Hyperbole and a Half. The book not the blog

WOW this book was amazing.  Filled with hilarious pictures and great story telling, Allie Brosh made me laugh, cry, and read most of this book out loud to family because I had to share some of her stories with others.  I have already made it a point to actually buy the book the next chance I get.  Seriously, I was able to relate to the explanation of her depression and I was laughing about how I can relate to how she gets disappointed about things that are not in my control.

I saw this quite a few times on my Good Reads feed and I always saw really good ratings for this book and ended up putting it on my list.  I normally don’t follow the hype that follows most books, so when I saw that this had great ratings I was skeptical that I would feel the same.  But I was wrong, and I am glad that I am wrong.  I love this book.

There are very few books that I would urge anyone to buy.  This happens to be one that I would.  I even read some of the passages to my younger sister, she’s in high school, and she loved it so much that she wants to buy it now.

In all seriousness, this book isn’t just about funny things that happened to her, it also gets incredibly personal when she opens up about her depression.  Most of the people I know have hit depression in some shape or form, some being just mildly sad and others I ended up going to the hospital to visit because they just didn’t see a point in living anymore.  It’s a shitty situation and it’s never fun or something that anyone would want to go through.  I was able to connect with the author when she described her depression and I ended up crying when that chapter ended.

This is a must read and a recommendation that I give to everyone who stops to read this review.  GO READ IT

Daily Quote: August 21, 2015

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” ~Henry Ford


I think that everyone has had this happen to them at some point or another.  Absolutely everything seems to be going against you and even the most optimistic person can feel a bit cheated sometimes.  Why does all this crappy stuff happen and why is this shitty day going worse and worse?  Well unfortunately we have those days and there is nothing we can really do about it.  BUT, as long as we remember that this is temporary and that things can always change, I think we can all hang in there through the shittiest of days.

Daily Quote: August 18, 2015

“Loving is a verb, so… Do it.  Less talk and more action.” ~Nina George


I think most of us get caught up in our daily lives and routines and we forget to talk to each other.  With social media and everything and everyone so accessible at just the touch of our fingertips that we tend to forget that all we are really looking at is a glimpse at someone’s life.  Anyone can take a picture of all the nice things you get and put it on some social media platform and show the world what happens, but it’s how you treat each other that counts.  Gifts are temporary, but how you treat someone is lasting.

The Miniaturist. Wait who? Where’d they go?

Alright so a little back story before I get into the review.  I put my name down on the wait list for this book in February after seeing someone put a picture of it on Instagram.  It was a gorgeous cover so I wanted to read it.  Yes, I judge books by their cover.  That’s how and why I read most of my books.  ANYWAY.  I waited and waited, eventually it was a book for the BookClubOfInstagram and that came and went and still no book.  I finally got the book about two weeks ago and finished it yesterday.  What an interesting story.

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Some spoilers might follow.

I am a huge fan of anything miniature.  My mom has a knitted Winnie the Pooh doll that is smaller than my smallest finger nail.  My mom’s love for small things rubbed off on me and I have loved them since I was a little girl.  Now having an entire doll house with miniature things would be awesome.  This book came off as a little spooky when Nella started receiving the miniatures of things in her house as well as the dolls of the people in her family or the people involved in their family.  I almost wish that she had payed more attention to the dolls in the first place and some things might have been avoided.  No guarantees though.  Some things may have happened no matter what.

I really liked the characters in the book.  Marin was one of my favorites because she was such a firm believer that women should have equal rights as men and she fought to have that in her own house.  Even though Johannes was the “man” of the house, she was the one who made sure that every thing ran smoothly, balanced the books, kept everyone in line, and she wasn’t married.  I love seeing such strong female characters who know what they want in their lives and they go for it.  She didn’t need or want a man in her life so she chose not to have one.  Nella grew from the beginning to the end.  At first she believes all the things that are forced into women’s heads about having a family and that having children is all that women are good for and that if she can’t have children she is less of a woman (that bothered me btw. As a feminist it was a little irking to read that.  I know that the book takes place in the late 1600’s but that mindset still bothers me.) and she eventually came to believe that men don’t have to run the household and eventually she did run everything herself without a man in her life.  Johannes’ character was alright.  Although he cared about Nella and such, he didn’t really have the growth and character development that I was hoping for.  He was more of a problem that had to be solved which is interesting when it comes to books because men usually aren’t the “problem”.

