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Life after exams: TV Edition

You’ve seen my Life after exams: Book Edition (I hope, if not here’s the link…)
https://passthefeels.wordpress.com/2016/10/23/life-after-exams-book-edition/

But, anyway, here’s a TV edition of alllll (well, most) of the things I want to watch when I’m free.

TV Shows:
(To catch up on)

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    The Flash: I recently marathoned season 2, and have watched episode 1 of season 3, so I’m not far behind! Can’t wait to see Tom Felton, aka. Draco Malfoy, in S3!

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    Arrow: Once again, only a few episodes behind, but still excited to be able to watch guilt free, and really be able to get into the new story line of Season 5!

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    Supernatural: Okayyy, so I’m not technically behind on this one anymore (which is amazing to be able to say, considering I only started watching this mega 11 season- now 12 season show- 2 years ago.) But I’m sure I’ll have at least a few episodes to watch by the time my exams are over. I love supernatural.

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    How to Get Away with Murder: I think I deserve an applause for having the will power to actually not binge watch the episodes that are already out in season 3, I mean, every episode is a cliff hanger! But I’m kind of purposefully/not purposefully holding back on this one, so that I can watch a whole bunch of episodes in a row. (I don’t like to be left hanging, okay…)

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    The Vampire Diaries: Okay, maybe now I’m just being crazy, because season 8 hasn’t even started yet (as I’m writing this, it airs in 15 minutes in the US). But I’m 99% sure I’ll be behind a couple of episodes sooner or later. So happy this is the last season, I love it, but it’s run its course in my opinion. Also, secretly hoping for Elena (Nina) to come back and marry Stefan in the end… yep, still a Stelena shipper.

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    Reign: So, I’m about a season and a half behind… Currently up to season 2, episode 13. I can only watch this show when I’m in the mood, and then when I’m not, it just doesn’t appeal to me very much. But once I start watching it, I can’t stop. Definitely not one of my fav shows, but I’m excited to see the direction it takes throughout the rest of season 2, and into season 3.

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    Once Upon a Time: I am currently only a couple of episodes behind in season 6, and I’m so excited to see where this season is going! You just never really know with this show… I love the emphasis on Regina this season, because I think Lana Parrilla is an amazing actress!

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    Shadowhunters: Well, well, ummm. I have about 2-3 episodes until I finish season 1, but haven’t yet because the motivation is just not there. This show does have its good moments, yes, but it is so cringworthy. The only thing that is going to motivate me now is how much better season 2 looks, so I’m determined to finish this one!

(To start watching)

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Supergirl: This show never reallly appealed to me, but seeing as I’ve become even more into the other DC shows, like Flash and Arrow, I now cannot wait to start this show! And a female protagonist with kick ass super powers? Yes please!

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Fear the Walking Dead: Well, I’m not sure if I’m gonna like this one, but I bought the first episode on special for 99 cents on iTunes, so, I shall check it out! Plus, Alycia Debnam-Carey, yassss!

 

And probably a lot more… Whatever I come across, or gets recommended by you guys! 🙂

 

So there are all the TV shows  I plan on watching (atleast in the immediate future)!
Please let me know in the comments, or on Twitter (@thebookgram), of any others I should add to my list. What have you loved recently?

Until Next Time,

Kate 🙂

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica: Book Review

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THE DETAILS:

Book: Pretty  Baby

Authors: Mary Kubica

Pages: 370

Read: 4th July 2016

Rating: 3.98/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY:

She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can’t get the girl out of her head…

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal—or worse. But despite her family’s objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow’s past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she’s willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.


REVIEW:

Plot: 3.89/5

Characters: 5/5

Writing: 4/5

“Momma used to say, ‘We don’t have much, but at least we have each other.’ And then one day, we didn’t even have that much.”

I have never been more confused about a book, or what to even write in a review.

This novel has me completely dumbstruck on what to think upon finishing it, I mean, I finished it at 2am, it’s now 4pm and I still don’t know what to make of it.

What I do know is that I really enjoyed this book, what I’m not so sure of is the point of it? I don’t know if it was the fact that this book had no real climax, or perhaps in all my crazy theories I managed to guess most of the plot points and so it wasn’t surprising for me.

But was there really a point to it? I mean, was what happened with Heidi meant to be the crazy twist? Because I saw that coming from page 1, oh the confusion. I even searched online and read other reviews to try and see what other people made of the ending.

