Thoughts on Reading Challenges

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Reading challenges are something many of us think about at the start of a new season—most commonly at the new year, summer, and the start of school. With spring in full swing and schools coming to a close in the next month or so, numerous reading challenges have popped onto my radar. This prompted me to think back on my own experience and I wanted to take some time today to discuss them.

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Book Review: The Lion’s Den, by Katherine St. John

The Lion's Den, by Katherine St. John

The Lion’s Den by Katherine St. John

Published by Grand Central Publishing on June 30, 2020 (expected)

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, contemporary, mystery

Format & Length: e-book, 368

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5 Page Turners to Pick Up This Summer

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Well, it’s that time of year again. The weather is warming and after weeks of not doing much of anything, I’m itching to spend some time lazing on the beach with a book to bury my nose in for a few hours. The jury’s still out on whether we’ll actually be able to enjoy the beach, but books will always be there!

This season, I’m yearning for fast paced books that won’t let me put them down. So that’s what I’m sharing here today. This list is heavy on thrillers (simply given their nature), but I’ve tried to round it out a bit, so you’ll find psychological thriller to legal thriller and even a romance. All of these books have been published within the last six or seven months, so they should be easy to find to purchase online (or from your library’s e-book catalog, if you’re into that).

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April Reading Wrap Up

In April I read exactly six books, and they were all the books I had planned on reading this month. Although I usually plan out the books I want to read for the next month, it practically never happens! Either library books come available or my mood takes me elsewhere. But this time, I stuck with my plan exactly.

I think my need for structure kicked in this month. Hubby, baby, and I began to find a routine that worked well (which will change again soon, I’m sure), but at the end of each day, I still couldn’t tell you what we all did. In setting a plan and sticking to it, I found that I could deal with the spontaneous better. And that seemed to bleed into my reading as well.

Overall, the books I read in April were excellent! I rated most a four, which means I found them to be very well done and would seriously consider re-reading at some point. Not bad, right?

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How My (Reading) Life Changed After Having a Baby

Everyone says that life changes after having a baby. When you’re expecting, friends, family, and complete strangers attempt to tell you how. Some may be right and some will be wrong. (Thank goodness! So many people warned me how little sleep I would get but I was blessed with a great little sleeper.) But they are right about one thing – life changes after having a baby. In more ways that you might think.

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