Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Sharp Objects {book review}

 Trigger Warning
This book has triggers for cutting which can also lead to triggers for other self harm.

 Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

I normally would have never picked up this book.  But it was the pick for a book club I'm in.  I usually stick to fantasy and romance books.  Not psychological thrillers.  I didn't want to pay money for a book I wasn't sure I'd like at all.  So I found an audio version for free on YouTube.  Now, you know how I feel about narrators with audio books.  The narrator was Ann Marie Lee, and she did a fabulous job!  
I'm so glad I gave this book a shot!  It was amazing!  I loved the details in the story and the investigation!  And I totally called the ending!!!  When I get a chance, I'm going to pick up a used copy of the book to have in my personal library.  I also plan on picking up other books by Gillian Flynn. 

I gave this book a 5/5 bookworms.  

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

No Spend 2016

I've decided one of my bookish goals for 2016 is to not spend ANY money on books!  I know what you may be thinking - "How are you going to get new releases?"  "What are you going to read?"  

So here is my game plan for succeeding at my goal - 

  •  Finish any books on my TBR.  Like I mentioned in my TBR post, I will probably not finish my TBR pile by the end of the year due to my other life commitments.  So they will get rolled over into the new year! 
  • Re-read books I own and already have read!  There's always been a new book to read so I've never actually re-read a book before!  I'm not sure how it will go to be honest.  Will I get bored?  Will I fall in love with the books all over again?  Will I read things I may have missed before? 
  • Utilize my library!!!   I'm the worst library supporter ever!  I haven't used my library in YEARS!  It's time to change that!  It's a great resource and this is how I'll get new releases that I just have to read!
Let me know - have you ever re-read a book?  How'd it go?!  How often do you use your local library?! 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Divergent {book review}

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

I know, I know... I'm so behind the times in reading this!  Hell, the movie is out on DVD already!  Better late than never, right?  The concept for this book is great and I loved it!  I loved the story and character development.  There was a major letdown with this book - the ending.  It felt rushed and anti-climatic.  Like the last episode of Season 1 of Heroes.  This definitely tanked my rating.  The ONLY reason I'm continuing is because of the popularity of this book series.  My hope is that all of you can't be wrong and the series gets better!  

I wound up giving it a 3/5 bookworms (I told you the ending tanked it).

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