5 Books To Curl Up With This Winter

5 books to curl up with this winter

I don’t know about you, but I’m something of a seasonal mood reader. Meaning, with every change of season I tend to feel a pull to read a certain type of book. It’s not always the same mood each time winter comes around, though. Some years I crave books in hot locations to feel the warmth. Some winters all I want to read is Harry Potter. Sometimes it’s more genre based. But this year, curling up with a book that takes place in a cold or wintry environment is particularly appealing. There’s just something about getting cozy with a blanket and a coffee while the chill is both outside and in my book that sounds just right this season.

Although each of these books features a chilly atmosphere, they couldn’t be more different. This list contains a variety of genres, from historical fiction to contemporary and gothic mystery to Nordic noir. So hopefully there’s something for you in the mix!

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Like This? Try That! Psychological Thriller Edition #1

Like this? Try that! Psychological Thriller Edition

For this edition of Like This? Try That! I wanted to focus on psychological thrillers as it’s a genre I tend to gravitate towards. Recently, I’ve read a slew of thrillers that were not only really entertaining but also gave me strong vibes of other popular thrillers.

With this genre, it’s not entirely unexpected to find plenty of books with the word “lie” in the title, but it is a fun irony that all three recommendations I have today feature it. I also love it when the covers resemble each other, and some of these definitely do!

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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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5 Atmospheric Reads For Fall

5 Atmospheric Reads for Fall

Ah, fall. When I was younger, I loved the end of summer only because it meant school was starting soon again. Yes, I was that kid. But the change of season that brought cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and back to school clothes and supplies was a fun and exciting change after the lazy days of summer.

This time of year, I typically like to read books that have a certain atmosphere. It might be through a setting that has cool and crisp fall weather, a tone that is slightly eerie, or just a nostalgic mood that reminds me of when I was younger. If any of that sounds like the kind of book you’re looking for this season, you’ve come to the right place!

As usual, most of the books I’ve picked have been previously published to make it easy for readers to find a copy. But I did have to include one newer option that I think is absolutely perfect for this season!

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Like This? Try That! TV Edition #1

Like This? Try That! TV Edition

For this edition of Like This? Try That! I thought it would be fun to pick books based on tv shows. What I came up with, though, is recommendations based on one show, in particular – Criminal Minds. If you don’t already know what this show is about, it focuses on “the cases of the F.B.I. Behavioral Analysis Unit (B.A.U.), an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation’s most dangerous serial killers and individual heinous crimes in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again.”

I’m not entirely sure what it says about me that I have enough books on my list about dangerous serial killers or heinous crimes, but it took me some time to narrow this selection down to only three choices! I finally chose the following books because I thought these psychological thrillers could easily be episodes of Criminal Minds, and fans of one will probably like all of the others as well.

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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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5 Hot Books to Read This Summer

5 hot books to read this summer

I don’t know about you, but I get excited for summer reading every year! Even when I was younger, I used to bring my school’s summer reading list to Barnes and Noble and proceed to stack them all together instead of picking the two or three that were required.

Summer reading means something different for every reader, though. In the following five selections there are a variety of styles and genres to choose from. Most have been previously published so if you’re a library lover it should be easy to get your hands on them!

Looking for a more comprehensive list of titles to choose from? Check out the 2018 Summer Reading Guides atΒ Modern Mrs. Darcy and Sarah’s Book Shelves for even more options!

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Like This? Try That! Indie Edition #1

Like this? Try that! Indie Edition

For this edition of Like this? Try that! I want to focus on some books that are independently published. To clarify, I am going to be talking about anything that is not published by one of the major publishing companies. So these will run the range from books that are self-published to those published by small presses. Today I have three indie book series to recommend based on popular book series in a range of genres.

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Spring Reading Recommendations

Spring 2018 Reading Recs

Now that February has blown past, it feels like we are on the cusp of spring and I, for one, cannot wait! The hint of warmth in the air, more sunny days, and even the smell of spring is all around, enticing me to come out of my winter hibernation mode. With these changes, I find myself looking to read certain types or genres of books this time of year. Today I have five books in particular to recommend reading this spring.

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Like This? Try That! Movie Edition #1

Like this? Try that! Movie Edition

Hi guys! This is the first in a new series of posts recommending specific books based on other books, movies, or TV shows. Since I am a huge movie fan (my best friend and I go see a new movie together every week), I thought it would be fun to start out with a movie edition! I included a range from backlist books to a new release, and each of the three recommendations is in an entirely different genre than the others. Hopefully that means you’ll find something you like!

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