Hey, readers! I hope you’re enjoying your summer so far. I’m currently out of town and will be for most of July. It’s nice leaving the stack of review books behind–well, most of it anyway. Out of sight, out of mind–that’s my motto! I’m trying to focus more on reading backlist books that have been on my TBR list for a long time while I’m away.
I have some exciting news about the blog. I am currently in the process of partnering with BookWitty to build a bookshop right here at ParchmentGirl.com. Soon, you will be able to shop for books mentioned on my blog at competitive prices with free international shipping on any order. I think it’s going to be great!
Anyway, here’s what arrived on my doorstep this month…
Note: this post contains affiliate links. Many of the books mentioned here are complimentary copies sent to me by publishers.
- White Bodies by Jane Robins (Unsolicited ARC)
- The Breakdown by B.A. Paris (ARC)
- Seven Stones to Stand or Fall: A Collection of Outlander Fiction by Diana Gabaldon (Unsolicited Review Copy)
Film + Television
- Trolls (2016) – I watched Trolls while waiting for the fifth season of Orange Is the New Black to drop on the night of June 9th. It’s a cute movie. The musical numbers are a bit much, but I think the voice work, animation, and message of the film are great! 3/5 stars.
- The Magnificent Seven (2016) – My Dad recommended this to me and I’m so glad I watched it. It’s a Western, but it’s not your typical Western. Instead of the old lone cowboy trope, it features a courageous woman who assembles a diverse team of cowboys (led by Denzel Washington) who work together to face down a tyrannical businessman. The cast is amazing and the script is excellent. 4.5/5 stars.
- Eddie the Eagle (2016) – This is the true story of Eddie Edwards, a British skier who, in 1988, against all odds, became the first competitor since 1929 to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping. It’s a fun, feel-good movie but what really makes it worth watching is Taron Egarton, whose portrayal of Eddie is absolute perfection. 4/5 stars.
- A Monster Calls (2017) – This adaptation of the 2011 children’s novel by Patrick Ness is absolutely breathtaking. The special effects and animated sequences are visually stunning and Lewis MacDougall’s performance as Conor is one of the most noteworthy performances by a child actor I’ve seen this year. 4.5/5 stars.
- Silence (2017) – This adaptation of Shūsaku Endō’s classic 1966 novel is very faithful to the book. The visuals are incredibly striking and Andrew Garfield’s performance is particularly notable. I think Scorsese really captures the texture and tone of the book. 4.5/5 stars.
- Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark (2017) – It’s really only in the last few months that I’ve started to watch bits of The Daily Show on a regular basis and I have to say, I’m impressed. This one-hour standup special showcases the best of Noah’s comedy skills and his talent for imitating accents. 4.5/5 stars.
- Orange Is the New Black, Season 5 (2017) – If you thought season four was crazy, just wait until you see season five. This entire season takes place over the course of a three-day riot at Litchfield and it is chaotic with a capital “C.” It’s also as addictive as ever and full of bookish goodness. 4/5 stars.
I finished up season five of The Americans and season one of The Handmaid’s Tale this month. Both were amazing, though it felt like the whole purpose of the fifth season of The Americans was to build toward a more explosive sixth season. I also rewatched The Princess Bride since I’m currently listening to As You Wish, Cary Elwes’ memoirs from the making of the film.Orange Is the New Black Season 5, A Monster Calls, + more in The Inkwell: Vol. 3, Iss. 6Click To Tweet
News from the Book World
- Popular YA novelist John Green will be publishing his first book in six years this fall. The book, entitled Turtles All the Way Down, is about a sixteen-year-old girl looking for clues in the disappearance of a fugitive billionaire while grappling with mental illness. The book will be released October 10th.
- Glenn Close is set to star as Zombie Aunt in the pilot episode of Sea Oak, an upcoming Amazon series based on the short story by George Saunders (author of Lincoln in the Bardo). The story centers on a poor family living in a rundown neighborhood whose matriarch dies and returns as a zombie.
- Harry Potter fans are making a nonprofit film that will tell Voldemort’s origin story. Voldemort: Origins of the Heir has been approved by Warner Bros. on the condition that it is made as a nonprofit enterprise. For a fan-made film, it actually looks pretty good. You can watch the trailer here.
- The winner of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction was announed ealier this month. Naomi Alderman took home the award for The Power, her speculative fiction novel in which teenage girls are gifted with immense physical power, causing the world to drastically reset.
- Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale, has been much more visible lately thanks to the recent adaptation of her most famous work as a Hulu series. Recently, she used her platform to speak out against Texas’ anti-abortion legislation, saying that forcing a woman to give birth to a child she can’t afford is “a form of slavery.” You can watch a video of the full BookCon panel, where she made those comments, here.
Best of the Bookosphere
- 15 New Summer Thrillers That’ll Have You Sleeping with the Lights On – PureWow
- 12 FIctional Bookstores We Wish Were Real – Electric Lit
- 13 Podcasts You Should Listen To, Based on Your Favorite Books – BuzzFeed
- 10 Hilarious Fiction Audiobooks or Your Summer Road Trip – Book Riot
- Find the Perfect Book Based on Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type – Psychology Junkie
- Misprint the Legends: Famous Typos from James Joyce to J.K. Rowling – The Guardian
- 8 Fascinating Books About the Salem Witch Trials – Flavorwire
- Toes in the Sand: 6 All-Time Classic Beach Reads – Signature Reads
- 9 Books to Read While Sipping Your Favorite Beach Cocktails – Off the Shelf
- 24 Upcoming Books Librarians, Editors, and Booksellers Think You’ll Love – Goodreads
The Most Popular Posts This Month
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- Out in the Open by Jesús Carrasco
- When the English Fall by David Williams
- The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
- Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Creatures by Ben Mezrich
- The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives by Jesse Eisinger
- Hunger: A Memoir of My Body by Roxane Gay
What did you read in June?