Sunday Post (Weekly Wrap Up March 11th-17th) #SundayPost #Bloggers #WrapUp #Reading

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

This meme was created for bloggers to spotlight posts they published in the week, as well as to talk about what they plan to write in the week that’s coming.

Sunday post is also great opportunity to showcase books we got in the week behind us.

Hi Guys!

I feel like it’s been ages since the last time I did my Sunday Post.
There aren’t many good excuses to use in this case, except that I write my Sunday posts always on Sundays, and lately I had busy Sundays.

Anyway, this week was pretty… messed up I guess?

I was pretty depressive at the beginning of the week (to be honest, I was depressed last week too), but with each day I felt better and better.
I feel hopeful and motivated now, so don’t worry!
I think my depressive phases come from my hormonal disbalance.

In other news, I am slowly but surely making steps to rebranding Book Dust Magic, so this will no longer be book blog only, but also lifestyle blog, and I will cover different topics I feel passionate about.

If you wonder why I decided to do it, I will probably write a post about it pretty soon.

Last week on Book Dust Magic:

Monday: I took a part in the She Lies in Wait blog tour, and posted my review for this crime novel

Wednesday: I reviewed Written from the Heart by Trisha Ashley

Thursday: I took part in the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop

Friday: I reviewed An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Next week on Book Dust Magic:

Upcoming reviews:

The day we met by roxie cooper cover The Island Affair by Helena Halme book cover

I will also talk about books that I plan to read this Spring.

Book Haul:

This week I was approved for the two books I requested via Netgalley:

The Country Rivalry by Sasha Morgan book cover A country escape by katie fforde book cover Book Dust Magic

Currently reading:

The Island Affair by Helena Halme book coverI am opening the blog tour for The Island Affair by Helena Halme next week (aka tomorrow) so I’ll be finishing this novel soon. If you wonder, it is really relaxing and beautiful prose.

Giveaway:

There’s a giveaway going on here on Book Dust Magic right now, and you can win yourself a book of choice. It is international, and you can enter here.

That is it!
Let me know what’s been going on with you, what you’ve been reading or watching this week and feel free to leave your links so I can visit you.
Have a lovely Sunday!

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Movie Monday: Searching – unique and intense #MovieMonday #Searching #MovieTwit #MovieReview

Movie Monday is a feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

This week I want to talk about the movie I watched a while ago that has left a huge impact on me.

Searching

A while back I watched one of my favorite youtubers, Nikki Blackketer, mentioned in her vlog a movie called Searching. She went to the screening of it and ended up really enjoying it.
Once I heard her opinions about it, I knew I had to watch it myself.

Since it was never in theaters or any kind of screening here in Croatia, I had to wait until it was available to stream, and guess what? The waiting was worth it!

Searching is crime drama with unique way of story telling. I have never watched anything similar before, and I was positively surprised.
You see, the whole movie is filmed as screenshots (and screens in general) of computer, mobile phones, television inserts, with interesting and gripping plot.

The story follows David Kim who’s daughter went missing after she was studying with a group of friends.
One of the things she left behind was her laptop. Now, with an aim to find her, her father breaks into her computer and searches for any kind of clues.
While finding signs and hints, he comes to conclusion he didn’t know his daughter as good as he thought.

This movie was so good, I would highly recommend it to everyone who likes mysteries. It took a while for me to get used to the way it was filmed, but once I got into the story, I was really invested.
In a matter of fact, I was so thrilled I didn’t want to be bothered by anyone! I just wanted to have my own piece while watching, so I wouldn’t miss anything.

I really appreciate the way Searching was filmed, I’ve never seen a movie delivered in such an original way, but I hope there won’t be dozens of movies now imitating this piece.

Overall, if you have an opportunity, I highly recommend you to watch Searching. I hope you will like it as much as I did.

