Let’s Talk (#16) – Book Memes

I love memes and so thought today would be cool to share some of my favorite book related ones. Also, this week is dragging its ass and I needed something to make me laugh, pulling this lot together has been hilarious fun!

So, what’s your favorite book memes? I have I missed any good ones out? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Burning Moon – Jo Watson

Synopsis  

There’s a very fine line between blushing bride and mascara-streaked sobbing mess. #beenthere

Lilly Swanson has been planning her perfect life since she was twelve years old: Meet Mr. Right, have the big white wedding, buy a house in the burbs, and raise 2.5 picture-perfect kids. However, when her fiancé bails, leaving Lilly alone at the altar to face five hundred gossipy guests, her dream turns into a nightmare. But then Lilly makes an impulsive decision—she ditches the dress, grabs her passport, and heads off to Thailand to spend her honeymoon alone.

Or so she thinks . . .

Because Lilly quickly learns that everything in Thailand is very hot: the weather, the merchandise, and especially Damien—the sexy, spontaneous man she meets before her feet even hit the sand. Now with no plan, and nothing holding her back, Lilly lets Damien lead her on a wild, unpredictable ride to the world’s most exclusive party, Burning Moon. But after a week of letting go, indulging her every impulse and desire, Lilly must go back to the girl she used to be. Or can Damien convince her that their party doesn’t have to end? 


More Details

Genre:  Romance
Page Length: 301
Characters: Lilly, Damien
Publication Date: 1st October 2013
Format: eBook


Review

Wow! This book was brilliant! It really reminded me of how much I enjoy reading books that are set in far off places! It was a dream to read. You know when you’ve had a really rubbish day and you need some comfort food and that first bite of whatever it is, is like pure heaven? Reading this book was like that, the whole thing was deeply satisfying.

The writing was really good, it all flowed nicely and the details were phenomenal, I have never had much desire to visit Thailand but after reading this book it’s changed my mind slightly because it just sounds so gorgeous.

So the story, after Lilly’s fiancé leaves her on the day of their wedding she decides to go on their honeymoon alone. It’s during a disastrous flight there that she meets Damian, and he takes on the trip of her life. I loved how Lilly and Damien met, it was just so funny, the sheer amount of humor in this story is another highlight, it had me laughing all the way through.

I really liked how Lilly evolved and found herself, I think self-discovery is a big theme in this book, as the Lilly at the beginning of this story is a different Lilly by the end and in a good way. She is able to realize that her relationship with her fiancé wasn’t what she thought it was and that she didn’t really love him, she was more in love with the idea of having a perfect life. I liked how Damien challenged her and pushed her to try new things but also looked after her and made her feel safe. Speaking of Damien, holy crap! This guy is near perfection! I really enjoyed his character. I thinking the scene where he takes her to a strip club is one of my favorite moments, the chemistry they have even at that early stage was sizzling!

To finish up, I just want to mention that I really liked how Jo Watson ended this book, it was so completely fulfilling!

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The Bottom Line:

If you love romantic comedies, go and read this book, you won’t regret it!

My Rating:  5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


Until Next Time! 🤓

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The Versatile Blogger Award

I was nominated by Shoshi @ Shoshi Reads for The Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you for the nomination! Shoshi has an awesome blog so be sure you check it out.

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The Rules:

  • Thank the bloggers who nominated you and share their links
  • Nominate at least 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs
  • Inform them about their nomination
  • Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know

 


7 Facts about me

1) I’ve short, and when I say short I mean short, I’m only 4ft 8”!

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2) I’m a huge animal lover.

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3) I love shoes! Heels, trainers, boots. I don’t discriminate I love them all

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4) I have a thing for rum based cocktails

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5) I love the Marvel Movies!

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6) I only wear silver jewelry, I cannot stand yellow gold!

7) I suck at talking about myself, it’s taken me ages to think of 7 things for this list.


My Nominations:

Jemms Reads
The Bookish Fairy Blog
Life in Words and Lyrics
Rather be Reading
Coffee Loving Bookoholic
Bionic Book Worm Blog
Tiny Obsessions
Lost in a Story


And that’s it. Thanks again for the nomination.

Until Next Time! 🤓

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

Synopsis  

 What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.


More Details

Genre:  Young Adult
Page Length: 320
Characters: Lara Jean, Margot, Kitty, Peter and Josh
Publication Date: April 15th 2014
Format: eBook


Review

I first heard about this book on Facebook when I saw an article about the movie version that’s being made and then it was on iBooks as their book of the week a couple of weeks ago which is what prompted me to purchase this.

So this book is told in the first person in entirely the first person from Lara Jean’s perspective. I really enjoyed this story. The writing was very easy to follow and flowed nicely.

