My Life In A Book – Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless

To start off, I’m going to point out the obvious. The title for this post is a little deceiving (#Clickbait). How can my life be emulated through a book?

Really?!

  1. Yes. The main character is called Chloe which is of course my name.
  2. Yes. She is socially awkward, which i’ve been known to be.
  3. Yes. Chloe makes lists about everything which i’m doing now.
  4. And yes. The book is called ‘Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless’ which is how I feel half the time.

These are just coincidences. Me and book Chloe are not one and the same, so let’s just Toosie Slide and continue on before I overthink this.


Pre Review backstory...

As you may be aware, I recently came back to this blog with a full relaunch (you can read the post here), but this wasn’t the only part of my life I had to leave for a while. I did the same with reading. The last book I picked up being this very one I am sharing my thoughts on now. A real circle of events.

I remember starting it, reading the first chapter or so and then placing it back on the top shelf of my bookcase, not to be touched again, that is until recently. In a way it’s a bit like how Joey places his books in the freezer in Friends, although not for the same reason.

There was no fiery hatred felt against the book. I didn’t give it enough of a chance for that to be the case. I was in a place where reading just about anything apart from what I had to read for work was proving difficult.

However since the introduction of lockdown, I felt an urge to pick up that book once again and finally get through it, just as I intend to do with other books I have left staring at me on those shelves.

Consider it my lockdown mission. Makes it sound slightly cooler.


Let me set the scene...

It’s Christmas Eve (I was reading this at Easter) and Chloe, our diabetic and list loving main character is working the Christmas rush shift at a supermarket chain called GoodFoods along with colleagues, Gabe, Sammi, Micah, Zaina as well as her very obvious crush, Tyson.

When funds are believed to be stolen from the GoodFoods charity box, guess who’s to blame? The 6 of them!

The younglings, as they are referred to throughout the book, are held after work hour, where events unfold in what can only be described as a Breakfast Club 2.0 scenario.


My thoughts…

I think the best way to describe Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless , is to say it is a quirky bit of fun which moonlights as a lighthearted mystery.

The first half of the book consists mainly of character introductions, Christmas references which are always important, as well as finding out about the interactions had between one another.

Please don’t go into this expecting to jump right into a drama filled story. It’s not going to happen. Think of it like a rollercoaster. It’s a steady ride to the top and then…BAM. You’re hurtling down, down, down!

Anyway, returning to my point about the Breakfast Club. Just like that movie, each of the younglings are given traits which clearly in any case would clash, but forced time together must do something to a person. In an evening, differences are put aside and only understanding and friendship is left in its wake. Oh you do love to see it. It’s a beautiful moment.

For my first book back into reading, I can’t deny I enjoyed it.

A slow start. Yes. But once you get into it, it doesn’t matter. The overall plot line, the humorous banter shared and the interesting character developments throughout, and all within under 300 pages, makes for an interesting read.

I may be a little clueless. Maybe not about this.


Have you read this book? Are you reading anything right now? I’d love some recommendations!

Oh and before I go I must tell you about this. 4 years ago me and a blogging friend of mine, Ana Regina did an interview over on my blog. 4 years later I’m doing the same on hers. Check it out here.

Let the virtual insanity continue,

Chloe Lauren

The School Book Tag | Original

Hey Guys,

For some of you, you have gone back to school already, but for others, you are coming close to the dreaded ringing of the school bell. Scary. I know! When I used to go to an actual school, I was always like this…

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…but then, if you add books into the equation (see what I did there), then I would be more like this…

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I want to be as happy as The Doctor is in that gif, so I created a tag which will combine the two. YES!

Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag.
  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the following with the book that most fits the statement.
  • Nominate 3 others to do the tag.

Maths: A Book That Has Two Characters That Equal Perfection

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I have mentioned this book before, but for the reasons I loved the book in general. This time, it is to tell you about the greatest OTP possible, well to me anyway, and that would be, Callum and Sephy. Oh I really love them, and they really make each other stronger, whilst at the same time breaking down stereotypical barriers.

Science: A Book That I Found Hard To Get Into

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Before picking up this book, I had really high hopes, as I had heard good things about it. However, as I began reading, it soon became very obvious to me, that I could not get into it at all, so much so that I had to give up on it after a while of struggling to read it. It dealt with a difficult subject, that I think didn’t get talked about in the right way. Oh well! If you want to find out more, read my review here.

 

English: A Book That Should Be A Modern Classic

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If I Stay is such a beautiful story and one that really had an impact on me, from even the first few pages. I read it with my mom, and both of us were so emotional once it was over. I don’t think I have come across a book quite like it before, and it has definitely raised the bar quite high for Young Adult literature. Gayle Forman really knew how to hit the heartstrings and make for such a thought provoking story.

P.E: A Book That I Raced To The Finish With

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The moment I came up with this one, I knew straight away what I was going to pick. I remember picking up Spy Society, and within a few hours I was finished, and felt so much better after, as well as needing to read more from this series. I loved it so much! If you haven’t read Spy Society, check out my review here.

Music: A Book That Reminds You Of A Song

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This book is part of a series, one you may not be aware of, because of being by an Indie author, but believe me when I say, it’s one of the best I have read. This book in particular reminds me of the song, A Thousand Years by Christina Perri, because of the relationship within the book, and the prophecy that bonds them together. If I played this song alongside reading a chapter of this book, it would be perfect.

I Nominate:

Chloe Lauren x


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The Book Fangirling Blog Award | Book Club Tuesday

Hey Guys,

I was nominated by Megan to do this tag. It’s all about books, so I am pretty happy! By the way, Megan is awesome, check her out!

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Rules:

  • Create a post to accept the award
  • Add the Blog Award button
  • Link to the person who nominated you
  • Answer the questions given
  • Nominate others
  • Give them questions

What Is Your Favourite Book Of All Time?

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My favourite book would have to be Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. It is an amazing concept, which looks at the civil rights movement in a totally different light, to the point that it is back to front.

I don’t think I have ever found anyone who has had a problem with this book. In fact, it’s easy to see why the author was actually Children’s Laureate for the past two years.

If you haven’t read it yet, you need to check it out. It’s one of the most original books I have ever read, and you shouldn’t miss out!

What Was The Last Book You Read, And What Did You Think Of It?

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The last book I read was called Crush, which was a book I was lucky enough to read before it was released. It has such a heavy subject, as it looks at the idea of abuse within a relationship. It is shown in such a way that you are able to feel the main characters pain.

It was truly a fantastic book, with such strong characters, even if they don’t see their true strength to begin with.

The subject itself is in my opinion not explored enough in fiction, especially not young adult, but really needs to be as the amount of cases of abuse recorded, has increased over the last few years.

It was a really difficult read, but definitely important to see that this does actually happen. I truly love that Eve Ainsworth boldly chose to write about this, rather than shying away from this terrible truth.

Do You Like Audio Books?

I actually don’t mind audio books, but I have to say, I find it difficult for my mind not to wonder onto something completely different. I can never keep my attention on what is being said, like I could if I physically read it.

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Post A Photo To Show Your Book Situation At Home:

I haven’t exactly got a photo to show, but this shows how I look when I see my books every morning!

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Least Favourite Book:

My least favourite book is Animal Farm! I don’t want to go into why, otherwise I would be here all day.

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My Questions:

  • What is your Goodreads Book Challenge goal this year, and how many of those have you read so far?
  • Which author would you love to write a book with?
  • If you could date any book character who would it be and why?
  • Which books do you know everyone loves, but you haven’t read yet?
  • Which book could you not part with at all?

Nominations:

I think if you want to do this, just go ahead and do it!

Lonely Girl x


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Book Club Tuesday – ‘Finding Audrey’ Review

23305614Title: Finding Audrey

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Publisher: Doubleday

Audrey can’t leave the house. she can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house.

Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again – well, Starbucks is a start.And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.

Be prepared to laugh, dream and hope with Audrey as she learns that even when you feel like you have lost yourself, love can still find you . . .’

First impressions are very important aren’t they? So much so that I am convinced that if I read anything else by this author that I may not like it, because quite frankly this was not the first impression I was hoping for. I do, in no way doubt that she is a great author, it is just this particular book wasn’t my cup of tea, and I love my tea so I should know.

I know a few people will not exactly agree with me, but that’s ok. However, having faced anxiety, I know how it feels to be in Audrey’s shoes, not as much, but just enough to have felt a recurrence of memories. It made me feel very vulnerable during reading this book. Not fun at all.

I felt as though the topic was not dealt with in the way that I would have liked for it to be. At a few points I thought that it was being treated as a bit of a joke. I know it’s good to laugh, but this just didn’t feel right to me.

Audrey’s mother, as well as a few other characters were extremely pushy and insensitive towards Audrey and her anxiety. Maybe it is just me, or perhaps it was supposed to be some sort of a message to people, but I tell you now, it’s not great to feel as though you have to just snap out of it and automatically change who you are. This is not the message we want to give to people about mental health. Sure, it’s nice to help with a slight push to help the person, but this was too much.

Phew! I am glad that part is over. Now onto what was actually good about it.

Audrey’s brother just made this book for me. He was such a comical character and did this without coming across like other characters did. I genuinely loved his relationship with Audrey. He acts like a usual brother, but also shows signs of someone who really cares. He also had an intelligence and wit which added so much depth to his persona. Anytime he and Audrey were together, the book was ok.

Sorry to anyone who may have enjoyed it. 

Lonely Girl Awards Finding Audrey: 2 / 5 Happy Faces