Book Review: Call It What You Want – Brigid Kemmerer

When his dad is caught embezzling funds from half the town, Rob goes from popular lacrosse player to social pariah. Even worse, his father’s failed suicide attempt leaves Rob and his mother responsible for his care.

Everyone thinks of Maegan as a typical overachiever, but she has a secret of her own after the pressure got to her last year. And when her sister comes home from college pregnant, keeping it from her parents might be more than she can handle.

When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a calculus project, they’re both reluctant to let anyone through the walls they’ve built. But when Maegan learns of Rob’s plan to fix the damage caused by his father, it could ruin more than their fragile new friendship…

This captivating, heartfelt novel asks the question: Is it okay to do something wrong for the right reasons?


 

Och no.

A young adult romance is not what I wanted. It´s not what I expected.

Call It What You Want by author Brigid Kemmerer ended up being the type of read I couldn´t enjoy. For one- the story felt like it lacked structure.

There was a whole lot of everything all over the place overshadowing the plot.  I didn´t necessarily appreciate the dramatic events that happened to the main characters as they felt like they only existed to gain a reader’s sympathy. I would´ve loved to read a story instead of being pushed to feel for a character(s) from start to finish.

And because of the lack of story structure, I wasn´t able to see a story development. I like a story to gradually grow and for it to have a nice climax. There has to be a peak at some point. Sadly, I didn´t come across one.

It´s really disappointing because after all that was revealed I would´ve expected some kind of massive explosion and not the lukewarm handshake type of ending.

All in all, I wasn´t impressed.

This was my second Brigid Kemmerer read and probably my last.


 

Would I recommend this book? I know of many readers who´d love this type of read, so yes.

Would I reread this book? No. I´m not interested in this type of YA read.

 


 

The Cover:  5 Stars – I was blindsided by the cover.

The Story:  2 Stars – Uugh, I can´t.

The Characters:  2 Stars – I think it says a lot if you don´t give a hoot about the Hero or Heroine.

My emotional state after finishing this read – Nope.

 

Should you still feel like this romantic YA read would be something you´d enjoy then feel free to click here.

 

Book Shaming A Reader

 

“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.” –

Annie Dillard in The Living

A beautiful quote fitting for most book lovers. There´s just something magical about reading. Whether it´s a romance, horror, Young Adult or a fantasy novel… There´s always magic waiting to reach our hearts and minds.

The other day I had a lovely chat with a fellow book blogger about books. We covered everything book related. At some point, I asked about her current read. She refused to tell me.

 

“I´d rather not say.”

 

What?! I mean, come on. We´re not sharing intimate secrets with each other. I don´t want to know how many people you´ve buried in your backyard. It´s just a book. When I asked why she answered with this:

 

“Because you´ll just make fun of me.”

 

My actual response

 

If the book blogger knew me better she´d have known I don´t judge people´s reading tastes. Never have and never will. I would never want to make any reader feel guilty for the books they read or the genres they enjoy.

It was clear someone must have done this or else the book blogger would´ve been more forthcoming with the book title.

The book blogger, a grown woman, was shamed after mentioning her favorite books-The Twilight Saga – in an online book group. Book lovers book shamed a book lover?

 

 

I´ll admit, I don´t have the hots for the Twilight books. I read them. I saw the appeal. I never belonged to the fan brigade, though. I even watched the movies ( which weren´t my cup of tea, either ). But does that give me the right to shit on someone´s favorite books? Absolutely not. Anyone who comes to my house and takes a good look at my bookshelf will see the Twilight Saga– all four books. So?

I read 50 Shades of Grey because I was told the sex in the books was out of this world ( I´m a HUGE fan of book sex ). I ended up actually liking the story. Shit on my reading tastes, for all I care- It doesn´t change the fact that the story wasn´t the worst that´s ever been published.

90% of the books I read are considered worthless by all sorts of self-proclaimed book experts because they´re not ” proper literature “.

 

 

When someone mentions a book or a genre I´m not a fan of then I won´t shame them. Instead, I´ll just think  “Oh, so she/he likes vampire romances/smut/whatever. That´s interesting“. Because that´s just what it is- Interesting. Different people, different tastes.

 

It´s the fact that you´re reading that´s important. Not the book or genre.

 

 

From what I´ve gathered, many book people like to hold the “You´re not a true bookworm if you haven´t read…” card in people´s faces. I´m sorry, but YOU DO NOT have to read Jane Austen´s books or Kafka´s works in order to call yourself a proper bookworm. You´re still one if you stick with modern novels only. YOU READ an old ham when and if you feel like it.

This really ticks me off because the emotional damage these people cause is unbelievable.

There are popular and less popular books and book genres. Romance is the least popular book genre ( yet it´s the most profitable ). Knowing that will not keep me from reading romances. I do not read certain books for the sake of wanting to belong.

 

“Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part, I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste.”

– Voltaire

 

If your passion is YA fiction then I´m more than happy to share the excitement with you, even if I´m not as passionate about the genre as you are. The same applies to every other genre or book.

Book shaming is such a shameful act. How highly these book people must think of themselves when they attack someone´s reading tastes. And how little they know about the effects their words have on others.

