Wasn't for me. It didn't draw me in. I didn't love any of the characters. Maybe you have to be in the right mood to enjoy it?
Wasn't for me. It didn't draw me in. I didn't love any of the characters. Maybe you have to be in the right mood to enjoy it?
Not sure what to say! It was good, it just wasn't really good. It was kind of like a bubble gum version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was fun, but kind of rubbed me the wrong way at times.
The main character-Mac-is a 22 yr old female who has a lot of superficial silly worries. The male main character- Barrons-is borderline abusive at times. I liked the idea of the storyline and the world in this book, but won't read the next book in the series.
Inspiring book! If you have ever been close to someone with a mental disability or is autistic, if you work in a school setting, if you have known someone who has committed suicide, if you have been bullied when you were younger (or as an adult), you will be deeply touched by this story.
I believe that we are all in need of a little inspiration and motivation throughout our lives.
5 stars- made me tear up and get goose bumps at the same time.
#Goodreads reading challenge goal check...I think I should of moved my goal up a little. Things are looking good for me to hit 125 by December 31st! 😁
Such a page turner! Have you watched the Denzel Washington movie 'The Equalizer'? The character of Isaiah reminds me of Denzel's character. Smart as hell, quiet, super observant, and out to bring down the bad guys.
I'm having a hard time putting this one down and getting anything accomplished. (I've heard the audiobook version is really good as well in case you are looking for one!)
Enjoyable read, I liked the writing style. Nice twist to the ending! I thought it was an easy mystery to figure out but I was wrong. Right towards the end there were so many of these "but wait, there's more!" moments that it was kind of getting out of hand. ?
This was a #blameitonlitsy pick because of some great reviews and it didn't disappoint.
I only read 14 books this month. I really have tried to stop pressuring myself to reach a certain number of books read, and to go back to enjoying books. Not rushing, rushing, rushing. I had some great reads in May!
Also, guilty pleasure alert: I have enjoyed some Netflix series. Currently watching the entirety of Games of Thrones..finished seasons 1-3 these past two weeks. Started on Season 4 yesterday.😥
I loved this movie and read the book because it was a book club pick. I very much enjoyed it! Solid 4 stars.
I love the characters and the voices. I liked the crazy timeline and short chapters. Loved the little town news clips in between.
I hate that the ending in the movie made it seem like Ninny and Idgie were the same person. The book is clear that they were seperate people because Ninny married Idgy's brother. 🙄
Definitely a #recommendread
It's hard to review this book without spoilers. The writing starts off excellent. You can hear Joe in Joe's voice (if you have watched the Netflix series 'You') being all psycho narcissistic and smooth. You marvel at his selfish crazy inner dialogue. It sucks you in.
The middle part starts getting tiresome and drags. Joe goes overboard. (Not literally, just so much...idk..I can't say what because #spoilers🙄)
The ending leaves you hanging.
"There‘s a Korean word my grandma taught me. It‘s called jung. It‘s the connection between two people that can‘t be severed, even when love turns to hate. You still have those old feelings for them; you can‘t ever completely shake them loose of you; you will always have tenderness in your heart for them."
A pretty good book, 3 stars from me..although I love this quote!
These almost seem like middle school books and not YA.
"Sometimes that‘s all you can do. Just keep getting through until you don‘t have to do it anymore, however much time that takes, however difficult it is."
3rd book in the series. Definitely enjoyed it, although #2 is still my favorite. There are many fantastic reviews of these books. If you love a good fairy tale these would be right up your alley!
I'm waiting for book #4 on Overdrive and found out book #5 is set to release in 2020. ?
An interestingly spooky series! I would say I liked this second book even more than the first. I wish both were a little longer! There seems to be so much left unsaid. This one dives into the story behind twin sisters Jack and Jill...what the world behind their door was like once they stepped through it at age 12.
I was close to giving this 5 stars just for the fact that I didn't want to stop being in this book...it kept drawing me back to it.
Such a good classic! One of those books I thought I read and realized I didn't. A lot of good advice throughout this book that still applies to today.
I wish there were more people on Litsy that have read this. The ratings on Goodreads are high. So many 4 and 5 star reviews. I gave it a shot. The story sounded like it could be interesting.
It just didn't capture me. I kept losing interest. The characters bothered me. Mercy (the main female character) bothered me. I wanted her to be stronger and not so overly dependent. I wanted the male characters not to be such idiots.. 🤷♀️
An April snow day means a days off from work and more time to read!
Loving this new one from B. B. Easton! Such a fun read. Romance mixed in with an apocalypse...two people try to survive a world turned upside down.
Looks like it is the first in a series, there will be two more books to follow.
I love the cover of this book! It is what drew me to it, and the first part of the book had a lot of promise. Then it went all haywire. It didn't really read like a middle grade book, more like a YA. There is a lot of confusing stuff that happens that was disappointing. I wish the author took the time to develop the characters more. It could of been a fantastic series. Instead it was a muddled pile of weird nonsense.
To me this is just an 'okay' read.
It's sad. Rumors and dumb society rules and secrets and dreariness and only being surrounded by gray muted colors.
Some of the writing was great..
"So shiny was bad and 'too sad' was bad, and 'too joyous' was bad, which meant you had to go around not being anything; also not thinking, least not at the top level, which was why everybody kept their private thoughts safe and sound in those recesses underneath."
Heartbreakingly real. Eye opening. Fiction but yet could be non-fiction... helps you realize the helpless terror of losing your life to a disease that comes out of nowhere. Like walking into a glass door when you fully expected to continue taking a step into the sunshine lit outdoors.
"Everything begins and ends. Every day and night, every concerto, every relationship, every life. Everything ends eventually."
