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Book Review: The Power

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The Power by Naomi Alderman (Goodreads | Amazon)

Tired of the patriarchy? Tired of watching our male-led governments and faith leaders erode women’s rights? Tired of hearing in the news that yet more women were hurt or killed because of toxic masculinity? Would you rather read a thoughtful fantasy about women developing a power to turn the tables and enact revenge? Have I got a book for you…  Continue reading “Book Review: The Power”

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Guilty Reader Book Tag

I saw this tag around — I found it on Adventures of a Bookish Girl‘s blog, though if you follow through her links she credits the original questions from a vlogger here. I read two books in the past few days but neither are really worth reviewing, so I thought this tag would be a better post to make.

Have you ever re-gifted a book you’ve been given?

Probably! I can’t think of anything off the top of my head, but I know that if I didn’t love a book and think it’d be suited better for someone else, I have probably given it away. I wouldn’t wrap it up and give it to them as a birthday present, or anything, but I’m happy to disperse books to others if I’m not going to enjoy having it on my shelf anymore.

Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?

One summer I said I was going to read Homer’s The Odyssey and failed miserably. But pretended that I had when people asked me how that was going.

Sometimes people will mention a well-known book as part of a conversation and instead of getting pulled off-topic with them trying to tell me to read it, I just say I’m familiar with it and then they get to the point they were trying to make, which often doesn’t connect with an important part of the book anyway. I think I’ve done this with The Road the most. I am capable of talking about something without having read McCarthy.

Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

Yes…. I have it all catalogued in my head, though! I can totally return them any time they ask for their books back!! I borrowed a copy of a John Grisham from a friend’s dad… a decade ago. I still have it! (I haven’t read it yet…) I have my dad’s copy of Prairyerth I will probably never get to… my mother-in-law has lent me Wolf Hall that I’ve had for probably the past three years. I return things pretty quickly after I read them, but those books are kind of on indefinite loan at the moment…

Have you ever read a series out of order?

Yesssss. Ummm. My husband hates me for this, but I read Harry Potter backwards. I got Deathly Hallows the day it came out and read it, then thought “Hmm, I should read the rest,” and ordered them off Amazon Marketplace. But the way that the separate sellers shipped them, I got Half-Blood Prince next (so I read it), then Order of the Phoenix, and so on… and so I finished the series by reading Sorcerer’s Stone.

I’ve since read them in order, multiple times, but it was really weird reading them backwards. It really made me appreciate Jo’s foresight — a lot of the little details that made up an important plot point in DH were sprinkled in pretty early in the books.

 

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Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

I hate spoilers. I’m one of those people who won’t talk about a movie that’s been out for ten years because I’m afraid I’ll spoil it. So I hope I haven’t. Though having a book blog does mean probably spoiling something for someone if they don’t stop reading at a certain point.

Have you ever dog eared a book?

Mhm. I try not to, but sometimes if there’s a quote I like — I never do it to hold my place, I do this specifically to come back to a paragraph of writing I want to revisit — I make the tiniest little dent in the page, so it looks like it just got scuffed a millimeter on the corner. It can be straightened back out with a fingernail.

Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?

Listen, I can’t keep track of what I own anymore. Maybe I gave it away or maybe it’s fallen behind the bookshelf. I can’t be sure!

Have you ever told someone you haven’t read a book when you have?

Huh, what, never…

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Have you ever skipped a chapter or a section of a book?

Yes. Not typically novels, where skipping would make me lose sense of the plot, but nonfiction/history stuff.

Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?

I’m pretty critical and bring up a lot of the weak spots of a book before amending that I really did like it. I liked it, buuuuut: there wasn’t enough diversity. I liked it, buuuuut it was pretty fluffy and the characters are sort of one-dimensional but it’s still cute. I liked it, buuuuut it’s definitely a product of its time and the racism is not a good look. etc.

Anyway, I’m not tagging anyone but if you’re into it, feel free to share and tag me back so I know you did it!

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Book Review: Leah on the Offbeat

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Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli (Goodreads | Amazon)

I absolutely loved the first of the “Creekwood” series, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (which was made into the movie Love, Simon). Becky Albertalli worked with teenagers as a school psychologist so she is very in tune with teenagers’ thoughts and actions, and hit the nail on the head with a lot of the character interactions in both Simon and the sort of off-shoot (based on Leah’s cousins), The Upside of Unrequited. But something about Leah on the Offbeat didn’t quite connect for me. I’ll go into depth in the review.

Note: since this is the second book in a series, I’ll be spoiling Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. If you haven’t read it, don’t read on.

Summary

Leah Burke and her best friend Simon Spier are in their last year of high school and planning things like college and senior prom. Leah has a secret that she’s been keeping from her friends — she’s bi, and she has a crush on someone in her close friend group. As senior year draws to a close, tensions among the group create fissures and unexpected fallout. Continue reading “Book Review: Leah on the Offbeat”

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June Wrap-Up

Sorry I took a weird, short break for the past couple of weeks! I’m still finding it hard to balance how much I want to read vs. how much I want to blog, and found myself catching up on reading and re-watching most of my favorite movies rather than writing the latter half of this month.

June stats:

Books read: 11
Books added to TBR shelf: 16
Books purchased this month: 6
Illustrations drawn: 3

Longest book: The Stand, at 1153 pages
Shortest book: You Are A Badass at Making Money, at 257 pages

Ratings of the books I read:
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3
⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1
No rating given: 4*

Five-star reads:

The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir | Review here

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (4.5 stars but I rounded up) | I need to write a review for this one

Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert | Review and scene illustration here

Four-star reads:

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Help Me Brainstorm: Built-In Bookshelves Dilemma

Hi Book friends! I could use your brainstorming help!!

Per this post, we are getting bookshelves built into an entire wall of our living room. We’ve been talking to our contractor for a bit and we have some mock-ups of what we’re thinking, but after getting the plans back from him, we’re kind of… unsure about it.

Our original plan was to have shelves all over the wall, up until the tippy-top. Here are some inspiration photos…

 

(Via 123)

[It might be hard to see on image 1 but I loved the thick banding around the edges of the shelves meeting the wall. For image 2, I think that was likely the closest “wall height” comparison we had to our house. For image 3, I loved that particular style of library ladder and we were also thinking of putting in cabinets below the shelves.]  Continue reading “Help Me Brainstorm: Built-In Bookshelves Dilemma”

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Book Review: The Book of Essie

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The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir (Goodreads | Amazon)

I picked this for my June Book of the Month box and was so intrigued that instead of just shelving it, I began reading it “just to start it”… and ended up inhaling it in one sitting. Whoa.

Summary

Esther Hicks is the youngest child on Six for Hicks, a reality TV show about her ultra-conservative family with a megachurch-preaching pastor father and ratings-manipulative mother. When Essie finds out she is pregnant, her mother and the show’s producers have to figure out what comes next. Essie approaches Roarke Richards, a boy at school, to become her ally in the next phase of her life. She also entrusts Liberty Bell, a conservative reporter with a shady past, not only with all of her interviews, but also to find her estranged sister.

Written in Essie, Roarke, and Liberty’s alternating POV, the answers to many questions — who is the father of the baby? how will the family deal with the scandal? why did Essie’s older sister cut contact with the family? what is Liberty’s secret — are rolled out with just enough hint and tease to make us guess and read on.

This is a story about complicity, power, money, judgment, and tolerance, wrapped up in a really compelling read. And it’s really interesting to me how the author chose to convey all of these things.  Continue reading “Book Review: The Book of Essie”

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out 2018

Big thanks to Lily at Sprinkles of Dreams for tagging me in this one! I did make a sort of mid-year post already, but that concerned the Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge and not all of the books I’ve read so far this year! I recently hit 50 read books for the year (see my Goodreads list here) so I have a good list to choose from now… Here we go!

One: Best book read so far this year

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Warcross by Marie Lu

It’s funny, because usually I would pick something more “high-brow” (ugh, that sounds bad, but you know what I mean — a thinking book or something for “adults”), not a young-adult novel that deals with an immersive video game… but this was SO. FUN.

Two: Best sequel read so far this year

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The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman

This is actually the only sequel I’ve read so far in 2018, but I’m happy with this choice anyway. I am a sucker for Jane Austen and the Dark Days Club series feels like it could have been written in the Regency era, except there are monsters. Continue reading “Mid-Year Book Freak Out 2018”