So the re-readathon has come to an end. I know, I’m sad, too. Since my last update, I finished The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, and LOVED IT! Took me longer than I expected, but yeah, what’s new?
I got half way through This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith and I’m loving it, again, but I think I’m also coming to the end of my contemporary wave, and I’m excited to read something new, something fantasy. Maybe.
I don’t really want to leave this book unre-read (that’s not a word, is it?) but I’m eager to move on. Sigh. I mean, I guess I can finish it another time. It’s not going anywhere.
So in total I read:
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
and 50% of This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Anyway, this was my update. I have another readathon NEXT weekend, which is the 24 in 48hr readathon and then on the 24th the Booktube-a-thon begins. Wow. That’s a lot to deal with on top of Camp Nano. EEP!
Are you taking part in any of these?
So this week I’ve been doing the #rereadathon organised by @bexthebookninja on twitter. It finishes next Sunday but I thought I’d do a quick update and tell you how it’s going so far, considering I’m smack in the middle of Camp Nanowrimo. Sigh.
Luckily I was already in the process of rereading books when this readathon started (I had kinda forgotten the start date anyway) and so I’m counting the one I read a few days before hand as well. They’re all contemporaries, too. So fun times ahead.
So first up I reread Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. For the fourth time now I’ve read this, and I LOVE it. Obviously.
Then I reread (there’s a theme here. lol) Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. Funny, because I hadn’t intended on having a travel theme in all these books, but apparently my subconscious is hating how I’m unable to go to SDCC this year and is taking it out on my book choices. 😛 I don’t mind, really. These are all fantastic books. This would be the second time I’d read this and honestly, I think I enjoyed it about as much, though because it had been a good few years since, I guess I’ve grown a bit (sigh) and so some bits annoyed me that I didn’t think about previously. Don’t you just hate it when that happens?
I’m currently reading (get ready for this tongue twister!) The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. Oh god, it’s been almost 5 years since I first read this. Can you believe that? I mean, I remember it SO clearly.
And kind of like with the previous book, some bits are turning out to…I dunno. Not be the same. First of all I forgot that it’s third person, present tense. And since I rarely read those kind of books (there’s a reason) it was a little jarring at first. Still, I remember how cute this book is so I’m sticking with it. Also it’s mostly set in London. xD I’m about 67 pages in. It’s a short book, too (235 pages) so it shouldn’t take me too long. I remember when I first read it thinking it was too short and also I read it in one sitting. WHAT.
So that’s where I’m at so far. I hope to get to one other before the week is up, but as I’ve been out a bit this week, I’ve not gotten as much done as I’d like. Anyway, are you taking part in this rereadathon? Let me know in the comments.
Sorry if these aren’t your kind of thing but I found vlogging, however tedious, to actually encourage me to write every day. 🙂
Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.
In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.
Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.
But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.
So wow, this story caught me by surprise. First, the cover is absolutely beautiful and captivating. I would have kept it just for that alone, but the story itself is awe-inspiring. It made me want to drop everything now and write, just do what I love and write. Because that’s what I love to do (despite the lack of blog posts) and I miss it if I don’t do it for long.
There was an element of ‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow Rowell in this I thought, mostly because some pages had pages from Eliza’s ‘Monstrous Seas’ comic.
Eliza is quiet, insular, an introvert if ever there was one. And in some ways I related well with her, though not to her level. Mostly I just felt for her about her writing/comics and how passionately she was toward them – well, okay maybe she felt more intensely than I ever could, but that’s something else.
And then you have Wallace who comes at you with no warning. I kind of got a little irritated with him at one point, when things go ape-shit, but was glad when everything smoothed out. I couldn’t believe it took such an extreme turn to make him see straight. Eliza is gradually brought out of her shell and it’s cool to see, but I suppose I could see people saying “they’re romanticising…” and making it like she needs a guy to fix her. Anyway, I’m not going to do that because I look at the story as a whole and whether it entertained me, and it sure did. The messaging between Eliza, Emmy and Max was hilarious at times and really evened out the tone.
I think I saw some moments that hit a little too close to home and since I read to escape and forget and whatnot, sometimes it can get a bit like “ugh. no. I don’t need a reminder, thanks” but I got over it. The sweet development between Eliza and Wallace was adorable, and just so so cute, I really felt like I was going on the journey with her.
I got so mad at her parents when you-know-what happened, but at the same time I could also see their point of view about Eliza spending so much time on her phone. However, since I also do that, and have no local friends, it was like “oh…”
There was, admittedly, a lot of drama in this crammed with humour and romance, and it never became dull for me. That’s all I ask. 4.5/5 stars.
