Sunday, August 14, 2011

Week in Review

First, let's get the important stuff out of the way: I won a book! Hooray! I don't enter a whole lot of blog giveaways, mainly because the entry policies are SO annoying. Comment, follow, follow on FB, follow on Twitter, tweet about it, blog about it, write the President a letter about it. Annoying. BUT, between the awesome book and the super easy entry on one of my favorite food/health blogs, Daily Garnish, I entered to win Peas and Thank You and it's headed to my house soon! Thanks again Emily :)

A quick note on Emily's's awesome! She makes vegetarian/vegan recipes and shares them with her readers, she's expecting her first baby in October (YAY!), she's super inspirational when it comes to getting into shape and staying that way, and she loves dogs. One of my favorites to read each day. 


I just finished reading Glow, the first in a new sci-fi/dystopian series by Amy Kathleen Ryan and I'm kinda struck dumb about this one. I don't know if I liked it or not. Still processing. Definitely up there with action/thrills though and I know there's been a lot of positive buzz around it on Twitter. 

I'm about halfway through This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman and her writing is truly exquisite. It's my first experience with her work and even though I'm not totally in love with the story, I like the writing and her "style" enough to finish it and seek out her other titles. Anyone else have experience with Schulman's books?


So, I saw The Help on Friday. I was totally skeptical, as I always am when a movie is based on a book, and I'm still not quite sure how I feel about it. It was quite humorous, as the book was not, and so that made for a fun and entertaining movie experience. I thought the plot development was a tad quick...they could have skipped some things to add more to other scenes...and some of the characters were there, but kinda glossed over.

Even if I hadn't read the book prior to seeing the movie, I think I would have taken some issue with the historical accuracy in terms of how things ended up for the characters (a little too neatly tied up). I didn't believe in the ending, as I did after reading Stockett's novel and I didn't become nearly as invested with the story and the characters. It was, however, entertaining.


Depending on what website I'm looking at, the bean is the size of a bell pepper/sweet potato/baked potato, so around 6 inches long and 7 ounces. We're getting pretty excited for our upcoming appointment this's the big one! We'll hopefully find out whether Baby Snow is a boy or a girl, so stay tuned for that. 


Janssen said...

MUST get my hands on my copy of Glow (someone borrowed it).

Lisa said...

Baby girl baby boy! This is the best appointment ever. You're going to tell us, right?

Jes said...

So excited to hear about Baby Snow! Nate says that he would really appreciate it if he could have a boy to play with...hehe

Amanda said...

Janssen, if it were mine to lend it would be sent your way ASAP! Though really, I still don't even know if I liked it!

Lisa, you'll definitely get to know :) The name, however, will remain a secret...mainly b/c we can't agree on many.

Jes, our family has a lot of boys! Two nephews, one (possibly 2) on the way. A girl might be nice to break the pattern!Either way, I'm happy :)

Amy said...

I just saw The Help yesterday and I have mixed feelings, too. It was definitely entertaining, and I feel it stuck to the book pretty well, but I just didn't come away from it as moved as I did after finishing the book. Not sure if I just wasn't in the right mindset, or if there was something wrong with it that I can't put my finger on.

Hope you get to find out the sex! I'm so excited for you!

Susan said...

Hm, I just don't know if I'm going to be able to watch The Help :( I loved the book and I'm afraid the movie might just ruin it for me. I hate that!

BTW: I got BLOOD WOUNDS the other day and I finished it today. Thanks so much for sending it. I didn't love it as much as I wanted to, but it was still a good read. Thanks again. You're the best!