Review of And When She was Good by Laura Lippman (Spoiler Free)

The moment I started reading And When She was Good by Laura Lippman, I knew I had to do a review on it, for the themes and questions it presented. The story follows Heloise Lewis, a high-price madam in Washington, D.C., who gets swept up in a murder investigation after another suburban madam dies under suspicious circumstances and Val, her former pimp and a murderer, could get out of prison.

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The novel goes between the present, as Heloise encounters a variety of problems as a madam midst the murder investigation, and the past, when she was Helen Lewis, a book-smart girl that turns to prostitution after fleeing an abusive family situation. The writing was very good, but I enjoyed the Helen chapters more than the Heloise chapters. While the concept was interesting, the plot ultimately fell flat for me. It took forever for things to happen in the Heloise chapters, while the Helen chapters, everything seemed to happen all at once. I think it is because of the inconsistent pacing is why it took me so long to read And When She was Good, despite it being barely over 300 pages long.

The reason that pushed me to keep reading And When she was Good was the characters, particularly Heloise and Val. Heloise is a strong female lead that survived on her instincts, using what limited resources she had, including her body. Having never finished high school, she read books to help cope with her situation as well as to educate herself and she just loves to learn new things in general. She is also a good mother, wanting only the best for her son Scott. But despite coming off as self-assured, Heloise makes many mistakes, both past and present, out of self-preservation.

Another element I enjoyed in the novel was the dynamic between Heloise and Val. If there is a “villain” in this story, you could pick Val. He was psychotic and unpredictable. He emotionally, mentally, and sometimes physically abused Heloise. He was a pimp and a killer, the scum of society. And yet, unlike most of the other men in Heloise’s life, including her long-time protector, a detective named Tom, Val respects Heloise’s intellect. She continues to visit him in prison in the present day, and their conversations are about things such as books and business techniques. You would never have guessed Val was once her pimp.

As for the rest of the characters, most were not as fleshed-out as Heloise. In fact, some of the male side characters, like Tom, were more like stereotypes of men often portrayed in media. Some of the female side characters, like two of Heloise’s escorts, are two-dimensional, which was disappointing because both of those girls, Sophie and Anna Marie, were scheming in different ways to make changes to laws around prostitution. (Side note: trigger warning for sexual assault)

Lastly, I enjoyed the questions And When She was Good presented about prostitution and its insights on the female gender. Who is prostitution hurting, so long as both parties are consenting adults? Does a woman’s life lose value if she used her body to make money?

Overall, I give And When She was Good by Laura Lippman 3 stars. It had a morally gray female lead and a fascinating “villain,” as well as presented some interesting questions about a very big societal issue. But ultimately the story fell flat for me and it took forever for anything major to happen. I would say that, if you enjoy Lifetime suspense movies, or just Lifetime movies in general, I highly recommend you check out And When She was Good.

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Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag 2018

I know it’s June and we are halfway done through 2018 and my TBR at home is getting a little bit out of hand and I am this close to going on a book shopping splurge again with so many new books I want to read but…I really love the Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag.

I look forward to doing this tag. I get to reflect on the books I’ve read so far this year and light a fire under my butt to read certain ones before the end of the year. It just makes me excited for the rest of my reading for the year, no matter how good or bad or mediocre the previous six months were.

On to the tag!

 

The best book you’ve read so far in 2018.

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Without a doubt, The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace. Every time I bring this book up, I say it came to me at the right time, which is absolutely true. I love Amanda’s free style poetry. Her voice is strong and unapologetic. The Princess Saves Herself in This One helped me feel empowered during a time I really needed it.

 

The best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018.

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Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco, the second book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series and the first book I read in 2018. I loved it even more than Stalking Jack the Ripper, with the setting in a Romanian castle and all the Vlad the Impaler references. Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell are my Feysand, too.

 

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

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A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir, which I received six days before its release date! It is the third book in one of my all-time favorite series and I’m pretty sure it is going to destroy me.

 

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows, the first book being My Lady Jane. My Plain Jane is a retelling of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte featuring ghost hunting and the occult, as well as I’m sure what is to be amazing, funny storytelling. Given how much I enjoyed My Lady Jane and that I love Jane Eyre, I already know I will love My Plain Jane.

