It was a good week, ya’ll. Lots of books, sun, hubby time, movies, and fun!
I spent a lot of time on our jungle-like patio. An excellent place to read lots of books. Like…
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman — Finished. Such a good book.
- The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories by Simon Rich — Finished it. SUPER funny stories.
- The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan — Reading an eGalley from the publisher — fantastic so far.
- Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie — Reading the prepub with Robin’s recommendation on the cover!
Bout of Books 7.0 starts tomorrow — goals/progress post will go up a little later!
We discovered a Greek restaurant up the street (Phoenicia) and I ate so much food I thought I was going to explode. They have these amazing french fries covered in feta and a house ranch…oh em gee. And the gyro I got was HUGE. I mean, SO MUCH food for an excellent price.
Girl Model — Have you guys SEEN this mess? This Ashley Arbaugh is a terrible person. Such a LIAR. And the people she works with are equally bad. I mean, who’s named Messiah? Is that an actual name in Japanese? The whole girls as cattle business is just disgusting.
The Great Gatsby 3D — I usually avoid 3D, but I’m very glad we didn’t for this one. It was SO cool. The film is pretty true to the book — right down to some of the dialogue coming right from the novel. I didn’t mind the music either, though a couple of times it completely pulled me out of the movie. One moment in particular is when Nick is riding into the city and they pass a car full of people dancing and drinking champagne — the music is such a recognizable Jay-Z song that it just wasn’t right. Other moments I liked it — there’s a part at one point where they use a remix of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” that was just perfect (of course, Jesse hated that part). Finally, the tiny changes Baz made to Nick made me think of Christian in Moulin Rouge (a movie I LOVE). So, I liked it, a solid B. Jesse gave it a C+.
Scandal — I finally broke down & watched the first season via Netflix. I NEED the second season NOW. I MUST know what happens. Such a fun show.
From Book Riot — a great post showcasing 10 articles worth reading re: The Great Gatsby (and now necessarily about the movie).
I toyed with BookVibe — it highlights books people are discussing on Twitter (with Facebook integration coming soon).
And I (finally) played around with Riffle — I don’t have any friends on it, but I do like that it asks you 20 questions.