Book Review: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

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This book was something that I was not expecting. Then again, you always say this when it comes to Ms. Hoover. Without Merit made me sob like a baby and question my life and mental health. This book is so captivating, honest, raw and straightforward about a girl named Merit who just wants to matter. She feels over looked by her family and incapable of love until she meets someone that makes her question everything. I do not want to give any spoilers away, but I will say that this is one to pick up and have in the books. Colleen tells stories that makes people think and want to learn.



Book Review: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

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Title: Bird Box

Author: Josh Malerman

My Edition: Paperback

Page Numbers: 262

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Review: Before I started to read this book, I looked at reviews on Goodreads. There were so many 5 star’s that it made me very excited. But, as I started to read the book, I noticed that it was the first half was very slow. The plot twist was very interesting and it made me want to continue the book. Bird Box is about a girl named Calorie who lives in a town where people have died and disappeared due to a creature. She lost her sister and is now on her own with her unborn child. She sees an ad in the paper regarding shelter in house where others live. The key is to keep your eyes closed, because once you see something, you will die. This thriller was a little drastic for me in terms of the storyline. I am not going to give any spoilers aways, but I will say every reader is different and this book was just okay for me.

Book Review: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

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Wow! I do not know what to say about this book. First, I will say that this is the first book that I read by this author. She is very hyped. I tried to read Song of Solomon first, but everyone persuaded me to this book. This book pissed me off. I felt so bad for the characters of Claudia, Penola and even their mother. I won’t disclose too much about what the book is focused on, but I will say it was so sad for me. This book contains race, molestation and rape, so WARNING!

My Thoughts:

I thought this book was a great topic read, but I did not care for the story as much. Maybe because I used to have color complex issues as a child and I could relate to Pecola. I think the mother was as dysfunctional as her husband and se allowed so many things that me personally I would not have. This book was just okay for me. I gave it a 3 star review.

Book Review: Water For Elephants

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This book review is going to be different from what I used to do here on my blog. My YouTube subscribers and I did a read along with them. We read 50 pages a day until we finished the book. This book was amazing! I never read a book where I got a lesson that was needed for my life right now. The message that I learned was that your gift will always be around you in some way and make room for you. This book is about a guy named Jacob Jankowski who is a soon -to-be veterinarian from Connell University. A tragic event happens that keeps Jake from not achieving his goal, but he still gets to do what he loves. He even finds love for himself! I will give go into anymore detail about this book. You must pick it up for yourself. But, I will say that I absolutely loved this book and I gave it 5 stars!

I highly recommend that everyone reads this book.

Book Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Title: Lux Consequences ( Opal)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pages: 395

My Copy: Paperback Bind Up of 2 Books

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Review:

I am really enjoying this series very much! Katy, a girl who moved to Virginia with her mother after the death of father tries to make friend. After seeing her neighbor who is just the most cutest and arrogant, Katy develops a crush and a new friend, Dee. Damien is the boy she wants to know more about even though he’s a real jerk. Katy notices something different about Dee and Damien that she just can’t put her finger on until its too late. I won’t give out any spoilers because this book is a series. I highly recommend this series to everyone!!

Book Review: The Geography of You and Me By: Jennifer E. Smith

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Publisher: Hachete Book Group

Page Count: 337

Genre: YA (Young Adult)

Date Started; 2/28/17

Date Ended: 3/4/17

Purchased: Library Book Sale

Rating: Plot 3 stars, Characters, 3 stars, Ease of reading 5 stars.

Quote from Book: ” The Postcards stopped coming.”

My Review:

This was just an okay read for me. It reminded me of a generic Dear John with a bad ending. I wasn’t a fan of this one like I am with other books that this author has written.

Book Review: Mini Van Man by John S. Semis II

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Publisher: Amazon

Page Count: 22

Genre: Thriller

Date Started; 2/18//17

Date Ended: 2/18/17

Purchased: Amazon Kindle

Rating: Plot 5 stars, Characters, 5 stars, Ease of reading 5 stars.

