The Glass Castle Review

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The Glass Castle 

By: Jeannette Walls

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis: The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

The Glass Castle is truly astonishing–a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

Did it perpetuate healthy ideals? Jeannette’s childhood circumstances were atrocious. Her Dad was an alcoholic, when she was three she burned herself cooking hot dogs. Her mom doesn’t seem to really care about her children. They are starving most of the time. Jeannette getting an education though and changing her life around was great to read though,

Did it have adequate representation? Yes, although I would love to see what Jeannette’s siblings thought when these events went on.

Did it teach me something or make me think? Definitely. It totally made me think about how great my life is and how lucky I am to have what I have.

Were the characters memorable? Yes. The characters are all also real people so I think it is hard for the characters not to be memorable.

Was the plot clever? Jeannette’s life and reading about it was an incredible experience. It is also hard to believe that everything that happened in the book was true because it is such an amazing, sometimes heartbreaking story.

Favorite quotes:

  • “Things usually work out in the end.”
    “What if they don’t?”
    “That just means you haven’t come to the end yet.”
  • “You should never hate anyone, even your worst enemies. Everyone has something good about them. You have to find the redeeming quality and love the person for that.”
  • “One time I saw a tiny Joshua tree sapling growing not too far from the old tree. I wanted to dig it up and replant it near our house. I told Mom that I would protect it from the wind and water it every day so that it could grow nice and tall and straight. Mom frowned at me. “You’d be destroying what makes it special,” she said. “It’s the Joshua tree’s struggle that gives it its beauty.”
  • “Life is a drama full of tragedy and comedy. You should learn to enjoy the comic episodes a little more.”
  • “If you don’t want to sink, you better figure out how to swim”
  • “I lived in a world that at any moment could erupt into fire. It was the sort of knowledge that kept you on your toes.”
  • “I wanted to let the world know that no one had a perfect life, that even the people who seemed to have it all had their secrets.”
  • “You didn’t need a college degree to become one of the people who knew what was really going on. If you paid attention, you could pick things up on your own.”
  • “No one expected you to amount to much,” she told me. “Lori was the smart one, Maureen the pretty one, and Brian the brave one. You never had much going for you except that you always worked hard.”

Comment down below if there are any books you want me to read and review. Thank you for reading and I hope you are all having a great day.


Library Book Haul

The books I have recently taken out of the library are the Splintered series by A.G. Howard. Image result for splintered series

First book synopsis: This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence.

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

I am very excited to read this series which I have heard amazing things about. Comment down below if you have read this series and what you thought of it. Thanks for reading and I hope you all are having a great day.

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors You Want To Read More From

Before I start the tag I just want to say that I have now officially been blogging for one year and it is amazing. I love that I get to share my opinion with other people who enjoy reading and thank you to all of you guys who take the time to read my blog posts.

Top 5 Wednesday is a goodreads group hosted by Sam @Thoughtsontomes

  1. Stephanie Perkins. Stephanie Perkins wrote the Anna and the French Kiss series which I adored. I just want to read more books by her. Anything she writes I am probably definitely going to read.
  2. Marissa Meyer. Marissa Meyer wrote The Lunar Chronicles and Heartless. I have read all of The Lunar Chronicles but I have not read Heartless or the new graphic novel that she has out following Iko. I really want to read those books and they are high on my TBR.
  3. Richelle Mead. I have only read the first two books in the Bloodlines series so there are many books by Richelle Mead that I need/want to read.
  4. Mary E. Pearson. I adored the first two books in The Kiss of Deception series I just need to read the last book. Also I am interested in the other series she has out.
  5. Jennifer L. Armentrout. I loved the first two books in the Lux series and I own the rest but I haven’t read them yet. I also own the second book in the dark elements series Stone Cold Touch and I really enjoyed the first one which was White Hot Kiss. I really enjoyed her writing and I want to continue on with both those series.

What are some authors that you want to read more from? Thanks for reading and I hope you are all having a good day.

ACOWAR Predictions

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas is my most anticipated release of this year so when I saw there was predictions questions and other people were doing it I thought that I would do it to, so that I could share my opinions with you guys.

