Freebie Friday: All the Bright Place – A Movie Review

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All The Bright Places
A Netflix Movie starring: Elle Fanning and Justice Smith

Violet hasn’t been the same since her sister Eleanor died in a car accident. Suffering from survivors remorse, Violet hasn’t socialized with her friends, hasn’t gotten in a car since the accident. She hasn’t felt the want or the need to go back to the way things were.

That is, until she meets Theodore Finch, or just Finch for short. From the outside Finch is Violet’s opposite. He’s vibrant and full of life, he seeks adventure, and pushes Violet to do the same.

Brought together by a class project, the unlikely pair find that they have more in common than they thought. While Finch helps Violet see that life is worth living, Finch eventually looses sight of the same sentiment.

Will Violet and Finch be able save each other?

All the Bright Places starring Elle Fanning and Justice Smith, written by Liz Hannah and Jennifer Niven, directed by Brett Hailey is based on Niven’s YA novel by the same name.

I wanted to watch this, not because it was based on a YA book, but because I generally like Elle Fanning an an actress.

Acting wise, I wasn’t disappointed. Both Fanning and her male counterpart Justice Smith were believable. Even though the plot was deep, I felt that they added a lightness to the film, dare I say it, a brightness. But that doesn’t mean they diminished the seriousness of mental health and (spoiler alert!) suicide.

I’ve watched other movies dealing with the same subject matter in the past, and most of the time these heavy subject matters were dealt with honestly,  very visual. And while that is okay with some, it’s not for others.  All the Bright Places was different. Yes, the tough subjects were handled with honesty and with integrity, but it wasn’t obscenely visual.

While I haven’t read the book I cannot compare the film to it to see if the plot played out the way it had in the book. I thought the movie was honest, and emotional. As a viewer I was engaged from the moment the movie started. I also appreciated how this movie made me think.

What I’ve …

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Hello Readers!

I’m continuing on with my What I’ve series. What I’ve is a post where I share with all of you what I’ve read, watched, and listened to. This week, I’m sharing with you, what I’ve read, watched, and listened to during the month of February.

What I’ve … Read:

During the month of February I read a lot! I read a total of 20 books. These were a mix of picture books, middle grade books, and YA books.

The picture books I read were:

  • Little Owl’s Day by Divya Srinivasan
  • Spunky Little Monkey by Brian Won
  • Click Clack Moo I Love You by Doreen Cronin
  • Foxy In Love by Emma Dodd
  • Naptasrophe by Jarrett J Krosczka
  • Dinosaur Rocket by Penny Dale
  • Owl Sees Owl by Laura Godwin & Rob Dunlavey
  • Love and Kisses by Sarah Wilson

  • Don’t Call Me Bear by Aaron Blabey
  • Little Panda by Julie Abery
  • Biscuit Visits the Petting Zoo by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
  • Look! by Robie H. Harris
  • Elephants Can’t Jump by Jeanne WILLIS
  • No More Naps by Chris Grabenstein
  • Dinosnores by Sandra Boynton
  • Quiet by Tomie DePaola
  • Pignic by Matt Phelan

The middle grade books I read were:

  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
  • Tunnel of Bones by Victorial Schwab

The young adult books I read were:

  • The King of Crows by Libba Bray
  • Belles by Jen Calonita
  • Winter White by Jen Calonita
  • The Grass is Always Greener by Jen Calonita
  • Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr

What I’ve … Watched:

On Netflix, I watched:

  • P.S. I Still Love You
  • The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 3

On Disney+, I watched: 

Random episodes of Chip & Dale’s Rescue Rangers, Gummi Bears

On YouTube, I watched:

What I’ve … Listened To:

Besides some audiobooks, I’ve been listening to my Disney playlist on Spotify.

I also listened to some (new to me) K-Pop at work.

Freebie Friday: It’s Giveaway Time!

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Hello Dear Readers,

And happy Friday! Since I was on a hiatus for some time, I wanted to celebrate my blogging comeback with a giveaway for all of you.

So let’s jump right in!

What’s up for grabs?

