I’m pretty proud of my efforts this month! I completed all the books on my TBR as well as one extra from last month and the Harry Potter book I got through! I had some great reading experiences this month and I have found some books that are definitely sneaking their way up my list of all time favs.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – ⭐️4.5/5 stars
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – ⭐️3.75/5 stars
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh – ⭐️4.5/5
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson – ⭐️5/5 stars
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend – ⭐️4.5/5 stars
The Wicked King by Holly Black – ⭐️2.75/5 stars
Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend – ⭐️4.5/5 stars
The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner – ⭐️4/5 stars
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – ⭐️2.5/5 stars
Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson – ⭐️4.5/5 stars
Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – ⭐️5/5 stars
I thought I would start this fun new series on my blog where I compare a book with their movie adaptation and I give you my thoughts and opinions on both. Whether or not you should just stick to the book or if the movie is better than the book, pros and cons and what I would recommend overall!
This month I decided to go with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before because it’s pretty fresh on my mind as I just read it a few weeks ago. I see the hype for the movie all over my social media but I try not to watch movie adaptations if I haven’t read the book first. I don’t know it’s just a personal preference of mine I would prefer to read the book and then watch the movie and kind of know what’s going on.
So with all that being said these are my thoughts on To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before are:
Pros: I believe they cast Lara Jean very well, she is exactly how I pictured her in my mind! She was also a lot more mature in the movie compared to the book, which I appreciated. I liked that the movie stayed with the original storyline of the book, it didn’t really deviate all that much from the original.
Cons: I wanted to see more of the connection she shares with her family, especially Margot. They kind of skated over the fight that they had and it was quite a significant scene in the book. Also it didn’t quite depict how close the Covey’s were to Josh. Lara Jean especially had quite a close relationship to him and that wasn’t really shown in the movie. They didn’t quite go in depth with her relationship with Peter either. They had a lot of scenes together that really deepened their connection that wasn’t shown in the movie.
Overall thoughts: It was a great adaptation in my opinion. Both the book and the movie were super entertaining, a little bit cringey and very fast paced. They do tackle some deep emotional topics that are very current in today’s society which I thought made both the book and the movie very relevant.
My Recommendation: Either depending on your chosen format. You definitely don’t need to read the book first to enjoy the movie! I slightly enjoyed the movie more but I think it was because I had already read the book and was already informed on the plot.
I liked it, I didn’t love it….
This book follows the story of Lara Jean, she is a quiet, shy girl who wrote a letter for each of the guys that she had crush on. Unfortunately somehow the letters got mailed and she now has to face the consequences.
For the first half of the book Lara Jean kind of got on my nerves. She read a little younger than what I was expecting to be quite honest and she was a little too naïve for my liking. She kind of grew on me the second half of the story though, when obstacles started propping up and she was finding herself in the middle of various problems she has never had to deal with before I thought she worked her way out of things well and stood her ground.
I loved Chris. I thought her character contrasted with Lara Jean perfectly. The fact that they has so much in common back in middle school yet Chris evolved and rebelled and they somehow still remained friends was a nice element to the plot. I liked the fact that she wasn’t always around all the time but she still made an appearance at crucial moments in the plot to have Lara Jean’s back, which made me really like her. She is unaffected by what people think of her and she is true to herself which I think are pretty decent characteristics.
Peter and Josh I haven’t quite made up my mind yet between the two. I like the separate relationships they share with Lara Jean and how the counteract. I like that we see so many different sides to the two characters and I felt they differed enough from each other to be distinguishable. I just don’t have a distinct favourite of the two though, they both had there cute and obnoxious moments so I’m not convinced on either just yet.
I love the relationship that Lara Jean has with her family though. I thought they were very supportive and open with one another. Her father in particular I really liked! I thought he was present in her life without being too overbearing and really wants her to experience high school, which I found super endearing.
It was a cute, light, fluffy contemporary with just the right amount of conflict and cringe to keep me entertained.
⭐️3.75 I just need Lara Jean to be a little bit more self-assertive!
Its a New Year 😱! I had a great reading year in 2018 and I want to continue on with my momentum into the new year with some new releases as well as continuing my journey in catching up on some cult favourites! So with that being said my TBR for January is:
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
The Wicked King by Holly Black
Nevermoor and Wundersmith by Jessica Townshend
The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han
Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson