Thirteen Reasons Why

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A few days I finished Thirteen Reasons Why and I enjoyed it.

One day Clay Jensen receives a bunch of cassette tapes wrapped in brown packaging with no return address. As he starts to play the tapes, the voice of Hannah Baker begins to speak. A classmate who committed suicide. Throughout the book Hannah gives thirteen reasons why she ended her life and Clay is one of them. But why?

This piece of writing was so simple and yet so captivating. I like the fact that Jay Asher, the author, chose to write the book in Clay’s point of view. Someone who is neither first nor last on the tape. It was very interesting to see how Clay perceives the events that led up to Hannah’s death. I also like the idea of cassette tapes as her suicide notes rather than the typical pen and paper note.

The events the happened to Hannah were very relatable and at times I understood what she was going though. I felt bad for Clay, however. He liked Hannah and he kicked himself for not seeing the signs or talking to her before it was too late.

I think the book could’ve ended differently. I don’t want to give too much away but at some point Clay realizes that he’s going to have to encounter the people on those tapes. And that he’s going to view them differently. I would like to see Clay interact with at least one of those people.

Overall, the book was sad but also entertaining. It gave us a peek inside the mind of a person contemplating suicide. In the back of the book, at least the copy I have, there is a copy of an interview with the author. He got the inspiration from a relative who tried and failed to commit suicide. So, Asher himself has a personally connection here. He also asked his wife and other female relatives for stories about their time in high school. So he can get a real idea of how to write from Hannah’s point of view. As I said before, Hannah was relatable and Asher did a great job of talking from the female perspective.

I give the book a 5 out of 5.

PS- If you or anybody you know is thinking about suicide please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. Or at least talk to someone. You’re life is worth more than you know.

INTO THE WATER

I hope this book is a little more thrilling than Girl on the Train.

Tales From An Open Book

9780735211209_a3de4Paula Hawins’ first book, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, exploded onto the scene with her unreliable narrator, and characters we didn’t quite like. But the book continues to be a regular circulator in the library, and her follow up novel, INTO THE WATER, looks like it might do just the same. It’s already hitting many of the expected-best-sellers list. (Psssttt….if I were you, I’d get your name on a holds list NOW!)

The cover of INTO THE WATER is slightly deceiving at first, until you realize it is a face that is sunken beneath the surface. It’s actually an update from an older UK version which just features rippling water and spooky looking trees. I think this one is much better, and hints at what the story might entail.

water_ukHere is a little blurb about INTO THE WATER:

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river…

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Black Pain

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I finally finished Black Pain by Terrie Williams. It has been in my possession for about a month now and I believe it took me I would say at least 3-3.5  weeks to finish it. So let’s get started with the review.

Black Pain is a book that brings to light depression in the black community. Terrie Williams is a clinical social worker with a degree in psychology who wrote who herself has suffered from depression.

This book was very informative and relatable. As someone who is African American I understand first hand the issues that can lead a fellow African American to depression. The problem is, getting help is considered a stigma in the black community. You can’t show weakness no matter what. And because of this many people in our community don’t get the professional help they need. Which then in turns causes them to make bad life choices along the way. This is the kind of stuff Williams discusses in her book. Another thing I found interesting is that so many of our people don’t trust white doctors. Or they feel the need to try and impress them. Then again some people don’t trust doctors at all. I remember when my doctor (a black woman) told me I was at risk of having high cholesterol. Now she didn’t prescribed me any medication but she did give me a list of things I should and shouldn’t eat. However, my mother made it abundantly clear she didn’t want me to take any medication for fear I was going to get hooked on them! What?! I can barely swallow an Advil. But what if she did prescribed me medication? Then what? My mother is so convinced that medication is not always the answer and that all doctors know how to do is take take take. Now, me, my mother nor Terrie Williams is saying all doctors are bad. However, not all doctors have your best interest at heart. And you should keep pushing until you find the right doctor to help you. One aspect I found particularly disturbing was that in the 1970s over 300 African American men were killed in an experiment to figure out the effects syphilis had on the body. The worst lart is that these men had no idea what was going on. They thoufht tey were being treated when it fact they were being killed on by on. The doctors had no regard for the value of a black man ( can you see why we don’t trust doctors).

