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What should I read next?

The Blessings of the Animals

I have well over 200 books to read at home and still I find myself buying more.  I just bought five more on Friday.  These books include newer releases and quite a few that have been out for a while.  My question here is, how do you choose what book to read next?  If you have a system that works for you, please share.  I would love to hear your thoughts.  Here are some books that I do know that I want to get to shortly.  If one of them that I have listed is a must read, please let me know!  Happy Saturday!  Until next week…..

The Blessings of the Animals by Katrina Kittle

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf

Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer

Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz

Oxygen by Carol Cassella

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

That Night by Chevy Stevens

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Before the Fall by Noah Hanley (read)

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What Norma’s Reading! Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I FallBefore I Fall by Lauren Oliver

With this stunning debut novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver emerged as one of today’s foremost authors of young adult fiction. Like Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why and Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, Before I Fall raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person’s life can affect so many others.

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

Named to numerous state reading lists, this novel was also recognized as a Best Book of the Year by, Barnes & Noble, The Daily Beast, NPR, and Publishers Weekly. It has been optioned for film by Fox 2000 Pictures.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

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Norma’s Review of Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark MatterDark Matter by Blake Crouch

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Date read:  November 24 – 26, 2016

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch was a very addicting read! It was mostly a science fiction novel with a little bit of romance and some suspense to make it a most enjoyable read. All three of those components is what I really liked about this novel. I was hooked from the very first chapter!

While the story started out really strong for me there were some portions of this novel that I just didn’t get and was a little hard to follow the mechanics of it all. I think that if there was less of the scientific background that was introduced to us it would have gotten a full 5* review from me. I don’t need everything broke down or analyzed for me, it is fiction so I just go with it! But it was filled with non-stop action and had a very dramatic storyline to make it quite the page-turner and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

The storyline was extremely interesting and I really liked the authors writing style as I felt that I was actually experiencing what was happening to the characters rather than just reading about it. I was definitely in the moment while reading this one. What is my position in the universe?

It was an intriguing, enjoyable, fast-paced, and quick read with a satisfying ending. Would recommend!!


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What Norma’s Reading / Read

Dark MatterDark Matter by Blake Crouch

Book Synopsis from Goodreads:  “Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable–something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

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What should I read next?

I don’t have as many books as Norma does.  I probably have around 100 books and I still find myself buying more too.  Today I spent a couple of hours at the library and borrowed 5 books and reserved 2 more.  I also borrowed 2 E-books and reserved 2 more.  Now my to-read-next-list has changed again.  Here is a list of the books I borrowed.  Any suggestion on what to read next?

The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson

Under the Influence by Joyce Maynard

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Everything I Don’t Remember by Jonas Hassen Khemiri

Lost by S.J. Bolton

Defending Jacob by William Landay

The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris


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Review by Norma: Guest Bed


Guest BedGuest Bed by Luke P. Narlee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read:  November 16 – 17, 2016

This extremely hard to put down novel gets a 5* rating from me! Very clever storyline with the best plot twist and message ever. GUEST BED by LUKE NARLEE was a fitting title which was executed perfectly from the husbands point of view. Loved it!

It was an engrossing, tense, and thought-provoking novel with an unexpected twist. It was very exciting and easy to follow along which I read in two sittings!

Thank you to my Goodreads friends and the author for introducing me to another great read!

It was a fast-paced, exciting, thought-provoking, quick, and easy read with an ending that was wrapped up perfectly which answered all my many questions. Highly recommend!!

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