My baby hasn't even made it into the world (7 weeks to go), but I was getting tired of reading books about pregnancy and babies. I stumbled upon BunmiMy baby hasn't even made it into the world (7 weeks to go), but I was getting tired of reading books about pregnancy and babies. I stumbled upon Bunmi Laditan's facebook page due to friends liking some of her posts and it making it's way to me feed. I adored Bunmi's honesty and the fact that she is not afraid to share what it feels like to be a Mom who is not perfect and who doesn't strive to be the picture perfect mommy (aka the Sanctiparent/Sanctimommy). She is sassy, witty and honest. I want to be her best friend!
So I quickly reserved her book Toddlers Are A**holes from the library and after two chapters, I jumped online to order the Kindle version for my tablet as I know it is a book I will want to look back on to remind me that I am not losing my mind, that kids are crazy and it's okay to not be perfect.
She tells it like it is. She calls out those who make others feel small and imperfect. She makes jokes out of the everyday things that happen in life with a toddler. Sure some are over the top (and probably never happen), but most are to make you laugh and not feel alone.It's parody people!
Pretty much anything you want to know about raising a toddler is in this book. You need to take the entire thing with a grain of salt and a dose of humour, but it's so hilarious that you'll want a copy for yourself.
Sections about "Grooming Your Goblin", "Mealtime aka Hell", "How Not To Die Inside" and "Rites of Passage" are just a few of the chapters that are filled with wisdom, anecdotes and lists.
If you haven't checked out her website, do it! Or check our her facebook page. You won't regret it. Remember to bring your sense of humour....more
A quick write up about my thoughts on this book. For my first Yovanoff book, I loved the writing style (I listened to audiobook version, but fell in l
A quick write up about my thoughts on this book. For my first Yovanoff book, I loved the writing style (I listened to audiobook version, but fell in love with the narrative). I will have to check out more of her work. This book is creepy and chilling. You have a serial killer on the loose, a ghost haunting her best friend, a great sister relationship and a bad boy romance. It's got it all.
The mystery of the serial killer is kind of the background story that plays along while you see Hannah dealing with a blossoming relationship with a bad boy, trying to escape from her best friends ghost while dealing with the emotions her death has left her with and a fun look at a great sistership (sister/friendship? did I just create a new word?). I loved that the mystery wasn't the entire plot/book and that there were some twists that I did not see coming (I had no idea who the serial killer would be). The character building for Hannah was amazing and I think it being the main storyline was a good choice - watching her deal with life without her BFF, finding a guy she liked and trying to just be a regular teenager that's stuck in all this drama was what kept you reading.
Overall, I'm glad I listened to the audio version of this book - it kept my interest that there were times when I was in the car that I say in my parking spot to listen to more and then would have to run to make it to work since I would get absorbed with the story. That's when you know you've got a great book on your hands! I might have to give the ARC I have a read through just to visit this story again....more
I think the thing I enjoyed most about this book was how you had to uncover more than one story - what happened to Clare and why she was in Blackmore I think the thing I enjoyed most about this book was how you had to uncover more than one story - what happened to Clare and why she was in Blackmore and what happened to Shayna and why? Not only are you dealing with the mysterious disappearance, but you have a secondary mystery to unravel as well. It was very interesting to have this cross over.
Clare's backstory was a little predictable once you found out more, but the interesting story of how she came to be in Blackmore was the intriguing part. You understand why she left her life, but not why is looking for this missing woman. It's pretty crazy and not what I would have thought at all.
And Shayna, well her story is messed up too. I thought I had it all figured out, but then second guessed myself because I then thought my person of interest was too obvious and kept changing my ideas. Finally, I just stopped thinking and let it unravel quickly while reading it.
I was engrossed by the stories of the town people and their way of life in such a remote place. Everyone knows one another, but not everyone gets along. There are long standing family feuds, gossips, and unemployed stragglers. The mix of people leave so many suspects and a lot of work for Clare.
I loved that it was set in a mostly abandoned mountain town with so many colourful people. A nice change of pace from books set in cities or exotic locales.
If you're looking for a good mystery novel for a summer read, this just might the book for you! It's engaging and a quick read....more
Wow, what a story. I am amazed at how emotional this book made me. I knew the subject matter would be emotional in itself, but I didn't realize how m Wow, what a story. I am amazed at how emotional this book made me. I knew the subject matter would be emotional in itself, but I didn't realize how much this character, Eden, would affect me. Following Eden through her high school years and trying to forget what happened to her during freshman year, is a roller coaster. A once sweet, caring girl turns into someone who hates the world and doesn't care about anything. It's like she has shut down all emotions and pushes everyone away who tries to get close. She uses sex and drinking to numb her thoughts and to make her detach from reality. It's disturbing and extremely sad to watch her spiral out of control. But in reality I can see how this could happen to someone who has been raped.
People will say, why didn't she tell anyone. But I can see how it wouldn't be that easy to do if you felt threatened or if it was someone everyone loved. It would be horrible to keep the secret. It's destructive, but understandable.
It's such a heartbreaking story and I know that many female characters that have been raped are portrayed a certain way, but this does not detract from the story. I've read some reviews where people were upset that this book followed a certain "plot line", but honestly this book is written in a way that you connect with the main character, Eden, and feel everything she is feeling. I think it's an important voice to help those dealing with the issue of rape/abuse to speak out, to know they are not alone.
I commend Ms. Smith for writing about this topic and handling in a very realistic way. Not once did I feel like this couldn't have happened or wouldn't have happened. Every scene made sense to Eden's mental state.
I do not use a star ratings on my blog anymore, but this is one of the best reads so far for 2016.