17 Dec 2014

Dive Into Diversity: Challenge Announcement & Sign-Up

12 comments:
Earlier this year, the much needed, very awesome campaign for #WeNeedDiverseBooks took off in April and since then, it has been inspiring change in readers, bloggers and authors alike, who are demanding more diversity. And in the past month, through the money raised through Indiegogo, it's only further proven the fact just how passionate people are about this; I am, too.

Inspired by the campaign, one thing led to another and soon I had an idea - to host a diverse reading challenge in 2015. I was beyond excited, but I also knew I'd need some help to run it. So I reached out to one of my favourite blogs and co-blogger team, Estelle and Magan from Rather Be Reading. It turns out, they also liked the idea!

And so, Dive into Diversity was born and the rest is history.

(Also, special thanks to Rachel from Hello, Chelly for creating the button and banner!)


The challenge:
We want to keep this stress-free and fun, so all we challenge you to do is read and review diverse books in 2015. However many is up to you. But remember: the more you read, review, discuss, the better!

Books that count:
As for what counts as diverse, we like this definition taken from the We Need Diverse Books tumblr: "We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities."

How can I discover books to read throughout the challenge?
Check out this Diversity in YA/MG list or my diverse shelves:

Diversity --- QUILTBAG --- Racial, POC, Cultural

As for what I recommend? 3 of my favourite diverse books of 2014:

The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell - Japanese teenage; ALS disease; male MC. Sounds pretty diverse, right? Such a beautiful, thoughtful, heartbreaking book. This releases next year and boy, get ready to hear me talk about this one a lot. (Enter to win a preorder of this below!)

Jasper Jones by Criag Silvey - This book has YA/Adult crossover (I found my copy in the A section of the library) and the secondary character, who the book is actually named after, is Aboriginal. A wonderfully woven mystery with depth and character. Super cool fact: the author is from Western Australia (where I live) and is set in places I know of.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han - When I finished this book, I hugged it. It was just so enjoyable and sweet. It was also interesting to read about holding on to traditions and your culture, when it isn't always easy to. (my review)

Why join the challenge?
Why not? Not only is it going to be a fun, but it's going to support diverse books. Other cool things you can expect throughout the year: diverse posts, giveaways, maybe some challenges, lots of interaction.

How do I sign up?
First off, thanks for joining! To sign-up and show your participation:
- Write a post for your blog. In this post, link back to this sign-up post, include the button or banner and some of the books you look forward to reading for the challenge. If you don't have a blog, no worries! You can sign up with Youtube, Goodreads, Twitter and so on. Just remember you'll need a place to post reviews (Goodreads, Amazon, ect).
- Add your sign-up post in the linky below. This is a must to be eligible for any giveaways held throughout the year. 
- If you want to show your participation, feel free to grab the button to display on your blog. (optional)

I've signed up. Now what?
1. Come January, start reading diverse books!
2. Once you've written your diverse book review, add it to the monthly linky, which will post in the first week of every month.
3. Don't forget to use #DiveDiversity to chat, share book recs, let others know what you're currently reading and more.
4. Have fun!

Important challenge details:
- Dive into Diversity runs from January 1st, 2015 to 31st of December 2015.
- You can sign-up anytime throughout the year.
- Any book format is allowed - hardback, paperback, ebook, ect.

Dive Into Diversity Reading Challenge

<div align="center"> <a href="http://ratherbereadingblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/DiversityDive-Challenge-Button.png" title="Dive Into Diversity Reading Challenge 2015"><img src="http://ratherbereadingblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/DiversityDive-Challenge-Button.png" alt="Dive Into Diversity Reading Challenge" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

Who's ready to Dive into Diversity? 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

16 Dec 2014

How I Fared My Must-Read-Soon Reading Challenge

10 comments:
I decided not to partake in any reading challenges this year, but I did make my own (kind-of/semi) challenge of sorts. A list of must-read-soon books and some authors I wanted to finally read.  I talked about it here, along with some other reading goals. All up, I did tick off some books, but mostly, I failed. And hey, I’m okay with that. There’s next year. 

But let’s chat what I did get to finally read:

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales - This was probably the most hyped book of 2013 and no freaking wonder. I loved it.

