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

nrheckel

Joined October 2016

Detailed reviews at thebookslist.tumblr.com
blurb
nrheckel
Mr. Mercedes: A Novel | Stephen King
post image

How DARE you

blurb
nrheckel
Authority: A Novel | Jeff VanderMeer
post image
blurb
nrheckel
post image

So excited to be back in this world

blurb
nrheckel
post image

I'll never get used to these weird bookish coincidences, like reading a book of essays and coming across a reference to something I read on another book of essays earlier today #notimetospare

blurb
nrheckel
Furthermore | Tahereh Mafi
post image

blurb
nrheckel
"D" is for Deadbeat | Sue Grafton
post image

This sentence just made me more sad than I expected!

11 likes1 comment
blurb
nrheckel
Canto Bight (Star Wars): Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi | Mira Grant, Rae Carson, John Jackson Miller, Saladin Ahmed
post image

TBT to two weeks ago when I was reading Star Wars stories on a cruise ship in the Caribbean instead of on the internet waiting for work to end

blurb
nrheckel
post image

😂😂😂 I mean....

blurb
nrheckel
Cold Mountain: A Novel | Charles Frazier
post image

I NEVER DNF books, but the first 30 pages of this one were like pulling teeth so as much as Major Tom enjoys rubbing his face on it we're gonna have to say goodbye

PurpleyPumpkin Really?!? I have such high hopes for this one. It‘s been on my tbr forever. 2y
Kaye I‘ve got to agree with you on this. Back when I read it, everyone was making a big deal about it being so good. I couldn‘t see what all the fuss was about. I finished it, but wasn‘t thrilled. The ending was odd. I‘d give it 2 stars. 2y
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
See All 6 Comments
nrheckel @PurpleyPumpkin don't take my word for it!! I have a really hard time picturing stories in my head and this was heavy on imagery so it was just a slog for me. If you are good with imagery I've heard it's beautiful! I recently read Days Without End and had the same issue so if you've read that one you'll know what I mean! 😊 2y
nrheckel @kaye that's reassuring! I get nervous when I don't finish books, so hopefully that means it probably wouldn't have grown on me! 2y
PurpleyPumpkin Thanks for the heads-up. I‘ll keep your comments in mind. 👍🏽 2y
12 likes1 stack add6 comments
blurb
nrheckel
post image

Took a break on yesterday's lunch to read (and love) Khizr Khan's beautiful memoir, but now I'm back at it with Victoria The Queen

blurb
nrheckel
post image

Feeling ambitious on my lunch break today

17 likes1 stack add
blurb
nrheckel
True Colors | Kristin Hannah
post image

I'm not enjoying this book at all, except for the joy I get imagining people not from Washington trying to pronounce Sequim 👌👌👌

review
nrheckel
Postcards From the Edge | Carrie Fisher
post image
Pickpick

I can't review this book for obvious reasons.

RIP

36 likes1 stack add
review
nrheckel
Good as Gone | Amy Gentry
post image
Pickpick

So this is kind of really personal, but in a few days it'll be ten years since my cousin went missing, so this was probably not a good time to read this book. Parts of it were way too close to home.
However, my cousin is black so I really appreciated the way that the author explored the difference in how missing kids are treated depending on what they look like.
Also, I really did enjoy the story and read it all in one go.

mrsh62010 So sorry to hear of your family's experience. Thinking of you and sending love. 💕 3y
nrheckel @mrsh62010 thank you❤❤❤ 3y
Suet624 That's horrifying. I'm so sorry. 3y
See All 10 Comments
Cinfhen Sorry for your family's loss😞 3y
Jenshootsweddings Wow. What a horrible and frustrating experience. Sending love! ❤️❤️ 3y
saresmoore Oh I'm so sorry to hear that. I think it's brave and strong of you to read something so close to home. Hugs! 3y
cathysaid It is a sad reality played out every day in the news. Thank you for sharing your sorry and making us remember that when this happens to "others," it truly happens to us all. 3y
Reviewsbylola Sorry about your cousin. That's horrible. 3y
LeahBergen Oh, that's horrible. Hugs to you. ❤️❤️ 3y
26 likes1 stack add10 comments
review
nrheckel
Wishful Drinking | Carrie Fisher
post image
Pickpick

I've been reading all of Carrie Fisher's books in preparation for princess diarist, which my husband is getting me for Christmas and I LOVE them.
It's like listening to Carrie Fisher ramble about her life which is a DREAM.

