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Monday, May 23, 2016

Movie Review: The Boy

The Boy was such a surprise for me!! I guess I was expecting a new take on Chuckie, and that is not at all what I got! I was on the edge of my seat the whole movie waiting to see if or what was going to happen. The movie does move at a slow pace, but the thought of what you might see kept me interested. There were some smart moments here! All in all a nice surprise for scary movie fans. Although, I might consider this one more suspense then horror. I appreciated the mystery elements although the acting was not great. I enjoyed the movie with my teen.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim

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10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer   I normally do not like sic-fi. Books with cyborgs as the main character do not interest me. BUT, Cinder was Awesome!

 9. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith   I do not like romance. How can a book set in an airport be interesting? I was wrong, I loved it!

 8. Crash by Lisa McMann    I had read others by McMann and was not that impressed. Crash sucked me in! Glad I gave it a chance!

 7. Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way by    I don't read self-help books. Some Christian books are off-putting. I was so surprised that Bittersweet was just what I needed to read. I even passed my copy on to a friend.

 6.  House of Prayer No.2: A Writer's Journey Home by Mark Richard   I love a good memoir but reading the book jacket did not suck me in. SO glad I gave it a try. Very well written and inspiring.

 5.  Ravensbruck by Sarah Helm   I very seldom tackle books that are over 600 pages. I could not put this one down. I even had to pay the late fee because someone had it on hold at the library, and I was not finished reading.

 4.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green     I had tried John Green before. I just could not get into his books. I picked this one up at the library and was blown away!

 3.  Vicious Little Darlings by   The cover was nothing special and the description did not sound special. This is honestly the most unique, strange, bizarre book I have ever read! If you like weird and different along with a head-scratching end...You must try this one!

 2.  The Hollow by   This was the first YA I had picked up in years. I really was desperate for something to grab my attention. I loved the whole series!!

 1.  Quiet Strength  by Tony Dungy    What could a football coach write that would be interesting or relevant to my life? This is one of my all time favorites and I have gifted several copies.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Weekend Edition: Armchair BEA-Day Four and Five!

Welcome to the weekend edition of Armchair BEA. Today we are covering Day Four and Day Five Topics.

Day Four-Fictional Worlds

What fictional worlds would you want to live in?

  I would love to live in The Night Circus. That is one of my favorites. The world draws you in and you can see and smell what is going on. The circus would be fun to live in. Life would never be boring.

  The Thirteenth Tale would be another world I would love to reside in. Spending my days surrounded by books and mysteries could be a great thing. I love this book and the setting inside.

What fictional worlds would you not want to dive into?

   The answer for these are obvious to me. I would not want to live in the Passage. I don't think I would do well with the vamps. I would certainly not want to be in any type of zombie novel. I would hope that I would be brave enough to defend myself, but I am fat and slow and would be an easy victim. I would not want to live in the world of The First Days by Rhiannon Frater.  I also would not even want to visit the world of State of Decay by Peggy Martinez.

   Another world I would not want to be in would be Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. It is one of my favorite books. BUT, I am not wanting to live over and over. I do enough to screw up my life now and certainly don't want to repeat it, or come out with an even worse outcome.

Day Five-Wrap Up

Sadly, this is the end of Armchair BEA. I really enjoyed this years topics and had fun with the posts. I also found a few new blogs to follow and talked to some wonderful bloggers. I look forward to Armchair BEA every year. Next year will be great. Thanks to everyone who checked out the posts and took the time to leave a comment. I hope you enjoyed Armchair BEA as much as I did! See you next year!!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Armchair BEA: Day Three- Beyond Books and Beyond The Blog

Welcome to Day Three of Armchair BEA!!!!
Thanks for stopping by!

Today's Topic is Beyond Books and Beyond the Blog.

Beyond Books--

   My favorite forms of books beyond non-traditional are ebooks and graphic novels. The best example I can give for graphic novels are The Walking Dead compendiums. If you haven't checked them out, you really should! The graphics are amazing and the storyline will pull you in. This is not the television series. There are differences here. If you love the show you should check out where it came from!

  Ebooks are great because I can read them in bed and just shut my phone off when I am done. Ebooks are at many times cheaper then their hardback or paperback counterparts. Some books are only available  in ebook format. There also is the added bonus that some ebooks are Free to read!

I do love to hold a book in my hand and see the cover. BUT I think ebooks are so portable and easy to use. Just make sure you have a charger near by. Ebooks are also just as easy to share with friends as an actual book. I will always love printed material in any way, shape, or form I can get it. I believe that my first choice would be a physical book. Ebooks are the best to read in the dark!

Beyond the Blog--

How do I engage with books outside my blog? My number one go to is the library. They have so many options of movies and books and magazines. The librarians and other library patrons are a great way to find out about new and upcoming books. They have great recommendations. If you don't utilize your local library, you really should go check it out!

Goodreads is also great for book recommendations. I love keeping track of what I read. I can write about it one time and refer back to it. It even helps me with my blog as far as referring back to the books I have read. You can even connect with other readers and authors here. They also give away free books. I really love Goodreads.

Have you heard of Shelf Awareness? It is another great site for readers and bloggers. There are separate pages, one for readers, and one for the book trade (bloggers). Shelf Awareness connects you with authors. They have reviews and general book news. They also occasionally have free book connections and links to other book sites. I try to check Shelf Awareness several times a week. They put out a daily edition for the book trade and on Tuesday and Friday they have a reader edition.

All of these things added together help with my blog and keep me busy when I am not blogging. Most of the websites I check deal with books or movies. I always love connecting with other bloggers and other readers. Reading is my number one way to pass the time.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Armchair BEA: Day Two- Aesthetic Concerns-Books and Blogs

   Do I judge a book by its cover? Sometimes! If I find the cover to be questionable I will read the book flap to see if it is a topic that will interest me. If the cover draws me in, I might pick up the book without knowing what it is about. Most covers are not enough to make me pick up a book. Many times even if I like the cover, I will read the flap before I decide. Some books surprise me. I have read books with beautiful covers that were bad. I have also read books with plain non-attention grabbing covers that managed to become my favorite stories.
    I do get confused sometimes when a cover does not go at all with the storyline. I really hate when the flap says one thing, and the story is different. I feel it is misleading to readers for the cover or flap to not go with the story. I guess most of my decisions are based on the flap and not the cover. The cover being different does not bother me nearly as bad as a flap or description that is misleading concerning the storyline.
   As far as books being standard for me I don't have that problem. I just love to read. I honestly do not care if the book is hardback, paperback. no slipcover, or kindle. I am more worried about the story inside than what the outside of my books look like. I do tend to arrange my shelves with series together, but that is more for ease of finding then for aesthetic reasons. Some of my series are a mix up of paperback, hardback, and kindle, all in the same series.

As far as my blog is concerned, I do the best I can to make the aesthetics as pleasing as possible. I do not have the advantage of some blogs. No one sponsors me or advertises on my blog. I do not make money doing blogging. The reason I blog is too mostly share my opinions and ideas and to connect with other readers and watchers. I wish some parts of my blog were more visually pleasing, but I am not skilled at all the pictures and links so I just do the best I can, and hope for readers who are forgiving. I guess I hope they will read what I have to say and worry less about how it looks.

I would like to gradually improve the aesthetic of my blog. Hopefully with summer coming up and schedules relaxing a little, I will be able to learn some new things that will help make my blog look better. If I never get beyond what I know now, that is okay too. This blog is for me, not to please anyone else. I do enjoy having people look at my blog and comment. I don't let that dictate when and if I will blog, or how I will go about doing it.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all are enjoying Armchair BEA!!!!

Armchair BEA!!!!! Day One-Introductions

I always enjoy participating in Armchair BEA. I wish I had the money and the time to attend the actual event, but alas that is not going to happen.  I love meeting all the new bloggers throughout Armchair BEA and I look forward to it every year.

This blog is my little world where I get to review books and movies.  I enjoy talking to others about their recommendations and dislikes on these subjects. I live in a very small town that is not very helpful in the blogging department. My blog is basic. I recently acquired a MAC and I am still learning the ins and outs, so you won't see a lot of color or pictures, unless or until I get this all figured out. My blog may not look the best, but I put my best effort into it!

So onward to the answers to the questions:

1. Do you have a favorite book?   When I was young my mom had several reader's digest condensed books. I fell in love with The Suitcases by Anne Hall Whit. A few years back I was able to obtain a first issue of the complete book, it has been out of print for years. I finally was able to read the whole story. I have read it several times and have enjoyed it every time!

2. What is your favorite genre and why?   I really love YA.  Reading YA lets me escape into another world and relive my past. I also have a love for ghost stories and True Crime tales.

3. If you could recommend one book blogger, Who would it be, and why?  I would have to go with Bookhounds YA. I love the wide variety of reviews and giveaways. Their little pup makes me smile. AND they actually reply and interact , which is much appreciated!

4. If you could choose three characters to have lunch with, who would you choose, and why? I would choose Vivian from Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. I would love to hear her talk about her life and she just seems like someone I would connect with and could learn a lot from. I love history and she would bring it to life for me.    My second choice would be Caspian from The Hollow Series by Jessica Verday. The Hollow Series was the series that got me hooked on YA. Caspian is a favorite character and I would love to pick his brain. I cannot describe him or it would ruin the story for future readers.   My third choice would be Jenni from the As The World Dies series by Rhiannon Frater. She is a housewife, but so brave, and strong, and daring. She is who I would want to be if I was stuck in the zombie apocalypse.

Thanks to everyone that took the time to check out my blog! I appreciate new readers and love to hear from you!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Websites I Love That Aren't About Books!

10.  Amazon- I like to check out the reviews on movies and buy items from here too!

 9.  Redbox- always looking for a new movie to rent!

 8.  Twitter- there are some seriously funny folks on here!

 7. My yahoo- Gotta check that mail!

 6. Facebook- It's a problem!!

 5. Trip Advisor- I like to check out the reviews of places I am going

 4. A great place to find the latest TV, film, games, and trailers

 3. People- Has the latest on celebrities and hollywood happenings

 2. EW- The Entertainment Weekly website. This is my favorite magazine.

 1. Rotten Tomatoes- Helps me decide if a movie is worth scouting out

I realize these are some very basic choices. Since my blog is about entertainment, most of the sites I visit are book sites. These are my top choices for the non-reading world, which is pretty much non-existent for me! LOL

Monday, May 9, 2016

Movie Review: The Revenant

I really enjoyed The Revenant. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the movie. Tom Hardy is almost unrecognizable in his role, and is the character you will love to hate! Fans of Dances With Wolves should enjoy the Revenant. Be prepared to spend 3 hours on the couch.  DiCaprio is convincing as a loving father and obviously knows how to make it in the wild.

Armchair BEA 2016: Coming Soon!!

Stay tuned for Armchair BEA posts....coming this week!!