A Man Called Ove Movie Review

When accepting the Best Foreign-Language Film award for Parasite at the 2020 Golden Globes, Director Bong Joon-ho said, “Once you overcome the 1-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” The reason why I bring up this quote is that there are many great films that just happen toContinue reading “A Man Called Ove Movie Review”

A Snicker of Magic Book Review

When I was a children’s librarian, I enjoyed reading juvenile books, especially for the Battle of the Books at my work. One of the titles that I read to prepare for that competition was A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd. Even though it can be predictable, it’s a good novel about finding the rightContinue reading “A Snicker of Magic Book Review”

Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1939 Movie Review

Last year, I reviewed For Whom the Bell Tolls the movie – a film adaptation that was so faithful to the novel of the same name that it was dull and barely cinematic. It made me realize that there are ways to keep to the spirit of the book while adapting it to the bigContinue reading “Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1939 Movie Review”

Top 3 Best and Worst Books* of 2022

Hi Everybody!! Today is the last Monday of the year! You know what that means? It’s the 3rd annual year-end countdown of books* I reviewed in 2022! *This year I expanded my reviews to include more movie adaptations of the novels I read for this website. At least one of those will be on here.Continue reading “Top 3 Best and Worst Books* of 2022”

Once Upon A Winter: A Folk and Fairy Tale Anthology Book Review

Full disclosure: One of the authors of this book gave me an electronic copy in exchange for an honest review. There are certain aspects that influence what kind of books readers take a look at. Some are personal, while others are coincidental, but they could be seasonal too. Much like certain songs, some books areContinue reading “Once Upon A Winter: A Folk and Fairy Tale Anthology Book Review”

Goodbye, Mr. Chips Book Review

I’ve read and reviewed plenty of character studies on this website, but I’ve not tackled the most quintessential kind: the-old-man-looking-back-on-his-life trope. That is until now. One of the most well-known titles in this subgenre is the 1934 novella Goodbye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton. Even though it doesn’t have the same cultural legacy that itContinue reading “Goodbye, Mr. Chips Book Review”

What Am I Reading – Chapter Forty-One

Hi Everybody, I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving! I sure did with family and friends as we yelled at the Lions and cheered on the Wolverines! Because I did so much, I haven’t had much time to read, yet I finished The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson today.Continue reading “What Am I Reading – Chapter Forty-One”

Firekeeper’s Daughter Book Review

Content warning: This review contains brief discussions on drugs and sexual assault. A long time ago, I mentioned about the success of Where the Crawdads Sing and if the hype was worth it. With that book, I was mixed despite the praises coming from everywhere (but I still gave it 4 stars). Since 2018, plentyContinue reading “Firekeeper’s Daughter Book Review”

The Number Ones: Twenty Chart-Topping Hits That Reveal the History of Pop Music Book Review

Full disclosure: I was given a free eARC copy of this book by NetGalley and Hachette Books in exchange for an honest review. I’ve been excited to read books over the years. One can look at my review of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle to see thatContinue reading “The Number Ones: Twenty Chart-Topping Hits That Reveal the History of Pop Music Book Review”

Britt-Marie Was Here Book Review

When an author achieves success, they sometimes repeat the same formula to capture lightning in a bottle twice. Personally, I don’t have a problem with this as long as the book is still compelling in other ways. This was the case when I read Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman – his third novel. ItContinue reading “Britt-Marie Was Here Book Review”