Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Samary

Samary

Joined November 2016

I love to read. Owner of Blanket and Page, writer. https://www.youtube.com/user/sstark103
review
Samary
post image
Pickpick

I liked this a lot. It makes me want to up my improv game and have a baby all at the same time!

britt_brooke I enjoyed this recently, too! 4mo
4 likes2 stack adds1 comment
review
Samary
The Guide: A novel | Peter Heller
post image
Mehso-so

It was ok, the audiobook was good, liked the narrator. I feel like the mystery wasn‘t ‘mysterious‘ enough if that makes sense.

review
Samary
Skin of the Sea | Natasha Bowen
post image
Bailedbailed

I had high hopes for this one but it‘s pretty much a YA version of River Solomon‘s The Deep and I thought that was just ok. I don‘t really have a desire to read it again so I‘m moving on.

review
Samary
post image
Pickpick

I can‘t not love this book, it was more than a look at her life but an examination of sexism and jealousy.

review
Samary
Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
post image
Pickpick

Read this the first time in 2018 w a physical copy and I thought it was ok.
I either gave the book to my mom or donated it, so I rented the audiobook from the library and I liked it better this time!
I don‘t typically reread, but I watched the show, and it was awful. Such a jumbled pretentious mess that I HAD to reread. The book is miles better. (My opinion is the minority on the show)

JazzFeathers Of, goodness. Is the Shaw that bad? I haven't read the book yet, but l have it in my TBR and intend to read it... Sooner or later. 6mo
Samary @JazzFeathers I felt the show was that bad hahaha. I had a really nice discussion w a friend who liked it (he had never read the book) the book is good, there is one thing about it I didn‘t like much but the audio was better for me. I hope you like it when you get to it!! 6mo
25 likes2 comments
review
Samary
post image
Pickpick

Funny and goofy! Don‘t take it seriously, just have fun 🤩

review
Samary
This Might Hurt | Stephanie Wrobel
post image
Pickpick

Ooohh I liked this one a lot. There was a moment that was really triggering for me and I had to put it down for half a day, but i feel books should stir things in you, just take care of yourselves ❤️
A charismatic leader on a mission, a women looking for her sister on a private island resort, secrets being revealed. Yeah I liked it!

10 likes1 stack add
blurb
Samary
post image

review
Samary
post image
Mehso-so

I love the cult and manipulative aspects to it but the ending, to me, felt kinda preachy almost… like “in case you didn‘t get it, this is what happened”

review
Samary
Bacchanal | Veronica Henry
post image
Mehso-so

This is above so-so but below 🤘 I love the African lore and as much as I like the characters I felt there were too many for the story. The ending was too quick and convenient but leading up to that I really liked.
If you wanna check it out look here: https://amzn.to/36XpkTk

8 likes1 stack add
review
Samary
post image
Panpan

Such a struggle to get through. Yes I‘m out of the target age range but YA is no excuse for poor writing and storytelling. The pages long exposition dumps… c‘mon.

review
Samary
post image
Pickpick

I like this one, it was creepy, atmospheric but predictable for someone used to these types of stories. Big Stephen King vibes, which I appreciate 😊 but if you think King is too wordy try Scott Carson! More to the point.

review
Samary
post image
Pickpick

This is more of a so-so and a half, I did like it, where my problem is, is that it‘s supposed to be told from the perspective of Briseis. So when the perspective switched to Achilles I found it off putting. Especially since it happened pretty far into the book.
If you wanna check it out go here: https://amzn.to/3Iox8uH

review
Samary
Dowry of Blood | S T Gibson
post image
Pickpick

I can see why people don‘t like this type of writing style, but for me I really like this. A long letter, stream of consciousness, epistolary type of book.
It‘s also got themed of abuse, possession is a form of mental abuse and even the undead can be hurt.

review
Samary
He Started It | Samantha Downing
post image
Pickpick

Literally gasped at one point haha! Really been loving her books.

review
Samary
post image
Pickpick

Funny, informative and a bit sad. This short account of her time in North Korea was a good read! I lived in S.Korea for 2 years so it‘s interesting to hear about the other side of the DMZ!

14 likes1 stack add
review
Samary
post image
Pickpick

This doesn‘t get talked about enough. I loved this so much! Young love, a hero‘s journey, battle, family… so good.

https://amzn.to/3KHmlgF
Also available on KU!!

