April Wrap Up

Hi You Guys!

I kind of took a little Blog-Posting break, after the wild Palm Springs weekend, but I’m back! Over the past few weeks I’ve been busy reading, discovering new TV Shows, listening to new Podcasts, seeing Concerts, watching Movies, decorating the house, buying way too many Summer outfits, and shooting tons of fun Blog content for this month! We also spent Easter weekend over in Nanaimo, celebrating with Ryan’s family. Each year, we are in charge of the Easter Egg Hunt for our two Nephews and our Niece.. which is the most fun ever. I love watching them tear around the house, hunting for little chocolate eggs. It’s such a nostalgic thrill. Also getting to eat all the eggs they didn’t find is great too.

I will be posting much more often during May, and I can’t wait to share a good mix of Fashion Posts, Home Decor Posts, as well as my usual Wrap-Up’s with you guys.

So before I get to all those posts, I figured I would start off May with my usual Monthly Wrap Up.  Also I should mention, I’ve gotten really into Vintage hair barrettes, so be prepared to see them in all my photos, from here on out haha.

So here we go…. “April”…. lets dive right in.

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MOVIES

1.) “Five Feet Apart”

Currently In: Theaters

8/10

Based on the YA Book (Which I also read this month, and loved)

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This movie was adorable. It was also very VERY sad, in that “should-be-obvious-from-the-trailer/poster” way.. that all of those “The Fault in Our Stars” type “Sick-Lit” YA Books are.  I finished this book a few weeks ago, and I literally read the last sentence while sitting in the theater waiting for the lights to go down. I was determined to have it finished before I watched it, and I really cut it down to the minute. This ended up being maybe a slight mistake, because (while this is a positive thing) the movie was WORD FOR WORD 98% exactly the same as the book.. and I could almost recite it out loud haha. I really did love how faithful of an adaptation it was though.

This is the story of two young people, both very sick from Cystic Fibrosis. They are both getting treatment at the same time, a few doors down from each other at the same Hospital. They meet, and sort of have an instant hate each other/but will probably fall in love vibe. The catch is that patients with CF aren’t allowed to get within 5 feet of each other, because the risk of cross-infection is huge. Especially since the main character Will (played by the dreamy Cole Sprouse aka “Jughead” from Riverdale) is much sicker than the other lead/love-interest Stella. So they obviously fall in love, and keeping apart is a huge problem.

This is such a sweet, inspiring, and gut-wrenchingly sad story.. and I LOVED it. The acting was amazing, and the chemistry between Will and Stella was infectious. I totally went to go see this with my Sister, and we were loving it. We were really loving Cole, I must admit. Highly recommend.

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Google Movie Plot Summary

(Seventeen-year-old Stella spends most of her time in the hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries and self-control — all of which get put to the test when she meets Will, an impossibly charming teen who has the same illness. There’s an instant flirtation, though restrictions dictate that they must maintain a safe distance between them. As their connection intensifies, so does the temptation to throw the rules out the window and embrace that attraction.)

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2.) “After”

Currently in: Theaters

2/10 (while terrible, I did enjoy it.. in that bad”Lifetime Movie” way)

Based on the very-popular/very-bad New Adult Romance

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Okay so last month I went into great detail about what an epic disaster this book was… and lets just say the movie was even worse. That being said, I totally enjoyed every second of it.

I went to see a Matinee (on opening day), all by myself, and sat in the dark eating a huge popcorn like a total creep. There was a handful of other girls there, and I could tell they were fans of the book. They were all squealing as soon as the lights went down, and as soon as the lead guy Hardin came on screen.. they lost their minds. The atmosphere in the theater was weird, but also a lot of fun. Kind of like the vibe I always felt watching the “Twilight” movies on opening night. Except the “Twilight” movies were always completely sold out. There was maybe 5 of us TOTAL, at this particular screening haha.

Ok so I will start with things I DID like about “After”. Firstly I thought the main girl they cast as Tessa (played by Josephine Langford) was perfect. She has one of the most beautiful faces I’ve ever seen, and I just enjoyed watching her on screen. The other lead, the “eye candy” if you will (especially for the shrieking girls in the theater with me), was played by Hero Finnes, and he did a really good job portraying Hardin. Also the soundtrack was good, and it was fun seeing the book come to life, after just finishing it. That is it though. That’s ALL I liked about it.

I think what I hated most about it, was how much they changed the actual story. The book was problematic as fuck, and it was honestly so bad I can’t believe it was published…. but that was kind of what was so “good” about it. It was so insane, so far fetched, and so deranged. The movie obviously knew if they stuck to the original plot, the people seeing the movie would be disgusted. The reviews would probably be even worse than they are already. After the changed all the scandalous parts, to make them as vanilla as possible, it was just utterly boring. Nothing really happens, and the big “twist” is just so underwhelming. Also this is a weird thing to have as a “con”, but Hardin just wasn’t mean enough. His whole thing in the book is being mean, and then like having this big character arc “change” bullshit transformation. In the movie, he makes like a few offhand sarcastic comments. That being said it was fun to see, and is even more fun to make fun of. I’ve got a huge crush on Josephine Langford now though, so that’s a win.

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Google Movie Plot Summary

(Tessa Young is a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart. Entering her first semester of college, Tessa’s guarded world opens up when she meets Hardin Scott, a mysterious and brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself –– and what she wants out of life.)

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3.) “Someone New”

Currently Streaming On: Netflix

6/10

A decent Romantic Comedy, with a cute cast & a killer Soundtrack

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This movie is about a group of three best friends, living in New York City. Two of the actresses in this trio, Brittany Snow and Gina Rodriguez, I’ve been obsessed with for years. The third girl, DeWanda Wise I’ve never seen in anything before, but she was absolutely hilarious and I’m a huge fan of her as well now. The three girls have such great chemistry together, you could easily believe they are all best friends in real life. This movie reminded me a bit of that show “The Bold Type”, with a bit of a “Broad City” vibe mixed in as well. It was funny, a bit crass, and also quite sweet.

The story is basically about Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) who has just been broken up with, by the love of her life. She is about to move to San Francisco for a job, and she’s DEVASTATED about the break up.. and also to leave behind her friends. They decide to have one final wild night out on the New York City scene, and she also attempts to track down her ex and get some “closure”. LaKeith Stanfield plays Jenny’s ex-boyfriend Nate in this movie, and he is INCREDIBLY handsome and talented. I first saw him act in the amazing movie “Get Out”, and then watched him in “Atlanta”, and “Sorry To Bother You”. He is such a great Actor, and he’s really mastered the subtle way of “acting through your eyes”.. or whatever that’s called.. Emoting?? Whatever that is, he does it brilliantly. Also I mean have you seen him?

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Also the SOUNDTRACK for this movie, is worth mentioning. I can’t listen to it, without having a pathetic little un-coordinated Dance Party in my room. It opens with one of my all time favorite songs “Supercut” by Lorde, and then is followed by SO many great hits. I’ve never heard anything by the Artist Lizzo, but WOW is she talented. Her song “Truth Hurts” is INSANELY GOOD. Also the best scene in the film, is the one where Jenny and her friends sing and dance along to the song, in her kitchen. Also Frank Ocean sings a cover of “Moon River”, and it’s just stunning. If you don’t think the movie is your thing, just make sure to Download this Soundtrack!

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IMDB Movie Plot Summary

(After a devastating break up on the eve of her cross-country move, Jenny enjoys one last NYC adventure with her two best pals. Someone Great is a romantic comedy about love, loss, growth and the everlasting bond of female friendship.)

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4.) “Social Animals”

Currently Streaming On: Netflix

9/10

A Documentary About Instagram/Social-Media/ “Influencers”/ The Good & Bad Side

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As soon as I saw this on the Netflix Home Page, I knew I was going to devour it.  I love everything about Instagram, and it’s by far my most used Social Media Platform. As a Photographer, I find it the best way to showcase my work, as well as such a creative space to get Inspiration from other artists. It honestly blows my mind how talented some people are.

This Documentary focuses on a few different people. One is a young girl named Kayla, who has almost a Million Instagram followers. She is young, blonde, gorgeous and an aspiring Fashion Designer. It was fascinating to see her life behind the screen. I loved her family, and how much they supported her. It was interesting to see everything that goes into her content, and really how much of her life is being lived through the screen. The second subject, is an incredibly talented teenage photographer named Humza. He lives in New York City, and takes STUNNING landscape photography.. and not just ANY landscapes. He quite literally climbs to the top of skyscrapers, and bridges, to get shots nobody has ever taken. He gets a perspective, and a look at New York City, that’s never been seen before. He is self taught, and so so so so talented. His story was interesting, because of the major backlash that he faced. His work gained a lot of attention, which wasn’t great legally for him or his friends. Turns out climbing on top of a major city building, or the Brooklyn Bridge, is in fact illegal. When his photos gained major attention on Instagram, he started to get in some trouble. One of his friends ended up getting arrested, and everyone blamed Humza. This really showed the dark side of social media, and online bullying.. all while showcasing Humza’s incredible sky-rocketing Photography career. He gained so much attention, that he started getting major brand deals. His friends were un-impressed, because while they were facing legal action, Humza seemed to be not only be escaping getting in any legal trouble, but thriving off his photos. I thought this whole story was very fascinating. No matter the level of success he achieved, he was still so lonely. It was actually very depressing. So inspiring though. His PHOTOS are seriously a work of Art. I won’t be scaling the Lions Gate Bridge any time soon though.. I’m way too un-coordinated to attempt such a feat.

One of the final subjects in the Documentary, is a High-School girl. She was a normal, every-day girl, with a normal every-day following. She ended up becoming a victim of intense online bullying, and it was a very sad story. This story-line really explored the harmful side of Instagram, and honestly made me so thankful that it wasn’t around when I was in High-School.

I highly recommend this one. The only reason I didn’t give this a 10/10, is because I would have liked to see a more broad variety of subjects. I also would have liked to hear more about the back-end of Instagram, and all their Advertising stuff.

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Rotten Tomatoes Movie Plot Summary

(A daredevil photographer, an aspiring swimsuit model, and a Midwest girl-next-door are all looking for the same things from their Instagram accounts–a little love, acceptance and, of course, fame–and they’ll do just about anything to get it. With an observational eye Social Animals peeks into the digital and real worlds of today’s image-focused teenager, where followers, likes and comments mark success and self worth.)

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TV SHOWS

1.) “The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann”

Currently Streaming On: Netflix

10/10

An 8 Part Documentary Series

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Netflix has released so many amazing True Crime Documentaries recently, and this one is one of the best so far. I remember hearing about this case, when it was all over the news in 2007. It’s one of those un-solved cases, that people can’t forget about. It’s such a heartbreaking story about a missing child, who was taken from her bed in the middle of the night, while on Vacation with her family. She has been reported missing for over 11 years now. I really hope this Netflix Documentary, can finally bring about some answers.

This Documentary is fascinating, because it kind of plays both sides. It first goes into the details about the case, and then it takes a turn. This whole case was very heavily influenced, and sensationalized by the media. It was EVERYWHERE! “The Parents are Guilty”, “What the Parents Knew” etc etc. The Documentary then sort of takes the side of “Are These Parents to Blame”, while then a few episodes later exploring the dark side of the Media’s ruthless nature. I found this all fascinating, and also very very sad.

It’s a difficult watch, but an important one. I really hope this family can find some answers, after so many years, and so much abuse by the media.

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Google Plot Summary/ Case Blurb

(Madeleine Beth McCann disappeared on the evening of 3 May 2007 from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, a resort in the Algarve region of Portugal, sparking what one newspaper called “the most heavily reported missing-person case in modern history”. Her whereabouts remain unknown.)

