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As Seen on Bookstagram | Re-Reading at the End of the Year

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

 

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I’ve been doing a lot of re-reading lately and I have a few more planned before the end of the year!

Once I hit my Goodreads goal this year, I got a lot more lax about picking up new books. I wanted to spend some time resting my brain and I just haven’t really felt like paying attention to some new audiobooks while I’m working so I’ve been doing a lot of binge-watching TV shows and I started to do some more re-reads too!

Earlier this year ILLUMINAE and GEMINA before the release of OBSIDIO, I did my annual birthday re-read of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, and re-read THE DARKEST MINDS so I could finish the rest of the trilogy. I read HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE so it could be my 1000th book on Goodreads and I still need to finish the rest of that series read! And I did another read of The Raven Cycle back in September.

I was trying to decide what I felt like reading and I spotted MISTBORN, which I realized I read for the first time over four years ago! It was such an exciting series to read for the first time! I decided to start the series all over again to refresh my memory on all of those exciting developments! It wasn’t AS exciting upon its reread, I think, since a lot of the set-up wasn’t something I was learning for the first time, but I also think I appreciated it in a different way, knowing what I already knew about the background, the crew, and the overall feel of the world. I also know there will be things I can pick up along the way, knowing how the trilogy concludes and what else I might remember while I re-read!

I’m hoping to do a few more re-reads before the year is over too. I still need to finish the rest of the Harry Potter series, but those are a breeze and once I start those, I may just read those all right in a row! Mistborn will keep me busy for a while with their length and need for me to pay attention so we’ll see how far I make it, but I want to re-read that whole series, including the books in the second era for a total of six.


Do you have any re-reads planned before the year is over? What sort of end-of-year special reads do you have?

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Series Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

With the release of the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie on Netflix, I figured it was finally time to read the series! I at least wanted to read the first book before I watched the movie and I’m definitely glad I did! It made me appreciate the movie even more and I always like having that knowledge base before starting a book-inspired movie!

Reviews for each book/the series are a whole are generally spoiler-free for any major occurrences or twists but may contain info about plot points so I can properly discuss the plot. 

Series Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny HanTitle: To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han
Publishing Info: April 15, 2014 by Simon & Schuster
Source: Audible, Audiobook borrowed from library, Book Outlet
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Date Completed: June 19, 2018
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

This is my first time reading TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE after much, much hype! It was definitely cute and there was quite a lot that I liked about the book. After hearing so much love for this book/series though, I didn’t really see what the hype was about. It was a cute contemporary with some great family interactions, a cute fake boyfriend situation, unexpected turns, morals, and diversity.

I’m wondering if maybe the swoons for Peter K come more in the rest of the series as well because it took me a while to get there. I actually really appreciated how all of the romance was handled. There’s a bit of love triangle but it wasn’t one that was annoying. I really didn’t know how the ending would play out and I really enjoyed it!

I was surprised to see that it ended in a cliffhanger and I definitely do want to continue on! I’m hoping to fall more in love with the series.

Series Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny HanTitle: P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han
Publishing Info: May 26, 2015 by Simon & Schuster
Source: Audible
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Date Completed: June 20, 2018
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

Well, I’m still not getting the appeal here and it’s such a bummer! I was ready for a cute, fun, smart series and it’s a weird thing because it… is… cute and fun and smart. But there’s also a sense of immaturity that just kept me from really enjoying it to that special level.

I’m also not understanding why everyone is swooning over Peter K (which I feel like I need to call him Peter K because of people’s swoons except Lara Jean doesn’t even really refer to him that way). I like him, yes, but it’s not to a super swoony level. He and Lara Jean keep having these stupid misunderstandings that could be avoided if they just talked to each other, which they said they would do.

I think the biggest thing about the series so far is that it’s just not the feel I expected. For it being a series there just doesn’t really feel like a clear direction or plot. And this is another weird thing in that’s not unrealistic. It actually feels like real life with spliced in moments of drama that are maybe too dramatic. There was a normal amount of things happening and then there was this whole weird Gossip Girl concept that was going on here. I enjoyed the realistic parts of the book and the drama was just mehhhh.

I do still want to read the last book but I guess I’m not really expecting anything different. It’s been cute and fun but I’m not getting the hype for it so far.

