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9 Audiobooks to Enjoy on Your Next Road Trip

It's Take a Road Trip Day! One of my favorite things to do while on road trips is to listen to audio books because it's relaxing and helps me get through my TBR list. So here are 9 audiobooks to listen to during your next road trip!

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5 Films That Were Historical Fiction Books First

Thankfully, there are some movies out there that do the book justice. These five films are incredibly popular, and there is a successful book behind each one.

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Stephan Colbert and Tom Hanks Promote Small Business Bookstore

Tom Hanks to the rescue! This award winning actor has brought so much joy to people’s hearts with his performances as an actor, and now he is warming the heart of this North Carolina bookstore. The bookstore, called Foggy Pine Books, has been struggling due to the pandemic.

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Due to Covid-19 and the lockdown, a lot of small business suffered last year, some even being forced to close. Foggy Pine Books was one of the small businesses that faced these hard times. The owner of the store, Mary Ruthless, was uncertain if the store would survive through the winter since staying afloat last year was such a struggle. However, in February they started to receive a mega boost in sales.
Stephan Colbert, host of the Late Show with Stephan Colbert, used his platform to support the store during the Super Bowl. Usually the ads that run during the sport event cost millions of dollars, but Colbert took it upon himself to advertise the store, since they couldn’t possibly afford it on their own like other big corporations can. Hanks and actor Sam Elliot were included in the endorsement.
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Since then, the store has been outrageously busy and  even had to hire more staff to keep up with sales. It’s amazing how well the store is doing, and the fear of surviving through the winter is now over. Fingers crossed other small business bookstores get the same help during these tough times.
Small business bookstores are the heart and soul of book lovers, and it’s heartwarming to see people in the public eye using their voice to help those who have been struggling.
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5 Movies for Quarantine Based on Books

Finding yourself in front of the TV a lot these days?  If you can’t think of what to watch next, here are some bookish suggestions for every member of the family.  These titles are classics; heard, watched, and referenced so many times that I bet you didn’t know they were originally based on books!  So after you watch them again, read up!


  1. Mrs. Doubtfire

It is impossible to forget Robin Williams in this family favorite. However, six years before Mrs. Doubtfire hit the big screen in 1993, teens in the UK were reading Anne Fine’s 1987 novel Madame DoubtfireFine’s story about a crossdressing nanny working for a family with divorced parents was well received.  In fact, within a year of publication Madame Doubtfire was shortlisted for a number of awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Observer Teenage Fiction Prize, and the Whitbread Children’s Book Award.

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  1. Forrest Gump

This feel-good favorite starring Tom Hanks was originally adapted from Winston Groom’s novel of the same name.  Simple and truthful, Winston’s Gump who “can’t think things no good” was beautifully played by Hanks eight years later in the Academy Award winning film.  The 228-page novel was not fully covered in the movie, and if you don’t read the book you’ll miss out on Gump’s NASA career, his brief stint with island-dwelling cannibals, and a companion orangutan named Sue.  The movie “took some rough edges off,” admits Winston, but both are spectacular works.

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  1. Eyes Wide Shut

Starring real-life couple at the time Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, this risqué fantasy film may be better viewed after the kids go to sleep.  Eyes Wide Shut was Stanley Kubrick’s last film, thematically inspired by Austrian writer Arthur Schnitzler’s Novella Traumnovelle or Dream Story. Fun fact, all of Stanley Kubrick’s films after Lolita are literary adaptations!

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  1. The Shawshank Redemption

This Academy Award nominee was based on a Stephen King novella entitled “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” from his 1982 collection Different Seasons. King’s story is entirely narrated by the character Red, who would later be played by the one and only Morgan Freeman. If you’ve forgotten the plot, here’s a refresher (*spoiler alert*). Banker Andy Dufresne has been wrongly convicted for the murder of his wife and her lover, and sentenced to a double life sentence at Shawshank State Penitentiary.  Former geologist, Andy uses rock hammer over the next 28 years to dig a tunnel out of his cell wall and escape!

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  1. Shrek

Enough drama, Shrek is our last cinematic masterpiece on the list.  We are so grateful to author William Stieg for bringing us this family favorite story from his 1990 children’s book.  The movie helped establish DreamWorks as a prime competitor to Disney and Pixar in 2001, but it was indeed Stieg who taught us all our greatest childhood lesson: ogres are like onions, ogres have layers.

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