book review

They Both Die at the End

by Adam Silvera

Length: 384 pages
Published: September 5th 2017 by HarperTeen
Medium of Consumption: Hardcover

The Rundown:

Death-Cast called Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio between the hours of 12:00 A.M. and 2:00 A.M. September 5th to tell them they will die today.  Both are devastated.  Both are strangers to one another.  

The two teens connect through an app called Last Friend, subsequently made due to the mysterious Death-Cast calling company.  Bringing out the best in one another, they experience their last hours on earth together.  They are each others best-last friends.

What I Thought:

You go into this book knowing the ending, but the journey to the end is so lovely.  The compassion and need to grieve emotions in this book are touching.  This book made my heart cry.  The main characters and dialogue are written so wonderfully, I compare it to The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Yunior’s narrative (if you haven’t read that yet, you are fucking up.)

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It does make you wonder what you would do if you got a phone call telling you you were doing to die within the next 24 hours?  What affairs would be your priority?  Who would you see?  I absolutely loved the idea of Death-Cast and if Mr. Silvera felt so inclined to write another book with different characters, I would be in line to read it!

5/5 Stars

Recommended To:

  • If you need a bittersweet read
  • If you don’t mind the excessive use of the word “mad”
  • If you need a good friendship story
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book review

The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine

by Lindsey Fitzharris

Length: 304 pages
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Scientific American / Farrar Straus and Giroux
Medium of Consumption: eBook ARC

The Rundown:

Dive into the gory Victorian era of surgery- certainly not for the fainthearted- in this beautifully written historical biography.  Follow Joseph Lister, a young man from a humble Quaker family with an enthusiastic love for microscopes, as he studies to become a surgeon in a seemingly barbaric time in medicine.  

Although he endured persecution from his peers about his findings that microbes called germs caused post-op fatalities due to sepsis and other infections, he continued to lecture and provide examples that by simply using an antiseptic in the operating theater, mortality rates would drastically plunge.  

From the introduction of using anesthetics to Dr. Lister’s antiseptic methods, learn the leaps and bounds that were made in patient care.  Lister’s keen commitment to science coupled with his genuine concern for the human body forever changed the medical field.

What I Thought:

This book was everything a non-fiction book should be.  Intriguing content, fast paced, and constantly keeping the reader at peak interest.  I would like to say, DO NOT READ THIS WHILE EATING.  Seriously, its pretty gory, the last book that made my stomach roll was 120 Days of Sodom.  But please do not let that deter you!

I was compelled to request this book because of how much I loved Destiny of the Republic.  Joseph Lister’s antiseptic method is discussed in a good portion of the book and ultimately could have been used to save James A. Garfield’s life.  I was not dissapointed in my choice!  Linsdsey Fitzharris’s writing is so accessible and in a way I could hear this book being narrated as a History Channel documentary.

Pick this up next month (October 2017) at your local bookstore or choice eBook store!

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This is my first ARC book review and I’d like to thank Farrar Straus and Giroux for allowing me to read and review The Butchering Art!

5/5 Stars

Recommended To:

  • Victorian Era buffs
  • If you are thinking about going to medical school
  • If you want a non-fic gore book for Halloween
  • If you feel unappreciative towards your doctor (THANK GOD YOU DIDN’T LIVE BACK THEN)

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book review

My Best Friend’s Exorcism

By: Grady Hendrix

Length: 336 Pages

Published: May 17th 2016 by Quirk Books

Medium of Consumption: Paperback

The Rundown:

High school is never an easy time for a girl.  Maintaining high GPAs, extra curricular activities, and popular girl social status, best friends Abby and Gretchen seem to have it all.  A weekend of partying changes everything.

Gretchen starts acting like a different person.  Something happened to her when she wandered into the woods that weekend, and Abby is trying to find out what it is.  

Can Abby’s “dearly but not queerly” love for Gretchen help her return Gretchen to her old self, or is this new evil version of Gretchen here to stay?

What I Thought:

I’ve been meaning to buy this book for the last year, so when I finally got it I was TOTALLY STOKED.  It did not let me down.  Total 80’s nostalgia, from the shows they watch, the clothes they wear, and the chapter titles.  I loved how every chapter was a song title off the main character Abby’s summer mix tape!  The characters in the book were quintessential bitchy 80’s teen movie girls.  When reading this, I could see this being played as a movie in my head a la Heathers.

Also, the covers are phenomenal.  I purchased the paperback, which resembles a VHS copy of an 80’s B horror movie.  The hardcover version apparently resembles a year book on the inside, with handwritten notes and well wishes.  I know, blah blah don’t judge a book by it’s cover, BUT THESE ARE SO COOL!

October is just around the corner, so run and grab a copy to add to your Halloween TBR!

