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Obsession Confession | Diabolical Fires in Riverdale Carve The Mark of Mister Doctor

I’m late again but honestly what else is new? Not that fact, certainly! This week I’ve got tons of new obsessions! So let’s just jump right in!

Books

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So I’ve been reading The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid lately and I’m 75% through it and ohmygod. This book. Is so. Amazing! If you are into sci fi or political intrigue and backstabbing or incredible world building and character development or in effing amazing novels in general then you just have got to read this! Because…wow. So the gist of this book is that there are these…creatures?…called diabolics who are just like you and me, with the only difference being that they are born to serve and protect and kill for their human masters. Nemesis is a diabolic who serves Sedonia, who is a teenage daughter of a galactic senator. One day, the emperor summons all of the children of senators to the palace and, suspecting something is amiss, Sedonia’s family sends Nemesis disguised as Sedonia. But Nemesis, a logical diabolic, knows nothing of human emotion and politics. Nemesis must learn how to survive in the deadly royal court. To complicate matters…well, let’s just say some crazy stuff starts to go down an Nemesis is caught in the middle of it all. The book is filled with crazy twists and turns that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat til the very end!

Music


This past week I’ve been listening to “Fire” by Louis The Child and Evalyn on repeat! It’s just a fun, poppy dance track! It’s simple and clean, but it’s what I needed.

Movies/TV/ Trailers

Okay, so lots of great things went down in the Movies/TV world in the past week and a half. First of all, the trailer for NBC’s Wizard of Oz retelling, Emerald City, was released and it looks so incredible! I love how NBC is mixing the modern world with Oz and how they’re adding a new twist on the lore of Oz! It looks spectacular and I can’t wait to see it! Next, I saw Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them and it was absolutely spectacular! It had the same feel as Harry Potter, but at the same time, it was completely new and its own thing, which I really enjoyed! I loved everything about it! Finally, The CW released the teaser trailer for Riverdale, its Archie adaptation! I’m kinda split on how I feel about the adaptation, in all honesty. The trailer looks good, as does the show itself, but I just feel like the tone and storyline is so different from the Archie comics that I grew up reading. The comics are so light and poppy and fluffy, while the show looks like it’s taking a darker, grittier tone. Nevertheless, I’m willing to give it a chance, especially as The CW is just great at creating good stories in general.

News Clip

The book trailer for Veronica Roth’s newest novel, Carve The Mark, was released the other day and it has me even more interested in the book (if that’s possible)! It looks super good!

Around The Blogosphere/Vlogosphere

Becca over at Becca & Books is back at it again with another delightfully hilarious post! This time, Becca explores “scientifically” proven ways  to remember the events of books in a series. You’re sure to learn a lot from Becca’s post and have a good laugh along the way too!

A Let’s Not Forget Some Laughter!

This week’s bit of laughter comes from the above moment, which is taken straight from Marvel’s Doctor Strange! If you haven’t seen Doctor Strange yet, do yourself a favor and correct that mistake ASAP, as it’s a really good film (which has some pretty funny moments in it)! The above moment always makes me bust out in laughter, so I hope it makes you smile too 🙂

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Maggie Reviews │ Insanity

Well, I sure am glad I went into reading Cameron Jace’s Insanity, the first in the series of the same name, without reading the summary on Goodreads – had I read it, I wouldn’t have been so pleasantly surprised by the story’s plot.

I’ve been curious about Insanity for a long time, but had held off on reading it because I judged the book by its cover, which isn’t my favorite by a long shot. However, when I found the first three books in the series available for rental from the Kindle Unlimited library, I took it as a sign and checked them out virtually.

I was almost instantly sucked into Insanity, with its short and sweet chapters and quick action. As I mentioned before, since I hadn’t read the Insanity summary, I was very surprised to learn the series revolves around the maybe real Alice from none other than Lewis Carroll’s famous Alice in Wonderland.

I’ve never read Carroll’s original work, but I am aware of the basic plot points, which are touched upon by Jace in the Alice retelling.

This may be odd to some bookworms, but I very rarely go into reading a book actually knowing what it’s about. I generally don’t even read the backs of books or the insides of their jackets; I’ve read too many silly summaries, which have turned me off particular tomes.

