Review #33

Landline by Rainbow Rowell turned out to be a book that surprised me. It was funny,  charismatic, and endearing like all of her other books, but it had an element of real fear that is new to her writing. Georgie was genuinely afraid of losing Neal; you could feel it when she remembered moments, when she called him over and over again, when she cried. It was a tangible element throughout the entire story, almost as real as the book pages themselves. This fear, longing, and love that tied Georgie to Neal even from ten states away is what made this novel so compelling. It is an insight into marriage, but also an insight into friendship and what it means to have a companion. I loved this book, and Rowell has impressed me once again.

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Currently Reading

My next book is going to be Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I have no doubt that this will be another amazing book!

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(This image belongs to https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18081809-landline)

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Review #32

I read this book too fast to make a Currently Reading. I’m sorry… but not really, because this book is BEAUTIFUL. Spoilers are ahead! This is Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch.

It is largely reminiscent of books like Anna and the French Kiss and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, but Welch puts her own beautiful twist to her stories that adds much more depth.

This story starts out by hitting you hard. Lina’s mom is going to die. She has pancreatic cancer. Lina is sent to Italy to live with her ‘father’ that she’s never met after her mother’s death, and there she finds many blessings.

Among these blessings are Ren, gelato, views of Florence, her mother’s secret journal of her time in Italy, and a man that may not be her real father, but is even better. Lina is swept into a word of scooters, parties in mansions, gingerbread houses that really exist, memorials, and early morning runs that she falls in love with. This book is full of charm, love, heartbreak, loss, and, of course, lots of gelato. I felt like I was strolling through Florence as I turned each page. I cannot recommend this book more, and I want to thank Jenna Evans Welch for sharing her love of Italy with us in this heartwarming and lovable novel.

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(This image belongs to https://www.amazon.com/Love-Gelato-Jenna-Evans-Welch/dp/1481432540)

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

 

Welcome To Summer – 2017 Edition

Dear Hardback Hollowers,

Ah, a new summer, a new season of reading. Welcome to summer and let’s enjoy! I hope you find yourself loving this summer’s books as much as I will, and that you are thankful for this time off. I certainly am; not that I don’t love academics, but everyone needs a reprieve. This summer has already started off wonderfully. I have a stack of 18 books waiting by my desk to be read, and I’ve already finished one tonight (so make that 17). Maybe this stack will last me a week.

When I’m not reading, I will be learning French, Italian, and Hindi, while brushing up on my Spanish. I’ll also be painting, sketching, running, working on strength, reading, reading, reading, (*eh hem*), and… drum roll please… taking a trip to FRANCE, ENGLAND, and IRELAND. And what will I be doing there, you might be wondering? Well, when I’m not taking classes at Oxford and walking through Paris, I’ll be reading more books. Suprising, no?

If anyone has any recommendations for stops on my European tour, please let me know! And as always, I’m eager to hear your book recommendations and comments. I hope you all have a fantastic summer!

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

 

There’s a New Countdown in Town

That’s right. Now that the Always and Forever Lara Jean countdown has passed, it’s time for another to take it’s place. The chosen book for this honor is…. (drum roll please)

Sarah J. Mass’ untitled 7th book of the Throne Of Glass series expected May 2018!

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(This image belongs to http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33590260-untitled)

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Review #31

SPOILERS AHEAD

Isla and the Happily Ever After was stunning! I was expecting a more prominent New York backdrop, but was thrilled to find that most of the book takes place in Paris (*sigh*). This story was beautiful. Isla and Josh found each other and were able to realize that they were meant for each other. After Rashmi, I was really really hoping Josh would find someone else, and he did! Isla is so sweet and I loved her character development.

The inclusion of Kurt was something special. Perkins did really well at describing what life is like for someone in his position, and the friendship between him and Isla was so real that I felt like I was living it.

Josh was everything he was in Anna and the French Kiss and more; artsy, quiet, brilliant, and irresistible. Just him alone makes this book worth reading, but there is so much more that it has to offer. The sweet romance that blooms is absolutely precious, and the break up that follows was raw, true, and heartbreaking (aren’t they all?). But don’t worry, it all works out. (my heart melted when he waited in the snow all night)

And can I just say, Etienne and Anna get engaged!!!!!!!!!! That was honestly one of my favorite parts. It was the perfect addition and conclusion to the series.

There is too much to say about this book!!! It was so sweet and cute, as is Perkin’s style.

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Currently Reading

Summer is ALMOST here! And since I’ll be traveling to The City of Lights, I wanted to read another of Stephanie Perkin’s amazing books.

My latest read is Isla and the Happily Ever After, written by the very same who wrote Anna and the French Kiss! I am very excited to learn more about Josh and Isla!

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(This image belongs to https://www.amazon.com/Isla-Happily-After-Stephanie-Perkins/dp/014242627X)

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Review #30

The day that Always and Forever Lara Jean was released to bookstores (a month later than anticipated, might I add) I drove to the nearest Barnes and Noble and bought an B&N exclusive edition. I was finished reading it by the end of the night.

Jenny Han, my first thought was simply this: that was the perfect way to conclude the trilogy of Lara Jean. For a while there I was very upset with you, but then you fixed everything and made it amazing.

In this third book we get to see a more raw side of Peter: not so arrogant, confident, and haughty as before (but yes it’s still there). His emotions are making him vulnerable, and it’s so endearing to witness. He is so invested in the relationship that he can’t pretend like it doesn’t matter. Lara Jean didn’t change much (thank goodness because she was already perfect), but at the same time she grew a lot.

This final book may have seemed unnecessary to some people, but it was the perfect sendoff for Lara Jean and Peter as they make the journey into college and the rest of their lives. As always, the writing was realistic and adorably cute, but also painful at times. Han made sure to keep us on the edge of our seats as she nearly destroyed the relationship we’ve all come to adore, and then she brought it all back together and tied it with a nice bow.

Everything about this book was good. I can’t really form proper words to describe it, but let’s just say the feeling I’m getting is fuzzyloveycutsieadorkablePeteramazing.

Since I didn’t make a Currently Reading for this (because I was too busy reading it), I’ll share the cover photo now.

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(This image belongs to http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30312860-always-and-forever-lara-jean)

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake