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Stepping into the psychological suspense genre...

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Except for a brief period of reading Christopher Pike novels when I was twelve, I have never been a mystery or suspense fan. I'm not sure why. I guess because I wasn't interested in the particulars of a detective solving a mystery or hearing about another woman's brutal murder being investigated. It just wasn't for me. Even romantic suspense novels really didn't do it for me.

But over the last couple of years, I have been exploring the genres a bit more--both mystery and suspense. I started with cozy mysteries about thirteen years ago and became a fan of the Coffeehouse mysteries. (Though I haven't read all of them.) I like cozies because they remind me of small-town romance, and those are...well...cozy. But I still didn't pick up a real mystery until over the last couple of years. I finally read my first Agatha Christie novel this year! I have found that there are types of mysteries/mystery tropes I really like--and And Then There Were None hit all of the …

As the political circus of Trump continues its mad whirl, I read.

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I've done a lot of reading since January. As far as my Goodreads challenge, I am only a few books "behind schedule." I've read 26 books so far this year (mostly ebooks), and I recently discovered Gillian Flynn. Of course, I have heard of Gone Girl for ages, but I managed to snap up Sharp Objects in a Kindle ebook sale one day, and I finally started reading it last weekend.



My time is pretty scarce right now, so I haven't finished it, but I really love the book. Her writing style is definitely my cup of tea. The story is so disturbing, but at least it is something slightly more horrifying than Trump, and that is really all that matters right now.

Another amazing book I recently read was Celeste Ng's Everything I Never Told You.



This is likely my favorite book I have read this year. I couldn't put it down. But I think it is crazy that this was categorized as a mystery. It is really more about family relationships after a tragedy. Such an amazing book. I abs…

I don't even recognize my country anymore.

The depths of depravity, corruption, and soullessness in the Trump administration is staggering. The unwillingness of people to work together is horrible. Too many people, out of a hatred for our former president, have decided that it doesn't matter what Trump does, because they have such hate in their hearts for Obama. Trump has no ideals. He has no policy other than to try to undo anything Obama ever did. That is shameful, especially because he doesn't care who he hurts in the process. Instead, he bolsters himself with rallies, tries to indoctrinate children at an event that should never be political, and feeds people a line of hate and untruth. There is nothing about this presidency that is "Making America Great Again." All we've heard over the years is that we have to bring a God-fearing conservative back into the White House. Well, you can't hijack God and still try to harm people through your actions. It doesn't work that way. We have hypocrisy at i…

I just can't with this one.

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It is rare that I find a book that I don't like enough that I don't want to finish it. I did finish this one, but I just wanted to throw it against the wall. By all accounts, I should have loved this book. I really wanted to love this book. However, it definitely wasn't for me. Still, to each his or her own. Maybe you will like it.


Reading goals: An Update

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I wasn't sure how many books I would manage to read this year, so I set 50 books as my reading goal on Goodreads. So far, I am staying on schedule. I've been reading a lot of shorter books, but I just started a longer one, so that is likely going to put me behind schedule!

So far, my favorite book I've read this year is Into the Wildby Jon Krakauer.



Here is the publisher's summary on Amazon:
In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter.  How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a …

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I noticed that Blogger had some new templates available, and I liked this one.