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Book Review | A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

SYNOPSIS
‘If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!’

Introduction and afterword by Joe Wheeler
To bitter, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas is just another day. But all that changes when the ghost of his long-dead business partner appears, warning Scrooge to change his ways before it is too late.

Part of the Focus on the Family Great Stories collection, this edition features an in-depth introduction and discussion questions by Joe Wheeler to provide greater understanding for today’s reader. A Christmas Carol captures the heart of the holidays like no other novel.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
undefined Charles John Huffam Dickens was a writer and social critic who created some of the world’s best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.

MY THOUGHTS
To start with the fact that I loved all Dicken’s novels that I have read, it isn’t surprising that I enjoyed reading this one too. A Christmas Carol is a holiday read and I am so happy to choose this time of the year to read it. I was familiar with the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the whole concept of the story. Actually, I had this book in my hands couple of times, but somehow I always found myself reading something else. However, I think that the message in the book is very clear and it will never get old. There are times when all of us become Ebenezer Scrooge. Sometimes we get lost in all material things that life has to offer. We are crazy about money and Christmas is all about ridiculous sales everywhere and yes, sometimes we give in. We forget what Christmas is truly about. Charles Dickens with his characters is there to remind us that it is important to keep the christmas spirit all the time. Be nice to each other. Love each other. Forgive! Do not let the bad times destroy your kindness.
Also, I think everyone is familiar with the story and there is no need for summary. What is the most important here is the message that the book hides. I think everybody should read this book at least once in their life because it will open their eyes. A Christmas Carol will put you in your right place. Being that type of reader who has never seen any A Christmas Carol adaptation in their lives, I, for sure, will see one of them very soon.

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shout out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!

A Christmas Tale, Charles Dickens

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and I will always cheerish the christmas spirit in books because it is something very important for me. However, this book is not my favorite Charles Dickens book, but I think that everyone should read this book at least once in their lives.

My rating: 3.5/5⭐

Title: A Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens
Published on: September 23rd, 1999
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Genre: Classics, Fiction
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October Activities: What I Watched This Month

Danger doesn’t lurk at every corner. It’s just hanging out, waiting for fear and horror to show up.

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Hello readers,
I have been inactive for the past two weeks and I almost missed the whole month of writing. I barely posted anything during this month and I’m truly sad because of that. October is one of my favorite months of the year and I can’t believe I didn’t post more often. However, many things had happened over this month, the good and the bad ones. I think I will start with the bad things because I would like to end this post in a positive tone.
First of all, my first neighbor passed away two days ago. It was shocking news for everyone because he wasn’t sick at all. To make things worse – he was only 40. I’m still sad and I can’t believe that he’s gone. But, eh.. That’s called life. You exist in one second and then in the other you don’t. You disappear. Just like that. What I can’t stress enough, here, is that we worry too much. We are almost never satisfied with our lives. We long for material things, which is wrong sometimes. We forget that we all die and we will be forgotten so easily. Love hard. Respect others. Respect yourself. That’s what matters.Secondly, I had a really important exam this month. I studied every day and I still don’t know my results. It was difficult, but I hope for the best. It was the exam from the Syntax and I really hate that subject, but I can’t complain. I need to pass it.
On the other hand, I spent a lot of time with my boyfriend. We are still buying new things for our new home, but things got easier this month. We bought all the furniture and it finally looks like home now. I’m so happy and I can’t wait to move in! Also, we spent a lot of time in cinema this month. We watched some horrors because if not now, when? First we watched IT Chapter Two and it was really scary, I loved it. It’s probably the best movie I watched this month. It’s based on Stephen King’s novel and it’s so good and I give it 5 out of 5 stars.


Secondly, we saw Polaroid, which is also horror. A high school student, Bird, is given an old Polaroid camera. Being a huge fan of photography, she starts taking photos of her friends. However, she notices the weird, dark shadow standing behind her friends. It gets creepy when her friends, one by one, die after being followed by the shadow in the pictures. To understand her next move, Bird needs to study the past. I really liked this movie, but it’s not my favorite because in some moments I thought that its plot is too simple and predictable. I give it 3 out of five stars.