The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.
Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.
Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.
And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realises, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…
I kind of wish the plot hadn’t been given away in the summary, but damn…that did not detract from my enjoyment. I loved the premise, and how some people compared it to ‘you’ve got mail’ and I could see that. So clearly. Bailey’s voice was fun, light, and, ugh, I hate to say this, relatable. Maybe not to me personally, but she had that kind of bounce that made it really easy to read and not get irritated like some do for me.
I was always waiting for the ball to drop when it came to her and Porter, and it just made me want to read quicker though for me that’s not possible. Haha. Porter is charming, sexy, cocky as hell and just…sweet, too. I loved everything about him and if he could become real that’d be great, thanks. 🙂
Bailey’s dad, too was a cool presence, and the same for Porter’s family. It’s not often I like the families in YA but this one was nice. The only character I didn’t like was Davy, but I’m pretty sure, despite his reasons, that was expected. Grace was fun, too, and nice to add some Britishness to the equation.
I’m on a real contemporary reading streak at the moment and I’m so happy these two books have been brilliant, at least for me. I think if you love romance, adorkable moments and draaaaaama, then these two are for you! 😀
It’s been a while, it’s true. Nearly a whole month since my last post. Several things happened. I went to NY for a week. I went to BookCon. I vlogged…terribly. I tried to save the edited vlog…and it failed. Ten times. Jeez!
I also thought about my blog and the future of it (eck! future!) and realised for the amount of times I actually post on it, it’s not worth spending out nearly £100 every other year just for hosting/security/domain, that sort of thing, when it gets maybe 10 posts a year. Sigh.
Which is sad because it’s been my baby, something I created, since…well, 2013? Something like that. I know, not long in the grand scheme of things, but my youtube channel became more of a thing for me. To be honest it’s not like I get much interaction on EITHER platform, but for some reason on youtube I feel more involved, because when I see the views, I know people are watching. Whereas on here, I get maybe 10 views. Not to say I don’t appreciate them, because I made friends via this blog and it’d be a shame to waste that. And it’s my fault I don’t post much. But motivation is key and without that then these blog posts just read like me complaining about stuff, and while I could do that to my hearts content…I’m pretty sure it’s not entertaining. Sure, it’s MY blog, I can “do what I want” but no, I can’t. Because if I did that then I’d never get anywhere. Ha. Sigh. Sad sigh.
Whenever my hosting plan contract comes due I’m going to go over to the free WordPress and hope things go smoothly. I love this theme. Hell, I PAID for this theme. But who knows. Maybe I’ll keep the domain. If things don’t look up by next May (when I think my hosting plan ends) then…I’ll let you know what happens.
At this point (sorry, diverting to BookCon again), I think it’s too late to really talk about my adventures. It’s been welllll over a week and my memory is hazy. I didn’t even vlog properly throughout. I started pretty well, but I rarely “checked in” over the weekend and the camera work is shoddy. Mostly due to my insecurity about vlogging in public. Kinda like “if I don’t make it obvious I’m filming and talking to a camera, maybe people won’t notice?” so I don’t keep it steady. WHAT AN IDIOT. Anyway, It’s all practice, I suppose. Maybe vlogging publicly isn’t my thing.
I know a couple of you asked me to vlog, and I did, but I don’t know if or when or ever the material will reach the light of day. Besides, 90% of the vlogs are via instagram stories. If you saw those, then you already know what I got up to. If you didn’t…I’ll try and post pictures soon if you want me to.
Don’t worry. I haven’t gone mad. It’s just something to say when you don’t know WHAT to say, amirite?
I have been SUPER CALIFRAGILISTICLY behind on blogging – see what I did there? – and I’m both feeling guilty and even more lost as to know what to blog about. I haven’t been reading new books lately since I’m STILL rereading the Shadowhunter books (I’m on City of Heavenly Fire! So close!) and I’m almost desperate to get to new books, because they’re staring at me. Giving me evil looks like I’ve betrayed them. I’M SORRY, OKAY?
And I’m going to go off topic AGAIN because this post is not just about me making excuses (which are really valid but still..). Today I feel like talking to you about something completely UNBOOKISH related – yah because I don’t spend ALL my time thinking about books…(almost). I also love…music. Yep. As well as TV shows, I also love to listen to music. I mean, who doesn’t? But I think without music my life would be SOUL DESTROYING!
This past…I guess month, I wanna say, I’ve come across a few new singers on youtube. I mean, I think I’d heard of them in passing before but only recently did I bother to watch their videos, listen to their songs, etc. I like them so much I even decided to support a couple of them on Patreon (yes I am skint and yes I know I shouldn’t because it’s money but shh okay). If you don’t know what Patreon is…well that’s another story. I would so go into having my own account but I’m not anywhere near as successful enough for anyone to want to support me that way. I’m not even being self-pitying when I say that. It’s a matter of fact.
