Hello reader/s! I hope you’re well today! For a while now, I’ve decided to have a weekly post about books that are on my TBR. TBR, if you don’t know is the abbreviation for To Be Read. My goal here is to shed some light on books that I’ve otherwise forgotten about. These books could be books I’ve been meaning to read from the library, or books that have been collecting dust on my shelves at home. My goal though is to say a little about the book and also give a little reasoning of why I want to read them.
It rained yesterday, and honestly, it was such a nice reprieve from the hot weather that we had over the weekend.. Today’s actually a little chilly as well!
Today’s post is a little different from all the rest. These books both deal with difficult topics, and that’s why they’re both in this post. These books have two very different stories, but I know that if they’re more widely read that both these books will shed a light on these topics that some people (maybe most haven’t thought about). Both of these books have some triggering scenes, so beware if you do decide to read them.
The first book is a book that I’ve read before, and would someday want to re-read. And that book is And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard.
I read And We Stay a few years ago, and the rawness of how everything plays out, just struck a cord within me. Like, the story has stayed with me. I remember most of the happenings within this book, and it’s heartbreaking. I can feel my heart breaking a little bit more each time I think of certain scenes that this book plays out.
And We Stay has triggers for: pregnancy (abortion), guns & gun violence, death (suicide), depression.
The next book is a book that was widely known in my part of the internet a while back. And still is to be honest. – The book seems to go around in waves, and then everyone forgets about it, and then the cycle repeats itself.. – Everyone was raving about this book, and how important it is. I’ve actually read about 25% of the book a few times, and I can never seem to actually finish the book. So, I hope that because now I have a physical copy, I can actually manage to finish the story.
This book is All the Rage by Courtney Summers.
All the Rage has been hard for me to read, to get into, and for good reason: I get uncomfortable when I get close to the middle point of the book. Which is great. I need to read this book. I need to sit down and force myself to read it, to open my eyes even more, because stories like this, stories about Rape are ignored each and every day.
I need to push myself to read this no matter what. I’ve gotten far enough into the book that I know what has happened to the main character. With other characters involved, the story just gets more interesting, and I can feel the plot thickening, and I can sense the main character breaking with each page that I read. Each time I told myself I would read All the Rage though, my effort to do so would disappear.
Both And We Stay, and All the Rage are incredibly important in their own rights. I just want to be able to (re)read and understand these books as best I can. I’d love to be able to reviewing these books as well, whenever I get around to reading them. Which leads me to my question.
Have you read either of these books, and what did you think of them?
Thank you so much for reading. I know that this post may have been difficult for some of you.