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Mommy's Reading Break

I'll read almost anything if it sounds good, but I tend to read mostly YA, and a lot of those are paranormal or dystopian. I have started to branch out into more contemporary lately.

Currently reading

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Jim Dale, J.K. Rowling
Eat, Brains, Love
Jeff Hart
Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Kevin Collins
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1) - Stephanie Perkins I’ve been avoiding writing this review, and even now, I’m having a hard time with it. I think this review would be easier to write if I loved or hated Anna and the French Kiss, but I didn’t. Even now, more than a week after finishing, I’m having a hard time figuring out my feelings for it.Honestly, I think I just expected more from it. This is a book that I have been seeing people rave about online for months, so I think I just had too high of expectations. But it wasn’t terrible either. I know that I tend to not be a huge contemporary fan, but I have found some that I’ve loved, so I know that isn’t the only factor at play here.I think the biggest problem for me was that I just didn’t connect with Anna or St. Clair. Anna seemed whiny to me. I get it. You were sent away to a foreign country, where you don’t know anyone or the language, and you miss everyone at home. But ugh. I just had had enough of it very quickly. Also, St. Clair seemed likable enough, but there was nothing swoon-worthy about him for me. Also, I felt like every time their relationship started to get interesting, one of them would just say or do something stupid to ruin it. It was insanely frustrating for me.Another thing that I think this book had against it for me is that, unlike most people, I’m not a fan of France. Reading French words frustrates me, and while I think it might be nice to visit Paris, I don’t really have any strong desire to go there. I know, I’m totally the odd duck with this because most people DREAM about Paris, the city of love, but I just have no interest in it. (*runs and hides*)What I did like about Anna and the French Kiss is that there was no insta-love. There was instant attraction on Anna’s part, but she didn’t think that she was in love with St. Clair right away. I liked that St. Clair had a British accent (I was DYING for an audiobook when I found that out! lol) I liked that Anna wasn’t a jerk when she realized she had feelings for St. Clair. She didn’t immediately set out to steal him from his girlfriend or anything, which did make me respect her some. There were also several funny moments.Overall, I thought that Anna and the French Kiss was an okay book, but that it just wasn’t the right book for me. I think I had too high of expectations based on how many people I’ve seen love it, and was just left disappointed. However, I definitely see how many people would love this book, especially if you love Contemporaries, Romance, or Paris.This review is also posted on my blog