Remarkably Bright Creatures: Book Recommendation

It’s been a while since I did a book art post. I just wasn’t feeling it with my last few reads. But Shelby Van Pelt changed that! This piece is inspired by ‘Remarkably Bright Creature’s’ by @shelbyvanpeltwrites – I took some liberty with our dear Marcellus’ coloring just to make it pop on a digital space. That said, Marcellus is truly one of my favorite characters, ever. And the story itself was very meaningful, especially to those of us who have lost a child. I’ll leave it at that. I recomment 5/5 stars. Available anywhere you buy books.

The Turn of The Key

By Laney

If The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware were to be adapted, I hope it’s for the small screen. You can’t fit this mystery/horror into a two hour movie. This story of a governess taking care of three little girls in an old estate has many layers, polarizing characters, and a twist you do not see coming. It would be a crime to rush this story.

A great homage to The Turn Of The Screw.

Dream Cast: 🍿

Rowan Caine: Saiorse Ronan

Sandra Elincourt: Rebecca Hall

Bill Elincourt: Ralph Fiennes

Inspired by ‘American Dirt’

By Laney
By Laney

Whew! American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins is not for the faint of heart. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like for migrants coming from Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico…look no further. Immigrants do the work Americans find too low paying, demeaning or difficult, but what you don’t know is that washing dishes, cooking, landscaping and all those other labor intensive jobs are a cakewalk compared to what they went through to get here.

American Dirt is the story of Lydia and her brilliant 8 year old son, Luca. They must get out of South and Central America for reasons I won’t ruin for you. Know that you will care about these characters, and that what they experience is the reality for many. Their travels will keep you on the edge of your seat, because survival against the elements, cartels, and border patrol is unlikely.

This story is really a testament to saying goodbye, grief, and to new horizons. What I liked most was the insight Cummins gives to each character, how they process their emotions and trauma through impossible situations.

I’d heard rumblings about people and critics disliking American Dirt… none of which I read. Given the political climate, any book about crossing the border into the United States would be controversial. I highly recommend you give this a chance regardless of what anyone says. Go into it knowing nothing, and out of it rewarded with the knowledge that those who seek to be near us have good reason to.

Dream Cast 🎥 🍿

Lydia: Eiza González

Javier: Benicio del Toro

Sebastian: Michael Peña

The Jackal: Pedro Pascal

Marisol: Adriana Barraza

Lorenzo: Diego Tinoco

Inspired by ‘Kindred’

Inspired by Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred

Kindred is a timeless novel about time. Imagine going about your day when you just get snatched into history because you have a connection – unknown to you at the time- to a specific individual you are linked to in history. And what if that time period just so happened to be 1815, when slavery was legal. Imagine this happening to you and you’re black. And a woman. That’s what happens to our protagonist, Dana- whose *now* is 1976. She must learn to survive in a world where she is considered property.

Nothing else I could say would do this justice. Parts of the novel reminded me of 12 Years A Slave. So if you’ve seen that film, you know this a story that will break your heart. Despite the tough subject matter, I recommend you read this. You will be better for it.

I love you, Octavia E. Butler!

Note: Kindred is soon to be adapted into a Netflix limited series. Release date TBA.

Sage Advice…

“Read. Everything you can get your hands on. Read until words become your friends. Then when you need to find one, they will jump into your mind, waving their hands for you to pick them. And you can select whichever you like, just like a captain choosing a stickball team.”- Karen Witemeyer