ContempConvos: Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler



I am kicking Contemporary Conversations first week off with Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler. I don’t really see anyone talking about this at all and after reading it I am very surprised no one is! It was an amazing coming of age story. One that left me in awe at the end that I even tweeted Ms. Sarah Ockler herself to let her know my FEELS. To my surprise she tweeted me back and I then had some fangirl feels, I couldn’t believe it, but there is proof that exchanged happened. :)

Goodreads Summary:

Things in Delilah Hannaford’s life have a tendency to fall apart.

She used to be a good student, but she can’t seem to keep it together anymore. Her “boyfriend” isn’t much of a boyfriend. And her mother refuses to discuss the fight that divided their family eight years ago. Falling apart, it seems, is a Hannaford tradition.

Over a summer of new friendships, unexpected romance, and moments that test the complex bonds between mothers and daughters, Delilah must face her family’s painful past. Can even her most shattered relationships be pieced together again?

Rich with emotion, Sarah Ockler delivers a powerful story of family, love, and self-discovery.


Oh Delilah, my poor baby. I just want to hug you and tell you everything is going to be alright. For some reason I got all motherly over Delilah as I was reading Fixing Delilah. So much happened throughout the novel, yet it wasn’t overwhelming for us as the reader. Ms. Ockler paced it in such a way that I didn’t notice how much information I was given until the very end. Honestly, I think this book would be perfect to be translated into film. There is this epic story with another equally heart-wrenching story under it that the entire time you weren’t just rooting for Delilah, but also for her Aunt Stephanie.

This book was made to take you on a journey and at the end of the journey helps you realize something important about life. I tabbed several different parts of the book as I read because there were so many good moments and as I was reviewing those tabs and I came across this gem.

“I look over at Luna, wiping down the counter and the nuzzles on the steamers, chatting with customers, making the schedule, and I wonder how much we don’t see. How much of our lives we witness and accept as truth when the rest of the iceberg—the heaviest, bulkiest part—is buried and invisible.” (Pg.178 of the Paperback edition)

That quote is the only way I can sum up this novel in its entirety without spoiling you. I came into this book blind without knowing any details about it and I myself want you to experience this novel the same way I did.

There is a lot of mystery in Delilah’s life about her past, her father, her aunts strained relationships, and why her grandmother acted the way she did which in turn sadly ended up in her dying completely alone. Fixing Delilah isn’t a book about happiness, but about relationships and what can make or break them.

Rating: 5 out of 5


The Beginning of Contemporary Conversations


HUZZAH! It is finally time for the festivities to start! I am so freaking excited! I’ve been waiting for this for a very long time.

First of all, add your name and a link to your blog to our linky at the bottom of this post. We would love you forever if you also made a post that announced your intention to participate, and spread the word so more people can join in!

Second, plan your books! Kayla and I may have amounted an insane amount of books to read for March, and you are welcome to do the same! Review as many as you would like.

Third, have fun! We’ll be making lists and writing discussions, but anything and everything goes. Some other ideas include cover hunts, first line guessing games, bingo cards, reading challenges, read-a-thons, author interviews, giveaways… the list goes on!

Last, but not least, use #contempconvos on Twitter. It will help everyone find your posts from the month!

The Challenges:

Many thanks to Shannelle @ The Art of Escapism for suggesting this! We’ll have three challenges this month (not one during “disabilities/mental illness/the hard stuff” week because we have a lot of discussions planned), and we’d love to see you join in!

This week: break out your Frost, Shakespeare, Neruda – it’s time to write some poetry! Book spine poetry, of course. And since this IS an event about contemporary books, you get brownie points from us if your poem is all in contemporary books. And trust me – you want brownie points.

I’ll be posting my poem on Kayla’s side on Thursday, so whenever you post yours (doesn’t matter what day), just remember to stop by and link up!

*drum roll*

This week’s theme is COMING OF AGE STORIES

If you have any questions or need some direction when it comes to “Coming of Age” contemporary books, don’t hesitate to tweet Kayla or I, or DM us. We are here to help!

Posts to come this week:

  • Review of Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler
  • Review of The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
  • Checking In on Wednesday’s
  • Emma (Miss Print) talk’s about Coming of Age Stories on Thursday

Don’t forget to link your initial participating post down below and let the fun begin!

If you are participating, don’t forget to enter in the month long giveaway!

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Busy Bee Type of Week (1)



Hello! I know I’ve hardly posted anything this week, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading. This week I’ve been reading two books, The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder, and Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. I’m halfway through TMfIT and only a little over a third into COM. My  commute to work is about an hour each way so I’ve been listening to the COM audiobook and when I have time to physically read, I go with the other one. I need to finish it soon as it will be featured in the second week of March in Contemporary Conversations.

One of the reasons I haven’t been posting a lot of reviews is because I am getting ready for #ContempConvos and reading books that will be featured there. I keep changing the books I will read for the re-read week, but it’s all good.

