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 | The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls

the last summer of the garrett girls.jpgTitle: The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood

Pages: 320

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Published by: Sourcebooks Fire (June 5th, 2018)

Summary

One summer will challenge everything the Garrett sisters thought they knew about themselves—and each other.

Kat lands the lead in the community theater’s summer play, but the drama spills offstage when her ex and his new girlfriend are cast too. Can she get revenge by staging a new romance of her own?

Bea and her boyfriend are heading off to college together in the fall, just like they planned when they started dating. But Bea isn’t sure she wants the same things as when she was thirteen…

Vi has a crush on the girl next door. It makes her happy and nervous, but Cece has a boyfriend…so it’s not like her feelings could ever be reciprocated, right?

As the oldest, Des shoulders a lot of responsibility for her family and their independent bookstore. Except it’s hard to dream big when she’s so busy taking care of everyone else.

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls

What I Thought

I saw this book at Target and was instantly intrigued!  Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood has been on my TBR for years now, and so when I saw another one of her books, I was very curious.  After reading the back, I just knew The Last Summer of the Garret Girls was going to be a fun summer read, and had to check it out!

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Top Ten Books I’ve Read in 2018 (So Far)!

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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:

Top Ten Books I’ve Read in 2018 (So Far)!

Okay, so it’s not actually Tuesday anymore, but I’ve been busy the past couple of days and haven’t had time to blog.  Despite that, I still really wanted to do this week’s topic.  So, even though it’s Wednesday, we’re going to pretend it’s still Tuesday. 😉

Alrighty, according to reading date, here are ten of the best books that I’ve read so far in 2018:

Genuine Fraud

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Genuine Fraud was one of the first books I read in 2018, and it was such a unique read!  It’s a thriller, but the story is told in reverse.  It was a really interesting book, filled with so many twists and turns, and I could not put it down!

 

 

 

 

Check out my review for it here!

 

A Walk to Remember

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This book was so sweet and emotional.  I’ve been a fan of the movie for so long, but I had never read the book.  I’m so glad I finally decided to read A Walk to Remember!  It’s quite different from the movie, but I love it just as much.  This book is so lovely and wholesome, and even though it made me cry, it’s one that I already cannot wait to reread again.

 

 

 

Check out my book review here!

 

The Coronation

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The Coronation really exceeded my expectations!  This book is full of so much action, adventure, and romance.  I really fell in love with Tarsurella and the royal family.  It’s sequel, The Rebellion, was SO good I could could have included it on this list, too, but since it was part of the same series, I decided to open up a slot for another book.

 

 

Check out my review for The Coronation and The Rebellion!

 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

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I loved this book so much!  Lara Jean was such a well-written and relatable character.  To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is filled with so many cute, funny, embarrassing, and heartwarming moments.  I’m really looking forward to the movie coming to Netflix soon!

 

 

 

Check out my review here!

 

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

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This was my first time stepping into the bookish world of Narnia, and I absolutely fell in love!  After reading this book, I can see why The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is so well-loved.  It truly lived up to all my expectations and more.  I’m excited to continue this series!

 

 

 

Check out my review!

 

Safe House

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Many of you know I love Meg Cabot, and the 1-800-Where-R-You series is one of my favorites!  This whole series is filled with great humor and intriguing mysteries.  I particularly found Safe House‘s mystery especially intense and intriguing!

 

 

 

 

Check out my review for it here!

 

The Way You Make Me Feel

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The Way You Make Me Feel is another book that really exceeded my expectations.  I just really loved everything about this book.  It’s filled such memorable, diverse characters, cute romances, and great family dynamics.  It’s such a perfect summer read!

 

 

 

Check out my review here!

 

Sad Perfect

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Sad Perfect was such an honest and emotional read.  I became Pea while reading this book, and her story has stayed with me long after I’ve finished this book.  It tackles heavy topics of eating disorders, self harm, and suicide.  It’ll break your heart and leave you filled with hope.

 

 

 

Check out my book review here!

 

The Borrowers

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Y’all this book was so cute!!  I really adored The Borrowers.  It’s a million times better than the movie from the ’90s.  The characters are so unique and memorable, and I would really love to read the next book in the series soon!

 

 

 

I haven’t posted my review for this one yet, so check it out on Goodreads, instead!

 

Save the Date

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I loved Save the Date so much!!  This book lived up to all my expectations, and let me tell you, they were pretty high to begin with.  I love Morgan Matson’s books, and this one was no different.  It was so fun, filled with romance, great characters, and a cute dog…What more could you want?!

 

 

 

Check out my review here!

 


Those are my favorite books I’ve read in 2018, at this point!  What are some of the best books you’ve read so far this year?

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June Wrap-Up!

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Hey everyone! It’s July now, and summer is in full swing!  It’s been super hot lately, which I’ve been loving.  I’ve also had quite a bit of reading time, which has been SO appreciated!

Altogether, I read eight books in June, which is quite good for me!  My arm had quite the work out holding all the books up for the picture, lol!

BOOKS READ

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– Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Sanctuary by Meg Cabot \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace (ebook) \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Goldie Vance Vol. 1 by Hope Larson (ebook) \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Fire and Ice by Erin Hunter \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– The Borrowers by Mary Norton \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Save the Date by Morgan Matson \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

STANDOUT BOOK OF THE MONTH

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I have to go with Save the Date by Morgan Matson.  I really loved this book! It was so sweet and funny, and was just such an overall great book.

 

BOOKS REVIEWED

Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace \\ ⭐️⭐️1/2

 

Book Haul

I bought one book in June, and that was Save the Date by Morgan Matson!  Also, I highly recommend getting the Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition.  It was filled with such great extras! I especially loved the prequel story that showed Linnie and Rodney’s engagement!

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Here’s the TTT’s I participated in during the month of June:

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Here are the anticipated releases I was looking forward to last month:

 

I also participated in the Cram-A-Thon!

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Cram-A-Thon wrap up

Wrap-Up

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Then, I shared my progress with the #2018ClassicsChallenge!

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I also found out how well Goodreads knows my reading tastes.

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And, last but not least, I did the Mid-Year Book Freak Out tag!


That wraps up June!  Here’s hoping July will be just as great, or even better!

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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.

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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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Top Eight Books I DNF’d Too Quickly

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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:

Books I DNF’d Too Quickly

I am not someone to DNF (did not finish) books too often.  So, even though I really enjoyed thinking about this week’s topic, it was a really hard one for me.  Because of that, I could only think of 8 books that I’ve DNF’d that I may have given up on a little too fast.

Dune

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So, I was supposed to read Dune in my 11th grade Lit class.  I started it, and really tried to read it, but I just could not get into it!  So, I hate to say it, but I SparkNotes my way through this book.  Now, I don’t remember anything about this book, except I think there’s this giant worm and a genius baby.  I really do think though, that if I was able to read Dune at my own pace and leisure, I could really enjoy this book.

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

To Kill a Mockingbird

to kill a mockingbird.jpgI’m embarrassed to say that I used SparkNotes on To Kill a Mockingbird, too.  Let me just say though, my freshman year of high school was so overwhelming.  I went to an online school, and most weeks I would literally work from like, 8 AM until 6 PM every single day, including weekends.  I really want to read this book now, though.  I really think I would appreciate it so much!

Also, side note, I have to lol at my high school adviser who told me that my freshman year course load was how university was.  My university courses can be SO overwhelming, but nowhere near as bad as that year was!!

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

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Okay, this one was not a school book! The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime was the book club pick for my high school’s book club.  Everyone else just loved the book, and those that had already read it had hyped it up so much.  I, personally, just couldn’t get into it.  I often wonder if I gave up on it too soon, though.  Now that it’s been several years, I’d like to give this book another chance sometime!

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

The Jungle Book

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I tried reading The Jungle Book many years ago.  I went into it, though, thinking it would be like the Disney movie.  I should have known, though, that it would be quite different!  I think because I had set certain expectations about this book, that when it was not what I was expecting, I just wasn’t into it.  Now that I realize it’s going to be different, I think I’d like to give it another try sometime.

