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Unique Blogger Award

My first book tag/award!  Thank you Bookchanted for nominating me!  If you don’t already, give her a follow!  She writes great YA reviews.

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Rules:

1.Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.

2.Answer the questions.

3.In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.

Ask them three questions.

1: If you could bring one fictional character to life, who would it be?

This is a tough one because a lot of my favorite characters are kind of nuts and I’m not sure if I could handle them IRL haha.  I think I’d have to go with Hermione Granger.  We would nerd out about wizard history, drink butterbeers, and exchange books.  She’s been one of my favorite characters since I was 9 and my love for her has always remained strong.

2: What is your favourite part of being a book blogger?

I love reading and sharing my opinion on books, and some times I don’t get to share as much as I would like in real life as I would online.  I love writing my reviews and seeing that people from all over the world looked at them.

3: Top 3 books you would never hesitate in rereading?

Any Harry Potter book

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“‘Salem’s Lot” by Stephen King

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Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

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Phew! I hope I did that ok!?  Once again, thank you so much Bookchanted!

I nominate:

My questions for you are:

  1. What book have you read recently that is completely out of your wheelhouse and did you like it? (ex: you read mostly non-fiction and read a fantasy book)
  2. If start you reading a book and find you aren’t enjoying it, do you power through it or put it down?
  3. What is the worst cliche/trope that authors use that make you want to launch a book out of a potato cannon?

 

 

 

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Difficult Women

by Roxane Gay

Length: 260 pages

Published: January 3rd 2017 by Grove Press
Medium of Consumption: eBook

The Rundown:

Difficult Women is a hard hitting collection of short stories. Each one giving a glimpse of different women’s lives, and often dealing with heavy issues and scenarios.

What I Thought:

I loved this book. Each story was so engrossing and every time I picked it up I couldn’t stop reading. This book definitely deals with a lot of different trigger content, so if you are at all uncomfortable with topics such as molestation or abuse I do not recommend it. These stories are so raw with emotion and well written that even if you do feel uncomfortable, just skip to the next story. Also guys: do not let the title or content fool you.  This isn’t a “feel good Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul book.”  Definitely well worth the read for any sex.  Will definitely be picking up another Roxane Gay book in the future.

5/5 Stars

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Recommended To:

  • If you are a feminist
  • If you have a pulse
  • If you know how to read
  • Just go get this book
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90’s Nostalgia: All is Not Lost

90’s kids.  We are known for being the most nostalgic generation, constantly saying “remember when?” and “I miss…”.  The glory days of pogs, watching Snick, and being the coolest if you had dial-up A.O.L.  Sadly, most of our old past times have become antiquated or evolved into more modern version to suit a younger, faster paced generation.  But there are some things that I believe are timeless.  Things that, to me at least, have made the transition into this brave new millennial world.

 

I was born in 1990, so I may not remember every little thing but I would like to think I remember most of it.  Some of these items may cross into the early 2000’s (Y2K!) but I feel that they are still relevant!

 

Spongebob Squarepants

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Released in 1999, this cartoon has enjoyed EIGHTEEN YEARS on air!  (seriously, where’s his boating license?)  This was one of my favorite shows in third grade, and ask most third graders now and it will be their favorite as well.  For Christ sake, it was the most popular meme last month.  This show has a timeless, idiotic, loveable comedy that will be talked about until our kids are old.

 

Goosebumps

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THIS SERIES WAS MY LIFE!  Welcome to the Dead House was released in 1992, and this whole series has definitely become a staple in young readers’ first chapter books.  I remember being on a mission to try to read and collect all of these!  With 62 books, a few spin off series (remember the choose your own ending ones?), a television show, and a recent movie starring Jack Black, it’s safe to say that this franchise has etched it’s way well into the new millennium.  

 

Pokemon

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Need I say more?  Last summer my 8 year old nephew came to me with a jumbled deck and was like “Aunt Bunnie have you heard of Pokemon?”  I was all like, “BITCH PLZ I AM POKEMON!”  They have added new Pokemon, and Pokemon Go still goes pretty strong.  I don’t know if kids still play the actually deck game, but it’s phenomenal to know that this is still a household recognized name.

 

The Sims

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Yup, here’s a 2000 one.  Almost everyone I knew had this on their computers (Windows 2000, duh), and I remember the countless hours spent building houses, making Sims based on your crush, and trying to find all the cheat codes (Crtl+Shift+C rosebud).  This game is still going strong, now with online, apps, and more expansion packs than you can shake a stick at. SU SU!

There’s definitely a ton of other stuff I’m missing, but these are the ones that are most important to me.  It’s sad letting go of the past, saying goodbye to your childhood. Growing older and moving further into unfamiliar territory called life can be nerve wracking and at times frightening.  I find comfort in my old world of books, games, and shows, and even more comfort knowing that somehow they have stood the test of time and are still known.