Yes, you get that Sebold is good at writing from reading this. However, it was a very difficult book to get through. The first 50 pages were brutal. I did not like the main character. I cannot emphasize with her. I understand that mental illness can have unfathomable affects on people...and that is obviously the cause of how Helen became Helen. But this sucked to read and I am glad to put it behind me and dive into something better.
Oh boy. I don't know if I can get through this one. It's so disturbing. ?????
I'm trying because it is a book club book. The author wrote "The Lovely Bones" so you would think it'd be a great read..
Not a perfect 5 star read, but close to it! Some spots drag because of all the explanations and history of this world, but that is pretty normal in the first book of a series. It's 5 stars because I didn't want to put it down.
I seriously have not let a book disrupt my life this much in a long time.
What intrigues me is that I see the similarities in why I loved Harry Potter to why I love this. I'm curious if anyone else made that connection.
Still reading this, just had a thought.
I love how in 'Our Chemical Hearts' Henry recognizes there are different versions of Grace. He not only recognizes this, but he accepts each version. He wants to spend time and get to know whichever Grace shows up. He's grateful for all of her...
I think we all have that. Different sides to us. Different versions for different days, different situations. How lovely is it to have a person accept each side?
🍀It's my birthday that day!! Hopefully my husband and I will be going out and spending time together. He has been busy calving 800 head of cows the last 3 months and has not left the farm since he started. He needs a break (and I need some time w/him!💓)
🍀Finding someone that puts up with me every day and still likes me after all this time.
🍀 @TheReadingMermaid @RvnclawWhovian
Oh my gosh, whyyyyyyy am I choosing super depressing books about marriage this month? I love this author. That is why I had it on my to-read list. It just happened to become available on Overdrive, so I snatched it quick.
I cannot STAND how the women in this book put up with such ***holes for YEARS. To be married in that day and age was like being trapped. Once again this is a book in which every male sleeps around. Ugh. 😩 I need a new genre.
Wow. How does Jodi Picoult do it? She takes a sensitive, highly controversial topic and allows you to empathize and see both sides of the issue. Of course, you have to go into this pretty open-minded. Pro-choice, pro-life..abortion is a tough subject matter. Picoult tackles it with grace and earned my admiration for her writing once again.
Don't read this when the weather has been cold for a thousand days, and spring feels like it will never come. It seems so depressing. Everyone in a relationship is cheating on their partner. Everyone has been married before and has been cheated on. Then they marry again and cheat. Occasionally someone cooks something tasty (there are recipes included) which seems rather random.
Meryl Streep narrates the audio version, which is one nice thing!
This is my first Agatha Christie book, and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it! Quick read. Keeps you guessing. Very entertaining.
I'm so thankful to The Great American Read book list! I have read books that I wouldn't of thought to pick up because of it.
#TheGreatAmericanRead #GreatReadPBS #Readthe100
I really liked this book!
It's about an 11 yr. old girl dealing with the struggles of living one week with her mom and one week with her dad. She's also half white, half black. She loves playing piano, discovers the beauty in poetry, and is just basically trying to figure out just who she is. I loved this girl...I loved Isabella/Izzy. This is a great #middleschoolbookpick #goldensowernominee
Great conversation starters about race and divorce.
I loved this book!!
#middleschoolbookpick This is about a 12 yr old girl named June who has very strict parents. They not only want to control what books she reads..but what books the school allows in their library, in their school, in the hands of any middle school child. It's crazy. It's a little Fahrenheit 451-ish. June rebels, she tries to find a way to keep reading. She becomes the Rebel Librarian.
(Side note: I LOVE the school's librarian)
Excellent book! This is written in verse format, a YA story told through poem after poem. It reads like any other story, although the style delivers the words with a power that is somewhat unexpected. Addictive and fast-paced. A quick read that I would recommend you try (even if you aren't a fan of slam poetry).
5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I looove dogs so very much, and maybe that is why I had this reaction...but did anyone find this book to be too dark and scary? I didn't really enjoy it as much as I thought I would because it seemed full of menacing unknown dangers. I prefer a little more of an upbeat vibe in my middle school book picks!
I added this as a 'to-read' long ago when I saw it was on the list as a Great American Read. I went into it blind and thoroughly enjoyed it! What a different world you are taken into! 5 yr old Ayla is seperated from her family when an earthquake hits, killing them and leaving her alone to survive in the wilderness.
She is saved from near death by a new clan of humans unlike her own. Is she too different from them for her to be accepted?
Pretty good classic! I'm always attempting to add in a recommended classic novel once in a while and this one was a good read. I was surprised to find out that there were 2 movies based on it. I think it will be be fun to watch both versions!
This is based on the true history of Quebec orphanages in the 1950s. Orphanages were changed into mental institutions because they received more money for mental patients than for orphans. 😥 Very sad situation for so many young children.
Very riveting book! Kept you wanting to know how it would all turn out.
"Love was just a word until someone gave it a definition."
I need to get off the cycle of Tarryn Fisher books. I blame 'Verity' for this.
I'm picking up a safe book from my mom about a country Christmas. It'll be my glass of water after all this whiskey.
I've read 26 books in December..I need more hobbies..??
People in the facebook support group who finished Colleen Hoover's 'Verity' suggested reading Mud Vein to get over the book hangover some of us feel after finishing it.
FYI- it has a playlist on Spotify!! I kept looking up the songs mentioned in the book as soon as they would come up. After the 3rd song I wondered if someone made a playlist, did a search, and found it!
eta-- I both love AND hate this book. So confused. I need a discussion group
What are you reading or listening to that is helping you get into the Christmas spirit?
Is there a podcast or audiobook that is helping you? I need a little inspiration.