My Favorite Book to Movie Adaptations: Inspired by The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

If you can’t read the book, just watch the movie.


According to the Fangirl Fury Rules of Life (it’s a thing, trust me), one must always read the book before seeing its film adaptation. Okay, so this isn’t complete mandatory for everyone (I still have to get the Rules of Life copyrighted after all), but I always try to read the book before seeing the movie. And I’ve been thinking a lot about movies after reading Taylor Jenkins Reid’s The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

A very and well-deserved hyped book, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo follows the aging Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo, as she tells her life story to a little known magazine reporter, Monica Grant. No one is more surprised than Monica herself, who is now tasked by Evelyn to write her biography. Sitting in the actress’s apartment every day, Monica listens to Evelyn talk about her past, from how she made her way to Hollywood in the 1950s through her decline in the 80s, of course including her infamous seven husbands and the forbidden love among them.


Evelyn stars in many films, including Little Women, one of my most memorable childhood reads and a go-to movie for me. It’s recently been added to Netflix, so you better believe I’ll be having many summer rewatches. Inspired by The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, today I’ll be discussing some of my favorite book to movie adaptations.


The Princess Diaries Both The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement are among my all-time favorite movies. There among the few films from my childhood that I can watch time and time again without cringing. I read the first few books in Meg Cabot’s series during middle school and I’m interested in picking up the latest book, Royal Wedding, so I can return to Genovia.

 The Help I read The Help for a school summer reading, and after loving it, I remember running to the library for its film adaptation. I think the film truly captures the message of the book and has such a phenomenal cast.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants If I had to choose one book or series to represent my early teenage years, I would definitely choose The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I’d really like to make time for a series reread this summer, but if I don’t, I’ll watch the movies! Our four main actresses (Blake Lively, America Ferrera, Alexis Bledel, and Amber Tamblyn) perfectly fit our four main characters and I just love the friendship and romance vibes in these films and books.

Catching Fire My love for Catching Fire is a bit ironic, considering that the book is my ‘least favorite’ The Hunger Games Book, but my favorite film in the series. Panem really came to life in this movie, the sets and special effects were absolutely amazing. Even though I’m still have nightmares of those monkey creature things.

Love Simon My most recent favorite, I am here to admit that I think I enjoyed Love Simon a teensy bit more than its inspiration, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I loved the cast and its A+ set design.

The OutsidersLike many I’m sure, The Outsiders is one of the few movies that I’ve seen before reading the book. I grew up watching it, since it’s one of my dad’s favorite movies. It’s so much fun watching it now after seeing Rob Lowe in Parks and Recreation and then seeing a younger version of himself as Sodapop. I read The Outsiders in middle school, and as a reader who has a hit-or-miss relationship with classics, The Outsiders is one of my favorites.



The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Mini Review:

After enjoying Taylor Jenkins Reid’s One True Loves and After I Do last summer, I knew I had to pick her much-loved latest release. I went into The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo without knowing too much, other than that our main character has spent a lot of time walking down the aisle. I loved how the book is spilt between Monica’s every day life and Evelyn’s past, as Evelyn tells Monica her life story. Taylor Jenkins Reid did an excellent job managing the two, and as the title may suggest, we do spend more time in Evelyn’s past than Monica’s present.

Evelyn’s life is simply not captured through her seven husbands. We learn so much more about her career, her relationship(s) that necessarily weren’t marriages, and why she really got married each time. Evelyn is a very complex character, and I appreciated that Taylor Jenkins Reid makes the reader consider if we are to love or hate Evelyn, just like Monica. I figured that Monica would have some connection to Evelyn, but its reveal had my hand flying to my mouth as I screamed! Overall, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is worth the hype and I wouldn’t be surprised if we get an adaptation of its own one day.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

 What are some of your favorite book to movie adaptations? Have you read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo? Share in the comments!

