Pluviophile Mama

a lover of rain;someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days.

Can We Be Friends? — January 16, 2022

Can We Be Friends?

When I read I like to be completely submerged in the story. I like to feel like I’m apart of that world. I think its the commercial for Audible where the people are sitting in a lawn chair or at a desk with their headphones on and after a moment the world around them changes like they are in the story. Its my favorite commercial and I like commercials. Yup I said it. I’m a fan of SOME commercials. Sadly you have to watch them all to get the good ones.

Anyway, those are my favorite stories. But it goes beyond that for some books. There are stories and characters I read about and think “I think we would be best friends” or sometimes “my goodness, I’d love to hang out with these people/characters”. Sometimes its surprising the ones I want to hang out with. Its not always the main character. Those are my favorites.

The Thirteen~ from Throne of Glass. They are terrifying and amazing and they are fiercely loyal to each other. It’s something to strive for in friendships. I also like the idea of being so powerful. I’d like to be one of them not just be a human who’s friends with them. Although I’d take what I can get.

Ravenclaw House~ from Harry Potter. Thats right I’d be a Ravenclaw and I’m proud of it. I believe Luna Lovegod was in RavenClaw and I love her. She’s quirky and weird but has really gone through some stuff in life and I feel like we’d be good friends.

Evelyn Hugo~ from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Tell me you don’t want to hang out with her and I’ll call you a liar. She seemed so fabulous and fun!! But I think both sides of her seemed awesome. When she was in glamours mode and staying low at home.

Daisy Jones & the Six ~ yup the whole band. I want to be on tour with them. I want to be apart of it all. Sex, drugs, and rock & roll. I’m not a drug girl so I’m not saying I’d participate in all the shenanigans but I’d love to hang out in that time period and see it all. Going on tour with them would be a bucket list trip of a lifetime.

The Other Einstein~ by Marie Benedict I don’t actually want to meet Albert Einstein. After reading this book I’m convinced he was a total jackass. I want to be friends with his first wife. The forgotten one. I want to shake her and tell her to stay away from him. Keep studying and even though it feels like it wouldn’t matter then it really will one day. This book was interesting to me. I know it’s not a memoir of her but I could all of it being real.

I’m extremely blessed to have the group of friends and even really great acquaintances. My freak life group of people is very close to being as exciting as the characters in my books. I love that I get to spend time with both!

CLEARED THE TBR — December 16, 2021

CLEARED THE TBR

Part of my grief this year has manifested itself in the form of hoarding. I talked about it in my tired post but I have made huge progress purging things in the last two weeks. My daughters room is clean! I can do a cartwheel in my living room. Okay maybe not a cartwheel because our house is small but there’s more than just a path.

Not only am I cleaning out my physical space, I’ve unsubscribed to more email lists than I can count. Nothing reminds you of how much junk email you get than the holiday promotion emails! UNSUBSCRIBE. To them, not to me! I don’t write enough to bug you and I’m not selling anything.

I also discovered Story Graph . It connected to my Goodreads account and put all the information in. Books I read, my TBR, and I think my reviews although I didn’t check that cause I’ve started posting them here. People like it better because its not owned by Amazon? I think? I don’t care either way but I like that it gives different descriptions its supposed to give amazing recommendations based on your reviews of other books. That’s why I downloaded it.

When everything connected I realized I had like 200 books on my To Be Read list. That’s absurd. Once I saw this list I started thinking of how I choose my next read and it occurred to me that I choose what I’m going to read based on my mood and what I feel like reading. Not what has been on the list longest, or the newest release, or even what has been recommended to me. I’m not in a real book club that has to read the same books and our Literary Society discusses all books so we don’t have to read anything specific.

So I pulled up the Story Graph app and cleared my TBR list. Deleted the whole thing. I feel so light and fresh and not at all panicky that I don’t have any idea what to read next. Maybe a little panicky. But the fact that Story Graph makes good suggestions and I have the community at https://allbooksmatter.locals.com/ to ask for help if I need it, puts me at ease a little bit. Also the safety net of knowing its till on Goodreads. Baby steps.

So how do you choose what to read next? Any tips or suggestions are appreciated.

Series Worth The Commitment — December 12, 2021

Series Worth The Commitment

I love a good trilogy or series. It makes me happy to keep reading about characters I feel in love with in the first book. It goes without saying that the series everyone should read is Harry Potter so I’m not even going to get into that I could do a whole post on how amazing Harry Potter is. If you haven’t read that series… I can’t help you. Read it. Also the Throne of Glass series. Those two are my favorites of all time. Now on to other series that captured my heart.

I have to say I feel like a trilogy is the perfect length. A book to get me hooked, a second one to give me more of the story I love, and the last one to tie it altogether. That being said I love my long Sarah J Maas series more than any other book. Yes all of her series. Anything she writes really. Okay now for reals on to the other series.

