sTORItelling Book Review

This is different from any of the other book reviews I have done because it isn’t a novel, it’s an autobiography. I am going to use a different format for this review and instead of putting it in different sections and giving details on characters, I am just going to give a summary and my thoughts.

sTORItelling was written by Tori Spelling. For anyone who doesn’t know, Tori Spelling is the daughter of late producer Aaron Spelling. She is best known for her role as Donna Martin on Beverly Hills, 90210. She has also been in several made for TV movies as well as multiple reality shows.
sTORItelling starts out with Tori describing what it was like growing up as Aaron and Candi Spelling’s daughter. She talks about working with her dad, about her relationships with both her mom and her dad. She and her dad were close but she had a sort of strained relationship with her mom. She talks about her days on 90210 and the drama that sometimes happened on set. She talks about her first boyfriend, her first breakup, losing her virginity, her first husband and divorce, her affair with her second husband Dean McDermott, who she met and fell in love with on the set of a movie, while they were both married. She talks about their wedding as well as the birth of their first child, son Liam.

Going into reading this book, I wasn’t really expecting much. I had been wanting to read it and when I saw it at a local Goodwill for $2 I decided to give it a try thinking I would read it, probably hate it but I wouldn’t be out a lot of money. I was expecting it to be this ditzy blonde trying to tell bad jokes and acting like she is just so much better than anyone else. I expected her to talk about all the glamorous things she did or had as a child and I expected the work of a spoiled rich kid. I got the exact opposite.

I obviously don’t know Tori Spelling personally so I can’t say what she’s like but from watching her on talk shows and on reality shows, this book is her voice 100%. As I was reading it, I could imagine her in front of me saying all of this stuff to me face to face. I don’t know if she used a ghost writer but if she did they did an amazing job of bringing Tori’s voice out.

I thought I was going to get glamour and spoiled rich kid, instead she talked about how she wanted a normal Halloween costume but her mother always insisted on having custom-made over the top costumes, for example one year she had to go as Marie Antoinette and described her costume as heavy and uncomfortable and I believe she said she was 11. She described her over the top birthday parties and how every year she got a doll. A doll that she could never touch or play with and a doll that she didn’t even want and creeped her out. It was a doll that her mother loved. She talks about how one day she asked her mom if she was pretty when she was 9 years old and her mother told her she would be as soon as she got a nose job. She talks about her first wedding and all the things her and her fiancé wanted. Her mother basically planned the whole thing the way she wanted and didn’t really care what Tori and Charlie wanted. They uninvited people they wanted there to make more room for her mother’s guests. Charlie’s family lived in another state and her mother said she would pay to fly them in and put them up in a hotel and then at the last-minute only paid a small portion. She decided to have a brunch at an expensive hotel, that Tori didn’t even want to begin with, and then threw a hissy fit over something making it all about her. She talks about how she was having doubts about getting married but went through with it to make everyone else happy. A year into marriage to went to Canada to film a made for TV movie where she met her leading man Dean McDermott. While filming, they started an affair and fell in love, both of them were still married. She details their affair and what they both were feeling. She explains how they broke the news to their spouses and friends. She talks about their wedding and how they wanted to do it alone so they went to Fiji. She talks about their lives as a married couple completely in love with each other and their decision to open a Bed and Breakfast. She ends her book talking about her pregnancy and the birth of their first child, a boy they named Liam Aaron Mcdermont.

There are so many other things in this book, but those are the ones that stuck out to me the most. Tori used humor in the right places and she didn’t try to go over the top with her jokes. I laughed and cried. I was very impressed with the writing of this book and I really enjoyed it. I have actually already picked up her second book Mommywood and I can’t wait to read it. If you want to read an unexpectedly good book, definitely give this one a try.

Keep reading…Lola

Where The Heart Is Spoiler Free Book Review

This is my review for the novel Where The Heart Is by Billie Letts.

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Where The Heart Is tells the story of an abandoned pregnant teenager over the course of seven years.

