Friday, March 15, 2019

Books I've Read in 2018 #51-54

Hey, everyone!! It's so good to post another video and I'm behind on filming by months, but here is a video from some books I read in the summer of 2018. I'm a messy reader who takes forever to talk about what I read. Forgive me. :)

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The Diviners by Libba Bray- 5 stars This is one of the best YA paranormal horror books I've read (or listened to). Seriously, this audiobook is absolutely fantastic and narrated. I can't recommend this story enough. It's set in the 1920s and full of spooky magic, demons, and people with divine powers. It's awesome.
 Lady in Waiting: Becoming God's Best While Waiting for Mr. Right by Jackie Kendall & Debby Jones- 4.25 stars This has some great commentary on Scripture, but is chalked full of some not-so-great commentary on other women that is filled with a little too much judgment. I'm not sure if I would recommend this one. If you feel like God is calling you to read it, then yes. But if not, you can pass this up and find another book to build your faith and trust in God up.
Endless Night by Richard Laymon- 1 star This was my most hated read of 2018. I absolutely couldn't stand it. It was dull, grotesque, and obscene for obscenity's sake. I was so disappointed by this one and it is not something I would recommend. Check out my review here
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter- 5 stars I love Karin Slaughter. She's dark and gritty. Her stuff is not for the faint of heart and this is one of the worst scenes regarding kids I've ever read. It's horrifying and listening to it almost made me throw up, but this novel packs a punch in all the right ways. I am a definite Slaughter fan.

Recommend the Most:
The Diviners and The Good Daughter are fantastic novels are both for a different set of people. They are both darker reads (which I tend to gravitate towards), so whichever genre is more your style (paranormal horror versus psychological thriller) is what I would recommend.
Books Reviewed: 1
Books Rated Over 4 stars: 3
New Favorites: 2
Books That Changed My Life: 0
Owned: 2
Have you read any of these novels? What book are you most likely to pick up or most excited about? What are some of the darkest books you've read? Let me know down below in the comments!

Mini Reviews: The Yellow Wallpaper + Bleed Like Me

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
3.75 stars

"The color is repellent, almost revolting; a smouldering unclean yellow, strangely faded by the slow-turning sunlight."

The Yellow Wallpaper follows an unnamed woman and her letters of her husband diagnosing her as ill. She has been confined to a nursery in a mansion as her husband's sister cares for their baby. It's a chilling tale that is well-known and widely acclaimed. It's creepy and unsettling. I really enjoyed my experience reading this one and I know it'll be one that I remember when it comes to short stories. It wasn't a personal favorite for me and I think that may lend itself to the childlike writing style. I did, however, enjoy the setting and the tone. It all felt very isolating and shaky the closer I got to the ending and I loved that.

Whimsical Writing Scale: 3.5

Character Scale: 3

Plotastic Scale: 4.25

Cover Thoughts: I don't have a cover on my Kindle edition. It's one of those placeholder covers that they give free Kindle classics.

Bleed Like Me: Poems for the Broken by Azzurra Nox

1 star- DNF @40%

This is a poetry collection that focuses more on darker content and themes. I love dark poetry. I'm always down for a good Poe-wannabe, but note I said good. This one is not good. I cringed inwardly so many times at the vulgar, grotesque, and obscenity. I like weird and dark things. This poetry collection was the Endless Night of horror for me. It's so overtly dark that it becomes campy and questionable. I just was not a fan and I tried to read this all the way through because it's a short poetry collection, but I just couldn't force myself to continue. It was too painful.

Here are the questionable things I encountered:
"Inject me with anti-depressants, / They are my only companions. / Allow the worms to crawl on over me, / Possess me. / Eat me. / Until I rot. / Until I'm blot, out of my existence."
"Rip my eyes from their sockets. / A queer fetish in your pocket."
Weird, but not the worst thing I've read.
"Look no further- / For I'd be your geisha. / I'd be [your] lover. / I'd be your prostitute, / I'd be your humble servant, / I'd be your slave."
IS THIS REAL? I can't.
Don't even get me started on the Mephistopheles with Scabbed Wings poem because it was revolting and just plain over-the-top.
The real-kicker is my personal favorite for why I can't continue with this flaming garbage:
"Because I've raped all your lovers. / You'll need to beg me before I'll shoot you up."

