Do you enjoy Disney live adaptations? Christopher Robin had me bawling. Pooh was the only stuffed animal I played with growing up and I loved the movies so CR has a very special place in my heart. I just watched The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and y'all the visuals the costumes THE MUSIC I feel so stimulated. I needed to pick up my sketchbook immediately. I can't stop humming the soundtrack. Mackenzie Foy is so expressive and plays Clara so intelligently. Cinderella remains my favorite Disney remake. My heart stops everytime I see the gorgeous costumes. I can find no fault in that film and Lily James is the most perfect Cinderella I could've imagined. It must be so much fun to be a filmmaker; the only limit is truly your own imagination.
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Hi 👋 So I was very excited for today in #allthebooksmarch19 because today is #harrypotterlove 🧹 I have loved the Harry Potter books for so long and along with them the movies and the theme park!! That was such an amazing experience ✈️🎢 Recently, I have also been loving the Hogwarts Mystery game on my phone, it is such a fun way to be part of the story. In the picture we have my hardcover copies of the series, but missing Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Stone because I don’t have it for this set. I also have my Gryffindor scale from Universal and some amazing candles from Potterybarn that kept me from burning my house down 🔥Their Harry Potter collection from PBTeen is also decorating goals and I wish I had my entire room looking like that! My favorite Harry Potter book is Goblet of Fire, what’s yours?
-Hope everyone had a good Monday and you enjoyed my post!
#sponser 🎉🎉Hey hey it's a Mondayyy. But I've got a new review up!! Have you heard of The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe?? It's pretty funny. I really enjoyed Norris Kaplan, a French Canadian who has to move to Texas and navigate an American highschool! The sarcasm and wit are spot on 👌Thanks to @harpercollinsca for sending it my way in exchange for an honest review -> check it out in my bio!
Norris Kaplan is clever, cynical, and quite possibly too smart for his own good. A black French Canadian, he knows from watching American sitcoms that those three things don’t bode well when you are moving to Austin, Texas. Plunked into a new high school and sweating a ridiculous amount from the oppressive Texas heat, Norris finds himself cataloging everyone he meets: the Cheerleaders, the Jocks, the Loners, and even the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Making a ton of friends has never been a priority for him, and this way he can at least amuse himself until it’s time to go back to Canada, where he belongs.
Yet, against all odds, those labels soon become actual people to Norris. Be it loner Liam, who makes it his mission to befriend Norris, or Madison the beta cheerleader, who is so nice that it has to be a trap. Not to mention Aarti the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, who might, in fact, be a real love interest in the making. He even starts playing actual hockey with these Texans.
Today's book review is on James Ellroy's Black Dahlia, it is a fictionalization of the real life Black Dahlia case. We follow two detectives in the 1940s who typically work in the warrants division of the force. However, once they happen upon the gruesome crime scene while in search of an unrelated suspect, they request to be put on the case. While attempting to find the killer we get a glimpse at their unique partnership.
This was this months pick for our book club and will be watching the movie. Personally, I really did not like this book. The first 77 pages (and yes I counted lol) were about a boxing match between the two detectives, who then became partners. The boxing match has very little, to nothing, to do with the rest of the book. It was the biggest waste of time. Secondly, I did not like how Ellroy chose to portray Elizabeth Short (the victim) as a "loose woman" so to speak. Very great detail is placed on how many men they had to contact, her sex life, and it all makes her seam lazy, entitled, and like she was just looking for a meal ticket; which, I think is disrespectful. Lastly, I understand that historical fiction often will have slurs in it; this book had at least one slur in every paragraph, and often one in each sentence. I mean it truly was not necessary. Sometimes I wonder if white writers purposefully choose to write historical fiction just so they can fulfill their desire to say those words, and then hide behind historical accuracy. Sorry for the extra negative review today, I'm just being honest. .
Happy Monday everyone ✨ How is your reading month treating you so far? Mine has honestly been pretty slow and I am determined to finish at least one book today! If I don’t get too distracted by my phone which is honestly the real challenge 😂
QOTD: Would you rather be able to read yourself into any book, or read anything from a book out into our world? •
QOTD: What is your favorite Harry Potter special edition (ie house edition vs. illustrated editions, etc)
AOTD: Definitely read myself into any book because then I could travel like crazy via book 💁🏻♀️ Shire here I come and sure, I’ll spend a week or so exploring Hogwarts ✨ That would preclude me being able to get myself out though... As for HP editions, I’m a huge sucker for the illustrated editions! They’re the only HP special edition I collect ♥️
Challenges: #booknerdsmar19 Young at heart - beloved children’s book | Inkheart was everything to me, Maggie and Farid were my first ship before I knew what shipping was! #bookqueensmar19 try something new! | I wanted to play with lit candles and shadow ✨ #allthebooksmarch19 Harry Potter love
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 This book is beautiful. It’s rich, yet quiet, telling the story of a young girl sold into slavery who eventually becomes a geisha.