Any who. Jeez I divert so much, don’t I? What new singers am I talking about you may be asking… well.
Emma Blackery (link goes to her Vloggery channel, but she also has a VEVO and a main channel. So complex. lol)
I have this overwhelming respect and admiration for ANYONE who can write their own songs, sing and have it sound really good. I mean, take Taylor Swift for instance (please don’t shoot me down in flames) she doesn’t have the GREATEST voice on the planet, but she has FUCKING STAND UP SKILLS at writing lyrics that just catch in your head and never LEAVES! I SWEAR TO GOD! lol
I’ve been lurking Dodie’s channel for her original songs – It’s odd but I prefer the songs she does there than the ones she releases on her EP… – and I just can’t get some of them out of my brain. ‘Would You Be So Kind‘ is one I discovered yesterday and I LOVE IT. Also there’s a live version of ‘When‘ on her EP that I adore so much. I can kind of relate a little to it which is probably why it makes me sad to hear it but also I just sing along whenever it tickles my brain, yknow?
Emma Blackery’s songs are KILLER and ‘Nothing Without You‘ – which is a recent single she released (you can find it on Spotify, and…other places) – is basically a song I listened to 20 times straight one day shortly after finding it and I found myself singing it to myself at night, or really…any time. I’m waiting for her new EP to be released. I’ll admit I’m not too fond of her older stuff, and her new song ‘Magnetised‘ isn’t to my taste, but ‘Sucks To Be You‘ (from her last EP) just gets me every time and I look forward to some new stuff. 🙂
Tessa Violet has a soft, gentle voice, and one where at first I was like “meh she’s not that good.” but really, a few listens in and I realised though her voice is soft, it’s unique, and her lyrics are quite deep. Now I just love her. I love her duets with Dodie, too, which are some of my favourite videos ever! Tessa also hasn’t released anything new in a while, EP wise, but on her last one there’s a song called ‘Haze‘ and at first I was like “this is weird…” but now I cannot stop singing it to myself, or playing it and being all haunting as I sing along. (can you tell I love to sing? yeah)
This isn’t a sponsored plug post by the way. I have no doubt neither of these lovely girls know I exist (though I did tag Emma in a tweet once about how I couldn’t stop listening to her music and had no regrets! and she liked it 😀 ) but still I feel like if I’m enjoying their stuff, I should do what I can to promote them, right?
Besides them, I’ve also found some killer tunes released by some of my fave artists:
Bad Liar by Selena Gomez – at first I wasn’t keen but now I just have it spinning around and around and I’m tryin i’m tryin i’m tryin so hard no to keep singing it…
Malibu by Miley Cyrus – I won’t lie, I’m ECSTATIC that she’s back with new music (and music I can tolerate) and I hope to God her next album is more to my taste. If not, well, I’ll be content with a couple of songs at least.
No Promises by Cheat Codes ft Demi Lovato – The very few dance songs I listen to all have a theme: they feature an artist I loooove. So yeah this song is just so catchy, and thankfully not too…overly full of noise that it ruins the beat.
It Ain’t Me by Kygo ft Selena Gomez – much like the song above, I really only listened to this because of Selena, and at first the overly repetitive chorus nonsense drove me insane, but after a few listens I got used to it and now I love it.
Attention by Charlie Puth – good lord this boy can sing and oh my god I can’t stop singing this song! It’s subtle, and if I wasn’t the kind of person to appreciate a good melody then I probably wouldn’t notice. But it hooks under your skin, for sure.
There’s Nothing Holding Me Back by Shawn Mendes – THIS SONG IS A VIRUS AND IT WILL RUIN YOU FOR OTHER MUSIC I’M NOT EVEN JOKING. lol I of course mean that in the best possible sense. It’s fast tempo’d, catchy, fun and I am so excited for a new album from this lovely guy!
So that’s it. Well, for now. There are other songs I could mention but I fear if I keep going this post will be a hundred miles long. I hope I’ve enlightened you into some new music. Granted it’s all POP but there are different types of pop for everyone. I’ve hyperlinked the Youtubers so, if you want, you can go visit their channels and see for yourself.
I go away in a week (A WEEK?!?!!?) and so I don’t know how much blogging I’ll get done before then, but I want to GET BACK INTO THIS SHIZZLE because I feel like the longer I stay away, the worse it gets in terms of knowing what to put. As I said at the beginning.
Fair well my friends.