Mini Review|| What Big Teeth.

What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo
2 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: Eleanor Zarrin has been estranged from her wild family for years. When she flees boarding school after a horrifying incident, she goes to the only place she thinks is safe: the home she left behind. But when she gets there, she struggles to fit in with her monstrous relatives, who prowl the woods around the family estate and read fortunes in the guts of birds. Eleanor finds herself desperately trying to hold the family together — in order to save them all, Eleanor must learn to embrace her family of monsters and tame the darkness inside her.


I received an ARC of What Big Teeth from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It was published on February 2nd.

I really wanted to love What Big Teeth, but sadly it wasn’t for me. At the start I was really into it and was enjoying my time reading it, but then it started to get a little confusing and a little too weird for me. Some things were just not making sense to me. I feel like some things were not explained enough. I’m not really sure what I think about any of the characters. It ended up being hard to connect with them. I did really like the family aspect to the story though. I was really bummed out that I struggled a bit with wanting to finish the book, because at the beginning it was really interesting and I liked it. In the end it was only just an okay read for me. I would still recommend it though. I think others will really enjoy it, but it just wasn’t for me.


I was hoping to get on and blog hop over the weekend, but I didn’t get the chance to do so. 😦 But I promise that I will do that in the next few days. Life just gets in the way sometimes, unfortunately. I will definitely catch up with you this week though and I am really looking forward to doing so! Feel free to link me to any posts you think I should check out too. ❤

In case you missed it;
2 Stars, 1 Star, DNF of 2020.
Review|| Admission.
Wrap Up|| January.

I hope you have a great day!

2 Stars, 1 Star, DNF of 2020.

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I thought it would be fun to do blog posts showing the books that I read throughout the year and what I rated them. I decided to combined my two star, one star, and DNF books into one post because there are not too many of those to share. I think combined there are eight books. This will be the last post in my star rating recap of the books that I read in 2020. I will link all my previous posts in this little series at the end. You can check out a list of all the books that I read in 2020 over here. All titles linked to Goodreads below. I also included any links to reviews if I wrote one.

2 Stars of 2020

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Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
Infinity Son by Adam Silvera – Review
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
I’m a Therapist, and My Patient is Going to be the Next School Shooter by Dr. Harper

The two-star rating are books that I thought were just “okay”. They didn’t blow me away, there wasn’t a lot that I liked about it, I couldn’t connect with characters, and was missing a lot to make me like/love them. I had high hopes for Allegedly, Infinity Son, and Where the Crawdads Sing, so I am bummed that I didn’t like them as much as I thought and hoped I would. I’m a Therapist… was just a random book and I honestly didn’t really have high expectations for it. I was just looking for something quick to read and that was that.


1 Star of 2020

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Perfect Little Children by Sophie Hannah

The one-star rating means I didn’t like it. It felt like nothing really happened in Perfect Little Children and the main character annoyed me so much. The shock factor just wasn’t there for me either. The entire time I was hoping something would happen and by the time something did happen, I was already over the story, so I didn’t care all that much.


DNF of 2020

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Followers by Megan Angelo
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks

In previous years I didn’t really keep track of the books that I decided not to finish. I decided I would keep track in 2020 and these are the books that were DNF for me. I found The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes and An Anonymous Girl to be so boring. I think I got through half of both books and just couldn’t read them anymore. As for Followers, I had a really difficult time with it. I didn’t like the way that it was written and it was more confusing than anything. I got about 20% into it before calling it quits.

Check out my other star rating posts:
3 Stars of 2020.
4 Stars of 2020.
5 Stars of 2020.

I meant to have this posted a week or two ago, but it slipped my mind and I ended up getting busy with other life things and didn’t get a chance to get it finished and posted. It’s here now and that’s all that matters? Haha. I am hoping to blog hop and reply to comments this weekend. I don’t have anything planned for the weekend, so it’s the perfect time to catch up with you! 🙂

In case you missed it;
Review|| Admission.
Wrap Up|| January.
Book Haul|| January.

I hope you have a great day day and weekend!

Review|| Admission.

