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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.

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!

Book To Screen: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians Book To Screen On Novels And Nonfiction

We’ve entered a bit of a Crazy Rich Asians craze these days – and deservedly so. I was very excited to see a movie with such a diverse Asian cast go into production and more recently to see it perform so well at the box office. It’s very encouraging to witness audiences continuing to respond positively to good story lines and interesting characters regardless of their origin.

When I decided to read Crazy Rich Asians a few weeks ago, so that I could review the book and the movie side by side, I wasn’t sure whether I would like the book. I’m definitely not a chick lit or romance novel fan, so I was worried it would feel much too superficial and light for me. I ended up finding the novel enjoyable though with some softer points, but the movie actually outdid the novel for me. It was the perfect, sweet, entertaining romance comedy, like the ones I loved to watch in the 1990s and 2000s that are rarely matched nowadays. Read more about my thoughts on the novel and movie below.

March 2018 @BookOfTheMonth Reviews: An American Marriage, Not That I Could Tell and The Wife Between Us

Book Of The Month March 2018 Book Reviews On Novels And Nonfiction

My March Book Of The Month selections ended up being pretty solid choices for me. The weightier one among the three is literary fiction novel An American Marriage, while the other two are lighter reads that would fit well for a more escapist mood. Not That I Could Tell was a mystery that – despite a few less intriguing characters – held my interest well from start to finish. While The Wife Between Us is a thriller that fell a bit flat shortly after the big midway twist.

Read my full reviews of all three below and let me know in the comments what you thought if you’ve read them as well!

10 September 2018 Book Releases I’m Excited About

September 2018 Book Releases On Novels And Nonfiction

Being home in Milan for the past 2 weeks has given me the opportunity to stockpile some blog posts, so I expect i’ll be posting regularly on the blog again going forward.

Here are my selections for September. As in prior months, I’ve selected 5 fiction and 5 nonfiction titles coming out in September 2018 that I’m potentially interested in reading. There’s a good mix of historical fiction, memoirs, politics and thrillers.

I’m trying to get my monthly release post started earlier in the prior month, so I can request any available titles on Net Galley and get the reviews for them out as close to the publication date as possible. I’ve receive ARC’s for two of the titles on this list so far (The Seclusion by Jacqui Castle and I Should Have Honor by Khalida Brohi), and I’ve finished the first and have started the second already. Hope you like my selections!

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