Let’s Discuss! To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before

Can I please start with something? I am (or was) not a fan of this book. I actually rated it 3 stars when I read it a few years ago, and gave the book away because I was determined to not carry on with the series. I was not hyped for this movie and I thought the trailer looked cheesy as hell.

But god, did this movie explode? As soon as it hit Netflix I saw reviews and fans spring up all over the place. In the book community, this thing has been big. Eventually, curiosity got the better of me and I sat down to watch this adaptation.

And I might still think it was cheesy as hell, but I really enjoyed it!

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Mostly, I remember not liking Peter in the books. And he still came out with some things that made him a little bit of a d*ck in the movie, but he definitely came across better. I still couldn’t help feeling for Josh in the movie, but I feel like that was handled better too. Not gonna lie, but I was kind of rooting for him in the book, but I don’t think there was as much focus on him in the movie which made me feel better!

I feel like the movie put emphasis on all of the best things about this series. For one, Lara-Jean is Korean-American. She has a friend called Lucas, who is gay and Afro-American. This book focuses on Lara-Jeans relationship with her two sisters, the younger of which is sassy and awesome (and also wears a necklace that reads feminist during the movie!). Not only that, but her dad is in a few very well written scenes, and her mum is discussed in some very important scenes about grief.

If there was one way to adapt this book, well done, Netflix. You have achieved it. You’ve won my heart and I’ve decided to actually re-read and continue with this series sometime soon!

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! Special Editions of Books

Hi everyone! I’ve been to visit my lovely friend Courtney today and one of the conversations we had made me think of an awesome idea for a blog post. I’ve definitely decided I’m a book collector, as I have many editions of books! There are many more I’d like to collect, and I’ve decided to post about some today.

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When it comes to this one, I’m guilty. It comes out on October 11th and I just preordered one as a birthday gift to myself 😉

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I’ve been seeing this book since it came out and I adore this edition! Too bad it’s so hard to get hold of now.

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I saw this edition on Courtney’s shelf today and it. is. so. pretty. Someone please stop me from buying one.

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This book is definitely one I’d like to acquire for Christmas this year! I have the matching edition of Summer Days and Summer Nights, and they would just look perfect together.

Which special/collectors editions of books would you like?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! New Bookshelves

Hi readers! Something very exciting happened recently – I got brand new bookshelves. This is because my boyfriend and I have recently moved into our own apartment, and we bought a couple of bookshelves to house our collections.

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As you may notice, I added extra shelves to my bookcases so I could add more paperbacks! I moved my abnormally large hardbacks to the smaller bookcase, where I left height for them. Other than that, I only had a few rules for organising my books.

  1. Don’t split series apart!
  2. Don’t split different editions of the same book apart.
  3. It’s okay to split different books by the same author apart as long as they’re not series.

Using these few rules, I created a beautiful hardback shelf, a few series shelves on both bookcases and my lovely boyfriend helped me create a gorgeous rainbow shelf which is mostly contemporaries!

The only thing I regret is not making myself a TBR shelf/section, but it wouldn’t be practical as I have many unread half-series etc! I’ll keep dreaming about storing my TBR in one of these instead…

IKEA RÅSKOG trolley Perfect as extra storage in your kitchen, hall, bedroom or home office.

How do you organise your shelves?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! Vacation Reads

What defines a vacation read? For me, the perfect holiday book is fun, lighthearted and easy to read. Contemporaries are the best for long summer days on the beach, and today I’m sharing some of my ideal vacation reads with you.

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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 a 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 realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

I love Jenn Bennett’s books, and what could be more holiday-ready than a book set on the California coast?

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Taylor Edwards family might not be that close – everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled, but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets some devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Matson might just be my favourite contemporary author, and I’d recommend any one of her books for vacation.

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The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.
As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

This one is one I read more recently, and a contemporary I absolutely loved. If you’re looking for lighthearted with a twist, look no further.

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Jesse, Vicks and Mel couldn’t be more different. Jesse, a righteous Southern gal who’s as thoughtful as she is uptight, is keeping a secret that she knows will change her life forever. Vicks is a wild child: seemingly cool, calm and collected on the outside, but inside she’s furious at herself for being so anxious about her neglectful boyfriend. And Mel is the new girl in town. She’s already been dismissed as just another rich kid, but all she wants is to get over some of her fears and find some true friends. 
But for all their differences, the girls discover they’ve got one thing in common – they’re desperate to escape. Desperate to get the heck out of Niceville and discover their true ‘badass’ selves! Even if it’s just for the weekend … One ‘borrowed’ car later, it’s time to hit the road and head for Miami. Hearts will be broken, friendships will be tested, and a ridiculously hot stranger could change the course of everything.

This one is definitely due a re-read but I adored this book! It’s the book that started my dream of going to Epcot which I’m still wishing and dreaming about.

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Sophia has spent her life ping-ponging between different countries and schools, so, in theory, saying goodbye should be easy. But now she’s leaving Tokyo – the place that finally felt like home. The only way she can get through this is to make her final week perfect. Then Jamie Foster-Collins shows up, just in time to ruin everything. Jamie and Sophia used to be friends . . . and his return stirs up feelings she thought she’d forgotten. Suddenly, hours and minutes become meaningless. Only time spent together, exploring the hidden streets of the city they love, is real.

