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Book And Movie Suggestions

Behind Closed Doors – This book terrified me. I didn’t realize how scary, sick, and twisted it was until I was up late reading and scootched closer to my husband while lying in bed. When that wasn’t enough, I had to turn on the table lamp because the story was creeping me out.

A husband and wife seem to have the perfect life but things aren’t always how they appear to be.

The Lying Game – Four best friends and former classmates come together after one of them sends a message that she needs them. It seems as though someone from their past knows a secret they’ve been keeping.

Into The Darkest Corner – I wasn’t expecting much from this book but was totally wrong. A woman suffered a traumatic experience and the story goes between the past and present.

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Nightcrawler – Holy Fuck, this movie is really intense and so good. Jake Gyllllenhaaaaaaallllll, I can never spell his name right, is creepy as fuck and so good in this film. His character goes around filming accidents and crime scenes, then he sells the video to a television news station. It also has the amazing Rene Russo.

Get Out – This movie is fucked up. I’m still trying to digest it and I saw it awhile ago.

Christine – I have fallen in love with actress, Rebecca Hall, after seeing this. This is definitely not a happy happy joy joy movie. Newswoman, Christine, committed suicide live on air in the 70’s. The film is pretty dark but really captivated me.

The Gift – Another great film with Rebecca Hall and Jason Bateman. A couple starts receiving unwanted gifts from the husband’s former high school classmate. The ending is still making me pee myself. I’ve seen the movie twice more because of how good it is.

I’d love to hear what your movie and book suggestions are.

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Book Suggestions For Adults And Kids Wrap Up

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Me Before You

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The Art Of Crash Landing

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Between You And Me

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You

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P. Zonka Lays An Egg

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One Grain Of Rice

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Dear Hot Dog

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Book Suggestions For Adults And Kids

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The Goldfinch – This book is amazing. So well written and beautiful. It’s way up there with The Light Between Oceans. Theo survives an accident that leaves his mother dead. With that accident, he took a painting, The Goldfinch. He finds comfort in an antique dealer, Hobie.

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The Good Girl – I love psychological thrillers and this was a good one. Mia goes to a bar to meet with her on off boyfriend and meets another man who she leaves with. He holds her hostage in a cabin and her mother, along with a detective, will do anything to find her.

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Be Frank With Me – A cute and quirky book about a woman and the quirky boy she ends up looking after.

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You’ll Grow Out Of It – A funny read and I love that the stories aren’t long so I won’t freak out when I have to set this book down while I’m being bothered by my family to do stuff like cook or find soccer shin guards that always, always go missing.

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The Weight Of Zero – I received this book from Random House. It’s the story of seventeen year-old Catherine and the devastating depression she goes through with her bipolar disorder.

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Clementine – I’ve been trying to get my daughter to enjoy reading more and came across Clementine. She’s a feisty girl who has the hummingbird reading. Thumbs up!

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North Pole Ninjas – The ninjas do secret acts of kindness for people. It comes with a ninja, a book, and fifty acts of kindness that you and your children can do. I received this one from Random House and my daughter was excited right away. It’s a great thing to get and do.

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Book Suggestions For Adults And Kids

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The Night Circus – Ceila and Marco have trained for the circus all their lives. They end up falling in love but don’t realize there’s a game being played between the two of them that can only leave one of them standing.

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The Girl With All The Gifts – Melanie is a young girl that is held in a cell, strapped to a wheel chair with a gun pointed at her and brought to her classroom every morning. She loves school and learning but doesn’t understand the reaction people have with her. It’s hard to say much about this book without giving away spoilers. Don’t read the reviews or it might get spoiled for you like it did with me.

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Got Here As Soon As I Could – This is a great book of essays by Sarah Smiley who’s a Maine author. I especially related to it because she’s also a Navy wife. It’s a fun read.

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I Am Malala – Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban for fighting for the right to get an education. Few thought she would make it but she survived such a devastating act and tells her story. Very inspiring and she’s a tremendous young woman.

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Forest Feast For Kids – This is a book I grabbed from the library at the last minute and I’m glad I did. It’s a wonderful vegetarian cookbook and my daughter takes pride in being able to pick out the ones she wants to try.

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The Disney Princess Cookbook – I was very hesitant about getting this for my daughter because of the way I feel about princess crap but this actually has some pretty great recipes that the hummingbird is excited about making.

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Dr. Fell And The Playground Of Doom – Dr. Fell, a mysterious man, moves into the neighborhood and builds a playground to win over the kids. Three of the children are on to him and try to uncover what he’s really up to. 8-12 years old.

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Shuffle, Repeat – Both Oliver and June’s moms have arranged for Oliver to drive her to school every day. They’re very different but have known each other all their lives. They end up developing a friendship but could it turn into more? 12 years and up.

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The Art Of Crash Landing – I really loved the style of writing in this book. Mattie, who’s pregnant, finds out about a possible inheritance from her grandmother and goes to Oklahoma with nothing to lose. She finds that there’s a mystery surrounding who her mother was when her mom was younger to the broken person she became after Mattie was born. I really like this one. It’s fun to read and a little quirky.

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Between You And Me – Domestic violence is at the forefront of this book so it can be hard to read because of the content but this book consumed me. It tells two sides of a married couple’s story and the ending is unexpected.

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The Dinner – Two families come to meet for dinner one night to discuss the outrageous behavior of both of their sons. It starts off as polite chatter and turns to the matter at hand. The horrific crime commited by their sons.

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Before I Go To Sleep – Christine wakes up each morning not knowing who she is. There is a wall of pictures and notes in the bathroom that helps her to see her life and her marriage to her husband, Ben, who helps her fill in the pieces. Her interest is piqued about how her accident that erased her memory came about. I loved the ending to this book.

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The Light Between Oceans – I suggested this book last year but I just had to do it again. Every now and then, a book will really make an impact on me and this is one of them. It’s beautifully written and has had a lasting impression. A married couple live in a lighthouse and have had trouble with infertility.

A newborn baby and a dead man wash ashore in a boat after the recent stillbirth of their child and they decide to keep the baby and raise it as their own. Years later, the consequences come crashing down on them. The Light Between Oceans is a quiet and emotionally charged book. It isn’t normally a book I would have read but I fell in love with the title when I saw it.

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Tiger Eyes – I loved Judy Blume as a preteen and this was one of my favorites. Davey’s father was recently killed and her mother moves them to New Mexico. She meets a boy, Wolf, who helps her feel hopeful about her life again. 12 and up.

 

the-critter-clubThe Critter Club – My 7 year-old daughter likes these books about friends and their pet themed stories. 5-8 years old.

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Ramona Quimby, Age 8 – I really loved this book as a kid. I read so many Beverly Clearly books, if not all of them. 7-10 years old.

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Book Suggestions For Adults And Kids

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In A Dark, Dark, Wood – Nora is invited to a hen party for a college friend she hasn’t spoken to in years. Two days later, she wakes up in a hospital and knows somebody has been killed. Did she do it? This was a fast and fun read. While there were some suspenseful jumps, it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. Nevertheless, I really liked it.

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The Ice Twins – Sarah loses one of her twin daughters the previous year, before she and her husband, Angus, move to a small Scottish island her husband inherited. That’s when her daughter Kirstie claims she’s actually Lydia, the daughter who died.

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What Alice Forgot – Alice falls off her bike in spinning class at the gym and when she comes to, she thinks it’s 10 years earlier. She goes on to find what she lost in the last decade.

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Nest – This is a beautiful book about Naomi “Chirp” who’s life changes when her mom gets sick. She finds comfort in watching wild birds. Ages 9-12 years.

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Tree – A cute peekaboo book about the inhabitants in a forest. Ages 2-5 years

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Henry And Mudge – I came across these books at the library and it didn’t take long for my 6 year-old to fall in love with this series. The hummingbird has read all the Henry and Mudge books at the library a few times over. Highly recommended for young readers. Ages 5-7 years.

What books would you recommend?

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I’ve been feeling restless with what I’ve been reading lately. It could just be my mood, but whatever it is, nothing is really hitting the spot.

Before I got into this book dry spell, the hummingbird and I read these books. I came across the book Dear Hot Dog and we absolutely fell in love with it. That sparked an interest in poetry for both of us and I’ve been searching out more books.

Honestly, I don’t understand a damn thing about poetry but I think I may be starting to get the gist. I read a few poems by Robert Frost and came close to having a wordgasm. But to be fair, I’m a lover of words and gasms so I have them often.

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The Invention Of Wings – I LOVED the movie The Secret Life Of Bees and was going to read the book, but decided on The Invention Of Wings. In 1803, on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, she’s given ownership of 10 year-old slave, Handful “Hetty”, which Sarah is against.

This book follows the ups and downs of their lives for many years. It is so good.

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Robert Frost: Selected Poems – It’s a book. About poems. I couldn’t find the exact book I have.

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Suburban Haiku: Poetic Dispatches from Behind the Picket Fence – I really love this book and if you don’t have it yet, pick up a copy.

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The Secret Life Of Violet Grant – I really needed this fun read. In 1964, Vivian receives a parcel from an aunt she didn’t know about. She starts digging further into this mysterious aunt’s life and sees they have more in common than she expected.

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Dear Hot Dog – This is such an adorable book that is worth buying because of the many reads you’ll get out of it. It has poems about pants, toes, socks, etc. So cute. Ages 3-6.

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I Haiku You – Wonderful book that has helped us with writing exercises. My 6 year-old needs my help, of course, coming up with haikus and we’ve been having fun. Ages 4-8.

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Book Speak!: Poems About Books – This is a great book with poems about different parts of books. Very fun reading for the family. Ages 4-7.

Do you have some book suggestions?

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