The BookBandit Blog will be giving away a Leigh Bardugo prize pack containing:

  • A hardcover copy of Ninth House
  • A paperback, chapter sampler of The Language of Thorns with an accompanying Mermaid button
  • A Briarwick candle in the scent of Go Away, I’m Reading (orange scones and cinnamon buns scent)
  • And a Tor Teen Flaunt Your Fandom tote bag

How to Enter:

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents, 13 years old and older. To enter, leave a comment on THIS post telling me what the last book you read and loved was.

One winner will be selected via random number generator, and will be notified via email. If a response is NOT received within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected and notified.

This giveaway is open until 11:59 pm on May 15th. Anyone who comments after that date/time will be disqualified.

Please note that I received this copy of Ninth House at a library conference. The Briarwick candle was purchased on Etsy by me for the sole purpose of this giveaway.

Good Luck!


What I’ve…

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Hello Dear Readers!

With a newly relaunched blog, I thought it would be fun to share, not only what I’ve been reading each month, but also what I’ve been watching (in TV, Netflix, Disney+, and YouTube),  and what I’ve listened to each month.

This week, I’ll be focusing on what I’ve read, watched, and listened during the month of January 2020.

What I’ve … Read:

In January I’ve read a total of 15 books. These books were a mix of picture books, a middle grade book, and a few young adult books.

The picture books I read are:

  • Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back by Jory John
  • Tiny and the Big Dig by Sherri Duskey Rinker
  • Good Boy by Sergio Ruzzier
  • Bruce’s Big Storm by Ryan T. Higgins
  • Mice on Ice by Rebecca Emberly & Ed Emberly
  • G is for Goat by Patricia Polacco
  • Will Ladybug Hug by Hilary Leung
  • Dandy by Ame Dyckman
  • Hooray For Books by Brian Won
  • Shake the Tree by Chiara Vignocchi

The middle grade and young adult books I read are:

  • Inside Out & Back Again by Thanha Lai
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • Lair of Dreaems by Libba Bray
  • Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray
  • Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

What I’ve … Watched

I’m not a huge television watcher by nature. Even though the television is on as background noise, I’m not necessarily watching it. I tend to watch more on either a streaming service or on YouTube.

On Netflix, I’ve watched:

  • (Started) Season 3 of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

On Disney+, I’ve Watched:

  • (Finished) Encore

On YouTube, I’ve watched:

On Television, I’ve watched:

  • Project Runway

What I’ve … Listened To:

In all honesty, I don’t care much for the radio. Whenever I’m driving, and I do happen to have the radio on, I find I flip from one station to the next never really settling on one song/station. Because of that I rely heavily on Spotify. I love creating my own playlists full of music that I love to listen to, and love to sing along with.

I found that I gravitated mostly towards my “Girls Rule” playlist. This playlist features everyone from Taylor Swift to Courtney Love.

Besides listening to Spotify, I listened to a lot of audiobooks in the month of January as well.

Freebie Friday: New Instagram

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Hello Dear Readers!

With the relaunch of the BookBandit Blog I thought it would be fun to start an Instagram account specifically dedicated too all things blog related.  Yes, it’s a way to “advertise” but I think it’s also a fun and creative component to blogging as well.

If you are on Instagram, and you want to follow this blog, please add me! You can find the blog’s Instagram at: bookbandit_blog . Right now, I only have a few posts, but I will be posting daily.

While this is a somewhat new venture for me (I already use Instagram personally, but I do not consider myself to be a bookstagrammer of any kind) I hope you will follow along!

Freebie Friday: You Decide

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Hello Readers!

I started a reading journal this year. As much as I love Goodreads, I stink at keeping it up to date. So I thought I’d go back to old fashioned pen and paper to keep track of what I’m reading.

And surprisingly, I’ve been keeping up with it. In it I keep track of the books I’m reading, I jot down thoughts about each book, make note of my favorite quotes, and also keep a log of the self-imposed reading challenges.

But this post is NOT about my reading journal. Instead it’s about one of those reading challenges.

At the beginning of the year I created my own book bingo card in the hopes that it would challenge me to read outside of my comfort zone.  This bingo card is filled with option like:

  • Read a book with a blue cover
  • Finish a series
  • Read a book a friend picks for you to read

When I created this bingo card I was very aware of the options and the limitations I was giving myself. But it’s a challenge right!?

Today, I’m writing this post seeking some help from you dear readers. I would like to complete another book bingo challenge. The challenge I’d like to complete is: let a friend pick a book for me to read.

