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Throwback Thursday Apr 28

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Throwback Thursday

Another Thursday meme of mine so that I can post some Old Reviews.

Here is 3-ish book reviews for the Sunrise Keys trilogy by Suzanne Brockmann.


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Kiss and Tell by Susanne Brockmann

Kiss and Tell, Sunrise Keys book 1

4 out of 5 Stars β˜…

Read and reviewed in June 2013.

I’ve read a lot of Suzanne’s older works and love them. This is about 3.5 stars rounded up to 4. It’s predictable and a little outdated. Marshall Devlin is a very likeable hero. I liked Leila Hunt just at times she can be so annoying. There constant fighting is a bit overboard. I thought it was only just cute that Marshall helped Leila find her New-Years-Kiss-Ninja. Continue reading “Throwback Thursday Apr 28”

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Man Crush Movie Week & Men in Uniform

Freeform Man Crush Movie Week

Man Crush Movie Week

Dear John movie Channing Tatum

ABC Family channel, or now known as Freeform, has a theme this week that went along with something I liked. Their theme for the week is Man Crush Movie Week. I have already been watching some YouTube videos with some of my favorite romantic scenes in movies. And now I can watch some of these movies too if I’d like.

Friday Night they airedΒ Dear John, which is a book adaptation of Nicholas Sparks book.

Men in Uniform

Channing Tatum did look lovely in uniform during that Sparks movie. Thanks to his performance I’ve added the book to my tbr list (I have read 3 of Sparks books before seeing the movie Dear John).

But my favorite man in uniform is Cary Elwes as the Dread Pirate Roberts in The Princess Bride. When Westley was just the Farm Boy, I only just liked him. And then he became the Man in Black, aka the Dread Pirate Roberts. Yum.

Farm Boy

Dread Pirate Roberts

Also I have watched this movie countless times. And it wasn’t until a couple years ago that I finally read the book. The two are different but I love both the book and movie. Here’s my book review. If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s definitely a must! And for those that haven’t read the book yet but have seen the movie countless times, do read it. There’s bits in the book that have been extended that are just as lovely as the movie.

Who is your favorite Men in Uniform?

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Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid

Northanger Abbey Val McDermid

Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid

4 out of 5 stars β˜… and a favorite β™₯

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).

This series is a satire to Jane Austen‘s books. I know that nobody else can write like JaneΒ can, but I still enjoy reading these retelling stories. I love Austen’s books and her writing. Val McDermid normally writes mystery books. I really don’t often read mystery books so Val was a New-To-Me Author. I don’t know if I’ll be reading any of her books but Northanger Abbey was a fun read.

Northanger Abby Val McDermid

I know the story of Northanger Abbey quite well already due to the fact that this is my favorite Jane Austen book, although it’s been a while since I’ve read it. Val was able to add thisΒ 21st Century update to the story with all those texting, Twitter and Facebook media stuff. And I loved that the theme in Bathe took place during a sort of Art Festival of sorts (books, theatre, etc.)

how to catch Mr Tilney bymidenianlostie

I did find it ridiculous that “Cat” Morland (short for Catherine) thought that the Tilney family was a bunch of vampires. Seriously how naive can a girl get? I don’t remember Austen’s heroine being that naive. As for the other characters… Well to put it bluntly, all but the Tilney’s and Catherine’s characters are more developed in this than the others. The Morland family is quickly described, and then it’s off to be with The Allen’s who have a small role in Cat’s life – more like chauffeurs than anything. And then there’s the much hated Thorpe family. Oh it’s no spoiler how these characters are bad news. I did really like Cat Morland and Henry Tilney. Continue reading “Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid”

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TCM 31 Days of Oscar – Sense and Sensibility

TCM 31 Days of Oscar

TCM 31 Days of Oscar

I’ve challenged myself to watch a movie every day from Turner Classic Movie channel’s 31 Days of Oscar. I’ll be focusing on the movies I haven’t watched yet, with maybe just a few movies I’ve already seen.

Here is my 30th day and movie of my challenge to TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar.

(Rewatching) Sense and Sensibility

9 out of 10 All Stars

Sense and Sensibility 1995

1995 Historical Romance film. Based on Jane Austen‘s book. Starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones, Robert Hardy, Greg Wise, Harriet Walter, James Fleet and Hugh Laurie.

