Read with Tracie Marie Please | Vol. 13

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Round lucky 13 of book reviews! So far, I have read a total of 11 books for the Popsugar Reading Challenge for 2018! Today I’ll be sharing just a few of those reviews plus some extra spooky thrillers that I stumbled upon during my last library trip.

“I believed, and still believe, that you can build your dreams brick by brick. That you can accomplish anything with persistence.”
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo
4 out of 5 stars
This is an adorable book about a girl who tries to control her love life by basing it all step-by-step off of Korean romance dramas. I think we all went through a similar phase in high school where we were willing to do anything just to get a guy to notice us. Goo’s book fit my category of “A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you” for my Popsugar Reading Challenge.

“I’m being forced to challenge ideas that have kept me safe for so long. There’s an entire library of information in my head, and suddenly I can’t decide if any of it is worth reading.”
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
5 out of 5 stars
I loved how this book really went into depth of how it feels to have agoraphobia. The author herself has it, so it painted a very accurate picture of the challenges they face on a daily basis. This is an important look at mental illness and a good reminder of having courage and hope. This book was for the category of “A book with your favorite color in the title,” as I am a big fan of the color of rose!

“I think there are two types of people. Ones who have a scream inside them and ones who don’t.”
Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
5 out of 5 stars
Two sisters disappeared three years ago…and only one returns home?! I absolutely could not put this book down and was continuously surprised by all the twists and turns! Imagine family drama to the max with the unraveling of dark family secrets and betrayals.

“And don’t think for a moment that she would hesitate to relieve you of your duties if you do not transform me from an Austrian caterpillar into a French butterfly.”
Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey
4 out of 5 stars
This book was for the category of “A novel based on a real person” for the 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge. I have always been obsessed with the story of the last queen of France, so I was interested to read a fictional look at her life told from her perspective. Becoming Marie Antoinette was a little slow at times for me, but I enjoyed the elaborate world of the Versailles court that author Juliet Grey created.

“It is no shame to have a dirty face- the shame comes when you keep it dirty.”
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
4 out of 5 stars
I’ve been wanting to read this true crime classic by the author of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Lucky for me, this book fit perfectly for the category of true crime for the Popsugar Reading Challenge. The murder of the Clutter family was truly an unnecessary tragedy. I loved how in-depth Capote went into the murderers’ lives and how the murder affected the small town of Holcomb, Kansas.

“I’m overwhelmed by the thought of all the women who would pour out of me if I were cracked open: swarming like insects, bubbling up out of my mouth. The women who have collected inside me over the years, filling up my insides until there’s no room left for me.”
The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy
4 out of 5 stars
I discovered this book during a recent trip to the library, and I picked it up honestly because I liked the cover! This book revolves around a woman who works as a “body,” meaning she literally channels the dead for a living. If this doesn’t intrigue you enough, add a mysterious murder investigation into the mix and a dash of suspicious husbands.

“The biggest problem with never leaving your house is that people always know where to find you.”
Love and Other Alien Experiences by Kerry Winfrey
5 out of 5 stars
This was such a teenage romcom movie of a book. And I loved it! It was a cuddly, fuzzy, yet funny and just a tad snarky novel that I read in about a day. I actually went to college with the authors’ brother back in Ohio, so this book fit perfectly with the “book by a local author” category for the Popsugar Challenge.

“This is my year. This is my turn. I’ll be the lead soloist. I’ll be chosen for the company. I’ll do whatever it takes.” 
Shiny Broken Pieces
by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
5 out of 5 stars
This is the sequel to Tiny Pretty Things. So it fit my category of “the next book in a series you started” for the Popsugar Challenge. I stayed up till 2am accidentally finishing this book. I just love the pace of this writing describing these devious ballerinas. I also liked the different points of view the book is told in between the diverse characters. Better watch out for those wannabe prima ballerinas!

As always, you can follow along with what I’m reading in real-time by following me on Goodreads.
Xx Tracie


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    February 7, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Love all of these! Definitely going to pick up Love and Other Alien Experiences this weekend!

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