More mini-reviews! Yay! This is what happens when you hunker down in your home to escape the heat outside. Honestly, I think all this reading is starting to burn me out haha. 

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

I listened to the audiobook version and I must say, listening to these celebrities narrate their essays and memoirs has been amazing so far. A bit of their personalities shine through. Anna Kendrick’s is no exception. 

I think Anna Kendrick has been the realest. She holds absolutely nothing back when talking about her life. And I could relate to her in a way I didn’t think would be possible. She’s an anxious oddball! Was I a huge fan of hers before? Eh, not really, sort of? I can watch the Pitch Perfect movies on repeat all day though haha. Now I think I’ll see her a little differently. She let her crazy out and I really enjoyed it.

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy has been left home alone for a month. Her twin brother is at a “summer enrichment program” (aka rehab), her mother is setting up their new home in Connecticut, and her father? Well, her father died 3 months before in a car accident; Amy was the driver. Now Amy’s mother needs her to get the family car from California to Connecticut. Enter Roger, an old family friend. He has to get to the East Coast and is willing to do the drive with Amy. An amazing road trip ensues.

Roger and Amy go on the greatest cross-country road trip ever. Her mom had planned out the trip’s original route but Amy and Roger decide to take detours. Loved it. As they’re stuck spending hours together they get to know each other and help one another out. 

When you’re trying to read but your dog won’t let you lol

Throughout the book, there are pictures and receipts from the trip scattered around which I liked. Plus music playlists! It made Amy’s scrapbook seem real. And they come across so many people that help them on their personal journeys. Besides, they actually go to some pretty cool places!

I want to go on a road trip! Haven’t been on one in what seems like forever. Sigh. Morgan Matson is definitely one of my new favorite authors.

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

Frank is a vinyl record store owner in 1980’s England. One day a strange woman faints outside his shop. A tentative friendship springs up between him and Ilse. 

So vinyl records. Frank is an old soul, and refuses to sell tapes, cd’s and whatnot. He has a knack for finding people the music they need. Just by listening to your story, he knows what it is you should listen to. Now because he only sells vinyl, his store begins to suffer as people flock to pick up the new shiny tech. Actually, the whole street is suffering. Then Ilse appears and things are okay for Frank for a while. Then flash forward to 2009 and Frank has been dealt many blows. His shop is no more, his old shop neighbors have all either died or moved on, Ilse hasn’t been seen in so long.

Sigh. This book was an all-around downer. I picked it up thinking it would be like The Little Paris Bookshop but with music. In a way it was. Frank is very passionate about music and it’s all extremely interesting. Everything outside that is a bit of a bummer though. I dreaded picking this book up. It ends on a relatively happy note but getting there was a depressing read.

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks



Erin is in an abusive marriage. Her husband Kevin, a detective in Boston, is extremely controlling and beats Erin for absolutely zero reason. She manages to escape to Southport, a small beachside town. There, she is finally safe, living a life of her own, and falling for Alex, a widower with two young children. But Kevin is desperate to find her.

Okay. This is my first Nicholas Sparks book and it wasn’t that bad. I’ve seen the movie adaptation before so all of the plot twists weren’t surprising to me. 

I think my biggest problem is the writing style. It kept telling me all these things, but not really showing it. Plus, some things were completely unbelievable. And oh my goodness, if Erin’s beauty was discussed one more time I was going to scream. Seriously. Her good looks were always mentioned. I’m sure she has other attributes! Ugh. 

Anyway, it was an okay read. 

If you made it this far, you’re a trouper haha




Happy blogging everyone! 🙂

3 thoughts on “Mini-Reviews: Anna Kendrick, Road Trips, Music, and Nicholas Sparks

  1. Omg I love Anna Kendrick. I’m surprised you didn’t like beforehand, you know! She’s so down-to-earth and real, she literally comes across as such a normal person.
    The road trip one by Morgan Matson seems alright… is the writing good? I still haven’t picked up a Matson book… yet.
    Is it weird that the Music Shop sounds really intriguing? It does sound depressing but it seems like it’s a fairly realistic book. If you want a happier music shop book, you might like High Fidelity if you haven’t read it already. You won’t like the MC though.
    You know what, I can’t believe I didn’t realise it before but Nicholas Sparks does do a lot of telling instead of showing. Based on the plot, I’m guessing it’s Kevin that dies… someone always has to die in his book.
    Totally with you, the hot weather is too exhausting to even want to do anything when you’re outside.

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    1. I like that she doesn’t take herself too seriously. Very down to earth! I only knew her as that girl from Twilight and of course, Pitch Perfect lol.

      Lmao the writing isn’t too bad. I *think* it was her debut? So… yeah haha. Honestly, I loved all the traveling they did. It’s nice. An easy read.

      The Music Shop is good! A bit quirky. Just too much of a downer for me. Made it seem like it dragged on forever. But the music references are amazing!

      Kevin does die!!! He was evil so I didn’t cry over it. But yep. You called it. Someone died. All of the books dialogue would take up 5 pages. Seriously. It’s all “she did this, he did that”. A bit tedious.

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      1. Oh God, her character was so annoying in Twilight and yet still better than Bella. 🙍🏼‍♀️ I wonder how she managed to stay modest considering Pitch Perfect was a global sensation.

        Paha, I guess, yeah, it can be difficult to read a book that is depressing when it is quite a lengthy spell. It just rubs off. That’s why The Secret History was a torture lol. Otherwise, I hope the ending hinted towards something lighter.

        Oh my God, so he actually killed off someone who was unlikeable for once? That growth. 😪 Sparks’s books are getting progressively worse then. AWTR, the Notebook and Dead John weren’t like that. If you haven’t already, probably not best to read The Last Song. My God. That one was terrible and yet had such a high rating on Goodreads somehow *sigh*

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