Whimsical Writing Scale: 1

Plotastic Scale: 1

Cover Thoughts: It's weird and I thought I was going to get something on the horror-side because of it.

Thank you, Netgalley and Twisted Wings Production, for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Have you read either of these books? Are you a fan of The Yellow Wallpaper? If you haven't read it, it's free and I highly recommend giving it a shot! Let me know down below in the comments!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

February Reading Wrap-Up + March Goals

Hey, everyone! It's been a while since I've posted a more chatty post. I've been so BUSY. February was a month that was just spent constantly being on the go. On my campus, the ministry I'm apart of did a week of prayer and a prayer tent, so I spent the whole week praying for people in the tent or walking around campus. It was busy, but one of the best weeks of my life. I also started an intercessory prayer team for the ministry alongside my best friend. It's called Interseed (how cute is that). It was a busy month for me, but it was a fantastic one!

Books Read in February:
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Finding Selah: The Simple Practice of Peace When You Need It Most by Kristen Kill- 5 stars This is my favorite novel I've read so far this year. It follows the concept of "Selah" from the Psalms and how we as followers of Christ have to rest in God's goodness. It's all about rest and embracing Selah. I loved it!
 Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay- 5 stars This collection is fantastic. Listening to each essayist narrate their own past traumas and struggles with abuse or the implications of rape culture and its affect on their mental health and story was so heartbreaking and a reminder of how cruel humanity can be towards each other. This collection isn't easy or fun, but it's important. Check out my review here.
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker- 4 stars This one is a book that I was anticipating. I thought I was going to fall in love with it. At times I did, but at other times, I just liked it. This isn't a perfect novel, but the concept is different and I love that. Check out my review here.
the mermaid's voice returns in this one by Amanda Lovelace- 2.75 stars This poetry collection is the final one in Lovelace's famous poetry trilogy. It wasn't a showstopper for me, but I did enjoy it. I don't know if Lovelace is for me. I feel like she isn't, but then sometimes I feel like she is. I don't know if I'll keep reading her or not. I'm on the oust. Check out my review here.
A Woman's Battle for Grace: Why God is More Than You Expected and Everything You Need by Cheryl Brodersen- 4 stars This Christian Living novel was what I needed. I desired to learn more about grace and this book did exactly that. I don't know if this novel is the best Christian Living one out there, but it has stature in sound theology and some great commentary. I had some qualms though and it kind of hindered me from completely loving this novel. Check out my review here.

Overall Thoughts:
The month of February reading wise went as normal, but a lot of books I was listening to went back to the library and I'm on hold for them. I probably could've finished more, but I'm okay with the 5 that I did finish! Here are my 5-star reads:
1. Finding Selah
2. Not That Bad
These are actually my two favorite reads so far this year, so YAY!

2019 TBR:
*Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture
Total Read: 4

Currently Reading/ Hoping to Finish in March:
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 Already Finished: The Yellow Wallpaper
Netgalley ARCs: Worry Less, Pray More, Bleed Like Me, A Darker Shade of Magic
Physical Books: Searching for Spring, The Spiritual Gifts Handbook, Helter Skelter, The Purple Book, East of Eden
Audiobooks: Bear Town, Bird Box, Dumplin', The Bell Jar

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February ARCs I Didn't Get To: Snow White Learns Witchcraft, Dark of the West, Never Tell, The Familiars, We Must Be Brave, Disciple Her
March ARCs: What the Wind Knows, Sick of Me, A Cloud by Day, a Fire by Night, NEW SUNS, Never-Contented Things, The Witch's Kind, Optimisfits, Highland Crown

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These are all the audiobooks I have in my queue lined up to listen as well as the ones I have holds for.

Books I Own:
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What did you read in February? Have you read any of these books? What was your favorite read of the month? Let me know down below in the comments!

Books I've Read in 2018 #51-54

  Hey, everyone!! It's so good to post another video and I'm behind on filming by months, but here is a video from some books I r...