Famous Last Words…

I am blushing when saying the following famous last words in that I wasn’t going to lock myself into reading challenges in 2018 (except for Modern Mrs. Darcy’s challenge). Well…I thought that the Popsugar Challenge sounded interesting to me…and the way I talked myself into it was…well, there were quite a number of selections that I could use that would deplete my tsundoku  and also allow me to read  books in my preferred genre, suspense/thriller.

The following are my choices for the 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge:

  1. Book Made into a Movie I’ve Already Seen:Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline
  2. True Crime: Columbine” by Dave Cullen
  3. Next Book in a Series:The Brutal Telling” by Louise Penny
  4. Book Involved in a Heist:Beware the Past” by Joy Ellis
  5. Nordic Noir:The Crow Girl” by Erik Axl Sund
  6. Novel Based on a Real Person:American Wife” by Curtis Sittenfeld
  7. Book Set in a Country that Fascinates Me:Shanghai Girls” by Lisa See
  8. Book with a Time of Day in the Title:Live By Night” by Dennis Lehane
  9. Book about a Villain or Antihero:The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt
  10. Book about Death or Grief:Option B” by Sheryl Sandberg
  11. Book with My Favorite Color in the Title:The Color Purple” by Alice Walker
  12. Book with Alliteration in the Title:Smila’s Sense of Snow” by Peter Hoeg
  13. Book about Time Travel:Kindred” by Octavia Butler
  14. Book with a Weather Element in the Title:The Snowman” by Jo Nesbo
  15. Book Set at Sea:The Light Between Oceans” by ML Stedman
  16. Book with an Animal in the Title:Animal Farm” by George Orwell
  17. Book Set on a Different Planet:Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams
  18. Book with Song Lyrics in the Title: “Girlfriend in a Coma” by Douglas Copeland
  19. Book about or Set on Halloween:Eileen” by Ottessa Moshfegh
  20. Book with Characters who are Twins:Identical” by Ellen Hopkins
  21. Book with a Female Author who Uses a Male Pseudonym:The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)
  22. Book with an LGBTQ+ Protagonist:Our Own Private Universe” by Robin Talley
  23. Book that is also a Stage Play or Musical:Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by TS Eliot
  24. Book by an Author of a Different Ethnicity:Behold the Dreamers” by Imbolo Mbue
  25. Book about Feminism:What Happened” by Hilary Rodham Clinton
  26. Book about Mental Health:Wintergirls” by Laurie Halse Anderson
  27. Book I Borrowed or that Was Given to Me as a Gift:Station Eleven” by Emily St John Mandel
  28. Book by Two Authors:The Wife Between Us” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  29. Book about or Involving a Sport:Beartown” by Fredrik Backman
  30. Book by a Local Author:Stingray Shuffle” by Tim Dorsey
  31. Book Mentioned in Another Book:The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky
  32. Book from a Celebrity Book Club:Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng
  33. Childhood Classic I’ve Never Read: “Anne of Green Gables” by LM Montgomery
  34. Book that’s Published in 2018:Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff
  35. Past Goodreads Choice Awards Winner:Young Jane Young” by Zevin Gabrielle
  36. Book Set in the Decade I Was Born:From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by EL Konigsberg  DONE
  37. Book I Meant to Read in 2017:Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid DONE
  38. Book with an Ugly Cover:The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green
  39. Book that Involves a Bookstore or Library: “84, Charing Cross Road” by Helene Hanff
  40. Favorite Prompt from 2015 Popsugar Reading Challenge, Book of Short Stories:Where the God of Love Hangs Out” by Amy Bloom

The Marriage Lie Review

Book Title: The Marriage Lie

Author: Kimberly Belle

Genre: Suspense, Thriller

Published Date: December 27, 2016

Rating: 4 stars

Challenges: Modern Mrs. Darcy (Read in a Day), #3 of 68 for Goodreads Challenge

When I can get so immersed in a novel that time stands still (chores are forgotten and sleep is a passing fancy)…well I would classify that as a very good day. Actually almost perfect for me. For the most part, this will happen when I pick up and discover a very good suspense novel. This was the case with “The Marriage Life” by Kimberly Belle…a new-to-me author.

The novel is told from the perspective of Iris, the wife, and begins on the morning of the day after her seven-year anniversary to Will. Their marriage sounds picture perfect, but you know there’s going to be a catch based on the title of the book. And trust me on this one…there are lies upon lies (LOL lie in the singular). Iris is a school psychologist and Will is a programmer in the IT sector. Rather than always saying “I love you,” their secret saying to one another is “you are my favorite person in the world,” which comes into play later on.

On the morning that starts the book steamrolling forward, Iris heads off to counsel at a haughty taughty private school (late because the couple put in a couple of baby-making sessions), and Will is off to the airport to fly to a conference in Florida where he is one of the conference speakers. And the book just takes off from there…fast. I found myself turning the pages faster and faster…you just want to know what will Iris discover with each turn as she uncovers lie after lie.

I really enjoyed the entire story…only negative in my book…is that at times, given Iris’ profession, she acts quite off-the-books for a psychologist. I thought she should have definitely known better. But a definite plus in my book, the ending…really enjoy when an author goes rogue. In the future, I will be adding some of Kimberly Belle’s other titles onto my ‘to-be-read’ shelf.

#TBT Review: A Thread of Grace

Book Title: A Thread of Grace

Author: Mary Doria Russell

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published Date: February 1, 2005

Rating: 4 stars

This #TBT review was originally posted on January 6, 2008 and was read for a number of reading challenges: A to Z Titles (T);  Back to History Challenge; Book Around the World (Italy) and 101 Books in 1,001 Days.

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Back to Grade School Book Review

Book Title: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Author: E. L. Konigsburg

Genre: Children’s Book

Published Date: 1967

Rating: 5 stars

Challenges: Goodreads (#2 0f 68), Popsugar (Book Set in the Decade I Was Born) Continue reading “Back to Grade School Book Review”

Slamming Down a Shot: Turmeric/Apple Cider

I’m always on the hunt for all-natural ways to help manage my rheumatoid arthritis. In the past, I have tried using apple cider…a tablespoon with water chaser. But it really didn’t make any difference whatsoever with decreasing joint aches, especially when the weather drops and it gets cold. Continue reading “Slamming Down a Shot: Turmeric/Apple Cider”