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

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If love is like a possession, maybe my letters are like my exorcisms. My letters set me free. Or at least they’re supposed to.

When I learned about Netflix acquiring the rights to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, I didn’t think anything of it. After all, the series has been on my e-reader for a while now and I had no intention of reading it anytime soon.

Then the teaser trailer above pops up, and Janssen from Everyday Reading got excited about the Netflix movie, and well she pretty much got me reading To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, which then led to me reading the rest of the series.

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean has written five love letters, one for each boy she’s loved. She keeps them in a hat box her mother gave her. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is about what occurred after these private love letters got mailed out.

I was able to relate to Lara Jean because something similar happened to me in high school. One of my high school friends and I used to exchange diaries and read them. One day, I made the mistake of leaving my diary out with the rest of my text books under my chair. We had assigned seating back then and I was assigned a seat beside my high school crush. I don’t remember how he ended up with my diary, but I do remember him telling me he did and that he read it. My diary was mostly about him. So, yeah…

It was interesting, and entertaining (sometimes painful, and painfully embarrassing), to watch Lara Jean navigate through the aftermath of her letters being sent. She went as far as pretending to be someone else’s girlfriend to: a) keep her actual crush from thinking she likes him; and b) to get her pretend boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend’s attention. There is very little romance, but the story will induce enough butterflies in your stomach to make up for it.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before got mixed reviews over on Goodreads and that is understandable. Although somewhat relatable, our protagonist is a bit meh and it’s very easy to get tired of her. Moreover, the ending is a cliffhanger and my advise is make sure to have the second book in the series (titled P.S. I Still Love You) on hand if you do decide to read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. You know, just in case.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before will be available on Netflix on August 17, 2018 starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo. I hope they’re able to bring the chemistry from the book to the screen cause I’ve hyped this up so much for myself and I don’t want to get disappointed.

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Night Film by Marisha Pessl

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… Because every one of us has four box, a dark chamber stowing the thing that lanced our heart. It contains what you do everything for, strive for, would everything around you. And if it were opened, would anything be set free? No. For the impenetrable prison with the impossible lock is you own head.

The decision to read Night Film came as a whim while I was scrolling through my list in my e-reader. One chapter in an I have convinced myself I can only read this during daytime.

On a damp October night, 24-year-old Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror film director Stanislaus Cordova–a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family dynasty seems more than just a coincidence. Though much has been written about Cordova’s dark and unsettling films, very little is known about the man himself.

Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world. The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more. (Goodreads)

Ashley Cordova’s death sent McGrath into an investigation frenzy. He believes there’s more to Ashley’s alleged suicide and he wanted to get to the bottom of it. He wanted to know the truth.

This is my first Pessl novel and I didn’t expect to enjoy it, but I did. I get scared easily so reading this at 3 in the morning while I nurse my daughter was not (I guess I should say never) an option. I think the main reason I was fearful throughout this reading experience was I went in to Night Film blind. I thought, based on the cover, it’ll be about films shown at night, and their audience. I was SO wrong. However, I powered through it and as much as it frightened me, I kept pressing for the next page.

I was not too thrilled of how it dragged on. I was constantly wondering if I was getting close to the end, closer to the truth. Ultimately though, I felt the novel was a buildup to an ok ending. It didn’t give me that feeling of contempt, and relief I was hoping for. If anything, I’m left confused between versions of truths presented to me on the days I read Night Film.

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3 Reasons I Stopped Using My Moleskine Passions Book Journal

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Remember that time when Moleskine got really popular and their planners were also such a big hit? I bought one only to realize I am not busy enough yet to use it to its full potential. Then they came out with their Passion Journals which I thought was a great idea.

What is a Passion Journal?
It’s a journal for a specific purpose. Its pages are formatted so all you would have to do is fill it up which all corresponds to what the journal is specifically about. At the moment, they offer ten different journals. The one I bought a few years ago was their Book Passion Journal.

What is a Books Passion Journal?
What it is a journal for book lovers, and those who love to read. Pages are separated alphabetically with about 6 pages per alphabet. The pages are formatted so you can fill out the title and author of what you’re reading, when you read it, quotes, your opinions, publisher, awards and extra notes you would like to take note off. There are also blank pages in the back for whatever you would like to use it for.

Why did I buy it?
I enjoy reading. Before I’ve ever heard of this journal I was using a simple notebook to jot down notes, any thoughts I have of the book, and of the quotes I enjoy from it. I wanted to properly document the books I read and I thought a journal specifically designed to do this would be the answer.

However, it wasn’t.

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