Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen Review

I picked this book up at the start of the year in Waterstones, I almost didn’t but I was buying a few books that day anyway and decided to take a chance. I am so glad I did.

I loved this book.

The story is about Ever, an Asian American who’s parents want her to attend medical school when she has a passion for dance. I suppose it is the age old story we all know, where the child’s parents are pushing them to do something that they don’t want to do.

On top of this, Ever’s parents have sent her to a summer in Chien Tan in Teipai, it is a summer school for the Asian American Elite. And is definitely not how Ever thought she would be spending her last summer before college.

I am not familiar with the culture but I found it interesting to learn about through the book. Supposedly parents send their children off to summer schools like this to find suitable partners for them. Hence the title Loveboat as everyone is hooking up and partying and trying to make the best out of the situation they are in.

Ever is thrown in the deep end at Chien Tan with a roommate who is hell bent on taking full advantage of Loveboat, while Ever decides to spend the summer breaking all the rules her parents set for her.

As the novel progresses, Ever realises that instead of trying to do things because she can that she should focus on doing things because she wants to, and she begins to come into her own identity.

I found myself relating a lot to Ever in the story, as I understand a lot of the pressure that Asian families put on their children. I mean my parents have never been pushy or anything about what I should be doing with my life, but it’s an underlying thing. You know how much they have sacrificed of their own lives for you and you feel the need to repay them in some way.

I know these feelings are not specific to Asian culture but it is definitely stronger there, especially if the family has emigrated from Asia to a Western country. They gave up everything and worked hard to give you the opportunities you have, so turning around and declining to do something for them feels like a betrayal. Which is how Ever feels about choosing dance over medical school.

Aside from the conflict of identity and breaking rules, Ever also has her own loveboat experiences as she ends up tangled in a bit of a love square? I can’t say I was super surprised about her love interests but I think I was surprised about the way things ended up.

I think it was a bit crap how things ended up with Xavier, the boy who didn’t get picked in the end, I guess I just hoped that he and Ever would remain friends, because they were friendly for a while before Ever chose Rick. But I guess when you have feelings for someone who doesn’t feel the same way, it’s best to stay away from the other person and protect yourself.

Overall an enjoyable read and I was super excited to find out that someone has bought the film rights to the book. I would love to see it come to life on screen because I think it would be amazing to see Taipei and this world come to life on screen.

I also found out that there will be a sequel to this book so I wonder where it will take us, I think it stands well as a solo book but I will definitely pick up a sequel if it’s released.

If you haven’t read this yet, I highly recommend it as I enjoyed it a lot, and I think it’s a great way to kick off some summer reading.

~ Courtney x

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood Review

I started reading this immediately after the Handmaid’s tale. I think I read the first 20 pages or so and then didn’t touch it for like almost a week and a half haha.

Again like the previous book, I found this one hard to get into. I guess I just sort of throw myself into books without taking time to digest the characters and making sense of what was going on.

But in this book there were three different point of views and naturally it took me a while to figure out which was which. Especially because two of them were named very similar, the difference being an A or a B at the end.

After a while though I picked up what was happening.

I really enjoyed this book. I think way more than the first. In this book we find out more about how the other women lived in Gilead, the Aunts and the little girls who were growing up to become wives.

This world fascinates me a lot which I think is why even though I took a long period away from reading this book I went back to it. I had to know what happened.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when jumping into this one. I was surprised that they didn’t mention Offred from the first novel directly. Though it is assumed that she was the mother of both the girls in the story.

Overall, I found it to be a good read. I can definitely understand why the series gets a lot of attention.

I don’t know if there will be more books to the series, though I see it being quite an easy series to add to over time. But that being said I would also be glad if it was just the two books.

I still have yet to watch the TV show but I think I will be adding it to my list of shows to watch now I’ve read both books. I know it will only be loosely based on the first book since the second one was only released last year but that’s fine. I’m just interested to know where they take it.

And with this book complete I am now halfway to my goal of reading 30 books this year! I think I’m making good progress and am a little bit ahead of where I should be so that’s nice.

