Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back to School Book Blogger Challenge: Day 2

Back to School Book Blogger Challenge
Want to join in the fun? Go over to Parajunkee and link up!

Todays question/activity:

If you were/are an English Teacher, share with us your dream lesson plan as far as reading assignments.

So, the more I think about it the more I am thinking you want like a list of books I would assign if I were a teacher (I’m guessing Harry Potter is going to be a big answer in that case, as it should be;)), however I’m going to go a different rout.

When I was in school I had an English teacher who made us act out a scene from whatever book we where studying at the time, not only that, we had to make the situation fit into our everyday lives. Now being a shy girl I did have a hard time being up in front of the class, but at the same time the books I studied in that class are still some of my favorites! I think it’s because I had to take the time to truly comprehend the story to turn it around into something I could act out in front of my classmates. If I where to ever become a teacher I would assign my students to do something along those lines.

Happy hopping

Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Crown
Published: June 5, 2012
Source: My shelf

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

Gone Girl book trailer


I don’t quite know how to feel about Gone Girl.  It left me feeling a little confused, a little lost. 

There was so much good in Gone Girl.  I really enjoyed the first part of the book.  I wasn’t sure about Nick…I liked him and I didn’t at the same time.  He was a little shady, but likeable, but I just didn’t trust him.  I liked that Flynn didn’t just lay it all out there, that there was a lot of unknowns.  I also really liked the diary entries from Amy’s POV.  I feel that they gave major insight into things. 

And then there’s the woodshed.  And everything that happens after it.  And it’s, well, strange.  Things take a very, incredibly unusual path.  Not paranormal or sci-fi.  There’s no time travel, or portals to other worlds.  But either of those plotlines would have been more relatable than what Flynn wrote. I just don’t get it.  I still, days later, haven’t wrapped my mind around it.

And there’s no closure.  At all. 

I ranted about this book for days after completing it.  And, honestly, I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about it.

rating 3 of 5

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Gone Girl movie news!

Gone Girl will be coming to theaters October 3 2014.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Back to School Book Blogger Challenge: Day 1

Back to School Book Blogger Challenge
Todays question/activity:
It’s time to stand up in front of the class and share with us a little bit about you!

Hi y’all! I’m Rebecca. I live in the upstate of South Carolina. I started Bending the Spine back in April of 2011 and still enjoy working on it with my husband, Richie, who also loves reading and writing reviews.

That’s us being lovey-dovey.

As much as I love escaping into the world of whatever book I am reading I love my real life just as much, if not more. I am a stay at home mom to three fun little girls.

Yep, those are my favorite people in the world. They make my life exciting.

When I’m not blogging, reading, being an awesome wifeWinking smile or mommy-ing, I am probably feeding my unhealthy obsession with all things makeup and nail polish. In fact, if I could go back to when I started blogging I would name my blog Polished Pages. That way I could combine two of my loves.

Yeah, I’m just a little in love with doing my nails.

So, that is just a little about me. I am so excited to hop through and read about everyone else!
Happy hopping,

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Manga Review: Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice

Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice
Po Tse (Illustrations)
Stacy King, Jane Austen
Series: Manga Classics
Hardcover: 376 pages
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Release Date: August 12, 2014
Source: NetGalley

Beloved by millions the world over, Pride & Prejudice is delightfully transformed in this bold, new manga adaptation. All of the joy, heartache, and romance of Jane Austen's original, perfectly illuminated by the sumptuous art of manga-ka Po Tse, and faithfully adapted by Stacy E. King.


As many of you know I am a long time fan of Pride and Prejudice. While I have read the original tale two times, adaptations and movie versions of P&P have gotten me through many hard moments in my life. When I got the NetGalley email that they had this manga form I jumped at the chance to experience this story in a new form.

What I liked

The art to accompany this manga by Po Tse is stunning. It went along with the classic Pride and Prejudice tale so well and really added to the story line in this re-write.

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(A scene with all the sisters together. Copied from my ARC.)

For the most part everything I love experiencing in P&P is recaptured in this manga. I was very pleasantly surprised to read a lot of the original dialog to go along with the amazing artwork. I also wasn’t sure if the relationships between the characters would come across in this form, but it did. I fell in love with them all again.

What I didn’t like

I could sit here and dissect all the tiny inaccuracies of the original P&P, but honestly I was able to read this without all the nit picky things getting on my nerves. I enjoyed this manga for what it was.

Should you go get a copy?

Yes! If you are a P&P fan like me I think you will enjoy this story all over again in a new way. If you have always wanted to try reading P&P and just didn’t think you could get through the classic give this a try. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

rating 4 of 5

Happy Reading

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Stacking The Shelves 8-16-14

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and is a post for bloggers to share what books they've received to review, bought, won, borrowed or were gifted.

As always click on the image to go to the Goodreads page.

For Review
From Entangled:
Betting on Julia (A Melville Sisters Novel)The Duke of Snow and Apples
Betting on Julia is a shifter book that I am actually starting tonight. The Duke of Snow and Apples is a new take on Snow White. I just could not resist either.Winking smile

From netgalley:
Stitching SnowMaddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch
I can’t wait to start Stitching Snow… I just can’t get away from Snow White can I? I am extremely excited to start reading Maddy Kettle with my girls. It looks like it is going to be amazing fun.

From Penguin's First to Read:
Atlantia sounds like it is going to be awesome! I hope it lives up to my expectations. I hope to start it next week.

Have you read any of these titles?
That’s it for me this week.
Can’t wait to see what you got!