Currently Reading

I’ve read a certain book by Morgan Matson every single summer of my life, and now I’m reading a different one of hers. The Unexpected Everything. Maybe this will be another one to come back to. I hope so.

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With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Review #43

I recently read To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee but I forget to create a Currently Reading post. It is very important that I share this book with you all, as it was spectacular.

This story is told from the point of view of a young girl from the deep south in the 1930’s. Every page is packed with imagination, humor, wisdom, learning, and curiosity. Scout was exceptionally bright and quick for her age, and seeing the world of Maycomb, Alabama through her eyes was quite an experience. This novel was brutally honest. Right is right and wrong is wrong. The life lessons and truths in this book are universally known, and it’s no wonder that it’s considered an American classic still today.

With some people, the word “classic” may make them shudder. Some may dread the reading of classic novels simply because they have preordained notions that to be old is to be boring. Well, this book is fun. It was fun to be 7 years old again, to run wild with an older brother and a neighbor, to terrorize neighbors and wreck gardens but have to pay for it later, to read on your father’s lap, and to go to school. Every moment of this story, even the times when sadness and death were at hand, had a lightness to it. Seeing through the eyes of a child brings you joy, innocence, and laughter. Scout was unashamed, snarky, and sweet, and she was wise beyond her years. You will undoubtedly fall in love with Lee’s characters.

This novel slowly builds and builds, settling you down in the quiet town and feeding you character after character until you feel as though you know every Tom, Dick, and Harry, and then suddenly the power and meaning behind every word comes crashing down on you. Finally you realize what it really means to kill a mockingbird, and it changes you.

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Please read this book, you’ll be better for it.

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Review #39

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon was spectacular. I was swept up by this story, and the love that evolved was so pure and consuming. The development of this book was very impressive for a first novel, and I can’t wait to read more of Yoon’s work.

This book was a love story, but it had just the right touches of mystery and tragedy to make it irresistible. I highly recommend this to anyone.

I didn’t make a Currently Reading yet, so here it is!


With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Review #38

I decided to read Me, and Earl, and the Dying Girl because it seemed to have been well received both as a book and a movie, and I was told that it was similar to John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars. This was a mistake.

This book was many things that I did not like, but I do have to say that it was honest, believable, and raw. Nothing about it was fake. There’s something to be said about that.

However, I did not enjoy how brash, disjointed, and frankly insensitive this book was. (Yes, I understand that this was meant to be written by a teenager, and teenagers are usually all of these things, but it was done in distaste). I respect Jesse Andrews, and I even respect this book, but I did not enjoy reading it.

I’m sad to have to write this review, but I always want to be honest. I was disappointed that I didn’t like it, not disappointed in the book itself.

This book is the story of a teenage boy who is forced to befriend (this term is used in the lightest sense) a girl who has been diagnosed with cancer. Rather than show any compassion at all, this character blatantly shows how little he cares for her. When she dies there is no emotion. I have a personal problem with this, but it doesn’t make it a bad book. I’ve known people who have had deadly diseases and cancer, and I know people who have died from them. It breaks my heart to think that there are people, people I don’t know, that died without knowing that someone cared. When the girl in this book died, it felt as if she had no one that did more than shrug afterwards. That was terrible to witness.

I did not create a Currently Reading post, so here is the cover should you care to read it:

With some smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Review #37

I started reading Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by the one and only Morgan Matson the moment it came available at the library. I’ve wanted to read this for quite some time, but I always managed to forget to pick it up. 

This book’s start may seem boring, trust me, I had to go through it too. However, it’s core and it’s message are exceptional. I loved the characters’ growth throughout the road trip; how Amy became more comfortable with who she really was, and how Roger broke free of his chains to someone who didn’t want him back. The road trip was fun, freeing, and I was giddy to read it. The descriptions were vivid and  extremely visual, down to every last french frie, and I want to travel across America now!

Thank you Ms. Matson. Your books always move me.

I read too fast to publish a Currently Reading post, so here it is:

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With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Currently Reading

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas FINALLY came in at the library! I was 7th on the hold list, and I’ve been dying to read it. See y’all soon with my review.

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With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Currently Reading

I am enthralled with Lauren Oliver’s writing now, so my next book is going to be Panic by (you guessed it) Lauren Oliver.

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With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake