Book Adventures Weekly, Issue 39

It’s Monday again, and that means another edition of Book Adventures Weekly! Read on for your weekly round-up of bookish news.

Were you wondering what that new Netflix show, Jessica Jones, is all about? Evidently it’s a new take on the Alias comic from Marvel.

There’s a lot of depressing news everywhere. Buzzfeed has an uplifting list of books that will restore your faith in humanity. Although you could also do something kind for someone and observe the ripples that follow. It feels odd to me that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the only genre book on the list. If you were to write a similar list with books from science fiction and fantasy, romance, mystery, or other genre-fiction genre, which books would be on it?

Barnes and Noble’s Science Fiction and Fantasy blog lists their top SFF picks for 2015. It’s early, but just in time for Christmas lists, I suppose. Lots of them are on my to-read list, and a couple of them I really enjoyed. Check out our reviews of Vision in Silver (Jaclyn liked it better), Uprooted, and Signal to Noise.

Calling all romance lovers, a film about romance readers and writers premiers this week in NYC. If you’re in New York, Eloisa James and Radclyffe will be there! If you’re not, ask your library to purchase the film.

Have you heard of Crimson Peak? Seen it and loved it? Book Riot suggests 13 books to read if you’re into the Gothic romance genre. Readers will probably recognize Jane Eyre and Rebecca.

If you follow the awards, you may be interested to know that Lovecraft’s likeness has been removed from the trophy for the World Fantasy Award.

Shakespeare & Company, the bookshop and cafe in Paris, reopened this morning.


On the seventh day of Christmas – I share seven of my favorite holiday movies!

lifeIn no particular order, some of the holiday movies I make an effort to watch every year.

1. It’s a Wonderful Life

Just about the best feel-good movie ever, with great scenes and acting and wonderfully quotable lines, this has been my favorite holiday movie since I first saw it. Every year, it reaffirms my determination to be the best person, to find meaning in the little things. Jimmy Stewart struggles with responsibility and duty that keep taking him away from what he really wants to do – have adventures. And discovers that what he has is worth more than he thinks.

Remember, George: No man is a failure who has friends.

2. Love Actually

Such a happy endings movie – there’s not just one, but at least half a dozen! Colin Firth and Hugh Grant play cute, awkward characters, there’s a hilarious bit about an aging pop star recording a Christmas single, and Emma Thompson steals the show with her strong performance. Watch out for the portrayal of Americans. And along that vein, here’s a different (and interesting) take on the movie. She’s spot-on about the airport.

Love actually is, all around.

3. The Holiday

Even better than Love Actually, this one, with Kate Winslet (amazing), Jude Law, Jack Black (fantastic), and Cameron Diaz (ignore her, focus on Jude Law), is a great one for nervous travelers about to get away/visit family for the holidays. Winslet, trying to get over a (insert strong language equivalent of “jerk” here), and Diaz, taking a step back from romance (or so she thinks) swap their houses in Surrey and LA. Hijinks and laughter and love follow.

A woman should be the heroine of her own life!

4. White Christmas

Hello, classic musical! Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby are showmen and WWII veterans who do meet two traveling and singing sisters (one of whom is Rosemary Clooney!). Sparks fly as they set up a holiday show for their old commander, who is down in the dumps.

We came up here for the snow. Where’re you keepin’ it?

5. Home Alone

Honestly, I haven’t seen this one in ages. But I loved it as a kid, and I’m going to watch it again to see if I still love it. The title says it all, if you haven’t seen it already – Macauley Culkin plays a young boy left at home for the holidays. To make it interesting, thieves try to rob the house.

This is my house, I have to defend it.