Book Review | Where the Crawdads Sing

where the crawdads singTitle: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Page: 384

Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons (Aug. 14th, 2018)

Summary

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.

Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

Where the Crawdads Sing

what i thoughtThis book. This book!! I don’t even know where to begin when it comes to reviewing Where the Crawdads Sing.  I’ll be honest, I only read this book because everyone on Bookstagram talked about this book daily.  I barely even knew what it was about, but I knew it must be good because the library waiting list was huge!! 😂  Where the Crawdads Sing was one of the best books I’ve read in a very, very long time.  It is truly deserving of every ounce of hype and praise it has received!

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Book Review | Sad Perfect

sad perfect.jpgTitle: Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot

Pages: 320

Genres: YA, Contemporary

Published by: Square Fish (Feb. 28th, 2017)

Summary

Perfect is only on the surface in this gripping novel about a teen girl who looks normal but struggles with a little known eating disorder. 

Sixteen-year-old Pea has a secret: she has Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, which means she can’t eat very much because nutritious foods frighten her. Having ARFID is like having a monster inside of her, one that dictates what she can eat, what she does and who she socializes with. This monster is growing and controlling more than just her food issues?it’s causing anxiety, depression, and giving her thoughts that she doesn’t want to have.

When she falls crazy-mad in love with Ben, she hides her disorder from him, pretending that she’s fine. At first, everything really does feel like it’s getting better with him around, so she stops taking her anxiety and depression medication. And that’s when the monster really takes over her life. Just as everything seems lost and hopeless, Pea finds in her family, best friend, and Ben the support and strength that she needs to learn that her eating disorder doesn’t have to control her.

Sad Perfect is the haunting debut novel from Stephanie Elliot.

Sad Perfect: A Novel

What I Thought

I first heard about Sad Perfect from EmmmaBooks on Youtube.  Her review on her channel really made me interested in this book and it had been on my TBR ever since.  For whatever reason, I have been thinking about this book lately, and decided to finally read it.  I’m so glad I did, too!

The first thing that really stood out to me about this book and what made it so unique, was that it was told in 2nd person. Aside from reading those Choose Your Own Adventure books from 2nd grade, I had never read a book in 2nd person before. At first I was a little weary with how I would be able to connect with the story this way, but I found it actually really helped me to connect. I was Pea. I don’t have ARFID, so I can’t say if the rep was accurate, but while reading Sad Perfect, I truly felt like I was able to get into Pea’s head and understand what she was going through. 2nd person really helped make this story come alive and feel very personal to me.

Another thing I appreciated was that this book does not glamorize mental illness. It shows the repercussions of not taking your medicine. It shows how frustrating and difficult recovery is, not only for you, but also family and friends. This book is so real and so raw.

Also, because of the topic and nature of this book, I would definitely say have caution when reading this book if eating disorders, anxiety/depression, suicide, and self-harm trigger you.

I will say the one thing that was a little bothersome to me was the original cover of the book. It features the tool that Pea uses to self harm as the focus of the cover. I, personally, felt like that was a bit tacky and hurtful. It has been changed for the paperback release, though, which is the cover I used for this review.

I really enjoyed all the characters in this novel. I admit, sometimes I felt like I wanted to know them just a little better, but it is sort of understandable because it felt like Pea kept a little distance from people because of her illness. Overall though, everyone was really interesting. I especially loved how supportive Ben was. He stood by her even when he didn’t always understand. Not only that but his family was supportive, too. It was so great to read about an encouraging and joyful family.

Overall, I really enjoyed Sad Perfect. It was so unique and really opened my eyes up to the struggle of recognizing you have a problem and recovery. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to learn more about living life with a mental illness and a compelling and honest read.

