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Books Read in 2017

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January David Morrell, Ruler of the Night Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen February Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove Meredith Duran, A Lady’s Code of Misconduct Zadie Smith, Swing Time March Katherine Addison, The Goblin Emperor Heidi Heilig, The Ship Beyond Time Nell Stevens, Bleaker House Sally Thorne, The Hating Game April Laurie Lico Albanese, Stolen Beauty Kristy Cambron, The Illusionist’s Apprentice Carol Goodman, The Widow's House Barbara Ann Kipfer, 1,001 Ways to Slow Down Crystal King, Feast of Sorrow Sylvain Neuvel, Waking Gods May Maurice Broaddus, Buffalo Soldier Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle Sarah Lotz, The White Road Catherine Magia, The Fisherman's Bride Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon, Novel Destinations Emilie Wapnick, How to Be Everything Naomi J. Williams, Landfalls [reread] June Christina Henry, Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook John Pfordresher, The Secret History of Jane Eyre: How

Never has a Victorian-era picnic been so chilling, bittersweet, and shocking

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First line : Everyone agreed that the day was just right for the picnic to Hanging Rock -- a shimmering summer morning warm and still, with cicadas shrilling all through breakfast from the loquat trees outside the dining-room windows and bees murmuring above the pansies bordering the drive. This book. This book! It's a slim read but one I dragged out over two months because I savored each line. It's a surprisingly bittersweet and chilling read about the aftereffects of a tragedy; in this case, the disappearance of three students and a teacher during a school picnic. Opening on Valentine's Day, 1900, at a posh girls school in Australia, the novel spans three short, but devastating, months following the strange disappearance of three beloved students and a teacher at Hanging Rock, a local rock formation. The survivors are impacted in varying ways, from the school's steel-spined headmistress, Mrs. Appleyard, and her attempts to keep her school functioning, to Mike

Weekend reads and ... I got nuthin'

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So, after rallying to get back into blogging in October, I've struggled to keep up that momentum and enthusiasm. I've also stalled out on my reading. I blame all that on my eight-week cold which barely resolved itself before I caught another bug, and I'm kind of just tired and grouchy. I'm still not ready to call it done on my 2017 reading, however. I'm still wading through Middlemarch and really, really want to finish it before 2018. And I've started Zadie Smith's On Beauty and am uh-doring it, so hopefully I can find some time before the 30th to do some long stretches of reading. And I'm, like, 95% done with the shrug I started in May (with the original goal of being done by September) and I really really really want to finish it so I can start something new. Have you finished your 2017 reading? What's the last book you plan to read for the year? If you've done your top ten (or top reads) for 2017 post, share it with me -- I plan to

2018 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

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This is probably my favorite challenge of the year because historical fiction is one of my favorite genres to read (really, it's probably my The Fav). It's also my laziest challenge because I really never need to push myself to hit my goal, so... For 2018, I'm actually going to limit myself. I'm trying to expand my reading horizons and embrace authors and genres I don't typically dive into. So I think I'm going to commit to Renaissance Reader - 10 books to encourage myself to read widely this year. Here's to 10 stellar hist fic reads in 2018! Read Justina Ireland, Dread Nation Alma Katsu, The Hunger Angelle Petta, The Artist and the Soldier Laura Purcell, The Silent Companions   Cat Sebastian, The Lawrence Browne Affair Cat Sebastian, The Soldier's Scoundrel Mary Sharratt, Ecstasy