TOP TEN TUESDAY : LAST 10 BOOKS THAT GAVE ME BOOK HANGOVER

The topic for this week’s TTT is Authors with Fun Social Media Presence. I unfortunately don’t really follow authors on social media, so this topic is not for me. So I’m going to do a topic from 2 weeks ago that I had been interested in but could not end up doing.

I define book hangover as something that makes it difficult for me to move on from a book. It could be both a good thing or a bad.

It’s about the last 10 books that gave me book hangover. Better late than never!


       

Cheese in the Trap : This webtoon or graphic novel has the most realistic and compelling portrayal about human nature. It’s based on the college life of student Hong Sul who suddenly finds a senior Jung Yoo being friendly to her. It’s jarring because she suspects that the terrible things that happened to her last year was all thanks to him.

The characters in this are all so fascinating. I finished the 301 chapters in a day!

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird : This wasn’t a good sort of book hangover. Rather, it was the longing for more that made it hard for me to move on. More insight into a certain character. A longing for perhaps a different sort of execution. Or just a better closure maybe.

Wild at Heart : I was so sucked into the world of the Alaskan wilderness, that it  took me some time to get out of it. The book is perhaps a little too domestic for some people, but I savored every little thing about it.

If I Never Met You : A strong independent woman rediscovering herself and her life after breaking up with her long-term boyfriend. I was fully invested in her journey. *Whispers* And the fake romance trope…

Chasing Lucky : It’s not perfect, but this YA had just the right amount of teenage angst and misadventures to draw me in. Also, Lucky is reason enough for a book hangover.

Lucky Caller : A group of unlikely students are brought together because of an assignment about having a radio show of  their own. What follows is a hilarious and warm tale of friendship and love.

Where the Lost Wander : A poignant love story at the backdrop of the Oregon trail and traversing the Wild West back in the the 1850s. It’s not an easy read but gripping all the same. What’s amazing is that it’s based on a real story of real people.

Headliners : A love story of two rival TV presenters who are forced by circumstances to co-host a morning show. Need I say more?

Ninth House : This one has a lot of mixed reviews. But I found the story and the universe compelling enough to move on from.

Bring Down the Duke : No book has since been able to surpass the effect that this amazing gem of a book had in me. I loved this love story between a duke and a destitute blue stocking with the backdrop of the suffrage movement so much! I found it hard for a week to read anything else. I kept going back to it. Talk about a massive book hangover.


 

Tag: The Prediction Book Tag

Hello folks! I’m doing a tag after ages. Thanks to the amazing Sara for tagging me. I had a lot of fun doing this!


Rules:

.x. pingback to the creator of the tag, @bookprincessreviews .x.
.x. tag the person who tagged you .x.
.x. find an answer to match each prompt .x.
.x. have fun! .x.


All of these prompts are your predictions for your…

Next Read

It’s honestly difficult to say for sure. I tend to be impulsive with what books I pick. But the ARC of This Terrible Beauty is calling to me.

Next 5 Star Read

I intend to read The Help very soon. And I’m positive that this gem will garner 5 stars from me. I’ve said it!

Next 1 Star Read


I was supposed to read The Kissing Game a month ago. But the abysmal reviews has me procrastinating and regretting that I requested this ARC.

Next Love Interest (or Character That Seems Really Cool to You)

I’m really excited to read A Murderous Relation – the next installment of Veronica Speewell. Stoker from this series is a great and cool love interest. If I may say, Veronica herself is a very cool character!

Next Book You’ll Be Buying

I’ve been looking for The Name of the Wind in our city’s bookshops for a while in vain. We don’t even have Amazon in our country. So I have to pay extra shipping fees to order it through third parties. It’ll take a little time but I’ll make sure to get it in my hands!

Next Book That Will Leave You With a Book Hangover (and Desperately Wanting a Reread or Next in Series)

Hopefully all the books that I mentioned here (even the suspected 1-star read). But I’m confident that The Help and The Name of the Wind would do it.