To people who book shame…

 

 

My hope for the future is that the book community finds a way to respect one another and their reading choices. This book-universe can be such a beautiful place if we all allow it to be.

After a while, the book blogger FINALLY revealed the book title she didn´t want to share.

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig. A YA, fantasy retelling.


 

Dear book people,

Book shaming is toxic. It doesn´t need to happen. Instead of judging someone´s reading taste we should be celebrating the fact that we share the same passion- Reading books.

 


What about you? Have you been book shamed before? Do you know someone who´s been book shamed? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤

 


Thank for reading my blog post. I truly appreciate it.

Much book love,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: My Life In Shambles – Karina Halle

When Valerie Stephens made the resolution to say yes to new adventures, she never thought she’d end up in the tiny town of Shambles, fake engaged to one of Ireland’s top rugby players. But there’s a first time for everything.

They say bad things happen in threes.

After my boyfriend broke off our engagement, I lost my apartment, and was laid off from my job, I can definitely attest to that.

They also say life is what happens when you say yes to new adventures.

So when my two sisters invited me to ring in the new year in Ireland, I decided to throw all caution to the wind and go for it. I was going to let “saying yes” be my new resolution.

Little did I know I’d spend New Year’s Eve having a hot and dirty one-night stand with Padraig McCarthy, one hell of a sexy Irishman. I also didn’t know that the brooding and intense sex god was one of Ireland’s top rugby players.

A rugby player with a proposition for me:

Come with him to his tiny hometown of Shambles and pretend to be his fiancé for a few days, just so that his ailing father can have some peace of mind.

It sounded simple enough.

It was anything but.

Not when a town gets up in your business, not when the media hunts you down, not when your past comes back in the picture, not when there are real hearts and feelings at stake.

Not when there are secrets that could break you.

They say life is what happens when you say yes to new adventures.

This is my life in Shambles.


Hmm… * scratching head * I guess you could say this is the type of book that takes on a completely different route than one would expect.

`My Life In Shambles by author Karina Halle is a 350 page standalone romance that gives you all feels, even the ones you didn´t necessarily ask for.

To be honest- I´m a little torn about this book. I loved the romantic side of it but I didn´t necessarily enjoy the overall depressing vibes it gave off. My Life In Shambles is sort of a tragic romance. Heavy topics such as illness and death weigh the story down. It´s hopeful but not hopeful enough if that makes any sense?

There´s absolutely nothing wrong with the story. It´s a story well told. The writing was great. I can´t even complain about the characters. It´s just that I wasn´t looking for this type of romance.

I bought My Life In Shambles thinking I´d get something different… something maybe about life as a fake fiance of a rugby player, trying to keep her wits together while dealing with his lifestyle. Well, that´s almost what a reader gets… Only with additional gloom darkening the newly couple´s lives.

 

My Thoughts In A Nutshell…

 

Its me, not the book. The book is fine. The story is great. I just not something I´d drop everything else for as this type of story isn´t what I usually enjoy reading.

 

Would I recommend this book? I would.

Would I reread this book? Probably not.

 

The Cover – 3 Stars:  It´s cute.

The Story – 3 Stars:  Meeh. It wasn´t for me.

The Characters – 4 Stars: I actually enjoyed the MCs and even the sub-characters.

My emotional state after finishing this read – Indifferent.

 

 

If you think `My Life In Shambles` by author Karina Halle would be something you´d enjoy then click here and get a copy!

 

 

Mug Monday & Book Discussion Battles With My Brother

Happy Mug Monday!

I´m sad to say that I´m lacking originality with my mugs lately. Today´s mug feature is just another Ikea mug * hides face in shame * But on a positive note: I still managed to feature a mug! ( gotta always see the positives in a negative situation, right?)

Now that we´ve got the mug feature out of the way, let´s get to the subject of the day:

Book Discussion Battles With My Brother

Do you have siblings? I do. I have 2 brothers ( I´m the middle child ). But I´m only close with one- The youngest. Despite our six-year age gap, we have more in common than either of us have with our older brother. This includes the love for reading ( something my older brother doesn´t have. Hence the reason we think he was found by our parents )

Just recently my brother and I met up for drinks to catch up on life. This quickly turned into Netflix talk and eventually into book talk.

Me: “Dude! Have you seen the Witcher?”
Brother: “Nope. But I read the books and played the game.”
Me: ” But, but… Henry Cavill… ”
Brother: “Henry Cavill isn´t in the books.”

A cold-hearted statement but I ignored it. How anyone can ignore that man´s beauty is beyond me ( I´m a fan * hides face * ) After a loooong discussion about the importance of reading the books before watching a show ( yes, dear brother… I´m aware ) we pushed the Henry Cavill subject to the side and entered our usual book discussion battle.
What is a book discussion battle? It´s where two people ask each other the “Have you read__?” question and begin to discuss. Mind you- this type of conversation with anyone can get heated. Having a book discussion battle with a sibling, though, ( especially between my brother and I ) can get explosive.

