Saturday, July 23, 2016

Furiously Happy

Furiously Happy
Jenny Lawson

A few years ago a read a blog about a giant metal rooster, doorbell ditching and hiding in bushes, which was one of the funniest blogs I had ever come across. I couldn't stop laughing. It was just so funny. It was writing by Jenny Lawson, also know as the Bloggess, and I knew then that I could completely relate to her sense of humor. I came across this book a few weeks ago at the Library and knew that I needed to read it.

This book is a collection of essays about her experience of dealing with her mental illnesses. While I don't sufferer from what she does, I still found her stories very relatable and also eye opening. It was nice to have some one so willing to share about their struggles. Especially about a subject that there is so much stigma around. It's time that we started treating people with mental illness better and remembering that it is just like any other medical condition. We wouldn't tell someone with Cancer just suck it up and get over it. So why is that the reaction to mental illness so much of the time?

I found her stories and antidotes to be hilarious. Laugh out loud funny. My husband and kids gave me weird looks several times as I found myself laughing at something she wrote. This book about mental illness was  really positive, up lifting. I think she does a great job of encouraging others to live their lives furiously happy. There will be hard day, weeks, months but she points out that things will get better, then worse, then better and in we need to live those happy moments to the fullest. One of my favorite points she made was to not compare ourselves to others and judge ourselves to harshly. Sometimes just getting out of bed is enough. We don't have to be supermom, all the time or really anytime. We just need to keep on living!

So if you need a good laugh or a new perspective about living with mental illness, this is the perfect book for you. She definitely has somewhat of an irreverent sense of humor. She doesn't take things too seriously and she isn't afraid to laugh at herself. I find her humor and view of life refreshing.  She does use quite a bit of strong language in her stories. It seems like comedians often feel like using the F- word makes them funnier, which I don't really get. So if that bothers you've been warned.

But seriously if you need a good laugh go read this book!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Library of Souls

Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs

This is the third book in this series and I really liked where this story ended up going. It was a great conclusion for this series and I was left feeling very happy with how it all turned out. This is an important part of the ending of a series so I am glad that it ended well.

I did struggle some getting through the book. Especially in the beginning. The writing didn't always so a good job of keeping my attention so I found myself skimming at times just to move forward in the book. It didn't start moving along a little better towards the end and I found all the parts about Devil's Acre to be a really interesting aspect of their world. I would say that I definitely liked this book better then the second, but the first book is still by far the best book in this series.

Once again the old photos were fascinating. I really loved looking at them and I like how he continues to incorporate them into his books. Although it did feel a little more forced in this book. Like they were more random photos that he snuck into the plot here and there. It didn't feel quite as natural of a fit as the first book, if that makes sense.

This was a unique series and I look forward to seeing the movie now.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Girl On the Train

The Girl On the Train
by Paula Hawkins

I saw a preview for a movie based on this book and it made me curious enough that I checked it out form the library to see what all the hype was about. As I was leaving the library some one saw me holding the book and told me that it was a good read so I was excited to give it a read.

This is a story about a women who goes missing and the people who may know what happened. When I first started reading this book I was unsure about how I was going to like this book. The style of writing was a bit choppy and the character wasn't very likable. It took me a few more chapters to really get into this story but once I did, I couldn't put this book down. This was a great suspenseful story and kept me thinking at every turn of the plot. Unfortunately there really aren't any likable characters but that just means more suspects in the women's disappearance. I love trying to solve mysteries and even though I had my suspicions early on in the book, this story kept me on my toes.

This was a good read and I would definitely watch the movie after reading this book. I think it would make a great suspense/thriller. I really liked the ending and thought it wrapped up the story well.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Stars Above

Stars Above
by Marissa Meyer

For those who have read and enjoyed the Lunar Chronicle series, this was a fun collection of stories. I loved reading more about the past experiences of the different characters. The things that made them who they are and shaped their destiny. I loved getting more of a glimpse into their past, before they became a part of Cinder's story. There was also one story that takes place after the events of the final book, Winter. Anyone who loved these book will really appreciate that story. I don't want to give it away but it was perfect!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


My boys have been talking about The BFG movie for months now. They have been so excited to see it, especially after we read the book out loud together. This past week they reminded me everyday that it was in theaters starting Friday the first and that we needed to go see it. Well we didn't make it Friday but I did take them Saturday night. The boys loved it and I thought they did a great job turning one of my all time favorite kid novels into a movie. The film was beautifully done and the scenes were gorgeous, especially when The BFG and Sophie are in dream country.  There was the perfect amount of boy humor (farting) and I loved the sweet ending. Now my boys would be the first to point out all the differences from the book to the movie but that didn't keep us from enjoying the show. I didn't feel like the changes took away from the of the story and it was a sweet, fun movie to watch with my kids!