Bookish Tag: My World of Reading!

I was scrolling through my WordPress feed and saw a post by Joseyphina’s World. After reading it I thought it would be so fun to also answer these questions.

  1. Author you’ve read the most books from:

I would have to say that Nora Roberts would be my most read author. I have been reading her for so long and I think I have read most of the books she published.

2. Best Sequel Ever:

A Court of Mist and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. The first book was good but the second left me absolutely in love with the characters and the story.

3. Currently Reading:

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

4. Drink of Choice While Reading

Mostly water and occasionally tea

5. E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical Book

6. Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in High School:

I was in love with Edward Cullen in high school

7. Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. I picked it up not thinking much of it and it ended up being really funny and great.

8. Hidden Gem Book:

Rites of Passage by Joy N. Henley. I’ve never heard of the book or anyone talking about it and it became one of my favorites.

9. Important Moment in your Reading Life:

When I stepped out of my romance bubble and discovered so many other genres and opened my self up to a whole group of books I never would have tried.

10. Just Finished:

The Girls: An All American Town, a Predatory Doctor, and the Untold Story of the Gymnasts Who Brought Him Down by Abigail Pesta. Would recommend for everyone.

11. Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

There is nothing I won’t give a chance but it seems I generally don’t read historical fiction.

11. Longest Book You’ve Read:

The Walking Dead Compendium 1

12. Major book hangover because of:

The ACOTAR series. Left me unable to pick up another book for a while.

13. Number of Bookcases You Own:

My grandpa built me a custom book case that is about the size of two standard floor to ceiling book cases.

14. One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Harry Potter and Percy Jackson and the Olympians every year for a long long time

15. Preferred Place to Read:

In my recliner with a movie or show playing.

16. Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

I honestly wish I had one but I can never seem to remember quotes.

17. Reading Regret:

Letting other people tell me books were not worth the read only to read them years later and really enjoy them.

18. Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):

Gone Series by Michael Grant. Loved the first one and bought a few of the others only to find out they were later in the series and never bought the rest. Going to get to it in 2020 for sure.

19. Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

How can I answer this… I guess The Book Thief, The Great Alone, and A Court of Mist and Fury would be the first three that come to mind.

20. Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Sarah Dessen

21. Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

A Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare. I’ve been following the Shadowhunters series for so long so I am excited to get back into it.

22. Worst Bookish Habit:

I crack my spines. I know cringy but I have been trying to be better about it. I forget sometimes and do it.

23. X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

24. Your latest book purchase:

Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

25. ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late)

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Hope you all enjoyed reading this. Let me know the last book you stayed up late to read. Catch you all soon.

2019 Reading Stats

Books Read: 189

Shortest Book: Peter Pan- J.M. Barrie

Longest Book: The Walking Dead, Compodium 1

My Average Rating: 3.7 Stars

Favorite Book: The Great Alone- Kristen Hannah

Worst Book: I Hate Everyone But You- Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin

Favorite Series: Illuminea Files- Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Sorry for the format of the charts. I’m still trying to get used to them!

The Girls: An All-American Town, a Predatory Doctor, and the Untold Story of the Gymnasts Who Brought Him Down By Abigail Pesta

Holy shit this book is intense.

Firstly, let me start off by saying that I won’t be going into detail about what is in the book, as far as the stories go. I truly believe that these are the kind of books that as readers we need to experience firsthand.

Trigger warning for extremely graphic sexual assault and for suicide, self-harm and verbal abuse.

I started this book knowing the major details of the scandal. Having watch the HBO Documentary: At the Heart of Gold, I learned even more about the scandal than I had heard about in the news. What this book did is give readers an inside look into the beginning, middle and end of the abuser Larry Nassar’s grooming techniques; the disturbing coverups and dismissals of victims reporting the abuse; and reminds us that children do not think the same as adults.

For me watching the Olympics is all about gymnastics. Seeing people flying, flipping, jumping, hanging and vaulting is always exciting. So, when in 2016 I heard about the USA Gymnastics Scandal involving the team doctor Larry Nassar I was shocked. This industry that makes millions on the sponsorships and viewers and is admired by people all over the world couldn’t have allowed a predator access to young girls for 30 years. It sounds impossible that not one person spoke out in all that time.

But here is the thing, they did. We find out in this book that multiple girls across three decades reported the abuse to counselors, police and head people at MSU where Larry Nassar was employed.

The abuse in the book is bad extremely bad and the survivors are strong, brave and courageous. These survivors gave a voice to young girls who were silenced by years of not only the grooming techniques of the abuser but by the very people who should have protected them, coaches and people in authority who could and should have stopped the abuse from the very beginning.

This book was not easy to read. Let me tell you I really struggled with reading the accounts of abuse the women went through. After finishing this book, I realized that this is the kind of book that is so important. It shows us not only that abuse can happen anywhere to anyone but that we need better protocol for girls who are in an isolated sport like gymnastics. It shows us that we need to trust the instincts of young children. Take a more active roll in letting them know what is appropriate and what is crossing a line. That even doctors who are world renowned should be watch closely. That when kids say something is off, we need to ask them questions and find exactly the thing that is making them feel off.

Read this book and take note on how predators groom children. Read this book and know that you should stop at nothing to report what is making you uncomfortable even if you don’t know what is happening is abuse. Read this book and know that trusting your gut will never steer you wrong. Let this book remind you that surviving abuse of any kind makes you an incredible human.