Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

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Book cover image via Amazon.com Description: Navy blue/black gradient background with a carousel lit up in the center of the picture.

It wasn’t until I was almost done with this book that I realized I was enjoying it. Starting out, it didn’t seem all that original. Sydney’s mother is similar to Macy’s mother in “The Truth About Forever,” and the major plot (superstar older brother breaking the law, yet parents in denial of it being the son’s fault) reminded me of Carolyn Mackler’s “The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things.”

However, I did find myself filled with rage when it came to Sydney’s mother, and I had to remind myself that I shouldn’t throw my phone against the wall (since that’s how I was reading the book). And any book that can provoke such a strong emotion is definitely a book worth reading.

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Take it as a Compliment by Maria Stoian

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Book cover courtesy Edinburgh Feminist Review. Cover has a pink background and drawings of a crowd of people in purple and gold tones. The back of one woman is shown with a man pressed against her and she is struggling, not wanting to be touched (though at first glance it looks like they’re dancing).

***Trigger warning: the stories told in this book deal with sexual harassment, assault, rape, etc

 

This book is amazing, and it should be read by anyone who will not be triggered by such a topic. I appreciate that the stories were told not just by women who have experienced rape or harassment; there were at least two stories shared by men. Most of the stories make my heart ache. The last few pages of this book include a guide of “what to do” to support the people in your life who may have been raped or harassed.

Reading Decathlon Challenge

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Close-up of pages in the center of an open book. Photo credit: PublicDomainPictures.net

Call me crazy, but I am going to participate in Epic Reads’ Reading Decathlon Challenge, which challenges readers to read 10 books in 10 days. I’ll be #ReadingForSilver (do hashtags work outside of Twitter?), which consists of 5 novels and 5 graphic novels. I’m starting the challenge tomorrow and have picked out most of my books:

Graphic Novels:
1) Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
2) Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
3) Trashed by Derf
4) Take it as a Compliment by Maria Stoian
5) Stitches by David Small

Regular Novels:
1) Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
2) Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
3) Then She Found Me by Elinor Lipman
4) Mine are Spectacular! bye Janice Kaplan & Lynn Schnurnberger
5) ???

I do have a bunch of books downloaded thanks to Audiobook Sync, so I’ll probably see what kind of mood I’m in when it comes time to read that 10th book. Be sure to comment with any book recommendations!

Good luck to my fellow readers!

Speaking in Tungs by Karla M. Jay

Wow! I did not think I would enjoy this 26142984book as much as I did. It started out slow but ended with a bang. The main character Marleigh is witty and enjoyable, a speech therapist who has left busy San Francisco and moved to rural Pennsylvania after discovering she was adopted in hopes of learning more about her birth parents. She takes a job as a traveling speech therapist, which results in stepping way outside her comfort zone.  Since this book falls into the mystery genre, it seemed like everything that could go wrong did go wrong, and eventually I lost interest and had to put the book down for a couple days. I’m glad I picked it back up, though, because after I made it to the halfway point, I could not get enough. While the book ends on a positive note, one key point was not answered. I am looking forward to reading the sequel and seeing what lies ahead for Marleigh.

I received a copy of this book from Book Review 22 in exchange for my honest review.