Read with Tracie Marie Please | Vol. 12

Have you started the Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge yet? Now’s the time! I started with the first book on my list, and am looking forward to really diving into my list. Keep reading to see which book I chose for the first category of the challenge: A book made into a movie you’ve already seen.

“Some of us are out of place even when we are home.”
Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
5 out of 5 stars
I liked the premise of this book. It was a new kind of mystery thriller where a chemical plant is being investigated in a small town with secrets. I was surprised by the ending and really enjoyed this fast read. I am looking forward to seeing what else Ritter writes in the future.

“Try to get inside the skins of others. Think how they feel, how they react, and guide your own conduct by that.” 
Better than Beauty: A Guide to Charm
by Helen Valentine
4 out of 5 stars
Ah class. Such a long forgotten topic. Take a piece of advice from this charming guide that was originally published in 1938, and keep it classy.

“A lie. I’d almost forgotten how they feel on my tongue, slick and sickening.”
The Lying Game
by Ruth Ware
4 out of 5 stars
Ruth Ware is easily becoming my favorite mystery/thriller author. There’s nothing like a boarding school mystery by the sea with a bunch of untrustworthy teenage girls.

“Anyone who has actually been that sad can tell you that there’s nothing beautiful or literary or mysterious about depression.”
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
5 out of 5 stars
This book is dark, but I think it really gives insight to what having depression is really like. It’s a good reminder to always have hope, and to keep on hoping for that inevitable happy ending.

“He’s like a hunk of chocolate cake slathered in frosting that I’m not supposed to have, but can’t help wanting.”
The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things
by Ann Aguirre
3 out of 5 stars
This book is about two people with messed up pasts that find each other. It was a little heavier than what I expected but it was still a decent read.

“Who you are is defined by what you’re willing to struggle for.”
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
by Mark Manson
5 out of 5 stars
I read this book for a book club that I’m a part of, but I wish I would have read it much sooner! This was a different kind of self help book, this is a must read for the new year. I personally overthink everything, and this book made me take a step back and look at if things are really worth worrying about or not. Most of the time, they aren’t.

“For most people, the ringing of a phone was a welcome sign. Someone was trying to reach them, to say hello, ask about their well-being, or make plans. For me, it triggered fear, intense anxiety and heart-stopping panic.”
Devil Wears Prada
by Lauren Weisberger
1 out of 5 stars
This was part of the 2018 Popsugar reading challenge: A book made into a movie you’ve already seen. Just skip this book and watch the iconic movie instead. This book had awful characters and not even one of them was likeable. The writing is very repetitive, and Andrea Sachs is a whiny entitled chain smoker who needs to learn a little humility and class. This character did not deserve Anne Hathaway. “That’s all.”

What are you reading today?

Xx Tracie

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