With that being said, I do have some guidelines. Like I said the purpose of this challenge is to step out of my reading comfort zone, but I don’t necessarily want to be pushed off the edge.

I would love for anyone and everyone to suggest a book for me to read. The only guidelines that I ask you to follow are these: it’s a YA book, it isn’t a high fantasy, and that it isn’t an obscure book (I want to be able to get my hands on it after all).

You may be asking, how are you going to decide what book to actually read? Well, I’m leaving this post here, and hoping people will continue to comment throughout the week. Next Thursday night I will go through the comments, and depending on how many book suggestions I get will pick a few. Next Friday I will have a poll posted, and will ask you all to vote on which book you’d like me to read.

So, dear readers, PLEASE comment with all of your book suggestions. I am open and willing to read any book that is suggested.  I’m already looking forward to my next read!

Freebie Friday: Books on My 2019 Reading Challenge(s) List – Part Three

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Dear Readers!

We’ve made it! We’ve made it to part three of my 2019 Reading Challenge TBR list (blog) series.

And I feel like I’ve saved the best (challenge) for last! The last reading challenge is Book Bingo. Yes! I’ve created a book bingo that I feel will help take me out of my reading comfort zone.

To create the actual bingo card I found a website where I could plug in what I wanted the card to be filled with, and with s click of a button the website generated a bingo card.

Obviously there’s a free space because you know, bingo. But the other spaces on my customized bingo card are:

  • Buddy read a book
  • Read a book by a female author
  • Read a historical fiction book
  • Read a backlist (TBR) book
  • Read a book about music
  • Re-read a book
  • Read a manga
  • Read a superhero comic book
  • Read a book set in a foreign country
  • Read a book that was recently published
  • Read a classic children’s book
  • Read an e-book
  • Read a book that is 500+ pages
  • Listen to an audiobook
  • Read a book with a blue cover
  • Read an award winning book
  • Read a nonfiction book
  • Read a book that a friend suggests
  • Read a Stephen King book
  • Read a book that was made into a movie
  • Read a book set at a boarding school
  • Read book 2 in a series
  • Read a book borrowed from a library
  • Read a fantasy book

So there you have it dear readers! Those are the books on my Challenge TBR list.

I hoped you enjoyed this little series!


Freebie Friday: Books on My 2019 Reading Challenge(s) List – Part Two

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Dear Readers!

2019 is the year of reading challenges. Today I’m going to share with you my (planned) TBR list for yet another challenge I’ve decided to take on.

This particular challenge – The A to Z Challenge – is one I found on I wanted to take on this challenge, not only because it sounded fun and manageable, but also because I felt it could help me clear my shelves — a task I’ve been meaning to tackle for a very long time. Another reason, is that I liked how I could easily customize this challenge to my own liking..

The books on this list are:

  • A is for Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius
  • B is for Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
  • C is for Choker by Elizabeth Woods
  • D is for Dramarama by E. Lockhart
  • E is for Every Single Second by Tricia Springstubb
  • F is for Family by Micol Ostow
  • G is for Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
  • H is for Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt
  • I is for Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil
  • J is for Joyride by Anna Banks
  • K is for ???
  • L is for Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaire
  • M is for Memento Nora by Angie Smibert
  • N is for Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic
  • O is for Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
  • P is for Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
  • Q is for Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
  • R is for Rebel Belles by Rachel Hawkins
  • S is for Small Town Sinners by Melissa C Walker
  • T is for Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
  • U is for Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  • V is for Vesper by Jeff Sampson
  • W is for Wanderlust by Kirsten Hubbard
  • X is for ???
  • Y is for ???
  • Z is for ???

As you can see there are a few blank spaces. The reason for those blank spaces is because, as I scrolled through my backlist of books to be read I couldn’t immediately find books to go along with those specific letters. And because I want to enjoy these challenges and not put so much pressure on myself I’ve decided that since it’s my challenge (and I can do what I want with it) I can leave those letters blank for now and fill them in eventually.

Are there any books that seem to have been sitting on your shelf forever?!? If so, are you hoping on tackling them this year? If so, please share in the comments!


Freebie Friday: Books on My 2019 Reading Challenge(s) List – Part One

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Hello Readers!