The 360Β° Game: starts off with Torpedo RunΒ starring Robert Hardy, and he was in Since and SensibilityΒ with Emma TompsonΒ who was in the next film, The Remains of the Day.

And the Oscar goes to… Won Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published: Emma Thompson.

And the Oscar did not go to… Nominated for 7 awards. Best Picture: Lindsay Doran. Best Actress in a Leading Role: Emma Thompson. Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Kate Winslet. Best Cinematography: Michael Coulter. Best Costume Design: Jenny Beavan And John Bright. Best Music, Original Dramatic Score: Patrick Doyle.

My Short Synopsis: The Dashwood sisters find love and friends in the 19th century.

A note before I start watching this. And why I chose this movie… Rewatch. And I’ve been rereading a Jane Austen book too.

Sense and Sensibility 1995 Alan Rickman

My Thoughts: When I first saw this when it was released I wasn’t too thrilled about Alan Rickman playing Colonel Brandon. I still had him pegged as the bad guys like Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1991 Robin Hood movie and Hans Guber in 1988 Die Hard. It wasn’t until his role as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies that I liked Alan Rickman. So now after liking the guy, I’ve actually liked him as Brandon now.

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As for the movie now. Well my favorite is Marianne because of Kate Winslet. I really thought she should’ve won for Best Supporting Actress but oh well. I think that Emma Thompson did an astounding job at writing this screenplay. She really is a talented person. As for the cast, well I love every single one of them now. They all did a great job I thought. And I think this is my favorite Jane Austen adaptation now. Tops.


The Play by Play Thoughts

A man’s promise do his dying father. 1500Β£ with 100Β£ a month down to 20Β£ a month or here and there. And this first impression of the of John and Fanny Dashwood. Fanny is a pretty rotten woman here isn’t she?

Sense and Sensibility 1995

Marianne and her mournful piano playing. And the Dinner with their cousin John Dashwood. Kate Winslet at the piano, did she really play and sing these tunes? I don’t care, I still really liked these scenes.

Elinor Dashwood: “Marianne, can you play something else? Mamma has been weeping since breakfast.”
[Elinor exits; Marianne switches to a dirge]
Elinor: [from the other room] “I meant something LESS mournful, dearest.”

Continue reading “TCM 31 Days of Oscar – Sense and Sensibility”

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Accidentally Hers

Accidentally Hers Jamie Beck

Accidentally Hers by Jamie Beck 4β˜…

Read from January 5th to the 18th of 2016

My Short Synopsis: In small town Sterling Canyon, Colorado, a guy (Grey) sees a woman at a bar (Avery) and likes her enough to give her a nickname (Bambie), but chickens out in talking to her. He then gets hit by non other than the girl’s brother while he was bicycling home from said bar. And wow, surprise surprise, that same girl is now his physical therapist. Thus drama and romance from here on.

My Thoughts: My what a predictable story this was, but with some likable characters and plot, I didn’t mind reading this. Right from the start there’s instant attraction, which is always better than love-at-first-sight or insta-love.

Why Grey! Why! Of all the names in the world. At least it wasn’t hard to substitute it in my mind as Guy. His friend’s nickname, Trip, isn’t as bad. I did like Guy, plus Trip was starting to become likable. I wouldn’t be surprised if his story would be next. As soon as I got used to calling the Hero of the story Guy I ended up really liking him.

As for the heroine Avery, I thought she was ok. She’s really a worry-wart (definition: a person who tends to dwell unduly on difficulty or troubles). I did not like her brother, he’s a pushover and doormat, even with Avery trying to persuade the reader and Guy that her brother is a good person.

So thank you Netgalley for and Amazon and Montlake for giving me this book in exchange for my opinion. I now have some more book boyfriends to add to my very long list.

And this author is new to me and I look forward to trying another one of her books.

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Best of Book Boyfriends

Heroes Are My Weakness Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Best of Book Boyfriends

When I read Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips in March of 2015, the book had me thinking of all those Heroes in my favorite books, better known as Book Boyfriends. And then I compiled a list on Shelfari of all my favorites.

Here is the Top Ten of my favorite Heroes. (And some notables too).

Deciding who the #1 HeroΒ should be was too difficult, so here’s a tie for first

Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy

01. Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Love Jane Austen. I have another Austen best of I’ll be posting tomorrow. Of all of Jane’s Heroes, Mr. Darcy is my favorite.β™₯ My Review. Continue reading “Best of Book Boyfriends”