Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

About

Fangirl meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this funny and poignant coming-of-age novel from New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren about two boys who fall in love in a writing class—one from a progressive family and the other from a conservative religious community.

Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah.

But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar—where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester—Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity.

It turns out, Tanner is only partly right: four months is a long time. After all, it takes only one second for him to notice Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him.

My Thoughts

This book was so good, in fact, it was stupendous! It’s been a long while since I’ve read something that I just truly loved from beginning to end. This book is such a great story. The plot is great, the characters are amazing, and the situations are legit and actually could happen. There’s nothing really fantastical about this book. It’s all possible.

Tanner is my favorite character. He knows who he is, and lives his life by it. His parents love him and accept him too. His best friend Autumn, is so relatable. I swear I could be her if my best friend was a boy growing up. Cause I know I’d be in love with my best friend if he was like Tanner.

What the authors, (Christina Lauren is a pen name for 2 women who write together, they’re BFFs),did is genius. The title of the book is clearly explained, the love story is what we need in today’s society because representation matters in all forms, including sexuality.  I feel like they show a high school students true feelings about love and life and how damn confusing it is.

I honestly have had trouble coming up with words to express just how fantastic this book and how important it is for people to read this book. But not just this book, any book that has relationships that stray from the heterosexual genre. For those who don’t like these types, this book is a good place to start. It gently but genuinely shows you that love is love.

The LDS aspect was very intriguing to me. One of my best friends from college is Mormon and she helped me understand her religion more through our friendship. A lot of what was explained in the book I knew because of her. I do have to say though, as a parent my heart broke for Sebastian in the parts where his parents were making him question everything.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Recommended for middle and high school students; book clubs; anyone who may need a little love story; anyone wants to learn about a type of LGBTQ+ relationship; everyone.

You will not regret reading this book. And if you do, re-read it.

M.

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Currently reading/TBR

Currently Reading:

  1. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  2. The Librarian Aushwitz by Antonio Iturbe
  3. Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik
  4. The Next Always by Nora Roberts
  5. Sandry’s Book by Tamora Pierce

TBR

  1. Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green
  2. Circe by Madeline Miller
  3. The Shape of Water by Guillermo Del Toro
  4. This is Me by Chrissy Metz

 

 

 

If you have any book suggestions please leave me a comment below!

M.

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

About book (Goodreads): Vivan Carter is fed up. Fed up with a school administration at her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

My Thoughts

Moxie is such a wonderful book! I can’t recommend it enough. Not only is it a good book for women of all ages, but also men.

You probably think I relate to this because I’m a woman. And while that may be true, it’s also because I went to high school. I went to a small high school but I know things. I also believe that these type of situations mentioned in the book: the dress code check, the bump n grab, etc, happen a lot more. I went to a school elementary thru high school where we wore uniforms but dress code checks still happened. Is that how you wear that skirt? Your skirt is too short., your bra strap is showing,  there was even a moment where socks were checked to make sure our ankles were covered. Our. ankles. So yes, this has always happened, even is small schools is random Mississippi.

Now, as a mother of two girls I am hyper aware of what goes on in schools. I’m frightened that something will happen to them and they won’t defend themselves, tell a teacher, or tell me or my husband. It’s something that even in my oldest daughter’s young age, I still worry about. We currently live abroad and the school thankfully is very vigilant of things bullying and such, but that worry stays in your gut.

Moxie is a book that helps show the world what feminism is truly about. It helps spread the word about a movement of equality. I know things happen to boys and men too. It’s about both sexes being treated fairly, and being believed and not just swept under the carpet. Vivian is such a great and believable character because she questions herself so much about what she is doing. She questions whether her big idea will help at all and doesn’t tell anyone in fear that she will get in trouble. As the studious, good girl type in high school, I was like man, that’s so me in high school. Her BFF, Claudia, is a good representation too. The relationship between Viv and Seth is great. It was a believable boyfriend and girlfriend scenario to me because not all boys are ass-holes, but most boys don’t understand.

