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booksofdelight · 12 hours ago
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Book Review: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Dive into the wonderful world with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Nobody really knows what makes a children’s books popular and why some don’t catch on. A book that has stayed relevant for over a century is Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland. It all starts when a young girl named Alice falls into a rabbit hole and ends up in a bizarre fantasy world. The fantasy world is populated with talking animals that resemble people. Alice ends up wandering…
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thelinguisticlibrary · 14 hours ago
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Title: Home Before Dark Author: Riley Sager Genre: Horror/Thriller Year: 2020 Page Count: 384 Summary: Maggie Holt is used to such questions. Twenty-five years ago, she and her parents, Ewan and Jess, moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. They spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a nonfiction book called House of Horrors. His tale of ghostly happenings and encounters with malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity—and skepticism. Today, Maggie is a restorer of old homes and too young to remember any of the events mentioned in her father’s book. But she also doesn’t believe a word of it. Ghosts, after all, don’t exist. When Maggie inherits Baneberry Hall after her father’s death, she returns to renovate the place to prepare it for sale. But her homecoming is anything but warm. People from the past, chronicled in House of Horrors, lurk in the shadows. And locals aren’t thrilled that their small town has been made infamous thanks to Maggie’s father. Even more unnerving is Baneberry Hall itself—a place filled with relics from another era that hint at a history of dark deeds. As Maggie experiences strange occurrences straight out of her father’s book, she starts to believe that what he wrote was more fact than fiction.
Thoughts: I thought this book was going to be better than it was, but it was still pretty decent. I would say it was worth a read, and it reminded me a little of the Haunting of Hill House show on Netflix in parts.
My Stats: Read: 2020 Time: 1 Day
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booksofdelight · 18 hours ago
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Book Review: The Maltese Falcon
Chekc out our book review for The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
The tragedy that readers face is not reading a book that is amazing because it didn’t cross your path. But when a great novel does cross your path, you are grateful for all the choices that led to that moment. And one book I am grateful to come across is The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett When Samuel ‘Sam’ Spade, a private detective, and his partner Miles Archer are hired by Miss Wonderley…
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annamboland · a day ago
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Difficult choices
I’m looking at my TBR_piles and I can’t choose. I have and idea and then I think, nah, not this one and put the book back on. I know what I would choose from the library, but I have trouble deciding which book to read next from my TBR-pile (you can’t see all books waiting to be read here as some are sitting comfortably on the bookcase).As the piles are in my study and I look at them daily, I feel…
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ckprothro · a day ago
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On April 14th try a good story. An isolated outpost encounters alien nightmare! A tale of suspense, horror, and action.
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booksofdelight · a day ago
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Book Review: Frankenstein
Read our review for Mary Shelley's classic novel Frankenstein
Some of the best books are the ones that are able to make us feel many emotions. And the horror genre is one of the best. That is why we will be reviewing the classic novel and the first horror novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. After his mother’s death, Victor Frankenstein becomes depressed as he leaves for college. While in college, Frankenstein works on giving life to an object that does not…
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Title: Abandon Author: Blake Crouch Genre: Horror/Thriller Year: 2009 Page Count: 521 Summary: Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?
Thoughts: This book was pretty good! I really liked the dual story aspect. On one hand you have the very intense story of what happened in the past and on the other the very intense story of the present. An absolute page turner. Highly recommend. 
