Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Novels With Nell - Alias Grace

Lately, I've fallen out of my habit of reading before bed a little. I've been having trouble turning my brain "off" at night and find myself constantly writing down ideas in a journal. By the time I have all of these thoughts written down, I look at the clock and realize that I should've been asleep at least 20 minutes ago. This leaves me closing my notebook, turning on my sound machine, and trying to fall asleep. Unfortunately, since I'm still lost in thoughts at this point I realize how much more productive it would have been for me to read as a way to try to keep the wheels from spinning too much before bed. 

I am definitely working to get back in this habit since I am certainly seeing the benefits. While my stash of books (and amazon cart) have been growing based on books I want to read, I've realized that very few of them are novels. I was much better about sticking to my bedtime reading ritual when I was reading novels as opposed to inspirational books since I wasn't thinking so much about how to apply what I was reading to my own life. It may be about time for me to read through previous Novels with Nell posts to form a list of novels to add to my list! Today's recommendation would definitely make the cut.

by Margaret Atwood

Here’s a book Dorothy may like- a sophisticated psychological novel! I read this senior year of high school in AP English, and it really was a hit with the whole class. Atwood’s book is based on true events from 19th century Canada; there was a real Grace Marks who was accused of murdering her employer and his housekeeper, however Atwood weaves fictional elements into the story too. The novel has been adapted into a mini series for Netflix so anyone interested can check it out there too, though I’d obviously recommend you read the book first. I remember being surprised by all the twists and turns of the book, and anyone looking for something both suspenseful and thought-provoking will enjoy Alias Grace.

Now a 6-part Netflix original mini-series: in Alias Grace, the bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale takes readers into the life of one of the most notorious women of the nineteenth century.

It's 1843, and Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders. An up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? Captivating and disturbing, Alias Grace showcases bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood at the peak of her powers.”

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  1. I only heard about Alias Grace because of the Netflix show! I have a thing for reading the books before watching movies or shows, so I'm definitely picking this up. Netflix is my motivation, haha! Thanks for the review, Nell! ❤️

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  2. I heard about this on Netflix too! I almost watched it one time. I'd much rather read the book though. Thank you for sharing!
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  4. I just added Alias Grace to my reading list! I can't believe I've never heard of this book before.

  5. هل تبحث عن شركة متخصصة فى خدمات التنظيف بالطائف بافضل المعدات والسوائل وثقة تمة فى العمل ودقة فى النتائج كل هذه المميزت توفرها شركة الخليج الشركة الافضل والامثل فى الخدمات المنزلية بالطائف وبما اننا الشركة الافضل والامثل بدون منافس سوف نسعى لتوفر افضل الخدمات باقل تكلفة وبقدر كبير من الاهتمام والدقة عزيزى اينما كنت فى اى منطقة ا وحى تابع لمدينة الطائف اتصل بنا وسوف نصلك فى الحال شركة الخليج للخدمات المنزلية شركة تنظيف منازل بالطائف
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  6. نقدم لكم بعض الخدمات فى الاعمال المنزلية الممثله فى التنظيف الشامل للمنزل ومكافحة الحشرات وعزل الاسطح وكشف تسربات المياة ونقل الاثاث بكل انوعه كل ذلك يساعد فى الحصول علي مظهر رائع بواسطة افضل الفنيين والمتخصصين فى هذا المجال باستخدام احدث المعدات.
    شركة عزل اسطح بابها
    شركة كشف تسربات بابها
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بابها
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بابها
    شركة عزل اسطح بخميس مشيط
    شركة كشف تسربات بخميس مشيط
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  7. I loved the Handmaid's Tale (both the book and the show) and when I found out a show had been made out of Alias Grace I immediately had to binge watch it and it didn't disappoint! I need to read the book, I'm sure I would love that too!

    xoxo, SS

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