24 hours in nowhere // dusti bowling

published: 2018
pages: 260
read: 5/14-16/2019
book: 39 in 2019

Welcome to Nowhere, Arizona, the least livable town in the United States. For Gus, a bright 13-year-old with dreams of getting out and going to college, life there is made even worse by Bo Taylor, Nowhere’s biggest, baddest bully. When Bo tries to force Gus to eat a dangerously spiny cactus, Rossi Scott, one of the best racers in Nowhere, comes to his rescue—but in return she has to give Bo her prized dirt bike. Determined to buy it back, Gus agrees to go searching for gold in Dead Frenchman Mine, joined by his old friends Jessie Navarro and Matthew Dufort, and Rossi herself. As they hunt for treasure, narrowly surviving everything from cave-ins to mountain lions, they bond over shared stories of how hard life in Nowhere is—and they realize this adventure just may be their way out.

loved this read. good quick read. 

i came across this when i read this book and i think i checked it out around that time but its been sitting on my desk and i've renewed it time after time and because apparently this is what i'm all about, i finally raced to finish it to beat the clock.

this book was.....cute! i feel like saying cute diminishes it and i don't mean to do that, im just having trouble describing it. im not sure why. but it was a good read. and i am glad that i read it and this is also another one of those books that if i ever have children, id like to read this with them. 

its about Gus taking back some of his power to help Rossi out even though he's always getting his ass beat by Bo. 
its about rebuilding a broken friendship. 
its about bonding together and realizing that you are more when you help than you are when you talk down to others. 

its a story about kids who don't really know each other, each others stories (with the exception of Jessie & Gus since they were friends before) and how they assume that no one else can really have it as bad as they do. and i don't even think they think like that, its just that.

once they start revealing what their lives are all about, it broke my heart because gah! whyyyy!!!? 
they're 13 year old kids. i feel like what they go through is just heartbreaking. 
i definitely feel that Matthew has the shittier end of all their lives together, Jessie being the one that's the best off but even then, it doesn't matter who has what and how good they have it; everyone still has their own thing going on.

aside from that little heartbreak (for me anyway because apparently im a huge softie!) this book was pretty funny. 
i loved the dialogue they all had with each other. 
i love that they all "discovered" each other and that in the end, they band together because they realize that they can all be friends and that they can all be there for each other. 
i also love how they all stand up to Bo in the end. 

and yes, Bo has an even shittier stick but gah! i wanted to sock that kid. 
he was such a dick. im so glad he got his ass served in the end. 
BY    A     G I R L ! ! !
(bit of a spoiler but meh, not really)

overall, im glad that i read this book. 
i absolutely loved it. 

i don't think there really is anything to spoil. i don't know its weird. 
but i will write what its about if you wanna read below.

thanks for reading!
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i might regret this // abbi jacobson

published: 2018
pages: 311
heard / read: 5/12-14/2019
book: 38 in 2019

When Abbi Jacobson announced to friends and acquaintances that she planned to drive across the country alone, she was met with lots of questions and opinions: Why wasn't she going with friends? Wouldn't it be incredibly lonely? The North route is better! Was it safe for a woman? The Southern route is the way to go! You should bring mace! And a common one... why? But Abbi had always found comfort in solitude, and needed space to step back and hit the reset button. As she spent time in each city and town on her way to Los Angeles, she mulled over the big questions— What do I really want? What is the worst possible scenario in which I could run into my ex? How has the decision to wear my shirts tucked in been pivotal in my adulthood? In this collection of anecdotes, observations and reflections—all told in the sharp, wildly funny, and relatable voice that has endeared Abbi to critics and fans alike—readers will feel like they're in the passenger seat on a fun and, ultimately, inspiring journey. With some original illustrations by the author.

who wasn't crushed by the end of Broad City? 
if i think about it i get a bit sad because what a good show!
but also, what an even better ending! 

anyway, i picked up this book at Target at the beginning of the year but like always, i put it off. 
I was able to get it as a loan from my library's audio section so i heard/read along and that was probably the best way for me to read this book. 

it just details her thoughts, and lists, and questions and concerns while she goes on this road trip. 
she also talks about her lost card project and i thought that was pretty cool. she reunited a lost letter with the owners children who didn't really see their father as the man who had written the letter many years ago. and off of this, she created an even bigger project where now all sorts of strangers are reuniting lost things with their owners. 

she also goes into a bunch of other things that were pretty cool to learn about. 
like for example: i did not know that she was in a long term relationship with a woman. 
NOT that that matters in anyway whatsoever but because i was so used to her as Abby in broad city, i just never thought of her like that (trust me...I DO NOT MEAN ANYTHING BAD BY THIS!) so in season 5 when they introduce Leslie (HAAAAY!!!!) as Abby's doctor and later on love interest, i was shocked because i was so used to her being all about dudes. NOT KNOWING that in her real life, this was a journey she had taken. i know the show played a lot on their real life.....it's just that as the human that I am, i NEVER delve into a celeb's life cause i personally do not care what they had for breakfast August 12, 1938, ya know...their personal life is none of my bidness. if i HAVE to search for it, i already don't care. 
all that to say that it was nice to learn more about Abby as a human vs Abby as Abby in BC. 

this is a pretty cool listen to, so I'm glad i got around to it like that. 

....uh, there's really not much to say about it since its a) been so long but b) its also just a long ramble about everything so yea. 

if you can get this as an audio listen, i definitely recommend it. 
if you can get a copy of the book, i recommend that too since there are drawings everywhere. 

anyway, thanks for reading!
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the girl he used to know // tracy garvis graves

published: 2019
pages: 291
read: 5/10/2019
rating: Y E S ! ! !  
book: 37 in 2019

Annika (rhymes with Monica) Rose is an English major at the University of Illinois. Anxious in social situations where she finds most people's behavior confusing, she'd rather be surrounded by the order and discipline of books or the quiet solitude of playing chess.
Jonathan Hoffman joined the chess club and lost his first game—and his heart—to the shy and awkward, yet brilliant and beautiful Annika. He admires her ability to be true to herself, quirks and all, and accepts the challenges involved in pursuing a relationship with her. Jonathan and Annika bring out the best in each other, finding the confidence and courage within themselves to plan a future together. What follows is a tumultuous yet tender love affair that withstands everything except the unforeseen tragedy that forces them apart, shattering their connection and leaving them to navigate their lives alone.
Now, a decade later, fate reunites Annika and Jonathan in Chicago. She's living the life she wanted as a librarian. He's a Wall Street whiz, recovering from a divorce and seeking a fresh start. The attraction and strong feelings they once shared are instantly rekindled, but until they confront the fears and anxieties that drove them apart, their second chance will end before it truly begins.

i still cannot believe that i read this book in about 5-6 hours. i mean, WHAT!!?? 
and I'm even more shocked that I'm shocked because it is doable, i've read books in a day before. i guess its because i devoured it on the airplane ride back from Mexico. 

i found this book through IG and it had great reviews and although that's bit me in the ass before i still went for it and luckily my library got it to me before i took off and for that i am super thankful. 

i took this book along with Chelsea's with me on my vacation to Mexico hoping to read them both while i was out there. (they're both fairly small with them being under 300 pages.) i was crazy to think that i would get 2 books read out there considering that i KNEW there was going to be no downtime but i was still optimistic. 
i finished Chelsea at like 130 am on my last night out there. and i wanted to get this started so that i could finish on the flight or get close to finishing as much as possible. 

we get on the plane; i start reading.
we're delayed like an hr and a half. 
i find that they have the Addams Family movie and i want to see it so i tell myself "make it to page 100 and then put it away and watch the movie."
i got to page 100... and i kept going. 
i did not want to stop reading this story!

