The other night I went out on a date with my sweet husband. And like we used to do before we had kids we went out to eat… and then to the bookstore. This was the conversation we had on the way there.

Him: Oh! Let’s go to the bookstore.

Me: Okay! But, I’ve got such a HUGE to be read pile now. I won’t get anything.

This is also known as one of the lies I tell myself. Especially because I cannot go into a bookstore without buying something. So, I added to my TBR.

Currently some of the books that are waiting for me to read them:

We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist.

Believarexic by JJ Johnson

Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt

We Believe the Children by Richard Beck

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

And copious others that I can’t remember off the top of my head.

I’m slowly working my way through This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp and it is just killing me at every turn. I think that any of us that have been in school in a post-Columbine time it is particularly haunting.

As a parent, this is one of my biggest fears played out in front of me. It’s a hard read, but I think it’s necessary. I think it says a lot and I think it’s definitely going to be one of those books that I just dwell on for a while. I’m most of the way through it and I know it’s a book that I’d recommend even without having finished it.

I’m not going to spoil anything. But, I will say that there’s a side character with a disability and the author perfectly captures my thoughts and fears after Columbine happened. I was always afraid of just being a sitting duck. And then once I was a teacher I worried if I would be a hindrance to my students.

This book could be too much for some readers. It’s not a light read by any means. The struggles that all of the narrator’s face are very real and fleshed out. You are with each of them as they try to understand exactly what is happening and why. And there aren’t a lot of answers.

What are you reading now? What’s on your TBR? Have you read THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS?


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