34 likes2 stack adds
review
nrheckel
post image
Pickpick

I'm really enjoying this series - in fact, I liked this book better than the first! I love the characters and the story, everything!
These are really good, quick reads

josie281 One of my top five series!! 3y
nrheckel @josie281 I've been meaning to read her for so long and now I'm sad I waited so long! This series is excellent! 3y
josie281 I have the audiobooks as well. The spin off series are also just as good. 3y
nrheckel @josie281 I'm excited!!! 3y
20 likes4 comments
review
nrheckel
This Dark Endeavour | Kenneth Oppel
post image
Pickpick

I LOVE Kenneth Oppel, so even though I really don't think this one was his best I still really enjoyed it.
I think if I was more familiar with the story of Frankenstein I would have enjoyed this more, because I kind of felt the whole time like I was missing things that were important.
It was still super enjoyable, and as always with Oppel, I really loved that there was an important female character even in a novel like this.

31 likes2 stack adds
review
nrheckel
Fire and Hemlock | Diana Wynne Jones
post image
Panpan

Maybe it's because I'm not familiar with the story of Tan Coul, but I really didn't enjoy this book.
It took me WEEKS to read this, I read like 20 pages and fell asleep most of the time 😕
I couldn't get on board with the deliberate misspellings in their letters to each other, and I ESPECIALLY couldn't get on board with a romantic relationship between a child and an adult??? The story was really confusing, but I think I wasn't paying attention😕

blurb
nrheckel
A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens
post image

I bought this beautiful edition YEARS ago, and while it's one of the prettiest books on my shelves, both stories remain classics I haven't read 😕
#seasonsreadings2016

Smangela I haven't read them either, you aren't alone ;) beautiful cover art! 3y
Reviewsbylola I hated A Tale of Two Cities. I do intend to try Great Expectations on serial someday though. 3y
Betty Hated this; we had to read this in the 10th grade. Our elderly red-head teacher always welcomed us to Happy Hour and had a word of the day on the board. We hid other books inside our lit books while pretending to read this. 3y
See All 7 Comments
Viji Liked Great Expectations. Currently slogging through A Tale of Two Cities on Serial Reader. There doesn't seem to be much of a plot or maybe I just don't get it. 3y
nrheckel @Smangela @Reviewsbylola @Betty @Viji Maybe I won't feel too bad about putting them off then!😉 3y
obviateit I loved A Tale of Two Cities! But the only Great Expectations I've read is the Great Illustrated Classics version when I was a kid. It's been on my #tbr for... awhile. 😄 3y
nrheckel @obviateit 😂😂 the closest I've gotten to tale of two cities is the Wishbone version when I was a kid so I hear you! 3y
31 likes1 stack add7 comments
review
nrheckel
post image
Mehso-so

I really liked this story and would have really enjoyed it, but I was super uncomfortable with the way she talked about both race and gender. It could have been intentional, but I still really couldn't get on board.

review
nrheckel
3 Willows | Ann Brashares
post image
Pickpick

I was kind of nervous about this one because spinoffs of anything are rarely that good, and I was pleasantly surprised.
I really enjoyed this! I felt like it wasn't trying too hard to be like the original, and was really interesting and good in its own right, while bringing in the sisterhood enough to still make sense as a spinoff.

27 likes1 stack add
review
nrheckel
post image
Pickpick

I loved this one. It had so many things that I really enjoy -story about the Titanic, multiple perspectives, and I really love the way he played with format.
I was weirded out at first when the iceberg and the promenades and stuff had their own voice but they ended up being really enjoyable too.

blurb
nrheckel
Shockaholic | Carrie Fisher
post image

This is so funny
😂😂😂

review
nrheckel
Wide Awake | David Levithan
post image
Pickpick

This is another book that really helped me get through the difficult times we're in now - it's so incredibly relevant to today I couldn't believe it.
The only part I didn't enjoy was the relationship. I thought it was kind of an irresponsible portrayal in a book that is full of so many good lessons.

17 likes2 stack adds
quote
nrheckel
post image

"Time and space were bathtubs that Maura splashed in" is a GREAT line

25 likes1 stack add
review
nrheckel
post image
Panpan

This one was really disappointing because it is such an interesting story, and I came into it knowing nothing about Rosemary, so it should have been so good but somehow it was really boring??
It felt so impersonal, I came out with no impression of who she was as a person, more like a list of facts. And I understand the thought behind talking so much about the other Kennedys, but it wasn't framed in a way that made sense to the story.
😕😕😕

Reviewsbylola What a disappointment. I would love to read about her so hopefully there are better options out there! 3y
rubyslippersreads Disappointing, because it's on my TBR list. 🙁 3y
DebinHawaii Bummer! I saw this one and wondered about it because her story is so interesting and there are only bits and pieces in most Kennedy books. 😐 3y
See All 6 Comments
nrheckel @Reviewsbylola I looked the book up on Amazon and it had a bunch of suggestions for other books about her but I feel like I need a break before I try to figure out which one looks best! 3y
nrheckel @rubyslippersreads I think a lot of people really enjoyed it and there's really interesting information in it so it might still be worth a read! I generally really prefer autobiographies because they're more personal so it could be just a preference thing (but I've never been bored by the Kennedys before!) 3y
nrheckel @DebinHawaii I know! I wasn't aware of her at all so I was super excited about this one so it was super disappointing! 3y
19 likes6 comments
review
nrheckel
Devil in a Blue Dress | Walter Mosley
post image
Pickpick

This was so good!
I love detective novels but sometimes they can get a little predictable. I love how this one felt totally different from anything I've ever read before.

vivastory Haven't read any Mosley, but "Man in the Basement" is on my radar thanks to @Liberty 3y
Donna_sBookMinute I've never been a Mosley fan but I saw the movie with Denzel. 🎬 3y
nrheckel @vivastory yes! I'm really excited for that one for the same reason hahaha I think it wasn't at my library yet last time I checked 😒 3y
nrheckel @Donna_sBookMinute I haven't seen the movie but now I want to! 3y
26 likes4 comments
review
nrheckel
post image
Pickpick

So I have a family member who, if asked about systemic racism, insists that there is no empirical evidence, that it's all conjecture.
Even if that were true 😒😒, when I read a book like this it's so hard to understand why conjecture wouldn't be enough for her tbh.
This book was so good, but so hard to read. It was painfully raw and personal and I felt like I was seeing something I wasn't supposed to, and like my eyes were really opened.

31 likes3 stack adds
review
nrheckel
The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
post image
Pickpick

This was my second attempt to read this book. and for some reason I really enjoyed it this time!
I didn't really enjoy what felt like the tendency to be vulgar just for the sake of it, but I also really did like it in that books about men are always allowed to be that way (although I don't tend to like those ones either...)
Anyway, I really enjoyed the way this story unfolded, and I loved the way that it was feminist in a sort of new way.

30 likes3 stack adds
blurb
nrheckel
3 Willows | Ann Brashares
post image

Sad to be saying goodbye to this series, but I'm so thankful the spinoff was almost as good as the original!

28 likes1 stack add
review
nrheckel
post image
Pickpick

I really loved this. The format was excellent and the story was so compelling.
I've heard that it might be ableist, and unfortunately that tends to be something I'm not excellent at catching - did anyone feel like this was ableist?

Godmotherx5 I had not heard that. 3y
Reviewsbylola I hadn't heard that either. Interesting. I loved this book! 3y
33 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
nrheckel
Truly Madly Guilty | Liane Moriarty
post image

Listening to @rebeccaschinsky talking about Big Little Lies on #AllTheBooks is making me really want to finally get started on Truly Madly Guilty (why have I been waiting so long???), but we've got to wash the car so I have to wait 😭😭😭

review
nrheckel
Last Summer With Maizon | Jacqueline Woodson
post image
Pickpick

Jacqueline Woodson can do no wrong - I've loved everything I've read by her!

