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Literary World Traveler

A 37 year old wife, mother, business owner, and devourer of books, I would rather read than do just about anything. My husband and I read every night before bed and throughout the day when we can sneak a few minutes away. My most memorable reading experiences include my husband taking vacation time, standing in lines outside of book stores and attending book parties with me just so we could get two of the first copies of a popular book and shut ourselves in our home while we read them together. There are series that we follow religiously and genres that we just cannot get enough of, but there are enough differences in our preferences that, between the two of us, there are books of pretty much every genre and topic piled on bookshelves in our home and office. Working in market research and managing online and social media presences for our clients' brands, I like the idea of utilizing this media for the promotion of the books and fantastical worlds that I enjoy so much. Reading as many as a hundred books or more per year, I know that I will never read all the books I would like to, with more than two ten thousand books already purchased and set aside and new books being published all the time, but it is not going to stop me from having a wonderful time trying. My husband can read two books per day if he devotes the entire day to reading and has nearly perfect recall; I, on the other hand, can only complete one, but I figure that between the two of us, with all the lazy Sundays, vacation days, and extended lunch hours yet to be had that we will make a respectable dent in the wealth of literature waiting to be explored. Reviews: Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A3I4AJ7JORN5WW GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/8828381-kelly-truelove Barnes & Noble: http://my.barnesandnoble.com/Integrity-Consultants-profile Shelfari: http://www.shelfari.com/ladyoberon

Encryption for Bibliophiles

Codex - Lev Grossman

"Codex" caught my attention when seeking additional reads like, "Erebos." I cannot speak highly enough of, "Codex." This creation was the perfect blend of historical mystery and techno-fantasy with a labyrinthine plot.

Upon arriving here today to write this review, I was positively puzzled to read some of the reviews warning readers to bypass, "Codex" in favor of books with a tidier, more opportune, resolution. My rebuttal to these reviews is simply that this is a book for true bibliophiles, and more specifically, those who are seeking an intelligent thriller with elements of history and fantasy as well as mystery.

In literature, as in life, endings are not always dandy. Our paths are as winding and convoluted as the maze that held the Minotaur, so to speak. These paths are irrevocably altered by our choices, and those choices are shrouded in everything from belief and preference to human nature, desires, and bad judgement. If a reader goes into, "Codex" with the mindset that these characters can be as human as we are, then the read will be as thrilling for them as it was for me.

Having read authors such as Dan Brown, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Steve Berry, and Matthew Pearl, I can say that, "Codex" is among my top five and very highly recommended by this reviewer.