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- How to| 5 Ways to Read More Books in #2021
Looking to read more in 2021? Make it fun! Here are 5 ways to read more this year: 1. Make a plan: Like any other goal you'll need to plan for reading more this year. Here's how: Grab your phone or a notepad and begin jotting down the reason you would like to read more this year. Then answer the following questions: How many books would you like to read this year? How many would you need to read per month to reach your goal? How will you acquire your books (Library, Amazon, Bookstore, Trade)? How will you hold yourself accountable (a friend, a blog, a bookclub, instagram page)? Making and sticking to a plan will put your reading on autopilot. A wonderful resource to join others in meeting their reading goal is the website GoodReads by Amazon. Millions of readers log their progress, reviews and goals all while networking with other readers. Don't forget to add ReadingOnTheRun as a friend on GoodReads! 2. Pick a theme: Do you already have a specific topic of interest in your life? Maybe it's fashion, beauty, cooking, personal finance, trains, stock trading, etc. If so, commit to reading a variety of books within each book genre about that specific topic. It'll keep you interested and engaged since it's topic of interest you already have! For example, love cooking? Here are a few books across book genres that you'll love: Fiction: Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult Non-Fiction (Memoir): Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson Romance: Can't Stand the Heat by Louisa Edwards Self-Help: Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch 3. Join a bookclub: Reading is more fun with a friend! Most bookclubs have gone virtual this past year which makes them much easier to join and/or start. Grab a couple of bookish friends and start a group chat about a steamy romance book. Websites like Book of The Month, makes it easy for a group of friends to pick a current book of any genre and get it shipped directly to each person, removing some of the hassle of starting a bookclub. They have carefully curated options, ship directly to your door, and have a monthly subscription service so you'll always have a good book nearby. Get a ROTR discount to join #bookofthemonth for only $5 (over 75% off!). Click our link to get started!: https://www.mybotm.com/kv6kxt56p0t?show_box=true 4. Listen more!: One of the most common reasons for not reading is lack of time. We're all so busy with various responsibilities. Audible by Amazon is a great way to listen to the latest reads while driving, cooking, cleaning or just about doing anything. Another option to get more audiobooks is to use Libby, which allows you to download free audiobooks from your local library directly through the app. How great is that?! Always having an audiobook on hand is an easy way to prevent boredom with reading. You can always alternate between an audiobook and a physical book (of different titles) if one is rather slow to get your attention. This will prevent you from losing progress toward your reading goals. 5. Watch the movie...read the book Some of the best movies are based on books. Pick a few favorite movies to watch then commit to reading the book afterwards. This will help you read more and it'll be entertaining to compare the differences between the two. For example, The Queens Gambit by Netflix is an exciting drama touting raving reviews. By now almost everyone familiar with the series knows it's based on a novel written by Walter Tevis . Since all of the exciting details of a novel can't possibly be carried out on screen, reading this will be a real treat! Happy Reading Friends, Xoxoxoxoxox, ROTR As always feel free to join the book chats by following www.readingontherun.com on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.
