Book Review: The Girl Who Said Sorry by Hayoung Yim


I sat down with my 8-year-old daughter and read The Girl Who Said Sorry.  At her requestEllie and I read it over and over. The more we read it, the more she would yell “sorry!” at the prompt. Her yells became more aggressive and confident as we went on. This book tells her what we should already know but are often not taught. No one should apologize for being themselves. I’ve tried to instill this in all three of my children, and her spunk came through while we read. No, she’s not sorry for dressing a certain way, or for eating something she enjoys. She is Ellie, and she roars.
The author has written a very important book for the young, old, and all gender identities. Stop being sorry for everything and start embracing who you are. Love yourself. A simple but powerful message written in a beautiful book. The Girl Who Said Sorry is a must read for our budding feminists. It’s also a must-read for ourselves, who continue to apologize for no reason. I’m not sorry I read this book with my daughter!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Book Review: Sea of Strangers by Lang Leav



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Something magical happens everytime I read a book by Lang Leav. Her words conjure sensations and memories long past or make current feelings that much deeper. Lang Leav knows love, it is her specialty. There is a wonderful harmony in her words. As I was reading there were moments when I found myself deep in reflection.

My favorite poem in Sea of Strangers is “Whole Again.” I found the wording of this beautiful poem calling out to me as I read it. Lang Leav writes “There is a word that hurts my heart-one I don’t ever say out loud. Like the shadow that lingers in the light, I can’t separate myself from your memory. But there are some nights when I look up at the sky and the moon is whole again.”

What the passage means to me could affect someone in a different way. This is where the author’s skills lie, in evoking a rainbow of responsiveness. I enjoy this side of her writing, how small poems can bring forth a slew of emotions, each unique. I would recommend adding Sea of Strangers to your collection. If you are a first-time reader, enjoy a book full of words that take you on a passionate journey from your past to your present.

*I recieved a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Book Review: Harry Potter – The Unofficial Guide to the Collectibles of Our Favorite Wizard by Eric Bradley

cover122318-medium  The most beloved wizard in the world’s story turned 20 this year. Another fun fact: “The first printing of the first edition of the British version of the initial Harry Potter novel was the result of an extremely small press run on June 26, 1997, by Bloomsbury in England.” (pg. 7) A mere 500 books are what it took to create an empire and make J.K. Rowling a household name. If you are lucky (wildly lucky?) and own a copy of the very first edition, you are in possession of something worth around 40,000 dollars at auction. This entry is the beginning of a well thought out and meticulously researched book. Inside are snippets and fun facts about the editions, author, and its characters. This book is set apart from competitors because of all the fun and engaging backstories. They are almost more interesting than the curated value of the object is. Eric Bradley has put together more than a simple collectibles book for us muggles to peruse. He had me more interested in the facts than the prices, but the value of some objects are mind-blowing. Collectible books can be as dry as day-old toast, but this book was fun from beginning to end. If I were you I’d grab a first edition copy, someday this book is going to be worth some coin!

“No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
– J.K. Rowling (pg. 6)

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Book Review: Welcome To Sortilege Falls (Grape Merriweather Book One) by Libby Heily

cover126351-mediumsorNo one has ever met a girl named Grape, and Grape has never met anyone like The Models. She is a confident, self-assured teenager who gets a verbal sucker-punch on her first day of school. Already reeling from the recent death of her father and a move to a new town, it was the last thing she expected.  The Models are also the last thing she was expecting. They are ethereal to the point of suspicion and they dominate the town. Pie-eyed adults and kids alike give The Models anything they want. One of them, Mandy, decides she likes Grape, and thus the story begins. Garden gnomes litter the town and something isn’t right in the woods behind Grape’s house. The Models are getting sick and dying at an alarming rate. The adults know something but no one is talking. Why does Grape’s brother spend so much time in the woods? Is that a really dorky man trying to befriend her, or is he a vampire? Why can The Models say and do anything they want without repercussions? Wait, did that garden gnome move? It’s up to Grape and a cast of eccentric, oddball characters to right the wrongs before anyone else dies. I enjoyed every minute of this book. In the sci-fi/paranormal world of teen novels, it can get repetitive and dull. There is nothing dull in the world of Sortilege Falls! This tale is so outrageous and fun it’s like nothing I’ve read before. I’m off to buy the second book and see what Grape and her friends get into next.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.