Summary:

The novel opens with Novalee Nation and her boyfriend Willy Jack Pickens traveling from Tennessee to California. Novalee is seven months pregnant. When they arrive in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, Novalee asks Willy Jack to stop at a Wal-Mart so that she can use the restroom and buy some shoes, as hers fell through the floor of their beat up car. When Novalee goes back outside, she finds that Willy Jack has left her with nothing but her beach bag and $7.77. She spends the day in Wal-Mart where she meets Sister Husband who mistakes her for a girl she once knew, Moses Whitecotton, a photographer who gives her a photo album and tells her to give her baby a name that means something and Benny Goodluck, a Native  American who gives her a Buckeye tree for good luck. Novalee spends the next two months living in the Wal-Mart, writing down everything she takes so that she can pay it all back later. She also meets Forney Hull one day at the library when she goes to get a book about Buckeyes because hers is dying. She eventually asks Sister Husband to plant the tree in her yard and she will take care of it. Sister tells her she can come back anytime she likes. Novalee gives birth to a daughter in the Wal-Mart with help from Forney, who has been watching her go in at night. She names the baby Americus. While in the hospital she befriends her nurse, Lexi and learns that she has been on the news for having the Wal-Mart baby. She is offered at job at the Wal-Mart and gets a visit from her estranged mother who leaves with the money that Novalee gives her to get them an apartment together. When Novalee and Americus are released from the hospital, her mother never shows and she realizes she had left and taken Novalee’s money with her. She goes to live with Sister Husband and she becomes a mother figure for Novalee.

The Story:

The story is very sweet and heart wrenching. The story also follows what happens to Willy Jack after he abandons Novalee. I love the relationships between Novalee and Forney, Lexi, Moses and Sister Husband. Each one is different but brings something to Novalee that she has never had before, a family.

The Characters:

Novalee Nation ~ A pregnant teenager who is abandoned by her boyfriend. She is a strong character with such a selfless personality. She wants everyone to be happy even if it means she isn’t. She has a bad relationship with the number seven.  Her mother left when she was seven, her best friend in seventh grade was arrested, a customer at the diner she worked at went crazy and cut her and it took seventy-seven stitches  to close her up, her boyfriend abandoned her when she was seven months pregnant and left her with $7.77.

Forney Hull ~ Forney loves books and is very smart. His sister is the town’s librarian but she is an alcoholic so he took over for her after having to drop out of college to take care of her. He follows Novalee one night and learns she is living in the Wal-Mart but doesn’t say anything and he gives her a little birthday celebration in the library. He loves Americus and always brings her books to read and also reads to her. He falls in love with Novalee and hopes that she feels the same way.

Lexi ~ She is Novalee’s nurse and they become best friends. She has four kids by all different men and doesn’t have the best of luck when it comes to relationships. She ends up being in a relationship with a man who beats her up after she finds him messing around with her kids. Everything turns around for Lexi in the end.

Sister Husband ~ She is a kind woman with blue hair. She has a deep faith and drives the town’s “Welcome Wagon” handing out chapters of the bible to people she meets. She “mistakes” Novalee for a girl she used to know and eventually takes her and Americus in to live with her. She becomes a mother to Novalee and a grandmother to Americus. She also has a boyfriend named Mr. Sprock.

Willy Jack Pickens ~ Novalee’s boyfriend who abandons her when she is seven months pregnant. He ends up serving jail time and writes a song. After he is released he gets a manager and his song becomes a hit. He becomes unhappy with not moving forward in his career and looks for new management. When his manager finds out she tells him that someone else is claiming to have written the song and he should ask the other manager for help and cuts him off. He ends up being a drunk and is hit by a train one night and loses his legs. At the end of the novel he sees Novalee again and she brings him home to Tennessee.

Moses Whitecotton ~ Novalee meets Moses when he is taking photographs at Wal-Mart. He becomes her mentor as Novalee becomes interested in photography. She visits his home often and meets his wife. Moses tells Novalee one day that he and his wife had a daughter who died tragically when she was a young child. Novalee leaves Americus with  Moses and his wife from time to time when she needs to go somewhere.

The romance/Tragedy:

There is both romance and tragedy in this novel. I love the romance between Novalee and Forney. It starts out as friendship and develops over time. I love that they take their time and it doesn’t feel rushed. There is also quite a bit of tragedy. Novalee is abandoned and pregnant, Lexi and her kids go through a horrible period when her boyfriend abuses them and there is also the death of a beloved character.

The Writing/Author:

I love the writing of this book. Billie Letts is an amazing storyteller. Any part of this novel could happen in the real world and I think that’s what makes it such a strong novel. It really pulls at your heartstrings especially knowing that it’s something that a real person can go through. I love the balance of romance, sadness, friendship and family. I enjoyed the writing style and the fact that we not only get Novalee and her friends story but we also get to see where Willy Jack’s life brought him as well.

Issues:

I didn’t really have any issues with this novel. Some parts were harder to read than others and some details I could have lived without but other than that I think it is an amazing story.