 

Biggest disappointment.

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That would have to be Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I read it earlier this year, too excited to put it off because I thought it would be a thriller type novel in Fitzgerald’s writing style. Only what I did not know prior to picking it up was that it was published after he had gone dormant in the book world for nine years, and it showed. The book still had his social commentary and unlikeable characters, but the writing was dense, leaning towards over-explaining and over-foreshadowing, taking too long to get to the point. Plus, the characters in this novel were just plain boring for unlikeable characters. So, yeah, Tender is the Night really let me down.

 

Biggest surprise.

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When I picked up This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter last month from the library, I went into it with low expectations. It appeared as though the author was trying to mesh too many genres—contemporary, thriller, and magical realism—and I was nervous as to how she could possibly make that all work. Somehow, she figured it out.

 

Favorite new author (debut or new to you)

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Though I own most of her published works, I only started reading Marissa Meyer this year. I read Heartless, her stand-alone young adult retelling about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, this spring and loved it. Reading that got me excited to read her claim to fame, the Lunar Chronicles, one of the most hyped young adult series.

 

Newest fictional crush

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Wallace Wartland from Eliza and Her Monsters from Francesca Zappia, one of the first books I read this year. Though he looks like the stereotypical big, handsome, blue-eyed football player, he is mostly a sweet, shy nerd that I adore.

 

Newest favorite fictional character

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That would have to be Virginia Shreves, from my most recent read, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler. I related to her so much. It was the first time, in a long time, I truly saw myself, specifically my younger self, in a young adult novel. Virginia is a good person, and she comes into her own by herself. That is something I think we need more of in young adult literature these days.

 

A book that made you cry

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I wouldn’t say this book made me cry full-on tears—other books in previous years have brought on waterfalls—but a book that definitely made me feel emotional, especially in the beginning portion, was The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan. A teenaged girl learns to cope and tries to find answers to family secrets in the wake of her mother’s suicide. This book had its moments where it hit close to home, in certain aspects of the main character’s grieving process and her memories of her mother.

 

A book that made you happy

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Definitely My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows made me happy. The authors took what was a serious, unhappy, and certainly not funny time in history and turned it all on its head, with hilarious storytelling and comedic situations.

 

Favorite book to film adaption you saw this year.

Comic books count right? A movie I watched based on a comic book is Doctor Strange. I personally have not read anything from Marvel or DC, though admittedly I prefer the latter’s movies and superheroes. Doctor Strange was the only Marvel movie I was interested in watching, primarily because it had more of a magic element than the others did. I watched it on Netflix a few months ago and I still think about it—I absolutely adored this film more than I thought I would. And Benedict Cumberbatch…..swoons.

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The favorite review you’ve written this year.

If I have to say a favorite review I’ve written this year, it’s a tie between reviews I did for Speak the graphic novel by Laurie Halse Anderson and The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace. Those were more about the reasons why young women should be reading them and I go into some spoiler detail.

 

The most beautiful book you’ve bought or received so far this year.

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Autoboyography by Christina Lauren, one of the books I bought at the very beginning of 2018 for my birthday. The cover catches my eye all the time when I’m looking at my shelves.

 

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas, Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, Furyborn by Claire Legrand, Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli…just to name a few. There are a lot more that I want/need to read before the end of 2018. It is a matter of if I will get to them and not beat myself up if I do not.

 

What are the books you want to read before the end of 2018?

 

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Covers with Green, Blue, & Purple

One of the things I really liked about the topics Shanah came up with these past two weeks is that it has given me the opportunity to talk about other books I don’t mention often. Some of these I read before I started my blog or I read them in recent years but rarely bring them up in posts. Now it’s time to give them the extra love they’ve been missing.

 

Green Covers

 

The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

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Aside from being my favorite shade of green, The First Time She Drowned is a special book because it is the first book I ever reviewed on my blog. It is a hard-hitting young adult contemporary novel about Cassie, an eighteen-year-old girl recently released from a mental institution after being sent there by her narcissistic and manipulative mother. The whole book is about Cassie facing a terrible secret from her childhood and breaking free from her mother’s toxic influence. The First Time She Drowned is a book that is severely underrated, in my opinion.