The questions were created by abookandacoffee on tumblr:

  1. Do you want any other POV’s besides Rhys or Feyre? Which? I would just be okay with it only being told in Rhys and Feyre’s perspective, I mean if any other characters were to have a POV I wouldn’t mind seeing Cassian or Nesta’s Point of view.
  2. If you could only pick one ship, elucien, nessian, or moriel, to officially become canon (IE declaration of love or, ahem, physical consummation), which would it be? Nessian. I ship them hardcore.
  3. Do you have any theories about what will happen with the war? As long as none of the characters I like die I will be happy. I think some major things are going to go down. I also really want Rhys to try and get good relations with Tarquin again because I truly believe that Tarquin wanted to be Rhys’s friend.
  4. Cassian’s wings. Go. I really hope they are alright. I just don’t want Cassian to be hurt beyond compare and without his wings that would be terrible.
  5. Do you think we will see Miryam and Drakon? Do you want to? Yes I mean they couldn’t have been mentioned in the last book for nothing.
  6. Which character (outside of Rhys and Feyre) do you want to see getting the most development? Hmmm. I don’t know maybe Nesta because we do not know to much about Feyre’s sisters.
  7. Tamlin: redemption or death? Honestly after all the stuff he did, I almost want to say death, but there is a small part of me that wants to see Tamlin redeemed so I am going to say redemption.
  8. Do you think anyone will die in ACOWAR (that we care about, that is)? Who? I don’t want anyone to die but if I was going to pick someone I would say Azriel. I don’t know why but if someone had to die from the night court inner circle that is who I would pick.
  9. What role do you think the other courts will play in the war? Alliances will have to be made and honestly I hope most side with the night court but I can see some courts aligning with the spring court.
  10. Are there any minor characters (e.g. the Bone Carver, the Weaver) that you’d like to see again? The Sureal because that character had literally been in every book and if it is not in the last book I will be a bit upset.
  11. How effective of a spy do you think Feyre will be, really? I honestly think she is going to be a great spy.
  12. Which court do you most want to see in ACOWAR? The Winter court I have no idea why but it is a court we have heard practically nothing about and haven’t even seen.
  13.  Lesser fae – do you want to see more of them? Yeah.
  14.  How do you think Elain will react to the mating bond with Lucien? Not very well seeing how she was going to marry someone who despised Fae with every part of his being I do not think Elain holds a soft spot for them either. Plus I think she will be a bit afraid of Lucien.
  15.  Would you rather Nesta train as a warrior, or more of a strategist? Do you think she’ll actually be willing to help out the Night Court? A warrior and yes I definitely think she is going to help the Night Court.
  16.  Mor’s power – what would you like it to be? I also don’t know for this one. I didn’t even know she was supposed to have a special power. Although Mor is super awesome so I would like her power to reflect her as a character.
  17.  What do you think the dynamic between Lucien and Feyre will be like in the Spring Court? Lucien is always going to watch every move that Feyre makes because he knows somethings up.
  18.  How do you think the Cauldron might come into play in the war? It might be the deciding factor.
  19.  The mortal queens: do you think they all survived taking a Cauldron bath? What would you like to see happen with them? I hope not, and they could all die in my opinion.
  20.  Amren: what is she, really? Would you be ok if she got to go home? Maybe she is a witch or some other creature. I think it would be okay if she got to go home.
  21. Jurian or the King of Hybern or Ianthe: who needs to die more? All of them. Although for the sake of this question I will say the King of Hybern.
  22. What smut scenes would you like to see in the book? Feyre and Rhys scenes I mean there isn’t really another group of characters that I think I want to see in a smutty steamy scene yet.
  23.  Babies – yea or nay? If you had to pick one couple to have a mini, who would it be? At the end in the epilogue totally. I would love to see Rhys and Feyre have a baby, I mean a baby represents the love and affection to people feel for each other.
  24. How do you think Nesta and Elain will react to being thrust into the Night Court after going for a swim in the Cauldron? I think Nesta will react to it better than Elain.
  25.  How quickly are you going to read this book, exactly? Do you want spoilers? Or are you going to avoid tumblr like the plague? Very quickly. I do not want spoilers.
  26. What are three things you do NOT want from ACOWAR? The death of my favorite characters, too many smutty scenes, and that’s basically it.
  27.  What are your top three wishes for ACOWAR that you would metaphorically (or literally) kill for? Everything to turn out well, everyone happy and healthy in the end, redemption arcs for Tamlin and Lucien. As well as for Nessian to become canon.

Thank you for reading comment down below some predictions you have for the book. If you have any books you want me to read and review comment down below. I hope you are all having a great day.

This Savage Song Review

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This Savage Song

By: Victoria Schwab

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis: There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

Did it perpetuate healthy ideals? Not really, although the relationship between August and his parents was good, his relationship with his brother Leo was really bad. Also there is the fact that the relationship between Kate and her Dad was also atrocious. Harker overall was a terrible person.