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What’s something that you feel is still relevant from your childhood?  What’s something you wished could have hung around?

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The Girl on the Train

girlontrain  by Paula Hawkins

EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

 

What I Thought:

This past year I’ve been delving into thriller books, and oh boy I have not yet been disappointed.  I knew Into the Water was hitting shelves, so a couple months back I picked up The Girl on the Train.  I finally got around to reading it and I really, really enjoyed it.  First off, I fucking love the shitty female characters that Gillian Flynn uses, so when I met Rachel and Megan my heart leaped for joy.  Unscrupulous, anti-hero females are seriously my new favorite literary trope, so when I get the whiff of one it is definitely a must read!  I knew Rachel was going to be an unreliable narrator from the first few pages, but I enjoyed trying to figure out just how unreliable she was.  

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If you are looking for your next gripping beach read, HOP ON THIS TRAIN.

4/5 Stars

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The Girl with All the Gifts

 

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by M.R. Carey

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

The Girl with All the Gifts is a sensational thriller, perfect for fans of Stephen King, Justin Cronin, and Neil Gaiman.

What I Thought:

Let’s be honest, the zombie stuff is a little played out.  With at least a dozen shows and countless movies there is definitely no shortage on the dead eating the living.  Now, I’d like to think I’ve read a good amount of horror books, but I can’t name more than three that deal with zombies.  There are countless vampire, werewolf, and ghost novels, but somehow the zombie species is lost in the literary monster family.  So allow me to recommend to you this gem.  The Girl with All the Gifts really knocked my socks off.  Melanie is a wonderfully unconventional little heroine, and each character’s perspective of her adds to her brilliance, innocence, and ever present hunger.
The story was predictable, but it doesn’t make this book any less enjoyable.  I loved how each main character developed over the story and was somehow taught a moralistic lesson by Melanie.  If you want a monster book where the hero is the monster and kids are terrifying, give this a listen/read.

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4/5 Stars

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Little Bee

littlebeeby Chris Cleave

From the author of the international bestseller Incendiary comes a haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers—one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I Thought:

*somewhat spoilers*

Oh man. Well, I picked up this book and the synopsis I read didn’t give much away, so naturally I thought it would be an uplifting story about a refugee befriending a widow. I was wrong. Chris Cleave’s beautiful telling of Little Bee’s story gives you this false sense of hope. She recounts horrific events in her life, and as the reader you feel like you have to believe some good will happen. I kept waiting for the shoe to drop and for things to really start to turn around but I was left grasping at straws.  This book grabs you by the heart and slowly crushes it for sure.  Pick this up if you need a good cry

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5/5 stars

Foot note:

The nightmare that refugees endure to seek asylum should not be taken lightly.  If you are interested in helping, there are many organizations that you can volunteer and donate to.  Check out UNHCR for some more information.

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A Million Junes

a million junesby Emily Henry

For as long as Jack “June” O’Donnell has been alive, her parents have had only one rule: stay away from the Angert family. But when June collides—quite literally—with Saul Angert, sparks fly, and everything June has known is thrown into chaos.

Who exactly is this gruff, sarcastic, but seemingly harmless boy who has returned to their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, after three mysterious years away? And why has June—an O’Donnell to her core—never questioned her late father’s deep hatred of the Angert family? After all, the O’Donnells and the Angerts may have mythic legacies, but for all the tall tales they weave, both founding families are tight-lipped about what caused the century-old rift between them.

As Saul and June’s connection grows deeper, they find that the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers seem to be conspiring to reveal the truth about the harrowing curse that has plagued their bloodlines for generations. Now June must question everything she knows about her family and the father she adored, and she must decide whether it’s finally time for her—and all the O’Donnells before her—to let go.

What I Thought:

You know those compilation videos on YouTube featuring oddly satisfying things?  Like a spool of thread being made or grimy siding being powerwashed?  That’s how I felt reading this book, just pure, warm satisfaction.  

 

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It’s like Emily Henry wrote this book for my soul.  I have dealt with a lot of loss and grief, and A Million Junes captures the raw emotions of bereavement.  When Jack started experiencing the heart wrenching memories of her father, or Saul with his sister Bekah, I literally felt my heart break along with theirs.  I loved how well written and real all the characters’ interactions were with one another.  Sometimes, I feel like when authors write about characters in their late teens it often seems forced and cheesy, but A Million Junes flowed so well.  You will want to read it as fast as you can to find out what happens, but also try to savor every bit of it in hopes that the story doesn’t end.  If you like magical, bittersweet stories à la Big Fish or Bridge to Terabithia, pick up a copy now.

 

5/5 Stars