Down The TBR Hole #44

Good hello, friends! Happy Monday! I did a lot of course work for my online learning yesterday so I, of course, forgot to write today’s post and had to do it last minute before leaving for work. Oops!

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. Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

I do remember this title, but all I remember is that’s weird, haha. It does sound good still, not only that, but also have a decent rating. The only thing is that my Goodreads friends has mixed reviews. I guess I’ll just have to try it for myself and see how I like it. I love the cover, kind of sci-fi feeling and very colourful! Goodreads

 

Judgement: Keep?

2. Far From You by Tess Sharpe

I actually have this saved on Scribd and I was going to pick up but I kept putting it off and now I’m reaching for books by black authors with black main characters for Black History Month. In other words, I still want to read it, but I haven’t just yet! Maybe in March? Do I remember what’s it about? Nope! Haha! Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

3. His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

I bet you any money that I added this one because of dragons. Unfortunately, I don’t have any interest in reading any of Naomi’s books, they all, including this one, sound like something I won’t like or I don’t like the concept. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

4. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

100% I want to read this one still! In fact I’ve been eyeing the book on my shelves for a few weeks now. Can we get cover redesigns for this series? The first book is especially ugly, sorry about it. Goodreads

Judgement: Go 

5. The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou

It’s Maya angelou, of course I want to read it still! Who doesn’t want a little Angelou in their life? Even Oprah loves her. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

Where to find me:

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Fibro Friday: Learning to Accept Help ~2/21/2020

Good hello, friends! Happy Friday! I’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia for a few years now and I still struggle with accepting help. I like to think it’s for a decent reason like doing something as simple as getting my chair at work because if I’m feeling up to moving it myself I try to do so. But I still think sometimes that I still should be able to do things that I was able to do, no problem, before getting sick. Thank god for technology so I can feel like I have independence like ordering my groceries online.

Asking for help or accepting it when it’s offered is always more complex than that and I find I have to make in the moment decisions based on how I’m feeling right then. Don’t get me wrong it’s gotten easier over the years, especially since my pain has changed during that time. I’m not very good as asking for help and I’m still working on that. However, I do have a sick family member, which is where a lot of my family’s energy is being put into so I’m even more uncomfortable asking for help from them.

One thing that I felt helped me was asking people to offer to help because it’s always easier to accept help over asking for it. It’s okay to get help, not only with things like chopping up food or asking someone to full the gas tank, but also counselling. There’s no shame, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with talking to a professional. Chronic pain or not, life is hard already and we don’t need to carry everything on our shoulders throughout our life.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

Where to find me:

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Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Thursday! My fibro has been flaring up and I’m relieved that I’m getting my shots in just a few hours. I some how managed to make it through my shift yesterday. I’m also hanging to getting some reading done too. Curious to see what I’m currently reading? Check out my Goodreads linked below!

My Lame Synopsis: The third and final book to one of my favourite series of all time. Dawkdawn is the concluding novel of Mia’s journey. Goodreads

 

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

What an ending! I know there’s been mixed reviews on Dawkdawn, but I fall down the camp for adoring it! It was everything I needed out of the final book. Jay knows how to tell a story, not only brutally but beautifully too. The characters we know and love come back with a vengeance only to destroy my heart. New characters that we were introduced added to the complex plot and enriched many scenes.

It’s no wonder all I have written down in my reading journal is “Amazing <3”. Because when I just finished Darkdawn I was speechless. I feel blessed to have read this series and already plan to reread it over again. Oh, and of course plan to reread it over and over throughout my life. Yes, it’s that impactful to me.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

Where to find me:

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The Shining by Stephen King: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Wednesday! I have finally gotten to reviewing The Shining! I, of course, have to compare the book to the movie because I saw the movie first and that’s how I knew the story already.

My Lame Synopsis: A guy with a slight drinking problem takes himself and his family to a hotel high in the mountains during the winters months. The hotel’s caretaker job couldn’t have came sooner after loosing his previous job. Goodreads

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My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

So far, this is my least favourite Stephen King book. I really struggled to get through it. It was long and slow to the point I wanted to DNF it. I pushed through and got it done eventually. I think because I enjoyed the movie so much and had such high expectations  that the book couldn’t live up to my love of the movie. Do I need to mention that the writing was wonderful, as always? Chef’s kiss* for the inventive imagery and creative prose.

There were a few intense moments, the type of moments I’m looking for in a thriller like The Shining, but those moments were too far and too few apart. I especially didn’t love the ending, which I’m starting to understand what everyone means about his endings. I prefer the movie ending over the book’s.

For the characters, I have never loved Jack, but that only because Jack Nicholson’s version creeped me out for years. I didn’t love Wendy either. I thought she was annoying and not very motherly, especially at the ending. She’s nobody’s hero that’s for sure. I’m finding King’s female characters are very hit or miss for me. On the other hand, Danny was the star of the story and his parts were my favourite. I would even be eager to get back to Danny’s perspective that I was tempted skim over Wendy’s or Jack’s parts.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

Where to find me:

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Real Neat Blog Award ~ 2020

Good hello, friends! I was nominated by Mybookworld24 for the Real Neat Blog Award! Thank you so very much for choosing me! Make sure to make use of that link and check out the questions they answered!

