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Our April 2019 Read

Love letters. Bomber jackets. Korean yogurt smoothies.

No, I'm not talking about your personal heaven. It's our April 2019 read . . .

Chances are you've already heard about the lovely, sassy novel-turned-film that's taken the rom-com world by storm. The movie already has a massive following, but because I am a strong believer that the book is always better, I decided to read this last week. Spoiler alert: it's amazing.

What it's about:

Lara Jean's never had a boyfriend, but she's loved before. Whenever a crush gets too strong and threatens to consume her, she writes a goodbye love letter and seals it up in a teal hatbox her mother gave her, never to be sent. She'd die if the people she wrote letters to - heartthrob Peter Kavinsky who was her first kiss, sweet Kenny from camp, doesn't-actually-like-girls Lucas, brainy John Ambrose, and her neighbor/former best friend/sister's boyfriend Josh - ever received her letters. Naturally, her whole world does a cartwheel when the letters do actually get sent out. Desperate to conceal her lingering infatuation with Josh, she quickly jumps into a fake relationship with Peter Kavinsky, who's trying to make his ex jealous. Drama unfolds as Lara Jean tries to sort out her feelings while keeping her secrets under wraps.

“I didn't fall for you, you tripped me!” ~Jenny Han, To All the Boys I've Loved Before

How I'm Reading It:

Don't you love this polka dot tablecloth? I think it's so fun.

1. The book

I'm reading this book old fashioned style: a physical, print copy! After the movie was released and the aficionado explosion, I was on the e-book wait list for six months, and I still hadn't received it. Strolling in my library, I discovered that the first book was right there, no hold required! That right there is proof my library is the best.

2. The cupcakes

For a read like this, I chose something just as sweet: Topsy-Turvy Neapolitan Cupcakes! I love this recipe because it's three delicious flavors rolled into one - chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. The vanilla cake on bottom is moist and spongey, the chocolate cake on top is fudgy and delicious, and the strawberry buttercream has a delicious ice-cream like taste.

3. The tea

I love, love, love this tea! It's Twinings Pure White Tea, Twinings being one of my favorite brands. You can't see in this one, because I let it steep too long as I was taking pictures, but it has this beautiful pale green color when you brew it correctly. It has a lovely aroma and is so fragrant and delicate I don't even feel the need to put any sweetener in it. If you're not into matcha but don't want something as dark as black teas, this is perfect for you!

I hope you're as excited about this month's read as I am! Pop over to your local library and pick this book up because we have a long month of snickerdoodles, romance, and fun ahead of us. If you haven't already, make sure to subscribe to my site to receive two weekly book club emails and a party plan with recipes!

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