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey - I’d heard really great things about this from fellow Aussie readers and am glad to report I really liked it. It’s a book I’d definitely re-read and an author I’ll definitely be checking out in the future. Plus, there’s a movie in the works for next year and I plan to drag my whole family to see it.

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg - I enjoyed this, and especially loved the way it dealt with labels.

Where She Went by Gayle Forman - In my goal post, I said: I wasn’t a fan of If I Stay, but apparently I just have to read this one. I’ve been told it’s better than the first. The verdict? I’m so happy to report back: I loved it! Goes to show that even if you’re not a fan of a book, doesn’t mean you won’t like the next one in the series or by the same author.

Courtney Summers: I finally read one of her books this year and unfortunately can’t say I’m a fan (yet!), but I’m going to chalk it it down to it not being the right book for me. I will be checking out her others, specifically the one I wanted to read in the first place: This is Not A Test.

I did not read Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble or books by A.S. King, Maggie Stiefvater or E. Lockhart, but I do know now own copies! I call this a step in the right direction.

I also ticked off a few either for the time being or for good. Some because the book or voice wasn’t for me; others because my brain wasn’t up to it (I’m looking at you, fantasy.)

My original challenge was nearly 30 books and that didn’t even include to-read-authors, so considering I kind of sucked at reading this year, I didn’t do half bad. I really enjoyed setting my own chilled out challenge and I’ll definitely be doing it again next year. I found it really makes you examine your TBR and assess which books and authors you’d like to read soon. And as someone who has 1000+ books on her Goodreads account, that is a good thing to do every now and then. And I'm sure many of you will agree.

Did you set yourself a challenge this year? Reading or otherwise? How did you fare? If not, would you do a DIY challenge next year? What about other 2015 reading challenges? Oh? And if you like things of the challenging sorts, keep your eyes peeled...

11 Dec 2014

Review: Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

6 comments:
Sacrifice (Elemental #5) by Brigid Kemmerer
September 24th, 2014 · Allen & Unwin
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 267

Earth. Fire. Air. Water.

One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.

Michael Merrick understands pressure. He's the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it in for his family, and he's all that stands in the way.

His girlfriend, Hannah, understands pressure too. She's got a child of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could put her life in danger at any moment.

But there are people who have had enough of Michael's defiance, his family's 'bad luck'. Before he knows it, Michael's enemies have turned into the Merricks' enemies, and they're armed for war.

They're not interested in surrender. But Michael isn't the white flag type anyway. Everything is set for the final showdown.

Four elements, one family. Will they hold together, or be torn apart? 

Even with a title like Sacrifice, I was looking forward to reading it. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Elemental series and even though I didn’t necessarily want it to end, I was looking forward to see how it would wrap up. It’s not often I come across a series that delivers which each book - yet this series did just that. Sacrifice was no different.

I love Michael, but if you’ve read the series, you’ll well know he’s a rather mysterious character. I was glad we finally got to hear from his POV in Sacrifice, along with Hannah, his maybe-kinda girlfriend. Both are older characters, in the twenties, but it still felt like a YA; it worked and the voice never felt out of place.

I love how fast paced and action packed this instalment was, right from the get go. So much so, that while every book played an important part in the series, it was like it was all leading to this book; to this fight.

The only fault I had was with the ending, which I felt was rushed and anti-climatic. When the “sacrifice” part of the novel takes place, I just found it wasn’t as powerful a punch as it probably should have been. Sacrifice wrapped having tied loose ends, but it also felt a little too open-ended, considering it’s the last book in the series. It’s disappointing we won’t be getting another book, but I was pretty happy with how it ended. And hey, positive thinking - now it's open if the author ever decides to continue the series. All in all, it was a kick-ass ending and closed on a bang, and that’s how it should be. Because kick-ass and banging? That pretty much sums up this series.

4/5

Have you read Sacrifice? Were you happy with the ending? No spoilers (!), but what did you think of the "sacrifice"? Are you excited for the authors next book releasing 2015, Thicker than Water?

9 Dec 2014

Debut Twitter Chat - Save the Date!

