Why Mysteries Are My Go To Reading Choice

It started with Nate the Great.  Then I moved on to Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys.  Now, I’ve got Richard Castle, Flavia de Luce, Goldy Shulz, and Stephanie Plum.  I’ve always been attracted to mysteries.  A good basic whodunit that I can devour in just a couple of sittings never fails to leave me deeply satisfied.  Recently, I’ve been asking myself what exactly is it that I love about mysteries.  Why is it I’d rather read a mystery than any other genre out there?  While pondering this question, I’ve come up with a little list that may help explain my desire to be a fictional detective.

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New Books for the Week of August 15, 2016

Tomorrow is new book day!  Here’s a head’s up on a great book that will be on shelves tomorrow.

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore.  It’s New York City in 1888.  Paul Cravath, a lawyer fresh out of Colombia Law School, takes on client George Westinghouse.  The case?  Westinghouse is being sued by Thomas Edison over who invented the light bulb.  This book is a thrilling legal novel, based on true events.  And bonus!  It’s soon to be a major motion picture starring Eddie Redmayne.

Weekly Wrap Up

It’s the end of another week, and I’m pretty satisfied with my reading life right now.  Here’s what I’ve been up to:

Books Finished:

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart.  Finally.  It’s a really, really great book.  Funny, thrilling, and it’s going to be a series.  I finished this buddy read just in time for the sequel.

Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North.  So funny!  I loved this so much, and spent so much time backtracking to try different paths.

Books Acquired:

The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante.  I haven’t gotten into the Neopolitan series yet, but I thought maybe taking on one of her shorter works would help get me into it.  I’ve heard great things about this one, so fingers crossed!

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson.  Her first adult novel in twenty years?  I’m in!

Siracusa by Delia Ephron.  My pick for my Book of the Month Club Selection.

What’s Next:

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.  I’m going to take this book really slowly, because I want to savor it!

That’s it for me!  How did everyone else do this week?


Readathon Wrap Up

So the weeks of readathons is over, and I’m so sad to see it end! My goal for last week wasn’t to read a lot of books, but to make a lot of progress in the books that I was reading. I think I succeeded, and I’m really happy with the reading I did for the readathon!  Here’s a little summary of my week:

American Housewife by Helen Ellis. This was my book to read after dark, and I’ve got to say, this was so hard to do! After the very first story, I was hooked! It was so funny, and every story made an impression on me. In my down time during the day, I just wanted to pull out this book and read, but I had to wait for after dark! For future reference, a short story collection might be a better day book…I finished this book. 

Alexander Hamilton by Rob Chernow. I obviously didn’t finish this book because it’s massive, but it is pretty fantastic. 

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. This wasn’t originally on my TBR for the week, but I was feeling nastalgic, and this was one of my favorites when I was in middle school. Still a great book. Book two down!

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart. I didn’t finish this one either. This is a buddy read and we’ve both been taking it slow. We’re loving this book, though, and we’re really excited to learn there’s going to be a sequel!

As for the 24 in 48 Readathon, I didn’t come close to 24 hours. More like 10. But I had a baseball game and a bridal shower, so I didn’t expect much. 

I may not have finished many books,  but I’m extremely happy with these results. I got some good reading in last week! How did everyone else do?

Top Ten Books Set Outside the US

I’m back with some Top Ten Tuesday!  For this one, I completely blanked.  I’m not sure if it’s because I just couldn’t think of any, I haven’t read many books set outside the U.S., or if I just haven’t read many good ones.  I’m going with the first, though, because I KNOW there’s books I’ve read that I’m just not thinking of.

  1. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
  2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  3. Harry Potter by JK Rowling
  4. The One You Really Want by Jill Mansell
  5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  6. The Diary of Anne Frank
  7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  8. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  9. Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  10. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


I may not be a Book-Tuber, but I do follow tons, and this week is all about the BookTubeathon!  Readathons are always a ton of fun, so I thought I’d go ahead and participate myself!  I have found a way to incorporate all of the challenges with the books I’m working on right now and those that are next up on my TBR.  I’m not planning on finishing them all, but Any sort of progress will be great! So here’s my TBR:

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Zero Hour

The Readathon is starting soon! To kick it off, I’m answering the questions for the opening meme here. 

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

The Great Midwest

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry. I’ve already started and think it’s so cute!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Haven’t decided on snacks yet, but probably something chocolate. 

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m a knitter and plan on using some audiobook time to finish a sweater today too!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I’ve never participated in Dewey’s before, and the thing I’m most looking forward to is dedicating my day to reading. 

I’ll be back to check in with my progress soon. Happy reading everyone!

Tournament of Books

We are almost done with the Tournament of Books!  I have loved reading the judges’ opinions and the following commentaries for every round.  I’ve added books to my TBR after reading about them during the tournament.  I actually went out and bought Bats of the Republic this weekend, it sounded so good.  And it looks like it’s going to be a really cool read!

Zombie Rounds are up tomorrow and Wednesday, and the winner of the whole shebang will be announced on Thursday. The Zombie Rounds are really great, they give me hope when my favorites are knocked out early.  Before the Tournament starts, there was a poll up asking readers for their picks.  At this point in the Tournament, the top two books that have already been knocked out of the Tournament are placed back into the brackets. Here’s what’s up for the Zombie Rounds:

A Little Life vs. The Turner House.  Predicted Winner: I don’t know!  I’d love for Turner House to win, but A Little Life has some serious backing behind it.  And it isn’t unusual for the Zombie pick to move on to the finals.  I have a feeling it’s a definite possibility here.

Fates and Furies vs. The Sellout.  Predicted Winner:  Again, I don’t know!  I loved Fates and Furies, and before this Tournament started I was pretty convinced it would take it all.  Then it was knocked out in the very first round, which really shook everything up for me.  Then, there’s The Sellout.  I hadn’t heard anything about this book before it was shortlisted, but the way everyone talks about it, it’s definitely a classic-in-waiting.  And it sounds like something I would absolutely adore, so I definitely need to get on reading it.  But the outpouring of adoration towards this book during the Tournament has me thinking it is going to win.

It’s always a bit sad for me when the Tournament ends.  I am usually all ready for next year’s!  Does anyone have any book prizes that they love this much?  I’m going to need to follow another prize/award to keep myself distracted until next year!