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?

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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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QOTD: Which Taylor Jenkins Reid book is your favorite?

Book Review: “Truly Devious” By Maureen Johnson

This month I started a small Book Club with some of my closest friends on Bookstagram. Our first book was “Truly Devious”. I finished this book in two days! Our book club is supposed to only read one book throughout the course of the whole month but I couldn’t put this book down or slow down my reading at all to make it last the whole month.

“You have to take things as they are, not how you hear they’re supposed to be.”

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About The Book

Author: Maureen Johnson

Publisher: HarperCollins

Published Date: January 16th, 2018

Page Count: 416 pages

Main Genres: Mystery, Young Adult, Contemporary

Average GoodReads Rating: 4.00

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

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Synopsis

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?

“Anything is better than doing what I’m supposed to be doing.”

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Rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Review

I honestly can’t remember why I wanted to start reading this book or where I even heard about this series. What I do know is that I bought the three books in a box set and immediately fell in love with the covers.

This was such a good YA mystery! I haven’t read a lot of YA and I think I am slowly finding my YA grove. I really loved all of the characters, especially Stevie. Stevie reminds me a lot of myself, I too love true crime but I think she is a lot more brave than I am. I thought the friendships made in this book could have been a bit more defined but I think those will grow in the next few books.

I am happy I get to read this with my Book Club and I am so excited to talk to them about this book in more details. I found this book had a lot of twists and turns that I didn’t see coming and I think this will make for a really interesting discussion. I will be honest there were parts that frustrated me or even just didn’t fully make sense, but like I said, I think it will all come together in the rest of the series.

“There is something about early mornings that changes your perceptions subtly. The light is new; no one has put on the defences of the day. All is reset and not quite real yet.”

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QOTD: Have you read this series? What were your thoughts? If not what is your favorite YA mystery?

Book Review: “Loveless” By Alice Oseman

June has been seriously flying by! We are just over halfway through June and I have now finished two physical books and two audio books! That’s really not terrible but I don’t see myself finishing any more books for this month if I am going to be completely honest with you. As I have stated in a few of my latest posts we are moving and we are down to exactly one week till the moving truck arrives, eekk, so much stress!

“I’ve learnt some Things. Like the way friendship can be just as intense, beautiful and endless as romance. Like the way there’s love everywhere around me – there’s love for my friends, there’s love for my paintings, there’s love for myself.”

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About The Book

Author: Alice Oseman

Publisher: HarperCollins

Published Date: July 9th, 2020

Page Count: 433 Pages

Main Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, LGBTQ

GoodReads Rating: 4.31

“She’s happy with who she is. Maybe it’s not the heteronormative dream that she grew up wishing for, but… knowing who you are and loving yourself is so much better than that, I think.”

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Synopsis

Georgia is about to head off to University never having the chance to have a relationship let alone her first kiss. She felt like she was falling behind in the romance category but she believed that was all about to change when University started. This was her time to find the love of her life.

Arriving at University she finds out that she has a roommate who seems to have relationships all figured out. This gave Georgia hope, thinking she could learn a thing or two about relationships and sex. However, this just caused her more confusion than anything. Why is romance so easy for everyone but her?

Throughout the course of University Georgia has a chance to find her true self but this will turn out not to be an easy task. Will Georgia be able to find love?

“You know why people pair up into couples? Because being a human is fucking terrifying. But it’s a hell of a lot easier if you’re not doing it by yourself.”

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Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“People are really out there just … thinking about having sex all the time and they can’t even help it?’ I spluttered. ‘People have dreams about it because they want it that much? How the – I’m losing it. I thought all the movies were exaggerating, but you’re all really out there just craving genitals and embarrassment. This has to be some kind of huge joke.”

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Review

When I first ordered this book I had just finished reading the “Heartstopper” Books and honestly I assumed this would be a graphic novel as well. To my surprise I opened the book up and it was a full novel! It is really hard to compare Alice’s writing in the novel and in the graphic novel. They both have such a different impact. In the graphic novels you can see the emotion but in this book you really felt the emotion, which I really enjoyed! I am very happy this was a 400 paged book, I felt like the topic of Aero Ace really needed a full story and explanation because it isn’t something many people know about or can really understand.

