Mini Reviews: Mary Poppins, Dreaming Anastasia

I’m beginning to really like doing these mini-reviews. Though am thinking about reformatting the images that come along with the minis. Maybe when I find myself with time in my hands, I suppose!

I never actually read any of the Mary Poppins books when I was a kid, so I was weened off of the Disney movie that the author deplored. That said, I mean, it takes a special kind of person to dislike the casting of Dame Julie Andrews…buuuut I can see where she was going with things, I suppose. (I still love Julie Andrews so whatever.)

Dreaming Anastasia was something that landed on my lap for Fableulous Retellings so this was definitely something I needed to read. I mean, I wasn’t expecting much from it, but I do love Anastasia and the Baba Yaga folk tales, so I thought this would have been a classic love-hate relationship? It totally was.

Have you read either of these? What did you think?

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Mini Reviews: Simon vs. The Homo Sapien Agenda, The Kite Runner

More minis! I went back to reading graphic novels, so you’ll probably see a few reviews regarding graphic novels and whatnot. That being said, it’s not all about the illustrations, because I’ve also been busy with audiobooks and good ole’ text.

I wasn’t such a big fan of the last coming-out book I’d read (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe), and I wasn’t really interested in reading Call Me by Your Name, but I actually super-loved this book.

I also super-loved this book as a graphic novel. I haven’t read the original novel, though not for lack of trying. I’m pretty sure I have a copy of it somewhere…though after going through the grueling images in the graphic novel, I might want to avoid The Kite Runner unless I want a really good cry.

Have you read either books? What did you think?

Mini Reviews: The Princess Diarist, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

I’m slowly getting out of my book slump, but it’s still pretty difficult, considering there’s really only been a handful of books I’ve rated 5 out of 5 this year. Anyway, here’s another mixed set of books. Both were listened to as audiobooks.

Have you read either book? What did you think?

Mini Reviews: The Step-Spinsters, Ghost Slayer

Now normally I’d have posted a Food and Fandom post by now, since I’ve been so busy making random dishes from the books I’ve read. Buuuut, let’s get some of these books out of the way before I spam my blog with goodies.

There’s a heftier review of The Step-Spinsters in the form of a blog post at Fableulous Retellings Podcast, so I won’t go crazy over it here.

And I’m also trying to get through my Netgalley challenges, which is slightly a bit more difficult because I realized some of the books I meant to read over last year got archived and I never downloaded them. Oops!

Have you read either of these books? What did you think?

Mini Reviews: Hidden Figures, Snow Like Ashes

Here’s some fiction and nonfiction for ya. I will admit, this is one of the rare times I actually prefer the movie to the book. I tend to appreciate historical nonfiction provided it’s done right, but this one was only okay.

On the other hand, I really, really, really wanted to love this book. It was about four kingdoms that are named after seasons. It’s about a girl and her chakram. I mean…ONLY XENA HAS A CHAKRAM AND SHE IS BADASS. But ugh. It was really hard to get into this book, and when I got done, I just sat there going “meh.” I don’t know, maybe it’s just me.

Have you read either of these books? What did you think?