Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Friday! We made it through another week!

My Lame Synopsis: Peyton is looked at with a magnifying glass for her older brother mistakes that landed him in jail. Peyton finds acceptance through a family who owns a pizza place in town. Goodreads

 

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Saint Anything blew me away after the let down by Once And For All by Sarah Dessen. As the youngest sibling and the only girl, I could totally relate to overly protective parents who tended to put the responsibility of my brothers’ mistakes onto me. I actually really appreciate that storyline. It’s a hard situation to be in and put strain on Peyton’s relationship with her brother and her parents. It’s a just a fact of life that we are put into situations that make us grow up faster like the love interest, Mac’s family and dealing with their mom’s multiple sclerosis. Moreover, the novel covered some great themes such as grief, guilt, coming of age and family.

The strongest part of the book was the complex characters with mental health and disability representation. Each character felt like a tangible person and had strong backstories that go beyond a plot device. I even enjoyed just the chill car rides that Peyton and Mac went on when delivery pizza.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Talking as Fast as I can by Lauren Graham: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Thursday! Thank you all for giving me so much love this week! I appreciate you! I need to find some new book blogs! Please help, I would love it if you would leave your and/or your favourite blogger in the comments for me to check out! On to the review!

My Lame Synopsis: Marketing for the reboot of Gilmore Girls. Goodreads

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My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

One of my absolute favourite things about reading is learning about others’ experience, which is also why I pick up memoirs like this one. However, this and Tiffany Haddish’s book was a let down. Talking as Fast I Can was Graham watching the old Gilmore girls episodes and commenting on how retro it was. If I wanted to listen to someone react to watching old shows I would just listen to one of the million podcasts out there.

The book felt like one big marketing scheme for the Gilmore Girls reboot they did on Netflix. The book even ends with Graham pushing you to check it out. I was hoping for more about her life, her struggles, etc. Yes, I want the hard stuff, not a summary of how great Graham’s life was going to set to set.

I would definitely say that I don’t have the same love for Gilmore Girls as I once did and could argue that affected my enjoyment of the book.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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The Festive Book Tag ~2019

Good hello, friends! I thought it would be fun to do a tag! It’s been a while since my last one. So let’s just jump into it!

Thank you to Karisbooks for doing this tag for her Blogmas! The Blogmas series of hers is a lot of fun and urge you to check her out!


1. What Fictional Family Would You Like to Spend Christmas Dinner With?

I would have to say the Brown’s from Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. I’m sure I have raved enough about this book, but I also adored Chloe’s family. I loved her sisters and I’m excited for more of her family in the next book about Dani, Chloe’s sister. The Weasley’s are very much an honorary mention.

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2. What is a Bookish Item You Would Love to Receive as a Gift?

Harry’s invisibility cloak is a great answer, but I’m going to say a freaking book library! Just with a snap of the fingers and it’s in my home, that’s what I want. I never want to ever worry about shelf space again!

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Look at this! Who wouldn’t want a library like Belle? Maybe I just want to live in a castle? Where else would I fit something so amazing?!?


3. What Fictional Character Do You Think Would Make The Perfect Christmas Elf?

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The only answer in my books, haha.


4. Match a Book To It’s Perfect Christmas Song.

For this one, I’m going to say The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern for the book and It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year. Both have this beautiful atmosphere and I think pair perfect together!

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5. Bah Humbug! What Book Have You Been Disappointed in and Think Should be Put on The Naughty List?

I’m going to go with the one I read fairly recently, Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi. I had such a hard getting through this. If it wasn’t a f/f romance I would have DNF’ed it. Sorry, not sorry!

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6. What Book Do You Think Deserves More Love and Appreciation and Deserves to be Put on The Nice List?

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert!!!!!!!!!

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7. Red, Green, and Gold. A Book Cover That Has a Wonderfully Christmas Feel To It.

Well, I want to say The Night Circus that beautiful colour aesthetic, which is more my style than red, green and gold. But a book I have recently bought, #thanksbookoutletsale is Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi that fits better with the prompt. Also, so beautiful!

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8. What Is a Book or Series You Love so much, You Want Everyone to Find Under Their Christmas Tree (or wherever you exchange gifts for any occasion) This Year.

I have FOUR answers because I have no chill and have been actually considering getting these as gifts for people!

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

A Man Called One by Fredrik Backman

& finally, Sadie by Courtney Summers


If you want to do this tag: do it! I tag you!

