Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Book Review: Strangers by CL Taylor | Thrills and Chills!


Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favourite Movies I've Watched This Year So Far

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

FULL DISCLOSURE: this is not the topic for Tuesday this week but I made this into a video and wanted to share it here with you too...

I thought since we were now through the first quarter of the year and SOME of us have a little bit more time for movie watching right now I would share my top ten movies of the year so far with you. 

A couple of these came out right before Christmas but I didn't get to see them until the new year so before you go telling me that these are 2019 release, these are the top ten I saw at movie theatres in 2020. 

These are in no particular order...

Ok I could only get as a far as 6... BUT here's some honourable mentions for things I know you can now stream at home that I have rewatched at cinemas in 2020...

Monday, 6 April 2020

Review: One Perfect Summer by Paige Toon

A Dorset summer, a chance meeting, and Joe and Alice, both 18, fall into step as if they have known each other forever. But their idyll is shattered as quickly as it began. Joe leaves without warning; Alice heads off to Cambridge University and slowly picks up the pieces of her broken heart.

Years later, when she catches the attention of gorgeous, gifted, rich boy LukasAlice is carried along by his charm and swept up in his ambitious plans for a future together.

Until news of Joe reaches her once more, but he's out of reach in a way that Alice could never have imagined. Life has moved on, the divide between them is now so great. Surely it is far too late to relive those perfect summer days of long ago?

Review: Oh my goodness why did no one make me read this sooner? I read this as part of my Paige Toon back catalogue read along and did it as a buddy read with a friend. Thank goodness I did this one as a buddy read because I had so many thoughts on these characters and this plot!

I loved Alice as a main character, when we first meet her she is so innocent and so untouched by the world but then that summer in Dorset happens and she then carries on through life as a slightly jaded human being, just trying to get through the day, The swing in her character from beginning to middle and then middle to end is remarkable and I was so here for it. 

Joe is an awesome male lead as well, I really liked how sensitive he was in the beginning and I loved how, like Alice he really goes on a journey over the course of the book, the person he is just after the very beginning of this novel is barely recognisable when you compare him to the person he becomes in the end. And then there's Lukas, I did't like Lukas but he because a little bit of a pantomime villain for me, the person I loved to hate and he really posed a dilemma for so many characters in this novel. I loved that he was there to do that but I still resent him now weeks after finishing the book. 

I really like what Paige Toon did with the settings in this novel. This is the first book where we have very little travel to other countries, We travel to Dorset and to Cambridge and have a very brief trip to Germany, all of these settings are highly underused in novels though and so I loved exploring them all with Alice. Oxford gets used a lot in books so it was refreshing that so much of this novel was set in Cambridge, I loved the punting and I loved learning about all of the university buildings. Dorset was an interesting one for me because a lot of the places that Joe and Alice go to I went to with 40 children on a school trip so it was tough to pictures them as romantic settings. Thankfully Paige Toon's writing helped me a lot with that!

I just loved all of the love in this book, this read a little like One Day where you're waiting for characters to realise things and you're kind of waiting to see what catastrophic event the next time period will bring for poor Alice. I loved the romance I loved the characters and this is definitely in the running for my favourite Paige Toon novel of all time. 

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Sunday, 5 April 2020

Top 10 Favourite Films of 2020


Bout of Books 27.5 Safe at Home Readathon

Oh my goodness, I am so excited. Bout of Books announced a bonus readathon this week. This readathon does not replace the Bout of Books 28 readathon that is happening in May and it much more low key than other readathons with no need for a sign up and no daily reading or photo challenges BUT you do need to check out their twitter because they are doing daily reading in place reading sprint-yey! The readathon runs from April 6th-April 12th

I know we don't need to create a TBR or sign up for this one but I love making TBRs for readathons like this and kind of keeping track/holding myself accountable and something like this to focus my reading is just what I need right now. So... I will be focusing on books I have for review that are released on April 16th this week-very specific I know BUT there are quite a few of them! I will of course also include the Paige Toon title we are reading this week AND some audiobooks because everyone knows that audiobooks are a necessary requirement for a readathon in my world! And yes I will be aiming to make this a 7 in 7 as I do with every Bout of Books!

The reading-in-place sprints will be over on Twitter and will take place at 
11am ET, 4pm ET and 9pm ET (so that means 9am, 2pm and 7pm for me over here in Mountain time) but whatever time zone you're in I hope to see you there and I will definitely try and make it even though those are basically all my meal time ha!

So if you've read through all of that, here is my TBR...

April 16th Releases

Paige Toon Read


Plenty to choose from right? Let me know if you'll be reading with us this week and also what you think of my choices!

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Reading Wrap Up March 2020

Well March was quite the month wasn't it? I read more than I expected to and that's all we're going to say about that!

I'm really pleased that I read everything on my TBR bar one book, and that's because I didn't want to rush the beauty of Lindsey Kelk. I also posted 42 blog posts this month and read more things than there were days in the month!

As always I will break down the books that I read into ebooks, physical books and audiobooks and leave links to any reviews I have already posted.


My Review

Physical Books


My Review 

Let me know in the comments what you read this month!