Like This? Try That! Dystopian Edition #1

Like This? Try That! Dystopian Edition #1

For this edition of Like This? Try That!, I want to focus on some dystopian books. I find that this genre as a whole can be polarizing, possibly more than most due to the way it explores and dramatizes social and political structures. But I personally think there is something to be gained from reading these books and examining their commentary. Today I have three recommendations of new(er) dystopian books based on other popular dystopians.

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10 Enchanting Books About Books & Stories

10 Enchanting Books About Books & Stories

As an avid book lover, one of my favorite type of books is the kind that focus on books or stories themselves. I love books about books and stories within stories, and seeing multiple strands or layers come together in interesting ways. Anything set in a library or bookstore will pique my interest, as well as stories about authors or readers.

After recently having read several of these kinds of books, I thought it was the perfect time to put together a list of books about books and stories that I particularly enjoyed. Although these all have books at their core, they are from a range of genres, so hopefully there’s something you can find from this list that you’ll enjoy!

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5 Beachy Books To Read This Summer

5 Beachy Books to Read This Summer

It seemed to take forever this year for the weather to warm up to spring temperatures. Combined with higher than usual amounts of rain, I’ve found myself ready to settle in with books that give me strong summer vibes based on their setting. Particularly those set on the beach, ocean, or lakefront, making me think I can already smell the sunscreen and feel the sand in my toes.

So today I’m sharing five books with beachy settings to help you dig into summer! This selection is strong on thrillers with some romance and coming of age mixed in. If you prefer a bit more variety, the 2019 summer reading guides from Modern Mrs. Darcy and Sarah’s Bookshelves have fantastic choices as well!

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

What are you in the mood to read next?Today I want to share a different type of recommendation post. As a mood reader, when I’m trying to decide what book to pick up next I usually go through a particular process that involves a few steps. First I think about what genre or tone I’m looking for. And then I narrow it down based on some specifics I’ve heard about the books in that category on my TBR (to be read) list. So I thought it would be fun to share an infographic that visualizes that experience.

Since this could go in so many directions, I’m starting by focusing on genres and categories that I’ve read a good amount in and have chosen books that were released within the past two years (or have sequels that were published within that time frame). I’d love to hear your thoughts on this type of post! Please let me know if you like infographics like this and if so, what genres or topics you might want to see suggestions for in the comments.

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Like This? Try That! Movie Edition #2

Like this? Try that! Movie Edition

For this edition of Like This? Try That!, we’re going to talk about books you might enjoy if you liked certain movies. Today I’d like to focus on some older movies that have been out for at least ten years or more, all of which were big movies of their time, and recommend some newer books you might enjoy based on those movies. Each of these three recommendations is from a different genre, so I hope there’s something you’ll like from this list!

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5 Contemporary Books to Read This Spring

5 Contemporary Books to Read This Spring

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; I’m something of a seasonal mood reader. But that doesn’t mean that every season prompts the same mood. This particular season, as winter is slowly coming to a close, I’m feeling partial to picking up a good contemporary book.

Today, I’d like to share five contemporary novels that I love recommending for a variety of reasons. Some of these are lighter in tone and some deal with more serious themes. But they all stuck with me after finishing. These are all backlist books, published in 2018 or earlier, and are arranged from most recent release to the oldest. I hope at least one of them will work for you!

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5 Different Types of Romance Books to Read Around Valentine’s Day

5 Different Types of Romance Books to Read Around Valentine's Day

As a seasonal reader, I tend to gravitate towards particular types of books as each season or holiday comes around. This year I was trying to decide on a romance to read leading up to Valentine’s Day but was having a difficult time narrowing down my list.

It took me some time to figure out why, but then it occurred to me that maybe it was because there are so many types of romance books out there. And since I enjoy reading books from a wide variety of genres, what I was really having a hard time picking was the type of romance I was in the mood to pick up. So I thought today would be a great opportunity to discuss some of the different types of romance novels that are out there. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but focuses on some of these types that tend to intrigue me the most.

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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. 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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