Welcome to TheReadathon (New and Improved!)

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Welcome to TheReadathon!!

Welcome to TheReadathon! I am so excited to welcome you to my new site! You’ll notice that most everything is the same, but the new address is much easier to find! This new site is also much more up-to-date, has greater functionality, is much more simple, and there’s room to grow. I have so many great things planned, and I can’t wait to get started! To launch this new site with a bang, I have a give-away!

I’m giving away a copy of The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah!

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

I LOVE this book, it is an amazing read! (Grab your Kleenexes though, you’ll need them!)

To Enter, all you need to do is subscribe to my newsletter!

When you subscribe to my newsletter you will get a copy of “15 Ways To Get Kids Excited About Reading” and you’ll be entered into the drawing to win The Nightingale!

The subscribe form is right below; it’s also in the right sidebar and at the very bottom of the page. Super easy! I’ll pick the winner Friday morning.

Also, check out my review of Check Me Out by Becca Wilhite, right under this post; it’s new this morning!

Change of Address!!! Yippee!

Can I get a big Woot! Woot!
Why, you ask?
I took a HUGE step today! After 9 years of blogging and reviewing books (yes, 9!),

I finally purchased an actual domain name!!!

So now…

instead of going to: www.the-readathon.blogspot.com

go to…

thereadathon.com

www.the-readathon.blogspot.com is now thereadathon.com
I’m so excited! I dare you to try it! (Go type it in right now…just to make sure it works!)
P.S. Let me know if it doesn’t!
~Monica

Merry Christmas!

 

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas to all my wonderful readers! I am so thankful to you for reading my blog, supporting me, and being patient with me. Thank you for taking time out of your day to read my reviews and other ramblings. I’m going to be spending the next few days with my family, so I will not be posting anything new until after Christmas. I promise I’ll be back next week because I have a few more reviews to post before the new year. Have a wonderful Christmas!
 
Love,
 Monica

Wonder Showdown: Book vs Movie

Wonder Showdown: Book vs Movie

 
Way back in 2013 when I read the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio, I said that I hoped there would NEVER be a movie made from this book. Why? Because there is NO way. EVER. to capture the feelings, attitudes, and emotions from this book. No way. There is no way that a movie could ever live up to my expectations for this book. And part of what made it so good was that your mental picture of what Auggie looked like was so important. If the character’s face on the movie screen didn’t live up to what you saw mentally, would it be as good?
 
Well, here we are now in 2017, and they did make a movie. Tough choice! Do I go or do I not go? My husband actually made the choice for me by purchasing tickets. So I went. Begrudgingly, I may add. Or, maybe hesitantly. So, you may ask, “What was the verdict?” Surprisingly, I actually really enjoyed the film! Keep in mind that I read the book over four years ago now, so it’s been long enough for me to forget all the little details, but I think they did a great job of capturing the feeling and emotion of the book. Does it have all those little details? No, it doesn’t, but I did not leave feeling let down or disappointed. I left feeling inspired and uplifted. I feel like they captured the most memorable moments in the book that I remember, and that overall they did a very good job. Was it perfect? No, and if you read the book yesterday you may have a very different opinion, but overall, I was impressed! The acting was really good; I was skeptical about Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson together, but I think they did well together. And Jacob Tremblay, who played Auggie, did an excellent job! Was it as good as the book? Nope, it wasn’t, but it was well done, and I would recommend it. It’s inspirational, and it has the morals, lessons, and attitudes that made the book so good. We definitely need more media like this! 
 

What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your opinions of the movie and the book! Please comment below!

Wonder by R.J. Palacio
First Place!!!!
Wonder movie poster
Second Place