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#LilBookishJuly

On Instagram, two of the bookstagrammers I follow are Lisa and Becca. I really love their posts; they're full of color, fun books, and extremely interesting! I am jealous of their beautiful book collections and knick knacks.

Since April, they have been hosting photo challenges, and this month, I have decided to join in!

In case you'd like to join along, here is the challenge. Use the hashtag, #LilBookishJuly to see everyone's posts!


See Me by Nicholas Sparks

So this book has been sitting on my TBR shelf for a while. Last October when it was published, I purchased the audiobook of it and then never listened to it. My thought process was that I would buy a book that was kind of long and then listen to it while I worked out; that didn't happen, and the book went unread/un-listened to. So this last weekend, I was sitting around reading different things, and I saw it sitting in my Audible account and decided I would buy the actual book and maybe I would actually read it. And that is exactly what happened. I started listening to it at work yesterday and when I got home, I picked up the book and kept reading until the very last page. I don't know why I waited so long to read it because yesterday, I could not put it down, and I am still reeling with excitement on how wonderful the book is.


Five Sentence Summary
Colin has a troubled past; he likes to fight, he is quick to anger, and he's been in trouble with the law more times than he c…

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

The Argonauts is the book selection from May for Our Shared Shelf. I know, I know, I'm behind. I'm working on All About Love from March as well, but hey, at least I'm reading them. Originally, I didn't read the book because I had a lot of other books I was working through since May was Mental Health Awareness Month. But upon starting this one, I became extremely glad it was short because I am not liking this book very much. I wanted to like it, but I am really just disappointed with it.


Two Sentence Summary
The Argonauts is a memoir about Maggie Nelson and her partner, Harry Dodge, who is gender fluid. The novel is focused on Nelson's journey with pregnancy and Dodge's journey with transitioning, as well as their journey together. 
Likes and Dislikes
This makes me sad to say, but their really wasn't anything with this book that I liked, and this is why. This memoir is supposed to be about Maggie and Harry's journeys. Instead, I feel like the portions of th…

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster & Illustrated by Jules Feiffer

I read a lot of articles about books, because, well, you know, books. One of the articles I read earlier this year was 100 Books to Read Before You Die by New in Books. Every book on the list has in some way shaped literature and they are all, in some way, a classic. Seeing as this year one of my goals was to read more classics, I saved the article, added all of the books to a Goodreads shelf, and wrote them all down. After reading The Phantom Tollbooth, I have now read 13 of the books on the list, so I have some reading to do, but I am excited to read books that are out of my comfort zone and that are well known and will help me become a better reader.


Five Sentence Summary
The Phantom Tollbooth is about a young boy named Milo who rushes through everything and is extremely bored with his life; he finds no joy in anything. One evening when he walks into his bedroom he finds a purple tollbooth with a note telling him that it will take him to The Lands Beyond. So Milo jumps in a car, pay…

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

I discovered The Leaving in an article about the best young adult books being released in June and after reading the synopsis, I went to Amazon and purchased it. When it arrived, I started reading it right away, even though I currently have 3 other books I'm reading; I needed to read this ASAP. I finished it in a day, and it's been a long time since I've done that with a book. This book is definitely on my must read list! I will be recommending this to everyone!



Five Sentence Summary
On the first day of kindergarten, 6 children go missing: Max, Scarlett, Lucas, Kristen, Sarah, and Adam. Now, 11 years later, they show up again, only Max isn't with them, and they have no memory of the last 11 years or who Max is. The novel switches between Scarlett, Lucas, and Avery, Max's younger sister, as they try to discover who they are, who took them, and where Max is. The majority of the novel takes place in the first 9 days (Day Zero to Day Eight) of the children returning fro…

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Modern Lovers was the first book I received from my Book of the Month Club. I was so excited when I saw that it was one of the books for this month, because I had hoped it would have been selected for another book club I am a part of, but it wasn't. The cover intrigued me, the way Morgan Jerkins described it sold me, I knew I needed to read this book. However, upon finishing the book, I feel like I have been let down. I feel like there was so many places this book could have gone, and yet, I felt like I was reading a story about what could have been anybodies life.


Five Sentence Summary

In college, Elizabeth, Andrew and Zoe were in band, Kitty's Mustache, along with another girl, Lydia, who left the band and made a name for herself, before dying at an early age. Now, Elizabeth and Andrew are married and have a son Harry, and Zoe has married Jane, and they have a daughter named Ruby, and a producer is asking them to sign over their life rights so they can make a movie about Lydi…

I decided this morning that it was a Harry Potter day so I wore my Always shirt and bracelet, and my time turner necklace. I love showing off my HP pride!


Make Me Read It Read-a-Thon!

So on Goodreads, I have seen all of these people asking what they should read for "Make Me Read It." Naturally, I was intrigued, but wasn't finding any info on it on Goodreads. Thank god for Google! It led me to The Innocent Smiley, a blog run by Val, who partners with Ely (Tea & Titles) who started the read-a-thon last year and decided to do it again this year.