I’ve decided to join Anjie and do bookish talks on Sunday’s as well. Click on the picture and check out her blog and see what she has been up to!

Books I’ve been reading:

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What have you been up to this past week?


Top Four Book Related Problems I Have


Thank you to The Broke and The Bookish for this wonderful meme! If you want to learn how to participate, click here and check it out. Promise you won’t regret it.   :)

This week for Top Ten Tuesday is all about the Top Book Related Problems We Have. This is tough one because I have a ton of bookish problems, but also I am in denial. I feel like I’m at the shrink’s or something.

#1 I buy books without reading the back because I’ve loved one book I’ve read of X author.

I do this a lot more than I did before. I use to spend hours browsing at the bookstore and that helped with the whole let’s read the back and the first three pages to see if I want to buy it. Now I see something online and buy it. I might have to start doing the whole bookstore thing again.

#2 I buy books because they are extremely cheap and then I forget about them

Two summers ago Go Hastings was the place to shop online for really inexpensive in really good condition used books. So I bought over 20 and I’ve only read a handful of them. I stopped shopping there when their free shipping thing went away. It was probably for the best.

#3 When I read a really good book, I have a tons of feels so my initial reaction is to NOT post a review. I justify it by saying no one wants to read a fangirl rant. No one…

#4 I have found the true love of my life, but he’s fictional. Do you know how big of a problem it is that Adrian Ivashkov doesn’t exist! *cries*

What are some of your bookish problems?

Book Review: The Assassin and the Dessert (Throne of Glass Novella) by Sarah J. Maas


Goodreads Summary:

The Silent Assassins of the Red Desert aren’t much for conversation, and Celaena Sardothien wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s not there to chatter, she’s there to hone her craft as the world’s most feared killer for hire. When the quiet is shattered by forces who want to destroy the Silent Assassins, Celaena must find a way to stop them, or she’ll be lucky to leave the desert alive.


I didn’t know if I wanted to read the Throne of Glass novellas. I asked Kayla to recommend me just one to see if I wanted to read them and she recommended this novella.

OMG. THIS NOVELLA WAS AMAZING. I was fangirling the entire time. I’ve also found a new book boyfriend. A new one. Yes, you read that right, a new one. His name is Ilias and he is the master’s son. I really really want him to show up somewhere in the ToG series. Is it horrible I want this love triangle or square or whatever to become more complicated? Probably, but I don’t care.

I really didn’t see Ansel’s betrayal coming at all. Towards the end I did get suspicious, but I couldn’t believe it. What I did believe was that the master knew. He seemed like the type of guy that would let things happen. Gosh I love him for giving Celaena the money to buy her freedom. Dang.

Overall, I absolutely freaking love it! I have a feeling I will be buying the complete novella bind up soon…

Rating: 5 out of 5

Book Review: More Than This (More Than This #1) by Jay McLean


Disclaimer: Thank you Amazon Publishing and  NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this book for free does not sway my opinion.

Goodreads Summary:

When Mikayla imagined her prom night, she envisioned a fairy-tale evening full of romance. So when betrayal and tragedy come in quick succession, Mikayla is completely destroyed. Suddenly, everything she loved and everyone she relied on are tragically, irrevocably gone.

Jake, a handsome boy she just met, happens to witness her loss. With no one to turn to, Mikayla is forced to depend on this near stranger and his family, and he in turn is determined to take care of her. But Mikayla—thrust into adulthood with no one to guide her—is desperate to contain her grief and hide what she considers to be her weakness. Mikayla and Jake both want more, but despite their growing closeness and intense chemistry, she tries to keep her distance and protect her heart. As he does everything in his power to win her trust, Mikayla must choose between remaining alone and safe or letting love in.


All I can say is WOW. I decided not to read the synopsis and just dove into the book. To say it surprised me is an understatement. I totally thought this would go another way. Did not expect all the twists and turns at all. When I saw this was a part of a “series” I groaned thinking please don’t tell me they split up, please noooooooo, but I’m glad they ended up having their happily ever after.

I do have to warn people that there is some adult content. I did not expect it and I was like Ahhhhh, and skimmed ahead really fast. If you don’t like reading it you can just skip ahead. If I knew it had some adult content I wouldn’t have read it, but since I had requested this on NetGalley I kinda just skipped ahead every time it happened and stuck it out. Oh also, a lot of cussing. More than I thought there would be. Just a warning to those that don’t like reading books with that kind of stuff.

Anyways that aside, it wasn’t a bad read. I kind of thought it would be. It could be the very cliché new adult cover that made me come to that conclusion. I do have to say it was a tad dramatic at times and there were some parts where I literally rolled my eyes and said come on, but if you can get past those few eye-rolling clichés, it’s actually really good. I kind of want to read the rest, but after going to the author’s goodreads and saw she was classified under mature young adult fiction, I kinda of don’t want to.


If you want to read an over-the-top, crazy, dramatic, very swoony love story, this is for you. I’m sure you’ll like it.

Rating 3.75 out of 5