The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor: Book Review

Good hello, friends! I have spent the morning debating if I’m going to miss today or push through my pain and write the darn thing. You can guess what I decided! I’m going to take a bunch of breaks writing this review to make it bearable. This week it’s been my hands that’s been bothering me. But anywho, let’s review!

My Lame Synopsis: Who knew a person with a stick of chalk could be so creepy. The main character goes back and forth between two timelines, one from 1986 and the other from 2016. There’s a group of friends who start using chalk as secret code for each other. It doesn’t stay a secret very long. Goodreads

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My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I had a lot of fun reading The Chalk Man. The writing was pretty good. The tension was well crafted and executed wonderfully with the two timelines. I often pulled my head out of the book to realize I was in that reading state where it feels like you’re watching what you’re reading in your mind’s eye. I was left guessing throughout the whole book. I do have to warn for animal abuse.

I think the book’s religious commentary is interesting and seemed very one sided. Where it felt like religion is wrong and bad people come from religion. I don’t think religion is perfect, but people have the right to believe in whatever they want be that Christianity, Buddhism, Muslim, etc. I felt like the book was using religion to validate twisted ideologies. I’m just saying it ain’t all bad. I think that’s what I appreciated from The Silent Patient where the book made me feel like there’s multiple of factors when it comes to bad actions and choices. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides: Book Review

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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WWW Wednesday! 08/21/19

Good hello, friends! Happy Wednesday! I don’t know about you, but where I live the weather is changing, and I’m not ready!

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’m still reading Nevernight by Jay Kristoff and  The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon. However, I’m going to be finishing Nevernight tomorrow or Friday. Yay! I’ve made a bit of progress in The Fiery Cross just not much because my hands and right elbow have been bothering me. Hard to hold up such a large book! On Monday, I started The Unhoneymooners and I’m breezing through it! I’m about halfway so far and I’m really enjoying it!


2. What did you recently finish reading?

 

I recently finished Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams and the book just blew me away. I had no idea it was going to hit me so hard in the feels. If you’re looking for a book that talks about anxiety and panic attacks I highly, highly recommend this! I definitely had to give it 5 stars!

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3. What you think you’ll read next?

Well, I do still have Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell to pick up. But yesterday I went to the library and picked up two books that I need to read before September 10! Those books are Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro and The Bride Test by Helen Hoang. I was really hoping to find Girls on The Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller, but no dice. Nothing like adding to your stress by adding books with due dates! Haha!

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As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: Book Review

Good hello, friends! I’m coming at you with a new review! I’m so excited about this one because I so enjoyed the book and I’ve watched the first episode of the show! I’ve had this book on my shelf for about 2 years or so and a few months ago I saw the full trailer for the show (I know I’m late to the party, haha), now I had to really get onto reading it. In the trailer, I saw one of my favourite actresses that I had no idea was in the show, Samira Wiley! Anyways, after seeing her I knew I had to read the book already, and here’s the review!

My Lame Synopsis: I feel like everyone and their mother knows what The Handmaid’s Tale is about, but in case you don’t: infertility becomes more and more a problem, the government gets taken over and women’s rights are taken away. We are reduced to birth machines. Goodreads

 

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

First off, the writing did take some getting use to, and I’m definitely glad I read mostly by audiobook and sometimes read along with the narrator too. At each chapter, there was a short music clip that was from a record player. I so loved how that added to the atmosphere. I don’t have much to say about the characters because of the society’s structure there was less room for them to be themselves. I did really liked Offred, her flashbacks, her choices and her inner dialogue. We got to see more of Offred then when outwardly she was putting on an act, afraid of the consequences just like the other characters.

I so appreciate the motifs such as doubles where the handmaids are always walking in two, the use of colour, and the use of laws that were in effect once in real life. For example, women loosing the right to ownership and having a job, let alone the right to vote. Something that stood out was women used against women for submission. Women rule the lessons, the enforcer of punishment, and lead in ceremony. Just as we have seen in real life, the new government uses religion as a radical excuse. Including controlling speech where the handmaids have to say certain phrases and almost never get to speak freely.

I can’t believe for so long there hasn’t been a sequel. I understand Atwood’s creative choice to leave it where was, but I’m so glad that there’s a sequel coming!

Comparing to the show, at least the first episode, the imagery is exactly what I hoped for, and yes, the show’s creators changed a few things. But I enjoy the changes and can’t wait to continue!

