Jan 24, 2018

Love & Other Train Wrecks

Love & Other Train Wrecks is a book I stumbled upon one day in the book store. The cover was adorable and the story sounded even cuter! I love when I buy a book not knowing much and end up loving it to pieces.



A twenty-four-hour romance about two teens who meet—and perhaps change their minds about love—on a train ride to Upstate New York in the middle of a snowstorm. One train ride. Two strangers. Noah is a hopeless romantic. He’s heading back home for one last chance with his first love, whom he broke up with when he went off to college. Ammy doesn’t believe in true love—her parents being prime examples. She’s escaping from a mom who can’t take care of her to a dad who may not even want her. That is, until one winter night when Noah and Ammy find themselves in the same Amtrak car heading to Upstate New York.


Some books can go from different point of views effortlessly and this was one of those books. Getting to read the perspective of not just Ammy but Noah as well was really a great choice. I start this review of with this because I've read books that having multiple point of views made the book hard for me to get into but I absolutely loved it with this one!

Ammy is a character I did not think I would like. She comes off very rude and a bit of a I'm better than you kind of vibe in the beginning. Yet as each chapter went on I grew to love her! She has a bit of a cynical way of thinking because of her parents and it was interesting to see her character growth within each chapter.

Noah, what a sweetheart. I really connected with Noah. He's a bit of an over thinker, inwardly always feeling a bit awkward and just a big ole cheese ball. Unlike with my hesitation with Ammy I loved Noah right away and only continued to adore this character as the book progressed.

Leah Konen wrote this book so well. From the dynamic between Noah and Ammy, to the humorous and rocky journey that takes place, to the moment of oh shit, wasn't expecting that! The book was filled with so much goodness. I most definitely will be reading more of Leah's books, in fact I'm really excited to dive into another book from her as soon as I can.

Love & Other Train Wrecks was a really great read for me and is getting 5 out of 5 birds! I'd definitely recommend this one to anyone. It's a really fun read with fantastic characters.




Jan 17, 2018

Netflix Recommendations

I love watching new shows on Netflix as much as I love to read. Lately there have been some really good shows and I wanted to recommend some. As with books when you finish a good show there is this need to discuss, but without spoiling it for others. So here are a few shows that I have really enjoyed and would highly recommend!


The End Of The F***ing World


This show had a really intriguing trailer. When it came out on Netflix I didn't waste anytime watching it. I finished it in one day it was so good. There is something about British shows that always win me over. I don't know if it's the humor or the accents or just everything but I always love them. The End Of The F***ing World was unexpectedly fantastic. I say unexpectedly because it's one of those story lines that I feel could go either way--terrible or fantastic. I went into it not really knowing if I would enjoy it. I ended up loving it. The acting is fantastic between James and Alyssa. Can I say fantastic anymore? Yes because the way it's directed and filmed is also fantastic. The music choices are on point. And that ending! It's been a while since I've watched an ending of a show and just felt sooo many things. Highly recommend this one.


Broadchurch


Broadchurch another British show that is so so so so good. If you think you are good at figuring things out before they are revealed just watch this show. Good luck solving the case before Miller and Hardy. The banter between Miller and Hardy is great, it gives a little bit of lightness to the heavy subject of the show. The acting all around is so good. I just finished season two the other night and can't wait to start season three. This is a show that season one was amazing and season two was even better. Full of so many surprises!


GirlBoss


GirlBoss had me chuckling more times than I can count. Sophia is foul mouthed, self centered and just full of herself to be totally honest. Yet you can't help but kind of like her and hope she gets her shit together. I really hope this gets a second season cause it really was an entertaining show and I'd like to know what happens next with Sophia!



Stranger Things


Oh Stranger Things. I know I can't be the only who while watching was shocked every time the episode was ending because it didn't seem like it had been that long since I started the episode. That's how good this show is. You just get so sucked into the story and the characters. All these kids are phenomenal actors and the way they all interact as a group is priceless. But I have to talk about Steve Harrington because hello unexpected character growth! I didn't like him at all season one. Season two he's my favorite character! Whoever made the decision to take Steve's character in the direction that they did I applaud you.


