Accomplishment Achieved: RAINBOW SHELVES!

I mentioned in my last post that after unhauling 40 books, I wanted to re-organize my shelf into a rainbow. Last weekend, I did just that! Let me tell you, it was a workout! It was pretty close, but I ended up with JUST enough room for all the books I own on my shelf.

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Saying Goodbye to 40 Books (My First Unhaul)

My First Book Unhaul

I got back into reading at the very beginning of 2015 and since then I have acquired many books. Enough to fill a very large, nearly ceiling-high book shelf. A lot of them were bought when I still wasn’t completely sure what my favorite kinds of books were, and many were the result of just buying anything that I recognized on Book Outlet, simply because it was cheap.

I’m a lot better about that kind of thing now, but as it stands…I have two book orders on the way (What? I’m weak, okay!) and NO shelf space. So I decided it was time for my very first unhaul. It’s kind of therapeutic actually. Getting rid of books you don’t actually care about and making room for ones that will potentially be your new loves.

The majority of these books will be going to my sister’s friend’s daughter. The new adult books are too much for her so I’m going to donate those instead.

My next order of business (once my book orders arrive) will be to take all my books off the shelves, dust really well and re-organize them as a rainbow! I’ve been wanting to do the rainbow thing for a while. I’ll post pictures once it’s complete!

Are you due for a book unhaul? Or have you ever unhauled a large number of books? Was it difficult to let go? Tell me all about it in the comments!

I Didn’t Get What Was Promised (My Thoughts: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas)

This probably won’t be a very long post because I don’t have much to say about this book. The Darkest Corners was very middle-of-the-road in every aspect. It was okay, but ultimately forgettable and unimpactful. This book has a lot of positive reviews on Goodreads, but as a lover of thrillers, I think I’m more difficult to impress.

The biggest issue this book has is that it was so fraudulently marketed. I know it’s their job to make it sound good, but I got pretty much nothing that was promised. This claims to be a psychological thriller, but nothing about this book thrilled me OR messed with my mind. The tone was flat for almost the entire book. Even the “climax” felt flat. Also, the plot wasn’t unique. I could have forgiven that if it was at least executed really well, but for me this was not.

One good thing I will say about The Darkest Corners, is that it portrayed pretty accurate teenage relationships (between friends, with significant others, parents, etc). Sometimes authors will miss the mark by making teenagers too much of a caricature or by making them far too mature. It didn’t feel like Thomas was trying too hard and the dialogue also seemed very natural.

This might be a good gateway book for you if you are just starting to get into the thriller genre and also mostly read young adult fiction. But if you live and breathe thrillers, I’d give this a hard pass.

3 Stars!

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I received this ARC from Delacorte Press via Shelf Awareness.


Title: The Darkest Corners
Author: Kara Thomas
Genre: Young Adult – Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Pages: 336
Find On: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis:

The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become.

There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.

But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.