Now Let’s Dance by Karine Lambert 

Marguerite and Marcel are two different people from two completely different worlds. After loosing her husband, Marguerite realises that whilst living her boring suburban life with her uptight husband, life has passed her by. Marcel has lost his way. After spending sixty years with the love of his life Nora, he is just going through the motions. When Marguerite and Marcel’s worlds collide, they will start to question everything they thought they believed.

I have really mixed feelings about this book. I loved getting to read about older people finding romance and how this effected their adult children. This aspect of the story was both heartwarming and heartbreaking. I also loved seeing two people who have more life behind them then they do in front of them, start living life to the fullest.

This book definitely ticked a lot of boxes.

Unfortunately for me, something was missing. I felt more chemistry between Marcel and Nora then I did Marcel and Marguerite. Now this is understandable given that Marcel and Nora were married for sixty years, but this hindered my ability to connect with Marcel and Marguerite.

I also had real issues with the writing jumping between characters. I know that this was so that the reader could get to know both characters through their own voices, but it just didn’t work for me. I found it really jarring. I would start to get attached and the story would start to flow and then I would be jolted to another characters story and voice.

This book was a pretty quick read and did have some truly wonderful and tender moments, I just didn’t love it.

I can definitely see an audience for this book and I think a lot of people will absolutely love it. I’m just sorry that im not one of them.

Now Let’s Dance by Karine Lambert is an unexpected love story, filled with the joys and despairs of growing older.

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15 Books That Need To Be Movies…

After much deliberation I have narrowed this post down to my top 15. I know that some of these books have been optioned for movies, but if they aren’t yet a movie then they qualify for this list.

So without further ado, lets jump in:

Anna’s Story by Bronwyn Donaghy: A tragic true story of a teenage girl who died after taking Ecstasy at a rave. This book is as relevant today as it was the day it was published. This story needs to been seen and should be made into a movie and shown to all teenagers.

After Bali by Jason McCartney: The true story of the Bali bombings and one mans survival and recovery after receiving life threatening burns. This book has stayed with me for years. There arent a lot of films that cover the 2002 Bali bombings and its impact on people’s lives and I think this would be the perfect book to make into a movie to show not only this horrific event but the aftermath and the inspirational survivors.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber: I could see this book as a movie whilst I was reading it. The creepy carnival feel, the amazing characters, the sisterly dynamic and the amazing plot would make for the perfect movie.

The Land Of Stories Series by Chris Colfer: Please someone turn The Land Of Stories series in a film series. These books take the much-loved fairy tales we all know and pick up after ‘happily ever after’. These books are so well crafted and interesting they would make for an amazing series of films.

The Turners Series by Mick Elliott: The Turners series would make the perfect children’s movies. Live action or animation. The great characters, awesome ‘turns’, fantastic heroes and villains would make for a truly awesome films. I would be first in line for tickets if these books ever became movies.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer: I love a good origin story and Heartless is one of the best I’ve ever read. This book has movie written all over it. The wacky wonderland we all no and love, yet new and unusual. With new characters to love or hate and a fantastic plot that screams for the big screen treatment.

The Illuminae Files Series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: Well anyone who has read these books and doesn’t think they should be movies is mad. These books could very well make the best Sci Fi films of a generation. The amazing characters, the fantastic storylines and the whole structure of the book makes the Illuminae files the perfect candidate for a film series.

White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter: I know a lot of people have mixed feeling about these books but I loved them and I think they would be really great films. The story was fresh and new, the characters were really well-developed and the nods to Alice in Wonderland would make for a really interesting film series.

The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke: This book needs to be a movie now. Following the life or a Black girl growing up in Western Sydney in the late 80′ early 90’s and the racism she faced. This book brough me to tears and is not only completely relevent but completely necessary. If this book was a movie it would change lives.

A Letter From Italy by Pamela Hart: Inspired by Australia’s first female war reporter, this amazing book read like a movie. The amazing background, subject matter and truly relatable characters would make a truly breathtaking movie. With War as the back drop, this beautiful story would captivate audiences.

The Song Of Us by J.D. Barrett: This beautiful story would make a truly heartwarming movie. It would probably fall into the ‘chick flick’ category but that wouldn’t bother me. I can just imagine the laughter and tears that would flow whist watching this movie. And the soundtrack would be to die for.

The Secret Recipe For Second Chances by J.D. Barrett: Another book that would make the perfect ‘chick flick’. This amazing book would make for a funny yet completely heartwarming moving. J.D. Barrett did an amazing job with this book and I for one would love to see it on the big screen. The mouth-watering recipes alone deserves a movie.

