like a 3-dimensional character for me. Most of them didn't change or grow much (except Amanda) so it just fell flat for me.
What ended up being the most frustrating part for me was the lectures the women gave each other (and the men) about how hard it was being a woman (or being biracial). It felt super didactic and super condescending. As a woman, I felt offended and annoyed. As a reader, I felt like the characters were taking a pause in the middle of the plot to lecture each other. It just really didn't fit at all. There were several other political commentary sections that felt the same way. Like the author was lecturing through the characters. It bothered me enough that I almost put the book down.
I don't want to give away the interesting parts of the plot but I did enjoy Tatsu and found the plot around Tatsu to be interesting and enjoyable. I think this story would have been more enjoyable without some of the extra commentary, especially if you enjoy plot-driven stories.
i think it was @stephaniereads who said the other day that she’s becoming more and more okay with not reviewing sweet, easy palate cleanser books - and i’m joining in with her on that journey! ✨ i’ve known for a long time that cheesy christian fiction is my palate cleanser go to - so last week, i finally finished the katie weldon series and the christy + todd: married years books. none of them were earth shattering in their writing or character development, but it is really fun to catch up and see where characters have gone! i particularly loved the katie weldon series, because katie was always my favourite character in those books. 📚 any other christy miller, katie weldon, or sierra jensen book readers out there? let’s reminisce together!
Airplane reads ✈️ bc I’m heading back to Scandinavia tonight & my heart is so full!!!🖤
Hey friends!!! It’s been a minute since I was on IG - I’ve been so dang busy wrapping up work stuff pre-vacation, but my vacation is HERE and I can’t wait to bring you guys along with me!! 😍🎉 I’m flying out to my favorite place in the world tonight, aka Norway 🇳🇴❤️ & I’ll be there through Sunday for a crime festival!!🕵🏻♀️🤓 I cannot wait to share more about the festival with you guys - I’m putting the finishing touches on a “preview” blog post during my flight tonight, so stay tuned 😉
I decided I needed to set aside my previous read (THE WOLF AND THE WATCHMAN) and switch it up a little. Honestly I was just finding my attention wandering. The book is VERY well done, but it’s very dense - and my brain just didn’t have capacity for it right now. SO I’m moving on to another Nordic crime novel I’m super excited about: THE ISLAND by Ragnar Jonasson, coming May 2019! 🕵🏻♀️
When I travel, I try my very best to read a book from the country I’m visiting - but ironically, I don’t have any unread Norwegian crime books on my TBR right now 😂🙈 so a crime novel from neighboring Iceland will have to do! 😉 THE ISLAND is the follow-up to Jonasson’s outstanding book THE DARKNESS. THE ISLAND features dual timelines - and both sound totally chilling. In 1987, a young couple goes on a romantic trip in the Westfjords - a trip that has an unexpected ending, and catastrophic consequences. Ten years later, a small group of friends embark on a weekend trip to Ellidaey Island (the place featured on the book jacket!!) - an island off the coast of Iceland that is completely cut off from the outside world. But one of them won’t make it out alive. 😳 •
Ragnar is known for writing modern-day mysteries with Agatha Christie-inspired plots - and this one sounds like no exception!! I can’t wait to dig in. 🤓🕵🏻♀️ What do you think - does this sound up your alley?! 🔎
Thriller Thursday coffee break🕵🏻♀️ with my current read, THE WOLF AND THE WATCHMAN by Niklas Natt och Dag! 🔎
Welcome back from the Instagram crash, guys!! 😂🙌🏻 I’m SO happy IG is up & running again bc I have THOUGHTS to share on my current read. 🤓 As you guys might remember, my current read is one that’s quite outside my comfort zone. It’s a historical thriller set in the 1700’s - a time period I so very rarely read in. SO I wanted to update you guys on this experiment of mine! I have to say, so far it’s going quite well. The author does a fantastic job evoking the time period: he captured the sights, sounds, and even smells of 1700’s Stockholm in vivid detail. 🙌🏻 This book is also QUITE gruesome and dark, which I’m definitely enjoying! (Unclear what it says about me that I’m enjoying that side of the book. 😂) However, I would say I am finding that my reading is quite slow with this one - I think because it truly is outside my comfort zone, and I need more time to soak it all up. It’s a dense read - there are a lot of threads and characters to keep track of. So overall, I would say this experiment is off to a strong start - and I’m excited to see where the story goes next!! 🤓
What did I miss during the Instagram shutdown?! Anyone reading anything awesome that they want to share with the group? 🕵🏻♀️🖤
Thanks to @riverheadbooks for sending this to me! Do you ever have books where as soon as you get them, you drop everything else to read them? That’s what I did. I started Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi last night and I just love being lost in her strange world built with beautiful language. Her style is so recognizable - this book already feels familiar, as I read White is for Witching not too long ago, and these characters feel similar but still unique. This is only my second Oyeyemi (shoutout to @szainabwilliams for recommending her to me), so I could have been binging her backlog this whole time, but I get more excited over things that are shiny and new. But also, it feels good to know I have her backlog to turn to when I crave more of her words. Let me know if there is an author that you’ll drop everything else to read immediately when they publish a new book!
71 1,69816 February, 2019
Loving the black and white stacks! I am joining in with @givemeallthebooks#givemeabookstack with my black and white stack of some of my upcoming ARCs. I am thinking they are going to be Flaw-Less! Have you read any or have your eye on one of them? What are some ARCs or upcoming reads you have that you feel might be Flaw-Less? ——————————————————— Thank you to the tag publishers for my ARCs!
Thriller Thursday 🕵🏻♀️ with a super addictive read + an undisclosed number of coffees ☕️🙃 •
Currently powering through this day (slash evening) so I can get home & keep reading the insanely addictive UNTIL THE DAY I DIE by Emily Carpenter 😱 umm I feel like I hit my stride with this book in a big way last night & I cannot put it down. This book is larger than life in a LOT of ways; it’s definitely got drama and some over-the-top flair to it, but dang if it isn’t one of the most entertaining things I’ve read lately. It’s got jungle chase/survival scenes, ritzy resorts with hidden dark sides, a teenage girl navigating romance & college life - all wrapped up in the author’s pacey, binge-worthy writing. If you’re looking for something fun & juicy to devour, this book might just be your cup of tea. 👌🏻🖤 it’s on sale next week, so mark your calendars! 🤓
What are YOU reading this Thriller Thursday?! 🕵🏻♀️ sound off in the comments! 🤓
33 4,1408 March, 2019
Did you discover any hidden gems this weekend? Harrison and I stumbled upon this dreamy spot yesterday and I had this photo in mind 📸 Only thing was I didn't have a book! After rummaging around in the car, we found a spiral notebook with investment info in it (Harrison is a financial analyst) 💹
So I'm actually looking at investment strategies, not this @photoshop magic fairytale book 😂 (That's probably why I have this kind of sly look on my face 😏)
171 1,95810 March, 2019
Last week we had #snowpocalypse so naturally the entire town shut down for two days, which means we got absolutely no mail for a total of four days! Insane, but when it snows like crazy in Arizona it’s exactly like hell freezing over. So my #bookmail this week was amazing and totally worth the wait. Huge thanks to the tagged #partners for these beauties. See anything in this stack that catches your eye?!