today will be DIFFERENT // Maria Semple

published: 10/4/2016
pages: 259
ISBN: 978-0-316-40343-6
read: 3/14-20/2017
rating: 1// i didn't like it 2// it was okay 3// i liked it
          4//i really liked it 5// it was amazing 6// i loved it

"Smell the soup, cool the soup." 
-Timby pg 48

Eleanor knows she's a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won't swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action-life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother's company. It's also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office-but not Eleanor-that he's on vacation. Just when it seems like things can't go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret. 

what in the....i don't even know. 

man! i loved Bernadette so maybe i was sorta expecting to be on the same boat with this book. i mean, not too similar but at least in a boat near by. (i dont even know what that means. sorry!) 

i don't know. considering i flagged the crap out of it, it was VERY hard for me to connect with this book. 
since it came out, I've been picking it up then putting it down waiting for it to finally call me to read it.
(i'm a believer that books call you when they're ready to be a part of your world. yes. i know i am weird.) 

then i finally picked it up and right on the first page i was like wtf am i reading? 
i had to re-read it several times just to even understand what i was reading. 

it's not a bad book. Just like Bernadette, you have a "crazy" mom just trying to discover herself. 
she gets herself in some shit, tries to get out of it or fix it or whatever...and along the way she says/does some funny stuff. 

i just couldn't get into it. 
it wasn't my thing. 
by page 112 i wanted out so bad! but since i own the book i figured i should at least finish it cause, library book, fine, return it. who cares, i didn't pay. but when you own it, it hurts a little more to just end it without knowing. (at least it does for me.) 

i gotta say, as much as i didn't care for it, i was glad i finished it cause i was able to find out (on pg 230 in case you want to cheat) why she was freaking out about her husband.

i didn't like that it went from her perspective to you reading about her and her family from a narrator's point of view. half of the time it took me several minutes to figure out whose voice i was reading it in. 
(cant say its my fault when the book didn't keep me engaged!!!!) 

it starts off with her, jumps to her sister, then to her having a breakdown, then you think ********* and then it turns out, that no. shes just crazy. (not literally, just, idk wtf to say.) 
i think for me the saving grace of the book was Timby. that little kid was funny. 
but also wtf kinda name is Timby? 

uhm, overall, i mean, it definitely had its funny moments but i would have been okay skipping this one. 

I'll leave you with some of my fave parts and then ill spoil it so fast for you, you'll be like all like "oh. that's it?" and ill be over here like yep. 

"Was the sight of us so terrifying that the entire next generation of college-educated women declared "Anything but that!" and forsook careers altogether to pop out children in their twenties? Looking at the Galer Street moms, the answer would be: Apparently. 
I hope it works out for them." 
-Eleanor pg 30

(pg 36 explains Timby's name. i thought it was funny!) 

"My friend Merrill told me that on the first date, a guy without realizing it will tell you why the relationship will ultimately fail." 
-Eleanor pg 49

overall, i wish i would've been into it more and liked it more than i did because it did have some good parts and it was a good book it just wasnt my taste. 

spoilers below!
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the hate u give // angie thomas

published: 2017
pages: 444
ISBN: 978-0-06-249853-3
read: 3/6-13/2017
1) i didn't like it 2) it was okay 3) i liked it
4) i really liked it 5) it was amazing 6) i loved it


"At an early age i learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them." 
-Momma pg 264

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

i don't know that ill be able to do this book the justice that it deserves so bear with me. 

I'm not a "watch the news" person. 
i hate the news. mostly because it's about, 100% of the time, bad news and i don't really need that in my life. 

but that doesn't mean that i don't know whats going on when it comes to a lot of things. 
specially police shootings. 
so this was a refreshing way to view this situation. putting it in writing i think reaches a whole new demographic that might not have paid attention to it before (yes, i know there's papers and Internet and so on...but you know what i mean.) 

what i liked about this book is that it shows from Starr's perspective how something like this can damage but strengthen you as a person. how it can make you want to hide but also yell and use your own weapon, your voice. how you can be forced to grow but still in some points, remain a child. 

