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Flowers For Algernon – Daniel Keyes || Classic Book REVIEW

So, awhile back I said I would read one classic book a month and then directly after that I didn’t follow up with the challenge…oops.

So here I am, back on the wagon with my second classic of the year. Was this one worth the title? Let’s find out!


With more than five million copies sold, Flowers for Algernon is the beloved classic story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. In poignant diary entries, Charlie tells how a brain operation increases his IQ and changes his life. As the experimental procedure takes effect, Charlie’s intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment seems to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance until Algernon begins his sudden, unexpected deterioration. Will the same happen to Charlie? — Goodreads

Rating – R (Language, Disturbing images, Sexual scenes TRIGGER WARNING! ABUSE ) 

Publication Date – 4 / 59

Length – 216 pages

The Good –

  • Let’s get this out there right at the beginning. This book is HEARTBREAKING! This was so authentic and real. There were parts that I have had similar situations, in my own life.
  • The writing was fantastic. It is written in a letter format, from Charlie’s perspective. It starts out where Charlie can barely spell out his words and very gradually we see him beginning to spell correctly and use grammar and punctuation.
  • This book was very scientific, but not in a way where the reader get’s lost. I think this is because if we got lost Charlie would be also lost, in the beginning especially.
  • Towards the middle of the book, there is mounting fear as we see the rat, Algernon, following the path that Charlie will soon take, as well.
  • There is a love story, and honestly it’s so refreshing.

The Meh –

  • It was a little slow moving for my taste, in the beginning. It took me like half a week to get through the first 30 – 50 pages, but then I read the rest in like a day.

No Bad!

  • STORY – 5/5 (Such a real tale of progression and regression. It was haunting and sad to say the least)
  • CHARACTERS – 5/5 (Again is was so real. Every character was someone who you knew.
  • WRITING – 5/5 (Written in a journal format it starts with our main character writing with many spelling and grammar errors and then we are able to see his growth. It was just genius)
  • UNIQUENESS – 5/5 (everything mentioned made this a wholly unique book)



Have you read this? What did you think about it? I’d love to know!

What classic should I read next month?

Thanks for reading!


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Devil’s Call – J. Danielle Dorn || Netgalley REVIEW

I have been trying to reconcile my relationship with Netgalley (see my post about this HERE) recently and have been carefully searching books to request that I won’t DNF. This book was under horror (my favorite genre duh), about witches, and was a western setting so I was immediately intrigued. Did I enjoy it? Let’s find out!


On a dark night in the winter of 1859, three men entered the home of Dr. Matthew Callahan and shot him dead in front of his pregnant wife. Unfortunately for them, his wife, Li Lian, hails from a long line of women gifted in the dark arts–the witches of the McPherson clan.
This diary, written to the child she carries, records her quest from the Nebraska Territory to Louisiana to the frozen shore of Lake Superior, to bring justice to the monsters responsible for shooting her husband in the back. Our long-rifled witch will stop at nothing​–​and risk everything​–​in her showdown with evil. — Goodreads

Rating – PG-13 (Some gore, some violence, some language)

Publication date – 6 / 18 / 17

The Good :

  • The witch aspect was interesting and since I don’t read much of this specific genre it was all pretty unique to me.
  • Since there are witches, I felt like the ways that the main characters got where they were going in a really interesting way.
  • I was afraid that the magic would feel like a cop out for the characters to get out of sticky situations, but these witches had a specific set of rules that prevented them of really using their magic to stay out of trouble.

The Meh :

  • So, one of the main reasons I picked up this book was the western setting to fill a hole while I’m not reading The Dark Tower series. If the author of this book hadn’t also read The Dark Tower series, I’ll drop dead because the similarities were so blatantly obvious. The main antagonist was called THE MAN IN BLACK FOR PETE’S SAKE! It was so distracting.
  • This book was marketed to me as a horror novel, but it was actually more along the lines of a fantasy or maybe even magical realism. This wasn’t a bad thing, but it also was pretty disappointing to me.
  • This book was written in letter format and sometimes I really like that format, but in this case it got really jumbled and confusing for me.
  • I only connected with one or two of the characters throughout the whole book which is always disappointing.