Also, I keep trying to brush that cat hair off my screen but it's part of the picture! It's huge!
#catsoflitsy ????

review
nrheckel
Fairest: In All the Land | Bill Willingham
post image
Panpan

I'm actually really surprised that I didn't like this one, because I really loved Fables.
I was so bored throughout this whole story, and I was super annoyed because it felt like it was trying to be funny but just never was... also the art was just like so dark (Like literally dark) that it was unpleasant to look at.

blurb
nrheckel
Wide Awake | David Levithan
post image

It's weird how books that completely fit the situation we're in at any given time can just fall into your lap

JanuarieTimewalker13 I love David Levithan!! 3y
21 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
nrheckel
Security: A Novel | Gina Wohlsdorf
post image
Pickpick

I really didn't think I would like this one - I'm trying to read more horror, but this didn't seem like my "type".
But I loved it. It was so weird! It took a while to get used to how strange the style was, but once I did I was surprised how funny it was?? Definitely still scary, but it was so much more than that.

28 likes1 stack add
review
nrheckel
Sisterhood Everlasting | Ann Brashares
post image
Pickpick

Definitely my favorite in this series. It could be a little predictable at times but I am just so impressed with how she tackles such serious subjects while keeping the series light and fun to read.

blurb
nrheckel
Queen of Shadows | Sarah J Maas
post image

I finally started Queen of Shadows and I'm sad I waited so long - I'm really enjoying it!
Unfortunately, I'm not sure how much I'll be reading this weekend. My father in law is in Orlando for work, so we'll be having sort of an early Thanksgiving with my husband's family up there. The 3 hour drive WOULD be perfect for reading but #Pokemon came out today so.....👌👌👌👌👌

24 likes1 stack add
review
nrheckel
Twenty Boy Summer | Sarah Ockler
post image
Panpan

I really loved The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, but after reading this one and having really struggled through a couple of chapters of another, I don't think I'm going to pick up another Sarah Ockler. 😕
The characters in this one were annoying and the plot wasn't the most solid thing in the world. I love her writing, but it was just not fun to read.

review
nrheckel
Wildflower | Drew Barrymore
post image
Pickpick

I would definitely suggest reading Little Girl Lost before this one, because I definitely wouldn't have enjoyed it the same way if I hadn't.
On its own, it's kind of scattered and not that well-written (and kind of not very interesting), but being able to see so many changes between the woman who wrote this book and the child who wrote her first was really beautiful and kind of inspiring
🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸

31 likes1 stack add
review
nrheckel
Little Girl Lost | Todd Gold, Drew Barrymore
post image
Pickpick

It was weird feeling so protective of the child who wrote this book when Drew Barrymore is actually like 20 years older than me, but there's so much disorder in this book its devastating.
A little off because it did feel like she was just parroting things she had been told, but it felt like such a sad mixture of mature and way too young.

30 likes4 stack adds
review
nrheckel
post image
Pickpick

This entire collection is genuinely hilarious, and surprising in the best way.
If you're not sure about short story collections, start with this one - there isn't a bad one in the bunch, and there's so much variety that you could hypothetically read this very slowly but I couldn't put it down.

Cinfhen I honestly fell for the cover, but ended up loving what was inside! I don't read many short story collections but this was quite fun🙂 3y
nrheckel @Cinfhen I heard about it on All the Books, but as soon as it came in from the library (today), I saw the cover and NEEDED to read it and was not disappointed hahaha 3y
Cinfhen Right? The cover is hilarious 😂 3y
nrheckel @Cinfhen like honestly this whole book is so perfect, starting with that cover 👌👌👌 3y
37 likes6 stack adds4 comments
review
nrheckel
post image
Pickpick

This was a really quality autobiography!
Easy to read, almost always actually interesting, and really down to earth!
There were times I felt like it could have been more personal, but it's his choice how much he wants to share with us and I really enjoyed reading what we got!