Movie Monday presents Music Edition: Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star is Born #MovieMonday #MovieReview #BohemianRhapsody #AStarIsBorn

Movie Monday is a feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

This week I’ll talk about two movies I watched, both about music and singers, both with Oscars nominations.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody is a movie about Queens and Freddie Mercury‘s life. I think that at this point everyone has already heard about this movie, because since it came out the critics were really good, and now with the Oscars nominations it is even more popular.

Nevertheless, here are my two cents about this awesome film:

I think Bohemian Rhapsody was an amazing entertainment and I would highly recommend it to music lovers, not only to Queens fans, but to everyone who enjoys songs and showbiz.

I was never a big fan of Freddie Mercury because he was popular before I was even born, and growing up I had some other idols and singers I looked up to, so I knew very little about him to begin with.

This movie gave me a glimpse into his life and personality. I liked the person the movie portrayed, and he reminded me of myself, with his love for cats. It was so funny when he bought a big house and said that every cat will have their own room. I could imagine myself acting like that too (Yes, I know I’m crazy!).

Rami Malek did an amazing job performing in this picture, and if he wins an Oscar, it will be well deserved.

I have to stress out that I liked Bohemian Rhapsody more then the movie I’ll talk about next.

 

A Star is Born

A Star is Born is another movie everyone talks about lately, filled with great music.

This movie takes us behind the certain and shows us the dark side of music industry.
It pictures what struggles performers do have, and how easy it is to give yourself to alcohol and drugs.

This movie shook me and even now I still think about it, especially about the end.

I don’t have to stress out how great both Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga were. They both got Oscars nominations for their acting, and I would be really happy if Bradley finally won, because he is always nominated and he is such a great actor, so I think he deserves it.

When it comes to Oscars, this year out of 5 actors nominated for the main actor category, I root for 4. So I am pretty sure I will be happy in the end.

I would recommend this movie to everyone who likes music and drama.

Movie Monday: Ashes in the Snow – the book was so much better! #MovieMonday #MovieReview #AshesInTheSnow #MovieTwit #War

Movie Monday is a feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

This week I watched an adaptation to one of my all time favorite books, Between Shades of Gray.

Ashes in the Snow

Ashes in the Snow was one of the movies I was really looking forward to see this year, even though I didn’t have the highest expectations about it.
It is an adaptation to Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. I loved the book so much that now it is one of the best books I’ve read, but when it comes to movie, it wasn’t that good.

The story was mostly true to the novel, even though some things were changed or left out. The story was shaking, but it was shown in a really boring way.
Here, I said it, and I’ll say it again: I was bored most of the time while watching.
If I haven’t read the book, and wasn’t emotionally attached to the story, I would probably stop watching after 20 minutes.

It is a shame, really, and it made me think why is that, and then it came to me: the book is beautiful because of the writing. There were so many sentences that stayed with me until today, and I read the book four years ago.
What the movie was missing was the narrator’s voice. Those beautiful words Lina said while she was telling her story.
And they could have easily be in the story, if the makers decided to put them.
Just like the movie The Fault in our Stars was narrated by Hazel, Ashes in the Snow should have been narrated by Lina.
All of my favorite quotes from the book would be on the screen that way.

I don’t want to sound mean, but I have to say this: I think that the main actress who played Lina was too old for her part. She is 27, and with all that make up she looked like 34, not 17 as her character was.
I mean, I get that war and conditions Lina was in would not be easy on anyone, but it was still a miss, in my opinion.

In the end, I want to say I love how they changed the name of the story to Ashes in the Snow. I think it is so much better then the original one.

I would recommend the book to everyone, because it is beautiful and it tells an important story.
As for the movie, I wouldn’t recommend it.

Movie Monday: Glass – it could have been better! #MovieMonday #MovieReview #Glass #Bloggers

Movie Monday is a feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

This week I went to the movies to watch the latest release.

Glass

This week Glass came to theathers and I was so excited about this movie. It is continuation to Unbreakable and Split.
Unbreakable I haven’t watched, but Split I really, really liked, so it made me happy to see all the characters James McAvoy pictured again.

