Radio Silence by Alice Oseman: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Tuesday and day 2 of The Reading Rush! I just finished my first book for the readathon and I’m very excited to continue reading!

Who’s ready for another book review! I do want to say to say that I did enjoy the book, Radio Silence, I just had a couple problems with it.

My Lame Synopsis: A girl who’s great at school, hides behind her book smarts to not reveal her passion for drawing and a podcast that she does fan art for. This isn’t a love story. Goodreads

 

My Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars

What a beautiful story about friendship, sexuality, mental health, and the characters finding themselves in this coming of age tale. I loved the different journeys the characters took; there was great character growth. I felt a real connection to both Aled and Frances for different reasons. I think Alice Oseman is very talented in doing that and giving each character their unique voice.

However, I did have a couple of issues.. The main character constantly being self-deprecating was triggering for me, so just a heads up on that for whoever wants to read this. I’m not saying that’s not realistic to teenagers because it is. It just put me in a not so good head space.

I have to say that I felt that with the main character being biracial there was something missing. When a story is own voices, you can tell because race that it often the forefront of the character’s mind, for obvious and very real reasons. That’s what Radio Silence was missing. Frances didn’t have that inner dialogue that a character has when the book is own voices.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Down The TBR Hole #18!!

Good hello, friends! Happy Reading Rush day one! Are you also participating? What’s the first book you’re reading?? I started today Sabriel by Garth Nix, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling the screenplay, and a book I was asked to review called Saints and Curses by Alexis Lantgen (Goodreads).

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. A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley

I don’t remember this book and I couldn’t even get through reading the synopsis. I have no interesting; just sounds boring. Goodreads

Judgement: Go

2. I, Girl X by Annalise Grey

Another one I don’t remember, but this one actually sounds interesting and it’s told in verse, which is cool. I’m glad I looked at the reviews section. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

3. The Ballroom by Anna Hope

This sounds beautiful! I really wish I could remember where I heard about this book, but oh well. The Ballroom seems like it would have good conversation around mental illness and I’m all for it. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

4. Into The Blue by Penne Henson

Is this a movie? I feel like it is. If I’m wrong then there’s a movie like it out there. I don’t know where this one came from either, but not really feeling the surfing storyline. Goodreads

Judgement: Go

5. Certainly, Possibly, You by Lissa Reed

Female/female relationship?!? Did you see that? That was my ears perking up! Now, if only someone could tell me if I have to read the first book in the series or not.. Goodreads

Judgement: Maybe Keep

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Fibro Friday: My Medical Emergency

Good hello, friends! Happy Friday! Today I wanted to talk about my medical emergency from last week. Well, I had a collapsed lung and for a week I had a tube in my chest to get the air out. This was caused by accident by a doctor giving me shots to help manage my fibromyalgia pain. One thing I got asked a lot was if I’m going to sue the doctor who did it or take some legal action of any kind. My answer is no. Firstly, I don’t have the money to take legal action. But really, accidents happen. This doctor has done nothing but try to take care of me, ease my pain and every visit, ask about my ailing father. Which is more than I can say some family member have done.

Throughout the week and being asked that more than just a few times, it made me think of society is blaming society. Accidents aren’t flutes, apparently. Doctors aren’t allowed to make mistakes. I really think that’s silly when doctors are no better than everyone else. At least they try to make a difference (the ones with good intentions); take away some of the pain, if not all, cure illness, etc.

We expect doctors to be perfect, superhuman and treat a large population full of people with different body types, with different structure, different illnesses, etc. A lot of the them have to rely on arbitrary systems like the pain scale. As someone with chronic pain, I really hate the pain scale because it doesn’t capture the full picture. Sure, it’s fine for injuries like a collapsed lung, but not much else.

Speaking of which, emergency staff didn’t know how to treat my fibro pain.. When I stuck waiting in the ER for hours, which of course was bound to happen and asked for help, they asked me if I had something to take. Of course not! To explain, over the counter pain relief pills don’t help and doctors won’t allow a patient to be on opioids for too long. Because I was waiting by myself in a lot of pain, I just wanted to have help with my topical pain relief and help to get more comfortable, maybe even set up my heating pad somewhere.. But they wouldn’t do those things and only offered over the counter pills.

The first ER doctor I saw prescribed me three, THREE pills of morphine and repeatedly lectured me on how people with fibro have a higher chance of getting addicted. I honestly just let him talk because it clearly wouldn’t matter what I said, he was going to keep believing that. This post is already long enough and so I don’t want to get into the whole opioid debate. However, I will say for my personal experience, before I was diagnosed I was taking morphine for a year, and I hated it. I don’t like how they make me feel and only took them as a last resort, especially during that year. I know from being part of a few support groups, that’s the case for a lot of people as chronic pain warriors. I wish more doctors didn’t assume people with chronic pain will become addicts.

Anyways! I am so glad to be better and have two working lungs again. I went back to the same doctor this week to get shots since I had to miss last week. The nerve blocks are worth the pain and effort, especially to get through work.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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The Obstacle of the Way by Ryan Holiday: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Thursday! First review in about two weeks! I just love writing them! I’m so glad to be back at it!

My Lame Synopsis: Motivational non-fiction about stoicism. Goodreads

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My Rating:  3 out of 5 stars

A friend of mine suggested I read this after talking about what I have going on in my personal life. I started this in May and to be frank, life hasn’t gotten kinder to me or my family, but that’s not the point of this post! I do think The Obstacle of the Way is very motivational, and has strong arguments of people in the past and how they were successful.