I have a lot to say about this book but I do feel like I am still trying to fully process everything that I read. Asexuality is a very broad spectrum with many sub sexualities and I am very thankful of the way this book was written. Alice really explained Aero Ace in a way that you can understand their feelings and emotions even if you aren’t feeling the same way. I just can’t tell you enough how well this book was written. I think that anyone who thinks they might fit into the Aero Ace sexuality or even those who want to learn a bit more about it, this is a great book to start with.

I will always be recommending this book and I know I will be rereading this one. I am also dying to order the rest of Alice Oseman’s books, She has quickly became an auto buy author for me.

“The aromantic and asexual spectrums weren’t just straight lines. They were radar charts with at least a dozen different axes.”

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QOTD: Have you read any of Alice Oseman’s Books?

Book Review: “Read Between the Lines” By Rachel Lacey

For the month of June I am reading all LGBTQ+ books. I read LGBTQ+ all throughout the year but I thought for Pride I would really focus on these topics and books I have been dying to read or have been on my shelf for awhile. This book was one my boyfriend gave me for Christmas and I thought the synopsis sounded so cute and so I finally dove in!

“I’d date Ms. Maybe to find out if she could be Ms. Right, but not if I already know she’s wrong for me.”

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About The Book

Author: Rachel Lacey

Publisher: Montlake

Published Date: December 1st, 2021

Page Count: 331 Pages

Main Genres: Romance, LGBTQ+, Contemporary

GoodReads Rating: 3.79

“So, more often than not, she curled up with a book and read about fictional characters falling in love instead of putting herself out there.”

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Synopsis

Rosie’s whole life has been centered around books. She grew up in her moms bookstore surrounded by all the stories she loves. When her mom passes away Rosie takes over the shop which has so many wonderful memories of her childhood and special moments with her mom. All that Rosie is missing is her own romance story, But she thinks she has found that too when she strikes up a conversation with her favorite author Brie on Twitter.

Everything feels like the stars have aligned until the day Rosie gets a letter telling her that the Bookstores lease will not be renewed and that she has till December to find a new home for her beloved store. Rosie pushes love to the back burner in hopes to save her store but why can’t she have it all?

“And right now, you’re having too much fun flirting with her on Twitter,” Lia teased. “It’s chatting, not flirting,”

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Rating

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Review

Possible Spoilers Ahead

I honestly had very high hopes for this book because any book about a book store just sounds so cute! Like this book could have been a booklovers dream but it failed to keep me entertained.

Rosie and Jane (AKA Brie) were not compatible at all! Mostly because Janes family business are the ones who are tearing down the bookstore. This causes so much animosity between the two characters that I just didn’t want to root for them to be together. I get the bookstore is special to Rosie but seriously grow up and realize that Jane had no choice in the matter. Also there was one scene where Rosie invites Jane to coffee they have a great five sentence conversation and Rosie who literally invited Jane out stood up and said “Sorry I can’t do this” and left… Like WTF?

Also, don’t even get me started on the pacing of this book. There were things that needed a lot more detail and things that could have used less detail. There were scenes, especially the sex scenes, that were like two sentences and they were already at completion, no that’s not how this works. Then right after the sex scenes there wasn’t much connection between them like we were already moving onto the next day.

Their relationship just felt forced and they really had no time together that was written well enough to make you care about their relationship. All you know about their relationship is that Rosie was always in love with Brie’s writing but hates Jane because of her job. You can’t hate and love someone, one side will always win. And again, all their conversations come back to Janes family business destroying the building, like we get it, can we get some other dialog?

I would have loved this book if Rosie was in love with Brie and they started an online relationship but secretly Brie is Jane, a book lover who comes into the bookstore once or twice a week and they each have secret crushes in real life and in the online world. That would have been amazing! But the whole plot line of destroying the bookstore just built too much animosity that made their relationship unbelievable.

Overall, Rosie’s character was annoying and Janes character had no back bone and both characters combined fell flat. I would love more about Lia and her back story, she was by far the best character who actually did most of the work at the bookstore and to try and save the store. Like Rosie this is your family business and you hardly can even show up to work because you are too busy Hating and loving Jane at the same time to even try and save your store. I just don’t think this is a book you need to read and you should probably skip over this one as a whole.


QOTD: What books plot drives you crazy?