Adulthood Is a Myth & Big Mushy Happy Lump

30754980Adulthood Is a Myth & Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen
Published : 2017
Version Read
 : ebook
Read More about it here.

4starSarah Andersen’s hugely popular, world-famous Sarah’s Scribbles comics are for those of us who boast bookstore-ready bodies and Netflix-ready hair, who are always down for all-night reading-in-bed parties and extremely exclusive after-hour one-person music festivals. 

In addition to the most recent Sarah’s Scribbles fan favorites and dozens of all-new comics, this volume contains illustrated personal essays on Sarah’s real-life experiences with anxiety, career, relationships and other adulthood challenges that will remind readers of Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half and Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. The same uniquely frank, real, yet humorous and uplifting tone that makes Sarah’s Scribbles so relatable blooms beautifully in this new longer form.

I’ve told myself that this year I wanted to read lots of different kinds of books. Novels, graphic novels, fanfiction, non-fiction, etc. I picked these up at the library the day Big Mushy came out in stores. I wanted something that would cheer me up after a couple of crappy days at work. Boy did these do the trick.

I’m not new to the adulting game. I’ve been one for many (oh so many) years and wasn’t sure if I would relate to these books. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It was like reading my life in a comic book. Almost everything she drew was me, from spending pimps amount of money on books, to sleeping/talking to my cat. I may be single now, but I could even relate to all the relationship stuff she wrote about.

This was such an enjoy to read, I can’t wait to see what else she takes from my life to show the world.

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Shadow and Bone

10194157Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo 
Published
 : 2012
Version Read
 : paperback
Read More about it here.

4starSurrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

I’ve had this book on my TBR for a very long time. Probably one of the longest books sitting there, since I started this blog site. Not sure why it’s taken me so long to pick it up, but I made a promise to myself to start reading the books I’ve been putting off. Starting with what is the oldest and working toward the newest.

I enjoyed this book more than I expected to. The world building was fantastic and I felt drawn into it almost instantly. Like a lot of people I really crushed on the Darkling until near the end. I can’t say that I ever shipped him and Alaina, but I can see why some people may have.

The plot was very slow going and at times I wasn’t sure where it was going to end up. I had a feeling that not all was what it seemed and there were a couple characters that really freaked me out. If they freak me out, that just means they are well rounded and perfect.

I’m really interested in seeing where this series goes. I know it’s one of the most popular out there, and so far it’s lived up to the hype. I hope the second book doesn’t have the sophomore slump. That would be a shame.

The Fill-in Boyfriend

23291575The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West  
Published
 : 2015
Version Read
 : ebook
Read More about it here.

4starWhen Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

Right along with my romantic contemporary reads, I started this bad boy.  I enjoyed the heck out of it and almost read it in one sitting. The characters were well written and with just the right amount of angst to keep the plot going.

Although Gia is not my favorite heroine, I loved the heck out of Hayden. For once, we have a guy that is not shady and seems like a genuinely good guy. Where are they at in real life? Anyway, their feelings toward each other are a little too insta-love for me, but I can easily over look it.

I enjoyed the relationship Gia had with her family, and it wasn’t a great one. I thought her brother was a little mean with his video, but I get the point he was making. Gia was shallow and only worried about how many likes/hits she got. I thought that helped drive the plot to where she would realize how crazy she is and straighten up.

It wasn’t the most original story, but it was so well written and I loved the characters so much that I will probably re-read this one again.

P.S. I Still Love You

20698530P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Published : 2015
Version Read
 : ebook
Read More about it here.

4starLara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing. 

After reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I knew that I wanted to go right into this book. I needed to know what happened to Lara Jean and Peter. I was not disappointed by the story, but maybe that it was everything I expected and nothing more.

It’s hard for a contemporary to really grab my attention and shock me with a twist or turn in the plot. I felt like I knew everything that was coming before it happened. There was nothing new in the plot, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it. I think I read this book in a couple days around working and life. It was fast and I really like it.

The thing that annoyed me was how forgiving Lara Jean was that Peter always ran to Gen or seemed to be with her all the time. I personally wouldn’t put up with that. Sure you can be friends with your ex, but they shouldn’t come before your new relationship. Clearly they still had a lot to resolve, and it was annoying that it took her so long to see through the bull.

It did surprise me that she still ended up with Peter. I was rooting for her to be with John Ambrose McClaren. They seemed to be a better fit than her and Peter. Maybe my ship will sail in the last book.

All in all I did really enjoy this book. I’ve been reading a lot more contemporary and this is among one of the best I’ve read in a while.

March Wrap Up

I think I could have done better this month. I have read NINE. I had a really good start at the beginning of the year and now I’m starting to slow down. Below are the books that I started and the few that I DNF’d. The DNF books I will probably pick up again, I’m just not feeling them now.

FINISHED

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DID NOT FINISH

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