2016 Challenge

PopSugarI already have a hunch that 2016 is going to be a great year. I’m taking a pottery class (anybody in the market for dishware!?), planning a move back to Chicago in February, and taking on a new reading challenge! Popsugar once again put together a list of categories to tackle this year, which I love, and I’m upping my goal to 20.

This year I had three family members pick 5 categories each for me to read. I picked 5 myself, as well.

  1. An autobiography
  2. A book guaranteed to bring you joy
  3. A book about an unfamiliar culture
  4. A murder mystery
  5. A book recommended by a family member
  6. A book set in Europe
  7. A book written by a comedian
  8. A book you can finish in a day
  9. A book that takes place during summer
  10. A book with a blue cover
  11. A book translated to English
  12. A book recommended by someone you just met
  13. The first book you see in a bookstore
  14. A science-fiction novel
  15. A book that takes place on an island
  16. A class from the 20th century
  17. A book becoming a movie this year
  18. A National Book Award Winner
  19. A book set in your home state
  20. A self-improvement book

Here we go.


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A Brief Review – Book #12

In light of Halloween, I decided I would dive into a genre that makes me squirm…. Horror!

Then I thought to myself “who are you kidding?” and I played it safe and chose a Gillian Flynn novel instead.

Flynn has a dark, twisted mind so I felt her mystery novel, Dark Places, would absolutely fulfill the requirements for A Book That Scares You. It was creepy, demented and definitely had more gore-filled pages than I’m used to. Somehow, I powered through the whole thing without a single nightmare! It might have something to do with my long days and 5:15 a.m. alarm. When my head hits the pillow, there is absolutely nothing getting in between me and that deepest, deepest stage of sleep.

There were times, however, when I did put this book down just to watch a funny YouTube video or have a casual, non-threatening conversation with a nice human being. This story is full of suspicious characters with sociopathic tendencies – the occasional breaks were nice.

The main character in this novel is Libby Day. Her mother and two sisters were brutally murdered when she was 7 years old, and her only surviving family members are her father, a deadbeat, and her brother who ultimately was accused of the murders and sent to jail. The story flashes between the days leading up to the murder, changing characters to give you a full idea of where everyone was, and present day when Libby is convinced by a stranger to find out the real truth about that day. With references to satanic worship, weird sacrifices, and never a clear idea of who was involved in the murders, Flynn takes Creepy to a whole new level.

I’d recommend this book for fans of Gillian Flynn, who has mastered the characters who are deep-down psychos, and for people who like to solve mysteries. This one has plenty of eerie suspects, all with plausible motives. It’s also way better than the movie.

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