Wow, hello there! I must apologize for being MIA yesterday. I unfortunately don’t have a prepared review for you either. I will have one next week though!

This week

I had my first two tests (statistics and philosophy). They both went pretty well, and I’ve got a psych test tomorrow. We had a football game Friday and an invitational yesterday. It was the first time we performed the whole show, and it was an improvement from Friday to Saturday. There are things we need to fix, but I know that we’ll be able to get them.

There’s a lot of buzz going around about Homecoming and the dance. It’s coming up a week from Monday (the whole week, not the dance). I’ve got my dress, and it’s gorgeous. I love it so much. I feel like a bit of a warrior in it if that makes any sense. I will share photos with you when I have some of the dance! My boyfriend and I are going together, and I’m really excited. It’s my first homecoming with a date – the last three years I went without one – and we’re going with a bunch of band kids so it’ll be really fun.

I may be a little off and on these coming weeks – band is really getting into full swing, and it’s hard to keep up with the blog and school. I will pop in as much as I can and I’ll still be active on Bookstagram. Thank you for your patience!

Today

I have a pretty busy day. First I have work then orchestra and then I have a college fair thing for Harvard, Stanford, Duke, and Georgetown. It’ll be interesting, and I hope it goes well!

This coming week

I have school all week. I’m going to orchestra rehearsal on Tuesday and I won’t be able to go for all of October. Unfortunately I’m tied up with band all month, but on the flip side I love band and it’s my last season with them. (It makes me sad to think about that but I have high hopes for us as a band.)

Okay farewell for now!

Happy reading!

Sophie🙂

General Update: My Bookish Life pt. 28

Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be discussing one of my favourite novels of all time, Jane Eyre. Some of my absolute favourite movies are adaptations of books, and I love discussing my opinions. Mostly, the book holds a special place in my heart…but there have been times when I’ve actually liked the movie more!

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I actually have a little story behind this movie. I read Jane Eyre when I was 11 for the first time, and I’ve re-read it twice since. Shortly after I read it the first time, I saw a movie version on TV. I don’t remember much about it…apart from the fact that I absolutely adored the movie. So the other night, I decided I’d re-watch! Long story short, it wasn’t until the movie ended when I realised I was watching the wrong version.

As it turns out, I actually watched the 1997 version on TV years ago – and that’s the version I was looking for. However, I’m really glad I saw this version too! It gave me yet another interpretation of a very beautiful story, and one I enjoyed very much.

There’s no doubt about it – the acting is top notch and the love between Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester rings pure and true in this movie. It’s beautiful, lovely and made me cry just as the book did. The included all the important scenes, and made them truly amazing. But…I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I remember liking the 1997 version.

A couple, small things niggled me. One…the love between those too was, although very true, very instant. I wish I could have heard maybe some passages from the book to enhance the process of Jane falling for Rochester.

And two, the movie skipped and jumped a couple of times. There’s no way to explain this without giving spoilers, so if you don’t want them then I would skip the next part!

The movie starts when Jane leaves Thornfield. Then it skips to her schooling at Lowood, followed by living at Thornfield. The plot then follows as normal from there, when she leaves. I can understand why they did this…but I also think it would be confusing if you were watching it without reading the book first.

Before I ramble too much…the big question (and one I’ll ask myself in every book vs. movie post I do): did I prefer the book or the movie?

You’re probably not shocked to find out my answer is the book. It’s over 500 pages and fitting all of my favourite scenes into two hours would be impossible…I couldn’t help but feel there was something slightly missing with the movie that I felt with this beautiful novel.

But even saying this, I would still recommend watching this movie if you’re a Jane Eyre fan! It’s definitely worth a watch.

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

Book vs. Movie: Jane Eyre 2011

Book Review: Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

Hello there! I wanted to celebrate the release of this lovely book with a review. David Arnold is a lovely author, and his debut novel Mosquitoland (review) completely took me in. I recommend it to practically everyone I come across. It is one of my all-time favorite books, and I’m so excited that he’s releasing more books.

Here’s what you might want to know about the book:

The bestselling author of Mosquitoland brings us another batch of unforgettable characters in this tragicomedy about first love and devastating loss.

Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell.
It begins with the death of Vic’s father.
It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle.
The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it.
But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between.

This is a story about:

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1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey.
2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter.
3. One dormant submarine.
4. Two songs about flowers.
5. Being cool in the traditional sense.
6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards.
7. Simultaneous extreme opposites.
8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country.
9. A story collector.
10. How to listen to someone who does not talk.
11. Falling in love with a painting.
12. Falling in love with a song.
13. Falling in love.

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Release date: 20 September 2016

Edition: Hardcover, USA                                              Page #: 352

My rating: 5/5 stars

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What a unique story. I wouldn’t say this book is too realistic in it’s plot per se, but it definitely conveys many things that are relatable. I love David Arnold. He is hands down one of my favorite authors, and I am seriously so excited to see where he goes with his writing.

The main story focuses on Bruno Victor Benucci III who is known as Vic. Vic has a hard time physically expressing himself because he has Moebius syndrome. This disease inhibits one’s body in forms of paralysis, and for Vic it’s his face. He has to thoroughly think through what he is feeling and verbally convey it if he wants others to know how he is feeling. This poses an interesting theme of communication throughout the book, and how people are able to connect with each other.

I love the idea of fulfilling someone’s dying wish. I think it’s something that I would want someone to do for me, and I’m glad Vic does this for his dad. It’s a way for both the person who has passed away and the living to have some sort of closure. His adventure in completing his father’s list is something I loved.

The cast of characters in this story is amazing. Coco is one of my motherfrakking favorites. She is spunky and isn’t afraid to be direct with people. She has learned how to listen to people in a way that makes them at ease. Though she may be (very) nosy, she means well and I love how protective she is of Mad, Baz, and Zuz. Her obsession with frozen dairy products makes my life. I love them just as much as she does, and I appreciate it. Frak yeah.

The story’s format is different, and after reading the first chapter or two I really started to understand it. I like how it contributes to the story as a whole. I also love how the interviews preface what’s to come later in the chapter. I think it’s clever the way Arnold wrote this story.

Overall I gave this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads. I don’t love it as much as Mosquitoland but I did enjoy reading this book. I hope this helped!

Happy reading,

Sophie🙂

Bookish News: 19 September 2016

Hi, book dragons! Here we are in our second full week of September welcoming in so many new, amazing releases! I hope this month is going well for you. Alas, I have fallen behind quite a lot in my reading goals and pace. ANYWHO – onto the news!

This week’s releases:

ICYMI here’s some of what happened last week

  • Jennifer E. Smith announced a new 2017 release

Best-selling author Jennifer E. Smith is publishing Windfall in May of 2017. The official date is said to be May 2. Entertainment Weekly helped the author make this announcement with a cover reveal as well as an excerpt. Click here to read the article.

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Synopsis: Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.

As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined . . . and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.

  • Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey, and Reese Witherspoon are part of the Wrinkle in Time cast

Director Ava DuVernay made the announcement earlier this week on Twitter of these new cast members. DuVernay also directed Selma among other films.

  • Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda movie has a director

Greg Berlanti will be directing the Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens movie. The novel by Becky Albertalli was published in 2015 and made quite the splash. Berlanti’s other works include Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl. Read the full article on Entertainment Weekly here.

  • Throne of Glass is set to release on Hulu

Sarah J. Maas’s bestselling Throne of Glass series is set to be turned into a tv series on Hulu. The producer is Mark Gordon Company and is going to be directed by  Anna Foerster. Read the full article here.

See anything you love? I hope you had fun reading this!

Happy reading,

Sophie🙂

Book Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Hi there! I finished out the three companion novels by Stephanie Perkins, and I was a bit disappointed with this one. More to come on that though. It was a cute book, and all three of them together make a great aesthetic.

Here’s some things you may want to know:

Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

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Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

Publisher: Speak

Publish date: August 14, 2014                                Page #: 339

Edition: Paperback, USA                                          My rating: 3.5/5 stars

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I have to say that I liked this least of the three Stephanie Perkins novels. It wasn’t as developed as the others, and I wish I had gotten to know Isla more beyond her obsession with Josh.

