Let's Discuss! Little Women Adaptation

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I wasn’t going to write a review or any kind of post for this movie, due to the pure fact I have never read the book. But after my third viewing of it in cinema, I knew I couldn’t resist any longer. I have to talk about my admiration for this cinematic masterpiece.

This film is just absolutely beautiful in every way. The scenery is superb. The lighting is lovely. The girls have my heart. I saw some of myself in each one of them, and I think that’s what makes this story so special. Jo’s spark, soul and courageous wit is who I think we all aspire to be. Beth’s caring nature is who I hope I am every day. Meg’s love for her family and John shines through, and I know in my heart I am and will be like her in many ways. Amy’s lust for life and raucous, somewhat unsettled character touched my heart. And although I could go on, I will finish on marmee, who I relate to on so many levels, but especially the ‘I bake scones at midnight and don’t mind the mess, we don’t’.

The energy in this film is electric, and I fell in love with the chaotic scenes between the girls. I often felt like Laurie, looking in on the family with adoration and wonder. He seemed to be almost yearning to be part of it all, to have the unrequited love that only occurs between family.

Everything seemed to fit seamlessly together – the costumes, sets and score are just a few aspects that come to mind that offer layer upon layer. The acting is superb, and specific scenes (Jo’s powerful and emotional speech in the attic to her mother comes to mind immediately (below)), I know will stay with me. Some of the beautifully poetic lines brought tears to my eyes even on the third watch.

“I just feel like women….they have minds and they have souls as well as just hearts. And they’ve got ambition and they’ve got talent as well as just beauty. And I’m so sick of people saying that, that love is just all a woman is fit for. I’m so sick of it. But I’m – I’m so lonely.”

Jo March, Little Women

I can only describe Little Women as an absolute delight and achingly beautiful. Coming out of the first screening with my boyfriend on New Year’s Day, I immediately knew I wanted to see it again and again. I already am endlessly glad that I began the year on such a lovely note. I have since seen it with my mum and my best friend, and both the second and third screening were just as enjoyable as the first. I just know that this film will be a comfort for years to come, and the level of warmth it brought to me will not leave in a hurry.

-Beth

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Review: Infinity Son (#1) by Adam Silvera

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Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.
Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.
Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own—one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be.

I love a lot of Adam Silvera’s work – They Both Die at the End and History is All You Left Me being my favourites. His emotion and magical realism is unlike most contemporary YA, and I love something with a twist! When I heard about his new fantasy project, I think I was among many excited readers. I missed out on grabbing an ARC of this when I wanted to at YALC last year, but managed to get one through my work as a bookseller a month or so ago. I was so excited to delve into a new fantasy world, but I sit here today sorry that I have been disappointed at the very least.

Unfortunately, Silvera included little to no world-building in Infinity Son. I could picture the world only because it seemed to be set in our own – but I could not picture much else. The character building was few and far between too, and I struggled the most with the magic system. I felt like I was clueless when it came to the different people and species. I couldn’t picture the phoenixes and had little to no understanding of their history, which left me utterly disappointed.

I’m going to a brief interval to focus on the good parts, as I hate to be so negative about an author I have mostly loved.

  • I love the family aspects of the book, and the brother relationship was great to read about.
  • I noticed the diversity and that Emil seemed to be vegan, which naturally I couldn’t help but love.
  • The plot was, if nothing else, entertaining. It was full of action scenes which I sped through and found very fun.

But is fun enough? Not in my book. Infinity Son has been one of my most hyped books for at least 6 months, and I was so happy to finally read it. The sheer disappointment I feel in this book falling so flat is what I disliked the most. I will definitely read Silvera’s future novels, but I don’t think I will be reading more in the Infinity Cycle.

★★
2 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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Let's Discuss! January Releases I'm Excited For

Hi all! Today I’m here to talk about January releases I’m excited for. It might be a little bit late, but there are so many beautiful books that I wanted to talk about, I thought I’d write it anyway!

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Goodreads | January 7th

Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena’s motivated by her insatiable thirst for revenge, and her rare ability to spin thread from moonlight.
When Atoc demands the real Condesa’s hand in marriage, it’s Ximena’s duty to go in her stead. She relishes the chance, as Illustrian spies have reported that Atoc’s no longer carrying his deadly relic. If Ximena can find it, she can return the true aristócrata to their rightful place.
She hunts for the relic, using her weaving ability to hide messages in tapestries for the resistance. But when a masked vigilante, a warm-hearted princess, and a thoughtful healer challenge Ximena, her mission becomes more complicated. There could be a way to overthrow the usurper without starting another war, but only if Ximena turns her back on revenge—and her Condesa. 

I’ve seen this book around on Instagram and the cover is to die for!

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Goodreads | January 7th

Find the heir, win the crown.
The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.
Win the crown, save the kingdom.
Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been on the run since he destroyed Lilith. He has no desire to challenge Rhen–until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?

I adored A Curse So Dark and Lonely so I can’t wait to read this one.

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Goodreads | January 7th

When eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself thrust among the very over-achieving kids her parents have always wanted her to be, including Rick Woo, the Yale-bound prodigy profiled in the Chinese newspapers since they were nine—and her parents’ yardstick for her never-measuring-up life.
Unbeknownst to her parents, however, the program is actually an infamous teen meet-market nicknamed Loveboat, where the kids are more into clubbing than calligraphy and drinking snake-blood sake than touring sacred shrines.
Free for the first time, Ever sets out to break all her parents’ uber-strict rules—but how far can she go before she breaks her own heart? 

