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#ReReadathon wrap up

Posted 17 July, 2017 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, readathons, Reviews, Romance, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Hi again!
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?
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#ReReadathon Updates

Posted 12 July, 2017 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Funny, readathons, Reviews, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Hi everyone. 
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. 
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Mini Reviews: Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia & Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Posted 23 June, 2017 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Funny, Mental Health, Reviews, Romance, Updates, YA / 2 Comments

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! 😀
5/5 Stars.
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Where Did The Time Go? | update

Posted 14 June, 2017 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Updates / 0 Comments

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.
Lotsa love. 
Kat xx
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