Monday, December 9, 2013

The Book Thief Book/Movie Review

Rating: 5

(Part 2 will be covered in the comments section, and I will be adding info and pictures periodically.  The holidays are no match for me!)

Roughly in the middle of this novel, I find this book very well written.  I was captivated by the first few pages and quickly guessed that it was Death who was narrating.  This, in my opinion, was Zusak's very unique and brilliant way to grab his audience.  Death did not come across as evil, dark, or gloomy, but a personage who is merely there to help carry the souls away when their time on earth is done.  It observes people and events by colors.  As we know, color has a great impact on all of us from how we paint the walls of our home to the use of colors in film to enhance emotions. I will discuss more about Death later on.

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Book/Movie Review

Rating: 5-- Can't go wrong with this short scary story.

Hi everyone! (see another discussion about TLSH at Linked in Hollywood)

I thoroughly enjoyed this short story by Washington Irving.  Not only is the story creative and interesting, but the style and language is elegant and engaging.  For younger children, I would say it requires advanced comprehension and vocabulary skills as the terms and phrases are early American.  The story was first published in 1820 after all.

Monday, October 21, 2013

2013 Carrie Review

I went and saw the newest, latest and greatest rendition of King's Carrie last Saturday. 

Reimagining, remake, reboot...whatever.

If you are just joining us, we had a book/movie review that you can visit here.

Ok, ready, set, REVIEW!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Songs of a Dead Dreamer Book Review


Hi everyone!  I haven't finished all the stories in this book, but wanted to at least discuss a few of the ones I DID read: The Frolic, Alice's Last Adventure, Dr. Voke and Mr. Veech, and The Journal of J.P. Drapeau.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Overqualified Book Review

Rating: 4.5

Hi everyone!  Ok, so this delayed review is what happens when the night before it should be posted, you and your family decide to make a spontaneous trip to Disneyland.  Therefore, once you and family have returned, you have completely forgotten about the review until NOW!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

I AM LEGEND Book/Movie Review

Rating...2.5; maybe 3

First let me state that I think Mr. Matheson is a very great writer.  I read several of his short stories and they are quite scary and creepy.  I can see how he inspired Stephen King with these works.  Matheson wrote several episodes for The Twilight Zone, which include one of my favorites, "Nightmare at 20,000 feet".
Yes, a young William Shatner

Several of his books have been adapted to film.  One that completely shocked me, considering he is a horror/sci fi author is his adapted film "Somewhere in Time".  I couldn't believe it when I read it.  I love that film and think it is one of the most beautiful love films.  That's a book and film review for a different day.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Let's Pretend This Never Happened Book Review

Rating: 3

Hi everyone!  Hope you are all well and enjoying the start of summer.  It's already breaking 100 here, so staying in an AC building/home and reading is a great way to stay out of the heat. :)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Great Gatsby Book and Movie Review

Rating: 5
Truly a great classic.  

Now that's how you introduce Gatsby: with glorious fireworks
and a dashing smile!

Hi everyone!  I was going to wait until June 1st to get this up and going, however, I only have 9 days until my due date and doubt I'll have much time to get anything done once the baby is here.  Also, with the film still in theaters, I wanted to get a head start for those of you who have been able to read the book and see the movie, as well as those of you who don't know if it's worth seeing in theaters.  Stand back.  Huge opinion coming:


Monday, May 6, 2013

Odd Thomas Book and Movie Review

Rating: 3.5

Hi everyone!

I want to thank one of our readers (Dressme4less) for recommending this book!  Thank you and I loved it!  I haven't read a Koontz book in a long time, so this was a nice treat, and I already have the second book in the series.

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Princess Bride Book and Movie Review

Rating: 3.5

One of my all time favorite satirical, romantic, adventurous, dramatic, comedic childhood films!

"Hahaha! hahaha! hahahahahahahaha----------"

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Godfather: Part 1-Book/Movie Review

Rating: 4

Hi everyone!  Our discussion begins today, so please comment at any time!

I hate to admit, but I've only begun to begin book 2 in the novel.  Life's been a little crazy so I decided I  would do a part 1 and part 2 review of the book/film.

The Corleone boys

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Drowning Ruth Book/Future Movie Review

Rating: 3.5

Holy cow everyone!  I'm sorry I was not ON IT today!  I've literally screwed up all my days this week either thinking it's a day ahead or a day behind.  My apologies.

So I finished the book today and I thought it was very good.  Not great, but good.  I enjoyed the storyline, but I felt there wasn't enough time with the characters before we were moving on to a new year or decade.  (I'm actually lost to how old Amanda and Ruth were several times throughout the book.)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Shoeless Joe Book/Movie Review

Rating 3

Dear Readers,

YAY!!!!!  I have finally been able to break away from two kids and a husband to go get some "me" time at our local Starbucks!  Now I can finally begin our review and discussion of Shoeless Joe. Thank you again for your patience

"If you build it, he will come"

If some of you are stumbling upon us for the first time, Shoeless Joe is the novel of the film Field of Dreams.  I am a huge, HUGE fan of the film and had never read the book until now.  Honestly, I am embarrassed to say that I didn't even know it was based on a book for the long before now.  I usually cry when I watch the movie, and I always feel uplifted and motivated to get "in tune" with my spiritual side.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Books from 2012

Welcome new and returning readers!  Here is our list and links to our discussions from 2012.  Enjoy!

Snowflower and the Secret Fan