Book Review: Every Day (Every Day #1)

Every Day by David Levithan

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Synopsis:

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone A wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.


~SPOILER ALERT~


*This is actually a reread for me so I took my old review and updated it*

One thing that I love about this book is that there are so many different characters but in a way that isn’t overkill. Given the plot it makes sense ya know?

I remember in my first review I used they/them pronouns for A because I wasn’t sure of how they identified. However, in the forward of Six Earlier Days, David Levithan uses he/him so I guess A is a boy.

Y’all know I hate insta love, and I feel like that’s what happened with A and Rhiannon. In a way he’s kind of obsessed with her, and is willing to disrupt other people’s lives for her even though he knows it’s wrong.

I also don’t get why Rhiannon didn’t just break up with Justin when she admitted that there was nothing there. Why? Just why? I don’t get it and it’s so frustrating to see that happen so often.

I did like when A was in the twins’ bodies back to back, that was kinda cool because he sort of got to see what happened afterward.

I completely forgot that he would wake up in Rhiannon’s body. Such a great twist.

One of the things that I really love about A is that he do not discriminate and he’s so open minded which, honestly, is really rare. On the other hand, Rhiannon’s judgement made me dislike her a bit. Honestly, I kind of hated her the first time I read it. This time, not as much but I just hate how much she relied on Justin because he’s absolute trash.

I also forgot about all of the stuff with Nathan and Reverend Poole. I wonder how much Nathan will be in the next book. I know that Reverend Poole has to be right? Because A wants to be in just one body?

I wonder how Poole is able to stay in one body and what has happened to the real Poole.

I think it was kind of weird but also sweet that A set Rhiannon up with Alexander. I wonder if they will be together in the next one.

One thing that I love about this book is that it addresses a few things like addiction, depression, sexuality, gender identity, and religion. That’s a lot for just one book.

On the other hand, something that bothered me is the way he described Ashley. There is a fair amount of diversity in this book so why is it so hard to address black characters properly? Or just the one in this case (I think). First she’s the “super hot Black girl” and then the “Black bitch’ which makes me think Justin is racist. I just don’t understand why this only happened with her when there are other minority characters.

I also still have  A LOT of questions: Where are A’s parents? Why is he like this? What would happen if his host died? Did he ever have a body of his own?

I guess I’ll find out soon.

4 stars.


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Showcase Special: Female Scientists You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of Vol 1

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So, according to the book I’m reading, Forgotten Women: The Scientists, women are, as most women are well aware, frequently prevented (in varying ways) to pursue STEM positions.

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And, unless you’re the type of person who likes to ignore facts and evidence and reality, it’s something that needs to change. So, as a result, my Showcase Series will be about female scientists you’ve probably never heard of, because we need to know. 

Can’t keep waiting around for the next Hidden Figures to let us know all about history that men have white-washed.

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

So, who was Cecilia and why is she important?

Well, remember the scene in The Lion King when Simba, Timon and Pumba are discussing the stars and they all share their opinions on what stars are and Simba thinks the stars – or at least one of them – is his dad, and Timon and Pumba…

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Hump Day Special: You Know You Want It Giveaway Competition

Enter the giveaway and get this AMAZING book!!

Things Carla Loves

You Know You Want It.

In a paperback version.

That you could win.

No catches, strings, anything.

It doesn’t come with, “Enter this competition and then leave a nice review because you won a book”, because you are allowed to hate it.

You are allowed to rip it up or give it away.

You are allowed to roast it on Goodreads if you think it’s really terrible. (On the other hand, if you like it, feel free to leave a positive review! Major shout out to Rae at

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Novella Review: Six Earlier Days

Six Earlier Days by David Levithan

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Synopsis:

In Every Day, New York Times bestselling author David Levithan presented readers with his most ambitious novel to date: Every morning, A wakes up in a different body and leads a different life. A must never get too attached, must never be noticed, must never interfere.

The novel Every Day starts on Day 5994 of A’s life. In this digital-only collection Six Earlier Days, Levithan gives readers a glimpse at a handful of the other 5993 stories yet to be told that inform how A navigates the complexities of a life lived anew each day.


I like this introduction of A. I’ve already read Every Day but now that the final book has been released, I decided to reread it.

I don’t have a whole lot to say because there wasn’t much in this little novella but I am excited to jump back into it.

It’s interesting that there’s so much focus on A trying not to interfere in people’s lives because I know what’s coming.

This also stirs up a lot of questions: What happens to the people who A takes over? Do they remember anything from the day that they “miss”?

