A Woman Is No Man

I was determined to read this book but I couldn’t get into it while reading it on my kindle. I went to the bookstore the other day saw it on the shelf and decided to buy a paperback copy. Best decision of my life. I was able to engross myself in the story and it kept me up until 3am just to finish it. I could relate to so much in this book and the stories she put in it just captivated you.

There were some honest plot twists I didn’t see coming and I loved that this book wasn’t your typical book. It shines a light on a culture that many people do not get to see into or try to understand. I couldn’t be happier I bought this book twice because the author honestly deserves it. I can only hope she writes another book as captivating and enlightening as this one.

Five out of five stars.

How to Make Friends with the Dark

This book is heart-wrenching and you just can’t help but feel it all. The author did a really good job writing this book. I will definitely say to step back and take a break from this book regularly. It does take a toll when you read it. I had to stop every 50 pages or so with some of the topics that are brought up in the book. Some of it was triggering for me which made this book hit a little harder than usual.

Let me also give you a heads up to the tears that will fall towards the end of this book. The rest of the story is sad but the ending hits a little differently and tears will spring forward a little quicker than you anticipate. Also, do yourself a service and read the author’s note. I usually just skim these but something made me actually read this one and I loved it. It was a nice come down from the book for me.

I will say this book was a nice read for Mental Health Awareness month. It is May and the hashtag is #breakthestigma. Find something to enjoy or someone to share with and enjoy life to its fullest. Be kind to yourself and others and remember to always practice self care.

Five out of five stars. Cheers.

My So-Called Bollywood Life

I have had this book on my TBR list for a while and was really happy when I found it in a used bookstore. Like any other person that collects too many books it sat in a pile for a while. I am glad I finally got around to reading it. I enjoyed the story and I enjoyed the main character Winnie Mehta.

If you enjoy watching movies and know actors and actresses this book will really pique your interest. I will say that there were some parts of the story that you can see coming from a mile away but there are also some parts that surprise you and give you warm fuzzy feelings. This book is definitely something I would love to give to a middle school girl and hope she loves it as much as I did.

Four out of Five stars!

The Boyfriend Project

Out July 9, 2020

I could not sing enough praises for this book! I picked it out for my May book of the month box and I couldn’t have been more satisfied in my life of my pick! This book is absolutely stunning and draws you in from the moment you start reading it. The author did an amazing job writing this book and I am so happy she did!

The moment I started reading it I was hooked and carrying it around my house to get even a sentence in between all that I need to do. This book is relatable and enamoring. The main character Samiah is amazing and perfect and encompasses a woman’s sassiness to the 100th degree. You can’t help but to be wrapped up in her personality and everything that happens. Everything that happens from the first chapter to the last is page turning and captivating. I couldn’t endorse a book more fully in my life.

Five out of five stars and a big standing ovation for this author!

Suicide Notes

I picked this book up at Books A Million on a whim. Since we are all stuck at home I decided to go grab a couple of books and this was one of them I found. This book was very strange in the beginning but oddly I kept reading. It keeps you wanting to know more in a strange way. Halfway through the book is when the emotions really hit though. You are pretty much in the dark until the character decides to stop lying to himself and the reader.

I wasn’t prepared for the LGBTQ representation. You get hints of it about halfway through but its not majorly talked about from what I have seen in reviews. I have to say I enjoyed the representation and how the author brought it in. I love the subtle books that nonchalantly bring it in and bam there it is. I highly recommend this book. I can’t say much more without giving the book away since I loved it so much I couldn’t put it down. Go down to the bookstore or get it offline and read it. Then I encourage you to come back and tell me what you thought!

End of Year Giveaway

Hello! I know I have been gone a while but I am back this month with a giveaway! I have fallen in love with Children of Virtue and Vengeance and I know it is a hot book. So I started a giveaway for the end of the year!

The giveaway has two books! You could win Permanent Record by Mary H. K. Choi or Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi!

