I needed a good old fashioned chick lit break. I needed to not think for a little bit. For what they are, I think they are good books. No, they aren't going to change the world or even your mind about certain topics - but I enjoyed them and hot damn it sometimes that is all you need, okay?
The Promise of Stardust - Priscille Sibley - 5 Stars
Steph said she cried ugly tears so I thought I was prepared, but yeah there was no preparing for this. I had been reading some heavier books recently and I needed a break, so I didn't want to binge read this one - instead I just read a little bit each day which I think is a good way to read a book like this. Yes, it's sad. But it's beautiful. So beautiful. Thoroughly enjoyed. Highly recommend.
There really isn't much to say about this book. It was great. I loved it. It has everything. Goldman is a fabulous writer. For funsies, after I read it I listened to the audiobook because it's a really quick abridged version, and I enjoyed that as well. I was worried that I wouldn't like it because I love the movie (who doesn't?). But I needn't have worried. To not like it would be inconceivable! (Sorry, couldn't resist).
Maybe 4.5? There are 2 more books in this series, I just haven't gotten to them yet. This book was a wee bit slow going, but eventually it got interesting. I really don't like when authors throw you straight into a world, like you can't even ease us into it? Explain a few words? I get why they do it but it annoys me because I spend the first quarter of the book confused. Once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. Overall, I think it's quite original and refreshing and I really can't wait to read the others.
This is a hard book to review. First off, it was probably THE (caps AND bold so you know it's legit) most depressing book I have ever read. What a miserable, depressing, horrible book. But amazing. Wonderful. Fascinating. He is such a good writer (and narrator!). Would I read it again? Do I have it in me to read the second or third? Would I recommend it? I have no idea. It was really very good. But bloody hell it was depressing.
Slammed - Colleen Hoover - 4 stars
Well this was absolutely not what I was expecting at all. Like at all. I really enjoyed Ugly Love and this was nothing like it. I know authors write different books, but I mean I was expecting a little similarities. Nope. I read it fairly quickly and I enjoyed it. It was pretty good. I didn't like a few things about it, which is why it lost a star. I also struggled through the second one (Point of Retreat; barely 2 stars) but it was from the guy's point of view which I did not like at all, and it was kind of boring. Not interested enough to read #3, which is apparently the same story as the first book but from the guy's point of view. I'm sorry, but unless you are a mind reading vampire, I don't want to know your side of the story.
I first heard of this book from the Selfie TV show. Yep. No shame. I wanted to be as cool as Eliza so I added it to my list. I had no idea what the book was even about, but somehow it was nothing like I'd expected. It was interesting because it's about a boy with special needs and KC teaches at a special needs school, also my younger brother has some... aspects of his personality that made me think of him when reading this book. It was a very short read, interesting and well written - though maybe a little too much science and math, but that's just me. Overall I enjoyed it and that's what matters.
I read the Selection series last year and thoroughly enjoyed them so I was excited for this book. I was kind of irritated that it was from a different person's point of view (spoilers) but I ended up really, really enjoying it... and then all of a sudden it was over and I realised it wasn't the last book. RAGE. I am so impatient!! Honestly though, I didn't love it as much as the Selection books, mainly because the main character is an annoying brat sometimes. But I like that the author didn't make her a carbon copy of the previous main character. Regardless, a big ole thumbs up from me.
Maybe 3.5. I have wanted to read this book ever since I read Edenbrooke, which I love love loved. I really, really, really wanted to love it. I definitely had high expectations. I enjoyed the overall story, though it wasn't as good as Edenbrooke, and for the love of Pete, I couldn't give a flying hoot about birds. This is a romance, why are birds such a huge focus? No. No.
I love when you pick up a book and it's nothing like you expected, because you had no idea what it was about, you'd just heard it was good. This was one of these books.I'd heard about it but had no idea what it was about. I loved it. Read it in one sitting. I'm embarrassed to say how emotional this book made me. LOVED IT. YOU SHOULD READ IT. BOOKS FOREVER.
I wanted a light, easy read and this was it. There really isn't much more to it than that, I'm afraid. I really did enjoy it and it's the perfect beach read.
I had heard so many good things about this book from so many different people and I finally got it from the library so I couldn't wait to read it. It's a quick read, but seriously amazing. Loved it. I seriously don't have the words to convey how beautiful this book is and how much I loved it. Highly recommend.
The D.U.F.F: Designated Ugly Fat Friend - Kody Keplinger - 4 stars
I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did, but I really enjoyed it. I don't know. It felt refreshing, less pretentious than other YA books. Not that they are all pretentious, not by any means. I just enjoyed this. What blew me away was the author was 17 when she wrote it, 19 when it was published and now it's a freaking movie. I mean.. mind blown. Anyway, back to the book. I enjoyed it. I can certainly understand why one wouldn't enjoy it, but I did. It's a very short, fun read. Then I watched the movie, because I have issues like that, and it was good though of course not as good (they changed so much!).
I have heard so many good things about this book, it's been on my list forever. After Steph said she stayed up all night to read it I had to move it to the top of my list. Guess what? I stayed up all night to read it. Seriously, this is why I don't read before bed. Anyway. I can see how some people might not love this book, I can recognise it's flaws, and yes it has some effed up shit in it - but seriously. I laughed, I cried, I blushed and cringed and got mad. In terms of enjoyment, all the enjoyment was had!! You need to read this. Am I conveying how much I freaking loved this book?!!
One of my favourite parts was the acknowledgement at the end:
“Thank You. Life is short and TBR lists are long. I know time is precious and I thank you for spending yours with this book.”
I also read Ten Big Ones to get back on the Stephanie Plum wagon.
Linking up with Steph and Jana but of course.
Skimmers - you NEED to read The Sea of Tranquility and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. This is not a request, or a drill, do not pass go. You have to read them and love them. Otherwise we are not friends.
Okay, okay. We can still be friends. But pretty please read them? If you don't like them, don't tell me.
I also really recommend The Promise of Stardust & Wonder. But really, The Sea of Tranquility and The Storied Life of A.J Fikry, okay? Okay. Good talk.
Any recommendations for me?