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”

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”

T5W – Book to get you out of a reading slump

T5W – Book to get you out of a reading slump

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 “Books to get you out of a reading slump“.

I love all of these books so this list kind of turned into a “read all of my favorite books!” post, BUT I promise they will break you out of the meanest slump this winter.

1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer – This is the first book in the The Lunar Chronicles series and it will pull you into the series, therefore slump broken because there are four books to read! Plus several “in between” books. Reading slump smashed!

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – such a fun read with great relationships between sisters, families, friends and boyfriends. It was a really refreshing read for me for some reason.

3. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde – The first in the Thursday Next series and one of my all-time favorite books. The story is set in a world that is very book centric and that alone is splendid but all of the literary puns and allusions make it an absolute joy.

4. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson – I think I can easily promise that this book will be like nothing you have read before. The story is quirky, somewhat ridiculous and completely enjoyable. Also, each of the characters are distinctive and enthralling. This book could snap even the most intense slump.

5. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick – this is a light, fun read that lets you into Kendrick’s mind a little bit. As far as memoirs go, it is one of my favorites because it felt like Anna Kendrick was speaking directly to me. I felt like we were friends after I finished reading and made me want to read more memoirs (ha! another way to snap a slump).

I hope these books help if you are in a slump! You should read them even if you aren’t slumping because they are all fabulous 🙂 Let me know in the comments what book helped you get out of a reading slump!

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Book Recommendation – A Madness So Discreet

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I read A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis recently and it was enthralling. The main character is flawed and troubled, but compassionate and caring as well. She is also smart as a whip and sassy as hell. I love her journey through the book, as well as all of the supporting characters. I highly recommend this book and I promise you won’t be able to put it down.

Have you read A Madness So Discreet? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Now go forth and read!

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”

Book Recommendation – Moriarty

If you love everything Sherlock, this book is for you. The story takes place after the Reichenbach Fall in Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories and weaves in elements of the original as well.

There were several moments in this book when my mouth was hanging open from shock. I really want to read the rest of the books that Anthony Horowitz has written in this same Sherlock vein.

This is a great Sherlockian style mystery. Loved it!