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Twirling Naked in the Streets and No One Noticed

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There I was, strolling through lists of books on Goodreads when a cover caught my eye (I am not ashamed to admit I totally judge books by their covers). It was a photo of a little girl in a pink tutu sitting on the floor. Then I saw the title: Twirling Naked in the Streets and No One Noticed: Growing Up With Undiagnosed Autism. I was intrigued.




I had to read it. I was wanting to read something outside of my normal fare anyway, add a little non-fiction to my historical fiction and young adult fantasy.  Also, I've been feeling that Autism Spectrum Disorder is something that I personally need to be more aware of, especially as a future librarian who wants to work with children and teens.  Since April is Autism Awareness Month this was the perfect time to read this book.

Twirling Naked in the Streets and No One Noticed is Jeannie's memior. It chronicles her life from the age of three through finally being diagnosed with Asperger's in her thirties.  From the outside you would ne…

Reels & Reads: Stardust

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Hello Book Nerds! Welcome to March's installment of Reels and Reads. What is Reels and Reads? It's a (roughly) monthly post where I try to compare movies to their books without being too nitpicky (SPOILERS, obviously). After all, we all know that the book is almost always better.



March is all about Stardust.



This is one of the few times that I saw the movie before I read the book (well, I listened to the audiobook). Indeed, I fell in love with the movie (it is one of my absolute favorites) years before I realized it was based on a book. 
The story in a nutshell: Tristran Thorn crosses the wall (which no one does) to retrieve a fallen star and win the heart of his one true love. Along the way he runs into bloodthirsty princes, evil ancient witches, and lightning-catching sky pirates.
Let's start with the littlechange that bothered me in a BIG way:

There are no little changes between the book and the movie. There are only massive changes. Seriously. The character names are the …

Reels & Reads: Insurgent

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Hello Book Nerds! Welcome to February's (slightly late) installment of Reels and Reads. What is Reels and Reads? It's a (hopefully) monthly post where I try to compare movies to their books without being too nitpicky (SPOILERS, obviously). After all, we all know that the book is almost always better.
February is all about Insurgent.
Better late than never, right? This was quite a popular title at the library this month, so I had to wait my turn. I loved Divergent, but I just had a hard time getting into Insurgent.  The book felt drawn out and I was bored through most of it, but the movie felt rushed.
Let's start with the littlechange that bothered me in a BIG way: Hmm, little change? I think most of the changes were pretty big: the box, scanning people to see what percent Divergent they were, the wildly different simulations, Tris' rescue... Ugh, I just can't even with this movie. 
At least they got the blue armbands of the dauntless traitors right.
Oh, no, I've…

Reels & Reads: Divergent

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Hello Book Nerds! Welcome to January's installment of Reels and Reads. What is Reels and Reads? It's a (hopefully) monthly post where I try to compare movies to their books without being too nitpicky (SPOILERS, obviously). After all, we all know that the book is almost always better.
January is all about Divergent.
Let's start with the littlechange that bothered me in a BIG way: It was supposed to be CHEESE!
In the book, when Tris has her first simulation test she has to choose between a knife or cheese. In the movie, the choice is a knife or a chunk of meat. I can hear you all saying, "Brittany, that's an insignificant change!" No it's really not. Let me tell you why. I like to put myself into the story and imagine what I would do. Given the choice of a knife or cheese, I would choose cheese. But, given the choice of a knife or meat, I would choose the knife. That completely changes my faction! Ugh.
And about the characters...
Who Didn't Make the Cut: I…

Reels & Reads: An Introduction

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As book nerds, we all know that Hollywood's interpretation and visualization of a book doesn't always quite match our own. With that in mind, I'm starting a new monthly post called Reels & Reads.  On the last Friday of every month (hopefully!) I'll be discussing a book and Hollywood's attempt to bring it to life. I won't be nitpicking every single little detail that is different. I'm sure you can find that elsewhere if that is what you want to read. I will be writing about how the characters and setting appear in my head (and yours) vs. how they're portrayed on screen and whether the spirit of the movie matches that of the book. And, okay, I'll probably pick a tiny difference that bothers me WAY more than it should. 
Do you have a fave (or least fave) adaptation that you want to discuss? I'd LOVE for you to be a guest on the blog! Just send me an e-mail and we'll schedule something.
In no particular order, here are some books/movies that I…

Challenge Check

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Happy 2016 book nerds! This time last year I was signing up for reading challenges. I chose three reading challenges for 2015...and I failed every single one of them. Let's take a look:

The challenge I came closest to completing: Goodreads Actually, I probably did technically complete this one. I listened to a couple of the Harry Potter audiobooks on repeat and I don't include rereads (or re-listens?) on Goodreads.
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The challenge I was most excited about: The Fairy Tale Challenge This one is hosted by Mel at The Daily Prophecy. My goal was to reach the "Magic Mirror" level by reading 5-9 fairy tale retellings. I got so close.... 1) The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson (review). This one was a retelling of Snow White. 2) The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (I thought I wrote a review of this one, but apparently I didn't. I'll work on that). Hale's tell is remarkably close to the original story. 3) Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (review to come). This is a…

Scarlet Guard Mission #2

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If you've read my blog at all, you know I love Red Queen. I can't wait for the story to continue. Check out this new quote from the sequel, Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard: