To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before | Movie Edition

 

Well if you have not heard of the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before adaptation done by Netflix then you must live under a rock. Twitter had been in a frenzy ever since the August 17th drop of the movie. I had listened to the audiobook in anticipation for the movie release and I finished in within a day. I feel in love with the sister relationship, cute innocence of Lara Jean, the sassiness of Kitty and the cute relationship/not really a relationship moments. I have to say I join in with the twitter frenzy and have already watched the movie multiple times.

I think the casting was done perfectly, Lana & Noah were absolutely amazing as Lara Jean & Peter. This movie is the much needed teen rom com that everyone has been craving. It was more than just the romance and focused on all those things the book makes important as well. There were some things missing from the book that were some of my favorite parts, but I understand its hard to fit everything from a book into a movie time frame.

Overall I thought the adaptation was so well done and I do believe we will get the next book, P.S I Still Love You. I mean how could they not with all the love it is getting on the internet. Even the cast is in full support all over social media! I highly recommend this movie even if you didn’t read the book and have no plans of it. It is cute, funny and will make your heart so happy!

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To All The Book I’ve Loved Before | 5 Books That Have Shaped My Life

With all the buzz going around the internet due to the release of the Netflix adaptation of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, twitter is obsessed. While scrolling through the twitter feed I noticed all the tweets with people replacing words and making their own To All.. sayings. It gave me the idea for this blog post. In TATBILB Lara Jean writes 5 Love Letters to boys in her life she has been in love with. These boys have shaped her and when the letters get out they change her life. I feel like as an avid reader and being in love with books since I can remember (there are pictures of me at age 5 asleep in a bed filled with books) I thought I would write some short love letters to 5 books that I have loved and have had an impact on my life.

♣ Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

You were the first book series that I feel in love with. I was so inspired by the life and adventure that Laura and her family had. I was first introduced to you by my mom and she would read you with me and it was when we spent special time together and created a bond between us. I have reread you multiple times and when I revisit the stories it is like going home. 

♣ Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

You were the first book I read that made me feel like I wasn’t alone. That I was not the only one suffering with this issue. I felt such a connection with Lia and it made me realize what I had been struggling with and that I was worth more than my struggle. A story that reminded me to take it one step at a time and to keep fighting. 

♣ Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

You have found a deep place within my heart. You are like happiness, curiosity adventure and the longing for finding oneself. You remind me of child innocence and to keep that alive always. Whenever life gets a little too hard I know I can turn to you and escape for a little while. 

♣ The Giver by Lois Lowry

You are an odd choice for me to have loved I believe. I know there are many things said about you in both the negative and positive, but you are one that has stuck with me. I have reread you 5+ times and each time I have learned something new and discovered new meanings of your words. It has made me question the society in which I live in compared to that of your stories and reminded me of the importance of being different, following your dreams and that its okay to stand out. 

♣ Volition by Lily Paradis

You were my first for quite a few things. You were the first book I ever had the chance to beta read and helped me to create a relationship with an author. It made me think that I would really like to be more involved in the book community and that I enjoy reviewing books and sharing the love I have of books. I was so drawn to the darkness within the story and reminded that even with darkness you can find light. It also really introduced me to New Adult and the love I have for books in that category. 

I would love to hear about 5 books that have had an impact on your life or see some love letters that you might write to some books you have read!

We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han | Book Review

UnknownWE’LL ALWAYS HAVE SUMMER BY JENNY HAN

Genre: YA, Contemporary

“Maybe that was how it was with all first loves. They own a little piece of your heart, always.”
– Jenny Han, We’ll Always Have Summer

Series: Summer Trilogy
The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1)
It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer #2)

Synopsis: 
It’s been two years since Conrad told Belly to go with Jeremiah. She and Jeremiah have been inseparable ever since, even attending the same college– only, their relationship hasn’t exactly been the happily ever after Belly had hoped it would be. And when Jeremiah makes the worst mistake a boy can make, Belly is forced to question what she thought was true love. Does she really have a future with Jeremiah? Has she ever gotten over Conrad? It’s time for Belly to decide, once and for all, who has her heart forever.[Goodreads]

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*Warning this is the last book in a series and this review might contain some spoilers*

This was definitely an interesting conclusion the The Summer Trilogy. Although I was happy with the way that it ended, the beginning of the book caught me completely off guard. When I started We’ll Always Have Summer, I almost put it down and refused to continue. I am always for the cute and romantic fluffy stuff, but I can’t stand reading a book when the main character is being a complete idiot. (Or at least according to me being stupid and needing to grow up).

