Why is there so much negativity about reading Romance?

I recently read an article about how romance books have such a bad reputation. It’s not the most recent article I will admit but I still feel like there is so much stigma with the romance genre. People seem to believe that it is some lower, nonintellectual genre and I’m not going to lie it pisses me off.

So, I’m going to rant!

The article I read (which is one of many with the same views) touched on how people who read romance are seen as less intelligent than those who read other genres. Now, at this point of the article my blood was boiling. How can you judge someones intelligence by their choice of book or genre? I do love a good romance and I can tell you right now I worked as hard as everyone else who does not read romance and I’ve got my three degrees from University to prove it. I can assure you that I graduated with the same grades as those who don’t read the romance genre. I can also guarantee that I am not the only person to do this either! In today’s society where equality and acceptance is such an important part of life why are people being made to feel less due to the choice of genre they read? 

There are a lot of individuals out their who think that romance depicts unrealistic views of relationships and life. I’m not going to deny this. It happens and it happens a lot. However, if we were to attach these theories to the fantasy genre for example, doesn’t this genre also portray an unrealistic view of life too? Who in real life is going to get kidnapped by a cursed fairy or go to war with the rulers of the county because of their new magical abilities. Fictional literature isn’t always supposed to be a representation of real life! That is what non-fiction is for. Fiction is supposed to depict unrealistic views of life regardless of the genre.

I have found that it is not just a persons intelligence that is picked on either. A person who reads romance must be obsessed with sex or BDSM or controlling alpha-males. (Honestly, this list could continue but I think three examples is enough and you get the idea). Once again I am going to apply this to another genre. Does this mean that people who read thrillers about criminals are obsessed with criminals and criminal behaviour? I didn’t think so! Just because people like romance doesn’t make them sex addicts just like people who read books about criminals aren’t criminals themselves. If people who read thrillers aren’t judged like this though, why should people who read romance be scrutinised?

Romance has a target audience just like all literature does and not everyone is going to enjoy it. I understand that. It’s the judgemental opinions that really wind me up. Romance is going to have its target audience just like all other genres. Yes! Men are less likely to pick up a romance book just like an adult is less likely to pick up a children’s book. But if they do pick up a book that falls into a different category or genre that isn’t necessarily for them, they should not be given hassle for doing so. Surely, as a reader you should appreciate and respect that people are reading regardless of the topic. As big as the reading community is there are so many people out there who don’t read and won’t even consider giving it a try. Why would they bother when they see news articles on genres being slated? As an English teacher I have faced so many battles when trying to get students to read. It is so hard to do. If someone finally picks up a book and enjoys it enough to continue right until the end and then wants to read another book only to be criticised due to there genre choices it is very disheartening. 

Just like in young adult fiction a woman can be strong and independent. They can have hopes and dreams and they can fight for what they want. Just like in horror the female character can overcome their demons. Just like in children’s literature the main protagonist can go on adventures and learn life lessons. The only difference is in romance people fall in love along the way!

I just think that people should stop judging others for their reading choices. Just because you might not enjoy the genre a stranger across from you is reading  doesn’t mean you can berate them for it.  If you hear someone say they love romance or they’ve just read an amazing romance book you could ask them about it with no judgement. You never know it might surprise you.

For now. My rant is over.

Lucy xx

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March 2019 Wrap Up

March has been a hectic month for me.

I’ve had assessments and an interview for my new job which relied quite a bit on  preparation and I’ve visited home for nine days to see my family so a lot (and I mean A LOT) of my reading time has disappeared this month.

However, considering all of the real life occurrences (The perks of adulting) I don’t think it has been such a bad month. It has been so much worse for me in the past. I have read a total ten books this month and two of those books were approximately 700 pages each.

