Click by L. Smyth – A Review

Hi my bookish friends! I did a thing last night and finished two books! I got home around 5:15pm and sat down and finished the Sci-Fi book I was reading, as well as the Psychological Thriller I got from NetGalley. The book I got from NetGalley out of the Read Now section is called Click by L. Smyth. This book is being released for sale on March 29th, so just a few days away, by the publisher Harper Collins UK.

Eva is a very socially awkward young women who goes off to University looking to make a new life for herself, and make lots of friends during her first year. Unfortunately, it is nothing like what she expected and spends most of her free time obsessing over the social media accounts of the other students in her courses, almost as a substitute for having face to face social interaction. One day she notices Marina, a girl having an argument with one of her English Professors who teaches a lecture. Β After witnessing a questionable interaction between Marina and the Professor, Eva starts stalking Marina on social media but doesn’t find a lot and ends up befriending her. From there, the friendship between Eva and Marina is questionable and seems very one sided as Eva portrays Marina as a very attention seeking and demanding person. At first Eva loves the attention and the demand of being Marina’s friend but as mid-semester break arrives Eva starts sticking up for herself against Marina. They get into an argument which results in Eva pushing Marina over in her chair and they stop talking. Over break Eva starts to feel guilty about what happened between them and begins stalking Marina again, only to find that her social media accounts are shut down. Eva starts to panic that Marina has blocked her, so she sends a bunch of messages to their mutual friend and classmate, Henry. When Henry reaches out to Eva toward the end of break, asking if she’s spoken to Marina and knows where she is because she’s run off, Eva flies off into a frenzy trying to find out what has happened. I’m sure you can imagine the degree of creep from there, but oh it gets even better! To find out you should really, really read the book!

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What I absolutely loved about this book….

I loved how creepy L. Smyth made Eva, she is basically a super stalker with a very unhealthy obsession with Marina. I started to wonder if Eva was having psychotic breaks, as sometimes the incidents she would talk about just seemed too out there to be reality, and you definitely start to wonder in the last 50 pages of the book. The ending absolutely blew me away! I did not see that ending coming and was very surprised. This was my first time reading anything by L. Smyth and I instantly fell in love with the writing style. It was very smooth and flowed really well, there were certain points where I could not put the book down. I enjoyed that the book was written in Eva’s perspective, as she recounts her story of her friendship with Marina, and the events leading up to present day. Occasionally we come back to present time as Eva provides an explanation or further details and then the story delves back into the events leading up to the chaos. I almost feel that if there had been an additional Point of View added it would have taken away from the Psychological aspect and it wouldn’t have been as horribly creepy. I’m really starting to question being on social media thanks to this book!!!

What I struggled with….

There were times where the story had a lull, Β where Eva was describing what she was doing, or what she and Marina would talk about. Which isn’t bad, as there were only a few parts that felt like that for me. In a way the lulls made for a great dynamic to the excruciatingly awkward and creepy parts of the book.

 

If you like Psychological Thrillers, or are looking to branch out and don’t particularly want something too gruesome, then I definitely recommend this read! I basically read it in two sittings, half the book one sitting and half the other. It was a very clean, gripping Thriller and I really hope this Author writes more books. Thanks for checking out my review of Click by L. Smyth, and Happy Reading!

Readathon Flop or Not?

I’m not really sure if I should consider this weekend’s Readathon a success or not. Usually I finish about 3 books, but this time I only finished one and read about 150 pages of The Shining. I had a lot of outside forces against me this time. For starters the Readathon started at 12am Friday and I work Friday’s so no way was I staying up all night just to work an 8 hour day. I also had plans on Sunday to visit my Brother and his family for St. Patty’s day and to celebrate his Birthday a day early. I honestly can’t tell ya what I did on Saturday!!

I’ll call it a success based on the pure fact that I really only had about 24 hours to dedicate to reading and for how much I read, well it’s a win in my book!

I had Today off from work, a much needed day off, and finished The Shining by Stephen King just a little bit ago. I’m having a hard time deciding what to read next, so I might just stare at my TBR cart for a while.

I got this fabulous idea from watching one of the vlogs by Hailey in Bookland’s booktube channel. I also could pick up my Kindle and keep reading the new Thriller I got from NetGalley, it’s called Click by Lucinda Smyth. I am enjoying it so far, but I’m not very far in. Too many choices!!! Hahaha

Well, while I figure out my reading dilemma, I’ll wish you all Happy Reading! πŸ€“

Review of milk and honey by Rupi Kaur

Hello! Welcome, welcome! This weekend I’m participating in another Readathon… SURPRISE!!! But not really πŸ˜‚ I chose a book of poetry as my first read for a few reasons. 1) I needed to complete a topic from the 2019 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, a collection of poetry published since 2014. 2) I wanted a quick read to help get me in the mood for reading. Lastly, 3) I have had this book on my Kindle forever and finally decided to read it.