5 comments:
As you probably know, I'm a huge supporter of debuts. Hence the reason I started the feature Debut Delirium this year and why I hope to continue it again in 2015. If, like me, you've been excitedly adding '15 books to your TBR, you've probably stumbled upon some of the incredible debuts set to release next year. I know I have! The thing is, I want to know more - about the debuts, these upcoming authors and more. So, I reached out to the Fearless Fifteeners about hosting a Twitter chat. And guess what? Now I'm hosting the December #15chat! Exciting, right?

Who's invited?
Everyone! It's mainly to connect 2015 debut authors with bloggers and readers and vice versa, but if you're interested in upcoming debuts, you're more than welcome to join in!

What can I expect from the chat?
In a nutshell: author chatting, book excitement and geeking out over books.

You'll have a chance to get to know up and coming authors better, add more books to your TBR and generally get more excited for the upcoming debuts. Plus, there will be a chance for authors to ask any questions they might have and for bloggers to share words of wisdom they've learned from being apart of the community.

When?
The 18th/19th of December, depending where you are! (If you're unsure of time zones, go here or Tweet @readingwishes and I'll help clear things up!)

18th Dec @ 7PM (PST)
19th Dec @ 11AM (GMT+8) -- Perth, Australia

Where?
Twitter! Find us tweeting up a storm using #15chat.

Why?
Silly question, really. Because we're excited for 2015 debuts, of course!

I'd love it if you'd be able to join us! Spread the word and if you're not fast asleep (time zones are tricky things) or booked out yet (Christmas is a busy time of year), save the date! I hope to see you there!

2 Dec 2014

Top Ten Books I'm Anticipating In 2015

12 comments:
Top Ten Tuesday is held by The Broke and the Bookish and involves lists and books, two of my favourites. Today's topic is one I'm super excited to talk about - 2015 books I'm anticipating. To be able to write this post, I decided not to focus too much on the upcoming debuts because otherwise I would have struggled even more than I did. Plus, debuts will be getting their very own post in early January. So stayed tuned for that as well! Now - let's chat books:
The Devil You Know by Trish Doller - I’m such a big fan of this author and I’m always anticipating her next book. This looks creepy (good)!

Dahlia Adler books - Under the Lights - I really enjoyed Behind the Scenes and I have a feeling I’ll like this even more than that one. It’s LGBT, plus have you seen that gorgeous, diverse cover? My Name is Everett - This is Dahlia’s book of her heart and for that reason alone, I want to read it. So far all I know is that it's set at a boarding school? Colour me intrigued.

The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen - I loved 17 First Kisses and it was definitely one of my favourites of the year. So excited to see what story the author has up her sleeve for this book. And a blurb would be nice, too. Yes. I’m excited for a book I know nothing about. That’s how much I enjoyed the authors debut.


Sophomore Year Is Greek To Me - I’m not one who usually gravitates to younger YA/Middle-grade, but I read Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters in 2012 and was a fan. I’m hoping this is just as fun!

Unbreakable by Robin Talley - Robin's debut was a thoughtful, important book that I enjoyed. I'm not the biggest historical fan, so I'm so excited she's a doing contemporary and again, it's an LGBT. Yay diversity!

What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi - Loved her sophomore novel, The Summer I Wasn't Me and can't wait to back track and read her debut. Sounds great! Plus, male POV.


P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han - I loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and was so sad when I reached the end of it. I can’t wait for this one! Love Jenny Han.

Sonny by Kody Keplinger - I’d been hanging out for a new Kody Keplinger YA this year, but it never came. So yay! 2015!

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord - I was a huge fan of Open Road Summer, so I can’t wait for this one. The story sounds amazing.

1 Dec 2014

Review: Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler

6 comments:
Last Will and Testament (Radleigh University #1) by Dahlia Adler
Decemebr 9th, 2014 · Self-published
Source: Review
Format: E-ARC
Page Count: 412
Lizzie Brandt was valedictorian of her high school class, but at Radleigh University, all she's acing are partying and hooking up with the wrong guys. But all that changes when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, making her guardian to her two younger brothers. To keep them out of foster care, she'll have to fix up her image, her life, and her GPA—fast. Too bad the only person on campus she can go to for help is her humorless, pedantic Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson, who isn't exactly Lizzie's biggest fan.

