Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Movie Review ~ The Martian

Matt Damon as Mark Watney
Jessica Chastain as Commander Melissa Lewis
Jeff Daniels as Theodore "Teddy" Sanders
Sean Bean as Mitch Henderson
Kristen Wiig as Annie Montrose
Michael Peña as Major Rick Martinez
Kate Mara as Beth Johanssen
Sebastian Stan as Dr. Chris Beck
Aksel Hennie as Dr. Alex Vogel
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Vincent Kapoor
Mackenzie Davis as Mindy Park
Donald Glover as Rich Purnell
Benedict Wong as Bruce Ng
Eddy Ko as Guo Ming
Chen Shu as Zhu Tao
Naomi Scott as Ryoko.
Nick Mohammed as Tim Grimes.

The Martian is a 2015 American science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, based on Andy Weir's 2011 novel The Martian.
Matt Damon stars as an astronaut who is mistakenly presumed dead and left behind on Mars. The film depicts his struggle to survive and others' efforts to rescue him

Before I tell you how much I loved this movie, I just want to say one important thing. Finally, a movie that does the book justice.
For a book lover, a movie adaption is always a problem. We are worried it won’t be similar to the book, and either the cast or crew will ruin it.
It of course doesn’t stop us from watching it, because you just never know, there could be one that is perfect. As I said before, does it justice.

Perfectly cast, written, and directed.

For me I was happy that I read the book first before watching the movie, but in this case I don’t think it overly matters.
It was just exciting to see a book that I highly enjoyed being portrayed on the screen. Scenes that made me laugh out loud when I was reading it, made me laugh when I saw them being repeated by Matt Damon.

Talking about Matt Damon, what an amazing actor. Perfect for this role.

If you haven’t watched it, or read the book, DO IT NOW!
Seriously, you won’t be disappointed.

My star rating is:

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Book Review ~ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling


Harry Potter is furious that he is stuck at the Dursleys’ house for the summer, when he suspects that Voldemort is gathering an army, and the wizarding authorities seem unwilling to do anything.
Harry’s so-called friends are trying to keep him in the dark. But he knows that Voldemort’s forces can find him wherever he is; he could be attacked at any moment.
Harry is finally rescued from Privet Drive by members of the Order of the Phoenix – a secret society first formed years ago to fight Voldemort – and discovers that maybe he is not alone in this battle after all.

When I grow up I want to be just like JK Rowling.
Not the fame but her talent to use words and create a magical story like Harry Potter.
Order of the Phoenix is so masterfully told, you are not just someone on the outside looking in, but inside with Harry, Ron and Hermione.

Compared to the four books before, this one was not only darker, but you see Harry grow up A LOT.
So much is lumped onto his shoulders, all he and the rest of his classmates wants is a normal life at Hogwarts.

Unfortunately, it took me a long time to read this book then the rest, over a week. It was so long and being an adult kept getting in my way.

Cannot wait to read the next two books in the series.
I might take a little break, then get straight into it.
I don’t want it to finish, but then I remember….I can always read this series again.

My star rating is:

Monday, 29 August 2016

Bout Of Books 17 ~ Wrap Up

What a week of reading.
Even though they were mostly kindle and childrens books, I did a pretty good job.
I'm a mother of two, so finding time, even a second, is difficult. But a bookworms gotta do what a bookworms gotta do.

Overall I read a mixture of books I loved and book I hated. The word 'dislike' felt too tame for certain ones.

I can also proudly say, after being behind on my Goodreads reading challenge, I am now 5 books ahead of schedule. I'm also 30 books away from my goal of 100 books for the year!!

You can check out all my Goodreads reviews just by clicking the cover below.

Total Books Read:

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Sunday, 28 August 2016

The Week That Was

Monday 22.08.16

Bout of Books Day #1

Tuesday 23.08.16

Bout of Books Day #2

Wednesday 24.08.16

Bout of Books Day #3

Thursday 25.08.16


Friday 26.08.16


Saturday 27.08.16


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Bout Of Books 17 ~ Day #3

Day #3

Again I only finished a free romance novel on my kindle, Nineteen by E.S. Carter, you can check the review on Goodreads. And I read my son his weekly library book from Kindy, Camouflage. You can also check that review out on Goodreads.

I did read a big chunk out of A Thousand Pieces of You, but unfortunately I didn't finish it today. Hopefully tomorrow.

Even though it's day three, I'm actually quite pleased with myself. Not because of how many books I've read for the readathon, but how I've caught up on my Goodreads reading challenge.
That was the main reason why I took part in this readathon, and probably many to come.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Bout Of Books 17 ~ Day #2

Day #2

Compared to yesterday, I basically didn’t do any reading at all. Yes I finished a book, but that was a free romance novel, and I wouldn’t say they are “novels” exactly.

You can check out my review for The Highwayman Incident on Goodreads.

I did start (again) A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray this morning, but haven’t put a big dent into it.

Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

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