I’m glad that even in our current circumstances and even with my excessive amounts of Animal Crossing play that I can still find time to read lol.

Not sure what my next book will be, I think maybe one I picked up from Waterstones at the start of the year.

As usual you can expect some kind of reading update in the future. Whether it is here or on GoodReads.

~ Courtney x

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood Review

I wasn’t sure about this one but I decided to give it a go after someone gave me a brief description of the TV show. I feel very behind with this but it’s better late than never right? Plus I haven’t seen the TV show yet so I might as well take a chance with the book if I don’t really know what to expect.

I have to be honest, I almost gave up on this one. I was finding it hard to get into the story as the timelines kept changing from the past and the present, it was initially hard to keep up with the change. The writing style was also not an easy one to get into, I have been reading a mix recently so I’m not surprised when a writing style isn’t what I am expecting, but normally I can get into it fine, this one just took longer than most.

I would say I got into it after the first 100 pages or so, I know they say you should read a book until at least 50 pages in to see if you like it or not. But to me, if you make it that far you might as well see it to the end. I can’t just leave something unfinished, even if I didn’t like it.

But with this one, I found it easier to read big chunks at a time and then leave it for a few days. I think it’s the kind of thing you have to be in the mood to read. But we made it through in the end.

Overall I did enjoy the story, it’s an interesting take on what society would do to handle a situation. It’s actually made me interested in the TV show just to see what happens with that.

I do wish we knew more about the transition process and also about what happened to Offred after she was captured. When I got to the end and it was explained the story was told through Offred in a bunch of tapes and they weren’t in order, it suddenly made sense that the story was so haphazard in it’s switch between past and present. It is still sad that we don’t know for sure what happened to her.

I know there is a sequel now but I’m not sure if it will even tell us what happened. Though I probably will read it because I am interested to see what will come from that and what we will learn about this world.

And as I said before I will probably watch the TV show too, it’ll be different from the book for sure, considering the TV show has 3 seasons now and you can’t stretch a book that far out. But I want to know what direction they take the story.

While I am surprised it took me so long to get through this book after reading my last two books quite quickly I am not going to let it deter me from my reading journey. I am basically halfway through my goal to read 30 books this year and I would like to try and keep my pace up.

I know it’s not a race, but I don’t want to get lazy with it and not pick up another book for months again because I do quite enjoy my reading time.

So hopefully I’ll be back with another book review soon, if not then I’ve been distracted by Animal Crossing as usual lol.

~ Courtney x

One Tree Hill Season 7 Thoughts

This season had a lot going on.

First of all I want to address the obvious: Lucas and Peyton are gone?! And don’t come back…not cute at all. I definitely missed them in the beginning but by the end I feel like they threw so many characters in to distract from the fact they were missing.

The show is definitely different without our two main leads, I mean what is the show without the drama of Lucas and Peyton? I guess there is still the same level of drama but it just doesn’t feel right…

Anyway, aside from getting over the shock they weren’t going to be around this season things were okay. I mean I definitely didn’t predict anything correct as usual, but I’ve come to accept that. I’m just along for the ride at this point.

So please enjoy my thoughts as we jump into season 7 of One Tree Hill:

