Sunday News #57

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Feeling

I’m feeling less meh this week. I went to lunch with Corey during the week and we went to the movies a couple of times. I also hung out with my friend on Monday and attended book club on Friday.

Blogging

Here’s what I posted on the blog this week:

Reading

I finished reading THIS SPELLS LOVE by Kate Robb and I also read DATING DR. DIL by Nisha Sharma. My reviews will be posting soon.

I listened to about 30 minutes of THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO audiobook while I was driving this week. At this rate, I won’t finish it until the end of next year, lol.

Listening

Since I’ve been watching PRETTY LITTLE LIARS and I’ve listened to the opening song a lot lately, I thought I’d share it with you this week. It’s very short, but I still like the song.

Watching

Corey and I saw the new Dune movie in the theater twice this week. The first time was on Thursday and the second time was with some friends on Saturday. I loved the first Dune movie. I thought it was a really good adaptation. I think the new one is a fantastic movie by itself AND it pissed me off, lol. For those of you who don’t know, DUNE is my all-time favorite book. It has been since I was 17 so the movies had a lot to live up to. I really disliked how much they changed Chani’s character and I disliked what they did to the ending. I’m pretty sure Denis Villeneuve did it the way he did because he wants to make a third movie that follows part or all of DUNE MESSIAH. I’m okay if he makes another one. I just wish he would’ve finished the first book first before going into the next story.

Loving

I love Starbucks’ venti decaf iced lattes with vanilla syrup. I discovered these about six months ago. Before then, I didn’t drink coffee. Now, I’m obsessed. Whenever I need a pick-me-up emotionally, I can count on my coffee order to lift my spirits.

Wanting

I want to grow my hair out. I’ve had it in a pixie cut for most of my adult life. I’ve decided I want to grow it out to my shoulders at least. Right now, however, my hair is in that unmanageable phase when you grow it out. I’m trying to resist the urge to chop it off so I don’t look like a shagged dog anymore.

Needing

I need to remind you that my friend Suey’s hosting a FAIRY TALE read-along this month. Check out her post on TheStoryGraph.

How was your week? Anything exciting happen?

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Hi, I'm Jenni. I’m an eclectic reader. I mostly read fiction and I favor fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers, and romance. The more kissing in a book the better!
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  1. Idea-ist
    Idea-ist says:

    I’ve read Dune, and it wasn’t one of my favorites, but I thought the movie was great! I probably won’t see it until it’s out on Amazon Prime to rent, but I’m really looking forward to it, although I agree that the shouldn’t change characters around.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I hope you like the second movie just as much as you liked the first one. If I didn’t love DUNE as much as I do, I’m sure I’d be totally fine with the movie, lol. 😀

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  2. mae
    mae says:

    It seems funny to me that so many people find the Count of Monte Cristo hard going, because in its time, it was very popular reading for very not-intellectual readers. Not supposed to be challenging at all. Maybe you’ll read it in less than 2 years.
    best,mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I’m not a huge fan of classics. I’ve read quite a few and I just don’t enjoy them as much as I enjoy other books I read. That’s why I’m reading THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO as slowly as I am. It’s not because I’m not an intellectual person.

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  3. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books says:

    Growing out short hair in an exercise in extreme patience. 🙂 I just got mine trimmed yesterday so it just touches my shoulders, which is the perfect length for me. Good luck growing it out… I bet you’ll love it!

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  4. Helen Murdoch
    Helen Murdoch says:

    I am also growing my hair out and have (thankfully) gotten past the awkward stage. Stick with it!

    Pretty Little Liars is such a great series, I hope you’re enjoying it.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Yay! 😀 I’m glad you’re past the awkward stage. I can’t wait to be at that point, lol.

      I am enjoying the series. I’m so curious about what’s going on.

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  5. Margaret
    Margaret says:

    I did notice that “Dune” was your favorite book! I liked but didn’t love the first film. It somehow dumbed down the book, in my opinion. The Dune world is complex though so it makes sense that they would have to–especially for those who haven’t read the books.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I totally get that. I also think Dune: Part 1 was dumbed down. I think, like you said, it was for people who haven’t read the book. I felt like it kept the essence of the story the same, though, so that’s why I loved it as much as I did. Dune: Part 2, on the other hand, ugh!

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  6. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Deb Nance at Readerbuzz says:

    I’m glad you are feeling less meh!

    I am looking forward to seeing the next Dune movie. I almost always get upset when I see a movie made from a book I love. I’ve read Dune, but it was long, long ago, so I think I’ll be okay.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Deb! 😀 Me too. I hope you enjoy Dune 2. I think since you haven’t read it for years, you’ll probably love the movie. Too bad, I didn’t remember the story as well as I do. Ha!

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  7. Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature)
    Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature) says:

    I need to get out to the movies, there are a few I want to see! I liked the first Dune too. But I haven’t read the books, so that probably will make a difference when I go see the second movie for me. Hoping to check out your reviews of the books you finished this past week when I get a chance! Have a great week!

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I hope you like Dune 2. You’ll have to let me know what you think since you haven’t read the books. Corey loved the movie. He also hasn’t read them. 😀

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  8. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Anne - Books of My Heart says:

    I like going to movies but almost never do, even before Covid. We did for awhile when there was a $1.99 theater near our house but I guess that’s almost 20 years ago. I don’t watch very much I do a lot more reading. I did read all the Dune books when I was college age and have my original paperbacks.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      We had a $2 theater long ago as well. I miss those days. Although, I’d rather pay more for the chance of seeing it in stadium seating, lounge chairs, and big screens. The $2 was nice, though.

      I’ve only read DUNE. I’ve heard from so many people that the series goes down hill after the first one so I’ve never read them. I don’t what it to affect how much I love it. 😀

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Bonnie! 😀 It took me a little bit to figure out how I wanted to do my Before I Blogged feature. It’s so hard to know how to showcase those books.

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  9. Haze @ The Book Haze
    Haze @ The Book Haze says:

    Yayy! I’m really glad to have found out about the Fairy Tale readalong from you. It’s a reread for me and I’m excited to read it again, but I don’t think I’ll be able to start until next week or so. I’ll catch up though! I’m sorry you’re going so slowly with The Count of Monte Cristo, I hope you’ll hang in there!

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I’m glad you’re excited about it. I’m struggling with wanting to read FAIRY TALE at all, lol. I’ve started it and I’m through the first chapter, but yeah. I’m feeling that way about reading in general right now.

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