The Princess Bride by William Goldman: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Friday! We made it to the end of the week! Do you have any exciting plans for the weekend? I’m hoping to see Doctor Sleep!

My Lame Synopsis: Everyone knows the story of Princess Bride, right? If you don’t then just watch the movie! Goodreads

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My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

This here is another library audiobook that I borrowed! If you read one of my firsts Down The TBR Hole, I’ve wanted to read The Princess Bride ever since I saw the movie. Shortly starting the audiobook, I soon found out that this version is not the full book that was originally released. In fact, this book is just the movie in book form. Don’t get me wrong I did enjoy it, I absolutely love the movie. It was just not what I was expecting. I thought I was getting the book that was adapted. I had so much fun reading this. I felt like I was experiencing the movie in a way that I can do it while driving, haha. I felt so nostalgic the whole time as I imagined the scenes with the actors played in the movie. I love this story so much. I’m a hopeless romantic and The Princess Bride hits me right in the feels.

The narrator is such a good storytelling and I would definitely be interested in more audiobooks that he has narrated.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Halloween! I wish it was better weather here. It’s been pouring rain all day. Poor kids won’t have much fun in the cold and rain tonight. Yes, I’m doing a review instead of November’s TBR so I can try to finish the books I’m currently reading!

My Lame Synopsis: A girl, Mary looses her parents to an illness while living in India. She has to go to live with her distant uncle in the UK. Goodreads

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My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

The Secret Garden was lovely. It’s a great children’s classic that made me feel so nostalgic for the movie. I saw the movie when I was young, but never read the book until now. Burnett’s best aspect of this book is the friendships. The writing was a bit dry, but it was the friendships that made the book feel so wholesome. I loved reading about Mary’s growth, going from a grumpy brat to a decent person. The same can be said for Colin too. They were just awful when they were first introduced, but I grew to love them. In a book without magic, it was so sweet how the children created their own magic through creativity, nature, and youthfulness.

I have forgotten since I’ve seen the movie how hard hitting The Secret Garden is on themes like grief and mental health. I’m compelled to say that this story is ahead of times when we are only seeing decent representation of both themes now in literature.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Down The TBR Hole #29

Good hello, friends! Happy Monday! I’m so glad for this challenge! I’ve been making leaps and bounds between this challenge and reading books through my library. This post is going to be short because I had to write this with a migraine so I’m sorry about that. Anyways!

Down The TBR Hole was originally created by Lost In A Story and the lovely logo!

Anyway, it works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Let’s Just Jump Into It!



1. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde and Other Strange Tales by Robert Louis Stevenson

The classics continue! I have this in storage somewhere.. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

2. The Odyssey by Homer

I actually have already read this in school. But I still own the book and have wanted to reread since I graduated. I find Greek Mythology very interesting and very much enjoyed the classes I took. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

3. The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

Do I own this already? I’m really not sure. I don’t think so. I don’t know. I’m feeling very meh about the synopsis.. Goodreads

Judgement: Go?

4. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I actually have the really cute the edition above. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

5. A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews

NOOOOOO, thanks. I’ve owned this for a while, like years and tried to pick it up three times. I give up. There’s too many other books I’m more excited about. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Down The TBR Hole #28

Good hello, friends! Happy Monday! Happy Thanksgiving! To celebrate, I’m currently reading The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King. What better way to celebrate the relationship between First Nations and Canada by reading a book about how horrible the government was (and still are) to First Nation people!

Down The TBR Hole was originally created by Lost In A Story and the lovely logo!

Anyway, it works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Let’s Just Jump Into It!



1. The Stand by Stephen King

I do plan to read this monster of a book eventually. I just plan to read my first Stephen King this month with The Shining and then Pet Sematary. Well I guess I have to decide if I want to read Stephen King this month, then decide if I want to keep The Stand. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

2. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

I actually have no idea what this is about. I just know it’s a beloved classical. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

3. Fury by Elizabeth Miles

I don’t know what’s Fury about, and the synopsis is okay. I’m thinking if I can find it through my library, I’ll at least give it a try. But if not, it’s going! Goodreads

Judgement: Keep?

4. The Mammoth Book of Dracula by Stephen Jones (editor)

I know I own this in storage somewhere in my basement. Apparently I’m in a kind mood today because I think I want to hang onto it a bit longer too. Maybe until next October? Maybe I never grew out of the vampire craze… Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

5. Emma by Jane Austen

I got a bunch of easy books this week! I, of course, want to keep Emma and read all Austen’s books. Maybe that’ll just have to be my goal for 2020! Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Thursday! It’s hard to believe we are so close to October already. I can’t even decide how I feel about it; am I excited or dreading it! I also just hit 80 books this year! I think three months is enough time to hit 100?!

My Lame Synopsis: book 2 of the Anne of Green Gables series! Goodreads

 

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I don’t think I can talk enough about this series. I really, truly love Anne. I think she’s an amazing character. The writing and how she thinks is so whimsical.  I can’t get enough of her. I know I have mentioned this in another post before, but I enjoy her character in every medium and every adaption. The story is so sweet and adorable. I so appreciate a friend like Diana, she doesn’t always understand Anne, but still loves and accepts her.

Anne is a true classic. Sure, that means the ideologies of society in the book and how people talk is outdated, but with a character like Anne I can deal with it. Especially knowing the time frame that the book came from, back then women were to cook and clean while the men worked in the fields.

It’s been so long since I finished the series and that was only the movies. I have never read through all the books, before!

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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I Should Have Read That Tag! ~09/17/19

Good hello, friends! Happy Tuesday! Look at me posting two days in a row! I feel so accomplished! I thought it would be fun to mix things up and post a tag since I haven’t done one in a while! Sooo I didn’t actually get tagged to do this.. I just saw it on THE BIBLIOPHAGIST blog and decided to do it too!


RULES:

  1. Thank the person who tagged you, and link back to their post.
  2. Link to the creator’s blog.
    This was originally created by Beth from Books Nest.
  3. Answer the questions below.
  4. Tag 10 others to take part.
  5. ENJOY!

A BOOK THAT A CERTAIN FRIEND ALWAYS TELLS YOU TO READ

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Can you believe it that I haven’t read this yet?? My brother thinks it’s ridiculous that I read as much as I do and yet I haven’t picked up any Tolkien! I just discovered the audiobooks through my library and hope the hold comes through soon! Goodreads


A BOOK THAT HAS BEEN ON YOUR TBR FOREVER, AND YET YOU STILL HAVEN’T PICKED IT UP

 

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Speaking of my library, I’ve been using my library to reads the books I first added to Goodreads. Check out my first Down The TBR Hole #1! This is currently the oldest book on my Goodreads TBR shelf. But I already got a hold on the audiobook! Goodreads


A BOOK IN A SERIES YOU HAVE STARTED, BUT HAVEN’T GOTTEN ROUND TO FINISHING

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Is there really any other answer I could give?! I’ve been reading The Fiery Cross for a few months and ya’ll are probably sick of seeing it. Haha. I’m finally making good progress so I really hope to finish it this month! Goodreads


A CLASSIC YOU HAVE ALWAYS LIKED THE SOUND OF, BUT NEVER ACTUALLY READ

I’ve only read Pride & Prejudice from Jane Austen, but I’ve always wanted to read her other work. I just haven’t. I think it’s because of the language, the old English is intimidating. Maybe I need to set a goal to read one every month..? Goodreads list


A BOOK THAT INSPIRED A FILM/TV ADAPTATION THAT YOU REALLY LOVE, BUT YOU JUST HAVEN’T READ IT YET

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For this one, I would 100% agree with the bibliophagist and say The Princess Bride. But just to keep my answers different, I would also say Gone Girl. The movie was really good and still think about it. I would be really interested to see how different the book is to the movie. This may or may not be the only movie I like Ben Affleck in. Goodreads


A BOOK YOU SEE ALL OVER INSTAGRAM, BUT HAVEN’T PICKED UP YET

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I’m kind of on the fence on Strange The Dreamer, I don’t know for sure if I want to read it. I can’t decide because of the lyrical writing. It’s so hit or miss for me and I don’t want to not love it when there’s so many who do. Goodreads


I tag anyone who wants to do this tag! Sure, maybe that’s a cop out, but I’m fine with that!!


As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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July TBR 2019!!

Good hello, friends! Happy Tuesday! Just as I was about to write this post for today I realized my review didn’t upload from yesterday! All fixed now! In case you missed it, A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir: Book Review.

The later two weeks of July are a bit in the air for me right now, but I hope to participate in The Reading Rush during the third week of the month. What are you reading this month?! I would love to know!

Let’s Just Jump Into It!


The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

Already finished! I just finished The Left Hand of Darkness this morning! It was so good!! Now I have officially finished 50 books this year! Goodreads

 


The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

I’m finally reading the next book in the Outlander series! After this, just 3 more books before I’m all caught with what’s out! Goodreads

 


The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

I bought this because Booksandlala’s Trash my TBR video. The Chalk Man was one of the books that her audience said to give a try, and she ended up loving it! This was my birthday “treat yo self” treat. I’m excited! I’m already 10 pages in. Goodreads


Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

I don’t remember what’s Queenie about, but I’m still itching to pick it up! I love the pink cover more than the orange. Goodreads


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

I’m finally giving the other Brontë sister’s book a try. I really didn’t like Wuthering Heights and don’t understand how people like; to each is your own! Thanks to Ignite book box I feel ready to pick this up! Goodreads


Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

I’ve heard of great Red Sister is amazing and dark and I’m here for it. Goodreads


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret

So I’ve had The Handmaid’s Tale for a while and I wanted to read it, of course, before checking the show. I kept putting it off until I saw one of my favourite actresses from The Orange is The New Black was in the show, I feel like now I need to read it now so I can watch the show! Goodreads

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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