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Book Review: There's A Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar

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A while ago, I was browsing books on ThriftBooks.com and came across the children's book There's A Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar. Seeing this book brought back a flood of memories from middle school. This book was originally recommended to me by a friend when we were in the sixth grade and remember absolutely loving it. So, it went without saying that I had to buy this book and reread it.
Not remembering much of anything, it was like reading There's A Boy in the Girls' Bathroom for the first time. The main character, Bradley Chalkers, is the kid that no one likes, including teachers. Other students think he's weird and a bully; teachers think he's unruly and destructive. It's actually a very heartbreaking story about a boy that is misunderstood and has distanced himself from his peers and has given up on life in general.
There are so many life lessons that can be learned in this book that both children and adults can benefit from learning. Do…

52-Week Book Challenge: A More Difficult 2020 Reading Challenge by The Running Bibliophile

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Do you want a book challenge that will help you read 52 books within 52 weeks? This is the book challenge that will help you with that goal. There is no order in which you need to complete this challenge as long as you finish within the 52 week time period.
Good luck with our 52-Week Book Challenge: A More Difficult 2020 Reading Challenge, and Happy New Year!


52 Week Book Challenge Topics
A Book Based on a Television SeriesA Book Turned into a Television SeriesA Book Turned into a MovieA Book Written by someone you've metA Book that you picked because you liked the coverA Book that makes you laughA Book about books, bookstores, or librariesA 2019 Goodreads NomineeA 2019 Goodreads WinnerRead the First Book in a seriesRead Book 1 in a trilogyRead Book 2 in a trilogyRead Book 3 in a trilogyA Book that starts with the letter AA Book that starts with the letter ZA Book that has a color in the titleA Book that has a number in the titleA Book Set in the State You Live InA Book Based in the …

2020 Reading Challenge by The Running Bibliophile

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The Running Bibliophile's  2020 Reading Challenge

Looking to challenge yourself in the New Year or get out of your comfort zone when it comes to books?
Here are twenty ways to challenge yourself this year when it comes to reading.


 A book that has been reviewed or recommended on TheRunningBibliophile.comA book published in 1920A book published in 2020A book published the year you were bornA book that has been translated into your native languageA biography or autobiography for a past or current political figureA classic that you've never readA book written by an author you've never read before A book turned into a television show or movie A book that is the first book in a series A book you were supposed to read in high school but didn'tA book that contains one of the seasons in the title A book that contains one of the twelve months in the titleReread a favorite bookA book on your "To Be Read" listA book on your "Did Not Finish" listA book that conta…

Book Review: The Dilemma by B. A. Paris

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Have you heard of the website Goodreads.com? It's a free website community where you can track the books you want to read, books you're currently reading, and books that you've read. The other AMAZING thing about this site is that they have Goodreads Giveaways where you can enter to win free books, including Advanced Readers Copies (ARC).
I was fortunate enough to win one of those giveaways on Goodreads.com for The Dilemma by B. A. Paris. There were 5,986 people who entered the giveaway, and 100 people where chosen to receive an ARC. When I received the email stating that I was one of the winners, I let out a happy squeal. In my wildest dreams, I never thought I'd be lucky enough to win. I received The Dilemma by B. A. Paris for free in exchange for my honest review. What made it even better is that B. A. Paris is fast becoming one of my favorite authors, and she did not disappoint with her latest installment.
The Dilemma by B. A. Paris is about Livia's fortieth birt…

The Running Bibliophile's Thriller Book Challenge

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The Running Bibliophile'sThriller Book Challenge
Challenge yourself to read each and every book on The Running Bibliophile's Thriller Book Challenge List below. Let us know if you loved these books or hated them!


The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
Deeper Than The Dead (Oak Knoll, #1) by Tami Hoag
Vanished (Nick Heller, #1) by Joseph Finder The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
The Institute by Stephen King
The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams
The Firm by John Grisham
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith, J.K. Rowling
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon






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Manic Monday: Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, #2) by Janet Evanovich

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Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, #2) by Janet Evanovich is the second book in the Stephanie Plum book series. In this installment, Stephanie is given an easy case by her cousin Vinnie since she's still inexperienced . . . catch Joe Morelli's cousin, Kenny Mancuso. However, it won't be as simple as everyone thought because Morelli is also after Kenny.
Although I thought the sequel was a lot better than One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1), I still wasn't completely sold on the Stephanie Plum series, but the ending is what really made me want to keep reading the series and what made me bump up my rating. If you're looking for a serious, meaty mystery or thriller, this isn't the book for you. I consider it more of a light read, a beach read if you will, and I don't mean it in a bad way either. Two for the Dough(Stephanie Plum, #2) is a tad predictable, but it has its suspenseful moments and gives you a bit of humor and romance along the way.
Being as this n…

Shoutout Saturday: The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

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Several years ago when the movie trailer for  The Silver Linings Playbook came out, I knew I had to see the movie because it starred the actor Bradley Cooper. Be still my heart! But I knew that it was based on a book, and I am big on reading the book before seeing the movie, so I immediately ran out to Barnes and Noble Booksellers to buy the book without reading the synopsis like I typically do.
This Matthew Quick novel was interesting to say the least, and it definitely wasn't what I was expecting. The writing and story of The Silver Linings Playbook was definitely reminiscent of Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being A Wallflower.
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick was very well written, but the main two characters of the book, Pat and Tiffany, really began to grate on my nerves as I progressed through the book. However, I'm not sure if that was Quick's intention or not. I think part of the reason why the character Pat grated on my nerves is although he is thi…