Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

I read a bit of everything.

The Rules of Magic

The Rules of Magic - Alice Hoffman
The Rules of Magic is a family saga about the Owens. Siblings Franny, Jet and Vincent are the main focus, but many well-developed characters fill the story. It follows the siblings from childhood through old age. It also goes back to explain how the love curse started with their ancestors during the Salem witch trials. The reader journeys with Franny, Jet and Vincent as they study their history, learn their abilities and face hardships and tough decisions. The writing is beautiful and easily brought the emotions out. The plot is rich with historical events and in-depth multilayered characters. I feel like I actually know these people and love them. I'm a little sad that my time with them ended.

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The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well - Meik Wiking This is about a way of living that leads to happiness. Everything seems small and makes sense. I'm going to try to take some of this to heart and make some changes.

What Happened

What Happened - Hillary Rodham Clinton I really enjoyed this. It helped to soothe me. I was not happy how everything went down. She gives her side of everything, but it isn't a crying story. It tells what she did wrong and what other circumstances went wrong. It tells how she got over it, things she turned to in order to feel better. I enjoyed seeing more of her without a guard up. I understand why she has always had to shield herself, but it's nice seeing more of her. She encouraged everyone to follow their dreams and not give up on the government but to get involved. Even though it covers a time that left me depressed, it's an uplifting story. Seeing how smart she is and knowledgeable on issues does make it feel even more insane that she didn't win.

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body - Roxane Gay This book really spoke to me. It's a great book for the overweight and the slim. It tells a lot from a POV of how hard some situations are when you're bigger, not just the emotional aspect but actually, some things like chair arms can be hell. She lays so many things out there that most of us tend to stay quiet about. It's powerful speaking the truth.

Lilac Girls

Lilac Girls - Martha Hall Kelly This is a heartbreaking, disturbing, inspirational story. Some parts in the camp are almost too much to bare reading, especially since they're true. The parts with Caroline helped to balance some of that out. I was very emotional for the entire read for sure. The way the author tells from each of the three leads POV is great.

Mrs. Fletcher

Mrs. Fletcher - Tom Perrotta This book deals with a lot of feelings about sexuality and age. It shows how anyone at different points in their lives can be trying to find themselves. Life changes. People change.

Shadows on the Moon

Shadows on the Moon - Zoë Marriott The lead is continuously learning about life and herself. She's been wronged by people close to her and lost people she loved in unnatural ways. She has to cope with her feelings of anger at herself and others throughout. She also has to learn to control newfound powers. I wasn't crazy about the story right from the start, but I continued to get more into it as it went along.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel - Fredrik Backman I don't know what to say about this book really. It's the kind of story that makes you feel like a kid again. It filled up my heart.

Skin After Skin

Skin After Skin - Jordan Castillo Price I love the PsyCop universe. It's one of my favorite series. This one does have a different feel from the others because it has a different main character. I do prefer Victor as a lead, but I really enjoyed filling in many of the unknowns with Crash's story.

Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > The Butterfly Project

The Butterfly Project - Emma Look Scott
The Butterfly ProjectThe Butterfly Project by Emma Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Zelda and Beckett have painful pasts. Both are struggling every moment with the emotional baggage. The author does an excellent job of putting the reader in their shoes. I easily understood their actions and feelings. I love these characters and how they don't play romance games. I suppose because they have seen firsthand how real consequences can be, they take life seriously. Both characters are sort of stuck and having trouble moving forward. They help to bring each other around to a better place. I definitely recommend The Butterfly Project. It's entertaining, but it also leaves you thinking. It's not a book that you can just finish and forget. The occasional drawings are a bonus that really adds to the storyline.

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Ask Him Why

Ask Him Why - Catherine Ryan Hyde This is a think piece. The oldest son was a soldier before being sent home. He wouldn't go out on a mission. That is breaking the law so it turns into a big deal that makes the entire family suffer and never be the same. It changes everything. They have to finally get past the fallout years later. It's touching.


Antisocial - Heidi Cullinan
This is a romance between two guys in college trying to figure out who they are and what their future will be. Both have issues with their parents and struggle with career choices. Both guys are virgins. One isn't sure what his sexuality is and doesn't quite want to label it for certain. It doesn't contain actual sex, but there are some really erotic moments. One is an artist so some fun with art comes into play. Mostly this is about a diverse group of friends supporting each other and enjoying mutual loves like manga and anything Japanese. Antisocial is a sweet romance with lots of openness and diversity. I'd like to see it turned into an anime.

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Practical Magic

Practical Magic - Alice Hoffman Even though this is a tale about witches, to me it seems more a story about family, specifically sisters but family in general also. And it does have romance too. I enjoyed it.

Riding the Bullet

Riding the Bullet - Stephen King, Josh Hamilton This is the perfect spooky story or campfire ghost story type read. It's good for teens and adults to get into the Halloween mood.

The Ice Dragon

The Ice Dragon - Yvonne Gilbert, George R.R. Martin 3.5 stars

I enjoyed this short story. It's bittersweet, but I wouldn't expect anything less from the author.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz I loved this book. I think it's a story that either really connects for you or doesn't at all. I wasn't so sure about it for some, in the beginning, but not too far in I really loved the characters. They're such individuals. They don't really fit into any stereotypes for teens. It made them feel more realistic. I really liked being inside their heads and witnessing them growing up as issues happened. ♥︎

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