My Stats: Read: 2020 Time: 1 Day
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booksofdelight · a day ago
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Book Review: Memoirs of a Geisha
Read our review for the timeless novel Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Historical fiction novels are enjoyable because they make you wonder what if this actually happened in real life? One book that definitely stayed on my mind ever since reading it is Memoirs of a Geisha by Arther Golden Nine-year old Chiyo Sakamoto and her older sister are sold by their father to strangers. They go from living in a coastal fishing village in Japan to being taken to Kyoto. When…
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backlashpress · a day ago
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Checkpoint by Lisa Saffron
Checkpoint by Lisa Saffron
Our Curated Indie selected author Lisa Saffron’s self-publishing journey. Look Inside! I wrote Checkpoint after a trip to Israel and Palestine with the Compassionate Listening delegation. I was moved by the power of listening to people on both sides of the conflict and wanted to reflect that experience in story form. I think my novel succeeded as is clear in this review from a Jewish supporter…
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Essex - Tudor Rebel
Essex – Tudor Rebel
Book two of the Elizabethan Series New from Tony Riches, Author of the best-selling Tudor Trilogy Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, is one of the most intriguing men of the Elizabethan period. Tall and handsome, he soon becomes a ‘favourite’ at court, so close to the queen many wonder if they are lovers. The truth is far more complex, as each has what the other yearns for. Robert Devereux longs…
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booksofdelight · 2 days ago
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Book Series Review: The Chronicles of Narnia
Travel into the fantasy realm with The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Continuing the trend, we will be diving into another children’s series, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. The Chronicles of Narnia follow four children Ann, Martin, Rose and Peter. While playing, the accidentally end up in Narnia, a world where animals can talk and magic is real. The children get caught up in a battle between animals and the witch that rules Narnia. It is up to the…
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backlashpress · 2 days ago
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The Secret Life of Alfred Nightingale by Rebecca Stonehill
The Secret Life of Alfred Nightingale by Rebecca Stonehill
Our Curated Indie selected author, Rebecca Stonehill, speaks about writing and her self-publishing journey. Read glowing reviews “The reason why I decided to self-publish my third novel, The Secret Life of Alfred Nightingale was, quite simply, because my publisher didn’t want it! I had previously published two historical fiction books with Bookouture and they liked strong, female protagonists.…
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booksofdelight · 2 days ago
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Book Review: The Bourne Supremacy
Follow Jason Bourne with the The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum
Sometimes you have to wonder how a sequel will follow a book that had a good ending. Will the author force a plot or will it feel believable? Those are some things I wondered when diving into the second book in the Jason Bourne novels, the Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum. Five years have passed since David Webb aka Jason Bourne lost his memory and pursued Carlos the Jackal in France. Webb is…
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thelinguisticlibrary · 2 days ago
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Genre: Mystery Year: 2020 Page Count: 313 Summary: On a remote island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate the wedding of Jules Keegan and Will Slater. Will is a rising television star, handsome and charming. Jules is a smart, ambitious magazine publisher. Though the sea is a little choppy and the cell service spotty, their wedding is everything you'd expect of a young power couple: designer dress, four-tiered cake, boutique whiskey, vintage champagne. Every detail has been curated to perfection. All that's left to orchestrate is happiness. But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. It's not long after the cake is cut and the champagne popped that resentments and petty jealousies come out. Worse yet, the latest barometer reading shows the weather has shifted from FAIR to CHANGEABLE, and dark clouds are looming overhead. Everyone on the island has a secret. Everyone has a motive. And someone won't leave this wedding alive.
Thoughts: This book was not my favorite, but I still enjoyed the read. I don’t usually enjoy stories that switch between perspectives, but I think it actually worked in this one. I would say that it’s worth the read overall. My Stats: Read: 2020 Time: 3 Days
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booksofdelight · 2 days ago
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Book Review: Speaker For The Dead
Continue The Ender's Game series with the second novel Speaker For The Dead by Orson Scott Card
Sequels are complicated because some books are set up for sequels while others aren’t. And sequels can ruin a perfectly good book (looking at you The Maze Runner) but other times, they can build upon established characters and world or worlds in this case. We will be reviewing the sequel to Ender’s Game, the Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card. After the ending of Ender’s Game, Andrew…
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Book Tour & #Giveaway! Murder: It’s All in Your Head by Cynthia Hilston @cynthiahilston @RRBookTours1 #RRBookTours1 #BookBlog #Horror
Book Tour & #Giveaway! Murder: It’s All in Your Head by Cynthia Hilston @cynthiahilston @RRBookTours1 #RRBookTours1 #BookBlog #Horror
Welcome to the book tour for supernatural thriller, Murder: It’s All in Your Head by Cynthia Hilston! Read on for more details and a chance to win a paperback copy of the book! Murder: It’s All in Your Head Publication Date: December 5, 2020 Genre: Supernatural Thriller/ Horror Someone has been getting away with murder for over 100 years in the small town of Hurston, Ohio. But the wrong person…
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spiritualboosters · 3 days ago
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booksofdelight · 3 days ago
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Book Review: Where the Red Fern Grows
Get in your feelings with Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Nothing beats a book about a man’s best friend, dogs. It may have taken us a long while to do a book review about man and his best friend or friends. That is why we will be reviewing Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. When Billy Colman sees a dog come under attack by the neighborhood dogs, he comes to its rescue. Colman takes the dog home so he can tend to his wounds. The attack makes him…
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thelinguisticlibrary · 3 days ago
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Title: The Hollow Places Author: T. Kingfisher Genre: Horror Year: 2020 Page Count: 352 Summary: Pray they are hungry. Kara finds these words in the mysterious bunker that she’s discovered behind a hole in the wall of her uncle’s house. Freshly divorced and living back at home, Kara now becomes obsessed with these cryptic words and starts exploring the peculiar bunker—only to discover that it holds portals to countless alternate realities. But these places are haunted by creatures that seem to hear thoughts…and the more you fear them, the stronger they become.
