It’s officially that time of year again!
Full disclosure, I have not read Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark….yet. Rest assured I am on the very long waiting list for the audiobook.
Library copies: 1.
So, while I haven’t read the book, I have been following the story of her life, and those she left behind, since her untimely death at the age of 46. I knew a little bit about her because of my true crime interests, but I learned the most because of Patton Oswalt. I love him; love his comedy, love his political activism and his opinions. Just love him.
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Hey Booknerds! It’s halfway through my work week, so it’s time to celebrate…
And in fact, I do have a treat for you! Hands up if you read 2014’s You by Caroline Kepnes…
I read the sequel, too. And I’m going to be all over the third instalment if there ever is one. The series has it’s ups and downs for me in terms of pop culture diatribe, canon characterization and plot points, but Joe is a character that has left an indelible mark on my bookworm soul and I just can’t not be involved with him. Yay for double negatives!
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I grabbed this off of Goodreads and I think we have to do it for obvious reasons that are so obvious I’m not even going to list them.
But, this would be a kind of short post if it was all we did, so I figure let’s turn it into a bit of a creative writing exercise! And why not? We’re all either in love with novels or secretly wishing to write one, or both!
This is Booknerd Wednesday – we can do whatever the hell we want around here, like we’re guests on the Maury show.
So, Step One: Find the title of your mystery bestseller…
My bestselling mystery novel is…… *unenthusiastic drum roll*
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It’s hump day, lovers!
Halfway through the week, I’m starting to look forward to the weekend. I try not to wish my life away, to enjoy each moment even if I’m at work or rushing to appointments. It can be hard to appreciate that I’m alive, I’m healthy and able and fortunate to be where I am in life – but I make an effort to try if I feel myself slipping into ungrateful thoughts.
But at the same time I fucking can’t wait for Saturday!
Where there’s just books and TV and lounging with my pets and my husband. Where I get to enjoy the things that hard work through the week affords me.
I’ve been listening to the podcast Someone Knows Something. And while I do find the actual true crime cases interesting, there have been a few moments where the host, David Ridgen has touched on a couple of emotionally poignant things about why we like mysteries even though they are dark and heartbreaking. And I find those sentiments have been rattling around in my head since I heard them.
Ridgen says we love mysteries because in the end the truth prevails.
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Hey guys, me again, your resident…I don’t know? Your resident n00b book blogger? That’s probably the most accurate.
Long time no post. And by that I mean, it’s been four days. But it’s March Break here and my stepkids are out of my house, so Husband and I have to take advantage of our conditional freedom.
I am a childless stepmother. I’m eight years younger than my husband. And I have to say, it really is a huge shock to the system to go from living alone to living with a man and his children and to no longer be able to walk to the bathroom without pants on, or have sex as loud as you like, or take a shower with the door open (my cat particularly hates this one.) So, when the house is empty, we live it up. No pants, like, ever. I was in the kitchen without pants on last night. The kitchen! Do you know the last time I did that? It’s been literal centuries.
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Let me be real with you for a minute: I’m so far behind in my Netgalley reviews.
Just so, so far.
I’m feeling pretty guilty about it.
Not to make excuses for myself, but I’m going to make excuses for myself: The last quarter of 2017 just got away from me.
It’s as if everyone in my family has birthdays and anniversaries in the same three months of the year, except for maybe four people – and that is not an exaggeration at all. I didn’t help matters by getting married in October. Stupid wedding. Then there’s Halloween and Thanksgiving and Christmas…
I had almost no time to read, and when I did, I was so stressed out I couldn’t do much more than drool as I watched Live PD back to back. Goddamn that Dan Abrams and those tight cashmere sweaters!
Anyhooters, here we are now…It’s March! WHAT!? January took eleventy years to get through and now it’s suddenly March? I was going to go on a diet and everything. LOL yeah, right.
I’m starting to feel the pressure of all those unreads ARCs. And my trigger finger keeps requesting more, bringing my stats down and it’s not a bookish good look for me. I need to really buckle down and get ‘er done, so I’m going to be overly ambitious and announce I’m going to get 5 book off my list this month!
..Also, I really need to stop requesting things from the library. What is wrong with me?
To light a fire under my own ass, I thought I’d share this month’s book goals from Netgalley. Maybe if I put it out there into the blogosphere, the book gods will see fit to give me the time and space, and all the “yeah, uh-huh’s” I’ll need for ignoring my husband, in order to get through these works of art.
Obviously I love crime fiction, horror, mystery…whatever is dark and twisty, I want to read it. I want to be scared and put on edge and made aware of evil.
,,,And because of that, I’m slowly being suffocated by my TBR pile. There are actually a lot of books that fit that criteria. Who knew?
One joy I have in reading all this dark and twisty fiction, is that sometimes, I come across a line, a quote, a thought, that is profound and enlightening.
These dark places occupied by the story lend themselves so well to truths and light.
So, I thought I’d put together a little list of some quotes I’ve read recently that have spoken to me, or that I simply just loved – maybe they’re classic, maybe they’re fun, maybe they’re profound…
But they’re all from crime fiction novels.
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Get ready for some very specific booknerd tweets that will hopefully add some LOLs to your hump day.
I’ve scoured the internet – and by scoured I mean I just did a simple search and these were actually very easy to find – looking for twitterers who just get what it means to be a booknerd, and/or make fun of booknerds. Listen, I have a sense of humour towards myself – I’m ok with pointing out how ridiculous some of us can be.
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Hey, friends and lovers! Are you excited for Valentine’s Day? Have big plans with the one you love?
Or are there a million other things you care about besides this and it’s a pretty pointless, over-commercialized Hallmark holiday? I fall somewhere in the middle.
I’m married, so it’s not like I have anything romantic going on.
LOL @ sexless marriages.
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Listen, this isn’t going to be an easy lighthearted booknerd post, okay? I have some actual real thoughts that I want to put down. It might be long, so if you stick around for the whole thing I’ll be your best friend. And I’m a pretty good friend. I can talk some good shit about your enemies, or find you some enemies if you don’t have any, and then talk shit about them. I always have wine & weed at my house that I’ll share freely. I can fill your instagram DMs with dank memes. And if you want to cancel plans at the last minute instead of going out, that’s okay with me because I was probably thinking of doing the same thing.
There’s a new book prize that is specifically designed to honour thrillers that don’t contain violence against women. Colour me intrigued.
“The inaugural Staunch Book Prize will be awarded to the author of a novel in the thriller genre in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered.”
Part of me is giving this a thumbs up and thinking how is it 2018 and this is a new idea? And another part of me is having some conflicting emotions about it just because of comments made surrounding it. I love crime thrillers and serial killer stories, without shame, and yes, they mostly always contain violence against women. So, is it me? Am I shitty feminist? I try, but maybe my own misogyny runs so deep I didn’t even know it was there?
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