The End.

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Hey, friends. A couple weeks ago I shared how book blogging has changed how I read, in which I shared how it’s become harder to remember the books I read and how I’m trying to find blogging/life balance.

After thinking about it for some time now, I’ve come to the realization that this is the end of the road for me. I simply don’t have the time or energy to keep up with work, a baby, a house, and a life along with book blogging anymore. That said, it’s been a fantastic four and a half years – thank you to all the other bloggers who have made this a fun space to talk about books. I will miss you! For anyone looking to stay in touch, I’ll still be on Goodreads, or feel free to message me if you want to keep in touch via email.

Wishing you all the best. Happy reading!

Quiz: What Book Should I Read Next? Summer 2020

woman reading on the beach

Readers of this blog will know by now that I love a good seasonal book list. A few weeks ago, I shared a list of five page turners to pick up this summer with books published last fall and winter. But today I wanted to do something a bit different.

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3 Books to Read if You Like And Then There Were None

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And Then There Were None is one of my all time favorite mysteries, and it makes the list of my favorite books as well. I’ve ready plenty of mysteries (and plenty of Agatha Christie books) in my day, but this particular book stands out in my mind. Not only was this the first “closed room” mystery I recall reading, but it was also one of the first times I wasn’t able to guess whodunnit. And it blew my mind.

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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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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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