Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Paper Towns by John Green

Quentin Jacobsen has always loved Margo Roth Spiegelman, for Margo (and her adventures) are the stuff of legend at their high school. So when she one day climbs through his window and summons him on an all-night road trip of revenge he cannot help but follow. But the next day Margo doesn't come to school and a week later she is still missing. Q soon learns that there are clues in her disappearance . . . and they are for him. But as he gets deeper into the mystery - culminating in another awesome road trip across America - he becomes less sure of who and what he is looking for.

I read this with my buddy reader pal Kath. We’ve read a few together now and this was our second John Green novel, the first being Looking For Alaska. 

We both enjoyed this one, and we kept on chatting throughout about what was happening. We both agreed on the ending being not what we expected, and a little disappointing. But overall we enjoyed the story. It gave me ‘Looking For Alaska’ vibes, the kids running around, sneaking away from the grown ups and doing random stuff they shouldn’t have been doing.

I like Q, and I liked his friends. Margo was a bit hit and miss for me, sometimes I liked her, sometimes I didn’t. 

If you like John Greens books I’d recommend it. 

Friday, July 8, 2022

Sh**ged, Married, Annoyed by Chris and Rosie Ramsay



Saturday nights out on the tiles, undying crushes, dating like it's a competitive sport, awkward tales of dating woes, one-night stands, the walk of shame, ghosting, tears and break-ups.


Finding 'the one', meeting their parents, first holidays and romantic weekends away, engagement rings, big moment proposals, wedding bells, the hen do, the stag, the much anticipated - and feared - best man speech, the honeymoon of a lifetime.


Who stacks a dishwasher like this? Empty milk cartons placed back into the fridge, pregnancy, sleepless nights, toilet seats up, toothpaste everywhere, less and less frequent date nights, DIY weekends, divorce.

Whether you're sh**ged, married, annoyed, or, all of the above, Chris and Rosie Ramsey, hosts of the number one podcast, write hilariously and with honesty about the universal highs and lows of life, dating, relationships, arguments, parenting and everything in between.

I’ve always liked Chris and Rosie, but recently binged all of their tv series and now bloody love them lol. So obviously I had to get another fix and buy their book (late to the party I know). This book is so freaking funny, I laughed out loud in so many places (places of the book, not actual places, I read it all at home… some of it on the loo, that could have fit in with their ‘poo section’). 

Okay, anyway yes this book is hilarious, and soooo true. There were so many bits I know everyone will resonate with, but the parenting bits were just absolutely spot on. The emails from fans were brilliant, the stories sometimes disgusting were also hilarious (I could probably have my own chapter in there to be honest). But I loved the way you can just get their relationship from the way they were talking (or typing), they bounce off each other so well. They seem a perfect fit, and they are both so funny, but you know they really do love each other. 

So to Chris and Rosie from a fellow Geordie, please write another book, do more tv, and keep on laughing.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

The Hive by Scarlett Brade

Should he live or die? You decide.

Charlotte Goodwin looks directly at the camera and reveals a chilling truth to the thousands watching her Instagram Live broadcast. She has killed her ex-boyfriend's new partner in cold blood. But she is not finished yet. The viewers must now vote to decide whether he should live or die. The public display sends shockwaves rippling through the online community and the numbers of viewers skyrockets. But as Lincoln's past is revealed, how will he be judged?

The Hive explores our darkest fears of the relationship between social media and mental health, but, most importantly, the strength of sisterhood against all the odds.

The Hive was Tsundoku Squads June read, although most of us didn’t get round to it, which is totally fine, we dip in and out as we need too :)

I was looking forward to this one, but ended up giving it a 2.5 rating. I was enjoying at first, I liked the social media side of things, seeing the tweets and comments. It also made me see how easy it is for people to jump on the bandwagon so to speak, people were commenting and ‘hitting die for the bants’. The friendship between the girls was obviously a good close one, and you can tell that throughout, but the story got to the point where it was just not believable, and rather over the top. I thought the ending wasn’t great, but what I think bugged me the most was how easy it was to figure out.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Musicals as Books Challenge

I love seeing everyone’s different challenges, and love trying to take part while I can. Lately I’ve been a bit lazy with them, so I’m hoping making my own will help me get back in the swing of things for the second half of the year.

I decided to do a musicals as books challenge. I made 12 prompts and a template. I’ll add them here, and add my progress on my Reading Challenges 2022 page.

You can also find the blank templates over on my Instagram account highlights.

If you join in make sure to tag me and use the hashtag #deesmusicalsasbookschallenge :)

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