The Bad :

  • The beginning was SO slow. If you are friends with me on Goodreads you will have seen that I was bored through like 50% of this book and if I wasn’t so obsessed with not DNFing another Netgalley book, I would have put it down.
  • I honestly don’t even remember what happened at the end of the book and I just finished it like less than a week ago.
  • The main character is pregnant when she gets thrust into her journey and honestly pregnant main characters are starting to get old to me. In 2017 I have now read THREE books (this, Song of Susannah, and Bird Box) with this plot and it bothers me because I feel like it makes the climax so predictable.

  • STORY – 3/5 (I had a really hard time following the lore and it reminded me too much of The Gunslinger- Stephen King)
  • CHARACTERS – 3.5/5 (I did really like the main character and the man she traveled with. Other than them I had a hard time connecting with the characters)
  • WRITING – 3.5/5 (Was in a letter format but sometimes it became jumbled and confusing)
  • UNIQUENESS – 3.5/5 (pretty unique aside from the fact that it reminded me of The Gunslinger)



What’s your favorite novel about witches? I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading!


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The Vegetarian – Han Kang (Translated by Deborah Smith) || Book REVIEW

I have been wanting to read The Vegetarian for AT LEAST over a year now. It covers mental illness and had been compared to The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman, which is one of my FAVORITE short stories ever. So , did it live up to all the hype? Let’s find out!


Before the nightmare, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary life. But when splintering, blood-soaked images start haunting her thoughts, Yeong-hye decides to purge her mind and renounce eating meat. In a country where societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye’s decision to embrace a more “plant-like” existence is a shocking act of subversion. And as her passive rebellion manifests in ever more extreme and frightening forms, scandal, abuse, and estrangement begin to send Yeong-hye spiraling deep into the spaces of her fantasy. In a complete metamorphosis of both mind and body, her now dangerous endeavor will take Yeong-hye—impossibly, ecstatically, tragically—far from her once-known self altogether.

A disturbing, yet beautifully composed narrative told in three parts, The Vegetarian is an allegorical novel about modern day South Korea, but also a story of obsession, choice, and our faltering attempts to understand others, from one imprisoned body to another. — Goodreads

Rated – R (Sexual scenes, Disturbing imagery, TRIGGER WARNING – SELF HARM

Publication Date – 10 / 30 / 2007

Length – 192 pages

The Good –

  • This book was haunting. There was a creepy vibe from the very first page and it does not let up at all. Even though this book is not a thriller, it really reads like one.
  • This was a great take on mental illness and how mental illness affects loved ones as well. I feel like I haven’t read a book that focuses less on the character who is suffering and more on those who are in their lives.
  • The writing was so eloquent and beautiful and was by far the best part of the book. I’m not going to sit here and lie to you and say that I understood all the symbolism, but I was still able to enjoy and follow the story.

The Meh:

  • I was so intrigued by the premise of this book, but when reading it I felt it was underwhelming. It just never made me especially invested, and I wasn’t actually in a state of unease until the final section.
  • This book is written in 3 parts, and 3 different perspective. Out of these 3 parts, I definitely preferred the second the most, and found the third the most “unsettling”. I will talk about the first part later.  I put this under the “meh” section because out of the 3 parts I only cared about the voice of the narrator in the second part and was actually rooting for him (which I don’t think I should have been and I’m worried for myself).
  • I do feel like this book is very similar to other things I’ve read that are about women descending into madness. I had not heard the comparison to The Yellow Wallpaper before reading this, but as I read, I couldn’t get that story out of my mind.

The Bad:

  • The only big issue I had with this book was the first part, or the lack of the consistency across all the parts. In the first part, it is told in the first person but in the other parts it is told solely in third person. I wish that it had either been mixed throughout the entire book or all first person or all third. It was just very distracting for me.


  • STORY – 4/5 (it was a great ode to mental illness and many other important themes but I thought it was a little lackluster when it came to execution)
  • CHARACTERS – 4/5 (I found my only caring for one character who I don’t think I should have been rooting for. I especially didn’t care for the woman who chose to become vegetarian which was disappointing)
  • WRITING – 4.5 (by far the best part of this book. Very eloquent and symbolic.)
  • UNIQUENESS – 4/5 (I felt like I’ve read this story before which I know Is crazy but it reminded me of many other story of mental illness centered around women.)



Have you read this? What did you think about it? I would love to know!

Thanks for reading!


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Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone – Stefan Kiesbye |Horror Book REVIEW

So I picked this book entirely because of the cover. It was so creepy, well done, and even has a special little surprise. I literally knew nothing about this going in. Did it disappoint? Let’s find out!


The village of Hemmersmoor is a place untouched by time and shrouded in superstition: There is the grand manor house whose occupants despise the villagers, the small pub whose regulars talk of revenants, the old mill no one dares to mention. This is where four young friends come of age—in an atmosphere thick with fear and suspicion. Their innocent games soon bring them face-to-face with the village’s darkest secrets in this eerily dispassionate, astonishingly assured novel, evocative of Stephen King’s classic short story “Children of the Corn” and infused with the spirit of the Brothers Grimm – Goodreads

Rating – R (Creepy Imagery, Extreme Gore, Sex, Sexual Scenes)

Publication Date – February 21, 2011

Length – 198 pages

The Good:

  • This books atmosphere was ON POINT! It was so creepy. Like it may be the creepiest book I’ve ever read. I was so invested that I actually read it in two sittings, in two days. Go me!
  • The format of this is best described as many interconnected short stories. Each story started as if it was like a fairy tale, or old tall tales. I thought this was really interesting and sucked me into the town and the stories.
  • The stories were predictable but in a good way. I know that sounds crazy but about halfway through a story I would see where it was going and think “no no no no no” until the conclusion.
  • Oh the writing was GORGEOUS! Seriously it was so good! By far, the best part of this book!

The Meh:

  • I mentioned the creepiness of the book in the prior section, but it also was kind of a hindrance to the book. The entire book was so bleak that by the end I was just EXHAUSTED. I didn’t expect it to be heartwarming but I just needed a break from all the chaos.
  • I feel like this book needs a spark notes accompanying it. Some stories I loved, but some honestly went over my head. I just wish I knew what the intention of the author had been, in some stories.

The Bad:

  • Each short story is from a different perspective of a select number of children, in the town. This was an interesting premise, but everyone’s voice sounded the same. I found myself having a hard time telling the children apart and that was pretty disappointing.
  • I wished there was more of an “overarching narrative” to this book. Like I said these short stories were tied to together, but there was not really a driving force to the story or a climax. I just wanted there to be a mystery solved or something.


  • sTORY – 3/5 (it felt like many short stories loosely strung together. I enjoyed each story but wish there was an overarching narrative)
  • CHARACTER – 2.5/5 (I enjoyed them but had issue distinguishing them from others. I also never really connected with any of them apart from one or two)
  • WRITING – 4/5 (Seriously so good. By FAR the best part of the book)
  • UNIQUENESS – 4/5 (I’ve never read anything like this. It’s like I was reading dark and creepy fairy tales and it was so awesome)


Have you read this? What did you think about it? I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading!


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Becoming – Glenn Rolfe | RANT REVIEW

The Gore n’ More book club has been one of my favorite things I am a part of this year! I have found some awesome books and authors through the monthly horror reads they host (ex. Savages – Greg F. Gifune). At the same time, I have found some books that I WASN’T in love with (ex. Exorcist Falls – Jonathan Janz). When I saw that this month’s read was a monster story, I was SO excited. So what did I think about it? I HATED IT!



Something ancient has wormed its way up from the earth….
A change has come today.

After Michele Cote’s best friend disappears, no one believes her story about the thing responsible for his abduction. Forced to figure out the mystery for herself, Michele encounters terror she has never known, and witnesses the impossible.

When other members of the community begin to change or vanish, Sheriff Shane Davis must look beyond reason in order to stop the evil seeping into this small town. With help from an unlikely source, Sheriff Davis will come face-to-face with the truth.
You can’t destroy what you don’t understand. For the town of Avalon, Maine, the future is about change…for better or worse. – Goodreads

Rating – PG 13 (Gore, Some violence, Some language)

Published – March 3, 2017

Length – 265 pages

The Good –

  • The premise was good, but not executed well.

The Meh –

  • Again, the premise. It was basically just a rehash of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, except with monsters instead of aliens (that’s actually debatable). So I was obviously into the idea of it because it was based off a GOOD STORY.

The Bad –

  • Where do I even begin! Let’s start with the characters. There were just about a million characters who lived in a small Maine town. Sound familiar? Yeah, it’s definitely an homage to Stephen King’s works. So why does it work in King’s stories, but not this one. It’s simple, really. All of King’s characters are distinguishable, where Rolfe’s were not. I literally could only remember who 2 characters were throughout the ENTIRE book and then he killed one of them off, so then I only remembered one. There was a part where it was revealed that a character was gay, but I couldn’t remember who he was AT ALL! I couldn’t remember if he was married or had kids, and then he DIED SO I NEVER KNEW! It was just so frustrating…
  • Rolfe utilized a lot of modern technology and terms. I wouldn’t think that this would be a necessarily bad thing, but instead of making this book modern it almost instantly makes it dated, in it’s own time! There were times that it would say a character read a Stephen King novel (subtle) on her Kindle. Like why not just a physical book? They would mention that a character watched Veronica Mars on Amazon Prime and took a lot of inspiration from her. I don’t mind that she found a way to make herself brave, but why couldn’t she just watch it on TV instead of Amazon Prime? I don’t know exactly why this bothered me so much, but it really did.
  • Finally, the worst thing a book/movie can mess up, in my opinion. THE ENDING! If any of you have been around since my very first post, you’ll remember I actually created this blog because a book’s ending made me so mad that I HAD to talk about it!. Anyway. This book literally just ENDS. They literally see the monster, it eats ONE PERSON (after changing the entire town into her minions), and then it’s OVER! AGH! I HATE THAT! To be fair, there was a novella at the end of the book that MAY have explained more, but the book SHOULD have been self contained. You can’t just expect all readers to read a novellas to get the most out of your book.

  • STORY – 2/5 (I was pretty invested in this story and was going to give it 3 stars but I HAD to dock a point because there was no satisfying ending. Literally they just saw the thing and the book excuse me? I’m peeved)
  • CHARACTERS – 2/5 (they were OK but I found myself unable to decipher one from another and it just became a hassle)
  • WRITING – 2/5 (it was kind of awkward. Like I wanted to enjoy it and was so on board but the inclusion of modern day technology and slang actually made the story feel DATED not modern)
  • UNIQUENESS – 2/5 (basically just invasion of the body snatchers tbh)


Have you read this? What did you think about it? What is your biggest bookish pet peeve?

Thanks for reading!


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Heart Shaped Box – Joe Hill | Book REVIEW

So apparently April is the month of horror for me (seriously it’s all I’ve read so far this month), so why switch it up at all. Joe Hill is my fav’s, Stephen King, son – spoiler alert. I knew I would eventually pick up his work., so when I saw his first full length novel at the library I had to pick it up! Did I enjoy it? Let’s find out!


Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre — his collection includes sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman’s noose, Aleister Crowley’s childhood chessboard, etc. — so when his assistant tells him about a ghost for sale on an online auction site, he immediately puts in a bid and purchases it.

