Discussion Post: You Had Me Until the Ending….

Screen Shot 2016-09-27 at 7.15.36 AMWe’ve all been there.  You pick up a book, one that has topped your TBR pile for months, you start reading and are instantly hooked.   After reading late into the night, sneaking in some pages on your commute, reading through dinners and television shows, you finally reach the conclusion of the story AND…. blah

I can’t even count how many books I have read lately that have “had me” until the ending.  In fact, I have made countless books recommendations to friends and family, raving that “you’ll love this book!” but adding the disclaimer “don’t mind the ending”

This really got me thinking.  What is the deal with book endings lately?  I narrowed it down into few hypotheses…

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POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2018

In my bookish goals post yesterday, I promised that I would be sharing a full post about my POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.   Chelsea and I decided we would be committing to the challenge when we were discussing what we want to do in 2018 with our online book club.  This challenge felt like a perfect fit; it can work with any genre, is filled with diversity and is easy to manipulate to fit any reader!  After copious hours (and some help from Chelsea) I finally have my picks to fit the prompts and squeeze in books that were already on my TBR.  YAY!

Like Chelsea, I’ve included the 40 prompts for the regular challenge and following that my 10 choices for the advanced reading list (because I am an over-achiever like that).  Keeping in mind that I wanted to add some classics to my reading selections, read some books on my shelf and fit in some of the books that I want to read that will be published in 2018, I think I have found a good balance with my choices!

Do you see any books you have loved in past years or ones you’d like to read as well? Let me know if you’re participating in the challenge too!

 If you need a group to join in discussing your POPSUGAR challenge for 2018, feel free to join us on Goodreads HERE

Also, if you want to see what Chelsea is reading, she listed her choices for the challenge HERE

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Bookish Resolutions: 2018

Screen Shot 2017-01-04 at 5.43.21 PMThere is nothing I enjoy more than the beginning of a new year!  I am a person who thrives on lists and agendas so, I love the idea of a fresh start and the opportunity to make some lists and to set up and achieve some goals…especially when they are the bookish kind!

I’ve thought a lot about what types of bookish goals I want to accomplish this year.  Some are general and some are incredibly specific.  So, without further ado, let’s see what my reading goals for 2018 are:

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Book Discussion Part II: Bring Her Home (David Bell) @DavidBellNovels @suspensethrill

Welcome to the second day of the Suspenseful Clues and Thrilling Reviews book club discussion! If you’re new to Clues and Reviews, I’d like to welcome you!  I am so glad you are here.

This month’s pick was Bring Her Home by David Bell, a suspenseful mystery surrounding the disappearance of two teenage girls and the havoc it wreaks on one widower in particular.  I mentioned yesterday that we’ve chosen to use the official book club questions provided via the publisher for this book, and I’m going to lay out what to expect below.

So, a little run down before we continue: First, if you haven’t read the book yet, go ahead and stop here. There will be spoilers below and you can always join in at a later date once you’ve completed the novel. We won’t be closing these threads and would love to have you join in anytime you feel ready. With this being our very first month, we aren’t set on a format or formula for these discussions yet, so please bare with us as we try a few different ways of doing this. For the first month, we’ve decided to spread this out over two days; we will each host a post with 6 different questions as to not take up too much time for each reader and allow you the chance to visit both our blogs. We’ll answer a handful of questions and also be posting some blank as well; you are welcome to answer any of the questions you see in the comments below (dictating which number in your answer if possible) or feel free to post your own inspired comments and questions!

Chelsea hosted the first part of the discussion yesterday over on The Suspense Is Thrilling Me, so, if you missed it, be sure to check that out HERE!

Finally, David has generously offered up a copy of his successful previous novel Cemetery Girl to one lucky winner! To be considered for the giveaway, you must participate in the discussion via both blog posts, whether it be a thought you had on the book, an answer to a discussion question, etc. We have to keep it to US entrants only, but the discussion is open to everyone worldwide! We’ll be closing the giveaway Friday, August 18 at midnight, so make sure and leave your comments by then.

Let’s continue discussing the book!

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Discussion: Bring Her Home @DavidBellNovels @suspensethrill

Yay! It’s our very first Suspenseful Clues and Thrilling Reviews book club discussion! This month’s pick was Bring Her Home by David Bell, a suspenseful mystery surrounding the disappearance of two teenage girls and the havoc it wreaks on one widower in particular.  If you missed, check out my review HERE.

