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Book vs Film: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy #dumplin #bookstofilm

**Caution: spoiler alert**

Genre: YA, Chick Lit

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was one of the rare times where I watched the movie before reading the book. I loved the movie! So of course, I went out and bought the book the next day!

Just like any book to film adaptation, changes were made to the fit the movie.

Rosie Dickson

Film: Will didn’t have a relationship with her mom growing up. Her aunt Lucy took that role.

Book: Will and her mom are complete opposites and have different views, but have a relationship throughout the whole story. In fact, Rosie helps Will where she can.

Mitch

He was a pretty important character in the book and helps Will through some of her struggles! I’m not sure why they cut his character from the movie.

Hannah Perez

Again, another character they took out in the movie but had a big role in the book.

Bo Larson

Book: Bo struggles with his feelings for Will throughout the novel and has a hard time articulating how he feels for her at first. He wasn’t as likeable in the book in my opinion.

Film: It was clear without saying, how Bo felt for Willowdean. You could see it in his eyes and gestures.

Ellen Dryver

Book: Not only was she tall and blond, but the loss of her virginity & friendship with Callie explain the true fallout between her and Will

Film: El has brown hair. The strain in her relationship with Will happens later on during the pageant and is very minor compared to the book.

The Hideaway

Book: The hideaway took a bit of a back seat in the book.

Film: This was my favourite part in the movie and had a much larger role. I think they did an amazing job at highlighting Dolly Parton Night.

Willowdean

Book: There were times where Will really annoyed & pissed me off. I get that she has insecurities, but she’s afraid to tell the people she supposedly cares about how she’s feeling and is self sabotaging.

Film: Will’s character has a bit of a stronger personality. She’s not as afraid to speak her mind. I liked her more in the movie!

Final Words..

The ending kinda leaves you hanging, but overall, I really enjoyed the book! We get an indepth look into Will’s relationship with her mother and her insecurities about her weight. There were some major differences from the movie! So if you haven’t read the book, don’t write it off just yet. I’d still recommend it 😊

Have you read the book? Seen the movie? What did you think??

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Book Jar Pick: Wonder by R.J Palacio #wonder #middlegradebooks

I wanted to try something different. The last month was an epic fail in terms of sticking to my TBR choices. But I like to be positive! After all, it’s almost a new year which calls for a new plan!

I’ve decided to start a book jar to help me choose my next read..

Genre: Middle Grade

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2

Kinder than is necessary. Because it’s not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.

Mr. Tushman

The words that come to mind when describing this book is: Inspiring & emotional.

This book broke my heart in so many ways, but in a good way! You can’t help but love Auggie. ❤

The Characters..

This story has multiple POV’s, but is mainly told through August’s eyes. I loved reading what was going through some of the characters’ minds and their feelings towards Auggie.

I really hated Julian. I seriously wanted to beat the crap outta him! His parents pissed me off too! It was the prime example of how fake and awful people can be.

Aside from Auggie, I loved Summer.  She didn’t care what people thought and her intentions were genuine (a rare trait).

I highly recommend reading this one if you haven’t already!

ADD IT TO YOUR TBR: Goodreads

Have you read it? Seen the movie?  What did you think?

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Book Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Genre: YA, Dystopia

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The darkest minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.

This book totally reminded me of Eleven’s story from Stranger Things. I really enjoyed this read and found it highly addictive, but there were a couple things that kinda bugged me which made it a 4 star, rather than a full 5.

What bothered me..

While I loved getting to know Ruby and what she was capable of, I also hated that she kept referring to herself as dangerous and a monster. There wasn’t anything she did throughout the book that made me feel like she was badass or particularly “dangerous”.

Yes, she had special abilities, but she was definitely no Jean Gray! You know..from X-men?? If anything, I thought Zu was more dangerous and powerful than her.

For someone deemed orange, I hated that Ruby was very self-loathing and weak-minded. I found it a bit annoying at times.

What I enjoyed..

The overall storyline was great. I really enjoyed the whole journey and action throughout the book.

Zu was so adorable! She was one of fave characters, along with Liam & Chubs.

Have you read it? Or seen the movie?

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Book Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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My rating: 2 of 5 stars

2.5 stars

I had been looking forward to this book for months! So no one is more disappointed than I am to be DNF-ing this one. Maybe I’ll come back to it at a later date.

The very first chapter was great and I thought it would be a hit, but I began to find parts that I thought were a bit confusing, if not contradicting:

– Vianne and her family were poor (or at least that was the impression), yet she lived what seemed to be a comfortable & lavish life. They lived in a home with acreage and drank fine wine. Doesn’t sound like they were struggling to me.