The Beekeeper’s Secret by Josephine Moon; This book would make a beautiful movie. Given the political subject matter it explores this movie would not only be amazing but truly current. This book was so well written and beautifully described it wouldn’t be a hard book to adapt. I would be front and centre opening night.

The Paris Wedding by Charlotte Nash: Amazing characters, a fantastic plot, and both Paris and a sweeping Australian Farm. Hello… Location shots anyone. This heartwarming book would make for a visually breathtaking book. From the street of Paris to the paddocks of Australia this book would appeal to so many people and the amazing story would leave viewers wanting more.

Leaving Ocean Road by Esther Campion: Esther Campion’s fantastic writing style is tailor-made for the big screen treatment. This book would make for an incredibly tender story, taking place in Greece, Ireland and South Australia, the settings would be breathtaking and the story is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. Leaving Ocean Road the movie would have you leaving the cinema completely content.

Well that’s it for me, let me know if you would see any of these movies, or what books you would like to see adapted. Until next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

Secrets Between Friends by Fiona Palmer

Jess, Abbie and Ricki set off on a three-day cruise to celebrate their ten-year high school reunion. The best friends hope to recreate an old school trip by visiting Albany, Western Australia, but will long-held secrets tear the friends apart? Jess a single mother and school teacher, had a difficult childhood but made her way through it with the help of her best friend Peter. Peter has just brought an engagement ring and plans to propose to Ricki on the cruise. Ricki, a dedicated nurse, is unsure if she is actually happy or stuck in a rut. Whilst Abbie had it all, a great career, a loving boyfriends and plans for the future, but a visit to the Doctor sends her world into free fall. One thing is for sure, this trip will never be forgotten.

I absolutely adored this book.

Following our three main characters as their secrets are exposed made for a wonderful reading experience. This book was so wonderful crafted, switching between the perspectives of each of our leads, gave the reader the opportunity to connect with each character through their own voice. I really loved the characters in this book. I was able to connect really easily to Jess, Abbie and Peter, though I had some trouble connecting with Ricki.

One of the things I loved about these completely different characters, was seeing their dynamic play out. The bonds that brought these women together were constantly tested throughout the story and I loved seeing each character navigate these tricky waters.

Fiona Paler’s writing was truly beautiful. The dialog between these characters felt completely natural. Tender and emotive when necessary, yet not short on fun and witty banter. Fiona’s ability to create an emotional connection with the reader was a beautiful thing to experience.

The descriptions in this book had a wonderful cinematic quality which really enhanced this story. I was able to see the beautiful surroundings that these descriptions were conjuring with very little effort on my part.

I loved that this story was set on a cruise. It played a really fantastic role in the story once secrets started coming out. As more and more secrets were exposed, each character became somewhat adrift and having the bulk of this story take place on a cruise was really fitting.

I was overjoyed to get an epilogue in this book, this story was just to good to not get to see what happens to these characters after the cruise.

This is my first time reading anything by Fiona Palmer, but it certainly wont be the last.

Secrets Between Friends by Fiona Palmer is a truly heartwarming book that will take you on a journey through love, life and the bonds of true friendship.

 

 

Nineteen Letters by Jodi Perry

Nineteen days after her wedding, Jemma was in a car accident. After waking from her coma, she has no memory. She doesn’t remember her husband Braxton, her family, even her own name. After being discharged from hospital, Jemma moves in with her mother to continue her recovery. That’s when Braxton starts writing her letters. These letters become Jemma’s lifeline, snippets of a life she can’t remember. In Braxton’s words ‘ what we had was far to beautiful to be forgotten.’

I absolutely adored this book.

This beautiful story takes the reader on an emotional journey through the loved filled past of Jemma and Braxton. This story is a roller coaster of emotions and will definitely touch your heart.

The inclusion of the letters in this story was a truly wonderful addition. Having what is such an emotional time for all the characters broken up by these beautiful, touching and sometimes funny letters, really enhances the story and helps to add another dimension to these characters.

I love the characters in the book. They were so relatable and so well-developed, I couldn’t help but feel with and for them. I love reading about characters that I can relate to. People that could be family, friends or neighbours. Being able to recognise everyday people in these characters really drew me into this book and heightened my emotional connection to this story.

I honestly can’t think of a negative hing to say about this book.

It is hard to find a book that is as heartwarming as it is heartbreaking, Jodi Perry has delivered readers that book.

