Throwback Thursday: Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

 


This is another addition of Throwback Thursday, where I recap the oldest book I've recently read. This one is super old, published in 1915... Talk about outdated.

Title: Metamorphosis

By: Franz Kafka

Genre: Scifi

Pages: 98

Release Date: 1915

Publisher: Penguin

Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

Summary from Goodreads:

Waking after a night of troubled dreams, Gregor is surprised to find himself trapped in the body of a hideous man-sized bug. As he lies on his shell and gazes into space, his mother and father begin calling to him from outside his bedroom door. He must get out of bed, they tell him. He has to go to work. They need his money to live.

Gregor replies to them nervously, his voice sounding strange to his ears.

He'll be out very soon, he says. He's just getting ready...

But he can't keep saying that forever.

 

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Review:

I think what really caught my attention on this book was how scifi this concept was even back in the early 1900's. In the world today, there are a million books with similar stories, but non as old as metamorphosis.

The book was well written for its time, but I couldn't help but get caught up on how asshole-ish people were back then. Just because the dude looked like a bug, doesn't mean your entire family is shamed. Come on people. Sadly, this was how people acted back then, and sadly some people still think this way today.

This was a fun short read that I picked up for my Gilmore Girls reading challenge.

Book Review: The Woman at The Gates by Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger


Title: The Woman at the Gates

By: Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger

Genre: Historical Fiction

Pages: 343

Release Date: September 2nd, 2021

Publisher: Bookouture

Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

Summary from Goodreads:

"For as long back as Antonia could remember, there had been sliding panels and secret doors to be discovered in her Carpathian village, and the music of their defiance had sustained her."

1944, Germany: Gazing through the barbed wire fence, up at the pale blue sky, Antonia dreams of her home in Ukraine: cherry orchards, golden fields, and the man she loves, whom she may never see again…

The Nazi soldier thrust the barrel of his gun between Antonia’s shoulder blades and she stumbled, still clutching the hand of her youngest nephew. Her sister lifted her other little boy into the back of the truck. Under the threatening gaze of the Germans, Antonia looked back at the village one last time before the flap dropped and locked them all in total darkness.

Before Antonia and her sister's family were surrounded by the Gestapo and sent to a concentration camp, she was a fighter rather than a victim. Her resistance group - made up of the young men and women she’d grown up with - risked everything to free their country from those who had turned it into a bloody battleground. By her side was the brilliant Dr. Viktor Gruber - the man she was to have married and help start an independent government with. His love and his intellect shone like a light even when dark and violent conflicts engulfed them.

Antonia does not know whether Viktor or the others have been caught or executed. Inside the camp, rumors are that the war is coming to an end. But she cannot wait to be saved. Her precious nephews will die without proper food. Her sister is ill. And her brother-in-law is somewhere out of reach. The Nazis need every able slave to push back the Red Tide, but Antonia also knows she and the others could be killed for any reason, at any moment.

Outside the gates lies salvation and promises she must fulfill - for her country and the people she has loved. But Antonia's first priority is to find a way to get her family to safety, even if means putting her own life at risk. The Nazis may have taken nearly everything from her - her country, her dreams, her passions - but they will never take away her fierce courage…

Inspired by the author's research into her family's journeys from Ukraine to the United States, The Woman at the Gates is a heartbreaking, inspiring and unforgettable story of the faith, courage and determination shown by those who survived the darkest days of the war. Fans of Mandy Robotham, Kate Quinn and Pam Jenoff will be gripped from the very first page until the final, heart-stopping conclusion, and if you enjoyed Mark Sullivan's The Last Green Valley or Beneath a Scarlet Sky, you will not want to miss this action-packed epic! 

 

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Review:

I adore historical fiction, and I absolutely love stories set around WW2. I know, its a little morbid, but when you think about the incredible things people survived through, human strength should be admired.  

This story follows a Ukrainian family during WW2, and their struggle to stay together and to survive. There is a truly wonderful love story woven throughout the book as young Antonia is separated from the mans she loves and sent to a concentration camp. 

I loved how the story didn't follow just one character and one story line, but multiple characters throughout the book. This usually drives me nuts, but in this case, it really worked well. And the story didn't stop at the end of the war, it followed the family as the tried to find each other, and ultimately, find a home.  

This story was really heartfelt and wonderful to read. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

Movie Review: Mr. Right

 

Title:  Mr. Right

Genre: Action/Comedy

Release Date: September 19th, 2015

My Rating: ★★★★★    

IMDB Rating: 6.4/10

Cast: Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick, Tim Roth

 

Summary from IMDB: 

A girl falls for the "perfect" guy, who happens to have a very fatal flaw: he's a hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him.

 

IMDB Trailer

 

Review:

I don't care what the IMDB rating it, I loved this movie. The characters were hilarious and felt perfect for each other and the plot was to die for.

Anna's character is recovering from a terrible breakup, and when I say recovering, I mean sitting in her closet, drunk as a skunk, threatening the life of her friends. She happens to meet Sam's character and he is smitten by her. Chaos ensues, and the rest is history. 

There were two things that really had me rolling, one was the fact that Sam never once lied to Anna. He told her the truth from the beginning of what he was and she thought he was playing a weird game. The second thing I couldn't stop laughing at, was the knife throwing scene. It was amazing. You will need to watch the movie to really understand.

This is great for a relaxing night on the couch.  

Weekly Menu #421 And The Book Of The Week

 


Monday! Its back to school day, finally.

I'm crossing my fingers for a great first day of school, but not hopeful. I know these boys. Tow of them will end up in tears and the other will make his lasting impression by lunch time. Here we come.

This weeks book is Withered by Lauren DeStefano. I'm finally making headway on my TBR pile and can't wait to dive into this one. It sounds creepy and intense, so right up my alley.

