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Day 19: Favorite book turned into a movie

A few posts back, I mentioned that if I watch the movie I won’t read the book and vice versa. Let’s see if I can list a few books.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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When I first read this book, I told my friend that it would make a good movie. Two years later, a movie came out and I enjoyed it. Octavia Spencer was splendid and Viola Davis ran away with my heart and emotions. Legend has it that I am still looking for it up to this day. 😉

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The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

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I am certain that by now, you’re tired of seeing this book pop up, but it was a huge part of my childhood! There are countless versions of this book in movie format, but the 1993 adaptation will always have my heart. 

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The Firm by John Grisham

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I love this book! It was the book that introduced me to this law thrilling author and I couldn’t put it down. Lots of twists and turns as we read about crooked attorneys and great main character development.

This was the book that started it all for Grisham and with Tom Cruise starring in the film adaptation only put the icing on the cake for the author. About the movie? Rien à dire.

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50 Foods #21: Cassoulet

Origin: Languedoc
Date: 1355
Type: Meat and bean stew

I did some research on the Cassoulet for my food project a few years ago. Food history is really interesting! The Cassoulet is said to be from Languedoc, a former province of France. Who would’ve thought that a simple meat and bean stew from the French countryside would become a huge thing in restaurants worldwide? This dish can also be cooked with duck and pork sausages. One can buy canned Cassoulet in France in groceries and supermarkets.

Would I eat it?: Yes, I’ll eat the chicken Cassoulet. 🙂

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50 Foods #20: Peking Duck

Origin: Beijing
Date: From the 14th century
Type: Roast duck

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Peking Duck is considered to be one of China’s national dishes. It has its own museum in Beijing and there’s a KFC breakfast version of the dish available in China. It’s usually served thin sliced.

Would I eat it?: I’ve never eaten duck and I don’t intend to start now.

 

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Book Haul part un

I’ve never done a book haul for the blog before so I am excited to do this. My TBR list is only growing, but I am determined to read many of them this year God’s willing. I try not to buy books every month, but the struggle is real whenever I see a book that I want.

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I also have many books in PDF, but nothing beats holding a physical book in your hands and flipping the pages. Okay, let’s get into it and please ignore the quality of the photos; I’ve had better days.

Girl Online On Tour by Zoe Sugg

I’ll be doing a YouTuber reading challenge sometime this year if time permits me. Zoe Sugg is a YouTuber who also vlogs beauty and fashion. This is #2 in the Girl Online series although I’m yet to read Girl Online. What happened is that when I visited the bookstore that day, I had a dentist appointment and I was in a hurry to get out of town afterward, so I saw the words ‘Girl Online’ and just picked the book up without thinking twice.

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This was a random buy. 🙂

French Kiss and French Twist by James Patterson

I dislike James Patterson’s Book Shots, but when I read that the new detective is French, I couldn’t pass this one up. I’m ready to get my Luc Moncrief on.

Treasure Hunters by James Patterson

I’ve never read the Treasure Hunters series, but this book looks interesting. Also, it’s rated for kids 8-12 years, but it looks like a really great adventure. 

Almost Home by Ted N.C. Wilson

My sister bought this book for me. It’s basically a collection of sermons of how we as Christians expecting Christ’s return should be living. I can’t wait to get into this.

Crossing the Line by Frédérique Molay

This author is known as the “French Michael Connelly” and I hope she lives up to the name. I am eager to read about the Parisian justice system as well.

The Two-Witness Rule by William Eleazer

Set in Savannah Georgia, a defense attorney is accused of paying witnesses to commit perjury in a criminal trial. I love legal fiction, so I hope this book hits the spot. 

Almost French by Sarah Turnbull

I love reading about people’s experiences with the French culture whether good or bad and I can’t wait to read Sarah’s account.

Yu-Gi-Oh! by Kazuki Takahashi

I’ve had this book for a while now and it’s been on my TBR list ever since I got it, but I see it more like a collectible. 

Courtroom 302 by Steve Bogira

For the love of all things law!

Ordinary Justice: How America Holds Court by Amy Bach

Another American law book.

The Franklin Scandal by Nick Bryant

This book is an account of child-trafficking and pedophilia ring in the United States and how the government covers up corruption. I recall the Omaha Franklin Federal Credit Union scandal in 1988 and I had to get this book.

The Gordian Knot by Bernhard Schlink

I only got this book because the south of France is featured.

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Day 17: Favorite quote from your favorite book

The Bible

I love God’s Word! Although there are many beautiful scriptures that I’ve memorized overtime, Proverbs 18:10 will always be my go-to when I need comfort/strength.

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The Three Musketeers

All for one, and one for all! I love this motto because Athos, Aramis, Porthos, and d’Artagnan stayed loyal to each other through everything.

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50 Foods #19: Frankfurter

Origin: Frankfurt am Main
Date: From the 12th century
Type: Finely ground smoked pork sausage

Although the author mentioned it, I recall reading about the history of the frankfurter because I had to research for a food history project. It was the 19th century when German soldiers emigrated to America. They were the ones responsible for bringing frankfurters to the USA and knowing the Americans, they can take ANYTHING and create food, hence the hotdog (another story for another time).

Would I eat it?: Nope!

Otto von Bismarck said it best, “Laws are like sausages. It is better not to see them being made.”

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