All This Time
Published: September 29, 2020
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
Kyle and Kimberly have been the perfect couple all through high school, but when Kimberly breaks up with him on the night of their graduation party, Kyle’s entire world upends—literally. Their car crashes and when he awakes, he has a brain injury. Kimberly is dead. And no one in his life could possibly understand.
Until Marley. Marley is suffering from her own loss, a loss she thinks was her fault. And when their paths cross, Kyle sees in her all the unspoken things he’s feeling.
As Kyle and Marley work to heal each other’s wounds, their feelings for each other grow stronger. But Kyle can’t shake the sense that he’s headed for another crashing moment that will blow up his life as soon as he’s started to put it back together.
And he’s right.
Duh, I was gonna read this book! I adored Five Feet Apart so much and Jessica and I were so excited when we saw this book. Yay, Prime Day deals! Of course I got the jacked up copy, but they fixed it so everything is ok now. Ivan also liked All This Time better since I didn’t come asking him medical questions every two seconds. All This Time was more on the fantasy side of things and I liked it! I enjoyed getting to know Kyle and Marley; it was sweet teenage love and I was getting some of the same vibes as I did from Five Feet. I suspected, but I admit that the twist kinda knocked me on my ass. I can’t really talk about my more critical opinions because I don’t want to give anything away. Right at the twisty chapter, my concerns were addressed very clearly so I was happy with the rest of the story. Overall, this is an emotional read with sweet characters and an interesting plot. Anyone who liked Five Feet Apart or Me Before You is gonna like All This Time. Plus a gorgeous cover!!
Watch Over Me
Author: Nina LaCour
Published: September 15, 2020
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars
Mila is used to being alone. Maybe that’s why she said yes to the opportunity: living in this remote place, among the flowers and the fog and the crash of waves far below.
But she hadn’t known about the ghosts.
Newly graduated from high school, Mila has aged out of the foster care system. So when she’s offered a job and a place to stay at a farm on an isolated part of the Northern California Coast, she immediately accepts. Maybe she will finally find a new home, a real home. The farm is a refuge, but also haunted by the past traumas its young residents have come to escape. And Mila’s own terrible memories are starting to rise to the surface.
Amazing cover. Totally why I bought it and thankfully it lived up to its gorgeous outside!
I feel bad writing a short review for such a great book, but I think it just needs to be experienced. I believe that everyone will have a different experience while reading it. It’s gonna mean different things to different people and that’s the beauty of it. So I’ll just say that it’s an emotional story, with great characters, and simple plot with engaging metaphors. The best thing to say about Watch Over Me is that you need to read it, then you’ll get it. I really loved it!
I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life
Author: Anne Bogel
Published: September 4, 2018
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
For so many people, reading isn’t just a hobby or a way to pass the time–it’s a lifestyle. Our books shape us, define us, enchant us, and even sometimes infuriate us. Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can’t imagine life without them.
I’d Rather Be Reading is the perfect literary companion for everyone who feels that way. In this collection of charming and relatable reflections on the reading life, beloved blogger and author Anne Bogel leads readers to remember the book that first hooked them, the place where they first fell in love with reading, and all of the moments afterward that helped make them the reader they are today. Known as a reading tastemaker through her popular podcast What Should I Read Next?, Bogel invites book lovers into a community of like-minded people to discover new ways to approach literature, learn fascinating new things about books and publishing, and reflect on the role reading plays in their lives.
The perfect gift for the bibliophile in everyone’s life, I’d Rather Be Reading will command an honored place on the overstuffed bookshelves of any book lover.
What a great little book!
Sometimes I have so many thoughts and feelings running around inside, I have a hard time identifying and organizing them. Anne did all that for me. Ideas that hadn’t even really occurred to me shone through the pages of this book! My only real issue is that there were whole chapters that were just lists of quotes from books. They weren’t bad by any means, it just got a little monotonous. But all the warms feels made up for the short bits of monotony.
I learned some things about myself and came to the conclusion, with Anne’s help, that I’m different and in no way inadequate. I’m a shopper, she’s a borrower. She visits the library multiple times a week; I don’t remember the last time I went to the library. And it’s all ok!! Readers are readers and we are united, especially because of our differences!
So overall, I loved this book! It was short, easy, and to the point! Everyone who loves books should read this book … and yes, I’m book bossy and not ashamed!!