Monday, August 20, 2018

Monday Movie #Review: To All The Boys I've Loved Before

Movie Title: To All The Boys I've Loved Before
Released: August 17, 2018
Directed by: Susan Johnson
Starring: Lana Condor (Lara Jean); Noah Centineo (Peter), Janel Parrish (Margot); Anna Cathcart (Kitty) and Israel Broussard (Josh)
Based on: To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Run Time: 1 hr 39mins
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says 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 contro

I watched this movie with my sister as a girl's night treat, and we absolutely loved it.  We had a ball freezing the movie and laughing our butts off at certain moments, discussing how we would handle others and genuinely having a blast.  I truly believe that this would have made a good box office movie. Its romantic, funny, talk about things going on now with teens and at the same time harkens back to the John Hughes era of Sixteen Candles and the like.  

For the romantic at heart, it pulled on several tropes that I loved and made them fun again. While it's true I haven't read the series of books that inspired the movie I am now adding it on because it was a fun movie. Lara Jean like most young women dreams of a love that will find her and see her, yet she does nothing to aide that love to come into being. I absolutely loved the relationships she had with her family, her sisters, in particular, were so much fun and hilarious especially Kitty.   

When someone mails out a few letters she wrote to her crushes at the height of those crushes it ripples across her life as they come to confront her. From there the hijinks really ensue and so does the trope of the fake relationship.  I loved Lara Jean as a character she was wonderfully acted. I really enjoyed how she made the situation awkward and yet fun.  

Of course, no teen romantic movie would be complete without a nemesis to conquer, fears to face and roadblocks that trip the two lovebirds up. In the end family comes to the rescue and makes this a romantic movie with feel good moments that will warm even the most unromantic viewer.  

Bring popcorn and enjoy my loves,

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Stacking The Shelves (23): A Mix of All The Things

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page! Stacking The Shelves now has a new host and check out that new image!!

It's the final book in the series and I needed it in my life, I couldn't wait for delivery because for whatever reason it wasn't up for pre-order and didn't appear on amazon until release day so I bought the ebook and physical copy as well.  
The Chase (Briar U) by Elle Kennedy
Same reason except this is a new series launched from the Off-Campus series and I can't wait to go back into the university and read all the new stories we'll be getting. 

The Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole 
Book two in her newest series and I also couldn't wait until I could get a physical copy.


Fatal Attraction: Aphrodite's Tale (The Goddesses) I read and loved the first two books in this series and realized after that they came out with another. Snagged this as a trade and it came brand new so excited!! 
Feather In The Wind by Madeline Baker, read this years ago, thought I had a copy but when I inventoried the other day it wasn't there, grabbed a copy and it came in pretty decent condition.

Power Game by Christine Feehan, another in the series that I own, and am working on reading

because I'm collecting her entire catalog I traded for a copy of A Date With the Other Side by Erin McCarthy

 I finished out my collection of Jay Crownover's Point series by getting a physical copy of Dignity, last year when it came out I bought the ebook because it would be faster (same as this year)

I've been trying to be good but I swung by the Dollar Tree and found a few goodies including:

Nantucket Red ( Nantucket Summer Book 2) by Leila Howland Didn't realize it was the second book until I was home.  
The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima.  Everyone raves about this one on booktube so I thought I would snag it for a dollar then find the others later.

I also snagged Rogue Wave by Jennifer Donnely, which is great because I'm trying to read the first int he series this week 

Because I own a few random books in the series I decided to grab the first book so I can get started on them. I grabbed The Fight (Drama High Book 1) by L. Divine.

I'm actually going to cut this short because I wasn't aware I had snagged so many good book deals this week. Look for Part Two next week.  What'd you get in your haul this week?? Share in the comments down below and I'll see you next week.

Happy Reading & Haulin' my loves