I believe Angie did a very good job in showing that Starr is still a teenager going through the motions and to top it off she now has to handle living with not only seeing the consequences of a cops action but also trying to keep herself as well as her family, together. 
(her family is not falling apart at any time but being the key witness takes a toll on her.) 

i love that Starr was a teenager throughout the entire book. she never pretended to be more grown up than she was. i like that she lived in the "ghetto" but went to a "classy all white folks school" where she had to learn to give Starr another voice so that people wouldn't judge her as the token black girl. i love that Angie kept her real in all of her feelings and didn't make her the typical character. 

basically, i just love the way she made Starr in this story. 
i loved that she was honest, when she was, about her feelings but when it finally came down to it, she used her voice. 

it might sound weird but this book did open my eyes to the emotions of it all. 
and the riots and just everything.

this is a really good read that i DEFINITELY recommend. 

in all honesty, i only picked it up because i saw it everywhere on instagram. 
i was thisclose to leaving it but I'm glad i picked it up and brought it home. (thanks babe for supporting my habit of buying me a new book every time we go to Costco!) 

i loved this book more than i could ever give it credit here. 

this is all I'll say on this book but let me leave you with some of my 
(before i give you the spoilers!) 

"Funny how it is with white kids though. its dope to be black until its hard to be black."
-Starr pg 11

"...people like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice. i think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right." 
- Starr pg 59

"good-byes hurt the most when the other persons already gone."
-Starr pg 66

"my parents have this thing where they never want me or my brothers to talk to somebody without looking them in their eyes. they claim a person's eyes say more than their mouth, and if it goes both ways - if we look someone in their eyes and mean what we say, they should have little reason to doubt us."
-Starr pg 98

"whats the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be." 
- Starr pg 252

spoilers below!

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behind closed doors //

published: 2016
pages: 293 
ISBN: 978-1-250-12100-4
read: 2/26 to 3/2 2017
rating: 1) i didn't like it 2) it was okay 3) i liked it
           4) i really liked it 5) it was amazing 6) i loved it


"As he closes behind me, I can't help thinking it's a shame he's such a sadistic bastard, because he has wonderful manners." 

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.
But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.
Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.
Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

what in the chicken nuggets of the world!
(yikes. the review are not great on amazon.) 

thanks to Sarah for starting a book club and picking this book because I'm not sure i would have gotten to it sooner. i haven't really seen it all over social media (which is how i find most of my books) so i wouldn't have gotten to it. 

anyway, the reviews...
uhm....a lot of people are saying that they don't like the sadistic plot of this story and while i can say it was sort of graphic when Jack is telling Grace the story, that's about as graphic as it gets. i don't want to mention his job on here because i think it could be a bit of a spoiler, but because of his fascination with the subject, i could see how some people would be bothered by some other parts of the story. 
it had other stuff but it wasn't disturbingly repulsive to the point of hate (for me anyway).
i think the scene that bothered me the most was the one with Molly. 
i fucking haaate Jack for that. 

i liked the story. 
it did a good job at catching my attention and keeping me in suspense. i wanted to know what happened right away so it was hard for me to put it down (and like always, i jumped around.) 
it had me guessing what would happen since the begging. and even if you're the kind of person that's able to figure out what happens in 2 seconds, you might be right. but how did we geeet there!? 

i liked that this is told in a past/present form so you get to see what happened (present) and how it all lead up to it (past). 
i liked that Millie, even with her disability, was still pretty effin smart. 
i liked that Esther was a total bitch in the beginning but she ended up being a home girl in the end. 
i think the one thing i disliked about the book was the writing sometimes. 
just say learned. 
I'm pretty sure there's a very good reason why she used learnt buuut still. 
that and i think i might have found another little mistake but i like finding those. 

overall, i don't really understand all the hate its getting over on amazon but hey! everyone has their thing. 
you couldn't pay me enough to like frozen. 

anyway, i cant wait to do the group discussion! 
ill probably come back and update the post. 
i think the most amazing thing about a group chat on the same book is the way people visualize/interpret things. you can learn something new just by listening to another persons perspective on it! ahhh!!!

as always, spoilers!, right after. 

thanks for reading!
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the night circus // erin morgensten

published: 2011
pages: 387
ISBN: 978-0-385-53463-5
read: 2/11-26/2017
rating: 1) i didn't like it 2) it was okay 3) i liked it 
          4) really liked it 5) it was amazing 6) I LOVED IT
(sorry! i know, my "rating system" keeps changing but gah!)

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night. 

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

there's something about this book that strikes me as ridiculously beautiful; this is the first time i feel this way towards a book, i think. 
and yet somehow, even though it made me feel that, it wasn't enough to bring me back to it as constantly as other books have done before. 
i don't know. it's a weird one. 
i think it's the pace in which it's written that made me hesitate to pick it up continuously. 
there are several characters involved in this story and i think the meeting of new people every now and again is what kind of put me off. 
(but they're all essential to the story so....)

i didn't devote the proper attention to this book as i should have and since I'd put it off for days at a time, when i would come back I'd be a bit confused on certain characters and what it was they were doing or what their part was in the plot (bad. i know) 

i finally sat my ass down and made myself read this book and I'm definitely glad that i finished it. 
it was not a bad book at all. i really liked it. i just think it was the pacing. 
I'm thinking that I'll eventually come back to it later on in life and read it again properly. 

