Top 10 Tuesday – Independence Edition

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This weeks prompt was to choose books with red, white, and blue covers in line with the upcoming Independence Day holiday. Now, while I AM American, I’m not super keen on what’s happening in the good ole US of A lately, so I’m changing mine a little. I live in Ireland now, so I’ll be highlighting books with green, white, and orange covers! And celebrating the independence of Ireland while I’m at it!!

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1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid
Everyone I know who has read this is in love with it, so I really need to pick it up soon!

2. The Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi
Ever since I saw the cover reveal, I knew I needed this. The synopsis sounds awesome, and Chokshi is a queen!

3. Contagion – Erin Bowman
This is just a really cool cover. The description sounds like Illuminae meets Roanoke

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4. The Cruel Prince – Holly Black

The Cruel Prince has been in my possession since it released… Still not sure why I haven’t read it, yet.

5. Love & Luck – Jenna Evans Welch

Set in Ireland, and a pretty cover! I’ve heard good things about this so far.

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6. Nice Try, Jane Sinner – Lianne Oelke

Heard loads of things about this one! Looking forward to it…eventually.

7. Circe – Madeline Miller

Another that’s been in my possession since release! I love this cover, and the stamped hidden cover.

8. The Burning Sky – Sherry Thomas

Just caught my eye, and has been on my Goodreads TBR for ages.

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9. The Gunslinger – Stephen King

I saw the movie! I know, I know….read the book first, but I wasn’t aware of the book before then.. It was really good, though!

10. Turtles All The Way Down – John Green

I love John Green. Must I say more?


Did any catch your eye? Or have you already read some of these? Let me know in the comments!

Goodreads Monday 02/07/2018

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted at Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Don’t forget to link back to her blog and feel free to add your link to the comments section.

Happy July, Wayfarers! I have big plans for this month, so I am excited to get started!!!

Here’s one I’ve had on my bookshelf and TBR for ages….and it looks beautiful!

the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

Published October 3rd, 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing

From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.

Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
must wilt
fall
root
rise
in order to bloom

Have you read this yet? Should I read it soon or did you not enjoy this book? Leave a note in the comments!

BLOG TOUR: Disgrace by Brittainy C. Cherry

Welcome to my stop on the Disgrace blog tour! I’m so excited for you to read this book because I loved it!

Disgrace broke me, shattered to my core, and then slowly put me back together. This had been one of the best contemporary romance novels I’ve read in such a long time. Grace was an amazing heroine in search of herself and her strengths. Jackson is the town’s monster, but maybe they’ve painted him with the wrong brush? They overcome so many issues and go through so much heartbreak throughout this novel. The character development was amazing and the relationships so touching. Yeah, this is the part where I cry, too. A few times 💔💔💔

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Disgrace, an all-new romantic and emotional standalone from Brittainy C. Cherry is available NOW!

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Synopsis:

Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again.

After fifteen years together, he walked away from me, and into the arms of another.

I didn’t know how to cope. I didn’t know my worth. I didn’t know how to exist without him by my side.

All I wanted was for him to come back to me.

Then, Jackson Emery appeared.

He was supposed to be a distraction for my mind. A summer fling. A confidence boost to my bruised heart.

We were perfect for one another, because we both knew we wouldn’t last. Jackson didn’t believe in commitment, and I no longer believed in love. He was too closed-off for me, and I was too damaged for him.

Everything was fine, until one night my heart skipped a beat.

I didn’t expect him to make me laugh. To make me think. To make my sadness somewhat disappear.

When our time was up, my heart didn’t know how to walk away.

Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again, yet slowly my prayers began to shift toward the man who wasn’t right for me.

I prayed for one more smile, one more kiss, one more laugh, one more touch…

I prayed for him to be mine.

Even though I knew his heart wasn’t destined to love.

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Excerpt:

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“I’ve read about boys like you in books, ya know,” she whispered, her fingers slowly spinning spirals on my chest.

“Oh, yeah? What did those books teach you about boys like me?”

“Well…” She bit her bottom lip, and with a small inhalation, she whispered, “They taught me to stay away.”

“Then why are you so close?”

She tilted her head up, looking me straight in the eyes. “Because in those stories, the heroine never ever listens.”