What I liked:

So I really enjoyed that the book of poems was split up into three categories to really display the author’s works in the best lineup. Rupi Kaur’s writing is very profound and really spoke to me. There were poems that I could really relate to, and then there were some that I don’t relate to but might later in life. I think that she really wrote something for everyone, and because of that I would definitely recommend Milk and Honey to every woman I know, and even some men. I think it would be great to give them some perspective and insight. I also thought that her illustrations added something extra to the poems they accompanied. I would love to see her artwork in person someday.

What I didn’t care for :

It isn’t really much to do with Rupi Kaur’s poems or writing style or the book itself, but my lack of knowledge about poetry. I feel like once I become better educated with different poetry styles and authors I will definitely revisit Milk and Honey in hopes to appreciate it even more. Other than that, I gave this book a 4/5 Star rating on Goodreads and am so happy I finally read it!!!

Happy Reading friends! πŸ€“

Rereads and favorite meals

I can’t believe it’s Monday and that the day is almost over already! Weekends fly by and time in general goes even faster. I guess that would be where I could insert the infamous bookish phrase, “So many books, so little time.”, but is that too cliche? Just kidding!

Over the weekend I revisited some favorites of mine, both of the page (book) and of the land (food). We had a very cold, blustery Sunday so I snuggled up and dove into the classic King novel, The Shining, and made a pot of my delicious venison stew! Boy, I couldn’t have planned that better. Nothing like a hearty meal to keep you warm while the book chills your bones. Stephen King really is the master of Horror novels!

Saturday night was creamy crockpot chicken and rice. While I was sitting on my couch with a plate piled with chicken and rice, and my beloved King book in hand, I had a thought of making this a Saturday night tradition from now on. Dinner and a book, instead of movie. I would much rather spend my night with a literary masterpiece playing in my mind as my eyes speed over the words than watch a movie, especially if a homemade meal is involved.

I’m totally geeking over my new Saturday night tradition, and hopefully it’ll get me cooking and reading more. I might even start pairing my meals to match the book I’m currently reading at the time…. hmmm genius? I think so!

Well I have to get back to the Overlook Hotel and check in to see if Danny’s nightmares that Tony shows him really will come true. I have some reviews coming up soon of books I’ve recently read, so stay tuned!

Happy Reading friends! πŸ€“

Books with Illustrations

As a kid growing up I used to love the pictures in my books. They added something extra to the stories and made them so magical. The older you get the less we see illustrations in books. Why is that? Why do adults books not have pictures periodically places throughout the book? I personally would love it! I’m not saying there has to be a picture every 5 pages, but maybe an illustrated page every 5 Chapters or so? Am I just crazy?

What brought this thought to mind was the book I just finished, And The Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness. What a great retelling of Moby Dick that was creative and didn’t copy the original Moby Dick storyline. I loved the creative and unique pieces that Patrick Ness adds to all of his books. This book however, had some of the most beautiful illustrations I’ve seen in a long time and they made the book the amazing piece of work that it is.

This books is told in the point of view of a pod of hunting whales as they follow the trail of the mythic trail of a man thought to be the Devil himself. As they go on their journey a unique world under the “Abyss” otherwise known as the human world, is created and provides an absolutely unique and stunning story. Patrick Ness does not disappoint and as always, leaves a great message in his story. I rated this book 4/5 stars and read it in 24 hours.

So needless to say, this make me what more pictures in my adult (and Young Adult) books. Another great book with lots of pictures is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (and it’s 4 other books in the series). Stories can be built around pictures, no matter what age group is the target.

Happy Reading! πŸ€“

Lunch on a whim

Don’t you Just love days where you have absolutely nothing that requires immediate attention? Laundry is done, dishes are washed, and so on. You get a day all to yourself to just relax and do fun things? That was my Sunday! 😊 I had booked myself an hour massage to improve my personal heath. It was an hour of pure heaven as I felt the stress melt away. Soothing acoustic music playing quietly in the background and the slight scent of peppermint oil and eucalyptus in the air.

Journey Massage and Spa in Pittsford, NY is where I go if anyone needs a good massage therapist! They are so professional, friendly and they have the cleanest facility. They run monthly specials sometimes too, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on their website or sign up for their emails.

Afterwards as I was getting I my car to come home I realized how hungry I was. Or more like my stomach made the biggest rumble ever, so I drove on down the road to one of my favorite shopping places in Henrietta, NY where all the stores and restaurants are on Jefferson Rd. To my surprise there was a new healthy food restaurant called B Good. So I stopped in to check it out. They offer a variety of burgers all free range and grass fed (beef, turkey, chicken, bean), grain/broth bowls, and salads. I grabbed a seasonal salad and an açaí berry smoothie made with almond milk instead of Greek yogurt.

Talk about an amazing marriage of flavors! The sweetness of the beets and sweet potato perfectly balance the slightly spicy radish and tart blood orange. The Kale has either been massage or slightly wilted, making it an enjoyable texture and to top it off a refreshing lemon vinaigrette dressing and creamy avocado. The smoothie was a perfect balance of tart and sweet and was very refreshing. Nothing like filling your body with good food! If you’re going to eat food, you might as well enjoy it but have it provide something for you as well.

I will definitely be trying other menu items at B Good!! The staff were friendly, although a little slow but that is to be expected with a newer restaurant. Nothing some extra training can’t fix! I’d love to eat in next time too. Their atmosphere is light and open with some chic modern tables and chairs. It feels like a fun, calm place to grab lunch on a date or with friends and just get to hang out and chat without the hustle and bustle of busier more bar like places.

Stay tuned for the next food adventure on booksnbites! Sunday I’ll be dining in at the Silk District Pub in Rochester. First time for me and I have no idea what to expect but I hope it’s a good time. I mean, I will be there for a book club meeting after all. 😊

Happy Reading! πŸ€“ (and eating!)

February TBR

Hope everyone is enjoying watching the Super Bowl. Go Pats Go!!! Ok, so considering I’m distracted with the game this is the perfect time for me to talk about my Feb TBR list! First, I made crockpot buffalo chicken wing dip and it’s amazing. I’ve been enjoying it with celery and I am trying really hard not to eat the entire pot of it. πŸ˜‚

Now let’s talk books!!!

I’m a few books behind in my 2019 Goodreads challenge so this month I’m trying to read 13 books in hopes of catching back up! Hey 13, that’s my lucky number!!! 😊 I have 4 books that I’m reading for book clubs, and the rest are just because!

Books for Book Clubs

    everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too by Jomny Sun
    The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
    The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
    The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang

I’m really excited for The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and The Dreamers (a 2019 release) and these are books that really sound like a story I will love. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle sounds almost like a clue-esque Murder Mystery but with a twist to it. I do love a good murder mystery!!

The rest of the books I want to read are continuations if series I started last year, or new releases to series I’ve read, and a few others that have caught my attention. I think I’ve done well with the variety. I have some fantasy, a murder mystery, some sci-fi, a poetry/graphic novel, horror and a government vs drug cartel thriller. All in all I’m hoping for a really big reading month!!!

I’m off to finish watching the Super Bowl and finish reading World War Z by Max Brooks. Happy Reading!! πŸ€“

January 2019 Wrap Up

Hi everyone! I hope those of you who are unfortunate, like myself, to be caught in this polar vortex weather in the US right now are safe and warm. Down to -30 degrees Fahrenheit with the windchill here in Rochester NY and wind gusts of up to 40 mph, this is insane.

Do you know what else is insane? The fact that Tomorrow is the LAST day of January!!!! How did that happen?? Seriously, how the heck is this even possible? Then I start thinking what did I accomplish this month? Was it a successful month at work? Yes! Tough and emotional, but yes successful! Did I read enough? NEVERRR!!! πŸ˜‚ Ok I did a lot of reading though. So far I’ve completed 8 books, and have 3 currently in progress (on track to finish one tonight)! I’m 4 books behind schedule for my 2019 Goodreads reading challenge. I can do it!!!!

But what did you read, you ask? Here is a list of what I read this month in order of first to most recently read.