– When Vianne and Isabelle’s father abandoned them at a young age, based on how heart-broken Vianne was, it sounded like he left them for good and never returned. Yet, at the age of 18, Isabelle gets kicked out of school (again and from a refined school I might add) and ends up with her father? WTF??
Not to be insensitive, but if they had access to their father via their school this whole time, then why be so melodramatic??

And here’s where things started going downhill for me: unnecessary details!

She smoothed the silk stockings up her legs, fastened them to her garters, and then slipped into a belted cotton frock with squared yoke collar

-Um, is she getting ready for a date? to have sex? Cause in this scene she was going to see her husband off to the war. So why is this incredibly descriptive wardrobe important for what is supposed to be an emotional farewell?

-Sophie’s bear Bebe moving from the shelf back to her bed.

I pretty much lost focus where Isabelle learns to eat an orange with a fork & knife, but refuses and gets kicked out.

Sorry guys. I tried!! I really wanted to love this like everyone else!

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Book Review: Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding @ScoutPressBooks

Genre: Mystery, General Fiction

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

My Thoughts..

She could never tell a therapist about these violent thoughts, at least not one who knew what she had done in the past.

Who is Amber Kunik?

I’m a huge fan of multiple POV’s, and this was done very well! The story is told through 3 different characters: Frances, Daisy & DJ and alternates between the present and past.

I have to say, I’m so glad this was described as a domestic drama. If I had walked into this one thinking it was a thriller, I would have been disappointed. Even though I had figured out the who part early on, I still second guessed myself at one point (which is rare). I really enjoyed the element of mystery and surprise.

The author does a great job at trying to keep you guessing and ends each voice at just the right moment.

Find it at Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36373379-her-pretty-face

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Book Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

What it’s about..

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

My Thoughts..

Do you ever have a tune that automatically comes to mind when you’re reading?

This one had Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones written all over it!

Rape, Murder!

It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away.

I really enjoyed Gone Girl and got excited when I heard this was turned into a TV Series! So of course, I ran out to Costco and bought a copy. I usually don’t like film covers, but I happen to love Amy Adams and preferred this edition.
What I liked..

It was dark and twisted..Fucked up is the only way to describe this story! I love the way Gillian Flynn writes. It’s completely unfiltered (kinda like me, but I’ve learned to put a lid on it when needed).
What didn’t work..

Pacing – it was a tad slow at some parts. I found myself skimming quite a bit of the time.

Predictability – this is a big one for me. I don’t like predictable reads, even if it’s a really good story. I already had the major players of whodunit figured out in chapter 2, so brownie points get taken away for that.

Overall, it was still a very enjoyable read and I look forward to watching the HBO series.

Have you read it or watched the series?

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Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J Pearce @ScribnerBooks @ajpearcewrites #HistoricalFiction #ChickLit

Genre: Historical Fiction, Chick Lit

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

What It’s About

London 1940, bombs are falling. Emmy Lake is Doing Her Bit for the war effort, volunteering as a telephone operator with the Auxiliary Fire Services. When Emmy sees an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent seem suddenly achievable. But the job turns out to be typist to the fierce and renowned advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Emmy is disappointed, but gamely bucks up and buckles down.

Mrs Bird is very clear: Any letters containing Unpleasantness—must go straight in the bin. But when Emmy reads poignant letters from women who are lonely, may have Gone Too Far with the wrong men and found themselves in trouble, or who can’t bear to let their children be evacuated, she is unable to resist responding. As the German planes make their nightly raids, and London picks up the smoldering pieces each morning, Emmy secretly begins to write letters back to the women of all ages who have spilled out their troubles.

My Thoughts..

Dogs are like children. Noisy, trainable, but dim and likely to smell disagreeable on the arrival of guests.

-Mrs. Bird

I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but every now and then, one will catch my attention.

This was a bit of chick lit, mixed in with historical fiction making it a fun and lighter read.

Definitely perfect for summer reading, and one I’d recommend 🙂

The Characters..

Emmy (Emmeline Lake)

I enjoyed getting to know Emmy. She was ambitious and empathetic towards other women and their “troubles”.

Bunty

Emmy’s BFF and roommate. She was the kind of friend you’d want in real life.

My faves

Mrs. Bird

Her tell-it-like-is attitude towards women was hilarious. She definitely had a stick up her butt, but she was enjoyable to read about.

Charles

He wasn’t a huge character in the story, but he was such a sweetheart! A true gentleman..Definitely the guy you want to snag before anyone else does.

Least fave

Edmund

I seriously wanted to punch this guy!

Have you read it? Do you read historical fiction?

If so, what has been your fave so far?