 

 

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Through Gates of Splendor

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I don’t have anything against this book!  I started reading it, and I found it interesting enough.  I just think I wasn’t in the mood for a book like Through Gates of Splendor, when I tried reading it.  I’m sure I’ll give it another try someday!

 

 

 

 

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Pride and Prejudice

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This is another book that I picked up that I just don’t think I was quite in the mood to read.  I tried reading Pride and Prejudice during a super busy time, and I just didn’t quite have the time or energy to devote myself to it.  I definitely plan on giving Pride and Prejudice a second chance very soon!

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

The Swiss Family Robinson

Swiss Family Robinson.jpgYou guys.  5th grade me HATED this book!  It drove me crazy the way he always said “said I.”  I don’t know why, but it just bothered me so much that it was always worded like that. 😂  Luckily, my teacher was so chill, and she also hated the book, that she didn’t make me finish it.  She gave me an alternate assignment to do instead.  I actually have no idea how The Swiss Family Robinson ends though, and there’s a part of me that would really like to know.  I remember one of my classmates said it was the saddest book he ever read.  So, I’m both scared and intrigued to give this one another try.

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

The Monstrumologist

the monstrumologist.jpgI tried reading this book a couple years ago because I though it would be a fun and creepy read for Halloween.  That being said, The Monstrumologist was just too much for me at the time.  The descriptions in the first couple of chapters were just so gruesome!  I do think the actual plot of this book sounds really intriguing, so I may try again sometime.  If the descriptions throughout the rest of the book stay too gross and graphic though, I’ll probably end up DNFing it for good.

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 


Those are my picks for this week’s TTT.  What are some books that you may have DNF’d too soon?

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Summer Reading Goals 2018!

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Hey everyone!  Summertime is officially upon us!  It has been super hot all week, and I’ve been loving being able to go swimming and taking care of my garden.  I just love summer!  Today, I’ve decided to share with you all my summer reading goals for 2018.  Some of them will be the same from last year, and others will be new.  Like always, I count my summer reading from approximately Memorial Day to Labor Day – late May through early September. So, be sure to check back at the end of summer to see if I was able to reach my goals!

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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.

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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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This or That Book Tag!

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Hey everyone! Recently, I was tagged by Kris over at Boston Book Reader to do the This or That book tag! Thank you so much for tagging me, Kris!!

Alright, here we go:

 

Audiobook OR Text book? 

While I do enjoy some audiobooks, I don’t listen to very many, so I definitely have to go with text books!

Paperback OR Hardback? 

I honestly love both! I’ll go with hardback though, because they are more aesthetically pleasing on my bookshelves.

Fiction OR Non-fiction? 

I have to go with fiction.  While I appreciate non-fiction, it’s just not typically a genre that I read very often.

Bookshop OR Online?

Even though I definitely appreciate the convenience of online shopping, nothing beats the feeling of going to an actual bookstore, browsing the shelves for hours, and just appreciating that chill vibe that all bookstores seem to have.

Standalone OR Trilogy?

This one really just depends on my mood!  Sometimes I love trilogies and other times I’m content with just one book.  I guess I’ll go with standalone, though, because I’m so terrible at finishing series sometimes!

Heavy & Long OR Short & Sweet? 

Again, this one just depends on my mood!  Sometimes the longer the book the better, and other times I’m super content with novella.

Reading somewhere Cozy OR in the Sun? 

Please, can I pick both?!  There’s nothing like reading in the sunshine on a warm, summer day with an icy, cold drink to help you from getting too hot.  However, there’s also nothing like reading while being wrapped up, all cozy in your bed with all the softest blankets on, with little twinkle lights on, too.

Hot Chocolate OR Coffee?

Now, this is an easy choice!  I definitely have to go with hot chocolate!  I do not like coffee at all, but I absolutely love hot chocolate, so this one was a no-brainer. 🙂


This was such a fun tag! Thanks again for tagging me, Kris!

If you’re reading this, I tag YOU!

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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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