10 Bookish Gifts for this Holiday Season

10 bookish gifts for this holiday seasonI’m sure I’m not the only bookworm out there who loves shopping for book related gifts. Not only do I enjoy browsing bookish merchandise for myself, but I love when I have the opportunity to spread the love and share these types of gifts with other book lovers. Raise your hand if you’re with me!

It took some effort to keep this list to just ten items but I had a blast selecting them! I hope you enjoy browsing this list as much as I did creating it.

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10 Awesome Audiobooks You Won’t Want to Put Down

10 Awesome Audiobooks You Won't Want to Put Down

My first experience with an audiobook was as a young girl, about ten years old, driving down to Florida for vacation with my dad. The drive from northern New Jersey to southern Florida takes twenty plus hours, so my dad had the brilliant idea to stop and buy an audiobook to entertain us for a good portion of the trip.

We decided on Inca Gold, the twelfth book in Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt series. Compiled of 17 CDs, it came in at about 20 hours long, which was the perfect length. I was decidedly too young for some of the scenes and felt extremely awkward listening to them with a parent, and we glossed past those parts. (Lesson learned!) But the action and adventure elements of the story kept my attention for the entire car ride. And so began my love of audiobooks!

To your brain, listening to a book is pretty much the same as reading it.Β That being said, they are different experiences. And if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times – the narration can really make or break an audiobook. Great narration helps pull the listener into the story, making it more immersive and sometimes even just a little better than reading the print version of the book.

The audiobooks I’m sharing today are those that I literally did not want to put down. I’d sit in my car for a few extra minutes, spend extra time cleaning, or find other busy work to do to listen just a little longer. Are you ready to see them?

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8 Great Books That Have Gone Under the Radar

8 great books that have gone under the radar

As exciting as it can be to get on the hype train of newly released books or even get my hands on an advance copy, sometimes I’m just in the mood to discover a book that hasn’t been touted everywhere yet. So today I want to talk about 8 great books that have flown under the radar.

The qualifications I used to pick these were as follows: books published prior to 2018; books that currently have approximately 500 ratings or less on Goodreads; and all were books I read and rated at least a four out of five. I really enjoyed each of these and think they all deserve more attention!

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Top 10 All-Time Favorite Mysteries

Top 10 All-Time Favorite Mysteries

If you’ve been following this blog for a bit, you’ll know mystery is one of my favorite genres. Ever since picking up my first Agatha Christie novel some twenty something years ago, the genre had me hooked and keeps me coming back time after time! Although some people think of mysteries as synonymous with detective fiction, I tend to use the classification more loosely to encompass stories that involve getting to the bottom of a puzzle or secret. So, the following list includes a variety of types of mysteries, from the classic whodunit to legal thriller and domestic suspense to psychological thriller.

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Top 10 Best Books I Read in 2017

Top 10 Books I Read in 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, I thought I’d wrap up the year with a list of my top 10 favorite books! Just to be clear, these are not necessarily books that were published in 2017, but those that I read for the first time in 2017.

That being said, picking this list was SO tough this year! Last year, I conveniently had 10 books that I rated a five out of five (not including rereads), which worked out perfectly. This year, there were more than 10 books that I rated a five, but after some serious consideration, I managed to whittle the list down. These represent a wide range of genres from action to contemporary and mystery to science fiction, which I didn’t exactly plan but makes sense based on my broad reading tastes. Hopefully that means there’s something on here for everyone!

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