March Favorites 2015

Yup. It’s the middle of April and I’m just NOW getting to my March favorites. I feel like it’s the typing of shame right now. Well, instead of dwelling on my horrible timing, let’s get right down to it.

Fashion
I’ve always been really into hats, and this year I’ve decided to branch out and be more into a Kentucky Derby-esque theme. Big hats. One in particular I got at a place you wouldn’t typically think to look. The Icing. While shopping with my family, little niece included, we stopped in the Icing and I picked up two things – one being this amazing hat, which I wore for Easter Sunday.
It's a-me!
Yes, this is actually me!

I’d been meaning to get a new wallet for awhile, seeing as how my current wallet has decided to start ripping. And it might be because I like to shove as much as possible into it… maaaybe. SO! While on the high of finding this hat, I also grabbed this sweet wallet! I love all the space inside. There’s an insane amount of slots for your cards, window slots for your IDs and extra space for cash and change. I love it! Hmph. No image on the Icing site. But, what I love about this wallet, besides the size, is that it’s not one of those hard wallets. There’s some give, which allows me to stuff what I need inside and not have to worry about breaking anything.

Candles
Photo Cred: Bath and Body Works
Bath and Body Works is having their 2 for $22 sale on their collection of three wick candles. I didn’t go with their new Hawaiian line because that just really isn’t my style. Instead, I picked up Happy and Rainforest Gardenia. Both of these scents are amazing. They smell clean, light, and brighten up my area with that pop of color. I’m definitely looking forward to burning down these beauties.
Photo Cred: Bath and Body Works

Makeup Tip
My favorite makeup tip, for the month of March, is to put lighter colors, or shades, in the inner corner of your eye. I haven’t been getting a ton of sleep. The weather has been super gloomy. All these add up to a horribly tired look. Adding that pop of light to the inner corner opens up your eyes and makes you look more awake than you really are. It also makes you look more youthful and fresh. It’s a super easy trick that anyone can use!

Book
My favorite book for the month of March was… ok. I have more than one. This month was insane for insane (dammit, word choice) books. There were three books that I gave four stars! Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, The Magicians, and The Skriker (review will be out soon!) These are great books for so many different reasons, which I’ll go into more details in my book reviews. It was a great month for reading!

Food
Trader Joe’s Chocolate Covered Potato Chips. You guys. HERMAHGERD. This is the perfect combination of salty and sweet. This is… I can’t come up with words. I’m salivating as I write this right now. Just go. Go get yourself a bag and enjoy. They’ll be gone in one sitting.
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That’s about it for March. We’ll be having an April Favorites before you know it thanks to my super late March updates.

What have you been loving for the month of March (if you can remember since it seems like eons ago)? Let me know in the comments below. Like. Comment. Follow.

Until next time my beasties!

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My Year In Books: Running Like A Girl Notes On Learning To Run – Book #28

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Title: Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run
Author: Alexandra Heminsley
Series: N/A
Publisher: Scribner
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Medium: Hardcover
Finished Reading: June 19, 2014

About: “In her twenties, Alexandra Heminsley spent more time at the bar than she did in pursuit of athletic excellence. When she decided to take up running in her thirties, she had grand hopes for a blissful runner’s high and immediate physical transformation. After eating three slices of toast with honey and spending ninety minutes on iTunes creating the perfect playlist, she hit the streets – and failed miserably. The stories of her first runs turn the common notion that we are all ‘born to run’ on its head – and expose the truth about starting to run: it can be brutal.
Running Like a Girl tells the story of how Alexandra gets beyond the brutal part, makes running a part of her life, and reaps the rewards: not just the obvious things, like weight loss, health, and glowing skin, but self-confidence and immeasurable daily pleasure, along with a new closeness to her father – a marathon runner – and her brother, with whom she ultimately runs her first marathon.
But before that, she has to figure out the logistics of running: the intimidating questions from a young and arrogant sales assistant when she goes to buy her first running shoes, where to get decent bras for her larger bust, how not to freeze or get sunstroke, and what (and when) to eat before a run. She’s figured out what’s important (pockets) and what isn’t (appearance), and more.
For any woman who has ever run, wanted to run, tried to run, or failed to run (even if just around the block), Heminsley’s funny, warm, and motivational personal journey from nonathlete extraordinaire to someone who has completed five marathons is inspiring, entertaining, practical and fun.”