A few weeks ago I posted about what reading challenges I was taking on this year. In that post (which you can check out here) I explained what challenges I was taking on and why. Not only that I asked if you, dear readers, would want to know what books were on said challenge lists.

I decided not to wait for your response, and just share these TBR lists.  Why? Because it seems like a fun thing to share.

The first challenge I decided to take on is one that hopefully will help me tackle all those series I’ve started but haven’t finished. I’m calling it the Series Challenge. Not only do I hope to read  the books I haven’t read in the series, but I’m also planning on re-reading the first book – the book that originally got me hooked on that series.

Besides listing the series I’ve started, there are several series on this list that I’ve wanted to read but haven’t.

In no particular order, here are the series I’m hoping to get to in 2019:

  • The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  • The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken
  • Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
  • Revenants by Amy Plum
  • Birthright by Gabrielle Zevin
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass
  • Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • Shades of London by Maureen Johnson
  • Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • Hereafter by Tara Hudson
  • The Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood
  • Jackaby by William Ritter

Because I don’t want this post to be super long, I have decided to be best to break it down into three parts. Consider it a mini-series of sorts.

So, dear readers, are there any series that you hope to start and finish this year? Please share in the comments! I’d love to hear all about what you’re reading, and what challenges you are taking on this year.

Freebie Friday: Challenges

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Hello Readers,

I’m the kind of person who, at the beginning of a fresh (and hopeful) year sets out to complete a challenge. Specifically one that involves reading.  Every year I set a goal of reading a certain amount of books – that number often based upon the previous years outcome.

Besides setting a reading goal, I often am hopeful that I can conquer several other reading goals throughout the year. Some of those challenges are: clearing off my shelves, completing series I’ve started by haven’t picked up, and getting around to all those books I was once so excited to read (my backlist of books I call it).

This year was a little different though. I set my reading goal and said that was enough of a challenge.

And I set my goal lower than I usually do. I purposely did this with the knowledge that I can adjust accordingly throughout the year as I please. Afterall, it’s my reading goal.

But by the end of January came around I noticed something: I’ve been reading a lot more. More than I did in 2018, more than I usually do in any given month. And that’s because I’ve taken advantage of audiobooks.

This post isn’t about audiobooks, or my new-found love of them, but instead I’m going to talk about some of the reading challenges I’m undertaking in 2019.

Like I said, I generally only do one challenge: the Goodreads Reading Challenge. This year I decided to set my goal lower than normal. In the past years I’ve set my goal at 150 books, but this year I set it at 100. Why? Last year, I didn’t come close to reaching my target, and it really bummed me out. So this year, I decided to reset, recharge, and not over think it.

But again, by the end of January I realized something: I’m reading a lot more. So I decided, not to up my Goodread challenge, but to take on some others.

Now I don’t know that these are official challenges. Okay maybe one is, because I found it while Googling “reading challenges”, but they will challenge me.

The first challenge, besides the normal Goodreads one, I decided to undertake was a series challenge. I’m terrible with series. I read book one, love it, and by the time the next one comes out (even though I’m super excited about it), don’t pick it up. Why? Because more than likely I’ve forgotten what happened in the first book.

Well, I decided that this year I was going to read and finish the series I wanted to read and to finish. I created a list of series – which I’ve kept in my newly created book bullet journal – with boxes correlating how many books are in the series. Each time I read a book in the series I get to “x” it off. Which is more satisfying than I thought it would be.

The next reading challenge, which I found from this website, is the A to Z challenge. The thought behind this challenge it to read a book for each letter of the alphabet. I took it a step further and decided that I would use this challenge to get to some of those books that have been on my TBR list for quite some time. You know what they say: two birds one stone.

Once again, using my book bullet journal I listed the letters of the alphabet, a title from my TBR list, and a nice check box next to it, so that when I read a book from this list, I can mark it as read. Again, so satisfying.

I’m hopeful that, even if I don’t 100% complete all of these challenges, that I will at least knock a lot of books off my list, and accomplish my Goodreads challenge in the meantime.

So, dear readers, are you participating in any reading challenges this year? I’m interesting in hearing! We can cheer each other on.

And, if you are interested in hearing what books are on the two challenges I am taking, please let me know in the comments.