Thursday, June 1, 2017

Books and Movies

I read. That's what I do. And I do a lot of it. Every now and then I do enjoy a good movie but I'm rarely tempted to see a movie adapted from a book I've read. However, I've stumbled upon a discovery so grand that now, it's quite possible, I will see more movies adapted from books.

My discovery is this:  If the author of the book writes the screenplay I love it! Of course, it has to be a book I actually like.  I'm not just going to go see every movie adaptation of every book I read. Some books were not very good. I wouldn't want to pay money and time to see it again!

Here are my recommendations so far, where I read the book and then, saw the movie and the author of the book wrote the screenplay:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky wrote the book in 1999. The movie was released in 2012 and I thought it was excellent! Stephen Chbosky wrote the screenplay.

Room - Emma Donoghue wrote the book in 2010. The movie was released in 2015 and again, awesome! Brie Larson even won the Best Actress award for that movie. Emma Donoghue wrote the screenplay.

Me Before You - Jojo Moyes wrote the book in 2012. The movie was released in 2016. I cried in the book. I cried watching the movie at the same parts.  I rarely cry. And this was funny and sad crying. It was amazing! Jojo Moyes wrote the screenplay.

And they are listed as the only writers for the screenplay so, I'm a bit iffy about Ready Player One next year.  I loved the book but I don't see Ernest Cline listed as the "1st" screenwriter. I don't want to hate that movie.

But now I know what to look for when I see a book that I liked being released as a movie, I check to see who wrote the screenplay.  This will help me in the future I am sure.

Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Quite possibly my favorite Harry Potter book!  Counts as my re-read for the 2017 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge.

Review: Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone

Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone by Eric Klinenberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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I don't feel so bad now.

I love living alone. I didn't automatically choose it years ago but now that I'm here, at 45, living on my own, I relish it! As I've aged, I've learned to endure peace at any opportunity. I don't always turn the TV on and have gone weeks not turning it on. I sit and read in silence and I'm Okay with it.  I love the silence. When you have a job like mine where you are constantly inundated with phone calls and conversations around the cube you work in, silence at home, is golden.

For the most part, I do what I want, when I want. I've even started eating out more often (by myself) and going to movies (by myself).

In some ways living alone has changed me. I do get highly sensitive around noise and crowds.Sometimes, I have to just run away when it gets to be too overwhelming.

I do worry about getting even older though. I have no children, no spouse, no "other family" to help me out if or when anything should happen to me. My dog? Not much help there. Hah!

At this point in my life, I doubt it changes. I'm not seeking to change my situation either.

I love this solo life!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review: Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: This Is Where It Ends

This Is Where It Ends This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



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Review: Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: The Fate of the Tearling

The Fate of the Tearling The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked this! It wasn't god awful ginormous. Nor did it go on forever. Yes, yes, everything was tied up there at the end but isn't that how it's supposed to be? I didn't want this to go on forever and I'm glad the author did what she did.

I do have a few questions because some things weren't answered but, I'll make my own determinations there.

Good, fast read. I do not understand why I had to wait for months to get this from the library (early reviews that I read concerned me so I didn't want to shell out the $$$ for it until I had read it).  I read this book in 2 days.

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