Brooklyn–Colm Toibin

SPOILERS.

This book was slow-moving. I liked the characters but I wasn’t into the story. I get that it was supposed to be an everyday life thing, but I thought it had so much more potential to go into a real in-depth story.

Eilis just seemed complacent about her life in all respects. Like she just did what she was told and rarely stood up for herself. 

And there was no point where it was like a turning point where she DID stand up for herself or make a decision on her own.

There was no stick to your guns moment. She was just like Well. This is my life, okay.

I liked Tony at first, but I didn’t like that he pressured Eilis into marrying him before she left for Ireland. Have some confidence. If you were secure in your relationship you wouldn’t need to pull something like that.

But again, Eilis just went along with it! 

I get the times and that women were more complacent and thought their lives were to go a certain way: Wife, babies, stay at home mom. But she had dreams! She said she was going to do the accounting thing, said she was going to divorce Tony when she got back to Brooklyn but kept waffling about it.

I liked her better with Jim. He wasn’t a relaxed and frivolous person like Tony, he was steady. 

I HATED THE ENDING. 

She left letters and then never told us what she did. Why does this author hate closure? 

It is my hope that Eilis went back to Brooklyn and despite what her mother said divorced Tony, came back to Ireland, and married Jim. Then in like 40 years, he finds out that she was married before him but chose him and he’s delighted. 

What a frustrating book.

I found it boring, but I guess that’s the point. Eilis was bored with her life too, so she had to take us through it.

I thought her mom was going to die, but I guess it makes sense in a plot point for her to stay alive and Rose to die. But I don’t believe that someone as kind-hearted as Rose would have NOT told her family that she had a heart condition.

But I can also believe that she kept it hidden so that Eilis didn’t feel obligated to stay with their mother forever.

in conclusion: This book was annoying, but I liked the characters. 

MOVIE: I liked Tony better in the movie than Jim. But I like Domnhall Gleeson better sooo. I still wanted her to leave Tony. BUT I loved the way they ended the movie sooo whatever. 

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Short and Sweet Reviews

Everything Everything—Nicole Yoon 

Well. 

Well. 

Bloody hell. 

Look, there might be spoilers in this review. Take it or leave it. 

This book was amazing.

I love a well written young adult novel that takes a hot minute to read and is a DAMN good story. 

This book was about a girl with some sort of medical condition that made it impossible for her to go outside. Her mother is her doctor and keeping tabs on her at all times with the help of a nurse that keeps up her medical care as well.

Okay, there won’t be spoilers because y’all just need to read this. 

It was so good. 

Damn. 

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The Kiss Quotient—Helen Hoang 

This book had me questioning my entire life. 

It had me questioning if I’m on the spectrum. It had me questioning if I should hire a professional sex worker. It had me questioning things I haven’t thought about since I was kid. Like how long my anxiety has been affecting me, how I dealt with it, who helped me. 

You know? 

It was a wild and hot book. 

I ain’t gonna lie to ya! This book was sexy sexy. Haha, which you wouldn’t think it would be because it was about a woman who is intensely into math. 

Like real intense. 

BUT. It was a lovely story and an interesting perspective and like I said, it made me think about my ENTIRE life. Which not a lot of books can manage that. Especially not what could be seen as a romance novel.

I honestly looked up all the tells of a being on the spectrum and then I was like Whoa…I think I actually have ADHD based on all this research. (That and I was listening to a podcast about the same subject that made me think I am.)

WHICH MAKES SO MUCH SENSE YOU HAVE NO IDEA.

I should probably see a professional about it.

Anyway, read this book it was wonderful. 

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Trouble is a Friend of Mine—Stephanie Tromly

This book was fun! It was a mix of Veronica Mars and Ferris Beullers Day Off. It was fun and adventurous and I’m really glad it’s a series. 

It was about Zoe Webster and Philip Digby, where they are trying to solve a crime or two.

Honestly, I barely remember this book because I read it last year, but I gave it 4 stars on GoodReads and that means a lot because I base everything off of one criteria:

Was this as good as Harry Potter? 

Four stars means it was a damn fine romp of a time.

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As You Wish—Jude Deveraux

For a Jude Deveraux book I was very disappointed. 

It was a cookie-cutter version of some of her other books, which is to be expected given that it’s a romance novel, but she always manages to make things fun no matter what, but somehow this didn’t work.

I think it was because I hadn’t read the books leading up to this, I had no idea that this was in a series of sorts. 

But even with that it was still stilted and weird. 

Like I’m normally all for time traveling change your life kinds of books, but this was just eyerolling. 

Which sucks since I love Jude Deveraux. 

Thankfully she has a ton of books to choose from. And maybe reading the lead up books to this will change my mind. 

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Eleanor and Park—Rainbow Rowell 

I think I need to reread this. 

I don’t really remember it from reading it the first time, but my GoodReads rating says that I gave it 3 stars. 

Which probably means that it was cute but not my most favourite.

But I also have a bunch of other Rainbow Rowell books on my shelf…

Suspicious. 