If you want to enter just check out the link!

https://gleam.io/7EYtH/end-of-year-giveaway

Shutter

This book for me just didn’t do it. I started reading it and got into it pretty well but about halfway through it lost my interest. I could not care about the characters in it especially the main character. She just didn’t click for me to relate to or understand. If you like young adult mystery you may like this book but I just could not finish it.

Two out of Five stars.

Emergency Contact

Synopsis:

For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him. 

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

My Review:

This book is oddly sweet and amazing. I picked it up at Target on a milk run and can say I absolutely loved it. Sam and Penelope are so cute and so human. There is one topic it hits unexpectedly *spoiler* and that is rape. I didn’t even see it coming. It was a wham in your face thing. I didn’t know if this was meant to be this way but that is how it happened when it came across in the book.

Other than that the way these two navigate being around each other is quite frankly just too cute! They both handle their own battles and stories with such a human way that you can’t help but relate to them. I gotta say I totally loved this book. The healing that happens at the end really brings it all together.

Five out of five stars!

The Rest of The Story

I have always been a huge Sarah Dessen fan since I discovered her my freshman year of high school and I couldn’t help but buy the new book. I will say I was not disappointed! All of her books have always drawn me in and kept me wanting more and this book was no different.

Emma Saylor is the main character and you can’t help but love her but be frustrated with how she doesn’t stand up for herself. I do have to say I loved Roo. His character just seems to be the perfect laid back character and he even admits his own struggles which, to me, makes him more personable.

The rest of the family seems chaotic and calm all at once and really they all seemed to bring this story together. This book puts an emphasis on stories and how they bring people and families together. I can’t really explain how much this worked for this book and kept you coming back for more.

I give it five out of five stars and I really hope you get to read it!

Synopsis

Emma Saylor doesn’t remember a lot about her mother, who died when she was ten. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees at the edges.

Now it’s just Emma and her dad, and life is good, if a little predictable…until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother’s family—her grandmother and cousins she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl.

When Emma arrives at North Lake, she realizes there are actually two very different communities there. Her mother grew up in working class North Lake, while her dad spent summers in the wealthier Lake North resort. The more time Emma spends there, the more it starts to feel like she is divided into two people as well. To her father, she is Emma. But to her new family, she is Saylor, the name her mother always called her.

Then there’s Roo, the boy who was her very best friend when she was little. Roo holds the key to her family’s history, and slowly, he helps her put the pieces together about her past. It’s hard not to get caught up in the magic of North Lake—and Saylor finds herself falling under Roo’s spell as well.

For Saylor, it’s like a whole new world is opening up to her. But when it’s time to go back home, which side of her will win out?

You

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Hello everyone! It has been a while but I am back and wanted to rave about this book. I bought it after I watched the Netflix series because I really wanted to read this unique book. It is about a bookseller who becomes obsessed with this aspiring writer. Which appeals to me greatly since I read and write. I just loved the idea of it. It was something new and something I had never heard of before the tv series.

I won’t lie it sat on my shelf for a while because I really didn’t want to ruin the tv show or book becuase one didn’t complement the other. I will say I am pleasantly surprised with how well they stayed with the story. They kept to it really well. The only major differences is the kid in the apartment building and how some of the people (spoiler alert!) died.

Now this is where you stop reading if you don’t want spoilers.

It really goes into his thoughts and what he thinks. It isn’t so immersive in both of them but in him. Which I like better because he doesn’t seem so personable and more obsessive where the tv show made him seem more friendly. He doesn’t have the kid in the apartment building he is helping out so that makes him seem less nice and makes you more aware of his crazy tendencies. The timeline shortens which is to be expected. You don’t have about 12 hours of television to tell a story. You have about 400 pages to tell the whole thing. You can be more or less descriptive of what is going on. Focus on what you want to instead of the whole picture. All in all this book was spot on and I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. I started reading the sequel and can’t wait to see what they do for season 2 of this on Netflix.

Five out of five stars!