Hi! So, a little book called Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins recently came out and it also kind of recently hit THE NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLERS LIST! Eep! In celebration, I thought I would round of my collection of Stephanie Perkins wallpapers with Isla. It only felt right! Here are my wallpapers for Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door. Thank you so much to Cee for providing me with a textless image of the Isla cover!!

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I’ve been thinking about this for awhile and recently, I had a tea date with Estelle and Alexa that finally spurred me on to talk about this. I am notorious for my solid three-star assessment of books. My typical reaction to a book is “it was okay.”

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Here’s the thing about me: when I love something, I love something HARD. I have an extremely obsessive nature which I think you can tell on the blog judging by the authors I frequently feature. I go all in. This graphic is an accurate representation:

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Because of my obsessive nature, I tend to have high standards (or more like very specific standards) of what makes me love something so deeply. The books I’ve given the highest ratings to are the books from my childhood, the ones that resonate the most with me and it’s really hard to permeate that wall because I feel like you’ll never look something as much as when it is rooted in nostalgia. But that’s a post for another day. Anyway, I am REALLY picky about what books I give high ratings to because…I mean, I don’t even think it’s an issue of quality because sometimes you really love books that are definitely not “quality” BUT IDK, I like to think I have good taste in things?!?!? I know this is ridiculous but I am afraid of giving something a high rating and then someone reads it and goes WTF was she thinking/it is terrible/I do not trust her taste and like, THAT IS THE WORST. So, I obviously try to back books I feel I could really get behind but I understand why someone wouldn’t like a certain book.

Usually after I read a book, my reaction is “it was okay.” BECAUSE IT WAS? I like heaps of books but I don’t have an evangelical zeal for most of them. I’m a pretty solid three star rater. I am severely averse to giving anything five stars (or a ten like my old rating system used to be). I’ve only given a ten to one book, Code Name Verity, on the blog and even then, I’m afraid to re-read it because WHAT IF I DON’T LOVE IT AS MUCH? I really pushed that book on pretty much everyone I know, even the non-YA readers. I’m also like eeek five stars means basically perfect and I don’t believe anything is perfect. I am always aware/open to discussing books critically (except you know, those books rooted deep into my childhood). On Goodreads, five stars means “it was amazing” and YES, SO MANY BOOKS ARE AMAZING but I don’t feel right ranking X book with Harry Potter. It’s just so hard to gauge ratings comparatively, if that makes sense because ratings have such nuance. Sometimes you rate books the same for completely different reasons.

Sure, I may think a lot of books are “okay” but I don’t think I love books any less because of it. I obviously read because I love it. I just can’t love every book. Or most books. I have to save my energy for the ones that are special to me. But also maybe like Estelle and Alexa joked, I need to have a passionate love affair to have books resonate more with me. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Hi! In honor of Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins coming out soon, there is a readalong occurring! All the deets are here with the kick off post here! I’m sharing French pastries to celebrate Anna and the French Kiss today.

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IT IS JULY 31ST WHICH MEANS IT IS HARRY POTTER’S BIRTHDAY AND ALSO, THE LAST DAY OF NATIONAL ICE CREAM MONTH. Sniff sniff. I’m ending my guest series with a bang though! I have Morgan Matson who is sharing real + fictional ice cream places from her books. I am ALSO lucky enough to have Katie Finn making a special appearance. ;)

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens! This week’s topic is “top ten authors I own the most books from.”

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