Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

1 thing this week:

  • I’ve made the executive decision to put myself on a book-buying ban until I move in March. I’m already going to have so many boxes of unread books. I don’t need even more!!

Blog hopping:

Song of the week:

I’ve been listening to a lot of Ben Folds this week and it was hard to choose just one song, but I finally settled on You Don’t Know Me. I love how sassy this song is.

Book review: History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: January 17, 2017
Source: Purchased

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course. 

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart. 

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

Alright, here we go. I pretty much spent the entire month of December struggling to make my way through this book. It’s not necessarily that it’s a bad book, but it wasn’t for me. Let me tell you all the reasons why.

First and most importantly, I don’t like sad books, so I’m not sure why I even picked this up. I mean, I bought it in June when I was really highly anticipating What If It’s Us, so I guess that’s why. But had I just read the synopsis, I would have been able to see that I wouldn’t like this book. So I guess that’s on me.

Second, rather than slogging through this book for three weeks, I should have just DNFed this book at the end of week one and called it a day. I knew from the first few pages that I wasn’t getting along with the writing style. It’s not that it’s badly written, but there was a lot about it that annoyed me. 

There were some sentences that I just… kind of stared at and wondered why they existed:

  • “I’m sorry. That was a dickhead thing to say. I need a condom for my mouth.” [how would that even work?]
  • “Rosie may be half a decade older than my mom, but she’s been consistently going to the gym, and I think I can even feel some abs coming in as we hug.” [excuse me, what kind of weird hug are you giving your aunt that you can feel her abs??]

It also bothered me that sometimes we’d get emotions coming through really clearly just based on dialogue and then it would also be explained in the narration. I don’t know how to explain this without spoilers. It just came across that Silvera either wanted to make the book longer or thought his readers were dumb.

Another thing I don’t know how to tackle without spoilers is all of the relationships Griffin has in this book. Yes, the big relationship is with Theo, but there are also two other relationships, one of which makes sense and one of which I just felt was wholly unnecessary and completely ruined the book for me. I saw it coming from about eighteen miles away, but it still made me angry. I wish the new WordPress editor would let me do the thing where I hide spoilers, but it doesn’t, so I just have to be vague.

And, like… I get that teenagers are dramatic. I was once a very dramatic teenager myself. But the characters in this book are so dramatic. And I feel like they aren’t realistic high school students, either. A three-way spooning session between opposite gender friends? Platonic sleepovers in which they’re just in their underwear? Literally kissing and having sex with everyone you talk to? Maybe I was just a sheltered child, but yikes.

Again, I don’t think that History Is All You Left Me is necessarily a bad book. But it absolutely wasn’t for me, and I would definitely hesitate to recommend it.

#killingthetbr: six months on shelf


Have you read History Is All You Left Me? Do you like to read books about grief and/or mental illness? Let’s talk in the comments!


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Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

Tags this week:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

2 things this week:

  • I AM SO HAPPY TO REPORT THAT I’M PART OF THE BLOG TOUR FOR YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT BY LAURA SILVERMAN. THIS IS ONE OF MY MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS FOR 2019 AND OMG. I’M SCREAMING.
  • I’M ALSO SCREAMING ABOUT TAYLOR SWIFT’S REPUTATION STADIUM TOUR ON NETFLIX. I LOVE HER SO MUCH. WHY DIDN’T I SEE THIS LIVE BUT WATCHING THIS IS THE NEXT BEST THING.

Blog hopping:

  • Gerry shared the nicest end-of-year wrap-up post and shouted out a lot of bloggers! (Thank you again!)

Song(s) of the week:

I had to go with The New Year by Death Cab for Cutie since I’ve been listening to this song on New Year’s for… a long time.

And, in honor of the reputation Stadium Tour on Netflix, here’s New Year’s Day. ❤ ❤

Weekly Update

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS:

I’VE BEEN READING:

RECENTLY ACQUIRED:

  • Nothing! I’ve been too busy traveling to do much book-acquiring this week.

1 THING THIS WEEK:

  • I drove approximately 1900 miles BY MYSELF in the last week. I was maybe a little bit impulsive, but it was worth it.

BLOG HOPPING:

  • Again, I’ve been too busy traveling! I haven’t done any blog hopping in the last week, but hopefully I’ll be back at it soon!

SONG OF THE WEEK:

So, basically, in order to stay awake during my ridiculously long drive this week, I had to listen to some songs I liked very, very loudly. One song that kept me alive and moving was Sober by Lorde.

Weekly Update

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS:

I’VE BEEN READING:

RECENTLY ACQUIRED:

1 THING THIS WEEK:

  • I don’t really have any book-related happenings this week, other than I went to a huge used bookstore TWICE and was maybe in actual heaven.

BLOG HOPPING:

  • Is there ever a week where I don’t feature one of Shruti’s posts? This week it’s her post about writing a review policy.
  • Kelly shared a bookish Christmas gift guide!
  • Shealea talked about her least favorite books of 2018 (and I’m always up for some snarky commentary).
  • Vicky always writes amazing posts and recently she…
  • Mandy and Sha shared their year in review!

WEEKLY PLAYLIST:

It’s almost Christmas! Here are some of my all-time favorite Christmas songs. It’s a link because I cannot figure out how to embed a playlist with this new WordPress editor!!

Weekly Update

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS:

TAGS THIS WEEK:

I’VE BEEN READING:

RECENTLY ACQUIRED:

2 THINGS THIS WEEK:

  • I am very slowly working through my backlog of tags, so if you like tags and I don’t usually tag you, please let me know!
  • I’m out of town right now, so I tried something new this week and scheduled my Weekly Update way in advance! Hopefully things aren’t going to change too much between Thursday and Saturday. 🙂

BLOG HOPPING:

  • I’m a little late on this, but Siobhan asked what we should do when authors go on the attack.
  • Shruti called for an end to the idea of a “guilty pleasure.”
  • Shruti also made a list of five essential things your book blog should have.
  • Raya talked about ten books she wants to read but probably won’t, and wow, I could relate.
  • Aurora shared ten quick reads to help you beat your reading challenge.
  • Krisha recommended ten books to pull you out of a reading slump. (I needed this post.)
  • Mandy discussed cleaning up her TBR and getting ready for 2019.

SONG OF THE WEEK:

This is the cutest song and I love it so much.

Weekly Update

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS:

I’VE BEEN READING:

RECENTLY ACQUIRED:

2 THINGS THIS WEEK:

  • The only thing that really happened this week was my work holiday party! I work in a doctor’s office and we all wear scrubs every day, so it’s always fun to not only get really dressed up, but also see everybody else in their fancy clothes!
  • In book-related news, I’m in a little bit of a slump right now. I keep flipping between History Is All You Left Me, Wild Beauty, and Hotshot Doc in hopes that one of them will pull me out of that slump.

SONG OF THE WEEK:

I don’t actually hate Christmas parties, but we’re getting into Christmas song season and this song has been one of my favorites since I was in high school!