Book Reviews · Recommendations

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Everything, Everything
By: Nicola Yoon

Published: September 2015
Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Format Read: Hardcover, Library Book
Genre: YA Lit

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis


My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

-Goodreads

My Thoughts

I’ve never read a book that I enjoyed so much, but has so many issues with, like I did with Everything, Everything.

This book has been surrounded by so much hype, that I went into it with very high expectations. To some extent it did live up to those expectations, as is evident by my 4 star rating. The light contemporary tone moved the plot along quickly. I really enjoyed the mixed media format, which was illustrated by the author’s husband David Yoon. These two aspects made for a fun reading experience.However this really took away from the serious situations Madeline and Olly were facing in their lives. As a person who has spent her life in isolation, I thought that Madeline would have been more psychologically affected than she was portrayed.

As I read along I kept thinking about the different possible paths the story could have taken. I think that I may have enjoyed Everything, Everything even more if it were told in more of a serious tone. It also could have made for an interesting suspense novel.

Despite the issues I had, I would still recommend Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything to fans of cute contemporary YA lit.

Book Reviews · Recommendations

The Sea Before Us (Sunrise at Normandy #1) by Sarah Sundin

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The Sea Before Us
(Sunrise at Normandy, #1)
By: Sarah Sundin

Published: February 2018
Published By: Revell
Format Read: eBook, Kobo App
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis


In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a “Wren” in the Women’s Royal Naval Service, who pieces together reconnaissance photographs with holiday snapshots of France–including those of her own family’s summer home–in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt turns into naval bombardment plans for D-day.

As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn into something more. But both of them have too much to lose to give in to love . . .

Goodreads

My Thoughts

You know when you see a book and automatically know that you will love it? Sarah Sundin’s The Sea Before Us, was exactly that type of book for me.

This story tells of the planning of the Normandy invasion from the perspective of a British Wren and an American Naval Officer. I found the preparation of the mission to be equally as fascinating as the invasion itself.

Both of the main characters; Dorothy and Wyatt felt true to their nationalities and they both showed good growth throughout.

I would highly recommend The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin and I look forward to reading the second book in the series.

Memes · Recommendations

Top 10 Tuesday: Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads


Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
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The Woman Who Wouldn’t by Gene Wilder

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Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood by Ice-T

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Summer at Sea (Summer, #1) by Beth Labonte

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Secrets of the Old Ladies Club by Nan Tubre

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The Girls they Left Behind by Bernice Thurman Hunter

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Becoming Phoebe by J. Michael Neal

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The Munich Girl by Phyllis Edgerly Ring

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Breaking the Story by Ashley Farley

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An Amish Kitchen by Beth Wiseman, Kelly Long and Amy Clipston

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Ebb and Flow by Heather Smith

Book Reviews · Personal Post

Reflecting on re-reading Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging

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Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
(Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #1)
By: Louise Rennison

Published: May 2000
Published by: HarperTeen
Format Read: Trade Paperback
Genre: Young Adult

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis


There are six things very wrong with my life:

1. I have one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head but lurk in a red way for the next two years.

2. It is on my nose

3. I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed somewhere in my room.

4. In fourteen days the summer hols will be over and then it will be back to Stalag 14 and Oberfuhrer Frau Simpson and her bunch of sadistic teachers.

5. I am very ugly and need to go into an ugly home.

6. I went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive.


In this wildly funny journal of a year in the life of Georgia Nicolson, British author Louise Rennison has perfectly captured the soaring joys and bottomless angst of being a teenager. In the spirit of Bridget Jones’s Diary, this fresh, irreverent, and simply hilarious book will leave you laughing out loud. As Georgia would say, it’s “Fabbity fab fab!”

My Thoughts

With such a large and ever expanding TBR, it isn’t very often that I take the time to re-read an older book from my collection. However for one of my last books in 2018 I decided to pick up the first book in Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicholson series.

I first read Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging back in high school, about 15 years ago. I had never read a book quite like this before and found it very entertaining. It was hilarious and I thought the addition of the glossary in the back was brilliant. The following 3 books books in the series were equally entertaining.

Unfortunately my current reading experience was quite different than the first time, all those years ago. I found myself feeling slightly less amused by the story. Perhaps the correct word I should use is cynical. Parts that I once thought to be quirky, now seemed annoying.

I began to think that perhaps I was too old to enjoy Georgia and her musing, after all this time. Then I started to think of this story moreso as a parody of an overly dramatic pre-teen. And once I began to see my reading experience from a different perspective, I began to enjoy it a bit more.

I don’t have any immediate plans to re-read and continue on with this series. Although I will at some time in the future.

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The Tea House on Mulberry Street by Sharon Owens

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The Tea House on Mulberry Street
By: Sharon Owens
Narrated by: Caroline Winterson

Published: February 2005
Published by: Listen & Live Audio
Format Read: Audio book, Library book, Libby App
Genre: Women’s Fiction

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis

Muldoon’s Tea Rooms, beloved for the cozy atmosphere and luscious desserts, has started looking a bit outdated — and the same could be said about the proprietors, Penny and Daniel Stanley. After seventeen years, their marriage has started to fade and wear a little thin, even as their old shop bustles with the energy of the customers who seek refuge from their particular dilemmas: Housewife Sadie Smith comes to escape her diet and her husband’s stick-thin mistress. Struggling artist Brenda Brown sits and pens love letters to the actor Nicolas Cage. And Clare Fitzgerald returns after twenty years abroad to search for a long-lost someone. Behind the cherry cheesecakes, vanilla ice creams, and chocolate cappuccinos are the stirrings of a revolution that will define lives, heal troubled hearts, and rock the very foundation of the humble teahouse. And through it all, Penny and Daniel manage to discover what truly matters in life and love.

-Goodreads

My Thoughts

Set in 1999, Belfast; The Tea House on Mullberry Street follows the owners and customers of a small cafe. I was instantly reminded of a Maeve Binchy novel, what with a group of unrelated people with one common connection. This connection was the theme of the story and followed how each character dealt with their individual situations. 


It took some time for me to get into the story, but once the plot began to move along, I enjoyed it well enough. 


Caroline Winterson was a great narrator who did justice to the different dialects.


I would recommend it to those who enjoy women’s fiction, like Maeve Binchy.