  • So Nathan is doing real well in the NBA, got himself an agent who seems bit sketchy – but I think it’s just because I trust no new character on the show ever
  • Dan is a motivational speaker? What is that?
  • Are Brooke and Julien ever going to really be together or will his work always pull him away?
  • Oh and Haley now runs the record label which means she is officially done being a teacher? Lol thanks Peyton, though it seems she is facing a shut down – yikes.
  • DAN IS MARRIED TO RACHEL HAHAHAHA what is going on
  • That girl showing up to say she slept with Nathan and is pregnant is not going away any time soon
  • Also that actress working for Brooke is a hot mess and something is going to be messed up by her in some way or another
  • Skills and Mouth having a naked confrontation about the apartment is hilarious but also it’s kind of rude that Mouth just expected Skillz to move out first. Why couldn’t he find a place with Millie?
  • Yeah that actress trying to sink her claws into Julien. Yikes.
  • Also Millicent taking diet pills oh no 😦
  • We love Mouth standing up for Nathan and having integrity
  • Dan exposing that woman is probably the best thing he ever did for Nathan
  • Mia and Chase are so cute why can’t they be full time cast
  • So Haley’s sister is staying full time then?
  • Wow Millicent isn’t just on diet pills she is on cocaine too? That escalated quickly
  • Dan and Rachel back in town lol awkward
  • So Clay had a wife before…interesting
  • Is it mad for me to say I’m not surprised Alex committed suicide…like she seemed destructive always and her getting in between Julien and Brooke was crazy
  • Also are Haley and Nathan really just going off to Spain?
  • Wonder when someone is going to stop Millicent because it’s sad
  • Plus if Mouth goes to LA I’ll miss him
  • Lol of course Millicent escapes from rehab. I’m so sad her story went this way
  • Good for Dan for finally dumping Rachel and moving on to better things after all this time
  • WHY CAN’T BROOKE EVER HAVE ANYTHING. No baby, no Julien…my heart breaks for her
  • We love when things work out for Nathan and Haley although let’s be real everything works out for them eventually lol
  • Of course Clay and Quinn get together. I called it as soon as I saw them together – why introduce new cast members if they aren’t going to be together?
  • Love to see Millie working the programme she needs it
  • Also we see you Victoria being cute to help Millicent back on track
  • The James family drama is wild like Taylor coming back and sleeping with David who is Quinn’s ex husband hahaha wild
  • Also sad their mom is dying 😦
  • Mouth came back! Will he stay?
  • I hate that they basically brought Skillz girlfriend back in to get with Mouth – HE SHOULD BE WITH MILLICENT
  • But also Skillz is back and his girlfriend didn’t even break up with him before she kissed Mouth?
  • Brooke punching Alex is iconic
  • I didn’t expect Victoria to be dating Alexander though
  • Also that guy recording a sex tape what a dick
  • So the guy who made the sex tape is gay, scandalous. Kind of not a big shocker but I think Alex handled it really well
  • Haley is suffering from depression because her mom died. This is understandable but while she was going through her whole phase it was super annoying, I’m glad she is going to get through it though
  • I knew that girl was going to go psycho on Clay and Quinn as soon as we saw her. Of course she looks like Clay’s dead wife and of course she would dye her hair and stalk him
  • Clay did a really good job of handling the whole situation though so props to him.
  • The Skillz and Mouth drama didn’t last very long, but then I suppose guys don’t tend to dwell in those things especially when Mouth said he couldn’t date Lauren in the end. Which is fine because I still root for him and Millie to work things out
  • Kind of mad that they broke Chase and Mia up just so Chase would get with Alex? Like Alex has grown on me but at the same time I think she would be okay without a love interest for a while…
  • It was so cute when everyone went out to see Julien’s movie. It kind of reminded me of that one episode where everyone stayed at Rachel’s house. That was fun
  • It was random that Chase was there but like I said they were setting up the whole him and Alex thing. I do like Chase though so if it means he is sticking around then it’s fine by me
  • Side note: I don’t really know what they were doing with the musician guy and the English girl the whole way though the season, like she ends up leaving and so does he. It seemed random, I guess they just wanted an excuse to put the guys music on the show lol
  • I’m glad Julian’s movie was a success but like it had to have been because there was no way they would have made us all go through that for it to flop lol
  • Also yasss Julien coming through with the proposal to Brooke we love that
  • Plus Haley pregnant again? I did think it was random that one time we saw her take a pregnancy test…but it was negative so I wasn’t expecting her to actually be pregnant though I guess it would make sense for them to have another baby, they got a cute family
  • I was NOT expecting that psycho girl to come back and shoot Quinn AND Clay wtf. They better be okay because honestly can Haley take losing her sister after her mom just died? I guess we see…

This brings us to the end of another season of One Tree Hill! It was a wild ride with two main characters being replaced and a whole lot of drama on the side but we made it through. Again, another season through done in no time thanks to being in lock down.

