P.S I Still Love You – Trailer Reaction

Netflix has just released the final trailer for the second instalment in Jenny Han’s heartwarming series, To All The Boy’s I’ve Loved Before, and it looks just as lovely and wonderful as the first one. I realised that I hadn’t done a trailer reaction yet, and believe me when I say I’ve got a lot to talk about! The success of the first film does worry me a little bit, because we’ve all got high expectations!

First thing’s first, Kitty at the beginning of the trailer is me, I share all of her excitement towards Peter and Lara Jean’s relationship, they’re just so adorable.

Now lets discuss the recasting of John Ambrose McLaren! His very brief cameo in the first film was really disappointing, I know its cruel but he was a bit too dorky for me! So when they announced that Jordan Fisher would be his replacement, again I was a little skeptical, but seeing him in the trailer has completely changed my mind. Already it’s easy to see his relationship with Lara Jean has everything we loved from the books and I think he’s definitely going to give Peter a run for his money!

John Ambrose isn’t the only new character being introduced in this film, we finally get to meet Stormy and Trina! Stormy looks a glamorous and fabulous as expected, and her relationship with Lara Jean is one of my favourites. Also how stunning does Lana Condor look at the retirement home party! Although Trina isn’t seen in the trailer I’m fairly certain that the scene with Kitty and her Dad at the dinner table is with her, and I can’t wait to see her relationship with both of them develop.

I’m so glad they’ve decided to include the whole treehouse storyline and I really hope we get to see them all playing Assassins! I’m also ready for whole Peter, Lara Jean, John and Genevieve awkwardness and I’m interested to see if they do anything with Genevieve’s storyline and her friendship with Lara Jean.

P.S I Still Love You airs on Netflix on 12th February, and is guaranteed to be the perfect addition for cute Galentine’s evening!

Series I Want to Finish in 2020

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I’m embarrassed to admit that about 80% of my TBR pile are series that I’ve forgotten about, I’m constantly avoiding spoilers and discussions because I’ve failed to finish a series, but this year I’m going to change that! I need to start finishing some series so I can start new ones, any recommendations would be fabulous!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – This is one of my all time favourite series, and the only reason why I haven’t finished it is because these books are HUGE! They are so intimidating but I know that as so as I start them I’ll be grateful for the endless content and adventure.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber – What I loved about this book was the magic and mystery that dominated the storyline and I loved being transported into its wonderful world! I might have to re-read the first book as its been a while and I’ll probably need a refresh.

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – Everyone is probably fed up of me going on about this series and my inability to pick up the second book in this series. It’s reached the point now where I’m getting frustrated at myself, so by the end of February I want to have read the sequel!

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – I have to thank Emma Watson for recommending this series to me and although the world building and politics are quite intense it is a good fantasy read! I picked the series up again this summer and realised how much I’d missed this world and its characters! I finally have the final book in my possession so now there’s no room for excuses.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – I remember absolutely adoring these books and I can’t for the life of me figure out why I stopped reading them? I think this is going to be one of those series that I’ll just have to read again as I can only remember little bits and hopefully I’ll love them as much as I did the first time around.

My Favourite Book Covers of 2019

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I know this one is late but, last year we were blessed with some really beautiful covers all of which were extremely detailed and colourful! This made it really difficult when I went shopping in Waterstones because I just wanted everything. Both my Amazon wish-list and bookshelves are full of stunning covers so I thought I’d share a few of my favourites.

Again but Better by Christine Riccio – There’s just something lighthearted and lovely about this cover and manages to capture the books theme of change and adventure well. Some contemporary covers can look quite cheesy and girly but this one thankfully doesn’t, instead it’s colour scheme is beautifully lighthearted and its been such a joy watching Christines writing videos and the whole process!

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – I’m usually a bit hesitant when there’s a character’s profile on the cover but this cover successfully hits the mark. I instantly want to know more about this character because she looks like an epic and powerful heroine that I know I’ll love. This one is definitely on my TBR pile for 2020!

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones – The detail of the skull on this cover is stunning and its giving me some serious Black Sails vibes. I’ve never been a huge horror fan but the premise of this one has me hooked. Seventeen-year-old Ryn only cares about two things: her family, and her family’s graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits.Since the death of their parents,  Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meagre existence as gravediggers. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don’t always stay dead.

Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan – This cover is just adorable and never fails to make me smile with its cuteness. It’s fresh, it’s funny and the colour scheme of pink and purple is gorgeous.

