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Oct 23

Dilemmas of a Booklover by Miranda Millette

Posted on October 23, 2020 at 1:18 PM by Genesis Gaule

If you love books as much as I do, then you know that being a booklover isn’t easy. From having a too long reading list to feeling bummed because you don’t have anything to read, there are many dilemmas that you must face, such as…

Which books should I bring?
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It’s time to pack for your vacation! Hmmm, you’re half way through your book, so you’ll need an extra book in case you finish it. But what if you end up having tons of time to read and you read through your extra book too? Or what if you don’t like your extra book? By the end of it, you probably have waaaay too many books with you and not enough room in your bag! Oh well, better to be safe than sorry...

I’ll just read one chapter.
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It’s nearly midnight and you had a busy day today and an important meeting early the next morning. But what about the killer that’s on the loose? Or the budding romance between the shy girl and the outgoing boy? Hmmm, one chapter couldn’t hurt…(we all know it won’t be just one chapter). 

NOOOO! I need the next book NOW! 
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You reach the end of your book only to find a cliffhanger! Frantically, you search for where you can get the next book only to find that it hasn’t been released yet. The wait for the next book in a series can be absolutely agonizing. Now comes the task of keeping yourself occupied with other books as you count down the days until the release date...

Leave me alone!
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When it’s time to read, it’s time to read. Preferably with no distractions or interruptions. Sometimes though, the world just doesn’t get the hint that usually when you have a book out, you don’t want to be bothered. Sometimes your pets decide that you just must attend to them right this second. Or your family just needs to have an in depth discussion about this or that. Hello? Can’t you see I’m busy reading right now? 

Oct 19

Book Notes 10/19/2020

Posted on October 19, 2020 at 2:19 PM by Genesis Gaule

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10/19/2020


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Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand

Harry and Meghan and the making of a modern royal family // The romance between the English prince and American actress captured the world’s attention, and Meghan and Harry continue to make headlines. Scobie and Durand, select reporters on the British Royal Family, go beyond the rumors in this book.

Into the planet : my life as a cave diver by Jill Heinerth

Heinerth—the first person to dive into an Antarctic iceberg and leader of a team that discovered the ancient watery remains of Mayan civilizations—takes us face-to-face with the terror and beauty of earth’s oceans.

Hella by David Gerrold

Hella is a planet where everything is oversized—especially the ambitions of the colonists. When an overburdened starship arrives, Kyle finds himself as the link between the colonists and the refugees from a ravaged Earth.

The Englisch Daughter by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall

Old Order Amish Jemima has put her marriage and family ahead of herself for years. When she finds out that her life savings are gone and her husband was hiding a child with another woman, her entire world is shattered.


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Oct 16

Spooky Season Reading Recommendations by Andrea Lorenz

Posted on October 16, 2020 at 3:10 PM by Genesis Gaule

Even though I am a huge wimp, I still love to dip my toe into horror stories this time of year. There’s something about the fall -- the skeletal trees, the gusts of wind rustling leaves on the ground, the chill in the air -- that draws me to the spooky. Lucky for me, and for you, we’ve got a wide range of horror – titles for those who want the mildest of scares all the way up to hardcore scary gore-core. If you’re looking to dip your toe in too here are a few titles that are my Goldilocks level of horror (not too tame, not too scary, just right).

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

(Science Fiction WENDIG) Chuck Wendig weaves a tale that is oh-so-prescient in Wanderers. A young girl gets out of bed one morning and starts walking. She doesn’t talk or respond, just walks. And soon others join her. A flock of sleepwalkers begins a cross-country journey, no stops for food or rest, just a relentless push forward. They’re protected by “shepherds” – family and friends who follow the flock, determined to find out what’s wrong, determined to protect them. For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it.

The Outsider by Stephen King

(Mystery KING | eAudiobook) When Flint City’s beloved Little League Coach, Terry Maitland is implicated in a gruesome crime, the whole city reels. Terry Maitland, the English teacher, a murderer? No one can believe it. Though Maitland has an alibi, Detective Ralph Anderson orders a quick arrest – he has Terry’s DNA all over the scene. As the investigation expands and evidence proving Maitland’s alibi surfaces, more questions than answers emerge. How can one person be in the same place at the same time? I was drawn to The Outsider by its description of a confounding murder investigation, but I stuck with it as it twisted into a search for a supernatural predator. (And Holly Gibney – you’ll want to meet Holly Gibney!)

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

(eBook) If you like a little humor with your horror, check out the Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix. When a mysterious and handsome stranger moves into Patricia Campbell’s quiet neighborhood in Charleston, she’s intrigued. The only other exciting thing in Patricia’s life is her book club, a group of Charleston mothers united only by their love for true crime and suspenseful fiction. But when some local children go missing, Patricia begins to suspect that the newcomer might be involved. She begins her own investigation and uncovers something much more horrifying than she had anticipated.

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