Sweet Summer Reading: Stay Sweet Review

Summary: Working at Meade Creamery is more than just a summer job for Amelia. The ice cream stand represents a sisterhood, dating back to the WWII era when the stand first opened with an all-girl staff. It’s the place where she met her best friend, Cate, and the two can’t wait to spend their last summer before college scooping ice cream and competing for tips. As the new Head Girl, Amelia is prepared to give the girls in her charge the best summer yet. But when tragedy strikes and Molly Meade’s grand nephew comes to take over the business, Molly goes into protection mode- for the stand, her friends, and her heart.


My Rating: 5/5 Stars

 Cover Lust?: Absolutely! Simon & Schuster slays the cover design game (exhibit A and B being Morgan Matson and Jenny Han’s books), and Stay Sweet is no exception. The cover gives you the perfect image of Meade Creamery, and I love how it continues from front to back.


My Thoughts:

 There’s nothing better than kicking off the summer with a summer contemporary. Especially one that features ice cream, like Siobhan Vivian’s Stay Sweet. I was super sold on Stay Sweet’s premise, as feminism and ice cream are the perfect duo for this reader. I’m happy to say that the book absolutely delivered on both ends. Meade Creamery, has always had an all-girl crew and the older girls make it a point to form close-knit relationships with all of the staffers. Amelia, Cate, and the girls’ friendships made me wish I could’ve worked at an ice cream stand in high school (and now!). There were points where Cate did frustrate me because she was being too harsh on Amelia for doing her best to keep the ice cream running. However, I also understand Cate’s point of view, looking to spend one last great summer together before college.

And before anything else, let’s get into the ice cream. I love books involving food, let alone ice cream! While it may be expected, there was so much about ice cream in Stay Sweet that I may or may not have taken a few breaks to my freezer while reading. We see Amelia and the girls serving customers, prepping the stand for the summer, and even making ice cream! I’m now completely pining for an ice cream maker (and a blast chiller and basically 50 gallons of milk) and attempt to make my own Home Sweet Home.

I loved Amelia as our MC because of her determination and dedication to Meade Creamery. It was really empowering to not only see Amelia’s effort, but also her genuine passion for the stand. While I’ve seen mixed feelings about the romance in Stay Sweet, I liked Grady as a character and didn’t mind their relationship. It was fun to see him let his guard down and his own passion for the business.

Overall, I absolutely loved Stay Sweet for Amelia’s determination, its female friendship, and yes, all of the ice cream! I’m highly anticipating Siobhan’s next book, We Are the Wildcats 

Have you read Stay Sweet? What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Share in the comments!

My Sunday at Book Con 2018

The last day of my most bookish weekend of the year, Sunday marked the last day of Book Con 2018. It honestly felt so odd thinking that this would be last day of commuting to the Javits Center, since I had attended Book Con on Saturday and Book Expo on Thursday & Friday. My mom, the best Book Con buddy, and I arrived at the Javits Center around 8:45. This gave us plenty of time to read through the PW Daily and strategize for my goal to get Victoria Schwab’s City of Ghosts.

Like Saturday, the show floor opened a few minutes before 10 AM, and this gave me some extra time to get to Scholastic’s I Read YA event. I was among the first twenty people in line, which “guaranteed” me getting to meet Victoria Schwab, Scott Westerfeld, and Kody Keplinger and get signed copies of their upcoming books. While waiting, Rainbow Rowell posted a small announcement on Instagram and Twitter that CARRY ON IS GETTING A SEQUEL CALLED WAYWARD SONS IN 2020. I cannot tell you how nice it was to fangirl over Wayward Sons with the girl next to me in line, who was also a huge Rainbow Rowell fan.


At the I Read YA event, I was able to meet the above authors, and I was especially excited to meet Victoria Schwab and Kody Keplinger. I showed Victoria my friend’s “Anoshe” tattoo and how we basically became BFFs over our love for her books. It was also cool to meet Kody, since The Duff was one of the first YA books that I ever read. I also picked up a Harry Potter 20th Anniversary tote bag and pin with some other bookish pins. Unfortunately due to the speed of the signing, I was unable to get photos while meeting the authors, but I was able to get the following picture taken in front of I Read YA’s awesome rainbow shelves. I later shared it on Twitter, where I Read YA retweeted it and Victoria Schwab liked my tweet!!

