Every thought I had while watching To All the Boys: Always and Forever [SPOILERS]

Okay, so I’ve done this for the first two movies so I figured I should be consistent and do the last movie as well (first movie, second movie). As a disclaimer, I have always been and will always be #TeamJohnAmbrose despite the fact that Lara Jean doesn’t deserve him so you won’t find any fawning over Peter K in this post. Alright. Let us begin.

  • I love that Tree and Mr. Covey are also in Korea with the girls.
  • Okay Korean food. Yum.
  • Kitty coming in hot with the fart jokes and being perfect Kitty. For record, I completely agree with her that Lara Jean is being wildly over-dramatic about being apart from Peter for one week (eye roll).
  • Okay Lara Jean reading P&P. Who reads like that? Literally sitting straight up.
  • I do appreciate that Lara Jean really looks like she’s Facetiming Peter. A lot of times in movies they do a fake video call which you can tell is fake because there’s no tiny screen showing the person’s face as they’re making their call…does that even make sense?
  • Lara Jean struggling with her identity in Korea really resonates with me. I have people coming up to me all the time thinking I can speak another language when I can’t.
  • LARA JEAN IS SO EXTRA I CANNOT HANDLE HER FUTURE MONTAGE.
  • Okay but actually the girls looking for their mom’s lock is actually going to make me cry (maybe because I’m full of postpartum hormones, but whatever).
  • Kitty with a crush might be my new favorite Kitty though.
  • Ah. I’d actually forgotten that the Coveys had been relocated to Oregon so this map was actually helpful.
  • How did Peter get in their house. But his “Welcome Home” banner is super relatable.
  • Why is Peter acting like it hurts to take off a facemask?
  • John Corbett would have a real good disappointed face.
  • Chris! My second favorite character in this movie!
  • There are not words to describe how happy I am to have graduated high school before promposals really became a thing. Wait. Is this a prom movie.
  • I don’t really know why Chris is asking Lara Jean what she thinks about prom. Obvi Lara Jean already has like five Pinterest boards about it.
  • LARA JEAN DISSING ON OASIS IS NOT OKAY.
  • Not a fan of this “Wannabe” remake especially after Lara Jean crapped all over 90’s music.
  • Kitty, Chris, and Gogo are the voices of reason and Lara Jean needs to let them rub off on her at least a little bit.
  • YOU ARE A MESS LARA JEAN.
  • Classic texting the wrong person. And of course it will be impossible to tell the truth for some strange reason.
  • NO PETER K NO.
  • This whole situation would be so easy to resolve. Literally a ten second convo.
  • Fastest pancakes ever.
  • Tree is a better woman than me. I would NOT want to deal with someone else’s angsty teenage daughter.
  • Tree is looking at Lara Jean like she’s crazy because SHE IS. JUST TELL THE TRUTH.
  • Shouldn’t Kitty be in school too? Why isn’t Kitty in school?
  • Kitty missing Lara Jean a 4 is also super relatable.
  • I’m a fan of these animations.
  • These school chaperones are incredibly irresponsible if they’re getting so drunk that they don’t notice a couple of students leaving the hotel.
  • But those cupcakes do look REAL good.
  • JUST TELL HIM LARA JEAN.
  • From what I remember, Peter’s being a lot more understanding than he was in the book.
  • Okay, Lucas is also a star. But also, Trevor presenting Chris with a Subway bouquet is perfect and amazing.
  • Ah. So here’s the moment that Lara Jean falls in love with NYU.
  • I’m glad that Gen is actually being nice to Lara Jean these days.
