March Book Reviews: YA/NA Contemporary and Sherlock (!)

I had a fun reading month! Not only did I read 3 books, which I consider to be wonderful, but I found them all exciting in their own ways.

Boomerang by Noelle August / July 8th 2014 / William Morrow Paperbacks /  ★★★

I started reading this in February, but it took me a bit longer to finish than I would have liked. Overall, I liked the characters and thought that the relationship was cute and funny and sometimes frustrating like the best ones, but I felt like the book was a bit longer than was necessary. Something I loved was that it was written by two people! I’ve never read anything by either of the writers, but their writing styles worked really well together.

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick / April 15th 2014 / Dial Books for Young Readers / ★★★★

As soon as the weather began to warm up, I started craving some contemporary YA, and this one just so happens to be set in a beach town. There’s something about that setting that I love! Maybe it’s the perfect weather or the tension of the romance… Hmm, or both. There were a lot of things in this book that I really liked, including Gwen’s job, her family life and relationship with her cousin, and finding out some things from her past. Loved almost all of the characters! I’ll definitely be looking forward to more of Fitzpatrick’s books.

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle / 1887 / ★★★★

This was a big deal read for me. My expectations were high considering how much I love the BBC series and the Sherlock stories that I’ve studied before. Thankfully those expectations were met! I was surprised by certain parts, which I wasn’t expecting to happen, and I had a lot of fun reading this book. I absolutely loved learning more about the origin of these classic characters and stories. I started the second book almost immediately after finishing this first mystery.

January Book Reviews: Sophie Kinsella, The Walking Dead, and Rad Women

I’ve read 3 books so far this year, which is an accomplishment for me at this point, and I’m excited to share my thoughts on them. Instead of doing individual review posts for each book I read, I decided to try out something a little new where I take a few books at a time and give a short summary of my thoughts. I’m hoping that this will make it easier for me to keep up with writing reviews and also posting.

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Review: Spark Joy by Marie Kondo (+ my experience)

sparkjoyPublisher: Ten Speed Press
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Pages: 291 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help, House & Home
Rating: ★★★★ ½

The real tragedy is to live your entire life without anything that brings you joy and never even realize it.

One of my favorite books as a teen, that I read over and over again, was Organizing from the Inside Out for Teens by Julie Morgenstern and Jessi Morgenstern-Colón. In fact, I still have a copy of it that I just cannot part with because I love it that much. Needless to say, I’m a big fan of organization tips and simply being organized. For me, it makes my life easier and mentally makes me happier. So I have been following the KonMari Method closely for the last year through blogs and YouTube videos. It took me a while to jump on board, and I never actually read the original book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but the sequel, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up does a great job of summarizing the method while also including some new information. And there are illustrations!

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Review: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

thegrownupiiPublisher: Crown
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Pages: 64 pages
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Short Story (Adult)
Rating: ★★★★ 1/2

Feeling sad means having too much time on your hands, usually. Really. I’m not a licensed therapist but usually it means too much time.

Gillian Flynn is one of my favorite “newer” authors, and if she had more than three books out, I would be all over them. I’m always hoping that there will be a new release, so The Grownup was a nice surprise. It’s not a full length novel, but I loved the idea of her having a short horror story. And, if you love her books as well or at least appreciate the twists and turns, you must read it. Read More »