The thing about self-help books is you aren't SUPPOSED to like or agree with everything in them. You read them for the takeaways that matter to you.
I'The thing about self-help books is you aren't SUPPOSED to like or agree with everything in them. You read them for the takeaways that matter to you.
I'm not entirely sure this one so much as taught me anything as it did reinforce some things I learned in a course I just finished, which isn't the fault of the book. I will say this one definitely has some privilege showing in ways that Brene Brown or Elizabeth Gilbert don't in terms of pursuing your dreams ("just buy the expensive luxury car and you'll figure out how to pay for it!!" doesn't really work because look at all of us who did this very thing for a college education and are saddled with thousands of dollars in debt for decades because we literally cannot pay for it...and this is not even counting people in real tough circumstances).
The "love yourself" stuff is great, as is the reinforcement of the "screw what they think" mentality.
Sincero believes in a spiritual element to it all, which won't be everyone's cuppa. My tip for dealing with that is to not name it and instead just consider it faith broadly. Or what works for me is simply accepting that the universe has a power and an ability I can never understand and it is what it is. For those who do have a solid spiritual part of your life, you'll really appreciate the connection to that which comes through here.
Good, solid, though not my favorite book in this category. But I'm also not a beginner here, and I'd likely send a beginning to this title because it's quite welcoming. My husband has been really enjoying it, too, since it's not focused for women. ...more
A great read about friendships, what we keep to ourselves, what we share, and how we relate with people who are so very different from us. Really apprA great read about friendships, what we keep to ourselves, what we share, and how we relate with people who are so very different from us. Really appreciated the look into a character who is poor, the need for using library technology to do any work because there's not internet at home, and other little details that really show understanding of the realities of not being middle or upper middle class. But the thing I liked the most was how the girls waffled, each in their own way, about their wants. What looks solid on the outside isn't; what sounds solid on the outside isn't either.
(Though I would love to see a Kelly in a YA novel not be an asshole or an airhead. Because apparently "Kelly" is a name for one or the other.)...more
I blurbed this book I loved it so much. An honest look at mental illness and the challenges of "after" -- what happens when you've hit rock bottom andI blurbed this book I loved it so much. An honest look at mental illness and the challenges of "after" -- what happens when you've hit rock bottom and need to crawl out?
This story features a Latina main character, it's set in Austin, Texas, and it's frank and real without a hint of romanticizing the pain that is depression. So, so good. ...more
This is such a fun little Halloween read. Bradbury wanted a Halloween story that would be as timeless and classic as A CHRISTMAS CAROL is for ChristmaThis is such a fun little Halloween read. Bradbury wanted a Halloween story that would be as timeless and classic as A CHRISTMAS CAROL is for Christmas, and I really think he got it here. A travel through space and time and place to explore Halloween celebrations everywhere and the values people ascribe to traditions. I've read this before and I'll keep reading it. ...more
Love, love, love, love, love. I'm ready for issue #2 right now.
A fun, feminist scifi adventure set on Halloween night in the 80s when a rag tag teamLove, love, love, love, love. I'm ready for issue #2 right now.
A fun, feminist scifi adventure set on Halloween night in the 80s when a rag tag team of female paper delivery girls stumble upon a machine created in honor of WAR OF THE WORLDS 50th anniversary. ...more
An interesting look into a year in the life of a Russian girl whose mother moves to the US to get a better education. There's friendship squabbles, crAn interesting look into a year in the life of a Russian girl whose mother moves to the US to get a better education. There's friendship squabbles, crushes, tension with family, and then, of course, the Russian politics of the early 90s.
I'm curious how young readers will take this one. There's nothing bad about it, but there's also nothing particularly noteworthy if you're not familiar with the Cold War nor about what was going on in Russia during that time period (I only know very little myself). Of course, the relatability here for tweens/young teens will hook them. Dasha's feelings and experiences of loneliness will resonate.
More, though, I found some of the choices in design on this completely frustrating -- why would you lay black text on gray coloring? It's easy to overlook and miss and it's even more challenging to read. I'm also curious why so many reviews don't point this out. It's a flaw, not a feature.
The art itself is good, but the styling and layout make it a little challenging to become immersed in.
A fun twisty turny thriller about three best friends, secrets, disappearance, and death. Definitely more on the Pretty Little Liars side than the GoneA fun twisty turny thriller about three best friends, secrets, disappearance, and death. Definitely more on the Pretty Little Liars side than the Gone Girl side. Loved the voice of this one, as it's almost clear from the start Kalah isn't reliable, and we know her friends aren't either, so the unreliable upon the unreliable is a neat mind twist. Kalah herself is Indian, bisexual, and suffers from OCD/anxiety -- all of those add layers and depth to her character in a way that make this more than a cotton candy like read.
And I'll totally read the sequel.
This cover is doing this book no favors though. But not surprising, given the main character is a girl of color. You'd never know that until you read the story. ...more
What a fantastic, thoughtful, painful look at grief, loss, and the meaning and purpose of building a life that means something to you. It's about loveWhat a fantastic, thoughtful, painful look at grief, loss, and the meaning and purpose of building a life that means something to you. It's about love and friendship, about family, and it's also about mental illness and when you know you need to get help because you're ill -- because it's an illness, not a flaw in your personality. It's also a book about bullying, about what drives us to act, and about the depth each person has to who they are and what it is they love and do. As much as I liked Henry and enjoyed his coming to terms with his losses and himself, it was Diego who I really adored throughout. He was smart, but he had a history, he made mistakes, and yet he found ways to keep going. He found meaning in art, too.
This is a long book, but it clips along at a steady pace. It's a little bit sci-fi, but it's light sci-fi. It would be in excellent conversation with AS King's EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS, though they are definitely not the same book nor exactly the same style.
My only quibble with the book is a tiny one, but it's one that really upsets me every time I see it because it's so unnecessary, so throwaway: but why are fat people a butt of a joke? There's a moment when Nana talks about her daughter being a piggy and being fat and always eating sweets and it was completely unnecessary and bothered me because this book was so outstandingly respectful to every type of person. Except the possible/former fat one.
Either way, this is a must-read. I'd have read 500 more pages, I think. It's solid. ...more
Oh this was a fun spooky novel about spirits that don't want to go to rest. Super Lois Duncan-y, as it's part of that era of horror, but it's still crOh this was a fun spooky novel about spirits that don't want to go to rest. Super Lois Duncan-y, as it's part of that era of horror, but it's still creepy enough to deliver today.
More to come. The description does this zero justice. ...more
I love the hell out of this love story. Vivi and Jonah are extremely well-developed characters dealing with real issues -- Vivi, bipolar disorder, andI love the hell out of this love story. Vivi and Jonah are extremely well-developed characters dealing with real issues -- Vivi, bipolar disorder, and Jonah, taking care of his siblings while his mother grieves the death of his father.
Where Lord excels is in character building and relationships. I felt tension between the two but never felt it was unrealistic or love at first sight. And more, the thing that really resonated for me, was seeing Vivi experience bipolar disorder. Seeing Vivi deal with the trouble of choosing to medicate for her mental illness. Seeing the incredibly thoughtful lines in the book about how sometimes, your brain just screws up its chemicals and there's no shame in getting help or taking pills to fix that. That those imbalances do not in any way define you or change the essence of who you are. Sure, Vivi has sheer manic moments, but she's still a free spirit, an artist, and a soul longing to leave a mark in the world. And she does, even with meds.
A powerful read, as well as a sweet one. This will resonate with fans of Siobhan Vivian, Sara Zarr, and Tiffany Schmidt. This one made me think specifically about Bright Before Sunrise, especially in the interplay between the male and female leads, as well as how each of them helps teach one another about themselves.
This is one book with depression I'd recommend, one where there's not suicide or a mental-health-as-a-sexy-plot-line. It's real, it's honest, it's authentic, and it's so empathetic. ...more
This is a really fascinating, if not a bit overlong and not entirely fluid, gothic YA novel. It's got one of the most uninspiring covers I've seen inThis is a really fascinating, if not a bit overlong and not entirely fluid, gothic YA novel. It's got one of the most uninspiring covers I've seen in a while that offers absolutely no insight into the story and does not hint at all about how atmospheric it is.
Ceceila's returned to Sanctuary, the big home on the island off Maine, where she's been told not to return. But she feels like she has to, and when she's there, she begins to experience the sorts of strange, haunting experiences that plagued her mother (now locked up in an insane asylum), her sister (now dead), and her grandmother (also dead). Slowly, we learn more about the girl whose ghost haunts them, unraveling into a centuries-long history of Sanctuary, of how men treated the women in their life, and the role of the Great Acadian Expulsion played in how lands, places, and people found "home."
Readers who love gothic, atmospheric work will fall right into this. There is quite a bit of distance between the character and the reader, but seeing this book is set at the height of the Great Depression and we're not entirely sure what is going on with Ceceila's experiences, this distance is okay. There is a little bit of romance here, but it's not driving the plot nor the character development at all; Ceceila doesn't give up what answers she's looking for because of Eli's presence. And she certainly doesn't depend upon him to do her work for her.
An interesting story about lineage and history, as well as the sorts of ghosts and haunted legacies in our individual and collective experiences. Readers who like books like REBECCA or who have enjoyed the book (and the movie...) THE WOMAN IN BLACK will want to pick this one up. This would also be a pretty good read alike for fans of LONG LANKIN.
More haunting than creepy and with virtually no gore, though death does play a role -- a pretty big role -- in the story. ...more