Book Review: “It Was Me All Along: A Memoir” by Andie Mitchell

It Was Me All Along: A Memior  -  Andie Mitchell

It Was Me All Along: A Memoir – Andie Mitchell

First off, I love this girl. Her blog, Can You Stay For Dinner, is amazing. I’ve found inspiration and wonderful recipes here often. She’s real. She’s open. She’s honest. And after all that, I think my favorite part of it all is she is like me. She is a 20-something year old woman who has struggled with this journey her entire life. It didn’t just happen because of a medical condition. It was what she knew from day 1.

I think that was probably my favorite part about this book. It felt real. And it felt like I could have written most of it.

This book made me feel normal. As normal as growing up knowing food as your friend your best friend. can be. As normal as coping with food for every emotion. When life gets too hard you want to hide away and eat. Or as she said, “And eat. And cry. And eat. And cry.” I’ve felt that before.

I’ve had the same thoughts, after I had lost my weight, about obsessing over everything I put in my mouth. Would I gain the weight back? I can’t eat there, they have nothing for me. And the same thought of “If it’s this much work, I’d rather be fat.” (Not going to lie, it was too much work, and I am now “fat”. Working on that – the right way.)

This book was easy for me to sit down & come back to later. Mainly because it was just too real. If I read too much at once I felt I might just sit there and cry. But I enjoyed every single second I was reading it.

I don’t want to talk too much about what happens in this book. You just need to read it.

That being said, I debated between what to rate. 4.5? 5? I couldn’t decide. My deciding factor, and I know I’ve stated this many times before, but was how real it was. How it made me feel normal & not alone. Not the person with the messed up relationship with food. It made me feel ok.

The Amazing 5 Star Rating!

The Amazing 5 Star Rating!

All opinions expressed are 100% mine. No one contacted me asking me to read or review this book. These are my own thoughts & feelings towards it. In no way was I compensated for this review.

Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars - E. Lockhart

We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

Wow.

That’s all I have to say about this book. Just wow.

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

As you can see, I read this book in no time. I started it Saturday morning and finished it by dinner time. I couldn’t put it down.

At first I thought it was weird. Hard to follow. I couldn’t tell by the description what the book was to be about. So I had no clue if the book was going to be about lies or truth. Truth or lies. At times I didn’t know what was going on. It took a bit before I fully understood the book.

But the “Liars” the book talks about is a group of 4 cousins (well, 3 and a friend). They are known as the Liars. Why? I never really figured that part out.

It begins one summer, summer 15 as they call it. There is a romance. And then the summer ends with an accident. Next year the Liars do not meet up. The main character can not remember the accident. What happened? Why? Finally, during summer 17 she is reunited with the Liars and she pieces together the accident. The events leading up to it and after it.

I also found it very fitting that this book was about a group of cousins who see each other over the summers. They pick up where they left off. The rest of the year they don’t talk as often. This book was a Christmas present from my cousin. Who I don’t talk to nearly enough and I see her even less.

Other than that, this book did not parallel my life in any way.

Once I got into the book I couldn’t put it down. I sat all day reading. I didn’t want to get up and eat, I wanted to read. When I did finish it I was surprised. I sat the book down, looked at Mr. Chocolate, and just said “wow”. Just like I started this post.

Wow. It’s the only way I know how to describe the book.

4.5 stars

 

 

 

All opinions expressed are 100% mine. No one contacted me asking me to read or review this book. These are my own thoughts & feelings towards it. In no way was I compensated for this review.

Book Review: Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts - Chasing Fire

Nora Roberts – Chasing Fire

So Mr. Chocolate has finally figured out my love of reading. And that it’s my go to, favoritest ever, hobby. He has accepted this fact. I know this because at Christmas he loaded me up with some books. All by Nora Roberts. I think he may have also picked up on my love of Nora, or at least his mom did. 🙂

Anyway, this was one of the books he got for me. It sounded interesting. Here’s what my favorite store of all times (Barnes & Noble) had to say about it:

Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. But there’s also little else as thrilling—at least to Rowan Tripp. Being a Missoula smoke jumper is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. At this point, returning to the wilds of Montana for the season feels like coming home—even with reminders of the partner she lost last season still lingering in the air.

One of the best of this year’s rookie crop, Gulliver Curry is a walking contradiction, a hotshot firefighter with a big vocabulary and a winter job at a kids’ arcade. And though Rowan, as a rule, doesn’t hook up with other smoke jumpers, Gull is convinced he can change her mind…

But everything is thrown off balance, when a dark presence lashes out against Rowan, looking to blame someone for last year’s tragedy. Rowan knows she can’t complicate things with Gull—any distractions in the air or on the ground could be lethal. But if she doesn’t find someone she can lean on when the heat gets intense, her life may go down in flames.

See? Sounds good. I was mildly excited (Cut me some slack, I had JUST finished a 3 book series of hers right before he got me this. I was romanced out.) to started reading this one. Fire! Firemen at that. Romance!! Romance with firemen. And a “dark presence”? Ok, we can throw that in there, too.

Reading the cover I was convinced this dark presence was going to be something weird. I had just come off the “In The Garden” series that had a resident ghost. I wasn’t wanting more ghosts. I wanted DARK! I got my dark, but sadly, it wasn’t dark enough for me. You knew bad stuff was going on around them. And you knew what the bad stuff was. But there weren’t enough details about it for me.

This book, in true Nora Roberts fashion, took a while for the dark presence to show what it was. A murderer. People being framed. Deaths. Arson. Interesting, but not enough of it. I wanted more in that. More of the drama. Don’t get me wrong, there was plenty of drama with the fire-fighting scenes. She 100% did her homework on what these people go through. But I didn’t read the book for it to be a lesson on how to jump fires. I read the book for the romance and the dark presence. Give me more of that!

I have read other reviews about this book (What? I wanted to know what was going to happen & I didn’t have the book with me!) and many people have said they knew early on who this murderer was. For me, I had an idea of several characters I thought it could be. In the end, I was right, and in a way that disappointed me. It wasn’t juicy enough for me. (Apparently I was craving some awful bad things to happen in this book!)

Also in true Nora Roberts style, it took a while for the book to really get going. I’ve found that’s why I tend to read her series more – half way through book 1 you know what’s going on. After that, the other books just start right where the other left off. I was half way into Chasing Fire before I really got interested in it. I’m not an overly fast reader, so making it that far was difficult for me without putting it down. And since this was a Christmas present from Mr. Chocolate, once started it had to be finished. I will say though, once the book got going I didn’t want to put it down. I was looking forward to coming home and reading for a while.

Overall I enjoyed this book. If you’re a fan of Nora Roberts you’ll also enjoy it. If cheap romance novels (not quite the $3 bin cheap) aren’t up your alley, then this totally isn’t for you. I would say I’d give this book 3.5 out of 5. It was good, it’s what I expected, but it could have been better, juicer.

 

3.5 out of 5

 

 

All opinions expressed are 100% mine. No one contacted me asking me to read or review this book. These are my own thoughts & feelings towards it. In no way was I compensated for this review.