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The Woman in the Window | A.J. Finn

My head was once a filing cabinet. Now in a flurry of papers, floating on a draft.”
Genre: Psychological Thriller. Number of Pages: 432. Perspective: First. Location: New York City.
Anna is trapped in her house due to dibilitating agoraphobia, so she spends her days watching out her many windows. When she sees her new neighbor get stabbed, she needs to find a way to prove what she saw without leaving the safety of her own home. For a complete summary, you can go here.
I have to admit, I figured this was going to be another over-hyped book. I basically wrote it off before even opening it. Yeah, yeah, another unreliable narrator thriller. Yeah, another Woman on/in the [insert noun] book. But this had so many elements that were unique. It definitely lived up to the hype. 
About halfway through I thought I had the whole book figured out and assumed it would be a four star book. But this book has so many amazing twists. There was one big twist that I guessed, so I patted myself on the back. But …

The Opposite of Loneliness | Marina Keegan

We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life.”
Genre: Essays/Short Stories. Number of Pages: 208. Perspective: Alternating.
This book is a collection of short stories and essays gathered by Marina’s professors and family after her death. She died in a car accident shortly after she graduated from Yale and was set to work for The New Yorker. For a complete summary, you can go here.
I had so much hope for this book. The title made me think this was going to be an uplifting book for Millennials. Nope. Utterly depressing. First of all, the background of this story is just sad. You are led to believe that this girl was some writing prodigy who’s potential and amazing career was cut short by her untimely death. Yes, maybe she had promise, but these stories were no masterpieces. The introduction by her professor was the best part of the whole book. But it also set my expectations way too high for the stories that followed.
I seriously …

How to Get Review Copies of Books

I have been asked many times how I get access to review copies of so many great books. I wanted to share a few of the ways. 
First, you need some sort of blog/website where you will be posting your reviews. You also need to plan to post reviews to Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites. You should start by reviewing books you already have or books from the library. Places won’t just give you free books without seeing proof that you already have reviews and that your reviews are good quality. Some websites/publishers might also require you to have a fanbase and subscribers before they will send to anything you. 
Another thing to note, if you do receive free books, you should be timely in reading and posting your review. They usually are sending out new releases that they want a lot of buzz about (good or bad). I also recommend sending them a link to your review and at that point you can request the next book or two. If you don't review the books they sen…

Turtles All The Way Down | John Green

Anybody can look at you. It's quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.”
Genre: Young Adult Fiction. Number of Pages: 288. Perspective: First. Location: Indianapolis, Indiana.
Turtles All The Way Down is about a girl who goes on a quest to find a local missing billionaire. In the process, she reconnects with the billionaire’s son, whom she met at camp years ago. It is a story of friendship, family, and how crippling thoughts and fears can be. For a complete summary, you can go here.
What I love about this book is its ability to capture how anxiety and compulsive thoughts feel. I know it is hard for people without those disorders to understand, but I hope that this book gives them even the teeniest idea of what its like. Personally, I have put a lot of time and effort into subduing my spiraling thoughts. I am in a good place now, but there was a time where I could barely eat for six months because my irrational fears and anxieties took over, and I couldn’t explain what…

Why I Love Reading as an Author

This is a guest post by Tessa Robertson. 
Today, I wanted to discuss the world of writing and reading. No, I won’t be too longwinded about the importance of literature, but it is vital to encourage new readers and new authors. I’ve always been a huge reader. Over time, my preferences have changed, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Growing up, I was provided one genre to read and it was great. The experience with the genre (Christian romance) gave me the ‘feel good’ sense that I intertwine with my own writing. (And no, I don’t write CR.) 
One of the things I discovered when I started writing was that there are so many different genres of books out there! Honestly, I was amazed. And the authors. Goodness, there are way too many to count. The best part about finding a new author or genre is that you learn more about the world and get out of your comfort zone. When it comes to life, we (readers) have the best chance to love a thousand times and pull of high-stake heists from the safety of …

It’s a Writer Thing -- Looking Back

This is a guest post by Jessica Bayliss. 

Happy New Year, Wonderful Writers! I took a break from posting during December so I could focus on writing/editing and also enjoy the holidays. I hope you all had a fantastic holiday season and are ready for a new year of writing, reading, and moving forward toward your goals.
The start of a new year is a time when I always stop and think about where I am and how I got here. I often reflect on my path to my first career as a psychologist and all the things I accomplished. My favorite way to do this is to reflect on all the things that I’ve done/achieved or are happening now that weren’t part of my life 1 year ago.
For writing, for example, one year ago, I didn’t have the book deal for my debut novel, TEN AFTER CLOSING. I sit here writing this post on January 8th, and the offer came the evening of January 9th. It’s hard to put myself back to what it felt like to be in that place, waiting to see if my first experience with submission would go well …