Hello, readers! I hope your summer is coming along nicely. I’ve been reading like a house afire this month and not spending very much time outdoors as it has been raining so much. Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to lately…
Film + Television
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The Light Between Oceans – Based on the bestselling book by M.L. Stedman, this is the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who make a decision with far-ranging consequences when a boat washes onto their island carrying a dead man and his surviving infant. I’m really quite disappointed in this film, especially after all the hype about the book. It’s slow-moving and a bit dull, despite the excellent cast. 2/5 stars.
Chappie – This movie is set in a futuristic South Africa, where robots make up a significant part of the police force. When the genius young designer behind the robocops develops the first successful AI program and brings to life a curious childlike robot named Chappie, things go a little bit haywire. Stylistically, this is a very strange movie with a wacky cast of characters who all seem to have egregiously terrible haircuts. Chappie, the star robot, is cute, but the whole thing falls flat. 2/5 stars.
The Danish Girl – Based on the 2000 book by David Ebershoff, this is the true story of the first patient to undergo gender reassignment surgery in 1930. Alicia Vikander’s acting is brilliant and very convincing but Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Lili struck me as slightly off-kilter in some intangible way. Perhaps it was something in the facial expressions. Regardless, I found it annoyingly distracting. 3/5 stars.
The Zookeeper’s Wife – Based on the 2007 book by Diane Ackerman, this is the amazing true story of Antonina and Jan Żabińska, the owners of the Warsaw Zoo, who funneled hundreds of Jews through the zoo on their way to safety during World War II. Everything about this film is noteworthy–the acting (especially Jessica Chastain’s performance), the set and cinematography, and especially the outstanding animal work. 5/5 stars.
The United Kingdom – This is the true story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and his marriage to Ruth Williams, a white Englishwoman. Despite the overwhelming forces that sought to keep them apart, their love survived and inspired a nation. I really enjoyed this film and I was thoroughly impressed by David Oyelowo’s performance. 4/5 stars.The Zookeeper's Wife, The Danish Girl, + More in The Inkwell: Vol. 3, Iss. 7Click To Tweet
News from the World of Books
J.K. Rowling will be releasing not one but two new Harry Potter books this fall. The first is called Harry Potter: A History of Magic, which “promises to take readers on a fascinating journey through the subjects studied at Hogwarts.” The second, Harry Potter: A Journey Through the History of Magic, will be “packed with unseen sketches and manuscript pages.”
Amazon recently bought the screen rights to a bunch of Agatha Christie stories. The first to be filmed will be Ordeal by Innocence, which will star Bill Nighy, Catherine Keener, Alice Eve, Ella Purnell, and Matthew Goode.
Sherman Alexie, beloved author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, is canceling the tour for his recently released memoir because of depression. Alexie’s memoir, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, is about his complicated relationship with his mother, who died two years ago. In a Facebook post, Alexie wrote that his mother “has followed me from city to city during my promotional tour,” contributing to his depression and making it impossible to continue.
Graham Smith’s 2016 novel Mothering Sunday recently won the most mysterious prize in literature. The Hawthornden Prize was established in 1919 and comes with a handsome £15,000 cash prize. It is devoted to rewarding the most “imaginative” work of literature published in the previous year, but what makes it so mysterious is that the prize doesn’t publish a shortlist or ask publishers to submit their best novels.
Maurice Sendak, beloved author of Where the Wild Things Are, passed away in 2012, but next year readers will be treated to one final book from his pen thanks to a discovery by Maurice Sendak Foundation president Lynn Caponera. She found a typewritten manuscript complete with illustrations in Sendak’s files. The book is called Presto and Zesto in Limboland and will be published in fall 2018.
Best of the Bookosphere
- 8 Books About Unsolved Historical Mysteries That Will Make You Question Everything – Bustle
- What the F**k Is a Beach Read, Anyway? – Electric Lit
- 12 Novels That Take You to Faraway Lands – Huffington Post
- 10 Great Spy Thrillers That Could Be New York Times Headlines – Literary Hub
- 52 Stunning Tattoos Inspired By Books You’ll Want to Get Immediately – BuzzFeed
- 100 Must-Read Books by Canadian Authors – Book Riot
- The 50 Funniest Books We’ve Ever Read – PureWow
- See the Stunning Chinese Bookstore That Looks Like an Endless Tunnel of Books – Flavorwire
- 7 Short Poems Guaranteed to Bring a Smile to Your Face – Bustle
- 15 Women on the Books That Changed Their Lives – Bustle
The Most Popular Posts This Month
WINTER IS COMING…And you know what that means. Books. So many books. EPIC books. Gird your Goodreads profile. Here are the 50 most exciting books hitting store shelves this winter.
Bored with what’s on TV these days? Never fear! Here are six exciting adaptations coming to the small screen in late 2017. And if you need something to watch RIGHT NOW, check out my list of TV adaptations that aired earlier this year!
INFJs are an interesting bunch, not least because they are the rarest type on the Myers-Briggs spectrum. INFJs are often dreamers and romantics, social activists and unlikely movement leaders. Despite being feelers, they can appear cold and aloof. A variation of the the infamous INTJ death glare often settles over the features of INFJs as well. INFJs are a bit of a mystery–one that is definitely worth investigating.
6 Books to Watch for in August6 Books to Watch for in August + More in The Inkwell: Vol. 3, Iss. 7Click To Tweet
- The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline by Dale E. Bredesen, M.D.
- Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult by Bruce Handy
- Quakeland: On the Road to America’s Next Devastating Earthquake by Kathryn Miles
Which books are you looking forward to reading in August?