Eleanor and Park: A Love for the Ages

Happy Valentine’s Day, you heart-eyed lovelies. I’ve come to you on Cupid’s favorite day—or is it his least favorite because he has to do a lot of work?—with a post that’s about two years in the making. That’s right, y’all. It’s Eleanor and Park time!

As you may or may not remember (or be aware of), a few years ago, I started working on posts dedicated to my love of the four Rainbow Rowell books as I enjoyed my first time rereading them; her latest book, Carry On, hadn’t been published yet. Going in reverse chronological order meant that my favorite YA book of hers, Eleanor and Park, would be the last one I discussed in the series. However, shenanigans ensued. I lost the notebook where I had taken extensive notes during my rereads, and I wanted there to be some semblance of order while I vomited my immense love for E&P. Then too much time passed, and I felt I’d missed the window to talk about it.

I started my second reread of the book late last year, and I figured I’d give blogging about it another shot. I didn’t have a good notebook for keeping track of my thoughts, so I decided to do the unthinkable . . . a close reading (wherein you write notes INSIDE the book). I know! I’ve only done it one and a half times before, and it kills me a little on the inside each time. I just can’t support it, and I also feel like I don’t get much out of the experience (that’s a story for another time)! But knowing I had two other copies of E&P made it semi-okay.

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Naturally, while unpacking, I found the notebook with my original reread notes . . .

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Anyway! Being distracted by the other books I’ve blogged about in the past two months ended up being a blessing in disguise because now I get to talk about my favorite romantic coupling for the year’s most romantic holiday. Yaaaaaaay!!! You ready?

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Bloodborne – Fear the Old Blood

Howdy lovely readers, Super Hubs here:

I recently finished Bloodborne – just yesterday actually – because from the beginning I knew I wanted to write about it but I wanted to experience the whole story before writing about it. As is usually the case with these game reviews I’m not going to talk about the actual gameplay much because that’s not what you people are here for. You’re here for stories and story impressions! But for those of you who are so inclined I will say that the gameplay is fantastic. It’s fast and, though difficult, it is built in a way that means you can master it enough to win. Finishing this game made me feel more accomplished than any other game I’ve played and it will legitimately be difficult for me to enjoy other 3rd person action games from here on.

That’s all you get in terms of gameplay though! 10/10 play the damn thing cus it’s fun. The story though, the story is pristine. It’s fairly well known at this point, but just in case any of you who want to play it are still in the dark and don’t want to be spoiled I’m gonna put a big ol’ spoiler warning here. Keep reading after the break if you already know and/or don’t care. So…

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