Belly, throughout the whole series has been annoying and really turned me off from the books. The books saving grace has been the boys, mainly Conrad. And again that was the case for this book. I have been team Conrad from the beginning. I could not believe the events that took place at the beginning of the book. I completely agreed with all of the other characters reactions to the news. In the end everything was set right and ended the way I wanted it to end!

Jenny Han is extremely good at writing fluffy, drama filled stories. The book was such a fast read and even though I was mad with what was happening I still could not put the book down. If it wasn’t evident already she also has some very swoon worthy guys. I feel even more in love with Stephen in this one and was head over heels with Conrad! Han also writes some realistic and very good friendships, no friendship is perfect and this shows through all of the books in this series!

Overall this book was a nice conclusion and the series was a solid, fluffy, easy summer read filled with drama, teen angst, friendship, family love and beautiful boys!

RATING-4

Overall Series Rating: 4/5

Weekend Reads

UnknownSo I wasn’t able to post my Friday Reads yesterday so I decided to just do it today. I am currently participating in the bout of books 11.0. I have finished two books but not in completion since I had started them before the read-a-thon. I am about halfway through Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson which I am reading for the Book of the Month for August. I am also more than halfway done with We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han. After I finish those two I will be picking up Hollow City by Ransom Riggs for my buddy read with Krystal @Books Are My Thing!

 

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Read.Sleep.Repeat. 2014 Series Challenge|Update

To see the rules of the challenge and a link back to the creator of this challenge click here.

I have been trying really hard recently to complete and finish series that I have been working on. If you would like to look at my progress you can click here! To also check out my previous posts about the series I have completed for the 2014 Series Challenge you can click here! I am a little made because one of my series I completed was on my kindle so I don’t have awesome pictures, but I will include the images of the covers. I am also including one series the I am currently reading the last one and I am going to count it because I am almost done with it!

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The Unknown Assassin(completed: 07/14)

[Just found out a third book will be coming out (YAY!) So I am not completely done with this series, but I have completed all that is out so far!]

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The Notebook (completed: 08/14)

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The Summer Trilogy (completed: 08/14)

What series/trilogies/duologies have you completed so far this year?

It’s Not Summer Without You | Book Review

it's not summer without youIT’S NOT SUMMER WITHOUT YOU                BY JENNY HAN

Genre: YA, Contemporary

“And no matter what you do or how hard you try, you can’t stop yourself from dreaming.”                – Jenny Han, It’s Not Summer Without You

Series: Summer Trilogy
Summer I Turned Pretty (#1 Summer)

Synopsis:
Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?

It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.

But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started–at Cousins Beach.[Goodreads]

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*Warning this is the second book in a series and this review might contain some spoilers*

This took a quite different turn from the first book. Where the first book was all fluffy and about summer and summer romances, this book hit a lot of deeper topics of love and loss, heartbreak and how growing up brings with it the change of what life use to be like.

This book picks up at the start of the next summer. Everything has changed and for the first summer in forever Belly is stuck at home for the summer. She is finding it hard and really missing everyone and the summer house in Cousins. While recounting the past year and addressing everything that has led up to this point, a need arises that lands everyone back in Cousins.

I did enjoy this book. It was a fast read and was really sad at times. I thought that it was interesting that there were a few times in which the story was told from Jeremiah’s point of view. I still found Belly to be a bit annoying at times, but felt like in a way she grew up a little more from the last book. I also still was really in love with Conrad and grew even fonder of Jeremiah. The Beck boys are so swoon worthy! I wasn’t a huge fan of the way the book ended (mainly because it is not how I wanted parts of it to end), but can’t wait to read the final installment in the Summer trilogy and see what because of Belly, The Beck boys and the summer house in Cousins.

RATING-4

August TBR

Lately I have been kicking butt on my TBR Lists! Since I am planning on participating in a few different read-a-thons this month I will have several different TBRs created. I have already posted my TBR for the Dusting off the Shelf read-a-thon happening Aug 1st – Aug 15th! The books that I am including on this list are ones I am reading for the FCLA Book Club and or buddy reads. Or just ones I want to get to and might end up including in other read-a-thon TBRs!

