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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12 Long Books to Lose Yourself In

12 Long Books to Lose Yourself In

We all go through phases in our lives, and let’s be honest, they can strongly dictate changes in our reading lives. Sometimes, you just need a short book to speed through. Other times, you need a long book that you can fully immerse yourself in for a lengthy escape.

Recently I’ve been feeling the urge to pick up some of my longer books. I want to lose myself in a story for days, weeks, maybe even months. I’ve even been planning ways to add time into my reading schedule to allow myself to read such books without the distraction of exciting new arcs. (Which involves a lot of advance planning after my trigger happy requesting finger!)

So today I have twelve books to share with you. These are all a minimum of 500 pages, several of which are closer to 700, and some rounding in around the 1,000 page mark! And more than half of these are also the first book in a series, so if you find something you like, you can continue the reading experience for plenty of time.

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Book Review: Strike Me Down, by Mindy Mejia

Strike Me Down, by Mindy Mejia

Strike Me Down by Mindy Mejia

Published by Atria Books on April 7, 2020 (expected)

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, suspense, thriller

Format & Length: e-book, 304

Source: Netgalley

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From the critically acclaimed author of Leave No Trace, the “nail-biting page-turner that grabs you early and never lets go” (The Real Book Spy), comes a visceral thriller following an accountant’s complicated and potentially deadly search for missing money.

Nora Trier catches thieves. As a forensic accountant and partner in her downtown Minneapolis firm, she’s unearthed millions in every corner of the world. She prides herself on her independence, the most essential currency of accounting, until her firm is hired by Strike.

An anti-corporate, feminist athletic empire, Strike is owned by Logan Russo, a brash and legendary kickboxer, and her marketing genius husband, Gregg Abbott. They’re about to host a major kickboxing tournament with twenty million dollars in prize money, and the chance for the champion to become the new face of the company. Gregg suspects his wife already has a new face in mind—a young trainer named Aaden, for whom Logan feels an unexpected connection.

Days before the tournament begins, it’s discovered that the prize money is missing. Gregg hires Nora’s firm to find both the thief and the money but Nora has a secret connection to Strike that threatens her independence. Her partner pressures her into taking the case anyway, hinting he has information about Strike that could change the course of the investigation in a shocking and deadly way.

A tense and unpredictable thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last page, Strike Me Down reveals the remarkable power of Mindy Mejia’s writing which “crosses back and forth between exquisite literary descriptions and thrilleresque escapes and acts of violence” (New York Journal of Books).

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March Reading Wrap Up

March Reading Wrap Up

Well, March was certainly an interesting month. These past few weeks have brought quite a few changes to our current state of affairs. I live in an area that’s been hit particularly hard with COVID-19, with schools closing and moving to online learning mid-March and everything else but necessities following suit soon after. So we’ve been social distancing for a few weeks now.

And yet… my day to day life hasn’t changed much. I’ve been working from home since my maternity leave ended, and between working a few hours a day, time spent with baby and hubby, and the other daily things, I would only leave the house a few times a week. Now instead of going out for errands, we go for walks through our neighborhood and hubby arranges one day for the week when he runs out for groceries and other necessities. I have missed getting together with family and friends but at least now we have the technology to see each other virtually! Unfortunately, we do have friends and colleagues that have been personally affected in ways that I hope most people never have to go through, and my prayers are with everyone through this time.

In an effort to not get caught up in the news cycle and avoid spiraling into panic, I prefer to escape into a good book. So my reading went up this month. I completed all the books on my TBR for March, as well as a few additional books. And I wound up enjoying all of them!

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Book Review: Sin Eater, by Megan Campisi

Sin Eater, by Megan Campisi

Sin Eater by Megan Campisi

Published by Atria Books on April 7, 2020 (expected)

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, historical fiction, fantasy

Format & Length: e-book, 304

Source: Netgalley

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The Handmaid’s Tale meets Alice in Wonderland in this gripping and imaginative historical novel about a shunned orphan girl in 16th-century England who is ensnared in a deadly royal plot and must turn her subjugation into her power.

The Sin Eater walks among us, unseen, unheard
Sins of our flesh become sins of Hers
Following Her to the grave, unseen, unheard
The Sin Eater Walks Among Us.

For the crime of stealing bread, fourteen-year-old May receives a life sentence: she must become a Sin Eater—a shunned woman, brutally marked, whose fate is to hear the final confessions of the dying, eat ritual foods symbolizing their sins as a funeral rite, and thereby shoulder their transgressions to grant their souls access to heaven.

Orphaned and friendless, apprenticed to an older Sin Eater who cannot speak to her, May must make her way in a dangerous and cruel world she barely understands. When a deer heart appears on the coffin of a royal governess who did not confess to the dreadful sin it represents, the older Sin Eater refuses to eat it. She is taken to prison, tortured, and killed. To avenge her death, May must find out who placed the deer heart on the coffin and why.

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Book Review: The Bromance Book Club, by Lyssa Kay Adams

The Bromance Book Club, by Lyssa Kay Adams

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

Published by Berkley on November 5, 2019

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, contemporary, romance

Format & Length: paperback, 352

Source: library

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The first rule of book club: You don’t talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.

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Book Review: The Last Human, by Zack Jordan

The Last Human, by Zack Jordan

The Last Human by Zack Jordan

Published by Del Rey on March 24, 2020 (expected)

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, science fiction

Format & Length: e-book, 432

Source: Netgalley

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The last human in the universe must battle unfathomable alien intelligences—and confront the truth about humanity—in this ambitious, galaxy-spanning debut

“A good old-fashioned space opera in a thoroughly fresh package.”—Andy Weir, author of The Martian

“Big ideas and believable science amid a roller-coaster ride of aliens, AI, superintelligence, and the future of humanity.”—Dennis E. Taylor, author of We Are Legion

Most days, Sarya doesn’t feel like the most terrifying creature in the galaxy. Most days, she’s got other things on her mind. Like hiding her identity among the hundreds of alien species roaming the corridors of Watertower Station. Or making sure her adoptive mother doesn’t casually eviscerate one of their neighbors. Again.

And most days, she can almost accept that she’ll never know the truth—that she’ll never know why humanity was deemed too dangerous to exist. Or whether she really is—impossibly—the lone survivor of a species destroyed a millennium ago. That is, until an encounter with a bounty hunter and a miles-long kinetic projectile leaves her life and her perspective shattered.

Thrown into the universe at the helm of a stolen ship—with the dubious assistance of a rebellious spacesuit, an android death enthusiast on his sixtieth lifetime, and a ball of fluff with an IQ in the thousands—Sarya begins to uncover an impossible truth. What if humanity’s death and her own existence are simply two moves in a demented cosmic game, one played out by vast alien intellects? Stranger still, what if these mad gods are offering Sarya a seat at their table—and a second chance for humanity?

The Last Human is a sneakily brilliant, gleefully oddball space-opera debut—a masterful play on perspective, intelligence, and free will, wrapped in a rollicking journey through a strange and crowded galaxy.

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