Admission by Julie Buxbaum
3 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: It’s good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer. She’s headed off to the college of her dreams. She’s going to prom with the boy she’s had a crush on since middle school. Her best friend always has her back, and her mom, a B-list Hollywood celebrity, may finally be on her way to the B+ list. It’s good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer–at least, it was, until the FBI came knocking on her front door, guns at the ready, and her future went up in smoke. Now her mother is under arrest in a massive college admissions bribery scandal. Chloe, too, might be facing charges, and even time behind bars. The public is furious, the press is rabid, and the US attorney is out for blood. As she loses everything she’s long taken for granted, Chloe must reckon not only with the truth of what happened, but also with the examination of her own guilt. Why did her parents think the only way for her to succeed was to cheat for her? What did she know, and when did she know it? And perhaps most importantly, what does it mean to be complicit?


I received an ARC of Admission from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It was published in December 2020.

I really like Julie Buxbaum’s books, so I was excited to read her new book Admission. While it was not my favorite of her books, I did like the story and it was pretty interesting. It was pretty relevant to what we recently saw in the news about the celebrities and wealthy people that got caught paying their children’s way into college. You kind of got a closer/inside glimpse into what we all read about and seen in the news regarding this same situation that the book is based off of.

I liked the topic that Admission was based off of and it was interesting getting a deeper look into it, but aside from that I had trouble really connecting to any of the characters in the story. Not many of them were likeable to me aside from maybe Isla. I didn’t like that some of the characters weren’t treated very nicely even though they were friends; example being the way that Chloe sometimes treated Shola. There was lots of family drama that came along with the college admissions scandal, but one of the things I really like about it was that it brought Chloe and Isla closer together and I ended up liking their sisterly bond in the end. The story did feel like something was missing or like more could have been done with it.

Overall though, while it wasn’t my favorite from Julie, I did like the story and I would still recommend it, because it’s an interesting topic and there’s some important messages as well.

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| January.
Book Haul|| January.
3 Stars of 2020.

I hope you have a great day!

Wrap Up|| January.

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January flew by! It was a mostly busy month for me as work started it get a lot busier. With my new job I am able to listen to more audiobooks again, which is nice though! I didn’t blog as much as I wanted to, but I haven’t really sat down to figure out how I want to go about things for this new year. I should really do that soon. Life has been pretty okay; except I found out my immediate family (mom, older sister, niece, nephew, and aunt) has Covid, so that sucks. My older sister got it first and since they all live in the same house, everyone got it. I’m just crossing my fingers that they are not bad cases and that they’ll all be okay.

As far as reading goes, I was able to read and listen to six books! Three that I read myself and three that were audiobooks. I also started a seventh book, but unfortunately wasn’t able to finish it before the month ended. It feels good being two books ahead of schedule on Goodreads. I didn’t write any reviews in January, so that was a bummer. One of my goals for this year was to write more reviews, and *maybe* write at least 2-3 reviews a month, oops. The 2-3 reviews a month number was a loose goal though, so I’m not beating myself up over it or anything.

Anyway, you can find a full list of the books that I read this month and the other books I read throughout the year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review. Here is what I read and listened to in January…

Print/E-Book Books:
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of January.

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Kent State by Deborah Wiles – 3 out of 5 stars.
In December I was reading Mind the Gap, Dash & Lily and the character Dash mentioned Kent State and it sounded interesting from the way he talked about it, so I really wanted to check it out. My library had it available, so that was the first book that I read this year! It was such a heartbreaking story. I flew through it because I couldn’t put it down and it’s also written in verse, so that made it a pretty quick read as well.

Forever Wild by K.A. Tucker – 5 out of 5 stars.
I HAD to read Forever Wild as soon as possible and since I didn’t get to it in December, I made sure to read it in January. It was so amazing! It was everything I hoped it would be and more. I need more!! I believe there is a book three coming! Forever Wild was book “2.5”. I highly recommend checking out the series if you haven’t already; the first book is The Simple Wild.

#VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE by Nicole Byer – 3 out of 5 stars.
I really love Nicole Byer, so I wanted to check out her book #VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE. My library had it available, so I decided to read it. I really liked what she had to say and her message, but the book seemed a little too repetitive and as much as I loved all the pictures that she included of herself, I feel like it was a little excessive with the amount of pictures. It was still a good book though and I’ll forever love Nicole Byer.


Audiobooks:
These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of January.

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – 4 out of 5 stars.
All the Bright Places was my pick from my old TBR jar that I haven’t updated since 2017. One of my goals for the year is to read at least one book a month from that TBR jar and this was January. I started off reading it on my own, but then I decided to check out the audiobook from my library instead since it was available. I really liked the book, but it was so heartbreaking and sad. I am glad I finally read it though! I’ve been wanting to for so long. I think I actually bought the book in 2015!

