Month: April 2014

Apr 29

If you like The Walking Dead, Read This! (Top Ten Tuesday)

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Howdy Bookworms!

It’s Tuesday again, which is mind boggling, because seriously, where does the time go? This week the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish have challenged us to make a list “for fans of.” IE, if you like a certain TV show, here’s a bunch of books you might dig… So OF COURSE I went with one of my favorite shows EVER, The Walking Dead. Because ZOMBIES!


1. The Walking Dead Comics by Robert Kirkman: It is 100 percent hypocritical of me to list this as I’ve not read them myself. BUT. I want to. And I hope to. And you should join me.

2. The Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant:  I loved these sooooo much! Feed (review), Blackout (review), and Deadline (review) presented such a creative take on the whole zombie genre that I was hooked from the very beginning. Plus, all the internet and bloggy goodness made it extra super appealing. And science. SCIENCE. Just read them, okay?

3. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion: I may have spoken too soon when I talked about a unique take on zombie lore, because Warm Bodies (review) is definitely off the zombie shuffled path. It’s a light-hearted, quirky little romance starring a dead guy. Seriously so much fun. Check it out!


4. World War Z by Max Brooks: I read this when I was going through my first round of withdrawal while  The Walking Dead was on hiatus, and it did not disappoint. I had a lot of nightmares while reading this, but it was totally worth it. I make nightmare exceptions when it comes to zombies. (review)

5. The Road by Cormac McCarthy: There are no zombies to be had in this book, but the humans are bad enough to make up for the lack of supernatural monsters. The bleakest post-apocalyptic view of the world I’ve ever read. If this doesn’t creep you out, I don’t know what will. It’s pretty fantastic. (review)

6. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank: Aside from the gore and special effects elements on The Walking Deadwhat’s always really pulled me in is the way it looks at humanity once the thin veneer of civility is rubbed away. Any disaster scenario would suffice for that sort of insight, and nuclear war is certainly one way to destroy civilization. I really enjoyed Pat Frank’s vision of nuclear war’s aftermath in Alas, Babylon. (review)


7. The Stand by Stephen King: Again, no zombies here, but there’s contagion for sure! Captain Tripps the super flu has successfully killed off most of the world’s population leaving the survivors to fend for themselves. No modern conveniences and a mysterious supernatural undertone makes this book something amazing. (review)

8. The Passage by Justin Cronin: This book created a whole new breed of monster. Sort of vamire-ish, sort of zombie-ish, this government experiment gone wrong successfully brought about an apocalypse. Watching the survivors fight to maintain something approaching a “normal” way of life is haunting and awesome. (review)

9. I Am Legend  by Richard Matheson: Similar to The Passagethough much older, I Am Legend  twists zombie and vampire lore into a new breed of terror. The last man on earth tries to take a stand against the encroaching new race of vampires- it’s epic. (review)

10. The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonasinga: I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the creators of The Walking Dead  comics have written some novels that dovetail with the comics (for those of us who don’t typically go in for comic books, presumably.) I read the first in this trilogy and found it to be a great companion read for anyone in the fandom. (review)


There you have it. ZOMBIES a la Katie. Do any of you Bookworms like The Walking Deadand how much do you hate the long hiatus?!

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Apr 28

I Am Livia (A TLC Book Tour and GIVEAWAY!)

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Friends, Romans, Bookworms, lend me your ears!

If you’re been around this little corner of the internet a while, you’ll know that I”m a huge fan of historical fiction. Unfortunately, sometimes I find myself in a bit of a rut as far as the historical periods I travel to… The Tudors and I are perhaps a bit too well-acquainted. I was recently contacted by TLC Book Tours with a request to review Phyllis T. Smith’s new novel, I Am Livia and I jumped at the chance. We’re going to ancient Rome, y’all! *I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

i am livia tlc This book opens on the eve of Julius Caesar’s assassination. 14 year old Livia overhears her father and some of his political companions discussing the plot. Livia possesses a keen political mind, despite her age and the fact that Roman women were discouraged from participating in the public sphere… Overtly, at least. She knows that this plot is fraught with danger and that it could threaten her family’s existence as they know it.

Et tu, Brut? And all that comes to pass, and Rome is plunged into political upheaval. Livia is hastily married off to one of her father’s political connections. She isn’t excited about the proposition, but after her father implores to her patriotism and she goes through with the wedding.

