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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Page Turning Tuesday - Pt. 1

If there is one thing I'm good at, it is giving book recommendations. I typically have an ongoing list on my phone that I can send to anyone at the drop of a hat.

Back by popular demand, with a new snazzy title (thanks again, Caitie!), Page Turning Tuesday is coming at you live.

This will give myself a day each week to talk about what I'm currently reading, what I want to read, and what you SHOULD be reading. Every PTT, you can count on a new book for you to check out.

What I'm Currently Reading 

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides 

While I'm only about 30 pages into the book thus far, I'm already hooked. I read and I watch so many crime documentaries. Because of this, my ability to guess an ending is pretty on point. I can confidently say that I have NO idea where this book is going but I cannot wait to find out.

Blake Crouch, author of Dark Matter (and if you have not read Dark Matter, go read it immediately), had a number of great things to say about this book on Goodreads. He states: "It takes a lot to surprise me." He then goes on to talk about how he devoured this book in one sitting.

If you are as curious as I am, definitely check this book out. I hope to finish it this evening or tomorrow so I'll be in FULL discussion mode with anyone who is interested.

Another great purchase from Book of the Month.

What I Recently Finished 

You by Caroline Kepnes 

Unless you have been voluntarily living under a rock then you've seen posts about the Netflix show called "You". I binged this entire season in one day. 

We all know "creepy" is my middle name and the show did not disappoint. Contrary to my typical beliefs, I did watch the show prior to reading the book. For those of you who loved the show and are looking to read the book, I must warn you - it is a lot heavier than you may think. If you're new to psychological thriller books or are not a big fan or, perhaps, the show was almost too much for you... I'm not so sure I would recommend it.

Do not get me wrong, it's great and I liked it. Just imagine being inside of Joe's head 24/7 for 422 straight pages. There are minor differences (spoiler alert: Paco doesn't exist) but Joe is much more aggressive (using very derogatory terms to call Becky names) and he is... uh, much more into pleasing himself (every other page, he is "taking care of business", if you catch my drift.) I had a friend reach out who previously read the book and told me she had to stop. 

This is not for the faint-hearted. If you do enjoy a thriller, I suggest you check it out. Even if you're not a reader, I recommend the show. The second season (which is also based on a book called Hidden Bodies - I will read soon!) should be coming out on Netflix sometime this year. 

What I Want to Read 

Everything & Anything 

Seriously, I'm amazed when I discover how many people are looking to read more. I think it's a great resolution (keep it small and attainable, new readers) and love providing suggestions and lending out books*. 

*For book newbies, there are simply two rules:
  1. Do NOT fold the pages (c'mon, they make so many cute bookmarks nowadays)
  2. Always return the book (unfortunately, I've lent out so many books that have never been returned that I'm afraid I may need to start a library log - be respectful of those of us who are trying to prepare for our future library) 
This is where I'd love to hear from you guys. I've set a much more attainable goal of reading 2 books a month. Last year, I set the goal to read a book per week. Once I missed one week, I got discouraged and really fell off the bandwagon. It's also almost impossible to read a book when you're experiencing reader's block. I view it as a smack-in-the-face that someone can produce such a page-turner while I struggle to write a chapter. 

What is a book that you've read that you must simply SHOUT to the world? I'm planning to compile a list of "to read" books for myself and also for my friends and followers. Keep an eye out for this list to come to fruition. In the meatime, share your favorites with me. One goal I've had for awhile is to continue reading more classics - you know, those books you were forced to read in high school and didn't fully appreciate. I'm obviously a thriller junkie so I'm trying to have a more diverse collection of books. 

All-in-all, it's never too late to start a new book. Whether your resolution is to read more or not, I find that my most productive days start with a book in bed. What a great way to exercise your mind and start your day. 

Really looking forward to hearing what books have moved you. Taking any and all recommendations for books. Who knows, your suggestion could be my new Page Turning Tuesday. 

Until then, stay mellow & read a book! 

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