Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten quotes from books we’ve read in the past year or so!

Here are my quotes! (Book title goes to Goodreads!)

“It’s amazing how much one person can change the world, even if they don’t know they’re doing it.”- Jenn Marie Thorne from The Wrong Side Of Right

“Love isn’t always pretty. Sometimes you spend all your time hoping it’ll eventually be something different. Something better. Then, before you know it, you’re back to square one, and you lost your heart somewhere along the way.”- Colleen Hoover from Ugly Love.

“The best things aren’t perfectly constructed. They aren’t illusions. they aren’t larger than life. They are life.”- Nina LaCour from Everything Leads To You.

“Promise was like a precious stone, she told me: hypnotising, but after a while the weight of it could sink you.”- Meg Haston from Paperweight.

“I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.”

“Books were safer than other people anyway.”

“Nobody looks like what they really are on the inside. You don’t. I don’t. People are much more complicated than that. It’s true of everybody.”- Neil Gaiman from The Ocean At The End Of The Lane.

“Sing your way home at the close of the day. Sing your way home; drive the shadows away. Smile every mile, for whenever you roam it will brighten your road, It will lighten your load If you sing your way home.”- Carys Bray from A Song For Issy Bradley.

“Knowing the truth is not always a kindness.”- Rosamund Hodge from Cruel Beauty.

“Being single is not a death sentence.”- Philip Siegel from The Break Up Artist.

Feel free to leave me a link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by!

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Comparing ‘Paperweight’ by Meg Haston

Paperweight

How did I get it?:
It was a gift from my sister, Beth

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Stevie is trapped. In her life. In her body. And now in an eating-disorder treatment center on the dusty outskirts of the New Mexico desert.

Life in the center is regimented and intrusive, a nightmare come true. Nurses and therapists watch Stevie at mealtime, accompany her to the bathroom, and challenge her to eat the foods she’s worked so hard to avoid.

Her dad has signed her up for sixty days of treatment. But what no one knows is that Stevie doesn’t plan to stay that long. There are only twenty-seven days until the anniversary of her brother Josh’s death—the death she caused. And if Stevie gets her way, there are only twenty-seven days until she too will end her life.

In this emotionally haunting and beautifully written young adult debut, Meg Haston delves into the devastating impact of trauma and loss, while posing the question: Why are some consumed by their illness while others embark on a path toward recovery?

Thoughts before you started reading Paperweight?

CHRISSI: I’d heard some great things about it, so couldn’t wait to get stuck into it!

LUNA: Chrissi picked this out and it was one of the books that Hot Key Books talked about at their Blogger Event earlier this year. I remember being intrigued.

What did you think of Stevie?

CHRISSI: It took me a while to warm to her, but I ended up completely understanding her and really felt with Paperweight the reader goes on a ‘journey’ with Stevie

LUNA: I found Stevie to be very convincing and it many ways relatable. She does not want treatment. She has a plan, “Twenty-seven days to freedom…” so Paperweight begins and they have put Stevie in a cage. She is angry.

Much of Meg Haston’s book is character driven, largely by Stevie and how she slowly opens up to people at the treatment centre.

Best bit?

CHRISSI: I loved that this book didn’t offer an instant solution. Stevie takes a while to open up to people at the treatment centre and I appreciated that her recovery wasn’t portrayed as instant. It’s much more realistic for it to be a ‘journey’. Gosh, I hate using that word, but it’s so true in this case!

LUNA: The fact that this this book did not do a ‘flip and it’s all okay now’. I find that very frustrating in a lot of these stories. They’ll have characters who’ll turn a corner making them instantly better or they are suddenly cured at the end. While I understand that showing positive outcomes can be good thing when dealing with tough subjects, I do think that reality doesn’t tend to work so neatly (speaking from my personal experience here) and with Paperweight I feel like Meg Haston has got a better balance.

Worst bit?

CHRISSI: Paperweight is an incredibly intense read, so although I thought it was a fantastic read, it wasn’t exactly an enjoyable reading experience. The book covers a lot of intense issues from many young teens. It’s heartbreaking. I would definitely issue a warning to those that may be sensitive to the subjects covered in Paperweight. 

LUNA: Not as in ‘didn’t like’ but Paperweight is not easy reading. It’s emotional and heavy. I do mean heavy. The treatment centre is for girls with eating disorders but Meg is basically using her eating disorder to commit suicide. There is abuse, depression, abandonment, a whole range of tough topics. So yes I recommend this book but I also feel like it should come with a warning, because it takes a lot out of you.

Favourite character/moment?

CHRISSI: My favourite moments in the book was when the relationships started to develop. I really liked how Stevie began to build a friendship with her roommate. I also found the interactions between Anna and Stevie. The support from mental health professionals was overwhelmingly positive and I appreciated it being represented in such a way.

LUNA: I really liked Shrink (aka Anna). Again, way too often I see mental health professional get represented as caricatures or useless. Here that’s not the case. Stevie’s whole treatment team is there to help her. She might not want it but she needs it.

Was Paperweight what you expected?

CHRISSI: It was intense, like I thought it would be!

LUNA: It was better. 🙂

Would you recommend it?

CHRISSI: Of course!

LUNA: Absolutely

This Week In Books #17

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Click on the book image to get you to Goodreads!

The Taxidermist's Daughter Paperweight Born Weird

NOWThe Taxidermist’s Daughter Kate Mosse– I am just about to start this ghostly thriller by Kate Mosse for my next ‘Talking About…’ with Beth!

THEN- PaperweightMeg Haston– Last night I finished Paperweight, ready for my ‘Comparing’ review later this month with Luna from Luna’s Little Library.

NEXT Born WeirdAndrew Kaufman– Next up for me is Born Weird, which looks intriguing!

What have you been reading this week? Feel free to link up with your posts and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #125

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book title to get to the Goodreads page!

Gifts:

PaperweightGo Set a Watchman

Paperweight- Meg Haston- I have wanted to read this book for quite some time now! My sister got me a copy at YALC last weekend! So grateful! 🙂

Go Set A Watchman– Harper Lee- I was so torn whether to get a copy of this book or not, but my mum made me decision and bought me a copy last night!

Bought at YALC:

A Long, Long SleepThis is Not a Love StoryUnspeakable

A Long, Long Sleep– Anna Sheehan- My sister picked this up and thought I’d like it immediately from reading about it. It’s a YA/Sci-fi fairy tale retelling. Yep, right up my alley!

This Is Not A Love Story– Keren David- I’ve heard good things about this book so decided to pick it up!

Unspeakable- Abbie Rushton- This book has been on my radar for a while now, so I was happy to see it at YALC!

Borrowed from Beth:

The Lost and the Found

The Lost And The Found– Cat Clarke- Beth picked this book up at YALC and decided that I’d get around to reading it first, so let me bring it home! Isn’t she wonderful?!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your hauls and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading 🙂

Ten Books I Recently Added To My TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books I Recently Added To My TBR list. Most of these books are debuts, which I’m very excited about, but others are books I’ve just heard amazing things about. I’m sure this week will make me add even MORE to my TBR.

Book images go to Goodreads!

The Fill-In Boyfriend Paperweight

I adore Kasie West’s writing. She’s definitely one of my favourite contemporary writers. I’m looking forward to her next book, The Fill-In Boyfriend which is out in May. Paperweight is a book about mental illness (specifically about eating disorders) I’m intrigued to see how it is represented.

None of the Above The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight, #1)

I am very interested in None Of The Above which is a book about a teenager who discovers that they were born intersex. I’m all for diversity in my books, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it is explored. I’ve heard good things about The Girl At Midnight too which looks like it could be an exciting read!

Love Fortunes and Other Disasters The Wrong Side of Right

I have to admit, I was drawn to the cover of Love, Fortunes and Other Disasters. It looks like a cute read! I added The Wrong Side of Right recently when I was exploring some books out this year.

Things We Know by Heart Making Pretty

I am very excited about Things We Know By Heart. I really enjoy Jessi Kirby’s writing, so I can’t wait to devour this book! I recently added Making Pretty to my TBR. It looks like a intriguing read.

Life Unaware Vicious

Life Unaware is another recent addition to my TBR. It looks at internet culture. I’ve had to add Vicious to my list because nearly every blogger I follow is raving about this series. I’m too intrigued not to start it!

What have you recently added to your TBR? Have you read any of these books yet? What should I prioritise! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!