I really liked Cornelia and Otto as well even though they kind of seemed more like side characters than a main character and then there is the Miniaturist.  Now here is the part of the story that bugged me the most.  Who was the miniaturist?  Apparently, she shares the same name as the main character, Petronella, and I figured that since she had some prophetic abilities that maybe she was the same person and she time traveled or something to warn herself of what would happen.  But that isn’t the case.  Apart from the first chapter of the book, you have no idea who she really is or why she does what she does.  So why am I annoyed?  It felt like the book was hanging in  the end.  Although some things were solved, there were actually more questions by the end of the book than I had in the beginning.  AND the main question that I had was why the miniaturist does the things she does and STILL there is no answer.  I know that this book was kind of supposed to mimic life in a way where nothing goes as planned and you don’t always get what you want, BUT STILL.

This book pretty much described how things behind closed doors are not always what they seem.  In a way, it reminds me of daily life.  When you go online and you see your friends or people you follow and you look at all the awesome things they are doing or the places they are going and whom they are hanging out with, you see what they want you to see.  But do you actually know what is going on in their real lives?  Probably not for the most part.  It’s the same with this book.  Things and people were not as they seemed and the glimpses that people got were far from the truth.

While I enjoyed this book and how interesting it was to see into a life that was not my own (I can be nosy too…), I was a bit disappointed by the ending.  I understand that not all stories have a happy ending and that sometimes characters have to die, but I wanted to know more about the miniaturist and how they were going to cope with both Marin and Johannes gone.  There were too many questions and it was not a satisfying end.  Overall just okay.

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High Lord… Wait what?

I finished The Black Magician trilogy and I’m slightly confused.  It was an interesting ending to a trilogy to say the least.  There might be some spoilers from here on out because I find it slightly easier to talk about if I ruin some things… Sorry.

So we start out with Cery and his secret mission to get rid of the magicians in the city that are killing innocent people for power.  He made a deal with the High Lord to dispose of the bodies once the High Lord is done killing these rogue magicians from Sachaka.  Doesn’t seem like a lot of information, but I just exposed half of the plot of the book in two sentences.

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There was so much information in this book that it felt crammed in and rushed when it finally got to the ending.  There were also a whole bunch of things that just seemed forced throughout the entire second half of the book.  For example, Akkarin (High Lord) and Sonea’s really random relationship.  Seriously it popped up out of no where after Akkarin and Sonea are forced into the forbidden land of Sachaka after being tried for using black magic and found guilty of their crimes.  I paraphrased and left a lot of information out, but seriously?  That info was crammed into maybe 100 pages and then you were supposed to not get whiplash?  The love scene was forced probably because of all the information that was supposed to be crammed in to actually move the story forward.

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So when there is finally some action, the last 50 pages of the book, all the characters start to die.  Apparently all the rogue magicians are a lot stronger than hundreds of Guild magicians because the Inchani (rogues) use black magic while the Guild does not.  So almost all your favorite characters die as well as some of the main characters.  Akkarin ends up dying by giving all his power to Sonea as she fights off the last of the Inchani in the city.  The end of the book surprises you with Sonea being pregnant with Akkarin’s child and Sonea is one of the main healers for the slums.  All crammed into 50 pages.

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BASICALLY, if you want a summed of version of this story it would go something like this: Akkarin is hiding from Inchani who only really want to kill him because he is a run away slave that killed his owner.  Akkarin doesn’t tell anybody and everyone suffers from it.  Oh!  And he could have lived if he just took the power from the dome to add power to himself.

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I love fantasy and I love this series, but it had some major issues.  If you really like fantasy I recommend checking it out, but if you are not a big fan then I would just not pick up this series.  It may drive you a little nuts…