🌿 a little about me

Hello, fellow bloggers and book friends!

I sort of fell off the wagon with posting last year. Instagram is much easier to post to than this site 😂 BUT it is a new year, and as one does, I’ve made a resolution to post more frequently. I’m hoping to connect with other bloggers who love discussing books and reading! I’m on instagram as plantladyreader if you’d like to find me there!

A bit about me…
– I’m 30 years old, and just recently purchased a house in a small town, Ontario with my hubs and our husky mix Luna
– you’d think having to move my library would have encouraged me to acquire less books, but it didn’t. My home library currently has over 1200 books in it, and I’m still getting more every month!
– I love reading historical fiction, recently I’ve been loving fantasy novels, thrillers and classic literature. As long as it doesn’t have a heavily romantic plot, I’ll read it!
– I’m making a plan to tackle more of my backlist books this year, instead of focusing on new releases and advanced copies
– I’ve recently started using a bullet journal, and I’m loving it! I will be posting about my journey with it soon!
– my favourite food lately is cauliflower crust, dairy-free homemade pizza (with vegan ranch for dip – I kid you not, it’s better than regular ranch!), my favourite colour is purple, green or black, my favourite animal is a fox, and my favourite activity (besides reading) is being outside in nature, especially at my cottage
– I have almost 100 houseplants, which are often featured in my photos, and there’s no end in sight. I love watching them grow and flourish!

A project I put together for myself last year, and didn’t really stick to, was my TBR in a Jar! I took the time to write out all my unread books, and put them in a jar. The plan was to draw one every month to read, and tackle my unread pile! However, life, new releases and ARCs got in the way, and I ended up reading NOTHING that I pulled from the jar. Not that I didn’t read any backlist books last year! I did read a bunch, but they were ones I chose myself, and didn’t leave it to the Jar Gods. So this year, I’m hoping to commit to this goal! I didn’t add any books to it last year, so every title in there is a book I’ve owned for at least a year, and therefore NEED to get to!

I hope you can stick with me this year, I hope to post content you’ll enjoy, and mostly I hope to read a ton of great books!

Have you set any goals this year? Reading or otherwise? ✨

🌿 R E V I E W – Tender is the Flesh 🌱

I definitely always try to keep an open mind when it comes to reading books outside my usual genre. Especially ones that have been suggested to me by others. But, sometimes, a book just doesn’t do anything for me. And sometimes it disgusts me. Thankfully, I don’t often read books that disturb me greatly. This, however, was one of them. TW: rape, murder, graphic descriptions, animal abuse.

Set in a dystopian future where animals have all been killed or died based on a disease that could infect humans, in order to still be able to eat meat, humans have started eating humans. While that premise wasn’t gross enough, the author goes into startling detail about the slaughterhouse process, and what each part of the body is used for, tastes like, and how to get the best “cuts”. The “head”, as these humans are called, are bred specifically for slaughter. Obviously, this is supposed to bring to mind our current processes with meat and slaughterhouses, and as someone who is an occasional meat eater, it was enough for me to not want to eat it at all. Our main character, Marcos Tejo, runs a slaughterhouse, and has a very key job of ensuring everything is running smoothly, and they’re being supplied the very best product. Initially, the reader is given the impression that Marcos is more human than the others – he does his job to make ends meet, he doesn’t eat meat, and he shows sympathetic tendencies towards the product. However, by the end, he’s just the same as the rest of them.

The only character I can say I liked in this book was known only as “the female”, mainly because she’s entirely innocent, yet learns to adapt to the life she’s given. She ends up having a terrible resolution at the hands of the main character, and I was sad with how it ended.

There are so many people who enjoyed this book, and I can understand why! If you can get past the gory subject matter and have a stronger stomach than me, the plot outside of the cannibalism is very intriguing, and the main character does have some development (and eventual downfall, in my eyes) that does create an interesting read. I just couldn’t get over the idea of eating people (🤢) the whole time, and it really spoiled the rest of the story for me.

I can give the author creativity points, because she has a very vivid, disturbing imagination, but there were aspects about the book that seemed unnecessary. The details with the slaughter process, the scenes of animal abuse, the way the humans are treated, and the resolution truly disturbed me. I would not recommend this book, and seriously would suggest a strong stomach if you’re going to read it. I really try not to rate books so poorly, but with this one, I can barely give it a rating at all.

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