Saturday

Turtles All The Way Down - Is It Worth The Hype?

Hola Lexicans! So today I'm going to be doing a review on the much-hyped, popular book - Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. And yES I know what you're thinking - I'm very much late on the bandwagon for this book, it's been around for months now and there have already been loads and loads of reviews and Worth The Hype? posts for this book. Buuuut I only read it recently so I thought I'd share my opinions too, in a Turtles All The Way Down review.

You've probably already heard the summary of TATWD millions of times, but because I'm a Basic Book Blogger™ ;);) and just in case some of you haven't already heard it/have the memory of the goldfish and if so, same lol and have forgotten, I will recap it anyway. Turtles All The Way Down follows Aza, a quiet, intelligent and quirky teenager with severe OCD, as her and her best friend Daisy begin to try and solve this mystery of where a fugitive billionaire has gone. However, it is not a mystery story - the focus at the beginning (plot-wise) is pretty much all on the missing billionaire and trying to solve the mystery, but pretty quickly it becomes apparent that TATWD is not actually a mystery at all, it just happens to include one.. do not be fooled aha!!

Related image
credits
 
I lavvv this book!! Most of the characters I really connected with and liked (my favourite three being Aza, Davis (the son of the runaway, and a potential love interest *wink wink* and Aza's mum). I love Aza because even though she doesn't talk that much, and is lost in her thoughts - she's not self-centered at all, and I found the way a lot of the things that go on with Aza being inside her head, really interesting, as well as raw and realistic - which, as brutal as it is, I think is *veeerrry* important nowadays, particularly in books focussing on mental health issues. Davis is so cutee and even though he doesn't fully understand Aza's mental health, he tries to understand and make an effort, which I loved. And also Aza's mum is just so sweet and caring. Daisy, Aza's best friend, was on the whole a good character but there was one certain bit near-ish the end of the book which made me SO ANGRY!! Aza forgives her, but I didn't ahahah #iholdgrudges

Also, whilst I haven't experienced any of these issues that are tackled with in the book first-hand (which I'm very grateful for), I have heard the opinions of those who have and they've all said the representation was accurate and on-point, which is always very important with books like this which will be read by a huge audience. And it's an #ownvoices book which I love, particularly in YA novels.

So.. Is It Worth The Hype? I'm going to be straight out with it.. I really loved this book! I've never read any of Green's work before (although really want to read The Fault In Our Stars now) so when TATWD released, and there was so many amazing reviews raving about it being published, I knew I just had to read it myself. And I'm glad I did! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone aged 13+!!

Have you read TATWD? What did you think? Did it live up to the hype for you? byeee xx


completely unrelated sidenote: I'm obsessed with Friends (the show lol) at the moment oh my life... It's the type of show most people have at least seen a few episodes of, but I never had until it came to Netflix UK.. I started it around 3 weeks ago, and I'm already on Season 8 I LOVE IT AND I HAVE A PROBLEM ahahah!! i'm literally so addicted ahh it's insane. I'll talk more about it in a different post probably but ahh it's amazing ahahahah

Monday

Winter Photography

Hola Lexicans!! SO it's now February (already ahhh what - it seems to me like January has flown past; how are we already in the second month of the year???!) and I thought since winter is coming to an end (soon..ish!!) I would share with you some photos I have taken in the past winter months. Y'all seem to love my photography posts and I took quite a few photos this month that I actually like so, even though winter isn't over quite yet, I have rounded up 9 pictures that I like from this winter.

Also before I get into the photos, if you like seeing my photography I do have a blog Instagram, which you can find at @whatlexieloves, or if you follow the link here: https://www.instagram.com/whatlexieloves/, which I'd love some of you to follow:) I post lots of different photos on a regular basis, and I'd love to see some of you over there (#shamelessselfpromo #sorrynotsorry ahahaha). Anyway that said, here are my photos:

On Bonfire Night, my friends and I went to a big firework display and whilst technically I didn't take this photo mid-firework (I took a video and screenshotted at this point hehe), I find this photo so cute I wanted to share it with you anyway.