As mentioned in Kicking Ass and Taking Names, I am not a runner. I don’t like to run and I really only run if I’m being chased by a tiger, which doesn’t happen all that often. That being said, I signed up for two 5K runs. Pretty Muddy was in August, 2014. This is a 5K mud run with obstacles throughout the course. Foam Glow 5K was in September, 2014. This was a 5K run at night with black light and glow-in-the-dark paint. They both sounded fun and I want to start pushing myself physically. I figured I should know a thing or two about running. So, I picked up this book. It was recommended to me by my best friend, who is a vegan runner currently training for a half-marathon.

Pros:

  • Great non-technical running book. Being my first book dealing with the dreaded physical activity, I’m ultra-glad it wasn’t hardcore in the stats and mechanics of running.
  • Anecdotal. This book is filled with pages and pages of funny anecdotes of Heminsley and her journey to be coming a multi-marathon runner. It’s light and definitely covers some of my fears of starting to run (ie. WHAT IF I HAVE TO GO TO THE BATHROOM ON MY RUN??).
  • Caters to women. Being called Running Like a Girl, you’d think it’s geared toward women, and it definitely is. Dealing with issues about what sports bra to get and fears of menstration while running and being unprepared make this book an awesome girl-running-talk book.
  • Great for all stages of running. Whether you’re running for the first time or have been running for years, this book tackles anecdotes, fears, and triumphs that all runners encounter.
  • There’s a humanistic touch. Heminsley gives us guidelines and tips that she has discovered while on her trek. However, she also includes how long she ignored these tips, which is great! She doesn’t expect us to take everything she says to heart and knows that we will need to find out for ourselves how useful the tips really are.
    • Cons:

      • TYPO. Heminsley is a writer. She is an established article writer for BBC. So, why is there a typo on the first page – even before the first chapter? “…cripple you with panic and. overwhelm you with self consciousness.” What is that period doing just hanging out in the middle of the sentence?? Having just finished Invisible City, which was littered with typos, I was definitely worried about the integrity of the rest of the book. Luckily, there was just this one.

      This book is divided into two parts. The first part is more about her personal journey to becoming a “runner”. The second part is dedicated to cheats, guidelines, and tips she found along the way that could help other runners.

      My rating and why: Three stars. I enjoyed this book. It was really helpful knowing that other people weren’t born to run and that someone else has gone through the same struggles that I’m going through. While reading the book, it made me want to get up and just run, much like Forest Gump. (Run Megan Run!!) This is crazy huge coming from someone who has to force herself to get up in the morning and run, trying to think of all the reasons why she is running.

      Let’s keep the conversation going! Are you a runner? Do you like to run or do some other cool activity like dance, yoga, boxing….? Are you going to add this to your “to-read” shelf? Let me know in the comments below. Like, comment, and follow.

      New book review to come out Friday.

      Until next time my fellow bibliophiles!

My Year In Books: A Tale For The Time Being – Book #27

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Title: A Tale For The Time Being
Author: Ruth Ozeki
Series: N/A
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Medium: Audiobook
Voice Actor: Ruth Ozeki
Awards: Man Booker Prize Nominee (2013), National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Fiction (2013), Goodreads Choice Nominee for Fiction (2013), The Kitschies for Red Tentacle (Novel) (2013), Paris Review Best of the Best (2013)
Finished Reading: June 18, 2014

About: “In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao plans to document the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace – and it will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine.
Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox – possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and unknown fate and forward into her own future.
Full of Ozeki’s signature humor. A Tale For The Time Being is brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.”