4 stars 2


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Book Review | Illuminae

illuminae Title: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Pages: 602

Genres: YA, Sci-Fi

Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers (Oct. 20th, 2015)

Summary

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

What I Thought

The hype for Illuminae has been strong, especially since the last book in the series, Obsidio, recently came out. So, when I found a hardcover copy at Books-A-Million for $6, I immediately bought it, and now that I’ve read it, I’m so glad I did!

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Update #3/Wrap-Up!

Hey everyone! Well, Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is now over, so it’s time I share with you all how it went.

After my last update, I read about 10 more pages of Illuminae, and then I fell asleep. Then, I woke up about 20 minutes before the readathon ended, and read until it was over. So, I was able to get to page 118 of Illuminae plus the 20 pages of The Ugly Teapot. Altogether I read 109 pages for the readathon!

Like I said in my other updates, I didn’t have a lot of opportunities to read during this readathon. Despite that, I’m still really content with how much I read. I’m looking forward to the next one, on Oct. 20th! 🎉

Did you participate in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon? If so, let me know how you did!

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Update #2

Hello! I thought I’d check in and share with you all how I’ve been doing today. I haven’t had a whole lot of time to read, but I already knew I wouldn’t. However, I have read a little bit, and given the circumstances of today, I’m not too disappointed with how much I’ve read at this point.

So far, I’ve read 20 pages of The Ugly Teapot. I am enjoying this one, although I must say, it’s a little all over the place for me. I’m still super intrigued though, and am very curious to see how this one will end.

Also, I’m now on page 91 of Illuminae, so I’ve read 62 pages so far. At first I was a little confused with this book, but now I’m really loving it! It’s one that I just don’t want to stop reading.

It’s currently almost 11:00 PM where I live, so I’ll probably be going to bed in the next hour or so. So we’ll see how many more pages I read tonight. The readathon ends at 7:55 AM in my time zone, so depending when I wake up tomorrow, I may be able to squeeze in a little more reading.

Unfortunately, I’ve been so bad at updating my social media of my reading progress this time around, but I will definitely have a final update and wrap-up post up here on the blog, sometime tomorrow!


Thanks so much for reading!


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Top Five Characters I Liked in Books I Didn’t Like

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is:

Characters I Liked in Books I Didn’t Like

This week was a hard one for me, because of that, it’s only going to be a top five today.  For one thing, usually if I don’t like the characters, it’s the biggest reason why I don’t like a book.  For another thing, honestly, there are very few books that I actually dislike.  I don’t love every book I read, but a lot of the times, as opposed to full-on disliking them, I’ll find certain books just okay, but there’s still usually some quality of the book I still appreciated. I think that’s the case for just about all of these books here!

Alright, here we go!

Khalila Seif

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If you read my review, you’ll know that Ink and Bone definitely wasn’t my favorite book.  I had trouble connecting to this story.  That being said, there were a  lot of great, interesting and diverse characters in this book.  Khalila, in particular, was one of my favorites.  She was so fierce and independent!

 

 

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Samantha and Lucy Madison

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Ready or Not is another book I didn’t love, but still had great characters.  I loved the sister relationship Samantha and Lucy shared.  It felt super realistic, and was really sweet.

 

 

 

 

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Nesta Archeron

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Unpopular opinion time: I didn’t love A Court of Thorns and Roses.  I found the book to be slow, and while it wasn’t terrible, it just wasn’t the book for me.  I was really intrigued by Nesta, though.  She’s not in the book a lot, but her character had so much depth, to me.

 

 

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All the characters from Every Heart a Doorway

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I know so many people love Every Heart a Doorway, and it’s not that I didn’t enjoy it, it was just lacking something for me.  That being said, this book had a great cast of characters! Everyone was so unique, and the premise of this book was really good.  It just wasn’t the book for me.

 

 

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Maddie Chase

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The Notes from a Spinning Planet series had such a great premise, but unfortunately, this book was kind of boring.  While it had a lot of interesting information about Ireland and its history, not a whole lot actually happens in this book.  I did think the characters were interesting, and I think Maddie made a great main character, though.  It just felt like nothing actually ever happened to her.

