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Photo Diary | Notre Dame & Paris by Night 

This was the day I had been looking forward to the most. Notre Dame guys. Point Zero guys. Anna and the French Kiss guys ahh and of course who doesn’t like seeing the Eiffel Tower all lit up

   
   
Point Zero 

 
Me standing on Point Zero 

Pretty chandeliers inside the cathedral   
    

I could look at stained glass windows all day 

 

Here is the best shot I got of the Eiffle Tower by night 

 

Book reviews

Book Review | Anna and the French Kiss

Title: Anna and the French Kiss

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Genre: Contemporary

Synopsis 

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

This was a re-read for me. This is the kind of book that you could read over and over, memorize all the lines and events and everything and never get sick of the cuteness!

I cannot find a fault in this book okay dispute me.

Anna’s character development always gets me, how she goes from this reserved almost non-risk-taker to this confident  kick-ass protagonist that is sure of what she wants. Although the revelation she has about her character is a bit rushed I still like how she actually ends up being better you know.

Etienne, the love interest, oh sweet lord. Okay so at the start he’s misleading and a cheater but he comes around, we have to give him that. He realises his mistakes and takes steps to set things right

The book is obviously very romantic because Paris! It is also realistic as it explores friendships and a high school environment (although a little stereotypical)

You also get a virtual tour of Paris reading this so kudos for that!

Rating

5

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Book news

August Breakdown | Worst Blogging Month

Alright guys here’s the deal, August was the least active month in terms of blogging and that’s because school and a HUGE life event (which you shall find out about this week) is about to take place.

Books Read

Dumplin’ 

This was probably the MOST talked about book on Social Media in August. I thought it was funny, had a good overall message and confidence boosting

The Catcher in the Rye

Review shall in up in a few weeks

Anna and the French Kiss

This was a re-read and it was just as good the second way around, again review shall be up soon!

Others posts you might have missed

September is going to be one hell good of a month in terms of blogging I promise so hang in there!

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recommended

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It’s that time of the year again. Fairy lights, trees, Christmas movies and an endless list of people to buy gifts for.

Fear not because I am here to make your job easier. Compiled below is a list of books categorized by genre that upon my recommendation you can give to anyone and they will kiss your feet. Because these books are just that good, they’re worth it. I have read all of the following and I have a reputation for only recommending the best.

Also Happy Summer Solstice to all my fellow Southern Hemisphere peeps!

Do note that most of these books are young adult but everyone can read them because putting an age on a book is not on.

Contemporary/Romance

I hear this is most people’s favorite genre, not mine but most people’s.

How do you like the sound of love in Paris, San Francisco and Manhattan paired with YA’s most swoon worthy boys? If this tingles your hormones then you have to check out Stephanie Perkins’ range of companion novels. Beautiful covers are a must too!

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Not into reading series? How do you like the sound of an emotionally powerful stand alone that has the most beautiful love story? You.Need.To.Read.This

 

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Dystopian Sci-Fi

This is one genre I never knew I could appreciate as much as I have. Packed with just the right amount of action, thrill and drama these novels create a healthy blend of future swag and some of the best characters. One of them is even becoming a movie!

Look out for mega movie mania in 2016 when this hits the cinemas:

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For the series lovers I’ve picked out The Lunar Chronicles. This takes fairy tales to a whole new level. Some of your favorite princesses such as Cinderella, Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel return as Cyborgs, genius hackers and farm girls who deliver goods in hovercrafts. yep.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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Thriller

I absolutely freakingly had to put this one in. This has been hands down one of my top ten this year. If you love a good plot twist you have got to get your hands on this book. It is seriously underrated I believe and we need to create more hype!

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Fantasy

My most unexpected favorite. I have read so many truly epic books this year and you need to join the band wagon. Don’t be intimidated. You just need to embrace the coolness.

When I say fantasy what is the first thing that comes to mind?

If you said Lord of the Rings we can’t be friends. Jks. But Game of Thrones. Some classic fantasy right there. You’ve probably watched the show but the books are more extensive and they’re just books. We all love books.

NOTE: There is an extremely pretty box set of Game of Thrones in Dymmocks Australia but I can’t seem to find it online. It has like the scenery of Westeros and it’s paperback. If anyone can find it online please let me know, I’ll give you virtual lollies. 🙂

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Adding onto the Game of Thrones. Fancy a history lesson in Westeros paired with amazing artwork?

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It just hit the shelves in October so you can be like one of the first and the coolest people to get it.

Classics

You can’t be a reader without having read at least one classic in your life. Well to ease your pain of reading ancient English I present to you these beautiful covers!

                        

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I am a lunatic for abstract covers so these caught my eye immediately. There are hundreds of novels in these type of designs and for the purpose of looking pretty on your bookshelf I suggest you get them!

Must have

Of course I can’t write a recommendation post without giving a shoutout to my favorite author. Queue the John Green feels.

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This box set is like the best thing you could get or give someone for Christmas. The ultimate John Green set has most of his novels: The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines and Looking for Alaska

There you have it! Only the best gift recommendations from Infinityreads. I hope this helps you choose presents for yourself or others and I sure hope you have a very Merry Christmas 🙂

~infinityreads