Fairly self-explanatory photo here - it's a shot of my mini Christmas tree in my room:) (by the way this is the only edited photo, and it's just because I took it on Snapchat and I couldn't resist not adding that classic bluey "tumblr" filter ahah!!
This was taken in October (and I know I know, that's very much in autumn dON'T ATTACK ME, but I wanted to share it with y'all anyway because I really like it) and it's a cute lil shot of one of my bestfriends (hey girl if you're reading!) on the way to Costa.


Took this photo whilst Christmas tree shopping last December, and I really like the way the sun illuminates the trees:)

iT SNOWED.. yep last December, it actually snowed (wooooo) and I took this photo outside my window of the beautiful winter wonderland.

another snow day picture:)

This photo was taken at the beautiful Landmark Hotel, which my family and I went to on Boxing Day for brunch - isn't the hotel and architecture so beautiful?!

I took this photo last week, and it was actually a really lovely day - I love it because it reminds me that winter isn't always cold, grey and miserable!

And the final shot:) This was actually taken yesterday when I went on a walk with my family. I was trying to be all artsy and aesthetic ahah but it didn't really work:p The writing is a page from my little notebook where I do all kinds of weird things, like writing the definitions of words, or drawing a single cactus in watercolour ahah but I thought it actually looked kind of cute tbh!!

So there's are some of the photographs I took over the last few months (mainly winter, but also a couple in autumn too hehe)!! Do you like photography? Which of my photos is your favourite? I'll be back soon byeeee (p.s super unrelated but I started watching Friends for the first time and yES LOVING IT)

Xxx

Sunday

A Spoonful Of Murder by Robin Stevens (REVIEW)

Hola Lexicans! So today I'm back with a very exciting post - a book review on the new Murder Most Unladylike book, A Spoonful Of Murder by the lovely Robin Stevens. If you haven't heard of the Murder Most Unladylike series yet, they are basically a murder mystery series set in the 1930s following two teenager detectives who go to boarding school together, aimed at 9-13 year olds. I, my sister and many of my friends, have been fans of this series for a while now - at least a year and a half, so when I heard that the 6th book in the series was coming soon I FREAKED OUT. aND THEN.. I was actually lucky enough to be sent the 6th book (A Spoonful Of Murder) a couple of weeks ago, so I thought I'd do a review now (as, unsurprisingly, I really enjoyed it).

The story begins with Hazel's grandfather passing away and her going back to her home in Hong Kong, to grieve with her family (and Daisy, who comes along to support her). But once they are there Hazel realises there's another member of the family she didn't know about, but as happy as Hazel knows she should be for this new arrival, she just can't help but feel angry, upset and replaced. And then when murder strikes, and someone goes missing, the duo aren't just there at the scene of the crime; Hazel is also being framed for the murder, and the two have the solve the mystery, before it's too late...
Image result for a spoonful of murder
credits

I found the premise of the book really interesting, as I haven't read much set in Hong Kong, so I was excited to read about the setting, culture and traditions. Whilst I've never been there (yet - I'd love to visit), so I cannot confirm whether Robin made an accurate representation, it created this idea of a bright, vivid, colourful country which I've heard is very much correct, and I learned a lot about their customs which I found interesting and really liked. The other thing I liked about the book being set in Hong Kong, was that Hazel got to really take the lead in this story, so it was nice to see a different side to her (and Daisy).

The actual plot as well was really good (as per usual) and the ending kind of shocked me, although I did guess part of it (I was so proud ahahahha) and I liked meeting lots of new characters, however, we were introduced to a lot of new characters and since I have the memory of a goldfish(!), I couldn't remember everyone all the time (which is why the character list at the front of the book is always handy!!). Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and devoured it within a weekend - I would 100% recommend this book (and the entire series, if you haven't already read them), particularly to tween girls who loved mysteries (or teenagers who want a nice easy read).

Thank you so much to Harriet for sending me this for review, I really loved it and I'll be back soon with some more reviews, including a theatre review and my review of the very popular Turtles All The Way Down, where I'll be addressing the question 'Is It Really Worth The Hype?' Byeee, and I hope you all have a lovely day!

Xxx