Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

I read a bit of everything.

Saints and Misfits - S Mahmud Ali

I'm not Muslim so I don't have personal experience, but this book seems to do a good job of portraying what it's like for an American teen. It works in a lot of the normal teen situations and shows how the religion relates to them. It also shows how everyone is mostly good. There is someone who is thought to be a good person by most and who isn't. I've seen the same with someone who's supposed to be Christian. I enjoyed it and was ready to get back to reading when I had to take a break to work. Since it's intended for a younger audience, I'm assuming they'll like it even more than I did.

Angry Blonde - Eminem

I love this. It's Em talking about his early songs and life.

The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls
This book made me feel a lot. Some parts made me angry or sad for the situations they were in and then other parts I could feel the love. I like how the author told the good and the bad. She seemed to try to just keep it real.
Emma - Jane Austen, Fiona Stafford
3.5 Stars

Some of this book wasn't really interesting to me because there was a lot of talking about things relating to rank in society, but other things that were more personal pulled my attention. Emma wasn't one of my favorite characters, but I didn't dislike her either. I wouldn't excitedly tell someone that this is a favorite must-read of mine, but I do recommend it. It's like you just can't help getting caught up in their gossip and wonder the who's and what's.
Without Merit - Colleen Hoover

I could see this being turned into a teen film with its quirky family and lead. Everything is told from Merit's POV. She's almost an adult. She has it bad for a boy, a great guy, but this isn't really a romance. It's more about her. It's kind of a realizing-everything-isn't-always-how-you-see-it-tale.

LT's Theory of Pets - Stephen King

3.5 Stars

This is a quick read. It has some humor poking fun of husbands and wives. A lot of it kind of seems like a stand up comedy bit, but of course it ends in a special Stephen King tone. I enjoyed it.

Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison

Told from a black man's POV. He starts young at a school in the south and ends in a city in the north. It's not a feel good tale, but it is interesting. It's tragic how some things don't seem like they have gotten any better since this was written.

Sleeping Beauties: A Novel - Stephen King, Owen King

Stephen King is always so great at coming up with fresh stories. I haven't read Owen's work before, but they did an excellent job together. I really had no idea what was going to happen when I was reading it.

The Breakdown - R B Paris

3.5 Stars

This story did a good job of keeping me on edge. I had some correct ideas about what was going on so I wanted to kick her for not realizing. Some of the plot bothered me, but I could not put it down. If you want to be sucked in, this is a good one for that.

Moonglow: A Novel - Michael Chabon

It seems like everyone loves this book so Idk if it's just me and not the book. I had a hard time staying interested. It seems like a story that would be perfect for me. It's fiction but wrapped in a lot of fact. The narrator has a colorful family with lives that seem like each could be their own book. The grandfather is the center of everything but really it's about the whole family. It has spy stuff, war, mental illness, rockets, just a bit of everything. It sounds great in theory, but for me, there were times I had to force myself to keep reading.

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West - Dee Brown

This is a tragedy. So sad especially because it's true. They just wanted to be left alone. It's interesting for historical non-fiction IMO (I'm usually more of a fiction reader). It's first-hand accounts from people who were there.

The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

This is fast paced and really kept my attention. I liked all the codes and clues and deep meanings. I'm not any type of art historian so idk the truth to most of that, but it was cool to me. Also, I don't get hung up on the religion stuff. As far as I'm concerned, it could be anyone's guess about Jesus. The biggest draw back to this story IMO is how they always found clues or details but never revealed them right away. I know that was supposed to keep the reader drawn into the mystery more, but sometimes I just wanted them to spit it out.

Bountiful (True North Book 4) - Sarina Bowen
3.5 stars
 
I was consumed by this story in the beginning but it did seem to loose me some further in. I like the characters. They're both good people. I guess that her being so reluctant to let him try seemed to draw out a bit too much IMO. They wanted to be together and he always came across as respectful and honest. I did enjoy the story. I do recommend it especially for those that like a sweet romance. No one is the bad guy here. It's just people figuring things out. I plan to continue the series.

 

Undeserving - Madeline Sheehan

This book was so much more than I was expecting. Even though I've loved the series, and it's one of my most favorites, I didn't know if I would be that interested in Preacher's tale compared to the others. It was amazing. I love when a story makes me feel, and this book had all the feels. My eyes were pretty watery for some of it. This series has great world building. I know the characters, and I love them (or hate, or pity, etc). It's easy to get caught up. The emotions are not simple either. The characters are flawed people that don't always have HEA, just like real life. My eyes are trying to tear up now just thinking about it. I definitely recommend Underserving and all the Undeniable Series books.

Anatomy of a Scandal: A Novel - Sarah Vaughan
Anatomy of a Scandal revolves around a trial. A politician has been accused of rape by a woman who works under him. To make things more blurry, they had previously had an affair, and he's married with children. The book is written from the points of view of the politician, his wife and the prosecuting attorney. As the story goes, you learn more about each of their backstories and how they are connected. It's mostly an internal storyline. There's not much action. Your inside their heads, especially the women. The deeper you get, the more you choose to judge or sympathize with the way they feel and act. I've seen this listed as a thriller and suspense, but I would categorize it more as drama.
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