She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

She Come UndoneIt’s taken awhile for me to write this review because I simply didn’t know what I thought about it. I was a mix of feelings. This was a reread for me because of book club and I was excited at first. I remember loving the book the first time I read it in high school. So imagine my surprise at not having those same feelings the second time around. Thankfully my book club discussion saved the day because it turned out that I wasn’t the only one who had reread this book and felt the same way.

It’s not as if the book is bad. There are some great scenes in this book and some strong themes that help tie everything together. Believe me, there is a lot going on in this book and you can probably spend all day talking about it.

Dolores Price is your typical 13-year-old wise-mouthed, angry teenager who is dealing with her parents recent divorce. If that isn’t enough, Dolores than experiences a traumatic event that threatens to undo her. In an effort to “forget” the trauma, Dolores holes up in her house, eating snacks and whatever food her mother passes off to her to make her feel better. When she graduates high school, she is over 200 pounds and no stronger. Seeing where her life is headed, she is determined to turn her life around.

Basically, this book is a coming of age story but its ultimately about life and the unexpected crap that life throws at you. It’s about perseverance when life gets so shitty that you just want to quit. In some ways, you can’t help but feel bad for Dolores because it seems that no matter what she does, she gets dealt a bad hand. Nothing ever seems to go right for her even when she tries her hardest to change. But it’s about perseverance and find the individual strength to find who you are and come into your own. For Dolores that takes a long time.

I loved the relationship between Dolores and her neighbor Roberta as well as her relationship with her guidance counselor Mr. Pucci. They are the two people who are the closest thing to being a parental guide to Dolores and help her in ways that she can’t expect.

Except for Mr. Pucci, Dolores’ relationship with men is doomed from the start. Dolores looked up to her father as any daughter would and then he divorces her mother, leaving her behind. Then there is the upstairs neighbor who becomes Dolores’ worst nightmare and escalates her undoing. Her relationship with her therapist pushes the boundaries between professional and inappropriate, followed by her marriage to Dante, which is doomed from the start.

I loved how Wally Lamb uses the symbol of the whale to tie the book together. When we first see the whales, they are dying along a beach and no one knows why. Dolores goes down to the beach to see the latest casualty and before you know it she is floating beside it, staring into its cloudy eye. It’s a bit weird at first but the books ends with Dolores on a whale watching boat, seeing a whale breach for the first time and she is overcome with excitement. The whale symbolizes Dolores’s mental health. At first, Dolores is dying. She is at her lowest — her depression has hit rock bottom, her weight is at its highest. She just wants to die. At the end, the whale symbolizes how Dolores has finally gotten her head above water and she is able to look forward to the future with optimism and confidence.

Overall, I enjoyed the reread of this book, even if it didn’t have the same effect on me as the first time. I think part of it has to do with my age. In high school, I could relate to Dolores. I had the same naivete about things. Now as an adult, I am more critical. Book club enjoyed the read, even the one man who is super critical of all the books we read. It is definitely worth it if you haven’t read it before.


Have you read this book? What did you think? Let’s discuss!

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Classics Club is back with spin #20

I am excited to do the latest spin from the Classics Club, especially since I am in the mood to read a bunch of classics that I haven’t gotten a chance to read yet.

The idea is to pick 20 books from your Classics Club list before Monday, April 22, and post them to your blog. On Monday, a number will be picked and you must read the book on your list that corresponds with that number. You have until May 31.

So last time (Spin #18) I included books that I was hesitant to read because I wanted a challenge. I ended up having to read THE book I was most hesitant about –Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand — and I LOVED it. However, with so many books to read for book clubs, I didn’t want myself under that type of stress. This time, my list of 20 includes all the books I want to get to sooner rather than later.