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – 5 out of 5 stars.
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon – 5 out of 5 stars
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I mentioned in my book haul post how I am doing an audiobook reread of the first three books in The Bone Season series to prepare for hopefully reading the fourth book soon that just came out in January. I listened to the first two books and they were just as amazing as when I first read them years ago. This series forever has my heart and I can’t wait to read the new fourth book as soon as possible! As I am typing this blog post, I am listening to book three.


Currently Reading:
These are the books that I started to read in the month of January, but didn’t get a chance to finish them before the month ended.

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You Say It First by Katie Cotugno

I wanted to finished You Say It First by the end of January, but the last one and a half to two weeks of the month I wasn’t really reading as much. Hopefully this month I will get this one finished. So far, it’s okay. I don’t really have that much to say about it. I think I’m only about 15% into it though, so not very far into it yet. I have a couple ARCs I am hoping to get to this month, so I can get those reviews up and then whatever else I read is up in the air. We’ll see what happens!

What books did you read in January? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to your wrap up post, so I can check it out!

Today, I am going to blog hop during my break at work and also later when I get off work. I am excited to check out what you’ve been up to and what you’ve been reading. I want to try to come up with some kind of schedule, so I am doing this at least once or twice a week. I have a lot of things I want to do, I just have to get them on paper and figure out a way to do it. Hopefully I’ll figure all of that out soon! I mentioned my old TBR jar earlier in this post and I am thinking about doing another one, but with all of my books in it. I stopped updating my old one sometime in 2017, so it would be nice to have a TBR jar to choose from with other older books on my shelves as well. We’ll see what happens with that. It’s a lot of work making one, unless I print off the books instead of writing them out like I’ve done in the past. Hmm.

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| January.
3 Stars of 2020.
4 Stars of 2020.

I hope you have a great day!

Book Haul|| January.

Hey!

Already time for my January book haul? I was going through my spreadsheet where I update all my books I buy and read throughout the year and my book haul for January is actually pretty small! Both in the print books that I bought and the e-books. And you guys know how much I love those e-book deals, but for some reason I just didn’t find too many throughout this month. Anyway, shall I get into little January book haul? You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books.

Print Books:

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon

Some Kind of Happiness was kind of like an impulse cover buy? I was scrolling through Pinterest as I usually do when I’m bored and want to pin all the things I will probably never do (haha) and I came across this book. I saw the cover and fell in love, so I decided to look it up on Goodreads to see what it was about. It sounded SO good and I had to have it. The Mask Falling is FINALLY here!! If you didn’t know, I LOVE The Bone Season series, so I had to of course buy the fourth book! I am currently rereading (audiobook reread this time around) the entire series, because it has been FOUR YEARS since the third book was released, so it’s been quite a while. I am having a lot of fun rereading the books though and I can’t wait to dive into this one once I finish. I have SO much love for this series. ❤


E-Books:

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Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

How I managed to only get a couple e-books is beyond me, haha. I’ve been wanting to read more of K.A. Tucker’s books after reading The Simple Wild series, so I decided to get Until It Fades because it was on sale for I think $2.99. I’ve also been wanting to read The Tattooist of Auschwitz for a while now, so I decided to get that one too as it was on sale as well.

What new books did you get in January? Have you read any of the ones that I got? Feel free to link me to your haul post, so I can check it out!


And just because my book haul is so small, I decided to show you my little bookmark haul as well! I couldn’t resist getting these three bookmarks this month. The crime scene tape and mushroom bookmarks are from Rustic Pages Co on Etsy and the Bernie meme one is from The Bookables on Etsy. I have quite a few bookmarks from both of these shops. I really love their Etsy shops.

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If you want to see my bookmark collection, let me know! I have hundreds of them, so maybe I can do a post (or a series of posts) about them and where I got them from. I’ve been collecting them since I started this blog, which was six years ago! I don’t buy them as much as I used to, but I do get some from time to time.

My January wrap up post is coming soon, as well as my last post for my star ratings of the books I read in 2020. I got super distracted this weekend with doing house things that I didn’t really have time to work on those posts or blog hop, unfortunately; but I will this week for sure! I think I might come up with a set schedule for when I do blog things, that way it’s all worked out and I make time for my blog and you! ❤

In case you missed it;
3 Stars of 2020.
4 Stars of 2020.
5 Stars of 2020.

I hope you have a great day!