Author Archives: Aubrey Joy

Really Late June Wrapup


Read:

  1. The Magic of Tiny Business: You Don’t Have to Go Big to Make a Great Living – Sharon Rowe *review*
  2. Dark Matter – Blake Crouch *review*
  3. The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2) – Katharine McGee *review*

Aubrey Joy

The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2) – Katharine McGee


The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2) – Katharine McGee

The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor, #2)

Title: The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2)

Author: Katharine McGee

Release Date: August 29, 2017

Publisher: HarperCollins

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 422

Source: Library

All that glitters is not gold.

New York City, 2118. Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a breathtaking marvel that touches the sky. But amid high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, five teenagers are keeping dangerous secrets…

Leda is haunted by memories of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’ll do anything to make sure the truth stays hidden—even if it means trusting her enemy.

Watt just wants to put everything behind him…until Leda forces him to start hacking again. Will he do what it takes to be free of her for good?

When Rylin wins a scholarship to an upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being there also means seeing the boy whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.

Avery is tormented by her love for the one person in the world she can never have. She’s desperate to be with him…no matter the cost.

And then there’s Calliope, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who arrives in New York determined to cause a stir. And she knows exactly where to begin.

But unbeknownst to them all, someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. After all, in a world of such dazzling heights, just one wrong step can mean a devastating fall.

4 out of 5 stars


The idea of this New York City tower is still so cool to me. Even though I know I would despise it, but I guess if I didn’t know anything different then I wouldn’t. Who knows. Anyway. It’s such a cool idea having the entirety of this massive city in one building.

At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about Watt and Leda together, but the angstyness between them kind of made it fun to read. They didn’t really seem to like each other at all, but here they are being all couple-y. Who knows.

Atlas and Avery kinda creep me out because even though they’re not biologically related they still are siblings and that’s just too weird for me to be on board for. I get that you can be in love with someone, but does that mean you could never be in love with someone else eventually? I strongly believe that you choose who you love, so that means you could also choose who to not love. But that could be just me, idk.

I really enjoyed this book but I just don’t have a ton of feelings about it. I feel like all readers deal with this sometimes where you like a book but you don’t like anything super specific about it, and it was good but not great. I just don’t have too many feelings about it. I’m excited to read the last book because go me with actually continuing series I start!

Series:

The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1)

Aubrey Joy

Dark Matter – Blake Crouch


Dark Matter – Blake Crouch

Dark Matter

Title: Dark Matter

Author: Blake Crouch

Release Date: July 26, 2016

Publisher: Crown

Format: ebook

Page Number: 342

Source: Libby

“Are you happy with your life?” 

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. 

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. 

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.” 

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

4 out of 5 stars


Such a trippy book.

I started listening to this on audiobook way back when I was still in school because I like having something to listen to whilst walking to class, and I was intrigued and didn’t want to put it down, then the stress of the end of the school year came and I just never finished it. I listened to about 40% of it, then checked out the book from my local library when I got home. I didn’t read anything from the physical book, then checked out the ebook from the Libby app, and sped through it. Who knows lol.

I was intrigued right away by this book because I didn’t know what to truly expect. I don’t know how I consistently do this, but I always hear of a book being really great but NEVER actually know what it’s about. Yay for not being all about spoiling myself.

This book followed a crazy smart scientist named Jason. He had a great life with his wife and son, but always wondered what would have happened had he followed his more scientific pursuits instead of having a family. All is well and good until one night he’s walking home after attending a party for his friend, and he gets mugged by a man wearing a mask. The man asks him if he’s happy with his life, and after hearing Jason’s answer, makes him follow instructions and drive to an abandoned building. Once they get there, the kidnapper makes Jason take off his clothes and trade him attire, then gives him a drug in a syringe and the next thing he knows, is waking up to people welcoming him back.

SPOOKY.

So like I said earlier, this book was really fricking trippy. So many things happened that would have been so confusing to me had I read this when I was younger, but luckily I read it now because I really enjoyed it!

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the writing style, but I know that it fit the book well. I don’t think the book would have been as effective had the writing style been any different, so good job Mr. Crouch. I applaud you for that. I wonder if his other books have a similar writing style or if his great authorly skills allowed him to adapt to this new setting.

The idea of this book is one I’ve actually had a dream about before.

SPOILERS.

Having multiple versions of yourself in the same place in time and how that would happen. I, of course, have NO IDEA about any of the science behind it, but I’ve always been curious. Kind of like Hermione with the time-turner in Harry Potter. What would happen if you saw another version of yourself? Yeah, that’s right. Bad things. Really not good, but it’s an interesting thing to read and wonder about.

I’m interested in reading Blake Crouch’s new book, so maybe I’ll try and pick that up the next time I’m at the bookstore or the library!

Aubrey Joy

The Magic of Tiny Business: You Don’t Have to Go Big to Make a Great Living – Sharon Rowe


The Magic of Tiny Business: You Don’t Have to Go Big to Make a Great Living – Sharon Rowe

The Magic of Tiny Business: You Don't Have to Go Big to Make a Great Living

Title: The Magic of Tiny Business: You Don’t Have to Go Big to Make a Great Living

Author: Sharon Rowe

Release Date: May 8, 2018 *my birthday!*

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 160

Source: Amazon

Too many of us feel trapped by work that keeps us from living our purpose. We fantasize about starting our own business, yet we’re warned against falling into debt, working eighty hours a week, and coping with the pressure to grow. Eco-Bags Products founder Sharon Rowe says there’s another way: go tiny.

