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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books To Read This Spring

Here is my list for my top ten picks for Spring!

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10.  Two If By Sea---Jacqueline Mitchard

 9.   Firstlife---Gena Showalter

 8.   The Haunting---Alex Bell

 7.   He Will Be My Ruin---K.A. Tucker

 6.   The Forgetting Time---Sharon Guskin

 5.   The Supernatural Enhancements---Edgar Cantero

 4.   The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly---Stephanie Oakes

 3.    Black Rabbit Hall---Eve Chase

 2.    River Road---Carol Goodman

 1.    Missing Pieces---Heather Gudenkauf

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Book Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

I really loved Sepetys first book, Between Shades of Gray. I love the fact that she takes little known facts from history and builds exciting fiction around them. I also enjoyed her second book, Out of the Easy, but not quite as much as Between Shades of Gray. This one for me fell somewhere between the two. Sepetys once again takes a little known historical story and builds a fictional tale around it. Four characters cross paths, and you will get to know them all. I was glad she had short chapters, as I did have a bit of a hard time keeping the characters straight. She did do a wonderful job of fleshing out her characters and making you live their feelings. The ending made me smile, although I am not sure it was realistic. I am awaiting Ruta Sepetys fourth novel!

Book Review: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

I could hardly put this one down to go to bed! It has been a long time since the characters in a novel have drawn me so readily into their story. I did have a problem with the love triangle in the novel. I am not so sure it was realistic for the characters. This one did have a soap opera  feel to it, but in a good way. I had to keep reading to find out what would happen. I love historical fiction, and although overly dramatic at times, totally held my attention! I have hear that this was going to be made into a movie. I feel it would make an excellent movie, in the correct hands. I have also heard that the author has written a new novel containing a few of the books characters. I am very interested in checking the new book out!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Movie Review: Straight Outta Compton

Well first I must say that I consider this type of rap one of my favorite music genres from way back! I am not sure what I was expecting for the movie.....but I was blown away!! I really think this one should have been up for best picture. The main characters did such a great job stepping into the shoes of these greats! I guess, looking in from the outside, we probably all assume that artists have it easy. This movie might change your mind about that! I knew that NWA was groundbreaking, but I guess I never really understood what they had to go through to get their voices out there! I have a newfound appreciation for these Rap Masters!

Movie Review: The Martian

First of all I should say that this is not normally something I would pick to watch. My husband wanted to watch it, so I decided to give it a try. I was very surprised that I truly enjoyed the movie! Matt Damon does a wonderful job of showing his emotional range throughout. Obviously, you might have to suspend some disbelief on certain parts of this one. I did find it interesting how he was able to survive, believable...maybe not....but interesting none the less.  I was surprised that the movie held my attention. I expected it to become boring but for me it moved along at just the right pace and the flashes back to the other astronauts and those who were watching out for him, helped to break up the monotony. I would not consider this a comedy, although I did laugh in a few parts. I am not so sure that another actor could have pulled off the role.

Top Ten Tuesday: If You Are In The Mood For Sci-Fi....

If you are in the mood for are some suggestions!

10.  Divergent by Veronica Roth

 9.  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

 8.  The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

 7.  Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

 6.  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

 5.  The Dead Zone by Stephen King

 4.  The Passage by Justin Cronin

 3.  The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

 2.  Cinder by Marissa Meyer

 1.  The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I realize several of these are popular choices so you may have already checked them out. BUT, if you haven't, you really should. If you have seen the movie....try the the picks above the book is way better!! I guess I really didn't consider myself a sci-fi fan, but I enjoyed all of these choices, so maybe I am a closet sic-fi fanatic!!

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