  • But actually, how are they just taking off to go to a college party but they couldn’t switch tour groups?
  • This is not like any college parties I went to…but I guess I didn’t go to college in NYC.
  • Lara Jean going to NYU does not seem as meaningful as her falling in love with her mom’s alma mater.
  • But stealing a pink couch does feel like classic college hijinks.
  • Moody Peter K is the worst.
  • Lawls at Lara Jean dumping out her suitcase onto the floor while Gogo is carefully folding her laundry.
  • Lara Jean’s room is insane. Her closet is huge.
  • How did Lara Jean get a bowling shirt with Peter’s name stitched on it so quickly?
  • Cringe at Peter K kissing the bowling ball. So many germs *shudders*.
  • Ah. What are the odds that Peter’s dad would be at the bowling alley too?
  • Yes Kitty. A valid reason to break up with someone. (Also, her sassing her dad is perfect).
  • JOHN CORBETT IS THE BEST DAD.
  • I don’t understand how Lara Jean getting into Berkeley makes it easier for them to explore San Fran than if they were both going to Stanford…
  • Just seeing the “Class of 2021” banners everywhere. Guess this is an alternate reality where COVID doesn’t exist. Wait…was this filmed before COVID?
  • YOU CAN’T MAKE BIG LIFE DECISIONS BASED ON A BOY LARA JEAN
  • Good callback on the shoes.
  • What are Chris and Trevor talking about in the background?
  • Mint chocolate cake…? Come on Mr. Covey.
  • I don’t know that a public place was the best place to give Peter K the NYU news, but hey, at least she told him.
  • Oh dang. Peter’s going to feel like Lara Jean isn’t choosing him.
  • Took you long enough with that whipped cream, Joan.
  • Lucas. What a guy. The best hype man.
  • Ouch. Come on Kitty. Baseball is great!
  • SHOTS FIRED, KITTY. Honestly, she’s totally right and Lara Jean needs to calm the heck down about this wedding that IS NOT HERS.
  • I’d love for Chris to go out the window in her prom dress. She is an icon.
  • What do we have to do to get a Chris/Trevor movie? 10/10 would watch.
  • This seems so much fancier than my prom.
  • How are none of these teens ruining their formal wear with this reckless dancing?
  • Lara Jean is being SO DRAMATIC rn. She did not need to be a downer.
  • Stop. Stop. Stop. So awkward. EVERYONE IS IN THE HOUSE.
  • Lara Jean can’t pretend that what Peter’s saying is completely baseless here.
  • Chris is the best friend and Lara Jean doesn’t deserve her.
  • Ummm…did Chris just make a Community reference? Because if so, I love her even more.
  • Kitty. Just always doing what she thinks is best for Lara Jean. (And book Kitty would not actually miss Lara Jean a 12. More like a 1.2).
  • Joan has impeccable timing (except with that whipped cream earlier).
  • I liked how Gogo’s boyfriend is just there with no introductions or explanations.
  • I was going to say that I’m glad Lara Jean is letting herself enjoy the wedding instead of sulking in a corner but…there she is. In a corner. Sulking.
  • What if John Ambrose was just in the tent? Because he’s perfect and wouldn’t care about Lara Jean going to NYU. He’d probably go with her tbh.
  • Dang this montage from movies past is really doing Noah Centineo dirty. He looks so scrawny in the first movie!
  • But also, Peter just pretending like he wasn’t in love with Gen for half of high school.
  • STILL NOT A GOOD IDEA, GUYS. STILL PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE.
  • Look at Lara Jean with her college girl haircut!
  • Lara Jean, YOU ARE EXACTLY LIKE THOSE OTHER COUPLES.
  • Okay, here’s the thing. Not all high school relationships last and THAT’S OKAY (not the end of the world).

Alright, so that’s over. Here’s the thing. The movie wasn’t bad or anything, but like I said at the beginning, I’ve always been all in for John Ambrose. However, I have created a fanfic in my head that I’m okay with: Kitty (the sassy queen that she is) grows up and goes to college. Her grad student TA happens to be John Ambrose. She remembers him from his Lara Jean days and they develop a friendship that turns into something more. Lara Jean is mad because John Ambrose is HERS (even though she’s like gaggingly happy with Peter K or whatever). But Kitty, (the sassy queen that she is) doesn’t care and dates John Ambrose anyway. They live happily ever after while Lara Jean seethes jealously in the background. The end.

23 Best Book Deals for 1/25/21: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Bad Feminist, and more

Book Deals
As of this posting, all of these deals are active, but I don’t know for how long!
Less than $2

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep

With Malice Toward None: The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen B. Oates

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Sabriel by Garth Nix

Less than $3

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

The Chosen by Taran Matharu

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

The Fireman by Joe Hill

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney


Recommended from this post:

Reading Stats for 2020

Header

For so much of 2020 it didn’t actually feel like I was reading very much, but in the end I was surprised with the total number of books that I read! Here’s a breakdown of what I read this year (and for those interested, here’s what 2019 looked like).

First let’s start with how many books I read per month:

ashblog4

January started off slow which makes sense because we had just moved back to Utah and I was probably busy unpacking boxes and settling into our new place. It’ll be interesting to see what this January’s numbers look like because we moved again (but this time we stayed in the same state and we aren’t moving again for a very long time). 20 looks like a huge month for me, but a big piece of that was reading all 9 volumes of Saga. Then I clearly had a dip over the Summer. I’m not totally sure what happened because it’s not like we did a ton of travel or anything, but a summer slump happened. Luckily I was able to claw my way out of that hole when I embraced my desire to read romance and only romance for three months.

ashblog5

I’m obviously pretty liberal with my four star ratings–that’s something that surprised me from 2019. But then I’m very stingy with books going from four to five stars. I really have to love a book for it to get five stars. Like…hug it to my chest after I close the back cover love. I am surprised more books didn’t get 4.5 stars, though.

ashblog3

I can definitely say that this is the first year that I’ve read more adult fiction than YA. I’ve found myself starting to get impatient with some YA protagonists and this year I found myself gravitating towards books with characters the same age as me (late 20’s, early 30’s).

ashblog1

I read many, many eBooks this year and was sad to see that I only read three audiobooks! In 2019 I read a couple of different series’ through audio while going on morning walks with my son, but last year our stroller was out of commission with flat tires, etc. Hopefully we can get that up and running again for this summer. If anyone has any recommendations for a series that is good over audio (and not too inappropriate as I may be listening around my toddler) please let me know!

ashblog2

Despite libraries shutting down for a portion of the year, our library was able to safely offer curbside pickup and then later, they were able to open at partial hours. But even if they hadn’t, a lot of the books I ended up checking out were through Libby. I cannot hype Libby up enough. You guys, if you’re not already using Libby, what are you doing? Check if your library offers it (I think most do at this point) and you’ll get access to all kinds of eBooks, audiobooks, and more.

That was my 2020 reading year! Overall, I’m pretty happy with it. I wish I’d read more of my own books and also more audio. We’ll see how this year goes!

MINI-REVIEWS: More Romance

So I’ve been on this huge romance kick over the last couple of months, right? I’ve been reading them quickly and haven’t been very good about getting reviews up, but today I sat down and just decided to bang them all out! (Just…do me a favor and ignore how many of these books feature 29/30-year-old Brits).

mini-reviews

Here’s Looking at You by Mhairi McFarlane

I feel a little foolish that it took until about 75% of the way through before I realized this was a loose Pride and Prejudice retelling, but what are you gonna do? I didn’t like this one quite as much as the others I’ve read by her. Anna was a great main character, but I wasn’t always buying James as a love interest. I’m happy with how it ended, but there was some doubt in my mind if he’d ever be able to truly redeem himself. 3.5/5

Order: Paperback | eBook

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

I didn’t LOVE Calla. I feel like she was too oblivious as to how she was coming off to others. Like…you’ve seen the town and you really think the grocery coffee stand is going to have soy/almond/cashew milk? Besides that, I liked the other characters (maybe besides Calla’s mom). Simon is a real gem and neither Calla or her mother deserve him. 3.5/5

Order: Paperback | eBook

Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker

I had my issues with Calla again, but overall I still liked the book. I just feel like she’s willfully naive sometimes. I’m not sure what she thought life was going to be like in Trapper’s Crossing, but I thought she should have been a little more grateful towards Muriel taking her under her wing. I did like her relationship with Roy, though, and thought it felt realistic. 3.5/5

Order: Paperback | eBook

It’s Not Me, It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane

Wow. Talk about slooooooow burn. Halfway through this book and I still had no idea which guy Delia was going to end up with. I don’t know that the relationship made a ton of sense to me always, but I still liked it and thought Delia was a good character. I liked her “journey” and the things she discovered about herself though she was a little too naive when it came to Kurt.

Unrelated, I thought the comic panels were a nice touch! Really enjoyed them. 4/5

Order: Paperback | eBook

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

This book actually took me by surprise! As the story sets up, you think you know where it’s going, but then it turns completely on its head. The meet cute scenarios that Evie comes up with are equal parts cringe and heartwarming. It really is interesting to think about how those scenarios might play out in real life (mostly poorly). I thought the romance was compelling though I wasn’t totally convinced until the end what the love interest necessarily saw in Evie. Overall, this was a cute read. 4/5

Order: Paperback | eBook

Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane

I really enjoyed Georgina’s journey throughout this book. Despite the fact that this book would be classified as romance, I feel like Georgina’s development as a character shared equal screen time and I really liked seeing her relationship with her sister grow throughout the book. The romance part is great too. There’s a lot of “but wait…does he actually remember her?” looming over every interaction that Georgina and Lucas have. With their backstory, I felt like the romance was believable and I found myself really rooting for them in the end. 4/5

Order: Paperback | eBook

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

I really enjoyed this one! Admittedly, Tiffy was a little much for me at times but I thought that Leon’s chapters balanced her out nicely. I thought the change in writing styles between their narrations was interesting and helped to distinguish them from each other. One of my pet peeves is when a book has multiple POVs, but they all sound like the same person and that was not the case with this book. I’ve seen other reviews complain about the secondary plots, but I actually didn’t mind them. I thought they fleshed out the characters in a realistic way that ended up contributing to their overall connection as people. Perhaps things might have wrapped up a little too picture perfect in the end, but I can hardly begrudge this book or characters their HEA. 4/5

Order: Hardcover | Paperback | eBook

The Switch by Beth O’Leary

If you are looking for a book featuring a quirky English village (quirky residents included) then look no farther! I really enjoyed getting to know the townspeople of Hamleigh along with Leena. Penelope and Roland especially always had me chuckling. Overall, this book had a really strong cast of interesting secondary characters to help Leena and Eileen along on their journeys. The relationship between Leena and her mother, Marian, was tense but felt necessary and I’m glad that O’Leary featured it, though I could have used a little more on-page action. There were elements of this book that I felt were unrealistic (both Eileen and Leena got A LOT done in less than two months), but I was more than happy to overlook that.

As the book started to wrap-up, however, I was worried that both of our heroines were going to end up with their respective love interests by default. Here’s what I mean by that: the whole book a protag is with one person (when the love interest is clearly…well…interested) but then something happens at the very end to cause that initial relationship to end and our protag turns around and is like, “Oh yes, I guess I do love this other person over here”. Even though five seconds ago they were really fighting to keep their previous relationship. Anyway, that DOESN’T end up happening in this book even though I was worried it was going to happen not once, but twice. I ended up really liking how O’Leary navigated all of those relationships. 4/5

Order: Paperback | eBook

A Princess for Christmas by Jenny Holiday

Meh. This book was just alright. I enjoyed all of the parts that were Hallmark movie-esque (quaint European village with delicious holiday traditions, meddling younger sister, New York meet cute) but I don’t really think I liked either of the main characters very much? I didn’t feel like they were very consistent throughout the book. Leo especially was just…kind of an odd character. He had an ENORMOUS chip on his shoulder and seemed to go out of his way to be contradictory at times. I can’t say I enjoyed any of his POV chapters really. And then I found Marie just kind of boring. 3/5

Order: Paperback | eBook

A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore

While I enjoyed this book, it does fall under the classic romance cliche where one frank conversation between characters would eliminate 90% of the drama. Lucie and Tristan were both interesting characters and again, I really liked the historical backdrop of the women’s suffrage movement. Lucie is not a damsel in distress to be saved and Tristan is clearly no white knight, but they end up working together to further their individual goals. I liked that Dunmore portrayed Lucie and Tristan as equals starting with them both owning 50% of the publishing house. It creates a good dynamic between them I think. Overall, I’m definitely interested in continuing the series ESPECIALLY after learning that book #3 is going to feature Hattie! 4/5

Order: Paperback | eBook

Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker

I’m not totally sure why I didn’t love this book, but it wasn’t as enjoyable to me as some of the other romances I’ve been reading lately. I didn’t love either Piper or Kyle to be honest. The flashback chapters to camp life were kind of a drag for me. Obviously I know they were being dumb teenagers (and which of us hasn’t been a dumb teenager at some point?) but I felt like so many of their decisions were just BAD and the consequences were so easily avoidable. I don’t know…I think this book just had too many things going on–elements that by themselves could have worked better. 3.5/5

Order: Paperback | eBook

WRAP-UP: Reading Goals for 2020

Maybe you saw my original post for my 2020 reading goals? Honestly, I thought I did a pretty good job of setting attainable goals, but then (as we all know) 2020 changed drastically. Despite all of that, by September I had made pretty good headway on my goals (see my update here). Between September and the end of the year, however, I went through a bit of a slump. Finally, I discovered that the only books I could really get through were romances for some reason. In the last couple months of 2020 I decided to really embrace that and have been reading romances almost exclusively since then. With that being said, here’s how my 2020 goals ended up shaking out:

It’s in the exact same place that I left it in September, but I don’t really mind. I still feel like I got a lot accomplished and I think the two I didn’t finish will fit in with my 2021 reading goals as well.

How did you do accomplishing any 2020 reading goals? And how did COVID effect your reading this year?

