“My Life With The Walter Boys” – Ali Novak

Jackie’s whole world falls down around her after the accident and she’s forced to move across the country. And worse she’s forced to live with 12 boys! Having attending all-girl private schools her whole life she’s in for a journey between healing and learning how to find balance. 

As you know I loved the first book I read by Novak, “The Heartbreakers” (click here if you want to read about that). So I was super pumped to read this book too. 

I really enjoyed this book. There were a ton of characters (clearly from the synopsis you know there’s at least 13) and I felt I still don’t know half of them (which is understandable and good since that’s how the story weaves itself). I found myself getting frustrated with the main characters all the freaking time. I think I yelled at my book more than usual – and at one point literally gasped. 

It was a satisfying read and I recommend it to people who like Novak or the genre. 

“Us” – Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy


“Us” – sequel to “Him” 

Once I finished reading “Him” at eleven thirty last night I did some research and found out there was a sequel. I just about died and instantly bought it on kindle. Seriously; I was not ready to let these characters go. 

With new drama, new characters, the sequel was just as compelling as the first book. One side character, Blake, actually stole my heart and I kind of wish he were real. 

If you read “Him” at my insistence then I highly recommend “Us” as well. Simply perfect.

“Him” – Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

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Jaime Canning and Ryan Wesley spend every summer together at Elite’s Hockey Camp, but one summer a reckless dare changes everything. Four years later the two reunite on the hockey rink but now they’ve got a lot of distance between them; can they take a shot and mend their broken relationship?

Honestly the description on the back of the book is better than anything I could write even though I tried.

I got this book on a whim and I thank the Gay Novel Gods I did. I have a read a lot of m/m books (even written a few myself) and I’ve seen them go two ways, either all sex and no plot, or the “tragic teen coming out story” that’s both heartbreaking endearing and movie of the week. This was neither and both. . . Yes there’s a lot of (very steamy) sexual descriptions. But even more than that is the story! I actually fell in love with these stupid boys. Emotionally constipated Wesley and poor stupid clueless Canning. I can’t even explain. Also I care a lot more about hockey now than I did before. . .

I read this book in a sitting and I needed it like I needed air. I’m currently writing a novel about two boys in a band and I didn’t want it to be about the being gay, I wanted it to just be a novel where the two love interests are gay, because I want to live in a world where you can read a book with an LGBTQ couple and not have it be a fricken big deal. That being said, this book deals with the “weird this is a gay story?” without being a coming out or a taboo piece. This book is just a book about two dudes, and I just cannot love Kennedy and Bowen enough right now. Yes there’s the “but people aren’t okay with gay people” aspect but it was so flawlessly executed. Honestly from page one I just loved this book. I laughed out loud, I choked up, I flailed.

And I am so fricken excited to learn there’s a sequel which I’m buying on my kindle right-the-fuck-now.

You’re Never Weird On The Internet [Almost] – Felicia Day

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A memoir about Felicia Day: Nerd by Day and . . . well nerd by night. She’s quirky, smart as all hell, brave, determined, and probably one of the best people you’ll ever meet. Or so I think (After reading her book I’m pretty convinced).

I’ve been really into memoirs and essay’s lately. Not really sure why. Maybe my own life is lacking fulfilment so I need to read about other peoples. Either way it’s been a blast for me! After reading Shane Dawson’s “I Hate Myselfie” my roommate lent me Felicia Day’s book. Let me just be very upfront and clear. I love Felicia Day as much as you can love a person you’ve never actually met. Let me also be clear that I love her even more now. I felt like this small glimpse into her life somehow revealed everything new about her and yet was everything I already thought I knew. There is something so readable about Day and her book feels like having coffee with a friend. There are a few passages from the book I’d like to share though:

“When we graduate from childhood into adulthood, we’re thrown into this confusing, Cthulhu-like miasma of life, filled with social and career problems, all with branching choices and no correct answers.” – thank you Miss Day for putting into words everything that us Hermione’s of the world feel on a daily basis. WHY AREN’T THERE ANSWERS!?

“Find a group to support you, to encourage you, to guilt you into DOING. If you can’t find one, start one yourself. Random people enjoy having pancakes.” – Family Don’t End With Blood is my (stolen) mantra. And this just sits so at home in my chest it makes me skin all warm and fuzzy and makes me do that lazy grin. People who encourage, support, and push? Those are rare people and I hope everyone can be strong enough to make that group or lucky enough to find it! Great advice!

“I borrowed a large, fake house plant from the set of How I Met Your Mother to decorate the background of one of my shots, promising my friend who was an actor on the show, “I’ll bring this back Monday!”  – the Dr. Horrible fan in me IS GEEKING THE HELL OUT.

“I wept for this guy, who was so vulnerable in front of me that he for some reason, felt the need to put himself down when he gave me something he’d made from scratch. I don’t let people get away with putting themselves down anymore. There are enough negative voices in this world – don’t let the pessimistic voice that lives inside get away with that stuff too, that voice is NOT a good roommate.” – I’ve been working a lot on self care, loving myself first, always keep fighting, and this is just another beautiful piece of advice (seriously, Miss Day should go into making Hallmark cards like she joked about). But she’s absolutely right. Get rid of the negative influences in your life – and if that voice is your own head then freaking lock it in a time out and train to be better. Because every human is worth something, even if they don’t know it.

While this book is about Felicia Day and her life growing up and becoming the strong, amazing woman she is today it’s also a book about self love, and embracing your weird, and being loving and tolerant, and Day’s brilliance shines through every single word. This book made me feel all warm and huggy and I just want to hug Miss Day and believe that maybe we can all do the things we want to do even if we’re just plucky mid-western (or New England) weirdos. xoxox

I Hate MySelfie – Shane Dawson

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A collection of essays by Shane Dawson – from awkward high school kisses to identity crises this short book has it all.

I read this book at the behest of my roommate and because I watched some of Shane’s videos on YouTube and thought they were pretty funny so I figured “Sure.” I was both pleasantly surprised and horribly disheartened. I mean, with a title like “I Hate Myselfie” and knowing Dawson’s history with self image and self worth issues I shouldn’t have been that surprised to finish the book with a pit in my stomach. It was hard because everything Dawson wrote made me annoyed or sad. Not at him (please don’t get me wrong). But. Okay, for example there’s a whole chapter about his eating disorder, which made me really fricken annoyed at society that they don’t take boys having eating disorders seriously. Or that society doesn’t take mental health seriously. But the way he insults himself in that self deprecating “look at me laughing at myself before you can laugh at me” man, that was all too close to home. But the thing is I don’t know that he’s getting the help he needs, and he still sounds so angry and bitter at everything, and I mean I don’t know the guy so maybe that’s just him? But, it made me really want to have a real life chat with him.

Since I’m a bodacious plus-sized woman I think I keep getting hung up on the eating disorder aspect. I feel like part of him hates so much that he was once plus size that now he just hates all plus size people? And I’m sure I’m misinterpreting what he wrote because I’m already soft to the subject. I’m not sure though – something about it just left me feeling… frustrated? I need to have a conversation with him. I just feel like this book, this memoir, left me wanting to know him more. It’s an easy read and I kind of want to read “It Get’s Worse” just to learn a little bit more. .

The Stand – Stephen King

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When a violent super flu known commonly as Captain Tripps eliminates 90% of the earths population the survivors find themselves gathering toward the beacons from their dreams: Miss Abigail Freemantle or Randall Flagg. Broken into three books in a true portrayal of good versus evil The Stand explores human nature, religion, and the end times.

It took me three months to read this book. And not for lack of interest but for sheer depth and content. I had tired to read it years ago and had never been able to sink my brain into it. I was always distracted, never in the right mind set. I had the pleasure of watching the movie many years ago and I love it. So when I tried to read the book I already had too many preconceived notions. But when I finally started to plow through the book I got caught up in learning new things about my favourite characters. I was frustrated to learn things about some of them! Not to mention this is one of the most realistic apocalypse books ever written. Humans creating a super-flu and accidentally releasing it on us all? Yea, that’s in the Top 5 Most Likely End Of The World Scenarios (in my opinion).

The way that King writes emerges you and takes every bit of your brain power in the best possible way. I’ve read quite a few other books my King (Pet Semetary, Salem’s Lot, The Eye of The Dragon to name a few) and I always instantly love the characters. They’re flawed, they’re broken, they’re annoying, they’re heroic, they’re villainous, they’re believable, they’re incredulous. He uses language so brilliantly that you just start to feel and know everything, like you’re so in the characters head you can make decisions for them. But with a book like The Stand it can be really hard to take in all of that at once. Not only do you have dozens of characters to keep up with but the content is so deep; thinking of complex sociological and existential concepts for 1135 pages? That’s an endeavour. But it’s one I very  much enjoyed and I’m very glad I took the time (at my sisters behest) to read it. I would recommend.

A Moment Of Your Time

Hi y’all!

I want to take a break from your (semi) regularly scheduled blog reviews to ask a favour. There’s this adorable little child who wants to go to summer camp. He’s got some pretty great influences in his life that are doing their best to donate to his camp fund but they can only do so much. Times are tough. His parents make “too much money” to get any sort of financial aid help for this programme but they do not make enough to afford the entire summer camp tuition! Every year this little guy has to spend his summer at Summer School where he stays inside, reads books, watches movies, sure that’s fine on a rainy day but he’s a kid he deserves to be outside! Playing soccer, going to the beach, taking field trips! Every kid deserves a summer to make friends, play, be a kid! So please, if you can follow this link I’ve attached to the adorable little kids photo and follow it to his GoFundMe page I know it would mean the world to him! As an incentive you will receive a “Thank You” email or card from the little guy himself AND I will draw you a beautiful stick figure😉 (honestly I can’t draw to save my life, but give me a fandom and an idea and you will get an adorable stick figure creation out of it. I can provide samples of the goods if you’re interested.) Please feel free to share this GoFundMe Page and lets get this little guy to summer camp!

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(as a reading topics update I’m about 1/3 through Stephen King’s “The Stand” currently. It’s going quite well).