From Page to Screen: What to Watch (and Skip) this Summer

Although I tend to choose my Kindle over my remote control, I still appreciate the fact that I am living during the Golden Age of Television. I am always looking out for the latest books-turned-movies or television series, and this year an entire treasure trove of stories are being released on HBO, Netflix, and, as always, at the movie theater.  Here are my thoughts on the shows and movies that have recently been released or are about to come out:

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Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend

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Sometimes you pick up a book thinking it’s going to be about one thing, and then it turns out that the story is actually about a completely different journey.  At times these surprise novels turn into disappointing reads, but in this case I lucked out, and it resulted in a surprising new favorite read of 2016!  Let’s discuss…

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First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

Ah, summer in paradise!!

…Ok, not really.  I’m in Boston with a summer head cold, so not exactly ideal island getaway status.  But still, I’m taking advantage of the beautiful weather with mornings spent reading on my balcony (and sneezing in between chapters).

Growing up in the Deep South, I took the five-month long summer for granted.  Until I moved to New England several years ago and experienced a post-Easter blizzard, I had no idea what a blessing 90 degree April days were.  Now, however, I take full advantage of the sun-filled days with morning runs, afternoons lazing on the Esplanade, and evenings grilling poolside. And, of course, beach reads.

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Now, I think beach reads mean something a little different to each person.  My “beach reads” actually usually consist of extra-long history books or literary blockbusters that I haven’t gotten around to yet this year (I.e. Simon Sebag Montefiore’s The Romanovs, or the mammoth A Little Life).  However, a recent ARC read for NetGalley is a more typical beach read fare:  First Comes Love by Emily Giffin.

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