Top 5 Tuesday: Books where something went wrong

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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 we talk about books where something went wrong!

#1 Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn

I just finished this one last week! Kat Dunn’s novel set shortly after the French Revolution kicks off with a prison break gone wrong. On the first pages, we encounter two characters who create a bigger distraction than they intended to when their hot air balloon crashes.

#2 Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

This is going to be a spoiler if you haven’t read the first two books in the series. That Jude is still in exile at the beginning of this novel is definitely not how things were planned by Cardan…

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TMP Halloween Edition: Rituals

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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 some horror films featuring rituals!

#1 Rosemary’s Baby

Rosemary’s Baby is one of the most famous and iconic films out there. Did anybody say creepy Satanists?

#2 The Craft

I know that this is a famous flick, but somehow I’ve never seen it so far. Nevertheless, it was the first thing I thought of for this topic!

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Top 5 Tuesday: Mind-Blowing Mysteries/Thrillers

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It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Let’s check out some thrillers and mystery books!

#1 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo:

This was such a fascinating thriller! I actually gobbled up the entire Millenium series within days. Lisbeth Salander is such a bad-ass character, I just couldn’t stop reading. The story was fascinating and peppered with plot-twist I certainly didn’t see coming!

#2 Gone Girl:

So, this book wasn’t one of my favorites but I know it’s wildly popular. Although I had my issues with the story, it certainly had some interesting and unexpected moments!

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Book vs. Movie: Rosemary’s Baby (1968+2004)

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It’s time for a very special book vs. movie post. I’m sure most of you will know Roman Polanski’s iconic film Rosemary’s Baby. In 2014, a remake was shot, consisting of two parts with Zoe Saldana as Rosemary instead of Mia Farrow. I had never realized that the story is actually based on Ira Levin’s book, so I quickly went to the library to catch up…Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin

 

The Plot:
Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse are a happy young couple. Recently one of their biggest wishes came true. They got an apartment in a famous old building. It all seems to be perfect, even the somewhat irritating elderly neighbors are nice.
Soon Rosemary gets pregnant and Guys starts to change. Ro starts to wonder whether everybody is a bit too nice. Is she just paranoid or onto something?

 

The Rating:

First of all the novel. Ira Levin certainly created a classic in terms of horror literature. I can see how groundbreaking and shocking it must haven been when it was published in 1967. Today almost everybody knows the story, so there’s not that much a plot twist left to discover, but back in the day it surely was unexpected. I enjoyed the way he builds up the characters, making their every move feel relatable. Despite the many years that have passed and a few things simply not being familiar, I could still lose myself in the story. Moreover, Levin is very subtle about all the horror, that’s what makes it even creepier. Instead of being very in your face all the time, the little hints, the not knowing is what makes your skin crawl.
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