My Brain Dump 

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

This was not the first John Green book I had ever read…

Goodreads Rating: 3.64 Stars

Description: Katherine X just wanted to be friends

Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail

K-19 broke his heart

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun–but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.

Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.

This was not the first John Green book I have read… but it was nothing compared to The Fault in Our Stars. I was severely disappointed in this book. I have heard so many good things about this book and I was really looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately, I should have continued to look forward to it and not actually done it. This book was nothing like I expected it to be.

Not only was this book written for 12-year-old little girls, it also had complicated math that nobody could understand. That mixture cost for a very difficult read. I was not captivated by the story at all. I feel like it lacked any interesting variables. I do understand that the math part was necessary for the story as he was supposed to be a prodigy and I could have accepted that, but I feeling like it was written for 12 years olds I could not get over. (Was it written for 12 year olds? If so, I’m sorry for being so harsh!)

I feel like I am being really hard on this book and particularly harsh when it’s not necessary but it was such a letdown after hearing so many good things that I wanted everybody to know exactly how I felt so I decided not to sugarcoat it in anyway. Normally I try to give every book a fighting chance and I try to keep my reviews from being biased and mean but this time I just can’t do it.

Colin was a whiny teenager that I did not like in any way. I tend to get very annoyed with characters (and people) that have a “poor me” mentality. He even acknowledged several times that he was self-centered and did not seem to care. It was very annoying. He was supposed to be graduated from high school. His best friend, Hassan, was supposed to be a year old than him and already graduated for a year. Yet they both acted like middle schoolers 90% of the time.

I give this book 2 out of 5 stars. I considered giving it only one because I was so disappointed but decided that wasn’t fair. I however would not recommend it, unless as I previously stated you are a 12 year old little girl.

My Sisters Grave  (Tracy Crosswhite Series #1) by Robert Dugoni

What is wrong with it?

Goodreads Rating: 3.98 Stars

Description: Tracy Crosswhite has spent twenty years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House—a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder—is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to get the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past—and open the door to deadly danger.

What is wrong with it? What is wrong with the book? I asked myself that question after I finished it. Since I read this book in my kindle, it immediately asked me for a rating. I made my decision and went to type the review and realized I didn’t know why I chose the rating I did.

Normally when you finish a book you are either satisfied or you aren’t. Typically your rating depends on that. The problem that I had was I loved this book. I really enjoyed it. I thought it was great. But for some reason I didn’t give it a perfect rating. Why? I still don’t know.

I thought Tracy was awesome. I felt so bad for her throughout the book. All she wanted was answers. Who wouldn’t? She was strong and determined and everything you look for in a leading lady. I loved Dan. And his alarm system! I thought the way he was introduced was great. I love that he knew Sarah before she was murdered. It made everything that happened that much more personal.

This book took me by surprise. There were twists and turns that I never expected. It kept me on my toes and kept me turning the pages. The only aspect that I didn’t like was just how detached Tracy was at points. I mean it was her sister! I think she should have been a little more emotional, even if she was a trained detective.

I actually found this book because I thought a book later in the series looked cool, but I couldn’t start on the forth one. So I looked up this one and thought the description sounded good. I definitely wasn’t disappointed. I am looking forward to reading the next one and eventually getting to the one that grabbed ,y attention in the first place.

I definitely recommend this book! I give it 4 out of 5 stars!

Free Book Haul

I am so excited guys! I am a scavenger and I have no shame. I will take stuff from the side of the road and from yard sales. I love the thrift store! I hate laying full price for anything. Obviously I do sometimes. Especially for my books because it can be hard to find the ones you want at random and I hate waiting.

Well the other day I went to the thrift store and they were having a huge sale! They were giving about 100 (if not more) books away for free!


I know, right?!?!

I spent about an hour digging through the books to find the ones I wanted.

I ended up leaving with 13 new books for myself. And a bunch of children’s books for a friend of mine that just had a baby!

Now not all these books are “new” but I am still excited because they were free!!

Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard

Slow start, but picks up speed!

Goodreads Rating: 4.09 Stars 

Description: Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

This book started off very slowly and I struggled getting interested in it. However, it was recommended to me and I always try to read the books that are recommended to me. Aveyard kept repeating herself throughout the entire book, which was a big turn off for me. The things she was saying were extremely important but at the beginning it felt like every other sentence was the same and it was really annoying. It took me longer to get through the first three chapters than the rest of the book.

Mare was a very relatable character though. I would have made the same decisions as she did throughout the book. My family and friends are my number one priority. Just like Mare. She is a tough cookie and a force to be reckoned with. She will stand her ground and stand up for what she believes in. She isn’t blinded by the flashy new world she is thrown into. However, she is gullible and naïve.

Throughout the entire book, I felt like something was missing. I always wanted something more. I felt like there was some piece of the puzzle missing. The story was good and the characters were good, but I knew that there was something going on that I didn’t know or something that the author messed up on. The ending put a couple of the pieces together for me, but I still think that most of the story was lacking because of it.

