Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

I read a bit of everything.

The Eyre Affair

The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde This book throws right in so it took me a minute to get my bearings. It's in an alternate reality. Books are a huge deal. Parts can come to life. Throw in some time travel and comedy. There are murders and robberies. There are government agents trying to bring down criminals disrupting lives and stories. I enjoyed it. I'll be continuing the series.

A Tale for the Time Being

A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki This book just didn't work for me. It's written well, but it just isn't my kind of story. It made me feel depressed.

Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down - John Green This is a story of a mystery, romance, and friendship that would be interesting as is, but it also includes issues about mental health. All the bits were good, and it goes a long way to showing what it feels like in someone's head with a difference they cannot control.

Most of All You

Most of All You - Mia Sheridan
Both of the leads were easy for me to love. They have painful pasts, beyond the norm, tragedies in fact. I like the way they overcome. It's an emotional journey that fills the soul and the eyes. Crystal/Ellie is not in a good place in most aspects of her life, but the writing makes her easy to understand. This book illustrates the importance of taking the time with others instead of judging. Gabriel is bone-deep good. He's solid, strong, supportive and sensitive. I couldn't help falling hard for him. Because he's been working through his issues for longer and mostly in a better place, he is patient with her. He gives her love and space as needed. Also, I have to say thank you so much to the author for making girl characters who are genuinely nice to each other. I'm always looking for a story that makes me feel. Most of All You kept a hold on my heart. It's definitely a book I recommend.

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It Takes a Village: Picture Book Edition

It Takes a Village: Picture Book Edition - Hillary Rodham Clinton, Marla Frazee This book is to show kids that it takes all of us, a diverse population which includes adults and kids to do things. The people in the book are working on a community project together. There's a line in it that says something about kids not coming with instructions (or something like that), and it says grown-ups don't either. I thought that was a good point to make for kids.

Selections from Skeleton Crew

Selections from Skeleton Crew - Dana Ivey, Frances Sternhagen, Matthew Broderick, Stephen King I thought that I was getting the full book instead of selections when I picked this up. I was looking to read The Mist which isn't actually on this one. I did like the selections, but I'll be going back for the full book soon. I would say these shorts are creepy mind-fucks.


Sightlines - Santino Hassell
I've wondered how powerful Chase truly is so I was excited about his story. His abilities are definitely all that, but actually, his vulnerability is at least as attractive. He's been starved for affection for so long. It's astonishing that he became such a great man. As much as this is a high-action battle between the good and bad sides of the psy community, it's a love story between Chase and Elijah. Both have been through enough pain for a lifetime. Their resilience is amazing. Chase has some stunning displays of his psy talent in this book. I love that he uses it for protection and not to lord over everyone else. If you want action or romance, Sightlines delivers. It is a fitting ending to the series, but I can also see how more books might be added some day.

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The Good Daughter

The Good Daughter - Karin Slaughter This book is about so much. It's a mystery on top of a mystery. It's about family relationships. There are terrible tragedies. It has tons of heartstring pullers. The Good Daughter kept me 100% interested for the entire read. I definitely recommend it.

Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)

Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10) - Agatha Christie This is a really good whodunit. Someone is killed on a train so the killer has to be among them. There is a widely varied cast. The mystery is not easily solved. I don't know why I waited so long to try something from Agatha Christie. I'll definitely be reading more.
I like how this book is bringing attention to what it is to be gender fluid. I'm not an expert, but to me, it does a good job of helping the reader to understand the character. I do wish there would have been a little more going on that wasn't about gender identity.

Written in Red

Written in Red - Anne Bishop 4.5 stars

This book is different from most of the ones I've read that have vampires and werewolves. The Others aren't traditional versions of these creatures. There are all different forms of Others also. Some are season spirits and forms of nature and weather. It's really cool, very creative. I'll definitely be continuing this series.


Gone - Michael  Grant I really liked this one. I'll be continuing the series. It's about a bunch of kids, everyone is under age 14 being the only ones left in their reality. So all the grownups are gone and weird things are happening. Some of the kids have powers. There's an evil darkness. The animals are evolving. They have to figure out normal survival things like finding food and taking care of the babies. They also have the mutations to deal with. Everything is more deadly. I would say this is YA dystopian and a bit horror-ish.

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.

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