These are the books I have read this month:

Bound by Love (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles, #6) By Cora Reilly
My Rating: 4 Stars

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Nobody expected them to fall in love.
When Aria was given to Luca in marriage, people were sure he’d break her.
Aria feared the worst from a man like him.
A man without mercy.
But somehow she gained his love.
Love – a weakness a Capo like Luca shouldn’t risk.
When Aria betrays Luca by going behind his back for her family, she realizes too late that she might have lost what she’s fought so hard to get in the first place: Luca’s trust.
The trust of a man who never allowed himself to trust someone unconditionally before.
Can their love survive in a world of betrayal and deat

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The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang
My Rating: 5 Stars
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Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases — a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice — with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan — from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic..

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The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman #1) by Paullina Simons
My Rating: 5 Stars

41014505The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler’s armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.

Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander’s impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.

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Only Ever You by Siobhan Davis
My Rating: 2 Stars

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My entire life is a lie, propelled by one wrong decision that altered my fate.

If fans knew the truth, they’d run away screaming. But all they see is Ryder Stone, moody guitarist and lead singer of Torment, and a potential notch on their bedpost.

Only two people know who I really am. My manager has a vested interest in keeping my secret, and the girl I was forced to leave behind doesn’t even know the true extent of my shame.

Losing Zeta is both my biggest regret and my proudest moment. But she was the glue keeping me together, and I’m struggling to survive without her. Especially when demons from my past continue to haunt me and the threat of disclosure is ever present.

When she reappears in my life, this time, I’m too weak to push her away.

Her love has the power to save me.

Mine has the power to destroy her.

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I’ve worked hard to forget my past. To rise above my messed-up childhood and make something of myself; however, there’s no forgetting him.

Ryder’s gorgeous face and drool-worthy body are plastered over tabloids and TV screens, reminding me I’m still in love with the boy who captured my heart in juvie.

When he failed me, I thought I’d never again experience such heart-crushing pain. But watching him fall out of clubs with a succession of different girls renews the agony, resurrecting countless unanswered questions.

Now my boss has sent me to interview him. It’s a massive scoop for the magazine, and turning it down would kill my career. So, I delude myself into thinking I can handle this.

Perhaps this is the closure I need to finally move on.

Except I’m terrified nothing has changed and one look into those soulful eyes will suck me in again.

Ryder almost destroyed me last time. This time, he could ruin me forever.

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Tatiana and Alexander (The Bronze Horseman #2) by Paulina Simons 
My Rating: 4 Stars

My review is due shortly.

83143Tatiana is eighteen years old, pregnant, and widowed when she escapes war-torn Leningrad to find a new life in America. But the ghosts of her past do not rest easily. She becomes consumed by the belief that her husband, Red Army officer Alexander Belov, is still alive and needs her desperately.

Meanwhile, oceans and continents away in the Soviet Union, Alexander barely escapes execution, and is forced to lead a battalion of soldiers considered expendable by the Soviet high command. Yet Alexander is determined to take his men through the ruins of Europe in one last desperate bid to escape Stalin’s death machine and somehow find his way to Tatiana once again.

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Slashes in the Snow (Baum Squad #1) by M. Never
My Review: 1 Star

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Three years ago my father walked away. Away from our MC, all his responsibilities, and me. We haven’t spoken since the day he handed me the keys to the kingdom.

Shoved them down my throat was more like it.

I hate him, and the new family he’s playing house with. He left his entire life behind for a woman he barely knows. But I’m strong, resilient, and don’t need a damn soul to survive.

At least, that’s what I thought…until she walked into my bar.

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Someone is watching me. I can feel it. I wake up in the middle of the night freaked out of my mind, paranoid a stranger is there. My skin prickles every time I leave my house, because I know someone is following me.

I’m afraid. Alone. And there’s only one person left to turn to.

The stepbrother I never met. The man my stepfather speaks so highly about, but never sees. He’s the president of a notorious motorcycle club, and exactly the kind of person I need to protect me.

Little did I know, Ky Parish, freakin’ hates my guts.

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On a Tuesday (One Week #1) By Whitney G
My Rating: 1 Star 

23286982We met on a Tuesday.
Became best friends, then lovers, on a Tuesday.
And everything fell apart on a Tuesday…

Charlotte Taylor has three automatic strikes in my book: 1) She hates me. She also claims that I’m a “domineering jerk with a huge, overbearing ego.” (I do have something huge. It’s not my ego, though.) 2) She takes our mandatory tutoring sessions way too seriously. 3) She’s sexy as hell…And a virgin.

