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November 22nd I got…

Prettttttttttttttty books. I’m talking really pretty. The prettiest of the pretty. An aesthetic of books if you will.

Okay, moving on.

My grandparents are in town for Thanksgiving and we headed over to the Grove to shop around and see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which was great, by the way. My grandma and my mom fell asleep, so that was cool.

Afterwards I ran to Barnes & Noble and stuffed my bag full of books (I promise I bought them) because I didn’t want the family to judge me–I seriously have no self control and they know it.

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Ya know, I wanted to preorder this one, but I just can’t trust books anymore. It didn’t have enough ratings. I have to go by their ratings because I don’t want to waste time on bad books!!! There’s only so much time to read all the good ones and there’s way too much talent on this planet to be able to sift through all of it while having to wade through all the crap that’s meaningless.

But, I haven’t said it yet, and need to, one of my least favorite things about reviews are the fans that give their fave author’s new books five stars without ever even reading it (and it might be horrible), or when assholes give an author’s new book one star because they hated their previous book. God. It just kills me.

I didn’t describe that well, hope you could grasp a scintilla of meaning from it.

Description:

Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.

Sal seems to appear out of nowhere – a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he’s welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he’s a runaway from a nearby farm town.

When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperature as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestle with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.

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This book just has the best vibes. Doesn’t it? I don’t even know how to describe the way it makes me feel. I’m a feeler, you must know. So my descriptions aren’t always going to make sense. But whatever, it is what it is.

Description:

To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…

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Oh ma goodness, this book is so beautiful. I love love love it. And it’s about anger problems. A girl with anger problems, which just makes me feel like we have finally begun beating the stereotype that says women have to be perky and happy all the time.

I had anger problems myself. Hard to deal with. I still have little bouts here or there. Sucks. But only because you can’t understand it, and you can’t really explain the way it makes you feel to people around you. Instead you just snap and hope to god they just step out of the way before they get caught up in it.

Description:

From New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young comes a heartrending new novel about a girl struggling to deal with anger issues while taking care of her younger brother with special needs.

“Anger-management issues.”

That’s how they classified Savannah Sutton after she stuck a pencil in her ex-boyfriend’s hand because he mocked her little brother, Evan, for being disabled. That’s why they sent her to Brooks Academy—an alternative high school that’s used as a temporary detention center.

The days at Brooks are miserable, but at home, life is far more bleak. Savvy’s struggling to take care of her brother since her mom left years ago, and her alcoholic dad can’t be bothered. Life with Evan is a constant challenge, but he’s also the most important person in the world to Savvy.

Then there’s Cameron, a new student at Brooks with issues of his own; a guy from a perfect family that Savvy thought only existed on TV. Cameron seems determined to break through every one of the walls Savvy’s built around herself, except if she lets herself trust him, it could make everything she’s worked so hard for fall apart in an instant.

And with her aunt seeking custody of her brother and her ex-boyfriend seeking revenge, Savvy’s fighting to hold all the pieces together. But she’s not sure how much tighter she can be pulled before she breaks completely.

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  • The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

You guys know this one, and if you don’t I am sorry for you.

At least see the movie if you’re not a reader. It stars Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller and got 93% on Rotten Tomatoes… so if that doesn’t tell you something about how good it is, I don’t know what will.

Doesn’t buying all these books and seeing them make you wish we had more hours in a day to read? I love all these stories. They make me feel so good inside. Idk. I’m getting all cheesy and weird because I’m also watching This is Us. 

Description:

SUTTER KEELY. HE’S the guy you want at your party. He’ll get everyone dancing. He’ ll get everyone in your parents’ pool. Okay, so he’s not exactly a shining academic star. He has no plans for college and will probably end up folding men’s shirts for a living. But there are plenty of ladies in town, and with the help of Dean Martin and Seagram’s V.O., life’s pretty fabuloso, actually.

Until the morning he wakes up on a random front lawn, and he meets Aimee. Aimee’s clueless. Aimee is a social disaster. Aimee needs help, and it’s up to the Sutterman to show Aimee a splendiferous time and then let her go forth and prosper. But Aimee’s not like other girls, and before long he’s in way over his head. For the first time in his life, he has the power to make a difference in someone else’s life—or ruin it forever.

 

GOOOOOD SECRET HAUL.

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