I picked up this book, not because I’m super into the Japanese culture but, because it was recommended to me by a friend. I was told I would enjoy this because it has a stream of consciousness feel. Being a fan of Faulkner, Stein, and Morrison, I was all game. I also noticed the ratings on goodreads were pretty high, so why not?! I got this one as an audio because the voice actor is the author. I like when this happens because the author is able to perform her or his own words exactly how she or he imagined them. Excellent (said like Wayne from Wayne’s World).

We have two main characters: Nao and Ruth.
Nao: is a 16 year old living in Japan. She was raised in Sunnyvale California, but had to move to Japan because her father’s business endeavor’s fell through. She is deeply depressed and ready to just stop being, but needs to write everything down first. Sitting in a French maid cafe, she writes in a beat-up looking journal in the hopes that someone will someday find her words and her story.
Ruth: is a one-time novelist and working on her second. She’s up in Canada with her husband and their cat. She is looking for the words to put down, while also trying to find herself and her path. When she finds Nao’s diary, watch, old letters, and lunchbox, she becomes emotionally involved and sucked into Nao’s life.

Pros:

  • Brilliantly dark. Ozeki’s humor is ever-present, even when dealing with tougher topics.
  • Two narrators. This can be either a horrible or genius attempt. Ozeki nailed it. Both characters had completely separate voices and mannerisms.
  • Idea of the past and present communicating. Nao writes questions directly for the reader of her novel. Ruth is invested in Nao’s book and her life and sometimes forgets things have already happened. It’s very Faulkner. The idea of the past not really being dead – ever. Playing around with time as a theme is constant in this book.
  • Stream of consciousness. Nao’s writing is filled with tangents, long sentences, and ramblings much like a 16-year-old would have. Being a fan of this already, I applaud Ozeki for being able to get into the mindset of a teen.
  • Ruth and her husband read the journal together. It’s nice hearing different perspectives on what is going on in Nao’s journal. It gives a basis of realism. They sort of fill in the blanks with their supposing
  • There’s a ton of character growth!
  • There are a lot of different themes being tackled.

Cons:

  • Ozeki lost me toward the second half of part three. I didn’t really understand what was going on. This isn’t a musical – you can’t just throw in a dream sequence and expect me to be A-OK with it.
  • There’s probably a deeper meaning to the end of Nao’s journal, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Not digging this part.
  • Quantum Physics. It was explained for a bit. How there’s alternate worlds and each decision you make splits off into another world. It’s a great concept and very well done in Crichton’s Timeline, but not so much here.

Rating and why: I give it three stars. While I was definitely turned off toward the end of the book, I enjoyed the rest of it. I think the concept is really cool and I could see where Ozeki was going with different aspects, but they just weren’t done as well as previous authors (Crichton, Faulkner, etc).

What do you think? Have you read anything by Ozeki before? What’s your take on different narrators or stream of consciousness? Let me know in the comments below and let’s keep the conversation going! Like. Comment. Follow. A new book review to come out next Monday.

Until next time my fellow bibliophiles!

My Year In Books: Invisible City by Julia Dahl – Book #26

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Title: Invisible City
Author: Julia Dahl
Series: Rebekah Roberts Series (First)
Release: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Medium: Paperback
Finished Reading: June 13, 2014

About: “Just months after Rebekah Roberts was born, her mother, an Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn, abandoned her Christian boyfriend and newborn baby to return to her religion. Neither Rebekah nor her father have heard from her since. Now a recent college graduate, Rebekah has moved to New York City to follow her dream of becoming a big-city reporter. But she’s also drawn to the idea of being closer to her mother, who might still be living in the Hasidic community in Brooklyn.

Then Rebekah is called to cover the story of a murdered Hasidic woman. Rebekah’s shocked to learn that, because of the NYPD’s habit of kowtowing to the powerful ultra-Orthodox community, not only will the woman be buried without an autopsy, her killer may get away with murder. Rebekah can’t let the story end there. But getting to the truth won’t be easy—even as she immerses herself in the cloistered world where her mother grew up, it’s clear that she’s not welcome, and everyone she meets has a secret to keep from an outsider.

