Big Kid Books | How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids by Jancee Dunn

How Not to Hate Your Husband After KidsHow Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids by Jancee Dunn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you only ever read one self-help book let it be this one. It’s almost a five for one deal in that the author has painstakingly researched and ferreted out the best of the best in various areas of psychology that is vital for a healthy marriage.

I think that many, if not most women can relate to the cover image of this book. The harried, flustered mother just trying to get by day by day with as much sanity as she started with, while her frustratingly nonchalant husband casually lives life by the seat of his pants. Probably because he has what we don’t…a wife looking out for everything!

I loved how thorough this book was. Everything that could be affecting a marriage was included in here, from chore distribution to sex life and date nights (or lack thereof), to child discipline to anger issues and ostrich syndrome (hiding your head under the sand). There really are so many moving parts in a marriage, and so many seemingly small things that can make a huge difference. I loved that they were all addressed in a very genuine and thoughtful manner.

The author was so honest in this book, I was very impressed. I think that honesty is what made this book impossible to put down. You can’t help but trust in her genuine desire to fix her marriage. That raw desire for improvement seeps off of the page and you find your own ember for change and happiness reignited.

Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Buy (This would also make a great baby shower gift!)

Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik

Things I Should Have KnownThings I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads Blurb: From the author of Epic Fail comes the story of Chloe Mitchell, a Los Angeles girl on a quest to find love for her autistic sister, Ivy. Ethan, from Ivy’s class, seems like the perfect match. It’s unfortunate that his older brother, David, is one of Chloe’s least favorite people, but Chloe can deal, especially when she realizes that David is just as devoted to Ethan as she is to Ivy.

Uncommonly honest and refreshingly funny, this is a story about sisterhood, autism, and first love. Chloe, Ivy, David, and Ethan, who form a quirky and lovable circle, will steal readers’ hearts and remind us all that it’s okay to be a different kind of normal. Continue reading

Year of No Clutter by Eve O. Schaub

Year of No ClutterYear of No Clutter by Eve O. Schaub

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eve Schaub has a secret room that no one outside of the family is aware of. Always firmly glued shut. Most people, if stumbled upon the room would surely gasp in horror. What does this room contain you may wonder? Dead bodies (well, mostly not), gruesome monstrosities? Well perhaps only to Marie Kondo (famed organizational expert). You see Eve’s aptly named “Hell Room” is packed to the brim with clutter.

“So it goes with my roomful of belongings: most of the objects in there have at one point or another brought me something positive: happiness, joy, satisfaction, or simply a connection to various memories. Collectively, however, they morph into something entirely different:something heavy and obstructing and unclean and mortifying.”

And so begins Eve’s very ambitious project of The Year of No Clutter. Of finally getting through this room and making it livable again. I think the subject of clutter and the fear of letting go of objects is something that so many people can relate to. Eve explains it rather on point when she says
“ Each object was a teeny-tiny reference point to a moment in my life, big or small- like a million stars in the sky, each one connecting in an invisibe line back to me.”

Eve’s Year of No Clutter was an indulgent read for me. How often can we pick up a book that we identify so precisely with? Seemingly every page I was raising my hands in the air going

As a pack rat/clutter prone/sentimental person myself, Eve’s struggles were achingly familiar.

I found The Year of No Clutter to be very well written, with Eve coming across as an authentically personable and humorous friend. I was disappointed that there was no before and after picture at the end . However the author does stress at the end of the book that the story ended up being more about the journey than the destination. Which is perhaps why a before and after picture was omitted.

I also found that while this book was all about a woman’s organizational journey, there was actually not a lot of advice on how to get rid of and reorganize your own personal hell room. This book is definitely more about Eve’s personal journey and growth rather than an actual organizational how-to book. Nevertheless I still got great enjoyment out of it. 4/5

“That’s the whole meaning of life, isn’t it? Trying to find a place for your stuff.”
– George Carlin

Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Buy

Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Uncle John’s UNCANNY 29th Bathroom Reader by Bathroom Readers’ Institute

Uncle John's UNCANNY 29th Bathroom ReaderUncle John’s UNCANNY 29th Bathroom Reader by Bathroom Readers’ Institute

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As expected, this bathroom reader was packed to the brim with interesting tidbits, everything from weird laws to wacky products to crazy criminals was covered. Apart from a very long and slightly tedious section on Lego pieces, I enjoyed everything in this book.

The good thing about it’s mammoth size is that there is truly something for everyone in here, and you can skip whole sections whilst still having hours of interesting facts left to read. Highly recommend as a coffee table or porcelain throne read, it sure beats scrolling 9gag.

Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Buy


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Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads Blurb:

Celaena Sardothien, heroine of the New York Times bestselling series, rises from the ashes to burn even brighter than before.

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak-but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life-and her future-forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

In this USA Today bestselling third book in the New York Times bestselling series, Sarah J. Maas again delivers the epic fantasy, heart-stopping pace, and heady romance that have won her readers the world over.

My Musings: Third times a charm I suppose, because Heir of Fire has been my favourite book in this series so far. What a vast improvement over the first two! The change of scenery was great and the introduction of new characters was a breath of fresh air.

Although as interesting as the new characters were I didn’t really need to have multiple chapters told in their perspective. I am not really a fan of multiple narratives, because you always end up having a favourite. In this book Celaena was my favourite character by far, so when the book jumped around to all these different people, some of whom I didn’t care for at all… It felt as though I was just “doing my time” until I could get back to the story I really wanted.

On their own each of the characters could easily be the star of their own great book. But when you shove so many narratives (even good ones) into one novel…it gets to feel a bit cramped and cluttered. I understand why the author did it, but its just not a writing style that I am a fan of. However despite my grumbling I did enjoy this book a lot, and as long as the title character gets the most “page time” I will happily continue with this series.

Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Buy

Pst For those that hate love triangles, there are none in this installment!

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Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys

Dead Girls SocietyDead Girls Society by Michelle Krys

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads Blurb: You are cordially invited to participate in a game of thrills and dares. Tell no one, and come alone. If you dare.

Hope is sick of everyone treating her like she’s breakable. Sure, she has cystic fibrosis (basically really bad lungs), but she’s tired of being babied by her mom and her overprotective best friend, Ethan, not to mention worrying about paying for her expensive medication and how she’s going to afford college. And she’s bored with life in her run-down New Orleans suburb.

When an invitation arrives from a mysterious group that calls itself the Society, Hope jumps at the chance for some excitement. This could be her ticket out. All she has to do is complete a few dares and she might win some real money.

But the Society isn’t all it seems . . . and soon Hope finds that playing the game isn’t a choice—it’s a requirement. Continue reading

Big Kid Books | The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison

The Book of the Unnamed MidwifeThe Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads Blurb: Philip K. Dick Award Winner for Distinguished Science Fiction

When she fell asleep, the world was doomed. When she awoke, it was dead.

In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth’s population—killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant—the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power—and the strong who possess it.

A few women like her survived, though they are scarce. Even fewer are safe from the clans of men, who, driven by fear, seek to control those remaining. To preserve her freedom, she dons men’s clothing, goes by false names, and avoids as many people as possible. But as the world continues to grapple with its terrible circumstances, she’ll discover a role greater than chasing a pale imitation of independence.

After all, if humanity is to be reborn, someone must be its guide. Continue reading