When Split was a new movie I featured it in one of my Movie Monday editions, and got under fire for some things I said. If you want you can read my post here (and attack me some more).

With sad words I have to admit that I didn’t like Glass. I don’t even think it was the hype thing this time, it is the fact that I was bored most of the time, there was almost no action until the very end, no victims in a way I hoped there would be, and the whole story in my eyes was kind of stupid.

The whole picture reminded me of bad version of X-men, with small amount of characters.

It got to the point where I felt bad for asking my friend to go with me to the movie theather, because it was that bad. But she said she liked the movie, so there is at least a hope that others will like it.

If you’re curious about seeing this film I suggest you to wait until it comes out on Blu-Ray or becomes available for streaming on HBO or Netflix.

Movie Monday: Crazy Rich Asians – romantic comedy that made me realize how mediocre my life actually is #MovieMonday #MovieReview #CrazyRichAsians #Diversity

Movie Monday is a feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

This week I wantched a movie that was based on a bestselling novel.

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians is a bestselling novel, first in the series, that got it’s movie in 2018.
I have never read the books, even though I want to for years now. I’ve heard nothing but good things about them, and judging by the movie, I can imagine they are a lot of fun.

Going into this movie adaptation I didn’t have big expectations. Sure, I’ve heard great things about it, and if I’m not mistaken, it even won a Golden Globe in some category, but still, that feeling you get when you just know that something will blow you away was missing.

However, for the whole 2 hours the movie was on, I was invested, entertained and had lots of fun.
This is a movie I will highly recommend to all my friends.

I kind of look on this movie as a window to the world I will not have a chance to experience in this life (here’s to the next one!).
It just made me realize how mediocre my life actually is, and in whole honesty, it made me daydream how it would be awesome if I was also born in one of those very, very rich families…
Don’t we all dream about it at least once?

Oh, did I mention how hot the main actor was? Because he was really hot!

Crazy Rich Asians was high quality movie that I can imagine myself re-watching over and over again, so I really don’t understand why it never played in cinemas in my country.

However, now when it is available for streaming and on blu-ray, I highly recommend it to everyone who’s looking for something to watch with friends (or alone, but I think with crew it’d be more fun).

Movie Monday: Aquaman – fascinating picture that surprised me with it’s beauty #MovieReview #Aquaman #DCComics #SuperHeros #MovieMonday

Movie Monday is a feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

This week I watched Aquaman, the movie everyone talks about. After seeing it, I understand why.

Aquaman

This week me and my fiance decided to go to movies. We haven’t been for a long time, so I kind of missed it.
Since I wanted to see the last movie in Harry Potter franchise (sorry, can’t remember the name right now, but you probably know the one I’m talking about), and there weren’t any available tickets (because it plays in only one room), we had to choose another movie.

So we picked Aquaman, and I am so glad we did.

I love superhero movies, but I have to admit that my expectations for this particular one weren’t so high.
I have to admit that I’ve never read comics about Aquaman, so I wasn’t familiar with his story. Therefore, I couldn’t even imagine that his story would be interesting.

Now, I am so glad I saw this film! And I am very, very glad I watched it in the movie teatre, because I am 100% sure that I got the most out of it that way.

I fell in love with this world. From my perspective, Aquaman has the richest world out of all superhero movies I’ve seen so far. And it is so fascinating.
It was like watching an urban fantasy, at times I even forgot this was a superhero movie.

I loved the scenes under the sea. I loved the kingdoms and the whole story of Atlantis.

I even had an AHA moment while watching. I realized how little I actually know about history and decided I will work on that.

The movie is pretty long (2h23min), but I understand why. It has to be long to give you the tale of everything, to build the world and to develop the storyline.

If you haven’t seen the Aquaman yet, but you thought about it, I highly, highly encourage you to go to the cinema and watch it there. Trust me, this movie is the one you have to watch in the movie teatre, because it would be a shame not to fully experience all of it’s beauty and awesomeness!