i think certain people might have expected more of a "battle" book because of the description BUT let me tell you and save you the time; it's not. 

let me explain it a little bit more. since it's up on the synopsis, i won't be spoiling much.
it's a battle between Celia and Marco and the Circus is their "battle ground" except its not a physical battle its more of a who can create what and build from that within the circus battle. 
of course they end up falling in love but because of that, everything, everyone within the circus and the circus itself is in danger of failing...or dying....or ending...not sure what the proper term there would be.
and that's gist of can they be together without hurting everything and everyone involved.

the chapters all have their titles (for the most part very indicative of whats about to take place) AND the time (month and year) that said chapter takes place in. i read the titles but tended to skip over the dates so as the book went back and forth i was like wtf is going on! but that was all my fault. Erin did a good job of explaining a reaction as well as the action later on. 
overall, i liked the book. once it started making sense to me i liked it even more. 
i liked all of the characters with the exception of Kiko. I'm not sure what the verdict is on her yet. but i gotta say my favorite was Widget. i just loved him!

if you're okay with slow paced books, i definitely recommend but if you're not, I'd say just read the spoilers. ill try to get into them as much as possible. 

but let me leave you with some of my 

"...but a child should not have their choices dictated for them." 
- Bailey's Grama. pg 87

"secrets have power, and that power diminishes when they are shared...." 
-Widget pg 173
(this is an entire paragraph which i absolutely loved) 

"the past is easier. it's already there." 
- Widget pg 199

" i have never lied. i do not share what i am not at liberty to say. i gave my word and I intend to keep it but i have never lied to you." 
- Mr. Burris pg 253

"love is fickle and fleeting, it is rarely a solid foundation for decisions to be made upon, in any game." 
-Tsukiko (Kiko) pg 306

"if she were gone, i would be nothing. you should think better of yourself than to settle for that." 
- Marco pg 335

" i still want you to be happy." 
-Isobel pg 336
(in between a paragraph that i loved completely) 

spoilers below!

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shop girl // steve martin

published: 2000
pages: 130
isbn: 0-7868-6658-6
read: 2/8-9/2017
rating: 1) didn't like it 2) it was okay 3) liked it 4) really liked it 5) it was amazing!
(going by the goodreads rating system)

Lonely, depressed, Vermont transplant Mirabelle Buttersfield, who sells expensive evening gloves nobody ever buys at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills and spends her evenings watching television with her two cats. She attempts to forge a relationship with middle-aged, womanizing, Seattle millionaire Ray Porter while being pursued by socially inept and unambitious slacker Jeremy.


oh, what you find on randoms walks in the library. 

uhm, overall this wasn't a bad book. 

i think honestly that your feelings towards this book depend on your mentality in regards to the subject which can be either 1) starting a "relationship" with an older/younger person or 2) a} the inability to tell someone what you want (or don't) from them when it comes to a relationship and b} the inability to actually listen to what someone is telling you cause you only hear whatcha' want. 

...or at least that's what I got from it. 

Ray wants Mirabelle as just a hook up buddy cause basically mid-life crisis and tells her that that is all he wants but she chooses to hear "I'm fresh from a divorce so I need time but I know that I will end up loving (and maybe marrying) you." 

i really didn't feel anything reading this book. like i wasn't excited to finish it and it didn't really evoke any emotion in me. but at the end of the book, i can see what he was trying to say. 
and i love that as serious as it was for Ray and Mirabelle, he threw in Lisa. 
that lady was crazy in the best way possible. here these 2 are having a life serious situation and this chick is talking about being the best hoodie ever! (not slut shamming at all!) 

ray was trying so hard to find someone to end up with even though he didn't realize he was and Mirabelle could have been that person but in the process of finding THE ONE (without knowing), he's ignoring the one person that could give him all that. (boy, do we all know that feeling.) 
and then the whole Jeremy dilemma...his ending in the book is, i guess you can say, fulfilling but he didn't stand out to me really til the end. i feel like he existed for the sole purpose of the ending (and that suuuper funny bit with Lisa). 

overall, i liked the story i just find it weird that it left me with no attachment or feeling of it.
it was okay.
i am however excited to catch the movie. it doesn't look like she plays the depressing bits on there and i love that Steve Martin plays Ray...i also love the dude who plays Jimmy, Jason Schwartzman. 

as always, fave quotes/parts of the book (and spoilers after the jump.) 

She knows she needs new friends but introductions are hard to come by when your natural state is shyness. 
(pg 4) 

"Just remember, darling, it is pain that changes our lives." 
some lady on the phone pg 53

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