This beautifully tender story will have you reaching for the tissues, wishing you had a love like Jemma and Braxton have.

Nineteen Letters by Jodi Perry is a must read for everyone who has a heart, it will stay with you long after the final page.

My Orange Penguin Books Collection…

This post is a little bit different, I was cleaning my bookshelves recently and I saw all my Orange Penguin Books and decided to do a post about them. This post or course only contains the Orange books, I also have green, pink and black penguin books but for today its orange all the way. As they say orange is the new black.

Now I have decide to just list the books to keep this post relatively short and because I have recently mentioned a few of these books in other posts, also most of these books are well-known so it really isn’t necessary for me to tell you about them.

So without further ado, lets jump in:

Holding The Man by Timothy Conigrave

Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Poems Of John Keats by John Keats

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Dracula by Bram Stoker

The Hound Of The Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

April Fool’s Day bu Bryce Courtney

The Power Of One by Bryce Courtney

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Well that’s it from me. Let me know if you have read or own any of these books and what you thought about them. Also let me know if you like this sort of post so I can decide about doing more posts like this in the future.

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

Always And Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han

The third and final book in the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series.

Lara Jean is having an amazing senior year. Her Dad is getting remarried, her sister Margot is coming home for the summer, and her and Peter are head over heals in love with each other. Unfortunately for Lara Jean, change is on the horizon. While keeping herself busy helping to plan her Dad’s wedding, Lara Jean can’t ignore the big changes coming in her future. After watching her sister Margot navigate these decisions previously, Lara Jean now understands what her sister went through. With graduation looming, Lara Jean will be leaving for college and leaving behind her family and possibly the boy she loves. Why can’t anything ever be simple?

I adored this book.

I was apprehensive about this book, I loved how the second book ended and was more than happy for this to be a duology instead of a trilogy. So I went into Always and Forever somewhat reluctantly. As it turns out, my fears were completely unfounded, I absolutely loved this book. In fact I completely loved the whole trilogy.

Jenny Han has done an amazing job with these books, especially with the characters. Her ability to grow and nurture these amazing characters so that their journeys feel authentic is a beautiful thing to experience.

I loved that the writing and voice of this book was older and stronger than its predecessors. The writing has matured as Lara Jean has and this has made for a really wonderful reading experience.

Always And Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han is a beautiful book and a fitting conclusion to an amazing series.

 

 

 

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 

Book two in the Illuminae Files.

Told through a collection of documents; including emails, maps, surveillance footage and instant messages. Gemina follows Hanna and Nik as they defend their home from a BeiTech strike team. As Nik and Hanna work together to save the Heimdall, they soon realise that not only is it their survival on the line but the survival of everyone on the Heimdall, the Hypatia and possibly everyone in the known universe.

OMG Gemina totally blew my mind.

I absolutely loved Illuminae so I was concerned that Gemina wasnt going to live up to in predecessor, thankfully I was completely wrong. The narrative format of this book makes for a really interesting and surprisingly quick read.

I was genuinely impressed with the beautiful artistry that is found throughout this book.

One of the greatest things about this book was its dialog. It was sassy and sarcastic while still keeping up with the seriousness of the situation,

This fantastic Sci Fi book is not only funny and interesting; it has strong characters with relatable scenes and emotions, an amazingly unique format and a completely captivating plot.

Gemina has just made the Illuminae Files one of my all time favourite series.

The only down side to this book is that I have to wait until next year to get my hands on book three.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is mind blowingly awesome and must not be missed.

11 Cry Worthy Books…

This post is pretty self-explanatory; These 11 books will make you cry, at least they did for me. Make sure you have your tissues on hand when reading these books.

Okay now that we have that out-of-the-way let’s jump in…

The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer: The Normal Heart is a play that has now been adapted into a movie. It tells the true story of the beginning on th AIDS crisis in New York City and the men and women who were fighting to get help. This story is so heartbreaking, it is hard to believe the way this crisis was handled and the way the gay community was treated during this time.

Holding The Man by Timothy Conigrave: Holding The Man tells the story of two young gay men and their struggles as a couple in the 1970’s in Australia. This book follows them through high school and university, and then shows the AIDS crisis and how its affected them and their friends. Holding The Man has now been adapted into a movie and should not be missed.

After Bali by Jason McCartney: After Bali follows Jason McCartney and his mates who got caught up in the 2002 Bali Bombing. Following Jason through the attack and through his long recovery after receiving horrible burns in the blast. This haunting book is a must read.

