-Chelsea Handler New Book: Life Will Be The Death Of Me-

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Used my credits to download this on Audible.

I really loved ‘Are you there, vodka? It’s me, Chelsea’ & ‘Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me.’

If you want to get monthly credits for Audiobooks, sign up here. It’s truly worth the money considering how expensive Audiobooks are. https://amzn.to/2DVDsLy

What’s It All About?

In a haze of vape smoke on a rare windy night in L.A. in the fall of 2016, Chelsea Handler daydreams about what life will be like with a woman in the White House. And then Donald Trump happens. In a torpor of despair, she decides that she’s had enough of the privileged bubble she’s lived in—a bubble within a bubble—and that it’s time to make some changes, both in her personal life and in the world at large.

At home, she embarks on a year of self-sufficiency—learning how to work the remote, how to pick up dog shit, where to find the toaster. She meets her match in an earnest, brainy psychiatrist and enters into therapy, prepared to do the heavy lifting required to look within and make sense of a childhood marked by love and loss and to figure out why people are afraid of her. She becomes politically active—finding her voice as an advocate for change, having difficult conversations, and energizing her base. In the process, she develops a healthy fixation on Special Counsel Robert Mueller and, through unflinching self-reflection and psychological excavation, unearths some glittering truths that light up the road ahead.

Thrillingly honest, insightful, and deeply, darkly funny, Chelsea Handler’s memoir keeps readers laughing, even as it inspires us to look within and ask ourselves what really matters in our own lives.

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-Bookish Gift on Amazon! “Just one more chapter”-

It’s cheap and has a 5 rating. Yes please.

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-1 Book, 2 Covers = Cover Wars: The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner-

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What’s It All About?

It’s 2003 and Romy Hall, named after a German actress, is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility, deep in California’s Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: her young son, Jackson, and the San Francisco of her youth. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living, portrayed with great humor and precision.

Stunning and unsentimental, The Mars Room is “wholly authentic…profound…luminous” (The Wall Street Journal), “one of those books that enrage you even as they break your heart” (The New York Times Book Review, cover review)—a spectacularly compelling, heart-stopping novel about a life gone off the rails in contemporary America. It is audacious and tragic, propulsive and yet beautifully refined and “affirms Rachel Kushner as one of our best novelists” (Entertainment Weekly).

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-Bookish Inspired Wedding Proposal-

Seriously the cutest proposal!

Her feed is so pretty: https://instagram.com/love.of.fiction?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=1wdhi4nvbn1bg

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-Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender-

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Going to pick this one up tonight! So. Freaking. Excited.
AND it’s YA paranormal horror !

What’s It All About?

Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents’ marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude. When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.

Alexis wants to think that it’s all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening–to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she’s the only person who can stop Kasey — but what if that green-eyed girl isn’t even Kasey anymore?

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-The Perfect Bookish Gift: A Book That Takes Its Time-

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“I felt like a 4 year old seeing a pop-up book for the first time.”

I am 100% guilty of buying those cute little books that you fill out, using it for like one sitting, then shoving it away.

But a friend of mine suggested this one to me and y’all, I freaking love it.

In between all the really creative activities, there’s articles on ‘Power of Screentime’, recipes, ‘30 Day Positivity Challenge’, stickers, post cards, drawing, fill-in lists, and SO much more. Some of the pages open up to huge posters, and I swear I felt like a 4 year old does the first time they see a pop-up book.

I’m ACTUALLY going to do this one, and I’m excited! Thank you, Britney, for suggesting it !

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-Dry by Neal Shusterman-

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When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions for her family in this harrowing story of survival from New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman.

The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.

Until the taps run dry.

Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbors and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.

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-Book Quiz-

Fill the book quiz out and share with your friends! Loved seeing everyone’s answers!

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BOOK I HATE:
Book I LOVE:
Book I THINK IS OVERRATED:
Book I THINK IS UNDERRATED:
Book I COULD Read ON REPEAT:
Book THAT MADE ME FALL IN LOVE WITH Books:
Books THAT CHANGED MY LIFE:
GUILTY PLEASURE:
Book I SHOULD HAVE Read BY NOW BUT HAVEN’T Read:

-My answers-

BOOK I HATE: Allegiant. Hate hate hate it.

Book I LOVE: Angelfall .

Book I THINK IS OVERRATED: 50 Shades! I appreciate what it’s done for the industry, and think James is a wonderful person, but I could NOT get into it. Anastasia annoyed me. And Christian freaked me out.

Book I THINK IS UNDERRATED: Unknown by Wendy Higgins. An amazing sick-fi/dystopian with hot romance.

Book I COULD Read ON REPEAT: Harry Potter! Duh.

Book THAT MADE ME FALL IN LOVE WITH Books: Go Ask Alice & everything Sarah Dessen.

Books THAT CHANGED MY LIFE: Big Little Lies taught me to laugh at the craziness. Sweet Evil showed me what it meant to be a good person. Bloodlines gave me confidence, and showed me intelligence can by far outweigh brute strength.

GUILTY PLEASURE: No such thing as a guilty pleasure book in my eyes .

Book I SHOULD HAVE Read BY NOW BUT HAVEN’T Read: The last book in the Red Queen Series .

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-Random Writing Tips: Character Flaws-

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I’ve learned a new term this week, it’s called a ‘Mary Sue’. Basically, it’s a character that can do no wrong, and somehow, everything always works out for them. Which is boring and predictable, right?

I’m in a rock and a hard place. I am sick and tired of reading about wounded women. Why must we have some deep rooted internal issue that needs to be worked through? I understand the need for drama and internal dialogue, but damn.

I started googling common character flaws, and this is the popular ones that pop up:

  • Abusive
  •  Assertive (how the fuck is that a flaw)
  • Blames People
  • Greedy
  • Naive
  • Secretive
  • Smart Ass (Also, I consider this a pro)
  • Afraid to commit.

These character flaws have been DONE. TO. DEATH.

I found my solution. A flaw doesn’t necessarily have to be something “wrong” with the character. A flaw can be something that doesn’t need to be fixed. A character can be well-adjusted and not boring AF. It’s possible. Well, almost. No one is perfect, we no doubt all have flaws, but does that mean a persons story ARC needs to revolve around these flaws?

Absolutely not. Don’t ever feel obligated to damage your character for the sake of making them relatable, there are other ways to do that.

Another solution? The character can stand strong in the middle of chaos. Let the uncontrollable variables around them be the flaw. Not the person.

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-Leah On The Offbeat! Yes, You Get To Visit Simon-

If you want to catch up with Simon from ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapians’ & fall in love with a new character, pick this book up!It makes my heart happy that LGBT novels are finally getting the recognition and appreciation they deserve!

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