Weekly Update

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

Tags this week:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
  • I also got lost all self-control at my library’s annual sale! I’m planning on doing a separate post about what I got there.

2 things this week:

  • I’ve noticed that WP isn’t sending me notifications for every ping, so if you’ve tagged me in something and I haven’t responded, please let me know!
  • I got my BookCon autographing tickets! Of all the authors, I can’t believe I’m going to meet Sarah Dessen. I’ve loved her books since I was in middle school. 😭

Blog hopping:

  • Ally wrote about the types of book reviewers. I think I’m “critical and doesn’t care.” What are you?
  • Siobhan discussed trigger warnings and whether bloggers have a responsibility to include them in reviews.

Song of the week:

Since I did the Fall Out Boy Book Tag, I might as well share my favorite Fall Out Boy song of all time. I used to BLAST this album in my bedroom when I was a dramatic teenager.


How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Book review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: August 27, 2015
Source: Purchased

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions…

When I bought this book, I knew nothing about it other than it had a fun title and I’d heard good things about Patrick Ness. I started reading it without having even read the synopsis, and I knew almost immediately that I’d love it.

I’ve read countless YA books about the “Chosen One.” There’s Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Mortal Instruments, Throne of Glass… I could go on. And there’s nothing inherently wrong with that trope. When it’s written well, it can make for a really good story. One of my all-time favorite TV shows, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, also bases itself around this trope.

Ness takes this trope and turns it around, focusing instead on the kids who aren’t involved in all of the supernatural happenings. While the indie kids are off in the background dealing with vampires and zombies and ghosts and mysterious blue lights, Mike and his friends are sorting out their own problems. They’re dealing with relationship drama, mental illness, stress about graduation, and less-than-stellar parenting. This book deals with a lot of issues in a relatively short amount of pages.

I think my favorite part of the book was the almost sassy descriptions of the indie kids at the beginning of each chapter. I also loved the way the seemingly unrelated activities of the indie kids were woven into the story toward the end. Quite honestly, there was very little that it didn’t love about this book. Also, bonus points for tons of cats.

I would highly recommend this book if you’re interested in seeing a common trope turned on its head and maybe even made fun of a little bit. I can’t wait to read more from Ness.

#killingthetbr: five months on shelf


Have you read The Rest of Us Just Live Here? Which book by Ness should I read next?
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:

  • nothing this week!

1 thing this week:

  • I think I’m finally over my slump! Just look at how many books I read this week!!

Blog hopping:

  • Siobhan talked about negative reviews!
  • Alex shared a great review of You Asked For Perfect!
  • What’s Nonfiction reviewed The Hot Zone right after I’d been talking about it with my coworkers!

Song of the week:

I took a break from shouting about Broods last week, but now I’m back with this stripped version of “Too Proud” that I can’t stop listening to.


How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Monthly Favorites: April 2019

I had a few books that I really enjoyed in April, but I think I have to go with these two as my favorites.


The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
★★★★☆
Goodreads | my review will be posted next week!

You by Caroline Kepnes
★★★★★
Goodreads | my review


Have you read either of these books? What was the best book you read in April? 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:

1 thing this week:

  • I found out that there’s a used bookstore about twenty minutes from my house and I may have gone a little crazy!

Blog hopping:

  • Lily shared five upcoming releases to add to your TBR!
  • Sam talked about the pros and cons of secondhand books!

Song of the week:

Andrew McMahon has been one of my favorite musicians since I was fourteen years old (half my life!!) and this week, he released a new album. Here’s Teenage Rockstars.