Which leads me to a big reason I’m glad I skipped the Goodreads Insanity summary → I’m bothered that one of the major characters is referred to as ‘Professor Caterpillar.’ Granted, the character is the caterpillar of Lewis Carroll’s imagination, but in Jace’s retelling, he is NEVER referred to as ‘Professor Caterpillar’ exactly – he’s Pillar the Killer.

Anyway, despite my aggravation with the summary, the imagination that went into the writing of Insanity is incredible. Not only does Jace take the reader on a ride with Carroll’s characters in the modern world, the author delves into the personal history of Lewis Carroll himself, who also plays a role. Continue reading “Maggie Reviews │ Insanity”

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Quick Comics! | Ms. Marvel Vol. 2 Generation Why + Silk Vol. 0 The Life And Times of Cindy Moon Mini Reviews

Hello, ducklings! Whew! I am quite out of practice when it comes to reviewing! But you know what they say–you can’t get back in the game unless you get back in the game!…Actually, no one says that–but they do now! I figured I’d ease back in with some quick comic bindup mini reviews! So today I’ll be reviewing Silk Vol. 0: The Life And Times of Cindy Moon by Robbie Thompson, Stacey Lee, Annapaolo Martello, Tana Ford, Ian Herring, Travis Lanham, and Dave Johnson and Ms. Marvel Vol.2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, and Jacob Wyatt!

Ms. Marvel Vol. 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, and Jacob Wyatt

23017947Who is the Inventor, and what does he want with the all-new Ms. Marvel and all her friends? Maybe Wolverine can help! If Kamala can stop fan-girling out about meeting her favorite super hero, that is. Then, Kamala crosses paths with Inhumanity — by meeting the royal dog, Lockjaw! But why is Lockjaw really with Kamala? As Ms. Marvel discovers more about her past, the Inventor continues to threaten her future. Kamala bands together with some unlikely heroes to stop the maniacal villain before he does real damage, but has she taken on more than she can handle? And how much longer can Ms. Marvel’s life take over Kamala Khan’s? Kamala Khan continues to prove why she’s the best (and most adorable) new super hero there is!

Collecting Ms. Marvel(2014) #6-11. (goodreads.com)

Generation Why sees Kamala struggling to come into her own as a superhero. With the return of The Inventor and the help of some familiar new friends (many of whom even a Marvel newb such as myself could recognize), Kamala must realize that being a superhero is a full time job, not just a fun side hobby and that even superheroes need a little bit of help sometimes.

I was a little iffy with Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal, but Generation Why had me sold! Again, it had a youthful, fresh art style, but more than that, the story really had heart! There were so many important themes in Generation Why, yet the series wasn’t at all preachy. Instead, Kamala learns like every teen–heck! like every human being–does: through trial and error. It’s so lovely to see a hero who’s so young and full of passion, optimism, hope, and heart who’s just like you and me! In the end, Kamala always comes back stronger and wiser and all the more lovable for it!

So I’d say in conclusion that Generation Why was a definitely win for me!

Silk Vol. 0: The Life And Times of Cindy Moon by Robbie Thompson, Stacey Lee, Annapaolo Martello, Tana Ford, Ian Herring, Travis Lanham, and Dave Johnson

25066773Cindy Moon exploded out of her bunker and into the Marvel Universe when we first learned that she had been bitten by the same radioactive spider from the Spider-Verse arc of Amazing Spider-Man!
She then went on to save Peter Parker’s life (more than once!) and traverse the Spider-Verse alongside Spider-Woman. Now, as Silk, Cindy is on her own in New York City, searching for her past, defining her own future, and webbing up wrong-doers along the way! Robbie Thompson (writer from TV’s Supernatural) fills this new story with his unique blend of antics and feels. Featuring interiors by future superstar Stacey Lee.

Collecting: Silk 1-7 (goodreads.com)

Silk Vol. 0: The Life And Times of Cindy Moon gives readers a bit of backstory on Cindy Moon (a.k.a. “Silk”). We see that Cindy has just been released by Spider-Man (Peter Parker) from a bunker where she was trapped for 10 years after being bitten by a radioactive spider. Now Cindy is a newsroom intern who doubles as superhero “Silk.” While Cindy was held captive, her family disappeared without a trace and so now Cindy is on the hunt for them. To complicate matters, Black Cat has been running around town with her minions, causing all sorts of trouble!