I’ve been eyeing this book up for a while on social media and in the bookshop I work in.

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Goodreads | January 7th

It is a year after the action of One of Us Is Lying, and someone has started playing a game of Truth or Dare.
But this is no ordinary Truth or Dare. This game is lethal. Choosing the truth may reveal your darkest secrets, accepting the dare could be dangerous, even deadly.
The teenagers of Bayview must work together once again to find the culprit, before it’s too late . . .

One Of Us Is Lying was one of my favourite books of the year when I read it, so I definitely have to pick up this one. I really need to read Two Can Keep a Secret too!

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Goodreads | January 14th

An instant bestseller, A Map of Days launched readers into the previously unexplored world of American peculiars, one bursting with new questions, new allies, and new adversaries.
Now, with enemies behind him and the unknown ahead, Jacob Portman’s story continues as he takes a brave leap forward into The Conference of the Birds, the next installment of the beloved, bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.

I’m actually up to date on the Miss Peregrine’s books, so I’ll be able to pick this one up straight away.

Which January releases are you excited for?

-Beth

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Welcome back! Blog Plans for the New Year

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog relaunch! I’m now entering my 5th year of owning this blog and I’m choosing 2020 as the year to bring new and exciting things to my journey. 2019 was a rough rollercoaster of a ride for me and it’s ups and downs left me neglecting the blog towards the end of the year. So I’ve chosen to do a relaunch to kickstart a fresh journey for The Books Are Everywhere!

What can you expect?

  • My shop
    – I run an Etsy shop here on which I sell bookmarks! I’m looking forward to adding more designs in 2020
  • Book reviews and content
    – On the blog you can expect to see many more reviews and other book-related content like hauls, wrap-ups, discussions, top 5’s and much more.
  • Recipes and lifestyle
    – I’d love to develop this blog to include other aspects of my life, such as my veganism, lifestyle, films and recipes.

What would you like to see on the blog in the near future?

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! Reading More Than One Book

It’s time for another discussion post and today I’m going to be chatting about a subject I’ve wanted to talk about for a while – reading more than one books at once.

This is something I often see in the bookish community but I’ve only just started doing, and I find it really weird. I’ve always found it very important to only read one book and not to lose focus on that one story. That’s why I still only usually read one book!

I’ve been getting through the Harry Potter series recently, and for the past two months or so, I’ve been determined to not read any books that don’t include Hogwarts. As I’m sure with many people reading long series also feel, it’s hard not to be tempted by reading other books!

But it’s still not often I actually read more than one book. For a start, I knew I would be so distracted from Hogwarts if I started another book and I would never start again. I always feel this way with books and I kind of still see it as a ‘I’ll never read the first book’ if I pick up a second!

So if I do ever read two books at once, one of them is always a non-fiction so I’m not distracted from the first! Do you find this, or can you read more than one book?

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! How To Make Reading a Habit

I’m such an awful blogger! I want to come up with a story about my week being busy…but you know what? Every week is busy. And I need to realise that, and make an effort to carry on blogging regardless. It’s not that I don’t have the time, I just don’t have the time every day. So I need to start making use of the breaks I do get and writing blog posts to queue, and keep on top of this…because I don’t want to lose it.

In this discussion post, today we’re going to be talking about how to make a habit of reading. This might seem like a strange question, but I don’t think it is! Reading takes up a lot of time, and it can be hard to make a habit of it. Like I said above, I don’t have that much time and life is busy. I’m having to teach myself my own rules to be able to keep on track. So here’s some ways I think anyone can start reading often, and the ways I continue to read!

  1. Don’t overwhelm yourself! Start with short books and standalones. Trying to start a heavy, 7 book series is probably going to put you off reading.
  2. Read often. Reading every day is something I try to do as much as possible. I’d also recommend reading at the same time each day, as I think it definitely helps make reading a habit. I try to read every night before bed, as it relaxes me as well as making sure I get some reading time in!
  3. Read what you like. This may sound stupid but if you know what genre you’re going to enjoy, read something from that genre.
  4. Research. Continuing from above, make sure you read a book that has good reviews or has been recommended. It sounds like a common-sense thing, but giving a few reviews a read does make all the difference sometimes.
  5. Take a book everywhere. I mean, maybe don’t try and read while you’re driving! But do read other places. Read in your break at work/college. Read in a cafe. Read on the train. You never know when you might have a spare moment, and I find having a book with me all the time helps me get through them!
  6. Try audiobooks. See, audiobooks are something I actually haven’t tried, but talking to people about them made me feel like I should include them here. If there are times when you physically can’t read – like when you’re driving – maybe try listening instead!

So those are some of the tips I think will make you read more! Do you have any tips to share?

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! My Library #1

It’s time for a brand new feature on my blog where I’m going to be taking you through every single book I own! I spent an entire hour this afternoon scanning all my 220+ books onto a Goodreads shelf just so I can start keeping track of my growing collection.

Today we’re looking at my first shelf, which contains books I have and haven’t read!

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This might actually be one of my favourite shelves and the covers all look so pretty together! I’ve made sure to include the actual editions I have too – including that absolutely beautiful edition of We Were Liars.

I also included Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as I’m currently reading it so it doesn’t class as to-read anymore!

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And these are the books I haven’t read yet! Once I’ve finished Harry Potter I really want to read some of the other books on this shelf – including Cure for the Common Universe or The Last Place on Earth.

I’ll be back soon with my next shelf!

-Beth

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