The Truth According to Us

truthThe Truth According to Us

Written By: Annie Barrows

Published By: The Dial Press

Read: May 23-30, 2015

Rating: ♥♥♥

You can buy this book here.

Goodreads Synopsis

Evoking the same small town charm with the same great eye for character, the co-author of Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society finds her own voice in this debut novel about a young debutante working for the Federal Writer’s Project whose arrival in Macedonia, West Virginia changes the course of history for a prominent family who has been sitting on a secret for decades. The Romeyn family is a fixture in the town, their identity tied to its knotty history. Layla enters their lives and lights a match to the family veneer and a truth comes to light that will change each of their lives forever.

The Truth According to Us is set in West Virginia in the summer of 1938. The point of view switches between three of the main characters;

Willa, a twelve year old girl who is dead set on knowing everything and in her search to do so breaks the protective shell that is childhood.

I wish we were like everybody else. I get real tired of lying.

Layla, a woman from a wealthy family who is sent to Macedonia to write a brief history of the small town. As she researches the town’s history she finds that everyone has their own version of the past and the truth just depends on who is telling it.

There is a fine line between history and gossip.

Jottie, the glue that holds the Romeyn family together. As Layla starts to unearth an old family secret Jottie has to decide who she is and what she wants in life.

Everything that was to heave itself free of its foundations over the course of the summer began to rattle lightly on the morning of the parade.

I adored the characterization in this novel. The characters were real, full of both hope and sadness. As the POV changed it was easy to get into the mindset of each of the main characters. The writing flowed smoothly and I enjoyed the chapters that were in letter format.

That being said, this was just an okay book. The book took me more than a week to read, which is rare. The book was slow. It took me a while to get into it. This story just isn’t in a hurry to be told.

2015 Reading Challenge- a book by an author you have never read before

Recommended for Fans of: Historical Fiction

Suggested to Read Next:  The Little Paris Bookshop

The Importance of Being Earnest

Importance of Being EarnestThe Importance of Being Earnest 

Written By: Oscar Wilde

Read: May 14-15, 2015

Rating: 5 stars

You can buy this book here.

Goodreads Synopsis

Oscar Wilde’s madcap farce about mistaken identities, secret engagements, and lovers entanglements still delights readers more than a century after its 1895 publication and premiere performance. The rapid-fire wit and eccentric characters of The Importance of Being Earnest have made it a mainstay of the high school curriculum for decades.

Cecily Cardew and Gwendolen Fairfax are both in love with the same mythical suitor. Jack Worthing has wooed Gewndolen as Ernest while Algernon has also posed as Ernest to win the heart of Jack’s ward, Cecily. When all four arrive at Jack’s country home on the same weekend the “rivals” to fight for Ernest s undivided attention and the “Ernests” to claim their beloveds pandemonium breaks loose. Only a senile nursemaid and an old, discarded hand-bag can save the day!

The Importance of Being Earnest is a classic play written by Oscar Wilde. It is not the type of writing that I usually read but I am on a mission to read more classic literature. I was recently browsing through some popular lists of 100 Books to Read Before You Die and half of the books on the lists were classics that I had not read. (It was almost embarrassing how few of the classic novels I had read.) So I downloaded just about every classic that I could get my grubby little hands on, whether I knew what it was about or not.

Well, I started reading through all of the classics, and I know this may make some of you mad, but I didn’t fall in love with all of them. I actually read a few that left me wondering how it possibly became a classic. Just because something was written a long time ago doesn’t mean it is good. So I was pleasantly surprised when I read this play. I loved it! It was witty and funny. It was so much fun to read. I flew through it, which wasn’t very hard considering it was a little less than 80 pages on my Kindle.

For all of you doing the 2015 Reading Challange with me this is the perfect pick if you are trying to find a play to read. The story line is ridiculous in all the right ways. The characters were perfect and hilarious. If you don’t know how you feel about reading plays, start with this one.

2015 Reading Challenge- A Play

Recommended for Fans of: Classics, Humor and Plays

Suggested to Read Next:  A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books That I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer

Below are my top ten books that I plan to read this summer. 

since youve been
Since You’ve Been Gone



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Love Like Crazy

on the fence

On the Fence


 The Night We Said Yes

to all the boys

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

to killa mock

To Kill a Mockingbird

the beginning of

The Beginning of Everything

strange and beautiful

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender


The Perfectionists

What books are you planning to read this summer? Let us know in the comments!

19 Gifts for Book Lovers

If you are like me you love anything and everything to do with books. There are so many fun products available on the market these days. These are just a few of the awesome things that Buzzfeed found and put on their list. I want to buy all of them! Unfortunately for me working at a non-profit doesn’t allow me to buy everything my little heart desires. I am in desperate need of new Kindle case, so I might just be able to talk myself into spending $40 on one of the book cover cases. (I mean seriously, how cool are those!)

Do you have any favorite or unique book products that you want to share with us? Share them with us in the comments!

I found this fun list of 19 Gifts for the Book Lovers in Your Life on Buzzfeed. To find out where to buy any of the products pictures or to read a full list click here.

KindleCovers IphoneCaseBookBlanket BookRack  BookScarf BookCandle

Erika Swyler

If you happened to read my review for The Book of Speculation then you know that I loved it. It was one of the best books that I have ever read. It is Erika Swyler’s first novel and it was brilliant. I just wanted to share this with you because

A. Erika Swyler is writing another book!

B. I am totally fangirling over here.


I can not believe she read my review! Okay, I guess I will call down now.

Don’t forget to read The Book of Speculation when it comes out on June 23rd!