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Monday, October 27, 2014

Page to Screen: Gone Girl

I recently went to see the movie Gone Girl which was on my list of 7 movies adapted from books that I wanted to see this year.

If you're unfamiliar with the story, here's the book synopsis and here's the movie trailer.

*These reviews may contain spoilers.*

Book Thoughts:
I read this book 2 years ago, so I can't remember very many specifics. I do, however, remember my overall feelings. Gillian Flynn's dual narrative style makes her books hard to put down. This one was no exception. The chapters alternate between Nick's point of view in the present when he discovers his wife is missing and Amy's point of view on their marriage told through her diary. I started off the book not liking Nick which I believe is the intention. I didn't entirely believe he killed her because that was too obvious. Then, midway through the book we're thrown a complete curve ball. I continued to have a hard time putting the book down because I wanted to know how it would all end. While reading the second half of the book, I grew to hate Amy. The ending turned out to be a total disappointment. I don't have a problem with books that don't end "happily ever after." My problem was that I didn't even find the end logical. What was wrong with these people?!?

I gave the book 3 out of 5 stars.

Movie Thoughts:
Despite the disappointing end, I was looking forward to the movie. I thought it had a lot of potential to be a great thriller. I was disappointed overall. The movie didn't capture that "hard to put down" feeling I'd enjoyed about the book. I thought the plot moved kind of slow. I also feel like in the book there was more to Amy's anniversary scavenger hunt which made me sympathize more with Nick and dislike her more. The scavenger hunt was very short in the movie and I know some things have to be cut out for time, but I don't think that should have been one of them. I would have liked more to have been told about the relationship between Desi and Amy. I didn't remember a lot of that from the book and don't feel like the movie explained it very well. Overall, considering some things have to change for movie adaptations, this movie plot follows the book pretty closely.

I also give the movie 3 out of 5 stars.

Have you read the book or seen the movie or both? What are your thoughts?

Friday, October 24, 2014

How I'm Preparing for Football Season

***I actually wrote this post at the beginning of September, but never published it because I needed to take a picture of my car sticker to include. I just got around to doing that in mid October. I thought I'd publish it now with some edits for information that may have changed.***

I love fall! It's my favorite season. I love the colors. I love the weather. I love the festivals. Most of all, I love football that comes with fall.

Football season is always one of the hardest times to live away from home. Watching football games on Saturdays was always something fun to do with family and friends. This year, due to work, Lee's not even around to watch football games with me.

However, that hasn't stopped me from doing some little things to welcome football season into my life.

Due to being pregnant and in the 3rd trimester, I don't have a shirt to wear to support my favorite team this year. I'm too big to wear any of the shirts I already own and there's nowhere nearby to just pick up a cheap larger one. (Maybe I'll buy one when I go home for a visit soon). *I actually did buy one when I went back to Alabama to visit my family.*

Even though my husband is not a BAMA fan, he's been a good sport and taken me to two games and both times he's sported a BAMA shirt.
As soon as it turned September, I put out our football wreath. I'm not a fan of the "house divided" stuff, so I revamped this wreath that was given to us a little bit. The football said "house divided", so I turned it over and cut out the words to show support for our two teams instead. I wish I'd taken a before and after picture to show you the difference, but I didn't...

Most recently, I decided that I needed a sticker for my car to show support for my team. On the first Saturday of college football, I got out my Silhouette and among other things made myself this sticker for my car. 

How do you show support for your favorite team?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Semi Charmed Winter Book Challenge 2014 Preliminary List

Even though Baby Hall is coming in November, I'm going to attempt to complete the Winter Book Challenge. This is my preliminary list and I may change my mind about what I'm reading as the months go on. I also want to see what other people are reading to get ideas.

Semi Charmed Winter Book Challenge
For complete rules and categories, visit Semi-Charmed Kind of Life's post

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman

10 points: Read a book written by an author who has published at least 10 books.
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

10 points: Read a book of short stories.
The Best Short Stories of O. Henry by O. Henry

10 points: Read a book with a food in the title.
All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant

15 points: Read the first book in a series that is new to you.
The Selection by Kiera Cass

15 points: Read a book that was originally written in a language that is not your native language.
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

15 points: Read a book written by a local author (either an author from your state if you live in the United States, or from your country if you live somewhere else).
Undecided- I'll probably reread a Nicholas Sparks' book that I haven't read in a while.

20 points: Read a "bookish book" (in which books play an important role, e.g. the setting involves a bookstore or library, a major character is an author, or a book that celebrates reading and books.
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

20 points: Read a book with a direction in the title (e.g. north, south, east, west or any combination of those).
East of Eden by John Steinbeck 

25 points: Read a book from a genre you don't usually read.
Carrie by Stephen King

25 points: Read a book with a song lyric in the title. Be sure to tell us the song name and artist as well! 
Remember Me by Mary Higgins Clark (song of the same title by Mark Schultz)

30 points: Read two books with a different meal in each title (e.g. breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper, brunch).
Thirteen at Dinner by Agatha Christie and Marshmallows for Breakfast by Dorothy Koomson

Do you have any recommendations for any of these categories? I'm not set on this list.