I also would love to mention that the mom/daughter relationship portrayed is SO good. I also love that parents for all kids are present in different ways. All ethnicities are represented and some very relevant race issues are talked about. This book is so relevant for today’s society.

Stars

🌠🌠🌠🌠🌠

Recommended for

I would recommend this book for a literature classes in 7th thru 12th grades, and book clubs for adults too. You can glean so much information from today’s society and even society’s of the past- because this shit happens no matter what year we’re in.

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I hope you enjoyed my review of Moxie! Please leave comments, suggestions, likes for me. Follow me too!

M.

Update

I’ve been gone a bit longer than I thought I would. I’ve been reading but not really books. I’ve been reading fanfic. Harry Potter fanfic. I’ve decided to make a blog post about my favorites and share them with you so if you’re interested in that kinda thing you can read some.

I think I’ve found some really great ones. My favorites are ones where Ron and Hermione are NOT a couple. #sorrynotsorry

So the next blog post should be a list of my top fanfics for y’all to peruse if you so choose. I should post it mid next week some time.

 

XoXo

M

City of Glass (Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare

About (Goodreads)
To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters — never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns thaod hat Jace does not want her there, and her best friend, Simon, has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City — whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling The Mortal Instruments.

My Thoughts
Where to begin? I love this series so much that it’s overwhelming. I honestly haven’t found a series I’ve loved so much since Harry Potter. And I LOVE HARRY POTTER! It’s a fierce love and passion. That being said, let’s continue…

I think what made me roll my eyes hard is the Clave. Why do the Shadowhunters trust so blindly to people who clearly have been corupt for years? This time isn’t the first. The other Inquisitor was a badass bitch who was ridden with vengence, this new one is a two faced piece of shit who had everyone fooled. Why won’t you learn Shadowhunters!!

Things I’m glad about:

  1. Jace and Clary aren’t related in the biological sense. But them having angel blood has to mean something? I don’t know what but it has to be something. Pure angel blood but still human. There’s something…
  2.  Sebastian the crazy dies and Jace is the one to kill the psycho. It says a lot about a person when they’re crazier than their crazy father/creator. Pure evil Sebatian is, or the real Jonathan. How weird is it that he KNEW who Clary was the whole time and STILL kissed her. Like WTF?! I mean, demon blood I suppose could make you want weird crazy shit like that I guess. Ick. I’m just glad that Jace killed the mofo. Or did he?
  3. Valentine. Man, this guy. Summons an angel and thinks the angel has to do his bidding. The balls. I find it incredible he lived this long. But I’m even happier he dies. Like seriously, dead as a door nail. But I don’t understand why they gave him a Shadowhunter funeral? He was bat shit crazy and they did the whole thing. Someone needs to explain that to me. Why would they waste their time on someone who tried to wipe out their race?
  4. Simon and Isabelle? Ok. I knew it was gonna happen but also Maia? Vampire hotness must be gold.
  5. I think what I like most about being 3 books in is that Clary has stopped her poor pitiful me thing. She has become a Shadowhunter. She’s brave, strong, independent, and a problem solver. Yes, she needs more training- she can’t always rely on her runes but she’s a badass. The way she kills Valentine. Priceless.
  6. The most romantic scene I’ve ever read is her asking for the angel to resurrect Jace. That’s all she wants. She can literally ask the Angel for A.N.Y.T.H.I.N.G. and she only wants Jace. I pretty sure I swooned. Like usually the male character is all here’s my romantic gesture, but this was so much more. The love in that moment was so overpowering.

I do need to brush up on my biblical readings though. The amount of references to Old and New Testaments makes me reconsider if I learned anything in my 12 years at a Catholic school. I think I’m mostly referring to the rune Clary places on Simon’s head. Cain and Able. The one story most everyone knows and remembers. 7-fold death if you attempt to kill Simon. Goodness. I’ll say this, Cassandra Clare is a bad ass writer to create such a world and vision like she has.

One last thing…Luke and Clary’s mom. Finally.

