I finished this book around 830 on 9/26… and sat at my computer around 920 to write. I knew I had to write about this now with all the feelings still so fresh else I wouldn’t write about it ever. I tried to talk to my bf about it but he isn’t a book person and doesn’t understand the feelings that come when reading something this serious.
Flowers in the Attic was originally published somewhere around 1979. I have had the book on my shelf… for awhile. And that is the exact reason I picked it up. Its been there awhile. This is about 4 kids who lose their father in a car accident and their mother (momma) takes them to live with their grandparents. But catch- their grandfather cannot know they are even alive. So their mother and grandmother (the grandmother) hatch up a plan to keep them in the attic until he dies so nothing bad comes of it. There is some untangling why the grandfather can’t know and I don’t want to spoil it. So that’s what you get for now. These 4 kids are Chris- 14, Cathy- 12, Cory and Carrie, twins, are 4. And they are to be locked in an attic.
I think this might be the one post I spoil the book just because I need to get it out of my own head and into someone else who gets all the book feels and understands how real they can become in just 300-400 pages. This is written like a journal, in a way. Cathy is the writer and she is writing from the future. So there are certain parts where she is like “it’s okay for me to write this now when so many years have gone by…” Maybe that is what makes it so real? But it doesn’t matter what matters is **** these kids are locked in an attic for almost 4 years! And then … ugh! No matter how much I want to spoil it I just can’t. So… maybe.. I’ll link here to some spoilers. But just let me say it was a good book. But packed with so many emotions I just sat there and couldn’t stop thinking about it. I still can’t.
Favorite Character: Cory
Quote: Honestly.. I just don’t think I have a quote.
When I read: Sept 2018
Total Page Count: 412
Flowers in the Attic
The first graphic novel! I got this book on my birthday last year. I picked it up and almost read the entire thing in the store aisle. It’s about an alien who was sent to earth to learn about humans. And as you can tell there are going to be a lot of misspellings in it because an alien is writing it. It really is just the cutest little book. There is an activity log right on the front/back pages. I can’t actually say much about this because saying almost anything will give the book away. But the alien goes around Earth visiting with the Trees, Birds, Frogs, Dogs, etc.
It is a great read and a great way to get into graphic novels and comics if you wanted to. It took me all of 10 minutes to read and a bit longer the second time around because I was really looking at the pictures.
I am waiting for Jomney Sun to write another one because I am going to be all over it.
Quote: “You are not alone I am here.”
When read: August 14, 2017
Page count: 304
Everyone’s a aliebn
The Hate U Give. I have no idea why I thought I wouldn’t like this book. Maybe because it isn’t all fairies and vampires. Or maybe it is because its own voices and im white. But whatever the reason… after I saw the first movie trailer for this I knew I had to pick it up and read it.
I binged this in 2 days. I started on Friday (8/31) while I was at work I got about 85 pages in an hour! An hour! I usually only manage around 35-45 pages an hour. Wow! This book had me crying in those few pages. I knew it was going to change me before I even read it.
Now, like I said I am white. I know race shouldn’t have anything to do with books. But this book is literally about race. A white cop shoots a black kid. And that isn’t a spoiler it is what is in the movie trailers and what happens in the first 80 pages. But… I don’t listen to Tupac or NWC or anything. I grew up with country music and grew into pop stuff. But I know THUG LIFE (The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everyone) is going to stick with me forever.
I have a co-worker who has kids (I do not). And he was kinda freaking out over having “the race talk” with his kid. Now I didn’t understand even after he explained it. He wants his kids to know because they are white they are going to have an easier time of things than their colored friends. Just like Starr having 2 different lives.
I have a ton to say about race wars and cops getting off after doing some shitty stuff. But I do not think my blog is a place to get into any of that. I’m sitting here trying to figure out what to type and what I shouldn’t type. I thought I had it hard: living in the middle of Kansas barely making enough to buy myself sandwich stuff to eat and my dog his food. But never once did I have to worry about people having a drive by where I live. Never once did I have to think about drugs or drug dealers. Never once did I have to worry about my father hitting my mother. Never once when I was still living in my parent’s house did I have to worry about money. Now I know my family didn’t have a lot when I was growing up but we had cars to get us from a to b. We each had our own room. We had hot showers. We had food. We went to school. A tiny school at that where there were so few kids I didn’t even know about weed until I graduated. I was a sheltered child. I am, honestly, thankful for that. But for those of you who aren’t and those of you who have had hardships I am sorry and I am here for you if you ever need a listening ear. There is someone who loves you. Someone who cares and someone who wants to see you live a better life. I might just be here on my computer in my house, but I want that for you. I care about each and every one of you reading this. Stay strong.
