Saturated Reads: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Saturated Reads

A few months ago, I posted about how I wish more authors wrote using color in their descriptions, since I attach emotions and even characters to color. After some discussion on the comment threads, particularly with Kelley @ Oh! The Books, I was pointed to something called synesthesia, and I have a type that connects emotions with colors. I will pick one book every Wednesday, and show a palette of the colors I see or associate with the book. Basically, imagine the saying, “I feel blue,” but applied to the entire color spectrum. Hopefully that makes sense!

The Saturated Reads book for this week is… To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

What colors do I associate with the book?

To All the Boys

The first two colors actually are intertwined; I see them both at the same time, kind of like a quilt all woven together and wrapped around me. The pink is like bubble gum, all sweet and full of happiness. And then the cream/ivory because it’s warm, a bit summery, and very bright. The burnt orange was actually the last color I saw; it didn’t really pop up until I sat back and closed my eyes. But I think it represents the plot very well; it’s still vibrant, like the story, but it’s a bit more in your face and indicative of some problems that Lara Jean encounters.

Does the cover match my colors?

Actually, this cover is perfect! I wouldn’t even really add an orange tint to it, because the pink and cream are the primary colors. They encompass everything about the entire story. Honestly, it’s flawless. I just love it ❤

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Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

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Today’s TTT topic is: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year. I’ve had an incredible string of FANTASTIC reads, so I’ll try to keep it to just ten. No promises though! I’ve listed them in order, starting from January up until now.

1. Avalon by Mindee Arnett. This was the beginning of my two month romance with deep-space sci-fi. I CRAVED anything space ship related for weeks after finishing this book. The friendships are my absolute favorite; Jeth is one of my favorite characters I’ve read in a while.

2. Me Since You by Laura Wiess. I’m honestly not sure I can talk about this book any more than I already have. Seriously, you all need to read it. It changed my life ❤

3. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Cress is a close runner up for this slot, but Scarlet still has my heart. I loved both MCs: Scarlet and Wolf. And their relationship is SO perfect!

4. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. Another one that really, I’ve talked way too much about. But the character development in this conclusion was just flawless, and honestly I need a reread. If only for Kenji! But Juliette is great incentive as well, as is Warner 😉

5. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. This is one that made my heart hurt so much, but also filled it with happiness. I adored the road trip setting, the romance was perfect, and the friendship was even better!

6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Another that completely, utterly changed my life. I felt like the book was speaking directly to me!

7. Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Okay, I know I put it off for like five months after I bought it. And I know I wailed for days about my feels and creys. But I’m so glad I pushed through it, because Allegiant was one of the best series enders I’ve read, right up there with Ignite Me.

8. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas. The entire series is my favorite, but TAB really sold me on the whole thing, and novellas actually. I never thought I’d be so hooked on novellas before this book! And to have them all in print, in my hand – it was beautiful.

9. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. Matt. Finch. That is all. Plus, road trips.

10. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider. Still a bit miffed that the title was changed from Severed Heads, Broken Hearts, but whatever. I still love this book with all my heart ❤

11. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. Two Matson books on this list! That should tell you something about how awesome this lady’s writing is. Really, there’s no way for me to express how much I love this book.

12. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I feel like this whole post is just me gushing way too much but ALL THE FEELS from this book! It’s so lighthearted and it makes me so happy ^_^

13. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. This is proof that you should always listen to book pushers: I almost didn’t read it, but I’m BEYOND glad that I did! Another that made my heart so happy ❤

So, I only did 13. Not too horrible! I can restrain myself after all. Also, a fun note: you can tell how my reading mood has changed over the last five months. Darker, more sci-fi and fantasy books, gradually moving towards light and summery contemporaries.

That’s my list for this week – link me yours below!

Top Ten Books In My Beach Bag

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Today’s TTT topic is: Top Ten Books In Your Beach Bag. Well, I’m not a beach sort of girl. Or a pool person. I’d love to be, but I have no access to a pool, and the beach is at least an hour away. And with gas so expensive, beach trips are far and few between! Not to mention the fact that me and bathing suits are mortal enemies. BUT! I do love it when the weather’s about 70-80 degrees, and I can wear some capris and a sweater and sit under an umbrella enjoying the breeze. Ahh… now I’m so in the mood for the beach. GAS PRICES BE DAMNED I’M GETTING THERE WITHIN A MONTH.

Anyhoo, here’s my list of books that should definitely be in beach bags this summer. Keeping in mind that my entire goal is to get the books that lift my heart and make me happy – so don’t expect any TFiOS types in here!

Books I’d Read Again

1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I know I just read it, but I need a re-read already! The cover looks like exactly how the book makes me feel – fluffy and pink (yes, pink is an emotion) and whimsical.

2. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider. It deals with some slightly harder topics, but in such a wry, sarcastic way that I was laughing the entire time. Plus, it’s insanely geeky, and I love every bit of it. 

3. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I mean, how can you skip this book? This is the quintessential summertime book. You’ll finish reading it and want ice cream, fireworks, and sunny morning runs.

4. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. Hello, it has summer in the title. Case closed. Besides that: Matt Finch. Oh dear Lord in Heaven Above give me strength to accept the fact that the boy is merely fictional.

5. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. Yep, another Matson book. What can I say – the girl has summertime in her veins! This one does have some sad bits; I’d say it’s the heaviest one on this list. But it’s so worth it in the end!

Books I Want to Read

6. Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid. It’s not released until the end of July (forever crying about that fact), but it’s a ROAD TRIP book. And ya’ll know how much I love my road trippers. So OF COURSE I’ll be running out and getting my copy, and maybe it’ll be my excuse to drive down to the beach.

7. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I just bought my copy, after the urging of many of my friends (Andi you’re such book pusher, you deserve a trophy). I’ve read What I Thought Was True, and it was a wee bit heavier than I expected. So I’m wondering if MLND will be the same way. But, heavy or not, it still looks so adorable that I can’t wait to read it!

So I kind of ran out of books that I would read at the beach. I mean, I have a million TO read, but I have this thing where contemporary and beach just go together – I’d have a really hard time getting into anything sci-fi or fantasy while my toes are in the sand. When I’m out in the sun, I need a bright book.

That’s my list for this week – link me yours below!

Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Title: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Genre: YA, contemporary, romance
Publisher/Publication Date: Simon & Schuster / April 15, 2014
How Did I Get It? Bought it
Format? Hardcover

Synopsis from Goodreads: Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

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Oh my god. Where do I even start with this review?? There really are no words for how I feel about this book, but I’ll borrow a quote from Tahereh Mafi and say that I feel like “I’ve been stuffed with sunshine.” The entire time I was reading TATBILB (now there’s an awkward acronym for ya), I felt like I was walking on air. And the majority of it was read while I was at Starbucks, so I treated all the other patrons to my goofy grins and bubbly giggles. I could not control myself – I was so light-hearted.

There’s something about Jenny Han’s writing – I felt like I was Lara Jean’s best friend, and we were just chatting over cookies and coffee. Honestly she made me want to bring out the pastels and polka dots and start scrapbooking. Lara Jean is so charming and sweet, but not in that creepy-weird sort of way. She’s genuinely kind-hearted, if a bit naive. As for the love interest(s) [yes, there’s a slight triangle, but puh-lease we all knew who she was going to end up with], I honestly liked both of them. Peter was that bad-boy-who’s-not-really-a-huge-douche-once-you-get-to-know-him, and Josh was the boy next door who Lara Jean has known for years. What really made these characters feel so real to me was their varying emotions and flaws – they were jealous, goofy, awkward, angry, oblivious, and so much more. They weren’t perfect, and that made them endearing.

The one thing that surprised me about TATBILB was the plot. I expected it to be more centered around the letters and their backlash, but they were more of an instigator rather than the guiding factor of the story. Which was totally fine with me, because it left more time for the romance and family aspects of it. I had forgotten how much I love the “we’re going to pretend we’re dating but we really hate each other” trope. Because we all know how that ends – and I was squealing with glee the entire way. YOU CAN DENY IT ALL YOU WANT BUT I KNOW YOUR HEARTS. SUCKERS.

I don’t think I can say much more before I start spoiling stuff. But I will depart with these words: read the book! It’s perfect for a lazy afternoon; I enjoyed mine in the sun with my coffee and some music (this playlist, if you’re interested!). There is a cliffhanger, which had me gasping and crying for more, but it’s so perfectly sweet and hopeful that I’m more ‘gimme gimme I need my HEA’ rather than ‘what the hell was that??’ It is a bit more open-ended than I expected, but that just means there’s more for book 2 when it comes out next year!

So, yes. Read it, love it, hug it. And then join me in the fetal position as I wait for 2015 to roll around.

Sidenote: Awesome sauce that Lara Jean is half-Japanese, and there wasn’t any whitewashing on the cover. KUDOS to the cover designer!

My Final Rating:

Six stars