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Review of “The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires”

It’s that time of the year again.

It’s spooky season.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and this year it holds extra special sentimental value. This time a year ago, I was preparing to launch this blog. Even though it was a soft launch and even a softer year as I don’t post much, this blog has brought me back to reading. It has helped me carve out a space on the internet where I can write what I think to my little hearts content and that’s something to celebrate.

As a form of celebration, I finally sat down to share with you guys one of my favorite books from this year. It’s the perfect book for October, and I’ve been recommending this book nonstop online. “The Southern Book Clubs Guide to Slaying Vampires” by Grady Hendrix is a contemporary masterpiece.

There, I said it.

Do not get me wrong, he has a few authors he holds the spotlight with this season. Sophia Moreno-Garcia is another exceptional horror writer I’m recommending this season and Ali Hazelwood knocked it out of the ballpark with her academic romance novel. But Grady Hendrix brought vampires back for me, just as “Midnight Sun” was prepared to crush my hopes and dreams.

First Impressions

I picked this book up when I was shopping at my local Barnes & Noble. What attracted to me first was of course the name. I love a chunky name if done right, and something about “The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires” had my curiosity peaked. The book cover was a close second.

The southern peaches with blood dripping from gaping bite wounds was a “hidden between the lines” temptation for me. This book was daring me to imagine what it was trying to say by just the cover. Was a handsome vampire going to swoop into a southern belle’s heart (and bed…) while the reader begs her to understand what he truly is? Was the book club a clan of hardened criminals living on the edge of society and slaughtering vampires while reading smutty fanfiction?

During Reading

This is the first book I’ve read by Grady Hendrix, although I’ve had “My Best Friend’s Exorcism” in my mental TBR reading pile for a couple of months. I’ve heard this book is pretty mild as far as his other works are concerned, but I cannot attest to that. I do enjoy the book clubs reading lists for the timespan taking place in the book, and I do enjoy the rudimentary maps that were included in my copy as well. I am a visual person, and I always love when authors include extra materials in their books to help the readers better disappear into their world.

This book follows a group of 90s housewives as they find out the mysteries surrounding their neighbor and fellow book club member, James Harris. What follows is some female badass-ery as these housewives navigate the dark waters of what happens behind the closed doors in a sleepy Southern town. I don’t want to get into too much detail because I know I’ll end up spoiling something, but this book is going to be great for someone who:

1.) Doesn’t mind dark themes including – child murder, rape, suicide, kidnapping, domestic abuse and violence.

2.) Graphic content being drawn out figuratively across the page

3.) Likes novels with contemporary historical themes (it takes place in the 90s)

4.) Dislikes complex plots; this book is pretty clean cut, and is not for someone who likes longer length narratives.

Honestly, to me this book was pretty mild as far as language goes and content, but I would say it does have some pretty mature content that wouldn’t be suitable for younger readers.

After Reading & Star Rating

I really liked this book. The author tackled pretty hard hitting topics such as classism and sexism, and overall Grady Hendrix did a great job. I never thought I needed a book where housewives take on a creature of the night, but lo and behold here it is.

My biggest gripe with this book would be that we aren’t introduced to some of the background characters as much as I would have liked to be. Most of the book clubs family members are just mentioned in passing, and much of the husbands characters can be summed up in a descriptive word or two. I think if he had made these characters more complex he could have expanded further on sexism. Where it stands, most of the husbands I could either cared less about or they were just so self-centric it was easy to hate them.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Overall I give this book a 4/5 stars and highly recommend you reading this book during the month of October.

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Review of “The People We Keep”

I know I haven’t really been around recently on my blog, and I wish I had a better excuse behind my absence. No, I haven’t been working on an elaborate project lately. I haven’t gotten married or have given birth to any offspring. But I have been reading some pretty decent books that I wanted to share with you guys and talk about.

“The People We Keep” by Allison Larkin was my nominee for this year’s book in my Book of the Month app. Yes, I feel in love with it that hard and that deeply. Have I read most of the other nominated books on the list? Not yet, but I’m slowly getting there. Do I believe this book generally deserves the nomination and potentially winning the award? Yes.

This book is an emotional roller coaster. You follow the life of April Sawaki, a vagabond who moves up and down the East Coast following a series of unfortunate events that leaves this young woman believing she is not worthy of being loved. This book tackles deep topics such as family dysfunction and mental illness. It really goes in deep about the scars everyone carries based on the people we have loved and harmed in our lives, and those who have harmed us as well.

