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Deals of the Moment- August 2017

Every month amazon has a set of kindle monthly deals. Whenever there are deals of interest I post on here. Links are associate links but money goes back into the blog.

So I’m going to briefly talk about the books I’ve read which are on offer, and those that I have bought myself. Why I liked them/bought them, and what they are about. End links are to the amazon page, any other links are to my reviews.

Please note prices are correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks- Rebecca Skloot

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this one, but didn’t really know much about it. It’s about a woman whose cancer cells were taken without her knowledge (for medical science) and what happened 20 years later when her family found out.

You can buy it…here (only £1.19)

Fangirl- Rainbow Rowell

My favourite Rainbow Rowell so far. Reminds me of days in the depth of Harry Potter fandom. About a fanfiction writer starting university.

You can buy it…here (only £1.19)

Water for Elephants- Sara Gruen

About an almost-vet caring for animals in a circus during the depression. A really good book. The film is decent too, but makes more of the love story

You can buy it….here (only £0.99)

The Etymologicon- Mark Forsyth

I’ve raved lots about Forsyth’s (aka Inky Fool) books about words. Easy to read and very interesting. The Etymologicon is the best, and I recommend to everyone.

Buy it…here (only £3.09)

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It’s Friiiiiiiday!

…and of course that means blog hop day!

This week Jennifer asks

 “What book-to-movie adaption have you most liked?  Which have you disliked?”
I recently saw the adaptation of  Water for Elephants (film review, book review) and although not as good as the book I did enjoy it. My favourite book to film adaptation, though, has to be Lord of the Rings. I loved the films but have never managed to finish the books (despite loving The Hobbit). As for worst, The Harry Potter films (reviews of film and book 7) simply because I love the books so much that I hate everything that is changed and when things are left out.


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Film of the Book: Water for Elephants

It was almost a year ago that I read the book Water For Elephants, and I don’t remember it too well, but I do remember being really impressed. In some ways I think it is a good thing that I don’t remember the book too well because it meant I could judge that film for it’s own merits rather than just comparing it to the book- often I find the films disappointing when I am comparing it to the book. Indeed I remember that I found the descriptions of the circus in the book were very vivid and gave me some beautiful mental images and the film didn’t compare favourably in this sense.

When I heard that Jacob was going to be played by Robert Pattinson (him of Twilight fame) I was a unsure about the choice of actor, I found it difficult to imagine him as Jacob, but actually he did really well in the role and I was able to see him as someone else than Edward (or Cedric Diggory, which is actually more who he is for me).

The real star though was definitely Rosie (the elephant) I just wish she had got more screen time.


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Water for Elephants- Sara Gruen

water for elephants

Image by mandyseyfang via Flickr

Synopsis (from Amazon, edited by me)

When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and misfits the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth a second-rate travelling circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town.

Jacob, a veterinary student who almost earned his degree, is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.


I got through this book more quickly that I expected to, and am kind of disappointed that I can’t read it anymore (well I suppose I could start again, but that’s not the same). I really enjoyed it, I can’t say I knew anything much about the circus before and it was really interested to read about the kind of things the audiences could and couldn’t see. I found some of the descriptions really gave me a strong image of what things were like. I found the scenes in the nursing home really entertaining, and the contrast between that and the scenes at the theatre worked really well. I really liked Jacob, I could see the young him in the old him and he made me laugh. I really wanted everything to turn out right for him.

I’m not sure I can say anything else without spoilers so I will stop here, and just say read this book if you get the chance!



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