In her riveting debut Invisible City, journalist Julia Dahl introduces a compelling new character in search of the truth about a murder and an understanding of her own heritage.”

We’re going to get the pros and cons of this book out of the way before diving into this debut book.

Pros:
  • The language is super easy to understand. There aren’t big, complicated words that you need to go look up. There aren’t technical or specialized words that only a certain few can understand.
  • This book revolves around the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in New York. There are Yiddish words thrown in every once in awhile, but since our narrator is not keen on them, they’re all explained for us too.
  • This might be a series, so we’ll get to see Dahl develop as a Fiction writer, as well as seeing Rebekah develop and grow as a character.
    • Cons:
      • There are typos! This is a pet peeve for me. I’m sure the book was read over numerous times before it was published and I’m baffled that these mistakes were not found. I stopped counting after four. Examples include using “tall” instead of “talk”, saying “adivorce” instead of “a divorce”. There were even a couple sentences that I just couldn’t understand.
      • The ending was super fast. There was a ton of build-up in the last few (maybe 60 pages) and then it just ended. There was definitely a resolution and a bit of a suggestion for a series, but I wanted more explanation.
      • I wanted more detail in the story overall. I can see where Dahl was going, but I just wanted more!

      Pivotal Characters: Rebekah Roberts is a twenty-something stringer reporter for the Tribune. She is fresh out of college and trying to make it in the big city in a dying profession. She is half Jewish, but not familiar with the traditions since her mother disappeared when she was a baby. She was born and raised in sunny Florida by her father. Still making “rookie” mistakes, Rebekah is determined to solve this mystery. Aviva is Rebekah’s mom. While she is absent from Rebekah’s life, she still plays a commanding role in the development of this young reporter. Leaving due to religious reasons when Rebekah was a wee one, her whereabouts are unknown. Saul works for the police department with property issues, but is used as a consultant when dealing with the Hasidic community. Speaking Yiddish and being part of the ultra-Orthodox life gives him an “in” in this super secretive community.

      My Story: I first got this book as a giveaway at the Reaching Forward Conference. Honestly, this book would have gone unnoticed by me if I was not given a free copy. The book is a super easy, quick read. The font is big enough to fly through the pages. It’s acclaimed by Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl as being unable to put down. I was able to put it down. While I was interested in the story, the Jewish community, and Rebekah herself, I was unable to be completely immersed. The details were glossed over. I wish there was more, as mentioned above. I definitely had a connection with Rebekah for not letting this story go while the Police Department let it be handled internally (among the ultra-Orthodox community). It really shows the power of the press in investigations, which can be a gift and a curse. On Rebekah’s journey to finding the truth and giving justice to the victim she is finding more and more about the culture her mother was a part of. And when Saul agrees to help her because she looks so much like her mother, Rebekah is constantly haunted by the linger of her absent mother.

      My rating and why: I give it three stars. I liked this book, but wanted so much more. I recommend this book to those who like mystery, but don’t expect it to be a page-turner quite like Coben or as smartly written as Crichton.

      Have you read this book? What did you think? Adding this book to your “to-read” list? Let me know in comments below. Like, comment, and follow.

      Until next time my fellow bibliophiles!

My Year In Books: Messenger by Lois Lowry – Book #32

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Title: Messenger
Author: Lois Lowry
Series: The Giver Quartet (#3)
Release Date: January 24, 2006
Publisher: Listening Library
Medium: Audiobook
Voice Actor: David Morse
Finished Reading: July 8, 2014

**Disclaimer**This is the third book in the series. If you have not read the first two, there will be spoilers!

About: “Six years earlier, Matty had come to Village as a scrappy and devious little boy. Since that time, Matty had grown almost into a man under the care of Seer, a blind man whose special sight had earned him the name. Now Matty hopes that he will soon be given his true name, and he hopes it will be Messenger. But strange changes are taking place in Village. Once a utopian community that prided itself on its welcome to newcomers, Village will soon be closed to all outsiders. As one of the only people able to safely travel through the dangerous Forest, Matty must deliver the message of Village’s closing and try to convince Seer’s daughter, Kira, to return with him before it’s too late. But Forest has grown hostile to Matty too, and he must risk everything to fight his way through it, armed only with an emerging power he cannot explain or understand.”

