Book To Screen: A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell

A Simple Favor Book To Screen On Novels And Nonfiction

Before starting the novel A Simple Favor, I had read some comments on the internet suggesting that it was getting mixed and often not positive reactions from readers. However, knowing that a movie adaptation with Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick was about to premiere, I thought the novel on which it was based was worth a chance.

I listened to A Simple Favor in audiobook format because I think audiobooks lend themselves particularly well to the psychological thriller genre. The suspense and clues peppered throughout this kind of novel are captivating enough that they’re able to keep my attention while driving.

Unfortunately, I really didn’t like the novel. You can read about my full reasons below, but essentially it was bad enough that it kind of felt like it was poking fun of the psychological thriller genre without realizing it. I didn’t know what to expect from the movie, as a result, but I ended up really liking the film. If you haven’t seen it yet, you definitely should make the time to!

August 2018 @BookOfTheMonth Reviews: The Air You Breathe, Spinning Silver And Goodbye Paris

August 2018 Book Of The Month Reviews On Novels And Nonfiction

I was pretty lucky in my August 2018 Book Of The Month selections, with 2 books I really loved and one that fell a bit flat for me (Goodbye, Paris), but I think would be more appealing to bigger fans of that chick lit genre.

In particular, The Air You Breathe by Frances De Pontes Peebles kind of came out of nowhere for me, and I ended up giving it 5 stars. I didn’t know what to expect from the novel and was initially a bit concerned by the incorporation of music and more specifically samba as a significant theme in the novel, but the story line and characters captivated me within 50 to 70 pages and then would not let go. I ended up loving it! Full reviews for all three books in the post.

Top Ten Books By Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read #TopTenTuesday

Top Ten Books By Favorite Authors That I Still Haven't Read On Novels And Nonfiction

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s topic was Top Ten Books By Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read. I don’t participate in Top Ten Tuesday every week but I’m going to try to do so at least once a month.

I’m interpreting this week’s theme a bit loosely, because some of these authors aren’t technically full blown favorites of mine. I picked authors for which I had read at least one book and loved it – and then scoured their list of published titles to find my potential next great read.

It’s a pretty eclectic list and I even threw some nonfiction in there. It was fun to brainstorm which books to pick for this post and it definitely reminded me of a few titles I’ve been meaning to get to. Hopefully it’ll also provide good inspiration for your TBR!

10 October 2018 Book Releases I’m Excited About

October 2018 Book Releases I'm Excited About On Novels And Nonfiction

There was quite the bounty of new novels released in October 2018, so I ended up going with 6 fiction and 4 nonfiction titles I’m likely going to pick up for this month’s post. There were some big releases that are not included in this list like the new Stephen King title – I had to make some hard decisions guys. The novels are all either historical fiction or contemporary fiction (or both! I’m looking at you Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver), while the nonfiction titles are more varied.

I’m pretty curious to see if any of the novels end up being Book Of The Month selections for October, and I have my fingers crossed that it ends up being some of the titles I really want to read but that I haven’t been able to access via Net Galley. If I was a betting person I would put my stakes on Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller (since they’ve featured a novel by her before) and Family Trust by Kathy Wang (because it’s their kind of contemporary novel). I guess we’ll have to wait till October 1st and see!

Just Read: The Mirage Factory by Gary Krist @garykrist @CrownPublishing

The Mirage Factory Book Review On Novels And Nonfiction

I came across The Mirage Factory while looking for nonfiction books to include in my May 2018 Book Releases post. It was interest at first sight. I’ve lived in Los Angeles for over 10 years now and yet I felt that there was a lot I didn’t know about the city’s history. The idea of being able to learn more about such a crucial period in the metropolis’ development was immediately intriguing.

I ended up discovering a new favorite nonfiction writer. Krist was able to interview four different stories (LA’s, Mulholland’s, Griffith’s and Semple McPherson’s) into a single convincing narrative, and that’s darned impressive. It might help to love LA when reading this book, but I think it’s a good fit for anyone who likes historical nonfiction.

Minimalism Book List: Titles I Found Most Helpful In My Minimalist Journey #minimalism

Minimalism Book List On Novels And Nonfiction

Minimalism is a concept that has a strong appeal for someone with perfectionist and OCD tendencies like me. The vision of a space so simplified and streamlined that it instantly calms you is an intoxicating mirage that I’ve completely bought into. I’m working on decreasing my own possessions but it’s an ongoing process that I have to rededicate myself to on a monthly, weekly and daily basis.

While deciding to embark on minimizing what I own, I started to read more extensively on the topic and branched out into different variations on the theme of minimalism – looking at it from the financial aspect, from the consumerism aspect and from the philosophical aspect. I also became hungry for as many personal stories as I could find about other people’s own minimalist journeys.

This book list brings together the books I’ve read so far on the topic, ordered from the one that was most helpful to me, to least helpful. If you have any other titles on minimalism you’d like to recommend to me, please let me know in the comments!

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