I just finished The Flight of Gemma Hardy. I don’t think I liked it. The woman reading it was the same woman who read The Miniaturist. It took me awhile to get over that. In retrospect it’s rather ironic because the main character in The Miniaturist is named Nella and one of the main characters in Gemma Hardy is named Nell. I digress.
This is supposedly a re-telling of Jane Eyre. Whatever that means. I haven’t read Jane Eyre in awhile but I can say that I enjoyed it more than I enjoyed this. Gemma runs away. All the time. I guess I should’ve realized that since the title implies she chooses flight over fight. Thank God she ends up with the Mr. Rochester character at the end. Although I don’t know why I wanted her to, their relationship is so weird. I guess I’m glad I read it because I’ve owned it for like 5 years and moved it to just as many houses. Now I can give it away to someone else.8
A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix! Netflix is on point lately.
It’s the end of Banned Books Week y’all. Alex Gino, author of George, talks about censorship and restriction on books. Things in this article that made me say, mmmhmmm include :
“‘Oh, that’s not a book for you.’ Please please please, if you’ve ever said that, go ahead and never say it again.”
“And then there are writers. No book can be read if it’s not published. And no book can be published if it’s not written. Every time a person with a story says, ‘Oh, I can’t share that,’ they censor themselves. And every time a person with a story says, ‘Oh, I’m not a writer,’ they keep a gift from us.”
I love Anne of Green Gables. I have them ALL on DVD. The boxed set, y’all. I have all the books as well. I can’t tell you how much I love it and how excited I am about this new movie adaptation on PBS. Apparently Martin Sheen is Matthew Cuthbert!
This was a very very quick read. A Boy Named Queen is only 96 pages. There is no reason it can’t be read by everyone. It would make an amazing class discussion book. There’s nothing explicit about transgender like in George. It could easily be read in class and talked about in reference to how everyone should be treated, everyone is different and that’s not a bad thing, etc. It’s just the best. Quick summary. Evelyn is just starting fifth grade. She gets new shoes that her mom would have never let her get the year before. She feels ready. On the first day there is a new boy who announces that his name is Queen. She is instantly intrigued. Evelyn’s life isn’t boring but Queen would definitely be a friend who could make it more interesting and she wants to learn about him and be friends with him. No hi-jinx ensue as in typical middle grade books, but a wonderful friendship forms.
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier is sure to be another hit with the middle grade crowd. I enjoyed it, all her reads are very quick (Smile, Drama & Sisters). I can’t say I loved this one as much as the others. The others are very relate-able. Problems with braces, bullies & family dynamics. This one has ghosts. Not as a plot device but real ghosts. Now I don’t know, maybe you believe in ghosts, but it seems that the problems in this book are solved by ghosts and that’s not going to happen in real life. Unfortunately. I also don’t think anyone will be flying around any time soon. But there are some family dynamics and friendship issues happening so I think it will still be enjoyed by those who love Raina’s books.
I’m not a cook. And this is not a food blog. But I have been very excited about the weather turning towards fall temperatures and I wanted to tell you about my favorite soups. I also wanted them readily available in one post for my own personal gain so I can stop googling each website when I want to make them. Do with this information what you will.
Signature Spicy Smoky Sweet Chili by Iowa Girl Eats
White Chicken Chili by Add a Pinch
Best-Ever Black Bean Soup by Iowa Girl Eats (I don’t make the rice portion – I just use regular white rice because I’m lazy)
Baked Potato Soup by Two Peas and their Pod
Carrot Soup with Tahini and Chickpeas by Smitten Kitchen – Disclaimer : I have never personally made this soup but it’s been served to me and I’ve dreamt about it ever since