Monday, March 28, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday (50) ~ Most Recent 5 Star Reads

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and a weekly meme where we simply make a top ten list for the week's topic.
10 Of My Most 
Recent 5 Star Reads
I'm going to do something a little different for this list! I'm going to pair each book up with five words that I feel describe it well. I may or may not cheat with a few words. :D I'm going all the way back to August for this list because I seem to be picky about this rating (for a good reason).

August
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: INTENSE. Scary. Brilliant. Lovable. Book-hangover-inducing.

The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh: Romantic. Amazing. Beautiful. Rich. Well-written.

September
Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover: DEAN. Passionate. Heartbreaking. Lovely. Quick.

November
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin: Inventive. Well-written. Thought-provoking. Fast-paced. Intense.

Winter by Marissa Meyer: Funny. Satisfying. LONG. Wonderful. Well-developed.

December
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: BEAUTIFUL. Mesmerizing. Fun. Magical. Well-crafted.

Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchie: Incredible. Thought-provoking. Sad. Ugly. Well-handled.

January
Deeper by Robin York: Steamy. Positive. Inspiring. FEELS. Deep. (I couldn't help that last one. :D)

First by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn: Bold. Morally-gray. Lingering. Thought-provoking. Honest.

March
Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz & Kat Helgeson: Engrossing. Messy. Relatable. Emotional. Quotable.

Have you read any of these?? (YOU SHOULD!) What was your most recent 5 star read?

Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Cycle of Reading Multiple Books At Once

Note: this cycle and its order may vary quite a bit from reader to reader, but many are what I think of as key points in the process. I've drawn from my own experience for this. :D

*pick up a second book*

Maybe the first one was boring. Or really long. Or you wanted to do a buddy read. It could be anything! Two books isn't a lot, right? You can switch between the two pretty easily, right?

It's no big deal.

*start a third book . . . before finishing the other two*


So, apparently neither of the other books could hold your attention long enough. Or maybe you had to start something for school or participate in a reading event or whatever. YOU'RE READING THREE BOOKS RIGHT NOW. But it's not too bad, right?

It's only a slightly bigger deal.

*finish a book and immediately start a new one . . . then another one*

This doesn't necessarily have to happen when you're reading three books, but you have to finish one of your books sooner or later, right? Maybe? You may also be hit with the desire to READ EVERYTHING AT ONCE SO YOU START A COUPLE--not just one--MORE BOOKS. ON THE SAME DAY.

Are you wondering if anyone else does this? *beckons closer**whispers* A lot of us do it. Welcome to the multiple-books-at-once club.

*forget the number of books on the currently reading pile*

It can be really, really easy to forget about one of the books you're reading, especially if you started it a month...or two ago. It's only natural. 

*start working on finishing some of the books*


Ahh, this is the moment when you decide that enough is enough and you just need to finish things with what you're already reading. This could take awhile, but you're sooooo determined to get through the pile before starting something else.

*decide that's taking too long and start another book anyway*

Too many books, too little time, right? It's just one book, so it can't be a big deal, right? Plus, if you read one or two of the other books you were reading, then starting a new one is a pretty good treat.

*take a look at the pile and run away to Twitter instead*


THE PILE IS SO BIG. It could be five, six, ten books by this point. Twitter can be really appealing at this point. It's appealing at any point, but when you're facing that many books to finish? It can be a safe haven from that intimidating sight.

*suddenly decide to finish pile and actually DO IT*

YOU DID IT! YOU GOT THROUGH ALL YOUR BOOKS AND NOW YOU AREN'T READING ANYTHING.

This step could easily become the *start working on finishing some of the books* part of the cycle if your determination isn't strong enough.

*dive into a new book and become determined to just read that for now*

Hey, you might be successful at this! A break from reading multiple books at once is nice. (And it's something I'm hoping to feel before too long...) You may even say that you want to keep being a book monogamist because it feels that refreshing*

*pick up a second book soon afterward and go through the whole process all over again*


Damn. That didn't last long.

Question time!
Do you ever read multiple books at once? Can you relate to any of these parts of the cycle?

Thursday, March 24, 2016

List Love ~ When Book Love Fades

Have you ever read a book that you absolutely LOVED--but only at the time? While you're reading it, you're flailing over how amazingly great it is, but your love for it fades over the next several months or couple years?