Means I liked her writing at the very least. 

Hmm…deeply suspicious. Maybe I’ll read it again. 

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Wishes—Jude Deveraux

After the debacle of As You Wish, I decided to read another Jude Deveraux. Which brought me to Wishes. 

It’s about Nellie Grayson and Jace Montgomery (love those Montgomery’s).

It was good, fun, romantic. 

There’s a ghost. It’s kind of great. 

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Shrill—Lindy West

Get. It. Lindy. West. 

I love her. 

Admittedly, I was only reading this because I wanted to watch the tv series.  But THANK GOD I DID. Because what a fantastic read. 

This entire book was just one big shout out to big girls everywhere and what it means to constantly be berated because you DARED (eye roll) to show up and stand up and just breathe in a room.

The audacity. 

She tells her story in an eloquent and punch-to-the-mouth way and I love her. 

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Constant vigilance!

Something From the Nightside–Simon R. Green

My brother recommended this book. Which sometimes when my brother recommends things I’m like “What? You liked this?” And then he tells me it wasn’t his favourite but I would like it. And I’m like ‘Why would you recommend a book that WASN’T your favourite?’ and he’s all “I don’t know, it was a good book.” *shrug*

And then he declares war on my nation and we argue for a year until something nice happens and we reach a treaty.

Although I think this years war was declared because we are in a fight for a werewolf cat creature? I’m not entirely sure if that thing is even real. I just know it was cute as all hell. 

(*Editors Note: It IS real. It’s just a baby Maine Coon.)

Anyway, this book is about a detective who can go into another world called the Nightside. 

It was interesting and cool as far as detective novels go. I liked that the lead character had magical powers, it kind of reminded me of Nevermore by Neil Gaiman, and I will definitely be borrowing some more of these in the future from my brother once my book list is dwindled a bunch.

(It’s never going to be dwindled, who am I kidding? I literally have plans to go raid thrift stores next week with my bestie.)

(*Editors Note: This was written before quarantine. We did raid thrift stores, but this was written last year. That’s how far behind I am.)

Constant vigilance!

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This is Me–Chrissy Metz

Classic. After I said I was going to write every day I immediately forgot and here we are four days later.

But here we go.

SPOILERS TO “THIS IS US” FIRST SEASON. 

Now, I knew I was going to like this book immediately because I really like Chrissy Metz as a human. (Not that I know her in real life. What an assumption I made based off of interviews and the like!)

I’ll admit that I don’t fully like her character in This Is Us and it’s because of one thing. 

After her father went back into their burning house and saved her dog because she was losing her mind crying because the dog was stuck and dying, she did something unforgivable. 

(Hello. Who WOULDN’T be LOSING THEIR SHIT AT THAT. I would’ve gone back in for my dog in a HEARTBEAT.) 

After Jack dies: SHE STARTS HATING ON HER DOG.

EXCUSE YOU!!! 

Your dog didn’t kill him. Don’t you dare pin that on a dog! It was just a horrible circumstance. 

If my dad died saving my dog I would be like YOU’RE A HERO JOE. AND GOD BLESS YOU FOR SAVING MY SWEET ANGEL DEXTER. AND I WOULD LOVE THAT DOG MORE BECAUSE MY DAD SAVED HER FOR ME AND I WOULD NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS BLAME A DOG FOR THE DEMISE OF MY FATHER.

Unless Dexter tripped him on the way out the door and somehow kicked it behind her and my dad got trapped and burned to death.

THEN I would probably be like “Damn it Goose you fluffy adorable murderer.” (We call Dexter ‘Goose’ because she gooses your bum when you come in the door like a perverted old man.)

Wait. I’m supposed to be talking about a book. Not why I don’t like Kate. Or at least, teenage Kate. 

THIS BOOK WAS LOVELY.

It gives you the feels. It makes you feel like you have a comrade in arms. It makes you feel like you aren’t alone in feeling like you are a fat piece of trash and then she lifts you right back up to show you how you are BEAUTIFUL and MAJESTIC and everything is just as it should be. No matter what size you are you are fucking amazing. You hear me?!

Chrissy’s writing was full of heart and kindness, and past self-deprecation and it was lovely.

Plus I love seeing women living their dreams on their terms and how they became that way.

She is a fucking star and amazing. 

But teenage Kate can get bent. Ya hear me?

Constant vigilance.

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Whoa. Hi.

Well hello there! It’s been an insanely long time!

I’ve been very busy with school, you see! But here I am! HI! HELLO! It’s so nice to see you again.

So…last month, am I right? This COVID-19 thing is a real shitstorm.

Which is part of what I’m writing to you today. I’m home. I’m running out of school work to focus on. I’ve had to stop doing book club because I was so busy, and I needed an outlet besides playing the Sims for me to express myself.

So let’s get things started shall we?

I’m going to be posting a handful of book reviews this week! DAILY. No joke.

Unless I forget.

But I’ll see you on the flip side.

Constant vigilance!

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Year End

Hello little ducks!

What a year it has been! I’ve gone through a lot of changes from hair, to jobs, to plans for the future.

