Hello and my apologies for the lateness of this reading roundup. I started a new role at work this week so it’s been a very busy week. I’m switching from shiftwork to a more regular Mon-Fri job, so my blog posts may be somewhat irregular until I get myself into a new routine. Please bear with me.
I did read some great books over the last little while. I read and finished Furthermore, Shatter Me author Tahereh Mafi’s foray into middle grade. While it wasn’t really my cup of tea, the writing was beautiful. I will be writing a full review of Furthermore shortly, so keep an eye out for it. I hadn’t intended to pick up Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, but I started reading/listening to the sample and I was hooked. I’m about four fifths of the way through it, so again expect a review at some point in the future.
This week I finally started to read another of the ARCs I received from BEA, Replica by Lauren Oliver. It moved up my TBR because of the EpicReads First 5 newsletter to which I am subscribed. This is a email where they send you the first five chapters, one a day, by email of upcoming books. It’s a really great way to preview upcoming releases. Anyway, back to Replica. This was one of the books recently previewed and the preview was interesting enough to get me to pick up my ARC. While I’m not yet 100% sold on the characters or plot, I am intrigued by the format. The book is in two parts, one part told from Lyra’s perspective, the other from Gemma’s. it can be read either as two separate sections or as alternating chapters from the two storylines. I’m choosing to go the alternete chapters route and so far I’m really appreciating how the plotlines are tightly woven together and each enhances the other. Again, I will write a longer review when I’m finished.
Today I went to see the movie Bridget Jones’s Baby, which I loved. The script is funny and the performances are excellent, especially Zellwegger and Firth. They really GET their characters now, and they both bring their Oscar cailbre acting chops when required. I also enjoyed Emma Thompson’s performance as Bridget’s doctor. I understand Thompson collaborated on the script – she clearly took the opportunity to give herself some of the best lines! Patrick Dempsey did well as the new guy on the block, but I really regretted that Hugh Grant chose not to reprise his role as Daniel Cleaver. The script and actors have to work that much harder to make brief fling Jack Quant a believable rival to Firth’s Mark Darcy given Darcy’s long term love of and relationship with Bridget. Cleaver’s history with Bridget and their sustained sexual chemistry would have made him a more believable alternative. Ah well. Still, we can hope for an adaptation of Mad About the Boy with Daniel Craig as the love interest please.
That’s all I have to share this week. Did you see Bridget Jones’s Baby? If so, let me know what you thought in the comments!