 

Entwined by Heather Dixon

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I read Entwined in 2012, back when fairy tale retellings were becoming a thing. This one is a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses and follows Azalea, the eldest of twelve sisters, who is left in charge after their mother dies and their father falls into a depression. The princesses then stumble upon a portal leading into a hidden magical world inside the castle, but the mysterious figure within this world is reluctant to let them leave. I remember really liking Entwined when I first read it, but I’m wondering if I reread it now, if I still would.

 

Blue Covers

 

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

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Yes, I’ve read this supposed “sequel” of To Kill a Mockingbird. While I love the cover’s gorgeous shade of blue, if you have read Go Set a Watchman, or at least are familiar with the controversy surrounding it, then you might understand my mixed feelings toward this book.

I pre-ordered Go Set a Watchman from Amazon when its release was announced and read it as soon as I got it. By then, I had already read and loved To Kill a Mockingbird, so my expectations were high for its “sequel.” But my reading experience of Go Set a Watchman was filled with character butchering, confusion, and boredom. Then, I did some research. I found out that Go Set a Watchman is basically the original draft of To Kill a Mockingbird that someone used to make money out of a poor old woman who only wanted to live a quiet life. Go Set a Watchman wasn’t a bad book on its own, but learning that left a bad taste in my mouth.

 

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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An adult historical fiction novel set in World War II, All the Light We Cannot See follows two main characters whose lives are connected: Marie, a blind girl living in Nazi-occupied France that eventually becomes a small part of the resistance, and Werner, a young German boy with a knack for fixing things that is unwillingly enlisted by Hitler Youth. Despite what the synopsis implies, this novel is not a romance. All the Light We Cannot See is an emotional roller coaster that will leave you sad and happy at the same time.

 

Purple Covers

 

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

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One of my all-time favorite contemporary novels, Love Letters to the Dead is written in the format of letters to dead celebrities by fifteen-year-old Laurel, who is grieving the death of her older sister, May. The whole book is about her grieving process and making friends at her new school, eventually opening up about a secret she’s kept from the night her sister died. If you are looking for a book to with beautiful writing that will hit you with the feels, Love Letters to the Dead is the one for you.

 

Have you read any of these books?

Review of The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler (Spoiler Free)

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things is a young adult contemporary novel following Virginia, a sweet but insecure plus-size girl and the youngest daughter in a family of slim overachievers. She puts her parents and two older siblings on pedestals, but when her older brother Byron is suspended from Columbia for date rape, her family unravels, leading Virginia down her own path towards self-discovery.

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I want to start by thanking Booksplosion—Kat, Jesse, and Christine on YouTube—for bringing The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things to my attention. I’m glad I read, but, truth be told, I am wondering why I waited until I was twenty-five to read this.

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things was initially published in 2003 and Bloomsbury recently released a new, updated edition in honor of the long-awaited sequel, The Universe is Expanding and So Am I. I think I heard of this book back then but was turned off by the title. I was pretty deep into my Sweet Valley obsession, too, and I remember rarely reading other books. In retrospect, I think I got more out of reading it now.

For me personally, Virginia is one of the most relatable young adult protagonists I have read. I read the original version of the book and she often described how hard it was to find clothes that not only fit her but also were cute and did not look like you raided your mother’s closet. I encountered similar situations when I was younger, as plus-size stores like Torrid were scarce, and, like Virginia, I got into arguments with my mother on what clothes to wear. Like Virginia, the clothes I liked my mother disliked.

On the topic of Virginia’s family, she believed their intentions to be well meaning but as she started to free herself from their influence, she was finally seeing them for who they were. When she started crash dieting at the beginning of the book, they were suddenly paying more attention to her and giving their approval, even offering to reward the behavior. Her mother made it more about looks than health. Byron’s comments were downright insulting. Unfortunately, Virginia’s only positive role model in her family was her older sister Anais, who is mentioned but never seen in the novel.

I really hated Byron. At his core, he is a spoiled brat. He expected the world to be handed to him because that is all he ever knew. As far as I am concerned, he never seemed remorseful for what he had done. He received a slap on the wrist from both the school and his parents, who refused to acknowledge the situation and continued to put their son on a pedestal.

Virginia’s toxic family is what leads to, in my opinion, one of the best character developments in young adult literature. She figures things out on her own, rather than have someone else, particularly a boy, give her the answers. She rebels against her parents on her own terms, never doing anything too wild but letting them know she is not going to live her life by their standards anymore.

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things has a hint of a romance. During the first half of the book, Virginia is fooling around with a classmate named Froggy. But according to her “Fat Girl Code of Conduct,” she refuses to pursue a relationship with him, believing he would not want to be seen in public with someone like her. Personally, I didn’t particularly care for the romance. Froggy was more of a symbol than a character.

Despite the serious topics covered in the novel—date rape, eating disorders, and self-harm are all trigger warnings—the writing style was surprisingly simplistic and comical. Virginia’s voice was very strong. However, the novel was too short and many of the problems presented were either unresolved or resolved too quickly.

Overall, I give The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler 4 stars. It was an enjoyable read and I personally got something out of it. I would highly recommend all teenaged girls, regardless of body type, read this book.

 

Has anyone else read The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler?

Bookshelf Book Tag

I probably watch too much Booktube when I should actually be reading the books on my TBR I bought because of Booktube. But when I come across a gem like this tag, it’s really hard to pass up. Besides, I love my bookshelves and, you know, books.

Like this incident the other day:

Me: brings in recent Amazon order after breaking two-month long book-buying ban.

Dad: looks up from TV, shakes his head, and looks back at TV.

Me: “You don’t understand.”

I saw this on yerabooknerdzoe channel and this tag was created by awanderingmind, in case you were wondering.

The Bookshelf Book Tag!

 

How many bookshelves do you have?

I have six bookshelves in total. Three bookcases, two single shelves attached to the walls, and one floating bookshelf.

 

How many books are on your bookshelves? Or how many books do you think you have?

I went on my Goodreads, where I document all my owned books. I currently have it set to list 30 books per page, with a total of 19 pages. If I did the math right, I own approximately 570 books….

 

How do you organize your books?

Alphabetically by author’s last name. I prefer to keep my series together. I like to line my books up on the shelves rather than stack them. Unfortunately, the current state of my bookshelves does not allow for that.

 

What is the oldest book on your bookshelf?

I “inherited” some books from my parents. By “inherited” I mean I took these books off the bookshelf in their room when they got rid of a bunch last year. I have three novels by Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and For Whom the Bell Tolls from my dad, as well as an old copy of Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut. From my mom, I have this gorgeous red hardcover of Pride and Prejudice with gold embossed pages and two hardbound collections of Sherlock Holmes stories.

 

What is the newest book on your bookshelf?

I received A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir from Amazon SIX DAYS BEFORE RELEASE DATE! Also, I bought a lot of other books in these past two weeks, so you will see those in my June book haul towards the end of the month.

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What is the longest book on your bookshelf?

That might be Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which is almost 900 pages long.

 

What is the shortest book you own?

The shortest book I own is Take Me Out by Bill Littlefield, who was one of my professors in college. It is a 92-page long poetry collection about baseball and life.

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What is the predominant genre on your bookshelf?

The genre I own the most of is young adult fantasy, with the runner-up being mystery-thriller.

 

Have you done a bookshelf tour?

No.

 

Go on a random number generator and talk about the book that corresponds with that number.

I went to a random number generator and it gave me 405 out of 570…I’ll be right back….

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In the current arrangement of my bookshelves, book 405 is The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson, one out of 226 TBR books. And yes…I literally counted my books.

 

Do you have fan merchandise or any other decorations on your bookshelf?

Two bookish fan merchandise I have on my bookshelves are a butter beer bottle I bought in Salem, Massachusetts at their “Harry Potter store” (that’s not what it’s really called, but if you go and ask most people know what you’re talking about) and a Dobby Funko pop from an Owlcrate subscription box, among other things. Because she’s my favorite Disney princess, I also have an Ariel Funko pop and a Hallmark figurine.

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Show us your bookshelf?

Here are some recent photos I took. What do you guys think?

 

I tag:

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Covers with Red, Orange, & Yellow

When Shanah announced June’s Top 5 Tuesday topics and I saw this first one, my first thought was: “Those are fall colors.” Anyone else think that?

As I was coming up with books to put on this list (and next week’s list, too, for that matter), I made a point of choosing ones that I have read but have never mentioned or ones I have not talked about in a while. I’ve been complaining too much about my TBR lately, acting like I have never read a book when I was not always such a lazy reader.

Here’s the proof:

 

Red Covers

 

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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I read The Hunger Games trilogy my freshman year of college. I have some good memories attached to these books involving friends. I don’t think I have ever mentioned the trilogy on my blog, but Catching Fire was the first red cover I thought of.

 

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

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I read Forbidden the summer before I started my blog. While it is a good book, I had overall mixed feelings about it. It follows an incestuous relationship between siblings Maya and Lochan, who are the primarily caregivers of their three younger siblings after their dad took off and their alcoholic mom stopped caring. Prior to reading it, reviews I heard about Forbidden promised a sad ending, which one can expect with a book like this, and people were actually shipping them. I personally felt bad for these kids and, logically, I could understand how they developed such feelings for each other, but I could not support the incest.

 

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

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If you are unfamiliar with Ernest Hemingway’s life story, The Paris Wife follows his years in Paris during the Roaring Twenties with his first wife, Hadley. The novel is narrated from Hadley’s first-person perspective, starting with her courtship with the younger, dashing war reporter Ernest, leading up to their glamorous but disastrous married life in Paris as he wrote his first novel, The Sun Also Rises.

            The thing about The Paris Wife is that I read it right as I was getting into literary fiction. I don’t think I appreciated it as much as I should have, though I remember liking the beginning half of it. Now that my reading tastes have changed a bit, I hope someday to give this book another chance.

 

Orange Covers

 

Half Lost by Sally Green

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Half Lost is the finale of the Half-Bad trilogy, an underrated young adult book series in my opinion. While I do agree that the magic system is a little confusing at first, once you get deeper into the books, it gets much easier to understand. Plus, Half Lost is not the typical young adult finale where everyone is happy and everything is wrapped up in a nice little bow. No—it’s messy and breaks your heart.

 

Yellow Covers

 

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

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In 2015, Jojo Moyes was my author obsession. I bought The Girl You Left Behind after reading and loving Me Before You. The Girl You Left Behind is told in dual perspectives and time periods. The first is Sophie, a young French woman whose family runs a hotel in the countryside of France during World War I and must play host to German soldiers. Her husband, currently serving at the front, painted a portrait of her that becomes the obsession of a German captain. Sophie suddenly finds herself in a terribly comprising position. The second narrative is set in 2004 in London, following Liv, a young woman that was given Sophie’s portrait as a gift from her late husband. When she uncovers the portrait’s history, her sense of right and wrong it put to the test.

I really loved this book, though I enjoyed Sophie’s story more than Liv’s. It covers the history of stolen artwork and discusses if the art really still belongs to the family it was originally stolen from. It’s an interesting topic and I highly recommend reading The Girl You Left Behind if that is something you want to learn more about.

 

Have you read any of these books?

The Unique Blogger Award Tag

I would very much like to thank Grey of Greyson Reads for tagging me! I am honored to receive the Unique Blogger Award. Also, thank you for coming up with such easy questions. 🙂

 

What is your favorite reading beverage?

Coffee, which is weird because of all the liquid accidents I’ve had around books. And I only drink it while reading on the weekends, unless I am in between temp jobs. I unfortunately don’t have that kind of time in the morning when I’m on a work assignment.

 

Which mythical animal would you like as a pet?

I’m a dog person, but I would love to have Lying Cat from the Saga graphic novels as a pet. Not only can she tell when a person is lying (hence her name), she’s loyal and protective.

 

What is your favorite villain?

For the last few years, my favorite villain has been Amarantha from the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J. Maas. When you really think about it, she turned a whole kingdom to ruins, tortured innocent people, and made Rhysand her sex slave because a guy turned her down (but can we really blame Tamlin for that?). I know people hate on a lot of SJM characters, but most of them are not nearly as bad as she was.

 

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I know the rules say you’re supposed to tag eight to twelve people. But I have no idea who has done this and who has not. I will tag a few people, but if I don’t mention you and you want to participate—BECAUSE YOU ARE ALL AWESOME REGARDLESS—you can say I tagged you.

So, for now, I tag:

Cassie

Abigail

Crystal

Sophie

Rebecca

Kristin

Shanah

J.W.

 

My questions for you are:

 

  1. Who was your first book boyfriend/girlfriend?

  2. What is the most disappointing book you’ve read so far in 2018?

  3. If you could name your son or daughter after a fictional character, who would it be and why?

June 2018 TBR & Backlist Book Challenge

As I’m sure you are all aware by now, libraries are wonderful institutions. Why? Because free books to read, among other things. They just have one downside: free books to read.

In May, I checked out more books than I could manage from the library. I am only allowed to renew books once, and with the amount that I had left over unread, there was little chance of me reading them all by their new due dates. Plus, to be honest, I had lost interest in reading most of them, at least right now. Since I am in a strong contemporary mood at the moment, I narrowed down the four I wanted to keep to their renewal date and returned the rest.

Here are the library books I renewed to read in June:

 

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon

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You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone is as far away from a lighthearted young adult summer contemporary you can get. It follows twins whose mother has Huntington’s disease. On their eighteenth birthday, the girls get a DNA test to determine if either of them carries the gene. Turns out, one does but the other does not. Despite being twins, the sisters already have a strained relationship because of something that happened in the past that they refuse to talk about but this new development could make things worse or maybe bring them back together again.

 

What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard

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Another not-so-fluffy contemporary, What I Lost follows Elizabeth, a teenaged girl who has recently entered treatment for anorexia. She plans to fake it all the way through, so she can get back to her mother, who has just as unhealthy eating habits as she does. But when Elizabeth receives packages she thinks might be from her ex-boyfriend, she wonders if maybe recovery isn’t such a bad idea.

 

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

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Sixteen-year-old Mel hides the fact she is bipolar from her friends. As people try to get closer, she keeps everyone at arm’s length out of fear of rejection should they find out her secret. But when an old friend confronts her about why their relationship ended, the facade Mel has carefully constructed slowly crumbles.

 

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler

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Probably the least serious novel on this list, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things follows Virginia, the plus-size black sheep in a family of athletic overachievers. After her crush succeeds in getting a feel under her shirt, Virginia is worried of what he will think if they go any further. But when shocking allegations are made against her brother, her family unravels midst her own struggles to accept her body image.

These library books I know I will read in June. However, there are other developments. Recently, I was making yet another attempt at a list of TBR books I want to read. I think I finally got it at the exact amount of pages I want and the books are in the order I want to read them in (at least at this present moment). Still…there are many other books I own that I want to read; yet with so many trips to the library or bookstore or Amazon, they keep getting put on the backburner. So, I came up with an idea, similar to something I’ve seen other people do.

I picked fifteen backlist books off my TBR and assigned each of them a number. Once I finish reading the library books, my plan is to go to random.org and use that to randomly select which backlist book I read first. I hope to read at least four of these in June. The key thing I must remember is that, once Random gives me a number, that is the book I read next (unless it was already used, but you get my drift). I know there is little chance I will get to all of these (though it would be awesome if I did), so the ones I do not get to this month will be put aside for the next time I decide to do a Backlist Book Challenge.

The books I selected for my first Backlist Book Challenge are:

 

And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman

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The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams

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The Merciless by Danielle Vega

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The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

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Vanilla by Megan Hart

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Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

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Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

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Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline

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The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes

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Lucky in Love by Kasie West

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Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

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A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

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The Appearance of Annie van Sinderan by Katherine Howe

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