Paris at night is many things.
It’s the busy streets of the touristy latin quarter :
the Seine and the city’s impressive architecture lighten up by a myriad of lights;
and many more fascinating sights; a favorite one being Shakespeare & Company! <3
Paris, France, August 2013.
Filling the Shelf – 150
Filling the Shelf simply is Mailbox Monday, but with a title that suits my blog! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, click away! (but beware, visiting other mailboxes will probably add to your neverending wishlist!)
Happy Sunday everyone!
I say the same thing almost every week but, I am super excited about my new books this week!
It’s a mixed bag of genres and formats, and after a month of reading YA Contemporary (it’s not quite over yet!), let me tell you I am craving some adult fiction or supernatural powers or some creepy mystery story! It will be good to mix things up again! It’s already been decided that The Lemon Grove and The Vacationers will be part of my print and audio reading for August. Really looking forward to it!
Also I received my preorder for Let’s Get Lost early and I am already done reading it. I really enjoyed it!
Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid - Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
What books did you recently add to your shelves?
YA Contemporary Reading Month (week 3 & 4)!
The month is almost over and I am still going strong, if I can say so myself. I don’t have an exact count now but I think I managed to go through 15 or so YA contemporary novels in the month. And there are still a few days left!
I read Small Damages this week and I am still amazed by it. I’ll post a review later but I can already tell you : this book was excellent. Beautifully written. I am not sure why I waited so long to read it, but I am so glad I finally did! Now I need to get my hands on more of Beth Kephart’s books; I currently have my eyes on Going Over, but I might go with something else if I can find it at the library!
The Summer Life
This week has felt like summer – and it felt good! It wasn’t so hot that I couldn’t move, but we had plenty of good weather and our plants and flowers grown strong and full! Even our small rosebush, which has gone through losing all its flowers and iron deficiency and aphids is finally growing some new branches and buds!
So this week has been made of dinners on the roof terrace and fresh fruit smoothies and shopping at the market. It’s been great – and surprisingly, even though I’m not a fan of summer, I find myself wishing it could last much longer this year.
About the Book :
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.
My Thoughts :
Well well well. I have so many thoughts about this book!
Let’s first say I went in with HUGE expectations. Over the years I have, over and over, declared my love for Jenny Han’s Summer series. It was such a strong coming-of-age series (find my reviews on this list) that I immediately added To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before to my wishlist as soon as I’d heard of it – even though I wasn’t so sure about the story.
From the first few pages something felt “off” and I had a hard time getting into the story. We are slowly introduced to all the characters, with Margot, the oldest sister, going abroad for college. And then a few more moments are strung together, but not really cohesively. I felt it was a really weird starting point for the story and I wish the author would have gotten to the point faster. I almost dropped the book, but fortunately I decided to power through it a little more.
Once the letters get sent things get a lot more interesting. Lara Jean had a lot to explain, and of courses she tries to minimize the damage, and of course it only delays the hurt of saying the truth. But while, at time, I felt like the book couldn’t decide what it was (a comedy, a romance, a coming-of-age story, something else?), the truth is that it really pulled me in. I was reading pages at a time, completely entertained by Lara Jean’s adventures. I loved her family and I really liked the cast of characters surrounding her.
One thing that Jenny Han still does great is write charming boys you can’t help falling for. There’s Josh the boy next door, who is also her sister’s ex-boyfriend (ick), but then there’s also Peter, with whom Lara Jean has a fake-not-fake relationship. I am not sure what she saw in Josh, personally, but her chemistry with Peter was really great. So, that was fun too.
In the end, I would say my experience was mostly positive. I think I came in expecting too much, when the book simply is a cute contemporary YA novel. It’s light, it’s fun; it’s a breeze to read under the sun!
Series Reading Order :
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
- P.S. I Still Love You (coming 2015)
Awww! The Man’s uncle and aunt got themselves a new pup and it’s just so adorable with its soft fur and pig paws! Also, lots of energy and chewing!
Her name is Leia, and I wish I could have brought her back home with us! <3