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text 2015-12-19 19:14
Book Advent Calendar Day 16 to 19



On the 16th, I drew Sara Gran's Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, a mystery I chose because of its strong, kick-ass, substance abusing female protagonist, who makes the story sound really promising.

Day 17 was Paul Auster's Sunset Park, a novel that I want to read because (as I have said here) I recently read Moon Palace and really liked it, but couldn't get into the reading flow, so reading another one of Auster's books might tell me if it was because of the book or me.

On day 18 I got David Weber's Honor, which contains the first two books in the series, On Basilisk Station and The Honor of the Queen. Did I already mention that I love strong female protagonists?

Today was Elizabeth Moon's Remnant Population. Some time ago, I asked for recommendations regarding female protagonists that are not in their twenties or early thirties, and this was one of those that were suggested. Ain't the cover ugly? I hope the story is better...


And in case you were womdering: I haven't added any of the books from the advent calendar to my shelves for statistical reasons - if you know what I mean *coughtbrcough* ;)


You can find my other posts about the Book Advent Calendar here:

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text 2014-05-05 00:19
day 19: Favorite book turned into a movie


Harry Potter


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text 2013-11-20 02:29
30 Day Book Playlist Challenge, Day 19: Religious
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief - Lawrence Wright

Day 19: Name a book you've read that's either with a specific religion as a focus or something with a heavy moral/social issue in its backdrop.


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One of the best books I read this year. Wright put a ridiculous amount of work into this book, and the result is utterly fascinating (and horrifying).

Source: rosepetals1984.booklikes.com/post/670300/a-30-day-book-playlist-challenge-
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text 2013-11-19 17:41
Day 19: Favorite Book Turned Movie
Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
Jurassic Park: A Novel - Michael Crichton
The Lost World: A Novel - Michael Crichton

Easy peasy, lemon squeazy.


You can't get much better than these 4, IMO.


Water for Elephants stayed true to the book very well. Of course it had to make a few changes to be a smoothly flowing movie, but it held the magic and romance that the novel portrayed.



Memoirs of a Geisha was amazing in both book and movie form. The movie brought the characters and imagery to life in a way that makes me cry every time I see it. I've always loved Asian culture of any kind, and this movie/book was everything I wanted. And I cry every single time I see the Chairman and Sayuri profess their loves for one another. I'm a hopeless romantic.



Jurassic Park was a better movie than book. The book was a little draggy and boring. It had a lot more going on than the movie, but the movie just seemed so much better to me. I know a lot of people will argue with me on this, but oh well. The only part of the book I liked more than the movie was that the Aussie game hunter dude (why can I never remember names!) got to live. I liked him. I like Aussie accents. I like accents, period. Anyway, where was I?



The Lost World was hugely better than the book. Both Jurassic Park and this novel were full of what I coined "Malcolm-isms", pages and pages of chaos theory and boring mathematics. It made me zone and not remember a damn thing I read. And why would Malcolm even set foot on another island of dinosaurs when, according to the book, he almost died and was psychologically tortured by hungry raptors hanging over his bed, trying to eat him. There's not enough money on Earth to make me go through that again. But he does for some inane reason I can hardly grasp. But the movie version made more sense. He went to save his girlfriend! That's plausible! I get it. And the movies left out the Malcolm-isms, so I didn't glaze over.


Plus we got a T-Rex destroying L.A...which is awesome.



I'm dino-phile, though. I loved all the Jurassic park movies and I am super excited about the next one. So don't mind me. I'm a weirdo.

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text 2013-10-19 16:00
30-Day October Book Challenge ~ Day 19
North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell,Alan Shelston

Day 19 ~ Favorite book turned into a movie


This would be more of a favorite movie turned into a book, since I saw the movie, fell in love with it and then read the book.


Are you familiar with Richard Armitage? I wasn't, but after watching the movie I wanted to be. He's the reason I watched the movie a second time.


But the third time was for the brilliant story. It's got angst, history, death, a mill strike, the class struggle between the industrial North and the agrarian South of England. And best of all, it's got a tension-filled relationship between the two main characters that is reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice. What's not to love?


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