Happy Tuesday! I mentioned in my last post that I was picking up Shari Lapena’s newest release, A Stranger in the House for the Spookathon readathon that’s currently going on. I got into this book pretty quickly, reading the first 100-ish pages without really realizing it. Unfortunately, I started rolling my eyes before the 100 page mark, and probably should have quit while I was ahead.
Happy October! I can’t believe we’re halfway thru the best month of the year! But, that only means that it’s time to read all the spooky books we can get our hands on. Luckily, Lala at Booksandlala on YouTube makes that super easy each year by holding the Spookathon. This runs from October 16-22, and while there are challenges, the only thing you need to do to participate is read spooky books. Count me in! Here are the books I’m hoping to get to during the week.
Happy Thursday! I love when I read a book that I can’t stop thinking about — I just want to hand it to anyone who will listen. On the other hand, that same feeling makes me not want to read something new, sometimes for weeks at a time. The past few weeks have been full of amazing books that have been getting tons of hype this year: Celeste Ng’s Little Fire Everywhere and Jami Attenberg’s All Grown Up.
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Selecting a term
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