before the story starts, you have the author's acknowledgements so you find out right away that Annika has Autism (if ya didn't read it, sorry for the minor spoiler!). 

i read a comment from a blogger i follow that says something along the lines that yes, this is a love story, but its also so much more than that. its about acceptance and growth. 
and it is. 
100% it is. 

in the beginning its basically an introductory period. you're in the present but every other chapter as takes you into the past (i love books like this!). 
you get to see how their relationship started and developed and eventually what broke it. but the good thing is that from the beginning you also see the way it starts to get repaired. both with Annika & Jonathan as well as just Annika herself. even though she still has ways to go now that she has Jonathan back in her life. 

in the beginning its just that, the beginning. there wasn't too much about it that has you super preoccupied with where the story is going. you're just going with the flow. 
then you hit a point that makes this story so much more! 
you learn the reason why it ended. 
of course they talk it out and its good. 

oh man. 
that final twist it took. 
i did not expect that. 
i maybe would have seen it coming had i read the titles of the chapters but lets be honest, i still would not have seen that ending coming. (it's just who i am as a human.)

holy smokes. 

i did not expect that and it made the story that much more for me. 

maybe most caught it but i didn't. but what the author did with this story made my heart burst and my love for this book bloom like no other! 

this is the first time that I've been ridiculously bummed that i finished a book in 1 sitting. 
i have now experienced my very first book hangover. if i ever thought i had ever had one, i hadn't; this was my first. 

such a good book.

ill definitely be buying this one to add to my library! 

jump over for spoilers! 
thanks for reading. 
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life will be the death of me.....and you too! // Chelsea Handler

published: 2019
pages: 340
read: 5/5-9/2019 
book: 36 in 2019

In a haze of vape smoke on a rare windy night in L.A. in the fall of 2016, Chelsea Handler daydreams about what life will be like with a woman in the White House. And then Donald Trump happens. In a torpor of despair, she decides that she’s had enough of the privileged bubble she’s lived in—a bubble within a bubble—and that it’s time to make some changes, both in her personal life and in the world at large.

At home, she embarks on a year of self-sufficiency—learning how to work the remote, how to pick up dog shit, where to find the toaster. She meets her match in an earnest, brainy psychiatrist and enters into therapy, prepared to do the heavy lifting required to look within and make sense of a childhood marked by love and loss and to figure out why people are afraid of her. She becomes politically active—finding her voice as an advocate for change, having difficult conversations, and energizing her base. In the process, she develops a healthy fixation on Special Counsel Robert Mueller and, through unflinching self-reflection and psychological excavation, unearths some glittering truths that light up the road ahead. 

Thrillingly honest, insightful, and deeply, darkly funny, Chelsea Handler’s memoir keeps readers laughing, even as it inspires us to look within and ask ourselves what really matters in our own lives.

I'm hitting a slump where i don't really want to read let alone blog even though half of the following posts have already been typed up for foooorrreeeevvveeerrr. 
all i want to do is read harry potter but i keep checking out books at the library. 

anyway, since there's really no spoilers here i guess ill make it quick. 

i LOVE Chelsea Handler!
she's by far the only celebrity i have fangirl'd over. (i got to meet her when i worked Khloe Kardashian's wedding.) 
i love all of her books!
i love her stories. 
i love her openness. 
i just love her. 

this was no different. if only, its maybe her best book yet. 
i love how open she is about everything here. 
its one thing to write books about haha stories to then write a book where she talks about how she discovers who she is meant to be / do. 

i love how open she is with everything and how she finally excepts therapy in to her life and how she realizes that her brothers' death and her father's handling of that shaped her into who she has / had been her whole life. 

i had a blast reading this while on vacation by the beach. so glad i waited to read this til then. 

if you come across it, i definitely recommend you read this. 
if anything, your vocabulary will grow exponentially. ....and maybe, you'll even learn a few things about yourself. 

thanks for reading! 
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the book of M // Peng Shepherd

published: 2018
pages: 485
heard / read: 4/30 to 5/3/2019 
book: 35 in 2019

Set in a dangerous near future world, The Book of M tells the captivating story of a group of ordinary people caught in an extraordinary catastrophe who risk everything to save the ones they love. It is a sweeping debut that illuminates the power that memories have not only on the heart, but on the world itself.

