Confessions of a Murderino: How I Became Interested in MURDERERS (i.e. True Crime)

I haven’t been doing a ton of reading in the last couple of weeks. I haven’t been doing anything particularly constructive though, either. What I have been doing though, is binge listening to tons of podcasts.
Now, I’m not saying that listening to podcasts isn’t constructive. There’s a ton of great shit out there, man. It’s just that usually when people listen to stuff like podcasts or audiobooks or whatever, they are doing something else.
Maybe they’re on the bus, or driving, or walking, or cleaning, or cooking, or literally anything else. But me? I’m usually just curled up on the couch with earbuds in and eyes closed.

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What I’ve Been Reading & Stuff—March Wrap-up

This year has been an interesting one so far—In mostly good ways. I’ve been trying to read less and leave my house more, but I’ve still been reading lots of really good books (obviously) and watching dope shows.

I thought I would do an update with the books I’ve been reading lately, etc. So… Here’s a March wrap-up. Read more…

Dope Linkz

Since I heard that Teen Vogue had become more newsy and political, I’ve been following them online. Best. Decision. “What Defunding Planned Parenthood Means.”

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel | Shit got dark real fast

 The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Adult Fiction
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published March 7th, 2017 by Crown
Goodreads | Amazon | Indigo

Please note: I received an ARC of this book in for my honest review and participation in the TLC Book Tour.

I read and enjoyed the Book of Ivy by Amy Engel, and when I found out she was penning an adult mystery I had to get my hands on it. The Roanoke Girls is the story of a missing woman, an insanely dysfunctional family, a small town, and a woman returning home to look for her missing cousin.

It had me at “missing woman” and “dysfunctional family.”

About 20 pages in—I swear, it’s not really a spoiler—you plunge into the depths of this family’s dysfunction. The main character Lane left Roanoke when she was a teenager because she found something out.

What was it? Incest. Lots and lots of incest. This book is completely riddled with it, so if that bothers you, definitely don’t pick this one up.

I wasn’t really sure what to make of this book. On the one hand, I read it pretty quickly, wanting to know how it would end and what would be revealed. On the other hand, I found it unnecessarily sordid and I was just grossed out most of the time.

The main character, Lane, is not the most likable of people. She is understandably messed up. I mean, her mother killed herself, and then she moved to the horror show that is Roanoke. She only spent one summer there, but it was enough to leave her marked for the rest of her life.

I found Lane’s character and that of her cousin Allegra quite fascinating. They have so many layers. It was quite interesting to see how they dealt with what happened to them, and how bits of their characters are revealed throughout the story.

For the most part, I found the main characters complex, flawed, and intriguing. But I found the secondary characters a little flat, a little stereotypical, a little uneven.

Honestly, I’m not sure how I felt about this book. I didn’t love it. I didn’t hate it. I wish the whole incest thing was a big twisty reveal and not present throughout the whole book. It was just too sordid for me. I guess I felt like I didn’t know what I had gotten myself into, and then wished I had known so I could have not gotten myself into it. I wish I could see past that and tell you what I thought of the rest of the book but I just can’t.

I love stories about messed up people and families and the whole prodigal son/daughter thing. I love eerie, personal mysteries that bring broken families back together just to break them again. But I didn’t love the direction this story took. I was uncomfortable the whole time.

Maybe that was the intention of the book? If so, it just wasn’t for me. That being said, if you like really dark stories that use that darkness as a catalyst for character exploration, you might enjoy this book. It is well written, and, like I said, the main characters were really interesting.

Check out what others on the book tour are saying about The Roanoke Girls:
Monday, March 6th: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, March 7th: Booksie’s Blog
Wednesday, March 8th: Bookchickdi
Thursday, March 9th: All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
Thursday, March 9th: Buried Under Books
Friday, March 10th: Not in Jersey
Monday, March 13th: Laura’s Reviews
Tuesday, March 14th: Sweet Southern Home
Wednesday, March 15th: Thoughts on This ‘n That
Thursday, March 16th: Books and Bindings
Friday, March 17th: Rebel Mommy Book Blog
Monday, March 20th: Fuelled by Fiction
Tuesday, March 21st: Kritter’s Ramblings
Tuesday, March 21st: SJ2B House of Books
Wednesday, March 22nd: Write Read Life
Thursday, March 23rd: Luxury Reading
Monday, March 27th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Tuesday, March 28th: A Fantastical Librarian
Wednesday, March 29th: Snowdrop Dreams of Books
Wednesday, March 29th: Patricia’s Wisdom

Lord of the Rings fan? Try these

Today I’m going to be wearing two hats, of the figurative variety. I’m doing some duel reader’s advisory: librarian and blogger.

First let’s talk about Lord of the Rings

This classic series is beloved. By me, too! It’s a classic fantasy by the amazing and unparalleled J.R.R. Tolkien. That man was a genius. As a scholar, he drew heavily on Anglo-Saxon traditions and language. He was especially interested in language. Did you know that the story for LOTR came out of languages he created first? Crazy! Read more…

Dope Links | Rad Junk I Read on the Internet Last Week

A Georgia Legislator is quoted saying this about rape survivors: “If you feel triggered, trigger somewhere else.” Quote of the Day via Feministing.

Hillary Clinton being inspiring on International Women’s Day: The secret to Hillary Clinton’s resilience: ‘the discipline of gratitude’ via Quartz.

“The notion of protests as an option only for the elite simply doesn’t jibe with history.” Protests Are Not About the Privileged via Jezebel.

Brie Larson silently, but not so silently, agrees that Casey Affleck is a garbage human: Brie Larson Indicates That Not Clapping for Casey Affleck Meant Exactly What You Thought It Did via Jezebel.

With the 20th anniversary upon us, Quartz reflects on The revolutionary message of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Being single is not the end of the world. It can even be enjoyable. Single Minded: The Difference Between Being Single And Being Alone via Vogue UK.
Should I be quitting coffee?!! D: What Quitting Coffee Did for My Skin via TeenVogue.

Books For International Women’s Day

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, guys! It’s Women’s History Month! And today is International Women’s Day! In celebration, I’ve compiled a bunch of great reads by, for, and about women. Whip out your TBR and get ready to add some titles to your list.
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Dope Links | Cool Stuff I Read on the Internet

Want to reduce police brutally? Get more lady cops. Via Quartz

I love this–Book Recs to my Past Self Re: the Awful Guys I Dated in my 20’s Via Book Riot

What We Lose When We Give Awards to Men Like Casey Affleck (read: garbage humans) Via Elle

Reader’s Advisory: Library V. Blog

I was at work the other day making displays, and I was hit with a thought. Display making is a form of reader’s advisory. So is blogging. And I love both things to bits. They do, however, both take a different approach.

The reader’s advisor in a library takes into account the reader’s interest over their own. In blogging, it’s where the two overlap. I’m very passionate about both of these things, and want to find a way to bring them together Read more…

Library Assistant Life

For the last two, almost three, years I’ve worked in a public library.

I started at the bottom, as what we call a clerk—i.e. someone who shelves books—and have been working my way up.

I’ve been very lucky so far in my library career. I started off at quite a small branch in a kind, tight-knit community. The staff emulated this. They have always been so friendly, welcoming, and eager to teach. Through their guidance and support, I’ve been able to learn so much. Read more…