Girl in Pieces 

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow 
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2017

Genre: YA Fiction

When I say sadness  what I really mean is: black hole inside of me filled with nails and rocks and broken glass and the words I don’t have anymore.'”

Trigger warning: Self Harm, Suicide, Drug usage



I picked this one off of a list. With Thirteen Reasons Why trending, I’m gonna say this was really worth the read and worth all the pain and sadness. It was tragic and sad but had a happy ending. 

Charlie starts off the book in a hospital, recovering from a recent suicide attempt. She has select mutism and is thouroughly broken apart. They release her early due to financial issues and she decides to go to Arizona with a friend who offered her a place to stay. (She was coming off homelessness). Upon arriving, she finds a job and at this job meets washed up Rockstar Riley. Then she makes some choices that go very downhill very fast. 

This book was definitely hard to read with my depression but I’m glad that I did. The author has personal experience with the issues talked about in the book and she provided a resource page for teens in need and suicide awareness. 

I highly recommend this book but I included a trigger warning for a reason.

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Emma

Emma by Jane Austen
☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2017

Genre: Classic/Fiction 

A mind lively and at ease, can do with seeing nothing, and can see nothing that does not answer.

I read this one because I came across a scholarship that basically posed a question in regards to Emma and how does it compare to today’s time. 

For an Austen book, I read this one fairly quick. Of the 3 I have managed to get through (incl: Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility), this one has to be my least favorite. (As I can’t remember anything from S&S). 

Emma Woodhouse is a privileged massive pain in the ass. She feels like she’s better than those around her and takes it upon herself to take another young woman under her wing and make her into something that fits societies standards. All the while looking down on those around her. Of course things fall apart and she finds herself more humbled by the end of the book. 

Mr. Knightly didn’t deserve her. 

If your an Austen fan, yay! I find her dry and almost unreadable. It gets me to sleep faster. But I do like the look into a different era of women.

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Help Fix the Well

I figured it doesn’t hurt to spread the word. 


(My gent and I on a recent hike)

Last week, the pump/motor went out on the well at my gents house. His disabled mum has been without running water since. Due to her disability, she is on a set income and my gent is attempting to get a loan to cover the $4000 cost. 
I set up a YouCaring. Mainly because I hate asking for help for myself. (Yay depression?) And it’ll help out my potential future mum in law. (We all know I’m going to wife him.) This is my way of being able to help in a sticky, crap financial situation. 
Here’s the linky link: https://www.youcaring.com/myself-792264

Anything helps. At all. I thank you in advance and if you include an address with your donation, you will get a personalized thank you card. 


This is Jerimah, the crusty ricketty cat my gents mom owns. I’ve also been trying to arrange his trip over the Rainbow Bridge. 
It’s during times like this that we are sometimes required to pull up our boot straps and do the thang. By thing, I mean asking for help where it is needed. 

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On reading, life, etc…

So my blog turned a year old a few weeks ago. I got the email and kinda forgot about it. Ooops? And it’s crazy what a year can do to a person. 

I fell out of love, removed myself from a toxic situation that spanned 7 years. I moved in with friends so I could get back on my feet, which basically translates to not opening my mail, drinking too much, and letting all my debt go to collections. (This was not a fun time.)

And then I met the love of my life. Long term friends, we went on an akward date, realized we liked each other a whole lot and gave it a go. Turns out we are a perect match and head over heels for each other. He’s also the reason I’ve only finished 7 books so far this year and we’re coming up pretty quick on the month of April. XD Oooops. 

Along with car troubles, trying to get into school, moving at the end of April, and trying to figure out this adulting thing, things are pretty good at the moment. I still volunteer at my local library. My cats are healthy and happy. And I am content with life right now. I had to learn its okay to not be okay. And that’s okay. 

Happy reading, folks. I’m currently making my way through Emma by Jane Austen. 

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Not So Much, Said the Cat 

Not So Much, Said the Cat by Micheal Swanwick 
☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2017

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy 

There is no such thing as time. There’s only the accumulation of consequences.

This was a compilation of short stories. Which I dislike because it’s hard for me to get into them since they are short and to the point. And don’t offer much in the way of development. I read a few which were okay but for the most part, skimmed through it. 

Also, there wasn’t any cats in this book.*disappointed*
If your a fan, then go for it. 

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Holding Up the Universe

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven 
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2017

Genre: YA Fiction 

 ‘You think no one understands and you’re alone, and that makes you angrier, and Why don’t they see it? Why doesn’t someone say ‘Hey. You seem burdened by the world. Let me take that burden for awhile so you don’t have to carry it around all the time.’ But it’s on you to speak up.’ 

I really really liked All the Bright Places. This one won’t break your heart like that one did. 

Libby Strout was dubbed ‘America’s Fattest Teen‘ after she was cut out of her house. Jack Misslini suffers from not being able to remember anyone’s faces. On the day they meet, Libby had decided to return to school and Jack decides to take a dare and attempt fat girl rodeo. Which resulted in him getting decked in the face. They end up in after school counseling together and form an odd friendship as the world burns down around them. 

I liked this book. Libby is a strong female lead who promotes body positivity. No matter what life throws at her, she gets back up. And she’s a dancer and dances like no one is watching. Jack struggles to connect throughout the book and it was nice to see him develop as a character get help. 
This was a brilliant book on bullying and body image and characters coming together. 

I recommend this book to people who like YA novels.

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Goldenhand

Goldenhand by Garth Nix (#4)
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2017

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy 

‘The library is very old, and deep, and contains many things that have been put away for good reason. Creatures, dangerous knowledge, artifacts made not wisely, but too well…books that should not be opened without proper preperation, some books that should never be open at all.’

This is the 4th installment of the Abhorsen trilogy, which I had no idea that it was that. I thought it was another Clariel, which was actually leading up to this one. Go figure, I’ve been sitting on this for weeks. 

This book picks up 6 months or so after Abhorsen  ends and we find Lireal adjusting to life without the Dispreputable Dog and learning to be Abhorsen alongside Sabriel. When Sabriel goes on vacation with her husband, things start moving under way and Lireal finds herself connected to Nick from Across the Wall and having to fight down the greater dead, ending Chlorr of the Mask once and for all and discovering what Nick is after his run in with Orannis. 

Overall, I LOVE this series and it is one of my favorites. Especially regarding the universe in which it is located. It also contains one of my all time favorite literary libraries. The only thing I disliked about this book was that each chapter swapped between 2 different characters and it was hard to follow sometimes. 

But still, a highly anticipated suprise sequel. 😀 Reminds me I need to go back and read Abhorsen again since it’s been about 6 years or so. Highly recommend this series.

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