How It Works
Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book, or ones you've borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It's up to you how many you pick.
Make a list of these books and then have friends, family, and other bibliophiles pick which ones you HAVE to read. Use the tag #MakeMeRead on social media!
The books with the most votes is read first, the book with the second most votes is read next, etc. If there is a tie between books, it's your personal preference of which you read first.

When Does it Take Place?
The Read-a-Thon takes p…

The Last Star by Rick Yancey

So when The Last Star first arrived, I was extremely excited about it. As I re-read the first two books, my excitement grew. But then my boss read it before I did, and she didn't like it. And then people who I trust on Goodreads started reviewing it, and a lot of them didn't have nice things to say either. As I started the book, I was hesitant, but once I started reading it, I couldn't understand why they didn't like it. And then everything started going downhill.



Five Sentence Summary
Ringer has just witnessed the deaths of Teacup and Razor, and now has been paired with Constance to track down Evan so Vocsh can figure out what went wrong with Evan's programming. Ben and Dumbo leave the house they have taken cover at to go find Ringer and Teacup (because he doesn't know she's dead), and on this journey, Dumbo is taken out by a Silencer that Ben ends up killing. When Ben rendezvous with Ringer, he is hesitant of Constance, but trusts Ringer, so he leads them …

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

I wasn't sure what I would think of The Complete Persepolis, not because of the subject matter, but because it's a graphic novel, and I've never really been a person to enjoy comic books/graphic novels, although I haven't read that many, so I try not to judge them. However, this novel pulled me in from the very beginning, and the fact that it was a graphic novel became a positive rather than a negative. The drawings really helped me follow the story line and evoke more emotion me. This was the novel that was selected by Emma Watson for this month's Our Shared Shelf, and for me, this was the book that was the most out of my comfort zone, but I loved it. Some stories made me laugh; others made me cry or be scared; but all of them taught me something, and that is a quality that every good book shares.



Five Sentence Summary
This graphic novel follows Marjane Satrapi, the author, through her life in Iran, from a young girl to a woman in her mid-twenties.  Marjane was rai…

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Again, this was a quick re-read for me in preparation of reading The Last Star. The first time around, I only liked the book, but this time around, it was so much better! I really couldn't remember much of the book except that I knew a fair amount of the book was from Ringers point of view, which was why I only liked it. So reading the book this time was almost like reading it for the first time. Some of the stuff I remembered, but for the most part, it was all new. I really don't know what went on the first time.



Five Sentence Summary
The Infinite Sea starts with Ben/Zombie, Ringer, Pound Cake, Dumbo Cassie, Sam/Nugget, and Teacup have taken refuge at an abandoned hotel, or The Walker Hotel as Ringer calls it, while they gather themselves, make plans for the future, and wait for Evan, even though Cassie is the only one who thinks he's alive, and even she is doubtful. Evan did survive though, and has been taken in by Grace, another Silencer who takes her job very seriously (…

Darling & Co Has an Instagram!

So, I decided to stop sharing all of my posts on my personal Instagram. It's not like much has changed, because I have always made a lot of book posts, but it was time to make this just that much more official.

So now you can follow me on Instagram at darlingcobooks for even more bibliophile love!


The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I read The 5th Wave earlier this year, in February or March, because I wanted to read it before the movie came out, which I ended up not seeing. Usually, I don't re-read books so soon after reading them the first time, but since The Last Star came out last month, and I didn't remember much of the first book, and pretty much nothing of the second book, I decided it couldn't hurt to do a quick power read of them. Once I started reading, I remembered more than what I thought, but there were also some parts I had completely forgotten.



Five Sentence Summary
It's the end of the world; aliens have invaded our world and they are taking us out. Cassie Sullivan watched her mother die a slow, painful death; then her brother was taken by the others who have disguised themselves as humans; then her father was brutally murdered; now she is trying to make her way to her brother so she can keep the only promise that matters. Evan Walker finds Cassie on the brink of death, bleeding out …

Book of the Month Club

For a long time I have wanted to signed up for Book of the Month Club. I see ads for it on my Instagram and Facebook; I frequent their website telling myself "one day I will sign up for it." Well, in May, that day came. I went to the website, looked at the plans, and submitted the application.



How it works is on the first of every month, they announce the months books, 5 books chosen by different judges every month. You pick which book you want; you can add up to 2 additional books for $9.99 each (a wonderful steal). Then, on the 6th of the month, it is mailed out to you.

So when June first arrived, I was so excited, I opened my laptop first thing to select my book. This months options were:

Shrill by Lindy West (Judge: Joel Stein)Modern Lovers by Emma Straub (Judge: Morgan Jerkins)The Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel (Judge: Roxane Gay)Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (Judge: Liberty Hardy)Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend (Judge: Alexander Chee)
Although I knew which boo…