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Book Reviews: November 2017

Those Across the River

by Christopher Buehlman

A few years ago, I requested a book for my dad that was written by an investigator who had researched missing person cases from national and state parks around the country. It’s a very straightforward “just the facts, Ma’am” account of many recorded missing persons. While the supernatural element is visible in many of the stories, he never states that is the case. Cases like toddlers and young children who are reported missing, only to be found, days later, miles away, barefooted with not a scratch on them. Yet to get from Point A to Point B they would’ve needed to cross rugged terrain. How is this possible?

That is what kept crossing my mind as I read, Those Across the River. Essentially, it’s a how-to guide on why one should always use caution when entering a foreign territory, such as the forest. After having read parts of Missing 411, I was a little cautious whenever I went hiking. Now, after reading Those Across the River, I will most certainly never enter the woods again alone. Though it took me a few days to get into this story, once things start happening – and shit gets real, real fast – the tension never lets up and I stayed up until 2am to finish reading the night of the full moon. I also may or may not have been a little terrified to walk back down the darkened hall to my room, but I’m sure that was just full moon jitters . . . Continue reading “Book Reviews: November 2017”

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Write Chain Challenge: One Year Later

It’s been a full year since I began my Write Chain Challenge: challenging myself to write 200 words a day, every day. And I’m ecstatic to say I have 365 chains to my name! Six months ago, I wrote an update post of how the Write Chain Challenge was going and I thought today would be the perfect time to share my thoughts on a year of writing. While the previous six thoughts still ring true, I wanted to shed some light on the difficulties I faced while writing every day. Continue reading “Write Chain Challenge: One Year Later”

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Book Reviews: October 2017

The obsession with thrillers continue! Yet this was a difficult month of reading. I picked up countless books, read a few pages or chapters, but couldn’t get into the story and so I would move on to the next one. These three were my only completions. That said, I need to get my butt in gear and find some better reads in order to catch up with my reading challenge! I’m five books behind, and with a few four day weekends in November, I’m hoping to remedy that!

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Book Reviews: September 2017

I’m feeling very into thrillers lately. Surprising, to me even, as I typically read either historical fiction or non-fiction, sometimes branching out into a debut author or some sort of literary fiction. But lately, I want to read something to scare my pants off. I’ve always had a love of horror movies, no matter how terrible, but that’s generally because I find them to be highly laughable. And yet, there’s something to be said about reading horror or thrillers. I suppose it’s because the imagination is a much more powerful muscle than we give it credit.

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Book Reviews: August 2017

 The last traces of summer are quickly disappearing, replaced by falling leaves and crisp evenings. I’ve come to realize that rather than having a favorite season, I love the transitional period between. The need for a sweater after months of sweating. The sudden chill that freezes plants and allows for time of rest. The fragrant scent that fills the air. The warming sun upon bare arms. I welcome the change and the opportunity to grow. And yet, change in other aspects can be difficult to bear.

As to the lateness of this post, I will say that I began drafting it in early July. But since then, I’ve been working through a lot of personal and internal anxiety laced with depression and as a result, I spent a lot of time slowing down. Being present. Breathing. Focusing on what was in my control. Letting go of what wasn’t. Enjoying things that brought me pleasure. Writing. Reading. Distracting myself from the voices in my mind that wanted to say otherwise. Thankfully, I’m feeling much better. I feel ready to return to blogging. To return to genealogy. But it took being honest, not only with others, but with myself, which I’ve realized is a more difficult task. It took a lot of tears. It took a lot of talking through feelings and emotions with family and friends and finally, with a wonderful counselor. And while I may not feel as I once did, I’m glad for the change. Because it made me appreciate each and every moment I’m given. For a long time, I’ve wished that I was more spontaneous. That I had a “go with the flow” attitude toward life. I may not be where I want to just yet, but this is all part of the journey.

And like Forrest Gump, that’s all I have to say about that particular topic. Except to add that mental health is equally, if not more, important than any other type of wellness. Okay, now I’m done! On to book reviews!
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Book Reviews: July 2017

I cannot believe how quickly this summer passed. Our Summer Reading Program has come to a successful end and now all that’s left is to enjoy the last few weeks of summer! August is shaping up to be a fantastic month full of home improvement tasks, birthdays (my 30th!), outings with friends, and I’ve begun working on a special project that I hope to unveil soon! In-between all that, I need to catch up on my Goodreads reading challenge for the year. I’m five books behind! Time to get my butt in gear and finish some books! Here’s a look at what I read in July.   Continue reading “Book Reviews: July 2017”