The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne / ★★★★★
Summary: In 1945, pregnant sixteen year old Catherine Goggin is thrown out of her tiny Irish town and goes to Dublin, where she gives up her baby. Her son, Cyril, is adopted by the Averys, who constantly remind that he’s “not a real Avery,” and he falls in love with his childhood best friend Julian, a love that goes on to pervade his life, which is full of coincidence, tragedy, wonder, and fate.
It was a difficult time to be Irish, a difficult time to be twenty-one years of age and a difficult time to be a man who was attracted to other men. To be all three simultaneously required a level of subterfuge and guile that felt contrary to my nature.
I recently realized I’ve just passed the 1 year anniversary of this blog becoming a book blog on September 12, when I posted my review of The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, effectively transforming this blog into a book blog because I needed a place to talk about it. It’s a terrible review, don’t go read it (I’m serious, I knew nothing about writing reviews). This series also rekindled my love of reading after college burned me out, and led me back to the book world :’)
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng / ★★★★☆
Summary: The Richardson family live in Shaker Heights, where everything is neat and orderly and planned. When the artistic, nomadic mother and daughter, Mia and Pearl, move into Elena Richardson’s tenant house, the two families become irreversibly intertwined. When a custody battle over a Chinese-American baby breaks out between friends of the Richardsons and a friend of Mia’s, Elena and Mia find themselves on opposing sides. Looking for an advantage, Elena decides to uncover the secrets to Mia’s mysterious past.
Rules existed for a reason: if you followed them, you would succeed; if you didn’t, you might burn the world to the ground.
Hadeer and Rachel did this tag recently and I thought it looked fun! And I just want to apologize to all you kind people who tag me and nominate me for things and then I veer off and do all these tags no one’s tagged me for. I swear I keep track of them all and have them in a list….maybe one day I’ll catch up… I always appreciate it, though ❤
A Fugitive in Grass Valley by I.M. Flippy / ★★★★☆
Summary: Lev lives a vaguely content life in Grass Valley, working as a barista and part-time art teacher and getting over a bad break up. Ernie shows up with a shady military past and a memory full of tragedies.
He pointed at the angry gray and red stuff. “So…emotional state during an average day. That’s most of the time.” Then he point at the upper left: the brighter colors, the sense of calm in the dabs of light blues, cut by bursts of happier yellows. It looked sort of like a peaceful rain with sun shining though it.
“That’s when I’m…”
“When you’re what?” I was a bit on the edge of my seat.
“That’s when I’m near you.”
Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant / ★★★ 1/2
Summary: Eva Walker is a math tutor with a strange gift. When she touches someone, or something, she can read that person’s feelings, their secrets, their insecurities. When she tutors Zenn Bennett and accidentally touches his coat, she nearly passes out from how dark her reading of him is. But when she touches his skin- nothing.
Fractals usually creep up slowly, like a migraine, and then spread like when your hand had fallen asleep and starts to regain feeling one tingly bit as a time. But this one, it does not creep. It does not tingle. It hits me like a cement truck of inky-black lighting bolts, a crimson hurricane, and I am on my knees on the linoleum floor before I even realize what caused it.
I’m procrastinating because it’s Friday and it’s been a long week, and Naty tagged me for this award and her questions were so pleasantly bookish I had to do them right away. Thank you, Naty!!
What book you wish you could un-read to experience it for the first time again?
Harry Potter. I mean, realistically I wouldn’t erase my mind of it because all my teen years were such an experience with it and my life literally revolved around Harry Potter and it taught me so much as a tiny youth, but I’d love to experience them again.
What’s your Hogwarts house?
The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones / ★★★☆☆
Summary: In a world in which body parts are exchanged to demons for wishes, Dee finds herself unable to pay for school and desperate not to return home. When she asks a demon for money, he asks her for her heart – and to take part in a mission.
She had walked willingly into a fairy tale, into a world where she could trade her heart for her freedom. She may as well have donned a red cloak and strode into a darkened forest.
She had always known there would be wolves.
So after a long, long weekend in which my cat fell suddenly very ill and I spend a night in the ER with him, I learned tonight that he has cancer. He’s 15 and I don’t want him in any more pain, so we’re going to go put him down. He’s my family cat, and unfortunately my entire family was away this weekend, so it was just me and him, but I’m glad I got to spend his last few days with him, just the two of us, even if it wasn’t the most fun of times. He’s my little buddy and I’ll miss him forever, and I’ll always be happy that the last thing he did before I took him to the hospital was snuggle up to me on the couch.
My head’s in a cloud of blackness and I’m really in no mood for reading or blogging right now, but I’m stuck between wanting to talk to people about it and just cry and cry alone, so I’ll probably be around, just less. I’ve seen it coming for a few months, so I’m not blindsided, but it still hurts horribly.
Thanks for all the friendship and understanding, guys ❤ ❤
Our last photoshoot last Saturday
I’ll miss you, little guy.
My August had some highs and lows when it came to reading, but mostly I’m just amazed that I managed to read 7 books when I’ve been so busy with a new job. And for that I count this month a success!
Though I will say that finding time to blog has a been a bit difficult. I didn’t realize how much time it actually took until I found myself limited. But it’s all good! I’m grateful to have a job (and I want to give everyone who replied to my July wrap up a big heartfelt thank you for all the kind messages about my struggle, it meant so much! And to everyone who said they felt encouraged by it, it makes it feel worth it. Really really it does).
But even if I know I have some time to blog, I don’t force myself to if I’m not in the mood, because that’s just no fun. #1 rule for blogging = fun time, not forced time. But because of that I’m a bit slower at replying to comments these days, boo (though idk, was I ever particularly fast????). Why can’t reading and blogging just be my job???