Throwback Thursday (Book Review): “A Type Of Hunger” By: Pamela D. Beverly

I found this book while I was scrolling through blogs and reading comments. Pamela has a few books available for people to read other than this one, one is even a children’s book that sounds so adorable! She published these books on her own and I am so excited to support her!

Title: A Type Of Hunger

Author: Pamela D. Beverly

Number of Pages: 132

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis

Nate is a man who values the idea of working hard to get the things in your life. When he loses his job unexpectedly he would rather keep it to himself instead of talk to his girlfriend and get some advice. This caused some issues in his relationship and they ended up breaking up due to the secrets. After months of searching for jobs and picking up temp work and scrounging every penny his health declines and serves as a major wake up call! Will he find a job? Will he come clean about his secrets?

Review

Pamela published this book all on her own which is so great! I love Indy authors! The only issue with this is that I found quite a few spelling and grammar errors that were very distracting when reading the book. However, you will run across these errors even in professional editing situations.

I really enjoyed the beginning of this book because she sets up her characters so well! However, towards the middle of the book it started to feel quite rushed and I missed some key elements to the story. I loved a lot of the ideas behind this story but with the book only being 132 pages I felt there was room to expand the storyline and add in some missed details. But overall this is a book and an author that you should really give a chance.



I always feel like three stared books get a bad rep because it seems mediocre or just not good enough. This book is honestly worth the read! I am just giving it a three star rating right now because of the many grammar and spelling errors along with the fact that it was really short and felt rushed. However, maybe you are looking for a really quick read, this book would be a great option for you.

Please check out my rating scale here to better understand why this book received this rating.

Book Stack For A Cause: Save The Bees

I have seen some book stacks for a cause on Instagram and I have never participated until I saw one for Honey Bees. I think Honey Bees are extremely important to our world and human survival!

A book stack for a cause is basically exactly how it sounds, you post a picture of a book stack with certain colors pertaining to your specific cause to raise awareness. Some people will put money towards these posts saying for every book stack for a cause that uses this certain hashtag I will give a certain amount of money.

Bee Information

While looking into this cause to save the Bees I ran into two websites that I thought were really helpful and amazing!

The first website I came across is called Project Honey Bee. This website is mainly focused on just the honey bee species. They list a lot of alarming facts that make you really think about where this world might end up without the bees. Let me share some of these facts with you. (All these came from the website linked above).

  • Beekeepers all over the world lose up to 90% of their bee colonies per year!
  • Millions of honey bee hives are disappearing every year!
  • Bees pollinate 1/3 farm crops

“If Honey Bees die out, Humans will follow a few years later”

-Albert Einstein

Found on Project Honey Bees website

This website also offers you the opportunity to adopt a bee by buying one, or more if you choose, of their cute bee merchandise. you have four options; A necklace, earrings, bracelet or a cute little bee enamel pin. All proceeds go to UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center to help fund research.

I bought the cute little bee necklace!

After I finalized my purchase I got an Email with a certificate saying I adopted a bee and then I got this email introducing me to the bee I adopted!

Everyone meet my Queen Bee Aviva! She is the bee that has a colored dot on her. Did you know that is how they keep track of their queens? According to my source here beekeepers follow a common mnemonic each year to remember which color they should use for their newly introduced queen. “Will you raise goods bees”, White/gray, yellow, red, green, and blue.

The second website I came across was The Bee Conservatory. This website is the one most people are using to donate in order to save the bees. This website really highlights what our world would be like if we lost bees by also listing some pretty interesting facts. The biggest thing that stood out to me were the lists of things that are killing the bees. (All information is pulled from the above website).

  • Habitat Loss
  • Climate Change
  • Chemical Pesticides
  • Invasive Plant Species
  • Diseases and Parasites

You might be curious what you can do to protect the over 20,000 bee species. Maybe you don’t feel comfortable giving your money to some company in fear they won’t do as they promise. Try some of these ideas instead! (All information came from The Bee Conservatory website)

  • Plant a Bee Garden
  • Go Chemical Free
  • Provide Trees
  • Create a Bee Bath

Book Stack For A Cause: Save The Bees

Instagram has been so inspiring lately posting all of these book stacks for a cause including things like a rainbow stack, mental health stack and now a bee stack! I figured it is time for me to hop on this train and finally do one!

Bees are a very important part to human survival and they are in critical need of our help!

I would like to challenge everyone who reads this to either post about bees to share the issue, donate in one way or another (links above) or try to plant more flowers in your garden to promote bee survival.

Anything helps and I promise a small act makes a big impact!


Let’s Make A Difference!

Whether you are sharing awareness to save the bees or any other cause that is important to you, you are making a difference! I hope you all will take a moment to reflect on things that are important to you and share those thoughts with someone today. Don’t be afraid to make a change.

How can you not help a face as fluffy as that cute little bees?

QOTD: What other Stacks For a Cause should I do?


Other Save The Bees Book Stacks


Sources

Project Honey Bees

The Bee Conservatory

Piedmont Bee Keepers

Book Mail

Last week I received three boxes of book mail! What an exciting week! My favorite day of the week is what ever day I have a package at my door. Whether I know what I ordered or if I have honestly forgotten what I got for my house, it will always be a good day when I see that mailman.

My three boxes came from only two different sources. One came from One Night Stand With a Book and the other two were from Book of the Month Club. I know I am a bit obsessed with Book of the Month, I can never pick just three books so I have two subscriptions to it, yikes!

One Night Stand With a Book

This is not a subscription based book site. They have many options to choose from and each option comes with a drink mix and some snacks! The option I chose from for this order was their primum book box that changes theme each month and comes with a book, snack, drink mix, and many other fun goodies!

Lets explore!

This boxes theme was “Summer”!

Inside we have so many goodies!

  • “Been There, Married That” by Gigi Levangie
  • Flamingo rubber duckie
  • Two bookmarks
  • Tumbler
  • Sunglasses
  • Lei
  • Scrunchie
  • Beach ball
  • drink cozy
  • Snacks
  • drink mix

All of this was only $34.99 and it was all a surprise! What a fantastic company! I promise you will not be disappointed! July’s theme is true crime and it looks as if they still have a few boxes left, go check the web site out ASAP!

Book of the Month Club

For the people who haven’t heard of this subscription service let me walk you through it real quick! Each month for $15.99 you get one credit that is good for your first book any book after that is $9.99, up to two extra books, so a total of 3 books for $36.00! That is honestly a steal if you think about it! Every book is a hardback which normally runs for about $26.00 a piece! Sorry, I am just so excited about this subscription! Each month they will pick five main picks for you to use your first credit on and then with your two extra books you can pick any book from previous months. A lot of these books are new or early release, this is a fantastic opportunity!

Ok, that is plenty of information , let’s move on to the good stuff!

My four picks were…..

“Last Summer at the Golden Hotel” by Elyssa Friedland

“We are the Brennans” by Tracy Lange

“Razorblade Tears” by S.A Cosby

“56 Days” by Catherine Ryan Howard

Three of these books were main picks this month which is insane! Normally I like one or two main picks and then I choose from previous books. This month they had so many good choices and if money would have allowed I would have gotten all six books.

Look at all these cute bookmarks!

Each box will come with a funny, or should I say puny, bookmark. I have a decent sized collection going but these are a few of my favorites.

If you sign up using the button below you can get your first book for only $9.99!

I am so excited to read these books! I would dare say that this is the best haul I have ever gotten since I started this journey. If you haven’t looked into these book boxes please give them a try! I promise they are worth it!

(Book Review) “Where the Crawdads Sing” By: Delia Owens

I finally finished this book last night and I can’t wait to share this long over due review! This book was supposed to be finished by the end of June for my book club. However, the other two girls in my club didn’t finish the book either and still haven’t.

This book has been on my TBR list since I started to deep dive into books about a year ago. I am so excited to have finally finished the book and see how it compared to other bookish reviews.

