Leigha's Little Library

I am a new booktuber and book reviewer. I mostly post reviews over on Goodreads, but I thought I would try to keep my blog more up to date as well! My youtube channel hasn't got off the ground much yet as I am lacking space, equipment and time, but I hope I can use this blog and Goodreads to get better at writing reviews, even if I only have a few words to say about a book.

 

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I am open to receiving books (physical or ebook) for read and review, but I work best on a more lax deadline, so don't ask me if you have a deadline of less than a week..etc!

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Secrets For The Mad by Dodie Clark

 

You can tell that Dodie is not a professional writer, not that this is written badly by any means. There are just some parts that drag a little or the wording is a little odd and doesn't flow too well. I still really enjoy the book.

I love her as a person, and enjoy getting to know more about her, at least the stuff she was willing to share in this book, and it seemed she shared quite a lot! Thanks Dodie. We need to talk more about stuff like this so people know we're important, too. Invisible illnesses are the worst, because nobody believes us.

I relate to the mental health stuff she is going through, though I do not have the exact same mental disorder she has. It makes me so sad to know someone as nice as Dodie feels as bad as I feel, if not worse (at times) because of her fame and differences in her life.

This book makes it even more clear how strong and brave Dodie is. It's not easy to share your innermost feelings, let alone with millions of strangers. I do not know if she fully realizes how much of a role model she is to people of all ages. She seems like such a humble person. Of course this is from what I see of her online personality and this book.

One of the things in the book that I liked is how she talked about being able to find humor even during the worst of times. We've got to be able to laugh and sometimes we need that humor to get through tough situations.

She stresses about how important self care is. This is something I really agree with, but often forget, so I am glad she talks about it.

The poetry and song lyrics were a great touch. I also loved the photos and drawings scattered throughout. I can only imagine how pretty the physical book will be.

My final thoughts: If you are a Dodie fan, you might like this! Even if you do not know her, you might relate if you suffer from mental health issues. I do feel this is written for a teenage audience, but who cares about age. I hope all ages can love this and get to know Dodie.

SPOILER ALERT!

On The Bright Side, I'm Now The Girlfriend of a Sex God by Louise Rennison

 

** spoiler alert **Mild if any spoilers.

 

I love this book. It is nostalgic. I read it in high school, older than the main character is. I was 17 when it was published. As an adult, I did notice some things that young me might not have picked up on.

I didn't like how she joked about being suicidal or wanting to kill herself instead of sitting next to P.Green, a girl she calls Nauseating P. Green. Or all the lesbian jokes, especially with the gym teacher. What is with that stereotype? Sure, they were jokes and I know teenagers can be dramatic like that. The Bummer Twins were the ones usually making fun of Georgia and Jas, calling them lesbians when they were caught in compromising situations, like the girls doing the pencil test to see if they needed bras.

Then there is Dave. I liked him. He seemed like a nice boy for the most part, though he moved a bit quick. Do teens that young really move that fast? I did feel bad for Dave. Georgia is 14, but that should be old enough to know better than to play with someone's feelings, at least I would like to hope so.

Georgia is really mean to Jas, her so called best friend. She has a lot of mean thoughts in general about everyone from classmates, teachers and her own parents. I know she is a teen, but really? It did get a little annoying after the millionth time. I would never think about my parents the way she was constantly thinking and treating them, nor would my parents stand for that type of behavior.

Some of the jokes were really funny, even the one I probably shouldn't have laughed at about the Dalai Lama and what she wondered his father was called.

Maybe I've turned into an old prude, but I still think the so called "Sex God" is too old for her and feel it's weird that her mom never seemed to care. Also the thing with the mom and doctor was odd? Was it necessary?

Over all, I really enjoy this book and want to continue to read the series.

I'll say it here, I hope if she does end up with someone in a more serious way, I hope it is not Robbie. She gets wobbly knees with him, but I feel like there is something she feels for Dave, the "Red Herring" What a horrible name to call someone who likes you.

Ivy in Bloom (A Picture Book) by Vanita Oelschlager & Kristin Blackwood (Artwork)

 

I've got a tiny review for you today. It is for this adorable picture book!

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Well, that was just cute. I enjoyed the little poem and the artwork that went along with the story. I feel like it would be a stunning book for anyone to own in person and think the bright colors would entice younger minds who are not quite at reading level.

