Show Us Your Books: February 2019

Is it just me or is January seriously the LONGEST month of the year?! It must be, because I read way more than normal, so let's talk BOOKS!

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
I actually wrote a legit review on Goodreads, because my feelings were too much for this review. Basically, I understand the mixed reviews on this book. Some parts made me stand up and cheer and scream "YES!" And some parts made me go "Hmmm...making it sound a little easier than it actually was for me."  Definitely depends on your personality and place in life on how amazing this book is. Also, I am SO OVER the super long sub-title/whatever the crap it's called.

                                  Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry
This was a completely random grab that caught my attention while I was looking for another book on on the library shelves. It was an interesting puzzle, some parts of which I didn't figure out until way later than I probably should have. It was fun read but also super sad and touching in some parts...recommend for the right person. If you like multiple perspectives and how they tie together, along with the lives of outcasts, go for it. There are some dark and very sad, physical parts so please be ready.

Dreadful Company by Vivian Shaw
This was the second in a cute but creepy series about a human who is a doctor to all types of beings/monsters from horror stories. I hadn't heard of all of these creatures, but they were described well and I liked the story overall. I like that Greta is a very capable protagonist, but not necessary a perfect one who does it all herself. A lot of her personality is based around the way she treats those around her, whether sentient beings or not, and I like that trait being so central and positively viewed. It's kind of like cozy Halloween-ish type reading that's hard to explain but a fun and unique read.

This is the story of the daughter of a serial killer, who eventually becomes a suspect in a murder trial herself. I really enjoyed this and kind of quickly gobbled it down. Afterwards I noticed some slight things that others might have issues with, like (highlight) too many red herrings and some random facts there's no way I think we could have gleamed from the overall story. However, I'd totally read more about these characters because they were all kind of ridiculous. I didn't see the end, maybe I should've but didn' wasn't unbelievable but it wasn't my first guess. Honestly there was so much going on that I kind of wish I could have gotten more backstory on all of them.

Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan
Pretty sure someone on the link-up shared this, and thank you. It's super moving and I teared up a bunch of times and read it in just over 24 hours. The subtitle is "the 12 hardest things I'm learning to say," so each chapter is a different hard thing. Like, Tell Me More-No-Yes-I was Wrong-etc. The author was raw and honest and selfish and supportive and loving and I felt it.

I wanted to like this book more than I did. It was actually kind of reminiscent of As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, because it went from various points of view and some I really liked and others I kind of hated. It was hard to keep up with everyone, because the book also jumped in time as well as from person to person. We meet one sister as a twelve year old and then later meet her sister as a forty-year-old, and I just wish the chapter titles had included dates (and possibly times) along with the names. That alone probably would have bumped it up to four stars for me. But again, parts of it were super intriguing and it's great to have more Native voices writing, The idea of writing specifically about modern/urban Natives specifically makes a lot of sense in today's world and could fight against stereotypes, so that's really appealing. For these reasons I'd read him again because he clearly has an interesting story and the ability to write in a way that is enjoyable and education for me. That style just didn't make up the entire book, but the variety is impressive in it's own right.

Honorable kinda-DNF: 

I also randomly saw this on the bookshelf, and grabbed it since I love the Wizard of Oz! But...and I sound so old, it was so long and dense and the print was so small that I had to stop. I'd definitely consider going back to it when I am a) not in class, and b) not struggling through a ridiculous sinus cold that makes me need large print.

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  1. I really want to start the Dr. Greta Helsing series; I have the first book on my to-read list and everything. lol I liked In Her Bones as well.


  2. Wicked the book is definitely not as good as the musical... granted, it was FOREVER ago when I read but I remember I read it before I saw the show (SO LONG AGO) and was like "this sucks the musical better be better" and it totally was!

    Then I had the same thoughts about Girl, Wash Your Face. There's parts of it that I'm like "YES PREACH" but there's also a lot where I'm all "um... girl no." And she's way more privileged than she realizes. But, for what it is, I enjoyed it.

  3. I loved Wicked but I do think you have to be in the mindset for it.

  4. I read Wicked many moons ago and even now can remember feeling like it took FOREVER.

    I am excited to read There There and hope I can follow given what you've described.

    I read the Moretti highlight and agree.

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  6. I keep hearing all the mixed reviews for Girl Wash Your Face and it has honestly kept me from reading it :(

  7. i tried wicked a couple of years ago and couldn't get into it. and i 100% cannot do super small font anymore. there there is on my list, so good to know. when things jump around like that i really need the headings to tell me so.

  8. I really liked Wicked - but I read it before it became a musical, which I still haven't seen so I can't compare the two. It was good enough that I sought out his other books, but then Wicked the Musical came out and it was like he was writing specifically as if his books would become musicals or movies.

  9. Dreadful Company sounds great - I love the premise. Very original. Going to check out the series. I have never attempted to read Wicked, although I love the play very much. And I feel like I wouldn't enjoy the book without the awesome music.

  10. I read Wicked so many years ago but I remember the same about the font, and thank god it had the map because I got lost so many times.

    I'm less than two weeks away from getting a copy of There There and I cannot wait.

  11. Girl... I'm right there with ya regarding the small print. I had to break down over the holidays and buy some readers... yes! Readers! Geez! How is this even possible that I have readers? Ok, rant over... LOL!

    I have to say that the reviews for Girl, Wash Your Face (or at least the ones I've seen), have to be the most mixed of any book I can remember in a long time.

    Re: Wicked... I've not read it, but I've seen the musical several times.

  12. I learned tonight that Rachel Hollis has a documentary on Amazon. I raved about the applicable parts of the book. We've discussed this. I won't drone on.

    I think Tell Me More is something I'm interested.

    I bet Wicked and the rest of the series would be great on audio, but I remember reading in my early 20s with no problems. BUT now I'm old. I'd imagine I'd have to enlarge the text on my tablet.

  13. I've heard so much about There There. I read the description yesterday at the library and was like "I don't think I'd be able to get into this". But it's always hard to tell!

    Ugh. Rachel Hollis.

  14. There There is on my list, so I'm curious about what I'll think after reading your thoughts. Once I finally get to it that is. And I LOVED Tell Me More. Kelly Corrigan is wonderful.

  15. I have heard such mixed things about Girl Wash Your Face. hehehe XO - Alexandra

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  16. In Her Bones sounds really interesting! I haven't heard anything about it before!