Synopsis

🚫 Possible Spoilers 🚫

Kya was six years old when she watched her ma, four siblings and pa one by one leave her behind in their Marshland home. 

All alone Kya is forced to find ways to survive off of the land around her. She gets money by selling mussels and smoked fish to Jumpin, the convenience store clerk. Surviving off the land helped her learn a lot about the marsh and its living components. 

Being alone for so long, Kya wishes for companionship and affection. Two boys take interest in her wild Marsh Girl ways, Tate Walker and Chase Andrews. Tate is a smart sweet boy while only wanted Kya to be happy.  Chase is known for “getting around”. 

When Chase goes missing all eyes point towards Kya, the mysterious Marsh Girl. With hardly any evidence can they convict her?

Rating

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/ 5 stars

Review

This book swaps between timelines from when Kya was left at age six to when Chase Andrews goes missing and then progresses through time chronologically through the two phases. 

When I started reading this book it went by really slow. I found it hard to transition from my previous reads to this because of the southern writing style. The storyline at the begging was also just a tad slow, I honestly didn’t fall in love with Kya’s character until probably 150 pages in. Once the murder trial began, I couldn’t put the book down and finished the rest that night. 

Overall this book was a gorgeous read! I really loved how it started when she was six and you got to watch her grow up and become the woman she is. What a great coming-of-age story! 

I do believe this book lived up to its hype! I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who asks.

Have you read this book? If so, what were your thoughts?

Is this book still on your shelf? Why haven’t you read it yet?

July Hopefuls and My Current Reads

Now that the Fourth of July holiday is over I feel like I am ready to post my July hopefuls. Last month for June I had four hopefuls and read none of them and only finished one book. This month I am already half way through three books and have another three on my hopefuls list! Will I actually complete six books this month? To be honest probably not but one can only dream!

My Current Reads

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“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens

I have been reading this book since the beginning of June. I really am enjoying this book however, it started off really slow for me so it took me awhile to actually get into. Now that I am over halfway done with the book it has gotten super interesting and so adorable. I am extremely invested!

“Desperate Measures” by Katee Robert

This book Is STEAMY! This book is a sexy retelling of Aladdin but instead of Jasmine falling for Aladdin she falls for Jafar and Aladdin (AKA Ali) is the actual bad guy. At first this was a strange storyline to get into because in my eyes Jafar was never really that attractive. With that said just forget what Jafar looks like in the cartoon and deep dive into this steamy book! There are some trigger warnings to be aware of; consensual – non consensual sex, violence and captivity.

“A Type of Hunger” by Pamela D. Beverly

I found this book when I was scrolling through some blog posts and I came across a comment from the author hoping to receive more reviews for her book. I immediately went to the kindle app store and bought her book. Honestly, I have been devouring this book! Her main character is a head strong male who loses his job and would rather risk every relationship he has than to tell anyone he is unemployed. You follow Nate through all his tough times and even his happy ones. I found myself really rooting for him! I can not wait to see how this pans out!

July Hopefuls

These are my three July hopefuls. I got “The Maidens” and “One Last Stop” in Junes BOTM box and I have been dying to read them! “Devils Knot” came from ONSWAB, my new favorite place to order books, and it is a true crime novel about The West Memphis Three case.

With these books I will hit a few different genres and I am so stoked about that! Thriller (My favorite genre), romance, true crime, non-fiction and LGBTQ Themes! I normally stick with just thrillers and mysteries with a few other genres scattered around occasionally so this month I am trying to get out of my comfort zone.

What books are you currently reading? What books are in your July hopeful piles? Are we reading any of the same books?

My 6 Month Freak Out!

We are officially halfway through this year and it is freaking me out! I feel like 2021 just started less than a few weeks ago, am I right? With how fast this year has gone I feel like I have seriously lost track of my reading goals which is honestly stressing me out probably more than it should.

In todays post I would like to share my 2021 reading goals, some early awards, life events and some highlights. Lets dive in!

Seeing how this is a book blog I want to get this topic up first so we can dive right into what you are really here for.