 

*Netgally provided my copy*

Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim

 

I read this book in one sitting, even when I hadn't planned on reading much at all. I was just going to read a poem or two to see how I felt about the book. I was sucked right in. The poems are touching, heartbreaking, and hard to read at times, because I relate to them so much. The poem about explaining depression to your mother really resonated with me.

The writing style is different if you do not read a lot of poetry. I could feel the emotion and pain behind the words, even for the poems I could not personally understand.

Beautifully written.

*Got from Netgally in return for a review*

The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson

 

So my reasons for DNFing this book the first time were valid; it was not just because of my reading mood or some other factor. This time I wasn't even enjoying the book at all. The first time reading it, I liked the first several chapters and then it started to get boring.

This time, everything was boring and annoying. I DO like Maureen Johnson, but this book does not do it for me. The relationship between Avery and Mel does not feel authentic or even written well at all, whether this is own voices or not. Not only that, their romance and Nina's romance with Steve felt so sudden and on the verge of being instalove.

Not one of the three girls were likeable. Nina was pretty mean about how she thought of other girls, especially her roommate. The girls called people by mean nick names like "Strange so and so" and thought badly of them. There was even a joke about someone they know being a retard. Nina wished her roommate had been taken to a mental hospital. When she first meets Steve, all she cares about is that he's hot. She calls him "crunchy" as in a hippie sort of way, but since he was hot, she could over look that.

I know the word "problematic" is being used a lot in the book community and sometimes I think it gets thrown around all willy nilly, but this book did strike me as problematic in ways. If I were more elegant in explaining how I feel, I could probably go on about the small little things that bugged me.

So to sum up in a not so elegant way, what bugged me: Girl hate (girls hating other girls), unrealistic relationships, instalove, cliche, super cheesy, mean girls, mean/cruel terms being used about other people, Nina's superficial thoughts about Steve, Nina's mean thoughts about her roommate (yes, I know her roommate was unusual, but still...)

Maybe the story gets better? Maybe the characters grow? I don't think I will ever know, because I can't force myself past the first 115 pages for a third time.

*I DNF'd this book a while ago, but wanted to give it another chance, because I enjoyed Maureen Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes duology and hoped I would like this the second time around.*

Lucy's Book Club For The Lost and Found by Emma Davies

 

I really want to do this review proper justice. This book was everything. I'm not even kidding one bit. My heart is in my throat right now, there are tears pooling in my eyes and running down my cheeks. This story is about all sorts of love, friendship, family and love between romantic couples, but also about so much more.

The writing style was so easy to read, it flowed so well. It was beautiful. I read the book in one sitting. There were several parts where I had to stop and collect myself because it really evoked strong emotions. There was sadness, there was laughter, bittersweet moments between Lia and her mom. Those scenes really broke me. Utterly heartbreaking.

The relationships were so authentic. The friendships, found families and romantic relationships all came together so naturally. It felt so real. The friendship among the whole group was a breath of fresh air, but I especially loved the female friendship. So many books these days have girls hating on girls for no good reason, but this book had the exact opposite. The friendship had the kind of found family feel to it that I really love to find in some books. They might not be related by blood, but they loved each other regardless.

All the characters were extremely likeable and had distinct personalities.

This book really touched my heart.

I like the title of this story, so my only wish is that there was more of a book club aspect that the title hints at.

The ending is bittersweet, with a touch of hope.

*I got a netgally copy to review*

 

I talked about this book in a Booktube video here.

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle

 

"The Jubilee Express" by Maureen Johnson - 3/5 Stars
I liked the story, thought it was cute-ish, but did not like how the main character stereotyped cheerleaders. It was another one of those "I'm not like those girls" type of thing. I really hate when people do that. Just because someone is pretty, wears make up and likes to be perky and do cheers, doesn't make them a bad person or make them less than you. That goes for any person/group who is different from you. Don't be so quick to judge. It was also annoying how the author basically said all cheerleaders are named Amber and Madison. Of course, I know nothing about cheerleaders, so...

I was really cringing throughout the story, because I was expecting her to cheat on her boyfriend; the story just gave that vibe.

Luckily there was no cheating

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I liked Stuart as a character. He seemed genuinely like a good person.

The whole thing with the Christmas village was different.

I like the writing style and think it would be fun to expand it to a full length novel and really expand on the character developments, and have it not be so instalove.