At least, those were her strikes before our study sessions started lasting longer than they were supposed to. Until one innocent kiss became a hundred dirty ones, and until she became the first woman I ever fell hard for.

Our future together after graduation was supposed to be set:
Professional football for me. Law school for her.

But she left me at the end of the semester with no explanation, and then she completely disappeared from my life.

Until tonight.

We met on a Tuesday.
Became everything, then nothing, on a Tuesday.
And now it’s seven years later, on a Tuesday…

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Fighting to Breathe (Shooting Stars #1) by Aurora Rose Reynolds
My Rating: 3 Stars

25815089Lea Lamb and Austin Wolf were young when they fell in love. They never imagined the future could hold anything other than together-forever. When Lea’s father dies in a tragic fishing accident, she’s crushed under the weight of her grief and catches a glimpse of another type of future, one she knows she’s not strong enough to face.

Austin is angry. For the past fifteen years, he’s believed the woman he loved with every ounce of his soul left him without so much as a backwards glance. When Lea unexpectedly returns to their hometown, all the years of heartache inside Austin bubbles to the surface and presents itself as blinding rage.

Faced with the truth about the past, a newly discovered secret, these former lovers will learn that if they want to have any chance at the future they’d given up on all those years ago, they will have to rescue one another from drowning in pain so debilitating it will leave them both fighting to breathe. Contains mature themes.

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Into the Deep (Into the Deep #1) by Samantha Young
My Rating: 3.5 stars

17970255Charley Redford was just an ordinary girl until Jake Caplin moved to her small town in Indiana and convinced her she was extraordinary. Almost from day one Jake pulled Charley into the deep and promised he was right there with her. But when a tragic incident darkened Jake’s life he waded out into the shallows and left Charley behind.

Almost four years later Charley thinks she’s moved on. That is until she takes a study year abroad in Edinburgh and bumps into none other than Jake Caplin at a party with his new girlfriend. The bad-boy-turned-good attempts to convince Charley to forgive him, and as her best friend starts spending time with Jake’s, Charley calls a truce, only to find herself tumbling back into a friendship with him.

As they grow closer, the spark between them flares and begins playing havoc with their lives and relationships. When jealousy and longing rear their destructive heads, Charley and Jake struggle to come to grips with what they mean to one another.

And even if they work it out, there is no guarantee Charley will ever trust Jake to lead her back into the deep…

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Sweet Mercy (Dirty Empire #1) by Nina West
My Rating: 3.5 Stars 

43696013One visit to my father in prison—convicted for a murder he didn’t commit—and I’ve attracted the attention of the last man I’d ever want knowing that I exist.
Gabriel Easton.
Son of an infamous crime boss. Pretentious liar. Merciless womanizer. A scoundrel to the core.
Worse, he has figured out how desperate I am to protect my father from brutality behind bars. He has the power to grant that protection and he has offered it … for a price.
Me.
I am to become a prisoner in his playhouse mansion, to live with him until he tires of having me around.
I’ll do anything for my father, including agree to Gabriel’s cruel game. But I won’t comply with his every whim and wish.
Not when he taunts me with that ruthless spark in his cold blue eyes.
Not when he requires that I share his bedroom at night.
Unfortunately for me, I think my loathing for him is what he’s enjoying most.
That’s fine. By the time I’m through with him, he’ll be crying my name.
Mercy

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Here is to hoping that April is an even better reading month. What has been your favourite book this month?

 

Lucy xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do you pick what books to read?

How do you choose what books you want to read? Strangely, this is not a question I have asked myself before. However, with a recent book ban in place and a TBR bookcase that is way too full at the moment it’s something that’s popped into my mind. How did I pick all of these books to read? What drew me to them?

There are so many reasons to pick up a book and here are a few of the reasons how I choose the books I want to read.


Recommendations

I love a good recommendation. Whether this is from fellow bloggers or my family and friends. There is something about talking to others about their most recent reads especially when they are highly rated. I love when people are passionate about a book and they want to share it with others.