I’m one of those people that need to finish a series once I start. I had to finish the Divergent series even though it just went down hill with each sentence. So, while I was unsure about Gathering Blue, I had to keep going. Also, my knight in shining armor was waiting with bated breath. He urged me to continue with the series. So I did.

I did this one as an audiobook. There are only three discs. How can anything be accurately worded, described, built-up, resolved, in three discs? Lowry, what is this magic?

Matt, from Gathering Blue is now Matty. He has been in Village for several years and has become educated. His accent is gone. He is much calmer – doesn’t steal or panhandle. He passes messages between villages, communities, and from person-to-person. Get it? He’s a MESSENGER. Seer is Kira’s father – we met him in the previous installment. He is blind – ironic much? However, much like Toffe in The Last Air Bender or Úrsula in One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, he perceives way more than people with sight. It’s quite awesome.

Pros:

  • Village and Forest don’t have articles in front of them and are capital. They are very much characters in this story and that’s just plain awesomesauce. Without having a silly name, you aren’t given a bias (ie. Hope Village).
  • Matty has a gift, much like Kira. He doesn’t really understand at first. I mean, who doesn’t want a super power. I’m debating if I want ESP/other sweet mind powers or be like Mystique in X-Men.
  • This book ties together the Giver to second and, ultimately, third. It was a complaint I had for Gathering Blue. It was seemingly unrelated to the first book and I was really disappointed I didn’t find out what happened to Jonas and Gabe.

Cons:

  • Super short. I think this one could have been like a 2.5 book rather than a straight-up third addition. While there are definitely important things that happen, it would suffice to have a sentence or two described in the next one perhaps to fully understand what’s going on.
  • The Trademarket was not completely developed. While we know something fishy is going on, not completely sure what it is. I would have liked more info, or just not have put it in at all
  • The ending was ambiguous to me. I think this might have just been me. I told this to my knight in shining armor and he said that it wasn’t for him. He knew what was going on. Sooooo…. I was probably just being a space cadet there.

My rating and why: I give it three stars. I finished it, and while I’m not 100% sold on this book, there were some cool things going on. I think this book is definitely setting up for the next, and final, book in this series. For this, I give it three stars. There are so many directions Lowry can go from here. I’m hoping she sticks with these characters and that she webs together the books further. So, my hope in the future book is what keeps this rating a three.

What about you? Did you know there were other books in the Giver series? Does this bring you back to elementary school? Are you interested? Are you totally turned off? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below. Like. Comment. Follow. A new book review to come Monday.

Until next time my fellow bibliophiles!

My Year In Books: Wonder by J.R. Palacio – Book #7

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Title: Wonder
Author: J.R. Palacio
Series: N/A
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Publisher: Brilliance Corporation
Medium: Audiobook
voice Actor: Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Diana Steel
Awards: West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award (WAYRBA) for Younger Readers (2013), Carnegie Medal in Literature Nominee (2013), The Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature Medalist (2013), NAIBA Book of the Year for Middle Readers (2012), Waterstones Children’s Book Prize (2013), NCBLA – Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts (2013)
Finished Reading: February 17

About: “August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?
R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.”

First and foremost, have to give a shout-out to the voice actors. Much respect coming from this side of the keyboard right now. I definitely liked the direction of going with different voice actors for the different narrators. It gave very defined and easily identifiable characters. Props. Snaps.

I first picked up this book because I was noticing it was leaving the library fairly often. I wanted to see what all the hype was about. At the same time I was really hoping I wasn’t being built up in anticipation just to be let down. Like that time someone built up the mac n’ cheese at that one place, only to find out they changed the recipe and it sucked. Nevertheless, I wanted to see what all the cool kids were reading. What all the young folk are reading. (Wow, I need to stop talking like this. I’m only 24, I swear!)