  1. In Cold Blood
  2. The Jungle Books
  3. To the Lighthouse
  4. Nightwood
  5. The Fountainhead
  6. David Copperfield
  7.  The Jungle
  8. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  9. Wuthering Heights
  10.  An American Tragedy
  11.  The Good Earth
  12.  Watership Down
  13.  Shirley
  14.  Northanger Abbey
  15.  Brave New World
  16.  The Little Prince
  17.  A Tale of Two Cities
  18.  The Sound and the Fury
  19.  Treasure Island
  20.  Call of the Wild

I would be fine with any one of these books but I am leaning toward Brave New World, Shirley or A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

 

Top books I predict will be 5 stars

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm.

There are so many books that have come out that I haven’t gotten to and even more books that are coming out that I want to get to. Some are going to be more disappointing than originally thought, while others are going to be a pleasant surprise or are going to be so good they are going to blow me away. These are the top 5 books on my TBR that I think are going to be 5 stars.

bridge of clay.jpgThe Book Thief was so good so I have no doubts that Bridge of Clay will be anything less.

home fireI have heard book club members raving about this book. The last time they raved about a book was A Man Called Ove and they were on point.

the testamentsThis must be the most anticipated book on my list. I LOVED The Handmaid’s Tale and the fact that we are finally going to get answers to what happened at the end is too much for me to handle. In the meantime I am reading other books by Atwood.

the starless seaAnother highly anticipated release. For a debut novel, the Night Circus definitely exceeded my expectations and put Morgenstern on the map for being one of those beloved writers I will follow. I can’t wait for this one to hit the shelves.

with the fire on highWhen I first heard about this book, I knew it was going to be good. I just have that gut extinct. So far the reviews have been holding steady at simply amazing so I have no doubts that this will be a 5 star read.


What books do you anticipate being 5 stars? Have you read any on this list? What did you think? Let’s discuss!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

I didn’t go into this book with too many expectations. I had read some mixed reviews on it, most of them negative, but the title intrigued me too much not to look into it. I am actually glad I did because I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did.

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As the world recovers from the World War II, Juliet Ashton is trying to find her next book subject. One day, she receives an unexpected letter from a man in Guernsey who had come across her name in a book by another author. A correspondence follows and Juliet learns that the man is part of an impromptu literary society which began as an alibi for breaking a curfew set up by the Germans. Juliet begins to correspond with each of the literary members and learns how the island of Guernsey survived during the war. Quickly becoming immersed in their stories, Juliet decides to visit the island to see if this could be the break she was waiting for.

Considering my previous statements, I think it is safe to say this book sneaks up on you slowly. I was halfway through the book and was having my doubts. I was beginning to think the critics were right. The correspondence between Juliet and the islanders was becoming boring. But then Juliet goes to the island and the story begins to pick up. It is one thing for Juliet to hear abut the island and another to experience it for herself. That is when I really felt connected to each of the characters and became interested in the story.

I was actually surprised when tears started running down my face. I had come to a pivotal point in the book but I was surprised to have such a reaction. I have read more emotional, stirring stories and had less of a reaction. It was tears of happiness and sadness together. I flew through the rest of the book and ended with a sense of contentment, just like the characters.

I definitely liked watching Juliet grow in this story, especially with her relationship with her man friend (not sure if she actually calls him a boyfriend). I personally didn’t care for him so I was glad that when he proposes, she doesn’t give him an answer right away . That was her saving grace for me. Had she said yes right away, I think Juliet would have lost my respect. However, Julie isn’t sure if marriage is what she wants and decides to wait before giving him an answer. It strengthened her character for me.

I loved reading about the different islanders. They definitely had their own personalities and I could picture them as the individuals they were. This is another reason why I liked the second half of the book more. These characters just fell flat when they were writing to Juliet. When Juliet writes about them in her letters to home, she brings them alive.

I was actually surprised that the island of Guernsey is a real place, and the events that took place on the island are based on real events. I had never heard of Guernsey or about this part of World War II history so this was a real treat.

Overall, I liked this book and thought it was way better than some critics described it. If I had to give it a rating, it would get 4 stars.


