Twinkling Trees: July 2012

Book Review | Something Borrowed

Posted by: Kimberly Renee on 7/23/2012
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When the movie Something Borrowed came out on DVD, I jumped at the chance to watch it. At the time I had no idea that it was a movie adaptation from a book. I had never heard of the book before I found it at Barnes & Noble, which was a long while after seeing the movie. After taking a few months to read the book, just never took the time, I finally finished it the other night. So I thought I would do a little blog book review on it and the comparison of it to the movie.



First off let me just say that I absolutely love this book and even more so then I do the movie. If you enjoyed the movie then I highly recommend you read this book. Just like every other book that has been adapted to a movie, the book has so much more detail and things are slightly different.

Parts That Differ
If you want to be surprised when you read the book, skip this part.

     In the movie, everything seems to happen in a very short time with not too much happening yet in the book things are drawn out over a longer period of time with more affair encounters and events happening.
     Ethan plays a major role in the movie being the best male friend who knows about what is going on between Dexter and Rachel, but in the book he is hardly in it at all since he lives in England from the very beginning. And when Rachel goes to visit him there is more details to her trip rather then the two or so minutes that were shown in the movie. 
     The ending of the book is completely different then the movies ending. The movie has an encounter of Darcy and Rachel, yet the book`s ending does not have the two, now ex best friends, seeing or talking with one another again.
     Since Ethan is in England from the beginning, Rachel`s in town friend, that Ethan takes the place of in the movie, is Hillary. I am not too sure how much I liked this difference. I liked Ethan`s role in the movie with the masculine side but the role in the book is feminine even though Hillary is not the most feminine.
     Marcus is completely different in the book and I liked that. The movie portrays him as this womanizing gross guy, yet the book`s character has him as a more cool, down-to-earth guy that doesn`t give you the creeps. Very much prefer the book Marcus. 
     There is a bigger look into the background of Rachel and Darcy`s friendship. Along with their friendship`s with their other close friends. Their parents even play a part in the book when they go back home for a weekend. 
     Oh, and Dexter`s mom is not in the book. It is his Step-Mom which Rachel and Dexter do not run into and Dexter does not have this worrisome issue about his mother`s depression. 
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     So apart from my undecided liking of the Ethan/Hillary part, I love all of the differences that there are in the book compared to what they swapped in the movie. Everything in the book just paints such a bigger and broader picture of what is, has and did go on in the lives of these characters. And through the book I ended up disliking Darcy so much more. It is like the movie writers took her character and decreased her by 50% maybe. 

     A great plus of the book is that it does not feel rushed, whereas the movie creators had to cram main points of the story into less then two hours. So with that, I once again would totally recommend this book to those that enjoyed the movie or to those that enjoy romance books. Definitely a smooth read.


What did you think of the book, movie or both?
Keep turning pages.

Supporting my local library..

Posted by: Kimberly Renee on 7/20/2012
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     So it is no secret that I am addicted to books. If you were to see the amount of books I have you would be surprised and I probably haven't even read half of them. To give you a visual, I have one large five shelf bookcase that is overflowing with books and then multiple boxes full of books. And then silly me went and ordered a bunch more from Barnes & Noble the other day since they are have a sale.

     I am not opposed to buying used books at all and have always bought from used book stores and places that sold them for cheap. There was this one store here in town that I used to go to and trade my old books to when I was a lot younger but they sadly went out of business. But the house that we moved into, two years ago next month, is right down the street from our local library. I am an oldies person at heart as I prefer owning actual books that having them on a Kindle or something, so my being a patron of the library is almost a weekly thing.

     Having volunteered there last year, I found out that most of the work that gets done for the libraries is done by volunteers because the library cannot afford to pay people apart from the very few that do get paid. So part of the way that the library earns money is by selling books and etc. that get donated or taken out of the system and for someone like me this is an excellent thing. I do not know how much money I have spent on buying books and movies from them as well as from my late fines. Ooops.

     Well the other day my son and I ventured down there since the weather was decent enough for us to walk down. I didn't buy as many as I have in the past but I did find some good ones.



A view of everything that we got.


For having been in the kids section these are still in really good condition. 


Two games for my son so he can learn even more. $1 each and they work


I was so excited to find this Nancy Drew game because I love Nancy Drew books and games. I have so many books it is crazy. 
$1 each as well and they to work.


I adore Harry Potter so this was cool to find. It`s missing a few stickers and has a few markings in pencil in it but that can easily be erased and the one in pen can be covered up if I care to.



I own the movie of the book on the left (Lemony Snicket`s A Series of Unfortunate Events) and ever since I watched it I have been wanting to read the books but refused to pay the price of them. So actually finding the first book was pretty cool. Little Women I have never read nor have I watched the movie all the way through. Thought I would give the book a try and the last book of The Lightkeeper`s Ball sounded interesting and the dress on the cover is pretty. 

     For everything I paid less then five dollars which to me is a bargain. And when you have a two year old that does not yet know how to treat books and appreciate them, buying cheap second hand is really great. 

Where do you buy your books from?
Keep turning pages.

Fun with shapes!!!

Posted by: Kimberly Renee on 7/16/2012
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     The summer weather here has just been ridiculously hot and at 113 degrees I do mean hot. My son and I have pretty much been trapped in the house this summer since neither one of us handles heat really well, which means we cannot go play outside. So I was thinking the other day of something we can do inside and that he can learn from doing. At two years old he is already learning and understanding things at a kindergarten level. I am such a proud mommy. I was looking through one of the closets and found all of this different colored construction paper just sitting in there so I figured why not do something with it. Fun with shapes is what I came up with.