Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the fabulously amazing The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry! 

Today, Emily is going to share with us her ten favorite things! I love lists, and I love GIFs, and so Emily basically wins! Then, I shall give you a review, which will be less of a review, and more of me screaming “I love this book” and throwing it at you.

Onto Emily’s Favorite things!! 

Top 10 Favorites

  1. Donuts/potato chips/potato chip donuts: Obviously I (hopefully) could survive without ONE of these things, but highly doubt I could survive without BOTH of them. I eat a lot of both. It actually started when I was in college. I was in a dance company (plus took dance classes), so I danced anywhere from five to ten hours a day, and one of the only things open when rehearsal ended was a nearly-24-hour donut shop. My roommate and I would go straight there and buy a dozen day-old donuts for $6 dollars and be so hungry we’d proceed to eat ALL of them. Now that I don’t have that lifestyle I have to be more cautious about my donut intake, but I’m really bad at that.
  2. Strong, beautiful, independent women who love themselves and love me. It’s been incredibly life-giving for me to get to know women who work to love and like themselves and who love me deeply and unconditionally, but also challenge me. So basically, I’m saying, I need friends around me, but it’s especially good for me to have woman-friends who are doing what they love and supporting one another vehemently.
  3. My husband (he makes the coffee in the morning): I need him for so many reasons. He also did the dishes today. He also took me to a Beyoncé concert. He also is the best person I know. (And this was a way for me to sneak coffee in too.)
  4. My husband’s Batman pajama pants (guess who actually wears them)/fuzzy socks/very fuzzy blankets: Basically I need an assortment of fuzzy things I can wear/drape over myself so it’s extremely easy to do this.
  5. Beyoncé making music: It’s not just about my being able to listen to it (which also matters a lot), but it would just make me sad to live in a world where she wasn’t making music. She has to be! She’s too talented to not.
  6. At least one dog in my life: My family pooch passed away this summer, and it still makes me incredibly sad on occasion. She really was one of my best friends, and I miss her presence a lot. However! As much as we all miss her, there’s really no shortage of dogs in our family. My in-laws have four, my parents have one, and each of my brothers have one. Between us there’s a poodle, two pitbulls, a maltese mix, a bichon frise, a great dane, and a chihuahua mix.
  7. Connie Britton’s hair: Look at it.
  8. Hermione Granger: Without her, Draco might never have been punched.
  9. Rookie Magazine: Mostly I wish Rookie had existed when I was a teen. It’s so powerful, beautiful, and diverse. I love that it gives incredible teens such an amazing platform, and I extra-love that I get to share a publisher with their yearbooks.
  10. Lake Michigan: It’s just my favorite body of water. I especially love it in winter, when huge chunks of it freeze and you can walk across it (like in the picture). You can walk to the edge and sit down and look down to the unfrozen part, and it’s amazing. I feel really connected to Lake Michigan.  

I feel like Emily and I would get along fabulously! Coffee, food, kickass women, and Lake Michigan? Sign me up! (But I am going to swing by in the summer, if that works for you 😉 ) 

So… want to know how I feel about this loveliness? Of course you do!

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
Published by Razorbill on January 26th 2016
Pages: 400

Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.  

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start…until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.  

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

 Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.


It’s a good thing that I never made this graphic to say “my coherent thoughts” because we’d be out of luck. Since there really wasn’t anything I didn’t like (though I will say that I was iffy for the first couple chapters- so know that going in, because it gets amazing and you do not want to miss out), I am just going to tell you what I did!

  • The characters were amazing. They were very well fleshed out, and I loved them. Friends and family were very key, even though there’s also a very ship-worthy romance. I liked that there could still be a focus on family and friends while the romance built! Plus, the characters just seemed so, so real. You could really just see why they were making certain choices, because what they were doing truly fit the personalities that had been carved out for them.
  • The plot is glorious! It’s definitely unique, and definitely held my attention. I wasn’t really sure how it would all work out, and I was really thrown by a few twists- in a very good way! I was kept guessing the whole time, and since I was so invested in the characters, the stress and emotions were high!
  • The feels were intense. I think that because the world building, plot, and characters were so well developed, I couldn’t help but feel all the emotions during this book. There were swoons, and chuckles, and tears, and I loved it.

Bottom Line: It’s glorious! I love it, and I would throw it at any and all of you so you can read it too. Oh, and it totally doesn’t hurt that the cover is gorgeous too. But the insides definitely match the outsides, no question!


What say you? Does this sound like a book for you? (It is, you don’t have to wonder.) Do you share any favorite things with Emily?

And a huge thanks to Emily for stopping by and sharing her fun list!! 

If you’d like to check out the rest of the tour for more of Emily’s fun posts and info about The Love That Split the World, follow along! The Young Folks 1/18 – Interview Reading Teen 1/19 – Guest post 1 It Starts at Midnight 1/20 – Top 10 list The Hollow Cupboards 1/21 – Book soundtrack
Http:// Owl Always Be Reading 1/22 – Review & giveaway Fiction Fare 1/25 – Guest post 2 Buttermybooks 1/26 – Interview The Hardcover Lover 1/27 – 25 Random Things About Me Effortlessly Reading 1/28 – Interview
Http:// A Midsummer Night’s Read 1/29 – Review & giveaway The Forest of Words and Pages 2/1 – Character playlist Love is not a triangle 2/2 – Would You Rather? The Book Addict’s Guide 2/3 – Character playlist 2 Once Upon a Twilight 2/4 – Dreamcasting post MuggleNet 2/5 – Review & giveaway

Posted January 20, 2016 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Funsies, In a Minute, Review , / 40 Comments


