Book Review: “Under The Whispering Door” By TJ Klune

TJ Klune has written two of my favorite books, now including this one. I read “The House in the Cerulean Sea” By him last year and it was easily top five of 2021. I was so excited to finally read this one because it has been catching my eye for months! This book made me feel all the emotions and I can’t wait to convince you to read this next!

“The first time you share tea, you are a stranger. The second time you share tea, you are an honored guest. The third time you share tea, you become family.”

T.J. Klune, Under the Whispering Door

About The Book

Author: TJ Klune

Publisher: Tor Books

Published Date: September 21, 2021

Page Count: 373 Pages

Main Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance

GoodReads Rating: 4.20

“We live and we breathe. We die, and we still feel like breathing. It’s not always the big deaths either. There are little deaths, because that’s what grief is.

T.J. Klune, Under the Whispering Door

Synopsis

Wallace Pierce is a no nonsense lawyer. He doesn’t take no for an answer and that is exactly why he has such a successful firm. But because of his rough personality he doesn’t have many friends or really none at all, and an Ex Wife who wants nothing to do with him.

Work is his entire life, until one day he wakes up in a church starring at his own coffin, with only a handful of people in attendance. No one seems to hear his complaints except one young girl he doesn’t recognize.

Mei is a reaper sent to take Wallace to Hugo, the Ferry Man for the in between place of life and death, who’s only job is to help people who have died come to terms with their untimely fate and help them cross to the other side.

Follow Wallace’s untimely journey through death and grief while he learns to accept his new life.

“Life is senseless, and on the off chance we find something that does make sense, we hold onto it as tightly as we can.”

T.J. Klune, Under the Whispering Door

Rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

“Everyone loses their way at some point, and it’s not just because of their mistakes or the decisions they make. It’s because they’re horribly, wonderfully human. And the one thing I’ve learned about being human is that we can’t do this alone. When we’re lost, we need help to try to find our way again.”

 T.J. Klune, Under the Whispering Door

Review

This book was so beautiful! I felt all the emotions while reading this book, I laughed, I cried and even got angry at times!

I will be honest with you, I hated Wallace as a main character for the first few chapters but it is essential to the story for you to hate him. He becomes such a well rounded character in the end that you just fall madly in love with.

Speaking of which, the over all character development in this book is spot on. Every character in this book has a different personality that really changes over the course of the book which makes it really enjoyable to read.

So, if I loved this book so much why is it only 4.5 stars? Well, that is because in the middle of this book the story got a bit slow and a tad bit repetitive. It was nothing major but it did take me sometime to get through. Once you reach the last 100 pages though, I promise you will fly through this book!


“It’s never enough, is it? Time. We always think we have so much of it, but when it really counts, we don’t have enough at all.”

 T.J. Klune, Under the Whispering Door

QOTD: What TJ Klune Books have you read?

Book Review: “A Man Called Ove” By Fredrik Backman

After reading “Anxious People” By Fredrik Backman almost two years ago and hating it, I vowed to never read another book by this author. Well ever since I read that awful book I have been seeing people rave about “A Man Called Ove”. I kept pushing off reading this one due to the author but I finally caved and started to listen to it at the beginning of this month, man oh man did Ove tear my heart apart!

“People said Ove saw the world in black and white. But she was color. All the color he had.”

Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

About The Book

Author: Fredrik Backman

Publisher: Atria Books

Published Date: July 15th, 2014

Page Count: 337 Pages

Main Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Humor

GoodReads Rating: 4.37

“He went through life with his hands firmly shoved into his pockets. She danced.”

Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

Synopsis

Ove is a grumpy widow who only wants to join his wife in death. However, his neighbors have different plans for him. To Ove it seems that no one in his neighborhood can actually fend for themselves, he gets interrupted time and time again to fix things for others or help someone in an emergency because if he doesn’t who will? Even though he might be a grumpy old man you will find he has a heart of gold that will make you melt and a past that will leave you sobbing.

