So, here’s the deal. This is my final Inkwell post. SAD EMOJI. My December editorial calendar is jam-packed with so much amazing end-of-the-year content that I simply don’t have room for an Inkwell post and in January, I will be cutting the feature altogether.
This month will mark two full years that I’ve been writing this monthly feature, so let’s make this last one a good one.
Note: This post contains affiliate links. Many of the books mentioned here are complimentary copies provided by publishers.
- Color Index XL: More Than 1,100 New Palettes with CMYK and RGB Formulas for Designers and Artists by Jim Krause (Review Copy)
- The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston & Mario Spezi (Purchased)
- Kenneth Clark: Life, Art and Civilisation by James Stourton (Unsolicited Review Copy)
- Hitler: Ascent, 1889-1939 by Volker Ullrich (Unsolicited Review Copy)
- Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz (Purchased)
Film + Television
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) – I was never really into this franchise and I’m pretty sure I missed the last one. There is much to be said about how this film is a metaphor for what’s going on in the world today, but I just couldn’t muster enough interest to care. 2/5 stars.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017) – This received terrible reviews from the critics, but I still had to see it. I loved Deadpool and this seemed to have a similar vibe. I think it’s better than the critics gave it credit for, though perhaps not quite as brilliant as I had hoped. It’s definitely fun though and it made me laugh. 3/5 stars.
The Case for Christ (2017) – This is the true story behind the 1998 book of the same name by Lee Strobel. I usually avoid Christian movies like the plague because of how cringe-worthy they are, but I decided to watch this one because, at the time, Rotten Tomatoes gave it a fresh rating, which surprised me. That rating has since been updated as more critics review it and sits at 55% rotten, which isn’t great but isn’t terrible either. Mike Vogel, who stars, is a decent actor. I’ve seen him in a few different things and he does a good job here. The main problem is the script, which still has the ring of preachy Christian movies the world over. Overall, not terrible though. 2/5 stars.
Wind River (2017) – This film is about the investigation of the rape and murder of a young Native American woman on a reservation in Wyoming. A fish and wildlife official and an FBI agent from Florida team up with the tribal police to track the killers. This is a brilliant film and and deeply moving film that raises awareness about the unique dangers and discrimination faces by Native American women. 5/5 stars.
Alias Grace (2017) – Based on the 1996 book by Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace is the story of a woman in 19th century Canada who has been imprisoned for fifteen years since she was accused of murdering her employer and his mistress. While brilliant, I didn’t find this as engaging as The Handmaid’s Tale. Still, a solid meditation on patriarchy and the male gaze. 3/5 stars.
Longmire, Season 6 (2017) – I’ve been a fan of Longmire since its second season and I’m sorry to see it go. The final season wasn’t as amazing as I hoped it would be and I wasn’t thrilled about the ending. I wasn’t terribly disappointed, but it didn’t live up to my expectations either. 3/5 stars.
The Durrells in Corfu, Season 2 (2017) – How do I love this show? Let me count the ways. The Durrells in Corfu is the most delightful show on television. It’s funny, witty, heartwarming, and set on what I am convinced is the most beautiful island on God’s green earth. I can’t wait for season three next year. Why do the seasons have to be so damn short?! 5/5 stars.Alias Grace, The Hitman's Bodyguard, + the final season of Longmire in The Inkwell >>Click To Tweet
News from the World of Books
Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton was trolled on Twitter by Trump supporters when they mistook him for LaVar Ball, the father of Laker’s rookie Lonzo Ball. Lonzo Ball was arrested for shoplifting in China last month. Controversy erupted when Trump tweeted that he should have left Ball in jail because his father did not show appropriate gratitude to Trump for his role in Ball’s release.
Voting just closed on the Goodreads Choice Awards shortlist. The winners will be announced in early December. See a full list of the nominees and my predictions as to who will win each category here.
Amazon announced that it plans to produce a Lord of the Rings TV series, to which LOTR fans said, “Peter Jackson or GTFO.” The series will take place before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring, so maybe there’s some hope after all.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor announced that she will be writing three children’s books over the next year-and-a-half. The books will be published by Penguin Random House.
Best of the Bookosphere
- These Are the Best Books of 2017, According to Amazon – ShortList
- The Law of the Land: 10 Best Books to Understand the Constitution – Signature Reads
- Unique Jewelry Made from Vintage Books – Flavorwire
- 8 Books About the Horrors of Parenting – Electric Lit
- 12 Perfect Audiobooks for Your Holiday Travels – Off the Shelf
- 11 Literary Holiday Cards That Will Add Some Bookish Joy to Your Winter Mail – Bustle
- 45 Bookish Ornaments of 2017 – Book Riot
- The Best Gifts for Book Lovers – PureWow
- 22 Books Out This Year That Already Have Movie Deals – BookBub
- You Can Never Go Back: On Loving Children’s Books as an Adult – LitHub
- 5 Types of Books to Read When You’re Super Busy – Sarah’s Book Shelves
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- Silk and Song by Dana Stabenow
- Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak
- One Station Away by Olaf Olafsson
- The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg
- Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics by R. Marie Griffith
- The Little Book of Lykke: Secrets of the World’s Happiest People by Meik Wiking
Which books are you most looking forward to reading in December?