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A James Patterson binge // some mini-reviews

I think I’ve said before how easy James Patterson books are to read, and how great it is to have books I can speed through when I’m at work. But, since a lot of what I want to say is pretty similar, here’s a few mini reviews in one handy post.  Continue reading “A James Patterson binge // some mini-reviews”

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

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.TATBILB

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Don’t Blink by James Patterson

New York’s Lombardo’s Steak House is famous for three reasons – the menu, the clientele, and now, the gruesome murder of an infamous mob lawyer. Effortlessly, the assassin slips through the police’s fingers, and his absence sparks a blaze of accusations about who ordered the hit.

Seated at a nearby table, reporter Nick Daniels is conducting a once-in-a-lifetime interview with a legendary baseball bad-boy. In the chaos, he accidentally captures a key piece of evidence that lands him in the middle of an all-out war between Italian and Russian mafia forces. NYPD captains, district attorneys, mayoral candidates, media kingpins, and one shockingly beautiful magazine editor are all pushing their own agendas – on both sides of the law.

Back off – or die – is the clear message Nick receives as he investigates for a story of his own. Heedless, and perhaps in love with his beautiful editor, Nick endures humiliation, threats, violence, and worse in a thriller that overturns every expectation and finishes with the kind of flourish only James Patterson knows.

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This is the first adult book of Patterson’s I’ve read. While I loved his Maximum Ride series, I expected this book to be… well, a lot more different than it was. You’d think the writing style would change a bit more depending on the audience, right? But I just found that it wasn’t like that.  Continue reading “Don’t Blink by James Patterson”

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Note to Self by Connor Franta

In his New York Times bestselling memoir, A Work in Progress, Connor Franta shared his journey from small-town Midwestern boy to full-fledged Internet sensation. Exploring his past with humor and astounding insight, Connor reminded his fans of why they first fell in love with him on YouTube—and revealed to newcomers how he relates to his millions of dedicated followers.

Now, two years later, Connor is ready to bring to light a side of himself he’s rarely shown on or off camera. In this diary-like look at his life since A Work In Progress, Connor talks about his battles with clinical depression, social anxiety, self-love, and acceptance; his desire to maintain an authentic self in a world that values shares and likes over true connections; his struggles with love and loss; and his renewed efforts to be in the moment—with others and himself.

Told through short essays, letters to his past and future selves, poetry, and original photography, Note to Self is a raw, in-the-moment look at the fascinating interior life of a young creator turning inward in order to move forward.


First thing; I wasn’t the biggest fan of A Work in Progress. I enjoyed it, a lot, but I didn’t get the insight into Connor that I was expecting. So when I heard about this book, supposedly filling in all the gaps that were missed in his first book, I was ready. And yes, it lived up to expectations! 
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All of the Above by James Dawson

This is a funny and moving love story about friends, first loves and self-discovery by Queen of Teen 2014. When sixteen-year-old Toria Bland arrives at her new school she needs to work out who her friends are in a crazy whirl of worry, exam pressure and anxiety over fitting in. Things start looking up when Toria meets the funny and foul-mouthed Polly, who’s the coolest girl that Toria has ever seen. Polly and the rest of the ‘alternative’ kids take Toria under their wing. And that’s when she meets the irresistible Nico Mancini, lead singer of a local band – and it’s instalove at first sight! Toria likes Nico, Nico likes Toria, but then there’s Polly…love and friendship have a funny way of going round in circles.

All of the Above

All of the Above is the sort of book that turns up at the exact right moment in your life, and leaves an impact that’ll have you in a book slump for days after. I’d vaguely heard of it, but basically just knew that it was a contemporary that was going to hurt my heart. Perfect! It was so much more than that though, for me.  Continue reading “All of the Above by James Dawson”

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13 Reasons Why; the tv show was actually better than the book

So, I finished Thirteen Reasons Why just recently. We all know how I felt about the tv show (spoiler; I loved it), but the book… strangely, I just found it lacking. I won’t spoil any of the differences between what happened, but there were some things that just come across better in a show. Netflix's_13_Reasons_Why_title_screen

The biggest thing was that, in the show, Clay’s life carries on. He’s listening to the tapes, but at the same time he’s talking to other people that were on the tapes, and trying to piece everything together. In the book, there’s little cuts to things that he’s doing, but when you can’t see them, the focus is almost entirely Hannah. This is obviously not a bad thing, but I definitely preferred knowing that the characters had a life outside of Hannah’s tape, and seeing Clay’s perspective on things that had happened. There’s two sides to every story, at least, and the show did a much better job of acknowledging that Hannah’s side might not be the only one.  Continue reading “13 Reasons Why; the tv show was actually better than the book”

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

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You know how sometimes you read those books, and you feel like your life will never be the same again? Yeah. That.

To be honest, I thought I knew exactly what was coming when I picked up this book. Woman in bad relationship, man feeling suicidal, woman trying to change his mind. Pretty predictable, right? Boy was I wrong, about everything there was to be wrong about.
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