Life Update Part 2: Delphine et la France

Dear fellow Babblers,

Welcome back to my “Life Update” series. These posts are basically just a detour back into my last few weeks and how my life has drastically changed, having moved from sunny California to nippy Joigny.

The first post of this series was really just a deep and personal reflection of my first impressions of France and in what ways my life, in terms of my overall mentality, has changed and what it has done to my perceptions of life and the world around me. In this second post I will get into some of the places and many adventures that I have had since arriving. Of course I will not be able to include everything, but I thought it would be rather fun to bring y’all into my life outside of my blog and book-reviewing. Also… Another reason for these posts? I haven’t picked up to read a single book since I got here… YIKES. That probably wouldn’t be such a big deal if my blog wasn’t umm… well… a BOOK BLOG!!!  Continue reading “Life Update Part 2: Delphine et la France”

Life Update Part 1: Delphine et la France

Dear fellow Babblers,

Good evening from France! So, obviously, I haven’t been all that active on wordpress and really any of my social media except for Instagram for the past three weeks. Moving from Los Angeles to the Burgundy region of France has been an extremely huge life change and although I told myself hundreds of times that I would remain committed to my blog…well, we all know how that ended up.

So much has been going on in the past three weeks that it would be a bit too ambitious of me to sit and recount to y’all every single little detail of my move. As a result, I thought I would just go ahead and babble along for a while and let you guys in on my new French countryside life.  Continue reading “Life Update Part 1: Delphine et la France”

‘Friends’ Book Tag

Dear fellow Babblers,

Oh heyyyyy y’all. Welcome to Delphine’s much overdue tag time! I’m writing this post completely and utterly jet lagged so bare with me if something doesn’t quite make sense. But then again, very little of what I ramble on about is really just a bunch of nonsensical mush pouring out of my queer imagination.

Anyways I tried to pick a tag that seemed doable and really rather simple – I’m a lazy whore, I know, deal with it or kiss a toad.

I was tagged some time ago (my memory is the size of a speckled dandelion) by Dani at Perspective of a Writer. I love this blogger. She’s always o active here and comments on posts, keeping up with just about everything in our growing bookish community. And then her posts are just on top of it – always staying up to date with ARCS, new releases, and not to mention thought-provoking discussions! So if you would puh-leese listen to Mademoiselle Delphine and give her sit a whirl I promise you will become one of her greatest toad. If not, I will officially kiss a slug – which basically means I’m more than 120% certain you’ll enjoy reading her stuff.  Continue reading “‘Friends’ Book Tag”

Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean | I Hate Goodbyes

Title: Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Author: Jenny Han

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: May 2, 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Trilogy

Rating: 4 Stars


Dear fellow Babblers,

The trilogy, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a very unnecessary, extremely typically romance about boy meets girl – long story short: boy and girl fall in love – happily ever after So whats up with Delphine’s high rating? Umm… no one who has not read any of the books of the series will understand.

This trilogy is everything a girl, guy, teenager, fangirl/boy, bibliophile could ever ask for in a coming-of-age romance! Humor, drama, romance carry the reader through Lara Jean’s most transformative years of high school. Jenny Hann brings a delicately light end to the series, leaving smiles, heartaches, and ooos and ahhs just as she did in the two that preceded this one.  Continue reading “Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean | I Hate Goodbyes”

Review: P.S. I Still Love You | P.S. I Still Love You Lara Jean!

Title: P.S. I Still Love You

Author: Jenny Han

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: May 26, 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Series

Rating: 4.5 Stars

 

Dear fellow Babblers,

I love this series. Okay. There. I’ve said it, happy? Any reader out there who has a heart, soul, and ability to cry agrees with me, it has to be a given. I’ve never been a fan of reading series because I always feel compelled to continue through them even if I don’t like the way it’s going. But this? To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a magnificent series and I wasn’t expecting the second to be so charming. It wasn’t as humorous and downright adorable as the first, but it was nonetheless a delight to read and therefore, despite it being released over two years ago, I will still review it. I just really have to commend all the characters, humorous happenings, and fun dialogue that goes on in this book. Everyone needs to know that it is worth the hype and the corny compliments.  Continue reading “Review: P.S. I Still Love You | P.S. I Still Love You Lara Jean!”

Review: To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before | *Heart Still Swooning*

Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (#1)

Author: Jenny Han

Publisher: Penerbit Spring

Publication Date: March 20, 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

“I wonder what it’s like to have that much power over a boy. I don’t think I’d want it; it’s a lot of responsibility to hold a person’s heart in your hands.”

Dear fellow Babblers,

More than half way through the year and I have finally started a series. Or, well, trilogy. Talk about a late bloomer, huh? I’m usually intimidated and anxious about going into series because what happens if I read the first and then not like it? I can’t just stop there. Even if I don’t like a series, I feel obliged to stick it out through each and every book. Spoiler alert: that did not happen with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I’m writing a review on the first, though let me warn you that I read all three this week alone! I simply could not put this book down. It was not thrilling in any stretch of the imagination but had me smiling, laughing, reminiscing on my own high school relationships the whole way through. I’m officially a Jenny Han fangirl and after reading my review I hope my readers will be too.  Continue reading “Review: To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before | *Heart Still Swooning*”

ARC Review: Rosie Colored Glasses | A Crippling Tale of Love. Wait. What is Love?

Title: Rosie Colored Glasses

Author: Brianna Wolfson

Publisher: Harlequin (Mira) Books

Expected Publication Date: February 20, 2018

Genre: Contemporary (Adult) Fiction

Rating: 5 Stars

I received an ARC copy of Rosie Colored Glasses in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes to NetGalley as well as Harlequin Books for this advanced copy which is expected to be released February 20, 2018.

Dear fellow Babblers,

Rosie Colored Glasses from author, Brianna Wolfson is, straight to the point an evocative, heart-wrenching, heart-breaking read. I was not expecting to be so incredibly moved by this book. I’ve been reading a lot of books pertaining to touchy themes such as depression and suicide given the bleak mood I’ve been in lately and of all that I’ve read so far, including 13 Reasons Why, this book took me so far over the edge that I fear that I just may break down again just writing this review.  Continue reading “ARC Review: Rosie Colored Glasses | A Crippling Tale of Love. Wait. What is Love?”

Review: Painting Sage | Story of a Story of a Non Story

Title: Painting Sage

Author: Rachael K. Hannah

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: May 22, 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Mental Illness

Rating: 2 Stars

Dear fellow Babblers,

I was recently sent Painting Sage by the author, Rachel K. Hannah in exchange for an honest review. What happens when a writer expects too much from their story? What happens when literary techniques prevail the construction of a narrative? What is the consequence of style over structure? What’s to become of a story embedded in an enumeration of supporting conflicts? A story of a story of a non story. This is the primary problem I had with Painting Sage. I was expecting a nuanced narrative reminiscent of The Bell Jar and Thirteen Reasons Why. What I read instead was a perplexing, and altogether inaccurate, potentially offensive illustration of a child’s mental illness alongside her family, already on the brink of falling apart.  Continue reading “Review: Painting Sage | Story of a Story of a Non Story”