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This trilogy was so good! A woman finds out her fiancé might not be dead and after finally starting to live her life again goes out to find to the truth. I loved this story because of the romance and suspense but what I loved the most was that each book is from a different persons perspective. If I remember right you get a little of that in each book, but majority one persons perspective. I love the “what if” questions. “What if you thought the love of your life was gone forever, only to find out he’s not”? That and everything that comes after is great in this trilogy.

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First of all how amazing is this cover? Pretty much in love with it. Almost as much as I loved this series. I was so attached to these characters that I felt like they betrayed me!!! Which as the story taught me “anyone can betray anyone”. Literal goosebumps. Of course there’s a love story and tragedy and can I just say Evangeline is goals. She’s not the main character and yet she’s my favorite.

In a world of people separated by those with powers (silver blooded) and those without (red bloods) there’s a girl who defies it all. A red blood with lightning power. I’ve already explained I don’t do recaps well so click the link above to get the description of this amazing series. But do it. Seriously. It’s great!

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This book gave me so much joy! A glimpse into a man’s head and into the inner conversations at boys night? Sign me up!! I’m still working on this series but love it so much. A marriage is in trouble and a baseball stud finds himself getting advice from his bros in the form of book club. My favorite things… sports, men, and romance novels. If only I could get men to read this series!

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I already listed the Throne of Glass series as my favorite reads you can check that out HERE so I will give more info on Thorns and Roses now.

My oh my this series has everything!! Friendship, family, enemies to lovers, a twist in the enemies to lovers, and the steamy scenes are beyond steamy. When I first read this I thought it was a Young Adult series. It is not. At least I don’t want my daughter to be reading this when she is a young adult. It made me blush and I’m a 35 year old adult. Not the first book but for sure the second one.. and every book after that.

Steamy scenes aside the family dynamic here is great. Both the blood related family and the ones that are created. I fell in love with each and every character. Even the ones I love to hate, and there are a few of those through out this series.

The latest book as of now was not one I was looking forward to but I am so glad I read it. This series is not for everyone and I’ve seen quite a few mixed reviews.

If you decide to go for it please read at least through the second book. The first one is my least favorite of them all but its necessary to the rest of the series and once you’re invested you don’t even care about the first book.

Goodreads Awards — December 10, 2021

Goodreads Awards

I have never paid much attention to books that have won awards. Mostly because I didn’t know where to find them. But this year I’ve spend so much time on Goodreads that I actually voted! I have to admit I was super judgy too. I don’t know where this bitch inside me came from but I voted like I was someone special and couldn’t believe these books were nominated. Keeping in mind I’ve never written a book. Only a mediocre blog of my judgy opinions.

So here are my sanctimonious thoughts on the ones I actually voted for.

Historical Fiction.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid ~ I adored this book so much. Loved the family dynamic and it’s connection to Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. However, I did not think of it as historical fiction…. Not as much as The Rose Code which should have won. Also nominated was Four Winds and if you go to my post Hard Pass you’ll see how I felt about that! Here’s a link to all the nominations for historical fiction.

Fantasy

A Court of Silver and Flames by Sarah J Maas ~ Wow I loved this super steamy series. This is the latest in the Court Of Thrones and Roses series and it is hooootttttt. It always makes me laugh when my sister in law asks for recommendations for her 13 year old cause I read fantasy fiction I have to remind her that my fantasy fiction choices have very real sex scenes. And lots of them. Here’s the list to the fantasy fiction nominees

Romance

People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry ~ Umm I didn’t actually vote on this category because I only read this one. I can’t believe it won because I didn’t enjoy it. It was a strange friends to lovers, mixed with some awkwardness. I think I had something different in mind because of the way it was presented but it for sure didn’t live up to what I was wanting it to be. I didn’t like how the time line bounced back and forth and had such higher expectations for it. Can’t imagine there wasn’t one better. Here’s the list of romance nominees

Memoir & Autobiography

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner ~ This book is the main reason I voted. I wanted her to win so badly that every email telling me to vote had me dropping whatever I was doing to vote. While still being a good employee. Kind of. But having suffered so much loss the last two years her story pulled at my heart strings. I feel like I need to put more thought into why I felt such a connection with her but in the meantime her story of losing her mother is one I recommend to anyone who loves biographies or has dealt with grief. I think because one of the lines hit home. She talks about how she’s okay and coping until she’s in H Mart surrounded by food she ate and cooked with her mom and she starts sobbing. That’s me. I’ll be dealing great and then something hits me and I fall apart. Here’s the full list of Memoir and autobiography

So I didn’t vote on the categories where I didn’t read anything. But if you have opinions on the winners and nominees I’d love to hear it! Always looking for good recommendations. Happy Freaking Friday

Hard Pass — December 8, 2021

Hard Pass

Listing my top 5 favorite books was a challenge. Listing books I didn’t like was not so hard even though I couldn’t quite get 5. Some of these are controversial because so many people seemed to loooove them. Those ones always spark the best discussions!

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern ~ I wanted so badly to love this book. I was so excited because I loved The Night Circus so much and it did not deliver. It started out so promising. A boy see’s a door and almost turns the handle but doesn’t. Years later he’s mysteriously invited to a party which takes him on a wild adventure of opening doors that don’t look real and falling down into a world he never knew existed. Filled with magic and mystery I was excited for the first part. But then it felt like being in a fun house. One that’s kind of scary. The kind that feels like it should be fun but leaves you uneasy and you can’t find the way out. It just kept going and going and I had to look up spoilers because I couldn’t finish it. I made it about 90% and realized there’s too many books to be read to keep reading something I’m not enjoying.

Four Winds by Kristen Hannah ~ This one is controversial because it was talked about so much everywhere. I hated this book. I don’t know if its because of things I’m going through in my own life or if its because of the pandemic but things are depressing enough. I appreciate that it was a real historical event. I really do. But this story of a woman living during the Dust Bowl and having one tragedy after another happen only for things to get worse and worse and worse was so painful I had to skim to the end. Which wasn’t any better!!!!! Nearly everyone else I’ve talked to loved this book so don’t take my word for it. Give it a try. But when you are so depressed and lying in bed wondering what the purpose of life is, text me. I don’t sleep. I’ll recommend a romantic comedy book that will make you giggle and want to fall in love.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman ~ People have said that this book is significantly better as an audiobook because of the accents and the way you can feel the story a bit better. I respect that and was tempted to not even add it to the list. But since I disliked it so much I don’t want to listen to the audio, on the list it goes. I liked Eleanor herself. Socially awkward mixed with some anxiety and deeper issues. She was fine and I liked when she met Raymond from work. Their friendship/relationship seemed fine to me but the pace was extremely slow. I didn’t find myself incredibly attached to the characters and found I was play games on my phone and watching more reality TV than normal (I know, it was bad). From what I understand there is a twist at that seemed to grab everyone’s attention but I didn’t make it that far. So if you are interested I recommend the audio version.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon ~ Once we are over the shock and gasps of me not loving this series we can continue to be friends. I haven’t read the series. I haven’t even finished the first book. I got lost in the time travel and it was way too slow to start for me. I’m sure it really is great and maybe it’s one of those books I should pick up another time and will fall in love with it. But I’ve had it on my kindle for a while and no matter how many times I’ve already tried I can’t get in to. I’ll watch the show. Except I probably wont. We can still be friends right?

My Top 5 All Time Favorites…so far — December 1, 2021

My Top 5 All Time Favorites…so far

I’ve been looking for some more book talk in my life. I’ve tried podcast and some online book clubs but it seems to me everything has an agenda. Every recommendation is laced with race, LGBTQ, or anti-Trump something or other. I can’t anymore.

So here is a space for people wanting recommendations on the story and how it made me feel. I’ll be honest and open to conversations.

I’m not the best at summarizing so I’ll give incredibly brief overviews and leave it to Goodreads, Amazon, and the publishers to give you the good details. So I guess I’ll jump right in and start with my Top 5 all time favorites.

There’s a chance this is a cliche by now but I don’t even care! This historical fiction follows two sisters through WWII. I loved both sisters for their very different personalities and was rooting for them so hard! It left me ugly face crying and feeling all the emotions. I recommend it to everyone

#2

Between life and death there is a library and the books are the different lives you could have. The main character attempts suicide (dark but it’s overall hopeful I swear) but finds herself in the library. She chooses different books and gets to try the different lives she’d be living if she’d made different decisions. I think about this book all the time. I recommend it to anyone looking for something different and new outlooks on life. Great for book clubs

#3

I think their are 8 books in this series. I flew through them and it felt like 1 gigantic book. It’s a young adult fantasy fiction. I can’t even give a description because each book blends together and it’s such a long emotional, empowering journey. I swear I drew strength from these books in the hardest time of my life. The friendships and love stories are brilliant. I recommend it to anyone who likes escaping to an entirely different world and wants that dig deep to find the hero within vibe.

#4

Okay full disclosure I read this a long time ago. I know it was slow moving at first but it was so worth it! It’s one of those books I still think about certain parts of. Even if I don’t remember the whole thing.

#5

To round out my top 5 I went with this lovely story about sisters. While watching the news one day a woman sees her sister in the back ground. Except her sister died in a train accident years ago. So she goes on a mission to find her. I don’t have siblings but I enjoyed reading about them and this whole story was touching, heart warming and heart breaking! I recommend it to anyone who loves family reads mixed with some mystery and happy endings.

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