Book vs. Movie: Rebecca (2020)

Hello, my darling readers!
I recently wrote a post talking about how the Alfred Hitchcock movie Rebecca compares to the Daphne du Maurier book it’s based on. Well, it just so happens that somebody at Netflix thought that what we desperately need is another adaptation of this novel, so here we are. Let’s talk about the 2020 version!

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

Book vs. Movie:

Ooof, there are a lot of things wrong with this adaptation. It doesn’t work and I can clearly spot why. While they try to keep close to the story, the changed some little yet integral aspects that just take the wind out of this film’s sails. I won’t do another full review on the book since I already did that in the other post I wrote, but I want to highly several of those tiny yet important moments very the story deviates.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books I meant to read in 2020

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Today, we’ll talk about some books I meant to read in 2020. Considering that my tbr-pile on Goodreads is currently over 300 books high, there are a few novels I can think of! However, I’ll specifically talk about some subscription box books I never got around to. I always feel a little guilty ’cause those editions are so pretty and now they are on my shelf accumulating dust. Although I managed to read quite a lot of my backlog on that front, there are still several I didn’t get to. And since I haven’t read the books yet, I’ll leave you with the info provided by Goodreads, so you’ll get an idea of what they are about!

#1 A Brightness Long Ago

In a chamber overlooking the nighttime waterways of a maritime city, a man recalls his youth and the people who shaped his life. Danio Cerra’s intelligence won him entry to a renowned school even though he was only the son of a tailor. He took service at the court of a count–and soon learned why that man was known as the Beast.

Danio’s fate changed the moment he recognized Adria Ripoli as she entered the Beast’s chambers one autumn night, intending to kill. Born to power, Adria had chosen, instead of a life of comfort, one of danger–and freedom. Which is how she encounters Danio in a perilous time and place.

Unforgettable figures share the unfolding story. Among them: a healer determined to defy her expected lot; a charming, frivolous son of immense wealth; a powerful religious leader more decadent than devout; and, affecting all these lives and many more, two larger-than-life mercenary commanders, lifelong adversaries, whose rivalry puts a world in the balance.

#2 Girl, Serpent, Thorn

There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it’s not just a story.

As the day of her twin brother’s wedding approaches, Soraya must decide if she’s willing to step outside of the shadows for the first time. Below in the dungeon is a demon who holds knowledge that she craves, the answer to her freedom. And above is a young man who isn’t afraid of her, whose eyes linger not with fear, but with an understanding of who she is beneath the poison.

Soraya thought she knew her place in the world, but when her choices lead to consequences she never imagined, she begins to question who she is and who she is becoming…human or demon. Princess or monster.

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Thursday Movie Picks: 2020 Releases

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.
There were so many movies I looked forward to in 2020, more them half of them still haven’t dropped. Nevertheless, there were so pretty good films that did manage to come out. So let’s talk about some of those!

#1 Birds of Prey

You have no idea how excited I was to see this film. And it certainly didn’t dissapoint. It’s bright, loud, colorful, has an amazing soundtrack, kickass leading ladies and is just all around hell of a good time!

#2 Enola Holmes

I never cease to be surprised by how talented Millie Bobby Brown is. After seeing her in Stranger Things, I had a feeling that she’s destined for greatness. With Enola Holmes she once more demonstrates her abilities. She stars together with big names like Helena Bonham Carter or Henry Cavill but she easily plays them all against a wall!

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Wrapping it up for December

Hello, my darling readers!
Another month is over, so let me give you a little summary of the amazing posts just to make sure you didn’t miss anything. 😉
I could swear it was only March yesterday, yet somehow this year is just about over. I hope you all got through this shit-show of a year alrighty. Here’s to a better 2021, that will be better – the only way is up!

It is December, so of course, my post were a cornucopia of Christmas related content. I started things off with a little book vs. movie post (inspired by a film I saw last year) and then dove right into some Christmas movies!

As per usual we have the Top 5 Tuesday and Thursday Movie Pick posts, all with appropriate spooky themes as well!

And last but not least some of my favorite quotes to brighten your day:

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Top 5 Tuesday: T5T Topics

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
For this year’s final T5T we get a freebie in terms of the topic. So, I decided to share my favorite T5T topics of 2020!

#1 Books that weren’t what I expected

Back in February, this was one of the topics. I had so much fun with this! I included books that I loved but also some that were disappointing. Check out the post over here.

#2 Things I’m enjoying while in Isolation!

This post from April is one we all needed, I feel. Not only was it nice to compile my own list, I had a great time reading what the other participants enjoyed! Post can be found over here.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books of 2020

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
This week, I’ll talk about my favorite books of 2020. I went to Goodreads to check what I rated the highest, so here we go!

#1 Angel Mage

This book had not been on my radar but turned out to be a more than pleasant surprise delivered in a subscription box. It’s unique, different and made me think. 100% rec!

#2 Nocturna

Another subscription box book. In fact, this was included in two differnt boxes I got. I loved the setting that gave the whole story such a cool and different vibe!

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