The minute I began reading The Life And Times of Cindy Moon, I knew I was gonna love Silk! First of all, I loved Cindy! She’s the self deprecating kind of sassy and is determined but also knows when to be kind. I also love the element of mystery that The Life And Times of Cindy Moon had–it added an edge to the story, while also making it more personal. It also helped that the art had an accessible, youthful, modern feel to it!

All in all, I have to say I really enjoyed Silk Vol. 1: The Life And Times of Cindy Moon and I can’t wait to pick up the next volume!

That’s all for now! Have you read Generation Why or The Life And Times of Cindy Moon? If so, what did you think? If not, do you think you’d pick both or one of these bindups up?

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WIN! │ The 2nd Annual Year-Long Giveaway!

Readers of my old blog, The Novel Orange, may remember my hosting a year-long giveaway. The giveaway was just as its name suggests – open for entries for the entire year of 2016; the winner chose from among 2017 pre-orders as her prize.

I really enjoyed the anticipation of randomly picking a winner from among a few thousand entries at the end of the year – it was sort of like I won too!

Therefore, the three of us have decided to continue the now annual year-long giveaway here at The Bookkeeper’s Secrets!

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This round’s prizewinner will have the pleasure of choosing a 2018 pre-order. [I can’t believe I just typed 2018]! Time sure does zip by…

Anyway, I know it’s WAY early to know exactly what books you’ll have to choose from if you are the winner. Therefore, there is no requirement to let us know what book you’re considering should you win; simply enter away! 😀 Continue reading “WIN! │ The 2nd Annual Year-Long Giveaway!”

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Obsession Confession |Empowering, Light, And…Slightly Creepy???

Hey y’all! It’s Lila! And it’s also Monday again and you know what that means? It means that there’s a whole week ahead of us, full of possibility! Isn’t that great? I thinks so! But it also means that it’s time for Obsession Confession! That’s right folks! I’ve decided I have so many confessions about recent obsessions that I need to make this segment weekly! Definitely let me know what you think about the change!

Anyhoo. Where was I? Oh, yeah–recent obsessions! As it turns out, I have quite a few! So kick back, relax, and prepare to be introduced to get obsessed!

Books

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You know what we need right about now? Some real empowering reads! I suggest DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 1 Enlisted as a great place to start if you’re a female looking to be empowered! Bombshells takes all of the female DC superheroes (and villains) and puts them in the middle of World War II. It’s empowering in and of itself, but the real life fact that WWII was the first war in which American women were allowed to fight add an extra layer of awesomeness! I haven’t gotten too far into Bombshells, but already I’m loving it. The art is very modern, youthful, and accessible and the story is really interesting (although the dialog is still classic comic book cheesy). It’s a great read and I highly suggest it, especially if you’re in need of something uplifting!

Music


Another thing we need of late? Happy, light, feel good music! And this song, “Call On Me,” is definitely that! This song not only has an easy breezy pop rhythm and beat, but also has really uplifting lyrics. The song makes me feel a little less alone so I hope it does the same for you!

Movies/TV/Trailers


We got not one but two great full trailers this passed week and they have me pumped! First, we got the first official full trailer for Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and can I just take a moment to squeal? Because it looks absolutely amazing! Already I can tell that I’m gonna love Neil Patrick Harris’s version of Count Olaf! Also the aesthetic is perfect! It’s exactly how I imagined it as a kid! I am officially excited for this show.

Next, we got the official full length trailer for the movie adaptation of Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall. I have to say, I’ve never read Before I Fall, but this trailer has me really interested and definitely put this film on my radar! It reminds me a bit of If I Stay, especially with the whole color palette and aesthetic, but that makes me interested in how  the filmmakers will make the film different.

News Clip

Exciting news for fans of Veronica Roth–her short story Inertia, which appears in the YA anthology Summer Days And Summer Nights looks like it may become a movie! I loved Roth’s Divergent, but I wasn’t a major fan of Insurgent and Allegiant. I have yet to read Inertia, though I’ve heard that it’s good! Here’s to hoping for better luck with this adaptation, though!

