Thursday, January 21, 2021

Everything Everything


Title: Everything Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Format: Paperback
Rating: 3.5 Stars


My disease is as rare as it is famous. It’s a form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, but basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in fifteen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives. New next door neighbors. I look out the window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black t-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. I want to learn everything about him, and I do. I learn that he is funny and fierce. I learn that his eyes are Atlantic Ocean-blue and that his vice is stealing silverware. I learn that when I talk to him, my whole world opens up, and I feel myself starting to change—starting to want things. To want out of my bubble. To want everything, everything the world has to offer.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.


Everything Everything is a wollop of a book that has a lot of really great things about it.  However, it also has a lot of problems. 

What did I Like About This Book: 

* Carla.  I Love Carla. She is a wonderful, caring human and it broke my heart when Maddy's mom fired her. (Even though, you know, she came back.)
* Maddy finally researching her life on her own and learning to really advocate for herself.
* Going to Hawaii actually turned out to be a really good thing in the end.

What Didn't I like About This Book:

* Insta-Love.  Olly and Maddy meet through Maddy's window.  They chat online through email, and then chat with each other solely through the internet.  Everything Maddy learns about him she learns through online talk and seeing him through her window.  Now look, I certainly don't mean to downplay the importance of people you meet through the internet.  What concerns me in this case is that Maddy is so naive.  That makes it hard for me to trust that Maddy really knows what she's doing.
* Why the hell did Maddy think it was a good idea to go to Hawaii before she knew she didn't have SCID?!
*Carla spent so much time with Maddy and her mom.  She clearly realized that something was wrong with Maddy's mother, why didn't she say anything?

I think this book was a good idea, I did like it, but I do wish there were a few things that would have been different and more well developed.  

I'd definitely recommend this if you are looking for a book that is good, and sad sure, but still light enough.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Bout of Books - An Update


Hey reader friends!  Well, it's been a week.  I haven't been updating for bout of books yet, but I have a good reason!  I've been reading!

So, here's my update for Monday and Tuesday!

Books Started: 1
Books Finished: 0
Pages Read Monday: 97
Pages Read Tuesday: 27
Total Pages Read: 124

I've Started Reading: Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon

I Want To: Finish Everything, Everything, and also read A Gathering of Shadows and finish The Poppy War.

If you're doing Bout of Books this week, what are you hoping to read? Let me know in the comments down below.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Bout of Books 30


Hi reader friends.  We've reached a new year! YEAH. Who else can'r believe 2020 is finally over?!

Anyway, with a new year brings a new host of reading challenges.  I'm obviously starting this year off with Bout of Books 30. 

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are reading sprints, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional. For all Bout of Books 30 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

If you have never done this readathon I really suggest you sign up and join in. It's so fun and chill, and just an all around good time!

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Happy New Year

 HI reader friends.  

So. As you may have noticed, I just took the entire month of December off.  Before I knew it, I was just in the midst of a month long blog hiatus.  

But, I am back. And I am so excited!

This year is going to be a good blogging year, I can tell. And I'd like to kick the year off right by sharing my reading goals with all of you.

1. Participate in the monthly challenges hosted by my two favorite book groups on facebook: The Fiction Feud Society and The Booket List.

2. Actually hit my reading goal of 100 books for the year.

3. Do the Pop Sugar 2021 reading challenge.

I know I'll think of more, but now I want to hear from you! What are your reading goals this year?