THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
I was so pleased to have another buddy review posted over at Sugar & Scream, a blog for all things horror. This time, we watched a movie called Winchester, starring Helen Mirren and several Aussie actors. Why this movie? After learning that Sarai Walker’s newest novel, The Cherry Robbers, was advertised as having borrowed some of real-life Sarah Winchester’s fear of ghosts that she thought would haunt her if they had been killed with a Winchester rifle, I wanted to see another depiction of Sarah. Walker’s novel didn’t have ghosts, but the movie delivered.
Speaking of Australian actors, I also watched an Australian killer croc movie on Friday called Black Water, which really delivered thanks to the unpredictable plot and use of real footage of fourteen-foot salt-water crocodiles. You also get that “Based on a True Story” memo in the beginning, too.
And, I also discovered that Chisholm Catholic College in Australia is leading readers to Grab the Lapels (or, in particular, my review of Follow the Rabbit-proof Fence). This has happened in the past with my Hidden Figures review, and I always wonder, “Why did a teacher or student link to me? What is the assignment? Are people using my reviews as an example, or are students plagiarizing?” Anyway, it was an Aussie-filled week!
Here are some photos with notes to give you more about my week:
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POST
Whew, the streak of negative reviews is over. I was hoping Double Love by Francine Pascal wouldn’t be an utter horror show compared to what I thought of it back in the 90’s, and it wasn’t. In fact, I was reminded of the serious topics YA was covering thirty to forty years ago, a fact I had in mind during my re-read in mind thanks to having read Paperback Crush a few years ago . Do people still write about suicide, cancer, and missing persons in today’s YA? Mostly, I see social justice issues and meet-cute.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POST
Somehow, Abbi Waxman was able to write a novel that was sad and thoughtful, cute (but not meet-cute) and quirky when she published The Garden of Small Beginnings. My first experience with her was The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, which I enjoyed and had a hard time putting down. I’d put Waxman in the same camp as Love Literary Style and Girl Meets Class (why didn’t I review it!?) by Karin Gillespie. Review Wednesday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 202
Owned Books on TBR Last Week: 185
Owned Books on TBR Today: 182