I hope I found out over the next few weeks!

3 stars.


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Book Review: Harvesting the Heart

Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult

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Synopsis:

Paige has only a few vivid memories of her mother, who abandoned her at five years old. Now, having left her father behind in Chicago for dreams of art school and marriage to an ambitious young doctor, she finds herself with a child of her own. But her mother’s absence and shameful memories of her past force her to doubt whether she could ever be capable of bringing joy and meaning into the life of her child, gifts her own mother never gave.


~SPOILER ALERT~


Okay. This isn’t even really a review but more of a rant.

Y’all know I love me some Jodi. However, this was a bust for me.

I hate Nicholas.

He’s a pompous, privileged piece of shit and I wish that someone had given him a reality check. This man is trash in so many ways. At no point during this book has he been a likable character. He is a terrible husband to Paige. He complains that she doesn’t make his lunch after having Max but 1. You’re a grown ass man. Do it yourself and 2. She’s taking care of your fucking baby. She’s not sleeping. She’s physically and emotionally exhausted I mean she just had a baby, did we forget? Also, at this point he has hardly spent any time with Max but still had the nerve to leave Paige alone so he could sleep at the hospital.

What pissed me off most was his reaction to her abortion, “It might have been her body but it was their shared past.” NO. Her body, her choice. End of story. He wasn’t even mad about the abortion he was mad that he wasn’t the only man that she had slept with despite the fact that he has fucked more women than he can count. Such bullshit.

I want to like Paige and for the most part I do but I hate the way she idolizes Nicholas. She deserves so much better. I hate that Astrid asked her to draw a self portrait and instead she drew Nicholas. I hate that. I am all for love and a good marriage but they didn’t have that. Yeah it’s great that they made it through hard times but Nicholas is too fucking selfish.

Usually I would happy about a couple staying together in the end but not this time.

2.5 stars.


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September Wrap Up! 2018

Hi all,

I’m officially back from hiatus! Although last month wasn’t too exciting. Stay tuned for some more stuff coming up soon.

Rae’s Rules to Remember:

Book Reviews:

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Rae’s Rules to Remember #87: Blogging is NOT a Competition

I’m going to be pretty blunt about this because 1. I feel like I shouldn’t have to say it and 2. it seems like a lot of people need reassurance when it comes to this topic.

BLOGGING IS NOT A COMPETITION.

If you feel that it is, it’s because you’ve made yourself feel that way on your own by comparing your blog to everyone else’s and somehow convincing yourself that if your stats don’t match everyone else’s then your blog “isn’t good enough.”

Quite frankly, that’s bullshit.

Think about the reason that you started blogging. More than likely it had nothing to do with the amount of likes, comments and follows that you would get……and if it was then you started off on the wrong foot.

At the end of the day you need to realize that someone else will always have more likes than you. At the same time many people will also have less. I mean, think about it. There are thousands of blogs out there, from all over the world. Some will get more attraction than others. That’s just the way it is and THAT IS OKAY!

You need to remember that you don’t need to post every single day. You don’t need to review every single book that you read. If you can, that’s awesome but if not, so what. You have a life and sometimes that will stop you from blogging. That’s okay, shit happens.

Now for the more popular bloggers, I’m not saying you can’t be proud of your stats. You absolutely should be. So don’t think that that’s what I mean. But also, don’t go putting pressure on other people.

It’s totally normal to want your blog to be a success but keep these things in mind:

  1. Your stats will grow over time, don’t try to force it.
    • Everyone starts at 0. Whether it takes you a week or a year to gain 10 followers does not matter.
  2. You do not need to follow everyone who follows you.
    • Only follow the people whose content you appreciate, relate to, enjoy, etc.
  3. You don’t owe anyone a response.
    • If you’re busy, your blog can wait. Sometimes comments go unanswered. And you do not need to respond to trolls. Don’t let other people ruin your blogging experience.
  4. Do NOT go around asking people to check out your blog.
    • You look desperate. It’s best when people follow you because they want to. So comment on someone’s post about their content. Tell them what you like about it. Start a conversation. Engage. Get to know them. Don’t say “hey check out my blog” because I know a few people who (just like me) will ignore you and purposely not follow you just for doing that.
  5. You’re supposed to be blogging for YOU.
    • Sure we all care about out audience and sometimes people may make requests/suggestions. But if you’re not feeling it or not up to it. Don’t do it.

That’s all I have to say for now. I know that this topic is a heavy one in our community so feel free to rant (respectfully) in the comments.


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