I ended up reading The Handmaid’s Tale in one sitting, a few episodes into starting the TV adaptation on Hulu. After the first 2 or 3 episodes, I knew that I wanted to finish the novel to be able to get a feeling for how many liberties were taken with the TV adaptation and what motivated them. I absolutely loved both the novel and the series, but after experiencing the two I would definitely say that this is one of the cases in which the TV product significantly surpasses the literary work it was adapted from.
Everything that Margaret Atwood’s novel did exceptionally well, the TV series builds on and develops into something even more transporting and chilling. This was definitely an instance in which I think TV exceeded even the original author’s ability to bring the work to life in a way that connected with audiences. I decided that I wanted to review both the novel and the TV adaptation together to explain the ways in which I felt the TV adaptation took this narrative to a completely different level. Read more to find out the 5 reasons why I thought The Handmaid’s Tale TV adaptation was even better than the novel.
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This may sound like a bit of a weird idea for a post, but I decided to group together 3 short reviews of nonfiction books I read recently (within the last 5 months) that I thought were going to be good, but turned out to be disappointing. Two of them in particular are pretty popular and frequently recommended, so beware!
By reviewing them I hope to spare others from my fate, listening to Dead Wake and wondering when the Lusitania would finally get torpedoed (spoiler alert: it’s not till the very end of the book), trying to plod through Alexander Hamilton and wondering what the big fuss was about, or reading Disaster Falls and feeling bad about disliking a memoir about grief and the death of a child.
Learn from my mistakes and read below about why I wish I hadn’t skipped these three nonfiction picks.
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I’m going to try to start posting a Links I Loved This Week post every Friday again as well as keeping up with actual review/recommendation posts. Wish me luck! 🙂 You’ll see I’ve edited the format of the post slightly to provide more structure, so that I hope it’ll be a bit quicker for me to put these posts together going forward, while still keeping them interesting. I’ll still include my favorite Top Ten Tuesday posts when possible but the feature is on hiatus until August 15th for the moment.
This week I’ve been getting back in the habit of blogging for an hour or so every morning (it’s definitely bearing fruit), and I’ve been majorly relaxing thanks to this amazing 4 day weekend. I took my new beach tent (if you don’t have one, get one asap) out to one of Los Angeles’ beaches and had a mini read-athon of sorts, just me, some baguette and cheese and a bottle of rosé. I finished Omar Al Akkad’s amazing novel American War and started Startup by Doree Shafrir (two of my April 2017 Book Of The Month picks). By next Friday I hope to have finished Startup, read my third April 2017 BOTM pick The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck, and read one of the books on my Net Galley back log.
Without further ado, here are this week’s links!
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Book Of The Month is a subscription service that sends you one hardcover book per month out of five selections for a monthly subscription fee. You can add 2 more titles to your monthly delivery for $9.99 each, and the price overall is very cheap for full-size hardcovers.
Book Of The Month is not paying me to promote their service. I just love it so much that I’ve turned my monthly deliveries into a feature on my blog 🙂 I do encourage you to try it though, because if you like hardcovers it’s a great deal.
You can use my referral link to sign up if you’re interested in trying it.
Clearly I’m still a few months behind on my Book Of The Month reading, but I’m starting to catch up. I’m hoping a post on my April 2017 selection will follow this one in just a couple weeks.
When it comes to my March 2017 Book Of The Month selections, I have to say I really liked one (Behind Her Eyes), thought one was okay (All Grown Up), and absolutely hated the third (Perfect Little World). To find out why, keep reading below!
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Since there are so many great Summer book lists out there that focus on new releases in the fiction sphere, I thought that I would choose to center this new release post on nonfiction releases only. They’re definitely treated a bit as the ugly stepchild of the book blogging world sometimes, but since they’re my favorite (give me all the memoirs, historical tomes and weird books about scientific phenomena) I’m here to give them some love.
It’ll be hard (or impossible) for me to read all of the 15 books listed below, but I’m definitely planning to get my hands on Into The Gray Zone by Adrian Owen, My Glory Was I Had Such Friends by Amy Silverstein, Unbelievable by Katy Tur, and The People Are Going To Rise Like The Waters Upon Your Shore by Jared Yates Sexton. For the other ones, wish me luck! It’ll be hard to resist picking up Bugged and The Last Castle as well.
If you’re looking for some perfect book lists of fiction picks for the summer, here are links from two of my favorite book blogs that you can consult:
Modern Mrs Darcy’s Summer 2017 Reading Guide
Sarah’s Bookshelves Summer 2017 Reading Guide
For all of the great new nonfiction though, keep reading!
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It may sound weird but Scientology is one of my favorite topics to read about. You may have noticed a trend in my reading that has to do with cults and escape stories, and it’s true, I’m a sucker for reading about people who find themselves in incredible and disturbing circumstance and are able to make their way out of them. It also doesn’t hurt that Scientology is essentially bat-shit crazy, and therefore makes for endlessly engrossing reading. It’s hard to believe that a ‘religion’ that abuses its adherents to the degree to which Scientology does could continue to survive, but the brain washing perpetrated by the ‘church’ on its believers is so complete it’s hard to understand.
My very first post on this blog was a Scientology book list, and it has proven to be a very popular post. I thought I would dust it off with extended versions of the 3 original reviews plus new reviews of 3 more books that were in the original book list, but that I hadn’t read or reviewed yet at the time. These are Inside Scientology by Janet Reitman, Ruthless by Ron Miscavige and Blown For Good by Marc Headley, and they’re included at the top of the post. At the end I’ve also listed four more books I’m thinking of tackling next once I feel the need for a little more Scientology madness. You can be sure they’ll also deliver.
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