Tuesday, 14 March 2017

TOP 10 BOOKISH TRENDS THAT NEED TO STOP

Over the past few weeks, life has intervened with blogging in a multitude of ways. (The flu, work and university are an overwhelming mix, let's just say.) We are, however, navigating and managing our way around it - and here we are again. Many apologies for our absence, pumpkins.

Call us foolish optimists, but whenever we step away from a community, however briefly, we tend to remember only the positive. "I can't read, so every single book is the best book ever, and I miss them all desperately!" 

Oh, what naive little pumpkins we are. What little we managed to read during our time away has been, ah, a mixed bag. And whenever you sit down to attempt to explain why it is a mixed bag, you come around to the same few things. (Surprise! What was annoying a week ago still hasn't changed!)

These, succinctly, are those things for us. Because venting is one trend that will never go out of style.




Sunday, 19 February 2017

BOOK REVIEW: BY YOUR SIDE BY KASIE WEST



In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?




Wednesday, 15 February 2017

TOP 10 SURPRISINGLY TOLERABLE ROMANTIC TROPES

Oy-to-the-vey, it's Valentine's Day.
Love it or hate it, you can't escape it.

We're just ever so romantic... in that our Valentine's Day traditions typically involve some form of "Top 10 books to help you survive Valentine's Day" or "Top 10 Books For A Non-Romantic Reader" list. So, to break with tradition and strike off on a more positive note, this year we're taking a different approach.

It isn't a blanket "top romance books" recommendation, because the truth is - just pick any one at random. Chances are 99% it's romantic in some form. (Though Amazon seems to be recommending Gone Girl as a perfect Valentine's Day read and... questionable choice, Amazon. Let's maybe save that for, say, Halloween.)

As for us, we're discussing tropes - specifically those that overuse hasn't spoiled for us yet. And we're including a book and a pairing which are how you do those right.

'Tis a love letter to tropes, everybody. Never say we aren't meta-romantic.