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As a really reflective person who didn’t grow up in the best of situations, I can relate to this character. I can relate to her on a deeper level and on an introspective level as I’ve watched a lot of people grow and come out of really crummy situations, thanks a lot in part both to the individual and the great support system they surround themselves with.

The story takes place in the 90s. Hello. The 90s. As a millennial I have an unnatural obsession for the decade I started grammar school in. The author leaves little nuggets of nostalgic joy into the story line. April has a Ren and Stimpy flashlight and a potential dislike for Pearl Jam. I enjoy whenever writers put time pieces into their stories, but I do know a lot of people believes it distracts from the overall plot or that it’ll just age the book that quicker. I read out a passage to my boyfriend and he literally cringed that they were hinting at a song on the radio mentioning to not call him daughter. He just thinks it’s unnecessary and the author is just trying to be cool.

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Whether you think it’s cute or cringe, that’s up to you.

If you ever sometimes feel like you are not loved, this is a great book to pick up and remember that you are deeply loved. It’s not always about the people we interact with every single day, but it’s about the people we keep and hold to us most in the darkest times of our lives.

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

5/5 Stars

Originally I thought about giving this book 4.5/5 stars because let’s face it, I can be a hard ass. It’s hard for me to find a story that I believe cannot be enhanced in any way, but this story deserves all the stars I have in my box. This book was thought provoking, it was easy to read and get through, and the characters were well thought out.

What did you guys think? Have you read this book yet? What would you consider the greatest book to come out in 2021?

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My Thoughts on “The Midwife Murders”

At the beginning of the month of January, I created a reading list to finish three books by an author I dislike, James Patterson. It’s now a little halfway through the month, and I have now just completed “The Midwife Murders”. This is the second book I’ve completed a review on, and if you want to hear my thoughts on “Hush” I’ll link that here for your merriment as well. 

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Why I Dislike Stephen King

Since I’ve been on a roll this month with controversial topics, I figured I’d go into a little more detail on my dislike primarily on the known King of Horror, and that’s Stephen King. Most people find this the most shocking about myself personally because I am such a horror buff, one would automatically assume that my love for the horror genre would just automatically translate to the book world. In most cases I’d say you’d be correct, however not in all cases, as I have a love/hate relationship with this author. 

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I cannot remember the first horror movie I ever watched, but I’m sure it was probably a movie based around a Stephen King book. I can say this with almost positive certainty because my parents VHS tape collection is vast, and one of the movies I remember them both jointly liking in my younger years was Stanley Kuberick’s “The Shining”.

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Believe it or not, this version of “The Shining” is extremely different from the book and highly saturated with content that was made up for your viewing pleasure. A lot of scenes from the book has been left out in the movie version or has changed to be more exciting for visual purposes. If you’re planning on watching a better adaption from book to movie then I’d recommend getting your hands on the 90s television version of “The Shining”. My parents had a bootleg copy of this version on VHS at one point, and it was so uniquely different from Kubrick’s version that I had to read the book after watching both screen adaptations.

So I started to read “The Shining” when I was probably around 12 (parents didn’t care what I read, yes they owned bootlegged VHS tapes, let’s continue) and the book most closely identifies with the TV series. I ended up not being a fan of either the book nor the movie, and both will eventually give us the dumpster fire that Doctor Sleep is many decades later, I’m sure.

Even though I didn’t like The Shining”, I decided to try and start reading other books by Stephen King because I had liked most of the movies I was watching. I have tried to read “Christine”, “It”, “Firestarter”, “Pet Semetary”, “Salem’s Lot”, “Doctor Sleep”, “Duma Key”, and “The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon”. To this day I can say I successfully have finished one of his books and that was “On Writing”, which ironically is one of my favorite books. 

When I picked up Firestarter, it had me interested until about the last quarter of the book where the one guy droned on about his military knowledge for the next six pages. Sometimes I feel as if his writing gets sidetracked and he spends the next five pages talking about a tree, and that loses it’s charm easily. 

Most of Stephen King’s books to me are very bland and have been an outdated concept by the time I’ve begun to read them. Nothing in his books pull me in or decidedly give me chills, and I expect more from a horror novel than what Stephen King’s books deliver to me. Perhaps it’s because his books have been over done by everyone else in the horror genre by this point, but I’m pretty certain a tale such as Cujo isn’t just an original thought he came up with (Old Yeller) and don’t get me started on Salem’s Lot (vampire weirdos living in crawlspaces? Yeah okay). 