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"A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle" by John Green - 1/5 stars.
Did John Green really write this? It was horrible and gross. Are boys really like that about cheerleaders? Anyways, it just made me feel a little disgusted how the girls are being treated/are viewed because they happen to be cheerleaders. Also saying "that's so gay"... ugh, and it was used more than once. I also did not appreciate the dig at Lindsay Lohan. Sure the likelihood, Lindsay will ever read this is slim, but it's a pretty crappy thing to do. She's still a person and the story basically called her a slut. "Legs always open." So John Green lost a little of my respect.

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"The Patron Saint of Pigs" by Lauren Myracle - 2.5/5 stars.
The main character was really painful to read. I mean, I guess she learned her lesson in the end, at least I hope so. I didn't really care much for it, but I did like the ending somewhat with everyone coming together.

I Wore My Blackest Hair by Carlina Duan

 

I honestly don't really understand a lot of poetry and I was hoping this book would be different, because I really do like poetry and want to "get it" better, if that makes sense.

There was pain and beauty in some of the poems, but could not get the meaning behind most of them. Maybe I'm not meant to? Poetry is very personal to the writer. If I related more to Carlina's life, would I understand them better? The writing style was different from how I see a lot of poems, very interesting, but might have been one of the factors in making it hard for me to understand.

Despite not getting most of the poems, I still really enjoyed reading this book. I like that it challenged my brain and made me think.

**Disclaimer, I won an ebook copy through a Goodreads giveaway.**

SPOILER ALERT!

Jaws by Peter Benchley

**There is one spoiler below regarding a character death. It is marked with a spoiler tag**

 

 

There were a few things that I found highly unnecessary. I know this is written in a time period much different from today, but some of the outdated stuff in this did bother me a little bit.

Also the thing between two characters (you know what I mean) made me think "what was the point?" It just felt out of nowhere and what kind of people do things like that? Maybe I'm just too innocent in my thinking that most people are good deep down. However for these two characters, I did not like them at all.

The whole thing with Larry and his partners also made me go back and forth between if I liked him or not, but in the end, I just felt sorry for him, though I can't say I like him. Sure it was a crappy move what his so called partners made him do, but I don't know... I think I feel more for his poor wife.

Also the scene with the mother really broke me. In that moment, I did feel a little bad for Brody, he was trying to do the right thing from the start and the woman was in too much shock to even want to listen. I completely understand why though. 

She just lost her little boy and was in shock

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Some people say it is dry and boring or so I've been told, but I wouldn't say that at all. I did like the book a whole lot and I think I would have loved it even more had a couple things been changed. Like the whole thing I mentioned above and some random characters/scenes that had no point to the plot.

Annotating Books & Jaws by Peter Benchley

Jaws - Peter Benchley

I've started to annotate my second book. Is it telling that this book was also written in 1974 like "Let's Play At The Adams" and I'm already have some issues with it? The book I am reading is Jaws by Peter Benchley. The only difference is though some things are angering me, I am enjoying the book.

 

***Spoilers for some cases of racism and homophobia in the book***

 

There was talk about something happening in the 50s, 60 and 70s. I can only assume the current story takes place in the 70s, but it reads earlier than that or am I just really "white privileged" because this book has brought up race several time in 77 pages. Like why bring race into it?

 

I know, because of the times this is set in this is how the people think of "the blacks" That is how they are referred as and of course they do the jobs of gardening, bartending, butlers, and maids. Also there was a black man who raped 7 rich white ladies, but when they put it in the paper, they would only say molested to save face for the small little town, and the women would never testify against the man out of shame? Shame in general or because he was black? (This wasn't in detail, just a case the cop remembered)

 

Also there was a homosexual slur on page 11, using the F word, which I hate. You know the one I mean. See, I know the author is trying to stay true to the time, but it still bothers me and I have to wonder if he goes around using the F word and calling black people "the blacks". Other than these things, I am enjoying annotating the book. So far the first movie is true to the book (minus all the racism ..etc)

Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston

I did it! I read this book.

Now you're thinking that it isn't such a big deal to read a children's book. It could take most readers a day or two, but I had the nuttiest inspiration to read this book out loud to myself. I do not live alone and I could only read this when there was nobody around. Plus I could not read for very long periods of times because my throat would start to hurt. Needless to say, it took me a while to read this. I could have pushed myself and read every day, but I didn't, plus I was reading other things too.