I do read a lot of recommendations from people who know and/or enjoy the same writing styles and genres as me.

The best thing about recommendations is that you don’t just have to wait for people to recommend books to you. You can recommend your favourite reads to others.  And it’s not just books that you love. Just because you have not enjoyed it doesn’t mean you don’t know someone who will. Why keep it to yourself when someone you know may love it ten times more than you?

 

Beautiful covers

I can be guilty of this every so often.

It is so much worse when I am in a bookstore compared to when I am online as when I buy books from the internet I tend to know which book(s) I am after. I can’t lie though. I do love a beautiful book cover. Sometimes there is nothing better than something new that looks amazing on my bookcases.

I can’t be the only person out there who has bought a book just because of the cover.

Thinking about it I did do this a lot more when I was younger but every so often it is a nice surprise opening a book and knowing nothing about it because you’ve bought it just for the cover.

 

Booktube

This is currently the most common way I find books that I want to read. I am subscribed to quite a few Booktubers on Youtube and it is such a great way to find what books you want to read next.

Recommendations for Booktubers to follow are always welcome.

From book hauls to unhauls and book reviews to monthly wrap-ups I think it a great way to pick books that you want to read. It’s such a simple way to keep your ‘to be read’ list up to date too with both new and old releases. I have found some of my favourite books by watching Booktube channels. You Can find some proper hidden gems this way.

Blog Posts

Before I go to sleep I do tend to read though the days blog posts of those that I follow. Similar to Booktube channels I use blogs to see what book(s) I want to read. Book reviews are super great to help you pick. I do prefer posts that don’t go into too much detail about books as this stops the story from being ruined before it has been picked up. Why do people have to explain in detail what happens all the way through the book? There is literally no point in reading the book after reading a review like this. I’ve been guilty of this in the past and I have learnt my lesson. I’m getting a little of topic though.

Goodreads

I do not do this as much as I used to but every so often I fall down the Goodreads rabbit hole. When this occurs I read synopsis’ for books and see which ones I am interested in and which once I don’t fancy reading. I used to add them onto the Goodreads to read shelf. However, this was getting ridiculously long so I now add them into my bullet journal where I break them into categories. I know this may seem a little sad but I love nothing more that a journal and list. Maybe I will do a post about this another time.

What’s popular

I am a little bit embarrassed to say that I have picked up books just because they were popular in the blogging and Booktube community. By doing this I have DNFed so many books. Honestly, it is ridiculous. I don’t do this anymore because of it. Why should I have to pick up a book  just because everyone else has? Especially if I know I am not going to enjoy it. Things have completely changed with this now and I will not pick up a popular and hyped book if I have no interest in it. This has not only saves so much money but it has also saved my time and dedicated my reading time to books I know I will enjoy.

 

There are the many ways I select which books I want to read. How do you pick the books you want to read? Do you do anything different to me?

 

Lucy xx

The Classics Book Tag

Did I find another tag that I really wanted to do? Of course I did.

Have I read had as much as I wanted / intended to read during my week off? That would be a no. Visiting home and spending time with family that I hardly see is great. I get to see everyone and catch up which is amazing. However, my reading time just disappears.

So instead of a review (which I do intended to write as soon as I finish a book) a tag will have to do.  Maybe at some point over the next few days I will have finished The Summer Garden by Paullina Simons! This is doubtful and I’m only on the second chapter and I’m sure the book is over 700 pages long.

While scanning through old blog posts regarding classics I stumbled across It’s a Books World‘s blog. Check out the original post. It’s a shame that she no longer run the blog!

The Classics Book Tag!

1. An overhyped classic you really didn’t like:

This is an easy one! Ulysses by James Joyce. This is one of the worst books I have ever read. Grated I was forced to read it for my Masters a few years back and I can confirm that the 12 weeks Ulysses course we had to complete was the worst semester at university ever.

To be honest anything by James Joyce is not for me.

 
2. Favourite time period to read about:

I don’t think I have favourite time period. I love history too much to pick. It really does depend on my mood at the time.