 

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There you have it!  Those are some of the books that I’ve read and haven’t loved, but their characters were the redeeming qualities!  Let me know who made the list for you this week.

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Book Review | The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe

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Title: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia (publication order) #1) by C. S. Lewis

Pages: 206

Genres: Children’s, Fantasy, Classic

Published by: HarperCollins Publishers (Mar. 5th, 2002, originally Oct. 16th, 1950)

Summary

They open a door and enter a world

NARNIA…the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy…the place where the adventure begins. Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. In the blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever. 

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia, #2)

I’m pretty sure I’m one of the few homeschooled, Christians who did not read The Chronicles of Narnia growing up. Pretty much all my friends read it, but for one reason or another, I just never picked it up. Well, I finally did, and I’m so glad!

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Guess That Book: Emoji Edition!

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Hey everyone!  In honor of Wonder Week, I thought it’d be fun to play a game with you guys on my blog today.  I’m calling it Guess That Book: Emoji Edition, and the idea is pretty simple.  Each row of emojis describes a different book, and it’s up to you to make your guesses in the comments!

Alright, let’s get started!

Popular YA Novels

1. 🙎🏽☀️✈️🌧️🙎🏽❤️🧛🏼‍♂️ ⚾️ ⚡️ 🧛🏼‍♂️🧛🏼‍♀️🧛🏾‍♂️🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏼✈️🧛🏼‍♂️🙎🏽🧛🏼‍♂️🏥💑💃🏽🕺🏼💑

2. 🙋🏽‍♀️ 👫👫👫👫👫👫👫👫👫👫👫👫🏟👊🏼🏹🏹🏹⚔️😵😵💀💀💀😵💀🥖😵💀😵💀😭😭😭😭🏆🙍🏽🙍🏽‍♂️

3. 🤷🏼‍♂️🔲❓🧑🏽🧑🏼🧑🏻🧑🏽🧑🏽🧑🏾👦🏼👩🏽🏃🏽‍♂️🏃🏽‍♂️🏃🏽‍♂️↙️↗️⬇️↔️❌⬇️➡️↘️❌↙️⬆️⬅️➡️🔫💀😭😭😭❓

Children’s Classics

1. 👧🏼🐷🕷🎪🎡🐖🥇🕸🕷🕸😢☺️🐷

2. 👧🏽🐶🚲🙇🏽‍♀️🐶💨🌪🏚🧙🏼‍♀️💀🧙🏼‍♀️😡👠👧🏽🤖🦁❇️🌆🧙🏼‍♀️💀🎉🎉👧🏽🐶➡️🏠

3. 👧🏼🐇🕳🚪🗝🐛🍄👧🏽⬆️👧🏽⬇️🌹❤️🃏❤️👑🏃🏼‍♀️👧🏼➡️🏠

Speed Round!

These describe just the title from classics, YA, and popular adult novels.

1. 💦💧🐘

2. 🕰🍊

3. 👴🏼🌊

4. 🌑

5. 🅰️

6. 🍇😡

7. 👋🏼🌬

8. 🛑👸🏼

9. 🍽🙏🏼❤️

10. 👸🏼📝📒


Okay everyone! Share your guesses in the comments down below!  I can’t wait to read everyone’s answers, and hopefully, you all were able to figure some of these out. This actually ended up being way harder to make than I anticipated, but I had a lot of fun with it, and I hope you will, too.

Let me know how many you got right! Also, describe your current read with just emojis!

Thanks for reading!


ANSWERS

To read the answers, select/highlight the text!

Popular YA Novels

  1. Twilight
  2. The Hunger Games
  3. The Maze Runner

Children’s Classics

  1. Charlotte’s Web
  2. The Wizard of Oz
  3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Speed Round

  1. Water for Elephants
  2. Clockwork Orange
  3. The Old Man and the Sea
  4. New Moon
  5. The Scarlet Letter
  6. The Grapes of Wrath
  7. Gone with the Wind
  8. Red Queen
  9. Eat Pray Love
  10. The Princess Diaries

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Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR!