I was definitely not let down. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The writing itself was not technical, being a Junior Readers’ book and all, and I’m totally fine with that. The narrators were all of the age of the target audience, so it fit nicely together. I wish I was as welcoming as Auggie’s friends. However, as I kid, I know I was not. That being said it’s a great social teaching book. Don’t be fooled though – Wonder is a book that transcends generation gaps. This is definitely a book that can be read at a young age in school or for reading at home. However, parents would not be disappointed either. There is so much going on in this book. There is the obvious themes of bullying and acceptance. There are also deeper themes such as societal pressures, peer pressure, and social norms.

The characters are not one-dimensional. A peeve of mine, when they are. There are multiple narrators, which can be awesome if done correctly. Good example: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. Bad example: Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I was pleased with the way Palacio did it. Multiple narrators is one of my favorite things. Right between unreliable narrators and stream of consciousness.

Wonder-ing what I rated it and why?: I gave it five stars! I read it and thought this book was just beyond my expectations of a Junior Readers’ book. I enjoyed all the characters and how they related. There was even a part where I teared up. (Maybe more than one.) That is when you know the author did a great job. You care enough about the characters to tear up with something horrible or amazing happens to them. I CARE! What is the DEAL?! (Said in my best impression of Jim Carey as the Grinch.)

SO! What did you think of Wonder? Have you read it? Are you going to read it? Do you think it’s worth all the talk? Am I full of crap, and this book totally bombed? Let me know in the comments below. Like. Comment. Follow. New book review to come ever Monday.

Until next time my fellow bibliophiles!

My Year In Books: This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl – Book #6

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Title: This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl
Author: Esther Grace, Lori Earl, Wayne Earl, John Green (Introduction)
Series: N/A
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Medium: Hardcover
Finished Reading: February 12, 2014

About: “A collection of the journals, fiction, letters, and sketches of the late Esther Grace Earl, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 16. Photographs and essays by family and friends will help to tell Esther’s story along with an introduction by award-winning author John Green who dedicated his #1 bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars to her.”

**Warning: Unpopular Review to follow!**

Yes, John Green knew Ester Grace Earl. Yes, he wrote the introduction to this book. No, The Fault in Our Stars is not about Earl. Green makes it very clear in the intro that his book is not about Earl. He started writing his book before he met Earl. He did dedicate TFIOS to her, though. For this reason, I wanted to read this book before reading Green’s.

As the about section says, this book is a collection of journals, writings, pictures, and posts from Earl. She died at a very young age after fighting cancer for years. In this book we take a peek into her struggle and her positive energy she exuded to her online friends and her family. There are times she felt guilty about sucking the money out of her family. There are times she told us she hated being hooked up to a machine all the time. This book is actually pretty sad. (I know, such a shocker when it’s about a girl dealing with cancer.)

This is going to sound really callous, but this book was not for me. I wanted more. Call me heartless, but I did not feel a connection with Earl. I desperately wanted to. She sounds like a really caring, fun, and quirky person. But, I just couldn’t connect. This book was not written the way that allowed for this. This book was written more as an outsider looking in. (Having a hard time wording this without offending millions of people.) Yes, it is super sad that she had to die at such a young age, and for that I was sad. I did not cry. I did not recommend this book to everyone afterward. This book just …. was. It’s there. It is what it is. I’m sure this book means more to her family and those that knew her. Since I am neither, it missed the mark for me. And, honestly, I don’t have much to say about this book (if you couldn’t tell).

My rating: Two stars. I finished the book, but with the above mentioned taken into consideration – wasn’t a fan. The artwork and journals gave me a slight look at Earl, but not enough. It was kind of blah for me.

So, am I a heartless wench? Do I have a lump of coal where my heart should be? Did you feel the same way? Let me know in the comments below. Like. Comment. Follow. New book reviews to come every Monday!

Until next time my fellow bibliophiles.