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Harry Potter Illustrated Books

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Illustrated Books

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Harry Potter Illustrated books by J.K. Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay.

Book review 5 out of 5 Stars

I wasn’t a fan when the illustrated book for Sorcerer’s Stone was released. I thought that it was just another ripoff to make more money. Twenty-five dollars a book, this making $150 for the entire series! And we have to wait each year for the next book! I’m sure if it was released in one big bundle it would look like a ripoff for just another book copy of this series because there is other reprint editions too. I do like some of the editions now, but the prices are ridiculous for some of them. Continue reading “Harry Potter Illustrated Books”

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Silent Sunday Nights & Mom’ Day

TCM Silent Sunday Nights

Silent Sunday Nights

Mockery 1927

TCM channel airs Silent Films on their Sunday Silent Nights theme. Tonight they’re showing a film from 1927 called Mockery, starring Lon Chaney (Hunchback of Notre Dame 1923, Phantom of the Opera 1925).

“A rare screening of Benjamin Christensen‘s Mockery (1927) offers a wonderful opportunity to see a Chaney performance less reliant upon a frightening visage: Sergei, an uneducated Siberian peasant.” (From the TCM article).

I’ll be watching this after the last episode of The Good Wife. Really interested to see whether or not Governor Florrick is found guilty or not. So far we’re liking the farewell, though my mom didn’t like the ending (she’s ahead of Gramps and I because we are watching it later in order to fast forward those commercials).

The Good Wife

Here is the rest of my Silent Sunday Night…

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Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I wish to meet

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday

My Top 5 Wednesday topics from the Goodreads group. I started this in April because I liked the group’s topics for Top 5 favorites.


Authors I wish I could have meet at the Los Angeles Festival of Books back in April.

There was a book festival last month that I wish that I could have gone to. The event had a lot of artists and celebrities as guests, from books, food, music and more. Maybe next year I’ll go. Here’s 5 people I wish I could’ve meet this year:

Cecelia Ahern

Owl Crate April

Irish author who wrote P.S. I Love You, Where Rainbows End (aka Love, Rosie), as well as other Adult Contemporary books. Her latest book is her first attempt to Young Adult fiction called Flawed. I received the hardcover edition from the April’s Owl Crate subscription (my first). I’m looking forward to reading it.

Melissa de la Cruz

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Top 5 Wednesday: Tribute to Childhood Book Moms

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday

My second Top 5 Wednesday topics from the Goodreads group. I’ve seen and joined that Goodreads group for some time now. The topics in April looked pretty good. I really liked this topic. And since I already liked to make lists, these 5 every week shouldn’t be too difficult for me. Maybe..

A Tribute to My Childhood Book Moms

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Mrs Dashwood of Jane Austen

Mrs. Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. She was my first Jane Austen book mother and still my favorite. And I loved the actress that played her in the 1995 movie (my review to the movie/ book).

“I do not believe,” said Mrs. Dashwood, with a good humoured smile, “that Mr. Willoughby will be incommoded by the attempts of either of MY daughters towards what you call CATCHING him. It is not an employment to which they have been brought up. Men are very safe with us, let them be ever so rich.”


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Ramona and Her Mother by Beverly Cleary

Mrs. Quimby from Ramona and Her Mother by Beverly Cleary (and all the other Romana books in the series). That dear pest Ramona. I loved this series. (My review).

“All her life she had wanted to squeeze the toothpaste really squeeze it,not just one little squirt…The paste coiled and swirled and mounded in the washbasin. Ramona decorated the mound with toothpaste roses as if it was a toothpaste birthday cake”

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Top 5 Wednesday Apr 20th

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday

I’m going to try these Top 5 Wednesday topics from the Goodreads group. I’ve seen and joined that Goodreads group for some time now. The topics in April looked pretty good. I really liked this topic. And since I already liked to make lists, these 5 every week shouldn’t be too difficult for me. Maybe..

April 20th – Book You’re Intimidated By

My physical Book Shelf is pretty intimidating and it’s now overflowing. But here’s those other books that are just as intimidating.

01. Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I read all the Musketeer Books, which has 5 very long books, and then The Count of Monte Cristo all by Alexandre Dumas. I read all those books in my early twenties and I found them daunting at first because of the size, but then I couldn’t put them down.

Titanic Blood And Steel 2012

Now the Outlander series has 8 long books, not including all those extra stuff. Oh lord that is a lot to go through. I bought book 1 kindle edition back in 2013 for $1.99. That is how long that this book has been waiting on my kindle(s) for me to read. I haven’t been so excited to read the book because this isn’t my usual type of genres, time travel and historical fiction.

I was looking forward to watching the tv show on the Starz cable channel. The first season started off good. But then I started to loose interest in the story and ended up skipping in watching some of the episodes.

Now it’s Season 2 and the first two episodes were pretty good. The story is a lot more engaging that it was in the first season in my opinion.


02. Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin.

Game of Thrones by George R R Martin

Here’s another 8 very long book series. I purchased the 4 Book kindle edition back in 2013 for $15.99. It’s now $34.99.

My aunt and sister have both read this book series and has recommended it to me. They have both admitted that this is a long read but worth it. They also said that there is a lot of characters to follow that they sometimes wish to see a list of just those characters in order to keep track.

And then there’s the HBO cable show. I have not watched a single full episode from the 5 seasons. Even after the show’s big promotional thing on March 3rd for the fans where they streamed/ aired one episode per night on HBO NOW. #GOT50

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March Monthly Recap

Goodbye March

March Monthly Recap

The end of another month here. I wish there was more days so that I can actually get some reading and reviewing done. I was able  to finish one book this month though. I have finally gotten around to watching some of the programs and movies on our dvr. My lack of reading probably has to do with my pinched nerve at my neck/ shoulder (somewhere around there) and tense muscles. But I think it’s getting better so hopefully I’ll get some more reading done soon.

The Book I Read

Northanger Abbey Val McDermid

Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid. This is the second book of The Austen Project series. There’s two other books to this series so far, along with one more book being released on April 19th (Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld). I’m looking forward to reading Emma by Alexander McCall Smith (book 3). These are satires to Jane Austen‘s books. Val McDermid normally writes mystery books (not my go-to genre) and so this author is New-To-Me.

Review coming soon. I promise.


The Movies I Watched

TCM 31 Days of Oscar

TCM 31 Days of Oscars movie challenge. I finished watching the movies for my personal challenge for watching one movie that the TCM channel aired from February 1st to March 2nd. The majority of those 31 movies were ones that I have not watched till then. I was able to finish watching the last 5 movies at the beginning of the month of March:

My favorites from those Oscar movies were:

Sabrina - Audrey Hepburn

Other movies were from TCM as well, with a highlight of Jerry Lewis‘s 90th Birthday and watching his movie The Bellboy.

I have been able to watch a few new movies this week and even some Godzilla movies too. I hope to post the reviews asap.


The Best of Posts in March

Here are a few posts that I of course liked and thankfully others liked too. Continue reading “March Monthly Recap”