But Connor surprises her. Not only is he a great tutor, but he’s also a pretty great babysitter. And chauffeur. And listener. And he understands exactly what it’s like to be on your own before you're ready. Before long, Lizzie realizes having a responsible-adult type around has its perks... and that she'd like to do some rather irresponsible (but considerably adult) things with him as well. Good thing he's not the kind of guy who'd ever reciprocate.

Until he does.

Until they turn into far more than teacher and student.

Until the relationship that helped put their lives back together threatens everything they both have left.  

NA is not really my cup of tea. I've read two (one I loved, the other I...let's just say it was an interesting experience), ditched a few and it’s not often I add them to my TBR. Nothing against them, it’s just not what I usually gravitate to. I will state right now: the only reason I picked this up is because Dahlia Adler penned it. Now, it all comes down to the moment of truth. Did I enjoy it? Why, yes. Yes, I did.

I feel like all the NA blurbs I've read seem to be about the character moving on after someone having died, either a parent, sibling, bonfriend. As the blurb clearly states, Lizzie loses her parents and I can't deny that made me a bit wary. (but not much; I'm pretty trust worthy when it comes to Dahlia Adler). But I really liked the way it was written. It wasn’t this dark, dreary, depressing story. More importantly, it wasn't angst-y, which I think is my biggest turn-off with NA's. I was actually surprised how funny it was, which I hadn’t been expecting from the blurb, but should have. I mean, have you met Dahlia? It wasn’t all laughs and games, but when it was, it made me grin and chuckle, and it got to the point where I had to start highlighting my favourite passages.

Early on, I was surprised to look down and see I'd only read 36 pages. Surprised because it felt like I'd read much more than that and I don't mean that in a bad way. But in how well established the characters and story already felt, all of five chapters in. With all Lizzie’s going through, you can’t help but feel for her. Even though she’s obviously devastated by her parents death, she can’t let her grief swallow her whole. She has to step up and become guardian to her two brothers. The way she soldiers on with all this new weight added to her shoulders was pretty damn amazing. I loved her feisty spirit and the fact she was half-Filipina - yay diversity!

This book is SEXY. I loved that while it’s hot, it never felt like it was just written for sexy times. It had more depth than that; with a good MC to lead and its own story to tell. Also? Connor. He may have fashion problems when it comes to pants, but don't worry, Lizzie sets him on the right path. Oh, and the romance between the two? It's good.

Also, random thought I had while reading: MC wears glasses! This makes me ridiculously happy. Not enough characters wear glasses, which is silly. Glasses are cool and I'm a perfect example of this fact. *snickers* *pouts*

If all NA's were this good - full of feeling, page-turning, heartfelt -  I'd definitely be open to reading more of them. I've heard there's a sequel in the works and I'll most definitely be tuning in.

4/5

29 Nov 2014

Book Haul: 6 Months in the Making

7 comments:
I've gotten a heap of books over the last 6 months - most were purchased or swapped, and a few were from a giveaway or for review. Either way, I thought you might like to take a sneak peak at the new/ish books on my shelf. And of course, now that I have your attention, I can do one of my favourite things - chat books!




So many books, so little time. So I'll just highlight a few titles...

Currently reading Sacrifice (thanks Allen & Unwin) and it's going great. Looking forward to seeing how the series ends. I've heard mixed things about How to Love, but I also know quite a few of blogger friends who loved it. Interested to where I fall on the scale. Same goes for Grasshopper Jungle - I think it's either a love it or hate it kind of book. What I Thought Was True and Nantucket Blue look like great Summer reads. Which, you know, is great, because it's starting to heat up in Australia! I've yet to read a book by Maggie Stiefvater (it was on my must-get-to this year... #fail), but now I have The Raven Boys, I don't have an excuse, do I? To all you super fans out there, do you think this is a good place to start? I only just found out about The Astrologer's Daughter, but it sounds great - I love a good mystery/thriller, plus it's Aussie! Spirit Bound is me just adding to my collection - VA being my favourite series and all. Gone sounds like a very entertaining series and I've heard good things. 

Which of these titles have you read or want to read yourself? Let me know which books I should bump up on the TBR!