We only have two seasons left and I am already beginning to wonder what show I will watch next. My friend actually started to watch Gossip Girl recently and so I’ll probably start watching that on the side, but it’s a show I’ve seen a bunch of times over so that doesn’t really count.

I guess I’ll have to start thinking about what to watch. Not that it’s important right now I have to find out if Clay and Quinn are alive!

So I’ll catch you soon in another post about One Tree Hill very soon! 😛

~ Courtney x

One Tree Hill Season 6 Thoughts

Season six of One Tree Hill complete!

I actually think I completed this season faster than any of the seasons so far, I guess this is what lock down does to you lol

So this season was a lot of things, at least I am getting used to everyone being adults now, last season it was weird for me to see everyone as an adult because two minutes before they had just graduated from high school, but now I see it.

I liked this season, it had a lot of good drama in there, some of it got a bit boring towards the second half of the season but that might have been because I watched too many episodes in one day. I know that sounds impossible but it’s a thing.

Now without further ado, these are my thoughts on season six:

  • Thank GOD Lucas chose Peyton – I definitely could not imagine Brooke and Lucas getting married after everything I thought they mutually agreed that wouldn’t happen haha
  • Dan was hit by the BABYSITTER wow I thought she was gone but I guess not, I’m not mad about it but at the same time she needs to stay away from everyone else please
  • She didn’t even take him to an actual hospital, she just had that set up in her house wtf she is more of a psycho than I thought she was
  • Did Brooke’s mom really hire someone to come and beat up and rob her? I AM SO ANGRY
  • I can’t believe they did Q dirty like that and killed him off…I knew something was up when they were focusing on him so much, like it’s not bad they were focusing on him but it is when they just kill him off
  • I cried like a baby when Jamie gave Quentin’s brother the basketball jersey – SO PURE
  • I can’t believe the babysitter is literally trying to use Dan to kidnap Jamie again, and not only that but like she dragged him away to her house after hitting him with a car what the fuck
  • I never thought I would say this but I need someone to come find Dan because I really don’t need the babysitter to get away with this please
  • SHE EVEN TALKED TO DEB – omg please someone tell Deb what this woman looks like – protect Jamie at all costs plz
  • I’m glad Brooke is talking to someone about the accident and is working to get closure from her mom. We love a strong woman
  • So Deb and Skillz are going the distance? So to speak. Nathan gave his half-approval so this is gonna be a thing? Still weird to me haha
  • I had a feeling that Brooke was going to adopt that homeless girl Sam – unlikely pairing but kind of cute
  • It’s great that Dan saved everyone from the babysitter – I was surprised that he is actually healed and alive but at the same time not exactly because like I said before, evil don’t die
  • It’s nice he gets to spend time with Jamie, I guess those are the only times he seems human
  • So Lucas’s second book sucked, sad times I thought he would always be like super successful because you know, how could the great Lucas Scott fail at something?
  • I spoke too soon, someone wants to make his book a movie lol
  • BUT the guy who wants to make the movie is Peyton’s ex wow drama
  • Or not drama because Lucas handled it pretty well
  • Peyton met her real dad and he was kind of a dick, wow not surprising. It’s not like she always had the greatest experience meeting family members in the past
