Book-to-Movie Review: Series of Unfortunate Events

I just finished watching the first 2 episodes of the new Series of Unfortunate Events TV show, which covers the whole of book one, The Bad Beginning, by Lemony Snicket.

I am really liking the series as a TV show! I think they did a really great job. I like the overall feel, and for the most part, the acting is on par, and not too cheesy (most of the time).

It has just the perfect level of weirdness, which correlates right along with the strangeness of the books. And I like how they also incorporated the Narrator too! Mr. Poe’s coughing is just a little weird, it seems like he has some disease, that would be very contagious, but I know that’s pretty true to the books as well. I also like how well they did Sunny, for the most part. I know they do have to portray her  biting, as the book depicts, and I think they have done a good job, but haven’t gone over the top either.

One thing I do not get, is the extra characters at the end? Maybe I am forgetting the first books of the series, due to having read them a couple years ago, but I do not recall who these characters could be, or if they were portrayed at all in the book.

At least these are my feelings, so far! I am watching the show with 4 of my 5 kids (youngest doesn’t care, at 9 months old…haha), and they didn’t want to watch at first, but were wanting to continue after the 2nd episode, and I said we’d have to wait til tomorrow. 🙂 I am looking forward to watching the next couple episodes!

If you have watched any of the new TV series, please let me know what you thought in the comments (but please, no spoilers past the first 2 episodes).


Reading Wrap Up | Bout of Books 18


Started 1 book, and finished 1 book.

Read 409 pages, and completed 2 challenges.

Day 1 – Monday, January 2, 2017

Continued: Back in the Saddle, by Ruth Logan Herne
Read: 35 pages
Completed: Introduce Yourself #insixwords Challenge

Day 2 – Tuesday, January 2, 2017

Continued: Back in the Saddle, by Ruth Logan Herne
Read: 37 pages

Day 3 – Wednesday, January 2, 2017

Continued: Back in the Saddle, by Ruth Logan Herne
Read: 57 pages
Completed: Book to Movie Challenge

Day 4 – Thursday, January 2, 2017

Continued: Back in the Saddle, by Ruth Logan Herne
Read: 67 pages

Day 5 – Friday, January 2, 2017

Finished: Back in the Saddle, by Ruth Logan Herne
Read: 49 pages
Started: Home on the Range, by Ruth Logan Herne
Read: 54 pages

Day 6 – Saturday, January 2, 2017

Continued: Home on the Range, by Ruth Logan Herne
Read: 52 pages

Day 7 – Sunday, January 2, 2017

Continued: Home on the Range, by Ruth Logan Herne
Read: 58 pages

Readathon TBR | Winter Biannual Bibliothon

The Winter Biannual Bibliothon starts Monday, January 9th. Link to all the information.

I am trying to figure out what I’m going to read for this readathon, and I just can’t seem to keep it straight in my head, so here we go ahead with my TBR, so that I can plan! I definitely will NOT be getting to all 7 challenges, or reading more than a couple books. But if I can, I will double up on challenges, hence the difficulty of keeping it all straight.

Here are the challenges:
1. Read the group book: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo:
2. Throwback: Pick any past Bibliothon reading challenge –
3. Read a 2016 new release
4. Read a book a BookTuber recommends to you
5. Read a book you were really excited for but never picked up
6. Read a retelling
7. Read a diverse book

MY TBR (4 books)
1 – Will not be completing, as I do not have this book, nor have the means to get it before it’s needed
2 – Read a book with over 300 pages: The Night Circus my Erin Morganstern
3 – (finishing) Home on the Range, by Ruth Logan Herne
4 – …….?
5 – I’ll Meet You There, by Heather Demetrios
6 – Twilight: Life and Death, by Stephanie Meyer
7 – Probably not happening, unless another just happens to also qualify. Do any of these?! I don’t know how I’m supposed to know that before reading it. lol

Year’s End Overview | 2016

Added books not read: 143 (oooooops…haha)
Unhauled books: 84

Completed books: 60
DNF’d books: 2
Pages: 21,228
Shortest book: 62 pages – Kindred Spirits, by Rainbow Rowell
Longest book: 1448 pages – Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
Least Popular book: Hello, Bicycle: An Inspired Guide to the Two-Wheeled Life, by Anna Brones
Most Popular book:Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell

5 stars: 2 book
4 stars: 33 books
3 stars: 20 books
2 stars: 5 books
1 stars: 0 books

Read 13 new releases:
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Read 5 re-reads:

Finished 4 series:

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Started & Finished 7 series:
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Participated in 7 readathons:
Rainbowthon 2.0 (February)
Slay That Series Readathon (March)
Bout of Books 16 (May)
Booktubathon (July)
Bout of Books 17 (August)
#ReadThemAllThon (August-September)
Tome Topple Readathon (November)

Participated in 4 readalong/buddy reads:
Not a Drop to Drink Readalong (April)
Summer Days, Summer Nights (Pamela/Puffy Books, June)
Vassa in the Night (Lori/ReadingMomof5, November)
Gone with the Wind Readalong (November/December)

Bout of Books 18 | Announcement & TBR

This will be my 7th attempt at Bout of Books readathons! I say attempt, cause I don’t think I accomplished ANYTHING last time. lol

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 2nd and runs through Sunday, January 8th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 18 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I’m hoping to participate again this time, and hopefully do better than the last one. I didn’t do all that well at any readathons last year, but hopefully will do better this year. I love to do them.

So, for my TBR, I am not going to be TOO ambitious. I want to read these, though:

If by some miracle I happen to finish both of these (as I have already started the first one, previously), I will then move onto:
However, I doubt I could then also finish it within this week.

December 2016 | Reading WrapUp & Book Haul

22Title: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies

Author: J.K. Rowling

Book in Series: 1 of 3

Pages: 68

My Rating: 2.5 stars







23Title: Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide

Author: J.K. Rowling

Book in Series: 3 of 3

Pages: 79

My Rating: 4 stars









Title: Gone With the Wind

Author: Margaret Mitchell

Pages: 1449

My Rating: 5 stars







Books added to my shelves this month: