September Hopefuls

August is going to be a hard month to follow. 5/6 of my books last month were top tier books! I hope to have a bit more time to read this month than usual because I am starting training at work and we have quite a bit of down time, so my fingers are crossed for another great month!


Currently Reading

I am Reading this with my Besties!

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Hopefuls


I am really starting to feel the spooky season coming up so I hope my reads will get me in the spirits!

August Wrap Up

August was an amazing reading month for me! I read six really good books that will be fighting for a spot in my top ten reads of the year! I listened to three books and also read three physical books. I was also able to finish my reading goal for this year because of this great month.


Physical Books

“Things We Never Got Over” By Lucy Score

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Naomi is a runaway bride on her way to the smallest of small towns to save her twin sister from some kind of trouble yet again. But instead of finding a warm welcoming town she is faced with a grumpy Viking of a man who thinks she is her no good twin sister Tina, here to stir up more trouble. After putting the man in his place she quickly finds out that Tina set her up to steal her car and a bag full of cash and left her with an 11 year old niece she didn’t know she had.

Naomi is now the sole guardian of her niece in a small town with no money where the only person she knows is a Grumpy man who already got on her nerves. She is quick to lay out a plan on how she will make a life for her and her niece but is she truly ready to be a parent?

“The Roughest Draft” By Emily Wibberley

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Katrina and Nathan wrote a best selling book together four years ago and haven’t spoken since due to some writing fallouts that led to Nathans divorce and Katrina’s writers block. Still having a contract to write one more book together they are forced to reconnect and knock out another bestseller in two months. Will they be able to put their rocky past behind them or will they let their contract fall to pieces?

“Under The Whispering Door” By TJ Klune

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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.


Audio Books

“A Man Called Ove” By Fredrick Backman

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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.

“I’m Glad My Mom Died” By Jannette McCurdy

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Jannette was only 6 years old when her mother decided she should start her acting career, stating she only wants Jannette to have all the opportunities she never had growing up. Jannette and her mother were best friends or so Jannette thought until she started realizing in her adulthood that her mothers intentions might have not been the most pure. Follow along Jannette’s heart breaking story of becoming a young childhood actress with many eating disorders brought upon her by her own mother and how she worked to overcome the impossible.

“Everyone In This Room Will Someday Be Dead” By Emily Austin

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I don’t typically write revies for audio books unless it was absolutely amazing. This one was good but not something I was crazy over. I have honestly forgotten a lot of this book already.


Favorite Quotes

“I don’t like knowing people in the context of things. “Oh, that’s the person I work out with. That’s the person I’m in a book club with. That’s the person I did that show with.” Because once the context ends, so does the friendship”

Direct Quote From “I’m Glad My Mom Died”

“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

“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

“Fiction comes from truth. It is a wonderful, imaginative, flourishing thing grown from a seed of real feelings, real desires, real fears. No artist ever creates from nothing. We work from what we’ve experienced, inspired by the unique piece of the world we see. It’s why art cannot be replicated.”

Emily Wibberley, The Roughest Draft

“I’d lost myself while trying to convince someone else that I was what he wanted. I’d forgotten who I was because I’d let someone else take over the definition.”

Lucy Score, Things We Never Got Over

QOTD: What was your favorite read this month?

Book Review: “The Roughest Draft” By Emily Wibberley

I recently became a VIP for The Once Upon A Book Club Subscription Box and this was my first book from their subscription box. I immediately dove into this book because I was excited to read it and find out what the gifts were that came along with the book and I was not disappointed!

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“…sometimes relationships don’t die. They just don’t grow. Kept from sunlight, from nourishment, they never flourish.”

Emily Wibberley, The Roughest Draft

About The Book

Author: Emily Wibberley

Publisher: Berkley Books

Published Date: January 25, 2022

Page Count: 317 Pages

Main Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Fiction

GoodReads Rating: 3.68

“Forever is about reaching into the future, into years far away and unknowable. Always is about every second of every day. It’s as far reaching as forever, it just starts sooner.”

Emily Wibberley, The Roughest Draft

Synopsis

Katrina and Nathan wrote a best selling book together four years ago and haven’t spoken since due to some writing fallouts that led to Nathans divorce and Katrina’s writers block. Still having a contract to write one more book together they are forced to reconnect and knock out another bestseller in two months. Will they be able to put their rocky past behind them or will they let their contract fall to pieces?

“Fiction comes from truth. It is a wonderful, imaginative, flourishing thing grown from a seed of real feelings, real desires, real fears. No artist ever creates from nothing. We work from what we’ve experienced, inspired by the unique piece of the world we see. It’s why art cannot be replicated.”

Emily Wibberley, The Roughest Draft

Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Review

As said above I got this book from Once Upon A Book Club and so after this review I will be showing you what came in the box. These are gifts for you to open as you read the book. Please only scroll all the way to the bottom if you are ok with spoilers!

This book was a slow burn but it was really worth it! You feel the connection between the two characters immediately and you are just rooting for them to get together from the start.

I really enjoyed the characters in this book. They both had silly little quirks they had to overcome throughout the book that really added some much needed contrast to the writing and characters. Chris’s character was easy to hate which I thought was perfect for this books over all story because we needed something to despise while reading.

The thing that I hated and loved the most was the ending. It was super fast which flowed really well but I was left wanting more of their relationship. Overall this was a really fun read that I think you will really enjoy.


“There’s no truth to these pages, but the trick of fiction is to make you think there is. I let myself fall for it as often as I can.”

Emily Wibberley, The Roughest Draft
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Book Review: “Things We Never Got Over” By Lucy Score

Now that I have finished this book I have officially reached my 2022 reading goal of 40 books! In all of 2021 I read 35 books so I am already killing it this year and I still have four months to go! I would also like to point out that I read this 500 paged book in less than a week along with listening and finishing an audio book so I have been really on top of my game.