Enchantee by Gita Trelease – Doesn’t this cover just ooze magic and eighteenth century  royalty? The entire cover is stunning and reminds me of Caraval and The Night Circus, both of which are some of my favourite reads, so I’m very excited to start reading this one.

Circe by Madeline Miller – This cover mirrors the scenes, colours and beauty of a Grecian urn which fits perfectly with books theme of mythology. This is one of my unexpected favourites of the year, I finally gave into the hype surrounding this book and let me say that everything said about this book is true. It is a wonderfully original and captivating read that explores the shadows of villainized women Greek Mythology and one that is also filled with thought-provoking and powerful quotes.

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff – The UK editions are some of my all time favourite covers, the detail in the silhouette of Mr Kindly includes all the elements of Mia’s journey and manages to capture the books mystery and adventure.

Reading and Blogging Goals for 2020

I am terrible for sticking to New Year’s Resolutions but I’ve reached the point now where it’s frustrating me so much that this year I really really want to achieve them and prove to myself that they are worth making. Reading and blogging have both taken a back seat this year and that’s something I want to change in the New Year as they’re two things I really enjoy doing. So I’ve decided to set myself an array of different goals some of which are realistic and some which are more challenging…

Reading 

Goodreads Goal of 35 books – Last year my goal was 26 books which worked out to be a book every two weeks, but this year I really want to gradually increase my goal until I reach 52 books! I also want to maintain some sense of organisation with my Goodreads profile, and try to keep up with my reviews.

Read every book for my ‘Reading between the Wines’ bookclub – At the end of last year my university friends and I set up a bookclub as a way of staying in touch and catching up each month. We’ve got a mix of trashy highlander romance novels and academic texts to last us the whole year.

Clear out bookshelves – This is an easy one and something I’ve been meaning to do for a very long time! I’ve seen so many people on Booktube doing book un-hauls and I know if I want to make room for new books on my shelves then I’ll need to donate some either to different charities or even children hospitals. I want to pass on the joy I had from reading these book onto someone else.

Blogging

More active role in the blogging community – This is something that is really important to me, I love blogging and I really want to play a bigger part. I want to get involved in more discussions and comment more on posts and tags!

Post at least once a week – Like I’ve said blogging took a back seat last year and is something I do enjoy doing. I love sharing my opinions on books and films and also reading other peoples posts and discovering new books.

Incorporate a blog plan into my bullet journal – I’ve finally started a bullet journal and I really want to create a dedicated page to my blogging and post ideas. I’ve been spending far too much time searching ideas on Pinterest and Instagram.

My January TBR and December Wrap Up

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A start of a new year and decade calls for some serious organisation, so I plan to do a wrap up and TBR for each month, and we’ll just have to see how long it lasts! I’m also trying to set realistic targets in order to maintain my reading motivation and to avoid any reading slumps!

December Wrap Up

  • The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black – I love this series and all these characters and Holly Black successfully creates a storyline that is wonderfully addictive and unique.
  • Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff – I wasn’t prepared for this series to finish, believe me when I say that I savoured every page. I was expecting a grand and fitting conclusion for Mia, and that is exactly what we received, the fight scenes we bigger, the relationships were stronger and the whole experience was unforgettable.
  • Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – This took me so long to finish this book, not because it was bad but because the writing is so dense and packed full of beautiful metaphors and intricate details. Taylor successfully crafts a beautifully unique world filled with wonderfully developed characters but for me there was something missing, but I can’t say what. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable and captivating read that picks up right after the shocking events of book one, throwing us gracefully back into the magical and dark world of Weep.

January TBR

  • Ravished by a Highlander by Paula Quinn – This is our book of the month for the bookclub I set up with some of my university friends. We thought we would start the year off with a trashy highlander romance and so far its wonderfully terrible, and I love it.
  • Again, but Better by Christine Riccio – I’ve really been craving a good old fashioned contemporary, and Christines book has been on the top of my TBR for a while. I remember watching her writing vlogs and I loved following her on her journey towards being published.
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – With the release of the new film adaptation, I really want to re-read this book and step back into this wonderful story with all these characters. I haven’t yet seen the film but it warms my heart that its getting so many incredible reviews.

My 2019 Favourites – Books, TV Shows and Films

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My focus for 2019 was mainly my academic studies, so most of my time this year was spent writing lots of essays such as my dissertation and searching for a graduate scheme/job! This meant that my blogging and reading habits took a back seat because I found it too difficult to juggle everything. This year however I plan to make more time for it, as my schedule at this moment isn’t too chaotic. This year was also the year of endings, some of my favourite TV series and film franchises came to an end as did my university journey as I graduated in November, so lets hope that 2020 is the year of new beginnings! Anyway here’s a list of my favourite books, films and TV shows of 2019.