My perspective has changed as well. Many people who are mentally I’ll suffers from depression. At least some of them do. You may know a woman who is know for sleeping around, or a man who drinks too much, or a fellow friends who smokes too much weed. These people all have their own pain. They depressed in some way and it’s our job to take heed to it.

This book is not to make anyone feel bad. Black or white or otherwise. This book is simply to inform fellow African Americans that they are not alone in their pain. Famous celebrities that Mary J Blige and even Mariah Carey have gone through some stages of depression. So, if you are feeling down, can’t get out of bed, or overeating…please, PLEASE! Read this book or talk to someone.

Because this book is nonfiction I can’t really give it a rating. All I can say is that this book has really changed my perspective on life. As I’ve gotten older I’ve tried not to be so judgmental of people. After reading Black Pain I can say I will try even harder to understand people’s pain.

Until next time!

The 100

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Happy Holidays, all! I have just finished The 100 by Mass Morgan and I need to do a review before I forget.

It has been 3 centuries since the apocalypse on Earth. Now people live in a spaceship know as the Colony. After so much time has past, the Chancellor has now decided to send 100 of the Colony’s expendable juveniles to Earth to see if it is stable enough to return to.

The story is told from 4 points of views: Clarke, Wells, Bellamy and Glass. Telling a story from multiple points of views is not easy but this book pulled it off. I like how the character’s stories overlap but they were different. I didn’t feel like I was rereading anyone else’s journey. It was evenly paced. The plot was rushed or lagging in certain areas. There is some history between Clarke and Wells and I feel like they’re going to have an ongoing on again off again situation throughout the series. To be honest, this book didn’t give off a level of suspence I was hoping for but I still enjoyed it.

Overall, I give it a 3 out of 5.

Until next time!

Back on Track

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Omg! I miss this blog! With school and work I haven’t had time to read and review. But now that the semester is over I can get back to pleasure reading and reviewing! As of right now, I have two books in my possession that I’m going to read and review soon.

The first one is The 100 by Mass Morgan. This read was long overdue. I wanted to read this series when they came out with the show. It seemed like a very interesting concept and I was intrigued. The next second book is Black Pain by Terrie M. Williams. This book is different from other books I have read because it tells the real story behind pain in the black community and how Williams’ herself has experienced it.

Now, I don’t want to get ahead of myself but of course I will. The next two stories I am interested in reading are Throne of Glass and Court of Thorns and Roses. I have heard so many greats things about these two books, I can’t stand it! I’m very very excited to read them!

Well, with 4 books on my list I should busy for the next few weeks. I hope to have a new post up by next week. Stay tuned!

Until next time!

The Glass Sword

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So, literally a couple of hours ago I put up a post of a new booktag and I said I needed to do another book review and fast. Well, I finally finished my current read and now for the review.

This book is the Glass Sword. Its the second book to Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen (click here for review)

Mare Barrow escaped the clutches of Maven, the friend she thought she could trust. But not all hope is lost. With the help of Cal and the Scarlet Guard, Mare sets out to recruit people like her, newbloods; the one who possess special powers.

It took me pretty much two weeks to finish this book. Mostly because I had other things to deal with, like life. To be honest this book didn’t keep me engaged. I’m usually up pretty late reading a good book (despite the fact that I have to get up at 6 in the morning for school) but this book didn’t have that effect one me. I mean, it keep me interested for the hour or so that I was reading but that’s about it. It seemed a little dragged out. Like the author didn’t know where to end the book. And Mare’s constant whining about not knowing who to trust or not being a good leader or whatever got on my nerves. And her whole situation with Cal is another thing. There is a third book coming out next year I believe and another book after that. Hopefully, the series wont be dragged out unnecessarily.

I give it a 3 out of 5.

The TBR book tag

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As much as I love book tags I really need to do another book review and fast!
How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
 
I use my notes app. I make a checklist and check books off as I complete them.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

Mostly print

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

I just go down the line of my list. Or at least I try.

Book that has been on your TBR the longest?

The 100 by Kass Morgan. I’ve never seen the show but it looked good and I’m that type of person who prefers to read the book first.

A book you recently added to your TBR?

