Thursday, July 2, 2015

All Falls Down by Jennifer Weiner

I remember my first Jennifer Weiner book, Good In Bed. I remember staying up all night, reading it and crying. I had been unable to put it down. It was high on my list of favorite books for a long time. But Weiner's other books didn't make me feel the same way. Slowly, I stopped reading her books. I don't know why I picked up All Fall Down. Maybe I hoped to recapture that feeling I had when I read Good In Bed. But I'm glad I did. Weiner has a way of making you feel like the main character is you. Or maybe I just identify with her characters. But I couldn't put All Fall Down down.

Allison has it all. The big suburban house, a daughter, a handsome husband, and a sucessful blogging career. But Allison can't keep up. Her father has Alzheimer's. Her mother calls crying each day. Her daughter is sensitive and is prone to tantrums.  Her husband is distant, Her boss wants her to blog more. Each day is a struggle for Allison. She never seems to get ahead. Unless she takes one of her pills (Oxycontin, Vicodin. etc), Allison feels like she'll lose her mind, But the pills make everything easier. One pill, two pills, then four or five just make it through. Allison finds herself losing everything to keep herself in pills.

While I don't have a pill addiction, I do have I can do everything attitude like Allison. I can clean the house, make dinner, do the laundry, go to work, exercise, plan family vacations, arrange schedules, until I collapse and lay in a heap, crying. Life is stressful. I can see how Allison took the path she did. I can also see how easy it is to go from one pill to my life revolves around taking these pills and procuring more. Weiner doesn't pull any punches. The reader takes the ride with Allison, feeling her highs and her lows. I loved Allison by the end of the book. She felt like my sister or my friend. I wanted her to find her way out of her mess. I wanted her to keep being Allison. She was smart, funny, you want her to succeed.

I'm so glad I took a chance on All Fall Down. I think this would make an excellent book club book. There's plenty to talk about! I'm going to be picking up Weiner's books again in the future. Others who shared their thoughts on All Fall Down: Booking Mama, Novelicious, and Running 'N' Reading.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Time to read more Gaiman.

I recently read If I Stay and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading Where She Went. Forman nails it every time.

What did you get this week? Clare's got the linky.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Teaser Tuesday-All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"He could be considerate, loving, and sweet, The morning I suggested therapy, he was none of those things." 
pg 19 All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

Monday, June 29, 2015

June Graphic Novel Review

Still enjoying Fables. Looking forward to seeing how the Snow & Bigby storyline works out.

The story of a woman as her marriage is ending. Well done but sad.

The Last Unicorn 
A childhood favorite. I enjoyed the graphic novel but want to see the movie again.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.



I liked the title of this one. 

Really behind on my goal for the Foodies Read 2 challenge. I'm hoping to read this one for that challenge. Plus it sounded interesting.

I enjoyed the other Gayle Forman's books I read. I've heard good things about If I Stay. I just need have the tissues handy.

What did you get this week? Share your post below!



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Teaser Tuesday-Fresh Off The Boat by Eddie Huang

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"Teachers would try to ask us questions about math or science and we would answer back with news about Shaq coming to Orlando. It was an exciting time."
pg 37 Fresh Off The Boat by Eddie Huang

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty

I added Three Wishes to my library hold list because I've enjoyed Moriarty's other books. This is her first book. I can see how her writing style has changed over the course of the other books. Three Wishes is still very good but you can see the subtle differences between this one and the later books.

Cat, Lyn, and Gemma Kettle are triplets. Cat and her husband are trying to have a baby. Lyn is trying to manage her business and her family (a daughter, step-daughter, and husband). Gemma is footloose and fancy-free. The sisters are very close and spend a lot of time with each other. Each have their own problems. Cat and her husband are having marital problems. Lyn's having panic attacks. Gemma is haunted by an abusive ex. Then there are their divorced parents who are always around. Three Wishes is very much a family drama with lots of comedy.

If you've read any of Moriarty's books, you know something happens at the beginning and then she spends the rest of the novel showing you how we got to the big event. I did enjoy the time I spent with the Kettle triplets. I could see them so vividly. I loved how they jumped off the page. Moriarty has a great way of writing such fantastic characters. I look forward to my next Moriarty book. Others who shared their thoughts on Three Wishes: Words from the Sowul, See Michelle Read, and BookKitty Blog.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

I spotted this one on the shelf. I always want to make more things by hand. Hopefully this will inspire me. 

Since reading Trapped At The Altar last year, I've been meaning to read more of Feather's books. And what's with the titles of these books? Geesh. 

I'm almost done with the What's in A Name Challenge. If I read The Beekeeper's Daughter, it would satisfy the familial category. And I say if because sometimes I don't get to book before they are due back to the library. 

What did you pick up this week?. Claire's got the linky this week.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Teaser Tuesday-Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"She looked at the familiar photos that lined the walls. The traditional Kettle Triplet pose: Gemma in the middle, Lyn and Cat on either side."
pg 40 Three Wishes by Laine Moriarty

Monday, June 15, 2015

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

I picked up This Song Will Save Your Life from the library because I had heard good things about it when it came out. I had wanted to read it but you know how life goes? Any I'm sad that I waited so long but super excited that I finally read This Song Will Save Your Life. I want to press this book into the hands of every young person who thinks their life sucks and say see you are not alone. I identified with Elise and I think a lot of other people will too.

Elise is in high school. She has no friends. Well she has 2 friends but they aren't really her friends. They are just all unpopular together. Elise has trouble sleeping so she wanders her town at night. One night she runs into 2 girls who think she's looking for the underground dance party they are headed to. There Elise finds a world where she belongs. Elise is finally happy until one day her whole school starts reading her blog, a blog that Elise isn't writing.

Elise could have been me in high school. I wasn't popular. I spent a lot of time, home alone with my parents. I could relate to not being the popular one. I understood Elise's suicidal thoughts. And just like Elise, music saved my life. Unlike Elise, I never attempted suicide but I remember feeling so alone and wondering why I couldn't be like everyone else. I wish This Song Will Save Your Life had been around then. I might have felt a little better.

I loved Elise. She's herself. In a world where people are trying to be like someone else, here's Elise, comfortable in her own skin. She's got her music. Yeah, life sucks. No boys like her. Her friends are obsessed with the popular kids. But when she finds Start, the underground dance party, her world opens up beyond high school. I loved how she found a world where she belonged. And some new friends who didn't see her as a loser, but as a beautiful person they wanted to hang out with.

I also loved Elise's family. Especially her parents. Ok, she was sneaking out of their houses at midnight to roam around her town. I found it so bizarre that no one noticed a 16 year old girl, wandering around at midnight. If I'd tried that someone would have spotted me. But her parents were cool and tried to help Elise especially when they realized that she not only found a way to cope but something she truly loved.

I loved This Song Will Save Your Life. If high school or college wasn't the best time of your life. If you thought that life might be better without you in it. If you ever felt left out, not like everyone else, the odd duck, then this book is for you. Being who you are and finding what you love is where it's at. Others who shared their thoughts on This Song Will Save Your Life: The Perpetual Page Turner, There Were Books Involved, and The Flyleaf Review.