This happens to me sometimes! It can be a little disappointing because who ever wants to love a book less than they originally did? No one!

For this post, I'm including 4.5 and 5 star reads from 2014/15 my love has faded for.
2015 Reads
My review for ACOTAR was probably one of the most glowing ones I wrote last year, but as we're gearing up for the sequel, I've noticed that my excitement is at a . . . 10. Out of 100. I recently updated my favorites shelf and several books that I loved last year--All the Rage, Six of Crows, Finding Center, Illuminae--made it on there even though it usually takes a LONG time before I can call a book a favorite. I barely considered ACOTAR for the shelf. It's definitely a fantastic book, but I don't love it as much as I did when I first read it.

All the Bright Places is a heartbreaking book. I CRIED. SO MUCH. But I also passed this one up for my favorites shelf. I'm not 100 percent sure what to say about this one now. My feelings are a bit...complicated. I don't know.

I loved all the things Everything, Everything made me feel while reading it, but now I feel . . . almost nothing. I was sure this was going to become a favorite of mine, but it hasn't lingered with me long enough to even consider it as a potential favorite. I still really like the book! My love has just faded to the point where I see this as just another book on my "read" shelf.

2014 Reads
I gave Something Strange and Deadly one 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 on Goodreads and . . . it just looks so out of place when I go through my 5 star books. My last impression of the last book was pretty bad and I think that had a pretty big impact on how I saw the entire series in the long run.

My memory of a lot of book fades with time as well, but not remembering a book very well doesn't always affect how much I love it. (Perfect example: Siege and Storm) As I've forgotten about Maybe One Day and Cut Me Free, my love has faded. I'm sure rereads of both would go over really well, but I doubt that would make them favorites.

What about you? Do you have any books you used to LOVE, but you just . . . don't love as much now?

Psst...I'm thinking of making a similar list for books my love for has grown over time. That seems like a happier post.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Mood, Format, and Genres

Hey there! I was reading on my Kindle and my mind started drifting to a discussion idea. (I swear I wasn't reading a bad book!) I started thinking of my mood and how it's linked to the formatting of what I'm reading. Sometimes I put off reading some books just because it's a certain format! I just . . . don't feel like dealing with it at the time.

Print vs Ebooks
I've been more in the mood for print books lately. They're pretty. I can use a real bookmark. They're easier to photograph for an IG update. Being able to post the actual page number on Goodreads can be nice (since ebooks don't always have it), unless my copy doesn't match up with the GR editions. I can feel the pages. And I don't have to worry about a battery. Nice, right?

Sometimes I don't feel like reading print at all, though. Ebooks can be more convenient. If I want to start a book at night, I'm more likely to go to my phone or Kindle because the lighting in my room can be a complete pain. I have to angle the book towards the light and sometimes I have to tilt it back and forth in order to see anything. It can be so much easier to just read on a screen. 

Hardcover vs Paperback
Hardcovers are nice and sturdy and paperbacks can be easy to flip through quickly. Sometimes I'm more drawn to a paperback because it's lighter. On the other hand, hardcover is my favorite format to read it! This hasn't happened often, but I've pushed some books back because they were paperbacks and I wanted to read a hardcover... (Please tell I'm not the only person who has done this. O_O)

Kindle vs Phone App
I've been reading more on my phone lately! If I start a book on there, I'm kinda reluctant to switch over to my Kindle Touch. I consider switching at times, then go UGGGHHH, NO when I'm eyeing it. (That poor, poor ereader.) Sometimes I feel that way about reading on my Kindle before I even start a book and I go to my phone app instead. I find this to be really weird because I used to hate reading on the app...
Specific Genres
I don't think I'm that picky about which genres I read in what format, but it's worth bringing up. Mood is oftentimes associated with genres/types of books, so hey, can't format affect that as well?

Whenever I want to romance, I look to my digital collection because it feels like I'm even more sucked in when I read it on my Kindle or phone. I've been going to my Kindle when I want something that I can read quickly. It's like a break between other genres--or formats. I think I prefer fantasy in print, but I end up reading it more on my Kindle. YA in print seems way more appealing to me than in ebook, but then again, I'm just more in the mood for print at the moment.

It's possible that the formats I'm in the mood for are more connected to specific genres, but I don't believe I've been paying enough attention to my reading habits to figure that out. Hmm...