  • Though it’s cute we saw her brother again! I totally forgot about him
  • Mouth is back! I missed him
  • Gigi has also returned as Mouth’s intern. This is 100% going to be trouble I can already tell
  • Oh yeah after Millicent talked to Gigi I knew she was going to want to cause drama – I mean even if it’s unintentional it’s not going to end well here
  • Also they keep talking about Gigi as this “hot college girl” which sure but I still think of her as the same age as all of them like man, she is not that much younger than the rest of you stop being weird about it
  • So Nathan has decided to get into something called slam ball? With that guy Brooke dated one time…sure
  • Honestly I was expecting a secret addiction to pain medication like Haley was but I’m glad he is not doing that
  • OMG HE WENT THROUGH THAT GLASS – yikes. I’m so glad he didn’t get injured again, I don’t know if I could take that
  • So I guess the slam ball journey is over but I ain’t mad about that
  • Ew they are doing a weird 40’s episode that has nothing to do with the plot of the show – I hate these kind of episodes, I mean at least it’s not a musical…
  • And even though it has nothing to do with the plot I have to watch it anyway in case there is something in there that I need to know
  • Peyton is pregnant! I did not see that one coming
  • Millicent slept with Owen?! I so wish she didn’t
  • Plus Owen fell off the wagon, yikes
  • Mia and Chase? Could be cute
  • Yasss we love Brooke fighting her attacker and getting him arrested because he also killed Quentin
  • Brooke also into that producer guy? I guess he is sticking around
  • Nathan being bullied by the other basketball guys, gross I guess that they are the guy version of Mean Girls
  • So Millicent is leaving for good? That would suck because I really liked her
  • Peyton might die if she has this baby? Of course there is something dramatic involved
  • Dan almost got his heart but at the last second, a dog ate it lol – I guess he is going off to die
  • Victoria is back in town and I don’t trust her at all, shredding Sam’s letters and all shady lady
  • Deb and Skillz broke up but I saw that coming, I mean they weren’t really going anywhere
  • Peyton in a car accident, I’m not that surprised because how much more dramatic can her pregnancy be
  • I’m sad Nathan didn’t get his shot at the NBA, I mean he worked so hard and everything
  • Are we even surprised Lucas’s movie fell through though, like it would have been weird if they had a movie about their lives never mind a book – plus everyone was mad at Dan Humphrey when he did it in Gossip Girl, surprised everyone was okay with how Lucas wrote his book
  • Peyton and Lucas’s wedding was cute of course
  • But I knew Peyton was going to collapse or something, with everything going on with them right now it made sense but I don’t think she is going to die – mostly because I feel like I’ve seen her in the promo photos for later seasons
  • On a lighter note, I was so surprised that Haley was the one that had slutty wedding sex haha
  • I’m glad Mouth and Millicent are back together, it’s cute they doing long distance so I hope it will last!
  • I’m sad that Sam went to spend time with her birth mom but at the same time it felt right, I liked Brooke and her relationship but I feel like I couldn’t see her sticking around forever
  • And the finale episode ties up in one convenient happy bow
  • Nathan gets picked for the NBA
  • Millicent stays in town
  • Lucas, Peyton and baby are happy
  • Brooke gets with Julien
  • All is well in the world of One Tree Hill for now….