“And then there’s trouble?” I asked.

“Yes, and then there’s trouble.”

From the way she said those words, I knew trouble was exactly what she was in search of. We were the classic cliché. She was the good girl next door, I the monster from around the block. We were perfect opposites for the perfect storm, and she was asking me to be her next flaw, her greatest mistake.

And, well, who was I not to live up to her request?

“I could destroy you,” I warned.

“Or save me.”

“Is it worth the risk?”

“Isn’t it always worth the risk?”

The more she touched me, the more I wanted to touch her back. I wrapped my hands around her wrists flipping us around so she was now against the wall with her hands above her head. “I have rules.” I leaned in closer, lightly brushing my lips against her neck. God, she smelled good, like peaches and my next sin. “You can’t break these rules, either.” My tongue rolled from my mouth and circled against her neck before I gently sucked her skin.

She shivered at my touch. “What are they?”

“Rule one,” I whispered, my mouth moving across her collarbone. “You never stay the night.”

“Check.”

“Rule number two,” I said, dropping her left arm to the side. Taking my hand to the bottom of her blouse, I slowly raised it up and massaged her skin. “You never develop feelings.”

“That’s easy enough,” she replied, her breaths uneven as I teased at the top button on her jeans. “I don’t believe in feelings anymore.”

I didn’t know why, but that made me sad for her. I, too, didn’t believe in falling for people, but that was my norm. Grace seemed the type to believe in something bigger than love, so the fact that her belief was completely gone was a bit surprising.

Maybe we had more in common than I thought.

“Rule number three…we don’t talk about my life.”

“Like ever?”

“Never.”

“Okay.”

“And lastly, rule number four…” My mouth brushed against hers, and I slid my tongue slowly across her bottom lip. “If your favorite pair of panties get ripped, don’t expect me to replace them.”

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Can’t Freakin’ Wait Wednesday 27/06/18

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Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa over at Wishful Endings and was based on Waiting on Wednesday’s, which is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.   She created it to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released, but that’s not always the case. I happen to have pile upon piles of books I am excited to read, so thought this would be a fun meme in which to partake!

I got an early copy of Grace and Fury in my Fairyloot box this month!!! It’s beautiful and a rare UK hardcover print edition, and it doesn’t actually release until 31st July! The premise sounds really good and I’ve already heard great reviews about it, so I’m excited to get stuck in.

Have you read this yet or is it on your TBR? What do you think of the description?

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In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.

Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace–someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.

Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything

Goodreads Monday 25/06/2018

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted at Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Don’t forget to link back to her blog and feel free to add your link to the comments section.

Hi everyone! I just discovered this meme via my friend’s blog over at Confessions of a YA Reader, so go check out her blog!!!

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The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

To be Published January 15th, 2019 by Wednesday Books

Set in a darkly glamorous world The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts:

An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive..

Have you read this yet? Should I read it soon or did you not enjoy this book? Leave a note in the comments!

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #4


Hey everyone!

I discovered Down the TBR Hole thanks to Destiny at Howling Libraries who got the original idea from the creators at Lost in a Story. It is an amazing idea because my Goodreads TBR is OUT OF CONTROL! So here we go…

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order by ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 or 15 or 20, if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  • Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!

Current “to-read” shelf: 787

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Books 16-20

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Book 16:

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson (Goodreads Author)Krisztina Szép (Translator)

Judgement – Go; I don’t remember ever adding this to my TBR, to be honest.. It sounds really good, but not like something I’ll be making time to read..

 

Book 17:

Yes, My Accent Is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You by Kunal Nayyar

Judgement – Go; I liked Big Bang Theory, but not enough to read this book.

 

Book 18:

Fat Girl Walking: Sex, Food, Love, and Being Comfortable in Your Skin…Every Inch of It by Brittany Gibbons

Judgement – Keep; now, this is right up my street! I have serious body image issue, so this sounds amazing..

 

Book 19:

Selp-Helf by Miranda Sings

Judgement – Go; I feel like I blind click-added so many books.. I can’t remember ever hearing about this book!

 

Book 20:

 We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story by Josh Sundquist

Judgement – Go; I’m not a huge autobiographical, self-help reader, and this just isn’t catching my attention…

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Do you think I should reconsider any of these shelving decisions or have a recommendation you think I should read? Leave a comment below!