Conclusion:

I really enjoyed this novel. I laughed at times and I cried at times. I felt bad for certain characters, I rooted for them and I was happy for them. I gave this novel 5 stars on Goodreads and I would definitely recommend that everyone read it.

That’s my review. I hope you enjoyed it and definitely give the book a try if you haven’t read it already. There is also a movie based on the novel that is very good as well.

Keep reading…Lola

Series I Won’t Read

Today’s Blog is going to be the book series that I won’t read. I am not going to say that I never will read any of these but as of right now, most of them I have no interest in reading anytime soon.


1. The Lord Of The Rings. I tried to watch the first movie and I just couldn’t get into it and I know that books are usually better than the movie but it just isn’t something that I am into right now and I don’t see myself reading them anytime soon.

2. The Selection Series. I have heard a lot of good things about this series actually but I just feel like there are other books that are similar so reading them won’t really give me something different to read, if that makes sense.

3. Beautiful Creatures. I saw this movie and absolutely hated it so reading the books just aren’t appealing to me.

4. The Mortal Instruments. I saw the movie and thought that it was alright. I tried to watch the T.V. show but I just couldn’t get into that. Reading the books just aren’t something of interest to me at the moment.

5. Pretty Little Liars ~ I read some of the first book but I watched the television show before I read the book and I really love the show but it’s so different from the books that I just don’t want to read them. I looked up spoilers for the books and I just can’t get past the differences with each of the characters. This is one series that I can say for sure I will never read.

6. Harry Potter. I have watched three of the movies and really enjoyed them but I’m not sure that I would enjoy the books. This series may show up way in the future though after my TBR has vanished!

7. Game Of Thrones. I have heard that the show is so much different from the books and I love the show so I’m constantly thinking about how the Pretty Little Liars series is so much different than the show that I hate the books so I don’t know if I want to give this series a go in the future or not.

So there is my list of book series that I won’t read. Like I said before my mind may change on some of these but for right now they just are not something that I am looking to read.

What series are you against reading? Are there any others that I shouldn’t waste my time on? Any of these that you highly recommend in the future?

Keep reading…Lola

Book Superlatives Tag

So It’s June and students are graduating, if they haven’t already and I decided to do the Book Superlatives Tag. This tag is just like the Senior Superlatives that high school seniors vote on for the Yearbook, but instead of real people you use characters from books. I’m not sure who created the tag but I saw it on Hails Hearts NYC’s YouTube channel. By the way her channel is great especially if you love YA.

  1. Class Clown ~ For this one I picked Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I just think he has a witty sense of humor and I have enjoyed his friendship with Cinder.
  2. Most Likely To Be President ~ Micah from The Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series by Laurell K. Hamilton. He is an amazing leader and he listens to what other people want and tries to help them any way he can so I think he would be an awesome president.
  3. Cutest Couple ~ I have so many couples that I love in the books that I have read so this one was hard but ultimately I chose Noah and Allie from The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. I love this book as well as the movie and I love Allie and Noah’s love story.
  4. Biggest Drama Queen ~ For this one I chose Effie from The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares. Effie just blows everything out of proportion and she believes her sister loves her friends more than her and she just comes off as such a dramatic character.
  5. Most Likely To Be tumbler Famous ~ I chose Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. She’s a Cyborg and wanted fugitive so she is all over television already so I just think she would  be famous on all social media.
  6. Most Likely To Change The World ~ Melanie from The Host By Stephanie Meyer is my choice for this one just because I think she is a strong, free-willed woman and she doesn’t give up on what she wants and I think she could do some incredible things.
  7. Most Likely To Have 12 Cats~ I picked Jean Louise from Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee. I could just see Scout being a crazy cat lady, living alone without a man and doing what she wants to do without having to answer to anyone.
  8. Biggest Bookworm ~ Lexie from True Believer/At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks. She is a librarian so naturally I thought she would be great for this category.
  9. Most Likely To Be A One Direction Fan Girl ~ Malala from I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb. Malala talks about reading the Twilight Books and stuff like that with her friends and I could just see her listening to  One Direction and dancing around her room with her friends and family.
  10. Most Likely To Binge Watch All Seasons Of A T.V. Show In 2 Days ~ For this one I picked Hazel from The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I just think its something she might do at times when she’s down or has to lay low for a while.
  11. Most Likely To Be In Slytherin ~ I chose Queen Levana from Cinder. I just think she embodies a lot of the Slytherin qualities and she would make a great addiction to them.
  12. Biggest Flirt ~ Nathanial from the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series by Laurell K. Hamilton is who I chose for this one because he is such a flirt. At one point in one of the novella’s he even teaches Anita how to flirt.
  13. Most Likely To Be A BookTuber ~ For this one I chose Forney from Where The Heart Is by Billie Letts. He works in the library and loves to read but he also loves to teach people and at one point wanted to be a teacher so I think he would make a great BookTuber and I would definitely subscribe to his channel!
  14. Best Friendship ~ This one was a piece of cake. I chose Lena, Bridget, Tibby and Carmen from The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares. The four of them are so dynamic and they each bring something different to the group that it makes them better friends and they just go together so perfectly. They can laugh and cry together and they can also fight and be mad at each other but in the end they are always there for one another.
  15. Squad Goals ~ I picked Squad 53 from The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. This group consists of Ben, Sam, Ringer, Teacup, Pound Cake, Dumbo, Oompa and Flintstone. Although they don’t all get along, they are a kick-ass squad.