5 out of 5 stars. (Did you expect anything less?)

Hamish MacBeth series by M.C. Beaton

I’ve done reviews of some of these books before. But I wanted to update on this series since I’m waiting for #32.

I read numbers 26-31. I really love the Hamish series because it’s a cozy series. Set in Scotland, it follows Hamish the local bobby (policeman) around on his adventures. He’s still not settled down but goes back and forth about whether he wants to. I hope he ends up with Elspeth though. I really like her and she can stand her ground against the tall Highlander.

I enjoy all the different ways Beaton comes up with for death. Which sounds so awful but it keeps the series refreshing. The different characters that die also keeps you wondering about how it’s going to happen. I enjoy reading the title of the book, starting to read, and meeting the character that’s to die. Even though you know he/she will die, it’s always interesting to see what they do to deserve death.
And as always, Hamish figures out what the Detectives cannot. And doesn’t take any sort of praise or promotion. He’s a savvy man in that he can always figure a way out of situations and someone is always trying to kill him because he’s so good at what he does.

I think something that irks me is his never-ending infatuation with Priscilla. She’s a cold bitch and he needs to move on. Seriously.

I enjoy the constables that are assigned to his police station. My favorite are Clary and Dick. They’re nice and enjoyable.

I think overall the series would be good for a fast read. It’s basically the same thing over and over, like you know Hamish will solve the case but they ways he does it varies as does who, what, where, and when.

4 out of 5 overall series!

Currently Reading

My currently reading list:

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – So, I got about 20% through this and then stopped reading. And then it got automatically returned (reading on my Kindle). So I’m back on the wait list so I can make myself finish it.
  2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – I recently got it back from the library and am about half way through it and plan on finishing it this week. Come hell or high water.
  3. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi – I’m listening to this via my Kindle and I may have to relisten to it again because it’s so interesting and well written but at the same time, I’m like what was that? It’s really good. So freaking, good and imaginative and I’m really liking it a lot!

So those are my top 3 books right now. I’m currently on hold for 10 books lol And I’m excited about all of them. So hopefully over the next few weeks, I’ll be updating my blog more. And hopefully, my kiddos will be cooperative so I can 1. read, and 2. review the books I read.

Have a great week! My birthday is this week so I’m hoping I do!

XOXO

M.

My TBR Pile

I thought I’d update you on my TBR (to-be-read) pile of books that I have. Some of these are books that I’ve been putting off for years (yes, years) and others I’ve just never really thought of reading until someone recommended that book to me. I’ll explain more when as I list the books on my list.

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    This is a relatively new book to me. I know it’s been around for a while but it was recently recommended to me by an acquaintance. She raved about it so I thought I’d give a shot. I just was informed via email that it’s waiting for me at the library. So it should be a review soon!
  2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    admittedly, I was supposed to read this in high school and didn’t. My friend read it and gave me some notes on it so I did pass the test on it. I just couldn’t get into it. I did get it from the library recently, and got half way through it before I had to return it. I’m back on hold for it so once I get it back, I’ll be finishing it and reviewing it.
  3. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
    I admit that this one is mostly out of curiosity. I’ve so much shit about Lena that I just want to read and judge it for myself. I enjoy a good autobiography (which I’ve learned recently after reading about 4-5 of them lately) so I’m hoping that maybe it’s not as bad as all the critics make it out to be.
  4. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
    The 3rd book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series by Maas. I cannot wait to get my hands on it. It is SUCH a great story and the characters are wonderful. If you want to fall in love with a male ficitional character, read this series. I’m obsessed!
  5. Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
    I love Rainbow Rowell and all that she writes. So it’s no surprise she’s on my list.
  6. The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
    A recently new book that came across my screen about “a read you’d be interested in”. I read an excerpt and thought it was so good!
  7. The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
    It’s been on my list for a while. I will eventually get to it. It sounds very good.

So that’s it so far. I’m sure there’s more but I can’t find my list lol

I’ll keep ya updated on when I do reviews!

XOXO

M.