Friday, November 4, 2016

October Was a Bookish Month

Hands Free Life by Rachel Macy Stafford

So, after I read a book, I photo it and I let them build up for a while before I mass-post them to my book Instagram account. Apparently, I let this one sit for so long that I could hardly think of what to say about it...and that has only exaggerated with time. So all I can think to say is that the ideas in this book were a comfort, and I want to read the mom-specific one soon because I feel like it will fit me better.

Autumn Falls by Bella Thorne

So, here's the thing. I love YA & I love a bit of the supernatural or fantasy because it speaks to my wild imagination and I realize that's cheesy and embarrassing. But it meant that despite realizing this author wasn't exactly brilliant, I flew this quick and sweet story, and enjoyed it. It centers around a girl living in a new town, starting at a new high school and navigating her new flawed relationships with the help of her dead father whose soul is possessing a journal and helps her make wishes come true. I warned you - cheese and embarrassment - but it was still fun and easy to read. It's a perfect pick if you need a little fluff!

Autumn's Kiss by Bella Thorne

The next installment of the cheese & embarrassment series. In this one, Autumn's Dad decides to possess a map that allows her to instantly travel to anywhere she'd like. There were some cute moments with this - like when she popped in on the Macy's parade, and how she was able to maintain her friendship with her hometown best friend. Overall, though, this was my least favorite of the series. I read them pretty close together, too, which made her changing relationship intensities a little them out a bit if you tackle this series.

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

I read this one for my book club - hesitantly. I don't love creepy suspense, so I avoided it despite reviews coming in from all over the place. I was surprised at how it didn't leave me with that sickening suspense feeling - instead it was just curiosity. A lot of people who have read it mentioned that they struggled to get into it for the first 50-70 pages, but I didn't have that problem. I think it's because I'm attracted to weird, and this character is so bizarrely flawed that I wanted to get to know here, haha! As I read on, it got a little insufferable - how much of a hot mess the entire case of this story is. Not one person was free of intense drama and that got old after a while. But in the end, it was entertaining - even though the answers were a bit predictable. I'm not sure why this was SUCH a hit, but it was good.

Autumn's Wish by Bella Thorne

The last in the Autumn Falls series, and probably the best. Still full of cheese and embarrassment (and a couple of, "wait, what?" moments), but it was also full of relationship development in a good way. I can't remember now which part caused it, but I confess: it made me cry once. So, if you pick up this series for some YA cheese, make sure you make it all the way through - despite the silly time hopping (her dad possesses a time turner of sorts in this one), it's worth it.

The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

As if any of us need a reason to love Amy Schumer more? I didn't, but this book still gave me many. It was funny, interesting, real, emotional, and even occasionally educational. I loved every second of it - and I'm still dying to know which hockey player she hooked up with! ha

I Woke Up Dead At The Mall by Judy Sheehan

I don't like creepy mysteries, but I wanted to read something with a slightly creepy vibe to it for Halloween. This was perfect! The entire thing centers around death and murder and dealing with some hard emotion, while also sharing an impossible and satisfying love story. It was still YA cheesy, but it was gorgeous and I loved it!

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