Me: “Have you read “The Ruin Of Kings?” ( The Ruin Of Kings- Jenn Lyons )
Mason: “Yes, and it was full of shit.”
Me: * gasps *
Mason: “Your book tastes suck.”
Me: “Says the person who loved The Blade Itself.” ( The Blade Itself – Joe Abercrombie )
Mason: “Yeah, I have taste. That book is a piece of art.”
Me: “You wouldn´t know a piece of book art even if it hit you.”
Mason: “Game Of Thrones was awesome.”
Me: “Game of Thrones isn´t finished yet.”
Mason: “Not this again…”

This is an endless cycle of agreeing and playful insulting. Sometimes we get loud, sometimes we´re rude to each other and sometimes we just end up laughing everything off. Isn’t that what siblings usually do? ( I´d think so. We might be the exception, though ). We always end our discussions by agreeing on what a genius work of art The Lord Of The Rings is ( our favorite books ). Then we start arguing again because I can´t stop myself from reminding him that he still hasn´t read The Silmarillion.
Mason: “YOU SAID I DON`T NEED TO READ THAT ONE!”

Of course, I recall saying no such thing. I´m a book blogger. I don´t necessarily stop people from reading anything. It must have been the wine.

On the plus side– It´s good to know my own brother actually listens to some of my recommendations. Just as I always make mental notes if he recommends anything.

I love to have these one-on-one book discussion battles with my brother. It´s the safest and funniest way to do book talk. There´s no holding back. There are no hard feelings afterward.
Do we always read the same books? No. While I need to be in the mood for certain genres, Mason lives for fantasy. It can take a year before I pick up a book he´s already read. Sometimes we´ll buddy-read a non-fiction but other than that? Most of the time it´s a case of: he´s already read the book I´m thinking about buying. Once every blue moon it´s the other way around.

Back to Henry Cavill:

I haven´t read The Witcher books but I did invest time to take a look at it on Netflix. Jesus Christ and his twelve buddies… I swear those leather pants will be the death of me one day ( and those moves ) I´m not a fan of his “Witcher” voice, though. Couldn´t keep myself from laughing everytime he croaked “fuck”.

I´ll also admit that I had to watch a few Youtube videos on what the Hell The Witcher was about ( even after I watched all 8 episodes ). Only then did I fully understand what was going on. Those surprise time leaps threw me off. Am I alone with this?
What did we learn today? That my brother doesn´t care for Henry Cavill´s killer moves and rolled up sleeves. He doesn´t care for the actor at all. He loved the books and the game, though. He is planning to watch the Netflix version soon. I, on the other hand, care a great deal for Henry ( you can probably tell ). I liked the Netflix version ( it´s the only version I know ). Will probably watch the next season since I know what it´s about.

Dat ass!

Before I leave…

What about you? Do you have siblings? If so, do you share the book love? Have you watched The Witcher? What about Henry Cavill? Are you a fan?

That´s it for today, my dear bookish friends. I hope you enjoyed this post.

Have a wonderful Monday.

Feel book loved,

My Thoughts on Lit Chat: A Conversation Starter About Books

The solution for a successful bookish-eventful evening!

 

Here´s the deal- I love having book chats. I love having book chats until I drop. Because these types of chats are so informative and fun. There are so many topics one can talk about.

Well, my dear book-loving bunch… Normal book conversations are great but there is something out there that has the potential to spice these conversations up a bit.

May I present to you Lit Chat: Conversation Starters About Books & Life !

 

You´ve probably already seen or heard about this Q&A card set from Book Riot. But have you actually bought one of these little conversation starters? I admit I was so curious that I took the risk and bought it.

In all honesty? This is such a cool bookish thing to have.

 

 

Each of the 50 cards in this conversation deck is printed with two reading-themed questions (100 questions total). Some invoke books that are tied to memories (name your favorite childhood picture book); others prompt you to choose ideal reading material for a hypothetical situation (if you were stranded on a desert island, what book would you want with you?). Some of them aim to get people comparing their favorite (and not-so-favorite) characters or authors, and others engage in popular debates amongst readers (name a movie adaptation you liked and defend your choice). Created to give readers of all persuasions an excuse to talk about books, ideas, and life itself, this deck is a great addition to any booklover’s shelf.

Description taken from Amazon.com

 

 

There are 4 categories divided by color, each offering fun, interesting and engaging book related questions. And trust me- there are enough questions for one evening in this bundle.

 

Just perfect for when friends are over!

 

This Q&A set also works beautifully for book bloggers! Want to start a fun book discussion on your book blog? Just pick a card and start writing! Seriously, it works. I´ve done it.

This also makes the perfect gift for book friends.

And the best part of all? It´s affordable. ( I think I paid 10 Euros ).

If you´re looking for something to make those book chats a little more alive then I suggest you get Lit Chat. It´s not necessarily something everyone needs in their lives but definitely, a nice thing to have at home for yourself, or as a gift for others who´d appreciate something book related.

Just thought I´d get that out there.

Sounds random, I know.

But it´s cool. I swear.

Bah, I have to leave or else I´ll sound even more awkward. ( * mumbling to myself * should´ve typed up that one review post instead of doing this )

Have a good one, book loves!