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Reading Diaries: Book wishlist 2018!

Because I can never have enough books.

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Dear Diary,

They say that money can’t buy happiness, but oh, how wrong were they! Technically, money can buy happiness… in the forms of books!

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Anyway, it’s that time again. That time to list the books that I’m hotly anticipating in 2018 God’s willing, although I am weeks late with this post. Like, wayyyy late! But like they say, it’s…

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If you know me (but you don’t know me, yet you’re about to), I am a verified book hoarder, but I prefer the term book collector. I recently tried to do an unhaul, but I was unwilling to part with some of the books I am yet to read, although some of them have been sitting on the shelf for about 5 years now. I donated two books to my library, but I am optimistic (and determined) on reading the remaining books!

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That out of the way, I am not one to anticipate books, therefore my list is never exciting, given that I don’t run behind the popular authors. I buy books based on the synopsis. If I’m in a good mood, I buy it based on the cover which brings me to…

Chemistry Lessons by Meredith Goldstein

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I spend a lot of time on Amazon lately sourcing books for my personal library collection and the work library. When I came across this cover, I was sold. I don’t like the fonts and I am not interested in looking at the synopsis because I don’t want to know anything about this book until I am reading it. It’s a YA and the release date is on June 19, so I have a long wait. I’ve never read anything from this author before, but if this one is good, I’ll get ‘The Wedding Guests” or ‘The Singles”.

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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Another book I chose based solely on the cover. It looks hilarious and if the story is to go anything by the cover, then it’ll be humorous. It’s not a book I’ll usually go for, but sometimes I like to blindly buy things. This contemporary will be out on June 5th, and again, it’s going to be my first time reading this author, although I know a few of her books including ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’. I remember wanting that book back then, but never got around to purchasing it.

The French Girl by Lexie Elliott

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Six university students from Oxford is having the perfect summer getaway, a beautiful French girl joins the friends causing the non-French girl Kate green with envy, an altercation takes place, the French girl is good as dead, but this case does not stay buried as it’s reopened a decade later and I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO FRENCHIE! I am counting on this thriller to thrill me when it comes out on February 20. And if it thrills me, then I’ll keep this author in mind for future thrills!

Bones Don’t Lie by Melinda Leigh

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I think I love this cover. This book is part of a series which I’ve never read before, but it doesn’t matter. Twenty-three years ago, Lance Kruger’s father vanished without a trace. Now a private investigator, Kruger thinks he’ll finally get closure when his father’s car is dredged up from the bottom of a lake and a skeleton is found in the trunk. The gears in my head are already turning and I think I know what happened to Kruger’s father, but I’ll wait to prove my theory until I put my hands on this book. I love stories where we have to go back to the past in order to right the present and on our trip there we discover family secrets. Hence the reason I like Riverdale so much.

This mystery would be released on March 13

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

This thriller comes out on January 9th and it’s billed as…

I call it the most hyped thriller of 2018. There is always that one book that is all hyped up and you expect to love it because of a teaser like this:

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. 
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Assume nothing.

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage – and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

Read between the lies.

I’ll try to read between the lies, but most of all, I hope that this book lives up the hype.

Murder, Interrupted by James Patterson

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Base on my book reviews, you know I am JP’s girl and this list would’ve been incomplete without him. Every year, I look forward to his books the most. He is a marketing and brand genius, yes, but no other author can hold a candle to him. Well, for me.

Murder is Forever is a new true-crime thriller series and this book is the first. It tells the story of the filthy rich, cheating financier Frank Howard who wants his wife dead; and single mother Dee Dee Blancharde who is praised for caring for her ill daughter until Gypsy Rose finds out that the daughter is not actually sick and Dee Dee has lied all these years. I remember watching this one on the news.

The book would be available from January 02nd just in time for the TV series Murder is Forever premiering on the Discovery channel. Another book in the series – Home Sweet Murder – also comes out on that same day. Two new JP books on one day? Yes, please! 

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Meanwhile, Murder Beyond the Grave would be out on February 06th.

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I am a sucker for true crime.

The President Is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton

I talked about this book earlier this year and it’s a book I’ve been anticipating ever since. It’ll be available from June 08th and I can’t wait to grab a copy.

365 Days of Writing

Daily Prompt catch-up: 02nd-04th December

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December 02nd: Now you see me

You have a secret superpower: the ability to appear and disappear at will. When and where will you use this new superpower? Tell us a story.

*sighs* This superpower thing is getting boring now. I guess whenever I feel the need to disappear. Like at the moment, I can disappear for a few days and sleep on end.

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December 03rd: Sink or swim

Tell us about a time when you were left on your own, to fend for yourself in an overwhelming situation — on the job, at home, at school. What was the outcome?

I fend for myself pretty well. A few years ago, the library where I work was down to one person which was me and I worked a month alone, doing the displays, shelving books, taking care of the students etc. It was a pretty awesome experience!

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December 04th: The power of touch

Textures are everywhere: The rough edges of a stone wall. The smooth innocence of a baby’s cheek. The sense of touch brings back memories for us. What texture is particularly evocative to you?

I don’t like touching and remembering things. However, when I touch books, I like the memories that come with them reminding me of how I acquire the book.

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Books & Reviews 📚, Challenges/Tags/Fun Stuff

#WritersLifeIGJune Days 24-30

It’s time to put this challenge to bed.