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Returning Shows

I won’t go into Plot, because these are both in Season 2! But I highly recommend both!

2.) “Fleabag: Season 2”

Currently Streaming On: Amazon Prime

10/10

One of the smartest, weirdest, most LAUGH OUT LOUD shows I’ve ever seen

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This show is such a hidden gem. I feel like not enough people know about this! I think if it was on Netflix, everyone would be obsessed with it. It’s honestly absolutely hilarious. It’s a show about a young woman living in London. She has a very dry, inappropriate and amazing sense of humor, and watching her dating escapades is hilarious. It’s almost like a female version of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”. The show is filmed in a really interesting way. She will look towards the camera, and talk to the audience here and there. This sounds awful, but it’s actually amazing. It’s like we are there watching her life go up in flames. Ryan and I watched the entire first Season in one sitting.

ALSO the brilliant (and recent Oscar Winning) Olivia Colman, plays the “evil” Step-Mother in this, and it’s the greatest.

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Season 2 is SO amazing as well. I obviously can’t tell you much, but let me just say the Priest character is one of the funniest actors ever… and he’s also SO HOT in a very Mark Ruffalo way. Big fan.

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Google Season One TV Plot Summary

(A dry-witted young woman attempts to navigate modern life in London while trying to come to terms with a recent tragedy.)

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3.) “Derry Girls: Season 2”

Currently Streaming On: Netflix

10/10

Season 1 is on Netflix, Season 2 isn’t out yet. I watched it on another site, but trust me.. it’s amazing. 

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Oh my GOD I love everything about this show. This little gang of Irish Girls (and one Boy), living/causing all kinds of shit in Derry, Ireland.. is genius. The sense of humor is so on-point, and the nostalgia of the 1990’s is strong. The soundtrack always gets me too.. with songs like “The Cranberries: Zombie” blasting during scenes. This show is just delightful, and I can’t tell you enough how much you need it in your life. It’s on Netflix! Go watch it! I want to be a Derry Girl SO bad.

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IMDB Plot Summary

(The personal exploits of a 16-year-old girl and her family and friends during the Troubles in the early 1990s.)

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4.) “Special”

Currently Streaming On: Netflix

10/10!!!!!!!!!

The cutest show ever. Not only is this show based on Ryan O’Connell’s Memoir.. but he actually STARS in it, playing himself.

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I didn’t know much about this show when I first clicked on it. I quickly fell in love with it, and also the fact the episodes are all like 15 minutes long??? So cool! The first thing I will say about this show, is that it has fantastic representation. Our lead actor Ryan (who wrote the Memoir this show is based on) is a young Gay man, living with Cerebral Palsy. Ryan O’Connell is also a Producer of this show, along with Jim Parson’s. Knowing how much creative control Ryan had in this story, in HIS story.. makes this 100 times better.

This show is hilarious. He is not afraid to poke fun at himself, to dive into subjects other shows might shy away from. He goes for the joke, no matter how wild. He handles his disability with such a brave and real way, and shows that no matter what you might be going through, at our core we are all going through the same thing.

Ryan is absolutely hilarious, and so sweet. I loved watching all his wild adventures into online dating, sex, new jobs, moving out on his own, making friends, etc. It was such a hilarious coming of age story. Also ultimately about accepting yourself, no matter what. When Ryan starts at his new job, he explains away his limp as a car accident result. He doesn’t divulge his Cerebral Palsy, and watching him own his reality, and break SO many stigmas, is just the best thing ever. Please please watch this. It’s so adorable, and so racy, and just so much fun!

Google TV Show Plot Summary

(Actor-writer Ryan O’Connell stars in this semi-autobiographical series based on his memoir. He plays Ryan, a gay man with cerebral palsy who decides to do away with his identity as an accident victim and go after the life that he wants. After years of dead-end internships, blogging in his pajamas and mainly communicating through text, Ryan figures out how to take his life from bleak to chic as he gets ready to start limping toward adulthood. O’Connell serves as an executive producer on the comedy series, along with “The Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons.)

