Read Harder Challenge 2016

My friend Kelli Nicole of Nails and Novels shared with me an annual reading challenge hosted by Book Riot currently in it’s second year is called the Read Harder Challenge 2016. Kelli and I are both avid readers however she can most certainly devour many more books then I can on an annual basis. I try my best to read as often as I can but a targeted booklist will most certainly help me along.

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Off the Book Shelf – Dead Until Dark

I have just finished Charlaine Harris‘, “Dead Until Dark“. I know I am extremely late to the party but a friend gifted me with the first nine installments to the Sookie Stackhouse Novels. They also came highly recommended from my friend Kelli Staples over at Clothes and Clutches. I have never watched the tv series True Blood (I know, I know) with which the books are based. I may go on a viewing binge over the Christmas holiday though.


I am a total mystery/thriller/suspense buff although I am not one to keep up with the many different writers. I tend to stay with who and what I know, a few of my favorites being Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark, Patricia Cornwell and Dan Brown. So I made a semi jump on over to what I considered to be paranormal mystery, if that is even a genre.

I thought “Dead Until Dark” was pretty good. I’m not a huge vampire buff but I did like how the other supernatural aspects of the characters came into play such as Sookie’s self-proclaimed “disability”. I liked Sookie, she is kind (a bit too kind to folks if you ask me), very naive, and inquisitive. Which of course that last one makes for a great mystery. For some quick bask story, Sookie is a waitress at Merlotte’s in Bon Temps, Louisiana. She lived with her Grandmother until her death since the death of her parents when she was a child. She has one sibling, Jason who seems to be the cream of the male crop in Bon Temps (where looks are concerned). In a nutshell, Sookie has flaky friends, a caring Grandmother, an odd boss, an out there brother, dead boyfriend, some unpleasant customers, and a very creepy vampire stalker.

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Game of Thrones

Can we enter the world of my inner geekdom really quickly please, I am super excited that Game of Thrones will be back on the air in a few short weeks. I can’t wait till April 12th gets here!! I arrived very late to the phenomenon that is Game of Thrones for two reasons. 1.) I don’t particularly read fantasy literature or Sci Fi, though I LOVE to watch it, so I never knew about the books and 2.) I haven’t had cable for the past seven years or eight years. Continue reading