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As I was finishing up at I Read YA, my mom was again a super amazing soul by braving her first and only stampede of the convention for Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver. I’ve heard from a few people that this was one of the worst mobs of the convention when Penguin was handing out tickets, so I owe my mom a book or two. It was really cool meeting Naomi Novik, who’s a fantasy icon in my opinion, and she wrote Book Con 2018 under her signature- perfect for bookish memories.


After Naomi Novik, I went to the Autographing Area for A.C. Gaughen, who signed my copies of Reign the Earth and Imprison the Sky. She was so awesome to meet, asking what color pen I preferred her signature to be in (I went with blue!) and we talked about my blog and Broadway shows! She loved my blog name, which SHE LATER SAID WAS THE BEST BLOG NAME EVER IN HER INSTAGRAM STORY!?! CAN I JUST LIVE AT BOOK CON FOR ALL OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA LOVE PLEASE???


After A.C. Gaughen, I went in line for Marie Lu’s signing in the autographing area. I had tickets for both of these signings, but I knew and was correct that people were lining up for Marie an hour before. I had her sign my copies of Batman: Nightwalker and Champion and my ARC of Wildcard, which I kept hidden in my Book Beau until I got to the signing table. The two people behind me in line kept talking about how they would sell their souls for Wildcard, so my grip on my Book Beau may or may not have increased with each minute in line. The best part of the signing?? MARIE LU REMEMBERED WHO I WAS!! I brought up her giving me a Warcross ARC in her line last year, and she was so happy that I already had my hands on Wildcard.

My mom and I met up after the signing, and we decided to wander the showfloor one last time. I picked up a Scythe poster and a Riveted Teen tote bag, and we both went to Owlcrate for one last spinwheel giveaway, where we won a fountain pen and Anna and the French Kiss-inspired tea. I also took some photos in front of Bloomsbury’s Kingdom of Ash poster, and after getting my Throne of Glass fill, we decided to end our Book Con 2018 adventure. After grabbing a late lunch at one our favorite diners, Book Con was over. I am beyond appreciative of my experiences at Book Expo and Book Con, from getting my hands on my most anticipated books to meeting some amazing authors and bookish friends.


If you want to know more about the most bookish days of the year, check out my experience posts for my Thursday and Friday at Book Expo and my Saturday experience at Book Con. I also posted my combined Book Expo and Book Con haul here.

 Did you attend Book Expo or Book Con? If you could choose one book to have signed, what book would it be? Share in the comments!

Geography of This Book & Me: The Geography of You and Me Review

Summary: Lucy lives on the twenty-fourth floor of her New York City apartment building, while Owen lives in the basement. Which makes it fitting that the two meet for the first time in the middle. Lucy and Owen are stranded in the building’s elevator during a citywide blackout, and while the power might be out, sparks fly between the two. After they’re rescued, Lucy and Owen spend the rest of the darkened day together, sharing their thoughts and wanderlust with one another. But when the power returns, so does reality. Lucy is headed to Europe with her family, while Owen road trips across the country with his dad. Taking off in different directions, they stay in touch through postcards and occasional emails. Through their own travels and self-discoveries, Lucy and Owen must figure out how to close the geography between them.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars


My Thoughts:

Inspiration to read Jennifer E. Smith’s The Geography of You and Me came to me when I was craving a contemporary read. Blame it on the warm weather and summer quickly approaching, but I’ve been only in the mood to read contemporaries lately. I usually try to read one book at a time, but as I was struggling through a fantasy book that will go unnamed at the moment, I realized that I wanted a lighter read that I could fly through. I’m so happy that I picked up The Geography of You and Me when I did because it’s most definitely a new favorite contemporary read of mine.