So that’s the Book Superlatives Tag. It was fun to do and I hope you all decide to do it as well.

Keep reading…Lola

June BookCase.Club Unboxing

This is the second box that I have received from BookCase.Club and I am really enjoying it so far. I think that it is so worth the 14.99 a month. This month I got two hard cover books with a price of $18 each. Definitely go and check out their website. Once again this month I got the Young Adult box. I think I will get one more YA themed box and then try a new one.


This months books were Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker and The Prince Of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson. I haven’t heard about either of these books or authors before.

I really love that this box comes with a quote each month and this month’s quote is…

“It was like the good gone times. When we still believed in summer hotels and the philosophies of popular songs.” ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Prince of Venice Beach is about a homeless teenager who is enlisted by local authorities to help them track down a missing teenager.

Wildflower is about a girl who is in the background of her father’s band but one night needs to be front and center. This leads to her own recording contract and celebrity status. My favorite part of this book is that the character has a hit song and the lyrics and music are in the back of the book which I think Is so cool and not something that I have seen before.

I am looking forward to reading both of these books in the future.

Keep reading…Lola

 

June TBR

These are the books that I am hoping to read in the month of June. This month I have a lot more free read books because a lot of the books that I need for the reading challenge have been popular at the library so I have had to choose others. In the top picture, the first three books are from the library  and the two bottom books with the stickers are books that I owe but I forgot to take the stickers off before I took the picture. (I put stickers on all the books on my shelf that I haven’t read)

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Ariel by Grace Tiffany, Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson and Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee are all free reads this month.

Why Men Love Bitches by Sherry Argov and Rules Of Summer by Joanna Philbin are both books on my reading challenge list.

Cress by Marissa Meyer is a free read book that I need to read before I read the final book which is part of my reading challenge and Seeds Of Yesterday by V.C. Andrews is also a free read that I started last month and would like to finish up.

Cress and Seeds Of Yesterday were on my TBR last month but because I couldn’t get Cress from the library and I didn’t finish Seeds Of Yesterday, I decided to put them on my TBR for this month as well.

That’s my TBR for May. I hope you all have a good reading month. What is everyone else reading?

Keep reading…Lola

Reading Challenge: May Results

These are the books that I read in May. I am really happy with the amount of reading that I was able to do given the fact that I had an allergy flare up in the middle of the month and couldn’t do much reading because my eyes burned. I was able to read six books from my reading challenge list as well as one free read. All in all it was a good reading month.

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True Believer by Nicholas Sparks ~ Free Read

At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks ~ Can finish in a day. I also have a review of this book on my blog if you are interested.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer ~ Romance set in the future. This may not be the primary story in Scarlet but I enjoyed the love story so I counted it!

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy ~ Translated from another language. This book was originally published in Russian.

Animal Farm by George Orwell ~ Satirical Novel

sTORItelling by Tori Spelling ~ Written by a celebrity

Where The Heart Is by Billie Letts ~ Oprah’s Book Club. I may have a review coming up for this book in the near future.

So those are all the books I read in May. I hope you all had a great reading month as well.

Keep reading…Lola

May Book Haul

These are the books that I got in May.


The House Of Spirits by Isabel Allende, Why Men Love Bitches by Sherry Argov, Remembrance and Star by Danielle Steel, The Kidnapping Of Christina Lattimore by Joan Lowery Nixon, Boy Toy by Barry Lyga and The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen.
Feuds by Avery Hastings and Rules Of Summer by Joanna Philbin.

I am excited to read each of these books and I have even made some adjustments to my POPSugar Reading Challenge list so that I can read some of these for those categories as well.

I hope you enjoyed. What have you been buying?

Keep Reading…Lola