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Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny HanAlways and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Series:
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 2nd May 2017
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Bought
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Rating: four-stars

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?
 

I’ve been a massive fan of this trilogy from the start, but I have to admit that I wasn’t particularly looking forward to the third instalment. It’s not that I was dreading it, but I didn’t think the series really needed to be a series. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was a cute standalone, ya know? But regardless, I read the sequels because I’m a huge Jenny Han fan (is there a name for us? There should be.) and I ended up enjoying them both. Continue reading

Halfway Point Reading Statistics 2.0

A couple of years ago, I put together this very same post, and since I’m back to blogging I thought I would have a look at how my reading is going these days. I had a scroll through my old post and got a little bit sad because the amount I’m reading has changed massively, but whatever, I’m loving this year regardless. I used Crini’s spreadsheets to put this post together.

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Read: 30
Pages: 11,350
DNFs: 2
Acquired: 3
TBR: -27

Okay, so my TBR is kind of a lie because I’ve been reading tonnes of books on my Kindle and I don’t count those books on my TBR because my biggest issue is space. But I’m keeping it that way anyway because it looks good. Anyway, I’m really pleased with the thirty books that I’ve read so far this year. If I keep up this pace during the second half of the year I’ll be a very happy bunny.

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Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland

Hello, Sunshine by Leila HowlandHello, Sunshine by Leila Howland
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 11th July 2017
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: Publisher
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Rating: three-half-stars

Becca Harrington is a reject. After being rebuffed by every college on her list, she needs a fresh start, so she packs up everything and moves to LA, giving herself one year to land an acting gig or kill herself trying. 

Unfortunately, not everything turns out as planned, and after a few grueling months, LA is looking like the worst idea ever. As hard as she tries, Becca can’t land an agent, she's running out of cash, and her mom is hounding her to apply to more schools. In an act of desperation, Becca and her friend Marisol start posting short videos online—with the help of their adorable filmmaker neighbor, Raj—and the videos catch the attention of a TV producer. Could this be it? Her big break? Or will she have to move back home with nothing but some bad head shots and a monstrous credit-card bill? 

Becca may not get the Hollywood ending she was hoping for, but perhaps she’ll learn there’s more than one way to achieve her dream.

Sometimes you’re just in the mood for a sunny, fun, fluffy YA contemporary, ya know? I was in one of those moods when I requested this book, even though recently I’ve been avoiding YA contemporary like the plague. I have my reasons. Don’t judge. I hoped to just lost myself in Hello, Sunshine and pretend I lived in Los Angeles for a bit because the English weather has been a bit crappy this week, and lose myself I did.

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5 TV Shows I Still Need To Watch

I don’t know if you remember, but before this year (and last year, I guess) I was a massive TV addict. My life basically revolved around books, TV shows, and travelling. Then I got sucked into having a social life with actual people (I know, ew) and I had to cut down on my precious Netflix binges. I only stuck with the shows that I already adored (with some exceptions, see below) and stopped myself from starting new ones unless the whole season had already been released. So I’m now left with a trillion things to watch, and not enough time to watch them. These are the ones that I absolutely need to get to before the end of the year, or my soul will never be the same.

bellarke kiss

So when I said I was up to date with all of my BEST SHOWS EVER, I didn’t mean that I’m up to date with The 100. I didn’t have the time this winter to watch it weekly, so Tatum and I marathoned the first half of season four while it was on a break. I’m going to do the same thing with the second half over the summer so I’m all caught up for season five. I am seriously craving my Bellarke fix!

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

The Couple Next Door by Shari LapenaThe Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: 14th July 2016
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Source: Bought
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Rating: four-stars

Fast-paced and addictive, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR announces a major new talent in thriller writing. You never know what's happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You'll have the baby monitor and you'll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She's gone.

You've never had to call the police before. But now they're in your home, and who knows what they'll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?

I read The Couple Next Door in one sitting after weeks and weeks of battling through a reading slump. Apparently all I needed was a really good thriller. Who knew? I’m really happy with the way this turned out, so much so that I’ve pre-ordered Lapena’s next thriller so I can read it right away when it comes out later this month.

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