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5/5 Stars

Recommended To:

  • Anyone gearing up for Halloween
  • If you liked Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
  • Need a spooky yet endearing read
rant

It’s OK To Do Nothing

Most weeks I work 40+ hours, read 1-3 books, write 2 blogs, socialize 2-3 times a week and do various chores.  Some weeks, I just don’t want to do any of those things.  This week has definitely been one of those “hibernate and meme scroll” weeks.

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Maybe it’s just that time of the month for me, maybe I’m depressed, or maybe I need to recharge my batteries.  I felt so guilty when I tuned out from life.  Anxiety flooded me, “I should be doing something productive,” or “People probably think I’m horrible and lazy.”  Thoughts like this made me more withdrawn.  I ignored people thinking that they were mad at me.  

I’ve only recently realized that what I do is ok.  No one is judging me, and if they are fuck ‘em.  If I want to lay in bed and watch Mad Men with my dog all day that’s totally cool.  I know in a few days time I will be back to my old self.

If you need a break from life, take it.  Go to the beach and nap on the sand.  Watch every season of House of Cards.  Do whatever it is that you need to do.  Don’t feel bad about it though.  Now, here’s some memes and a picture of my dog.

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Also, Rocky IV is the best Rocky movie.

rant

The True Horror of the TBR

The TBR pile.  Love it, dread it, every one’s got one.  I’ve seen this topic become a kind of “hot button” issue in the reading community.  Blogs, vlogs and podcasts constantly giving advice on how to tackle, manage and even conquer your To Be Read list.  Whether you are buys books for a physical pile or making lists of books you want to read, let me tell you some hard hitting shit: you are never going to finish.  

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I know, “Bunnie, why do you have to be such a bitch about it?”  Because the sooner that every reader accepts this, the better.  You are telling me you are going to read every book you have on your current TBR and say, “Why yes, jolly good, I have capped off reading for my lifetime now that I’ve finished these.”  No.  You are going to probably start on a second TBR you had waiting in the wings.  Or maybe you just keep adding to your first TBR pile, turning it into a glorious, never ending turnstile of stories.

I have mentioned this before on my old blog, I buy a lot of fucking books.  Far too many for me to read in a timely manner.  I consider every single book (ebook, audio or old fashioned) that I acquire one that I will eventually read.  I bought it for a reason after all!  I don’t have plans to ever finishing all the books I want to read.  I think it’s pretty silly for any bibliophile to think they can.  But I can offer how I read all the books I have yet to read.  I have two loose methods of how I CRUSH MY TBR PILE. (lol jk)

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  1. I read a book in each format.  Reading multiple books at the same time isn’t for everyone, but I like it.  I try to pick different genres for each “medium of consumption” as I like to call it.  That helps so much when trying to keep different stories straight, also it can possibly help you finish books faster?  I don’t know, I haven’t quite put that to the test yet, but I’d like to think so.
  2. After I finish a book, minutes later or the day after, I look at all the stuff I haven’t read.  Flip through, read a couple pages, see what other people are currently reading, and go with my gut.  Every book I’ve purchased  has been something I’ve wanted to read, it would suck to shoehorn myself into reading one that I wasn’t in the mood to read.

Bottom line: if you have a ton of books you want to read and feel overwhelmed by it, don’t.  Do not feel pressured to “conquer your TBR pile”.  Do not feel pressured to read.  Reading should be fun.  I think the longer the list of books you have yet to read, the better.  I’m dreading the day that maybe there won’t be anymore books that I want to read.  That’s the true horror of the TBR.

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Reading Glasses did a neat podcast on this subject

book review

The Blinds

by Adam Sternbergh

Length: 400 pages
Published: August 1st 2017 by Ecco
Medium of Consumption: hardcover

The Rundown:

Ceasura- rhymes with tempura- is a place where people go to forget.  It’s residents are part of a special witness protection program.  Prior to entering Ceasura, residents are required to have their memories wiped and forgo all outside contact.  Everyone they ever knew is forever lost to them. They’re then given new names, chosen from a list of movie stars and Vice Presidents.

It’s a quiet, boring life for the residents.  Until one of them is killed, shot point blank.

The sheriff, Calvin Cooper, is trying to find out who would do this in their town.  And more importantly who has a gun?  As events unfold, and unforeseen twists impact the different members in the community, will they find that the threat lies within their numbers or is it an outsiders doing.  

Welcome to The Blinds.

What I Thought:

I chose this little number for my August Book of the Month book, and just to FYI I am never disappointed with any book I get through them.  This book had me hooked from start to finish.  It’s very “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” but in this case it’s criminals forgetting the shitty things they did. This book definitely kept me on my toes, I really had a hard time predicting what would come next.  Would love to check out more stuff by this guy in the future!

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4.5/5 Stars

Recommended To:

  • If you like suspense
  • If you like who-dun-its
  • If you like a book with more WTF moments than you can shake a stick at