The Geography of You and Me is told through third-person POV from Lucy and Owen. I tend to favor one POV over another in dual perspective reads, but I honestly adored both Owen and Lucy’s chapters. I think this largely had to do with Lucy and Owen being on two different personal journeys. Jennifer also didn’t reiterate what was happening from both characters, which I always appreciate in multi-POV books. Lucy learns how to adapt to life abroad and tries to form a closer relationship with her parents, while Owen and his dad are trying to find a new home of their own as they deal with the aftermath of his mother’s death.

Although the premise of The Geography of You and Me begins with Owen and Lucy being trapped in an elevator, I enjoyed how the scene only composed one chapter of the book. It was fun seeing Owen and Lucy explore a powerless New York City together before heading off on their trips. And while blackouts are not too fun in our digital age, it was really interesting (and difficult!) to imagine a darkened NYC. I also didn’t expect how much traveling there would be in this book, but Jennifer E. Smith transports readers through Europe and the western US alongside Lucy and Owen. The book truly speaks to the mantra that people can travel anywhere as long as they book in their hands (NOT TO MENTION THAT LUCY IS A MASSIVE READER HERSELF). But through Lucy, Jennifer E. Smith also demonstrates,

“That was the thing about books, she was realizing; they could take you somewhere else entirely, it was true. But it wasn’t the same thing as actually going there yourself.” (216)

In short, The Geography of You and Me features plenty of traveling, romance, and self-discovery. It a perfectly sweet & fluffy contemporary read that’s great for any season—we spend September through June with the pair. It is easily my favorite Jennifer E. Smith book. And yes I know that I’ve only read This Is What Happy Looks Like and Windfall, but I’m even more excited to carry on through Jennifer’s collection!

Have you read The Geography of You and Me? What are some of your favorite travel-inspired books? Share in the comments!


TBB Asks: Summer Lovin’

As many of you know, summer is my favorite season (and not just for getting to sit by the pool with a good book). I’ve been wanting to do a more lifestyle-type posts lately, and what better way to do so by  participating in The Blended Blog’s June link-up, Summer Lovin’!

Walk or Bike Ride?

Walk. I either like waking up early and getting a nice walk or run in before work or a beach day, or taking a walk later at night with my friends and family.

Favorite Picnic Food?


Pool or Lake?

I’ve actually never been swimming in a lake (I grew up surrounded by the ocean and pools), so pool it is!

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?

Strawberry. In a waffle cone, please!


Flip Flips or Slides?

Flip flops!

Jean Shorts or Jean Carpis?

I always have trouble finding jean shorts that I’m comfortable in (I’ma much bigger fan of Under Armor shorts in the summer), but I love wearing jean carpis to dinner with friends or on casual dress days.

Favorite Summer Fruit?

Pineapple! I’ve been on a bit of a pineapple-addiction lately, it’s one of my new favorite breakfast foods and dessert.

Corn on the Cob or Cutt of the Cob?

Despite the amount of floss I need after, corn on the cob always wins.

Favorite summertime song?

“Rollercoaster” by Luke Bryan

Bikini’s, tankini’s, or one pieces?

I definitely go for bikinis first, but I have a Nike one-piece that I also love wearing.

Dresses or skirts?

Dresses! I just picked up this dream summer dress from Old Navy:


One word to describe summer?

Sunshine! While summer can have its fair share of stormy days, I love being outside during the summer, from laying out by the beach to hanging out in the pool with a good book.



What’s your favorite summer activity, other than reading, of course? Share in the comments!


My Saturday at Book Con 2018

My favorite weekend of the year has already passed us by, Book Con 2018. The land of all things bookish, Book Con 2018 was my third year of attending the convention, with my mom of course being my convention buddy. I obviously love this weekend because I get to meet my favorite authors and pick up some books, but also because I get to spend it with my mom.

I admit that I went into Book Con a bit more casual than I usually do- don’t worry, I still brought spreadsheets for both of us- largely because of Book Expo, where I was able to pick up 25 books within those two days. Additionally, as I was planning my Book Con schedule over the two weeks prior to the convention, I was a bit dismayed at a few publishers’ schedules. I picked up so many of my most anticipated books last year, but I found that many publishers did less ARC signings and giveaways this year, or at least publicized them less on social media. I think this largely has to do with the madness over some books in 2017 (the line for Warcross took up the main aisle of the show floor, while Wonder Woman: Warbringer drew a stampede), and unfortunately, the ILLEGAL selling of ARCs online.


However, I did have a few events that I wanted to get to on Saturday. My mom and I arrived at the Javits Center around 8:45, and on both days, everyone was allowed access to the show floor before 10. In my opinion, this was a good idea so people who wanted to attend events at 10 and 10:30 had some extra time to line up. I first stopped at Scholastic to grab a finished copy of Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West (I finally have no excuse to read my first Kasie West book!), and then went to Hachette for the 10:30 signing of Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. While in line, a girl in front of me kindly gave me her extra copy of Rule by Ellen Goodlett! It was cool meeting Natasha Ngan, who told me this was her first Book Con and her first time in New York City. While meeting her, my mom went to Kevin Kwan’s signing of Crazy Rich Asians. It was a fun experience for mom, who laughed at loud while reading this trilogy, and she got the book personalized to me.

After Natasha Ngan’s signing, I went to Epic Reads for their 12 PM ARC drop. I knew I had to get there at least an hour advance, since everyone at both Book Expo and Book Con had their hearts set on Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera’s What If It’s Us. Epic Reads gave out tickets for the event at 11, which caused a mini stampede and a lot of angry people who had been waiting in line, but I was able to score a ticket. I stayed at Epic Reads until the drop, where I met two awesome people in line, Maddie and Lincy. Maddie was super sweet (she posted a fun Book Con vlog), and I gave her my Morgan Matson signing ticket, since I already had a review copy of Save the Date and wasn’t planning on staying at Book Con until 5. Lincy was also awesome, and she’s the co-founder of a new bookish app called Book Sloth! She gave me a Book Sloth sticker, which has already found a home on my laptop case.

At the Epic Reads event, they were dropping 4 ARCs and you had to play Plinko Ball to decide what ARC you received. The ARCs included Pride by Ibi Zoiboi, Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand, For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig, and What If It’s Us. I won Sawkill Girls, which I’m really happy about due to the amount of hype surround Claire’s Furyborn. During this drop, my mom was again super awesome by going to Harlequin Teen and getting me a finished copy of Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody.


I then wandered the showfloor for a bit, and I picked up some swag, including a Penguin Teen t-shirt for being an email subscriber and a Renegades by Marissa Meyer poster. My mom also picked up an Alex and Eliza pin for me, which is easily one of my favorite things from Book Con this year! I really didn’t have anything else planned for the day and some of the giveaways, especially at Epic Reads, Fierce Reads and Penguin, seemed too crazy to me. Meeting up with my mom, we decided to end our day a bit early around 1 and rest up for a longer day on Sunday.


Did you attend Book Con? What’s one book you’re looking forward to in 2018 or 2019? Share in the comments!

Weddings & Waffles: Save the Date Review

Summary: Charlie Grant’s sister is getting married this weekend at the Grant family home, and much to Charlie’s excitement, it’ll be the first time in a long time that she’s reunited with her four older siblings. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend together before the house is sold and the last Grant is off to college in the fall. But Charlie’s perfect weekend is shaping up to be a disaster.

Well for starters, there’s the unexpected long with a thing for howling, an alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

With one mini disaster piling up on one another over the course of three chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she’s ever imagined about her family and realize that keeping up with the past doesn’t make for keeping up with the future.