Books

The Nevernight Trilogy by Jay Kristoff – A mysteriously artful and exhilarating read that refused to be put down and one which has earned a place as one of my favourite reads of 2019. It is clear that the writing style is either a hit or miss with readers, but for me it was a beautifully crafted masterpiece filled with unique and descriptive metaphors that came to life on the page.

Shades of Magic Trilogy by V.E Schwab – The entire series is a wonderfully captivating read that takes place in a unique and complex world crafted with the upmost perfection and thought. There is no limits or bounds to Schwabs imagination as she successfully transports us to a world of chaos and magic. If you haven’t yet picked up this series or Nevernight, then you are seriously missing out.

Circe by Madeline Miler – I finally gave into the hype surrounding this book and let me say that everything said about this book is true, it is a wonderfully original and captivating read that explores the shadows of villainized women Greek Mythology. A beautiful masterpiece filled with thought-provoking and powerful quotes, this book is a must read for all.

Films

Avengers: Endgame – Now this is how you end an epic franchise! The entire movie was incredible, I cried a lot and I swear I spent the entire film with my mouth open in awe! This was the first film that ever gave me a ‘film hangover’, it took me a while to come to terms with the fact that this cinematic journey was over.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – I didn’t love it as much as I wanted too and it don’t get me started on that ending but nevertheless I enjoyed every moment because I love this franchise with all my heart! Poe Dameron please marry me!

Booksmart – This film was just fabulously mad and I loved it. It was the characters in this film that made it for me, and their friendship is one which I can easily relate to.

TV Shows

The Witcher – This fills the void in my life that Game of Thrones left, and I’m living for everything about this series. I hope to start reading the books before the next season comes out because I need more.

Fleabag – I finally jumped on the bandwagon with this series at the beginning of the year and instantly fell in love. Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a legend and has created such a unique and wonderful series that needed more seasons!

The Mandalorian – Baby Yoda. That’s all I have to say about this series.

His Dark Materials – A wonderfully magical adaptation of Phillip Pullmans most acclaimed series. This is so much better than the film adaptation and is the perfect fantasy adventure for all ages.

Derry Girls – If you’re looking for a laugh then this series is for you. Filled with endearing characters and cracking moments, this series follows the lives of a group of friends living in Derry, Northern Ireland during the 1990’s as they try to navigate the highs and lows of being a teenager.

Top Christmas Films on Netflix – 12 Days of Blogmas

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Watching Christmas films is the perfect way to get into the festive spirit, so I thought I’d share a few of my favourites that are currently available to stream on Netflix.

  1. Let it Snow (2019) – I remember reading the book ages ago and the film adaptation manages to capture the love and adorableness of the story and its characters. This is the perfect YA film for those cosy winter nights.
  2. A Christmas Prince Trilogy (2017-2019) – This series is so wonderfully bad that I can’t help but love it. This romantic comedy follows Amber, an aspiring journalist who is sent to the winter wonderland of Aldovia to cover a press conference given by crown prince Richard, who is set to take the throne following his father’s recent death. The rest of the film is filled with mystery and romance as well as lots of Christmas spirit.
  3. The Holiday Calendar (2018) – A budding romance, a magical calendar and lots of Christmas joy. This is another heart-warming Christmas film which is perfect to watch on those winter nights with a big cup of hot chocolate.
  4. The Knight Before Christmas (2019) – Vanessa Hudgens is becoming the Queen of Christmas films. This is another adorable and perfectly romantic Christmas film that is guarenteed get you in the festive spirit.
  5. Nativity (2009) – If you’re from the UK then this film has to be on your list of go-to Christmas films! The film focuses on Martin Freeman’s character Paul, who is a bit of a scrooge, but is put in charge of organising his school’s Nativity performance. Long story short things get a bit out of hand, lies are told but in the end, you’re left with a fun and unique performance and a set of catchy songs you can’t get out of your head!
  6. The Princess Switch (2018) – The Parent Trap but make it Christmas and more romance centred! This has all the elements for a perfect christmas film and is one that can be enjoyed by all.
  7. The Christmas Chronicles (2018) – Who knew that Kurt Russell would make such a good Father Christmas! Siblings Kate and Teddy Pierce hatch a scheme to capture Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. When the plan goes awry, the kids join forces with a somewhat jolly Saint Nick and his loyal elves to save the holiday before it’s too late.