The black, heart-shaped box that Coyne receives in the mail not only contains the suit of a dead man but also his vengeance-obsessed spirit. The ghost, it turns out, is the stepfather of a young groupie who committed suicide after the 54-year-old Coyne callously used her up and threw her away. Now, determined to kill Coyne and anyone who aids him, the merciless ghost of Craddock McDermott begins his assault on the rocker’s sanity.

RATING – PG-13 (Violence, Gore, Language, Some sexual scenes, TRIGGER WARNING – SUICIDE, SELF HARM)

PUBLICATION DATE – February 13, 2007

LENGTH – 376 pages

The Good – 

  • At first, the characters seemed like they were terrible people, and I thought they would really put me off. Fortunately, they really redeemed themselves and were my favorite part of the entire book.
  • The ghost was REALLY creepy. Not only is his design different from any ghost I’ve seen or read, but his ability to influence people was new and terrifying. If you pick up this book for only one reason, it should be to see how this ghost is written.
  • I really enjoyed the pace of the story. About a third of the way through I thought that it may peak too early, but it really worked. It was like a roller coaster of scares.

    The Meh:

  • I thought the writing was pretty average. Although it never really bothered me while I was reading, as I finished I just thought it could have been better. I know that this was Hill’s first full length book and I’ve heard it’s actually his weakest. So we shall see if his other works have better writing.

    The Bad:

  • The ending was REALLY underwhelming for me. Like the entire book there is so much suspense and then it just kind of ends. I also didn’t like the end with the road (y’all who read it know).

  •  STORY  3/5 (pretty standard ghost story)
  • CHARACTERS – 3.5/5 (the two mains where surprisingly likable considering their pasts and the villain was SCARY)
  • WRITING – 3/5 (pretty average but a good start for Hill)
  • UNIQUENESS – 3.5/5 (some additions to the standard ghost lore and a creepy villain made it unique)


Have you read this? What did you think about it! What’s you favorite Joe Hill book?

Thanks for reading!


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Song of Susannah (Dark Tower #6) – Stephen King | Book REVIEW

I’ve been reading the Dark Tower series for over a year now, and have found myself at the second to last book. I can’t believe the series is almost over for me! So did this book continue my love for the series? Let’s find out!


…Saving the Tower depends not only on rescuing Susannah but also on securing the vacant lot Calvin Tower owns before he loses it to the Sombra Corporation. Enlisting the aid of Manni senders, the remaining katet climbs to the Doorway Cave…and discovers that magic has its own mind. It falls to the boy, the billy-bumbler, and the fallen priest to find Susannah-Mia, who, in a struggle to cope — with each other and with an alien environment — “go todash” to Castle Discordia on the border of End-World. In that forsaken place, Mia reveals her origins, her purpose, and her fierce desire to mother whatever creature the two of them have carried to term…

Rating – PG13 (Some intense scenes and language)

Publication date – April 5, 2005

Length  – 432 pages

The Good:

  • This book is SO meta. Like it gets to a point and you’re like, “It couldn’t possibly get anymore meta” but it DOES! This could have easily been overkill, but I thought it was perfectly done!
  • All of our favorite characters are back! As I continue reading the series, I fall more in love with them and I can’t believe I’m almost through with them.
  • Of course I’m a huge fan of the writing. Like duh, its STEPHEN KING! Everything in the series is really tying together now and I think its piecing together perfectly.

The Meh:

  • There are a couple characters, in this book, who don’t actually show up until page like 200 of 432. It felt really weird and messy, since the books have never been this way before. It actually got to the point where I forgot about these characters and didn’t want to know what was going on with them.

The Bad:

  • This book really couldn’t stand alone without the series to fall back on. As I try to rate books critically, I can’t just ignore this fact because I enjoy the series.
  • This kind of goes along with the fact that this book doesn’t stand alone, but when I finished the book I realized that almost nothing happened. This book was ENTIRELY filler to get us from the end of Wolves of Calla (see my review of that here) to the final book, The Dark Tower. I really feel like this was a pretty sloppy decision.

  • STORY – 2.5/5 (I enjoyed reading this but it was definitely a book solely to connect to the final book instead of be fulfilling on its own)
  • CHARACTERS – 4.5/5 (of course they were great! All our favs are back at it again!)
  • WRITING – 4/5 (the way everything is tying together not just within the series but with SKs other books and even pop culture is amazing.)
  • UNIQUENESS –  5/5 (I don’t want to spoil it but on top of the numerous tie ins there is a cameo that made my jaw drop and I bet has never happened in a book ever before)


I can’t wait to finish this series! It’s been a long time coming!! Thanks for reading!


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Exorcist Falls – Jonathan Janz | Book REVIEW

As some of you may know, last month I began going along with reading the Gore n’ More Book Club book of the month and LOVED February’s pick (see my review HERE!). Exorcist Falls was the March pick, did I love it as much? Let’s find out!


Chicago is gripped by terror. The Sweet Sixteen Killer is brutally murdering young women, and the authorities are baffled.

When the police are called to an affluent home in the middle of the night, they learn that a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy has attacked his family. The boy exhibits signs of demonic possession, and even more troublingly, he knows too much about the Sweet Sixteen killings. Father Jason Crowder, a young priest assigned to the case, must marshal his courage in order to save the boy and the entire city from the forces of evil.

But this is a darkness mankind has never encountered before. It craves more than blood. And it won’t rest until it possesses Father Crowder’s soul.

Rating – R (Sexual scenes, gore, extreme abuse)

Publication Date – March 15, 2017

Length – 279 pages

The Good –

  • I’ll just throw this out there right now. I don’t really like exorcism stories. I don’t find them scary like I do monsters or even just crazy people. This especially applies to movies, since I haven’t really read that many books about exorcisms and possessions. That being said, there were moments during the exorcisms, that I really found myself spooked.
  • The premise, which I won’t give away in it’s entirety, was pretty inventive. It was like a twist on superhero stories and I found myself brought in by the ideas.

The Meh:

  • The writing, in this, was really bare bones. It was a lot of “And then I did this. And then I thought that.” I’m not one to be picky about writing, but this REALLY took me out of it!
  • The main character was…fine. There was nothing interesting about him really, and the writing made him even less interesting. He was constantly freaking out and I guess he was supposed to be like the every man, but he didn’t work for me.

The Bad:

  • You know what I love? Plot twists. You know what this book made me hate? Plot twists. I swear there were like ten plot twists, in the book. It got to a point where it was actually funny, how many times they tried to rip the rug out from under the reader.
  • The story was very jumbled, mostly due to the plot twists mentioned above but also because there are two love interests, and so many characters who you don’t know if you should care about them.


  • STORY – 2.75 (It was too jumbled and odd for my taste. Also there were WAY too many plot twists!)
  • CHARACTERS – 3/5 (Fine)
  • WRITING – 2.5 (It really bothered me sometimes. It was so bare boned and simplistic. Again the twists were WAY too frequent and became predictable.)
  • UNIQUENESS – 3/5 (It was unique, but that doesn’t mean it was well done.)


Have you read this? What did you think about it? What’s your favorite demonic possession story? I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading!


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The Color Purple – Alice Walker | Book REVIEW

I’ve decided to start reading, at least, one classic a month. While I know that the definition of “classics” are kind of fluid, but I’m really going along with my own definition of it. So, basically, if you don’t agree with me classifying some books as classics…sorry…they’re still going to go on the list.

So, as the first book in my classics series, I picked up The Color Purple. Did it make me want to continue reading classics? Let’s find out!


Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to “Mister,” a brutal man who terrorizes her. Celie eventually learns that her abusive husband has been keeping her sister’s letters from her and the rage she feels, combined with an example of love and independence provided by her close friend Shug, pushes her finally toward an awakening of her creative and loving self

Rating – R (Sexual assault, language, intense violence)

Publication date – 1986

Length – 288 pages

The Good:

  • One of the most eye opening books I’ve ever read. I knew I would learn new things about the plight of African Americans, in this time period, but I didn’t know it would give me this new perspective.
  • I was transported into Celie’s world, due to the format. It was written in letter format, but they were actually prayers. It made everything seem more realistic than if it were traditionally written.
  • The whole book felt so personal. This is not only due to the format, but also the voice of our main character Celie. She was so real, but also a genuinely good person.
  • All of the characters were amazing and real. Most of them were terrible people, but even then, you cared for them. I felt like I knew these characters and that I was having these conversations with them. I am not usually sucked into books like that, so it is showing the greatness of this book.

The Meh & Bad:

I literally can’t think of anything for these at all. This book was awesome.

  • STORY – 5/5 (An ultra realistic tale about an African American woman, in this time.)
  • CHARACTERS – 5/5 (The BEST part of this book! They were all likable and realistic.)
  • WRITING – 5/5 (The format was genius and made it feel like you were going through what Celie went through.)
  • UNIQUENESS – 5/5 (I can honestly say I’ve NEVER read anything like this. It was eye opening, heartbreaking, and entertaining.)



Have you read this? What did you think about it? What other classics should I read? I’d love to know!

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Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell || Book REVIEW

I have heard great things about Rainbow Rowell’s works for YEARS, but never picked any up. So, when I saw Fangirl at my local library, I picked it up ASAP! Did I like it as much as everyone else? Let’s find out!


From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park. A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Rating – PG13 (Some language and intense scenes)

Publication Date – September 10, 2013

Length – 445 pages

The Good:

  • I related to the book more than I expected I ever would. I feel like the media always portrays college to be this explosion of fun and friendship and that honestly just hasn’t been my experience. I believe that Rowell may have made Cath and Wren to show what college is like for two kinds of people (Introverts and Extroverts) so that there was an accurate representation for most college students.
  • Seriously though some of the experiences that Cath went through was so relatable to me, as a college student who also posts written content on the internet. I think this is an important read for those who are have experienced university, or are planning on in the near future.
  • I liked the relationship between sisters and their parents. Although I haven’t ever experienced what Cath went through, in regards to her family life, I felt for her and recognized that it may be ultra relatable and helpful to others.

The Meh:

  • The story wasn’t that interesting to me, in the end. I was intrigued while reading, but when I finished, I was underwhelmed. I knew this was a story less about having a huge ending and more about being relatable, but there was something that happened at the very end that I think was supposed to invoke an emotional reaction, but I didn’t really care. Maybe I just wasn’t invested enough.

The Bad:

  • The dialogue was some times just bad. Like cringe-worthy to say the least. I love cheesy contemporary romances, but this one sometimes went too far. Thinking about this makes me uncomfortable.
  • What’s cringier than the dialogue? Cath’s actions once she is in her relationship. AH! There was a scene where she is in her boyfriends room (y’all know the one) and I had to take a break from the cringe. It really bothered me.


  • STORY – 4.5/5 (Pretty good. I like the accurate representation of college life, but didn’t make an impact on me.)
  • CHARACTERS – 3.5/5 (Character personalities were interesting and realistic, but their actions made me want to cringe into a pretzel.)
  • WRITING – 3/5 (Average, but again CRINGE)
  • UNIQUENESS – 4/5 (Accurate representation of college and internet life made it stand out to me as something different.)



Have you read this book? What did you think about it? I’d love to know! Also, so sorry about not posting for a couple weeks…I just needed a little break to get myself together and couldn’t fit this into my schedule. I am back now though! Look forward to a Music This Month, a couple videos, and my Quarterly wrap up coming soon!

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