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Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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My Rating: 5/5 Stars

My Thoughts:

Morgan Matson’s Save the Date was easily my most anticipated read for Summer 2018. I truly believe that it’s not summer without a Morgan Matson book (2017 sent me looking for rereads), and Save the Date was here to save the day with a story about one family’s crazy wedding weekend! After loving Sarah Dessen’s Once and For All and being the Say Yes to the Dress fan that I am, I was more than ready for a wedding-inspired book from another favorite contemporary author. 

If you haven’t gotten sick of the word ‘wedding’ yet, then never fear because I loved the emphasis on Linnie’s wedding through the entire book. Save the Date is separated into three major sections, highlighting the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Grants’ wedding weekend. It was fun to see Charlie constantly save the DAY time and time again, with the adorable Bill at her side. Not to of course take any of the spotlight away from Waffles, the Grant’s temporary dog in promotion for the ending of Eleanor’s comic strip. Grant Central Station was another unexpected aspect of Save the Date to me, but I loved seeing the Grants come to cartoonish life through the strips from Eleanor/Eric Sailer.

And never fear Morgan Matson fans, because there are plenty of references to Morgan’s past books in Save the Date! All of Morgan’s book have something to do with Stanwich, Connecticut, and in this case, Stanwich is the home of the Grants and their last minute wedding to-dos. Along the way, we also get to see a few characters from The Unexpected Everything and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour. And how could we forget Captain Pizza or Indoor Xtreme or Mogran’s latest addition, Swift Tailors?? While we don’t get to spend too much time with her, I really enjoyed Charlie’s best friend, Siobhan, who I want to say is named after fellow YA author, Siobhan Vivian.

If you enjoyed Morgan’s The Unexpected Everything and Second Chance Summer for its focus on family, you’ll love Save the Date for all the time we get to spend with the Grants. Above all, this book is truly about family, as we see the Grants through good, bad, and straight-up crazy times. I absolutely loved the Grants’ banter, and I’ll be the first to admit that J.J.’s humor stole the show for me (even though we all know that Waffles is the true star). And no worries, like Morgan’s other books, the ending of Save the Date left me with tears in my eyes and starting my countdown until another Morgan Matson book!

I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.Thank you to The Fantastic Flying Book Club  for selecting me to participate in this tour!

About Morgan Matson 

Morgan Matson_credit Gina Stock_previewMorgan Matson was born in New York City and grew up there and in Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, but halfway through a theater degree, she started working in the children’s department of Vroman’s Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.

Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she received her M.F.A. in Writing for Children from The New school and worked as an editor for YA novels. She received a second M.F.A. (for reasons that made sense at the time) in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.

Her novels have been translated into dozens of languages, and published all over the world.

Morgan’s first novel, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, was inspired by her love of road trips, snacks, and the quest for the perfect playlist. It was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book, a Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start book, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Prize.

Her second novel, Second Chance Summer, was inspired by her experiences spending summers in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. It was the winner of the California Book Award (YA category) and was named to the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults List, selected for the Oklahoma Sequoya List, and selected as a School Library Journal Best Book.

Her third novel, Since You’ve Been Gone, was published in 2014, and was a Publisher’s Weekly and international bestseller. It was named to the YALSA Teens Top Ten list, and the Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award List.

Morgan’s fourth novel, The Unexpected Everything, was published May 3rd, 2016.

She currently lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Murphy.

Tour Schedule

June 4th

June 5th

Aimee, Always– Q&A and Creative Option

June 6th

The Readers Den– Review

June 7th

Andi’s ABCs– Creative Option
Latte Nights Reviews– Review & Favorite Quotes
JustAddAWord– Review & Book Aesthetics

June 8th

Fangirl Fury– Review
The Book Slayer– Review & Favorite Quotes

June 11th

June 12th

June 13th

Never Too Many To Read– Creative Option

June 14th

My Thoughts Literally– Review & Favorite Quotes
Vicky Who Reads– Review

June 15th

JennReneeRead– Review
The Book Nut– Review & Playlist
A Perfection Called Books– Review


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