I peered through the slats of the blinds covering the glass on my office door and watched the dark, brooding man in the hallway. [opening of The Arrangement]
He headed behind the bar and began preparing a drink. "Look, I'm worried about you. The news is so depressing lately. Crime, murders, kidnappings. . . I don't know what I would do if I ever lost you." [excerpt from 56% of The Arrangement]
Another case has fallen onto the desk of Tootsie Carter; a female detective armed with a snub-nosed Colt .38, unmatchable wit, and a pocketful of Tootsie Rolls.New York City, 1975A missing wife. The seedy underbelly of the boxing world. Lace your gloves and ring the bell, PI Tootsie Carter is on the case. When a desperate man stumbles into her office, pleading for help locating his wife, Tootsie launches into the investigation. Following the clues, she uncovers a boxing racketeer with a deadly agenda. Can Tootsie deliver the one-two punch that brings the woman home safe? Or will more bodies fall to the mats? [Goodreads Synopsis]
From the Publisher:
Divergent: One choice can transform you. Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling debut is a gripping dystopian tale of electrifying choices, powerful consequences, unexpected romance, and a deeply flawed "perfect society."
Insurgent: One choice can destroy you. Veronica Roth's second #1 New York Times bestseller continues the dystopian thrill ride. As war surges in the factions all around her, Tris attempts to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Allegiant: The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.
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How have books changed you the most? (submitted by Julie @ JadeSky)
I have been a reader for as long as I can remember and cannot imagine a life without books. Reading has touched every aspect of my life in some way. Sometimes the impact is subtle and other times more obvious.
Scientifically, reading is known to improve concentration and memory and can make a person smarter. It is also believed reading improves our ability to reason. Pleasure reading reduces stress. Perhaps the most popular study out there shows how reading can increase empathy. While I would like to believe all of these have proven true for me, it's hard to know just how much they actually have had the desired effect on me. I think the one area I feel it the most acutely these days is how reading is a source of calm for me. When I need to slow down or quiet the racing thoughts in my head, vanquish my fears or if I just need to step away from real life for a short while, I often turn to reading. Reading is something I do for fun, of course, but it is also a form of self-care.
Along the lines of self-care . . . through reading, I have learned more about myself--I may recognize myself in a character/person or situation and not feel so alone. I am constantly finding connections with the people I read about, even those with completely different life experiences than my own, relating to them on some level. This not only gives me that sense that I am not alone, but also allows me to see things from a different perspective, both on a personal level and outside of myself. I am not so quick to judge, and I feel like I am more open to other ideas and worldviews. My knowledge base has certainly increased. I also feel that my reading has helped shape who I am and how I see the world. Reading certainly has inspired more creativity in me, sparking ideas and helping me become a better writer.
Sometimes my reading challenges what I believe or how I feel. And I don't mind. My views have evolved over the years thanks to books--I grow as a I learn. It's an ongoing process. I like to see things from as many perspectives as possible. I have this innate desire to understand why people are the way they are, believe what they believe, why they make the decisions they do, and how that impacts their lives--how they get through it. It comes back to making connections. I love how stories connect us. How they touch all of us in one way or another. And how they can change us. They make me want to be a better person and believe that it's possible. There is so much power in the written word.
I am not sure if this really answers today's question. I started typing and this is where I ended up. Books have influenced every aspect of my life in one way or another. I do not know that I can point to how they have changed me the most, but reading and books are a part of what has made me who I am.
What about you? How have books changed you the most?
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Be sure and tell me what you are reading and are up to!
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