9-year-old Chiyo, and her older sister Satsu, are sold into slavery as their aging father believes it will be what’s best for the girls.
Sent away from their tiny fishing village to Kyoto, the girls are separated with Chiyo ending up at the Nitta okiya, a geisha house.
When Chiyo becomes a geisha she is renamed Sayuri, climbs the ranks as a geisha, she makes enemies and turns the head of many men. Told over her lifetime as a geisha, the story details her enemies and her loves, through the Great Depression and Second World War.
I felt like I was living in Sayuri’s world. The book came alive around me, and I was a geisha inside the great tea houses of Gion.
Have you read Memoirs Of A Geisha? If not, you should. It’s one of those books you will fall in love with because it is so richly told.
14 1147 hours ago
Do you read graphic novels?
The Steel Prince will be my first, and I really couldn’t be more excited. I can’t wait to dive back into the Shades of Magic world, plus this bind up just looks gorgeous!
This is the @forbiddenplanet exclusive cover and I can’t get over how perfectly minimalist it is 😍. .
I’m really interested in getting into graphic novels. Let me know any suggestions you have ↓ ↓
5 497 hours ago
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STORM THE CASTLE 🏴 | Jolie Vines
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"Come, lass. Get on a plane with me." After a business deal goes awry, Laird Callum McRae is in over his head, struggling to keep his castle afloat. He knows exactly what he has to do to save his family of brothers. Collecting a debt from the corrupt man who swindled him is his only mission. But when he meets a compassionate and determined woman, his plans change.
Now, he needs to get the girl while confronting her father... Mathilda Storm will do anything for her sister—even if it means entering into a contract for a loveless marriage. After all, it will solve her family's problems. But she doesn't count on meeting a broad-shouldered, rugged Scottish laird. And resisting him is harder than she imagined. As the chemistry between Callum and Mathilda ignites, Mathilda is torn between her desire and her need to help her family. Can the practical daughter marry the Scot without losing her heart along the way?
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5 288 hours ago
"There's always something left to love."
I may be in a reading slump but that can't keep me from buying more books! .
I must admit that I didn't understand One Hundred Years of Solitude when I read it a few years ago but still loved it, if that makes any sense.
La semaine dernière j'ai lu "Jeux Interdits" de @emmagreenauteure publié chez @ed_addictives qui a été une très agréablelecture même si quelques petits point m'auront empêché le coup de cœur.. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Une chose est sûre: je passe toujours un moment génial avec un livre de ces auteures! Leur plume est rafraîchissante, drôle et pleine d'émotions, en somme une vraie petite bouffée d'air frais! Les pages se tournent à toute allure, les phrases s'enchaînent avec fluidité et facilité, l'humour ainsi que les réparties cinglantes toujours aussi présentes et agréables ! En bref je suis amoureuse de leur plume! 😍
Le personnage masculin, Tristan m'a lui un peu déstabilisé ne sachant pas, par moments, si j'avais envie de le gifler ou de l'aimer! Coureur de jupons, froid, insolent et rebel, il cache malgré toute une part de sensibilité, de profondeur et on peut entrapercevoir, au travers de sa relation avec Liv, un autre garçon.
C'est seulement du côté du personnage féminin principalement que j'ai eu du mal... Je n'ai pas réussi à m'y attacher véritablement du fait de ses réactions, sa façon de penser qui m'a pardois agacée et parue un peu personnelle.. Quoi qu'il en soit leur relation est drôle, sexy, sensuelle et à la fois conflictuelle, au sens où les réparties s'enchaînent ajoutant une touche d'humour des plus agréables! Mais aussi à la fois interdite aux yeux de tous... C'est une sorte de jeu du chat et la souris mais incontestablement leur relation est évidente, belle et bouleversante de part tous les obstacles quelle rencontre.
Autre points positifs qui m'ont énormément plu : le personnage secondaire Betty-Sue complètement loufoque ainsi que la relation père-fille entre Liv et Craig! Une réaction fusionnelle qui apporte un vrai plus à l'histoire!
À cela s'ajoute une intrigue très inattendue dans les dernières parties mais que j'ai beaucoup apprécie et qui a permis de me tenir en haleine jusqu'au bout! D'ailleurs quelle fin.. ça ne devrait pas être permis de faire souffrir ainsi ses lecteurs! 😭
Finally finally I read much hyped book Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo..bit late to post it but here it is..
Review: 𝕊𝕙𝕒𝕕𝕠𝕨 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝔹𝕠𝕟𝕖 (★★★/3.5)
Honestly it was an okay read for me. I got bored in the first half, it was very slow. Book actually picks up after 14th/15th chapter, so I can say second half is better, but it was very predictable. Didn't care for love triangle, as it's always been a put off for me.
I did enjoy the world, very interesting but I still feel like the world building could've been more detailed. Would love to see more from this world.
I will definitely continue this triology but just to get into Six of Crows.