“And time is a curious thing. Most of us only live for the time that lies right ahead of us. A few days, weeks, years. One of the most painful moments in a person’s life probably comes with the insight that an age has been reached when there is more to look back on than ahead. And when time no longer lies ahead of one, other things have to be lived for. Memories, perhaps.”

Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Ove had never been asked how he lived before he met her. But if anyone had asked him, he would have answered that he didn’t.”

Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

Review

I was in literal tears through most of this book. I promise, you will need a box of tissues to read this book.

I don’t know how he did it but Fredrik Backman had me hooked from the first chapter and I never once looked back. This is a super heavy book that has changed my life and will probably forever hold a place in my heart.

I loved all the characters despite the fact I typically hate grumpy characters in books. Ove is easy to hate at the start but once you start hearing about his background you fully understand why he is the way he is and you will end up loving him.

I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone but I would also like you to understand before reading this that there are some major trigger warnings to be aware of. First and most importantly, suicide. The mention of suicide is in basically every chapter. They also go into details about several different ways one can kill themselves, so if you are not mentally and emotionally in a good place please don’t pick this up till you are ready. Second is death of a loved one, besides suicide death is mentioned over and over in this book and if you have lost a spouse, child or close loved one recently please take care of yourself. Lastly, somethings that were briefly mentioned; Cancer, car crash and vulgar language.

If you are on the edge of reading this please do! However please take care of yourself while reading this book.

“We always think there’s enough time to do things with other people. Time to say things to them. And then something happens and then we stand there holding on to words like ‘if’.”

Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

QOTD: What is the saddest book you have ever read?

August Hopefuls

If you have seen my July Wrap Up you will know that I only finished two books in July. I really hope to pull myself out of my reading slump and actually finish some good books this month. I am a part of a small book club with friends so I know I will at least be reading one book this month and I hope to finish two or three more after that.


Currently Reading

I am reading this book with my Book Club and I think I am going to really enjoy it!

This is my current read that I just started for this month and it is already so good!

Hopefuls

Here’s to hoping August is a successful reading month!

July Wrap Up

July was a really slow reading month for me. I only read two books last month and I fully blame that on the worst reading slump I have yet to run into. I told Noah I felt a slump coming on only two weeks into July and he just laughed and said “I think you are always in a slump.” I guess he is not wrong haha.

Lets discuss these books in more detail.


“Truly Devious” By Maureen Johnson

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Stevie is a teenager obsessed with the Ellingham murders that took place in the 1930’s. She somehow got the chance to attend Ellingham Academy for her Junior year of high school and now she hopes she can crack the unsolved murder case. What she wasn’t expecting was for one of her own classmates to be murdered right under her nose. Will Stevie be able to solve the mysterious murders or will she herself be taken as a victim?

I started this book on July first and finished on July second, that is how good this book was! I am excited to continue the series.

I picked this for my first book club pick for my close friends and we all had pretty mixed reviews, from a DNF all the way to five stars with everything in between. It made for a really interesting conversation and I personally can’t wait to read more books with my group.

“Daisy Jones and The Six” By Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rating: 3 out of 5.

At a young age Daisy started to find a love for the reckless life of a rock and roll star. Hanging around bands and being exposed to sex, drugs, and booze; she thought this was the life she was meant to live. Her time spent amongst these bands lead her to finding her voice in both singing and writing, she knew she was meant for big things but what she didn’t know is that she couldn’t get there alone.

Pretty soon after, a producer for a big band, The Six, Heard her singing in a bar and he knew that she was the voice that could make The Six reach the top of the charts. The hard part was convincing the bad to let her join. Will Daisy catch her big break or watch her life come crashing down from her addictions?

I read this as a buddy read with one of my new friends and honestly neither of us really enjoyed it. We both felt the interview style was an interesting way to tell a story but that it made it so we lacked a connection with the characters that builds in a regular writing style. I do believe that if I listened to this on audio that I would have enjoyed it more. I also think this book put me into my reading slump.


Favorite Quotes

“All I will say is that you show up for your friends on their hardest days. And you hold their hand through the roughest parts. Life is about who is holding your hand and, I think, whose hand you commit to holding.”

