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It Only Happens In The Movies

Author: Holly Bourne
Rating: 3.8/5
Recommend: The most deliciously cheesy, purposefully cliched, and surprisingly realistic love story I've read in a while. Recommended for both romance lovers and romance cynics (a weird combination, I know).

It Only Happens In The Movies is a novel that you can read time and time again: during the gooey early days of a relationship, the phase of depression after a horrible breakup, and right after you've finished reading that amazing series and seem to have lost all purpose in life. The story revolves around Audrey Winters, a depressed senior, who is still suffering from the trauma of her last relationship. 

I knew I had made the right choice in buying this novel after reading the very first line:

Combined with the devastating state of her divorced mother, and quitting Drama - the one course she loves - our heartbroken heroine has pretty much set her life on course for a train wreck. And Voila! Enter Harry Lipton, your classic handsome playboy, …

My Thoughts on YOU: The Chilling Netflix Series That’s Taken the Internet By Storm

Three episodes into Netflix’s latest thriller YOU, and it’s gotten me firmly fastening the curtains to my room, and double-checking my social media profiles to see what’s on public. Not to mention the new suspicious voice in my head whispering to me, when a guy asked me out on a date yesterday:

What if he’s a psychopathhhhh?”
Yes – that my friends, is the psychological impact of this seemingly harmless Netflix show. The series revolves around Joe Goldberg (starring Penn Badgley) who works as the manager of an ordinary bookstore. One fine day, Joe meets Beck (Elizabeth Lail) – blonde, gorgeous, dreamy Beck who he is instantly attracted to and is literally obsessing over in mere minutes – and thus starts YOU, the story of an ordinary guy as he moves heaven and hell to be with the girl he falls in love with at first sight. So romantic.

Oh, and Joe is actually a psychopathic stalker who begins to analyze every single second of Beck’s life (including watching what she does at home, her mess…

The Nightingale

Author: Kristin Hannah 

Rating: 5/5 
Recommend: A book that will make you weep in grief, scream in anger, and question every single belief you have. Be prepared to stay up all night reading.


This is the second historical fiction novel I have read upon the Occupation; the first being The Diary of Anne Frank of course. About 20 different people had recommended Kristin Hannah’s gut-wrenching book, The Nightingale, to me in 2018 and to be honest I was really skeptical in the beginning thinking how the novel will ever live to such high expectations – boy was I proved wrong. 
The Nightingale deserves every single ounce of the praise it has received and more. Kristin Hannah has superbly managed to weave a heart-breaking and suspenseful storyline in the backdrop of the devastating history of 1945. She had me so immersed in the plot and so involved with the characters that I was in tears by the last page and just about ready to meet these characters in real life. The book has left me yearning to…