Worth Fighting For by Lisa Niemi: Written by Lisa Niemi, Worth Fighting For follows Lisa and husband Patrick Swayze as their deal with the final mouths of his battle with cancer. After losing Patrick, Lisa must find a way to keep moving forward and learn to live without the love of her life.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Set during World War Two, The Book Thief is narrated by death and follows a young girl as she grows up and starts to comprehend what is going on around her. This amazing story has been adapted into a film in recent years and both book and movie should not be missed.

Where is Daniel? by Bruce and Denise Morecombe:  The true story of the murder of Daniel Morecombe. This book, written by Daniel parents, covers the ten years from Daniel death, the investigation, the eventual discovery of his remains and the trial of his killer. This heartbreaking book will stay with you long after you have finished reading it.

Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally: The incredible book that lead to the making of the Oscar-winning movie Schindler’s List. This haunting book, tells the true story of Oscar Schindler’s efforts to save Jewish people during the Holocaust. This book is a book everyone should read at least once in their life.

Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank: If you havent read or at least heard of this book im guessing you have been living under a rock. The Diary of Anne Frank is a book that everyone should read in their lifetime. This heartbreaking book follows Anne and her family while they hide from the Nazi’s. If you havent read this book do it now.

Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling: I could not finish this list off with out including Harry Potter books. The Order of the Phoenix broke my heart. It snuck up on me and punched me in the face. I hadn’t expected to end up sobbing whilst reading this book but that is exactly what happened. I don’t want to talk about why but if you don’t know what im talking about, what is wrong with you.

Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling: After my sob fest during the Order of the Phoenix I was more prepared for tears in The Half Blood Prince. J.K. Rowling is the master in emotion and she definitely broke my heart in this book. As I knew we were coming to the end of the series I knew emotions would be running high but it doesn’t make this book any less heartbreaking.

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling: The final book in the Harry Potter series definitely packed a punch. I havent cry as much reading any other book as I did reading this one. With the story coming to an end their were lots of characters to farewell and lots of tears to be shed. This is one of those book that will make you cry every time you read it.

Well that’s it from me. Let me know if you have read any of these book and what you thought of them. Untill next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

The Stinky Street Stories: 2 Stinky by Alex Ratt

Book 2 in the Stinky Street series.

There was a smell on Stinky Street and it was awfully abominably odorous. From smelly sewers to pongy penguins, there’s always a rotten reek on Stinky Street. So put some pickles up your nose and join Brian and his friend Nerf for a brand new series of revoltingly rank, truly toxic and sickeningly smell-odorous adventures.

Illustrated by Jules Faber.

The book contains four super stinky stories, making this a great book to pick up and put down while reading with kids. I can see young boys absolutely loving these stinky stories.

Filled with truly toxic smells and some very funny dialog between Brian and Nerf, this book will hit the funny bone of young readers.

Alex Ratt’s easy to follow storytelling makes this book flow seamlessly from one story to the next. Add Jules Faber’s amazing illustrations to the mix and this book really comes together beautifully.

After reading the first book in the Stinky Street series I was genuinely excited to get my hands on this book. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy this book as much as its predecessor. I found this book a little predictable and repetitive. As it is a kids book, I can see it being popular with young boys but for me it wasnt as captivating as the first book in this series.

If you are looking for a book for a young reader, particularly a young boy, then The Stinky Street Stories: 2 Stinky by Alex Ratt is the book for you.

 

Marge And The Great Train Rescue by Isla Fisher

Book Three in the Marge in Charge collection.

Have you met Marge? She has rainbow hair, tells wild stories and is the best babysitter in the whole world. Now things do sometimes go off the rails when Marge is around but Jake and Jemima dont mind. After all, no one else could rescue a train, help Jakey’s wobbly tooth or cause chaos at the zoo.

This book is absolutely amazing.

With her rainbow hair and mischievous personality, there is plenty of fun when Marge is in charge.

I am a massive fan of the Marge in Charge collection, so I was very excited to get my hands on this book, and once again it was worth the wait.

Isla Fisher has done an amazing job with this book. Containing three wonderfully fun stories and fantastic illustration by Eglantine Ceulemans, this book is the perfect book for young readers.

Isla Fisher has created truly great characters to journey with, these great characters seamlessly carry through the strange and unpredictable stories.

With creative plots, great characters and wonderfully entertaining story telling, Marge And The Great Train Rescue by Isla Fisher is a must have for all young readers.