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Honorable Mention

THE FINAL SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES

I’m clearly not going anywhere near this with a 10 foot pole. People are very intense about spoilers. I will just say, I have never screamed out loud SO many times, or so loudly.. as we all have this season. How is there only TWO EPISODES LEFT?! The gaping hole this show is going to leave in my heart, is massive.

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CLOTHING

I saw this sweater on Instagram a few months ago, and I knew I had to have it. I found it on a Website called “Joanie Clothing”. They have all kinds of adorable sweaters, dresses, and other Vintage-Inspired pieces. It’s honestly the cutest shop ever. I bought way too many things.

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PODCASTS

I listen to so many new Podcasts every month, and usually I would have like 10 different ones to tell you about. However this past month, my entire life/all of my iPhone storage space has been completely taken over by one certain Podcast. That Podcast is…. “The Creekend”.

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By “Creek”, we are talking “Dawson’s Creek”. Remember that overly dramatic soap-y/teen-drama from the late 1990’s? Yes that one. I have a very intense relationship with good ol’ “Dawson’s Creek”. When I was 15 or so, I had all my Wisdom Teeth taken out. My Mom came home with a bunch of Ice Cream, and a few “TV on DVD” box-sets. This was the days of HMV, and all the shows your heart could desire on DVD for like 30$ a season. She got me the first 3 seasons of “Dawson’s Creek”, and life has never been the same. I was beyond obsessed, as I’m sure many of you were as well.

It’s been YEARS since I’ve thought about the Capeside Crew, but recently I was scrolling around on my Podcast App, and I found something that piqued my interest. There was a Podcast called “The Creekend”, and it’s banner photo was of the ICONIC “Crying-Dawson” photo. I’ve never clicked so fast.

Basically this Podcast is sent from Heaven. It’s done by three people, two Sisters (who have both seen Dawson’s Creek before), as well as their friend Adam (who has NEVER seen the show). Each week, they all watch one episode.. and discuss it for almost an hour. I can’t even explain how HILARIOUS this is. Adam is shocked and horrified by how BAD it is, and by how ridiculous Dawson is. It’s SO funny to see it through his eyes, because he doesn’t have the nostalgic attachment that OG fans of the show do. He’s just utterly baffled by the ridiculousness of it all. The two Sisters Leyna and Aliah O’Neill, who are both OG fans, you can tell still have a soft spot in their hearts for the show. It’s just so good. I was going to re-watch it, and listen along with them.. but I found actually just listening to them go over the episode, in hilarious detail.. is even better than re-watching it.

I’ve almost caught up to them, and they are discussing the end of Season 3 now. I can’t wait for the next 3 seasons. It’s honestly the thing I look forward to the most all week (except for “Game of Thrones”). I joined their Patreon, and they mailed me the most amazing stickers.. and *drum-roll* a HAND DRAWN crying Dawson photo. It’s epic.

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BOOKS

1.) “On The Island”

By, Tracey Garvis Graves

9/10

“Is your life better with him, Anna, or without him? I decided right then, standing on that sidewalk, to stop worrying about things that might never go wrong.” 

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You guys know I don’t read a lot of “Romance” books. Unless it’s like a Young Adult Dystopian Romance or something. I find Adult Romance books to be very over the top erotic, and I honestly hate reading sex scenes in books. One or two is ok, but some books just get into way too much detail.. and I do most of my reading in public places so it’s just not the vibe I’m going for haha.

This book would probably be classified as a “Romance”, but it’s way more than that. It’s actually a Disaster/Survival story, as well as a Thriller.. and just a juicy story. There is a Romance, but it takes over 1/2 of the book to get to it. That will make more sense in a minute here, when I get into the Plot.

Basically, this is the story of Anna, who is a 30 year old English Teacher. She also does a lot of Tutoring on the side, and she is offered a dream Summer Job. Enter the character of T.J (who is 16, don’t get too horrified yet I promise it’s not as perverted as it sounds) who’s parents hire Anna to come to the Maldives and tutor T.J all Summer long. T.J had Cancer, and missed a lot of school.. so he’s hoping to study/get tutored and catch up with his class. Anyways, Anna’s life is pretty shitty, and she’s sort of just given her boyfriend a “marry me and have kids or else” ultimatum. It’s not looking good for her. She doesn’t even think twice about spending the Summer in the Maldives with T.J’s family.

Anna and T.J meet at the Airport, and prepare to fly to the Maldives. T.J’s family are already down there, so it’s just the two of them. All the flights go fine, and by the time they reach the Maldives they are both exhausted. They have one final plane ride to take, a float plane, because the Island T.J’s family is staying on is super remote. Anyways their Pilot has a HEART ATTACK while flying, and the plane goes down in a horrifying way. You guys know about my flying phobia.. this book scarred me for life.

Also this is NOT a Spoiler, it’s quite literally on the back cover, and it all goes down in the first Chapter.

After this, with the Pilot dead, it’s just T.J and Anna fighting for their life. They are injured, there are sharks, and they are in the middle of nowhere. Thankfully they find an Island, with nothing on it at all except for some fruit trees, and just nothingness as far as the eye can see. What follows is your typical survival story. I was VERY creeped out, because I thought this “Romance” I saw all over the back cover was going to get rolling right away. Which would have been GROSS, and probably illegal.. since T.J is 16, and Anna is 30. I was pleasantly surprised, because as the months go by on the Island (that’s right MONTHS, also this is not a Spoiler) it’s not really about Romance at all. It’s about them becoming friends, trying to survive together, etc. I really loved it so much.

Pretty soon T.J is 18, and it really kicks off from there. I’m not going to tell you anything else, but trust me… it’s one of the wildest Forbidden Romances I’ve ever read. It sounds like it’s creepy and gross, but it really isn’t. I love them so much together, and I just loved everything about this story. Ahh I wish I could tell you how it all ends, and what happens… just read it. Don’t be turned off by the creepy age difference. Although one scene I can’t stop laughing about is when T.J is turning 18, and he decides to quite literally TEAR HIS BRACES OFF WITH A ROCK. I mean, obviously they needed those braces off, so we the Reader could fantasize about him… but this was just too funny. I had Braces, and let me tell you.. I could never have gotten them off with a rock! I mean what the HELL?!

GoodReads Book Plot Blurb

(When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family’s summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day.

T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He’s almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn’t bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family – and a stack of overdue assignments — instead of his friends. 

Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.’s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.

Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.’s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.)

 

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2.) “Sour Candy”

By, Kealan Patrick Burke

10/10

One of the creepiest little books I’ve ever read

“Four months to the day he first encountered the boy at Walmart, the last of Phil Pendleton’s teeth fell out.” 

(Also this quote above, is the FIRST SENTENCE of the Book. So yeah.. Creepy)

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This book was such a delightful find! I watch a lot of people on “Book Tube”, and I’ve heard countless people talk about what an amazing Horror story this was. I found it on E-Book, and it was only 67 pages! I opened it up, read the first line (“Four months to the day he first encountered the boy at Walmart, the last of Phil Pendleton’s teeth fell out.” ) and I then sat completely still.. and read every single word. It was SO terrifying, lyrical, deeply unsettling, and amazing. As soon as I finished it, I ordered the physical copy on Amazon.. because I NEEDED to get my Husband to read it right away. Also when I love something so much, I need to own it for the shelf.

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I don’t want to spoil anything, because the magic of this book is the utterly baffling way it all plays out. It’s the story of a man, who’s minding his own business shopping at Wall-Mart. He sees a child causing a scene, screaming and harassing his worn-down looking Mother. He’s screaming for candy, and just being a total dick. Phil is unsettled by this, and leaves. Minutes later he is hit from behind, in a car accident. The CREEPY thing?? It was the Mom from Wall-Mart. Also when the Police arrive at the accident scene.. the boy isn’t with her?? What happens next you WILL NOT BELIEVE. Genius horror writing. I need to read everything Kealan Patrick Burke has ever written.

Also I forgot how much I love reading Short Stories! Highly recommend this one.

GoodReads Book Plot Blurb

(” a stomach-twisting ride through the depths of horror, breathing new life into an often-stagnant part of the genre” – Publishers Weekly, starred review.

At first glance, Phil Pendleton and his son Adam are just an ordinary father and son, no different from any other. They take walks in the park together, visit county fairs, museums, and zoos, and eat together overlooking the lake. Some might say the father is a little too accommodating given the lack of discipline when the child loses his temper in public. Some might say he spoils his son by allowing him to set his own bedtimes and eat candy whenever he wants. Some might say that such leniency is starting to take its toll on the father, given how his health has declined.

What no one knows is that Phil is a prisoner, and that up until a few weeks ago and a chance encounter at a grocery store, he had never seen the child before in his life.

A new novella from the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of THE TURTLE BOY and KIN.)

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3.) “Five Feet Apart”

By, Rachael Lippincott

“I’m tired of living without really living. I’m tired of wanting things. We can’t have a lot of things. But we could have this.” 

10/10

I love this so so so much. Also it’s so sad, and the whole thing just floored me haha.

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So you guys just read me going on and on about how much I loved this movie. Well I loved this book as much. Usually I like a book MORE than the movie version, but this book/movie were so scene-for-scene idential, that I can’t choose which one I liked more. Maybe the movie, because of Cole Sprouse. I mean…

So I went into the plot, in my movie review, and I won’t bore you again with it. This was just such a sweet, heartbreaking, and inspiring little story. I loved it with all my heart. I was crying so hard reading this, I was shaking the bed haha. Ryan was like “WHAT are you reading over there, its 3 am!!”. Love a book that can get me so upset. Is that weird? I don’t care.

GooodReads Book Plot Blurb

(In this #1 New York Times bestselling novel that’s perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, two teens fall in love with just one minor complication—they can’t get within a few feet of each other without risking their lives.

Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?)

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OTHER RANDOM BOOKISH THINGS

Here are some shots of some Books I bought during April (that I am either currently reading/ or about to read in May). Also I had to show you this AMAZING “Hunger Games” print I got on Etsy. “May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor”. It’s perfect for the Gallery Wall! I also got a new clothing rack for my Office, which is the perfect way to organize all the new clothing pieces I need to shoot! While I was shopping on Etsy for my “Hunger Games” print, I also found an amazing “Mean Girls” art print, that looked perfect next to the clothing rack. I’ll show you all the pics below.

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THE LENNON STELLA CONCERT

Lennon Stella is probably my favorite singer at the moment. I fell in love with Lennon and her real life Sister Maisy, while they were on the T.V show “Nashville”. The two of them have the most stunning voices, and I was thrilled when Lennon left the T.V show and started her solo music career. Wow. Wow. Her album “Love Me” is just fantastic. My top fav songs off “Love Me” are “Feelings”, and “Bad”. I’m just obsessed with her, and so is my Sister Paige. When we found out Lennon was not only coming to preform in Vancouver… but that she was playing at THE VOGUE THEATER (which is a really small intimate venue, that’s really amazing if you want to get up and close with the Artist, which I did haha) we raced to Ticketmaster. We ended up getting tickets, with a bunch of our friends.. and it was the best night ever. The concert fell on a night, a few nights after we got home from Palm Springs, so it was like the party kept on going.

Lennon was so beautiful in real life, and her voice sounded as good (if not better) than the CD. One of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. If you haven’t heard any of Lennon Stella’s music, you must.

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EASTER 2019

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DATE NIGHT & MARKET SHOP

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Thank you all so much for your continued support, and for reading my insane ramblings every month ❤

I am so excited to share some really exciting Fashion/Style Posts with you this month, as well as some other fun things! Stay tuned,

xo,

Carly

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All Photos of Me/Scenery/Family @Carly Ingram Photography 2019

All Photos of Movies & T.V Shows & Podcasts @Google Images 2019


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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