Around The Blogosphere/Vlogoshere

I started blog hopping again of late and I have to say y’all are putting out some stellar content! One of my favorite recent posts, though, comes from Ashleigh at A Frolic Through Fiction! Her post on unanswered book questions was absolutely brilliant and hilarious! Well done, Ashleigh!

And Lastly…A Little Laughter!

For the past 2 weeks, Americans have been coming to terms with the fact that this is the passing of an era. Many things are to come, but many things are also going. One of the hardest things/people to let go of is Uncle Joe. “Who is Uncle Joe?” you non-Americans may be asking. I’m so glad you asked! See, Uncle Joe is what we’ve effectively renamed our lovable vice president, Joe Biden.

Joe Biden and Barack Obama have quite the bromance going on, you see. Biden has even gone on record multiple times as saying he believes that he and Obama have the closest relationships of any President/Vice President duo in American history! Biden’s made a name for himself by coming off as the adorably goofy man n the duo. And, well, let’s just say us American youth have taken that persona and run with it, creating the adorable “Uncle Joe meme,” which depicts how we think some president-vice president moments went down.

Anyhoo. We’ll be sad to see Uncle Joe go. And, as we imagine it, Uncle Joe hasn’t been taking the transition too well either. So Uncle Joe’s back at it again with his tricks, this time aimed at his ultimate foes, President-Elect Donald Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence! As we the people imagine it, Joe’s been stirring up quite a bit of trouble at the White House! We’ve created thousands of hysterical scenarios, but here’s one of my personal favorite moments…(a little context: let’s just say that Pence is kind of the antichrist when it comes to lgbt+ rights…)

 

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Meet My New Co-Bloggers | 25 Bookish Facts About Maggie

Heya! It’s Lila! And if you’ve been paying attention to my Twitter or read my post yesterday, you probably know that I now have two new co-bloggers, Maggie and Claire. If you didn’t already know well…now you know. Anyhoo. Today I’m ever so pleased to introduce you to Maggie, the first of my new co-bloggers! Maggie is a southern gal who loves books (because, duh! that’s what we do here!), March Madness, cheese, animals, and sugar! She’s a proud INFP and Sagittarius and an even prouder stay-at-home mother of two! And today, to help us get to know her even better, Maggie’s given us 25 bookish facts about herself! Let’s dive in!

I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie

I feel such an enormous sense of accomplishment when I finish a big ass book, especially a good classic.

My favorite book of all time is Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina; I was devastated when I finished it – I never wanted it to end.

Clocking in at 838 pages, Anna Karenina holds court as the longest book I’ve read to date. However, it’s such an amazing tale that it seemed like I read it in no time.

I basically wish I could read every classic ever written, but I’m content to simply own as many huge ones as possible.

I Love Well-Loved Books

When I absolutely adore a book, it emerges from my reading as a different being from the pristine perfection it was prior to my loving it.

I ‘love’ books by dogearing and accidentally tearing pages, bending and possibly breaking spines, and spilling coffee or smudging stuff on pages.

One can tell how much I liked a book by its post-read condition. If I don’t necessarily click with a novel, it gets through my reading unscathed.

What Bookworm Doesn’t Sniff Books?

I have a feeling most of y’all will agree with me on this – I heart the scent of books!

New books, old books, libraries, bookstores, paperbacks, hardcovers…they’re all glorious!

I’ve actually found articles discussing book scents and how they evolve – it’s science!

My TBR Pile is Toppling

I am continuously and compulsively adding to my TBR list. I spot a book with a pretty cover or read an amazing review or see a cool title and I’m sold!

I have SO many books, it’s almost ridiculous to keep marking books as want to read.

I seriously doubt I will make it through my ever growing TBR pile before my life ends!

I Like My Books Naked

I picked up the habit of removing the jackets from hardback books from my dad, who as always said the covers irritate him whilst reading.

Sometimes I discover a charming gem of an actual hardback cover, other times the jacket is more attractive than the book itself. It’s a gamble!

I’m like my dad in that covers tend to get on my nerves and distract my reading.

Have no fear, my fellow bookworms – I definitely save the covers I remove and keep them in a safe place!

Nancy Drew is an Icon

The Nancy Drew series, written by multiple authors under the pen name Carolyn Keene, features some of my most adored books.

I was introduced to the adventures of the girl detective when my mom presented me with the first in the series, The Secret of the Old Clock, when I was little.

I read Nancy Drew books to this day – they are awesome light reads to enjoy after tackling a tough read, that’s for sure.

I Let My Library Card Expire

I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t stepped a toe in a library in ages. Plus, my library card expired no telling how long ago.

I used to be practically obsessed with roaming the library stacks, but got out of the habit when I started my continued phase of needing to own the books I read.

This is an issue I want to remedy soon, as I’d really like to start checking out books from virtual libraries.

I Would Give My Right Arm for My Own Library

Gosh, I would die if I could have my own gigantic library, preferably containing every tale ever written in the history of the world.

However, I’d settle for enough bookshelves to house all my beloved books.

I love to just admire my book collection and flip through pages at random.

Having them all on display for me and to show off to others would be a dream come true.

I’m Not a Bookmark User

I very rarely utilize the services of a bookmark, although I love and buy them.

As I mentioned above, I’m a dogearer of pages, so it doesn’t usually occur to me to grab an official placeholder.

I really like magnetic bookmarks and even have a scented set that I received in a swap.

A lot of the time I do use bookmarks to keep my place in a calendar or journal.

I Read Like a Tortoise Runs

I am definitely a slow reader compared to many. Every now and then I can blow through a book in a few days or even in a single day, but this is extremely rare.

I’ve been reading at a snail’s pace as long as I can remember; I figure I just like to totally absorb what I’m reading, especially if I’m loving it!

I know that if I’m reading fast and skimming paragraphs that I’m not enjoying a book.

I’m a Member of the Grammar Police Force

Being a stickler for grammar, I can spot misspellings, incorrect punctuation, etc. from a mile away.

I understand that editors can’t always catch every mistake in a book, but I tend to focus on the errors at least until I can turn the page.

It really kills me when finished books have too many glaring mistakes for me to even concentrate or take the writer seriously.

Waiting Rooms are Excellent Reading Spots

A waiting room, primarily in a doctor’s office, is where I can get some serious reading under my belt.

Since I typically wait seemingly forever to be called back, I can pound out a few chapters in a sitting.

I find it easy to tune out the other goings on in the office, much like when I hang out in a library or bookstore.

DNFing Books Makes Me Sad

I despise DNFing books; it kind of hurts my heart to do so.

I’m getting better about putting away books I just can’t get into, but it’s still so hard.

I find that if I’m struggling to read something, it ultimately sits on my currently reading shelf for ages before I decide to give it up.

I just wish Goodreads would implement an official DNF shelf. I honestly think such a feature would make it easier for me to DNF books.

I Love to Learn as I Read

One of my favorite things ever is learning as I read, even if I’m reading fiction.

Great examples are Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon books, from which I’ve learned a ton.

I also adore historical fiction and nonfiction. Books about old school royal families are especially intriguing.

I find it fun also to learn about various cultures and definitely mythology, like in Rick Riordan’s books.

I’m Reluctant to Loan Books from My Personal Library

Since I’ve had zero luck having books I’ve loaned returned to me, I only let friends and family ‘borrow’ them if I’m prepared to never see them again!

I’m still devastated about the books I once owned and lost forever to the possession of another. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is the book I most lament loaning to a friend, as it is a favorite and my copy was well-loved.

I don’t know if others feel this way, but I’m pretty possessive of my library’s contents!

Usually, if I recommend a book to someone, instead of giving out my copy I buy one for the reader and gift it. I love to write in books and make them as personal as possible for the recipient.

I Have Never Reread a Book

It’s not that I don’t WANT to reread books at some point. My issue is that I have SO many books on my TBR list, that I haven’t found the time to do a reread.

The only tale I have read twice, besides children’s books, naturally, is Beowulf. This was not by choice – I was required to read it in a high school English class and later for a college course.

I really want to do a reread of Anna Karenina at some point and possibly of the Harry Potter series, because, well, HARRY POTTER!

I Thought I Hated Shakespeare

During my freshman year of high school, my class read and acted out Romeo and Juliet, which quite honestly isn’t my favorite of the renowned playwright’s.