Thoughts: This wasn’t the absolute best book of all time, but Kingfisher does have a way of scaring the crap out of you in their writing. This book was super intense and nerve-wracking. Total page turner, and I highly recommend.  My Stats: Read: 2020 Time: 1 Day
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rockislandadultreads · 3 days ago
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Science Fiction: Alternative Histories
Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Hope City, Antarctica. The southernmost city in the world, with only a glass dome and a faltering infrastructure to protect its citizens from the freezing, ceaseless winds of the Antarctic wilderness. Within this bell jar four people–some human, some not–will shape the future of the city forever: Eliana Gomez, a female PI looking for a way to the mainland. Diego Amitrano, the right-hand man to the gangster who controls the city’s food come winter. Marianella Luna, an aristocrat with a dangerous secret. Sofia, an android who has begun to evolve. But the city is evolving too, and in the heart of the perilous Antarctic winter, factions will clash, dreams will shatter, and that frozen metropolis just might boil over…
Everfair by Nisi Shawl
Everfair is a wonderful Neo-Victorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium's disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier. Fabian Socialists from Great Britian join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo's "owner," King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated. Shawl's speculative masterpiece manages to turn one of the worst human rights disasters on record into a marvelous and exciting exploration of the possibilities inherent in a turn of history. Everfair is told from a multiplicity of voices: Africans, Europeans, East Asians, and African Americans in complex relationships with one another, in a compelling range of voices that have historically been silenced. Everfair is not only a beautiful book but an educational and inspiring one that will give the reader new insight into an often ignored period of history.
The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz
1992: After a confrontation at a riot grrl concert, seventeen-year-old Beth finds herself in a car with her friend's abusive boyfriend dead in the backseat, agreeing to help her friends hide the body. This murder sets Beth and her friends on a path of escalating violence and vengeance as they realize many other young women in the world need protecting too. 2022: Determined to use time travel to create a safer future, Tess has dedicated her life to visiting key moments in history and fighting for change. But rewriting the timeline isn’t as simple as editing one person or event. And just when Tess believes she's found a way to make an edit that actually sticks, she encounters a group of dangerous travelers bent on stopping her at any cost. Tess and Beth’s lives intertwine as war breaks out across the timeline--a war that threatens to destroy time travel and leave only a small group of elites with the power to shape the past, present, and future. Against the vast and intricate forces of history and humanity, is it possible for a single person’s actions to echo throughout the timeline?
The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
For sixty years, Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a "temporary" safe haven created in the wake of revelations of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. Proud, grateful, and longing to be American, the Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant, gritty, soulful, and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. For sixty years they have been left alone, neglected and half-forgotten in a backwater of history. Now the District is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end: once again the tides of history threaten to sweep them up and carry them off into the unknown. But homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. His life is a shambles, his marriage a wreck, his career a disaster. He and his half-Tlingit partner, Berko Shemets, can't catch a break in any of their outstanding cases. Landsman's new supervisor is the love of his life—and also his worst nightmare. And in the cheap hotel where he has washed up, someone has just committed a murder—right under Landsman's nose. Out of habit, obligation, and a mysterious sense that it somehow offers him a shot at redeeming himself, Landsman begins to investigate the killing of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy. But when word comes down from on high that the case is to be dropped immediately, Landsman soon finds himself contending with all the powerful forces of faith, obsession, hopefulness, evil, and salvation that are his heritage—and with the unfinished business of his marriage to Bina Gelbfish, the one person who understands his darkest fears. At once a gripping whodunit, a love story, an homage to 1940s noir, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption, The Yiddish Policemen's Union is a novel only Michael Chabon could have written.
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