Musings

Ground Floor

I recently started watching a tv show called Ground FloorIt is about an investment banker who falls for a woman who works on the first floor of the office building. It’s a comedy starring Skylar Astin, who’s the reason I started watching it.

This show is really good and humorous. There’s only two seasons, twenty episodes in total. I just started season two, and I’m going to be sad when I get to the end. Ground Floor is a show that I wish had more seasons.

Have you watched it? What did you think?

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Book Reviews

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

Wren is the quiet good girl, one day she saves Greyson from choking. They feel an instant connection that feels like it could become something amazing. 

The Promise of Amazing is a great book. It has a lot of great humour.

Being a quiet girl myself, there were a lot of parts that I could relate to and completely agree with. Everyone’s idea of what quiet means, and it’s view of being a bad thing. That being quiet is something you need to change about yourself if you want to be successful.

My Rating: 4/5

Top 7

Top 7 Book Series

For this month’s top seven I’m listing my favourite book series.

1) Robyn Hunter by Norah McClintock

The daughter of a detective and a lawyer, Robyn, often finds herself in the middle of mysteries.

I quickly fell in love with these books. They’re fun, realistic, and Canadian.

2) The Tripods by John Christopher

A sci-fi series about a world that has been taking over by aliens.

I don’t remember a lot of detail from this series, but they are the books that got me into reading and will therefore always hold a special spot in my heart.

3) Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong

When Chloe starts seeing ghosts she gets sent to a home for troubled teens, while there she discovers things that will forever change her life.

 These books were one of my first introductions to paranormal. I remember really loving the story when I first read it.

4) Matched by Ally Condie

In a society where all of your choices are made for you, Cassia begins to question the world around her.

I enjoyed the story premise and loved the main characters.

5) The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Tessa is quickly thrust into the supernatural world when her search for her brother takes her to London. 

I loved this series, I love Tessa, Will, and Jem. In my opinion these books are way better than The Mortal Instruments series.

6) Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Sydney is sent to a human boarding school with a royal vampire, Jill, in an attempt to keep Jill safe as her life is being threatened.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you already know I’m in love with Adrian Ivashkov. He’s a huge part of why I love this series so much.

7) Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Against her better judgment Nora falls for the mysterious bad boy, Patch. 

I enjoyed this story, the books continuously had me on the edge of my seat.

Book Reviews

Cocktails for Three by Madeleine Wickham

Cocktails for Three is about three friends who work at the same magazine and meet for cocktails on the first of every month.

The premise of this book is good, however, it is poorly written. About every second or third page the focus switches characters; it made it difficult to really get into the plot lines. The whole story felt rather blah. The novel lacks a hook to make you want to keep reading, and the plot is fairly predictable. None of the characters were particularly likeable.

My Rating: 1/5

Bookish

Why We Love Books

That title is a lie. I can’t tell you why we love books. However, I can tell you why love books. Maybe some of my reasons for loving books will overlap with yours, and maybe not.

I wasn’t very fond of books until I was eleven years old, when I was introduced to The Tripods series by John Christopher. They were the first books that I wanted to read on my own, I really loved the story. After that I started picking up book after book, developing a love for the written word.

Books are a great – and cheap – way to explore this world, and others, without ever having to leave the comfort of your home. They provide a sense of comfort, finding stories that show you aren’t alone in they way you think, or what you’re going through. You can explore an endless amount of possibilities between the pages of a book.

Book Reviews

Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

Love Anthony is a heartwarming story about two women on Nantucket. As Beth, a mother of three, struggles with finding out her husband has been cheating, she rediscovers her passion for writing. Olivia, grieving the death of her autistic son and going through a divorce, runs away to Nantucket. The two women help each other through their struggles.

Throughout the novel we get to read bits of Beth’s story, a story told in the voice of an autistic child who can’t talk.

Love Anthony is a heart-touching story, and a definite tear-jerker. This has quickly become one of my favourite books.

My Rating: 5/5

Book Recs

Book Recommendation: The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

I can’t remember exactly how I came across this book, but I’m glad I did. I have a fondness for anything that evokes feelings of coziness. The Little Book of Hygge is all about finding ways to incorporate hygge – which is a feeling of coziness but also way more than just that – into your life. This book features some gorgeous artwork and has a great way of explaining what hygge is to a non-Dane.

The Little Book of Hygge explains the Danish concept hygge, a term that can’t fully be translated into English but is similar to the feelings of coziness and homeliness 

Book Reviews

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Five People You Meet in Heaven is the story of Eddie’s death. Eddie is a maintenance man at an amusement park, and then he dies. In heaven Eddie meets five people who have a lesson to teach him about his life.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven is an easy and enjoyable read. Although the story isn’t very gripping there are a few parts that are quite interesting.

My Rating: 3/5

Bookish

13 Reasons Why: Tv Adaptation

I recently watched the tv adaptation of Jay Asher’s book 13 Reasons Why. I personally really enjoyed the show and thought it was extremely well done. The show can be very triggering for suicide, rape, depression, self-harm, and sexual assault; and should not be watched if anything of those things are triggering for you.

It’s been a few a years since I read the book, enough that I didn’t remember much about how the plot unfolds and I’m not fully sure what the differences between the book and show are. With that in mind, this post will focus only on the tv adaptation.

Before we go any farther, there will be spoilers included in this post.

I’ve heard people saying this show glorifies/romanticizes suicide. I disagree with that, the way I interpreted the show was as an honest and extremely raw portrayal of suicide and possible circumstances leading to the decision of suicide.

It shows how small things, that you may not even realise you’re doing, can have a profound effect on someone. Everyone does bad things sometimes, and instead of trying to deny it and hide from it, it’s better to admit it. Hold yourself accountable, apologize, and learn from your mistakes. It won’t make everything better, but it is a start to being better, to doing better.

Some people view the portrayal of Hannah’s suicide, and the tapes, as revenge to get back at the people who have hurt her. I didn’t see it that way. Hannah’s tapes are similar to when you’re upset with someone so you write a letter to them that you have no intention of actually sending, except she did send them. Maybe she did want to hurt them, or maybe her goal was to inspire change. She made 12 tapes and in doing so ended up feeling well enough that she wanted to give life a second chance, to get help.

The show also displays that getting help isn’t always as easy as people think. Hannah tries to reach out for help, but it doesn’t go very well. Mr. Porter even plays into rape culture, trying to discredit what Hannah was saying before even hearing the full story. He’s a horrible counsellor all around.

I think the point of this adaptation was to show the honest, raw, and extremely uncomfortable side of bullying, suicide, and the ignorance of adults. The only unrealistic aspect of this show is how many tattoos these teenagers have.

This is only my opinion and my experience with the show. You may very well disagree with me, favouring the opinions I’m disagreeing with.

Book Reviews

The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston

The Witch’s Daughter is about a woman who becomes a witch. Bess spends her life on the run from the warlock who turned her into a witch. In modern day Bess meets a teenaged girl whom she befriends and begins teaching her the craft.

The story jumps between modern day and various points in Bess’s past.

I found the story to be slow, with very little mention of magic until about the last fifty pages.

Bess doesn’t seem like a very realistic character, she’s quite naive for someone who’s been alive for around 400 years. I didn’t find any of the characters particularly likeable, they had a lot of flaws with almost no growth throughout the book.

Overall, the story was very different from how I originally thought it would be. I believe that is partially why I didn’t enjoy this novel.

My Rating: 2/5