Tag: It’s Finally Fall!

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you probably know that I’m always up for a good book tag. I love all of these fall-themed book tags that are going around right now, so I couldn’t have been happier to be tagged in this one by Alyssa Grace!


IN FALL, THE AIR IS CRISP AND CLEAR
NAME A BOOK WITH A VIVID SETTING!

Hands down, Nevernight. I feel like I could be walking through the pages with Mia.

NATURE IS BEAUTIFUL…BUT ALSO DYING
NAME A BOOK THAT IS BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN, BUT ALSO DEALS WITH A HEAVY TOPIC LIKE LOSS OR GRIEF.

People Kill People isn’t about loss or grief, really, but it is about gun violence and a whole lot of other topics, so it’s definitely a very heavy book.

FALL IS BACK TO SCHOOL SEASON
SHARE A NON-FICTION BOOK THAT TAUGHT YOU SOMETHING NEW.

Fantasyland is probably the non-fiction book that’s taught me the most this year.

IN ORDER TO KEEP WARM, IT’S GOOD TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH THE PEOPLE WE LOVE
NAME A FICTIONAL FAMILY/HOUSEHOLD/FRIEND-GROUP THAT YOU’D LIKE TO BE A PART OF.

You probably thought I was going to choose the Addicted series since that’s what I always choose for this kind of prompt, but today I decided to go with Infini! It’s still by Krista & Becca Ritchie, but today I’m feeling more like the Kotovas than the Calloways.

THE COLOURFUL LEAVES ARE PILING UP ON THE GROUND
SHOW US A PILE OF FALL-COLOURED SPINES!

FALL IS THE PERFECT TIME FOR SOME STORYTELLING BY THE FIRESIDE
SHARE A BOOK WHEREIN SOMEBODY IS TELLING A STORY.

I was thinking and thinking and thinking and thinking about this prompt… and then I realized that The Name of the Wind is the perfect choice.

THE NIGHTS ARE GETTING DARKER
SHARE A DARK, CREEPY READ.

I think The Haunting of Hill House fits the bill.

THE DAYS ARE GETTING COLDER
NAME A SHORT, HEARTWARMING READ THAT COULD WARM UP SOMEBODY’S COLD AND RAINY DAY.

Walk of Shame is just the cutest.

FALL RETURNS EVERY YEAR
NAME AN OLD FAVOURITE THAT YOU’D LIKE TO RETURN TO SOON.

I don’t really do re-reads… but if I were going to re-read something, it would probably be The Hating Game.

FALL IS THE PERFECT TIME FOR COZY READING NIGHTS
SHARE YOUR FAVOURITE COZY READING ACCESSORIES!

My favorite cozy reading accessory is my cat. I love reading with her curled up in my lap or draped across my shoulders or just purring next to me.


I’ve already tagged a lot of people this week, but if you feel like doing this one, please feel free! As always, let me know if you like tags and I’ll add you to my list. And if you decide to do this one, please link back to me so I can check out your answers! ❤

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Book review: Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: AmazonTBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: October 12, 2010
Source: Borrowed

Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.

So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?

Edgy and gripping, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is an unforgettable novel: smart, funny, dramatic, and always surprising.

I decided at the end of August that I would spend the rest of the year focusing on catching up on my TBR. That means no new ARC requests, no blog tours, and minimal book purchases. I’m mostly trying to read books that I actually own, but I figured that I would also try to get through some of the books that have been on my TBR forever.

And Please Ignore Vera Dietz has been on my TBR forever. I added it on June 11, 2012. I had just turned 22 years old. I hadn’t even moved to New Jersey yet. I lived by myself!! I was still working my last college job! Who even was I back then? Anyway, I’m not sure what took me so long to read this book. I saw it at the library and decided that I’d finally actually read it.

And much like it took me forever to finally decide to read it, it took me forever to get into it. It took me three days to make it through the first fifty pages! Luckily, after that, it picked up a lot and I finished the remainder within a few hours. I think that the biggest reason it took me so long to get interested in this book is the subject matter. Back in 2012, I would have jumped right into a tragic book about a dead friend. In 2018, I tend to avoid that kind of thing. But once I got into the book and the plot really started moving, I didn’t want to put it down.

I think that the best part of this book for me was Vera’s relationship with her father. I’ve never really had a relationship with my father (not since I was a toddler, at least) and although both Vera and her dad could be frustrating characters from time to time, they so clearly loved each other and it warmed my heart so much.

Vera’s relationship with Charlie, on the other hand, just about gave me whiplash. I can see where Vera was coming from with some of her actions toward the end of Charlie’s life, but there are also decisions she made that I just can’t forgive. And while I understand that Charlie was going through his own stuff, the way he treated Vera was so unforgivable. This didn’t necessarily make me lower my rating (after all, teenagers make stupid decisions every day), but it’s definitely something that bothered me throughout the book.

I’ve waffled a lot on how to rate this book. On the one hand, I think it was really well-written and there were moments in the book that legitimately broke my heart. On the other hand, I actually debated DNFing this at one point because I just could not get into it. I think that three stars is a fair rating in the end.


Have you read Please Ignore Vera Dietz? Which book has been on your TBR the longest?
Let’s talk in the comments!


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