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The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
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I did not expect this book to live up to the hype but I enjoyed it. I am getting a bit weary of the undependable narrator theme, drunk, paranoid, never sure of what is real and what is a hallucination, but this story was well written, nice twists and ...more
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Deep Freeze by John Sandford
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Love that f@&$ing Flowers.
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Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion
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Escape Clause by John Sandford
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3.5 Stars I rounded up because I love that f$&kin’ Flowers. Virgil’s series has never been as dark as the Lucas Davenport books but this one is more a ride on the crazy train, similar to a Carl Hiaasen novel. It was also not as tightly plotted as ...more
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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
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Uncivil Seasons by Michael Malone
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A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth
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3.5 Stars Kristin Chenoweth reads the audio version of her book and it’s enjoyable. A little heavy on the Jesus stuff and very light on the Wicked portion of her life. For example she writes more about her relationship with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin ...more
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J.R. Ward
“Someone put opera on inside the house. Someone changed it to hip-hop, thank God. Someone started a shower. Someone vacuumed. Again.
Life. In all its mundane majesty.
And you couldn't take advantage of it if you were sitting on your ass in the shadows... whether it was in actuality, or metaphorically because you were trapped in an attic's darkness.”
J.R. Ward, Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1-9

R.L. LaFevers
“I stare at him coldly. "I do not care for needlework." I pause. "Unless it involves the base of the skull.”
R.L. LaFevers, Grave Mercy

“You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”
Rosemarie Urquico

Maggie Stiefvater
“Where do you live?"
Adam's mouth was very set. "A place made for leaving"
"That's not really an answer."
"It's not really a place.”
Maggie Stiefvater

Sylvia Day
“You're wearing the fuck-me look," he drawled.
"And that would be because you're so extremely fuckable," I shot back. "Waking up to you is like...presents on Christmas morning."
His mouth curved. "For your convenience, I'm already unwrapped. Batteries not required.”
Sylvia Day Crossfire Trilogy, Entwined with You

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A place to discuss Scandi Crime novels, which includes novels from: Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Denmark. Whether it's Smilia from Peter Hoeg's S ...more
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A group for people who enjoy reading and talking about adult historical romance books between a man and woman. This group is not for regular fiction, ...more
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