Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Thirty Days of Books: Happy and Sad

The latest two prompts for Jenni's 30 Days of Books:

What book makes you happy? What book makes you sad?

Well, the first one is hard because what do you mean by happy? They pretty much all do that. What makes me laugh? I can never remember the laughing ones. All my favorites though seem to be a bit on the tragic side. However, when looking through my list of favorites I think this one does the trick for making me feel happy and good and warm and light:

On the other hand, this one makes my heart hurt and oh so sad. The end pretty much kills me:

What books make you espeically happy and/or sad? Come link up with us over at Jenni Elyse's!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Movie Review: Captain America Civil War

Movie: Captain America: Civil War
Genre: Superhero adventure
Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. and many more!
Rating: PG 13
My Rating: two thumbs up

Well wow it took me awhile to get to this one. Life has been crazy the past while. But finally, this past Saturday afternoon... there we were, at the IMAX with 3D glasses on. YES!

I was worried about this one. I mean how would I ever pick sides? Who would I be rooting for? I knew I needed to see what the situation was to cause this civil war. And I was a bit sad before it even started!

Anyway. So after an incident it's decided that the Avengers perhaps need some guidelines, maybe some direction, some rules to follow. Perhaps maybe they shouldn't just go into a situation with all their guns blazing and do stuff with no consequences.

Sounds good right. But then, perhaps there's something that might need doing where they won't have to go ahead to do it and then what. Then do they just stand back and do nothing.

Ah. It's a no win situation!

Well, in order to keep it spoiler free here I'll say that one of our heroes wants one of the above things and one wants the other. They each recruit their team and suddenly find themselves fighting each other. It's a bit funny and a bit confusing. I couldn't keep track of which one was on which team.

Let the fight begin!

But in the end, they join forces again and work together. That is. Until they don't. Because there's a big reveal which changes the game again and then things get serious.

Ah jinjja! It was hard to watch then!

And yes, there's a bad guy behind all of this and he is out for some bit time revenge and he wants to destroy the Avengers from the inside. He did an almost pretty good job of it to.

But let me just say that previous to this movie, Bucky sort of fell under the radar for me but after seeing this actor (Sebastian Stan) at Comic Con... let's just say, I'm a fan. Yeah. For me this movie wasn't really much about Captain America or Iron Man, but more about Bucky. Who's with me?


Bottom Line: Fans of the Marvel Universe won't want to miss it, that's for sure. It's up there with the best of them.

Here's the trailer:

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Thirty Days of Books: Series Talk

I'll be trying to participate in Jenni's 30 Days of Books this next month, but I'll be hit and miss and sometimes two on one day, like today, where I'm covering two prompts in one.

What's your favorite series and what's your favorite book in your favorite series?

Okay, well. I'm having trouble thinking what my favorite series is, but let's go with one that is a recent favorite, which is the Starbound Trilogy:

I adore these books. So very creative and clever and different. A cool world, sometimes in space, sometimes not. Smart attractive awesome characters. An interesting bad guy. A situation that you wouldn't quite expect and one that they must all solve and there seems to be no solution.

I don't know. I just loved it.

And I supposed the first book was my favorite. Because... Tarver. And stranded with Tarver. And forbidden love and all that. And the surprise weird freaky ending. Yeah. I should totally read this again. Actually, I have read many of my favorite parts over and over.

It's awesome stuff.

What's your favorite series? Link up here!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Sing Along Saturday: Love, True Love

Hey guys! Sharing more music today! The prompt over at Bookish Things and More is:

What's your favorite song that celebrates love?

Well. How about we go back to my Josh Groban days for this one? At least to start out with!

Here's one of my favorites JG songs called In Her Eyes. This live clip was filmed at the concert I went to years ago. Though sadly, he came down through the audience across the arena from where I was sitting. Still. It was awesome. That concert remains one of the best concerts I've ever been to.

There are so many more great love songs by Josh. Sigh.

Also, I think most of  Enrique Iglesias' songs celebrate love... the steamy steamy kind! I have a ton of favorites, but this one is probably the most well known and I've always loved the lyrics so so much:

And finally, here's my kpop contribution to the theme this week. This is one of my favorite Super Junior songs... I'm determined to learn the Korean lyrics so I can actually sing along with them.  Watching this video with the English translation makes me realize how poetic these lyrics are (like so many of them) and how much we actually lose in translation. Makes me a little sad. Anyway, this is a great love song called All My Heart.

And now don't you feel all lovey dovey? I hope you enjoyed  me songs. Post your own favorite love songs and link up over at Bookish Things and More!

I can't wait to see what'll be up for next week!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thirty Days of Books: Three Times a Charm

Today's (actually yesterday's since I'm a day behind) prompt for 30 Days of Books happening over at Jenni Elyse's is:

What book have you read more than three times?

Well, here's the deal. After about three I start loosing track. But I can say that there aren't many books I've read much more than three. I'm not a HUGE re-reader...  especially to the point that I read something over and over and over again.

That being said, I think the book I've read the most times is:

Yeah, I think every time I read this one I love it more. I love the style, the language, the banter, the set up, the reveals, the crazy family life, the quirky characters, the swoony characters. All of it. I'm not a "read it every year" kind of person, but I'll re-read to read with someone, or skim through parts just to feel the feels again.

It's an awesome book.

But I think you all know that.

Join the party and link up here with the book you've read more than three times!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Thirty Days of Books: Favorite Book from Last year

Hey! Look what Jenni's doing!!! Yeah, it's a 30 days of books event and she has figured out prompts for all the days and everything. (Click over for that list!)

Today's prompt is: What is your favorite book from last year?

Without thinking and stressing about it too much I have decided to say that this book was my favorite from last year:

You know, sometimes it pays off to do something unique and different and unheard of and break all the rules and to not be afraid and just jump into an idea! I think that's my favorite thing about this book, that these guys weren't afraid to do something different.

That and space.
And plagues.
And space ships.
And plagues.
And suspense.
And love.
And plagues.
And a computer that goes crazy.
And a really really scary PLAGUE!

Yeah. I loved it.

Write a post and join us! Be sure to link up at Jenni's on her Day 1 post!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Book Review Thoughts: Summerlost by Ally Condie

Book: Summerlost by Ally Condie
Genre: MG contemporary
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

When I realized that Ally Condie based this book on her Utah hometown and centered it around Utah's famous Shakespearean Festival, I couldn't wait to read it! It got bumped up the stack! And it did not disappoint!

This is the story of a young girl named Cedar who comes to this small town for the summer. Her brother and father have recently died in a car accident and the rest of her family is trying to get a new start. They've bought this old house and plan to spend summers here and rent it out to college kids the rest of the year.

Every summer in this small town there's a festival that happens called Summerlost. Cedar ends up getting a job working concessions along with the neighbor boy that she at first finds nerdy and then finds fascinating. They have some sweet adventures together and learn how to deal with their respective issues in the process. It's the start of a beautiful friendship!

Bottom Line: It's cute simple story that deals with the not so simple subject of grief. and it's so so awesome. I loved it.

Other Reviews:

A strong and outstanding novel for middle grades, this book takes a courageous look at grief and the resilience it takes to continue to live. From Waking Brain Cells

It was hard to read at certain points because it is a highly emotional book but it’s so worth it. From Twenty Three Pages

Summerlost” is quiet and tender. You never feel rushed nor do you feel a lack of purpose. Ally has created a story of friendship and family that rings true whether you have experienced loss or not. From Cracking the Cover


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