Weekend Recap ~ Fall & Forks ~ Some Disappointment!

Happy Weekend Everyone!

My week was filled with some reading successes, as well as some crushing disappointments, and in true book blogger fashion, I documented it all.

I also had a chance to sleep in a little bit this weekend, so that was undeniably a positive amidst some negatives…

To Have and To Hold by Betsy St. Amant, Becky Wade & Katie Ganshert

Love Takes The Cake

❥❥❥ (out of 5)

This was very sweet and heartwarming, but there were a few too many clichés (ex – douchey jock ex-boyfriend, bridezilla, meddling but kind sister). Things wrapped up a bit too neatly and the ILYs were a tad abrupt, but overall a fun, quick read perfect for a Fall day!

The Perfect Arrangement

❥❥❥❥ (out of 5)

This story had me tingling! The two main characters, Amelia and Nate, were adorable and I seriously enjoyed reading their email correspondence. The side characters were also totally charming (especially George) and I loved the fact that Amelia owned a flower shop…so romantic! My only annoyance was all the loose ends…I’ll drive myself crazy trying to figure out what 24 stands for! 🤣

Love in the Details

❥❥ (out of 5)

This one was probably my least favourite of the collection of three stories, although it was still enjoyable enough. It felt a bit too predictable for me, though, and the religious tone was too heavy-handed. However, it would make a stellar Hallmark movie, that’s for sure!

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

< DNF at pg.110 >

Oh dear… 🤦🏻‍♀️😳

Normally if I re-read a novel (which I don’t do often), it’s for one of two reasons. One, the writing is so beautiful that it takes my breath away; and/or two, the characters are like dear friends to me and I desperately want to spend some more time with them again. Books like Jane Eyre, The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Hating Game and A Court of Mist and Fury have all checked off both these boxes for me. 

Twilight, however, did not impress me in terms of writing style or character development…so why would I expect Midnight Sun to be any different or think that I would enjoy revisiting the Twilight story? 

It took me approximately 4 days of reading this novel to get through 100 pages. This is utterly unheard of for me, as I can usually read 100 pages PER DAY. One evening, I went to bed at 10:30pm just to avoid finishing a particularly slow chapter. All of the chapters felt unbearably and unnecessarily long, which meant that when I got tired at the end of the night, I couldn’t compel or urge myself to make it another 15 pages to the end of my current chapter. This ultimately led to me being constantly confused about where I was in the story. 

Life is just too short to read books you don’t feel strongly about, one way or the other, and I guess this story is sadly one I’ve outgrown. Hopefully someone will want to take my copy off my hands, as I truly am happy for all those die-hard Twilight fans who got to see their favourite fictional friends again. I unfortunately am simply not one of them. 

❥ (out of 5)


Girl with a Green Heart

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