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Down The TBR Hole #22

Good hello, friends! Happy Monday! I’m going to try to make this a short post since I’m a bit sore today. I’ll make sure to give you a nice long review tomorrow!

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. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Look at all those awards on the cover! I think it would be a big shame to not at least give it a try. I do say often that I’m always looking for more poetry to read! Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

2. The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley

Hmm.. I recognize the author name from last week’s Down The TBR Hole #21. Maybe This one will be better? It sounds more interesting to me by the synopsis with themes of grief, loneliness, and Eva, the main character, finding herself. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

3. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathon Safran Foer

What a title, eh? But yeah, I don’t have any interest anymore in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Sorry, bye! Goodreads

Judgement: Go

4. Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I think I’m willing to give Certain Dark Things a chance. It’s about vampires, but it is set in Mexico City which would be different from the other vampires that I’ve read that’s all set in the US. Side note, Atl is a name? Cool. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

5. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Now, I’ve heard a lot of Ng’s other, more recent novel called Little Fires Everywhere, which actually has a highly rating. I am kind of intrigued by Everything I Never Told You, it might me a little too close to home with the family dynamic. I’ll keep this for now, although I might just read Little Fires Everywhere instead of this one. Goodreads

Judgement: Maybe Keep

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Thursday and happy new review day! I have next a book that was recommended to me by a friend. Big Brother is watching!

My Lame Synopsis: A non-fiction about how big companies like Google track everything without our knowledge for profit. Goodreads

 

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I don’t really like to rate non-fiction books, especially ones like this one where it’s about facts, economics, and science. Overall, the book was informative and thought-provoking. The way technology is part of every life, I think it’s important to have an understanding of what these big organizations do with our personal information and data so we as a consumer make informed decisions.

At times, I felt like a lab rat throughout the book when Zuboff was explaining how companies like Google and Facebooks tracks everything, stores data of consumers activities, and often sell the data to advertisers. Facebook has also been known to use the data to influence users and their decisions, for example, the 2016 US election. Did I make it to the end of the maze? Do I get a piece of cheese for my efforts? Wearables like watches, your car, of course your phone, and even your vacuum track data under the pretext of convenience for consumes.

The important take-away I got from Zuboff is to always  read the terms and conditions, at least know what you’re getting yourself into.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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WWW Wednesday -8/14/19

Good hello, friends! Happy hump day!

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’m still reading The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon. I’ve pretty much set aside for other books, but I’m finally going to make progress soon! I just started rereading Nevernight by Jay Kristoff again in preparation for Darkdawn in September! I’m listening to it by audiobook being 2 hours in. I also just started Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams and so far I’m enjoying it but I’m only 15 pages in as of right now so I don’t really have an opinion yet.


2. What did you recently finish reading?

FINALLY!! I finally finished Red Sister by Mark Lawrence. I don’t know why, other than my fatigue in the last few weeks, but it took me a while to read, like 2 weeks while. I really enjoyed it and gave it 5 stars! Look out for a review soon!

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3. What you think you’ll read next?

Okay, for what’s next, I’m planning to read When She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell and The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. I haven’t read any of these authors before so I’m excited more based the synopsis I was given. I mostly decided on these two books because of the NEWTs magical readathon, but I’m so not sure what I want to read this month as a whole that I just might abandon the readathon or just read whatever and see what challenges I for-filled at the end of the month.

 

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As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin: Book Review

Good hello, friends! I legit just finished my audiobook of Dare to Lead by Brené Brown and I’m feeling so motivated right now! I hope share a reminder that Brown said, today -even if it’s a rough one- try to find a moment for self empathy, be kind to yourself. On to the review..!

My Lame Synopsis: On the planet Winder there is no gender. These other beings can become male either or female for mating. Could you imagine?! Goodreads

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I’m so glad I read this! It was so fascinating to read a book where this race of beings don’t understand gender because it does not exist on their planet, Winter. Wow, a world without gender roles, rape, and no toxic masculinity. It was fun to read the conversations between Genly Ai and Theme Estraven where it was so hard to understand each other’s experiences and point of views. I loved how Genly Ai was the weird outsider people uncomfortable to around. It was a great story about friendship, now this theme is quickly becoming a favourite to read.

I can’t praise this book enough for the social commentary on the topics I mentioned above, but also on how society treats the ‘other’, how foreign governments affect each other, and the government structure in general.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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