Friday, July 14, 2017

Beauty and the Beast by Madame le Prince de Beaumont

✥Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etc: Stand Alone
✥Release Date: 1756
✥Page Count: 187
✥Edition: Hardcover
✥Genre(s): Children's, Fairy Tale 
✥Date(s) Read
: 7/12/17-7/14/17
✥Rating: 5/5

I won't lie and sit here and say it has always been my favorite but I did like the Disney cartoon more than I did all the other fairy tales out there (Cinderella, Snow White, etc.-Although I loved Snow White for the 7 Dwarfs & how sweet she appeared to be in the cartoon. I may one day try to find the story to read it).

It wasn't until I sat down this time that I read the back/summary and realized this is a retelling. Maybe one day I will try to find an 'original' story to read. I do notice a lot of differences between this and the movie & cartoon. I know Disney makes changes from the "originals" too, many times to 'soften' up the story but this one really does have a difference. So, maybe there will be a hunt for a different version.

But I do like this version because it does show that beauty is more than just what's on the outside. I know there has got to be some level of attraction when you are dealing with someone but sometimes, once you get to know someone, you can't help but love them and there are many relationships and marriages out there based on just that: Growing into loving someone for who they are and what they do for you mentally, emotionally & spiritually first!

This is a reread for me for the Popsugar Reading Challenge this year for the "Read a book that the movie comes out in 2017". Although the movie has been out for a while and I've already watched it, I thought I'd reread the story anyway because it was just an easy read and I said I might read it again one day anyway, so, why not use this as the reason to do so? 

The happily ever after was of course a bit cringe worthy, but hey, it's a fairy tale! As an adult, I'd hope we'd all understand that happily ever after doesn't necessarily mean you won't have your issues, you'll just learn to work through them. That you understand relationships take a whole lot of work, respect, communication, maturity, laughter and love to make it through. And a whole lot of other things thrown in there to help each individual relationship. :-)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Due or Die (A Library Lover's Mystery #2) by Jenn McKinlay

✥Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etc: Series-Book 2
✥Release Date: March 6, 2012
✥Page Count: 304
✥ Edition: Paperback
✥Genre(s): Cozy Mystery 
✥Date(s) Read
: 6/13/17-7/13/17
✥Rating: 3/5

I don't know what it is about these books that takes me so long to get through them. I like them well enough but not as much as I do the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series by the same author. I will more than likely finish the series because, as I stated, I do like them & I just want to see how they turn out but I won't force myself through them if I find myself just not enjoying them anymore. 

I like the characters a lot. Their friendships. Love interests, etc. But there is just something missing for me personally. They are very much worth the read if you haven't started on them already. And for those who have read them and loved them, I'm glad. Maybe if I had found these first, I would have enjoyed them more, maybe! I guess I was meant to find the others first so that these wouldn't knock me off of her writing a little, but I would hope that this would just let me see her potential. With Cupcake  Bakery, I know that I can love her writing and that this one just isn't doing it for me personally. I've become repetitive now, so I'll hush. :)

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Book Haul + A Few Movies June [30] & July 2017

Books bought from:
Julia's Cafe & Books: A fundraising division of Habitat for Humanity Charlotte

Couldn't find a decent summary

Movies also from:
Julia's Cafe & Books

*All MOVIE pictures obtained from IMDB*

Books Won

(won from Goodreads)

(Won from Booklikes)
Release Date: 7/21/17

*All BOOK covers were taken from Goodreads unless otherwise stated.*

Beauty and the Beast by Madame le Prince de Beaumont

Summary ✥Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etc :  Stand Alone ✥Release Date : 1756 ✥Page Count : 187 ✥Edition :   Hardcover ✥Genre(s)...