Have you read this The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society? What did you think? What other books have you liked more than the critics? Let’s discuss!

 

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Witches

 

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So apparently I missed something for half my life and that is the fact that many of the movies that I watched growing up were the product of the children’s stories by Roald Dahl. Yep, except for Matilda, I totally missed the fact that Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which became the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Gene Wilder) and The Witches, which was adapted into a movie by the same name (Angelica Houston), along with many others. It wasn’t until a few years ago, during a conversation with a fellow reporter about children’s books that I made this discovery.

So when I saw a bunch of Dahl books being sold at a recent library book sale, I grabbed them. I knew that unless I had them in my possession, I probably would never get around to reading them until I had kids of my own. Last month, I actually had a gap in my required reading and decided that quick, easy reads were just what I needed. So I grabbed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Witches off my shelf, because those were the two I was most familiar with. And I am happy to report, the versions of the story that I had grown up with through the movies are still in tact because both movie adaptations followed closely to the books, for the most part.

charlie and the chocolate factoryCharlie and the Chocolate Factory is about a boy who lives in a town that houses the famous but mysterious Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory. For years, the factory was all but shuttered to the outside but then one day there is an announcement that Wonka will bring five kids to tour the factory. They just have to find the five golden tickets. Charlie is a poor boy who doesn’t have the luxury of buying multiple candy bars but alas, luck is in his favor as he is one the five. The rest of the book is about the children’s experiences on the tour with the weird Mr. Wonka and his Oompa Loompas.

The changes made to the movie adaptation were subtle so reading this book was still enjoyable. I was glad to see that the plot was the same, though I was surprised by how “preachy” the book seemed. I mean I always understood that each of the kids depicted a bad habit but in the movie its subtle and blends in with the storyline. In the book, it is more in your face. Maybe because I am an adult I noticed it more. If I was a child reading this, I would probably take it for the lesson that is supposed to be learned. I actually like how the movie gave Charlie a lapse in judgement when he and his grandpa actually try the fizzy lifting drinks whereas in the book, the drink is just mentioned as one of the many inventions that Wonka is working on. In the book, I felt Charlie and his grandpa were kind of judgemental. They were depicted as the ones that do no wrong and judge others. Overall though, the book is definitely an imaginative story that children can enjoy for years.

The WitchesAs for The Witches, I was happy to see the story was pretty much the same as the movie. In fact, I was rewatching the movie in my head as I read through it. I should mention Angelica Houston will always be imprinted on my brain for her terrifying role as the head witch. She scared the sh*t out of me when I was a kid. So as I read the book, despite the pictures, I just kept envisioning her.

The Witches is about a young boy who lives with his grandma after being recently orphaned. He grew up hearing stories about witches but he never expects to actually see one. Then when he and his grandma go to a hotel, they realize they are at the same hotel that is holding the annual meeting for the witches. The boy discovers a shocking secret and he and his grandma must outsmart the witches or else.

While I will always love the movie, I definitely enjoyed the book since it provided a little more background, especially about the adorable grandma and her knowledge of the witches. I loved the grandma in the book. I also liked how you get to understand the Witches and what their secret is.

This was a really quick read and is definitely a page turner. Even though I knew already knew the story line,  I was captivated throughout the book. Dahl definitely has some imagination.

So I will say the start of my Dahl read through has been a success. I can’t wait to reread Matilda since I love that story. I also have the BFG, which I plan to read and watch the movie at the same time. Stay tuned for those in the near future.


Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Let’s discuss!

Outrageous things I have done for books

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl. Continuing on last week’s theme of our love for reading, this week asks us some of the outrageous things we have done for the love of books.

Some of these might not seem “outrageous” but they are definitely ridiculous. I thought I wouldn’t be able to get to the full 10 but I did. I think that might mean I am crazy but aren’t we all when it comes to books?

