Picture this: The Hag at the Cemetary *Book Review

This is was supposed to be a short story, according to what its shown as on amazon. I have no idea when I even inquired this book, though most likely it was in an email with deals for that day.

It turned out to be more of a long poem then a short story, It depends on how the reader sees it I suppose. If the age group it is intended for is young, like 5-9, then this is a nice spooky short story for Halloween

That being said, I would give this short story, a 3/5 stars.

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Dear America: Notes of an undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas **SPOILER** Book Review*

A very important read. In my opinion this is just as important as The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I wasn’t sure when I seen this how I would feel. Its a topic that tends to be controversial at best. I went into it completely blind and had no idea who the guy was.

Now.

These opinions are mine and mine alone, nobody paid or twisted my arm.

And trust me. I am 100% okay with you not agreeing with me. However, be respectful.

Next: I am terrible with synopsis. So your likely going to have to use goodreads or google to get one of those.

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It states clearly in this book that it is NOT about immigration.

“It’s about Homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but the unsettled, unmoored psychological sense that undocumented citizens like me find in ourselves”

And I’m hooked. I honestly, unfortunately, don’t really understand a lot about the process in or out. This book was enlightening and makes me want to question more.

In part one he talks about his childhood. His mom sent him, at the crack of dawn, with his “Uncle” to America from the Philippines where she planned on meeting up with him in about a year. The school food being strange, and not understanding why peanut butter and jelly sandwiches even being a thing. [This part kinda made me giggle,TBH]. He didn’t know any English and that also was a huge adjustment. ONE HE DIDN’T CHOOSE. Growing up in a house made of cement and wood, running water was precious. Using a pail system to reduce wasting water.

After a little while, when he tries to get his driver’s license, [He was brought over at age 12] the lady at the DMV turned him away for having a fake green card. He assumed she was wrong and went to his grandpa about it. Lolo was really upset about it. And eventually explained to him that he was smuggled in and not by an actual Uncle.

One of my favorite parts of this story was his confidence to come out as Gay. I know it didn’t go well, and in the 90s it was really frowned upon. He kept going and made it. Yes there was lies and deceit. I can’t even imagine how hard it must have been.

The people that he encounters from an early age and clear through his journalism career. I know this is spoilery and all but I have to same some good stuff for you to read.

This is definitely a 5☆ read for me and absolutely one I will recommend to anyone who asks me about it. Read it. Its worth it.

This is where I leave you to go and pick it up 🙂

If you want to discuss it after reading it, please DM me on Twitter or Instagram and we can conversate about it.

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Goosebumps: Stay out of the Basement by R.L Stine * Book Review

I picked a goosebumps book because they are supposed to be scary and one of the challenges for the emojiathon is to read something scary.

It also was picked for the challenge of read in 24hrs.

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As a young kid I didn’t read these because I didn’t want to be scared. And honestly I still don’t read really scary books. Which means this is the closest I was getting to reading something scary for this readathon.

It was a really quick read, I knocked it out in a couple hours. It was interesting to read. The twists at the end were ones to leave the mond wandering but I don’t think these books have sequels to the stories themselves so who knows. If there is, let me know cause this one is one i would follow.

3.5/stars

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Chicken Soup for the Cat lovers soul: My Mother’s Cat

WW2 stories always get to my heart. This one was in Hungary with a young child whos mother died during childbirth and then the dad who died in war. This child inherited an orange cat from their mother.

They were constantly traveling and avoiding air raids by hiding anywhere they could. The child never, not once, would leave the cat behind. He never tried to run, and was such a comfort during the scary times.

Then before they could make it to the United States, the cat died. It was sad and touching the devotion they had to each other.

Not many stories I have read in the Historical fiction bring in any animals. Maybe I have just happen to miss them. I’m not sure where these books sit on the non/fiction category but that’s okay because I like them anyways.

4/5 stars

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Summer days and Summer nights: The end of Love

My first read of anything by Nina LaCour

Friendship, f/f love, camping… whats not to love?

Its been awhile since I read this one also but I do know I really liked it. There was math tutoring.. and divorcing parents so..those were my favorite parts lol but it didn’t break the story of course. It was well written and felt like real feelings that those who love math (not me) or parents are getting divorced nicely (my parents didn’t have this nice of a divorce but it wasn’t super nasty either).

The teacher having a picnic out the classroom window in the middle of class…..was u expected and maybe not necessary to add. Meh.

3.5/5 stars

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Summer days and summer nights: Heads, Scales, Tongues, Tails.

Leigh Bardugo sucks me into whatever she writes. A beautiful story of magic and love. I loved this story so much. Its been a little while since I read it, but this is how I want to break down the Anthology books I read. Review them by each story instead of a whole book. And then maybe once I finish the book, give an overall review and rating. This will just be easier to keep my thoughts together with so many different stories.

This story was a 4/5 stars for me.

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Chicken Soup for the Cat lovers Soul: Oscar the Garbage Can Kitty

The relation to this story. I brought home a rescue kitty to my mom. She was hell bent on No. Back track slightly, I seen an ad for a calico kitty. She was young but not exactly a kitten. When I got to this guys house to look at the little kitty, he was keeping her in the shed. In late winter/ early spring. His reason: she chewed on a plant. Well, when I called to ask my mom she said no. But I couldn’t leave this poor thing to the shed. I’d just rather my mom be upset and find the kitty a safe loving home.

And thats what happen. Within 3 days of bringing her home, she attached to my mom. And my moms heart melted to her, and named her Meme.

This cat had been so amazing for my mom. My mom is diabetic, and Meme has woken my mom in the middle of the night because she could tell my moms sugars were dangerously low. If my mom is hurting, she won’t let my mom get up. And even with this last situation of a dangerous infection after her sternum reconstruction surgery, Meme refused to leave her side even when the nurses were trying to evaluate my mom. No aggressive behavior, just stubborn in removing herself so my mom could do anything.

Whatever happen to her at her previous home as scarred her. She is very skittish and hides from most everyone. Including me for whatever reason I don’t know. Maybe she associates me with the bad place even though I saved her life lol. It doesn’t matter. She has a happy, loving, and safe home. Just like I promised her.

So.. when this stray made his way into the owners’ dads’ heart, and had a forever home. I was so touched. More tears. The feels ♡

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Book Review: Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher

I told myself when I started reading this, I really should grab my tabs and make little spots to refer back to when I review this…

And guess what. I absolutely did not do that. I was so caught up in reading this short memoir by the late Star Wars actress that it just slipped my mind.

Trigger warnings for this book are drug use, mental illness, and death.

She had such an interesting and quirky look on things in life. Maybe the drugs, maybe the mental illness. Doesn’t matter to me. I really enjoyed reading this.

I would rate this 3.5/5 stars.

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