So I kind of got the feeling that maybe the show didn’t think it was going to get past season six. There’s something about this season finale that screams series finale. Like everything was tied up in a neat little bow, it seemed like the perfect ending.

But no – the show goes on for like three more seasons haha. Like I said when they graduated from high school, if I just stopped watching now I would be happy with it. But knowing there is still more ahead is interesting.

No idea what is coming now considering they wrapped things up so nicely in this season, honestly wouldn’t even be surprised if there’s another time jump but having two time jumps in a TV series seems excessive but we see what happens.

If I had to guess anything it’s that Nathan is probably going to struggle with his NBA transition, Lucas and Peyton are gonna struggle as first time parents and Brooke is maybe gonna struggle with Julien being in LA while she is in Tree Hill. But my predictions are always wrong lol so maybe the complete opposite will happen. Either way I am going to start watching right away to find out.

~ Courtney x

When I Was You by Minka Kent Review

Took a chance on an Amazon Prime First Reads selection. They never have a huge selection but I still check in every month to see if there is anything interesting.

This book caught my eye because I love a good thriller with lots of drama. And this had the potential to go somewhere. And go somewhere it did.

As soon I started to read this book I couldn’t put it down, I wanted to know more and what was going to happen.

I have to say though as it got towards the end it became somewhat predictable…I mean I guess from the beginning I was trying to figure out what was going on. I sensed that Niall was shady and I thought maybe he was the one who attacked Brienne in the beginning, I also suspected that the woman pretending to be her knew about the attack and wanted to take on her life. It didn’t make sense otherwise.

Though it didn’t seem to be too much of a mystery once the second part of the novel began and everything was about Niall. From then things started to get a bit more interesting and fast-paced, though his whole plan and backstory was revealed within the first five minutes lol.

I was surprised to find out that Niall hadn’t told Sam, the woman pretending to be Brienne, the plan. It just doesn’t sit right to me that she lived as Brienne for months and no one recognised her or that she wasn’t caught out in some other way.

I also think it was wild that they revealed all this information about Niall in the first chapter in his point of view but just threw in somewhere in the middle that he killed Sam’s dad like wow, I wasn’t expecting that for him. Sure he has done a lot of terrible things so far but just casually mentioning murder is crazy. But I guess it was to show just how far he was going to go.

Still, like I said things came predictable towards the end with the girls meeting each other and Niall was always either going to get away or get caught. It’s funny how after everything I still get annoyed when things wrap up too perfectly, like sure it’s a novel and fictional but sometimes you just wish for that one extra plot twist.

But definitely a good read, I enjoyed it and like I said I couldn’t put it down, finished it in two days. So I guess Amazon Prime’s First Reads isn’t too bad, I don’t always find something I like there but I might as well take advantage if it means a free book.

Next up on the reading list is probably the Handmaid’s Tale, I know I’m late to the party but what else is new? I picked up the book at the start of the year so I think it’s time to start reading it. I should be back with another review soon to let you know my thoughts.

~ Courtney x

Things I’ve Been Doing in Lock Down

I thought I would make a blog post to share some things I have been doing since lock down. I guess this will also serve as a little life update blog post.

But yes, lock down. We are all being told to stay at home to reduce the spread of COVID-19 aka Cornavirus and it’s not been easy.

I know when you were a kid, you thought not having to leave your house for school was the best thing ever, but now? It’s just kind of depressing, especially when you can’t go and see your friends or anything else. So it’s been hard to adjust.

It’s not that I did a lot of things outside normally, I’m a very inside person haha I enjoy sitting at home and watching TV etc, but when I think about my day-to-day activity, I still was leaving the house for work and exercise classes, so to suddenly have that taken away has been tough.

The hardest thing about it all is that we don’t have a choice, we have to stay indoors and reduce physical contact with people and it really sucks.

So I thought I would share with you some of the things I have been doing while being stuck at home and not being able to see anyone.

Animal Crossing

This is a big one. I have been spending most of my free time playing Animal Crossing. Even if I wasn’t in lock down, I know this is something I would be doing because I love Animal Crossing and I was so excited about the release of the new Switch game.

Not only does the game give me something to do and keep busy, it has also been a way that I can meet up with friends and spend time with them.

I have a few Animal Crossing friends that I made when playing the previous game on the 3DS and meeting up with them in Animal Crossing has always been our only form of communication so it felt natural to hang out with them this way again.

It has been super enjoyable being able to spend time diving into this new game and it definitely provides a good escape to the outside world.

YouTube

To go along with playing a lot of Animal Crossing, I have also started to film Animal Crossing content for my YouTube channel.

This makes me feel productive, and I enjoy doing it. I started YouTube as a hobby over the years and I actually started with Animal Crossing Let’s Plays, so it feels good to kind of go back to that.

TV

Naturally I have also been watching a lot of TV during this time, my boyfriend and I have recently started to watch Westworld on NowTV. It’s a bit of a confusing show but enjoyable, something different to say the least.

I have also been keeping up with watching some One Tree Hill which I started to watch before all this lock down business.

Netflix Party

Along with watching TV I have also been using Netflix party to watch Tiger King with my friends. We use the Chrome extension to keep our video in sync while we video chat using Skype.

I enjoy this because it allows me to speak to and see my friends, it’s kind of funny because we usually don’t see each other very often in real life as we all live across the UK in different places, but with this we have been able to see each other twice in one week.