I did not expect so much feeling from this book. It really does remind me of Dr. Seuss and Raold Dahl like the blurb on the book says. It also has A Series of Unfortunate vibe in the sense that it is a children's book that doesn't sugar coat words. It is very dark and morbid at times. I love this about children books. People do not give kids enough credit and they can handle a bunch more than sickly sweet stories where nothing bad happens, so it is nice to have a series like Lemony Snicket's or this book.

There were times in the book were I got choked up while reading and that came out of the blue. The characters were really well written and I felt close to them.

The only reason it did not get a five star is two bits. There was a point where one of the characters was mean to another character and it irked me quite a lot because I thought she would know better than treat someone that way, considering how her guardian was toward her. This only happened once, so I wasn't bothered enough to stop reading, which I could have been if it continued to happen.

The other bit is some of the writing did not flow as well as a verse should flow. This might be because I'm reading it out loud, but it should roll off the tongue, I believe and be like a song or epic poem. (The rhyming kind.)

Other than that I loved this book and the characters. Even the villains were done so bad that they were good, you know what I mean. Same as the parents in a lot of children books, I disliked the guardian figure in this story, but you are meant to. The author wrote her so creepily well.

Side note, this is the first book I have wrote in, marked up, highlighted since I was a child and that wasn't seen as so taboo in the book community. I don't know if I will continue to annotate my books, but the experience, though frightening, was very fun.

SPOILER ALERT!

Let's Go Play At The Adams' by Mendal W. Johnson

Let's Go Play At The Adams' - Mendal W. Johnson

*Spoiler warning, just in case, but I don't think it really should count as a spoiler*

Trigger Warning: Rape & Torture

 

 

Part of me does not want to post this, but this book effected me so much, I just have to post this. I heard about this book a couple days ago and saw how expensive it was, so naturally I was curious. They say curiosity kills the cat, which that saying makes more sense now. I'm not dead of course, but I felt a little broken after reading this. This book is out of print, so I had to do some digging, because I was not going to pay over $100 for it. Someone let me read their PDF file.

 

Please note, I do not support the taking/stealing of books. I should not have read the PDF file. I do not actually have copies of this PDF on my person, so please don't ask.

 

Here is my review:

 

 

What did I just read... what did I read? I'm shaking, sad, angry, furious, crying my eyes out.

How do you rate a book like this? I will say that I did not "enjoy" it. It wasn't a "good" story. It was engrossing, and I couldn't stop reading it. It was like that saying about not being able to look away from a train wreck or some other tragedy. (I don't even know what I'm saying.) I'm really mad.

The writing style wasn't that great. It felt really choppy. There was a lot of stuff that felt really unnecessary. The ending is what brought on the uncontrollable shaking and anger. (Not that the whole thing isn't anger inducing) I can't even say why without spoiling, but I have a feeling most people go into the story knowing it will not end well.

I think the book broke me. I can't imagine kids being that way, and why one of them wouldn't just tell a grown up, even the "Picker" that was camping out near their home. In this book, the Pickers are men who are lower class and do work for other people, at least is how I gathered it. At least one of them didn't want to go through with it, but since it was "a game" they had to go through with it. That makes me so upset. They were all old enough to know better. Sure some of them might truly be psychotic, but it just doesn't make sense.

Also the cops are so.... phew, calm down... (I'm getting angry again) Adults just don't give kids enough credit and I think somehow, someway, they should have realized something fishy was going on with the kids.

I don't know what else to say.

 

*The only reason I gave it a 3 star is because I can not deny the fact that I was completely engrossed in the book, as horrible as the content was.

 

*Would I read it again: Big HECK no, with a major but... as a book reviewer/blogger and Booktuber, I might allow myself the agony of reading it again if I had a physical copy (that I found for a "normal" price and not $100 and we know how unlikely it is to find a copy) The only reason I *might* read again, is to let you know if the formatting issues I had, the choppiness was down to the fact I read it as a PDF or if those issues were in the print copy.

 

*It has been days since I read and reviewed this and I still feel uncomfortable that I gave it a 3 star, because 3 stars for me usually means I liked a book, but just not enough to be a favorite or a book that I loved (which is what I think about 4 and 5 star reads.)