1. Spent a ridiculous amount of money on books –– OK this might seem a little vague but that is because I can’t remember. I have definitely spent over $100 on books at one time, especially if I just pick them off the shelf without even looking at the price tag. It is why I don’t allow myself to buy books at a book store unless I absolutely have to. And even then I go straight for the book that I need to get and don’t browse the shelves. Luckily there are library book sales that I can go crazy at.

2. Scheduled library book sales way in advance  — Speaking of book sales, did I mention that I already have the spring sales already blocked out on my calendar? They don’t start until May but I began searching for them back in February. There are two sales the same weekend so I have also scheduled out when I am going to each one. It needs planning. Since the first day of the sale is usually a preview for Friends of the Library members, I always plan to go first thing the next day so I still have ample time to find the good stuff.

3. Read a 1,000 page book in one day — In high school, I read Gone with the Wind in one day but I definitely could not do that now. I think it was 3 in the morning when I finally finished it but I just couldn’t put it down.

4. Lied so I didn’t have to lend a book — I have a strong attachment to my books and I have had so many lost because I allowed someone to borrow them. Now, when someone asks to borrow a book I have, I will lie to get out of it. Sorry, not sorry.

5. Cried over a lost book — You know when you want to read a book really bad that you know you have on your shelf and then you can’t find it? What do you do? Well I will cry over it. Yup, a little ridiculous, I know, but I hate not knowing where my books are. My fiancé just shakes his head and walks out of the room.

6. Canceled plans to finish reading a book — Yup I am guilty. I have totally canceled plans made well in advance because the day of said event, I was more interested in reading a book. I know, I know, it’s not like the book wouldn’t be there when I got back but I really just had no desire to go do whatever it was that day.

7. Joined multiple book clubs — You guys already know this one about me. I am currently in four book clubs, all because one just isn’t enough. Did I mention that I have been looking at joining another?Guys, I think I have a problem!

8. Sneak reading during class/work — When I was younger, I used to keep a book on my lap under my desk and sneak read when the teacher wasn’t paying attention. However I was HORRIBLE at it and got caught all the time, mainly because I would get engrossed in the book and forgot to look up every few minutes. There are some days now when I actually consider whether I can get away with reading while at work. Reason always wins but there have been some close calls.

9. Visit a bookstore wherever I go — Whenever I travel, I always plan on visiting a bookstore. Every year, my fiancé and I go to Manchester, VT for a weekend getaway and I always make a stop at the Northshire bookstore. I do it everywhere. When I was little, I ended up finding Little Women because I went into the mall bookstore in Atlantic City, NJ. My sister and I were left to traverse the boardwalk and while she wanted to go shopping for clothes I wanted to visit the bookstore. I think I will have the same luck as that day.


What are some of the outrageous things you do for books? Have you don’t any of the above? Let’s discuss!

April TBR

It’s April already. How can that be? Next Friday will be a year since I got engaged. And to think it is 13 months until the wedding. Now that I think about it, I seriously have to start wedding planning, which might throw a wrench into my reading, and that is a bummer.

March was an awesome month in terms of reading and I am hoping to keep up the momentum, now that I have my work rhythm down. I have a pile of books I want to get to. Luckily, two of my book clubs are reading books that I have read already. While I am going to read them for the sake of reviewing them, it leaves me open to read many other books that I wouldn’t get to. I am also switching things up and including poetry this month since it is National Poetry Month. Also, Kathy@BooksandMunches is holding a ContemporApril challenge, where she reads contemporary books. I figured that wouldn’t be so hard since most of my books this month are contemporary.

So without further ado, my reading list for April includes the following (covers are linked to Goodreads).

Book Club Reads

This is the title picked by the Capital District Book Club for a “book with an unexpected plot twist”. I haven’t read this book since high school and can vaguely remember what it’s about. I remember that it has to do with a girl with an eating disorder (yes we read some deep stuff in book club) and I remember liking it. I am hoping that I like it this time around.

The Death of the Heart is the April read for The Modern Library Top 100 Book Club. I am actually looking forward to this book. The last two reads were surprisingly good and I think we have finally gotten past our bout of horrible books on the list. But it’s hit or miss with this.

SARAH (Society of Avid Readers Across the Hudson) Book Club is reading The DaVinci Code, which is another reread for me. I have read this book twice already but it’s perfect because I was looking to do a Langdon series reread before reading the latest book, Origin.

So my smaller book club is reading Dune, which I am not sure I am going to get to. It was checked out at all the libraries near me so I am not sure I am going to be able to read it on time. We shall see.

National Poetry Month

Since I don’t read hardly enough poetry, I figured that I would make an exception in honor of National Poetry Month. I happened to have T.S. Eliot on my shelf from when I was in college, but a quick flip through revealed that we only read one or two of the poems for class, based on the notes in the margins. Might as well read it and check another book of my personal TBR bookshelf.

Personal picks

Like I mentioned above, since I have to read The DaVinci Code for book club, I might as well start rereading all of the Langdon series so I will also be reading the prequel.

I was FINALLY able to get this at the library. As soon as I saw it was available, I hopped on it. I am actually surprised there is only one copy. I can’t wait to read this.

I couldn’t resist and had to put this on the list. It’s been staring at me since I bought it. I am hoping that I am able to get to it sooner rather than later. Plus, it will cross off another book on my personal TBR, which I am trying to get down to a manageable level.

Audiobooks

None. I am taking a break from audiobooks for now. My commute is only 20 minutes so it takes me longer to get through an audiobook than it used to and I am currently out of ideas for good, short ones.

 

My reading list is ambitious this month with 8 books, especially because it’s going to be a busy month. Easter is in a few weeks and I am going to my parents house in New Jersey, which will eat up a weekend. Then, my fiancé’s brother is coming to visit the weekend after, and my girlfriend and I are going to see Phantom of the Opera (I think this will make it 5 times that I have seen it lol). My fiancé and I are going to tour our last venue before making a decision for the wedding. Not to mention there are two major cinematic events starting. Avengers: Endgame comes out on April 26 and the Game of Thrones premiere is April 14! I can’t wait!

 

What are you reading this month? Have you read any of the books on the list? Let’s discuss! Post in the comments below. 🙂

What determines the books I read?

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme are about the things that make us pick up a book. You would think that would be obvious but we all have are own reasons for doing so.

1. Book Club

Right now book club is the main reason why I read books I wouldn’t normally read. As you all know by now, I am part of 4 book clubs so I am never short of what to read. Now whether I finish said book is another matter entirely. Sometimes the book of the month is just a dud.

2. Titles

I have a soft spot for weird and interesting titles. For instance, I just got done reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society simply because the title intrigued me. Despite the mixed reviews, I wanted to know all about this society and what it involved. There are several other books on my book shelf because I was attracted to the title.

3. Covers

I am definitely guilty of picking a book by the cover. It’s the first thing you see and if it catch my attention just by how it looks than it’s worth looking into.

4. The first page

I normally don’t get to the synopsis. Instead I just open up the cover and immediately start reading. So often times when I am at the library or the store and if I am not sure about a book, I will start reading the first page. If it intrigues me than I’m sold.

5. Hype

I try not to read books based on hype and usually hold off for the most part, but inevitably my curiosity gets the better of me and I have to know what everyone is raving about. It is why I eventually jumped on the Fifty Shades of Grey train. I didn’t jump on until the very end but I jumped on nonetheless. The same with Harry Potter (though I still haven’t finished the series), Hunger Games, and the Langdon series. All, I might add, I have loved. So maybe there is something to be said about hype.

6. Favorite Author

Anything Nicholas Sparks is an immediate grab for me. I own every single one of his books. If I like the author, I will go out of my way to read it. And my list of favorite authors is growing.

7. Classic

Ever since I read Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre in high school, I have been in love with the classics. Anytime I don’t have something to read (which is currently never) I tend to pull a classic off the shelf. Unfortunately right now, the “have not read” pile is growing bigger than the “have read” pile.

8. Book Sales

I love my library book sales where I can get paperbacks as cheap as 50 cents or 3 for $1 or hardcovers for $1-$2. I usually reserve these times to grab books that have been on my TBR but I didn’t want to spend $25 on.

9. Recommendations/Reviews

Ever since I started this blog, my TBR list has grown two-fold and that is because of all the reviews on here that I’ve read. I will also hear a book being raved about during a discussion in book club and have to read it. It’s why I ended up reading A Man Called Ove and loved it. There are several books on my TBR that are because of reviews or recommendations.

10. BECAUSE IT’S A BOOK

I don’t care what genre or how big or small, a book is a book. I will read anything and everything … well almost everything. Now if only we can slow down time so I can read all these books, then my life would be complete.



What makes you pick up a book? Let’s discuss! Post in the comments below. 

Reading wrap-up

Wow, what a month it has been. To start with the warm weather has finally arrived and the colder days are numbered. YAY!

This month has actually felt like it went longer than normal. I guess because it was so busy that it is hard to believe that I did everything that I did, especially when it comes to reading. I actually read 10 books this month. I don’t think I have reached that number since last year. When I look back at the first few books I read, it feels like so long ago. LOL. Usually we are remarking on how fast the time flies and this month I feel like it slowed down.

March in the US is Women’s History Month, where we recognize the progression of women’s rights throughout history and the achievements of women over time. At work, we held an event recognizing our eight (8) female legislators and the twelve other women who head a county department. I was actually shocked by this number but it was great to be part of an event that recognized that achievement.

As for my reading, most of the books that I read were either by female authors or about strong women. I got to all of the books on my reading list and then some. (All book titles linked to Goodreads)

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I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot By the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

Talk about a strong woman. I knew I was going to like this book and I am so glad that I finally got a chance to read it. I have read several books about Middle Eastern women who have stepped up to do their part during the wars in either Afghanistan or Pakistan and Malala is one of them. They all have their own story to tell and they are always different. Malala’s was about defying the Taliban to speak out about the right for education and she almost paid the ultimate price for it. She is one of those that you can’t help but admiring. You can read my review about Malala, here.

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Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

I finally completed this audiobook by Drew Barrymore. It was my only audiobook for the month. This isn’t necessarily a memoir but rather a bunch of random stories from her life that she wishes to share. From her experiences as an actor and producer to her personal life and travels, Barrymore shares enough to give us a glimpse into who she is. Since I love her as an actress, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was glad to listen to the audiobook she narrates. I would definitely recommend it. You can read the review here.

The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Talk about a powerful book. Wow. This book totally blew me away. It was so emotionally charged and I am still thinking about it. Also this book was perfect for Women’s History Month as it ties the abolitionist movement into the women’s right movement. I loved the two main characters of this book and the ties that link them together over the generations. The ending had happy tears streaming down my face. You can read my review here.

To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This was a reread for me as it was the March pick for the SARAH Book Club and I enjoyed it just as much as I did in high school when I first read it. I noticed many more details than I did as a teenager, but I guess that it is the result of growing up. It didn’t ruin the story for me though. I still love Atticus Finch and I love how Harper told the story through the eyes of a child. You can read my review here.
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Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

This was another reread for me, this time because of the Capital District Book Club. I actually liked it even better the second time around, but I was one of the few. Many in group had more critical opinions about it. Since I had already reviewed this book two years ago when I read it for the SARAH Book Club, I instead did a book club discussion post this time around, which you can check out here.

 

Young Lonigan by James T. Farrell and Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara

Both of these books were for my Modern Library Top 100 Book Club, which meets at the beginning of each month. Young Lonigan was the March pick, which you can read what the group thought here. Appointment in Samarra is for April, which meets this coming Wednesday. I actually loved this book and so glad I have a copy of it. I will probably do a book club discussion post about it on Wednesday night.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

So I bought this book on a whim at a recent library book sale but I won’t lie, I was kind of nervous about this book given the mixed reviews about it. I am glad that I am the type that likes to judge a book for herself because I ended up loving this book. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t the best book ever written and I don’t think it will go on my top 10 but I loved it way more than I thought I would. Definitely 4 stars. I should have a review soon.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Witches by Roald Dahl

At the end of the month, I didn’t know what to read so I decided to pick something light. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory only took me a day to read so I ended up reading The Witches as well. I had grown up watching both of these movies as a kid and never realized they were based on the books by Dahl until recently. Both were very similar to the movies. In fact, while reading them, I was playing the movies in my head. I should have reviews up soon.

There were a few books that I had on my reading list at the beginning of the month but I never got to them.

I was hoping to read Hidden Figures and Becoming for Women’s History Month but my library had both books checked out the entire time. I will just have to put them off till later. Ironically though, the movie of Hidden Figures was on HBO this month and watched most of it. I had to leave before finishing it but it reinforced my plans to read the book. I loved the movie. As for Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty by Diane Keaton, let’s just say that I don’t think I was meant to read this book at this time. I had started the audiobook but first, the loan was up, and then, after I renewed it, I was listening to it and it froze on the Libby App. I gave up and didn’t try to finish it.

This month, I also had the chance to start my new feature on this blog of reviewing movies that I like.

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Captain Marvel was friggin amazing! I went in to it a doubter and came out grinning from ear to ear with a new hero to worship. You can read the review here.

I am hoping that next month is as successful as March. I am at the point that I wish I could a read every book in one day. There are so many I want to get to so my reading list for next month is ambitious to say the least.


What did you read this month? Have you read any of the books on this list? What did you think? Let’s discuss!

Captain Marvel is my new favorite

Hey all,

What you may not know about me is that, nn addition to my love of books, I am a lover of the movies. From the classics (I grew up watching TCM with my parents) to the latest blockbuster hit, I love sitting down and watching characters come to life. With that being said, I thought maybe I would do the occasional review about a movie. Most of these reviews will probably be those I see in the theater, but I plan to occasionally share my thoughts on an oldie.

To get this going, I recently saw Captain Marvel, the latest movie from the Marvel Universe, and I just had to tell someone about it. If you haven’t seen it.. GO NOW! Like don’t finish reading this. Get your butt to the movies. If you are not a fan of Marvel.. well then maybe this will change your mind (but honestly I need to know WHY?!)

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I am a huge Marvel fan and have seen every movie in the franchise. My favorites are Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, Black Panther and Deadpool. Yet, when the trailers came out for Captain Marvel, I wasn’t so sure. Could Marvel’s blockbuster run have finally run out? I was hoping not, but I was seriously beginning to think that they had overplayed their cards.

Well forgive me for being a doubter. I went with my fiancé to the movies, hoping to be proven wrong. And I was. Oh how I was. I should have known Marvel would deliver, and boy did it ever. Captain Marvel is BAD ASS!!! There is a reason why its breaking box office records.

What I loved about Captain Marvel was the mystery that went with her. Throughout the movie you are given little flashbacks of her past but none of them make sense. At first this takes a little getting used to. But once you get settled, you are excitedly waiting for the next puzzle piece. You want to unravel it to get to the secret, because you know there is something there.

The other great thing about this movie is that it answers many of the questions left from the other movies (some critics may have called those plot holes). I love how Marvel waited until right before Avengers: Endgame to release this movie because it gives us so much background on how we ended up to where we are.

Also when Captain Marvel’s power is on display, you can’t help but ooohhh and ahhh. Well at least I did. I left the theater with a huge grin on my face, a new hero to worship and even more excitement for the Avengers: Endgame on April 26!



Have you seen Captain Marvel yet? What did you think? What is the most recent movie you have seen? Let’s discuss!