You guys! So you remember how excited I was to find out Ferdinand was being made into a movie? Well, the Little Man and I had a date to see Ferdinand last week and after a false start with a sold-out showing and calming down a pissed off child with an ice-skating adventure, we finally got to see my childhood fav up on the big screen. Whenever a favorite book gets turned into a movie, there’s a huge chance the director will take beloved characters and plotlines and turn them on their head (HP, Twilight, I’m talking to you). There’s also the chance the director will take the book and magically transform everything in your imagination directly onto the big screen. Wimpy Elijah Wood as Frodo aside, Lord of the Rings was fantastic for this. While it’s easy to see how they can turn chapter and series books into movies, it’s a bit harder to see how a director will stay true to a story from a children’s book that’s less than 20 pages, so I was very interested to see what they’d do with Ferdinand.
Happy New Year Dear Readers! It’s that time of year when we call go nuts making resolutions and big plans for the year ahead. Whether you’re hoping to lose weight, stop smoking, be more social, read more, or take control of your finances, there’s guaranteed to be a book for you! Here are 5 of… Continue reading My 5 Favorite Books to Jump Start Your New Year
All in all, Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet started out strong and had the bones of a great story. Unfortunately, it was really disjointed. If you remove the random references to fairy tales, remove the random scenes of violence and remove the “I know everything but I can’t tell you” scenes, the book doesn’t have much to stand on. There were just too many things going on at one time that never knit the full story together. This books gets 2.5 stars from me as well as a recommendation for some sort of warm gingery wintery cider and a supply of cookies. The descriptions of lavender cake and gingerbread did not help curb the holiday eating at all.
A few months back, I wrote a blogpost on The Handmaid’s Tale. Without much consideration for the current tv show on Hulu, I discussed the emotions felt at the end of the book. In my mind, the book was exempt from spoiler alerts based on its age (published in 1985) and the fact that it… Continue reading When is a spoiler a SPOILER?
There’s a chalkboard sign on my desk that reads “What you THINK you become. What you FEEL you attract. What you IMAGINE you create. – Buddha”. This little sign has prompted many a good daydreaming thought sessions, particularly with what I let myself think and feel. Last year, I started binge watching Sons of Anarchy with the goal of making it through all 7 sevens. After a few episodes, I began to notice myself feeling a lot more jumpy in public. After watching a few seasons, I was a nervous wreck while running. The roar of a passing motorcycle sent chills down my spine.
As I finalized my books read list for 2017 the other day, I started reflecting on the year’s book choices and realized many of them were rooted in challenging the status quo, particularly the thoughts and habits built around consumerism and finance. “The Millionaire Next Door”, was recommended by my mentor as a tool to frame how we were setting our financial goals as a family. I expected a “get rich quick” theme similar to Dave Ramsey or Rich Dad, Poor Dad. What I got instead was a life changing paradigm shift.
While I do enjoy a good “adult” book now and then, the emotional strength needed for books like The Girl on the Train or Little Bee has just been too much for me this year. Even finishing The Maze Runner series proved too much emotionally, which led to a good browsing through the Kindle Unlimited section one night and an introduction to Kerry Lonsdale, a writer from California.
I just finished reading the 2013 novel, Little Wolves, by Thomas Maltman. After reading, I scoped out the reviews on Amazon and was completely surprised by 2 things: the very low number of reviews on Amazon for a book that is 3 years old (only 132 at the time of writing this post) all of the 4-5 star reviews For me, this book ranks a solid 2 stars. It is full of inconsistencies that disjoint and disrupt the flow of the story, starting with the title itself. Little Wolves surprisingly has nothing to do with Wolves.
After I've finished a good book, I usually head over to Amazon to check out the reviews and see if there were any insights or interesting tidbits that I missed or see if anyone else felt a certain way about this character or that event. When skimming reviews for Percy Jackson, I was blown away by how many people felt Rick Riordan had followed a bit too closely in J.K Rowling's footsteps. This was interesting, because while reading the book, not once did I think "Wow..this is just like Harry Potter". After discussing with my favorite bibliophile, we both agreed the reviewers panning Percy Jackson as a Harry Potter knock off had done a lazy comparison of the two books.
If there is one type of book I can't resist, it's a good old fashioned self help book. I just can't help it. They're fun, easy to read and occasionally you'll find a gem in the heap of unconventional life advice. Self help book are like the flea market of literature. You never know what treasures you'll pull out of the pile. We're at the beach again this week and my trusty Kindle companion has been Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Prior to reading "The Doctor Is In", my knowledge of Dr. Ruth consisted of: cute little old lady with a funny accent giving sex advice. Post read, I want Dr. Ruth to be my spirit animal.