However, in my senior AP English class, we read the hell out of Shakespeare and spent at least a month on each play we read writing critical essays and doing literary analyses.

Through this intensive Shakespearean study, I learned to love symbolism and to appreciate the bard’s talent.

My favorite Shakespeare plays are definitely Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear.

I Have a Love/Hate Relationship with Audiobooks

Audiobooks are awesome, especially if the narrator has an awesome voice.

My only problem with books on tape is that I tend to get sleepy while I listen and inevitably miss out on major plot points during my slumber.

I do enjoy listening to books when I am prepping to go to bed, but I want to start playing them on car rides and at least during the day, when I’m more likely to keep my eyes and ears open.

I’m Trying to Teach Myself to Read Multiple Books at Once

Until very recently, I’ve always been a one book kind of girl.

I’ve always been bad to mix up plots when reading multiple books at a time, mainly if the stories are members of the same genre.

I’m currently reading one book and listening to another, so I’m practicing!

I’m a Pretty Cover Sucker

I’m so bad about judging a book by its cover!

Sometimes when buying a novel solely based on its looks, I’ll get lucky and find a gem of a story. Sadly, this doesn’t always work out.

A book I recently read, Slade House by David Mitchell, features one of the most awesome covers I’ve ever seen, with its bright yellow and a creepy, labyrinth-like cutout.

Although Mitchell’s book turned out to be only a three-star read for me, I’m thrilled to have such a neat looking tome as part of my collection.

I Stayed Up Late Reading as a Child

I was one of those kids who pretended to go to bed then either got up and read in my bedroom floor by the hall light or stayed in bed to read with the aid of a flashlight.

As a child, I was obsessed with reading. I even won the first-place trophy for having the most accelerated reader points every single year in elementary school.

The Cats Series

I can say with confidence that many of my fellow obsessors of books would adore the chance to be writers and publish their own novels. I’m part of this group.

In grade school, my class wrote short books, which we bound with hard paper and even decorated covers for, every year.

Instead of writing a brand spanking new story for each assignment, I created a series based on the amazing adventures of my pets, who inspired my characters.

My tales turned into a sort of extended soap opera and I had such a freaking blast creating them.

Good Books with Crappy Endings Bother Me

Silly endings to otherwise great books honestly piss me off.

A great example is The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I loved the book all the way up until the final chapters, when the story took a turn for the stupid.

The ending made me feel like Sebold just got ready to wrap up her story and pulled some supernatural ridiculousness out of her head. So disappointing…

In addition, it kills me when I accurately predict the ending of a book or figure out who the killer is or solve the mystery before the official reveal.

I want to be in shock and awe after encountering an amazing twist in a plot.

Ann M. Martin Replied to My Fan Mail

My cousin, Cam, and I were obsessed with The Babysitter’s Club books when we were growing up.

We had the brilliant idea to sit down and write an enormous letter to our then role model and author of the series, Ann M. Martin.

To our surprise, Martin wrote us back – she signed the letter and everything! We totally assumed she had read our letter in full and wrote us personally, even though nothing in her return letter referenced what we’d written her.

Eventually, and I mean years later, we realized that we received a form letter, which was still awesome!

I still have that letter somewhere and I really think Martin at least really signed it herself!

Movie Adaptation Trailers Can be a Turnoff

For a long time, I’ve been intrigued by Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train. That is until I saw the trailer for the movie based on it.

While I love Allison Janney, who seems to play a prominent role in the movie, the teaser makes the plot look goofy.

Now I’m not so sure I want to read The Girl on the Train – I could totally use some advice on whether I should!

 

 

 

 

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Lila’s Life And Loves of Late + THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

Hey, ducklings! Boy. It’s been a long two weeks here in America. Long. It feels like the world has forever changed since I last talked to y’all. But what’s done is done and we all have to pick up the pieces and move forward from here as best we can. But enough of that. You didn’t come here to hear me moan about politics and the state of my country. As hard as it is to focus on other things at the moment, other things have been happening and for the most part in my life they’ve been good, fun, exciting things. There’s a lot to get through in this post–a BIG announcement, a recap of the goings on in my personal life, a recap of my reading life, and all of my latest loves! So let’s just get going and jump right in with a very exciting announcement!

The Big Announcement!!!