8 likes1 stack add
review
Samary
Kill the Boy Band | Goldy Moldavsky
post image
Pickpick

Super fun quick read. Another delightfully unhinged thriller, a teen version of movies like Very Bad Things and Rough Night.
Who was your favorite Boy Band?
Mine was definitely Backstreet Boys 🤪
Check it out: https://amzn.to/37i2gPx

review
Samary
My Lovely Wife | Samantha Downing
post image
Pickpick

The couple that kills together, right? I enjoyed this a lot! A social climbing couple with the extreme alternate lifestyle 😁
If you‘d like to check it out here‘s the link: https://amzn.to/3vQBsjB

review
Samary
Reminders of Him | Colleen Hoover
post image
Pickpick

This is between the Pick option and the So-So option. My first Colleen Hoover was supposed to be Verity, but it turned out I owned Codename Verity which is very different 🤣
So this one from KU it was! I liked it, though I would love an adult romance where they don‘t express their love after a week.

review
Samary
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
post image
Pickpick

I really liked this one, so much happening all at once and I think the author did a great job balancing it all. I also liked how it ended.

blurb
Samary
post image

When the weather changes I immediately get a cold. So I want to wrap up w some fun nonsense and this seems like a good time to start this series 😎

Nute Hope that you feel better soon! 7mo
Samary @Nute thank you 🥰 7mo
18 likes2 comments
review
Samary
post image
Pickpick

A glimpse into the lives of different women with their own struggles. When I first finished it I was unsatisfied. But the more I sit with it the more I feel like “yeah, I get it.”
If you wanna pick it up, check out this link: https://amzn.to/3paO8NV

review
Samary
post image
Mehso-so

Absolutely love the cover, but the story was a bit meh for me. It took a long time to become interested, I found only one perspective interesting and I called the twist way too soon.
If you‘re interested in picking this one up still, here‘s a link! https://amzn.to/3sfUBcz

review
Samary
Werewolf Haiku | Ryan Mecum
post image
Pickpick

I did like Zombie Haiku better HOWEVER werewolves are clearly the dominant monster species.

If you want to pick up a copy here‘s a link!
https://amzn.to/3pdtoVU

blurb
Samary
post image

I love reading with ambient sounds or music, it just adds to the cozy vibes. So my SO and I decided to start a new YouTube dedicated to these vibes.
Would be cool if you checked it out and may subbed!
Let me know what your favorite background sounds are to read, or relax too!

https://youtube.com/channel/UCJk2Q1w9UnL2r8PzomzlxCQ

DebbieGrillo Love the soft rain and the 2 hour time frame. 7mo
Samary @DebbieGrillo I love the rain sounds too! Happy to hear the 2 hours is a good time, I usually see super long ones everywhere 😊 thanks for taking the time!!!!! Happy Reading 7mo
12 likes2 comments
review
Samary
A Certain Hunger | Chelsea G. Summers
post image
Pickpick

The first words that come to mind are “Delightfully Unhinged”
Content warnings for graphic sexual language, some violence and I really don‘t think vegetarians/vegans should read this 🤪
I love it, very homage to Hannibal Lecter.

blurb
Samary
Verity | Colleen Hoover

QUESTION 🙋‍♀️
I‘ve never read a Colleen Hoover book, where should I start?

Bklover Not much help- the only one I‘ve read is Verity, which I really enjoyed, so maybe start there? 7mo
CiaraLewis Verity or all your perfects would be a good start 7mo
Samary @Bklover @CiaraLewis I do already own Verity, I think I‘ll start there. Thanks for the insight!! 7mo
4 likes3 comments
review
Samary
post image
Pickpick

This is a pre pandemic novella that is scarily similar to what is currently happening. The only critique I have is that I wanted more! I feel there‘s so much story left.

review
Samary
I Married A Lizardman | Regine Abel
post image
Pickpick

Ah! So good, no joke. The story is great, the couple is adorable and every lady deserves their own Olix. Don‘t settle for less ❤️

review
Samary
post image
Pickpick

I‘m biased, I love these books so much. I‘ve said before and I‘ll keep saying it, I want kids just so I can read them these books!