Direct Quote From “Daisy Jones and The Six”

“Where her books were, she was. Get the books right and the rest will follow. Now she could address the rest of the room.”

Direct Quote from “Truly Devious”

Book Review: “Daisy Jones and The Six” By Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid has wrote eight books, well technically nine, with “Carrie Soto is Back” Coming out in August 2022. I have now read Three of her most popular books and one of her short stories, the titles of which are; “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo”, “Malibu Rising”, “Evidence of the Affair ” and now “Daisy Jones and the Six”. I see myself reading her back log but I can’t say that she will be an auto buy author for me Just because after reading Daisy Jones and Malibu Rising, I just am not too impressed, despite how much I loved Evelyn Hugo.

“I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse.

I am not a muse.

I am the somebody.

End of fucking story.”

Direct Quote From The Book

About The Book

Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Published Date: March 5th, 2019

Page Count: 355 Pages

Main Genres: Fiction. Historical Fiction, Contemporary

Average GoodReads Rating: 4.24

“Men often think they deserve a sticker for treating women like people.”

Direct Quote From The Book

Synopsis

At a young age Daisy started to find a love for the reckless life of a rock and roll star. Hanging around bands and being exposed to sex, drugs, and booze; she thought this was the life she was meant to live. Her time spent amongst these bands lead her to finding her voice in both singing and writing, she knew she was meant for big things but what she didn’t know is that she couldn’t get there alone.

Pretty soon after, a producer for a big band, The Six, Heard her singing in a bar and he knew that she was the voice that could make The Six reach the top of the charts. The hard part was convincing the bad to let her join. Will Daisy catch her big break or watch her life come crashing down from her addictions?

“It’s like some of us are chasing after our nightmares the way other people chase dreams.”

Direct Quote From The Book

Rating

Rating: 3 out of 5.

“All I will say is that you show up for your friends on their hardest days. And you hold their hand through the roughest parts. Life is about who is holding your hand and, I think, whose hand you commit to holding.”

Direct Quote From The Book

Review

When I picked this book up I knew it wouldn’t surpass my thoughts from Evelyn Hugo, One of my top reads in 2020. What I did know is that I would like it more than Malibu Rising, However I liked it about the same if I am being honest.

It seems to be very Hyped for the most part though on Bookstagram and TikTok so I knew I needed to give it a try. I do personally believe this book has been over hyped because I really didn’t fall in love with this book like many others. Now, I do believe this book would have been better on audio just because of the interview writing style, but I didn’t want to pay for it, I know regret that decision.

The writing style grew on me once I got to the end, but it was really hard to enjoy at the beginning because no other book I have read has been written in this format. Like I said I think you need to just bite the bullet and listen to it on audio.

Over all I found Daisy and Billy very annoying and exhausting. I think this was very much so intended by the author, but it really wore me out while reading it. I did like the fact that they were so similar as characters though because it tied the story together real well in the end. I started to actually care about them as people in the end which I think saved this books rating from a two star if I am completely honest.

I will say that this book had a lot of powerful quotes that I marked and will look back on. Taylor Jenkins Reid has always had a thing for great writing and pulling at your emotions and this book talks about some really tough topics but she writes them tastefully, With this said, please read up on trigger warnings for this book!

Really, This book was exhausting but interesting enough to keep you reading till the end. I don’t feel much towards this book, nothing to love, nothing to hate, just a different kind of story that you can find a musical connection too.


“Confidence is being okay being bad, not being okay being good.”

Direct Quote From The Book

QOTD: Which Taylor Jenkins Reid book is your favorite?

WWW Wednesday

This is a weekly prompt hosted by Taking On A World Of Words. Basically you just answer three simple questions. So lets go!


The Three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading?

Physical Book

Physical Book


What did you recently finish reading?

“Truly Devious” By Maureen Johnson

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am not sure what I will be reading next. I just made a TBR jar and I think it will choose my next read. I now have about 90 books in this jar that I need to read!


QOTD: What are you currently reading?