Like a tiny house, a tiny business is built on maintaining a laser focus on what is essential by living an intentional life. As an entrepreneur and mother, Rowe is most concerned with putting family first, maintaining financial security, and doing something that makes an impact in the world. Using the success story of Eco-Bags Products, Rowe distills the step-by-step process of building a profitable, right-scaled, sustainable venture that doesn’t compromise your values. She shows you how to test your concept, manage your money and priorities, and more, while staying true to the “tiny” ethos.

4 out of 5 stars


I picked up this book because my goal is to have a business with a “tiny” ethos. I want to open a sustainable, zero-waste coffee shop that sources locally. I don’t want a grand, expensive life, I want to live sustainably, ethically, and minimally. I want to work enough to be able to travel for at least two months out of the year and have a cute little eco-friendly family.

WANTED: a fun boy interested in an eco-friendly lifestyle, loves being outside, enjoys drinking coffee, and wants to build a tiny house with me.

Great. Now that that’s out of the way…

I enjoyed this book because of the things it explained and the ideas it stood for. I think having a tiny business makes so so SO much sense for the lifestyle that I’ve started living, and I can’t wait to create my business after I’m done with college!

I do have to say, quite a bit of this book went right over my head. There were sections that were kind of hard to understand because of the business world lingo. I’ve not taken that many business or entrepreneurship classes, so I don’t know a lot of these concepts, but I look forward to learning more about them.

One of my favorite parts about this book was the idea to get up and drink a glass of water. It helps you to think things through before jumping to any conclusions, and to also gets your body up and moving. I think it’s applicable to most everything in life.

Reading this book just made me really excited to create my coffee shop and live the tiny lifestyle I want to live.

Aubrey Joy

Randomathon Announcement and TBR


Another round of Randomathon is upon us! This round goes from May 27 (TODAY) through June 10th. There are 7 challenges and you can combine them how you like or try and read one book per challenge! Follow the other cohosts: Molly and Hannah. And follow our twitter!

CHALLENGES:

  1. Continue a series
  2. Book by a debut author
  3. Contemporary
  4. Lowest rated book on your TBR
  5. Book set in summer
  6. Book you’ve had for over a year
  7. Group book – The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

MY TBR!

  1. Continue a series – I’ll be listening to The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2) – Katharine McGee on audiobook from my library. I enjoyed the first book and just never picked up the second, so I’m excited to continue on with the series!
    The Dazzling Heights
  2. Book by a debut author – I’ll be reading Zenith (The Androma Saga #1) – Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings. I preordered this book when it came out because I wanted to support the authors… and just never got to it!
    Zenith (The Androma Saga #1)
  3. Contemporary – I’ll FINALLY be reading Everything, Everything – by Nicola Yoon! I’ve wanted to read this since it came out; I’ve seen the movie and can’t wait to read the book. I think it will be a fast read :)
    Everything, Everything
  4. Lowest rated book on your TBR – According to Goodreads that book is Zenith… so big oof to that one lol.
    Zenith (The Androma Saga #1)
  5. Book set in summer – I’m going to read Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn #2) – by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. I read the first book and kind of hated it, but couldn’t stop thinking about it, so here I am.
    Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn, #2)
  6. Book you’ve had for over a year – I’m just going to use Fire with Fire for this one, too :)
    Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn, #2)
  7. Group book – The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson – I’ve already read this and LOVED IT so I can’t wait to reread it!
    The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)

I hope you join us for this round!

REREAD Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur


Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur

Milk and Honey

Title: Milk and Honey

Author: Rupi Kaur

Release Date: November 4, 2014

Publisher: Createspace

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 204

Source: Walmart

milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

4 out of 5 stars


Oh little naive 2017 Aubrey.

I originally read this book before my painful breakup. Before I realized I was in an unhealthy relationship. Before I admitted to myself that I wasn’t happy. I didn’t understand then how beautiful and true these feelings were.

When I originally reviewed this I rated it 2 stars because I didn’t connect with any of it. I didn’t understand. I actually read part of it on my then boyfriend’s front porch. I was just naive. But that’s okay because everyone is supposed to have a point of naivety in their life, mine just lasted a little longer than it probably should have.

This book touched me and reached me so differently than the first time. I don’t really know why I was drawn to reading it for a second time because I didn’t enjoy it the first time, but I’m so glad I picked it up. I strongly believe that people won’t enjoy this unless they’ve experienced a painful heartbreak. Even if it’s you breaking up with a significant other, it’s still painful.

I know that maturity made me love this book. I now see why people love it so much.

Rupi Kaur writes about four different stages in her life: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing. The book is split into these four sections and takes a different tone for each. I related to the sections “the loving” and “the breaking” the most, but still appreciated the others.

The prose is beautifully written and easy to consume. The stories are tragic and true.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVo4q6xsWNc

Some of my favorite poems/quotes:

what i miss most is how you loved me. but what i didn’t know was how you loved me had so much to do with the person i was. it was a reflection of everything I gave to you. coming back to me. how did i not see that. how. did i sit here soaking in the idea that no one else would love me that way. when it was i that taught you. when it was i that showed you how to fill. the way i needed to be filled. how cruel i was to myself. giving you credit for my warmth simply because you had felt it. thinking it was you who gave me strength. wit. beauty. simply because you recognized it. as if i was already not these things before i met you. as if i did not remain all these once you left.

 

losing you was

the becoming

of myself

 

most importantly love

like it’s the only thing you know how

at the end of the day all this

means nothing

this page

where you’re sitting

your degree

your job

the money

nothing even matters

except love and human connection

who you loved

and how deeply you loved them

how you touched the people around you

and how much you gave them

Aubrey Joy