 

See you next time!

The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody (ARC review)

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AUTHOR: Jessica Brody

RELEASES: October 2nd 2018 by Simon Pulse

GENRE: Teens + YA Contemporary Fiction

His words are so spot-on, his comprehension so profound, I flinch and look at him.

Ali’s outlook on life really spoke to my soul. Even if I have very different character traits, there were still a lot of very relatable aspects to her, such as her goal of becoming a vet (I wanted to be a vet for the longest time!), her job in a dog hotel (I worked in one last year), and her desire to go to UC Davis, which was one of my top choices when I was applying to schools!! I felt like this book was pretty much written about me…minus the adventure with the ex-boyfriend. Their trip was unreal, though. I loved seeing Nico’s social experiment come together and their chemistry was phenomenal. *swoon* I think I might be in love with him.. I just loved this book start to finish!

“You must be looking for something…or you wouldn’t be here.”

Ali’s emotional and internal journey is so moving. I found myself rooting her on so many times, but also thinking ‘wtf are you even doing?’ Kind of like you do when you’re watching your sister or a close friend going through something and you just want to tell them what to do, but can’t. Yeah, that’s how I felt! Her father has died and she’s struggling to come to terms with the way life was when he was still alive. She had a very complicated relationship with him, which I must say I completely understand, and still has a few things to resolve when she goes on this road trip. What starts out as a simple journey to sell a car she can’t wait to be rid of turns into a much deeper coming-of-age journey. The people they meet along the way all have a lesson to teach, even if they don’t necessarily want to learn. And the relationship that we see grow between Ali and Nico is f*cking amazing. She learns to let him reveal himself and his past in his own time, rather than demanding answers when she wants them, and learns they may have more in common than she initially thought. I also loved Nico so much. He has such a massive impact on her in this short time.

And I’m definitely a different person now than I was five days ago.

This was one of those books that touches your soul and makes you all the better for it. It’s stayed with me since I finished it, and I think it’ll be resonating in my mind for a very long time to come.


In this romantic road trip story perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Morgan Matson, a teen girl discovers the value of ordinary objects while learning to forgive her absent father.

After Ali’s father passes away, he leaves his one and only prized possession—a 1968 Firebird convertible—to his daughter. But Ali doesn’t plan on keeping it. Not when it reminds her too much of all her father’s unfulfilled promises. So when she finds a buyer three hundred miles up the Pacific coast willing to pay enough money for the car to save her childhood home, Ali can’t wait to get going. Except Ali has no idea how to drive a stick shift. But guess who does?

Ali’s ex-boyfriend, Nico. And Nico has other plans.

He persuades Ali that instead of selling the car, they should “trade up” the items they collect on their trip to eventually reach the monetary amount Ali needs. Agreeing with Nico’s crazy plan, Ali sets off on a unique adventure that is unlike anything she ever could have expected.

And it’s through Ali’s travels, through the strangers she meets and the things that they value—and why they value them—that Ali eventually comes to understand her father and how his life may not have been as easy and carefree as she previously thought. Because just like the seemingly insignificant objects Ali collects, not everything is exactly as it appears.

Thank you so much to Simon Pulse for providing me with an ARC. All quotes are taken from an ARC and may not match the final release.

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Can’t Freakin’ Wait Wednesday 20/06/18

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Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa over at Wishful Endings and was based on Waiting on Wednesday’s, which is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.   She created it to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released, but that’s not always the case. I happen to have pile upon piles of books I am excited to read, so thought this would be a fun meme in which to partake!

So, I just finished Seafire, which I loved, but it’s put me on a bit of a ‘I want to read all the badass seafaring women fantasy novels.’ I’ve yet to read Daughter of the Pirate King, but it’s on my list. Anyway, that inspired today’s choice: These Rebel Waves

Have you read this yet or is it on your TBR? What do you think of the description?

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A thrilling new fantasy series—full of deadly magic, double crosses, and a dangerous quest in a new world—from Sara Raasch, the New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes series.

Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Agrid, a country ruled by religion.