Lastly, we saw Countdown which is also horror. I must say that I’ve been dying to see this movie since I saw its trailer. Basically it’s about a phone app that can tell you the exact moment of your death. It all starts as a joke until this app proves to be correct for some people. When a nurse downloads this app, it tells her that she has only three days to live. She is extremely nervous and upset, but being followed by a scary figure in reality, she simply must find a way to survive. I liked this movie because it grabs your attention from the first moment. It’s super scary and I like the touch of the modern technology. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

And that was it for this month. I know it’s two days from Halloween, but I think I’m done with watching horrors for this year. I must admit day I have seen more movies than I have read books in this month. I somehow gave myself a well-deserved break from reading because I read many books in September. I am pretty much satisfied with my activities during this month. October was a really good month for me and I am so excited for November!

How about you? How was your October?

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World Mental Health Day

It’s okay to feel unstable. It’s okay to disassociate. It’s okay to hide from the world. It’s okay to need help. It’s okay not to be okay. Your mental illness is not a personal failure.

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Happy World Mental Health Day!
Being the person who lives with anxiety, I have so much to say. First of all, I feel obliged to tell you that you MUST take care of yourself and of your mental health, Trust me, if you don’t put yourself in the first place, no one else will. I feel like this topic is something that people don’t talk much about and I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because people are ashamed of their mental illness.
My first meeting with my therapist was such a failure mostly because I didn’t find support from my family. They thought that only ‘crazy’ people talk with therapists. At my first meeting I was so scared and I couldn’t talk about my problems openly. I thought they will not understand me. On the other hand, I was ashamed but not because I was meeting with the therapist, but because I thought the things that make me sad and anxious are stupid. I thought I was being silly while I was talking about my fears. Thankfully, my therapist told me that it’s okay to feel that way sometimes. It’s okay not to be okay.

Sometimes, I break.

And it’s still fine. My broken pieces are still me. Oh yes, I am worthy. On some days I keep asking God ‘why me?’ Well, if he didn’t believe in me, he wouldn’t let me go through all of this. That’s the only answer I can think of. And it’s true – each one of us is beautiful. Our mental illness do not define the person who we are. We are beautiful and there’s nothing we should be ashamed of. Just let you know, you are not alone in this. We can and we will win this battle.


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Spooky October Graphic Novels: Megahex & and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Hello everybody,
I can’t believe that this is my first post in October because I planned to post almost every other day in this month. However, so many things happened recently and I didn’t have free time to post anything. The only good thing is that I read two books last week. Yay! I will tell you about these two books in my mini-reviews because there are just too many details and it would take me forever to put everything into my words.

Book Review #1 MEGAHEX by SIMON HANSELMANN

✦SYNOPSIS ✦
Megg is a depressed, drug-addicted witch. Mogg is her black cat. Their friend, Owl, is an antropomorphized owl. They hang out a lot with Werewolf Jones. This may sound like a pure stoner comedy, but it transcends the genre: these characters struggle unsuccessfully to come to crips with their depression, drug use, sexuality, poverty, lack of work, lack of ambition, and the complex feelings about each other in ways that have made Megg and Mogg sensations on Hanselmann’s GirlMountain tumblr.
This is the first collection of Hanselmann’s work, freed from its cumbersome Internet prison, and sure to be one of the most talked about graphic novels in 2014, featuring all of the ‘classic’ Megg and Mogg episodes from the past five years as well as over 70 pages of all-new material.

✦ MY THOUGHTS ✦
Well, I had to think about my words here.. I kind of have some mixed feelings about this one. In the beginning of the book, I found some things funny and interesting. However, as I was reading on, I found some things weird and to be honest, I felt uncomfortable reading about it.
The book is all about alcoholism, drugs, and rape and I don’t think that it’s something that we should make fun of. We shouldn’t joke about it.
Those are serious things that require serious talks and solutions. It is clear that this is a very sad story and I really liked the concept of it, but I didn’t like how the author represented all the things in the book. My favorite character is definitely Mogg, the cat. However, I had a good laugh several times while I was reading this book and I think it’s fair enough to give it a three stars.

My rating: 3/5 ⭐

Book Review #2: CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA by ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA

✦SYNOPSIS ✦
On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress Sabrina Spellman finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But a foe from her family’s past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda. Archie comics’ latest horror sensation starts here! For TEEN+ readers. Compiles the first five issues of the ongoing comic book series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

✦ MY THOUGHTS ✦
I really had to read this comic/graphic novel because I just love Sabrina. I’m a huge fan of the show and I knew I was going to like this one. What caught my attention was this dark, creepy story. Seriously, it gave me the chills and I think that October is definitely the best time to pick it up .
Also, I liked that the story revolves around villains and how does it feel to live on the dark/night side. I loved its dark elements such as killing and praising Satan. Its art is everything! I adore the pictures inside and I think my all time favorite character is and will always be Salem. It was really enjoyable to read this book and can’t wait to check out everything by R. Aguirre-Sacasa. 

My rating: 4/5 ⭐

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Book Review: Wrong Day to Wear a Dress by Naissa Amada

✦ABOUT NAISSA AMADA ✦
Naissa Amada is an artist, poet, writer and French musician, born in Mayotte Island, 1995. She uses Instagram as her primary sharing platform. She has published her first collection of poems entitled; Wrong Day to Wear a Dress ,in April, 2019. It deals with topics such as love, heartbreak, isolation, self-esteem, and self-discovery. Her writings are based on her own song lyrics. Unable to rid herself of her heartache through her songs, she decided to write her thoughts page after page, and eventually created her first book of poems; Wrong Day to Wear a Dress, which she refers as ‘chronicles of thoughts’.

✦SYNOPSIS ✦
‘This book I wrote, is a fresh start. From dust I’m making a star. This, is a light to my darkness and a remedy for my heart (…) The time I have spent writing this, is second to none healer. Here, I’m exposing myself, and I share my hassles, my thoughts, and my truths. I have typed out my struggles and all the lessons I have learned from them.’

i have lost one, one that loved me.
i have left one, one i had a connection with.
and i have loved one, one that wasn’t ready.

Naissa Amada, Wrong Day to Wear a Dress

✦MY THOUGHTS ✦
First of all, thank you to Naissa Amada for sending me your book, it was such a lovely surprise. The very first thing that caught my attention was the cover of this book. It’s so pretty and the illustrations inside are beautiful. It’s pure art! This collection of poems consists of ten chapters:
I am. behaviors.
– sure.
-heart.
– confusions.
-journey.
– wounds.
– recovering.
– strong.
– wisdoms.
– done.
The book represents author’s personal experience and it is a beautiful yet heartbreaking story. Naissa writes about her battles and how it affects her. She writes about how does it feel to lose a loved one. Every heartbreak has its lesson and we can’t avoit it. They are supposed to make us stronger and braver than we thought we are. There is a reason why we aren’t meant to be with certain people and sometimes it’s difficult to understand. I loved how the author gives more importance to our self-esteem rather than focusing on losing our loved ones. Of course, it’s hard to accept the fact that some people just aren’t the right ones, but have you ever thought about your feelings and what happens with us at that times?
Admit it or not, we have all been there. We cried and we almost always blame it on us. However, it’s not always our mistake. We are still pretty inside out! And we should never forget it.

thank you for breaking my heart,
thank you for making me cry.
somehow, you made me believe in myself
more than i ever did.
somehow, you made a human of me,
more than i ever was.

Naissa Amada, Wrong Day to Wear a Dress

Time heals everything. It’s not just some random quote that will help you go through this day. What I really mean here is that being hurt and sad is a process that will result in questioning your thoughts. Who you really are and why you weren’t meant to be together. You will not answer these questions right away. They will take some time and it will just hit you one day. You will realize that you are not made for each other.
Both of you are still great people but he likes his coffee black with sugar and you drink your tea. He likes being home and you love taking long walks. He’s a dog person and you adore cats. Your visions of the perfect life are entirely two different views. Most importantly, he cannot see you in his vision of life and he does not exist in your visions.
It’s time for you to move on…

I highly recommend this book if you’re a fan of poetry like me. It’s beautiful and I adore every line. I will definitely reread this book very soon!

My rating: 5/5⭐

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Life Update: Earthquakes, Me Moving Out, & Other Things

Hello friends,
I haven’t written anything in a while and I miss writing so much. I’ve just checked my social media and it’s a huge mess! I fell behind my schedule and I really need to catch up on my reading as soon as possible. So many new things happened to me and I don’t know where to start. A month ago I witnessed the first earthquake this year. It woke me up early in the morning and I was super scared. When you suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, earthquakes can be quite terrifying. I was scared, but I was also glad that it is over and I thought it won’t happen again. It was all great until 30th of August when it happened again. The earthquake was quite strong, but nobody’s hurt. Again, I was glad it was over and thought that’s it – won’t happen again. I was wrong. Ten days ago we had another earthquake and two days after another one happened. I’m scared to death and I don’t know what’s going on. Now, one week later everything is okay, but I am afraid it might happen again.

Another new thing is that I’m moving out in like two months or so. I will live with my boyfriend and we just found a new apartment. Now we are buying furniture and other things that we need. Sometimes it’s very frustrating and exhausting, but I’m glad I will finally get to live with my boyfriend. I must buy new shelves for my books, it’s like the most important thing for me! I bought some new bookish stuff to decorate my new home. I have some stickers, they are autumn themed. I think they will look good on my new shelves (even though I haven’t bought them yet). Also, I got the new Harry Potter map. It’s very big and I want to hang it on my wall. If you happen to know any bookish goodies that would look good in my new home, please let me know in the comment section.

When it comes to reading, I’m not satisfied with the amount of books I read this month. I fell behind my reading schedule, but I will try to read more now. The thing is that I really needed this break because I was devastated. It’s difficult to focus on your reading when your head is full of panic and fear. I’m currently reading Just Get Up: And Manifest Your Inner Genius by Isaac Smuel Miller and I like it very much. I was supposed to read this book back in August, but it arrived only a week ago. Honestly, it was worth waiting for because it’s so good. The author talks about his life and then he motivates us. It’s so inspiring and I love how he tells us that even though you start from nothing, you can go a long way and be successful. You just have to focus on the good things and learn from your mistakes. And I think it’s beautiful. I will post my review once I finish reading it, so stay tuned.

What’s on your agenda for this week?
Have a wonderful week!

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Sunday Mini Review: Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith

✦ABOUT AMBER SMITH✦
Amber Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of the young adult novels The Way I Used to Be, The Last to Let Go, and Something Like Gravity. An advocate for increased awareness of gendered violence, as well as LGBTQ equality, she writes in the hope that her books can help to foster change and spark dialogue surrounding these issues. She grew up in Buffalo, New York, and now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her partner and their ever-growing family of rescued dogs and cats. You can find her online at AmberSmithAuthor.com

✦SYNOPSIS ✦
Chris and Maia aren’t off to a great start.
A near-fatal car accident first brings them together, and their next encounters don’t fare much better. Chris’s good intentions backfire. Maia’s temper gets the best of her.
But they are neighbors, at least for the summer, and despite their best efforts, they just can’t seem to stay away from each other.
The path forward isn’t easy. Chris has come out as transgender, but he’s still processing a frightening assault he survived the year before. Maia is grieving the loss of her older sister and trying to find her place in the world without her. Falling in love was the last thing on either of their minds.
But would it be so bad if it happened anyway?

✦ MY THOUGHTS ✦
Chris and Maia meet each other in quite unusual circumstances. Chris almost hits Maia with his car and ‘it’s not a big deal’. They don’t care about each other, but they feel some sort of connection. Somehow they always come back to each other. Unfortunately, Maia and Chris don’t understand each other because every single thing that Chris does, Maia reads it wrong. It’s like they two speak entirely different languages.
I see them suffer. I really feel sorry for Maia and her loss – it’s horrible. But I also understand Chris, he must feel bad too. Coming out as transgender must be difficult and I hate that he had to suffer earlier. I just wanted to hug them both and tell them that they are not alone in this world.
What I really liked in the book, was that when Chris and Maia started open up to each other. It’s like Maia is completely new person and Chris is not the same person either. Falling in love is not something we can choose, it just happens. And falling in love means believing in another person.. trust them. It also means being brave.
I absolutely loved this book and I highly recommend it to everyone. It’s well-written and its characters are just beautiful. This book helped me to understand that it doesn’t matter how different we are, we still live the same life. We feel the same. We laugh. We cry. And I think there’s nothing more beautiful than equality. I will definitely read more about transgender characters.