One day at the chariot races seated next to her new husband, Livia meets Julius Caesar’s heir, Octavianus. She’s a teenager. He’s a teenager. And he’s hot. A bit of witty repartee and some flirtatious banter follow, but as the wife of a politically active senator, everybody keeps their togas on. What Livia doesn’t know is what a huge impact she and Octavianus will have on one another’s lives…

YOU GUYS! I loved this book! It was so refreshing to read about ancient Rome. I’ve never read any Roman historical fiction, so I learned a TON of stuff. I’m not silly enough to think that reading historical fiction is the same as doing a super scholarly study or anything, but this book painted a fabulous picture of Roman life. I mean, they ate lounging on couches. There were DASTARDLY doings in the political sphere. There were honor suicides and gladiator battles and scandals galore. I couldn’t put this book down, I just HAD TO KNOW. I am super excited to be able to share it with you, because the awesome folks at TLC Book Tours have offered to let me give away a copy of I Am Livia to one of you, my fabulous bookworms… Or at least the ones in the US and Canada (sorry international folks!) Enter below!
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Apr 25

Fellowship of the Worms Announcement: Northanger Abbey

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How Now, Bookworms?

It’s been a little while since our last installment of The Fellowship of the Worms, so it’s about time for another selection, methinks. I was talking to one of my favorite Bookworms (hi Ashley Z!) on Facebook about this month’s book choice, and she mentioned she had a hankering for a classic. I’ve been meaning to read some more Jane Austen for a while now, so it seemed like a serendipitous opportunity. I’ve chosen Northanger Abbey! (Cue applause.)

northangerabbey I have a road trip I’m planning to make in May so I’m considering listening to the audio version on the long drive. I don’t typically listen to audio books except in the case of a road trip, so it’ll be an adventure. Here’s the synopsis via Goodreads:

A wonderfully entertaining coming-of-age story, Northanger Abbey is often referred to as Jane Austen’s “Gothic parody.” Decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers give the story an uncanny air, but one with a decidedly satirical twist.

The story’s unlikely heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry’s mother? Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine finds dreadful portents in the most prosaic events, until Henry persuades her to see the peril in confusing life with art.

Executed with high-spirited gusto, Northanger Abbey is the most lighthearted of Jane Austen’s novels, yet at its core this delightful novel is a serious, unsentimental commentary on love and marriage.

I’ve heard that this book is one of Austen’s cheekier novels, so I’m looking forward to it. An exciting perk of choosing this book is that you can download a Kindle version for FREE. That’s zero dollars and zero cents, and there should be copies-a-plenty at your local library. I will be posting discussion questions and my thoughts on May 30. As always, I will be relying on your participation to make me feel less alone in the universe. If you’d like to join in the discussion (please, oh please?) you can leave comments on the post, answer the questions I pose in a blog post of your own, or simply link up a review you’ve written of Northanger Abbey

Group reading really is the best way to do the classics, don’t you think? Who’s with me?


Apr 24

Give Me a Head of Hair, Long, Beautiful Hair: Cress by Marissa Meyer

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Hello Bookity Bookworms!

You know I dig a fractured fairy tale, right? I just finished up the latest installment of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles by reading Cress. If you’re interested, I read and reviewed both Cinder (review) and Scarlet (review) once upon a time as well. Re-reading those posts, I don’t think they reflect how much I really enjoyed these books. I’m going to try to be better this time! Obviously, this is the third book in the series, so talking about it might be a little SPOILERY for the preceding books, and maybe a tiny bit spoilery for Cress  (but only if you can’t guess at super obvious things.) Of course, the books are all based on fairy tales, so you probably know where it’s going anyway. Still. Warning.

cressCress is a retelling of Rapunzel. Cress was born on the moon, but since the Lunars are all evil and stuff, she was sent to die when it was discovered she was a “shell” (that’s the equivalent of a Squib to you Potterheads.) Instead of being killed, Cress was raised in some creepy moon tunnels and imprisoned in a satellite when her talent for computer programming and hacking was discerned. She was stuck in the satellite (er, “tower”) and her hair grew super long. Then, you know, Cinder and Scarlet and the gang are chilling in their spaceship and decide to rescue Cress. Only, things go wrong, adventure ensues. Adventure with androids and spaceships and crashes and deserts and wicked Lunars, naturally.

I think this series is a blast- it’s a lot of fun to toy around with fairy tales and give them new life. As far as Cress goes, I liked that Meyer didn’t fixate on the whole hair thing overmuch, and used some of the elements of the Rapunzel legend that people tend to forget about. Thorne as a character reminds me a LOT of the dashing Flynn Rider (or Eugene Fitzherbert, as it were) from Disney’s Tangled. The thing is, it felt a little too borrowed maybe, because in old school Rapunzel, the handsome prince was just a plain old prince, not a bad boy gone good. That said, I still totally would have fallen for a smolder look from Thorne.