20 Nov 2014

Review: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

11 comments:
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
April 15, 2014 · Walker Childres
Source: Library
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 352
After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

I added Open Road Summer to my to TBR last year, and since then, have read countless rave, positive reviews. I follow Emery Lord on Twitter, but it wasn't until she tweeted something the other day that finally gave me the kick I needed to run out, grab a copy and read it, pronto. All I can say is that all the love this book has been receiving this year? There's a reason. This book was fan-freaking-tastic. I'm so glad I squeezed it in before the year ended!

Reagan was a breath of fresh air; layered; and definitely unexpected. But I mean that in the best way possible. She was not without her faults and was always ready to push people away, from having her heart broken too many times. She's very real and I loved her as a character. She grew throughout the book, but still has a lot of growing up ahead of her, and I liked that. Some characters do a complete 180 degree turn around and by the end, are basically tied in a bow, with everything neat, fixed and perfect, but that wasn’t the case with Reagan. Dee, her best "infinity" friend, was an amazing character as well and I loved getting to know her. Both girls are very different, but make a perfect match as friends. They complement one another well and always have each others backs. All characters, great and small, were written with gusto and depth.

Open Road Summer read like the author had done her research with the fame and celebrity side of things. Touring; the paparazzi; getting noticed wherever you go; the constant fear of getting photographed. It was written in an insider-only voice, as if the author has first hand experience or has been secretly hiding away in Taylor Swifts tour bus. I know 99% of articles and tabloids are fake and only written to sell magazines, but again, it was a reminder of the way they twist words and edit photographs, all to make money.

My favourite aspect of Open Road Summer was without a doubt the friendship between Reigan and Dee. They have such a strong, healthy friendship and I definitely think we need to be seeing more of those on the page. I’m all for a good love interest (see: Matt Finch. Sweet guy + a big heart = swoon!), but considering how important friends are, this book shows me need way more books that showcase not only friendships, but positive ones.

Emery Lord has written one heck of a debut! Not only is it entertaining, it's beautiful and contains depth that the cover doesn't exactly let on to. Lord has a way with words, and has proven that she can write a great story, with all the trimmings (guess I'm getting in the Christmas spirit? Haha). I absolutely can't wait to read her next book!

5/5

15 Nov 2014

Getting to Know You Blog Hop & Giveaway

27 comments:
When I first heard about this blog hop hosted by fabulous Cuddlebuggery, I wasn't blogging and was away on a hiatus of sorts. But when I heard about it the second time, I knew I couldn't not join in and quickly signed up. I haven't always been the most love to hear from you, whoever who are. As long as you're not a weirdo. Oh gosh, please don't be a weirdo. *runs away*

For those that don't know me, I'm Rebecca and I started blogging in July 2011. I've been a reader all my life, I'm open to most genres, but my favourite genre is contemporary and I love books. A lot. *waves* Read on if you dare...

I reached out to Twitter the other night, asking if you guys had any questions for me. Turns out you did. And here they are...

Do you like cheese? I do! I had the best cheese last week. It was delicious. Damn Kat, now I want cheese!
Where do you get them snazzy headbands? Why, thank you! The answer: here and there. I'm always on the hunt for pretty headbands and for those in Australia, so far I've found my finds at  Colette, Sportgirl and my most recent addition, from Asos.
What's in your cupboards? Food. Shocker, right? Who'd have guessed?
Favourite music genre? Indie Rock and Alternative.
How does ink come out of pens? You press down and KABOOM, ink.
How do you feel about cupcakes? I love cupcakes. Cupcakes are delicious. My sister makes a mean red velvet.

6 things off my bucket list:
See the Northern Lights.
Go stargazing.
Write a book. One day.
Go horseback riding.
Own a Buffy t-shirt.
Do good; start a movement or campaign for something I believe in, charity work and such.

As for movies, TV and music? I'm a big fan of all three and am always on the hunt for recommendations, especially new tunes and artists. You should my to-watch lists for TV and movies - it is long. Here's a few of my favourites:

TV shows: 
Buffy. As we speak, I'm currently re-watching an episode. I only discovered this show in 2012, but it's kind of changed my life. I love it so.

A newer series I started this year that's another fave of mine? An Aussie show, called Offspring. It's absolutely amazing. I only have good things to say about this one. Watch it! (And hey, if you wan't to hear more about my TV habits, let me know. I'm thinking a post might be in order!)

