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2021 Book Reading Challenge by The Running Bibliophile

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Looking to challenge yourself in the New Year or get out of your comfort zone when it comes to books? We all look forward to planning what we'll read and new releases in the new year. However, we sometimes get stuck in a rut and need some help on what to read next. Here are twenty-one ways to challenge yourself this year when it comes to reading.   Book Reviewed on TheRunningBibliophile.com Book Published in 2021 Book Based on a True Story Book Written by a LGBTQ Author Book Written by an Asian Author Book Written by a Middle Eastern Author Book About New Year's / New Year's Eve Book About St. Patrick's Day Book About Independence Day Book About Thanksgiving Book About Christmas Book Recommended To You Book Published in the Year You Were Born Book That Takes Place Where You Live Non-Fiction Book About A Celebrity or Politician or Other Famous Person Book Written by an African-American or African Author Book Written by an European Author Book About Valentine

Book Review: The Silent Scream (Nightmare Hall, #1) by Diane Hoh

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  The Silent Scream (Nightmare Hall, #1) by Diane Hoh opens with six students arriving at Nightingale Hall dubbed Nightmare Hall, which is their off campus dorm at Salem University. After the students learn the deep, dark secret that another student committed suicide in the dorm, odd things begin happening. Diane Hoh was a very popular author in the 1990's with a slew of books to her name. It seems as though she simply vanished into thin air as I haven't heard of any new books written by her. I'll have to look into what happened to her and why she hasn't continued writing, or if she has continued writing, why I haven't heard of those books. In my attempt to reread my way through my childhood, I picked up The Silent Scream (Nightmare Hall, #1) by Diane Hoh. Since this wasn't a book that I reread a ton as a kid, I really didn't remember too much about the book with a couple of exceptions, and those parts that I did remember, I only remembered when I started

Book Review: Roasting in Hell's Kitchen: Temper Tantrums, F Words, and the Pursuit of Perfection by Gordon Ramsay

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Roasting in Hell's Kitchen: Temper Tantrums, F Words, and the Pursuit of Perfection by Gordon Ramsay takes a mind-blowing look into the life of Gordon Ramsay. From his tough childhood to his father's alcoholism and brother's heroin addition to a failed soccer career, you'll learn what made Gordon Ramsay the chef he is today. Several years ago, I stumbled on to a reality show on the Fox Network called Hell's Kitchen , which was in the middle of its third season. There was nothing else on television so I wanted to see what this "new" show was all about, and I immediately fell in love with it. Much to my surprise, it had two previous seasons. (I still don't know how I hadn't heard about this show before then.)  From there, I fell in love with the show Kitchen Nightmares , 24 Hours to Hell and Back , and all things Gordon Ramsay. When he came out with his autobiography, Roasting in Hell's Kitchen: Temper Tantrums, F Words, and the Pursuit of Perfe

Book Review: Welcome To Junior High (Girl Talk, #1) by L. E. Blair

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Welcome To Junior High (Girl Talk, #1) by L.E. Blair is the first book in the Girl Talk book series taking place in Acorn Falls, Minnesota and featuring the unlikely friendship between four American girls by the names of Sabrina "Sab" Wells, Allison Cloud, Katherine "Katie" Campbell , and Rowena "Randy" Zak. The first edition in this series is told from the point of view of Sabrina Wells, who is excited for the first day of junior high and seventh grade. Everything that can go wrong on the first day of school does . . . along with making an enemy the principal's daughter, Stacy the Great. The Girl Talk book series was one of my favorite book series when I was in middle school, and I was absolutely in love with the board game of the same name. I never put together that they had anything to do with one another until a few years ago. Additionally, I literally just learned was L.E. Blair is a pseudonym used by author Katherine Applegate, who I absolutel

Book Review: Scary Stories 3, More Tales To Chill Your Bones (Scary Stories, #3) by Alvin Schwartz, Illustrator Stephen Gammell

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Scary Stories: More Tales To Chill Your Bones (Scary Stories, #3) written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell is the last edition in the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark book series. This collection of short stories are truly creepy stories, some that were even hair-raising and based off of folklore. As with the prequels, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (Scary Stories, #1) and More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (Scary Stories, #2) , I reread this edition for nostalgia reasons, to see if it held up to the test of time, and because I saw the movie based on these books in the movie theater. Scary Stories: More Tales To Chill Your bones was better than its predecessors and felt more adult as well. And, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the illustrator, Stephen Gammell. His artwork throughout this book is amazing and makes it creepier. Some of my favorite stories that I still found chilling as an adult include The Bus Stop , Faster and Faster , Harold ,

Book Review: Seven Days of Rage: The Deadly Crime Spree of the Craigslist Killer (48 Hours Mystery) by Paul LaRosa and Maria Cramer

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April 2009, I flew into Boston Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts and checked into my hotel in Back Bay, where I would be staying over Easter weekend. During my stay, I was awoken one night in the wee hours by police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances speeding down the road with their lights and sirens on. I finally fell back asleep and didn't think too much of all the commotion during my trip.  Several days after returning home, the local news aired a story detailing crimes that took place in Boston and Rhode Island, and Philip Markoff was arrested for them. When I heard this, I instantly knew that all that commotion that woke me up had to be tied to this news story, and it gave me chills. Any time I heard an update on Markoff, who was dubbed The Craigslist Killer , I was glued to the television, and of course, I watched the 48 Hours Mystery episode of these crimes. Then, news coverage began to diminish, and I didn't quite have the need to know all the nitty g

Book Review: Missing (Fear Street, #4) by R.L. Stine

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Mark and Cara Burroughs' parents were late coming home, so they decided to throw a party after school. When their parents still hadn't come home or called that night, the siblings aren't too worried as this is typical behavior of their parents. As the days go by with no contact with their parents, Mark and Cara begin to panic and contact the police. Missing (Fear Street, #4) by R.L. Stine will have you on the edge of your seat to the end. I was excited to reread Missing (Fear Street, #4) in my quest to reread my way through my childhood, especially after The Overnight (Fear Street, #3) by R.L. Stine was such a great book. However, the fourth installment of the Fear Street book series was not one of my favorites.  The biggest issue I had with it was that the first few chapters kept repeating some of the same information over and over. An example of this was reiterating that Mark was the shy, introverted sibling, and Cara was the outgoing sibling that wasn't afraid of