I’m delighted to announce that I’m welcoming aboard two incredible co-bloggers! Please give a warm welcome to my fabulous new co-bloggers Claire (previously of Book Conversion) and Maggie (previously of The Novel Orange)!

My decision to add co-bloggers sprang from my return to school and subsequent inability to keep up with The Bookkeeper’s Secrets as much as I was able to before.

Some of you may know that Claire and I co-blogged together at Book Conversion, however, we made a mutual decision that it would be easier for her to just join me over here as I already run this blog and Inspired by Books. Claire and I are friends irl who attended university together and met because we lived in the same dorm for two years. She’s funny and smart and I think y’all will really love having her voice and input on this blog!

Maggie and I met this past summer when we were on the same team for the Book Blogger Creativity Project (#BBCP). Maggie is a so kind and an all around great gal! She’s in a different part of her life than Claire and I and I feel that she will provide an interesting and different perspective to this blog!

I couldn’t be happier to welcome these two amazing individuals to the blog! I look forward to working with them and I hope y’all will get much more out of The Bookkeeper’s Secrets with their addition!

What’s Up In My Personal Life

I Began Classes

Okay, so I’m pretty sure y’all already know this, but it bears repeating as it’s pretty much the #1 reason why I’ve basically been out of commission. Although I’m still of medical leave, I started taking classes at my local community college back in August. I’m taking two classes–Biology and Arabic–plus a lab course. And you know what? I’ve been doing really well–academically and emotionally! I’m really enjoying my classes! But it does take up a lot of my time! Luckily, I happen to think its time well spent!

I Flew A Small Airplane

So my friend’s dad is in the Air Force and owns a small plane and he offered to show me how to fly it! Of course, I couldn’t refuse! I must admit: though it was fun, it was also terrifying! I’m still not convinced I’d want to do it again. But still–how many civilian 21-year-olds can say they’ve flown a plane?!

I Toured Caverns

There’s some famous caverns in my area which are open for the public to tour and so my friend and I visited them! I’d visited them before, but when I was nine, so I wasn’t that into it back then. But this time I thought it was so amazing! My favorite part was an underground pond in the caverns which reflected the cavern ceiling so well that you couldn’t tell it was water until you shined a flashlight at the edge!

I Met Amie Kaufman And Jay Kristoff

Not many authors come to my area, so when I heard that Amie and Jay–who are two of my all time favorite authors–were gonna be here, I jumped at the chance to meet them! They visited with Catherine Egan and Kiersten White and they were all so delightful and hilarious, as per usual!

I Voted In A Presidential Election For The First Time Ever

The last time a presidential election took place, I was 2 weeks shy of 18. But this time I got to vote and it was awesome! I’m proud to say I voted for Secretary Clinton, even though she lost. I truly believed in her and her cause and I hope to continue working toward that cause even under President-elect Trump.

What’s Up In My Reading Life

Currently Reading

Recent Reads

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My Recent Loves!

Books

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Have you read Replica by Lauren Oliver? No? Okay, so you need to. Like, nowReplica is a masterpiece of beautiful writing, moral, ethical, and philosophical questions, and typical YA action and adventure! Please. I beg of you. Read Replica.

Music


I discovered a lot of really great music in the past month. The playlist speaks louder than my words, so I encourage you to listen to it. Some of my personal favorites are Benjamin Wallfisch and Disa’s single “New World Coming” and Chance The Rapper’s whole album, Coloring Book (and, honestly, anything by Chance–I’ve been a big fan of his since I saw him perform at my university back in 2014)! So if you listen to anything, listen to those two!

Movies


I broke my nine month streak of not setting foot in a movie theater and went to see Doctor Strange and oh my freaking god it was sooooooo good!!! It was every geeky scientist/mathematician’s dream! It was like Marvel meets Inception meets higher level visual mathematics meets metaphysics! All wrapped up into one stellar movie! It was definitely worth breaking my streak for this one!

News Clip

So Leigh Bardugo officially announced she is working on a new book (it’s unclear if it’s new adult or adult, but it’s not YA) about secret societies at an ivy league school and I am all for it! The synopsis sounds intriguing and I absolutely can’t wait to find out more!

So that’s all! What’s been going on in your lives? How are you doing? Tell me all in the comments!