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    Mystery & Thriller Book Recs

    Anonymous asked: “Do you have any recommendations for mystery or psychological thriller?” So, unlike my last post on book recs, “Multiple Points of View Book Recs,” this one is a bit more left up to personal taste. Thrillers and mysteries are a pretty large genre and I do read it, but I read across genre as well, so keep that in mind while reading my top choices.  1. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn is the first book that came to mind. This is a true thriller. It is especially dark and even uncomfortable. It’s a short and fast read, but memorable. Dark and psychologically thrilling to the max.  2. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is…

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    Multiple POV Book Recs

    Anonymous asked: “I wanted to know if you have any recs for books with multiple POV (like between 5 and 10) preferably fantasy or urban fantasy.” I love this question. So, for urban fantasy, I don’t have too too many recommendations, but a few, but I’ll also expand to other books I recommend with interesting point of view choices.  1. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater. This is a YA urban fantasy novel written in third person following a group of 5 friends. It is in third person consistently throughout, but it does a fantastic job of handling a close third person perspective, switching between the characters. Additionally, another book by Steifvater,…

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    Favorite First Lines

    I love good opening lines. It’s almost funny to look back on an old favorite and see what the first sentence actually was. Sometimes it feels fitting that that was how the book began, or it shows some lofty purpose the book was intended for. Either way, here are a few I love to spark some inspiration.  Does such a thing as “the fatal flaw,” that showy dark crack running down the middle of a life, exist outside of literature? I used to think it didn’t. – The Secret History by Donna Tartt  If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where…

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    You Might Never Find Your Way Back: Shirley Jackson’s Hangsaman – The Rumpus.net

    You Might Never Find Your Way Back: Shirley Jackson’s Hangsaman – The Rumpus.net Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson is one of my favorite novels of all time. I found this article fascinating. While I agreed with some aspects and picked up on others, I don’t think I could have tied in all of these different resources to try to engage with this book. If anything, Hangsaman is a book that requires this kind of reading (and frankly, rereading). I cannot get enough of it. 

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    On Writing and Reading

    The other day I pitched a question out to everyone and I was overwhelmed by the amount of response and I apologize that I didn’t get to personally respond to everyone, but for that reason, I’m writing a post.  I have been looking up every book and author that all of you sent in and Wow! You guys read a little bit of everything. It’s really cool to see that. I saw everything from fantasy to classics to nonfiction, historical fiction, science fiction – literally a little of everything. Now, personally, I’m always looking for new, cool things to read so, I’ll be keeping an eye out for some of…

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    Readers’ Questionnaire

    I normally don’t share tagged posts and questionnaires on this blog, but this one I thought was especially relevant. I love to read. I talk about it in almost every post. So, I’m sharing this. I was tagged by @writerlydays and yeah, I’ll tag some people, but I also want to encourage anyone who is working on their own writing blog to join in and answer these 20 questions.  1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest? Dracula. My copy originally belonged to my dad. He had it in high school and I liked the cover as a little kid. I read it in middle school and then again…

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    Lizard’s Summer Reading

    I’m starting week two of vacation and since I’m starting to feel that I’ve done enough reading, I thought I might as well talk about it. I was determined not to buy any more books and read the ones that were already on my shelf. I’m out on a lake in the woods, far from town.  Out here wifi is spotty, phone service isn’t often great, so most of the time we read, we swim, we fish, or we ski. I brought a huge stack of books with me – fourteen, I think. Before I left, I went around my house and picked up every book that I’d been “meaning to…