  • City of Bones (Mortal Instruments Book One) by Cassandra Clare
  • A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay
  • Rising by Michael W. Huard **met a criteria for Read Harder BookRiot 2019 challenge, self-published
  • Northwood: A Novella by Maryse Meijer
  • City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments Book Two) by Cassandra Clare
  • City of Glass (Mortal Instruments Book Three) by Cassandra Clare
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Currently Reading

  • Marked by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast (will be finishing final 98pgs tonight) **reread
  • Eternal Youth by Alexander Williams (About 35% of the way through, could finish by tomorrow night)
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

I’ve decided to pick two favorites this month, 1) my favorite standalone book and 2) my favorite series. So first up is the standalone book. This one was hard because each standalone book I read this month was a different genre (Historical fiction, YA LGBT Humor, Thriller, Horror/Poetry) and they were all excellent. Except for Rising, I really disliked that book and mainly for the poor writing. Great concept, absolutely atrocious writing skills. Anyways, I chose A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay as my favorite Standalone read for January 2019!! I gave it 5 stars because this book kept me on edge, I never figured out the whodunnit and it now has me terrified of typewriters. πŸ˜‚ Amazingly well written, and I recommend to all!

My favorite series, or the only series, I read in Jan 2018 would be the Mortal Instruments books! I had been curious to start reading the books that make up the Shadowhunters Universe, especially because I have been watching the freeform show, but also because I am a huge fan of YA fantasy and this author has gotten so much hype over the years. Just recently her books have just exploded in popularity. Totally was not disappointed! Amazing fantasy world with characters that you love and hate, are jealous of and might even wish were real because you find them attractive. πŸ˜‚ Yes that’s right, Cassandra Clare has written into creation one of my top all time fictional crushes. *sigh* I cannot wait to continue this Universe with the first book in the Infernal Device series, next month.

I can’t wait to see what I read in February 2019. Stay tuned for my February 2019 TBR list, posting tomorrow!!! Please leave me a comment and share with me your favorite read for January 2019. I’d love to hear from you! 😊

Off to finish my current book. Happy Reading! πŸ€“

Favorite snacks

Do you ever get a craving for something to eat, just a small something though, not a big meal. Like a snack! Sometimes I just want something to munch on while I watch a movie or while I’m reading. Do you have a go to snack? Or are you like me and you put together whatever is handy?

Sometimes I like to make a bowl of sea salt and lime skinny pop, or grab a small bowl of some peanut butter m&ms. Those are my easy grab n go snacks. Sometimes I get fancy though. My first Readathon ever I made a jalapeΓ±o and raspberry preserve cheese and cracker plate. Holy Moly it was fantastic! Other times I like to slice a cucumber, add a dollop of hummus and a half of black olive.

I had Book Club this morning around brunch time, so I ate a big brunch. I knew I wouldn’t want a big dinner and then my snack craving hit. Couldn’t be more perfect! So I was rummaging around in my kitchen and I remembered I had some crackers and some fancy cheese, champagne cheddar to be exact! So, cheers to you and now I have a delicious snack to much on while I read.

My current read is called Eternal Youth by Alexander Williams. I was recommended this read by a fellow reader in one of the many Facebook groups I participate in, and I can say that it is definitely keeping me interested! I am eager to see how the stories of the girls that have been introduced so far play out and see if the mystery of the missing girls can be solved! Off to keep reading, Cheers!!

My 3 Day weekend plans

Woohoo! 3 Day weekend for me and I cannot be more excited!!! We are forecasted to get between a foot to almost two feet of snow starting in a few hours and I have a 48 hour Readathon that I am co-hosting. Best.Weekend.Everrrr 😁

My 48 Hour Readathon started at Midnight last night, and I did everything I needed to do to prepare, but failed to actually be awake for when it started. I did wake up at 1:30am and get a kick off post up though, so that’s still winning right? πŸ˜‚ I was wide awake and ready to read at 5am though. I have a very ambitious TBR list, although I don’t expect to read all of the books in their entirety on it, but I do plan to finish at least four of the books. Check out what I plan to read this time. ‡️

I have my notebook that I use for bookclub meetings and readathons and have it all set up for tracking for this Readathon. I like to track how many pages I read, not necessarily how many books, because I tend to gravitate towards lengthier books.

My books that I plan on finishing that are already started are City of Glass by Cassandra Clare and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Then I’d like to get a good chunk of House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski and Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. The books I plan to read start to finish are Beauty Queens by Libra Bray (one of my favorite YA authors of all time), Pines by Blake Crouch (the first in the wayward pines series), and Splintered by A.G. Howard which is a dark fantasy retelling of sorts of Alice in Wonderland. Like I said, ambitious TBR but I plan to truly give it my all!!!!

That being said, so as not to waste reading time I’m going to go grab a cup of freshly brewed coffee and dive back in to City of Glass!!! Updates to come πŸ€“ (FYI YouTube asmr ambience videos are the bomb!!!)

Happy Ready!!