What About You?
What are your thoughts on this? Do you ever feel more in the mood for one format over the other? Do you have any go-to genres for when you're in the mood to read an ebook over a print book (or vice versa)? Let me know! I'm really curious. :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

I'm Excited For ARC April!

Have you heard of ARC August? It's an annual event hosted by Octavia and Shelly @ Read.Sleep.Repeat. that is all about tackling those ARCs! Well, they're hosting ARC April this year too! It's the same challenge--just in a different month.
Guidelines
ARC April, like ARC August is all about YOUR personal goal in regards to YOUR ARCs! This was made as a “low pressure” but maximum benefits kind of challenge and I really want to continue that! The only real rule for ARC April is any books you count towards the challenge MUST be an ARC. It can be an e-ARC or physical ARC. It can have a 2017 release date or an overdue date of 2010! As long as it is an ARC we won’t judge you or take that accomplishment lightly.
For more information, you can go to this post. There are incentives for a giveaway and a linky for you to sign up on. Sign ups close on April 15th.

My Goals
I'm going to go with 10 ARCs. That feels like a really big number for April because I won't be on break, but 1) I'll have a much smaller class load than usual and 2) I'm ridiculously behind in ARCs.

I've taken a break from requesting* ARCs and . . . reading them as well, it seems. But I still have a lot of 2016 (and 2015) ARCs to catch up on. I kinda fell out of my the habit of reading review copies (they used to take up the majority of my monthly TBRs) lately and now I'm trying to get back into it until I catch up. I'm hoping ARC April will help me do that.

*I still pick up Read Now/Downloadable ARCs from Netgalley and Edelweiss. I also still sign up to review books for the Sunday Street Team and accept an occasional book to guest review on readingteen.net.

The Books
I'm not sure what I'll read! I would like to get to a mix of ARCs I'm behind in and ones of books releasing soon. Here are some upcoming releases as well as a recent one. 


These are only some of the options! I'm not sure how many of these ones I'll get to in April, but maybe a few, I hope?

Are you planning to participate in ARC April?? If you have any ARCs to read at all, you definitely should! I've always had a great time with the challenge in August. :)

Monday, March 21, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday (49) ~ How Long Has It Been?

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and a weekly meme where we simply make a top ten list for the week's topic.
Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven't Talked About in Awhile
New Adult Romance
Callum & Harper by Fisher Amelie - I lovveee it so much!! This book is one of the reasons I love fake relationships so much. It's one of the best ones I've seen anywhere (both books and movies/shows). This one has a bit of drama in it.

Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park - This one also has a fantastic romance! And the characters. They're remarkable. This one is a sweet read, but there are some sad parts. Even though I consider it NA because there are college-aged characters, it can be considered YA/NA crossover. If you're a YA fan reluctant to read NA, this would be perfect for you.

Paranormal Books
Storm by Brigid Kemmerer - I don't remember that much from this one, but I remember the characters being amazing! They felt solidly created. I loved how the paranormal and contemporary elements mixed together.

The Collector by Victoria Scott - Dante Walker is infuriating, but he is a fantastic character. I'm mainly including this one because I just binge-watched the available episodes of Lucifer and now I really want to reread the book. Check out the tweet below to see why...
YA Contemporary
Pointe by Brandy Colbert - Out of all the books on this list, this is the one I read the most recently (this past October). It's a tough story that will leave you feeling immensely proud of the heroine. That was the biggest impression this book left with me.

Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes - This one is hilarious, but also really dark. This part from the description puts it better than I could (it's a spot-on way to describe it):
Anatomy of a Misfit is Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Anika’s hilariously deadpan delivery will appeal to readers for its honesty and depth. The so-sad-it’s-funny high school setting will pull readers in, but when the story’s dark foreboding gradually takes over, the devastating penultimate tragedy hits like a punch to the gut.
Science Fiction
Denton Little's Deathdate by Lance Rubin - This book is a crazy, fun ride! The concept of the deathdates and the way it's handled it unique. It's a refreshing read.

Gone by Michael Grant - This series is one of my favorites, though I still haven't finished it... (Whoops.) Gone is an intense read with a great cast of characters. The supernatural powers are fun. :)

YA Historical Fiction
A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson - I adore this book because ROMANCE. This is one of the book that I reread over and over in middle school and high school. It was so easy to fall in love with. 