One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man’s shadow disappears—an occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, it comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories.

Ory and his wife Max have escaped the Forgetting so far by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods. Their new life feels almost normal, until one day Max’s shadow disappears too.

Knowing that the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to Ory, Max runs away. But Ory refuses to give up the time they have left together. Desperate to find Max before her memory disappears completely, he follows her trail across a perilous, unrecognizable world, braving the threat of roaming bandits, the call to a new war being waged on the ruins of the capital, and the rise of a sinister cult that worships the shadowless.

As they journey, each searches for answers: for Ory, about love, about survival, about hope; and for Max, about a new force growing in the south that may hold the cure.

Ask and the universe delivers.
Finally!, a dystopian read that I did not hate.

as i have mentioned before, i get emails for eBooks on sale and this was one of them but i tend to avoid buying them now because i rarely use my e reader (not to say that there isn't a huge chunk to read on my nook and on the kindle app!), Its just that books are my priority right now because my library is hooking me up! but i saw this and it was the cover that caught my attention. (isn’t it always though?)

...then i read the synopsis and i was like crap! 😫...because you already know that station 11 wasn’t my favorite and neither were any of the dystopian stories that have come after it. but i was like screw it let me see if my library has it. 
and they did! 
both audio and physical so i got both.

and i'm glad i did because i really ended up liking this story. 

finally, a dystopian story that isn't so…, dreadful. That isn’t dragging and iduno…. boring. As far off as it is, it isn’t…nothing. at the end of it all, it has something to offer to me that none of the other have been able to do. 

i will admit that for most of the book, i was kind of lost because it’s kind of all over the place in regards to reality and fantasy but once i got the hang of it, i was okay with it.
what made this book for me was the end. 
it was so sad. 
to get so far, to be so close, so hopeful just for it to end the way it did for Ory. 
but that was the beauty in it. I don’t think I would have liked it as much as I did if it had all “worked out” in the end.

i loved Max's parts in the book. the way you got to see it evolving from her point of view even when she is slowly but surely losing her memories while Ory is seeing it all unravel and fall apart while moving forward on his end.
what a beauty that she has her memories in the recorder (although, wouldn't she eventually forget how to even use it?) to help her navigate what is to come in the upcoming years. and i find it so clever that the author was able to use the recorder for and against Max & Ory. i feel like that recorder played a huge part in all the decisions that were made by Max. and how Ory's fear played a huge part in the story as well. (I wont spoil it here)

this book involves weird magic bits, fear of the "end of the world", heartbreak, loss, discovery, courage, rage, love....just a bit of everything. and it all ties it up nicely, but i will admit that it is also a little out there. its all over the place but its done so good (IMHO) that I'm not questioning the validity of any part of this story no matter how far fetched it may seem just because its something I'm not used to reading. 

i ended up liking this book so much that i did end up buying it for my nook. this is a book that i will re-read sometime in the future and i just know that every time i do read it, it will teach me something new. i think i will always end up catching something that i previously missed. 

HERE is a review that i went off of when i first started this book. like always, i cheated and looked up spoilers and she was the only one that provided them. also, she goes a bit more into it than i do here and it looks like she's not a huge fan of the book, at least not as much as i am and i think its good to see two sides to this book.

overall, i'm glad i read this and i'm even more ecstatic that i found a dystopian novel that i ended up liking and not regretting like i have all others. 

as always, spoilers coming up!

thanks for reading! 
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EDIT: after writing out spoilers, I'm realizing that a) i either really didn't pay THAT MUCH attention or there really are a lot of things that were just left to your interpretation. either way, still really liked this book. 

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