review
Samary
Migrations: A Novel | Charlotte McConaghy
post image
Pickpick

I did like this, a subtle look at what the world will look like if we don‘t combat climate change, through the eyes of a woman working through her trauma.

review
Samary
Throne of Glass | Sarah J Maas
post image
Mehso-so

I know I‘m not the target age range for YA but in my 30s this was ok. If I read it in my teens I‘d probably be ALL about it.

review
Samary
The Love Con | Seressia Glass
post image
Pickpick

This was so cute. I think contemporary romance does a great job at being modern and using current pop culture and references in the most natural way. I didn‘t feel at all like “you‘re really forcing that reference!”

review
Samary
The Collective: A Novel | Alison Gaylin
post image
Pickpick

I am learning that I really love revenge stories. Specifically women‘s revenge. I flew through this one and absolutely loved it. Only criticism I have is the ending, the reason for all this to have started, was not what I would have chosen. But still loved it anyway!

review
Samary
Revival | Stephen King
post image
Pickpick

I feel this book confirms other “It” like creatures or at least an adjacent species!!

review
Samary
post image
Panpan

Incredibly boring. I‘m sorry, the characters were not very bright, and events were excessively convenient. Just not for me. The writing is some of the most repetitive I‘ve ever seen, not only bored but annoyed.

swishandflick Glad I'm not the only one who was underwhelmed 😆 8mo
Samary @swishandflick 🥰 right!? So overhyped. I heard nothing but wonderful things! If you want some really in-depth thoughts check out the 1 star reviews on goodreads! Some are pretty funny. 8mo
13 likes2 comments
review
Samary
post image
Pickpick

This was a fun one! It did drag a bit in the middle and I would have liked to known more about the warring factions but it‘s crazy! And I loved it.

8 likes1 stack add
review
Samary
Fire in His Blood | Ruby Dixon
post image
Pickpick

I finished book 10 of Ice Planet Barbarians and decided to start this series! I clearly love Ruby Dixon 😊

DinoMom I need to try this series as well. I love the ice planet ones 8mo
Samary @DinoMom I enjoyed it! I hope you do too. I‘m on book 11 of Iced and just felt like I needed dragons in my life haha (edited) 8mo
10 likes2 comments
review
Samary
What Big Teeth | Rose Szabo
post image
Mehso-so

Perfect example of telling and not showing. Huge exposition dumps and I find all the characters unlikable.

review
Samary
post image
Pickpick

I do have a soft spot for these books. I love them. This one deals w a couple, one of which has amnesia and how they come back together.

review
Samary
post image
Pickpick

Great range of feelings and emotions. Some triggers for SA and the audio narration was wonderful.

Sophronisba I really need to read this one. 9mo
Samary @Sophronisba a lot it people love Peach Cobbler, but my fave story was Dear Sister. I hope you like it!! 9mo
11 likes2 comments
blurb
Samary
Fiona and Jane | Jean Chen Ho
post image

Book mail arrived! I‘ve been getting into reading more short story collections, and this one is interweaving tales of friendship and coming of age!

#bookmail #botm

review
Samary
post image
Pickpick

ALL the trigger warnings, for kids and adults. This was a difficult, yet fascinating read. I‘m so happy the author found the strength to tell her story.
I find cults fascinating and will read tell-alls and escape memoirs as often as I can.

review
Samary
The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
post image
Pickpick

I did really like this, wonderfully written and the audiobook narrator was great. I will say it is a bit overhyped so if you‘re looking to pick it up manage expectations.

14 likes1 stack add
blurb
Samary
post image

At least she makes a decent page holder 😄

blurb
Samary
Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
post image

Rapid Fire reading wrap up for December! I, somehow, completed 11 books. Great way to end a year!

https://youtube.com/shorts/JR0Q86quwuQ?feature=share

blurb
Samary
post image

Woohoo! Another year in the books.

review
Samary
The Holiday Swap | Maggie Knox
post image
Mehso-so

This was cute, sickly sweet at the end to the point I kinda wanted to gag lol. There is a level of “c‘mon, that would never happen” you have to ignore but it‘s a romcom and I think we‘re mostly pretty good at doing that. I love books w food in them and I was definitely in this one more for the food than the romance.

review
Samary
The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
post image
Pickpick

So cute, I keep picturing the dude as Adam Driver and that makes it even better 😍