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys - This is another book I don't remember all that well, but I remember two things: 1) it was very well written and 2) it was a powerful story that made me cry.

Have you read any of these books? What did you put on your own TTT this week?

Sunday, March 20, 2016

An Anime Update ~ The Second Edition

It's been a month since my first update, so it's time for another one! Watching anime is my biggest non-bookish related hobby and it was nice to post about it last month. I'll most likely continue with these updates. :)
Recently Finished
The Future Diary (26 eps) - This one okay. Yuno creeped me out and even though everyone I talked to about this series with really liked her, I wasn't much of a fan. There were some moments where I thought her character was awesome, but I didn't like her most of the time. I did like her development, though. That made me like her better than Yuki, at least. My favorite parts of this show were the twists and the art. 

Puella Magi Madoka Magica (12 eps) - I believe this is my least favorite anime that I've finished so far. (Keep in mind that I've really liked almost everything so far--this anime is like a 3 star book to me.) The art is super pretty and the show is surprisingly dark, but it's already become forgettable. The characters didn't make as much of an impression. I wasn't a huge fan of the characters in The Future Diary, but at least I remember them well.

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou (24 eps) - I really, really liked this one! It was a heartwarming, funny slice of life anime with a little bit of romance. The characters are loveable and well developed. They're kinda motivating too because they're all work very hard. There's a lot of focus on friendship, talent, and life goals in this one.

Inu X Boku Secret Service (12 eps) - Something about this one is just plain likeable. It may the characters since I adored them! Unfortunately, it was a short anime that truly felt short. There just wasn't enough to it for me. It was sure cute, but I wanted more.


Currently Watching
Fullmetal Alchemist (28/51 eps) - This one is so good! Ed and Al are two of my favorite anime characters so far. There are so many hilarious moments in this anime, but there are also some heartbreaking parts. I just went through a painful episode this weekend and my heart is bruised. :(

Parasyte - The Maxim - (1/24 eps) - The one episode I saw was decent! The parasytes are weird. An alien thing that was aiming for the main character's brain messed up and burrowed itself in his hand. Now he hand morphs and talks to him and . . . it's just weird. But good weird.

A Lull in the Sea (14/26 eps) - SO PRETTTYYY. The art is wonderful! It's set in a world where some people live in the sea and others live on land. It deals the conflict between them (since they've hated each other for a long time) as well as the various conflicts between friends. It's a really nice anime! 

Watching Soon
I've discovered so many animes these past couple weeks. O_O It's making it harder to choose on what to watch next. 

The Devil is a Part-Timer! (13 eps) - I heard this one will only be on Netflix for another week and I'm hoping to watch it before it's taken down. I don't know much about it, but I was told it was good!

Fate/Stay Night (24 eps) - I'm mainly interested in this one because the description mentions a Holy Grail War. :D

Angel Beats! (13 eps) - I heard this one is really good! I don't know much about it, though... It's sad? Apparently hearing an anime is sad makes me interested in it.

Plastic Memories (13 eps) - I heard this one is sad, too! It looks like an interesting sci-fi. Well, I like the idea of robot characters. I don't really know much about the show.


That's it for this update! Have you seen any of these? 

Friday, March 18, 2016

Eight Reasons You Need This Deeper Book in Your Life

I'm almost caught up in reviews from January!! This is one of the best books I've read this year. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. It's an NA contemporary!
In Robin York’s sizzling debut, a college student is attacked online and must restore her name—and stay clear of a guy who’s wrong for her, but feels so right.

When Caroline Piasecki’s ex-boyfriend posts their sex pictures on the Internet, it destroys her reputation as a nice college girl. Suddenly her once-promising future doesn’t look so bright. Caroline tries to make the pictures disappear, hoping time will bury her shame. Then a guy she barely knows rises to her defense and punches her ex to the ground.

West Leavitt is the last person Caroline needs in her life. Everyone knows he’s shady. Still, Caroline is drawn to his confidence and swagger—even after promising her dad she’ll keep her distance. On late, sleepless nights, Caroline starts wandering into the bakery where West works.