- Book Review| Lies She Told by Cate Holahan
Have to you ever unintentionally told a lie? If so, this book, Lies She Told by Cate Holahan, will make sure you never do again! Liza is married twelve years, desperately trying for a baby and has only 30 days to write a #1 bestseller. On top of juggling insurmountable pressure of writing her best novel yet, and the artificial pregnancy hormones, Liza must also help find who killed her husband's law partner before he spirals out of control and shatters her dreams of becoming a family of three. Cate Holahan is the author of five domestic suspense novels, including One Little Secret, previously reviewed by RTOR. The most recent Holahan novel, titled Her Three Lives, is due to release in March 2021. Holahan's writing style includes short plain sentences. Paragraphs are littered with dialogue between extensive scenic descriptions. Little dialogue between characters prevents extensive character development but there is enough to enjoy the story. With a very entertaining plot, much like One Little Secret, Holahan keeps the reader enticed with very little lulls in the storyline. Lies She Told is a dueling tale which parallels the story of Liza, Holahan's main character, and Liza's protagonist, Beth. Written in one position of voice (POV) with two different characters, each in different worlds, Holahan pulls off the difficult task of keeping the reader at bay as the suspense unfolds. The Audible version of this book, narrated by Amy McFadden and Lisa Larsen, boosts the writing to give the characters separate life celebrating the original delivery of a somewhat familiar phycological plot. Meet the Characters Liza, struggling to get back on the bestseller list after her debut novel, titled Drowned Secrets, is focused on writing the life of Beth. Unfortunately, she can't quite concentrate when it's found out how her husband's partner went missing...by drowning. David, married to Liza, is a New York City Lawyer having a tough time dealing with his partners disappearance. With the additional workload and the pressure of finding his missing partner, David isn't as focused as Liza would like him to be on starting their family. When finally confronted by Liza, he reveals shocking news. Trevor, real life is Liza's handsome and critical editor, consistently applying pressure for Liza's next masterpiece. Though, in Beth's world, Trevor is a sexy Psychiatrist in which she begins an affair. Leaving the reader of this book to wonder just how much of Beth's world will spill over into Liza's real world troubles. Nick, David's Law partner, is gorgeous, smooth and very much a ladies man. Unlike David, Nick hasn't settled down with one woman and argues that David married wrong, not keeping his dislike of Liza a secret. When he goes missing without a trace, everyone begins to wonder about the true Nick and whether they even knew him at all. Beth is the protagonist in Liza's fictional book. Beth suspects that her husband Jake is cheating on her with a law enforcement officer at his law firm. Newly a mother, Beth finds herself in a predicament causing her to choose saving her small young family or leaving her husband. The Verdict This book is worth the read. Cate Holahan doesn't disappoint. Happy Reading Friends, Xoxoxoxoxox, ROTR As always feel free to join the book chats by following www.readingontherun.com on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.
- Book Review: One Little Secret by Cate Holahan
Imagine you and your spouse taking a much needed week long beach vacation trip with two of your favorite couples. Six of you basking in the sun, enjoying refreshing cocktails, and engaging conversation. Secrets may slip off the tongue and hidden passions may reveal themselves. Then, when time comes to return back to daily life, there are only five of you leaving the life of luxury. Well, you don't have to imagine, there is a book for that! One Little Secret by Cate Holahan is a phycological thriller following three couples on a wild ride of mystery, lies and deceit. A novel of thirty-two unabridged chapters, Holahan cleverly weaves a charming story and gives each character enough depth to keep the reader's attention. If you are a fan of the signature marriage plot duplicity of books by author Kimberly Belle, you will enjoy the similar array of domestic suspense novels by Cate Holahan. This book is currently available free with an Amazon Audible membership. Though this audiobook is well read by Hillary Huber, at various points throughout the story the sound likens to an automated voice which is distracting. Meet the Characters: Gabby is a newly minted Detective and one of very few women serving in the department. Married with a beautiful young daughter, Gabby intuitively navigates the murky waters of solving a domestic murder, a crime that occurs very rarely in their wealthy north eastern part of the United States. Jenny & Lewis are an attractive, successful couple at the hight of their careers. The couple met in medical school and continue to support one another as they raise their young bi-racial daughter. Jenny becomes a minor celebrity when deciding to make a career change to Medical Sports Anchor and Lewis, an Emergency Room Physician, struggles to process the emotional impact of his wife's rising success. Susan & Nadal, a stay-at-home mom and tech start-up owner respectively, are the proverbial "couple next door". As Nadal spends an increasing amount of time driving the company to success, Susan struggles to adjust to the new neighborhood after leaving her thriving career as a high powered west-coast lawyer behind. With two young sons, one of which with special needs, Susan plans the week long beach vacation for the neighbors in hopes of making friends and fitting in. Rachel, also a high powered Lawyer, is married to Ben, a self-publishing mystery writer and unofficial flirt of the neighborhood. While on the getaway, Rachel receives some disappointing news from their daughter which ignites an unexpected turn of events for the couple. The Plot: This is a classic mystery of finding the murderer among the trusted. Wait until the very end for the plot twist. The Verdict: This book may be worth the read however the listen (audible audiobook) may be less enjoyable. The storyline maybe a bit predictable at times yet still enjoyable. This book is recommended to spice up a weekend full of laundry and beauty treatments! Happy Reading Friends! Xoxoxoxoxoxo, ROTR As always feel free to join the book chats by following www.readingontherun.com on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.
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