Review| Eligible- A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice

Title: Eligible

Author: Curtis Sittenfeld

Published: April 19th, 2016

Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of five novels including Prep, The American Wife, and most recently Eligible- A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Sittenfeld graduated from Stanford University, and is currently living in St. Louis, Missouri despite having grown up in Cincinnati. Her books have been translated into more than 25 languages and she has even interviewed Michelle Obama for a piece in the Time.

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May TBR Pile

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Hey everyone, I am back! Long time not post, but I am hoping you won’t hold it against me.

Today I am here to share my May TBR pile with you all! I am hoping to catch up on some reading, since I have been in a slight reading slump with exams having just finished. A few of these books were sent to me by Penguin Random House for review, and a few of them are books I have been wanting to read for ages. I am excited to get reading again, so lets get started!

My TBR Pile:

1.The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey

→ is a non-fiction novel following the life of Chris Bailey (the author) and his year long journey on becoming more productive. Not only does he conduct experiments on himself, remove sugar from his diet and focuses on becoming a morning person (which spoiler alert did not work), but he is able to share the results of his experiments and we the readers get to benefit from the rewards of his hard work

2. Twenty Questions for Gloria by Martyn Bedford

→Gloria is a normal teenage girl that goes to school and does as she’s told, but her life is simple, boring even. At least that’s the case until the new boy shows up and is ready to break every single rule in school. Gloria aspires to be as confident and daring as Urman (the new boy), but soon she discovers that Urman isn’t everything she had thought he was… As the cover of the novel states; “Two went on the run, one came back“.

3. 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad

→ This novel deals with the difficult topic of body image, and what society deams the “perfect figure”. In this fictional novel, the main character Lizzie is ashamed of her body and decided to start dating online. She comes to the realization that in order to meet her date in real life she would have to change her appearance. So she does. She becomes calorie obsessed and tracks everything that she puts into her mouth. But does being thin make her happy? That is a question only Lizzie can answer.

4. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

→A modern take on the famous Pride and Prejudice novel by Jane Austin! What more do you need?!

5. The Widow by Fiona Barton

→ The police started asking Jean Taylor questions when a little girl goes missing. After spending years being the perfect wife, Jean is done keeping secrets. Since her husbands passing, Jean is ready to share his secrets that she has been holding onto for so long. She is ready to tell her side of the story.

6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

→ A classic that I can’t wait to dive into. I have heard great things and I’m excited to cross it off my TBR pile.

And that is it for my May TBR pile! Let me know what you plan on reading this month. I would love to know!

Until next time,

Emma

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5 Books To Read Before Watching the Movie

Like most book lovers, I enjoy reading the novel before I venture out to see the movie. There are a number of exciting book to movie adaptations occurring this year, and some that have already been released. Regardless, here is a list of books that you should read before the movies come out later this year.

1. The Martian by Andy Weir

This novel follows an astronaut named Mark Watney who travels to Mars with a team from NASA to explore the uncharted territory. As a part of NASA, they are sent to research what Mars has to offer, and discover any new objects not present on Earth. Everything is going well until Mark is left to fend for himself when the connection with Earth is lost due to a turbulent sand storm. With few supplies remaining, Mark must make the most of what he has in an attempt to return to Earth.

Release Date: September, 2015

 

2.The Room by Emma Donoghue

The Room follows a mother and son named Jack who is five years old. Jack was born in a room, and it is all he has ever known. In the hopes of keeping Jack safe, his mother decides not to tell him about the outside world. Old Nick the owner of this room provides them with food, but is unwilling to let them leave. Trapped in this room, Jack’s mother is desperate for means of escape. If not now, then when? With a glimmer of hope, Jack’s mother forms a plan, that with any luck, will lead to their freedom.

Release Date: February, 2016

 

3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Lou is a 27 years old and has worked at Buttered Buns coffee shop for the past six years, until one day her boss informs her that he is closing down the shop. Lou is devastated! Out of the blue, Lou is contacted by a woman named Camilla who is looking for a caretaker for her quadriplegic son. Will Traynor was once a high-class lawyer that rode his motorcycle to work,  and rock climbed on the weekend. Now, Will is confined to a wheelchair and is unable to move the lower half of his body.This is a story of two people meeting due to unexpected circumstances and making the best out of a tragic situation.

Release Date: June, 2016

4. Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them was created as a representation of the textbook Harry Potter and other students of Hogwarts would have used. This textbook contains a large number of beast and essentially how to find them…but I must confess that magic is most likely involved. With the foreword written by Albus Dumbledore and the doodles drawn by Ron Weasley, this is definitely one worth reading!

Release Date: November, 2016

5. Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train follows out main character Rachel who has recently been divorced from her husband Tom. Tom left her for another woman named Anna. As a result, Rachel has started to drink heavily to dull the pain. Everyday, Rachel rides the same train, stops at the same signal, and sees the same people. In fact she has even decided to give the couple she sees everyday names. Rachel calls them Jess and Jason. Everything seemed perfect for the couple until one day Rachel notices a pile of clothes abandoned by the train tracks, and Jess has gone missing.

Release Date: October, 2016

 

I hope you have enjoyed this list of book to movie adaptations, and I look forward to hearing about your thoughts in the comments. I hope you all have a good week!

Which book to movie adaptation are you most excited for?

Until next time,

Emma

Review| Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Title: Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Published: September 2015

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This weeks post will be written by none other than Marlene Scheel, she is an avid reader and loves to read the latest and greatest novels. At the moment she is reading After You by Jojo Moyes. When I asked her if she would be willing to write a guest post on the blog, she agreed without hesitation. Without further ado, here is this weeks review written by our  fantastic guest. I hope you enjoy, and I will be back next week with a new post!
Until next time,
Emma

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