40 responses to “The Love That Split the World: Top Ten List and Review

  1. Thanks to your review, I have preordered this one. It was on my list for most anticipated books of 2016 and it sounds like it is worth the hype. It sounds amazing!! And if you can’t even think of coherent thoughts because you loved it so much, then I must read it. Oh, and I love donuts so much!! I really wish they were zero calories. My husband loves them even more though. Since we live in Italy, we can’t get any of the American glazed donuts he loves. Italian donuts are good, but not the same. We always stop by Krispy Kreme a couple of times when I go back to the States. 🙂

  2. You don’t even need to throw it at me…I AM CONVINCED. *dashes off to make sure this is on my TBR immediately* And like I think I already added this on cover love alone?!??!? SO YEAH. <3 I'm glad the insides live up to the glory. Eeeep. Also that list was fantastic. fANTASTIC. XD

  3. Sam

    I devoured this book, even though I had to read it on my iPad (I got lucky with the First to Read thing), and it was awkward, BUT it was so worth it. This is one of my top 2016 books. I know, it’s early, but I loved it so much. I cannot wait to read more books by Emily Henry. And I agree with you, THE FEELS! I was crying during the last few chapters of the book. And then, the parallels, between Nat and Isaac. My heart exploded.

    • It was on my 2015 favorites list, so I feel you! And my first book of 2016 will probably make my 2016 list haha. I cried so hard at the end! (Oh and seriously, who is in charge of the awful formatting of those things? I gave up!) So glad you loved it too ?

  4. I’m really excited to hear your praise for this one, Shannon. I’ll be reading my copy soon, hopefully, and I’m excited to give it a try. I hope it will be as good for me as good it was for you. The characters, the romance and the feels definitely make for my kind of book though! 🙂
    Lovely review, Shannon!

    And P.S : I just wanted to tell you that I really really love you. <3

  5. What a fun guest post! Connie Britton’s hair IS pretty on point! Haha.

    I am looking forward to this one! I heard some interesting things about the beginning, but I’m glad you ended up really enjoying this one! I’m huge on friends and family playing such a big role and yay for a shippy romance!

  6. I’m really excited about this book, and I need to own in because it’ll be GORGEOUS on my bookshelves, haha. All the early reviews I read praised this book, which makes me so much more excited. At first, I though it was a contemporary, because of the title, it totally misleaded me. But my mistake is fixed now, I’ll ask for this book for my birthday 😉

  7. Okay, first of all, can I be BFF’s with you and Emily? I totally want in on that awesomeness. 🙂
    Next, I kind of passed this one by when I first heard of it. I was thinking magical realism which isn’t really my thing so, yeah, maybe not. But then I saw it compared to The Time Traveler’s Wife and I flipped. So, NO, I have not read that book yet but I know I am going to adore it and love on it immensely so anytime I see a book comparison I know I will love it, too. (Don’t worry, it only has to make sense to me.) And then all your gushiness and I’m sold. I’m all over this one. Come the 26th I do believe I will be at the bookstore.

  8. I NEED THIS BOOK IN MY LIFE. It looks amazing and it is so. pretty.! That’s really interesting that the author was with a dance company. I’ve just started ballet and I’m completely in love with it so it’s awesome reading that the author was a dancer too! And YES to donuts and Hermione Granger! :’)

  9. Lovely review and post!
    So, I have to admit that I’m not sure about this book! I was just telling Nick and Neredya that I don’t do weird books at all, but I love fated/meant to be love stories.. so. I’m definitely going to give it a try!

  10. Awww the Batman pyjamas sound so cute! I can’t wait until I have a dog and it’s sad to hear that the author’s dog has passed. Lake Michigan looks absolutely beautiful and we’re all a little better for knowing Hermione Granger! I’m looking forward to picking this one up actually, the romance and relationships sounds lovely.

  11. I skimmed this post in my phone before hopping over. I thought that was your favorite things list. I was like, I didn’t realize she liked the cold, lol. This book sounds amazing. it is getting lots of love from readers. I guess I will have to check it out. Great review!

  12. I am a sucker for a good romance and the fact that the book also explores the familial dynamic and friendship outside of the romance. I do find it hard at times to get sucked in to strange/weird but if this plot sounds so wonderful I don’t think that’ll be an issue. Basically once my book buying ban is at its end (I’m tempted to break it) I will by making this book a priority read.

  13. Um…black sheep over here who DNF’d this… Yeah, that’s me. OKAY, so I’m *hoping* this was more of an “I wasn’t in the mood to read it” kind of thing so I will one day give it another try but for now…I’m almost afraid to because what if I really am the black sheep??? I don’t even know what put me off of this one, I only read like 70 pages but nothing interested me…is that a bad sign? I want to love it though, I mean, look at that cover! And I WANT TO SHIP! =(

    Great review Shannon, you have convinced me to (at some point) give this one another shot. =)

  14. Emily Henry & I are the same person. it is a FACT. (donuts, beyonce & fuzzy socks / blankets ) omg yas.

    The feels, right!??!?! I’m not sure if I appropriately recovered yet. The book really did devastate me. AND THERE’S DIVERSITY, WHICH IS ALWAYS MY FAVE THING. I love it all, tbh. 😀

  15. This is one I’ve been interested in for a while! I like that the author has to have a dog, me too! And your review, well, I’m for sure going to have to read it soon!

  16. Emily really likes her donuts; she mentioned them in her post for me, too. I feel like she and I would be buds based on that! 🙂

    I’ve never been to Lake Michigan (I’m more of a Lake Erie kind of girl), but that picture is so cool! I kind of want to check it out in the winter now.

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