Anyway, despite all this, I still really enjoyed this book. It held my attention the entire time I was reading it, even if not much actually happened throughout the novel. In terms of plot development, was there even any? I’m not sure, oh no, not going back to the confusion…

Characters:
We really didn’t get closure on any of the characters at all, it simply felt like there was a depressing and abrupt end to every character arc. I kind of like that it didn’t turn out all sunshine and rainbows but I’m left guessing on so many levels.

Zoe: Why, whyyy, why did we not get a deeper look into this girls mind. She is the character that intrigued me perhaps the most, and I felt like there was so much more that could’ve been explored through Zoe, and about her struggles that were so evidently there.

Chris: I really liked this guy, I liked his POV, and just him in general. I loved his character development too, and the way that he kind of found a lot of meaning to his life towards the end.

Heidi: Ummm, yeah, not sure about where to go with this one without spoilers. I always thought she was weird, and definitely predicted her ending, I’ll just say that.

Willow: She and her story interested me, and learning all about her back-story and life was both intriguing and depressing. I don’t particularly like her though, and she kind of falls in the same bucket as Heidi for me. I can appreciate the horrible life she’s had though, oh how that would be just uh no.

Overall Thoughts:
I loved having the different POV chapters throughout the novel, I thought that was a great touch. To be honest, if I was in one of those characters heads for the entire book I would’ve gone crazy.

I saw everything and every character so vividly, and honestly it felt like the book was so short even with the 370 pages, and even though it took me a little while to read.

Although I’m still unsure of the point of this novel, as you may be aware of by now… I really really liked it. It was a great (and slightly strange) psychological thriller that I would recommend if you’re okay with enticing yet *looks up synonyms for confusing* perplexing stories.

I just know this one’s going to stay with me for a very long time, what a ride.

That’s all,

Kate :)

Where have I been? UPDATE

Ummm, hello lovely devoted blog reader who has obviously stuck by me through my extremely varying posts lately. I appreciate you, thank you.

It has now been 3 months since I drafted this post, yes 3 months since I was actually going to post my where have I been schpeal. That’s pretty ironic. But here it is…

First of all, I’d like to apologize for my lack of posts on this platform, even though there’s been around 1-2 posts a month, so I haven’t been completely awol, that’s not good enough to me. Basically, the reason I have been so absent from everything this year is because I’m in my last year of schooling! (cue the party) I’m so excited for that to be done with on November 9th when I finish my last exam (squeals), and then I’ll be annoying all of you with a lot more weird and whacky content. *5o people unfollow right now*

Please stay… hahaha

I miss being able to have the time to sit down and really focus on writing a blog post (the only reason I’m able to do it right now is because I’m on a 2 week break). I also miss having time to be able to take pictures for TheBookGram, which if you’re reading this, I’m guessing is probably where you came from. I haven’t been neglecting that as much as this, but still haven’t been putting out as much as I’d like.

One more thing, I really miss reading. Reading has been a rather foreign concept for me this year. Whenever I’m not super busy with study, I’m usually so tired that I end up watching TV shows, which is in no way a bad thing because that is hugely another passion of mine that has really grown this year. But I wish I read more. I guess it’s no

I guess it’s no ones fault but my own, maybe it’s  schools fault a little though, or a lot.  Reading rarely occurs now without stressful thoughts appearing in my mind that makes me unable to concentrate on what I’m reading. I think that’s why Harry Potter has been such a prominent thing in my life lately, I mean, reading the books for the first time in my last year of schooling is pretty cool.

I just can’t wait to be able to do things guilt free again, and never have to worry about school, or the things that come with it ever again. I’m also kinda excited to try and start creative writing more, and maybe share my stories with you guys.
I apologize for this being a sort of rant-filled update, but hey, if you read this far, I applaud you!

For now, I just want to say thank you so, so much to those of you who have stuck by me through my strange content schedule, etc. I appreciate you all so much, and honestly am so excited to be able to join in more with the community towards the end of the year.

November 9, 4:15 pm, I’m coming for you with everything I have.

Until next time,

Kate XOXO

 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Authors: Jenny Han

Pages: 420

Read: 19th April, 2016

Rating: 5/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY:

Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she’s ever loved. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say 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…


REVIEW:

Plot: 5/5

Characters: 5/5

Writing: 4.5/5

“When someone’s been gone a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it’s like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand, all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you’re just clutching air and grit.”