However, despite my harsh criticism thus far of his work, I hold a certain respect and admiration for Stephen King. Even though I have not been able to find much enjoyment in his books, I cannot deny someone who has talent when I see it. There is a reason everyone knows his name, and knows some plots as being associated with his name. All I have to say is “kids battle an evil clown. Name that title,” and arguably everyone who is reading this will automatically assume I’m talking about “It” by Stephen King. The fact that he has full plots that we associate only as being a Stephen King novel says something, especially when a rare few contemporary novelists have reached the same height in recent decades.

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There is no denying that Stephen King is truly a master when it comes to his craft, even if his craft is not necessarily my cup of tea. A few contemporary authors have created works of fiction that will withstand the test of time as his work surely will. However, it’s still going to take some time for me to get into reading another book of his.

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January Reading List: The Christmas That Was Patterson

Hey guys what is up? I figured we’d start off my first reading list of the new year a bit differently compared to what I’ve posted before in the past. The past few monthly reading lists I had made felt really scattered and thrown together; mostly in part because I was just finding myself again on a writing platform (this blog) and I wasn’t exactly sure what I was doing. I also just started getting back into my love of literature and books, so I was just reading and posting about books that I thought would be interesting to read or ones I had started off earlier in the year I had intended to finish reading.

Although I still have a few books even on my December reading list I would like to finish off in 2021, I want to make these reading hauls a little more interesting and cohesive by creating a theme each month and focus my reading around said theme. 

This month I decided to start off January on a good note by reading books by authors I dislike, because I figured that would be a good way to start off the New Year on a positive note. 

For this Christmas, my father decided to buy me a bunch of James Patterson books. My father is not a very bookish man and had no way of knowing that I’m generally not a James Patterson fan and the gift was all around sweet and very thoughtful so I’m still planning on reading the books he gave me. 

Hush

Oh boy, okay. So right off the bat, my first impression is the usual ones I have whenever I see a James Patterson cover. There’s my boy James’s name almost as big as the title and then his co-writer’s name is stuck on the bottom as an afterthought. The cover is pretty simple paperback cover with what looks to be a woman standing down the end of a dark tunnel facing a light. 

The back doesn’t tell me much in the way of the story except James Patterson’s review of his own book and USA Today and TIME telling me this book is not one you want to miss out on. It looks like this may be an installment in a series, so I may have to get a few other books before reading this one. It appears to be a thriller about a detective who’s trying to right a wrong by proving the innocence of a woman who’s been wrongfully jailed. 

Revenge

My first impression is still the same as the first book when it comes to the font. James Patterson’s name is listed at the top in large font just as big as the title, and then another author thrown in there below. I turn it over and the back isn’t a quote he has written instead of a synopsis so that is good. Instead we do have a small synopsis about the presumably main character David Shelley and his background. It appears this will be another suspenseful novel. Shelley is a former SAS soldier and bodyguard, and the daughter of the family he used to bodyguard for has presumably committed suicide. The family have a hard time believing their daughter would do such a thing, so they ask their former bodyguard for help in finding out what really happened.

I’m curious as to why a family would ask their bodyguard for help in doing investigative work. Obviously Patterson isn’t above a detective story, so there has to be a reason behind it. I’m hoping it’s not just because he wants a bodyguard in place of a detective because it’ll make it more fun to read. 

The Midwife Murders

First impression: his name for once doesn’t appear to be as big and flashy as the book title. Perhaps because the blood red title finally contrasts from Jame’s silver name title just above it. The paperback cover is blue, with a woman wearing a dark blue coat running down a flight of concrete steps. I cannot tell which era she is from, although I’m pretty sure I’ve never read a historic James Patterson book as of yet, although I’ve only read one of them. 

The back synopsis I had to read a couple of times because it just sounds like gibberish nonsense. Lucy Ryuan is a senior nurse who doesn’t see pregnancy as a condition but her life’s work. Yet, when two kidnappings and a viscous stabbing happen on her watch, she decides to be the one to try and change things. 

The wording just sounds really awkward to me, and at this point I wouldn’t put it past whoever does these back synopsis on these books just going “what the hell? Let’s write out whatever we feel like! Nobody cares, they’ll just read whatever we print out.” 

