Booknerd Wednesday: Jan. 31, 2018

Canada Reads 2018! 

If you don’t know what that is, let me explain you a thing:

It is an annual Battle of the Books. It takes place on CBC and has been ongoing for the last 16 years! Five books, five defenders, one winner.

From the CBC Canada Reads website: Canada Reads is a “literary Survivor,” with celebrities championing books. Books are  voted “off the bookshelf,” one each day, until one book is chosen as the title the whole country should read this year.

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Review: Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson, #5) by Darynda Jones

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★★★★

You guyssssssssssss, I love Charley! Sincerely, I have massive amounts of affection for her.

I wish she’d be my friend. We could get drinks together, gossip about people (both alive and dead), maybe smoke a little pot together in our pajamas and then pass out watching Rick & Morty.

She’s just honestly one of my favourite female characters.

And really, you don’t even need to read this series from the beginning to get into it, (but it does help.) You can jump in whenever and immediately know Charley. Because her voice and her personality are clear and genuine from the beginning. Darynda Jones has her figured out and never wavers from that truth.

This time around Charley is dealing with a lot. And it starts from page one. A cheating husband, gun fire, being confronted by the police about how exactly she manages to solve cases the way that she does. Not to mention, her apartment is filled with dozens of dead blonde women who may, or may not, have been killed by serial killer. They are the worst houseguests too – climbing her walls (literally), hanging from the ceiling (literally), straight up ignoring her requests to communicate but then also getting in the shower with her. Like you do.

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True Crime Tuesday: The Robison Family Murders

1968. Summer.

The worst mass murder in Michigan’s history is about to take place in the quiet lakeside community of Good Hart.

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The Robisons, Richard and Shirley, were planning on spending their entire summer with their four children at their seasonal home. The simple log cabin sat on the shore of Lake Michigan in the north woods. Secluded among tall pines and dense woods, the cabin was nearly impossible to see from the road.

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Booknerd Wednesday: Jan 24, 2018.

You may be asking yourself: what the hell is Booknerd Wednesday? Well, I’ll friggin’ tell you: I don’t know!

I’m still working out the kinks over here. Don’t judge me. I just know I have ideas and am trying to find the best way to execute them.

What do I want this recurring post to be? Funny bookish shit I collect from the internet and a roundup of recent bookish news or stories, maybe some book recommendations. Probably. Maybe. We’ll see how it goes.

 

The News

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A Kingston, New York bookstore has a new display: Writers From “Shithole” Countries. And it’s the perfect bookish clapback.

More here: Business Insider

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True Crime Tuesday: Werewolf Lovers

WHY YES I DO MICHAEL C. HALL.

Number One: Ted Fucking Bundy.

…Um, I haven’t figured out the rest of the list.

So, before we get into this week’s true crime story, I just want to ask: have you seen Zac Efron as Ted Bundy for the upcoming biopic “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile“? I am shooketh.

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Review: The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe

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Holy Nordic crime fiction, Batman!

Ughhh, please just completely ignore that I started this book review with a holy batman exclamation.

If you’re a fan of the aforementioned genre, you will love this novel. It’s really hit or miss for me, but this one is a hit.

Let’s start our bookworm asses at the beginning, shall we?

A unidentified, decapitated woman is found in the bed of a moderately famous, very wealthy CEO. And he, Jesper Orre, has seemingly disappeared.

DI Peter Lindgren is lead detective on the case. He’s a despondent, sullen character. He has an ex-wife who hates him and a troubled teenage son, whose issues could probably be traced back to his ongoing search for a connection with his father. Only time and again, he finds that Peter has been, and always will be, more interested in his job than his family.

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Book Nook Sunday: Jan. 21, 2018

It’s that time…not again…because this is a brand new blog and I’ve never made a post like this yet. But, rest assured that every Sunday from here on out will “be that time again!”

Book Nook Sunday! Whooo!

This is where my book/home envy takes hold of me and I drool over people’s homes. Sounds like fun right? (I watch a lot of HGTV and I think I’m developing a complex.)

Today’s winner is:

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Would you read here? *drooling* Ugh, stupid people with amazing taste and things I don’t have.

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Review: Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake, #1) by Rachel Caine

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★★★★

After reading this I am going to be on high alert-code orange, for any signs my darling husband is a deranged serial killer.

I mean, he has a serious deep-rooted hate for bunnies, so that’s got to be red flag number one. All I need now is to find a locked room in our house that I’m never allowed to go in, and it’s all but basically confirmed. I’m going to have to kill him.

But we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine is a different twist on the usual serial killer thriller. This time the killer is behind bars and the star is his ex-wife.

For the duration of their marriage, Gina Royal had no idea her seemingly doting father of a husband, Melvin, was stringing women up in the garage and doing things with the skin (Hannibal Lecter shoutout!) until a drunk driver rams into their house and reveals his last victim.

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The Secret of the 2nd Blog Post

Oh lort, that title is pure cheese. But deleting it and thinking of something else is too much trouble, so you’re going to read it and you’re going to like it!

Anyway, if you’ve read my About section, you know I am only the mystery reader I am today because of Nancy Drew (I know that’s so cliche, but I can’t change my history, nerds!) So, in honour of those classic Carolyn Keene novels, here is today’s Bookworm post – alternate Nancy stories that never existed, but definitely should have.

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Inauguration Day

…and just like Trump, I’m sure the audience for my first official blog post is going to be the biggest blog crowd ever. EVER. Where’s my own personal Sean Spicer when I need him? Or like, the actual Sean Spicer. Good Ol’ Spicey doesn’t seem to be doing much these days, maybe he could use the work, here reporting on my…blog post…crowd…you know what? Never mind.

So, after much hmmm-ing and uhmmm-ing, and also sometimes not thinking about it for long stretches of time, I have decided to take my casual book blogging over from tumblr.com and create something a little bit more “hobbyist.” Bare with me as I work out the kinks…or don’t. Whatever. You do you, booboo.

I’m just here to have fun and read and be immersed in murder. Like, other people’s murders. Not my own, and certainly not ones I’m involved in. Just to be clear.

I am a textbook true crime addict, and my genre of preference when I pick up a story is anything dark and twisty, so a combination of the two is exactly what you will find around these parts.

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