Daily Joys

Daily Joys – 146

Very tired still but trying to rest.

Daily Joys

Daily Joys – 145

Spent the night in the ER. Grateful he is ok. Just so exhausted.

Review: Other Birds

Other Birds
Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved everything about this story of a set of neighbors who live in an apartment building on Mallow Island. They each have their own story of loss and sadness and things they are running away from and yet they find family and kindness and love with each other. This story of love and loss and magic is absolutely beautiful to read.

There is a little magical realism in this book, but I didn’t think it was too much. I loved the way it was weaved in and what it represented. A really beautiful story about a chosen family.

with gratitude to netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for an advanced copy in exchange for an advanced copy.

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Review: Heartstopper: Volume Three

Heartstopper: Volume Three
Heartstopper: Volume Three by Alice Oseman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

these books are an absolute joy to read! this one has some trigger warnings for self harm and eating disorders.

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Review: Heartstopper: Volume Two

Heartstopper: Volume Two
Heartstopper: Volume Two by Alice Oseman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

these books are an absolute joy to read!

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Review: Heartstopper: Volume One

Heartstopper: Volume One
Heartstopper: Volume One by Alice Oseman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

these books are an absolute joy to read!

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Review: I’m the Girl

I'm the Girl
I’m the Girl by Courtney Summers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book will stay with me for quite some time. It has Summers’ usual gritty style and does not hold back punches. It’s hard to read. It has a million trigger warnings and some really really unlikeable characters. I thought most of it, sadly, was believable. The only thing that really bothered me was how determined the main character was to put being beautiful and wanted over everything else, including her own safety. At some point, I just couldn’t believe the choices she was making.

with gratitude to netgalley and St. Martin’s Press, Wednesday Books for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Three Kisses, One Midnight: A Novel

Three Kisses, One Midnight: A Novel
Three Kisses, One Midnight: A Novel by Roshani Chokshi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am not a fan of Halloween so I was a bit weary reading this story but I was excited to see that it’s one of those “fun, magical” Halloween stories and not the “scary, eerie” ones. This book tells the story of three best friends who each aim to get their love potion and kiss before midnight. Each section tells the story of one character but they also show up in each other’s characters as the evenings always culminate in the same setting (big Halloween bash.)

I loved each of the characters and how they had different energy and were each interesting and lovable in their own ways. I found myself rooting for them each time. My favorite was Ash. I loved the artistic fence, the beautiful masks and the magical cranes. What a lovely story.

If you’re like me and would rather read love and fun instead of scary, you will love this story!

with gratitude to netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Book Lovers

Book Lovers
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars.

Read this one in one sitting. Sweet, funny and enjoyable like Emily Henry often is.

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Review: Trust

Trust
Trust by Hernan Diaz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of my top reads for this year. A really interesting book written in 3 stories and a diary entry. It felt a little bit like Fates and Furies in that the reader gets the onion peeled a layer at a time and only at the very end do you feel you get the full story. Very well done.

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Review: Part of Your World

Part of Your World
Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really loved listening to this sweet, sweet story. If you like romance and like strong, kind and well-developed characters, this is the book for you.

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Review: Funny You Should Ask

Funny You Should Ask
Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars I am told there’s a backstory to this novel and many people hate it because of it. I liked it. I don’t know anything about the backstory. I never read the original article and this made me think a little bit about Gilmore Girls. But for the most part, I thought it was interesting and well-written.

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