2015 Favourites in Pictures


If you’ve ever doubted your own definition of what feminism is, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s speech will give you a much clearer perspective of its true meaning.

DSC00576Addictive, sexy and romantic. Before We Were Strangers guarantees an unforgettable second-chance romance that will have you rereading this book until you know the characters like your life-long friends.


This book left me with a sense of emptiness for the characters that I’ve come to know for years. I’m sorry to see them go, but Ms. Meyer gave me the ending that I wanted and more.


Night Owls reminded me of what made me fall in love with YA novels. It has a sweet romance and lovely characters that I won’t be able to forget for a long time.


Science Fiction for the rest of us! I’m sure Mr. Cline didn’t intend it that way, but I felt like these books are the kind of Science Fiction I can really get into! It was never boring or dry with characters that are far from clinical.


Rainbow Rowell’s stock continues to rise. Carry On proves that this woman’s imagination and writing chops know no bounds. She breathed new life to a fanfiction side-story that has no business being a full-length novel. This woman is amazing!


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[584]: Before We were Strangers by Renée Carlino


Before We were Strangers \ Renée Carlino

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Le sigh. I may have read this book at least three times already. You know, sometimes, I try to tune out the cascade of five-star ratings for a book simply because I’m a cynical reader. It’s a character flaw, but it had saved me money on some occasions. I picked it up a couple of weeks ago in San Diego. I basically read it on our flight home, and since it was a bit of a tear jerker, I might’ve made a mess of myself somewhere between California and Colorado.

The romance between Matt and Grace was just one of those intense things that wasn’t meant to be at first. They met at a time when things were simple, but life was not. Grace was dirt poor and was putting herself through college. She was a gifted musician who plays the cello. Matt, though in a different situation financially, was trying to make do without smooching off his father’s money. Their attraction was instantaneous, but they were both driven to succeed in their fields. Matt was a brilliant photographer who had dreams of working for National Geographic. They both knew a relationship was not the best idea at the time. But they’re young and attractive – and attracted to each other. Long story short, fate intervened and broke them apart. Bitch.

Anyway, they met again after 15 years. Matt was a divorcee; Grace was a widow. So much unresolved resentment between them, but only a blind person wouldn’t be able to see how much they still love each other.

I absolutely loved this story. See? Sometimes, it pays to heed the hype. If you’re a fan of second chance romances, this one is a doozy. Though can I be honest and admit that I’m hung up on Matt wearing a man bun?  A MAN BUN, y’all. A man bun. But hey, trust me when I say the story was good. From time to time, I find myself flipping through my favourite scenes just to remember that feeling. Le sigh. Sorry this wasn’t much of a review.  I’m a little tired. Lol.

Peace out.

GOODREADS SUMMARY | Atria Books | August 18th, 2015 | Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars



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