Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Wednesday! How’s your week going? I’m back and hitting you up with a book review! I’m just about done with my September books to review, then on to October!

My Lame Synopsis: From the very successful Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, we get Leah’s own story. Goodreads

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My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I couldn’t help but compare Leah on The Offbeat with Becky Albertalli’s previous book, Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. I even reread Simon after reading Leah’s story and I can say with confidence that Simon is the better book. The storytelling felt like it was lazily done in  Leah On The Offbeat. The story was nice, but nothing special, very generic.

None of the characters were particular outstanding. As much as I could relate with Leah, she was too self-deprecating and insecure. Sure, it’s fairly realistic for one to have inner dialogue of self doubt and to have a negative thoughts. But I felt Leah took it too far to the point it was triggering for me. It’s already very hard to be positive and to give yourself self love, but Leah could have had some more character growth in that regard. Or at the very least, by the end of the book Leah could have started trying to be nicer to herself.

I wish there was more of a journey with Leah’s sexuality. I have yet to come across a book with bisexuality representation that really captures the struggle like The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid did.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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November Wrap Up ~2019

Good hello, friends! Happy Tuesday! I have no doctor appointments today so I’ll mainly focusing on my to do list like writing my November wrap up! I finished 17 books in November! 😀 I’m definitely clapping myself on the back for that!! Crazy that in a month the decade will come to a close!

Let’s Just Jump Into It!



Illuminae by Ami Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I’m definitely glad that I reread Illuminae reading the physical book along side the audiobook! I absolutely loved it! Who needs TV when you can read the audiobook with the physical book and get such an experience! Goodreads

5 Stars


The Shining by Stephen King

I finally did it! I finished The Shining! I felt it was very slow with a few intense scenes that left me at the edge of my seat. I so loved Danny, he was definitely the best part of the book. I didn’t like Wendy very much and I’m starting to see a trend in his female characters. Goodreads

3.5 Stars


Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

That’s right, two Jay Kristoff novels last month! I can’t believe (still) that this series is done. What a final book! I loved it. I know there’s been some mix reviews, but that can be said for the previous two books, so *shrug*.  Goodreads

5 Stars


Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

I’m killing it with my rereads! Now if only I can start killing my physical TBR, haha. I think I said this for my reread of The Hunger Games, but I’m enjoying the series way more this time around then the first. I think it’s because I have matured and have a more firm grasp of lost, grief, etc. Goodreads

4 Stars


Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

Wow, what a crazy story. Of course, I only hear that’s there a movie adaption after I finished the book, but hey, I can can still watch it! There were a few things that I could relate to with my chronic illness. For example, the experience of not knowing what’s wrong with you and taking forever to get answers. Goodreads

4 Stars


Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

So I picked this up again because a BookTuber I like was also rereading it and my library so happened to have it. I had a lot of fun re-experiencing the characters that I love so much, especially now that I have read Leah On The Offbeat. Goodreads

5 Stars


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Wow! Why haven’t I read this sooner? I loved this! Since I read it as audiobook I really want to now read it physically so I can annotate it! So beautiful and magical! What can I say I’m a romantic at heart. Goodreads

5 Stars


Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

I recently finished The Hating Game by Sally Thorne so I have to try to not confuse that Josh with this Josh. I really related to Hazel, I loved how weird she was. Josh and Hazel were both cute and even more adorable together. There were two narrator’s and I didn’t love the voice the male narrator decided to use for Hazel. Goodreads

3.5 Stars


Misery by Stephen King

Another Stephen King under my belt! I actually really enjoyed this one! There were a lot of intense moments, more than The Shining. An actual good female character. She was a real creep. I did struggle with the audiobook because of my brain fog and the writing style, I got lost a few times. Goodreads

4 Stars


To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han

Another reread! I had so much fun listening to the audiobook! I think I appreciate Lara Jean’s choice’s more now that I have seen the movie and fell in love Peter. I didn’t like him much at all from the book when I first read it. Goodreads

4 Stars


A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

What a great book about grief! One was a great, lovable grump who just couldn’t say no when his neighbours needed his help. Goodreads

5 Stars


Sadie by Courtney Summers

Amazing! Damn, this was heartbreaking. The whole book was just so intense. Goodreads

5 Stars


Golden Son by Pierce Brown

So, I know that I said when I read Red Rising by Pierce Brown that I won’t continue the series, but I saw the audiobook sitting on my library app, available. I thought there had to be a reason why people loved the series so much. I proceeded to download the book and started listening. I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed it! Goodreads

4 Stars


Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

I actually already reviewed this! I also had the opportunity to interview the author! Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert: Interview and Book Review

5 Stars


Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

I have now completed the series for the second time! I hated the ending when I first read Mockingjay. But I actually loved it this time around. Peta is definitely a totally different character to me and means so much to me now. Goodreads

4 Stars


 

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

I unfortunately really did not like this. I didn’t like it to the point I was considering DNF’ing it. I only continued because it’s a f/f romance. There were way too many unnecessary plot points in such a short points of time. One of the main character’s felt they were there only to drive the plot. She didn’t feel like a real character and I disliked her the most. Goodreads

2.5 Stars


The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

I’m kind of meh about this book. I wasn’t terribly excited for this because I heard people comparing it to Six of Crows and I didn’t want that. I’m relieved that I didn’t feel like it was that similar. It was only when I thought about it did I see similarities. It didn’t take away from my experience of the book. I liked that it was set in the real world with real world places. It kind of reminded me of the movie National Treasure with Nicolas Cage. Goodreads

3.5 Stars


As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Down The TBR Hole #34

Good hello, friends! Happy Monday! I woke to a winter wonderful this morning! If only there were snow removal fairies!

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. The Girl At Midnight by Melissa Grey

I don’t remember this book at all and doesn’t sound like something I would like. The reviews are a mix of 2 stars and 4 stars, which doesn’t give me a vote of confidence that’ll I’ll enjoy The Girl At Midnight at all. Goodreads

Judgement: Go

2. The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch

Yes, please! I also don’t remember this one, but it sounds very interesting as a memoir. I’m especially intrigued by her struggle with her sexuality. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

3. The Unseen World by Liz Moore

I’ve heard The Unseen World is a hard storyline to follow, but I feel like it’ll be worth it so I’m willing to give it a try. Now if only I could find it! Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

4. Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

I’m kind of meh about this book and at one point really doubted I would read it. But I think I want to try it. Maybe I can find it on audiobook. I might be biased to try it because of the cover. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

5. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

I’ve just been too imitated to start this! I want to try it though! This book would be perfect for try a chapter tag! I think I know what I’m doing this coming weekend. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Fibro Friday: Sick, but Sexy ~11/29/19

Good hello, friends. Happy Friday. Recently I posted my interview with the author and review of Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. There’s a quote that I shared within that post and something I wanted to look at by itself because I think it’s important. Here’s the quote:

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.

 Just because I have a chronic illness that doesn’t mean I can’t be sexy. I didn’t realize I wasn’t the only one thinking about this. At least not until I read that quote. Just because I’m sick and will always sick doesn’t mean I can’t feel beautiful.

This goes for anyone with chronic illness: you are beautiful and sexy. You deserve love just like every human without chronic illness deserves. We are not lesser. We deserve to be cared for just like how we care for others.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Thursday! I know I talk about it all the time, but I absolutely love that I’ve started using my library for reading back list books! Thanks for library apps I’ve found authors I love like Sarah Dessen!

My Lame Synopsis: Macy says she’s fine about dealing with the grief of losing her father when she’s ain’t. While her ‘perfect’ boyfriend is away for the summer, Macy joins a fun catering company and meets a guy named Wes. Goodreads

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I really loved this. Sarah Dessen created a wonderful story and characters. I was so pulled into the story; there were times I didn’t want to put it down. I really felt for Macy and losing her father with my own dad being sick. It was the biggest draw for me to pick up the book in the first place and continued to pick it up. I couldn’t imagine going through what I am now in high school. I adore the romance along with the camaraderie of the Wish catering crew. Their scenes together were so fun to read and one of my favourite parts of the book. Speaking of great scenes, I so loved the intense family moments. You really felt that lost throughout the family, seeing it how it effected relationships really hit close to home. I will say, I do wish I got to see more of the sister, Coraline, but Kristy was definitely a favourite character overall.

Unfortunately, I’m having some trouble remembering the book apart from what I wrote immediately after finishing the book. That could be caused by my brain fog or the book..? I’m not sure, but felt I had to mention it because I have seen that said in other reviews as well.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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WWW Wednesday ~ 11/27/19

Good hello, friends! Happy Wednesday! I haven’t done one of these in a while so I thought it would be fun to do it 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 feel like I’ve been reading Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi for way too long. Two thirds of the book I had a hard time getting into it because plot relied on stereotypes to create friction between the characters. I know it’s YA, but that’s not enough for me, for one character to hate another. I’m also listening to Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins as a reread! I’ve had so much fun reread this series! I only have a couple of hours left!


2. What did you recently finish reading?

So in the time that I had started Tell Me How You Really Feel, I finished two audiobooks! The first was Golden Son by Pierce Brown. I was so surprised that I liked this and how much I liked it! For the first book, Red Rising, I borderline hated that book. Golden Son was really good! I’m surprised! Then I immediately picked up The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern! Wow, what a beautiful, magical book! I already want to reread it!


3. What you think you’ll read next?

I think it’s about time I picked up The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I’ve been telling a coworker I will, but I didn’t expect Tell Me How You Really Feel would take this long. I think it’s time I find out what all the hype is about.

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Pictures are from my bookstagram account and Goodreads!

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Tuesday! I hope you are having a fantastic day. If not, I hope tomorrow is better. ❤

My Lame Synopsis: In a small Pakistani village, Amal dreams of being a school teacher. But because she’s the eldest, she has to stay home from school while her mother recovers from child birth. Goodreads

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I completely picked this up on a whim because Booksandlala from Youtube loved it and my library had it on audiobook. I was so blown away by how good Amal Unbound was! It was a lovely story with truly heartbreaking moments. The book’s lesson that life isn’t always fair and how to be brave had a huge impact on me after I finished Amal Unbound.

Amal was an amazing character that challenged authority and gender roles. She was one badass little girl who I believe could do anything she wanted, teacher or otherwise. Through her hard lessons of the world I felt the reader learns the importance of family and making bad choices.

Part of me thinks Amal Unbound was too short, but another part of me thinks it was the perfect length especially as a middle grade. This book is an example of how good books are not for certain audiences or age groups, but for everyone.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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