The Time Traveler’s Wife (Book Review)

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Clare and Henry have a relationship defined by time. Clare was six years old when she first met Henry, while he didn’t know Clare existed until he was twenty-eight. Henry is a time traveler, but not by choice. He has no control over his travels, though they’re often places of meaning.

I used to watch the movie several years ago without ever knowing it was a book first. When I found this for a bargain at the thrift store, I decided it was worth a shot. This was definitely not my usual read. It’s on the longer side (536 pages) and it is adult fiction rather than YA but I enjoyed the film so much that I just had to check out the book.

This book made me laugh and by the end of it I was bawling. The tears couldn’t be stopped with this one. There were several points I had to put the book down just so I wouldn’t drown in my own tears. This is total chick-lit. I grew so close to the characters, especially Clare.

I will admit, I found some of the time travel with Clare’s childhood strange. Especially because of the huge age gap. He was in his 30’s talking to the child version of his wife. I mean, come on. But again, it’s chick-lit. It’s not meant to be taken super literal.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Time Traveler’s Wife. It was a beautiful love story that most literally surpasses time. 4/5 Stars.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (Book Review)

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*Synopsis*

Hadley Sullivan misses her flight to London by just four minutes. She doesn’t know whether she should be elated or disappointed. Hadley is going to London for her father’s wedding to a woman she has never met before. She ends up getting a flight for three hours later, which could just barely get her to the chapel in time for the wedding.

Hadley meets Oliver while waiting for her plane. Oliver is British and heading to London for an event of his own. They end up seated next to each other for the seven hour plane ride. By the time the flight is over, parting ways seems much harder than before.

*Review*

I listened to this as an audio book. This book was just not for me. It’s impractical in even a book universe kind of way. In my opinion, it’s just not good. I didn’t feel a connection to the any of the characters. There was no diversity in this. It’s very predictable at many points. I just didn’t enjoy it.

I had heard so many good things and great hype about it. Even though it didn’t seem like my usual kind of story I decided to give it a try, but it just isn’t my kind of book. I feel like the plot didn’t develop as well as it could of. I decided to finish it because it was an audio book and there was no harm in just listening, but the story didn’t grip me at all. Even while listening to the story, I was constantly trying to find something to do because the story just wasn’t that interesting to me.

*Spoilers*

I’m tired of these melodramatic, teen dramas where everything ends up tied up in a perfect bow in the end. I’m also tired of these main characters that blame everyone else for their problems. I couldn’t stand Hadley. I think the way she dealt with her issues were just terrible. The fact that she left her father’s wedding to try to find a boy she barely knows in a city she’s never been to before is ridiculous. What’s even more stupid is how everything works out just fine.

She finds the boy, there’s drama, and then she finds her way back to the hotel safe and sound. Oliver finds her in the end, because of course! I’m tired of this useless trope! And the title being his study was something I predicted from the very beginning. They drew that out for way too long.

2/5 Stars

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (Book Review)

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is Mindy Kaling’s first memoir dated back to 2011. In it, she talks about her upbringing and how she got into comedy, as well as other experiences she’s had along the way. It’s a quick read that will keep you interested, even if you don’t know all the pop culture references. Kaling makes this feel like more of a conversation than a novel.

I devoured this book in a matter of hours. I couldn’t set it down. I’ve been watching a lot of The Office lately and I’ve watched The Mindy Project in the past, mixed with my hidden love of memoirs, this was a hit for me.

I would give this a solid 4/5 stars.

Mini Book Haul

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I recently went thrift shopping for the first time with my best friend. I never knew how great the deals were on books. We went to Goodwill and then The World of Thrift, it was great. I didn’t spend more than a total of $9 on these books which is a steal. Full reviews coming soon.

The books I purchased were:

sherman alexie

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

I’ve been hearing great things about this book for years now. I never read it back in my middle grade days so why not now?

mindy kaling

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

I have been watching a ton of The Office lately so when I saw this, I just couldn’t resist.

library of souls.jpgA boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.

The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls.

I read books one and two a few years ago and I’m excited to continue this adventure. My Review of Hollow City

time traveler

A funny, often poignant tale of boy meets girl with a twist: what if one of them couldn’t stop slipping in and out of time? Highly original and imaginative, this debut novel raises questions about life, love, and the effects of time on relationships.

I have committed a terrible bibliographic sin. I watched the movie long before getting the book. For this, I must right my wrong. Even if I have to go through 500 pages to do it.