So I was watching some BookTube videos and I came across a Tom Hanks Book Tag?!?!?! For those of you who know me, know that I absolutely LOVE Tom Hanks. Or maybe you didn't know that, but now you do, so there. I’m not obsessed but I do really love his movies. SO anyway, I know this is a BookTube tag but that's not going to hold me back!! So here I am, without further ado here is ze Tom Hanks Book Tag (omg).
1. Big: A book you read when you were young that was intended for a more mature audience?
I didn’t really read much when I was younger, and if I did I think they were pretty suited to my age. The only one I can think of is the True Blood books? I think I was about 16 at the time and the TV series had just come out and of course, I wasn’t allowed to watch it. So me being the rebel that I am, I stole my mum’s books and read (well attempted to read) the first one. I don’t think I actually read the whole thing but yeah, that.
2. Forrest Gump: Books are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get. What book did you pick up not knowing anything about?
There were a few I could choose from but I decided to go with one that I actually liked. It was Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes. I thought it was a contemporary romance but nah. I really knew nothing about this book and I can’t even remember why I decided to read it in the first place but I am so glad I did!
3. Sleepless in Seattle: Last book to keep you up late (sleeeeepless) reading?
I think it was Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren. I think I stayed up until 3 am, which isn’t very unusual for me to be honest.
4. Toy Story: A timeless book you plan to share with any offspring you create?
If I had read Harry Potter I would probably say that but I haven’t so I won’t. If I have a girl then probably the Sweet Valley High series, I loved that when I was about 13/14. If I have a boy though? They’re screwed because I have no idea!
5. You've Got Mail: A book you heard about on the internet and where you heard about it from?
This is my favourite Tom Hanks movie btw!! A lot of books I’ve read lately are because I’ve seen them around on either BookTube or Instagram. I heard about the After series by Anna Todd through Instagram and am currently reading that now, which is INSANE by the way!! Bloody Hardin.
6. Castaway: If you can only bring one book to a deserted island...what would it be?
Um no? I really have no idea. I don’t re-read books but then I wouldn’t know what book to take in case I took a really crap book. So maybe I would take some sort of cartography book or maybe a book that teaches you to make boats out of tree limbs because then I might be able to leave.
7. Cloud Atlas: What book did you have high expectations for you that didn't quite meet them?
Red Queen. That book was so damn hyped up that I just didn’t enjoy it. I probably would have liked it if it wasn’t hyped but yeah, just no.
8. Saving Private Ryan: Favourite ensemble cast
I am assuming this means a book where you liked all of the characters? I have no idea but I can’t think of one. Sorry.
9. The Green Mile: Most hated villain
I don’t read many books where there is an actual villain so this doesn’t really work for me I don’t think. Yeah no, nothing.
10. Turner and Hooch: Animal character that stole the show
I seriously don’t know any animal characters. LOL Jacob from Twilight. Cause he’s a wolf… But really, no idea.
11. A League of their Own: Favourite female friendship
I really liked Anna and Merediths (not sure if that is actually her name) friendship in Anna and the French Kiss, I think… it’s been a while. But I did like Meredith. I also can’t think of any other female friendships in books.
I’m going to add my own questions because you cannot just stop at 11!
12. Philadelphia: Book that covers a serious topic
*POSSIBLY A SPOILER*I think the After series covers a really important topic that I don’t really think is covered in many NA books. That being abusive relationships. Seriously Tessa and Hardin’s relationship is just one big train wreck, and I think it’s important that people understand that, that isn’t what a relationship is, or should be. It also puts you in the mindset of the person that always goes back, you keep feeling sorry for Hardin and you know that Tessa should leave but then when she stays with him you start to understand why and it really messes with your head!
13. Catch Me If You Can: Book that you’ve wanted for a long time
I really really want Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson, OR the next book in the Crossfire series because damn, I need to know what happens like yesterday.
14. Apollo 13: A book that was out of this world.
Haha, get it? Because the movie is about going to space… I really really enjoyed The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg. I don’t know if I loved it so much because I was sleep deprived, but when I read it, I was blown away.
15. Saving Mr. Banks: Favourite movie adaptation
I think the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas was a really good movie adaptation. I actually prefer the movie to the book.
*The original tag can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtbPL0s1t7E
Beautiful Secret is the fourth instalment of the Beautiful series and it definitely did not disappoint. This story follows Ruby and Niall who live in London working in some fancy pants company thing? Then they end up having to go on a month long business trip to New York together (shocker) and stuff happens and it’s really good, just take my word for it. Get it? My word? Because I am writing this, in words… I am really tired.
From the very first page I was hooked. The writing flowed amazingly well, unlike this review, and I didn't want to put it down. It's one of those books where you want to keep reading but you don't because you know if you do the book will end and then it will just be sad times. There also weren't any boring parts that I felt the need to skip over. I read every single word of this book and loved it.
I really liked how it kind of joined up with the other books and you get to see a little bit of what’s happening with Bennet, Will and Max and their partners...it was just beautiful (get it?). One thing I love about Christina Lauren’s 'Beautiful series' is that you get really invested in these characters, and the certain couples, and you can’t imagine reading about any other couple, but then you read another book by them and you love them just as much, if not more than the other couples. That made no sense but whatever, I just really liked the book ok?
The characters were really likeable as well. I liked that Ruby was still shy but at the same time she didn’t hold things back and she was very open. I thought it was also really nice that Niall was awkward and not very experienced in ‘ze hanky panky’ which was a nice change as it is usually the other way around.
There’s probably more I could rave about but I won’t because I’m not really making sense. The only thing that I had a problem with was the ending. It has the same set out as the majority of other NA books, or just romance books in general. That being, girl meets boy, girl and boy get together, some sort of disaster happens and girl and boy split up, girl and boy get back together, THE END. I really dislike that. Like you spend the whole book with them and then BOOM it’s over, no more, hasta la vista. But in saying that, I would still recommend this book to anyone who likes NA. I’m not sure if it’s NA or Adult because Niall is like 30? So is that classified as Adult? I don’t know but either way it’s fantastic and you should read it.
Book: 9.5/10 (WOAH see my rating scale)
Favourite Quote: I couldn’t choose so I have two, they both made me LOL.
“[Niall] How do you know that when I bought these I wasn’t wearing a wedding ring?...[Ruby] You’re suggesting my sleuth skills are subpar. That I don’t know your timeline? I thought we established early on that my creeper dial goes up to eleven.”
“[Niall] would you care to come down for a bite to eat?” She hesitated on the other end for what felt like an eternity. “Unless you have a…” I paused, fumbling for words “That is to say, an agent… of… pleasure in your room’”
I won this book back in March from Simon and Schuster and have been really looking forward to reading it. The only thing I actually knew about this book going into it was it was a YA novel about the apocalypse.
The book is told from four different perspectives: Peter, Eliza, Anita and Andy. They don’t really have anything to do with each other, but they all attend the same high school. Then they find out that an asteroid “Andor” is coming for earth and the world is basically going to end in 10 weeks. The book is then split into 10 different chapters, counting down the weeks until Andor. I really liked the prospect of the book, and I felt like it had a lot of potential but I really did not like it.
The first 100 pages were good, it intrigued me and I was really looking forward to it. Then it just became…boring. Really really boring. I struggled to want to read the book and it took me over a week which is insane. It makes me extremely angry thinking about this book, and how much potential it had and what actually happened?!
At the start I really only liked Peter and Eliza, but by the end I didn’t even like them. They are all just annoying, and immature and also very boring. The book was just boring, there’s no other word for it. BORING BORING BORING. The plot didn’t progress at all, the whole story was based around planning some stupid end of the world party. It did start to pick up at the end, in like the last 50 pages? But it wasn’t mind blowing, and I definitely won’t be thinking about it weeks later.
I’m sure some people will like it, obviously. But really this book isn’t for me. I’ve been trying out new genre’s lately and I think I’m just going to stick to my contemporary books. I haven’t been enjoying reading and I’m pretty sure that’s why. So if you’re really into dystopian-ey type books (if that’s what this even is) then take this review with a grain of salt, because you will probably love it. Maybe. Probably not but maybe.
Rating: 5/10 (See my rating scale)
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Genre: YA Dystopian/Science Fiction-ey? It's about the apocalypse so take from that what you will.
You might like We All Looked Up if you liked... Tomorrow When the War Began (not 100% sure on that one but maybe)
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