 


I’m tagging:

 Happytonic | Dinipandareads | Alex


If you like this tag and feel like doing it, please go ahead! I’d love to see your take on it!

BOOK REVIEW : House Of Earth And Blood

Author: Sarah J. Mass
Links
: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository .
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Genre: Fantasy; Romance; New Adult
Release Date: March 3rd 2020.


synopsis

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.


review

This is a not an easy book to review. For one, it’s 800+ pages long. Add to that, the four parts of the book read like separate books with their different flows and pacing and also styling. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it also makes it hard for me to judge the book on its entirety. But I’ll still make an attempt.

Here is what I liked :

  • The protagonist Bryce is flawed, independent and living a carefree life at the beginning.
  • The friendship between Bryce and Dannika. In fact, all the female friendships that Bryce has.
  • The equation between Bryce and her half brother.
  • The pet chimera that Bryce has.
  • The theme of slavery and its impacts.

 

Now, time for an essay on what I disliked. Brace yourselves!

The world-building

In the first part, information about the world is thrown randomly at us. It’s like Mass name-dropped a new term in every other line with little to no explanation. My head was going all “Vanir? Seven gates? Hel? Pack of devils?Under King?…Just wait!”

In her defense, Mass, at the start, does provide a map and a short rundown about the four houses of Midgar. But that still did not help me digest the blizzard of information thrown my way at the beginning.

The fluctuation of the pacing

The first part while not boring, did feel overwhelming and failed to engage me. But the climax of that part, and the beginning of the second part not only was impactful but it compelled me to be invested in the story. But that was probably the peak because by 40%, the book again lost me. I kept zoning out while reading. The pace did pick up at certain places, and definitely at the last quarter. But I was out of patience by then.

The Murder Investigation

Murder mysteries are not Mass’s forte. The plot dragged. While I was very much still engaged when Bryce started investigating the case with Hunt, angel extraordinaire and our hero, but my interest started to slowly falter. It was unnecessarily drawn out with no end in sight. Bryce and Hunt seemed to meet up with a new person every day. A new character after every few pages, and yet no progress. After a point, I kept internally willing the investigation to just wrap up!

Unconvincing character development of the protagonist

I found Bryce to be a breath of fresh air at first. She is simply living and enjoying her life. Very unlike the author’s other heroines who I always felt were too self-righteous and slightly passive-aggressive (here’s looking at you, Feyre). I really liked that she is a genuine badass and not a martyr or self-righteous or out to save the world.

But guess what? By the end, she was all these things. The transformation, however was unconvincing.  I got backlash seeing her do and say things at the end that were a complete reversal of her character. Her evolution was simply unsatisfying.

Hunt is no Rhys

I found Hunt the most exciting when he is introduced to us in a chapter with POV of his investigation partner Isiah. I had high expectations. But they all died just a couple of chapters later, when we get the his POV. Where was this ruthless, unpredictable, steely man that we were promised?

It had taken a book and a half for us to slowly grasp the character that was Rhys. But only a couple of chapters did that for Hunt. I think it would have been better for us to get his POV a little later on. The mystery of what made him tick went away too soon.

The unimpressive romance

The synopsis claims that the romance is sizzling. I guess by their definition, sizzling romance means the main couple getting interrupted every time they are about to have sex. It’s a 800+ page novel for god’s sake! That’s not to say I did not like the early equation between the two. There are misunderstandings about each other. But the moment they are cleared, these two start bonding and sharing life stories. The progression of the romance also could have been better.

The feeling of dejavu

There were just too many similarities with Mass’s other books and characters for me to ignore them. There are four cities here instead of courts. There was some rebellion and war that the hero took part in. The hero has lost the woman he loved. There is an oracle. Even certain scenes, and the ending itself had stark echoes from A course of Thorns and Roses.