There were moments where I felt I had to take what Ryan holiday was saying with a grain of salt because of my disability. But now that I have had time to reflect the ideology can still encourage me, even if I’m limited in some ways, especially physically.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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WWW Wednesday; July 17th!!

Good hello, friends! So, because of my medical emergency last week, I haven’t gotten a lot of reading done. I thought I should at least update you on what I’m reading now!

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?

I am reading two physical books right now. First one being The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon. This series is always slow going anyway, but I’m currently at 202 pages. The second physical book is The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor and I’m at 140 pages for this book. The third book I’m reading by an audiobook, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I just realized today that because I’m reading this now that I can’t read it for The Reading Rush that’s next week. So I might skip that challenge or just pick something else!


2. What did you recently finish reading?

 

I haven’t read in a week so I don’t feel like I recently finished anything. However, the last thing I did finish was The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff. I FINALLY finished it! I hope you’re as proud as me as I am of myself!

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3. What you think you’ll read next?

I kind of don’t want to answer this question because I know I’m not going to complete all the books that are on my July TBR, again because of last week. I might have two books sent to me so I’ll start them as soon as they are sent. I won’t share them just yet, not until I receive them in case things don’t work out. Anyways, I’ll probably pick up Red Sister by Mark Lawrence since the third book just came out and I’m in the mood for a fantasy after a month of mostly contemporary.

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Pictures are from my bookstagram account or from the Goodreads website.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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June Haul!!!

Good hello, friends! I’m doing a haul for all the books I got in June. I went a little cray-cray since it’s been a hot minute since I allowed myself to go a little wild! I got a total of 19 books in the month of June. I genuinely shocked myself when I counted them all up! Haha!


Let’s Just Jump Into It!

GURL! What did I say?!? I went cray-cray!

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

I actually picked this one right away, and I loved it! It was such a fun, happy read! Goodreads


Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins

Another one I picked up right away! I was really gunning for the the next book in the series, but enjoyed this too! Goodreads


Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kahn

I’ve been wanting to read this for about a year or so and I finally picked it up for Pride month! Goodreads


Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

Well, I already mentioned this. It’s the sequel to Prince Charming, but gayer and thank the heavens! I loved this cute female/female relationship! Goodreads


City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

I was also just gunning for City of Girls since I had heard of it. Only I’ve heard there’s some similarity to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid so I changed my mind about picking it up right away. I don’t want to ruin my experiences of either book since I just reread The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Goodreads


The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

I was a little hesitant to pick this up because of trigger warning, but I’m just such a sucker for fantasy and hype. Goodreads


The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

I haven’t ever read anything by Christina Lauren although I do own one of their books and for a while too. I just loved the synopsis of The Unhoneymooners that I had to get it! Goodreads


Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

I believe I mentioned this at least on Instagram (link below) that the BookTuber ChelseaDolling reads got to me with this book; I went and bought it the next day! Goodreads


The One by John Marrs

Ads sometimes get me too… Goodreads


I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver

This was a group book for a readathon that I didn’t ended up doing.. I, however, heard great things and I’m really excited to read it! Maybe I’ll save it for Contemporary-a-thon in September, we’ll just have to see! Goodreads


Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I was just drooling over the Waterstones/UK edition and I just had to get it! So gorgeous!! Goodreads


Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

Another female/female romance that I was excited for! Goodreads


The second Mistborn series starting with The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

I’m putting this series together because nobody got time for that. 😀 Goodreads


Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

I, of course, need to read his first book! Goodreads


Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

I don’t remember what Queenie is about, but I know I loved the synopsis when I added it to my cart. Again, love the Waterstones edition! Yes, please! Goodreads


Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

Heard amazing things and thought it would be a good addition to me exploring more thriller/horror books. Goodreads


FINALLY THE LAST ONE! *BUT NOT LEAST

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

I’ve been curious about Jane Eyre since I read and hated Wuthering Heights by the other Bronte sister. I was happy to find a book box that helps with dissecting literature with this book. Goodreads


We Finally made it to the end!!

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Down The TBR Hole #17!

Good hello, friends! I’m back! I’m sorry for going MIA there.. I’ll explain everything in my Fibro Friday post this week. But until then, we can continue with Monday’s post of Down The TBR Hole!

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. Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Since I aded Night Film to my Goodreads TBR, I’ve gone back and forth if I’m going to read it or not. But fairly recently someone I went to high school with who loves film like me said this was very good. So my interest has been renewed! Now to just a copy! Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

2. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

I remember adding The Name of The Star because of a BookTuber that I no longer watch. However, I don’t remember what’s it about. After refreshing my memory on the synopsis I’m feeling a solid MEH. Goodreads

Judgement: Go

3. Anatomy of Evil by Will Thomas

Just like The Name of the Star, this centres around Jack the Ripper. I don’t know what inspired me to want to read a bunch of books on Jack the Ripper. Also, Anatomy of Evil is apparently book 7 of a series and I really don’t have any interest in book 1. So no, thanks! Goodreads

Judgement: Go

4. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

Based on the synopsis, I would have to say I added The Winter Sea because I wanted a book that reminder me of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Although, I appreciate that there’s a focus on Scotland because I love Scotland, and would love to visit. This is nothing like Outlander by the sounds of it. Goodreads

Judgement: Go

5. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

I’m feeling very torn about The Demon king. Don’t get me wrong it sounds very good. Also, I know a couple of BookTube who sings high praises of Chima’s work with this series and the series that’s in the same world with different characters. I feel torn on the commitment of 8 books, 4 for this series and another 4 for the series following this one. Goodreads

Judgement: Maybe Keep

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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