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Here are the rules:

  1. Display the Real Neat Blog Award badge.
  2. Thank the blogger for the award.
  3. Answer the questions from the one who nominated you.
  4. Nominate 7 to 10 bloggers.
  5. Ask them 7 questions.

Alex’s Questions and My Answers

What animal fits your personality the most?

There are two animals that I’m obsessed with and I can’t help but feel connected to them most which are elephants and sting rays. For which one is closer to my personality, I would have to say elephants because they can be so clumsy, very playful, but have a strong family loyalty.

If you had to live in one season what would it be?

Due to my fibromyalgia all seasons have pros and cons for me. I would have to say summer because I feel like I have the least negative symptoms during the summer.

A movie you keep watching over and over?

I absolutely love watching Disney movies over and over, especially Mulan. I, also, watch Harry Potter over and over again too. 😛 Is that cheating instead of picking one movie? Oh well! Haha!

If you had to pick one character to live your life who would be and why?

I’m not sure if you asking which character I want to live with or live as. But I would choose to live with the animals from Snow White to help with chores.

What is a favourite memory of yours?

Oh man.. This one is a hard one for me.. I would have to say going to get our nails done with my mom for Christmas over a year after I gave her the gift card. She isn’t one to ever treat herself and she finally had some time to relax.

If you could be a famous person, who would you be?

I have always been the type person who helps others and want to choose someone that I could still do that as. I think I would choose Oprah because why not! She’s so rich she helps others all the time. She’s famous for helping others, building schools, giving away stuff, etc.

Pick one subject to study for a year?

Well, that’s easy because I would choose what I’m teaching myself right now! That’s web development! I’m actually learning HTML at the moment!


I Nomiate..

KristinKravesbooks

Lauryreads

Sara @ The Bibliophagist

Niffler Reads

Kayl’s All Booked

Gabby @ Fantastic Reads

Danielle @ Life of a Literary Nerd


My Questions

What’s your go-to book to recommend someone?

What book or series intimidates you the most?

What’s your dream vacation?

What’s one thing that was on your ‘bucket list’ that you have already accomplished?

If you had to pick a book you had to live in, which book would that be?

Can you name something that’s a pet peeve of yours in books?

What’s something you would like to read more of? Either from an author or genre.


As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

Where to find me:

Goodreads.

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Down The TBR Hole #43

Good hello, friends! Happy Monday! I have today off because it’s a holiday here! I’m down to have some more reading time! What does your day look like?

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. Harables: Short Stories by Haidji

I, of course, can’t remember adding this book to my Goodreads TBR, but that’s why we’re here, isn’t it? It sounds nice, but short stories aren’t really my thing.. It has a good rating, but I just don’t know when I’ll have the motivation to read it. It’s already been on my Goodreads shelf for 3 years. Goodreads

Judgement: Go

2. Ru by Kim Thúy

What a unique sounding book. I do actually remember picking Ru up at the bookstore on a total whim. Of course, I haven’t yet to read it. But I have definitely renewed my interest again by just reading the synopsis. Maybe I’ll try to squeeze this in to March’s TBR! Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

3. Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

I just realized that I picked Black Like Me at my local bookstore during Black History Month back in 2017. I remember picking this up on a display! Anyways, again rereading the synopsis has renewed my interest. I think it would interesting to read about a white man who skin changes to the point he looks black and experiences the racist world of 1950s as a ‘black’ man. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

4. Just Mercy: A Stories of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

I don’t remember Just Mercy, but I bet I added it because it was giving me To Kill A Mockingbird vibes. But I don’t think I care for reading it anymore. So many books and so few time, you know? Goodreads

Judgement: Go 

5. Devil on the Cross by Ngûgî wa Thing’o

Hell-to-the-yes! This sounds absolutely fascinating, not only the story, but the author writing the book on toilet paper in secret while in prison. Hey, way to be Ngûgî! I might be able to fit it in to Blackathon readathon this month. We’ll see! Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

Where to find me:

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Fibro Friday: ‘Scuse Me While I Feel Myself ~2/14/2020

Good hello, friends! Today is Valentine’s Day and this year I’m repping for the single team! #noshame What’s more important than the relationship with yourself anyway?

Of course, today I’m inspired by Lisso’s ‘Scuse Me because loving yourself is just as important and just as hard work as any relationship. Gotta put in the work!

How do you put in the work or use your ‘me time’? I love to read (duh lol), take bookstagram pictures, watch Netflix, work on my bullet journal, and I love to listen music too! Music heals, calms me down, and reminds me that I’m worthy of respect and love.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

Where to find me:

Goodreads.

Instagram.

Twitter.