It’s officially my least favorite work by Mass. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t read her previous works. But so many of the myths and plot devices felt borrowed from her other works that it screamed for originality! I was also underwhelmed by the epilogue. I doubt I’ll read the sequel.


ratings

★★☆☆☆

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Favorite Books With Single-Word Titles

Time for another Top Ten Tuesday! The theme for the week is “Books With Single-Word Titles”.  I was confused. Should I just list random books with single word titles? Or should it be books I have read? So I went with the single-word titles that I enjoyed.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


Emma by Jane Austen


Persuasion by Jane Austen

Rebecca by Daphne du Murier

Arabella by Georgette Heyer

 

Frederica by Georgette Heyer

 

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

 

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Transcend by Jewel E Ann

Kulti by Mariana Zapata


 

BOOK REVIEW : The Shadows Between Us

Author: Tricia Levenseller
Links
: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository .
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy; Romance
Release Date: February 25th 2020.


synopsis

Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?


review

Looks like I’m on the minority in this. I expected  to like this one. Because I’d heard really good things about the author and her previous work. But this might end up as her only book that I read.

The author calls this her Slytherin romance. Maybe it is. Because it reminded me of one of those Harry Potter fanfictions I used to read back in school with Slytherin characters at the foreground. (That’s not to say all fanfictions are bad. That would be an unfair generalization. It’s just that I was so indiscriminate in reading whatever I came across, I had the misfortune of having more bad reads than good. Even so, I’ve read some brilliant pieces of writing in my time as a fanfiction reader. But I digress.)

Back to the topic. Brilliant piece of writing isn’t exactly what I would call this book. I found the writing clumsy, even beyond the few typos that I came across. I compared this book to a fanfiction, because while it might be the manifestation of the author’s desire to write a Slytherin romance, there was no depth to it. Here are a few examples:

Little to no world building

The world building was very disappointing. We find out very little about this universe and its making, over the course of the book. Maybe the author thought that the readers would find it dull to read pages and pages of world building or stream of consciousness? That’s why she drops us in the middle of this universe without any warning. But that did not help the book. Rather, her writing lacked conviction and the story still fell flat.

Unsatisfactory delineation of the protagonist

It only takes a couple of pages for us to find that the protagonist is morally compromised. And her goal is to seduce the shadow king into marrying her and then kill him. You will agree with me that this is pretty dark stuff. And I like my dark heroines. But there needs to be conviction in her portrayal. What does the author do to set this up? We are fed a few lines of how something terrible happened to Alessandra to kickstart her descent into darkness.

But to want to kill the king? We are told that she has been ignored by her father forever in favor of a more likeable sister. So Alessandra wants power and attention. That’s her reason. But she could still have that power even if she became a queen without killing the husband. I just found the reasoning very shallow. Not enough time is spent to show us how how she reached this conclusion without ever even having met the king.  I would not have minded a few pages more on her delineation and stream of consciousness. Or perhaps a flashback of that terrible incident that forever changed her.

Laughingly predictable storyline

So how does Alessandra decide to catch the eyes of the king? Wear black to the ball and dance with everyone except the king.  And voila! He is fascinated.

Not only this, everything from the mysterious villain after the king’s life, to the ending – it all screamed predictable to me.

No proper character development

The author not only spends little to no effort in building or setting up the protagonist’s dark character, but she also spends equal amount of effort in delineating her change of mind. Shocking.

Everything was just dull

If you promise us a Slytherin romance, if nothing else, the least you could do is deliver some scintillating conversations. If you promise us a ‘king of shadows’, the least you could do is make him interesting. The author failed on both counts.

I thought the book would turn tenfold interesting when Alessandra entered the castle. But it turned even duller if that’s possible. The conversations between Alessandra and the king were yawn-inducing. No spark. Nothing. There is this part where the king offers a fake courtship to her. It read like a typical New Adult scene.