 

Like I said, I did not like this book, but it did entertain me (not even in a good way, if that makes sense) and it was engrossing, so 3 stars it is.

 

Video Review

 

About my Hiatus

I am so sorry that I haven't updated in a while. Things have been a little hectic. I was sick for a time and just unable to do much reading.

 

I have finished a few books since last updating, so I will be posting a couple reviews shortly.

 

Thanks for understanding.

 

PS. I have posted a couple new videos on my Youtube channel. Link in bio.

Slow reading day and my newest YouTube video!

Photo: Gulf Shores, Alabama [While we were on vacation Aug 2017]

 

 

Today wasn't much of a reading day. I read a few more paragraphs of Secrets For The Mad by Dodie Clark, but I'm just not feeling it today.

 

I have several books I need/want to read and review that I got for free from Netgally, but I am going to take a step back. If I start treating my hobby as a chore or a job (though how awesome would it be to get paid) then reading will stop being fun!

 

I also have several books that I own that I want to read in the next upcoming months. I'll be doing a TBR video later hopefully. :)

 

Here is my newest YouTube video. It is my August wrap up! It is a little long. I'm not the best with editing and I have mediocre equipment.

 

August Reading Wrap Up

 

What hobbies do you do besides reading?

 

I like writing, though I've not done much recently, playing video games, cuddling with my 3 cats, and 1 hamster (though I don't "cuddle" her per say haha), and doing fun things with friends & family.

 

Hera

Phoebe & Apollo

Mogget

 

 

Dodie Clark & Her New Book! (Youtuber books...)

 

Confession: I'm a bit of a Dodie fangirl. I enjoy her YouTube videos and her music. I'm kind of shocked I was approved to read this book, as I am a little "nobody" in the blogger/reviewer world, but it has happened, I'm reading it and liking it so far.

 

I kind of really like her. She's quirky and has a good singing voice. Her videos usually have meaning other than getting views for money, at least I think so. I don't watch every one of her videos. In fact, I do not watch every video of any person I follow on YouTube. I just feel like she is genuine. She talks about her mental health openly, isn't afraid to be herself, in fact a lot of her videos is sans makeup, even with acne/acne scars and I find that so refreshing. I think we should not be so focused on how we look. So we get pimples? So we gain weight? We're all human and these things happen! Dodie can be a role model to other people with similar experiences, though watch her with caution, as there have been viewers that mentioned watching people talk about anxiety, depression...etc can be triggering for them, because sometimes she is known to get in a dark place with her Instagram and Snap Chat stories.

 

In this video, Dodie wonders if there is a such thing as oversharing when it comes to depression...etc

Am I oversharing?

 

In this video she follows up and apologizes.

Follow Up

 

 

 

 

I'm not big on YouTuber books, but got really excited for Dodie's book. Maybe she will change my mind about these sort of books and I will give more a chance. Though I am not sure I follow too many people who have published.

 

There is Connie Glynn "Noodlerella's" fiction novel, which I am curious about. Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn. The name and plot sound quite cliche and I can swear I have read something exactly like it before, like on Wattpad, so that is bugging me! But I do want to give it a try, as I enjoy Connie's YouTube channels as well.

 

 

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The only YouTube book I have tried to read is:

Gabbie is from "The Gabbie Show" and I've only watched a couple of her videos.

And this book wasn't for me, sadly.

 

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Disclaimer: I received "Secrets For The Mad" by Dodie Clark from Netgally in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the chance to read this! Review will come closer to publication date, which is in November.

Adultolescence by Gabbie Hanna

 

My review today is on a book of poetry written by Gabbie Hanna. She is most known for her YouTube channel The Gabbie Show.

 

However, I am disappointed to say that her book was not my cup of tea.

I got this through Netgally in exchange for a review. I had to stop after about half the poems. I will admit, I do not know much about poetry. I feel bad putting a low rating on something that is the author's feelings, but personally I felt it was badly written and just odd. It seemed childish, which I guess fits the theme of the book and title.

 

The poems are personal to Gabbie and I feel like they will resonate with some people; just not me.

I don't know much about her, but she genuinely seems like a nice person. She is trying to be funny in the book, even with her more depressing poems and it didn't work for me. However, I do think she can be funny. I've seen some of her videos randomly while going on a YouTube binge, as a person is want to do when it is late at night and they can't sleep.

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