Why I’m Here

Hello all! Just wanted to make a quick post to let you all know why I’m here.  The short of it is, I’m an avid reader and I love to share my opinion on the books I read.  I’ll be using this blog as a means to discuss the books I read through reviews. So grab some tea, coffee, or whatever beverage you choose and find a comfy spot to settle in with me!

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Why I Read

Today I was asked by a non reader why I enjoy reading so much. Before I realized it, I was giving the same answer my momma used to give me when I was little and would ask her the same thing.  I read because through the pages of a book you can be anyone, go anywhere and experience anything. 

In this crazy world that we live in, who wouldn’t want to escape the day to day monotony of work, or school. The violence and hatred on the news is sickening. With books we can escape all of that for a bit and immerse ourselves in a world where bad things are made okay by a happy ending. 

Reading has always been my go to escape from reality. In a weird way, books have made me who I am.

My Bookish Birthday!

Seeing as how my birthday was Saturday,  I have nonchalantly been leaving my tbr notebook lying around the house as a subtle hint to my husband of what to get me.  He knows he could always get a Barnes and Noble gift card, and I would be pleased but that’s not how he is.  He likes to make me happy. This time he really hit the mark. He saw Caraval on my list and began plotting.  Aside from the Harry Potter series my husband isn’t really a Bookish dude so I’m  not sure how he knew Caraval was the Owl Crate book of February.  Somehow though he figured it out and ordered me last month’s box. He may have really messed up though, because now I’m going to want the Owl Crate every month!

This is Where it Ends…..

Hello all! My first review is going to be the last book I’ve read;  This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. This is a book that made it to my to be read list on a recommendation from my sister. I went into knowing nothing about it aside from it being about a school shooting.  I’ll try to do this with as few spoilers as possible.

During this book, the point of view switches back and forth between four characters over the course of 54 minutes. In this high school in Alabama, the majority of the student body is in the auditorium for an assembly conducted by the principle. Shortly after 10:00 am the students begin to realize they are trapped in the auditorium and the shooting begins.

Through the alternating perspectives of Autumn and Sylvia, we experience the shooting from inside the auditorium. The two girls witness first hand the violence that the shooter rages on the school.

Tomas, though in the school, is not locked in the auditorium with the rest of his classmates.  With the help of a friend he calls the authorities and devises a plan to get into the locked auditorium and free the trapped students. 

Claire, is outside the school training for track when the shooting begins. Readers follow her and her track mates as they run for help, making a terrible discovery along the way. 

This book, though I read it’s 280 some pages fairly quickly, was a hard book to read. By that I mean that the content isn’t something someone necessarily enjoys reading about.  I did think the book was well written and though we were given background and insight to the characters, I felt like they could have been developed a bit more.  

The author uses flashbacks to tell stories of how all of the characters are related. These flashbacks, though informative, fail to really paint the picture of the shooter’s thoughts.  We never get to see inside the shooter’s head. I would have liked to have had his point of view for some of the scenes.  I would like to know how he chose his first victims and why. 

All that being said, I did enjoy the book as much as one can enjoy a book on such a grave topic. I feel like in this world today, books like this are needed. This book shows us that people are never really how they seem on the outside.  We all have our own inner demons. We all suffer with wanting to be good enough in some form or fashion. This book reminds me of how important it is to be kind to each other regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity,  or sexual orientation.

If you made it this far, thanks for reading!