I was disappointed by everything about the book. The world-building, the storytelling, the characterizations, everything. This is simply a lazy piece of writing. But looking at the hordes of high ratings it received, you should definitely take my opinions with a grain of salt.


ratings

★★☆☆☆

MONTHLY WRAP-UP : February 2020

monthly wrap up

Reviews:

ARC:


Chasing Lucky ★★★★★

Non- ARCs :


Marriage on Madison Avenue ★★★★☆
Yes No Maybe So ★★★☆☆
If I Never Met You ★★★★★
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird ★★★☆☆
Wild at Heart ★★★★★

 

Non – Review Posts

Top Ten Tuesday :
Characters I’d follow on Social Media

Others
DNF Diary January 2020
WWW Wednesday


February was a good reading month. Just look at those high ratings! But I again got lazy with my ARC reading. Hope I can make up for that on March!

BOOK REVIEW : WILD AT HEART

Author: K. A. Tucker
Links
: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository .
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Contemporary; Women’s fiction; Chick Lit: Romance
Release Date: January 1st 2020.


synopsis

Wild at Heart (Wild, #2)From the internationally best-selling author of The Simple Wild comes the continuation of a woman’s journey to Alaska and a life she never imagined for herself.

Calla Fletcher returns to Toronto a different person, struggling to find direction and still very much in love with the rugged bush pilot she left behind. When Jonah arrives on her doorstep with a proposition she can’t dismiss, she takes the leap and rushes back to Alaska to begin their exciting future together.

But Calla soon learns that even the best intentions can lead to broken promises, and that compromise comes with a hefty price—a log cabin in interior rural Alaska that feels as isolating as the western tundra.

With Jonah gone more than he’s home, one neighbor who insists on transforming her into a true Alaskan, and another who seems more likely to shoot her than come to her aid, Calla grapples with forging her own path. In a world with roaming wildlife that has her constantly watching over her shoulder and harsh conditions that stretch far beyond the cold, dark, winter months, just stepping outside her front door can be daunting.

This is not the future Calla had in mind, leaving her to fear that perhaps she is doomed to follow in her mother’s fleeing footsteps after all.


review

The only problem I had with The Simple Wild was its ending and a lack of closure. So imagine my delight when I found out about a sequel. I literally whooped! Okay? In fact, I was so pleased that I forgot to be worried about it potentially disappointing me. It was only after having finished the book did I realize that I had not even thought of a hugely favorite book being ruined by a crappy sequel. And that realization made me laugh!

Because, the final verdict?

Dun. Dun. Dun…

I LOVED IT!

I think I might have loved it even more than The Simple Wild! Just how great is that? I’m just so happy that my whole journey in regards to this book – from finding out about it, to getting it on my hands to reading it at one go – has been pleasant and oh so satisfying!

If you haven’t read The Simple Wild, it will be hard for you to follow this book, though. It is the continuation of Calla’s journey. To sum it up, She is a city girl who visited her ailing father in Alaska where she rediscovers herself and finds love. This book is about her life after she decides to move with Jonah to Alaska.

Here are the highlights of what I enjoyed about the book –

The story was simple and heartening

It’s not a very plot-heavy book. The story is simple. Calla has decided to follow her heart and move to the small remote town of Anchorage in Alaska with Jonah. This book follows her journey, her relationship with Jonah and how she finds her place in this small town. It’s a poignant story.

Jonah and Calla’s relationship is the BEST

These two are couple goals. Their relationship isn’t perfect. And that’s what made it such a perfect read. The conflicts they go through are very real and relatable – whether to buy or rent a house; readiness on marriage and children; how much to spend or save; what pets to have; what flying gigs to take. Jonah and Calla are as opposite as night and day. He’s laid-back, gruff, direct and a spendthrift. She’s high-maintenance, posh, reticent and has an expensive taste. They call each other Yeti and Barbie. And these differences makes it even more enjoyable because these two always try to find a middle ground.

Odds are stacked against them. Calla has her mother’s legacy working against her. They are both starting over in a new town with no safety nets. But these two are completely committed to their relationship. Both of them make sacrifices and compromises to make it work. It made for a compelling story. I absolutely adore both of them. From the way he teases her to the way they both do things to make each other happy. Everything about them is just perfect!

The author nails the setting

The world building yet again was perfectly done by the author. She does well to set up the remoteness and isolating nature of the Alaskan town. When Calla is unnerved by the strange feelings of being watched, I felt it too. I was just so sucked in by this world! I felt like a part of it.

The secondary characters were just as engaging

The secondary characters added to the strength of the plot. All of them had their own minor arcs. There is this sub-plot of Roy, a loner who is a pain for the neighborhood.  The way he goes from just an irritating neighbor to some sort of father figure for Calla was beautiful to see. Then there’s Muriel, a bossy and imposing neighbor who Calla finds intimidating at first but soon warms up to. Agnes and Mabel, who are like Jonah’s adoptive family, make an appearance too.

No unnecessary angst

I’d been dreading unnecessary angst or separation for Jonah and Calla. And while they do have fights and arguments, none of them feel unnecessary. There are two events which do provide ample tension. But I liked that the author does not stretch them needlessly.

….

My only qualm with The Simple Wild was that we did not get a satisfying closure on Calla and Jonah. Wild at Heart gives us that. And even then I was left wanting more of them! I want a Jonah for myself. Pretty please!


ratings

★★★★★

BOOK REVIEW : THE TWO LIVES OF LYDIA BIRD

Author: Josie Silver
Links
: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository .
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Contemporary; Women’s fiction; Chick Lit: Romance
Release Date: January 1st 2020.


synopsis

Lydia Bird is living a happy, normal little life–she has a good job, a wonderful fiancé, Freddie, and the usual daily dramas of buying groceries and being in a relationship. And then everything stops: Freddie is killed in a car crash on his way to pick up his best friend, Jonas. Her world bottoms out.

Lydia retreats from the company of her sister, her mother, and from Jonas, the only other person who understands her loss. Alone and adrift, she seeks a small amount of solace in the sleeping pills her doctor prescribes for her, which give her relief in the form of abnormally deep sleep. But they also come with an increasingly complicated gift: Whenever she takes a pill, she emerges in another world. A world in which Freddie is still alive.

And so Lydia returns again and again to the doorway of her past, living two lives, impossibly, at once. In one, her relationship with Freddie and her friendship with Jonas move along as scheduled, and in the other, that same friendship begins to become something else, something very unexpected and yet thrillingly familiar.

Written with Josie Silver’s trademark warmth and wit, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is a powerful love story, by turns joyous and devastating, about the questions of fate and chance that we find at life’s crossroads, and what happens when one woman is given the painful, miraculous chance to answer them.


review

Josie Silver remains a frustrating author just as she was in her debut One Day in December. That does not mean I did not like The Two Lives of Lydia Bird. Rather, I liked it very much so. But it suffers from the same problems as her first novel, if not more. Here’s my two cents the book.

 

The beginning is slow and sluggish

I struggled a lot when going through the beginning of the book. I was very close to DNF-ing. So I skimmed through much of it until a part came that did manage to grab my interest. The writing could have been better at first. I’ve read books where tragedy strikes very early in the book, and even then it is no less impactful. Maybe if we had seen a sweet scene between Freddie and Lydia right at the start, things would have been different. But here the death of Freddie wasn’t impactful. It did not keep me glued to the pages. Instead, the pacing suffered even more. Nothing happens for a long time.

Did Lydia really need an alternate life arc?