They hang out, they talk, they listen. Though Caroline and West tell each other they’re “just friends,” their feelings intensify until it becomes impossible to pretend. The more complicated her relationship with West gets, the harder Caroline has to struggle to discover what she wants for herself—and the easier it becomes to find the courage she needs to fight back against the people who would judge her.

When all seems lost, sometimes the only place to go is deeper. 

*Released January 28th 2015 from Bantam Books*
My Thoughts
After finishing Deeper, I let myself cry for a bit because it was soooo sad, but the ending was also beautifully written. I was touched. I was affected by the last words.

Then my brain caught up and I was in all caps mode--an OMFG mode. I was processing HOW FREAKIN' AMAZING THE BOOK WASI oftentimes get into this mode for books that remain my favorites. It's kinda hard to forget hat a book made you feel that way.

Now, why is this a must read?
Eight Reasons You Need to Read Deeper
1. It's steamy. Whoa.
2. West had an amazing arc that is still going (there's a sequel).
  • He was so closed off and definitely made a lot of mistakes, but he grew--man, did he take some big steps
3. Caroline is one of the best NA heroines that I've ever met!She gave it to people straight.
  • She also grew. A TON.
  • She was a freakin' boss. She was confident, though she felt a bit beat down in the beginning (naked photos online + betrayal + horrible comments + fear of dad seeing them + uncertainty of their affect on her future = a heavy weight on anyone).
  • She wouldn't back down.
  • She loved deeply. (Hey, there's one reason for the title.)
  • She was an inspiration. It felt like I could look up to this lady for the way she handled situations. I was able to say "GO CAROLINE" a few times.
4. Speaking of . . . this book features amazing ways of approaching situations.
  • A horrible ex? A father that, even though he still loves you, still judges you? A guy that is acting unreasonable and selfish? All of these situations were handled in positive, headstrong ways that I really wish were part of more books. 
5. Sex positivity trumps slut shaming.
  • This book deals with this a LOT. There was a lot of shame (misplaced) in the beginning, and it Caroline was on a road to realizing that it wasn't her fault--that her trust was betrayed and that she had nothing to be ashamed of.
6. There were amazing messages about sex positivity, strength, love, and friendship.
  • Why going deeper is worth it. Why you shouldn't pass up the opportunity to go deeper. Why you should even when you're in an ugly world.
"When you've got a shot at deeper, you have to fist your hands in its T-shirt and pull it closer. Tug until the fabric rips. Yank at it, reel it in until it's naked up against your belly and you're starving and fully, desperate and satiated, dizzy and grounded.

You have to, because ugliness is everywhere."
7. There's a balanced romance. And it's fun!
  • Caroline and West's relationship had a very healthy balance, and it just made me love the characters even more than I did when they were just becoming friends. They were equals!
  • West was a jerk in some moments before this balance came to be, but he does grow from that (you'll have to read the book to see how that happens).
8. It'll either teach you or remind you what New Adult is all about. You'll have to read it to see for yourself, but I do have some quotes to close this list with . . .
"Today won't be the day this breaks me."
"The world hasn't changed, but I have."

Thursday, March 17, 2016

A Loss of Innocence | The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian

This is another review for a book I read in January! This book is a little different from what I usually review since it's an adult thriller instead of YA or NA. 


*I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls comes the spellbinding tale of a party gone horribly wrong: two men lie dead in a suburban living room; two women are on the run from police; and a marriage is ripping apart at the seams.

When Richard Chapman offers to host his younger brother's bachelor party, he expects a certain amount of debauchery. He sends his wife, Kristin, and young daughter off to his mother-in-law's for the weekend, and he opens his Westchester home to his brother's friends and their hired entertainment. What he does not expect is this: bacchanalian drunkenness, a dangerously intimate moment in his guest bedroom, and two naked women stabbing and killing their Russian bodyguards before driving off into the night. In the aftermath, Richard's life rapidly spirals into a nightmare. The police throw him out of his home, now a crime scene; his investment banking firm puts him on indefinite leave; and his wife finds herself unable to forgive him for the moment he shared with a dark-haired girl in the guest room. But the dark-haired girl, Alexandra, faces a much graver danger. In one breathless, violent night, she is free, running to escape the police who will arrest her and the gangsters who will kill her in a heartbeat. A captivating, chilling story about shame and scandal, The Guest Room is a riveting novel from one of our greatest storytellers.