But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he scavenges the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes (eARC review)

TITLE: Fawkes

AUTHOR: Nadine Brandes

RELEASES: July 10th 2018 by Thomas Nelson

GENRE: Historical Fiction/Fantasy

“I breathed deep through my nose. No matter my answer, there was no going back. I was committing to either treason or cowardice. I’d been a coward once already that day.No longer.”

MY THOUGHTS: Like many other MCs, Thomas Fawkes is an idealist, albeit an extremely honest with himself idealist. He admits to being a coward and many other things besides. This honesty made me like him all the more; although, he’s definitely no hero. If he had tried to hide it, I would have scoffed and the story would have lost a little something for me. As it was, the story was slow moving and pretty boring in my view. Keepers and Igniters are similar to modern-day religion with opposing views that are irreconcilable. Catholics versus Protestants many years ago is what comes to mind. This society had one way of thinking versus the other, which is pretty normal in most storylines, but this particular one was dangerous. If you were a Keeper, you had a death wish. 


“The very topic of White Light has caused Igniters to hunt down and murder Keepers. Wouldn’t you be wary if you weren’t an Igniter?”


Thomas doesn’t have strong family ties as his mother died when he was young and his father was away working on some plot. Now, Thomas is looking for answers to his Keeper background and upbringing after being raised and schooled among Igniters. Why is White Light so taboo among Keepers, while, for Igniters, it brings freedom of power and allows more power than Keepers seem to be comfortable with? White Light is the source of all power, so Keepers believe it must be locked down and ignored. Does speaking to White Light really make people power hungry or is that simply a personal trait that is not really correlated with being an Igniter? Do Keepers, or anyone really, fully understand White Light? Or is White Light truly bad? These are all questions Thomas sets out to answer for himself.


Then Emma, a girl from Thomas’ school, turns up in London and kind of throws a spanner into his plans. She pushes him to ask more questions and a colleague of the plot demands they ‘seek the source’. She’s an Igniter, but has something she’s hiding. He doesn’t know whether he can trust her or not, but still allows himself to get close to her, as it allows him access to information necessary to the plot.

“My culture had affected my way of thinking without my consent,How many other things had it shaped without my knowing it? It made me want to examine things – to seek the heart of matters. Of skin color, of Keepers, of Igniters, of White Light, of all my assumptions.”

If you’re involved in a plot that will change the way your society works in the long run, do you still stand up for what you know to be right in your day to day life? Or do you let that go so as not to draw attention to yourself and keep yourself free for the bigger picture?

A few times throughout the novel, Thomas enacts some heroic act – usually in relation to Emma. But I want to know – is he doing it to impress her or rather because her conviction give him the strength to be less than cowardly? I feel like it’s a bit of both, really. He’s like any young boy, wanting the attention of the pretty girl from school, but being also involved in such a huge plot, he has other things on his mind, as well. He wants to be brave and stand up for what he believes, the trouble is he’s a coward who doesn’t know what to believe yet.

“The resignation in my voice sickened me, but I clung to my knowledge of the Gunpowder Plot. It would change this. I would change this.”

All in all, I struggled to finish this book. I very nearly DNF’ed it, but was so close to the end that I forced myself on. The last 10% got better and then had a terrible ending. I wouldn’t recommend this to very many people simply because I found it boring. The historical aspect was slightly interesting, but the characters that made up the story ruined the plot for me entirely. I didn’t find them relatable or interesting, so I just could not get into the story. I found myself avoiding the book at quite a few points. 

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BLURB: Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.

Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.

“..blowing up three hundred Parliament members and the king of England wasn’t restoration. It was death with no phoenix to rise out of it.”


All quotes are taken from an ARC and may not match the final product. Thank you so much to Thomas Nelson for providing me with this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review!

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Goodreads Monday 18/06/2018

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted at Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Don’t forget to link back to her blog and feel free to add your link to the comments section.

Hi everyone! I just discovered this meme via my friend’s blog over at Confessions of a YA Reader, so go check out her blog!!!

Here’s one I’m dying to read! I love Claire Legrand, so damn much it’s unreal! Her debut, Furyborn, was AH-MAZE-ING!

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Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

To be Published October 2nd 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.

He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.

Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.

Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.

Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.

Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.

Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now.

Have you read this yet? Should I read it soon or did you not enjoy this book? Leave a note in the comments!