Book Thoughts – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

“Better never means better for everyone… It always means worse, for some.”

The story and events in The Handmaid’s Tale are so unsettling. So severely unsettling. Especially reading it as a woman myself. Even though the story is fiction, it is terrifying to think something like that could happen in a “normal” society like what we have now in 2017. Continue reading “Book Thoughts – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood”

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Book Thoughts: The Martian by Andy Weir

fullsizeoutput_2cd7I haven’t been this stressed out while reading a book since Gone Girl. Somehow I managed not to get the ending spoiled for me even though now I can kind of sort of see how it was in the comedy category at the Oscars. But still not really. I really do want to see the movie now though. But I digress, I’m here to talk about the book.

Mark Watney is stranded. On Mars. The odds aren’t looking good. Continue reading “Book Thoughts: The Martian by Andy Weir”

Book thoughts – Gone Girl

Book thoughts – Gone Girl

Holy crap. I just finished reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and wow. I knew it was a suspenseful book but it really went above and beyond that qualifier. I will keep this post curse word free, but just to let you know, the best way to describe this story is with curse words.

I love a good plot twist and Gone Girl definitely had that. I would probably have to put it up there with the twist in Life of Pi. I don’t read the suspense/thriller genre very often so I wasn’t really sure if I would ever read this book. Somehow I managed to not be spoiled since the movie came out in 2014 and I am grateful for that. I wouldn’t have read the book if I knew any of the spoilers.

I will never re-read Gone Girl (it was enough of a mind melt the first time), but I am glad I read it and I definitely understand why it got a movie deal and captured the nation’s attention.

*SPOILERS BELOW! STOP READING NOW!*

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Book Review – To The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

My first read and my first review of 2017! Hope you enjoy.

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Picture taken at Fireside Books in Palmer, AK

To The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey is wonderful; absolutely delightful to read. I think it was even more special to me because I am from Alaska. I’ve lived here all my life and even though I haven’t been to the places the story travels through, I still have an understanding of the wilds of Alaska. This probably made the journey through Alaska even more interesting to me.

To The Bright Edge of the World is about discovery and adventure and is set at the end of the nineteenth century. Colonel Allen Forrester is on an expedition to Alaska, Continue reading “Book Review – To The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey”

Link – 33 Books That Every Badass Woman Should Read

Link – 33 Books That Every Badass Woman Should Read

I follow “My Favorite F Word is Feminism” on Facebook, and they always post cool stuff. They also post a lot of reader/ book related things. Yesterday, they posted an article from Bustle titled “33 Books That Every Badass Woman Should Read” and I just had to click it! I read through the whole list and added about 10 of the books to my Goodreads “want to read” list.

Here are a few of my favorites –

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  1. The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden – Jonas Jonasson
  2. Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power & A World Without Rape – Jaclyn Friedman And Jessica Valenti

  3. Bad Feminist – Roxanne Gray

I am very excited to read these (and several other titles). I want to diversify my reading list in 2017 and I think these titles will be a good start.

I hope you check out the list! I’m sure there is at least one book on there for everyone. Comment with your favorites! Now go forth and read!

The Serpent King aka crying in my bed at 12:30am on a Friday

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The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

I need to start with saying that this is probably the most serious piece I have ever written about a book I have read. And it is definitely the most honest. I cried more than I have cried in a while, in regards to a book or real life. I even knew it was coming but that did not stop the tears. Tears in my bed, needing tissue breaks before I read the next heartbreaking moment. This is not a review of The Serpent King; it is just a lot of feelings that the book brought out of me. There are spoilers, so beware. Forgive me if this piece seems a little erratic and messy but I knew I had to write it the second I finished the book, which happened to be at 12:30 am on a Friday. I had to write it for myself, but I hope you enjoy it. Continue reading “The Serpent King aka crying in my bed at 12:30am on a Friday”

T5W – Characters You WOULDN’T Want to Trade Places With

T5W – Characters You WOULDN’T Want to Trade Places With

Happy Wednesday!

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme that was originally created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. To find out more about this booktastic topic, visit the Goodreads group here!

This week’s topic is “Characters You WOULDN’T Want to Trade Places With”. Continue reading “T5W – Characters You WOULDN’T Want to Trade Places With”