Read | The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase

Read | The One That Got Away by Bethany ChaseThe One That Got Away by Bethany Chase
Publication: Ballantine Books on March 31st 2015
Genres: Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

Every woman has one. That name you Google at two o’clock in the morning. That intoxicating connection that somehow never solidified into anything real; that particular memory you still visit every now and then, for that guaranteed hit of pure, sugar-packed dopamine. It’s that story that starts with “There was this one time” and ends, reluctantly, with “but I guess…”

I saw this book being reviewed left and right and what made me want to read it was the fact that it was about that one guy, “the one that got away.” I was mostly intrigued because my boyfriend now is my almost got away, so I really wanted to just enjoy a fictional story that I could relate to in some ways.

I mostly enjoyed it, although around halfway through the book I sort of lost interest. I didn’t want to give up on it yet, so I pushed through and was pretty happy with finishing it off. It wasn’t as great as I was hoping, but I really felt for Sarina in several things she was going through, and liked how she ended up figuring things out in the end.


I’m done with “reviewing” …but not really.

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I stumbled upon old blogs after browsing through one of the oldest blogs I follow. I came across About Happy Books, a blog I’d never seen (I think) in all my years of having this blog (since 2009!) and as I was looking through her posts, I noticed that her blog posts are all about books she’s reading or has read but they aren’t like regular reviews. What does that even mean? She doesn’t have a blurb or a rating or even a “cover image” from the internet of the book, so obviously these aren’t reviews like all those in other book blogs out there. And I loved it.

Looking through her posts, I was reminded of a blog I used to love to pieces and not get enough of: this one. My blog. Seriously, when I started this blog I didn’t come to “review” books or do it for the ARC’s. I came here to keep track of the books I read. After years of changes and everything, I began to feel like writing reviews was tedious and it takes me forever to get to them and to even finish them. They’re such a pain and does anyone even read them?!

Point is, I miss when I used to write my thoughts like this: “Probably one of the best books I’ve read all summer. I really loved it, and it was quite a simple story. I was sitting in front of my English class, waiting for the professor to show up when I finished it, and I cried. The somewhat sad ending left me a little surprised, but it ended the book well I believe.”

That’s it. That was the entirety of my post other than a quote which I still love and remember. Those were my real thoughts on the book without worrying about anyone else looking. It was so I could remember that I loved that book. I can still pick out that moment in my head when I finished that book. I remember exactly what class I was waiting for, where I was sitting, what I was feeling. I miss that.

So the point of this post? I’m throwing reviews out the window. Seriously. I don’t want them to be “reviews” the way I write them. I’m so behind on them anyways because I never really want to write them anymore. Last night, I finished a book and I thought “Let me jot down my thoughts right this moment before I forget how this feels because when I finally get around to writing this entire review, all these feelings will be forgotten and I will have to translate them into a review format.” What I should’ve done is just posted those thoughts. Sometimes my thoughts can be summed up in a Tweet of 140 characters or less but I have this obligation to make these thoughts into paragraphs with a summary of the book and everything, and I’m just OVER IT. I’ll probably still have ratings and an image, maybe the cover, maybe not. I’m just gonna go with it.

Anyways, I know most reviews don’t even get looked at, and that’s okay. I just want to remember and keep track for myself. That’s what it’s always been about, really. I just forgot somewhere along the way.

Literary Ink (The Story Behind My Bookish Tattoos)

I love tattoos, always have and probably always will. For some time I’ve been wanting to share my own book related tattoos (I have far!) here on my blog but I never have. I absolutely love them and am really glad I got each one.

Tattoo #1: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Why I got it? This tattoo means a lot to me for very different reasons. For one, the book struck something inside me when I read it. I’m a huge romantic and fan of fairy tales, so to imagine a world where love doesn’t exist? I couldn’t even begin to comprehend that idea.

The other reason why I got this is a much more personal reason. One that I thought I would be able to share on here, but decided I would rather keep for myself. When I read the quote “Love: it will kill you, and save you both.” I knew exactly what it meant to me.

Where I have it? It’s on my left side, over my rib cage. It took about ten minutes to complete but this one definitely hurt the most.

Tattoo #2: Platform 9 ¾

Why I got it? Do I really need to explain this one? I grew up reading Harry Potter and got to experience the anticipation of waiting for the next book and the next one. I got to live with him, and experience his pain, his magical world and his life. He kept me company when I was in need of a good friend. Harry Potter means a lot to me, like I’m sure he does to many out there, so it only made sense that I would get a literary tattoo in his honor.

Why the platform number though? Because it is the entrance to where Harry really belongs. It’s where he trauly experiences magic for the first time, where he meets his best friends, where he gets to go home. It’s my smallest and simplest tattoo but it means so much to me.

Where I have it? On my right hip bone, and it hurt but not very much.

Tattoo #3: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Why I got it? I curled myself into a little ball and cried for quite some time when I finished off The Fault in Our Stars. Life is so unfair sometimes, but luckily like Hazel and Augustus, we all get to have a little infinity that we can treasure forever. Some infinities are bigger than others, but that doesn’t make any of them any less significant.

Where I have it? On my back, and this one hurt the least of all my tattoos. The only part that I even felt any pain in was the filling in of my star.

Do you have any literary tattoos? 

Bookish Bingo: Back to School

I came across Pretty Deadly Reviews and found her seasonal Bookish Bingo. Of course I decided I needed to join in even though I am already a month late. I am really excited to start off this card and get as many crossed off as I go. I will also be keeping track on my Goodreads!


Horror: The Merciless by Danielle Vega
Re-read: The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
Sparkly Cover:
Mental Illness
Religious Minority MC:
A Book You Borrowed:
Over 400 Pages:
Science Fiction:
Water on the Cover:

Orange cover:
New to You Author: Every Last Promise by Kristin Halbrook
On Your Shelf for Over a Year:
Set in Another Country:

Animal on the Cover:
New Adult:
Author Shares First Initial:
Set in a High School:
Sep, Oct, Nov Release:
Black Cover:
A Book About Dreams:
Historical Fiction:

Book vs TV Show | Whodunnit?


Release Date: June 23, 2013 – August 18, 2013
Cast: Gildart Jackson
Creator: Anthony E. Zuiker
Trailer: YouTube

A couple days ago, I wrote out my thoughts on the audiobook of Whodunnit? Murder in Mystery Manor by Anthony E. Zuiker. When I first started reading it, I didn’t know that the books were based on the ABC show that aired a couple years ago. Once I was done with the book though, I instantly wanted to watch the show and see how they compared. What I was completely unaware of though was that it was a reality show, so the guests are actually contestants, and the murders were all staged so that there is a grand prize winner at the end of the series.

Cast: Gildart Jackson is basically the only “real” actor in the show, playing Giles, the butler and narrator in the books. While he does a great job as a quiet and serious butler, we don’t get to see and learn much about him while watching the show. In the book we get to see inside his mind and get a real feel for him, while in the show he basically just spits out the rules and walks away. The guests then participate in trying to figure out the murder and basically stay in the game as long as possible.

Plot: The idea is the same as the book: Guests are brought into the manor without any real idea of what they’re about to encounter. In the book, they were lead on fake pretenses, while in the show they are obviously there to win some money. They come in already suspicious and weary about trusting anyone because they aren’t aware of what they’re getting themselves into. When the first murder takes place, they are then told what the rules are and what they need to do in order to win. While it was entertaining, most of the show is cheesy and somewhat funny.

I couldn’t say I got into the murders because at the end of each episode, each victim would give a little speech on how they’re sad they’re out of the contest but liked (or dislike) the way they “died.” I really wish it wasn’t a reality show, and instead had been a fictional show because I would’ve probably gotten a lot more into it. But I still got hooked and finished watching the whole season in a few days.

Verdict: The audiobook was definitely mysterious and creepy, while the show was entertaining and somewhat humorous. They were both pretty different even if the plot was the same, but the “reality tv” element really didn’t do it for me. They were both fun, but in regards to a real mystery, the book definitely wins in on this one.

If I had to pick one…


The book definitely, but mostly because I am a big fan of mysteries and not much of a fan of reality shows. I really did enjoy watching the show though, and the entire season is available to watch for free on YouTube!