Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

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Wow! So, I saw this book come through and saw the quote on the front. It grabbed me: “Moxie is sweet, funny and fierce. Read this and then join the fight.” -Amy Poehler

I am SO glad that I did. I got through this book in 3 hours! I just could not put it down. This book is about Viv, who is just fed up with the unfair treatment (sexism) in her high school. She’s a “good” girl but decides it’s time for her to do something. She doesn’t know what, but it has to be something and now.  Influneced by her mothers past, she gets an idea to start some zines.

So many girls can relate to this girl, I sure could. She’s shy, sits at the back of the class and just follows the crowd. She doesn’t stand out and doesn’t make noise. So, I totally get how terrifying it was to make her first stance. She ends up starting a girl revolution that is quite moving. It’s amazing what one little action can do.

This book touches rape and racism too. It’s amazing how girls from all different back grounds come together and take on the people in charge, the boys who are jerks and don’t take no for an answer.

This book is not just for a feminist. Anyone reading this book gains something. There’s a lot of growth to these characters. Finding their voice, self-esteem and learning to speak up for themselves. This book touches a lot more than the girls vs. boys, I keep seeing. Being a feminist isn’t really about not liking boys, it’s about wanting EQUAL rights and treatment as the boys.

In fact, the definition from a quick google search:

“Feminism is: the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.”

I don’t see anywhere that it says we don’t like them. I quite like my man, a whole heck of a lot!

These girls stand up for themselves and come together. It’s quite beautiful and I really enjoyed it. Read this book and try not to feel like you have more Moxie at the end. You can’t!  I think this book is great for the times we are in right now. #Timeisup

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Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6)

 

Okay, I  just want to start off saying that I LOVE this series. So, I was excited for this book until I realized that it was a bit like a insanely long novella. This book tags along with Empire of Storms. So, you get to the same ending as when we left off with our beloved Aelin.

Anyways, this book was much slower for me. I had a harder time to get into it. The first half of it was really slow. Basically, most of the first half was about the healing process of Chaol and his budding relationship with Yrene. The action doesn’t really happen until the second half of the book and that’s when I really found my groove. I couldn’t put it down because you start to see all these pieces come together.

I really liked the addition of the new supporting characters. I do feel like I’m getting a Game of Thrones vibe with all the characters I have to keep track of! Anyways, I really liked Nesyrn much more in this book and her relationship with the Prince. Honestly, I would have preferred this book more, if it was more about her and her new group and the Ruk’s. They were pretty awesome.

This book was just way too long and it could have been cut in half, for sure. I love this series so much and the last 1/3 of the book really made up for the rest. I was between 3 and 4 stars and I went with 4 because of my love for the overall story.

 

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

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I LOVED this book! I have had it for a while. I would like to thank the publisher & Netgalley for reaching out to me and providing me a copy of this book. It has in NO WAY influenced my thoughts or opinions.

I decided to take this on vacation to break my reading slump. I read this whole book on the drive home. To be fair, we had to drive 10 hours. I love all his other books, besides Britt-Marie was here. I could not finish that one. Anyways, this is pretty different for his normal type of book. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad thing at all. I’m going to try and write this without ANY spoilers.

I’m not a huge hockey fan. I went to my first game last year and I had fun. Not a big fan though. So, when I started reading and realized this book was about a town and their obsession with hockey, I was skeptical. I completely changed my mind about a chapter or two in. This book is so much more. I love that Backman did so many POV’s in this book. You can see how different characters feel and why they make the choices they do. It’s quite lovely.

This town is small and it’s diminishing. They feel that their last hope to keep it alive is to make sure their hockey team goes all the way. It will bring the town back “on the board” so to speak. No pressure on these kids, right?! Wrong. Everything is hanging on this one game and they are not shy about letting the kids know how important it is. They will do anything to win. They let these boys get away with anything, so they can win. Morals and Rules go out the window because there’s no way they can be punished. The pressure starts to get to some and they don’t handle it well. Then one night, one decision changes everyhting. You have these dominoes that start to fall and they hit every person in the town.

This book does start off a bit slow but I’m used to his style. Trust me, keep at it because it will be absolutely worth it. This book tackles some very deep issues and it will make you feel a lot of emotions. Joy, sadness, anger and make you question everything, even humanity as a whole. It may seem like fiction but this book is very real.

I love this book just as much as, A Man Called Ove. I recommend that one to everyone and I will with this one too. This book moves you and makes you think. I loved it and I’m sure this review is awful because I’m still mind-blown. I’m definitely a huge Backman fan and can’t wait for the next book!

Recommendations Needed

I have hit a reading slump this year. I’m normally around 100 books read at this point. I’m at 7. WHAT! I know. I’ve had some medical things happen that really just didn’t help. So.. I need some reading recommendations! What have you read this year that you just LOVED? Please spam me with book ideas!!

 

Thank you 🙂

A Man Called Ove

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Seriously, this movie AND book is amazing. I found this book on Netgalley two years and decided to take a chance on it. So glad I did because it is one of my favorites of all time! I just wanted to dedicate a post to this gem. You need to read this book then watch the movie. It is foreign, so you have to read subtitles. It really doesn’t take anything away from the movie though. It’s fantastic.

I work at a library and suggested it to our branch librarian to use for her book club. She ordered more copies and she and the book club loved it. This book came out over TWO years ago and it still has a hold list. This means there are a lot of people waiting on a copy of this book to read. It’s a pretty big accomplishment!

Reviews of past

I have A LOT of book reviews on my blogger.com account. I’m so sad that I had to make the switch but I will post my link here and make a widget at some point. This way they are easily accessible, if you are curious about any of the other books I’ve read. I’m going to try to find a good way to incorporate my old reviews. I’ll figure something out 🙂

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 ⇑ This was my past blog. I have over 300 reviews on there!

Making the Switch

Hi,

I have no idea how to use WordPress but I’m going to start learning today! I have been with blogger.com for years. They have just let me down so much and I had to make the transition. I can’t even use their app anymore! So, that’s quite frustrating. I will update this with the links to my past blog, just in case you want to see what I’m about.

 

I’m pretty sad because I’ve got some followers and I’m basically starting all over. So, I hope that I can get the hang of this and it’s easier to use than Blogger! 🙂