Lover Book Tag

Ah, it’s been a while since I did a tag. I used to do at least one a week, but I haven’t been tagged in a while. Thanks to Dani @ Mousai Books for tagging me in this one! I don’t know if she knew what a big Taylor Swift fan I am, but here we are! Cue the music on my computer, and let’s go!

The Creator & the Rules

The creator of this tag (and the header!) is Sara @ The Bibliophagist! As for the rules:

↠ Link back to the creator, Sara @ The Bibliophagist!
↠ Answer the questions.
↠ Tag whoever you want and link back to the person who tagged you!

I Forgot that You Existed

A book from your childhood that you don’t remember anything about

I know I read The Sign of the Beaver in second grade, but I have no idea what I read. Probably because our teacher would just send us out in the hall to have book-club with no instruction or supervision. Yeah, because eight-year-olds can handle that…

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The Dreaded Second Book Slump

We all know the drill. We read the first book in a new trilogy. We fall in love. We gush, we hype, we yell about the best book in creation at the top of our internet-lungs. Then, oh the torture, we have to wait a year (maybe even two!) for the sequel! So we wait, and we dream, and we imagine all of the things the rest of the series is going to be. Let’s be honest, we probably over-hype the book. Then, the day finally comes! We get our beautiful pre-ordered copy in the mail, and we don’t wait to dive right it! But… it’s just… fine.

Okay, even if it doesn’t go quite to that extreme, we all know that the second book in a trilogy is usually the weakest. Why?

The conflict has no where to go.

This is, I think, the main sticking point. I notice that often book 2 seems to be chasing itself in circles. So, a lot of times, the first book leaves us having firmly established the main conflict of the series, and has left the main character with a clear idea of what they need to do. But in the second book you can’t start resolving anything yet. So, what do you do? How do you continue to build when the main climax of the series isn’t even coming during this book?

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Sorting Hat Sunday: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Lara Jean looked nervously at the barrier between the platforms. Margot had already told her what to expect, but Lara Jean was still nervous. It’s not going to hurt, she reminded herself.

She wished her mom was here. She shouldn’t be doing this alone. Margot didn’t have to. That was the thought that did her in. Tears poured down Lara Jean’s cheeks.

“It’s okay Lara Jean,” Margot whispered, pulling her into a fierce hug. “I’m here. You’re not alone.”

“How do you always know exactly what I’m thinking?” Lara Jean sniffed.

“That’s what sisters are for.”

Lara Jean

Lara Jean actually reveals her Hogwarts house during the course of the book, possibly more than once, so there’s not much for me to say here. Sorry if I’ve remembered incorrectly, but I also feel like this is pretty obvious.

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Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Genre: Young Adult
Maturity Level: 4
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆

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?

When I started this book, within about twenty pages I was sure I knew exactly how it was going to end. I was still plenty enjoying reading it, even as the inevitable played out right before my eyes. And then… it didn’t. Always and Forever, Lara Jean ended completely differently than I was expecting. It was just so sweet, and heartwarming, and gave me all the feels. Guys, I cried.

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Review: P.S. I Still Love You

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Genre: Young Adult
Maturity Level: 4
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆

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?

No second-book-slump here! P.S. I Still Love You had all of the things that made To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before so great, and then some! Including, inexplicably, ANOTHER love square. How can Lara Jean be in love with two boys at once twice in one year? She doesn’t even know, poor baby.

The slut-shaming issue gets taken to the next level in this book when Lara Jean and Peter’s hot-tub make-out gets put on Instagram as a “sex-tape”. There are just so many amazing things about this. Honestly, if I taught High School English I would push to get this as required reading for sophomores, though the hand full of f-bombs would probably get it nixed. There’s just so much about Me-Too, toxic masculinity, bullying and cyber-bullying, and it’s all so relevant to our kids. This series needs to be read by ALL American teens and their parents. Period.

