TTT | Titles or Covers That Made Want to Read the Book

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

I’m a huge supporter of people who create book covers and think that they can make or break a book. Here are some of those covers that made me want to read the book.

Malice by Heather Walter

Kent State by Deborah Wiles

The Dead and The Dark by Courtney Gould

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Sadie by Courtney Summers

A Woman Without a Country by Eavan Boland

Happy Reading Darlings!

TTT | Books On My Spring 2021 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

Today’s topic is books that are on my spring 2021 TBR list.

Yes, I know, I really need to finish this book! I keep getting distracted with life and school and other books. Plus, I’m wanting to take my time and really ruminate on each chapter after I finish it. It’s not a book that I want to miss stuff.

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Super excited for the sequal to A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder! I preordered it and it arrived last week, so I can’t wait to dive into Pip’s new case.

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I absolutely loved The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, which I was not planning on reading but many people mentioned it as their favorite for 2020. I’m super hopeful for the next in the Wayfarers series.

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The university I work at is using this as the faculty and staff book read. I’m definitely excited to learn more and be better in my personal and work lives.

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If there’s a book with a witch or on witches, then I’ll probably read it. I received an eArc of this from Netgalley and have started reading this this past Friday.

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THIS COVER!! Ugh, so gorgeous and is what totally made me want to read to read this book! This is another eArc I received from Netgalley as well.

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Another eArc that I received from Books Forward Friends. I’m interested to see what I think about it now that I know how low of a rating it has on Goodreads.

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I’ve been wanting to read this since I heard about it in early 2020, but I have not been in the mindset for a nonfiction book. So, here we are in March of 2021 with me still not having it read.

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This is another book that I want to take my time reading to truly understand what I need to do to be Anti-Racist. It’s also one were I know I’ll re-read it.

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Life just loves to get in the way of my reading time! Another book that I bought in 2020 that I didn’t get to read.

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Happy Reading Lovelies!

TTT | New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

There are only 8 new authors I read this year, so enjoy!

Charlotte McConaghy

I read Migrations and fell in love with it. Such a beautifully written book.

Courtney Summers

Finally read Sadie and I cannot wait to read her upcoming book The Project.

Holly Jackson

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is amazing, and I’m so excited to read the next in the series this year.

Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Inheritance Games is a great YA Knives Out-esque, and I desperately need the next book in the series!

Randy Ribay

I read Patron Saints of Nothing on the last day of December and was blown away by it. I definitely want to read more of his books.

Renee Ahdieh

I’ve had The Wrath and the Dawn on my TBR for a while, but it was actually The Beautiful that I read first.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic was haunting and beautiful. I definitely want to read her other books.

Tamsyn Muir.

I am still not over Gideon the Ninth, nor will I ever be.

Happy Reading Lovelies!

#BookReview | A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

Title: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

Author: Holly Jackson

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: 2/4/2020

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Quote: Was this the real Andie Bell, hidden behind that perfect smile, behind those sparkling pale blue eyes? Everyone in her orbit so dazzled by her, so blinded, that they hadn’t noticed a darkness that might’ve lurked beneath-not until it was too late.

Fairview, CT is a small, peaceful town. And everyone knows what happened five years ago. Andie Bell disappeared. Salil Singh didn’t have an alibi. Before the cops could talk to him, he killed himself in the woods. He was pronounced guilty. No trial. No defense. He was guilty. Salil Singh killed his girlfriend Andie Bell. Pip sees how this case still haunts the town today. She thinks there is more to the story. Now as a senior in high school, Pip uses her senior capstone project to cast doubt on Sal’s guilt. But soon, the evidence leads to dark secrets the town didn’t know about, and there’s someone who doesn’t want Pip digging into the past.

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I truly loved this book. Everything was perfect about it. Pippa “Pip” Fitz-Amobi is our protagonist who is obsessed with a case that happened in 2014. Andie Bell was murdered and everyone knows who did it: her boyfriend, Salil “Sal” Singh. Yet, Pip isn’t so sure. She thinks Sal is innocent and is using her senior capstone project to prove it.

As she tries to piece together the last few months of Andie’s life and the few days leading up to her death, Pip sees that not everything in Andie’s life is as perfect as the media made it out to seem. Yes, she was popular, beautiful, did everything a “perfect” daughter should. But she was also a bully, blackmailer, cheater, a drug dealer; she was dealing with low self-esteem and self-worth.

The Singh family is dealing with a ghost house and treated like monsters. Ravi, Sal’s younger brother, teams up with Pip on her project because he also doesn’t believe his brother is innocent.

As they dig deeper into the case, they find that not everyone is okay with them unearthing the past like this. Soon the threats start coming, but of course, Pip doesn’t tell anyone. Through all of this, we find that most people in Fairview, CT are not what they seem. Everyone has their secrets. Do we create the monsters? If something or someone doesn’t fit into our narrative who we thought they were, then should we cut away those parts, those people, until they can?

In the end, Pippa’s project is a huge presentation in front of the whole town and news teams. She states the people who were involved in the murder of Andie Bell, and the ones who were morally to blame. She rips away the Andie Bell who the town wanted to remember while acknowledging the verbally abusive household she grew up in. Maybe Andie would’ve grown out of it, if she only had a chance, but maybe not. The important part isn’t Andie. It’s the town. So ready to accept that Andie was this golden girl. To accept that Sal murdered her because it fit the “usual” narrative.

Enemies, monsters, us v. them. We’re so ready to place people in their correct boxes forgetting a person’s humanity along the way. Pippa ends her presentation with “though this story does have its monsters, I’ve found that it is not one that can be so easily divided into the good and the bad. In the end, this was a story about people and their different shades of desperation, crashing up against each other” (385).

You can’t pick out a monster or an enemy on site. And sometimes it’s not as cut and dry. We all have bad and good in us (as Sirius tells Harry in the 5th Harry Potter book). What matters is what we chose to act on. Sometimes we act rashly, in fear and desperation, as the people in the book did, but that doesn’t necessarily make us bad.

“There’s one final player in this story, Fairview, and it’s us. Collectively, we turned a beautiful life into the myth of a monster. We turned a family home into a ghost home. And from now on we must do better” (386-387).

We have to do better. For all the Salil Singhs and the Andie Bells, the Becca Bells and the Elliot Wards. For Ravi and Pippa.

Happy Reading, Lovelies!