I could continue to recommend shows cause there are so many good ones! Have you seen any of these shows that I recommended? If you have leave a comment down below who your favorite characters are! Or if none of these are any you've seen let me know what some of your recommendations would be.









Jan 16, 2018

Always and Forever, Lara Jean

I was so excited back when Jenny Han announced that Lara Jean's story would continue in a third and final book. Jenny Han creates characters and writes in a way that you just don't want their stories to end.



Lara Jean is having the best senior year. And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect! At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks…until she gets some unexpected news. Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?


There was something about officially knowing that this would be the last book we got about Lara Jean that made me not read it right away. I knew that I would love this book. It's Jenny Han we are talking about. It's impossible not to love her books. Yet I couldn't read it right away. I wasn't ready to let go of Lara Jean, Kitty, Peter and all the other fantastic characters.

Lara Jean is such a fantastically written character. She's grown so much since the first book and to see her to continue to grow into someone who really knows what she wants was one of my favorite parts about this book. I'll miss Lara and her need to figure out the best chocolate chip cookie recipe. She is one of those characters that will stick with you long down the road even after you've loved many other characters in different books.

The family dynamic in this series is something that Jenny Han has perfected. The relationship between Lara and Kitty is lovely. I've said it before in my reviews of the first two books but Kitty needs a series of her own. That girl has so much wit it has you chuckling so much while you read.

Peter, Peter, Peter. Talk about character growth. Don't get me wrong he is still same old Peter that you fall in love with in the first book but he's also just so much better. He's grown up. He still has his moments where you wanna shake him silly but this is Peter we are talking about. He wouldn't be Peter Kavinksy if there weren't a few of those moments of "boy what are you doing!" But among those moments are those sweet, heart melting moments.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean was a really great way to conclude Lara Jean's story. Do I wish there were more? Yes. But also no because of how fantastic Jenny Han concluded it. That last page had me smiling, feeling bittersweet and sad and happy and everything all at once! This book is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me. I'd highly recommend this book! If you are like me and holding off reading it because of not wanting it to end just read it! You won't regret it.















Jan 11, 2018

Crash

Having read books before by Lisa McMann I knew going into Crash that I would enjoy the writing style. She has a very distinct style of writing one that quickly hooks a reader and just as quickly propels the reader into the story that is unfolding with each page.


Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that. What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode...and nine body bags in the snow.



Right off the bat you know Jules life is about to get pretty complicated--or rather more complicated. Her crush is her family's archenemies son, her dad has some rough days, and to top it off she's now having this reoccurring vision that involves an explosion and body bags. Complicated doesn't begin to cover it.

Jules life very quickly draws you in. She's a character that is easily liked and the relationship she shares with her siblings is something that really made this book special in my opinion. Every moment that Jules interacted with her siblings were the moments you got to see the lighter and sarcastic side to her personality.

I enjoyed this book but it wasn't one that I was wowed by. I think my only issue with this book was it felt very repetitive at times in the way of Jules thought process with dealing with the vision. It slowed it down for me because it felt like I was reading the same thing over and over. But I will say towards the end it got to a point of not being able to put the book down because the story got so good!

Crash was a fun, at times slow read for me so it's getting 3.5 out of 5 birds from me! I will definitely be reading the second book after that ending. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick read with a fun sibling dynamic!

    



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Jan 3, 2018

The Nerd Is Back

Well hey guys,

It has been quite a while since I have done anything with this blog. Did I miss it during my hiatus? Yes. I have thought about posting on here a countless number of times. But what's a book blog when the blogger isn't reading all that much?

Me every time I thought about what to post on here.

When I say I wasn't reading all that much I mean I wasn't reading at all really. Sure I'd pick up a book excited to dive into the story. I wouldn't get very far, was reading but not really even aware of what was going on in the story. To say I couldn't focus is an understatement and so I'd put it back on my bookshelf unfinished. But this post isn't to tell you about all the books I didn't read while I wasn't posting on here. I'm here to say that this blog is going to have some life to it this year. I haven't decided yet if it will strictly be bookish things or if I will delve into talking about other things. What I do know is that I hope by posting on here again I can rediscover my passion for reading and writing as well.


So here's to 2018 and all the books I hope to read. Just bare with me as I find my book reading, blogging self again.