Thirty Day Book Challenge: Day 29

Day 29: A book everyone hated but you liked

18144115I’m judging “everyone hated” by the average rating on Goodreads, and the lowest rated book that received my highest rating was All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner…I was horrified.

I loved this book so, so much. Kiesha and I both reviewed it, actually, as our first review on this blog. Granted, it has an average rating of 3.62. That’s probably not hate, but still. I rated it 5/5, so 3.6/5 may as well be hate!

You can read our reviews, but in a nutshell, All Fall Down follows Allison Weiss through her prescription pill addiction and seemingly perfect life. Things aren’t always as they seem, though, and she goes into a downward spiral of addiction and self destruction. It was a very emotional and moving, and made me cry multiple times.


2336101Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch is the book that received my highest rating (5/5) but the lowest average rating (2.84/5) overall on Goodreads which is totally weird to me.

It’s one of those books that is set in the South that I love so much,about a girl named Sarah Walters. Here is a partial summary from Goodreads:┬áSarah Walters is a less-than-perfect debutante. She tries hard to follow the time-honored customs of the Charleston Camellia Society, as her mother and grandmother did, standing up straight in cotillion class and attending lectures about all the things that Camellias don’t do. (Like ride with boys in pickup trucks.) When life’s complications become overwhelming, Sarah returns home to confront with matured eyes the motto “Once a Camellia, always a Camellia”- and to see how much fuller life can be, for good and for ill, among those who know you best.

I obviously really liked it, but I like most books set in the South. It was funny and lighthearted, a nice break from all the heavy mysteries/thrillers that I read so often.



Thirty Day Book Challenge: Day 26

Day 26: A book that changed your opinion about something

4890817We’re going to fly out into non-fiction left field today. Before reading The New Rules of Weight Lifting for Women by Lou Schuler, I was all about cardio. Running, biking, elliptical-ing, stair stepping—I hated plodding away on the treadmill, but I did it in the name of “being fit”.

I was terrified of bulking up and looking like a dude, the only weight machines I would touch were the ones that promised tight glutes and inner thighs. That is, until I read this book, which essentially explains how women really don’t bulk up, at least not on a regular person’s weight training regimen. I’ve now been lifting for nearly five months and won’t go back!


6945037There for awhile, I stopped reading fantasy YA and focused more on mystery/thriller/dystopian/contemporary/chick lit type books. Then Lauren lent me Dark Moon of Avalon by Anna Elliott and it totally sucked me back into that fantasy world that I hadn’t even realized I missed.

Now that I’ve read it and am working on the Study Series by Maria V. Snyder, I can honestly say it changed my mind about fantasy. As I got older and left high school, I felt like I could read YA but not fantasy, that adults didn’t really need to read that kind of book with everything else that is out there and honestly, I thought it was kind of immature. I was wrong though! Fantasy is for every age, every gender, no matter what. If you want to read it, then read it. I’m really glad I got back into it!