 

3. Favourite fairy-tale:

How can you pick just one? I am partial to a Beauty and the Beast re-telling though!

 

4. Which classic have you not read yet that you’re embarrassed to admit to?

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  I have just never got around to picking it up and I find this really embarrassing.

 

5. Top 5 classics you would like to read soon?:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

 
6. Favorite modern book/series based on a classic:

I haven’t read many classic retellings unless we go down the fairytale route. I did enjoy Uprooted by Naomi Novik.

Although, there are a few modern twists on classics that I want to read too including:

Winters by Lisa Gabriele – This is a Rebecca retelling. Rebecca was originally written by Daphne du Maurier.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White. Most people will gather that this relates to Mart Shelley’s masterpiece Frankenstein.

 

7. Favorite movie version/tv-series based on a classic:

There are way too many for me to go through! Way too many.

Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Tess of the D’urbervilles (2008) I cannot locate a trailer

Testament of Youth

I FEEL LIKE I SHOULD JUST SAVE THIS FOR AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT POST FOR ANOTHER DAY BECAUSE I COULD JUST GO ON FOREVER WITH THIS!

 

8. Worst classic to movie adaptation: 

The Alice in Wonderland adaptation that came out in 2010 with Johnny Depp. It is one of the worst films I have ever seen.

 

9. Favorite edition(s) you’d like to collect more classics from:

The penguin clothbound classics. I have dreamt about owning all of them. I just don’t think it will happen.

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COVERS EVER!

 

10. An underhyped classic you’d recommend to everyone:

I really really enjoyed Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen and you cannot forget Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

 

11. What is your favorite classic of all time? 

Of course this could change at any point but from when I first read Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy when I was 17 it has had a special place in my heart!

 

Your turn…

 

Who doesn’t love a good classic?

 

Lucy xx

 

Book Reader Problems Tag Post

I am determined to make the most of my week off before I start my new job next week. So I am hoping to post at least one post a day.

For today’s blog I have come across a tag that I fancied doing.

I found this on Booklovingnut‘s page. Have a look at their blog!!

This is the Book Reader Problems Tag

So here we go:

1. You have 20,000 books in your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?

I tend to pick up the book that I fancy at that particular time. If I am not in the mood for it I tend to struggle with it.

Saying that I also I have book jar. I intend to read at least one book from the jar a month. However, it is important for me to state that this does depend on my monthly plans. The books included in my jar range from classics that I just haven’t gotten to, to new releases.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

I have a theory. Time is too precious to waste (Yes. I know it’s not specifically mine but it is a good one to live by).  Why should I read a book that I am not enjoying? I believe that time should be spent reading the books you enjoy. You never know they might end up on your favourites list in the end and you won’t regret it at the end.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge, do you try to catch up? And if so, how?

It doesn’t phase me if I have not reached my target goal by the end of the year. Anything could have happened to take your reading time away from you. Take last year for example. I lost two members of my family in a short space of time. I didn’t have the time to read. With travelling between home 1 and home number 2 and work full time in between I had no time to myself. What little time I did have honestly, I didn’t want to read. How can you expect a person to complete something like this when there are genuinely more important things going on in their lives?

4. The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?

This one is super easy to answer. I don’t!  I recently persuaded my mum to read a series so that I could switch the books over before she started reading them just so my series matches. The perks of having family in a different city. I suppose. You can’t really lend and borrow books.

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

I don’t tend to bond with people. Is this weird? I appreciate everyone has different options and I respect those that others may have even if I don’t agree. I love it when others think differently as it starts so many conversations and debates.

6. You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?

I’ve been on the metro on my way to work when this has happened so many times. I tend to stop reading and call someone to distract me. I usually ring my sister. We can chat for a while once we get started so it is easy to avoid crying in public.

7. The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?

It depends on how much time I have spare. Most of the time I don’t have a minute to myself so I’ll read reviews and synopsis’ online to recap.

8. You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?

I live too far away for my family to borrow books and I live with my husband to be so I have nothing to worry about there as he doesn’t read (as irritating as this is). If friends ask to borrow my books I tend to refer them to the used section on Amazon as it’s cheap. I don’t lend my books out to many people. There has to be a strong trusting relationship before I would maybe consider it.