 

I started this book a few weeks ago, and because of school I didn’t really get much of a chance to read it, but once I did I went from page 120 to 420 in a matter of hours. I loved this book!

Well, I have now found my most relatable book character/protagonist of all time. Lara Jean literally is me (minus a few details but you get the picture). I absolutely loved her as a protagonist, and I just kept finding myself thinking wow, she is so real and our thinking patterns are so similar. It was so great to be able to read from her perspective, this is only one of the reasons I’m hoping to re-read this book in the future.

In terms of other characters:
Kitty: was so cute, and although at times I thought she acted a little old for the age she was supposed to be, I got used to that and realised that’s just her. She ended up being one of my favourite parts of the novel.
Margot: she is the only character that annoyed me a little bit throughout the book, even when she wasn’t really in it. Although she also had various aspects of me in her…I basically just said I annoy myself, which is true, but anyway… In the end, everything comes together and it is understandable why I may have had the tiniest of problems with her.
Josh: I couldn’t quite figure out what I thought about this guy, but I did not ship him with Lara Jean. At times he was cute, then he was cold, but he was a great addition to the story.
Peter: Oh peter, kill me now, this guy was beautiful, I loved him so much! He wasn’t quite that annoying ‘bad boy’ trend, even though he was kind of painted to be by everyone else. But whenever we read about him, he was nothing like that, which I loved. I could read about him all day.
The dad: was super cute, and I loved him being an addition to the story, I also loved that cooking scene with the salty food, hilarious!One of the things I loved most about this book was the family dynamic. It was written so beautifully, and was such a huge part of the story, so much so that it was basically half, or more than half, of the focal point of the novel.

One of the things I loved most about this book was the family dynamic. It was written so beautifully, and was such a huge part of the story, so much so that it was basically half, or more than half, of the focal point of the novel.

Being so close to my family, I really appreciated this, and it was refreshing to see how important family is in a YA novel.

Another thing I adored was all the Harry Potter references, that literally added SO much to the story, and made for one of the cutest scenes ever, if you’ve read it, you probably know what I’m talking about. Along with this, the Peter Parker costume, I’ll say no more.

I also loved the multi-racial aspect of the story. I’ve never really read too many novels with cultural features woven into the story, but I really enjoyed it in this case!

It was also just really nice to read a love story that was so progressive throughout the novel, and didn’t hit you right in the face at the beginning of the story.

The ending was fantastic, I feel like the brick wall that was built between Lara Jean and Margot was not only broken down for them, but for me too. All my tension towards Margot was instantly released, so obviously I may have been just a little connected to the book…?
The only thing that I was upset about was that there was no real resolution in terms of Peter/Lara Jean! How could it end like that? Now I have to buy the second book just to find out what happens with my baby, Peter.

I urge everyone to read this book! It was so sweet, and perfect, and just so heart warming. Please do yourself a favour and read it. It’s definitely going straight to my favourites list.

That’s all,

Kate:)

Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover: REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: Maybe Not

Authors: Colleen Hoover

Pages: 120

Read: 31st March, 2016

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY:

When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.

Or maybe not.

Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.

Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?

Maybe.

Maybe not.


REVIEW:

Plot: 3/5

Characters: 4/5

Writing: 4.5/5

“I think it takes being loved in order to know how to love,”

This novella takes the character of Warren from Colleen’s novel ‘Maybe Someday’, and we get to see an insight into what his world is like through his own eyes.

In all honesty, I don’t really remember Maybe Someday all that much, but I do remember loving Warren when I read it about a year ago.

I loved being able to see the story of Warren and Bridgette through this new take on the characters, and although at times their romance annoyed me, it was so cute and I love how everything ended up.

My favourite scene has to be when Warren and Bridgette went to his sisters house, and just all the interactions their with the kids was so sweet!

Another favourite was seeing Sydney, Ridge and Brennan in this novella! It was so fantastic to be able to see them, especially Sydney, through Warrens eyes and really see how they interacted with eachother.

The problem I had with this though, surprisngly, is Warren. I didn’t seem to like him as much in this book as I did in Maybe Someday, I found him to be a little overbearing and pushy at times, and even a little creepy. The being said, this was only really a problem for me when he was around Bridgette, not anyone else. He also kind-of redemed himself a bit in the end.