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We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han – I recently finished the first two books in this series and would love to be able to complete the trilogy this summer! This might get put on my Bout of Books TBR!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I am participating in a read-a-long for this book on goodreads and I also am using it for a challenge in the Dusting off the Shelf read-a-thon. It has been awhile since I read a classic and I have never read this one so that needs to change. I might end up working on it throughout the month though.

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs – I am continuing on with the duology and buddy reading it with Krystal @ Books Are My Thing!

The Giver by Lois Lowry- Don’t worry I have read this book already multiple times. So this will be a re-read for me due to the movie coming out soon. I don’t remember all that happened and its a short read.

♠ Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch- How many TBRs has this made an appearance on? I started this in June and decided to put it on hold, but I really hope I will be able to get to it (like for real this time) This is the second book in the Gentleman Bastard series and I highly recommend the first book The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch! I also just got the third book and really want to get to it!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling- I just recently finished the third book and want to continue on with the #SummerofSpells and just completing the series for the first time!

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson- This is the August Book of the Month for the Future Cat Ladies of America Book Club with Autumn @Kitty Cat Reads

 

I also have a few e-books/e-arcs I need to read so we will see how it goes with those!

 

What are you planning on reading this month?

Swoon Worthy Saturday [7/26]

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Saturday is a day for swooning. Swoon Worthy Saturday is a weekly meme where in we present a fictional boy who has swept us off our feet, given us butterflies, made our heart do acrobatics and driven us absolutely crazy! (Hosted by StayBookish )

 

Conrad (The Beck Boys)

The Summer I Turned Pretty, Jenny Han

From like the first few pages I knew I would instantly fall in love with Conrad! He just is everything that creates my greatest weakness with boys, the quiet, wounded and sassy ones. (So Swoony!) Although he can be an ass sometimes (more like a lot of times) he has his reasons and it makes me love him even more. I can’t forget about Jeremiah though. He is so funny and adorable that it is hard not to let him in and make your day better! They just both have such different personalities and qualities that makes it a difficult decision on just one. I think they are both so totally Swoon Worthy! *Goes in the corner and swoons over the book*

The Summer I Turned Pretty| Book Review

5821978THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY                   BY JENNY HAN

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Series: Summer Trilogy

“It’s the imperfections that make things beautiful”
-Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

Synopsis:
Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.[Goodreads]

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This was a perfect fluffy summery read! It had such a real feel to it, that it became so easy to identify and relate to all of the characters. I grew up on a lake and was really able to understand the feeling that comes with the summer time and all those things associated with summer, such as first loves, family drama, tanning and swimming endlessly, unforgettable memories…all those things that you would want to make a perfect summer. This summer at the beach house was no different for Belly. There was the ups and downs, the growing up and summer flings.

Throughout the book you experience everything through Belly’s perspective and although there was a good majority of the book that I was annoyed with her and thought she was immature and bratty, I was able to relate with her at times and understood her feelings and thoughts in the situations she faced. I have to admit I instantly feel in love with Conrad because that quiet brooding type is irresistible, but I also was a huge fan of the fun loving and humorous Jeremiah!

Jenny Han’s writing is so easy to breezy through and made it extremely difficult for me to set the books down because it completely sucked me into the story. This book definitely caused all sorts of feels. It took me back to the time of crushes and finding myself during the summer, discovery and even handling those difficult things life tends to throw at you. 

RATING-4

 

Friday Reads [7/25]

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MissPeregrineCoverI am currently participating in the Too Many Books, So Little Time Read-A-Thon. It started on the 22nd and goes until the 30th of July. I am currently working on reading Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I am buddy reading this with Krystal @Booksaremything and she has already finished it. (I am just a tad bit behind…oops) I feel like reading this on top of finishing my unpacking and catching up on my blog will take up my entire weekend. But if I happen to finish this early I need to start I Am The Mission by Allen Zadoff. I received this from netgalley and really need to keep up on my reviews from all those e-books I get from them. I also really want to finish The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. So that pretty much sums it up!

What are you currently reading or planning on reading this weekend? 

 

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