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favorite scary books

October 29, 2015

I’m not much of a scary book reader, but since it’s that time of year I figured I’d share my favorites all the same. I could only come up with four that would qualify, so as a bonus I turned to my husband David who loves this stuff. Here we go! IT by Stephen King – David turned me on to Stephen King as a writer, and although I tend to stay away from his horror stuff, I did tackle IT and man was it good. Yeah there is some scary stuff in there, but you’d also be surprised to know that there is a beautiful coming-of-age story within it, as well as a lovely portrait of childhood friendship. (P.S. –…
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what i read : august & september 2015

September 29, 2015

I combined the last two months for this post because I only read one book in August! Because of different book clubs and library holds I ended up reading several books at a time that month so I didn’t get through very many. And I still only made it through three in September, but anyway, here’s what I read the past two months! The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje – This had been on my to-read list since it first came out in 2011 and I heard an interview with the author, so I was very happy when our book club chose it. The author is best known for writing The English Patient which was turned into an Academy Award…
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what i read : july 2015

August 3, 2015

It was a slow reading month for me, but the two books I did read were good. I’m also halfway through All the Light We Cannot See so I look forward to reporting on that next month! Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown – The philosophy of “less but better” is something I am 100% on board with, and this book about it was affirming and motivating. I wish it contained more practical tips, but the ideas here are some that I want to guide my entire life. I do want to note that I didn’t read it closely, but skimmed a majority. It has a lot of (great) examples, but I was most interested in the meat – the core…
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what i read : june 2015

July 1, 2015

The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman – This was the third in the Magicians series, and the whole thing  was just so much fun to read, and each book was better than the last. Supremely satisfying conclusion. (5 stars) Me Before You by Jojo Moyes –  This one has had so much buzz and has been recommended highly, but I’d been avoiding it because everyone talked about how much they cried during it. Even though I believe in the idea of being present for suffering, I tend to avoid it in my personal reading because it can affect me strongly. Finally I read this for my postal book club, and although it definitely addressed a heavy topic and had an emotional ending the characters…
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what i read : june 2015

July 1, 2015

The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman – This was the third in the Magicians series, and the whole thing  was just so much fun to read, and each book was better than the last. Supremely satisfying conclusion. (5 stars) Me Before You by Jojo Moyes –  This one has had so much buzz and has been recommended highly, but I’d been avoiding it because everyone talked about how much they cried during it. Even though I believe in the idea of being present for suffering, I tend to avoid it in my personal reading because it can affect me strongly. Finally I read this for my postal book club, and although it definitely addressed a heavy topic and had an emotional ending the characters…
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