Day 24: TBR List

I love law/courtroom books and as a verified Francophile, I also tend to buy books about the French. ❤

Day 25: Childhood Books

I love Charlotte’s Web, The Three Musketeers is a part of my heart, I still have that Aladdin book, I had a crush on the Hardys, I wanted to be Nancy and I enjoyed my adventure out at sea. I loved adventure and mystery when I was a child and I still do. 🙂

Day 26: Favorite Book Titles

I love book titles even if the book does not live up to its expectations. Lately, I am in an Egyptian mood and these books by Michelle Moran are on my reading list. I have Nefertiti, but I loan it to a good friend of mine. I’ll be acquiring the next two shortly.

Day 27: Title Chapters or No

Rought draft. 😛

It depends on if the story calls for it and my current story SWAPPED called for it. 🙂

Day 28: Nonfiction vs Fiction

I love having the best of both worlds… except for memoirs.

Day 29: Why You Write?

Day 30: Writing Accomplishments

Thank you wonderful readers for coming on this journey with me this month. ❤

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#WritersLifeIGJune Days 20-22 catch up

DAY 20: Classic Books

DAY 21: Book Covers

Some of my favorite covers…

I love the first cover of the interracial pair lying on the sand. The book was also good. Nick Carter’s book cover was stripped down to show that his story was serious and I love the smashed lollipop on the ‘Big Little Lies’ cover although it was a disappointment. As for the Lee Child book, I won’t read it, but it’s obvious why I love the cover.

DAY 22: Shelfie

I am working on my bookshelf right now, here’s hoping it would look like this when I’m through:

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Benefits of Being a Bibliophile

Story of my life!

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There are many benefits to being a book lover. Maybe we have an unhealthy compulsion to buy books. Maybe we have no surface space not claimed by random literary treasures. We may regularly suffer from book hangovers, but by gollie we:

 Prefer simple pleasures                              Never go to bed lonely
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Get excited easily                                          Have better vocabulary 😉
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Never get bored                                              Travel to distant landsa01696412fc05b59444a1f1bdaf05b1bFavim.com-9108
Never stop learning                                        Have less stress
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Improve memory                …

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Books & Reviews 📚, Thursday Ten

Thursday Ten: Books that were disappointing

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Base on the book reviews that I am currently doing weekly, you can tell that I am open to many genres. Yet, while some books appeal to me, some simply do not. I try to always come to the last page of a book, but there are simply some books that I can’t quite finish no matter what.

Today, I bring you 10 boring/disappointing books I had the displeasure of reading (some may/may not appear in later reviews). Most of them I did not finish. I do not make apologies to anyone feeling offended because my opinions are not yours.

1. Room by Emma Donaghue

Waterfall the milk… I know this book is from a child’s perspective (a five-year-old at that), but it insulted my intelligence. I was greatly annoyed and had to put this book down. Had the book been told from Ma’s perspective, then it would’ve been a heart-wrenching tale. I mean, Ma’s been kidnapped, raped, held captive, whatever, but there is no sense of that hence no emotion. I almost threw this book at the wall. Almost. It didn’t belong to me and I was happy to return it.

2. Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich

Wickedly boring.

3. Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

*Rolls eyes* Wickedly boring! Had I known I was going to be duped, I would’ve run away screaming when this book was recommended to me.

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4. White Oleander by Janet Fitch

An immature novel masquerading as literature. Adults should stop writing about children in disgusting ways because it’s squirmy and uncomfortable to read most of the time. I don’t want to read about 14-year-olds having sex or thinking about climaxing on some car hood.

I would have liked to light this book on fire, but alas! It did not belong to me.

5. Missing Mom by Joyce Carol Oates

I couldn’t get into this one. I tried twice, but it was a no go. It was a pain to read, sentences were left incomplete, too repetitive, and it irritated me to no end. I didn’t even care about the narrator or the dead mom.

6. Paris Match by Stuart Woods

The cover is beautiful and that’s where I stop.

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7. Is America She Gone? by Beverley-Ann Scott

It could’ve been much better. I’ll explain this book in a solo post.

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8. Gray Mountain by John Grisham

*YAWNS* I usually love Grisham’s legal thrillers, but I couldn’t get into this one. The heroine was a complete bore and… *YAWNS* I had to put this drivel down otherwise I would’ve thrown myself in front of a coal truck.

9. Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes

Meh!

10. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

I don’t care how hyped or in she is, this author is on my “do not read” list. Do you see the razor blade on the cover? It would be nice to use it to slash up this book to tiny pieces. It is depressing. It makes you want to abandon smiling and scorn love. Here is another adult writing disturbing scenes involving children. I hated this book. It was extremely boring and disgusting.

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Books & Reviews 📚

About book reviews

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Earlier this month, I mentioned that I may do book reviews soon. With so many books to review, I’ve been thinking of a way to schedule posts. I’ve decided to post 2-3 book reviews weekly until I can have control over the reviewing. I’ll soon be posting a page on how my reviewing would work before getting down to the ‘dirty work’! 😛

NOTE: There is no telling how I may review a book. It can a short one, a lengthy one, in note form or simply a rant. And a fair heads up: I read varying genres.

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365 Days of Writing

January 12th: Take two

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Run outside. Take a picture of the first thing you see. Run inside. Take a picture of the second thing you see. Write about the connection between these two random objects, people, or scenes.

My USB isn’t working so I won’t be able to post the photos. However, the first thing I saw when I ventured outside was one of my favorite cats. Walking back inside, I snapped a picture of my bookshelf. It’s right in my face anyway.

I guess there is only one way to make this connection between cat and bookshelf:

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