My rating: 4/5⭐

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A Three-star Review From My Point Of View

Hello bookworms!
If you are following me on Goodreads, you probably noticed that my average rating is 3.78 which means that I usually rate the books I have read with three stars. Okay, now you can say two things: a three-star rating is a good rating, or it’s an okay rating (with its negative meaning). For me a three-star rating is quite good one and I don’t find it bad at all. If I don’t like a book at all, then I will give it one or two stars. Three stars means that the book is good, but there are some things that I would change. Now, let me elaborate on this:

― I will give three stars to a book that has slow and boring plot, but its characters are well-developed. That book can be so boring, but the characters are the ones that make it interesting.

― If it takes a lot of time to get into the book, then I will probably give it three stars. For me it’s very important to find the beginning of the book interesting. Many authors tend to write powerful endings, but in my opinion beginnings are also important. Nobody wants to read 150 boring pages, trust me. It’s such a waste of time.

― I will give three stars to a book that doesn’t make me feel anything. I think this is the worst kind of feeling. The book can make you happy or sad or angry, or anything! But when you don’t have any thoughts on that book – then it’s a huge problem. What’s interesting here is that some authors feel relief when their reviewers say they don’t feel anything about the book. Trust me, not liking your book is still better than not having feelings at all.

― Giving three stars to the book also means that I liked the plot, but I’ve already read something like that. Basically, it’s nothing new.

In other words, a three-star rating is a neutral one and it’s good that something like this exists. There are some books that will make you rate them a three-star read, not because they are good or bad, but because you don’t have anything else to say about them.

What does a three-star rating mean for you?

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Book Review: The Art of Breaking Things by Laura Sibson

In the tradition of Laurie Halse Anderson and Sara Zarr, one girl embraces the power of her voice: rules are meant to be broken and she won’t stay silent.

About The Art of Breaking Things

✦ SYNOPSIS ✦
Seventeen-year-old Skye has her sights set on one thing: getting the heck out of Dodge. Art school is her ticket out and she’s already been accepted to her first choice, MICA. All she has to do is survive her senior year, not get too drunk at parties, and be there for her little sister, Emma. Sure, she’s usually battling a hangover when she drives to pick Emma up, but she has everything under control. Until he returns.

When her mom’s ex boyfriend slithers his way back into her family, it’s all Skye can do to keep the walls of her world from crumbling. Her family has no idea Skye has been guarding a dark secret about her past – about him – and she never thought she would have to face him again. She knows she has to get away from him at all costs. But how can she abandon Emma?

Skye’s heart is torn between escaping the man who hurt her years ago and protecting her loved ones from the monster in their midst. Running away from her fears isn’t an option. To save her sister – and herself – she’ll have to break all the rules.

✦ SEXUAL ASSAULT, PEDOPHILIA, DRUG ABUSE ✦
Skye is an art student in high school and she works hard to get her scholarship at an art school. Her Mother and little sister are everything in her life. She loves them, but because of her secret – she can’t truly express her love for them. When she was twelve, Mother’s boyfriend, Dan molested her. Because of that, Skye hides herself in drugs – she drinks every night, she smokes joints, and she hits on the random guys.

The truth is that nobody knows how she feels. Even Sky herself don’t know what to do. She realizes that it is not natural that Dan touched her the way he did, but she can’t search for help when even her Mother doesn’t believe her. She’s on her own. Skye’s Mother is an alcoholic – she drinks every night and she is often moody. Because of that, it is difficult for Skye and Emma to have any kind of healthy relationship with their Mother.

Ben is a friend of Skye and she has a crush on him. He plays in a band and he does drugs at parties. Once he crosses the line, Ben’s parents send him to a rehabilitation centre expecting him to be clean after some time. They think Skye is the bad influence and they won’t let her get in touch with Ben. In some way, we realize that Ben is the one who badly influences Skye, because she just follows the pattern.