JanuarieTimewalker13 @nrheckel this may not make sense unless you've read the book, but I definitely must read this book bc of My Best Friend's Exorcism...I would love to know if PC knows he's in that book! Lol... 3y
33 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
nrheckel
post image
Pickpick

I was nervous about this one after not liking Party Games, but this was everything I wanted R.L. Stine to be.
It was the perfect mix of real life and paranormal, and a good mix of scary but not really that scary. There were some predictable twists and some I never saw coming.
Overall, super enjoyable, light read!
👻👻👻👻👻

blurb
nrheckel
Wildflower | Drew Barrymore
post image

I've read both of Drew Barrymore's autobiographies since yesterday so I felt like it was time to rewatch 50 first dates- one of my favorites
feat. #ChristmasTree - my husband and I impulse bought a 7.5' tree at target yesterday despite our intentions to buy a much smaller tree at a much later time...🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

Vexingcircumstance I have this on my kindle but haven't read it yet. I read her first bio when I was in my teens or early 20s. 3y
nrheckel @Vexingcircumstance reading them one after the other was an experience! It gave me the impression that the first one was heavily influenced by the adults in her life being kind of exploitative - this one was way lighter and more fun (although of course it was, considering the subject matter) 3y
Vexingcircumstance I think she herself changed a lot, too. She had a lot of problems growing up. She WAS surrounded by a negativity filled Hollywood family. I think once she was on her own she was able to really be herself more 3y
See All 6 Comments
nrheckel @Vexingcircumstance for sure! It was so interesting to see the changes between the books in so many ways, subtle and obvious. Being able to feel the growth and healing between them was so amazing and made me so happy 3y
Lucylovesreading I could not get into this book at all. I tried it on audible but returned it. 3y
nrheckel @Lucylovesreading I can totally see how that could happen! If I hadn't just read her other book I would probably have felt the same way! The first couple of chapters are kind of poorly written, and I just don't think I would have been as interested in these little moments in her life if I wasn't comparing it to little girl lost! 3y
26 likes6 comments
review
nrheckel
post image
Pickpick

After a couple of days of not being able to sleep, read, focus on anything for more than 5 seconds, I'm so glad I decided to pick this up.
Not only did it allow me to finally FINISH something, this story gave me so much hope.
It's so cheesy, but seeing a story of women continuing to fight despite living in a world that is so hateful made me feel like we really can get through anything that's thrown at us for the next 4 years.
💪💪💪💪💪

Notafraidofwords Great review ☝️️ 3y
nrheckel @Notafraidofwords thanks!❤❤ 3y
24 likes2 stack adds2 comments
blurb
nrheckel
Little Girl Lost | Todd Gold, Drew Barrymore
post image

The only thing better than being actually asleep at 4 in the morning is having the company of two cats, a heated blanket, and a good book❤❤❤😻😻😻
#Mogget #catsoflitsy #petsoflitsy

DebinHawaii 🐱❤️🐱 3y
26 likes2 comments
blurb
nrheckel
post image

My home!!!

blurb
nrheckel
post image

I'm so excited to finally have this book in my hands- it's definitely helping with this slump!
Although it's definitely taking me longer than it should to get through it!

blurb
nrheckel

I'm so restless and uneasy, I've started so many books and just can't concentrate at all. I know a lot of you guys are feeling the same way so even though I haven't been posting I'm so thankful to see that I'm not alone❤

DebinHawaii You are definitely not alone. I can't seem to settle in to read or sleep either one. Hang in there. ❤️👍 3y
nrheckel @DebinHawaii thank you so much, you too❤❤ 3y
LeahBergen ❤️❤️ from Canada 3y
See All 7 Comments
Lucylovesreading I loved this book, great pic! 3y
Suet624 It's taking me forever to finish a book that is witty and quite enjoyable. My attention span is zilch. Still numb with an occasional burst of anger. (That's my weather report for today.) 3y
nrheckel @LeahBergen ❤❤to you too! 3y
nrheckel @Suet624 exactly! I have barely stated books laying all over my house- I've tried so many genres and it feels impossible! 3y
27 likes7 comments