Lara Jean writes a letter to every boy she has loved and keeps them in her teal hat box, which is all fine until one day these letters get sent. This throws Lara Jean’s life into chaos. I have to say that I knew right away who it was that sent those letters and it was just so without giving too much away, perfect. If you’ve read this you’ll know what I mean.

I love Lara Jean, in fact, I love all three of the Song girls, but there was something a little special about LJ I liked her innocent and honesty. I thought it made her very endearing. I adored Kitty, she is exactly what a little sister is and of course, there is Margot. I would love to read her story, I think it would be really interesting read about what it was like for her to go away to college and leave her family.

In the beginning,  I wasn’t a huge fan of Peter, but he kind of grew on me towards the end and Josh was well ok, nothing too exciting there to be honest.

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The Bottom Line:

I would defiantly recommend this book, it’s a perfect example of how great YA is. I’m looking forward to seeing what the film will be like. Janel Parish is playing Margot and I loved her in Pretty Little Liars, so I’m hoping they do this book justice.

My Rating: 4/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟


Until Next Time! 🤓

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Let’s Talk (#15) Pre-Orders!

Earlier in the week, it occurred to me that I have quite a few books on pre-order. Some of them are out fairly soon, others well there feel like an age away. So I thought I share them with you:

Fallen Heir by Erin Watt– Out on 28th August 2017

Synopsis

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These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to.

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up.

She might be right.

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.

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If there’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L Armentrout – Out on 5th September 2017

Synopsis

34225450Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?

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Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas– Out on 5th September 2017

Synopsis

31450852In the next installment of the New York Timesbestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

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Iron Gold  by Pierce Brown – Out 16th January 2018

Synopsis

29217027Ten years after their victory over the Golds of the Core Worlds, Darrow and Mustang lead the new Solar Republic, which has replaced the tyrannical Society. The government’s precarious stability is threatened by something arising in the outer regions of the solar system.

 

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Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch – Out 8th May 2018

Synopsis

love-luck-9781534401006_hrAddie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.

So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.

And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.

That is if they don’t get completely lost along the way.

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Starswept by Mary Fan – Out on 28th August 2017

Synopsis

starswept-800-cover-reveal-and-promotional_origSome melodies reach across the stars.

In 2157, the Adryil—an advanced race of telepathic humanoids—contacted Earth. A century later, 15-year-old violist Iris Lei considers herself lucky to attend Papilio, a prestigious performing arts school powered by their technology. Born penniless, Iris’s one shot at a better life is to attract an Adryil patron. But only the best get hired, and competition is fierce.

A sudden encounter with an Adryil boy upends her world. Iris longs to learn about him and his faraway realm, but after the authorities arrest him for trespassing, the only evidence she has of his existence is the mysterious alien device he slipped to her.

When she starts hearing his voice in her head, she wonders if her world of backstabbing artists and pressure for perfection is driving her insane. Then, she discovers that her visions of him are real—by way of telepathy—and soon finds herself lost in the kind of impossible love she depicts in her music.

But even as their bond deepens, Iris realizes that he’s hiding something from her—and it’s dangerous. Her quest for answers leads her past her sheltered world to a strange planet lightyears away, where she uncovers secrets about Earth’s alien allies that shatter everything she knows.

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Throne of Glass 7 by Sarah J. Maas – 4th September 2018

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A couple of books on this list are ones that I have received ARCs of. If I enjoy an ARC I do like to order a copy of the book because A) I like to give something back and B) if it happens to be part of a series I need to get a published copy to go with the rest of the series.

I was going to write a paragraph about which book I’m most excited for but I can’t decide! I’m excited for them all and I’ve just noticed Tower of Dawn and If There’s No Tomorrow are both release on the same day! How the heck am I going to decide what to read first??

That’s all from me tonight.

Have you pre-ordered any of these?

Until Next Time! 🤓

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Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch

Synopsis 

 “I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.


More Details

Genre:  Young Adult
Page Length: 352
Characters: Lina, Ren, and Howard
Publication Date: 1st June 2017 (first published May 3rd, 2016)
Format: eBook


Review

I’ve had my eye on this book for a couple of weeks, but I’ve had a few ARCs to get through so I’ve only just gotten around to reading it.

This book takes place six months after Lina loses her mum to Pancreatic Cancer. Lina has gone to Tuscany to Live with Howard as per her mom’s dying wish. This was such a lovely read. I mean that in every sense of the word. The subject matter of losing a parent was beautifully done. I loved how mature Lina was when it came to handling the Howard situation, she had every right to be angry and rage but instead she took it all in her stride and gave him the opportunity to explain things.

Her friendship with Ren was sweet, I liked understanding Ren was of Lina’s feelings. He is there for her every step of the way and supports her to help discover all the secrets her mom kept, and the pace in which they fell for each other was really good.

“Turns out there’s a reason they call it falling in love, because when it happens – really happens – that’s exactly how it feels. There’s no doing or trying, you just let go and hope that someone’s going to be there to catch you. Otherwise, you’re going to end up with some pretty hefty bruises. Trust me, I would know.”

The thing that I loved the most was that this book was really feel good, even though the subject matter was heavy, it never made me feel depressed instead it made me feel hopeful.

The Bottom Line:

This was a fab little read, and it made fall even more in love with Italy! I am determined to get a visit to Florence in at some point in time. If you love YA then this is a must read.

L&G Q

My Rating:  4/5 🌟 🌟🌟🌟


About the Author

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Jenna Evans Welch spent her high school years in Florence, Italy, where she drove a scooter, danced in fountains, and ate entirely too much gelato. She now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and young son. Read her blog, The Green Lemon, at JennaEvansWelch.com.


Until Next Time 🤓

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Sunshine Blogger Award!

Thank you to Alaina from An Infinite Book World for nominating me for this award! I know it’s taken me a little while to get to.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

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The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

The rules…

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and links back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

 Alaina’s Questions

What or who was your inspiration for starting your blog?

Two things made me start my blog:

  • I wanted a place where I could share my love of reading with people who also love to read.
  • I also wanted to be able to promote the books I love. I really liked the idea of being able to help out spreading the word about books and blogging lets me do that.

What is something that you swear by doing every day?

Read before I go to work. For the most part, this sets up my concentration for the day. It doesn’t always work but I still like to do it.

Besides a bookstore, what are some of your other favorited stores to shop at?

As a rule I hate shopping, so I do most of my shopping online. So the sites I like to shop on is Amazon because really what can’t you buy on there? I also like Next and New Look.

Are you a coffee drinker? If so, what is your usual Starbucks order?

Yes! Coffee is life. I usually get a Vanilla Latte.

What is one book that you couldn’t live without?

A Court of Mist and Fury!

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Definitely more of a night owl – I hate mornings

Where do you tend to do the majority of your reading?

That would be a tie between my sofa and during my morning commute.

Are there any movies that you love so much that you would re-watch them?

God, there are so many, here are a few:

  • Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • John Wick
  • Shooter
  • Ted 2

Are there any book bloggers that you look up to? If so, shout them out!

I really love Vilma’s Book Blog

Who are some authors that you dream of meeting?

  • Sarah J. Maas – side note I’m going to her book tour in November so I’m hoping I get the opportunity to meet her there!
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Pierce Brown

What is your favorite part of blogging?

Being able to promote books I love and getting positive feedback.


My Nominations:

My Questions

  1. What is your all-time favorite movie?
  2. What was the first book you bought with your own money?
  3. What is your favorite color?
  4. What is your favorite non-fiction book?
  5. If you had to pick one book to take on a desert island what would it be?
  6. Most comfortable item of clothing?
  7. If you could visit one place in the world where would it be?
  8. What has been the most challenging part of starting your blog?
  9. Where do you want to be in 5 years?
  10. What do you like to do in your space time apart from reading or blogging?
  11. How old were you when you got into reading?

That’s it for today, until next time 🤓

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Let’s Talk (#14) Book Theme Songs

Hi, guys ‘n’ girls!

It has come to my attention that I have yet to music/book mash up post. So today I thought it would be fun to pick out songs that I think would make good theme songs for some of my favorite books. This turned out to be turned out to be trickier than I thought, but it was really entertaining too.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Stars by Sixx:AM

When I ever I listen to this song it always reminds me of Rhys and Feyre on Starfall

 


The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Smile Like You Mean It by The Killers

Back when I first read the host I listened to this song on repeat so of course it always makes me think of the book. But I also think the lyrics kinda fit with the story.


Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Kings and Queens by 30 Seconds to Mars

I just think this song captures the story perfectly, particularly these lyrics:

“Into your eyes
Hopeless and taken
We stole our new lives
Through blood and name
In defense of our dreams
In defense of our dreams”

Also whilst researching for this I happened to listen to Stay by Rihanna and it really made me think of Darrow and Mustangs relationship so I’m also including this one too.


Throne of Glass Series, Heir of Fire onwards by Sarah J. Maas.

Bonfire Heart by James Blunt

I chose this one because to me it describes Aelin and Rowans relationship perfectly, especially the beginning part of the song.


White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Paradise City by Guns N’ Roses

Ok, this is technically not my pick but I don’t think there is another song that I could even begin to associate with this series.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Iris by Goo Goo Dolls

This song just makes me think of forbidden love and that is the basic premise of Daughter of Smoke and Bone.


And that it! This post was super fun, I’d love to hear from you if you have other songs that you associate with any of these books!

Until next time! 🤓

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