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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Buddy Reads - #CJSReads2017 - Introduction and January Books!

I joined Bookstagram (IG's nickname for all us bibliophiles out there) back in March of 2016.  I originally posted on my bookish things on my personal account and then realized the majority of my audience doesn't want to be inundated with all my nerdgasms!  I found this community and ta da - Where The Reader Grows was born!!  In finding like minded individuals, I got into a conversation with Jessica (@jessicamap) and Sam (@cluesandreviews) about how much we LOVE thrillers and all of the subgenres.  So we decided to start doing monthly buddy reads... and why just stop at ONE book a month?

Keep reading below for what we're reading this month (all synopses provided via Goodreads) and an introduction to the members of #CJSReads2017.  We'd love for you to follow and join us at your leisure!

The Dry - Jane Harper 

Publishing: January 10, 2017

Flatiron Books

Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well...

When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge.

And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds start bleeding into fresh ones. For Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret... A secret Falk thought long-buried... A secret which Luke's death starts to bring to the surface...

Sleight - Sloane Kady

Out Now!

Blackweald Press

How is love measured? By how much you're willing to bleed for another person? Do they show you one of those pain-rating scales and ask how much your relationship hurts? Point to the most anguished face and win a prize. Congratulations!

You must truly be loved. At what point is it more humane to just rip each other's hearts out instead of cutting each other open with sharp words and lies?

If love is measured in scars and sacrifices, I win. "Your dad's been in an accident, Bryce." "You're all he has, Bryce." "Do the right thing, Bryce." And I do, because I'm reluctantly good, even though my father only knows how to make me bleed.

I leave the bright colors of Seattle for my father's stagnant world and his decaying mind. He doesn't want me around, but he needs my memories. I don't want to be around, but maybe I need closure before the cloaked man takes him away forever, just like my mother and brother. Only thing is, I never learned to be careful what I asked for, and when I tear down the wall separating my father and me and find that everything I knew about him was a façade concealing unimaginable truths, forgiveness will come easy, but rectification might cost me everything.

Little Girl Lost (DI Robyn Carter #1) - Carol Wyer

Publishing: January 19, 2017


A perfect family hiding disturbing secrets. A killer who wants the truth to be told.

A teacher goes missing under suspicious circumstances.
A millionaire is murdered at a local reservoir.
For Detective Robyn Carter, there’s no obvious link between the men. But as she starts to delve into the cases, her investigations lead her to Abigail, perfect wife and mother to beautiful little Izzy. What was Abigail’s connection to the victims? And why is she receiving threatening messages from an anonymous number?

But as Robyn starts to inch closer to finding the killer, Izzy is abducted.

Unless Robyn gets to the twisted individual in time, a little girl will die …

Gripping, fast paced and nailbitingly tense, this serial killer thriller will chill you to the bone. Perfect for fans of MJ Arlidge and Angela Marsons. Discover Carol Wyer’s new series today – at a special launch price.

And now.. the members of #CJSReads2017... **drum roll please**


I've always had a passion for reading. Ever since I picked up a copy of Carrie at the age of 10 I've been hooked on all things horror! I stumbled upon Bookstagram in February 2016 and couldn't believe that there were so many people out there that loved books as much as (if not more than) I did. Meeting so many people in so many places is exciting. Getting recommendations for books and authors I may not have even known about has been great, but the best part is the amazing community. Not to mention the #cjsreads2017 buddy read beginning. 

Currently residing in a small town in the middle of nowhere Minnesota (with two chocolate lab monsters and a non-reader boyfriend), but born and raised in a suburb of Minneapolis.  My interest in reading stemmed from my parents both being avid readers.  My mother ALWAYS made sure to read to us before bed, until we were old enough to start reading aloud to her (we read the Harry Potter series).  So many books, so little time.. but you better believe I'm going to try!

Stalk her here ☺:
(Special note - she's also a #kingsister)


Reading has always been my thing; I’ve been on the hunt for amazing books for as long as I can remember.   As a kid, I would devour Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen mysteries (I started my own detective agency for my neighbours ). I moved quickly along to V.C Andrews and Carolyn Keene. Before you knew it I was on the hunt for the next Gone Girl.  After I stumbled across the bookstagram community and become an avid “book blog stalker”, I decided to take the plunge start my own in September 2016 and never looked back!

Residing in Ontario, Canada, I teach by day and blog by night.  Although I would never discriminate, mystery, thriller and suspense novels fill my TBR list; dabbling in some books in the horror genre and occasionally some romance, come check me out at Clues and Reviews for my thoughts, reviews, and general bookish ramblings.
Come stalk her here :)Twitter: @cluesandreviews Instagram:  @cluesandreviews


Bookstagram is something I started in March of 2016 and I am delighted to find like minded individuals who have a passion for reading and all things bookish.  With the inspiration, help and seeing the success of others, it has prompted me to start my own blog, up my reading and know there's a safe place for me to "book out" whenever I needed to.  Since everyone on Bookstagram is from all parts of the world, there is always someone available to chat with no matter what the time.  I'm excited for my monthly/buddy reads and upcoming collaborations.  

Currently based in Astoria (Queens), New York, I have lived in various countries and cities due to being from a military family.  I have found that my passions tend to change as years pass, but one thing remained consistent:  my love of books.  Where the Reader Grows is a play on the title of my favorite book and on life in general, as each new experience and place of residence has helped me grow throughout the years.  There are certainly more adventures to be had - please come along and join me!
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If you decide to join in the fun, don't forget to tag your pictures #CJSReads2017.  Stay tuned!

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