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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Child in Time

This film is based on a 1987 novel by British writer Ian McEwan, of Atonement fame. It was adapted into a movie of the same name in 2017.

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What It's About:

In the work of a moment, Stephen's daughter Kate goes missing at the grocery store - gone without a trace. Wracked with guilt and devastation, Stephen's marriage falls apart under the strain, and he and Julie live separate lives. All that remains of the life Stephen once knew, is his career writing children's books, his friend Charles and Charles' wife Thelma. But when even his friend changes in ways that he can't understand, Stephen is forced to come to terms with the shadow of grief that has been hanging over him.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

St. Patrick's Day: Books with Redheads

Something you don't see as much is books featuring main characters with red hair. Even when you have them set in Ireland or Scotland, the choice is often made to give them black hair and blue eyes. So, in honour of St. Patrick's Day, I want to pay homage to some books where one of the main characters has red hair!


Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Character: Sophie Hatter

The Princess Pawn by Maggie L. Wood
Character: Willow Kingswell

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Character: Anne Shirley

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
Characters: Jamie Fraser, Brianna Fraser

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
Character: Meghann (Meggie) Cleary

Poldark series by Winston Graham
Character: Demelza Carne

Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
Characters: Ron Weasley and family

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

TTT: Books I Wish Had Sequels

It feels like forever since I have participated in That Artsy Reader Girl's Top Ten Tuesday, but I do want to start getting back into it from time to time. It's a fun way to add some variety to the blog and connect with other book bloggers.
Anyway, this week's topic is all about standalone books that we wish had sequels. I've tried to avoid picking books that already have companion novels,  but I did sneak one in! Funnily enough, a few books that I would have put on this list did have sequels come out not too long ago...


Here's the moment when I became acutely aware that I read a lot of series.

1) The Chrysalids by John Wyndham - I would love to know how civilization is after this. Tell me all about Sealand!

2) North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell - Could they have children and for some reason be forced to move to the South? Then you can see the reversed prejudices in their children?

3) Lady Susan by Jane Austen - What antics will she get up to next? We all know this isn't the time she starts behaving herself.

4) The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - No, I wasn't blown away by this book, but with the way it ended and the only brief glimpses into Offred's life that we get to see...we need a sequel. Guess what though? It's actually going to happen!

5) Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - Although there is a companion novel, Catalyst, that takes place in the same high school, I would really like to see Melinda after she starts coming to terms with what happened to her. Healing doesn't take place in an instant, and I really want to see more of her journey through this process.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

February 2019 Update

Life has been a bit nuts, but I'm trudging along! Apologies for the lateness of this post, but here it finally is! A very slow month for television, but not a bad one for movies.

Started Watching:


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Poldark - season 4
I definitely had to slow it down with this season, but I'm about halfway through it now. It's changed quite a bit in terms of mood, but I do still really like it. I'm curious to see where the final season will go.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Unpopular Opinions: Classic Literature

If you love classic literature as much as I do, you're bound to have some strong opinions about their content - and not all of it matches the most common opinions and perceptions that people have. So today I want to share a few of my "favourite" unpopular opinions that I have.

Spoilers, spoilers abound! For each book I'm talking about, the description might contain spoilers. If you haven't read these books, it's safe to read the titles in bold, but you might want to avoid the explanations underneath.



Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Musicals: The Greatest Showman

With the return of the movie musical, The Greatest Showman blasts onto the screen as one to remember.
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What It's About:

The Greatest Showman journals the life of P.T. Barnum from where and how he got his start into his years as a collector of curiosities, and circus mogul. This musical re-imagines the courage, passion, and guts of Barnum's vision, his love for his family, and the incredible figures who were instrumental in his achievements. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

YA in Review: Tower of Dawn (Sarah J. Maas)

This post will essentially be Spoiler Free, however comments by other users may possibly contain information that spoils portions of the plot, so read at them your own risk. As this is part of a series, this review may spoil portions of the plot from previous books in the series.

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What it's about:

Chaol Westfall, former Captain of the Guard, now Hand of the King, has been given two missions: one, to convince the khagan of Antica and his children to join their side in the war against Erawan, and two, to heal the damage to his spine at the Torre Cesme - home to the greatest healers in the world. Yet the khagan's recent tragedy - the loss of a beloved daughter - clouds his judgement, the healer assigned to help him holds a grudge against his former king, and Erawan's forces grow stronger every day. There is no time to delay, and yet Chaol must use all of his past training in the palace to remember that political games, as well as true healing, take time.