Okay, so it appears I have my work cut out for me this month. I would honestly hope to be surprised, but I know we’re just going to have to wait and see. I also have “Doctor Sleep” by Stephen King that I will like to be reading as well this month, but I have a lot to say about Stephen King so that’s going to be its own kettle of fish. 

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An Honest Review of “Hush” by James Patterson

“Hush” by James Patterson

Okay, folks. The moment I think we’ve all been waiting for has come to an end. I am a quarter way through my January Reading list, which means I have now read my first book by James Patterson for the year 2021. For this month I had decided to read the books my father had gifted to me at Christmastime by an author whom I don’t typically enjoy the writing style of. 

My first impressions of the book prior to reading was that he is a attention whore on the front of the book. He takes all of the attention off of his co-writers and it seems to be all about him. On the inside of this book, I quickly catch onto the rhythmic format that is the chapter layout. Chapters are very short, about 1-3 pages long with the longest chapter being 6 pages in length. It’s almost as if someone in his public relations board said “hey, the span of the average reader is about seven minutes long. We have seven minutes to write something important before the reader loses interest.” Which I guess would make sense for the mass publishing industry, but this is what I think before I’ve researched anything about James Patterson’s publishing company or writing style. 

I did a little research into looking into Patterson’s history in an attempt to explain his advertising campaign, and it’s just as I expected. Patterson was a advertising executive for J. Walter Thompson until 1996 when upon retirement he became a full-time writer. This makes me understand a little bit more of his background, and it gives me a bit more respect for his advertising campaign for his book since he knows what he is doing when it comes to marketing.

This book is not the first one in the series, but it was easy to follow as just a book I happened to read on a random whim. The main character, Harriet Blue, is a rogue detective with her partner Whitt and other partner Tox. This tagalong team is asked by a county commissioner who despises them to find his missing junkie daughter and his granddaughter. This trope feels very overdone to me in the detective mystery genre. I do not like the county commissioner always being talked up as being this biggest tool and then asking the rogue cop baddies to halp him out because the bad guys have captured AB or C from him. The entire rogue cop detective thriller is overdone for me, but once again I’ll admit up to this genre not being my biggest cup of tea. 

Harriet Blue decides once she’s out of prison to continue helping her cellmate Dolly from the outside when Dolly is wrongfully accused of the murder of a beloved prison doctor, Dr. Goldman. This happens to take place the same day Harriet is being discharged from the prison, so they do not come into contact with at all. How very convenient. 

Harriet has to go live with her retired chief detective Pops because she has no place to go. Pops owns a at home gym where he trains troubled youth, and I get a whole Rocky’s mentor from this guy. Harriet’s first thing she does outside of meeting up with her old crew is get laid. One thing that is inked through this book quite heavily is the romantic partnerships of the ragtag team of main characters, which you don’t see build up much in this book. Tox is seeing a doctor whom has saved his life in one of the previous books. Whitt has a thing for Harry, and Harry is out getting dick like a champ right out of prison. 

There is a plot twist mentioned at the beginning of the book, but honestly there’s a very short list of suspects and a few automatically stand out the moment they are introduced to the audience, at least in my opinion. The build up fizzles out quite quickly with the most suspenseful part being Tox jumps off a highway bridge to save two little girls out of a car. There is a lot of running around for clues and a few suspenseful moments, but that’s just about it as far as this book goes. 

I think what makes Patterson’s books so enthralling to read are his short chapters. Having chapters so short made it easy for me to get reading done in multiple sittings since I usually like to read whole chapters in a sitting. I feel like he sums up what he’s getting across in just a single chapter here and there, so all of the other chapters came across as fillers to me. I would have appreciated a more suspenseful punch from the world’s best selling author, but in some cases I think we’re going for quantity instead of quality and I believe this goes in the case of James Patterson’s writing. 

I would question whether or not Patterson writes any of his own material at this point or if he just has a board of writers that sit down and do the dirty work for him underneath his pen name. He has been criticized many times by others within the industry considering the short span it takes for him to come up with a new book as well as his habit of reviewing his own literary fiction. How can you give an honest review of your own fiction if you were the one who supposedly wrote it?