I really did end up enjoying this book though. It wasn’t the best book ever, but it was good enough. While I would definitely recommend this book, I will probably not reread it.

WWW Wednesday – What am I Reading? – May 24, 2017

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme that is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. The “rules” are simple – answer the 3 questions below: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next? What are you currently reading? I am currently reading three books. […]

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme that is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. The “rules” are simple – answer the 3 questions below:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading four books.

I am STILL working on All My Love, Detrick by Roberta Kagan. I am almost done with it now but I still have some left to go.

I am also reading Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. This book was accidentally put on hold. Since I was struggling with both it and All My Love, Detrick, I decided to finish that one and then work on this one

I am reading Third Watch by Robert Dugoni. It is part of the Tracy Crosswhite series. I’m not very far into it yet but it’s the third one (kinda) and I loved the other ones.

I am listening to Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. It was in my anti-popular list and I am working on getting through them as fast as possible since that list has so many books.

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Third Watch by Robert Dugoni. Reviews are coming soon!!

What do you think you’ll read next?

This section has not changed because I want to read the. But for some reason I keep picking up other books first.

Since I am working on three series’s, my first goal is to finish them and then start The Hundreth Queen series. I am also looking forward to reading Before Goodbye by Mimi Cross.

 Now I challenge you to answer the same questions down below! What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?

Top Ten Tuesday – May 23, 2017

Every week The Broke and the Bookish hosts a meme called Top Ten Tuesday. This week the topic was “summer” but I didn’t feel like I had very many things to say about summer so I decided rather than skipping it altogether that I would do a past topic. So this week my topic is My Favorite Places to Read!

In no particular order (mainly because it all depends on my mood), my top ten favorite places to read are

1) Outside on the steps that lead up to my apartment

Sometimes it’s shady, sometimes it’s not. But for some reason it is extremely relaxing

2) In a leather chair

I don’t know why but I love the feel of leather when I’m reading

3) By a window while it’s raininG

Do I need to say more?

4) In a library or a small bookstore

The smell of books is one of my favorite things in the world. When you find that perfect library or bookstore, it’s like heaven on earth!

5) Where ever my dog will cuddle with me

And trust me I have ended up in some weird places trying to cuddle with my dog!

6) In a hot bath

Candles, soft music, and a book is the perfect combination for relaxation

7) In my car (Audiobooks!!)

I gave up on listen to the radio because there is only one station where I live. So now I listen to audiobooks as I drive! Best idea I’ve ever had!

8) In bed after a long day

Nothing puts me to sleep like curling up in bed and escaping to a different world. Though my dreams tend to turn out weird when this happens.

9) On the beach

Getting my tan in during the summer is one of my favorite things! Grabbing a good book and heading to the beach is the best part of living on a tropical island!

10) On the couch while my husband is watching tv

He is not a reader like me, but cuddling with him while reading a good book and him watching tv is a great way to spend some time together.

What is your favorite place to read?

My French Whore by Gene Wilder

I love when the cover and the title give nothing away!

CAUTION: SPOILERS (small ones)

Goodreads Rating: 3.73 Stars 

Description: The beloved actor and screenwriter Gene Wilder’s first novel, My French Whore, set during World War I, delicately and elegantly explores a most unusual romance. It’s almost the end of the war and Paul Peachy, a young railway employee and amateur actor in Milwaukee, realizes his marriage is one-sided. He enlists, and ships off to France. Peachy instantly realizes how out of his depth he is—and never more so than when he is captured. Risking everything, Peachy—who as a child of immigrants speaks German—makes the reckless decision to impersonate one of the enemy’s most famous spies.

As the urbane and accomplished spy Harry Stroller, Peachy has access to a world he could never have known existed—a world of sumptuous living, world-weary men, and available women. But when one of those women—Annie, a young, beautiful and wary courtesan—turns out to be more than she seems, Peachy’s life is transformed forever.

This book was one shock after another. It was nothing like I expected. It was recommended to me so I read it. I didn’t even read the description. I dove in completely blind, which I almost never do. All I knew about the book was the title and that the cover said it was a love story. It was so much more than that! I was also pleasantly surprised when I realized that it was written by the same Gene Wilder as the man who played Willy Wanka. I didn’t even know he wrote books! I am considering reading another one of his as this was his first.

This book was so much more than a love story. Honestly, the “love story” aspect of it wasn’t even the most important part. It wasn’t the real story. My French Whore was set during World War I and shows the journey of an American soldier, who got himself into a very sticky situation. He knows his time is limited and tries to enjoy what he has left. With a French Whore.

I would have liked for it to be a little longer and for him to have had a little more time in France. I would have liked to have learned more about him and why he made the decisions he made. I think Wilder could have added another 50 pages or so and made the book quite a bit better.

This book was a quick and easy read. Only taking a couple hours. If that. It even made me laugh a couple times. However, I am not going to give an amazing review just because of its author. I enjoyed it, but the ending was very bland and left me slightly confused. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars. I would recommend it, but I probably won’t reread it.