Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert: Interview and Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Tuesday! Today is the day that I’ve been waiting for for so long! Thank you, Avon Books for giving me the opportunity to interview Talia Hibbert! I have so many connections with Get A Life, Chloe Brown that I literally teared up when I learned about them. Just like Chloe, I have fibromyalgia. I’ve been teaching myself to do web design and she’s a Web Designer. We both love to write lists. We have the same last name and my dog is named Chloe. I’m just so excited for a book with fibromyalgia representation especially because it’s own voices.


My Lame Synopsis: Chloe Brown decides that it’s time to get out of her comfort zone with a list of things she wants to complete after a near death experience. But romance isn’t on the list. Redford is a handsome devil and so happens to be the superintendent of her building. Goodreads

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Interview with Talia Hibbert

What inspired you to write a character like Chloe?

Talia: My own experiences definitely inspired Chloe. That, and my love of prickly heroines in romance. I wanted to write a heroine experiencing chronic illness, and I wanted her to be unapologetically grouchy– because everyone deserves a happy ending.

>AMEN!<

What was the deciding factor for you to have a main character with fibromyalgia?

Selfishness! I have fibromyalgia and I wanted to read a fun rom-com about a heroine with similar struggles. So I went ahead and wrote it. But, honestly? I wrote it for everyone else who struggles with chronic illness, too. There’s not enough rep, so I wanted to add to what’s there.

As someone with fibromyalgia, I know it’s hard to live with, did you pull from your own experiences when writing Chloe’s story?

Absolutely. My own illness really informed everything I wrote. Fibromyalgia is kind of the devil, and I was able to translate its annoyingness first-hand.

For me, writing lists have been an important tool for my pain management, what are some of your tools for pain management?

I never thought twice about my love of lists before writing Chloe. Making her a list-maker was kind of instinctive, because it fit with the other aspects of her character and her lifestyle. But now I realise that was influenced by my own coping mechanisms. Chronic pain causes brain fog and it can easily derail your entire day.

My other pain management tools… medication, obviously! No-one ever mentions that. But I’m on all the drugs and I love them dearly. I also do physical therapy to make sure my muscles are as strong as they can be. (Which, admittedly, is not very strong, due to my other issues). It hurts in the short-term, but it helps in the long-term. Finally, rest is key. Pain is so exhausting, both physically and mentally. An extra couple of hours in bed with some fruit tea helps me get me in the mindset to cope better.

Why was Chloe’s story important to you to tell?

Because there are some stories that countless people experience, but that still aren’t considered important to be heard. And honestly? Fuck That.


Book Review

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book gave me life! I absolutely STAN for the romance. I love both Red and Chloe as characters, especially love them together. I love how adorably, unapologetically, grumpy she was. Talia did an amazing job with the story. Every character had their own journey and never felt they were just plot devices. Both Red and Chloe grew as people in real ways that was honestly, beautiful. I so enjoyed Chloe’s family and wish I had a family like that (their imperfections included).

This book did a lot of things right, especially the fibromyalgia representation and recovering from an abusive relationship. Having chronic pain is just like how Chloe experiences it. Red was the picture perfect in regards to how he received the news of her chronic pain and continued to be sympathetic without pitying throughout the book.

This is the second book in my life that have truly connected with a character so much that I cried. The first was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. *chef kiss* for both books.

I do wish I could have sugar like Chloe did. Some of the foods she was eating made me miss sugar even more! Fibro does differ from person to person and probably why Chloe can get away with having sugar and I can’t. Also, fibro can appear in people differently too. Did you know fibro is more often found in women? #funfact I admire the journey to self acceptance and forgiveness for Chloe and Red. There was some beautiful discussion around therapy that made me feel like saying “AMEN”.

Favourite quotes:

“You’re just a cute little hermit who hisses at sunlight.” -p195 {haha}

“He was probably the worst kind of monster because Chloe was sick, but he still thought she was unbelievably sexy. Then he remembered that she was always sick, so maybe poor health wasn’t something that should de-sex a person.” p240 AMEN!


Get A Life, Chloe Brown came out November 5th! Please, I encourage everyone to read this book. It’s amazing with the cherry on top with representation. Just like Talia said numerous of people experience life that isn’t considered important enough to be told and fuck that. We need to support beautiful books like this one.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Down The TBR Hole #32

Good hello, friends! Happy Monday! What’s one book that you’ve wanted to get to since the beginning of the year? I have quite a few, but the one book that I set out as a goal this year that I even set to read some Shakespeare’s plays first is If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio. I can’t decide how many Shakespeare plays are enough so I can enjoy the references in If We Were Villains to the fullest. I’ve read the most known ones…. Hmm..

Down The TBR Hole was originally created by Lost In A Story and the lovely logo!

Anyway, it works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Let’s Just Jump Into It!



1. Harry Potter and The Curse Child by John Tiffany

If you read last week’s you could probably guess this. Yes, I want to read everything Harry Potter which includes this too! I really want to know if I’m going to hate like it seems everyone else did. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

2. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive history of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

I really don’t know for this one.. I don’t want to keep it because I feel like I’ve read multiple books like it, but I also don’t want to read it just because of white guilt, you know? I’ll keep it for now and see if I can find the audiobook for it. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

3. The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles

Okay, as soon as as I saw the cover I was thinking of getting rid of it from my TBR. But now that I have read the synopsis I want to keep, haha.. I’m very much interested in the POV of a little girl during the time when schools were starting to mix races. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

4. The Women Who Knew Too Much: Hitchcock and Feminist Theory by Tania Modleski

Still Hella interested. This one will probably be hard to find. But I feel like this would be the perfect mix of my love of film and feminism. Hitchcock came across very sexist so it’ll be cool to critically look at him and his work. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

5. The Cinema Book by Pam Cook

Despite not watching movies as much as I use to and that I can no longer pursue a career in film then at least I can enjoy reading about film. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Fibro Friday: Never Stop Learning ~11/15/19

Good hello, friends. How are you doing? How was your week? I’m doing good and not because I’m having a good week. But I have just decided that I’m good. Actually, this week has been a rollercoaster with some really low lows.

I want to start Fibro Fridays with a quick, honest check in of how I’m doing. Do you need someone to check in with? Leave a comment or shoot an email. 🙂

Today, I wanted to talk about the importance of learning. I have always known that I would be continuing to learn throughout my life but that was originally because I wanted to be in the film industry. A hard industry to get into, but also one that changes a lot. I have since diagnosis realized that that mindset is important in multiple aspects of life even though that industry is no longer for me. Life with a chronic illness there’s always articles to read about treatment options, new research, and more.

There’s so many benefits to learning, for example, it helps strengthens memory, problem solving skills, etc. I genuinely enjoy it. I have set a goal for this week of learning for 60 minutes and I’m well beyond that. I feel accomplished.

Reading is, of course, an extension of my learning. From reading I learn about other lifestyles, cultures, and about different life experiences.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Another day, another book review! Yay! Get ready for some tea up in here.

My Lame Synopsis: Tiffany Haddish’s book on her life. Another celebrity book. Goodreads

 

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My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

First off the bat, I want to say that I think Tiffany is funny and I totally respect the hard stuff she’s been through. I’m sure the relationship with her mom was very difficult. I have enjoyed her in a few movies too. But man, I didn’t like this book. I noticed right away how judgemental she was. At times, she was so judgemental that she made me uncomfortable. In fact, it left a sour taste in my mouth the way she spoke of the disabled man she was with at one point. Then made me more uncomfortable when she tried to seem sweet about it. Saying sweet things doesn’t make me forget the nasty things she said. It may not have been her intention to make it sound like disable people are lesser human, but that’s how it sounded.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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WWW Wednesday ~ 11/13/19

Good hello, friends! Happy Wednesday! I haven’t done one of these in almost a month so I thought it would be great to catch up on what I’m reading!

