The Nerd Journals

Filling up journals as proof of my meager existence.

Hope Never Dies

4/5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Quirk Books for giving me a copy of Hope Never Dies to read and review honestly.

This book is a campy fanfiction turned full novel and I enjoyed it immensely. After their second term in office is over, Joe Biden and Barrack Obama go their own separate ways. While Barrack is windsurfing and skydiving around the world with famous celebrities, poor Uncle Joe is home feeling left out by his old buddy Barrack.

Fortunately, they reunite to solve the mysterious death of Joe’s old friend. The antics the boys got into kept me laughing and turning page after page. The best thing about this story is that it is actually well written and decent. My only complaint is that a lot of things said and done by the main characters don’t seem accurate to their real-life counterparts, but I was able to turn off the nagging voice in my head to keep reading.

I hope to read more in a Biden/Obama mystery series!!

The Carhullen Army

3/5 stars

While I did like this book I need to begin this review with why it could have been so much more, which will be difficult to explain without spoilers so please, I do my best to not spoil but tread lightly if you are thinking of reading The Carhullan Army.

The most exciting part of the story was skipped over and while I get that the part I am referring to wasn’t necessarily a part of the story was author was telling, it would have added a nice bit of action and closure to what is truly a lovely story about a woman escaping what her life has become to a life that was her choice and not chosen for her.

The woman we know only as Sister decides to leave her husband in her home in war-ravaged Britain, deciding to no longer live under the eye of The Authority and their oppressive regime and mandatory contraceptive devices. She makes her plan and prepares as meticulously as possible for her escape to the all-women commune in Carhullen. This is the story of Sister’s escape, her earning her place with the “unofficial women” to finally doing what needs to be done.

I just wish that “what needs to be done” was a bit more of the story than the author wrote.

GoodReads Beta App

Were any of you able to test out the new GoodReads app for Android? I’ve been using it for at least a couple of weeks now. Even though I’m not a heavy GoodReads user I have noticed several improvements from their old app including a new modern design, faster loading times and a much better search function.

The search function alone being fixed is enough to make me use the app more. Now the books suggested as I type actually find the books I am looking for instead of nonsense until I’m done tap typing the entire title. What was worse on the old app but is fixed on my new name was that GoodReads didn’t work with my SwiftKey app so I couldn’t swipe type titles and didn’t get keyboard suggestions.

I’m so glad GoodReads finally made their app easier to use.

The Gratitude Diaries

3/5 stars

I was skeptical about reading a book about gratitude from a woman who seems like she has it all, but after reading it I felt judgemental for going in thinking that Janice Kaplan had nothing to offer me. As it turns out, we all have our moments and we can all improve by practicing gratitude. Since reading the book I have brought daily gratitude into my life and I can feel a small positive impact already. Yeah, it’s all in my head, but where else would I want it to be?

Spark Joy

4/5 stars

I like this book much more than The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It was about the same length (from what I remember), but it was packed with more directive information, adorable illustrations and it was a little less oddball. I would say Skip The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up and just enjoy Spark Joy instead. You won’t miss out on anything important, I promise.

@TheNerdJournals on Instagram