Thursday, April 4, 2019

Recent Reads & Movie Reviews 📗🎬

Hey cupcakes! While I have done separate posts for book and movie reviews in the past, I thought it might be easier to combine them all in one place... Let me know if you like this format better! 😊

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Recent Reads
~The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


HeLa cells have helped scientists with a lot of things: the polio vaccine, cloning, genetic mapping, toxin testing, growing viruses, etc. They are the oldest and most commonly used cells in science, and they were taken from an African American women without her knowledge. This book tells the story of first and foremost Henrietta Lacks, the woman who gifted science with these incredible cells. It then discusses the importance of the cells as well as how these cells have affected the Lacks family (whom got no money for any scientific usage of the cells). As someone who is not into science at all, I thought this book was amazing! You should definitely check it out 👍
Rating: 10/10

~Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline


As I am on a journey towards living zero waste, I figured a book about fast fashion would help me understand the implications of the stores we all know and love... And let me tell you I will try to avoid any type of clothing store again. This book was quite eye-opening on how messed up the fashion industry is (and how unsustainable it is!), so I will definitely be thrifting even more now.  A lot of the things Elizabeth brings up are super obvious, but I think we as consumers tend to ignore them because of how much of a "deal" we are getting with our cheap clothes. 🤔 This book also inspired me to practice my sewing skills - so I hope to share some easy tips to mend/alter your garments with you all soon!
Rating: 8/10

~The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth's Ultimate Trophy by Paige Williams


I've been a fan of dinosaurs for quite some time, so I thought this book would be any interesting read... and it was! The book focuses on the story of Eric Prokopi and evolution of his fossil business, which was ended abruptly with a T. bataar skeleton that caused controversy across the globe. I found it so fascinating that Mongolia has such a problem with people (and "scientists") stealing the dinosaur bones that can only be found in certain regions of this country. The book does an excellent job of developing the characters (aka the real people!), and I would definitely recommend it if you are into science, dinosaurs, or good crime reads.
Rating: 9/10

~Bossypants by Tina Fey


This book was a super easy and fun read. Tina Fey tells hilarious stories about her career and experiences growing up and gives practical advice to readers on how to be the best person they can be. It was much shorter than I expected it to be, but I found it quite relatable... Plus, it definitely made me laugh!
Rating: 9.5/10

Movies
~Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse


Y'ALL, if you have been following The Chic Cupcake for awhile (which if you haven't, you should definitely hit that subscribe button) you will know that I am not a huge fan of superhero movies... But this movie was AMAZING! I watched it twice in the span of three days, so you know that it has to be good 😛 The animation is just incredible, the plot is super clever, and I laughed so hard way too many times throughout. Basically, you need to watch this if you haven't seen it yet. End of story.
Rating: 11/10

~No Impact Man (Documentary)


No Impact Man (the novel) was the instigator that got me started on my zero waste journey, so I decided I should probably watch the documentary... It was pretty good, but it wasn't anything special. I finally got to put some faces to names, but I feel like it was more of a "vlog" style movie instead of being informative like the book.
Rating: 6.5/10

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Love,
Jenna 

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11 comments:

  1. What a great post! I actually got Bossypants recently and I'm really looking forward to reading it. Even more now, since you loved it so much!
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    1. Let me know what you think about it once you finish reading! :)
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  2. Hi Jenna, this is such a wonderful post! Thank you for the recommendations I've added "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" and "Overdressed: The shockingly high price of cheap fashion" both to my "to read" list. How can they not have compensated either Henrietta or her family? It's shameful! Also shameful is the dependency everyone all seems to have on fast fashion. Just the pollution it causes from the dyes used running straight into rivers to the horrifyingly low wages paid to those making them should make the fashion and manufacturing world hang their heads in shame. We have one world to live in and it's being abused horrifically.

    I've been on a classic movie watching marathon lately :) Tonight I watched Bette Davis in "Now, Voyager" and before that watched Rex Harrison in "The Ghost and Mrs Muir" both old favourites :) I've also been binge watching the first two seasons of The Good Place, I love, love, love this series :) I'm waiting not so patiently to see season three but I think that'll be some time in the future in the UK since they've only just screened the first season (I bought the first and second seasons on dvd that's why the binge watching lol) It has to be one of the best new series in such a long time :) I hope you've had a fabulous week and you're looking forward to a wonderful weekend, hugs x

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    1. Let me know what you think about the books once you read them - I think you will like them both! I don't watch a lot of movies, but I have always been such a fan of the classics! Thanks for stopping by :)
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  3. Tina Fey's book was so good! I'll have to check some of these others out :)

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    1. I'm glad you liked it too! :) Thanks for stopping by!
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    1. Thank you, let me know if you read any of them (and what your thoughts are on them)!
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  5. thank you for your well written review

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  6. i'm really curiou to read Bossypants by Tina Fey! it looks so fun !

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  7. I loved Bossypants. I also really liked Amy Poehler's book as well, both easy to read and both so enjoyable and funny!

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