Quote from Book: ”¬†Sorry I missed our date.”

My Review:

I really enjoyed this short story. It makes me not want to date online ever again. This story was very suspenseful and crazy at the same time. I had no clue what was going to happen. I subscribe to a lot of authors on YouTube and I have always been a fan of John’s page, so when he wrote this story, I just had to have it. Now, he’s writing a novel and I can’t wait to read it. Please subscribe to ” Johnthebookishgnome” you won’t regret it.

Book Review: How To Get Out of Your Own Way by Tyrese Gibson

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Title: How To Get Out of Your Own Way

Author: Tyrese Gibson

Publication Year:2011

Pages: 274

My Version: Kindle

My Rating: 4 stars


This was my first book that I’ve read by Tyrese and I must say it took me a while to get through it. What I mean is that I’ve had this book on my kindle since it came out and I’m now just reading it! I think it was time to read this book as I have been having some reflections and feeling about my own life. This book spoke to me in a way that my friends or family never will. I was able to relate to a lot of what Tyrese is explaining in his own life dealing with an addictive parent, siblings and wanting to get out the hood. I can respect his advice toward teenagers, women and men for that matter. In this book, the author was able to ” keep it real” and ” tell it like it is” to his readers. He gives some the truth to the game, learning about yourself and how to handle yourself in all situations especially business. His confessions of his life made me tear up because I feel like I’m going through what he had once been through. I highly recommend this book to those who may not know the answers at the time. Maybe you are just in your own way.


Book Review: A Little Life By Hanya Yanagihara

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Title: A Little Life

Author: Hanya Yanagihara

Rating: 5/5

Would I Recommend? Yes

Book Review:

This is the first book that I have read by this author. Wow, I must say that this was very hard to read, but it had me wanting more. There will be spoilers in this review for sure. I thought that the author’s writing was very detailed, graphic, and descriptive. This book consists of self-harm and rape for those who are uneasy about graphic violence. I can understand why I took my time reading with book with a friend. At first, the beginning of the story was daunting and very slow. It talked about Willem, JB, Jude and Malcolm who were all friends in college and the book depicted their lives over 4 decades.

Willem, the actor, had a hard time in the beginning of his acting career. He would play roles in indie films, plays, monologues, anything in order to get himself out there. He was very popular with the women, but then started to have a liking to men. As he got older, he became famous and ended up dating Jude. He wanted the best for Jude since he has been through a lot. What I would have prefered if the entire book was about Jude, but I do like how Jude’s friends help him live his life even though they were in the dark about a lot!

JB, honestly, I did not get a lot out of his character. I do know that he was jealous of Willem being with Jude because JB was gay and had always crushed on him. His character is very saracastic with an ” asshole” type vibe, but he cared about his friends a lot.

Malcolm, was another friend that I did not really learn that much of. The story mainly was about Jude a boy who was abused his entire life whether by himself or others. He was in monestary school when his sexual abuse first started happening and a father ” Father Luke” to be exact kidnapped him and pimped him out to other men. He made Jude believe that all would be okay once he turned 16. What I didn’t like that this man repeadily raped Jude and taught him how to cut himself. This part of the story was very distrubing.
As Jude got older he did continue to be abused by others except for his friends once he was an adult and he would tell him lies about his body and the cutting until they found out ( at least about the cutting). This book made me think a lot about what peopel can really go through in their lives and how they feel no one cares or are able to help. As I was reading, I would find myself cringing when he would cut himself and always tried to kill himself. I won’t give too much away, but this book has really changed my life about how I view people. You never really know what is going on with someone truly. Jude tried his best and at most times he succeed to mask his past, but silently it always came back haunting him. The more I read, the more I wanted him to have peace and be okay. I wanted him to learn to love himself, but the happy ending did not happen, at least not the way I wanted it to. This book is powerful read and it is a must read.

Book Review: The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

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