It’s been fun and I’m sure Tiger King is not the only thing we will watch via Netflix Party.

Online Exercise

So because I can no longer go to my pole or aerial hoop classes I have started taking online classes. These are offered by my pole and aerial hoop studios, it’s not pole or aerial hoop – mainly because I don’t own either of those but I am enjoying the classes.

I am currently taking a floor flow class to work on some floor choreo and also a stretch class to work on my front splits.

I don’t have a lot of room to take these classes, I just do it in a tiny corner of my living room but it has been helpful to keep some exercise in my life.

Walking

As well as online exercise I have been going on walks with my boyfriend, this is nice just to get outside in the fresh air. Something simple and also nice because we live near the coast.

It’s also helpful to get out somewhere when you live in an apartment without a garden. I feel like if I had a garden I would just go out there and enjoy the weather, but because I do not I have to go further out. It can be a bit tricky avoiding people this way because other people are also out walking but you do the best you can.

So these are all the main things I am doing to keep busy during lock down. Of course I am still able to work from home so that has been keeping me occupied during the weekdays.

It’s been an adjustment to work from home full time, I mean it’s hard to really get into the mindset of work sometimes because you are at home and just want to do anything but work. But I think I’m getting better at it though some days are better than others for my concentration.

But I am doing the best I can and I guess that’s all we can do in this situation. I’m also very glad that I’m this time we do have so much technology because it allows us to stay connected even when we can’t see each other in real life.

I am hopeful that if we all are following the guidelines and doing our best that we can get out of lock down soon. I know things won’t go back to normal right away but it would be nice to see some of the restrictions lifted.

In the mean time I will just be sitting inside playing Animal Crossing until we can actually be outside again.

~ Courtney

Holes By Louis Sachar Review

I decided to read a little blast from the past! So the first memory I have of reading Holes is actually when I was in primary school. Except I didn’t read it, my teacher actually read it to the class.

I don’t remember much about it other than sitting on the grass outside on a nice day while the teacher read to us. Then after she had finished reading the book we watched the movie.

Ever since then I have enjoyed this story. I’m not sure why this story has stuck with me but it just has. And I still enjoy watching the movie from time to time.

I decided to reread after all this time because my boyfriend ended up buying the book last year and I thought why not – he hasn’t even read it yet but oh well.

I think I’ve said this before but reading a book that has a movie adaptation can be tricky. And by that I mean there isn’t always a huge amount of difference between the book and the movie, and that was the case here.

I’m not saying that as a bad thing but at the same time I think it would have been nice to have some kind of variation, just because it would add something extra to reading the book. But the story is basically the exact same, except for Stanley being overweight lol.

But because the movie and the book are the same and I remember the movie so clearly, it made this a bit of a boring read.

The story is still great though, and if you haven’t seen the movie or read the book I do invite you to do one or the other. But you do not have to do both.

I know in school they always told you not to watch the movie and to read the book instead but sometimes that just isn’t true lol. I enjoyed the movie and reading the book was nice, but there is not much difference so I think you would be just fine with the movie.

Anyway, it was still nice to read something from my childhood, it was kind of wild to me that the book is only like 240 pages because when I was younger I swear it was a lot more than that. But then I guess it’s different when someone is reading to you, and when you’re eight years old 240 pages is a lot.

But there we go, another book read. I haven’t been reading as much because of lock down and the fact Animal Crossing came out. I used to read a lot before because I read when I was travelling to and from work but since that is not part of my routine right now, I have to work harder to fit in some reading.

I’m still hoping to reach my reading goal of 30 books this year. Which I think I will but probably not as fast I as I would have liked.

Anyway, I’m not sure what my next book to read will be, I actually think Holes has a sequel book which I might try to get if my library has the ebook version. Otherwise I think I would be okay leaving this as a stand-alone book.

Either way I will do my best to keep reading and will maybe be back with another review soon! (Or at least a blog post not Animal Crossing related…)

~ Courtney x