Overall, I really enjoyed this novella, although I had my very small problems with it, it was still such a cute and quick read.

 

That’s all,

Kate:)

Never Never Part 3 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher: REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: Never Never, Part 3

Authors: Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Pages: 114

Read: 30th March, 2016

Rating: 4.80/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY of book 1:

Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.

Complete strangers since this morning.

He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.


REVIEW:

Plot: 4.5/5

Characters: 5/5

Writing: 5/5

“Trust your gut. Not your heart, because it’s a people pleaser, and not your brain, because it relies too heavily on logic.”

 

Not sure how this review is gonna go down because of how short it is, but… let’s give it a go!

I can see how a lot of people were disappointed with the ending of the book, but I wasn’t because I didn’t let myself think too deep into the story’s logistics. So I loved the book.

This was such a cute, romancey conclusion to the 3-novella long trilogy. The scenes between Silas and Charlie were just so heart warming, and had me smiling and swooning like a moron. But hey, I’m not complaining.

I love how this novella had the ‘simon said’ aspect, that was so fun to read about. I also enjoyed how Silas and Charlie seemed to not care about what anyone else thought, when they knew what was going to happen to them, and took every moment as important and precious to them.

I adore the way both characters decided to/were forced to change themselves, and how they wrapped everything up with both families. I love the people they both turned out to be, maybe everything that happened to them was for the better? I think yes.

The ending wasn’t exactly the reveal I’m sure everyone was hoping for, but it still hit me right in the feels. I don’t really know what I was expecting, and I didn’t have high expectations so maybe that’s why I wasn’t as disappointed as other people.

All-in-all my order of fav to least fav would go: part 3, 2, 1.

*spoilers ahead*
The epilogue, omgggg, as soon as I saw they had a child, I knew what was going to happen! That was such a great way to end the story, with that one line from Silas. Hahahaha, maybe it’s genetic now? I love how their child and her boyfriend were like a reincarnation of them!

That’s all,

Kate 🙂

You by Caroline Kepnes: REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: You

Author: Caroline Kepnes

Pages: 424

Read: 19th February, 2016

Rating: 4/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY:

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.


REVIEW:

Plot: 4/5

Characters: 4/5

Writing: 4/5

 

I’m not even sure where to start with this review, but let’s see where this takes me…

This is my first ever ‘Adult’ book, and what a first one it was. I was also so impressed to realize that this is Kepnes’ debut novel, and it is astounding for a debut.

You was enticing, scary, thrilling and downright psychotic.
Our protagonist, Joe, is the one doing all the psychotic things, so it literally messed me up to be in his mind, so much so that I had trouble sleeping because I just kept thinking about Joe and all my theories about him. I also didn’t allow myself to read this book for two days whilst I was studying because I was remembering/thinking of the book more than I was my notes…

In terms of the focal point of the novel, in my opinion, the stalkerish ways and obsessions that Joe had, I feel like were written so seamlessly and so well-done that it was easy to forget that what Joe was doing was not normal, much as he never realized that either.
I applaud Kepnes’ for her ability to write from this perspective for so long whilst creating the book, I’m not sure I would’ve come out of it sane.

This novel had me turning pages, and wanting to know more the whole time, and although at some points I was a little disappointed because I was expecting more to come from certain situations, that didn’t really take away from my overall opinion. Also I feel kind-of bad that I didn’t seem to care too much about the deaths of certain characters because no one was very likeable at all, and they all had pretty bad lives anyway, oops. (I swear I don’t mean that in a psychotic way, haha).

The ending, the ending  (and I’m talking the last 2 pages), just perfectly drove home the whole concept of the novel, and really just cemented the whole backstory and current story of Joe, you’ll know what I mean if you’ve read it! It also set up the second book perfectly, there is so much more to be told of Joe’s story, I feel.

I found myself analysing a lot throughout this book thanks english class, uh but in this instance, I enjoyed analyzing it, because I was able to pick up on things that perhaps weren’t explicitly stated, and it allowed me to delve deeper into the mind of Joe (not that that’s such a good idea).

Although not perfect (but what is), You was a fantastic psychological/stalkerish/messed up book that’ll keep your brain ticking for weeks.
I really can’t think of much more to write other than I think you need to read this book for yourself in order to realize that you come out of it with not much to say but a lot to think about.

 

That’s all,

Kate 🙂