This book completely reminds me of the very first time I got to do "relationship talk" with my friend, Shayla. (This is a good thiRead as digital ARC.
This book completely reminds me of the very first time I got to do "relationship talk" with my friend, Shayla. (This is a good thing as I found that initial conversation to be extremely riveting and consequently I couldn't put this book down until I'd finished it.) This feeling is completely understandable, because I have a lot in common with Amy--I grew up in the industry (theatre/modeling) and in Oregon. Like Amy, I got into online dating after a break-up (though it took me about 2 1/2 years to pull myself out of the depression I fell into). Amy's journey as a 28-year-old was super fascinating because, as a 23-year-old on sites, I had rules like "no sex until engagement" and "no kissing until Facebook official." (Amy also says that Match.com has good guys, which I only found to be true if one is in the market for a sugar daddy who wouldn't mind if your sister joined in on the fun.)
On top of getting front row seats on the Tinder roller coaster of love, 40 Dates actually houses really great advice and just great thoughts in general--I kept screencapping the wisdom. Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate the complexity of meeting a person for the first time, while casually pondering if you could potentially spend the rest of your life with said person!? Seriously!
The one thing I will say is that I wanted more... I felt like the book of really would have benefited from an appendix; like an actual list of all of the dates: their name, their age, if they got a kiss or not, who paid, if they got a second date, etc...After a while, all the guys did start to blend together. On the same subject of wanting more, I was a little bit disappointed by the ending in a, "Wait; but what happened next?" kind of way. After all, we've been invited to Amy's life and are pretty deep in it at this point. Amy--your story did not end when this book did, I need to know stuff, where my follow-up at? Who'd you continue seeing after the madness? Part of this desire is genuine human curiosity and part of it's because when I read Data, A Love Story: How I Gamed Online Dating to Meet My Match, a much more scientific approach to online dating, a husband was actually secured...
Anyhoo, super fascinating read/Tinder strategy guide. LOVED it. (You can tell by how much I had to say!)...more
It's so important that books like this exist--putting concepts in terms that are easy for children to understand. Having previously been a booksellerIt's so important that books like this exist--putting concepts in terms that are easy for children to understand. Having previously been a bookseller specializing in the children and teen sections, I can't tell you how many parents and grandparents come looking for the right story to use to help explain things to children, everything from divorce to an amputee they encountered at the swimming pool. I'm so glad that this tale is out there for kids to read and enjoy and that its message is more focused than just "people are different." A little personification can do a lot of good, and whether this teaches kids not to judge a book by its cover or helps parents explain gender identity--it's a great story that needed to be out there....more
This final installment of Fairest was a nice place to end as it reveled in elements of the original series--mysteries, magic, mayhem. This series endsThis final installment of Fairest was a nice place to end as it reveled in elements of the original series--mysteries, magic, mayhem. This series ends on a high note--still endlessly interesting. (I believe with the talent shown, the series could have honestly gone on forever, but I majorly respect everything that was accomplished. Bravo.) The thing with Fables spin-offs is there's always something to harken back to or tie in. Truly amazing.
Fairest previously seemed focused on the princesses (i.e. the "fairest" looks) but, while Reynard is indeed fair, Volume 5 seemed more "fairness" such as equal chances and getting what's coming to you. I really appreciated the real love we got to see as well, often times Fables can get a little cynical (with everyone out for themselves, deceiving everyone, etc), which can be a little hard to take. I think we can all be inspired by Owl's love for Pussycat....more
I absolutely loved this. Every single thing about it. My only complaint is that I want more. More Hinata, more everything. But, itRead as digital ARC.
I absolutely loved this. Every single thing about it. My only complaint is that I want more. More Hinata, more everything. But, it's already got characters we know and love, characters I've been dying to know more about, the angst and lessons like only Kishimoto can do--THE FEELS. This thing is like a Christmas present, I swear....more