Book vs. Movie: Dune (2021)

Hello, my darling readers!
After taking a closer look at David Lynch’s take on Dune a few days ago, we of course also need to check out the latest attempt at adapting Frank Herbert’s novel!

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for…

Book vs. Movie:

So, after reading the book and watching the David Lynch adaptation, I was really hoping for this to be a step up. I am happy to report Denis Villeneuve did not disappoint. While reading the novel I kept thinking that this would look stunning on screen but considering just how expansive the first book (the only one I have read so far) is, this is not without challenges. While I enjoyed the story, the book did drag on a bit at times, and I just didn’t like it as much as I had expected.

One of the biggest challenges an adaptation of Dune has to overcome is depicting all the sci-fi stuff, the creatures, and the world described in the book. The David Lynch movie failed almost ridiculously in that regard. But, to be honest, it never really stood a chance. Now almost 40 years later technology offers new options and actually gave the filmmakers a decent shot at bringing this story to the screen. In this take on Dune, the CGI is absolutely on point. Just about everything looks flawless and I think they did a tremendous job bringing Frank Herbert’s creation to life.

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Top 5 Tuesday: books I didn’t get to in 2021

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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’re talking about some books I, unfortunately, didn’t get to last year. In fact, all the novels I’m listing today are from book subscription boxes and I’ve had them since (at least!) 2020. I’ll read them eventually, I swear!
Since I haven’t touched them yet, I’ll leave you with the Goodreads blurb, so we can all get an idea of what they are about.

#1 The Beautiful

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

#2 These Violent Delights

The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.

A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.

But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.

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Top 5 Tuesday: books of 2021

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 post, we’re talking about some books I really enjoyed in 2021. I tried my best to not be repetitive, so some of the books I liked best this year are not on this list, because I already talked about them on last week’s list of authors I discovered in 2021!

#1 Sanctuary

This one came out of nowhere, I knew nothing about this book and I was *so* surprised. The worldbuilding fascinated me, the story was gripping. I can wholeheartedly recommend this novel!

#2 The Dying of the Light

This year I finished reading the first run of Skulduggery Pleasant novels. The entire series was really good with The Dying of the Light concluding the story. Since I tremendously enjoyed the journey, we need to include it here!

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Top 5 Tuesday: new authors of 2021

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.
I discovered some amazing authors this year, so let’s talk about them today!

#1 Michael J. Sullivan

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Sullivan’s books so much. Honestly, that might have been the best reading recommendation I ever got. I binge-read two of his series this year, so you can tell I’m serious. By far my favorite discovery of 2021.

#2 V.E. Schwab

V.E. Schwab is pretty famous but up until this year, I hadn’t read any of her stuff. I couldn’t put The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue down, so I’d call it a success!

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Top 5 Tuesday: covers of 2021

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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’re going to talk about some of the most stunning book covers of 2021!

#1 Little Thieves

I went through my to-read list on Goodreads and looked for books that came out this year (since I didn’t read many new releases this year). Little Thieves is definitely one that stood out. Look at those colors!

#2 The Witch’s Heart

I’m always down for a good book about witches, so when I saw this one popping up in other people’s T5T posts I immediately added it to my tbr pile. The is so pretty!

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books I haven’t read yet in 2021

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’re going to tackle some books that I kinda meant to get to but then I didn’t. 😅

#1 Saga

I’ve heard so many good things about Saga and the cover just looks so freaking kick-ass. I need to get to it goddamn it.

#2 Lore Olympus

Sames goes for Lore Olympus. By all means, this should be my new favorite series. It ticks all my boxes. I swear I’ll pick it up soon.

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