Author: Amber

Summer TBR Wipeout 2017: Update #2

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there's someone inside your houseThis update isn’t quite as busy as the last one because everything kicked off towards the end of the month and I was suddenly really busy. I haven’t had a truly free weekend to read, so I’m a bit slower with wiping out the TBR. I’m hoping it’ll pick back up next week once everything calms down and I can focus!

The first book I finished was There’s Someone Inside Your House, which turned out to be a really good, creepy read. I was really pleased with Perkins’ transition into horror. It reminded me a bit of the Scream trilogy, except with more romance. And the big reveal wasn’t all that great.gemina

I’m currently reading Gemina. I went out and bought it after I recapped Illuminae for Recaptains because I was in the mood, and I’m actually liking it a lot more than the first book.

Speaking of Recaptains, that’s what has been taking up a lot of my time! I’ve been slowly getting both Books of Amber and Recaptains back up and running again, and Recaptains is taking a bit longer because of the work that goes into recapping series. I’m enjoying it though!

My goals for the next couple of weeks are to finish Gemina (and recap it!), and read a couple of others books. I have a few in mind, including The Long Way to a Small, Angry PlanetThese Things I’ve Done, and The Roanoke Girls. I’m also considering taking part in ARC August because that’s always fun.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny HanAlways and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 2nd May 2017
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Bought
Add it: Goodreads
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.


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
Add it: Goodreads
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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