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Monday, 29 August 2016

Brooklyn ... and other films better than their books.



I recently DNF'd Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. I talked a little bit about this in a previous post but this is new. I normally just sweat through a book I'm hating because that Goodreads target waits for noone. But if you really don't want to finish a book, chuck it, carry on living your best life and just find something else to read. Anyway this freed me up to watch the film and one word - stunning. I loved the old fashioned feel of this film and Nick Hornby does a stellar job of subtly and deftly weaving in themes of coming of age, loyalty and identity. It's on Netflix UK and one of my films of the year so go.watch.it.

So! A very unpopular topic of discussion - which other films adaptations are better than their book counterparts ...
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Finding Cheap Books


Reading so many book blogs/watching book tube means I sometimes get a little hooked on buying a tonne of new books with lovely covers only to read them months later. But alas, I don't always have the money, nor space, to indulge in late night book binges. So from me to you, here's how you can still read a tonne, without the money guilt.
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Monday, 15 August 2016

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover & curing those book hangovers



The only other Colleen Hoover book I've read is Never Never Part 1 - it was alright. Not interesting enough for me to read parts 2 and 3 and actually find out what happens. But after spontaneously picking up Colleen Hoover's latest book It Ends with Us because my *I want to buy books and the cover is nice* mood was fully activated, I'm here to tell you, in case you didn't know, the Colleen Hoover hype is not overrated, its real, this book is amazing and you need to hop on this train.

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Saturday, 13 August 2016

Film Review: Suicide Squad


Cinemas this August see the release of the most anticipated movie of the year in Suicide Squad – Warner Brothers’ second attempt to garner a fan base behind the DC cinematic universe. We’re asked, what happens when the most dangerous, deranged and damaged individuals are forced to come together? For the most part, the studio gives us what we’re looking for – all hell breaks loose and we have a lot of fun watching it happen. But this is not without its major pitfalls.


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Monday, 8 August 2016

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin



Something Blue by Emily Giffin is one of my favourite books of all time. And ever since then, she's become one of my auto-buy authors. So imagine the hype when Hodder and Stoughton sent me her latest book First Comes Love ?! Yaaaaas COME THROUGH.


**I kindly received a copy from Hodder and Stoughton in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinions on the book.

Synopsis
Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing; Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes their family, their different responses to the event splinter their delicate bond.

On the outside, Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life. A successful attorney, she’s married to a wonderful man, and together they’re raising a beautiful four-year-old daughter. Yet lately, Meredith feels dissatisfied and restless, secretly wondering if she chose the life that was expected of her rather than the one she truly desired.
As the anniversary of their tragedy looms and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them, but also come to terms with their own choices. In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover they need each other more than they knew . . . and that in the recipe for true happiness, love always comes first.
Emotionally honest and utterly enthralling, First Comes Love is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart—wherever that may lead.
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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

This Reading Slump Life

Is this yet another post about how to get out of the reading slump funk? 


Here is Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. Winner of the Costa Novel Award, adapted into an Oscar nominated feature film, current bane of my life. 

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