“There’s a difference between taking care of someone because you love them and taking care of someone because you want them to love you,”

Lucy Score, Things We Never Got Over

About The Book

Author: Lucy Score

Publisher: That’s What She Said Publishing

Published Date: January 13, 2022

Page Count: 568 Pages

Main Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Adult

GoodReads Rating: 4.31

“Sooner or later, you have to accept that you’re not responsible for other people’s choices. Worse, sometimes you can’t fix what’s wrong with them.”

Lucy Score, Things We Never Got Over

Synopsis

Naomi is a runaway bride on her way to the smallest of small towns to save her twin sister from some kind of trouble yet again. But instead of finding a warm welcoming town she is faced with a grumpy Viking of a man who thinks she is her no good twin sister Tina, here to stir up more trouble. After putting the man in his place she quickly finds out that Tina set her up to steal her car and a bag full of cash and left her with an 11 year old niece she didn’t know she had.

Naomi is now the sole guardian of her niece in a small town with no money where the only person she knows is a Grumpy man who already got on her nerves. She is quick to lay out a plan on how she will make a life for her and her niece but is she truly ready to be a parent?

“I’d lost myself while trying to convince someone else that I was what he wanted. I’d forgotten who I was because I’d let someone else take over the definition.”

Lucy Score, Things We Never Got Over

Rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Review

This book has been all over my Bookstagram and Booktok so I have been super excited to read this for quite sometime. I received this as a gift for my birthday last month and I am so grateful!

This book hooked me from the first chapter! I read this while at the beach and sped through the first half of the book in one sitting! I read the rest today on my day off under a nice shady tree and loved every moment of it. I truly believe the hype for this book is well deserved and I don’t see a reason why you shouldn’t pick it up yourself.

One thing that I struggle with in steamy books are the sex scenes. 90% of the time they talk way too much and it just feels awkward and strange. Maybe I don’t have enough experience reading steamy books and maybe I like less steam. To be honest me and my boyfriend just laugh at the words being used to describe things. Like being milked gets talked about several times in this book and that is not a sentence I would ever say.

My favorite part of this book was Naomi’s relationship with Waylay, her niece. They just fit like glue and became the best part of the book. I love Waylays smart mouth and the love Naomi automatically has for her. Just over all the whole community of this book was much needed and I love the found family trope that is so strongly presented in this whole book.


QOTD: How is your reading goal going this year? Do you even have a goal or do you just read for fun?

“When you trust someone to see you for who you really are, the betrayal is a thousand times worse than if you hadn’t handed them the weapons in the first place,”

Lucy Score, Things We Never Got Over

Book Review: “I’m Glad My Mom Died” By Jannette McCurdy

As I write this review I am watching ICarly. I grew up loving ICarly and it was something me and my brother really enjoyed doing together. When I heard Jannette wrote a book about her life I was so excited to read it, but sadly I failed to pre order it and of course it was sold out immediately the day it released. Luckily I am a Scribd subscriber and they had the audio book as part of my subscription. Let me tell you, I devoured this book!

“I take a longer look at the words on her headstone.
Brave, kind, loyal, sweet, loving, graceful, strong, thoughtful, funny, genuine, hopeful, playful, insightful, and on and on…
Was she, though? Was she any of those things? The words make me angry. I can’t look at them any longer.
Why do we romanticize the dead? Why can’t we be honest about them?”

Jennette McCurdy, I’m Glad My Mom Died

About The Book

Author: Jannette McCurdy

Publisher: Simon and Shuster

Published Date: August 9, 2022

Page Count: 320 Pages

Main Genres: Non Fiction, Memoir, Mental Health

GoodReads Rating: 4.72

“I’m becoming an angry person with no tolerance for anyone. I’m aware of this shift and yet have no desire to change it. If anything, I want it. It’s armor. It’s easier to be angry than to feel to pain underneath it.”

Jennette McCurdy, I’m Glad My Mom Died

Synopsis

Jannette was only 6 years old when her mother decided she should start her acting career, stating she only wants Jannette to have all the opportunities she never had growing up. Jannette and her mother were best friends or so Jannette thought until she started realizing in her adulthood that her mothers intentions might have not been the most pure. Follow along Jannette’s heart breaking story of becoming a young childhood actress with many eating disorders brought upon her by her own mother and how she worked to overcome the impossible.

“I don’t like knowing people in the context of things. “Oh, that’s the person I work out with. That’s the person I’m in a book club with. That’s the person I did that show with.” Because once the context ends, so does the friendship”

Jennette McCurdy, I’m Glad My Mom Died

Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Review

To say this book was heartbreaking would be an understatement. I feel like Jannette had her childhood taken away from her without her even knowing which is so sad!

When watching ICarly you would never be able to tell that she was going through so many difficult struggles in her life which only comes to show that she was a very talented actress but she never really got to make that choice for herself. When she told her mom she didn’t want to act her mother would gas light her into thinking it is exactly what she wants and needs in life.

Jannette’s story is so heartbreaking and I couldn’t even begin to imagine what I would have done in her shoes. She is unbelievably strong for coming out and telling her story and I am grateful she was part of my childhood.

I hope everyone will take the time to read her story because it needs to be heard!


QOTD: What is your favorite Memoir

“I’m done being a good sport. I resent being a good sport. If I wasn’t such a good sport to begin with, I wouldn’t be in this predicament in the first place. I wouldn’t be on this shitty show saying these shitty lines on this shitty set with this shitty hairstyle. Maybe my life would be entirely different right now. I fantasize about it being different.”

Jennette McCurdy, I’m Glad My Mom Died

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?