What are you reading this week?

Lets get to this weeks menu. Enjoy!




WEEKLY MENU 

Monday

Ground Beef Tacos

 

Tuesday

Chicken Dumplings and Spicy Sauce

 

Wednesday

Vodka Spaghetti

 

Thursday

Chicken and Green Bean Stir Fry

 

Friday

Creamy Cajun Tortellini Soup

 

Saturday

Grilled Mozzarella Sandwiches

 

Sunday

Leftovers Night

Sunday Confessions #113

 


Hello Sunday! School starts tomorrow for my boys, and I am excited to finally have a day off by myself. Imagine what I can do... :)

Here is this weeks recap. Enjoy!


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Weekly Menu #421 And The Book Of The Week
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Book Review: The Woman at The Gates by Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger
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Book Review: A Seaside Summer a Compilation of Authors
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Sunday Confessions #114


Digging into this beast before the newest book comes out in the outlander series this fall. It will probably take me all week, but its going to be worth it. I'll fit it in between shorter reads. Can't wait.




In preparation for the upcoming Kenobi movie, my husband and I are rewatching the Star Wars Rebels series as a refresher. We're still in the first season, but Darth Vader and Asoka are in full swing. Love when those two get involved. 


It's almost fall and I'm thinking ahead to my seasonal decor. I want some small pumpkins for the mantel, but not sure If I want real or crocheted ones. Still on the fence.

I did find this awesome free pattern on Pinterest by Erica at 5 Little Monsters. Can't wait to try this pattern out and see how it goes. Maybe that will help me make up my mind.

92/100 2021 Reading Challenge
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34/196 in my Star Wars Legends challenge
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53/341 Gilmore Girls challenge
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49/100 in my 100 books before you die challenge



Its been a wonderful week full of family and reading. I can't wait to see what's to come.

Book Review: A Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart by Nancy Campbell Allen

 

Title: The Matchmaker's Lonely Heart

By: Nancy Campbell Allen

Genre: Historical Fiction

Pages: 336

Release Date: September 7th, 2021

Publisher: Shadow Mountain

Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

Summary from Goodreads:

Amelie Hampton is a hopeless romantic, which makes her the perfect columnist to answer lonely heart letters in The Marriage Gazette. When Amelie plays matchmaker with two anonymous lonely hearts, she also decides to secretly observe the couple’s blind date. To her surprise, the man who appears for the rendezvous is Harold Radcliffe—a grieving widower and a member of Amelie’s book club.

Police detective Michael Baker has been struggling ever since his best friend and brother-in-law died in the line of fire. Because he knows the dangers of his job, he has vowed never to marry and subject a wife and family to the uncertainty of his profession. But when he meets Miss Hampton, he is captured by her innocence, beauty, and her quick mind.

When a woman’s body is pulled from the river, Michael suspects the woman’s husband—Harold Radcliffe—of foul play. Amelie refuses to believe that Harold is capable of such violence but agrees to help, imagining it will be like one of her favorite mystery novels. Her social connections and clever observations prove an asset to the case, and Amelie is determined to prove Mr. Radcliffe’s innocence. But the more time Amelie and Michael spend together, the more they trust each other, and the more they realize they are a good team, maybe the perfect match.

They also realize that Mr. Radcliffe is hiding more than one secret, and when his attention turns toward Amelie, Michael knows he must put an end to this case before the woman he loves comes to harm.

 

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Review:

This was a wonderful read with an interesting plot. I really enjoyed the flow the author has with her writing and the way she can weave a story. It was fun to follow the characters as they tried their hardest to catch a killer.

The one thing that threw me slightly, was the way the characters meshed. At times they didn't seem to work well together and they seemed awkward. I couldn't tell what the main character, Amelie's character really was. Was she a a naive young woman jumping at every opportunity for adventure because she didn't know better, or was she a sassy strong woman who knew exactly what she was doing? I wasn't quite sure.

Either way, where the characters failed to excite, the plot picked up to fill the space. I really enjoyed reading this book and hope to read something more by this author.   

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

Book Review: Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

 


Title: Uncommon Type

By: Tom Hanks

Genre: Fiction/Short Stories

Pages: 405

Release Date: October 17th, 2017

Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group

Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

Summary from Goodreads:

A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game--and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have!

 

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Review:

The hype around this book is better than the actual stories.

I was really hoping that everything within these covers would be a fantastic story that would make my mind spin and my mouth to say, "wow."... but sadly, it fell short. It wasn't that the writing was bad, because it was well put together, no qualms there. It was the stories themselves.

There was nothing within these pages that really intrigued me. Not a single laugh, no deep thoughts, no interesting quips. The stories were just bland.

I had hoped for more, but sadly this one fell short for me.


Movie Review: Reminiscence

 

Title: Reminiscence

Genre: Dystopian Mystery

Release Date: August 20th, 2021

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

IMDB Rating: 5.9/10

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Thandiwe Newton

 

Summary from IMDB:

Nick Bannister, a private investigator of the mind, navigates the alluring world of the past when his life is changed by new client Mae. A simple case becomes an obsession after she disappears and he fights to learn the truth about her.

 

IMDB Trailer

 

Review:

Although the concept behind this movie was interesting and wonderful, the execution was lacking.

Nick Bannister has a machine that can extract memories, allowing you to relive them as many times as you want. Mae has lost her keys and comes to Nick to help her find them. of course Nick falls in love with Mae who suddenly disappears one day.

I should have known when Mae decided to use this incredible technology to find her keys off all things, when every other client wanted to relive an extremely intimate memory, that something janky was up. He character was wonderfully acted and I loved how things came together at the end, it was getting there that was the problem.

The story was slow and painful until the last half hour or so when Nick starts piecing things together. If you like slow, methodical mysteries, then this movie is just what you need.