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    Top 5 Villains in Novels

    There’s nothing better than a good bad character, otherwise known a villains. In my head, the word “villain” is a little too strong — I immediately think of wicked witches and murders rather than characters in books, so this post took me a little out of my comfort zone. Needless to say, there are some villains I love to hate in the books I’ve read. I thought October would be perfect to talk about these bad to the bone characters we just can’t get enough of. Let’s get started! Image from Amazon 1. Amy Dunne; Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Gone Girl is one of my favorite thrillers, and that’s all because of…

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    Top 5 Horror Novels

    October is the perfect month to break out those creepy, chill-inducing books you have tucked away on your shelves, so I’m here this week to bring you a list of five horror novel recommendations. I hate horror movies, but for some reason, I can read horror novels and not get too freaked out. I haven’t read too many in my time, but I’ve added quit a few horror and true crime books to my list lately, so I figured I’d share some books I had read and some I hadn’t that are perfect for the spooky season. Let’s get started! Image from Barnes and Noble 1. The Shining by Stephen King The Shining was the…

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    Top 5 Fiction National Book Award Nominees

    I’ve recently gotten very into checking out book award nominees to add some more depth to my reading list. The National Book Award Longlist came out on September 13, and I immediately added seven books to my list. The National Book Award was established in 1936, but was abandoned during WWII. The first award was given in 1950, and eligible nominees are books written and published in the US. It’s a highly sought after award with a whole lot of history, so I know when I add a book to my list from these nominations, it’s going to be good. I focused my top 5 national book award nominees on the…

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    Top 7 Books to Read This Fall

    After living in Southwest Florida until I was 18-years-old, experiencing my first fall was earth-shattering. It might have only lasted a few weeks, but feeling that crisp air and being able to wear boots comfortably was a magical experience. Spring is still my favorite season because I love the idea of new possibilities, but fall is definitely a close second. There’s nothing like breaking out your sweaters after a long summer or cracking open a good book near a fire. I’ve got a list of seven books to read this fall. Let’s get started!

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    Top 5 Books About Mental Health

    Today is National Suicide Prevention Day. September is National Suicide Prevention Month. A lot of crazy things have been going on in our world, and rising rates of suicide should not be one of those things. I’m not going to pretend to be an expert on how to talk about mental health — I’m not — but I think it’s an important conversation to have. As a society, we are slowly breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health, and we need to keep breaking down those walls by having conversations about anxiety, depression, self-harm, and so much more. One of the ways I educate myself on mental health is to…

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    Top 7 Fall 2018 Book Releases

    Despite it feeling like a desert in Nashville this past weekend, I’m told fall is just around the corner. I’m still a little skeptical, but I’m excited for a new season nonetheless. With a new season, of course, comes a new set of books being released! I recently had a friend ask me what was on my to-be-read list, and I laughed because there are just so many books in the world I want to read. So, why not add seven more to the list? Some say I have a problem, I say I have goals. There are so many amazing books coming out this fall, but these are the…

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    August Reading Wrap-Up

    I can’t believe August is already over! (Don’t I say that about every month?) I didn’t read nearly as much as I wanted to during August — not because I was traveling or hosting or anything in particular, I guess I was just doing other things (though I can’t really pinpoint what those “things” were). Despite not reading as much as I’d initially hoped, I still finished four books. Let’s get started! Image from Amazon

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    Recommended Reading Per Class

    It’s officially back-to-school season — I guess it’s been back-to-school-season, but I’m riding this wave as long as I can because this has always been my favorite unofficial season. I was the dork that always loved school, and I guess I still am. I decided to make a list of books I would require if I were to teach any of the following subjects. Let’s get started! Image from Amazon

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    Top 5 Books From Required Reading Lists

    Even though I’ve always loved reading, getting through a required reading list in school was always a struggle for me. Typically, I always read the books, but some books were harder to get through than others. Some of my favorite required reading was actually in a introduction to literature class I took during my senior year of school. That’s where I read The Great Gatsby for the first time and fell in love with Beloved (two books I’ll talk about later in this post). Whether you’ve been an avid reader since you first learned, or reading has always been the bane of your existence, it’s always going to be a part of your life,…

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    5 Books From the Man Booker Prize Long List to Read

    The Man Booker Prize Long List was announced July 23, 2018. The list was whittled down from 171 submissions — the most amount of titles ever submitted — to just 13 incredible works. The award is open to writers of any nationality with books written in English and published in the UK or Ireland (a recent addition after a rule change in 2018). I always love seeing these lists as they inspire me to read powerful, modern works, but I know it would be rare to read all the nominations. This week I’ve made me own Man Booker Prize Short List from these Long List nominations. Let’s get started!