Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For March, Ellyn and I are once again doing our Love/Hate Challenge. For this month, the theme was our favorite authors/actors which was a lot of fun. For me, I had a fun time, picking out Ellyn’s reads and movies. Basically, we pick a theme every month and then use that theme to pick one thing we hated and one thing we loved. The catch is that we don’t tell each other and instead, try to guess to see how well we know the person.
As I said, March’s theme was our favorite authors/actors. I knew immediately who Ellyn was going to pick for her favorite actor but wasn’t sure about authors. With that being said, let’s get into the books first, and then we’ll talk about movies.
Love/Hate Challenge: Books Written by Ellyn’s favorite authors
My Guess: HATE
My Thoughts: I really wish I would have loved this book. The premise seemed like it was going to be executed so well and it just wasn’t. This book felt like it was entirely too long and entirely too flowery. I really wish we could have gotten more of the sister relationship and not as much magical stuff?? Personally, I felt like this book could have been done so much better but it seemed to fall off the rails with all the different perspectives and how confusing it was. 3/5 stars
Why Ellyn picked this for me: I love Wild Beauty to the point where I forced Rebecca to read it last year so I figured this book would probably throw her off because I truly, truly disliked this book with a passion. It’s about two sisters who are pretty much pitted against each other from birth by their family but despite all this, they love each other and would supposedly do anything for each other but I’m calling BS on all of that. I’m a sibling so I thought I would really relate to this book because I would quite literally do anything for my brothers but apparently, we’re all just saying that superficially because that’s not what happened at all and honestly that just bugged me. This felt like the worst kind of sibling relationship + the addition of the miscommunication trope and I was not thriving.
My Guess: LOVE
My Thoughts: I went into this book not knowing much but I ended up loving it??? This book follows two girls who become unlikely friends and it’s basically a coming-of-age story for both of them along with their romance. What I really adored about this book though was K. Ancrum’s writing style. She was able to tell things in such a short and concise way without feeling like I was missing something.
This book was hard-hitting at times especially since the MC Ryann was basically a single mother to her brother and a baby they adopted. It did feature a lot of talk about space travel and losing parents if you’re sensitive to that. However, I really adored this book and I’m hoping Ellyn loved it because it really made for such a perfect spring read.
Why Ellyn picked this for me: 10/10 👌👌 5 stars. 😍😍😍 Perfection. I don’t know how K Ancrum did it but she managed to write a space story set on Earth that was so perfect that I truly did cry. I love the found family elements as well as the focus on friendship. I truly adored everything about this book to the point where I don’t even know how to formulate coherent sentences to explain my love for it. It’s a perfect soft-sci fi about the different types of love and I love it with my whole heart.
Love/Hate Challenge: Movies featuring Ellyn’s favorite actor
My Guess: LOVE
My Thoughts: Speed was actually a rewatch for me as I watched this movie a lot when I was younger and my dad always seems to watch it when it’s on TV. Thankfully, it was on HBO and I turned it on so I could get refresher. Truly such a great movie and honestly probably one of Keanu’s best roles. It has action, romance and lots of suspense as it’s basically a love or death situation. I will say that if Ellyn hated this one, our friendship is dissolved. Lol jk but I’m hoping she loved this movie as I love it, too!
Why Ellyn picked this for me: Okay so this is actually the best movie in all of cinematic creation and if you don’t agree then I’m sorry but you’re wrong. I can be in the absolute worst mood – like stomping and angry but then I turn this movie on and I’m quite literally a whole other person. It’s spooky and I’m not exaggerating. I love how soft Keanu Reeve’s in this movie and I love how cute Sandra Bullock is, also straight up, I love me a ridiculous plot that manages to pull itself off as well as some banging dialogue. I really really hope Rebecca at least enjoyed this one!!
My Guess: HATE
My Thoughts: I’ve never watched an adaptation of Much Ado about Nothing as far as I know. I was a bit nervous going into this one and I have to say that it wasn’t a bad movie. However, it didn’t feel like Keanu played as big of a role and that sucked. Mostly because he looked so dashingly handsome but he didn’t stand out in this movie. I’d honestly probably call this a Denzel Washington movie before I’d say it was a Keanu movie. Either way, it was fine but nothing amazing.
Why Ellyn picked this for me: This movie has Keanu Reeves in it so I should love it right? It’s an adaptation of my favourite play of all time so I should love it right? Well, apparently Kenneth Branagh just hates me because he managed to make this awful awful movie and I genuinely have lost respect for him because of it. I wish this didn’t sound so dramatic but I’m really not joking.
That’s my wrap-up for our March Love/Hate picks. You’ll have to check out Ellyn’s post to see what she thought of my picks for her. Overall, I feel like it was a good month for this challenge and I can’t wait to dive into her picks for April. Before you finish reading my post, please take time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.