And because I’m nitpicking, Wolf’s ongoing obsession with Scarlet felt very Twilight to me— the fixation seemed a lot like the whole “imprinting” thing. Then again, wolves do have their alphas, so maybe that’s more a wolf trait than a Twilight trait? I don’t know. I’m pretty sure if it came to a wolf fight, Wolf the mutant super soldier could kick Jacob Black’s furry backside. I’m pretty stoked for the final installment, because it’s based on Snow White , and I’m anticipating the mother of all happily ever afters!

Bookworms! I must know. Anybody else out there digging The Lunar Chronicles? Do you love a good fractured fairy tale? What’s your favorite? I’m all ears! (The better to hear you with, of course.)

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Apr 22

Top Ten Bookish Characters

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Greetings Bookworms,

It’s Tuesday again! I love joining the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish in their list making endeavors, and this week is no exception. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Characters Who…” YES, they are letting me FILL IN THE BLANK! I’m going to make a list of characters who are BOOKISH. Wahoo!


1. Francie Nolan from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith: Francie, Francie, Francie! The tenements of Brooklyn in the early 1900s weren’t the easiest place for a bookworm to grow up, but Francie had her library card and a fire escape. (my review)

2. Hermione Granger from The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling: Seriously, how many times would Harry and Ron have died if it hadn’t been for Hermione and her bookish wisdom? Brilliant.

3.  Joan from Pope Joan by Diana Woolfolk Cross: To be a bookworm and a girl in the dark ages was darn near impossible, especially if your dad was a super jerkface and opposes your education at every turn. (my review)


4. Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: Ever since I first read this book in high school, I’ve toyed with the idea of reading all the books Charlie’s English teacher gave him as special assignments. Maybe that should go on my bookish bucket list? (my review)

5. Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” This. Just this.

6. Jo March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: Jo March is one of my all time favorite characters. I don’t know what it is about Little Womenbut it will always have a special place in my heart.

7. Tyrion Lannister from the Song of Ice and Fire Series by George RR Martin: I might be a little obsessed with Tyrion. He is SO AWESOME.


8. CeeCee Honeycutt from (appropriately) Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman: All the girl wants to take with her when she leaves home is her box of beloved books. SOMEBODY GET ME A HANKIE! (my review)

9. Alaska Young from (also appropriately) Looking for Alaska by John Green: Alaska’s life’s library with her stacks and stacks of thrift store and garage sale books made me feel a strange kinship to the manic pixie dream girl. (my review)

10. Liesel from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: The girl steals books, for heaven’s sake. Despite a rocky start with reading, Liesel learns to love the written word and, just… Oh man. Just read it, okay? (my review)



My dear, dear bookworms, I know I haven’t done justice to the great bookish characters in the world, I’ve merely scratched the surface. Who are some of your favorites?

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Apr 21

Six Degrees of Separation: Burial Rites (Or, How Katie is a Big Cheater-Face.)

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Greetings Bookworms!

I recently discovered this fantastic new meme through Rory at Fourth Street Review that’s put on by Annabel Smith and Emma Chapman. Once a month Annabel and Emma will choose a book they both enjoyed. Readers will be tasked with creating a 6-degrees-of-separation chain beginning with said book. There’s a ton of room for creativity, because there are no guidelines on the connections. Whatever you feel is fair game, and that’s totally my kind of meme!


I know it might be a bit presumptuous to cheat this system since it’s my first time at this particular rodeo, but the starting point for this month was Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (my review). I actually came up with several different chains, but I liked the initial connections of all of them SO MUCH that I decided just to make a six lists of one separation… Or something. You’ll see what I’m talking about in a minute, I swear. READY?!

1. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan: Alright, this connection is tenuous, I’ll admit, but these are the things that jump out at me. YOGURT. While reading Burial Rites, I kept googling things I hadn’t heard of, particularly the food. Skyr is a traditional Icelandic food that is apparently similar to yogurt. There was a point in A Visit from the Goon Squad where they discussed one of the girls’ mothers making homemade yogurt. I didn’t actually like the book but that whole yogurt thing made an impression.

2. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy: I saw soooo many parallels between Agnes and Tess! The tragic ends and the circumstances and the heartbreak. I just. Yeah. Agnes and Tess are like soul sisters.

3. The Green Mile by Stephen King: It’s hard to not connect this book with Burial Rites, I mean, they’re both about characters awaiting their executions. And they’re both pretty fabulous. It works. (my review)


4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson: I couldn’t help but link this series to Burial Rites. It’s got to do with the whole Nordic vibe and the less than awesome justice system Lisbeth and Agnes were subjected to. Plus, the court representatives in both books were pretty big douche canoes, so, yeah.