My shop did okay this year, my friendships were great and fulfilling, my house is still my favourite place on this planet.

I did a bookclub nearly every month. (You can still join, it’s at @derangedbookclub on Instagram.) And this coming year I’m hoping to do the same, maybe a little less because I have a big announcement:

I’m going back to school. In January I will be embarking on a journey to fulfill a childhood dream that I kept circling back to every once in awhile and will finally make a reality.

The plan is to finish school and become a Librarian Technician. Ie. A librarian.

After all these years, I’m going legit.

It’s time.

Stay tuned for more. (Especially sine I really let this whole thing go by the wayside and I’m hoping to be more productive about all the cookie jars I have my hands in.)

Constant vigilance!

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Deranged Book Club

Hey there sports fans!

I just wanted to remind y’all that I have a book club on Instagram now!

It’s called “DerangedBookClub” and you can follow what I’m currently reading and join in the Instagram Live at the end of each month to hear my thoughts “in person” and actually kind of talk to me!

How fun! And weird. But I’m getting used to it.

Join up and say Hiiiiiiii!

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Oh Hey 2019.

Hey there sports fans! Happy New Year! …-ish? I’m late. I know.

Do you remember me? It’s been two months since you’ve seen hide or hair of me on here!

As expected after November all Hell broke loose. Christmas season is a busy one for me and I had a lot of stuff that needed to get looked after instead of concentrating on posting anything.

Blah blah blah who cares now right?

It’s a New Year and no “New Me” shenanigans will be happening here!

I’m the same old inconsistent me! Ha!

Let me catch you up on all the fun things I’ve been doing for two months:

I moved my shop to a new instagram account (@derangedlibrarianshop) and my shop did well this holiday season! I always appreciate the business I get over the entire year and I hope to grow WAY more this year! (Although this winter is killing my hands with dryness and I really need it to stop it so I can actually MAKE all the things. That would be real great.)

Let’s see…what else? I’ve read a crap ton of books. Especially lately because I started a book club on Instagram as well! (@derangedbookclub if you want to join up!)

We pick a new book every month. We started with ‘A Simple Favor’ for December and January people could pick from three books after the vote. (I read all of them so I’m going to talk about all three on the next Instagram Live I do.)

The choices are: ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama, “This Will Only Hurt a Little’ by Busy Phillipps, and “We Are Going to Need More Wine’ by Gabrielle Union.

So if you want to see more of me then track me down on Instagram! I spend most of my online time there now!

I really think that’s it. Haha. Whoops. I mean, work, family time, life happened, but it’s not pertinent to this. I’m really happy about this book club business and thinking that I’ll finally use that to relay into a Youtube Channel.

Anywho! This week I’m going to try to post a book review every day because I’m still like two years behind! Ridiculous.

Hope y’all are having a great New Year already!

Constant vigilance!

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True Story Tuesday

This is one of the more important things I’ve learned throughout my life.
I don’t want to do something: I just don’t fucking do it.

I don’t fall for peer pressure. I don’t succumb to the whims of others. I just say “No thank you.” (It’s still important to be polite.) I don’t need to justify why I don’t want to do something, I just say no. It’s fucking brilliant. And somehow I feel less guilty then when I would make up an excuse.

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Hello…It’s Me.

Hello! It’s been awhile since I intentionally wrote to y’all.

I’m so excited for the things to come that I thought I would share with you things that are going on with me lately!

Up first: I’m moving out of my parents house and into a friends farmhouse! Which is exciting in that I’m living with the two friendliest people I’ve ever met, AND that I’ll be moving closer to my best friend and her family in order to be THEIR nanny!

I’m so excited for this new adventure but the things I’m leaving behind are going to hurt a lot.

IE: My cousins. Now I know I need to move on with my life, my littlest weasel is in school, it’s been a huge adjust not just for him but for me, but I hate the idea of not seeing them everyday. I miss him a lot but it’s really sweet seeing him flourish with new things that I couldn’t teach him. (The alphabet was hell on wheels! Haha He would go “A-B-C-B-F-U-B” And I think he really meant that “F-U” in the middle.)

Lately I’ve been hustling back and forth between two towns in order to work at a medical beauty clinic (love it there, sad to end that job in a few months.) and taking my cousins to school, AND working on my business of cross stitching.

Which brings me to the next super exciting thing!

One of my cross stitches is going to be in a magazine in February! I’m so grateful that people love my work, even though this particular one isn’t MY pattern, I love that people appreciate solid work and tapped me to be in the magazine. (It’s a weed magazine, but still haha. The irony is not lost on me. [I don’t smoke, eat, or ingest weed].)

And hell, if anyone knows whose actual pattern it is I would appreciate the intel so that I can send them love/and others their way! (It’s the “My Life is Dope and I Do Dope Shit” one.)

Anyway, that’s the most I’ve written in a long time. So I’ll leave it at that, but I’m just moving on and up and it all feels really good.

But fuck I’m going to miss my family, my dogs, and my organized bedroom.

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