Although it does not start in a promising note, Lydia’s journey was beautiful to read. It was stirring to see her find her way through grief. But when she starts to take prescription medicine for sleeping during which she lives an alternate life with Freddie in it, one question kept recurring in my head – ‘Why? Why is this happening?’ I kept wondering what the purpose of this whole alternate life arc was. Is this for her healing? Couldn’t she heal all by herself without it? And as the story progresses, I could see events in this alternate life did affect her feelings and actions in the present tense.

By the end I still could not understand why this ‘alternate life arc’ was introduced. Sure, it did accelerate her healing process, but couldn’t she have done all this by herself? There is this particular event in the alternate life that is jarring for Lydia because it’s ugly, totally unlike the sweet escape that she expects to experience with the help of sleeping. I felt it was a lazily convenient approach to bring her to an epiphany about. I would have preferred an alternate version of this book without the parallel life arc where Lydia achieves the same things without that crutch, and we get a little more insight into the other characters.

Josie Silver sucks at endings and payoffs

Right now, I also want an alternate ending that is not abrupt. Yes, you read that right. Josie Silver yet again delivered an unsatisfying and abrupt ending to her book. Okay, not completely unsatisfying, because the final scene did give me butterflies. But the butterflies died a fast death at the abrupt ending. What would it take for her to give us an epilogue?

Romance? What romance?

The romance or what little there was of it was not satisfying. It was poignant and beautiful. But not satisfactory. I wouldn’t even call it a romance. It’s a love story between two friends and is more about them coming to terms with an unimaginable loss individually and together. I don’t want to give a spoiler even though it’s clear from the very beginning who’s the love interest. But we don’t see enough of him in my opinion. I loved him and longed for a deeper insight into his character. His point of view would have done wonders for me! Yet, I understand that this was Lydia’s journey. I rooted for her. I cheered for her. And I deserved a better payoff!


ratings

★★★☆☆

WWW Wednesday

After meaning to start doing WWW for quite a long while, I’ve finally jumped the gun. Yaay for me!

WWW Wednesday is hosted over at Taking on a World of Words and just involves answering the 3 Ws!


What are you currently reading?

Fighting For Rain  by BB Easton

What did you recently finish reading?

Wild at Heart by K. A. Tucker

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

Praying For Rain  by BB Easton

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Dying For Rain by BB Easton

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

TOP TEN TUESDAY : Characters I’d Follow On Social Media

Happy Tuesday, guys! The topic for week’s TTT is characters I’d follow on Social Media, something I really found interesting!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


Disclaimer: Okay, if I had the choice I’d definitely follow all Harry Potter characters on my social media. But I’m just picking the top three characters for this list.

Ron Weasley (Harry Potter)

The thought of Ron Weasley and his sarcastic and witty quips to lighten up my social media makes me so happy!

Fred & George Weasley (Harry Potter)

I have a feeling that the Weasley twins would be the Meme king and post the funniest prank videos.

Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)

Anyone remember that one time Luna Lovegood did commentary for the quidditch match? What I wouldn’t give to find commentary like that regularly on my social media feed!

Karou (Daughter of Smoke & Bones)

Karou would post her amazing art and fill my feed with awesome aesthetics!

Calla (The Simple Wild)

Aesthetics. Aesthetics. Aesthetics. She lives in Alaska and would give me travel goals!

Rhysand (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

I’d love Rhysand and his brand of humor on social media. Besides, I’d also get great pics of the gang!

Lucy Hutton (The Hating Game)

Lucyyy! Okay, to be honest, as much as I love her, my prime reason for following her would be getting glimpses of Joshua because I really don’t see him ever getting a social media or being active on it.

Anabelle (Bringing Down the Duke)

Anabelle would be lovely to follow on social media. I’d not only get updates on her suffrage movement but also get to see glimpses of her life with my favorite duke!

Emma (Emma)

Out of all Austen characters, I think Emma would be the most fascinating on social media.

Blair Waldorf (Gossip Girl)

As much as the books suck, I will forever be grateful to them for the character of Blair Waldorf. She’s someone I’d obsessively stalk on social media!