The Hate U Give
So… This is super! Backlist. 20 years in fact. But I just got my new 20th anniversary edition in so I am writing about Harry. Have you seen these new covers? I love love love how they all intertwine with one another. I set them all out on the couch a took a picture. 😀
I know I don’t need a synopsis of Harry Potter because… Who hasn’t read them by now? I am actually going through and listening to them on audio right now. I am on book 5. I think I started listening to them around… sometime last year. I follow along with a podcast so I only listen to one chapter a week so its pretty slow going. If you are into podcasts it’s called Harry Potter and the Sacred Text (I’ll put a link below). They – there are 2 hosts, Casper and Vanessa – treat the text as a sacred one, like how religions treat the Bible basically. Its super interesting and funny.
But since I don’t have a synopsis… I guess I will tell you my thoughts on Harry Potter. I honestly do not remember reading the first three books. But I know I did. I also know my grandma bought them(the first three books) so when all of us grandkids (there are only like 4 of us) came over she could read them to us. But… I don’t think that ever happened. Lol. I read the last one, The Deathly Hallows, when I was a junior in High School, around 2010. So I wasn’t too far behind the release date. It, honestly, took me forever to read. A couple of months actually. I loved the Half-Blood Prince and just couldn’t get over Dumbledore (still no spoilers). And… Then Dobby!? I mean just cry fest. But I got through it. And this is only my second time listening/reading/ingesting them and I just can’t believe how much I missed!
Of course, I can’t write a post without tell you all that I am a Slytherin, and I am proud of it. 😀 Also, my Ilvermorny house is Pukwudgie. My patronus is an Osprey – which is a type of bird, also called a sea hawk. My wand is Pine wood with a Phoenix feather core 12 ¼” and Quite Bendy flexibility. Now, I haven’t explored Pottermore much but I did take the quizzes and those were my results.
Favorite Character- Dobby and Mrs. Weasley
Favorite Book- Half-Blood Prince (even though it’s a 5 alarm snot bomb)
Favorite Quote- “Always.” -Snape or “Not my daughter, you bitch!” -Mrs. Weasley
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
Harry Potter 20th anniversary edition
So, this book I picked up because of the cover. I totally judged it. It had pretty colors, a key, stopwatch, and pen. Pretty cover. I started reading it not too long after I got it.
So if you haven’t heard of it here is a quick synopsis. There is a kingdom surrounded by mist and its been that way for as long as anyone can remember. And whoever rules the kingdom is chosen by something. It kind of runs through the same family but in this book the mistress’s daughter ends up ruling (not a spoiler that happens on page 11). Everything is just kind of spiritual in this book. There is a timekeeper, a bookkeeper, and a doorkeeper. These three helpers basically keep the Lord or Lady to schedule and the kingdom running and everything. But the Lord dies at the beginning and Keri is the next in line. Which nobody thought would happen because he has 2 sons. Everything seems fine until Keri gets to her first meeting with all the other people in charge. The mist is failing around the village.
This is set in Nimmeria. A crazy magic filled world. You know what really gets to me with these Fantasy books? When they are set in a magical world but there is no map! I love maps and being able to see where people are going, how far the ocean is, and where everything important is. This is a standalone if you are looking for a quick read with no book hangover. I will say with how many books I read I usually still can’t ever guess what happens but this one wa very predictable. But it read fast and was well written. There were a few hidden things that just kinda popped up that were cool and that I hadn’t read before. So it’s definitely worth the read but you might know the ending.
Favorite Character: Lucas
Quote: “Never do any unpleasant task yourself when you can get someone else to do it…” -Lucas
Page Count: 391
When I read: November 2017
The Keeper of the Mist