It was nice to see Lara Jean’s relationships with her sisters back to a healthy place, and this book explored more about her dad, which I loved. So many parents are absent in YA, and certainly her dad isn’t around much. But he’s there, and he loves Lara Jean and it really shows. Lara Jean also has a great friendship with an elderly lady named Stormy. My first job was at a retirement home too, so this sub-plot really resonated with me. Stormy is a riot, and I loved reading about all the ridiculous things she did.

Peter came into his own in this book too. He had some quality character development, especially near the end of the book. You really start to get a feel for what it is about him that Lara Jean admires, which makes it even more frustrating that he allows his ex-girlfriend to manipulate him.

Honestly, it’s been a breath of fresh air to read about such an imperfect teen relationship. Both Lara Jean and Peter are insecure about themselves, each other, and their feelings. They don’t know what they’re doing, and that’s okay. That’s what high school relationships are supposed to be like. The bizarre fake-dating from book one aside, their relationship is incredibly realistic. I love that Lara Jean acknowledges that this is her first love, maybe not her forever love. When you’re a teenager love feels like forever, but often it isn’t, and I think it’s important to present teenagers with a romance that reflects that.

All those slices of life that I loved so much about To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before were still there. Bake sales, doing homework at Starbucks, what Dad made for dinner. The details are what makes this series feel so real.

This series is just so enchanting. I’ve read two books in three days, and I am loving every second of it. I highly recommend this series!

Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

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

Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Genre: Young Adult
Maturity Level: 4
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆

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.

I loved this book, but unfortunately not as much as I was expecting to, and not as much as I enjoyed the movie. *gasp!* What is this blasphemy???

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My Summer TBR






Hem. Excuse me. Let’s try get back to some semblance of decorum, please?

It’s no secret that teachers look forward to summer vacation just as much (probably more) than their students do. Personally my favorite part of summer vacation is not getting up at 5 AM, but spending time with my kids is a close second. And, obviously, reading a boat-load of books is always a highlight of my summer.

Over the years I’ve gotten into a few summer reading traditions.
1) Read a completed YA series that is *still* popular and that I’ve neglected
2) Read a book in the Lady Trent series
3) Catch up on new releases
4) Read at least 100 pages every day

While I’m a little bit of a mood reader, since I started using the library more I’ve had to start planning my tbr a little bit more in advanced. (I’ll write more about THAT this summer!) So I’ve already got a bit of a list. Plus I know what my YA series is going to be, plus a few other books that I know I want to get to. So here are, in absolutely no order whatsoever, some of the books I want to read this summer!

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Frozen Book Tag

Frozen Book Tag

I saw this tag on Book Princess Reviews, and it’s right up my ally. Frozen might be my favorite Disney movie. I love the music, I love Anna, I love the sisterhood theme, I love how it kind of makes fun of the old Disney movies. Did I mention I love the music? When we went to see it in theaters and we heard the intro-song my husband and I looked at each other and said “We may as well leave, it’s not going to get any better than that.” Then it DID.

Anyway, I love Frozen.

This tag was created by Book’s Buzz way back in 2014. So here we go!

Let it Go

A book you wouldn’t mind parting with

41zqDXuSQEL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_That’s easy! Last year around Christmas-time I got gifted The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I read it last summer and it was not my cup of tea. Next time I clean out my bookshelf it’ll probably go the Half-Price. Continue reading “Frozen Book Tag”

Movie Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

9781534438378_p0_v3_s550x406Watch it On: Netflix
Genres: Teen, Romantic Comedy
Maturity Level: PG-13
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆

Lara Jean Covey writes letters to all of her past loves, the letters are meant for her eyes only. Until one day when all the love letters are sent out to her previous loves. Her life is soon thrown into chaos when her foregoing loves confront her one by one.

Disclaimer: I have not read the book.

This is the best high school movie I’ve seen since Mean Girls. I think it’ll definitely go down with Sixteen Candles, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Clueless as a teen classic. Continue reading “Movie Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”