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

I Heart Hollywood By Lindsey Kelk Review

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Following up Angela’s adventures in New York, she is headed to Hollywood to interview a major Hollywood star, and of course, she couldn’t go without BFF Jenny.

I gotta say, this book was…annoying me.

I mean the first one was fine with Angela exploring her life without her fiance and finding her feet in New York and dating around but in Hollywood? Angela is more whiny and annoying than ever.

I guess she was always kind of annoying in the beginning in her indecisiveness in what to do when choosing between Brooklyn and Wall Street but like it was not nearly as bad as her choices in Hollywood.

It’s clear from the beginning that Angela is not taken with Hollywood as she is with New York. Which is fine because you don’t have to like everywhere in the world that you travel to but she seemed to want to find flaws in everything which just got on my nerves. I mean Jenny was having fun and trying to include Angela but she just kind of dragged things down.

I think I much would have rathered hearing about Jenny’s Hollywood adventure compared to Angela’s.

That being said I know not everything that happened in Hollywood was totally Angela’s fault. I admit that a lot of it had to do with the actor she was interviewing, who of course was flirting with her and being super charming. Because in what book world does the main character who is a plain girl not get the attention of every guy that she sees?

Even though the actor turned out to be…playing for the opposite team which honestly wasn’t the most shocking thing, I mean sure it meant things with him cleared up kind of nicely but eh, wasn’t fussed.

I am definitely being more critical with this one than I am with the first one lol. I think just in the first book Angela made everything about New York and what she was doing seem so exciting and glossy, but as soon as she went somewhere else…well…she didn’t like it very much and it showed which meant that reading it was kind of meh.

Not to mention the fact that she had just gotten herself a boyfriend which meant that being away from him for even a second she was paranoid he was hooking up with every girl in New York…I mean I get it, I’ve definitely been the girl who has been worried when her boyfriend doesn’t text me for some time but at the same time, you gotta give the guy some space.

Overall, I would say this book was not the best. I don’t really know what I was expecting from a sequel but this one was meh. This might have been the reason I didn’t continue reading the series (the first time around), the first one is a good fluffy read but this one is just a hot mess. I mean I know that it shows that not everything in Angela’s life is peachy all the time but this was just one disaster after another and it seemed highly unlikely that it would end in a neatly wrapped bow like it did…

That being said I will give the series a chance, so I will continue on with Angela as she travels to Paris, here’s hoping she actually likes this place a bit more than LA…

~ Courtney x

I Heart New York By Lindsey Kelk Review

I read this a few years ago and decided to read again.
The story follows Angela Clarke as she runs away to New York after finding her fiance cheating on her at her best friends wedding. Yikes. You read that right.
Anyway, I enjoyed reading this book again, I remembered bits and pieces as I went along. It definitely describes the dream life. Or at least, the life I wished I had when I first read it and the life I still do want lol.
It’s what I describe as a fluffy story, you know one where nothing really goes wrong and there’s a happy ending and all that. Something that’s a feelgood and easy to read. Definitely, the right book to kick off some good summer reading.
Overall I did enjoy it, even though the story is a bit far-fetched and also the fact that there may be too many references to that one Marc Jacobs handbag, it’s definitely a cute read.
Of course, I’m going to continue to read the series because when I first read this book I don’t remember if I continued to read all the books in the series. I think I might have only read the first two and given up so I’m back to read the whole series once and for all. If anything just to continue to live vicariously through Angela as she travels the world.

~ Courtney x

Reread: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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I first read this book when I was around 16. I actually made a blog post about it at the time on an older blog. I decided to read it again after watching the Netflix series and seeing how it compared to the book.

Everything is pretty much the same, except that Clay listens to the tapes in one night in the book and in the TV series he takes FOREVER to get through the tapes. They also play out the Hannah/Clay romance way more on the TV show as well as Clay having more interaction with Tony.

Aside from that, going back and reading the book was interesting. I got through it probably a lot faster than I did the first time reading it, apparently when I first read it I got confused about when Clay was listening to the tape and when he was not, I didn’t have trouble with that this time haha.

I also think the second time reading it was a bit boring, I guess because I knew what happened and so nothing was really new.

So it’s not worth a re-read. And also I guess since it’s so close to the TV series if you’ve watched that you don’t need to read the book. That being said, if you want to know what happens in a less graphic way, definitely side with the book. In the book, Hannah swallows pills and does not slit her wrists open. That actually traumatized me watching it…and the book also does not depict graphic scenes of rape like the TV show does either.

And of course, the book does not have a sequel, which means all the stuff that happens in season 2 doesn’t happen in the book world. It just ends with Clay sending on the tapes and reaching out to Skye. And in my opinion, I think the show should’ve stuck with the one season, I wasn’t the biggest fan of season 2 and if the graphic scenes are going to continue I think I’ll be okay with not watching it.

Anyway, I rated the book 3/5 on Goodreads. I think it’s good for what it is but I do think I prefer the TV series. And of course, it carries an important message about how you never really know how you can affect someone’s life. So it is important to be kind and treat others well.

The next book I have decided to read is China Rich Girlfriend, it is the second book in the Crazy Rich Asians series and I’m excited to find out what happens next 🙂

~ Courtney x