✦ ART AS A MEANS OF COMMUNICATION ✦
In this book, Skye uses art to express her thoughts and feelings. She has tried so many times to tell her Mother what Dan did that night, but somehow she couldn’t. She was scared and she thought that her Mother won’t believe her. She has tried once to tell her what happened, but she was too drunk to believe it. Skye sees her rescue in painting. Once, she starts working on that big, mosaic project – the truth comes out.

✦ CHARACTERS ✦
Skye is a brilliant and really strong character. Well, her only option is to be strong because she has to protect her little sister. She doesn’t want Emma to suffer the way Skye does. She is protective, but sometimes it cannot be seen because Skye shows her love towards Emma and her Mother in a wrong way. I think that’s because they, as a family, never had a healthy relationships. They could never talk about their feelings and secrets. There was no time for such things.

The little Emma is so smart and energetic character. She is amazing and even though she is only twelve, she knows how to deal with problems. I think she was forced to mature early. There are times when their Mother cannot take care of them just because she is drunk. Their Mother is the weakest character and her miserable life destroyed the perfect childhood.

‘There’s no such thing as perfect, Lu,’ I say softly.
‘Because we’re all a little fucked-up.’ I poke her in the arm and she looks at me,unsmiling. ‘That’s what makes us interesting.’

The Art of Breaking Things, Laura Sibson

✦ OVERALL ✦
This is a glorious book and I am so happy I got the chance to read it. It was emotional and I wanted to hug Skye and give her some love, she really deserves it. It broke my heart that she went through so many things alone. I love the strength in her and she will always be my hero, my super woman.
On the other hand, I hate Dan and I think the ending isn’t so strong. I don’t like how he just vanishes into a thin air. I think the ending could be a bid different and I felt like the book is unfinished.
To sum it up, I quite enjoyed reading this book and I will definitely read more of Laura Sibson books.

My rating: 3.5/5⭐

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Reading Update: Commute by E. Williams and The Art of Breaking Things by L. Sibson

Hello bookworms,
It is Thursday and I felt like I need to write something here, so I decided to do the update on reading. As you probably know, last week I created an August TBR list and decided to stick with it. So far I have finished Commute by Erin Williams and I enjoyed reading it. While I was reading the book, I had the feeling that every woman needs to read this book. It is about women – learning that their voice is equally important and how it should be heard. It is full of feminism and I liked how the author carefully chose her words.

Commute contains some brilliant illustrations and you cannot run away from this book – it grabs your attention the moment you open it. The illustrations are personalized as the woman portrayed in the book looks very much like the author herself. I think it’s beautiful! Speaking of the illustrations – there’s some exciting news: the final version will be printed in colour. Yay! I will have to order it. I must have it.

Also, Commute is definitely something written for the adult reader because it contains some explicit content. You might not want to recommend it to the young readers. This book deals with some serious issues such as alcoholism, recovery, and addiction. We learn about the author’s battles and the ending carries such a strong message. I know I said that I wanted some light reads this summer, but from time to time we must read something that will rack our brains, right?

The second part of this post I wanted to dedicate to the book I’m currently reading. It is called The Art of Breaking Things by Laura Sibson. I’m halfway through it and I just love it. It’s a moving story about the young girl Skye who goes through so much trouble. It breaks my heart!It is a really sad story and it also deals with some dark stuff like family abuse, drugs, and alcoholism. From the beginning of the book, I suspected that something is terribly wrong with Skye’s relationship with her mother’s boyfriend. And I was right!

All I want is to hug Skye and tell her that she’s not alone in this world. She puts on her brave smile every day, but I know that she needs somebody who will tell her that it is going to be alright. In this moment, I hate her Mother because she simply doesn’t care about Skye and her sister Emma. The only important thing for Skye’s Mother is to have a full bottle of vine. It’s just so, so wrong… I hope she will open her eyes and finally see the truth.

And that’s it. I hope to finish The Art of Breaking Things by the end of this week. Also, I will write the book review on Commute but it will probably happen sometime later in this month because I want to read the rest of my August TBR list, and then I will decide about my opinion and ratings.

What are you reading this week?