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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11 Books to Re-Read While You Stay at Home

11 books to re-read while you stay at home

We are living in a crazy time right now. As I write this, restaurants and retail stores are shutting their doors. Schools in my neighborhood have already closed and moved to online learning. And that’s just the beginning of all the precautions being taken due to the spread of COVID-19.

So my family and I (and I’m sure many of you!) are planning to spend most of our time at home for the next few weeks. I’d like to take this time to focus on living life with hubby and baby and enjoy the small day to day things that are usually taken for granted. And also to make the most of having spare time and enjoy an extra book (or two or three!).

If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll know I’m an avid re-reader. I enjoy picking up a book I know I’ve loved before for a variety of reasons, including comfort. There is just something about diving into a story when I know where it will take me that can be so soothing. And sometimes I even pick up new things along the way! Today I want to share some books that make that list for me. Although my TBR stack is about twenty feet tall, I just might take a dip back into one (or more) of these books in the upcoming weeks.

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5 Lighthearted Books to Read for Spring

5 lighthearted books to read for spring

With lengthening days and warmer weather, winter is starting to come to a close. As much as I love cozying up on those chilly winter days, I’m itching for the transition into spring and happy to see it on the horizon. And my reading life is ready for some change, too. I’ll always love a good mystery or thriller, but with this new season I’m eager for some lighthearted fun. But I want my lighthearted books to also have a bit of depth, a little something I can sink my teeth into while offering easy reading. If this sounds like the type of book you’re looking for, this is the list for you!

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8 Nonfiction Books That Have Stuck With Me

8 Nonfiction Books That Have Stuck With Me

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that the majority of books I read are fiction. I just love a good story! But I do enjoy nonfiction, especially when it is well written or is about a subject I find to be particularly interesting.

Today I want to mention some nonfiction books that have stayed with me over time. There is some variety within this list, but it does show some patterns in my own reading taste, with a couple books focused on sleep and more memoirs than I first thought would make the cut.

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Infographic: What are you in the mood to read next?

What are you in the mood to read next?Are you a mood reader? I sure am! I try to loosely schedule out the books I have for review, leaving some room to account for all the things that like to pop up at the last minute, as well as room for books that I want to read just based on my current mood. With these books, I tend to follow a certain process that I explained in THIS post.

Today I want to share books that have made it to my list of favorites over the last few years. As I went back over the books I’ve rated a full five out of five, I realized there are certain themes I tend to gravitate towards. Three in particular jumped out at me: bookish books; twisty thrillers; and mind-bending elements. If these are themes you enjoy, check out my suggestions and let me know what you think!

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Like This? Try That! TV Edition #2

Like This? Try That! TV Edition

Are you a fan of Black Mirror? This popular anthology television series explores the potential impact of modern and near-future technology on our world in creative and shocking ways. It hooked me from the first season in 2011, and although some episodes and seasons have been better than others, I’m waiting eagerly to see when the next season will appear. If, like me, you’ve seen all the episodes (and interactive movie Bandersnatch!) and are looking for something to fill the Black Mirror gap in your life, I have some book suggestions coming right up!

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9 Books I’m Excited to Read in 2020

9 Books I'm Excited to Read in 2020

Happy 2020! To ring in the new year, today I want to share some of the books I’m excited for in the upcoming months.

This list is VERY heavy on thrillers, a handful of which are from authors I’ve read and loved before. And the remaining thrillers just sound so interesting! There is one contemporary novel and one young adult fantasy to round out the list.

Regardless of genre, I have high hopes for all of these books! Ready to see them?

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6 Best New Books I Read in 2019

6 Best New Books I Read in 2019

Merry Christmas! (And Happy Holidays to anyone who celebrates any other holiday this season!)

As the year comes to a close, I’m excited to share my favorite books that I read in 2019! Last week I posted a list of the 6 best backlist books I read. But today I’d like to talk about the 6 best new releases I read in 2019.

There is something of a theme in this list, as I read a whole slew of books about books this year and more than one slid easily onto my favorites list. They are all unique, though, with different bookish spins. And rounding out the list are a fantasy and science fiction thriller. Surprisingly, there are no mysteries on this list! What is even real anymore?

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6 Best Backlist Books I Read in 2019

6 Best Backlist Books I Read in 2019

For the past couple years, I’ve shared my top 10 books from the year, whether overall in 2017 or split into backlist and new releases in 2018. Each time I had a handful of five star reads and would have to fill out the list by selecting my favorite four star books. But this year, I decided to keep it just to the books I rated a full five out of five. Because why share anything but the best?

So today I’m sharing the six best backlist books I read in 2019 (not including those that were re-reads). They were all still published fairly recently, the oldest one from 2014. Which possibly speaks to the fact that I read more newer books this year than older ones, and is something I’d like to balance out better for 2020. But that’s a post for another day.

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5 Engrossing Thrillers To Read This Winter

5 Engrossing Thrillers to Read This Winter

As the temperature has been dropping and snow falling recently, I’ve been getting my usual urge to curl up on the couch with a blanket, a hot beverage, and a good book. Specifically, I’ve been in the mood for a compelling thriller to suck me in for a few hours.

Today I want to share five thrillers I read that did just that. If, like me, you’re in the mood for a fast paced page turner that you won’t want to put down this winter, you’ve come to the right place!

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