Overall, I give this book 3/5 stars, and I’m going to say this book was a job done okay by Candice Fox, surely the unsung hero behind the computer screen. This book was impressively easy to follow despite being in the middle of the series, and I do like Harriet Blue as a character despite how generic this book was feeling to me at the start of reading. There was a few spelling errors like a misplaced ‘S’ here or there which I’m disappointed wasn’t picked up by the editing team, but I’m sure it’s more to do with the need to meet a deadline as opposed to anything really wrong within the editing process.

Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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Authors I Dislike Reading Novels From

Today I figured I’d be a little controversial in talking about books I dislike and the authors that wrote them. Let me start off by saying that I can appreciate what I dislike, and most of these authors are widely popular with a large fanbase– more popular than perhaps I could ever dream of. Just because I dislike what they’ve written doesn’t mean I’m throwing shade; their writing just doesn’t happen to be my cup of tea for numerous reasons and that’s OK. 

Without further ado, my list:

Charles Dickens

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Anytime someone gets paid by the word back in the 17th century, you know it’s going to waste your time. This is exactly what Dickens does–wastes everyone’s time by running onwards because he gets paid by the word. Honestly, I can’t blame him. If I was getting paid by the word I’d probably write lengthier articles than I do. 

Aldous Huxley

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If you’ve never been forced to read “Brave New World” consider yourself lucky. This book uses words like “orgy-porgy”. I know it’s supposed to have a message about society in this book, but I kept on getting distracted by the odd breeds of humans and the random sex comments, but maybe I’m just too childish for this book. Either way, this book was forced on me one too many times in college enough to get me to dislike the author. 

Joseph Conrad

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Another book that I was forced to endure in my high school English class was “Heart of Darkness”. I have known many people that enjoy “Heart of Darkness” and I know a lot like me that do not. I do believe it has a great societal message, but I wasn’t a fan of Joseph Conrad’s writing style enough to make this one of the driest writers I have ever read. I’ve had to read a few of his other works over the years, and I still think I am not a fan of his writing style. 

P.C. Cast

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This young adult author’s books didn’t age well with me. I disliked the main character back then because she always hid everything from her friends and seemed to have more boy problems than anything else. I still have this view now and I would also add the way this author wrote about POC characters was offensive, and tried to make up with it by throwing in a token black character who’s boring and lacks a character arch, and a gay boy who’s main character trait is gay. 

Victoria Aveyard

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Love her ideas, but have yet to find any of her stories enough to keep me on the edge of my seat. Writing style and voice seems to vary depending on the books, but I still have hope I will one day read one of her books and like it because I really want to like it. 

Nicholas Sparks

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I tried to read Nicholas Sparks a few times and the only book I’ve liked from him was “The Wedding” because it felt very heartfelt after reading “The Notebook” the week before. However, most of his romances come off as being very shallow. 

EL James

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50 Shades of Grey. ‘Nuff said. 

Max Lucado

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Some of the other authors on this list I’ve tried to read multiple times, so perhaps putting Lucado on this list after one book I dislike is unfair. Anxious for Nothing is a self-help book using Christian themes to help the reader through troubling times. I am okay with reading Christian self-help books, however, this book didn’t bring any new and enlightened ideas to the dinner table for me. This book felt very generic, enough for me to put this writer down as one I don’t plan on reading from again. There are so many other self-help books out there that can sum up the same points and then some. 

Stephen King

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I’ll be writing a whole article on the master of horror later on, but it feels worth mentioning him on this list. While I can appreciate what he’s brought to the horror genre, Stephen King is a writer I’ve tried multiple times to read but still have yet to be able to warm up to his writing. His books seem overly generic and that could be because I’ve read so much horror probably inspired by King over the years that when I’ve sat down to King’s books all I’ve had leftover is a yawn. I’ve read about houses with poltergeists and dogs with rabies. I want the next step beyond what I’ve read from his books. 

James Patterson

James Patterson – Wikipedia

This author I’ll be covering the month of January, and I still have multiple things to say about him now that I’ve just finished another book of his. The author writes quick flash fiction of the thriller/mystery genre. For an author who has so many titles under his belt, I can’t seem to find a single book I was enthused about. 

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“The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany” Review

What’s up my friends? I have some exciting news to tell you!

Over these past few days I was able to cross “The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany” off of my December reading list. Let me just say this book was an emotional trip for me. I laughed, I cried, I had to take a few breaks during reading just to contemplate over scenes, and there was a moment when I was ready to throw the book across the room if someone mentioned the “Fontana Second-Daughter Curse” one more time...

