The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

3/5 stars

Normally, I refuse to read any novel with a dog as a protagonist (blame that on Old Yeller); however, this book was not what I expected it to be. The book follows the life of racecar driver Denny, through the eyes of his beloved dog Enzo, in some of the hardest years of his life. The way it is written in Enzo’s eyes brings some much needed comedy to the book. Enzo is a dog who ungoodreadsderstands the way humans work, seemingly more than the humans around him do, and shares the perspective with the reader. It was also interesting to read an adult novel (due to content and language) written from a dog’s point of view, something I have never seen before. Now I will admit that it was hard for me to get through this book. Since the book focuses on a racecar driver, Enzo talks a lot about racing but he went into too much detail for my tastes. When he would start talking about the specifics of how to drive a race car, my mind would wonder which made it harder for me to get through the book. Other than that, the story line of this novel is amazing. I was gripped at the last 100 pages and couldn’t put the book down. I think this novel is great for all adults to read, especially at hard times in their lives.

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A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood

4/5 stars

This is going to be a shorter post because it is hard for me to review a collection of stories without going by each story one by one and spoiling everything but I will try my hardest. Overall I thought that most of these stories were wonderful. They focuses on “badass girls” through out history. I absolutely loved this concept and thought that most of the authors captured this aspect through different types of women in different eras. Many of the stories I found myself looking for a whole book to continue the story. There were a couple that I did not like; however, you’re bond to get one of those out of 15 stories. I would recommend this book to anyone interested reading about badass women.

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Once again, sorry this post was so short!

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Rating 4/5 stars

I absolutely love Colleen Hoover novels! I can’t exactly give a summery of this novel without giving anything away so I will just tell you my thoughts. I have only read one other CoHo book before, Ugly Love (Review Here), and I read the entire novel in one sitting. I almost did the same with this novel. I was mesmerized by the characters and story line and did not want to put it down. *The character development of this novel is phenomenal.** The way Holt wrote the novel, using a journal from Lily’s teenage years, made it easy to really see her character development. This novel was not predictable in any way.*** Like all Colleen Hoover novels, this is not just a romance story; this novel does speak on the topic of spousal abuse and readers should be warned that there are some violent and graph descriptions. I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a short, gripping read and to all females because I believe that it starts a conversation that we should all have.****

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WARNING: THE FOLLOWING ARE SPOILERS TO THE NOVEL. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.

*Why did Ryle have to be so charming. I wanted to hate him so bad, but like Lily I loved him too much to actually hate him.

**At the beginning of the novel she saw her mother as a weak individual; however, at the end she understands not only what it’s like to be in her position but why her mother didn’t leave. And why her mother continued to “ignore” the problem.

*** I did not see Ryle being abusive until the second it happened. I also thought the Lily would totally stay with Ryle at the end and was surprised when she said she wanted a divorce.

**** Like Lily says, we should stop blaming the abused for not leaving, and start asking the abuser why it seems ok for them to do so. Being honest I have always wondered how one could stay in an abusive relationship and this book gave some great insight to that exact question.

House Arrest by K. A. Holt

Rating 4/5 stars

This was a random book that caught my eye at the library. It was short, looked interesting, and it was. This story follows a boy, Timothy, who is under house arrest (wow big surprise) for attempting to steal someone’s wallet. The kicker is that Timothy isn’t a bad kid, his mother need the money because his brother has a handicap which requires a lot of expensive equipment. Personally, I really liked this book. Although I liked the concept of the story being told by a court ordered journal, I don’t think a twelve year old boy would write the story the way it is written. I did, however, really enjoy the characters and story line. As the story progresses, Timothy really opens up to his “journal” which allows us to really understand him as a person and watch him grow. I was able to see how he grew, not only by how his opinions changed, but also about how he thought about the actions of other people. By the end of the novel Timothy started to understand why the adults acted the way they did, even though he thought they were outrageous before hand.  I thought that Holt was able to accurately portray a young boy in the position Timothy was in. The ending was a miss for me. I think it was suppose to entice mystery and hope for Timothy; however, it just made the book feel incomplete for me. Overall, I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a short, coming of age read.

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I gave this book 5/5 stars.

This book blew me away. I though that almost every aspect of it was amazing. This book focuses on different women’s daily life but it has some deeper things written in it. This novel gives some insights into some deep topics all while being hilarious. The thing that stands out most in this novel is how it shows that different people can interpret things extremely differently. It was interesting to see the way things can be spun around or twist because of rumors or someone’s bias. There was another topic about how a person can seem one way but act a complete other way. I also loved how this story is written. The character development was absolutely amazing and the twists were even better. I felt as though I really knew these people and could see how others saw them. I will warn everyone that this book does include some violent things such as domestic abuse and rape. I understand that this book is not for everyone but if I would recommend this book to anyone who is comfortable with those situations and would really like to read a hilarious book that shows how things aren’t always as it seems.

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The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

I gave this book 4/5 stars.

This book was absolutely amazing. It is a very cute contemporary which incorporates a bit a science fiction making it a very unique novel. I was enchanted as I read because of the amazing writing style. Emily includes a mixture of folktales and religious stories which I really enjoyed because I don’t often see folktales in a novel which is not focused on them. I thought that the characters were very well written and enjoyed watching them grow. The best part of this novel has to be the twist. It was not only well thought out and well written but I would have never guessed it in a million years. I would recommend this book to all contemporary lovers and those who would like to step their foot into the world of science fictions.

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Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott

I gave this book 3/5 stars.

This book was not written for a reader like me. Personally I like books that contain action or an end destination. That is not what this book is. This book was written to give a look into what it was like to live as a woman in the same era as Leonardo Da Vinci. I felt like there was no real plot to this book and that I couldn’t really connect to the characters or their problems. These characters didn’t seem to be developed or have any development through out the novel. I think that this just wasn’t a book for me. I would suggest that anyone interested in Da Vinci or his era should read this book and see if they like it.

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