The Atomic Weight of Love 

The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church 
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Historical Fiction 

Where could we bury all our sorrows, our regrets, our guilty responsibilities- deserved or undeserved? How deeply could we burrow into that place of oblivian?

This is a book about love. A young Meri meets the mind of her dreams, Andel Whetstone, and falls in love. 28 years her senior, she puts her life in college on hold to join him in Los Almos, New Mexico, where he is one of the great minds behind the atomic bomb. 

Part historical fiction, part love story, this is a book about finding what it means to love someone and finding yourself. It is a book about how women have changed from the 1940s to the 1970s and developing a life for yourself. Meri gave up her life of a PHD in ornithology to be the wife her husband wants her to be. And how she overcomes that in the end. 

I liked this book and it’s beautiful descriptions. I can’t say I agreed with many of Meri’s decisions (esp that of finding love with Clay and the true meaning of sex) but it was a good book overall. Filled with scientific blurbs and what it meant to be a housewife in times of war. 

I highly recommend this book. Be warned that the launguage is a bit dense and heavy at times.

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A Study in Charlotte 

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro 
☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: YA Fiction 

Wait for now. Distrust everything, if you have to. But trust the hours. Haven’t they carried you everywhere up to now?

I am a serious fangirl of Sherlock Holmes. Like, Arthur Conan Doyle Holmes. I tend to pick these books up with too high of expectations, however.  

This is like the next-next-next-next generation of Watson/Holmes. It follows after the descendants of the beloved characters in the form of James Watson and Charlotte Holmes. At a fancy pants boarding school in America. Through James’s POV, we find out he was somewhat obsessed with meeting Holmes’ descendant. And upon meeting her, feels a special connection to her. And forms an alliance. And then murder happens as someone toys with them and bases the murder off of Sherlock Holmes: The original. Which they are blamed for. Chaos ensues as the mystery unfolds, Charlotte has a drug problem, and James has anger issues. 

Oh. And they fall in love. *headdesk*

I felt like this book failed to capture the essence of Holmes in general. I disliked the protagonists and felt the mystery wasn’t that well thought out. And it felt rushed. 

Like I said, I’m a fan. And I’m likely to read the second one as it had higher ratings. 

It wasn’t terrible for a YA novel. Just don’t get your hopes up.

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The Cake Therapist 

The Cake Therapist by Judith Fertig
☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Chick Lit/Fiction

Sometimes you had to look past what was and imagine what could be.

I picked this one up because of the pretty cover. 

A young woman flees New York to start a bakery in her old home town. Filled with rich descriptions of pastries and flavors, this was a book about picking yourself back up after having gone through something terrible. Which in this case, was her super famous football player husband cheating on her. She finds love with an old friend and unravels an old town mystery in the process of building her empire of frosting. 

This was a feel good book and definitely a mystery/chick lit. It swapped back and forth between the past and the present quite a bit which I think pulled from the story. And I was left feeling a bit hungry afterwards. 

It wasn’t bad, but it was a quick feel good read. 🙂

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Coming Clean

Coming Clean by Kimberly Rae Miller
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Memior

As a little girl, I used to lie in bed, thinking ‘Maybe if I endure all my pain now, I could be happy when I’m older.

This one hit a little too close to home for me. My mother was a hoarder and our house probably belonged on Hoarding: Buried Alive.



Kimberly recounts the tale of her childhood and her father’s OCD and her mother’s medical problems and shopping addiction. As an adult, she finds herself trying to help and always failing. This was a good look at hoarding and how it effects the children. Kim grew up to be a clean freak who still loves her parents. 

I have hoarding tendancies ingrained into me from my childhood. As a kid, it was blasphemy to throw stuff away. It made me embarrassed to throw things away. Our house had a walkway through it and piles to the cealing. My room became a junk room. I was forced to fold my little sisters baby clothes once a month. Even when she was 8 and 9. Our fridge was a joke. We had a flea and rat infestation and like Kim, am plauged by nightmares about hoarding. 

As an adult, I try to proactive. There are things I can’t get rid of, and other things that are easy. I have a spending problem and thanks to my mom, I like to collect trinkets and books. And display them. My apartment is nowhere near as bad as when  was growing up. Our house, when we moved, had to be condemned and knocked down due to hazardous conditions. Black mold, the house was collapsing due to problems due to the infrastructure thanks to rats. I promised myself that I would never go that far. My dad, thank god, is a neat freak. 

One of the things that stuck out the most was how when your living in it, you don’t notice it. I see pics from my childhood and I just cry.

This was an honest depiction of what growing up in a hoarders house is like.

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Tailchasers Song 

Tailchasers Song by Tad Williams
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy

I found this one at the library today. Actually it jumped out at me. And I read the back: “For anyone who loves and understands cats…A fantasy of epic proportions in the vein of Watership Down.

I NEEDED TO READ THIS. 

It was very much like the Warrior series but for adults. It also reminded me of The Wild Road. I am baffled that this book has been around since before my birth and I just now come across it. 

Dark things are happening and cats are disappearing from the forest. Young Tailchaser is torn because his beloved Hushpaw goes missing. Making it his mission, he sets off to find her. He gets a collection of companions, Pouncequick the kitten, Eatsbugs the mad, and Roofshadow, as they venture out to face the darkness and take up a quest that would rival their fairy tales. The darkness is more than they bargained and hope is tried as they find their true selves and their hearts desires. 

I adored this book. It was an adventure with CATS and it doesn’t get much better than that. XD It was alot like Watership Down in ways, minus the undertones of dystopia. And alot less bloodshed.

My friend is astonished I’ve never heard about this book before today. XD

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