5. The Road by Cormac McCarthy: I was really struck at some of the description of Icelandic winters while reading Burial RitesIt sounded so darn BLEAK. The only landscape I could conjure up that was anywhere close to the Icelandic winter was the post apocalyptic nightmare Cormac McCarthy put together. And I thought Illinois sucked in the winter. (my review)

6. The Remedy by Thomas Goetz: Nobody can cough up blood without me thinking they have TB, and nobody can have TB without me thinking of The Remedy! The matriarch of the farm where Agnes is held is struggling with some suspiciously tuberculosis-like symptoms. I’m just saying. (my review)

There we have it! Katie’s cheater-cheater version of Six Degrees of Separation. Are there any books that you might link to Burial RitesTell me about it, Bookworms!

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Apr 17

Just Around The Riverbend: An Idiosyncratic Lit List

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Ahoy Bookworms!

I’m feeling listy and rather nautical. Being the landlocked lady that I am, I have no access to an ocean. I do, however, get to drive to and fro over the Illinois River on the daily. Remember how much fun we had talking about books linked by wind? Let’s play that again, only this time, we’re using “river” as our linking word. On your mark, get set, ROW! (Ah, I kid. A little river pun for you.)



1. The River of No Return by Bee Ridgeway: Time travel romance is totally my jam, so I loved the crap out of this book. You can travel through time (if you’re the right sort of person) on the river of human emotion. Hello, awesome concept, nice to see you! (my review)

2. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton: A glittery society party in the 1920s at a swanky English country estate lead to tragedy. The key to unlocking the mystery behind the debacle may lie in the memories of an elderly house maid. Part mystery, part love story, part servant life, this book has a little bit of everything. (my review)

just around the riverbend

3. Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi: I don’t know how often I can rave about this book, but let’s do it once more for good measure, shall we? Trudi Montag is a dwarf living in Nazi Germany. Trudi’s insider view of Nazi Germany on the home front combined with her outsider’s view of society as someone inherently different offer a stunning portrait of society, war, and love. Basically? This book kicks butt. Read it now.

What say you, Bookworms? Any fabulous “river” titles I’m missing out on? 

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Apr 16

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

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Halló Bookworms,

Today we’re going to Iceland. Yes, the land of Björk and that volcano that destroyed air travel for a time in 2010 (Eyjafjallajökull, say that three times fast!) Every blogger in all the land, it seems, read and adored Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, and I could no longer in good conscience go about having not read it. Call it peer pressure. In any case, I just finished reading Burial Rites, and I’m going to tell you all about it. Whether you like it or not. Because I’m just like that.

burial ritesBurial Rites tells the story of Agnes. Agnes is accused of the murder of her employer and one of his associates. She was convicted of the crime with along with two companions, and sentenced to death. It’s 1829. And it’s Iceland. They didn’t exactly have a great prison system infrastructure, so they sent Agnes to  the modest family farm of a low ranking government official to await her execution.

At first the family is pretty freaked out at the idea of keeping a convicted murderer in their home. They live in an old-school Icelandic dwelling where everyone sleeps in a single room- a murderer in their home meant a murderer in their bedroom. Agnes isn’t really what they expect, though. She’s not some blood-thirsty knife-wielding psycho, she’s a woman well versed in farm work who never balks at the icky tasks. As time goes on, Agnes’s heartbreaking story slowly comes to light.

The novel is based in part on a true story- Agnes did, in fact, live. She was convicted of murder in 1829 and sentenced to death. Hannah Kent did a beautiful job of giving a voice to a person who would otherwise be lost to history. A gorgeous, heart-wrenching book.

I really enjoyed Burial Rites, but I’ve got to admit I fell down the Wikipedia rabbit hole several times while reading this. I know virtually nothing about Iceland, so I kept looking things up. My real stumbling block, though, was the names. Holy cow, Icelandic, man. Accent marks and umlauts and discordant groupings of consonants! I’ve heard that Finnish is the most difficult language to learn (that’s according to an eccentric English professor I once had) but Icelandic has got to be right up there. Wowza.

Talk to me, Bookworms. Do you know much about Iceland? What are your immediate associations with it? (Anybody who says D2: The Mighty Ducks gets 5 knucklepuck points!)

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Apr 15

Bookish Accoutrements: Top Ten Tuesday

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Howdy Bookworms,

It’s Tuesday again, and with that comes the opportunity to make a list… With a group. I’m a JOINER, see? (Well. A digital joiner. Maybe kind of. Whatever.) This week the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish have challenged the book blogosphere to make a list of bookish things we’d like to own… You know, that aren’t books. This is bound to get ridiculous. Are you ready?!


1. A personal library with sliding ladder. I don’t care that it’s impractical to live in a dwelling so large as to have a dedicated library. I don’t care that I read most of my books digitally. Maybe if I had my own LIBRARY, I wouldn’t need the digital storage space. And what’s a library without a sliding ladder?!

2. A Castle. Did I not mention that I wanted my library to be in a castle? Because I do. Castles are obviously the most bookish dwelling. (In place of a moat, though, I’ll install a lazy river for me to float around whilst reading my books. Nice right?)

3. This Alice in Wonderland necklace from Modcloth. Because Alice is my homegirl.

4. Cute Penguin Bookends. Why the heck not?


5. A new booklight. This isn’t imperative at the moment, thanks to my GLORIOUS Kindle Paperwhite, but when I want to read a physical book in bed, I still use a book light. The one I have now is just okay… Maybe I’m spoiled by the back lighting I’m used to, but my current external booklight doesn’t seem to illuminate as well as I’d like.

6. A Bookish Scarf. I like wearing scarves, they’re a fun little accessory. I’d like a bookish one. I’ve seen one that contains the text of Pride and Prejudice that I covet. COVET.

7. Bookish Drinkware. What better to use to sip your coffee while reading than a bookish mug? I mean, really. And, you know, if you wanted to be super awesome, you could order one from my Zazzle store.

I should probably stop there. I mean, I already told you I want a castle complete with library, sliding ladders, and a lazy river. I think that’s about all the crazy the internet has time for today.
What about you, bookworms? Anything bookish you’ve had your eye on lately?
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Apr 14

How I Was April Fooled by The Princess Bride

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Hey there, Bookworms!

I am typically a curmudgeon about books that become movies. I am often underwhelmed and find myself keeping score of what they changed to adapt the book to the screen and why Hollywood was wrong for doing it. Things were all kinds of different for me when it came to The Princess Bride. I have seen the movie about a zillion times, starting when I was a kid. I didn’t realize it was adapted from a book until waaaaay after I’d perfected my “INCONCEIVABLE!” I was curious, though, so I decided I’d tackle the book version, formally titled The Princess Bride: An Illustrated Edition of S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman. (It’s quite a mouthful.)

I’ve mentioned that I’m pretty gullible, right? If Goldman had been playing an April Fool’s prank with this book, I’d totally have fallen for it. Goldman begins the book by saying that he isn’t writing the story, but abridging a classic work of literature his father read to him while he was recovering from pneumonia as a child. He claimed his father was a Florinese immigrant, that the tales within the book were at least partially true (if not a bit embellished, as such tales often are), and that he was merely paraphrasing another’s work. I THOUGHT that Florin and Guilder sounded like fake countries, but my knowledge of Europe is not infallible. They could very well have been countries at one point once upon a time and then been swallowed up. I mean, Poland lost its “I’m a country” status plenty of times throughout history, the poor dear.

Despite my innate gullibility, it wasn’t long before my BS meter started pinging, and I turned to Wikipedia. Not only is there no original work by S. Morgenstern, there’s no Florin or Guilder (they sound familiar because they used to be currency.) Heck, even the wife and son Goldman claims to have are fictional. The Princess Bride was actually inspired by stories Goldman used to tell his daughters, and he masterminded the whole thing, fake countries and all. Well played, Goldman.

I deserve the mocking. (Source)

I deserve the mocking. (Source)

After I stopped feeling like a nincompoop, I settled in to enjoy the story. The bulk of the action plays out very similarly to the movie- it’s a pretty faithful adaptation. The Grandfather and Fred Savage bits are indeed quite different, but it still totally works. Fabulous example of book to movie done right, if you ask me. If you haven’t seen The Princess Bride or read the book, you should probably stop what you’re doing right now and go do one or the other. How does one go through life without these critical cultural references? I mean, there’s FEZZIK, the coolest soft-hearted giant ever! (The coolest soft-hearted half-giant is, of course, Hagrid.) Evil Humperdink and the 6 fingered Count Rugen. Miracle friggin MAX! Westley and Buttercup and their grand romance… “As you wish…” Siiiiigh. And of course, there’s this:


REVENGE! (source)

Just read it. Or watch it. Okay? If you need MORE reasons, check out Trish from Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity and her fabulous post (and more GIF-y goodness) 10 Life Lessons from The Princess Bride.

I know a ton of you Bookworms have seen and/or read The Princess Bride. Tell me your favorite moments! 

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