One question that is asked is if you have to read them in order. You may prefer to because they build off each other and there are cameos of old characters in the new books. If you’re curious to know what I thought about Anna and Lola just click their names and it’ll take you to those reviews.

Isla was underdeveloped. I feel like she had so much potential, especially after Anna and Lola. She only thought about Josh and how he affected her and vice versa. It felt like her life revolved around this guy she’d had a crush on for a while. Though this isn’t awful I felt like she needed a hobby or passion. Anna had film, Lola had fashion, and Isla… had Josh. I know part of her story is that she doesn’t have a passion. She doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life, but I feel like she could have had so much more than just be in love with a boy.

One of my favorite characters was Kurt. He is straightforward and no-nonsense. I appreciate the little details Perkins includes in her writing. Lola had 2 dads. Kurt has high-functioning Asperger’s syndrome. They are never the thing in her plots but they add depth and texture too them that isn’t in your typical contemporary.

Despite my qualms about Isla (and her poor decision making) this was a pretty okay book. It was nice to hear about the other characters and how they’re doing, especially Anna and Etienne. It’s a cute contemporary read if you’re looking for one.

Happy reading,

Sophie🙂

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General Update: My Bookish Life pt. 27

Hello, there! I didn’t write yesterday, but Maiya did instead! I hope you enjoyed hearing from her! She and I have been quite busy since school has started.

This week

It was the first full week of school. I am finally starting to get into my rut, but there are still a few things I have to work out. I’m sure it’ll be fine in the coming weeks.

I started up doing my reading for my fem lit independent study, and I’m loving it. It’s the best course I’ve taken in school, and I can’t believe it’s only one semester! I’m also taking a philosophy course and that is just a whole cup of tea. I have to start reading more for that class too. So much reading.

That being said, I haven’t gotten much personal reading done. I’m still making my way through The Unexpected Everything and I’m loving what I’ve read so far.

Today

I’m going to my niece’s first soccer game! It’ll be fun and cute because they’re just starting out. I also work the for part of the day, so that’ll be fun. Making money is always productive.

I also need to do the crap ton of homework I got because I don’t want to do it tomorrow.

This coming week

I’m actually going dress shopping tomorrow! it’s the first time I’ve been, ever, so I’m kind of excited. I don’t know if I’ll find anything, but it’ll be fun to go.

We have our second home game and our home invitational this weekend. It’ll be quite busy, but I’m sure I’ll make it through it all.

I hope you all have a great week! If you have any questions for either Maiya or I please comment them below!

Happy reading,

Sophie🙂

Hi… I’m so so sorry for my terrible lack of posting over the last… well… forever. I’ve always been bad at the whole blogging thing- since my 3rd grade blog about penguins.

I’m also really bad at thinking of book related questions for myself, so I’ll leave you a list of bookish stats plus my personal essay for AP Literature.. Though if you have any and feel like treating me with the same amount of attention Sophie gets, I’d be glad to answer any and all via an actual, non-scheduled Q&A (sorry Soph..)

So yeah:

Last Book Read: Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

Last Book Bought: Machiavelli’s The Prince

Dream College Themed book: Chasing Vermeer, Blue Balliet

Bookish Philosophy: there is little more underrated than children’s books… but other books are good too

Theme of Spring Break Reading List: Biography/memoir/giant bin of books borrowed from Sophie

Favorite publications: for news, BBC; for general entertainment, The Bloggess all the way

Most anticipated book  yet to be released: You Are Here, Jenny Lawson(shh i know its a coloring book)

Best beverage to pair with a book: tea latte or latte in general

Bookish Bad Habits: dog-earing, setting down book face open

MY AP LIT PERSONAL ESSAY

Literature is Not Important to Me

Literature is not important to me, in the same way that drinking water is not important to me. It is something I do frequently, but it is also something I have done for so long that it is no longer a conscientious activity.

I have always had a propensity for words and communication. According to my mother, I began speaking at nine months and my first word was “kitty cat.” At a year I could correctly identify the colors of my crayon box and by fifteen months I could name the letters in my alphabet puzzle. She recalls me reading words by age two, and there are several photos of a very tiny Maiya sitting on a small training toilet or on the floor of my bedroom engrossed in a book. I frustrated my preschool teacher with my refusal to listen to her lessons on letters, and she apparently managed to have me for nearly a year without realizing that I could read. As a first-grader in the Voyager program, I was moved up to a reading group with fourth and fifth graders, and I was quite close with our school librarian, often discussing gardening or crafting as I checked out my strange combination of novels and books on plants and crocheting.

As a result of my constant need for words, I read voraciously and with little discrimination. As a five-year-old, I read the microwave manual as part of a deal in order to be allowed to use the brand new machine, and my parents had to cancel their TIME subscription a few years later, because generally, one does not want their seven-year-old reading something with an intended audience at least a decade older. Many of my fondest memories of summers as an elementary schooler feature large paper bags and corrugated cardboard boxes filled with young adult novels my mother picked up at second-hand stores and garage sales. I would blow through them, and to this day, seventy-some percent of the books in our family library are mine.

A side-effect of my reading was a comically large vocabulary packed into a tiny person, and as many of the words I acquired were ones that I had only read, mispronunciation became a comedic portion of my family’s lives. I once mispronounced “sophisticated” as “soff’ is cated” to my mother’s amusement.

Another side-effect of my obsession with stories is, ironically, my inability to tell a story. The abundance of stories and their many commonalities lead me to jump from tale to tale, never finishing one and going off on a thousand digressions in an attempt to share a brief moment from my life.  

While many people will say that books and the characters within become their friends, I have never found this statement to ring true for myself. However, I will admit that books and my love for them have led me to make many friends, whether the librarians at each school or the girl behind me in eighth grade geometry with whom I would eventually start a book blog.

Like drinking water, reading is a necessary part of my life. Without water, I, as a carbon-based biological organism, would die. Without my passion for reading and the love of learning and knowledge that logically follows, my personality would die. Just as water keeps me physically nourished, burying my nose in books provides my mind with sustenance. This leads to an odd paradox in which literature has become so important it becomes commonplace. It is so ingrained within my life that without it, I would not be me.

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Small me, on a toilet, reading. This is my personal sacrifice for my lack of blogging

 

Q& A(ish) with Maiya

Hi everyone! I’m Beth, and I own The Books Are Everywhere.

Today’s post is going to be an interesting one with a very specific focus – can you read fantasy when you’re feeling down?

I know this sounds very random, but it did stem from somewhere. I posted a couple of weeks ago about my preference of contemporary over fantasy, and ended up talking to Kourtni in the comments about how fantasy can actually be quite draining to read! It got me thinking – and she’s right.

One of the reasons I prefer contemporary is I find it easy to read whatever mood I’m in…where as I have to really focus on fantasy!

But why is this? In fact, I think there’s a lot of reasons. I’ll discuss them more below.

  • Fantasy tends to be very fast paced
  • Things change a lot!
  • Not only do you have to focus on humans, but there’s other beings too! How can I focus on all of these things?
  • Sometimes they’re harder to get into or understand quickly – especially if some elements aren’t explained well
  • Bad writing doesn’t work…at all. You have to be descriptive.
  • I CAN’T PRONOUNCE THIS CHARACTERS NAME
  • WHY ARE THERE MADE UP WORDS
  • WHY IS THERE NOT A GLOSSARY

Okay, I think you get it! Fantasy does tend to be…made up. It’s imaginary, and it’s sometimes hard to relate to our real world! For this reason alone, I find it hard to focus on fantasy when I’m feeling down or have other things on my mind, and it tends to be the reason I read a lot of contemporary.

With contemporary, I’m able to delve right in. With a real life setting and real life people, it’s easy to pick up on other things. But put me in another world, with a mixture of humans and fairies and THEN throw in some romance, complications and everything else…and my brain gets confused.

So, what do you think? Can you still focus on fantasy or do you have to switch to contemporary like me?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

BookChat: Reading Fantasy