Court of Thorns and Roses! Thank you ThriceRead!

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

I don’t have one. I’ll pick a book up because of the cover but whether I read it or not depends soley on the plot.

A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?

Either Slaughterhouse 5 or Robinson Crusoe. They’re both classic but the other books on my list seem much more interesting.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

Don’t have one.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

Still don’t have one

A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you?

Court of Thorns and Roses

A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

I hate repeating myself but Court of Thorn and Roses, lol.

How many books are in your Goodreads TBR shelf?

Only 35

The New York Times book tag

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What book is on your nightstand now?

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

What was the last truly great book you’ve read?

The Cold Moon by Jeffrey Deaver. I read it a couple of months ago but it had so many plot twists it was ridiculous!

If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? And what would you want to know?

I would want to meet either James Patterson or John Grisham. Grisham is a real lawyer so I want to know what made him want to want to write as well. As for Patterson, I would like to know the same thing as well as where he gets hid inspiration from.

 What books might we be surprised to find on your shelf?

Since I’m more of a fiction person, a book called King Peggy would be surprising. It’s an autobiography about a woman that becomes a king in Africa. Yes, a king. Its been on my shelf for 2 years and I still haven’t read it.

How do you organize your personal library?

I organize my library in alphabetical order.

What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet?

There’s so many, I don’t even know.

Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you are supposed to like but didn’t?

What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?

I’m drawn to supernatural and romance.

If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?

What do you plan to read next?

Courts of Thorns and Roses. I’ve heard great reviews about it.

Totally Should Have booktag

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Once again, thank you to ThriceRead for another book tag.

Totally Should Have Book Tag

NUMBER ONE: TOTALLY SHOULD’VE GOTTEN A SEQUEL

Even though it did well as a stand-alone book I think Abuse of Power by Michael Savage should’ve been a trilogy at least.

NUMBER TWO: TOTALLY SHOULD’VE GOTTEN A SPIN-OFF SERIES

Andrea Cremer created a spinoff book to the Nightshade series  called Snakeroot. As far as I know, it doesn’t have a second book to it and but it should.

NUMBER THREE: AN AUTHOR THAT TOTALLY SHOULD WRITE MORE BOOKS

NUMBER FOUR: A CHARACTER THAT TOTALLY SHOULD’VE ENDED UP WITH SOMEONE ELSE

To be honest there are times where I want the main character to end up with someone else. In Red Queen, Mare should’ve ended up with Maven.

NUMBER FIVE: TOTALLY SHOULD’VE ENDED DIFFERENTLY

The end of the Kitty Norville series was kind of bland.

NUMBER SIX: TOTALLY SHOULD’VE HAD A MOVIE FRANCHISE

The Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn should just be a show at this point.

NUMBER SEVEN: TOTALLY SHOULD’VE HAD ONLY ONE POINT OF VIEW

Allegiant by Veronica Roth should’ve had one point of view. It was annoying going back and forth between Tris and Four.

NUMBER EIGHT: TOTALLY SHOULD’VE HAD A COVER CHANGE

The Quantum Prophecy by Michael Carroll. It was too boring for me. It took me a while to figure that all three books had faces on them.

NUMBER NINE: TOTALLY SHOULD’VE KEPT THE ORIGINAL COVERS

Twilight. I like the simplicity and originalness (is that even a word?) of the original covers

NUMBER TEN: TOTALLY SHOULD’VE STOPPED AT BOOK ONE

Good reads book tag

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Thank you to ThriceRead for providing another book tag. This was the easiest one yet.

What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

What are you currently reading?

Nothing, unfortunately

What was the last book you marked as TBR?

The Couple Next Door

What book do you plan to read next?

Glass Sword, which is the next book after Red Queen

Do you use the star rating system?

Yes, I do.

Are you doing a 2016 reading challenge?

No. I would like to but I don’t think I’ll be able to stay on track. There are so many other books I end up reading.

Do you have a wish list?

Not really

What book do you plan to buy next?

I don’t buy books. I borrow from the library.

Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.

Not really. But if I’m sure I wouldn’t remember even if I did.

Who are your favorite authors?

James Patterson, Lisa Jackson, John Grisham

Have you joined any groups?

Nah.