Movies: 
Dirty Dancing, The Breakfast Club, Death at a Funerall, Forrest Gump

Music: 
Two of my favourites, Ed Sheeran (LOVED his new album) and The Lumineers (please release a new album already!). Also a fan of Birdie, Sam Smith, Lorde, some 80's, Fleetwood Mac. I also love dance'y, fun music, but not so much Top 40 pop stuff. One of my all time fave songs: Dog Days Are Over - Florence and the Machine <3

If you have rec's, PLEASE send them my way; new or old. I need some new tunes to listen to. Basically, I'll give anything a listen and I'm pretty open with genres.

A book special to me...
I have many books I hold dear to my heart. But today, I'd like to chat about one of favourites, which is deserving of way more attention than it's so far received; a book not nearly enough people know about or have read. That book? Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield (aka Friday Never Leaving in the US).
Found on Young Adult Anonymous
P.S. You'll win the UK edition. (right)
It's an Aussie YA contemporary, raw and beautiful, and it will do things to your heart. And because I think this book deserves so much more attention and love, I'm giving you the chance to win a copy. Winner or not, I hope you'll give this book a shot and that maybe I've convinced you to go read it. And if you do, I'd love to know what you think. As long as Book Depository ship to you, you can enter! Thanks for stopping by! a Rafflecopter giveaway

10 Nov 2014

Let's Discuss: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

10 comments:
A few months ago I watched The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and very quickly became a fan. I loved it! I know I was late to jump on the bandwagon, but when I was watching, all I wanted to do was discuss it. So here I am. Just a bit late? Fans of the series or those who've yet to give it a watch, gather round. To recap, here's what the web series is all about:
From IMDb:
A modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice, the series is told in vlog-style by Lizzie Bennet as she narrates the trials and tribulations of her family life with the help of her best friend and aspiring filmmaker, Charlotte Lu, "practically perfect" older sister, Jane, and easily excitable younger sister, Lydia. As in Pride and Prejudice, Lizzie's mother is all too eager to marry her and her sisters off to rich men, so when wealthy medical student Bing Lee moves into the neighborhood and manages to woo Jane, it changes the entire dynamic of the family. It isn't long before Bing's even more wealthy friend and heir to an entertainment corporation, the mysterious Darcy, makes his way into the Bennet sisters' lives, too.
Photo courtesy of Ashley Clement’s Official Tumblr Page
Why everyone loves the show/reasons to watch:

- If you love Pride and Prejudice, I think you will LOVE this modern retelling. I haven't read P&P, but that didn't take away from my enjoyment at all. Fan or not, anyone can enjoy it.
- It's entertaining and so much much fun to watch, especially as the show progresses and you come to care for the characters.
- Most episodes roughly run for 3-6 minutes; perfect for when you have a little free time on your hands.
- The Bennet sisters! Lizzie is awesome and relatable; Jane is the sweetest and super huggable; and Lydia is intense, but cute and underneath all that crazy lays a big heart. You'll love these girls and seeing them grow from beginning to end. Also, Charlotte: I bet you you'll want to be her friend. She's lovely.
- The characters are layered. Considering how short the episodes are, it really shows the skill that went into bringing them to life. You will really grow to love them (and maybe hate a few.)

Lightning round: (that turned out to be not-so lighting fast. Go figure)

Favourite character... 
Um. How can I choose? I think I have to go with Lizzie.
Least favourite character... 
Mr. Collins (he's such a grating character) and of course, George Wickham (no matter the P&P version, this guy will always be the scum).
Favourite episode(s)...
Cuteness overload: Meeting Bing Lee - ep. 28
BRB, swooning: Gratitude - ep. 98
Least favourite episodes...
What do mean? I enjoyed all the episodes. Silly question.
Source
All in all, I thought The Lizzie Bennet Diaries was amazing. I definitely recommend it and the great thing is, I can see so many different people enjoying this! So many already have. I might see if I can get my mum onto it. I know P&P is her favourite. Now, before you go, let's discuss:

Are you a fan of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries? If not, are you now considering the show? (I really hope you are. Then my job here is done!) Has anyone had success with Emma Approved? And finally, who's read TLBD book? Currently, it's sitting on my shelf, but I think I might need to bump it up my TBR).