NEW YEAR, NEW BOOKS

Happy New Year y’all!

I have made my “To Be Read List” for 2019, including the book I’m currently reading: Smart Women by Judy Blume. I’m planning to keep them next to my nightstand so that hopefully I can stay focused. I hope to finish these sixteen books well before the end of the year, so that I can add more to my list.

As y’all know my favorite types of books are mysteries/cozy mysteries but I did try to add a couple from other genres.

I’m excited for the New Year, and I’m especially excited for my new Bookstagram account!

 

Book Reviews for Book Day!

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I keep seeing posts that March 1st is National Book Day! I was not sure if it is actually today or a different day entirely. When I did a Google search it gave me conflicting dates, but a wonderful follower, PerfectlyTolerable, clued me in. I’m editing this post to clarify that World Book Day is being celebrated today in the UK and in Ireland. On April 23rd, other countries celebrate it since that is William Shakespeare’s birthday. I am game for two days of celebration!

I am in the middle of moving, so I can’t show you my book collection, but I can recommend some great books I’ve read recently. I also want to encourage you to visit your public library if you don’t already. The library has always been my safe spot, where I go when I’m feeling down or just want to relax. Don’t forget about them, just because it’s easy to order off of Amazon or you have a tablet. Nothing replaces the way a book feels in your hands.

The first book I want to recommend is by Judy Blume. I know what you’re thinking. Yes, she is the same author who wrote the books we read as kids. However, her relatively new book In the Unlikely Event is amazing. There is a lot of love, a lot of drama, and a lot of plane crashes. It is wonderful.

 

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I recently read, The Witness by Nora Roberts. It is a crime themed book. I wouldn’t call it a mystery, but it is a thriller that is well written. I was panicked during certain times of the book, because of the suspense she creates. There’s a reason she’s a New York Times Best Selling Author.

I realize how silly this next recommendation will seem. I had never read Pride and Prejudice until this summer. (I know, I know.) However, since I finally did I can recommend it to anyone and everyone. Jane Austen’s writing is definitely not everyone’s taste. With some of the language it can feel like more of a chore than an enjoyable evening of reading. However, it is so worth it. She writes a brilliant, humorous love story that challenges you.

My favorite recommendation to make is Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke. This book is from the Hannah Swensen series, and every book in this series has a yummy sounding name. I have been reading these books since I was around ten years old, and reading her newer ones makes me feel like I’m right back at that age: incredibly hungry to get my hands on any book I could.

One of the books I am currently reading is Agatha Christie’s The Mysterious Affair at Styles. I’m only a few chapters into it, but so far it is the same Agatha Christie we know and love. She is the Queen of Murder Mystery in my opinion. I finished her book 4:50 from Paddington a few months ago, and as usual the Miss Marple books are wonderful. This quirky older lady that solves crimes is my favorite book character.

Growing up and still to this day, my favorite Disney Princess has been Belle from “Beauty and the Beast”. Her reaction to being gifted a library by Beast is exactly how I would feel. She’s always got her nose stuck in a book, and I can relate to this on many levels.

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Happy reading and make sure to subscribe if you haven’t already!

 

 

Just Another Maniac Monday

If you ask my family and friends, they will be the first to tell you that if my television is on, it is likely on the I.D. Channel (Investigation Discovery). I have always loved watching any show dealing with crime, murder, mystery, etc. When I was younger, my mom introduced me to mystery books, and as I got older, Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew turned into Agatha Christie and Lois Duncan.

I am fascinated by serial killers, and I am keenly aware of how odd it is to write that. In another life I would be a profiler for the FBI on serial killers. The closest I ever came to that was taking a “Psychiatry and the Law” class in law school. My paper for the class included several different serial killers and the legalities of their cases- from the things that were missed throughout their lives to their actual trials and sentences.

Honestly, they are all terrifying. You don’t get lumped into the category of serial killers without being scary. In terms of which serial killer scares me the most though, I would without hesitation say John Wayne Gacy. The man dressed like a clown for parties and charity events, and ended up killing around thirty-three young men. Have you ever seen anything more terrifying?

“The Killer Clown”

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No, you have not. He is the real life version of Pennywise, and just from writing this post I will likely have a nightmare about him tonight.

For me the scariest part about serial killers is their otherwise normal existence. Most of them lead normal lives with families and jobs. No one is ever the wiser about their real personalities, until they are. Often, the scariest monsters are the ones who look just like us.

Hopefully your Monday is less horrific than “The Killer Clown”!