Now to get to WWW Wednesday! I love these questions because I always want to know what everyone is reading! I would really love for you to answer these questions in the comments!

WWW Wednesday

 

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On a World of Words, with the rules being to answer the following three questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

1. What are you currently reading?

For my current reads, I’m reading Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. I’m so close to finishing this that I debated to include Get A Life in my recently finished books. I. Am. Loving. This! The main character has fibromyalgia and it’s so wonderful to read a character who has the same chronic illness as me while finding love. For my current audiobook I’m reading Misery by Stephen King. I really am enjoying Misery’s story, very missed up.


2. What did you recently finish reading?

I finally finished Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff! I still can’t get over that Mia’s story is done now. It was an excellent final book for the series. Also, I finished To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han as a reread. I never went beyond the first book because after my first read through I didn’t like who Lara Jean ended up with at the end. But after seeing the movie adaption I changed my mind and now I want to finish the series before the next movie comes out! Now that I have reached my reading goal and gone well beyond it for the year I’m excited to get some rereads done.


3. What you think you’ll read next?

Well, I don’t know for sure what will be my next physical read.. Do I want to read Furyborn by Claire Legrand or Elantris by Brandon Sanderson so I can join the Tome Topple readathon last minute? Or go with my mood and read contemporary… hmm.. For audiobook, the next book will be A Man Called One by Fredrik Backman. I’m just very curious about it since I haven’t seen one negative review for it.

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As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Night by Elie Wiesel: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Tuesday! It’s a snowy, winter wonderland here! I can’t remember the last time having this much snow before the new year.

My Lame Synopsis: Night is Elie Wiesel’s account of World War II, being jewish during that time and his experience being in a concentration camp. Goodreads

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My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Whenever I read something like this, I feel like who am I to rate someone’s life experience, you know? I guess my rating is more based off the writing that was a bit basic and that the book is so short. I would have preferred to have more detail of the living conditions before, during and after being sent to the concentration camp.

This was absolutely heartbreaking. I truly believe that every account from this time period is important and deserves to be shared. This one is no exception. Elie Wiesel lived through hell and managed to survive. Not many can say that. The book did cover religion, hate, and grief very well as part of Wiesel’s journey. I think the biggest lesson from Night, if there is one, is evil has many faces. Faces that may be your neighbour or your country’s leader.

Something I didn’t expect from Night since I have seen or read multiple of accounts of Jewish experiences during this period is death having new meaning. What I mean is learning about the Holocaust in high school when you’re too young to grasp what the number of deaths during WWII mean. Night gave faces to a few of those numbers and gave weight to the them that that I hadn’t felt before.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Down TBR Hole #31

Good hello, friends! Happy Monday! This is me getting back to posting since I missed Thursday and Friday, I was doing so well too! Today is a new day though!

Down The TBR Hole was originally created by Lost In A Story and the lovely logo!

Anyway, it works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Let’s Just Jump Into It!



1. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

I Believe in a Thing Called Love is a vet of my Goodreads that’s not aging like fine wine. The book sounds so generic. I think the only thing going for it is the main character is Korean and like Korean dramas. For me, that’s not enough to hold my interest anymore. Goodreads

Judgement: Go

2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

I, of course, want to read this! I want to read everything that has to with Harry Potter. Gots to be in the know, you know? Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

3. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

Same goes for this one. I definitely want to keep it too. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

4. The Philosophy of Andy Warhol by Andy Warhol

I think I’ll keep this only if I can find an audiobook for it. If not, I’m not going to read it. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep?

5. The Falconer by Elizabeth May

This sounds right up my alley. I still have lots of interest in The Falconer that I was even recently looking for it on Book Outlet. Yes, I’m 100% biased with a cover that has a ginger on it looking badass. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

Where to find me:

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