*Released January 5th 2016 from Doubleday*
My Thoughts
My first impression of this book wasn't that great. It took me awhile to warm up to it. I wasn't into the writing or Richard (who the third person POV focused on). I was a little bored, but didn't stay that way for long. Things picked up quickly and I ended up liking it much more than I thought I would. My last impression was WAY stronger than the first one. (Tears were involved.)

Alexandra's POV made me get much more into the story. I liked how the book was set up where the chapters focused on Richard, his wife, his family, his lawyer, even--anyone affected by how the Bachelor party went--and sections between each chapter focused on Alexandra's story. Getting to know her--who she was when she was little, how she became a sex slave, how being a sex slave was like, how she ended up at that party, and all the rest--was...tough. It was like reading Little Peach by Peggy Kern again, which was a really ugly, but eye opening book that focused on child prostitution. Her heart truly went out to this girl for all that she had to go through. It wasn't fair. It just wasn't. And it makes me even more sad knowing that her story wasn't one of a kind.

There was quite a big focus on innocence. I couldn't help but compare Alexandra and Richard's nine year old daughter. This book would've been way different without Melissa. There still would've been a big impact, but it may not have been quite as heartbreaking. Melissa was very young and innocent. But she was also at that stage where she was growing out of dolls and knew enough about sex to understand (maybe not fully) what happened at her house. Alexandra was at a similar stage in her life when she got pulled into sex slavery and there were flashbacks to her childhood that reminded me of Melissa. Alexandra had her innocence ripped away from her and having Melissa in the book made that loss of innocence even more jarring. It was really, really sad. Melissa could easily have a life like Alexandra's. It could happen.

The Guest Room is an unfair, ugly story dealing with sex trafficking and innocence. It's well worth reading, even if it takes you awhile to get really into the story. I highly recommend giving this one a try!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A Healthy Approach to Alcoholism | Other Broken Things by C. Desir

Here's another review that I've been sitting on since January! I have three more left to post, so you should see those posted in the next few days.

*I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
Nat's not an alcoholic. She doesn't have a problem. Everybody parties, everybody does stupid things, like get in their car when they can barely see. Still, with six months of court-ordered AA meetings required, her days of vodka-filled water bottles are over.

Unfortunately her old friends want the party girl or nothing. Even her up-for-anything ex seems more interested in rehashing the past than actually helping Nat.

But then a recovering alcoholic named Joe inserts himself into Nat’s life and things start looking up. Joe is funny, smart, and calls her out in a way no one ever has.

He’s also older. A lot older.

Nat’s connection to Joe is overwhelming but so are her attempts to fit back into her old world, all while battling the constant urge to crack a bottle and blur that one thing she's been desperate to forget.

Now in order to make a different kind of life, Natalie must pull together her broken parts and learn to fight for herself.

*Released January 12th 2016 from Simon Pulse*
My Thoughts
Other Broken Things was a good book that seemed to tackle addiction well, but it didn't leave quite a big enough impact on me to remain memorable.
A Healthy Book
This book is all about putting the pieces of your life and yourself back together, but in a really healthy way. The main character's addiction and the struggles she was facing seemed to be handled very well. It also seemed realistic. I feel that many readers will appreciate the steps she made and HOW she made them. The roles that the other characters played (both positive and negative) in her story seemed to be written well too.
Emotion Connection
I think this book brought me to NEAR tears at some point, but for the most part, I didn't feel a huge connection to the main character. I'm not sure why since I still really liked her and found her to be solidly developed. I guess we just didn't click on a deeper level? I still really liked her story and felt proud of her.
The Mother-Daughter Relationship
Other than how healthy this book is, the relationship between the main character and her mom was my favorite part. It was a very strained relationship, which isn't that surprising. I liked seeing how the main character's struggle with addiction affected how she interacted with her mom and how her mom reacted to what her daughter was going through. The mom seemed to grow quite a bit herself, and I LOVE it when I can see character growth in secondary characters.
Final Thoughts
Other Broken Things was pretty good! It moved pretty quickly and the story sucked me in. Alcoholism was handled in a healthy and honest way. Many readers will appreciate how the main character's story was handled! I really liked reading it, though it didn't turn out very memorable for me (especially since I lacked that deeper connection with the MC).