We’ve chosen to use the official book club questions provided via the publisher for this book, and I’m going to lay out what to expect below.

With this being our very first month, we aren’t set on a format or formula for these discussions yet, so please bare with us as we try a few different ways of doing this. For the first month, we’ve decided to spread this out over two days; we will each host a post with 6 different questions as to not take up too much time for each reader and allow you the chance to visit both our blogs. We’ll answer a handful of questions and also be posting some blank as well; you are welcome to answer any of the questions you see in the comments below (dictating which number in your answer if possible) or feel free to post your own inspired comments and questions!

Finally, David has generously offered up a copy of his successful previous novel Cemetery Girl to one lucky winner! To be considered for the giveaway, you must participate in the discussion via both blog posts, whether it be a thought you had on the book, an answer to a discussion question, etc. We have to keep it to US entrants only, but the discussion is open to everyone worldwide! We’ll be closing the giveaway Friday, August 18 at midnight, so make sure and leave your comments by then.

Enough blabbing from me; let’s talk about the book!

The first part of the discussion will be happening over on Chelsea’s blog, The Suspense Is Thrilling Me!  Head on over there to participate and be sure to check back in here tomorrow for the second half!!

Can’t wait to chat with all of you about Bring Her Home!

Discussion Series: How I Balance Books, Blogging and Life (Part 3): Reading Speed, Arc Copies and my TBR

Screen Shot 2017-01-04 at 5.43.21 PMIt is time for another instalment of my balancing books, blogging and life series. Last time around, I posted about time management.   The week before, I posted about my blogging routine.  This week, I figured I would answer some of the questions regarding reading speed, ARC copies and my personal TBR pile.

Once again, to start, I would like to be clear. People keep asking me to write this post and to share my secrets.   Truly, there really is no secret.   I do what works for me, so, that being said, some of the things I do will not work for everyone! So my top piece of advice, before I start my ramble, is to take my advice as needed and adjust it to fit your own needs!

Like last time, I decided to take direct questions and answer them Q&A style, so without further ado, let’s get into it!

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Discussion Series: How I Balance Books, Blogging and Life (Part 2): Dealing With Time

Screen Shot 2017-01-04 at 5.43.21 PMIt is time for another instalment of my balancing books, blogging and life series.

Last week, I posted a typical daily routine (if you missed that one, you can check it out here!).   This week, I figured I would get more in depth and start answering some of the questions I have received surrounding making time and staying focused!

To start, I would like to be clear. People keep asking me to write this post and to share my secrets.   Truly, there really is no secret.   I do what works for me, so, that being said, some of the things I do will not work for everyone! So my top piece of advice, before I start my ramble, is to play around with your routine and adjust it to how it will benefit you the best!

I decided to take direct questions and answer them Q&A style for this portion of the series, so without further ado, let’s get into it!

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Discussion Series: How I Balance Books, Blogging and Life (Part 1)- My Book Blogger Routine

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Last week, I put a call out for any burning questions about how I balance my blog, the amount of books I read and general life (you can check that post out here). I got so many questions!  Thank you!  I will be putting together several posts discussing the answers, but, to start, I figured I would talk about My Book Blogger Routine.  Annie at The Misstery asked this question (and decided to start her own post related- you can check that out here!).

Like Annie,  I decided to split this into two different routines: one for weekdays and another for weekends.  And, to simplify, I do not have any children.   I do work full time.   I am a teacher, so basically, at this point in the year, I am struggling hard.  One more week until summer…one more week until summer; I teach at an alternative school so technically I work throughout the summer too, but it is a lot lighter.  So I am looking forward to the break!

Without further ado, keep reading to check out my blogger routine and to get a glimpse into my blogging balance!

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Discussion Series: How I Balance Books, Blogging and Life

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Out of all the questions, I am asked on a regular basis, there is always one that is reoccurring.

I am constantly asked how I am able to get through so many books each week and each month.  I decided, maybe the best way to go about answering these questions will be to start a Discussion Series surrounding how I balance books, blogging and life!

So, I figured maybe the best way to start off would be to ask anyone if they have any questions for me to answer specifically regarding how I balance my reading schedule, blog and life.  Otherwise, I will just ramble on, and trust me, I can totally do that!

So, please, comment your questions and I will be sure to work them into several posts for the end of this week and the upcoming Fridays!