My biggest reading goal for 2018 was to read books that have been sitting on my shelves for, in some cases, years collecting dust. I have found that book lovers tend to have this passion for hoarding library books while still holding onto the hundreds of books they own, believing someday they will all get read. If you love the library, keep up with the “bookstagrammers” and subscribe to any book blogs or podcasts, you will ALWAYS find great new books to read and you will always want to read them RIGHT. NOW. So the goal this year was to prioritize the books on my shelf I honestly do want to read but have put on the backburner for the PYTs of the nerd world (aka “hot type”). You should do this, too! I guarantee you will feel this therapeutic sense of accomplishment. But it also means you have to stay away from the library… I can’t honestly say I’ve been super successful on that front, as you will shortly see. Guys. I’m a geek. I love the library. If you don’t know this already, Hi! Welcome.
This one surprised me! I bought it through Book of the Month Club when I was a subscriber for two whole months. Nearly every BOTM club pick has been a disappointment, and I had heard a lot of complimentary reviews of this story, so I was hoping it would live up. It did! So, this writing is not outstanding, and the storyline isn’t super original, but I still enjoyed the journey and got attached to the characters enough to wish for the best and hope for a happy ending! This is 100% a Lifetime movie storyline. In fact, it’s probably already been filmed with Tori Spelling or some other 80’s superstar. 18 year old Mary Chase is manipulative, shrewd with her calculating survival instincts, beautiful, and all Mama Bear with her little sister, Hannah. Through a series of circumstances, the two girls wind up living on their own, sometimes in their car, going from town to town, settling down only to pack up and move again. It’s a coming-of-age story with some twists and surprises, but Mary is the one who really keeps us on our toes the entire time. This is not for those who are hyper sensitive to some scandal or womanly wiles if you know what I mean. I hope you know what I mean. You’ve been warned.
Milk and Honey
I really don’t love poetry. I have tried, I have really tried. It just truly bores me. And I really hate it when (especially young adult) authors reference poetry constantly throughout their book, but, I get it. It’s because they are so much deeper and profound than me. Whatever. I say all this to let you know… this is a poetry book. And I loved it. She really is deeper and more profound than me. Kaur writes so many things I have felt or experienced and would never have known how to put into words. It is definitely not for everybody because she is extremely blunt and also writes about INTIMATE experiences (aaaand there are illustrations). So if that’s not for you, or you just don’t care to browse around those topics, then… it’s not for you! BUT, you definitely can skip those passages, and still find a lot of greatness here. Just maybe don’t let your kids get a hold of it. Get me?