Did it have adequate representation? I adored both of the main characters and loved reading from both of their perspectives. At the start of the book I liked August better than Kate but as the story progressed I started also really loving and anticipating Kate’s chapters as well.

Did it teach me something or make me think? It definitely makes you think about what happens to someones soul after they committed a crime. I also makes you think about the purpose of life especially when it comes to August.

Were the characters memorable? 100% yes. There were characters I loved and characters I despised. All the characters stood their own ground and none of the characters stood out to me as being boring or unimportant.

Was the plot clever? Yes. I mean it was incredible the places this book takes you. I never found myself  bored while reading this and I was left wanting more as soon as I finished the last page.

Favorite Quotes:

  • “I mean, most people want to escape. Get out of their heads. Out of their lives. Stories are the easiest way to do that.”
  • “It was a cruel trick of the universe, thought August, that he only felt human after doing something monstrous.”
  • “The beautiful thing about books was that anyone could open them.”
  • “Monsters, monsters, big and small,
    “They’re gonna come and eat you all.
    Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
    Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
    Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
    Smile and bite and drink you dry.
    Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
    Sing you a song and steal your soul.
    Monsters, monsters, big and small,
    They’re gonna come and eat you all!”
  • “You wanted to feel alive, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re monster or human. Living hurts.”
  • “He wasn’t made of flesh and bone, or starlight.
    He was made of darkness.”
  • “Why did everyone have to ruin the quiet by asking questions? The truth was a disastrous thing.”
  • “She cracked a smile. “So what’s your poison”
    He sighed dramatically, and let the truth tumble off his tongue. “Life.”
    “Ah,” she said ruefully. “That’ll kill you.”
  • “He could be the monster if it kept others human.”
  • “People are users. It’s a universal truth. Use them, or they’ll use you.”
  • “I read somewhere,” said Kate, “that people are made of stardust.”

    He dragged his eyes from the sky. “Really?”

    “Maybe that’s what you’re made of. Just like us.”

    And despite everything, August smiled.”

  • “Even if surviving wasn’t simple, or easy, or fair.
    Even if he could never be human.
    He wanted the chance to matter.
    He wanted to live.”
  • “Don’t tell me you’re afraid of heights,” she said, shimmying along the edge.
    “Not heights,” he murmured. “Just falling.”
  • “For one, dazzling, infinite moment, August felt like he was standing on a precipice, the end of one world and the beginning of another, a whisper and a bang.”

Comment down below if you have any book recommendations for me or any books you want me to read and review. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you all are having a good day.

30 Day Reading Challenge

I saw Little Book Owl on booktube do this and it sounds really great. I love the concept.

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So basically you try to read everyday for 30 days and then do a progress report for each day. I think that this will help me a bit knowing that I want to read everyday for this challenge because there are some days that I just look at my books and I don’t pick anything up. This will also help me finish my novel study for school which is The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I am also actually really enjoying this novel study so far and cannot wait to see what happens next.

So I am really excited to see what happens and I will try to post updates everyday either at the end of the day or the start of the next day.

Comment down below if you have any book recommendations for me or books you want me to review. Thank you for reading and I hope you are having a great day.

Is He Or Isn’t He Review

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By: John Hall

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis: In the glittering world of New York City’s richest and most famous prep school, best friends Paige and Anthony become equally entranced by the enigmatic, ever–so–cute new guy Max, but in order to snag him, they must first use their charms and wit to discover the truth–is he or isn’t he?

Did it perpetuate healthy ideals? The friendship between Paige and Anthony was incredible. I also really enjoyed reading about Anthony and Paulo’s relationship as brothers and I found it to be very realistic. Although they did do some things to try and find out if Max was gay or not I overall thought this book did perpetuate healthy ideals.

Did it have adequate representation? Yes, this book is told in the perspectives of Anthony and Paige. Paige is straight and Anthony is gay. I found that it was very well told. I enjoyed reading from both of their perspectives and I thought the book overall had adequate representation.

Did it teach me something or make me think? This book definitely made me think and I guess it also taught me not to judge just based on looks because they both go after Max because he is attractive. Also like Paulo said “why don’t you just ask him.” Is he or isn’t he.

Were the characters memorable? Yes, It has been a while since I have read this book and I still have a clear picture in my mind of what all the characters look like. Of course characters like Anthony, Paige, and Max are very memorable because the book was structured around those characters. Paige’s friends are also very memorable, not to mention Anthony’s brother Paulo.

Was the plot clever? Yes, although they could have just asked him the story wouldn’t be the same. The story progresses in a way that by getting the answer to the question ‘Is he or isn’t he’ actually gets them answers to many other questions instead. Also the plot made this book pretty fast paced I read it in a day.

Favorite Quotes: 

  • “For a relationship to work, you really have to know the person you’re involved with. Otherwise it’s never going to last.”
  • “Sometimes what you’re looking for is right under your nose and you don’t even know it.”

I definitely recommend this book. If you guys have any books you want me to read and review comment down below. Thanks for reading and I hope you are having a good day.

Spring Cleaning Book Tag

I am not to sure who the creator of this tag is but if I am able to find it I will either edit my blog post or just comment the original creators name down below.

  1. The struggle of getting started: a book/book series that you have struggled to begin because of its size? There are several books I could pick for this one like Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. The book I am going to pick though is The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I was loaned this book from my teacher and I have just been struggling to start it. Image result for the name of the wind
  2. Cleaning out the closet: a book and/or book series you want to unhaul? There are no books that I own that I want to unhaul at the moment, I tend to read books from the library first and buy them if I really enjoyed them and can see myself rereading them. Although I also buy books because they have really high reviews I have not been severally disappointed enough in any of the books I own to want to get rid of them yet.
  3. Opening windows and letting fresh air in: a book that was refreshing? Is He or Isn’t He by John Hall. I was just in a massive reading slump and then this book just pulled me out of it. I finished this book in a day and really enjoyed it. I will be doing a review of this book soon. Image result for is he or isn't he
  4. Washing out sheet stains: a book you wish you could rewrite a certain scene in? I don’t know. I cannot really think of a scene in a book I would want to rewrite at all. I mean maybe the one scene in Evermore by Alyson Noel or was it the sequel that it happened in? Anyway I just really didn’t enjoy that book and I didn’t like how Ever decided to trust the one guy even though it was the wrong thing to do. Image result for evermore
  5. Throwing out unnecessary knick-knacks: a book in a series that you didn’t feel was necessary? This question is difficult because most of the series I have read I have found all the books to be necessary to the plot. Maybe Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Not to much happens in this book although I still really enjoyed it I think the series didn’t need to have this book.  Image result for anne of avonlea
  6. Polishing the doorknobs: a book that had a clean finish? Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I thought this books ending was great just the way it is so I had no interest in reading the second book, although I still might pick it up because my Mom said she really liked the second book I do believe that Me Before You definitely could have been just the one book. Image result for me before you book cover
  7. Reaching to dust the fan: a book that tried too hard to relay a certain message? Hmm. This one is also pretty tough because I have not read something that talked about the same thing throughout the whole book over and over and over again. I truly wouldn’t of enjoyed a book that was like that so maybe if you guys know a book that would fit this question or any of the questions I did not answer or answered comment down below.
  8. The tiring yet satisfying finish of spring cleaning: a book series that was tiring yet satisfying to get through? I almost want to say The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling because when I was younger and I first picked up the series it took me a long time to get through all the books but it was definitely worth it in the end. I really want to reread this series soon actually. Image result for harry potter books
  9. Looking forward to next spring: tag 4 people you want to do this tag? Well I guess I tag whoever wants to do this tag that reads it and says that is something I wouldn’t mind doing on my blog. 

What would you have answered for the questions comment down below. Also if you have any book recommendations or books you want me to review comment down below as well. Thanks for reading my post and I hope you are all having a great day.

The Original creator:

March Wrap Up

I actually read books in March and am finally starting to get out of the huge reading slump that I was in.

  1. Hamlet by William Shakespeare. I had to read this one for school so while it was not something I read for pleasure I still really enjoyed it. This is the first book, well play, I have read for school that I rated five/five stars.
  2. A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron. I thought this book was spectacular and also rated it 5/5 stars.
  3. Is He or Isn’t He by John Hall. This book is a new favorite of mine. I found myself enjoying it from beginning to the end. I rated this book 5/5 stars as well.
  4. Happy Cafe Volume 2 by Kou Matsuzuki. This is a manga and I am really enjoying this manga series so far and I am excited to see what happens next.
  5. Fairest by Marissa Meyer. I went into this book with high expectations because of the rest of the lunar chronicles series. It is not a bad book, I just really didn’t like Levana. I didn’t really see the need for this story. This book also did not change my opinion of Levana like many other people said it did. In fact this book made me dislike her more which I thought was impossible before reading it. That is why I rated Fairest 3.5/5 stars.

So I really enjoyed the books I read this month and I hope the month of April is just as good as a reading month. What did you read this month, comment down below.

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