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t’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is:

Books on my Spring TBR

Oh boy! This week, it was so hard to narrow it down to just 10 books!  My TBR is so full, and I just wish I could read all the books right now!  So, here are 10 books that I really, really want to read this spring!

Illuminae

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I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Illuminae, and now that Obsidio was just released, the hype train for this series is now level 10!  I can’t wait to start this book, and hopefully fall in love with it as much as everybody else.

 

 

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette

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I’ve wanted to read this book for so long now!  I recently found out that Where’d You Go, Bernaadette is going to be a movie later this year, and so now seems like the perfect time to read it.

 

 

 

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The Night Circus

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The Night Circus is a book that I’ve always wanted to read, but just never got around to it.  Well, there was a copy of it at my library’s book sale last weekend for $0.75, so, of course, I bought!  I’m so excited to hopefully read it soon, and see what I think of this gorgeous book.

 

 

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One of Us is Lying

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I think One of Us is Lying sounds like such an intriguing mystery/thriller book! I’ve heard really good things about it, too.  I’m excited to start reading this book soon!

 

 

 

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The Help

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The Help is a book I keep putting on my TBR, and then never getting around to it.  I really, really want to finally get to it!  I watched the movie a few years ago, and really adored it, so I know I’ll love the book, too.  I just need to read it!!

 

 

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Heidi

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A while back, I bought the Puffin in Bloom collection of books, and Heidi was one of the books that came with it.  I’ve never read Heidi, but I’ve always wanted to.  I think it will make a really fun and quick spring read!

 

 

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The Treatment

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As many of you probably know, because I’ve talked it about quite a bit, I was really blown away by The Program.  It really took me by surprise how much I liked it, and so, of course, I had to buy its sequel, The Treatment.  Well, I still haven’t read it, but I am going to now.  Really!

 

 

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My Sister’s Keeper

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I really want to read My Sister’s Keeper.  The problem is, I know I’m going to cry my eyes out, so I keep putting this book off until I feel like having a good cry.  As weird as this sounds, I think I’m ready to have a good cry? lol So, I hope I can get to this book soon!

 

 

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Anne of Ingleside

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Anne of Ingelside is one of the Anne books that I still need to read.  I really want to finish the rest of the series this year.  So, I’m hoping to get to this one very soon!

 

 

 

 

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Wayfarer

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With Wayfarer, I’ve pretty much gotten to that point where this is going to be on every TBR list, until I actually read it.  I loved Passenger, so I’m sure I’ll love Wayfarer, too.  I just need to actually read it!!

 

 

 

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That’s my Top Ten Tuesday!  What are some books that are on your spring TBR? I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading!


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Book Review | The Choosing

the choosing.jpgTitle: The Choosing (Seer #1) by Rachelle Dekker

Pages: 464

Genres: YA, Dystopian, Christian

Published by: Tyndale House Publishers (May 19th, 2015)

Summary

“Not to be Chosen would yield a cruel fate of my own making.”

Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for—her Choosing ceremony—would end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it’s her duty to follow the true way of the Authority.

But as Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. The whispers contradict everything she’s been told; yet they resonate deep within.

Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she’s always dreamed of, but she can’t shake the feeling that it may be an illusion. With a killer targeting Lints and corruption threatening the highest levels of the Authority, Carrington must uncover the truth before it destroys her.

The Choosing (Seer, #1)

What I Thought

This book had been on my TBR for such a long time now!  Pretty much since it was released in 2015, I’ve been meaning to read The Choosing.  I was just drawn to the plot, the gorgeous cover, and the fact that the author is the daughter to one of Christian fiction’s biggest thriller writers, Ted Dekker!

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