Books & Reviews 📚

Books I’m anticipating this year

Eh, more like book, for I’m still making my pitiful way through my TBR. Not only that, but I’m not feeling the garbage passing off as books lately. As far as anticipating books this year goes, I’ve been looking forward to Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Peña since April 2017. I dislike the cover, though, for Clark Kent be out here looking like a grown version of Harry Potter. Eww!

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Release Date: March 5th, 2019

Superman flies around saving people, his hair is sleek, he’s much too handsome, and his eyes too blue. In short, he’s perfect. I get it. I get why people dislike him because he’s so perfect that it’s unbelievably boring. But he’s not perfect otherwise he wouldn’t be humbled by kryptonite. And it’s the ONE THING I’ve always hated about Superman! Stupid kryptonite-inflicted injuries!

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But in this book, we go back to Clark Kent’s youthful days in Smallville where he grew up. I’m here for it, but looking back at the TV series Smallville, I had a love-hate relationship with that show. In season 1, Clark is OBSESSED with Lana Lane when Chole was right in front of him. What am I talking about? Everyone in Smallville was obsessed with Lana that at times, I forgot the show was about Clark. I eventually stopped watching before the 4th season or so, but Tom Welling made a fantastic Clark!

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Best looking Kent ever, hands down!

Lex, on the other hand, was a little too creepy for my liking and he looked at Clark as if he was a snack. If I recall correctly, whenever the wealthy bald headed eccentric stood a bit too close to the oblivious nerdy attractive hunk of a teenage Superman, Lex’s gaze tended to linger on Clark’s eyes or lips.

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Get you, someone, the way Lex looks at Clark.

So, yeah, this is the only book I’ll like to read for 2019. If other books happen to catch my interest, then I might be game.  

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Oh, wait, there’s one more:

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Release Date: April 02nd, 2019

Matthew Gray Gubler (ladies and nerds, you may know him as Dr. Spencer Reid so there’s no need to even mention the show he’s on) has finally released his labor of love. I recall MGG working on a book a few years ago and now that it’s finally here, I just have to get a copy. If I’m not mistaken, the book is painstakingly handwritten and the cover is also illustrated by him so kudos to the man.

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Yep, that’s MGG’s eligible handwriting and drawing. 

He also narrated it. 

He was involved in every single process from writing to publishing and I can’t wait to hold the end result in my hands… even if I end up not liking it. The book is also a #1 New York Times Best Seller.

He even wore a banana shirt to the narration! 

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‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul’: Charlie Wright, I give this one to you, but…

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STORYLINE: Greg Heffley is looking forward to a long summer of just hanging out, but his mother forces the entire family to take a road trip for a relative’s birthday celebration.

The Long Haul is the fourth film of the DOAWK franchise and it features an all-new cast: Jason Drucker as Greg Heffley, Alicia Silverstone as Susan Heffley, Tom Everett Scott as Frank Heffley, Dylan Walters as Manny Heffley and Charlie Wright as Rodrick Heffley. Before I go on, this is Charlie Wright:

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This story is the unfortunate road trip genre. You know, a family takes a trip and everything that couldn’t and shouldn’t go wrong, goes wrong? It’s like I’ve seen this movie a thousand times over just with a different cast. They even paid homage to the shower scene in Psycho.

A few horrendous moments in the film:

^ That Spice Girls’ song! I have no idea why ‘Wannabe’ was chosen as the car song. The lyrics are horrible and children are singing along to this garbage without knowing the actual meaning behind this song. It’s basically about having sex while high on ecstasy, so good job on selecting this song and tricking the children into singing and dancing along to it mindlessly.

^ Rodrick confusing a safe for the microwave and locking their only food in the safe was probably the stupidest thing I’ve seen in a movie. It was in no way funny. As dimwitted as Rodrick is, I know he can tell the difference between a microwave and a safe.

^ A bag of Cheetos accidentally falls into a hot tub with Greg, resulting in him being orange from the neck down. I mean…

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^ Throughout the film, Greg is being chased by the father of a redneck family and he fails to inform his parents about his potential killer. At one point, the family lost their luggage and guess who just happens to come along and steal it? Yep. Murderous Redneck and his family. The Heffleys find the redneck’s truck at a hotel and decide to break into the hotel to steal it back. At this point, I was shouting (inside of course) that the luggage is in the truck, you fools! Right in the middle of searching for their luggage in the room, the family decides that they’re dirty and needs to ‘wash up’. >.<

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I am tired of all the poop, fart and vomit jokes in movies. That is lazy humor and this movie fell into that category.

Although everyone did a great job and I laughed the most at/with Roderick, the movie was seriously underwhelming. Roderick reminds me of Tom Welling in Cheaper by the Dozen, but funnier. My movie-going colleague watched this film and she too, liked Roderick a lot. I think the lazy writers could’ve done a lot more with this character. I give this movie to Charlie Wright, but this movie should’ve never seen the light of day.

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I know movie experiences are different for everyone, so if you’ve seen this film, I invite you to leave your thoughts below whether you like it, love it or hate it. And if you haven’t seen it, do you plan to?