December 2020 Wrap-Up/TBR Update

More romance for me this month! We were also in the process of moving/buying a house, so I really couldn’t handle anything too intense.

monthly tbr

Also read/reading:

Books finished this month: 11
Books currently reading:
 1

Overall TBR:

TBR at the beginning of the year = 296
TBR at the beginning of December = 331
Books added to TBR = 6
Books read/deleted from TBR = 2
Total on TBR now = 335

How did your reading go this month?

14 Best Book Deals for 12/9/20: What the Wind Knows, The Afterlife of Holly Chase, Evvie Drake Starts Over, and more

Book Deals
As of this posting, all of these deals are active, but I don’t know for how long!
Less than $1

I Hate You, Fuller James by Kelly Anne Blount

You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane

Less than $2

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

The Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties by Camille Pagan

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Less than $3

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate


Recommended from this post:

December 2020 TBR

Honestly…I don’t even know if I want to make a TBR for this month because I haven’t really been following them, but here we are.

monthly tbr

And we’ll see what else I get to. I’ve been so bad at doing ARCs lately so I’ve got quite a few of those piled up…

What are you guys reading this month? Let me know in the comments!

November 2020 Wrap-Up/TBR Update


This month I officially leaned way into reading romance. It’s the only thing that I’ve been able to get through lately. I’ve enjoyed reading other books, but they seem to take me way longer than usual. So yeah! Lots of romance this month.

monthly tbr

Also read/reading:

Books finished this month: 10, 1 DNF
Books currently reading:
1

Overall TBR:

TBR at the beginning of the year = 296
TBR at the beginning of November = 325
Books added to TBR = 7
Books read/deleted from TBR = 1
Total on TBR now = 331

How did your reading go this month?

Romance Mini-Reviews

Lately I feel like I’ve been having a tough time getting through books. Even books that I’m enjoying, it seems like it takes me weeks instead of days to complete them. The only exception being romances. I’m not sure why, but I can zip through a romance in a couple of days while every other genre is a slog and this month I just decided to lean into that all the way. So without further ado, here are mini-reviews for some of the romances I’ve read this month so far.

mini-reviews

Billy & Me by Giovanna Fletcher

This book was fine. The writing seemed a bit immature at times and I thought Sophie and Billy’s relationship developed REALLY fast. I didn’t love that the conclusion seemed to be that a compromise between their careers wasn’t possible. But on another note, seeing as how Gi is married to Tom Fletcher from the British band McFly, it makes me really wonder how much of Sophie’s experiences here are autobiographical. The press and people on social media can really be terrible—it’s disgusting. 3/5

Order: Hardcover | Paperback | eBook

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

Coming off of watching Enola Holmes on Netflix, it was interesting to learn a little more about women’s suffrage in England. I liked that the romance didn’t get bogged down by the history and vice versa. I’m not going to pretend like the love story between our main characters was super realistic, but it was still enjoyable. I thought they were both pretty good characters. Let’s get Hattie her own book though, mmmkay? 4/5

Order: Paperback | eBook

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

I thought this book was so sweet and was exactly what I needed right now. I liked Evvie as a character a lot and her relationship with Dean seemed to progress at a good pace. I like that they had adult conversations and there were no angsty misunderstandings. I liked the ending too! I felt like it was realistic but still sweet. Lastly, I just wanted to say that I feel Monica is extremely underrated as a character. Her friendship with Evvie was really great and she just seemed like an awesome woman in general. 4/5

Order: Hardcover | Paperback | eBook

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

This book was surprisingly funny. I thought the narrator’s voice was super cheeky and really added to the story, though I don’t know that I would want to read a million books like that. Nina was equal parts charming and infuriating as a protagonist. She made quite a few decisions that I wouldn’t have, but then some decisions that I really liked as well. Overall, I liked the combination of her having to deal with her father’s death/inheritance/new family and figuring out how she felt about Tom. It gave the story more dimension to kind of have two different storylines going on at the same time. 4/5

Order: Paperback | eBook

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

I really liked this book! It took a little while to really get going, but I think that eventually ended up being really important in understanding who Laurie is as a character. Jamie as a love interest was a little too perfect at times, but I still liked him and the scenes of him and Laurie together just talking were always really fun. While this book is ultimately a romance, I appreciated how it talks about some heavier themes and specifically about being mixed race. As a mixed race person myself, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve gotten the, “Where are you from?” question. Born in America same as you random white person, thanks. And like…why do you even care? Does my heritage change anything about our relationship? Anyway…bit of a triggering topic for me I guess, but there you have it. 4/5

Order: Paperback | eBook