9. You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

This depends on how bad the slump is or what has caused it. Recently, I have started asking for recommendations from others. I will ask them to tell me their most recent 5 star read to see what all of the fuss is about. 

Moreover, romance or contemporary are great genres for me to go to when I’m in a slump as they can be quick and easy to read.

10. There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?

It depends. On payday I tend to preorder / buy any books that I really really want. If I’m short of funds I will wait. This is not an issue for me. I suppose this one of the perks of buying a house and having a wedding to save up for. I can no longer be irresponsible with my pennies.

11. After you purchase all of the books that you’re dying to read how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?

This also depends on what I am currently reading.

I am not going to lie there are books from series’ that I have started and loved over the past few years and the new instalments are still on my TBR shelves untouched. I’m a proper mood reader. If I don’t fancy it, I won’t read it. This is why I introduced the book jar into my life so there is at least one book a month that I have to pick up to clear the shelf. Though I am beginning to think the shelves will never be clear.

 

Please copy this tag and post it yourself. I’m really interested to see what fellow readers are like in these situations.

Lucy xx

 

 

 

Most Anticipated Adaptations 2019 / 2020

I do love a good movie or tv adaptation and there are a few that I’m looking forward to over the next year or so. Here are just a few of them:

 

The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook

The AftermathHamburg, 1946. Thousands remain displaced in what is now the British Occupied Zone. Charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city and the de-Nazification of its defeated people, Colonel Lewis Morgan is requisitioned a fine house on the banks of the Elbe, where he will be joined by his grieving wife, Rachael, and only remaining son, Edmund.

But rather than force its owners, a German widower and his traumatized daughter, to leave their home, Lewis insists that the two families live together. In this charged and claustrophobic atmosphere all must confront their true selves as enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.

The Aftermath is a stunning novel about our fiercest loyalties, our deepest desires and the transformative power of forgiveness.

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Now I know that this one has already been released in the UK. (I’m not sure about internationally but it is definitely out in cinemas here right now).  I can guarantee that if I asked my other half to go to the pictures with me to see this film it would be a straightforward no. Nothing would persuade him. Literally. Nothing. It’s one of those films that I’m probably going to have to wait to be released on DVD. I’m half way through the book so that will give me plenty of time to finish the book in time to watch the films.

Trailer

 

 

After By Anna Todd

After (After, #1)Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.

But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.

But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.

He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?

Unless…could this be love?

Now newly revised and expanded, Anna Todd’s After fanfiction racked up 1 billion reads online and captivated readers across the globe. Experience the Internet’s most talked-about book for yourself!

There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything AFTER … Life will never be the same.

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I still haven’t made my mind up about this series as I found so many issues with it. However, I am interested in how the adaptation has turned out. So I do intend to watch the film.

I still refuse to acknowledge that this series was created as Harry Styles fan fiction. I’m way too old for that!

Additionally, the film looks so cheesy in the trailer. And not in a good way. It’s like they have tried to copy the 50 Shades adaptations and that were bad enough.

We shall just have to wait and see I suppose.

Release date: April 2019 (US) (UK) I’m unsure.

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The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a StarNatasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

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There was something about this book when I was reading it. I just found myself really struggling with it. I’m sorry to say I can’t tell you why either. I just haven’t really thought about it. However, I always intended it give it another go. Then I heard that there was a film adaptation coming out and I feel like this maybe something I may enjoy more as a film.

Release Date: (US) May 17 (UK) I don’t know

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Related imageGenerations of readers young and old, male and female, have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott’s most popular and enduring novel, Little Women. Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.

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There is nothing much to say about this adaptation other than it is probably going to be amazing. It has a great cast. It is a fantastic story! It has all the feels. I am really looking forward to it. It is the perfect time of year for the release date too.

Release date: (US) December (UK) 17 January

There is no trailer at present.

 

 

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret GardenThe plot centres round Mary Lennox, a young English girl who returns to England from India, having suffered the immense trauma by losing both her parents in a cholera epidemic. However, her memories of her parents are not pleasant, as they were a selfish, neglectful and pleasure-seeking couple. Mary is given to the care of her uncle Archibald Craven, whom she has never met. She travels to his home, Misselthwaite Manor located in the gloomy Yorkshire, a vast change from the sunny and warm climate she was used to. When she arrives, she is a rude, stubborn and given to stormy temper tantrums. However, her nature undergoes a gradual transformation when she learns of the tragedies that have befallen her strict and disciplinarian uncle whom she earlier feared and despised. Once when he’s away from home, Mary discovers a charming walled garden which is always kept locked. The mystery deepens when she hears sounds of sobbing from somewhere within her uncle’s vast mansion. The kindly servants ignore her queries or pretend they haven’t heard, spiking Mary’s curiosity.

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I loved the 90s film adaptation growing up. It is something that I can sit and watch over and over when it is on. It reminds me of my childhood. I am quite looking forward to the new spin on it.

Release date: All I know is that it is due to be released in early 2020

There is no trailer at the moment.

 

 

P.S. I Still love you (To all the Boys I’ve loved before #2)

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Timesbestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing

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I love this story and I really did love the adaptation Netflix released last year 2018. I thought they did a pretty good job. I am so looking forward for the second adaptation.

Release date: Sometime in 2020.

There is also no trailer for this one at this time.

 

Are there any adaptations that you are looking forward to seeing?

 

Lucy xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tatiana and Alexander – Paullina Simons

Image result for tatiana and Alexander release dateBook: Tatiana and Alexander (The Bronze Horseman #2) 
Author:
 Paulinna Simons
Genre:
Historical Romance
Release Date:  2003
Pages: 559

My Rating: 4 stars

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Tatiana is eighteen years old, pregnant, and widowed when she escapes war-torn Leningrad to find a new life in America. But the ghosts of her past do not rest easily. She becomes consumed by the belief that her husband, Red Army officer Alexander Belov, is still alive and needs her desperately.

Meanwhile, oceans and continents away in the Soviet Union, Alexander barely escapes execution, and is forced to lead a battalion of soldiers considered expendable by the Soviet high command. Yet Alexander is determined to take his men through the ruins of Europe in one last desperate bid to escape Stalin’s death machine and somehow find his way to Tatiana once again.

 

My Thoughts:

After I finished reading the first book in this trilogy I don’t think I could have gone without reading the second instalment straight away. I mean with an ending like that how could anyone want to have a break between the two books?

Now, don’t get me wrong I really enjoyed this book but I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as The Bronze Horseman. Something was lacking and I can’t quite put my finger on what it was exactly. I did feel like there was a little section at in the middle of the book that dragged out for a long while and I felt my mind drifting every so often. This was the same for the flashback elements from when Alexander was growing up. I just wanted to focus on the present. I feel like this book is a very slow burner and I mean VERY slow.

Regardless of the parts that I didn’t quite like, there were still things I loved, especially the intense relationship and fierce love between Tatiana and Alexander.

Moreover, I was so happy to see that there was a lot of character development in the book. In particular with Tatiana. I am so happy that Simons helped character mature.

Tatiana and Alexander is just as emotional as The Bronze Horseman. There are times when you’re on such a high because things look like they are going to get better and then suddenly things start to go all wrong again and you’re at rock bottom. When you read Paullina Simons’ writing you cannot help but be invested in the characters and their journey.

I can’t finish this review without mentioning the imagery throughout this book. It is just as enticing as you’d expect after reading The Bronze Horseman. You feel like you are in the middle of their story right along with them. You get all the feels. When they hurt you hurt. When they are sad you are sad. Paullina’s writing style is just extremely beautiful and not many authors can do what she does so successfully.

This book is a heartbreaking tale full of hope and love and it is worth every second of your time.

I genuinely can’t see where Tatiana and Alexander’s story is going to go in the third instalment (The Summer Garden) but I am eager to give it a go and my fingers are crossed that it is just as addictive.

 

Lucy xx