I started reading this book blindly the last week of November, and I had some very low hopes going into this novel. From the jacket I read about a family who has a generational belief in a curse that the second daughters of every family would not be able to find true love. Okay, this trope has been played quite a few times over the centuries, and I just figured that this was going to be a generic romance book in which a pair of sisters travel to Italy. With this knowledge, I figured the sisters would travel to Italy, the second born daughter would have trials and errors on finding love before finally realizing that love has always been about your family all along.

If you go into this book thinking any of the aforementioned, you’re going to be wrong and in probably the most pleasant way of all. Within the first chapter we are introduced to the members of the Fontana family living in New York City, and I will say that this family will have a dynamic shift by the end of the book. Yes, this dynamic shift will be due to Emilia Fontana and what she learns from her adventure in Italy with her aged but spry Aunt Poppy and her spunky cousin Luciana. This dynamic shift will be at the core essentially related to how Emilia finds herself, and about how the two other Fontana women find their selves as well.

Additionally I’d like to point out that I had originally pictured this to be about a sister’s journey to Italy to break the Fontana curse. I would say that during the first few chapters of the book I was mentally preparing myself for a story about Emilia and her sister Daria. I’m happy with the author’s choice in not using this choice across the board, because it’s what I had been expecting within the first few chapters. Plus, I just really enjoy Poppy and Luci as characters. Poppy is such a sweetheart and Luci is my lovely smartass.

Overall, I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars,

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Anytime a book makes me cry and smile is going to get my blessing. This book was very honest, and I am happy to have read it through to the last page. I am happy with the characters and how they progressed by the end of the story. I am satisfied with how the story ended, and I’m sure Emilia will hold a special place in her heart for Poppy for as long as she lives.

That’s my review for this week guys. I wanted to keep it short and simple. I hope to be able to post at least a few more times before the end of the holidays, but if we don’t communicate until after New Years: I wish you a safe and happy holiday, whether your holidays have just passed or haven’t happened yet. Please cherish the ones that you love, and I look forward to seeing everybody in the New Year!

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Words in Review : November

It’s almost the end of the month and I’m almost ready to complete my reading list for the month of November and to tell you what my thoughts were on these five books. 

Untamed 

I am still reading this book but I’m about 75% of the way through the book with plans of finishing it off this weekend. This book is technically a biography by Glennon Doyle, but it’s so much more than that. This book speaks to the core of different beliefs and views women struggle with daily — feminism, aging, parenting, etc. 

Each chapter introduces a new thought into the reader’s view and I find it most helpful to read it in small doses and reflect upon it later. Glennon Doyle does go into some political viewpoints midway through the book which I know may be off putting to some readers, but I find it good to read even if you don’t disagree with her views consistently. 

This book is unique, and for that I will give it a rating of 4 of 5 stars. Yes, I would recommend this book, no matter where you are on the political spectrum. 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Mexican Gothic

I wrote up a full review on my blog already of this book, which I hope you’ll read if you’ve already read this book. But if you haven’t read it yet…what are you waiting for? This book is a gripping page turner of a horror novel.

I rated it overall 4 of 5 stars as well.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Girl On the Train

I wrote a full review of this book earlier this month. The Girl On the Train was the highest anticipated book on my list, and with that I was slightly dissapointed it didn’t live up to my expectations. This book is mediocre at best, and for that I rated it 3 of 5 stars. 

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Everything I Never Told You

This book was good. It follows a broken family healing after the sudden death of their eldest daughter/older sister. Through each family member the reader gets to see a more broader life than what was always depicted of their eldest, and through this readers delve deeper into understanding that everything isn’t always as it seems.

Overall, I say this book was a solid read and I rated it 3 of 5 stars.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Into the Wild 

This book is the biggest yawn on this list. Of course, I half expected it to be so from the beginning because it’s a biography in subject matter I didn’t have a lot of interest in before reading it. I happened to read this book after saying that it was dumb for a guy to venture out into the wilderness underprepared and someone suggested that I read this book for better understanding on why Chris McCandless did what he did.

The author of the book was very dry in his narration. I guess in some cases that’s great, because at least in this way he presented Chriss McCandless in a most unbiased way. However, I still have not changed my mind. As someone who enjoys hiking and camping, I still think it was an awful decision to trek through Alaska without much in the way of provisions. 

I give this book a 2 out of 5 stars.

Rating: 2 out of 5.