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What I’ve Been Reading (and Tweeting)

You’ve all watched The Night Of, right? If yes, did you love it as much as I did? If you haven’t watched it yet, I promise no spoilers… except this one. I proposed to Riz Ahmed during his recent QnA on twitter… and he accepted!


Yes, I’m a dork, but we already knew this. 


I’ve been reading A TON lately, and even though I gave up on that whole ‘reading with intention‘ project, I still want to share. 


Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – How is it that I never read this classic? Especially since so many people compare it to Jane Eyre which is my all time favorite. Amazing, timeless story, so well written. I love a good love story, especially a tragic one. 

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle – A look at the racism of the 1920’s through the lens of magic… It’s a short novella, a very quick read, but it pulls you in quickly. I never read the Lovecraft book this is always compared to (and now that we know how shitty of a human being Lovecraft was- do I want to) but most reviewers say this is much, much better.

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders – I am really not a fan of science fiction or YA but loved this book- which makes me think all those who categorize it as such are just plain wrong. It’s whimsical, and it’s dark and it’s sad… but it’s also hopeful. Two outcasts who knew each other from childhood have gone on to two very different specialties as adults- science and magic. Then, you know, the apocalypse. Typical love story 😉

The Cartel by Don Winslow – Not true crime, but close enough! I sped through the 600+ pages of this book in less than a week. It’s a very real look at the lives lived and lost in the Mexican-American drug wars, from both sides. And it’s not always clear who the bad guy is. Don’t get me wrong- the cartels are horrific… but honestly so is the US war on drugs, IMO. If you like true crime, or gory fiction, you’ll probably like this.

The Girls by Lori Lansens – This starts out feeling very YA, and I almost put it down, but so glad I didn’t! It’s the story of a pair of conjoined twins named Rose and Ruby, and they life they lead. Their dreams and hopes and heartbreaks. It’s the kind of book where you really feel like you knew the characters by the end. Fiction, but doesn’t really feel that way.

After her by Joyce Maynard – If you read my podcast roundup a few weeks back you know I’m really into murder podcasts right now, and this book fit right in. It’s a “coming of age during a serial killer spree” story. Very well written. A bit predictable, but very enjoyable. I actually went on to read two more books by the same author right after (although didn’t enjoy either as much as this one).

What are you reading? Anything I might like?





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  • Ann August 31, 2016, 7:51 am

    A.) LOVE that show (and him!), and B.) I just read Benediction by Kent Haruf, which Robert Redford is making into a movie. I think it’s being filmed there in Denver?

  • Bianca Phillips August 31, 2016, 10:32 am

    Man, I wish I was better at making time to read! I could do a whole post on books I’ve started and never finished though! I have a TON of them. I just buy the new Harry Potter book last night, and I know I’ll speed through that one.

  • Jennifer September 4, 2016, 8:16 am

    Have you tried listening to the podcast Sword and Scale? It is a true crime podcast that I am really liking. At first I thought it seemed really tacky (and maybe it still kind-of is) but there has been some spooky and interesting episodes recently including 3 child murders (meaning the murders are kids), a man who wrote a book about the death penalty process in Ohio, and a woman who wrote a book about a building where a murder took place.

  • Angie September 6, 2016, 11:45 am

    Congrats on your engagement 🙂 I have not seen the show, but of course, have heard of it from MFM podcast that I am now hooked on, thanks to you! I may need to check out this show!

    I am adding The Cartel and After Her to my to-read list, they sound right up my alley with my current obsessions!

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