What are your thoughts about Shadow & Bone? Have you read it?
17 2239 hours ago
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I couldn’t resist a green stack in celebration.
As a kid there seemed to be so much traditional ceremony around the different holidays; sharing Valentines cards, dressing in costume for Halloween, and of course wearing green on St. Patrick’s or risk getting pinched! It’s funny to remember how important it all felt at the time, like the whole world was at the same party.
Do you have any traditions you do to celebrate this holiday?
Hey book babes! Today I’m spending a full day with my bf 🤗 We’re going to visit his friends, go thrifting, and then maybe see a movie. I’m so excited 🙈
I adore these covers so much!! I haven’t read the screen plays, but as a HP fan and cover snob I had to get them 😅
QOTD: Do you like the Fantastic Beasts series? Why or why not?
On a serious note, I hope you are all safe if you are from New Zealand. My heart is so heavy with this ness.
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Reading on my day off surrounded by all the books awaiting their turn.
Definitely my kind of Monday 🥰
PS - I do have bookshelves and they try their hardest, but the hubs and I are just too much for them 😆
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Have you heard that anecdote about the mathematician Poincaré and the unscrupulous baker? What does this have to do with literature, you may ask?! Please bear with me, I’m trying to get there. So, legend has it that Poincaré systematically weighed his daily loaf of bread – advertised as weighing 1kg – throughout a year. He diligently plotted the distribution of his measurements, which showed that the weights fit a normal bell curve with a 950g average. This was then used as evidence to show that the baker is cheating his clients by lightening his loaves. The following year, Poincaré conducted the same experiment with the same baker. This time, the bread had always the exact advertised weight of 1kg. Over the year, the weight distribution was not a normal curve as expected, but rather its right inflated tail. In other words, the baker had continued his unscrupulous practice of lightening the bread but he was careful to hand Poincaré the heaviest loaf each time.
Back to literature, I’m currently reading Siri Hustvedt’s “A Woman Looking at Men Looking At Women”, an essay collection partly examining “the perceptual biases that affect how we judge art”. In a blazing essay called “No Competition”, she recounts how while interviewing Knausgaard once, she asked him why in his thousands of pages long "My Struggle" there are references to an abundance of works by male writers, but only one mention of a woman's literary work. He simply replies “No competition”, from which Hustvedt infers that “for him competition, literary and otherwise, means pitting himself against other men.” And as I read this, I obviously couldn’t help thinking about the topic of gender-bias in publishing and literary awards in general, but also about the Women’s Prize for Fiction in particular. This prize, a hot topic, especially now after the longlist announcement, is one that I openly admit not liking. That’s not to say that I don’t understand the enthusiasm with which some readers follow it - if you’ve been around for a while, you know how mad I become during the Booker season. Nor is it to say that I don’t acknowledge and salute its positive impact – CONTINUED BELOW 👇👇👇
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🇩🇪Was lest ihr gerade so? 📖
Ich lese Vanitas von Ursula Poznanski und ich finde es ganz gut. Es ist aber auch nichts wirklich besonderes bis jetzt ehrlich gesagt🙈
Ich lese es übrigens zusammen mit Lea @whenlovespeaks (auch wenn ich wahnsinnig hinterherhinke 😬😅)
Schönen Abend euch ✨
🇬🇧🇺🇸 What are you guys currently reading? 📖
I‘m currently reading a german thriller called Vanitas by Ursula Poznanski and i think it‘s good but nothing that special to be honest 🙈
It‘s a buddy read with Lea @whenlovespeaks (even tho i‘m far behind 😬😅)
Have a nice evening ✨
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What is something you are procrastinating on? *nervous laughter* EVERYTHING! OMG, I am realizing that I came into this weekend without anything done that I wanted done and now I’m like scrambling to catch. Welcome to my life. After 30 some odd years, you’d think I’d learn. And typing all this up I realize I still haven’t pulled a giveaway winner from my flash giveaway last week so I’m gonna wrap this up and go do that now.
------ #bookqueensmar19 | Favorite Color #stacksaturday | Okay, so one of the problems that comes up when I procrastinate is I don’t always manage take the right photos for the prompts I’m trying to hit. BUT, there is a stack of black books under The Binding. #bookravensmar19 | Vampire: Bad Boys you love | Once again, somewhere under The Binding is a copy of Vengeful, because Victor Vale is a bad boy that I love... #fireheartmarch19 | Stack Saturday | I s2g there is a stack under there... #berryenchantedmarch19 | Whimsical Worlds #grimdragon | I want you weak at the knees
37 59416 March, 2019
Do you read classics? Tell me your favorite classic book! I love classics and I try to read one every month. This month I’m reading Frankenstein with my girls in the #classiclitlove bookclub and I’m super excited about it!
I need to finish some of my current reads before I start reading it though. I’m currently reading too many books so I need to get that situation under control first! I know I’m not the only one here with this problem😂📚