As of July 1st me and my boyfriend have officially lived in our home for a whole year! This has been such an amazing adventure for us! We have been together for two and a half years and honestly living together has helped us grow so much closer as a couple and has also helped us become “real” adults. (This was one of our first ever pictures together)

This month is also my birthday! Here’s to surviving 22 years of life on this crazy earth! Last year Covid was in full swing so my 21st birthday wasn’t exactly how I expected it to be so I am hoping to celebrate with some of my closest friends this year! I will drop my amazon wish lists below if you would like to check them out.

Birthday wish list

Bookish wish list

I have some very exciting news that I am hoping to announce very soon as well! This will be something that I have been working so hard to finally get to, so I hope you are excited as well.

2021 Reading Goals

15/35 I am two books behind schedule according to my goodreads app.

Last year was my first time ever actually choosing to read books for fun. With that said I Started reading in late August and by the end of the year I had finished 15 books. So this year I set my reading goal just slightly above what I could have possibly read in a whole year, that number is 35 books!

35 books seems kind of like a small number to me only because I see so many people who can read half that number in a single month! I need to just stay focused on me though! Take things at my own pace and just enjoy reading.

June Wrap Up

This month I have mostly been focused on getting my blog up and running, which I did! However, at the begging of the month I said I wanted to read four books and honestly I only finished one!

Hopefuls

“The Flatshare” by: Beth O’Leary

“Where The Crawdads Sing” by: Delia Owens

“How Lucky” by: WIll Leitch

“My Husbands Wife” by: Jane Corry

What I Read

“A Deadly Influence” by: Mike Omer

This book wasn’t even on my hopefuls list and yet it was the one book that I actually finished this month. I read this on my kindle and I really enjoyed this whole book!

Check my review out here:

Early Bookish Awards

Best Book I’ve Read So Far

“The Lost Apothecary” by: Sarah Penner is the best book I have read in 2021.

I love the story Sarah is telling to her audience and the beautiful picture that she creates. Also just look at how gorgeous the cover is!

Check my review out here:

Worst Book I’ve Read So Far

“Get a Life Chloe Brown” by: Talia Hibbert gets the title of the worst book so far in 2021.

This is probably not the book you were expecting to see here but unfortunately it’s true. I feel this book was way too over hyped and did not live up to those expectations for me.

Check out my review here:

Best Writing

“Not That Rich” by: Belinda Lei Is receiving the award for best writing so far in 2021.

I have chosen this book for this particular award because Belinda is an amazing story teller! She is able to transport you into her world with her beautiful talent for words. I felt like I was watching a movie rather than reading a book.

Check my review out here:

Most Anticipated Reads For The Rest Of 2021

These three books are currently at the top of my TBR. However, I only own “One Last Stop” by: Casey McQuinston. “The Last Graduate” by: Naomi Novik doesn’t come out for a few more months but I really can’t wait to get my hands on it! “The Guncle” by: Steven Rowley sounds like such a fun and cute read!

Overall

This year has really flown by and I am already a few books behind on my reading schedule. This month I am really hoping to read 4 books to get right on top of that reading goal I have. My TBR is growing very rapidly and I need to start reading a lot faster so I have room on my book shelf.

This year there has been so many amazing books being released, If only I could read them all. I actually have two boxes from Book Of The Month Club arriving soon along with a summer book box from One Night Stand With a book! My summer will hopefully be filled with some amazing summer reads thanks to these two Book Box companies. Down below I will post the link to these two services if you’d like to check them out! Also stay tuned for a few big announcements and a Book Mail post!

Happy reading and stay safe this holiday weekend!

Links for book boxes

Book Of The Month Club: https://www.mybotm.com/wihpnuqty7n?show_box=true

One Night Stand With a Book: https://www.onenightstandwithabook.com/shop

Credits

Lost Apothecary: Google

Get a Life Chloe Brown: My Photo

Not That Rich: My Photo

The Guncle: Google

The Last Graduate: Google

One Last Stop: Google

June Hopefuls: My Photo

A Deadly Influence: Google