I’m pretty sure I read this while I was on vacation in Madeira last year, and it was just perfect.

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It’s been a year since Milly, Elyse and Leonie’s dad died, and a year since their last trip to Rome. Summer’s here again, and once again they are heading with their mum to Italy – but what’s it going to be like going without Dad? Rome still holds its familiar charms – the sun is still as warm, the gelato as delicious, the people as welcoming. But nothing is quite as it once was … 
With grief still raw for all of them, Milly is facing the additional awfulness of having to see Luke again – gorgeous, gorgeous Luke, who she had a fling with last year, and who she made a total fool of herself with – or so she thinks. What’s going to happen this time? What’s more, things between Milly, her sisters and their mum are rocky – Leonie is being tempestuous and unpredictable, Elyse is caught up with her new boyfriend, and Milly feels like she just doesn’t know how she fits in any more. 

And lastly I couldn’t do this list without mentioning this great read! It really made me feel like I was in Italy, which I loved.

Which books do you love reading on vacation?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! Buying Books

It’s taking me a while to get through my current read, so I thought today I’d write instead a discussion post! I have a lot of bookish debates with my friends (hi Courtney), and today I’m going to be talking about buying books.

A lot of people have said I have too many books, I collect too many books, I can’t possibly buy any more books, and it goes on. To them, I say…

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But I’m sorry. I will never stop. Partly because of my blog and my social media, I love being able to own and take photos of books I love and can’t wait to read! So here are a few tips for buying books.

  • Second hand! If you can, buy second hand. I’ve saved so much money over the years by trawling through second hand shops and websites.
  • Online. I mostly, always buy online and make sure I check a number of websites before buying
  • Subscribe to newsletters from your favourite bookshops!
  • Use loyalty cards! With every bookshop I shop at a lot, I use loyalty cards and manage to save a lot of money that way.

Which tips do you give for buying books?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! My Journey into Fantasy

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a discussion and I’m very happy to be chatting again! I’d love to use my creativity to write more posts and I have some topics in mind, so here I am giving it a go.

Today’s topic is my journey into fantasy, which has been a long process for me. When I started reading, fantasy was just a no-go. For my whole childhood I read anything real, namely Jacqueline Wilson and Cathy Cassidy. I was in the very small percentage of children that didn’t grow up reading Harry Potter. And as I slowly transitioned into YA, the trend continued.

It took me months to get round to fantasy, and years before I eventually ventured into the Harry Potter world. But I’m very happy I finally did!

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I’ve read fantasy before, in more recent times. I’ve really enjoyed Six of Crows, A Court of Thorns and Roses and The Hobbit in the past few years to name a few. But nothing really opened my mind as much as Harry Potter did. I just found it incredible, that such a magical world could even exist. It opened my eyes to fantasy and realms that could be written beyond my imagination. From now on, fantasy is exciting and new for me, and I’m very happy that I’m reading more!

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! Halfway Through 2018

Firstly, you might have noticed this post is up on a Saturday, when I would usually be posting a Stacking the Shelves post. Well, I’ve decided as I have more time to write posts in the summer, I might as well write discussion and other posts for when I don’t buy books that week!

It’s halfway through the year and I’m actually pretty proud of what I’ve accomplished so far. I went into this year trying to finally read series I’ve been wanting to for years, start new books and finish old series. And as I finally got caught up with my Goodreads goal today, I thought it would be a perfect time to write about my progress!

Series I’ve Read

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I still can’t believe that I actually read and watched Harry Potter this year. Ever since I started this blog and entered the bookish community, I felt like some kind of liar or disgrace for not having read this incredibly famous series. But I’ve done it, I’ve entered the fandom and I couldn’t be happier!

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This series has been on my shelf since Christmas 2016, and I’ve only just managed to pick it up. Five books can be very intimidating, and I surprised myself by finishing the whole series in around a week and a half. If you’re looking for quick books, here they are!

Series I’ve Finished

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My lovely friend Courtney read these books a couple of months ago, and I never carried on with the series when Crooked Kingdom came out! In the end, I promised her I’d read it and I ended up enjoying the second even more and finishing this series.

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Dear God, please do not let any more of these books be released. I’m glad I read Obsidio and finished the series, but I DO NOT WANT ANYMORE.

Stuff I’m Proud of

I’m so proud of some of my achievements so far this year! I’ve been saying for so long that I need to read books that have been sat on my shelves for months, no matter how intimidating they may be. Some of the books I’ve finally got around to are The Night Circus and The Hobbit.

Goals for the Rest of 2018

There are many books I’d love to read before the end of the year, but mostly I’d just like to beat my Goodreads 2018 goal of 50. Realistically, it would be awesome to finish/read some more series, including The Raven Cycle. Otherwise, I’d love to read some more classics and get my physical TBR down as much as I can. Maybe while doing so, I could also stop buying books? Eh, probably not. Oh well.

What are you proud of this year so far?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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