Thursday Movie Picks: Over a Meal

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
This week I’ll talk about films featuring iconic meal scenes!

#1 Julie and Julia

The first film that came to my mind is this comedy-drama with both Meryl Streep and Amy Adams in leading roles. The sole focus of this film is cooking, so it’s a perfect fit.

#2 When Harry met Sally

We all know the super iconic scene at a restaurant where Sally fakes an orgasm. What’s the weirdest thing you can do over a meal? Probably this.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books I’d rewrite

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
This week Shanah asked us about books we’d like to rewrite. I’m keeping everything spoiler-free here so this post will be a little vague. 😉

#1 Southern Reach Trilogy

I finally finished reading all three Southern Reach books (reviews coming at the end of the week). Well, I honestly don’t know why there were three of them. I didn’t exactly love books 1 and 2 but the third one was decent. However, I couldn’t shake the feeling that you could easily edit all of the stories into one book with no more than 350 pages and I would be more entertaining and less annoying.

#2 DC Icons

I was so excited about the DC Icons books! We have four famous authors who take a shot at even more famous superheroes. Well, the outcome was not exactly impressive. The detailed reviews will be posted soon but in the meantime, let me tell you what the problem was.
With all of the books (maybe not that much with the one by Leigh Bardugo, but I still wasn’t over the moon) the stories felt extremely mediocre. Like you’re watching one of those TV series about the superhero in question and it’s episode 275 of uninspired content. Apart from the underwhelming ideas, I was extremely irritated that for about 180 of ca 215 pages just about nothing happened only to cram the actual story into the last couple of pages, thus rushing everything and making me feel irritated. I feel like the idea behind the DC Icons books was so promising, I’m sure the books would be salvageable with some work.

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King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (Grishaverse #6)

Hello, readers!
With King of Scars we enter into a new duology written by Leigh Bardugo. Still set within the realm of the Grishaverse, this book (and the next one that is to come) focuses on a different bunch of characters than the Six of Crows novels – however, those characters are old friends!

The Plot:

Three years after the events of Ruin and Rising, Nikolai is King and tries to get Ravka on the right track. Being King is never an easy job, especially if there is a monster inside, just waiting to break free…

The Rating:

This was so good!
Although I was sad to leave Ketterdam and my favorite Murder Babies behind, I was also excited to see what King Nikolai is up to these days.

Unfortunately, nothing in Ravka is ever smooth sailing. Charming Nikolai is plagued by a monster and his conflict is expertly depicted in this book. I like how Leigh Bardugo allows her characters to evolve and how she gives them depth. It’s not only Nikolai in this novel but also Zoya about whom we learn so much more.

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Grishaverse #5)

Hello, my darling readers!
I was over the moon with Six of Crows and beyond ready to dive into a new adventure with my beloved Murder Babies. So, let’s get talking about Crooked Kingdom!

The Plot:

They did it. Kaz Brekker and his crew pulled off the most daring heist the world has ever seen. But they cannot seem to escape trouble. After being double-crossed they must once more fight for what they already earned – and take their revenge…

The Rating:

Crooked Kingdom is a rollercoaster of emotions. I laughed, I held my breath, I was in tears and my heart broke over the ending.

While Six of Crows was about one huge gig they pulled, Crooked Kingdom is about several intricate little cons that are part of the bigger plan concocted by criminal mastermind Kaz Brekker.
Seriously, how does Leigh Bardugo come up with this kind of stuff? The amount of thought that must have gone into this – it’s incredible.

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Thursday Movie Picks: Politics

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
This week I’ll talk about films featuring politics!

#1 The Ides of March

Ryan Gosling. George Clooney. Evan Rachel Wood and many more. This political drama features a great cast. A smart film that’s worth checking out!

#2 Milk

I can’t wait to finally see this film about the famous gay rights activist Harvey Milk. From the moment I first saw the trailer, I was intrigued!

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