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Tuesday! The count down to the end of the year is here! Look out for some end of year lists! For today, I’m coming to you with a new review! Yay! I am definitely intrigued by Roxanne Gay as author enough to check out her others books.

My Lame Synopsis: A collection of essays by Roxanne Gay on feminism. Goodreads

 

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Is there such thing as a bad feminist? According to society there is and Gay and myself are them. I’m not about to go burning my bras to make myself a better one; sure, I don’t use them anymore because they cause me pain, but they ain’t cheap! The best part of the book is Gay challenging this idea of what makes a good feminist according to society.

Overall, she had some great points. I liked especially how she criticizes media with movie like Django Unchained and Quentin Tarantino as a filmmaker. She made thought-provoking essays on men, women and with different dynamics.

Of course, majority of this book is a matter of opinion of Gay’s and there were a few times I didn’t agree with her. I would even argue that there were a few things she took a little too seriously.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Down The TBR Hole #35

Good hello, friends! Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was kind of quiet, but good. I saw Doctor Sleep on Saturday and i really enjoyed it! I really enjoyed, I was kind of surprised.

This marks the first Down The TBR of only books I added on Goodreads from 2017! Also, I just added Cinder to my Currently Reading shelf and officially have under 400 books on my Goodreads TBR shelf!

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. An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

This sounds great. Like I didn’t even bother finish reading the synopsis because it sounds like something I will like. Hmm.. Maybe I’ll go looking for the audiobook, hopefully there is one! Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

2. Difficult Women by Roxanne Gay

100% I’m keeping this. I recently read Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay back in October. October Wrap Up ~2019 I really enjoyed it and still would love to to read Difficult Women. I’ve heard it’s darker with heavier topics, but i think I’m ready for it. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

3. Hate to Want you by Alisha Rai

How sexy does that title sound? This sounds like a generic a couple that’s no longer together, years later get pulled together for one reason or another. I heard it’s good and I didn’t hate the synopsis, no pun intended, ah. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

4. Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

This just seems like a non-fiction that everyone should read. I haven’t read it, of course, so I don’t know if I agree with him yet. But in the spirit of educating myself, I think it’s important to check out. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

5. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxanne Gay

Another Roxanne Gay book! I haven’t decided what book I will read first. But that will probably be determined by if my library has either one or not. My library decent changed to a different app and this one sucks. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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The Princess Bride by William Goldman: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Friday! We made it to the end of the week! Do you have any exciting plans for the weekend? I’m hoping to see Doctor Sleep!

My Lame Synopsis: Everyone knows the story of Princess Bride, right? If you don’t then just watch the movie! Goodreads

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My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

This here is another library audiobook that I borrowed! If you read one of my firsts Down The TBR Hole, I’ve wanted to read The Princess Bride ever since I saw the movie. Shortly starting the audiobook, I soon found out that this version is not the full book that was originally released. In fact, this book is just the movie in book form. Don’t get me wrong I did enjoy it, I absolutely love the movie. It was just not what I was expecting. I thought I was getting the book that was adapted. I had so much fun reading this. I felt like I was experiencing the movie in a way that I can do it while driving, haha. I felt so nostalgic the whole time as I imagined the scenes with the actors played in the movie. I love this story so much. I’m a hopeless romantic and The Princess Bride hits me right in the feels.

The narrator is such a good storytelling and I would definitely be interested in more audiobooks that he has narrated.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Once And For All by Sarah Dessen: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Thursday! Today I have another Sarah Dessen book review for you!

My Lame Synopsis: Louna’s summer job is helping her mom’s wedding planning business. Ambrose, a charming but annoying gent comes into the picture. Let the romance begin! Goodreads

 

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My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I didn’t get along with this one as well as I did with The Truth About Forever. I didn’t like the synopsis really at all before going into it. It just didn’t peek my interest at all. But I thought I would give it a chance since I liked the other one so much. Maybe because of my brain fog or maybe not, but the multiple timelines were a little confusing to follow. I wanted to connect to the story more than I did. My confusion trying to figure out which timeline the characters were in and what was happening definitely distanced me further from the story.

I also wish for more diversity with race and sexuality. Speaking of characters, Louna came cross much older than 17, I actually kept forgetting her was supposed to be 17. I definitely would say I was not like Louna when I was 17, I even was a bit of an idiot at times.

Overall, Once And For All was fine, it was fun. There could have been more focus on grief, which would have added more depth to the story and given the reader more to connect with. It could have been an opportunity for the characters to bond together too, instead it was more glossed over. I fell back in love with Sarah Dessen’s books with Saint Anything. Look out for my review to come!

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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