Series Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny HanTitle: Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #3) by Jenny Han
Publishing Info: May 2, 2017 by Simon & Schuster
Source: Scribd
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Date Completed: August 22, 2018
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads

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?

Meh. Even after watching the movie, I’m still not in love with the series. I forgot how much Lara Jean annoys me in the books, always butting into things that she wasn’t asked to do and muddying things up for other people. It was nice of her dad and Trina not to corral her but I think she needed to be corralled a bit to let her grow up and learn that not everything I about her. Her voice is just very immature, even for 18, and that bothered me still.

One thing I like and dislike all at the same time is that these books are an accurate portrayal of high school meaning…. not a lot happens. The premise of this last book was waiting for college admissions, deciding where to go, and what happens when couples stay together or go away separately, but there wasn’t really a story, per se. Things happen, there’s a timeline, but there’s not really much of a plot so while I find it realistic, it is a bit boring. We read to experience a story and this didn’t really take me anywhere. I guess you could say it’s more character-driven, which it is, but even the characters didn’t really seem to grow throughout the series because Lara Jean is pretty much the same since book one.

I’m glad I read them but I don’t get the hype and the love.

SERIES THOUGHTS

When it comes to TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE hype, I think I’m sticking with the movie. The concepts were really cute and the characters were fun, but I just had such a hard time with Lara Jean! She just felt so immature and her inner dialogue was hard to enjoy for me. With all the time we spent with Lara Jean, I was really kind of disappointed that we didn’t see what actually happened with her and Peter once they decided about college. The third book didn’t feel like a very good conclusion and while others really enjoyed this series, it was just okay for me.

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These books were worth the read but I didn’t fall in love with them like so many other people did. I’m really glad I read them, especially reading the first two before the movie, but the movie definitely has a bigger piece of my heart!

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As Seen on Bookstagram | To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

 

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All the internet can talk about lately is the Netflix release of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before!

Even the Netflix Twitter account agrees Peter Kavinsky is goals and people are just loving this movie! I’ve watched the movie three times now and I still think it’s just adorable. Where so many fantasy, dystopian, or simply drama-filled novels have been hitting the big screens, this romcom was exactly what we needed and Netflix was the perfect place for it! This easy, happy, fun romcom is the perfect kind of movie to watch and love, and in the age of the Netflix binge, when you only have one of them, what do you do? Watch it again! So many fans have watched the movie multiple times and I think Netflix was exactly the perfect places for this sort of feel-good movie.

With all the hype of the movie, I finally decided to read the series for the first time! I listened to the audiobook for all here and plan on posting reviews for the series, but I’m actually super thankful for the movie and maybe feel a little blasphemous saying that I loved the movie so much more. While some things are lost from page to screen (as it is with literally any adaption), I think the movie made Lara Jean and Peter easier to relate to no matter your age. Their relationship is something to appreciate and the movie amped up the “romcom” factor, adding in more humor and taking out some drama, just changing the tone slightly, in my opinion. I actually really enjoyed this change because I had a hard time with some of the unnecessary drama.

One issue I had throughout the whole series was Lara Jean’s narration/stream of consciousness. She was very young for her age and I found myself annoyed with a lot of her immaturity. I’m not sure if that was me reading this series for the first time as an adult and being more sensitive about that, but that aspect really did hinder how much I enjoyed my reads. I still read a lot of YA books but I’ve been having issues with some immaturity lately and I can’t tell if it’s the actual book, the writing style, or just me growing out of some of these YA level books. I felt like the movie still got Lara Jean’s character right and she is still naive, a dreamer, and young, but not being in her head 100% of the time really helped and it was more fun to see a lot of things unfold rather than hearing them in Lara Jean’s own voice.

I personally hope that Netflix ends up taking on some other YA adaptations! I know I’m not the only one hoping for a Stephanie Perkins Anna/Lola/Isla adaptation and of course, I still want to see the rest of the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series hit the screen because there’s still a lot left to tell in this story! With its success, I feel like it has to happen! Hopefully this craze will bring us the rest of the series and will open the door for other adaptions to come through!


How many times have you watched the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie? What other books would you love to see adapted on Netflix?

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