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A Book Nerd and A Man Called Otto

My fellow book lovers will understand when I say hearing the news that one of your favorite books is going to be made into a film can lead to some mixed emotions. On one hand, you’re excited to know a story you’ve fallen in love with will be shared with even more people and that the author is seeing increased success and acclaim. On the other hand, you’re likely worried that the filmmakers will change everything you loved about the original and the end result will be, as are so many adaptations, a pale shadow of the original work. I’ll be the first to admit that I felt exactly this way when I heard that Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove was going to Hollywood. Yes, it was going to star one of my favorite actors, Tom Hanks, in the lead role but they were also moving the story from Sweden to the US and CHANGING THE MAIN CHARACTER’S NAME?! Talk about a book nerd panic attack!

Then the trailers and clips started to come out. Backman began to talk about the thought and care that was going into the production. The song–the song was released (if you haven’t listened to it, it’s lovely) and I started to get my hopes up that this was going to be something, if not brilliant, at least not a disappointment. Well today I saw the film and I can very happily say I was wrong. A Man Called Otto is so more more than “not a disappointment” it’s one of the best page to screen adaptations I’ve seen in ages and one of the best movies I’ve seen full stop.

Everything about the film was spot on. Hanks’ Otto was true to the spirit of Backman’s Ove, a mix of curmudgeon and softie, you can’t help but love him. Mariana Treviño is simply wonderful as Marisol. She and Hanks have perfect timing and chemistry and give book readers exactly what they’d expect from Ove and Parvaneh brought to life. I don’t want to give too much away so I’m just going to say that like the book and the original Swedish film, A Man Called Otto is a story you need to make the time for–just don’t forget to bring tissues like I did. The napkins in the theater are a little scratchy and you’ll need something to catch those tears.

Knock Knock, Is Anyone Still Here?

Hi everyone! Well it’s safe to say it’s been a while. I don’t know about all of you but I feel like the last few years have been simultaneously the longest, most drawn out, chaotic, passed in a blur years of my life. From the dumpster fire that was 2020 into 2021 and then even into 2022, it’s been a ride that’s for sure.

Some of you may have noticed that we haven’t been posting book reviews and wondered if we gave up, others may not even remember who we are, and either of those is fair honestly. Basically though it’s just that life got away from us in one fashion or another and the blog was one of the things to get pushed to the side as much as it disappointed us to do it.

That said, things are starting to settle down a little bit for some of us and we’d like to try blogging again if anyone cares to listen. You might question why we just don’t join booktok since that’s where everything happens now, and speaking for myself I’ll just say that I’m old and camera shy and while I enjoy a mind-numbing scroll through my FYP as much as the next person it’s just not a medium I think works for me. But we’re here, in your inbox or on the wordpress app, maybe on Instagram or Facebook, or even the hot mess that is Twitter right now. Wherever and however you’re seeing this, we appreciate it and hope that you’ll join us for whatever this new version of Bookish Devices looks like. I hope you’ll give us a chance.

With Sincere Appreciation,

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Turning the Page to 2021

As we say good riddance to the year that, at times, seemed like it would never end, we’d like to take a minute to share some of our favorite reads of 2020 and a bit of what we’re looking forward to reading in 2021.

While 2020 wasn’t the year anyone wanted to be, for the Bookish Ladies, it wasn’t a total loss since we did get to read some pretty good books.

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BookExpo 2017: Books, authors, crowds, and more books

It’s early June and I have bruises on my shoulders from carrying tote bags full of books–it must be BookExpo season! This year’s BookExpo was a bit different than it has been the last few years, and not just because they dropped the “America” from their name Continue reading “BookExpo 2017: Books, authors, crowds, and more books”

Bookworm Problems


Please forgive the randomness of this post but after not posting for weeks I figured you deserved at least some explanation as to why.

Since the beginning of the year I’ve felt like I was one bad book or one distraction away from slipping into an epic book slump and, until recently, I was able to fend it off but in the end it got the better of me…and I blame Melinda for at least part of it, lol!
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Audio Book Review: Norse Mythology

Neil Gaiman wrote a new book. That was pretty much all I need to know before making a buying decision but, even though it was an instabuy, I didn’t expect it to leave me wondering if this was the perfect audiobook. Continue reading “Audio Book Review: Norse Mythology”

Book Review: Echoes in Death by JD Robb

A few weeks ago I was having the crappiest day ever at work and just when I’d decided that pulling the fire alarm so that we could close early was a viable option, the UPS guy dropped off a promo box with an advanced copy of Echoes in Death. Continue reading “Book Review: Echoes in Death by JD Robb”

Looking Ahead: Our Most Anticipated Books of 2017

Another year has come to an end and the Bookish Ladies are looking forward to a new year and ever growing TBRs. What are we looking forward to in 2017? Well, we’ll tell you. Continue reading “Looking Ahead: Our Most Anticipated Books of 2017”

Looking Back: Our Favorite Reads of 2016

As we come to the end of another year, the Bookish Ladies decided to take a look back and choose a few of our favorite reads of 2016.

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