Monday, November 20, 2017

If I could only watch 5 movies

How does one pick a favorite movie let alone a top five? Does picking only one make it easier or harder?
Earlier this week I was asked if you had to pick 5 movies to watch the rest of my life which 5 would I pick and why? Seriously?! Who does that? Can you actually only pick 5 movies to watch for the rest of your life? And if you had to pick only 5 movies how in the world would you go around picking those 5 movies and how would you narrow that down?

So then I was stuck with the sad job of deciding which 5 movies would I take on a desert island situation and how I would narrow down the movie selections to the top 5. So the next thing I had to determine what categories I pick from do pick from genres or is this ALL movies? Apparently it is ALL movies (NOOOOOOOOO) so that didn’t help.

Then I had to determine do you pick based off a movie that made you laugh (Galaxy Quest, Pineapple Express, Hangover, or Shaun of the Dead), cry (Forest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Notebook, 12 Years A Slave), something that invokes a reaction from you (Hidden Figures, American History X, Clockwork Orange, Shawshank Redemption)? Do you pick the movie you still talk about or how about the movie that makes you start a conversation (Enemy of the State, Rear Window, Zodiac, Eagle Eye)? Do you pick a movie that has taught you a life lesson or made you read the book (Lord of the Rings trilogy, or Harry Potter series, or Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Braveheart, again Forest Gump)? Or perhaps it is the movie that made you go “that’s not at all like the book!” “The book is better!” (I won’t even go there with this)Do you pick the movie you quote the most from (Hot Fuzz, Hitchhiker’s Guide from the Galaxy, Princess Bride, Friday, Monty Python and the Holy Grail)? Or do you go with the movie that you can relate to the most and if you do pick that one does that change during your life (Angry Birds anyone)?
And to be honest how do you narrow down from all of those plus The Mummy, Jurassic Park (all of them), Clue and or Murder by Death? Not to mention all of the great movies that were mentioned by everyone when I asked on Twitter and Facebook. All were very helpful in reminding me of movies that I needed to add to my list.
This is what I narrowed it down to as my top 5 choices and might I add it was hard (really really freaking hard)

1) Jurassic Park - One or all of the movies I could seriously watch these over and over and over and  as a matter of fact I did when I was in India for 6 months :) It is a fantastic movie, great quotes, fantastic theme (don't play God) (respect nature) and great eye candy ;) I love them all and can't wait for the 5th one to come out.

2) Galaxy Quest - This movie is just funny it has a lot of great quotes, it makes me laugh and it is just flat out hysterical. I love it with all my whole heart. Whenever I am sad I go to this movie and it makes me laugh and makes me happy. I just love to quote it and I love to laugh along with it. "Do you think they are the miners?" "Oh yeah sure they're like 2" "Not minors, miners" "You lost me?" Gawd I love this movie seriously I'm laughing why I typed that.

3) Forrest Gump - There are just a lot of great lessons in this movie, putting the past behind you, be a good person, expect the unexpected (box of chocolates) love and accept anyone for who they are, don't hold grudges, be present, learn to appreciate what you have, keep your promises, be a good person. Gawd this movie just is fantastic, other then the running bit I have to say I just love this movie it has so many great things going on. I especially like the lesson don't give up on love. He breaks my heart with Jenny but my gawd I love this movie it makes me want to be a Forrest or have one. The part the breaks my heart is when Forrest discovers he has a son and asks "Is he smart or is he like me?" Geez stick a knife in my heart I cry like a little child all the freaking time.

4) Clue - "Long Story short" "Too late!" This is one of those movies that I just can't stop watching over and over and over. Even though I have seen every ending that they have. I love the comedic timing and I love the one liners and hell I even love the plot. The movie is fast paced and the zingers come like no other. I can't help but watch it every other month or so because hey why not.

5) LOTR's - Yes this is cheating I know that there are actually 3 of these movies and then the Hobbit spin off but I will only pick the original 3 movies. I thoroughly enjoy these movies and every Christmas I watch this trilogy with my mom and it is a wonderful tradition that we do together. You can see my thoughts on LOTRs here.

Runner ups per Twitter (movies that got triggered due to Twitter or just some great movies that were brought up due to friends on Twitter)

1. Angry Birds -  When I stumbled upon this gem I can't help but really relate to it. I am the angry bird. I am RED which is sad cause I always wanted to be Chuck but sadly I am Red which is fine because hey he is the winner winner chicken dinner which now that I typed that sounds really bad but alas he is the main character and it is about an angry bird that saves the day and learns to deal with some of his anger issues but man I can seriously watch this movie all day every day and I think I have watched it at least once a week since it came out. Definitely a gem I am glad I stumbled across.
2. Indiana Jones
3.Harry Potter
4. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
5. Captain America
6. Aliens
7. Much Ado About Nothing
8. Roman Holiday
9. The Mummy
10. Independence Day
11. Wonder Woman
12. Mulan
13. Wall-E

Needless to say I may end up having to take a jump drive, usb and or extra everything in order to survive a desert island then again if I am ever on said island watching movies is probably going to be pretty low on my list of things I need to accomplish at the moment.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Review ~ The Real McCoys by Matthew Swanson & Robbi Behr



Her name’s Moxie. Moxie McCoy.

Bold, opinionated, and haplessly self-confident, the world’s greatest fourth-grade detective faces her biggest challenge! When someone kidnaps beloved school mascot Eddie the Owl, Moxie is on the case—but she’s forced to fly solo now that her best friend (and crime-solving partner) has moved away.

Moxie must interview her classmates—both as potential new best friends and as possible suspects. She finds clues and points fingers but can’t save the owl on her own. Enter Moxie’s little brother, Milton. Quiet, cautious, and boring as a butter knife, he’s a good listener.

Can the Real McCoys form an unlikely alliance and solve the crime of the century?

Bursting with interactive illustrations on every page, Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr’s The Real McCoys delivers clever storytelling, laugh-out-loud humor, and heartwarming insight. This is the first book in a series.

I thought this book was really cute and something that really enjoyed! Moxie is in the fourth grade and she is a detective, she is on the hunt for who has kidnaped her school mascot Eddie the Owl. The relationship between the characters was enjoyable and I have to say the artwork was helpful in enjoying the story. I liked the whole book a lot and think it would be good for anyone who is looking for a cute mystery for the elementary to middle school ages. The mystery wasn't hard to figure out but it was an enjoyable to read none the less.

"Readers will breeze through this ingenious combination of text and art, eager for Moxie and Milton’s next case." —School Library Journal, starred review

"Swanson’s witty text is enhanced exponentially by Behr’s bold, original artwork to create a uniquely told whodunit with wide appeal ... An exceptional book." —Booklist, starred review

"An exceptional middle-grade read packed with giggles for young sleuths who love to explore a little off the beaten path." —Kirkus Reviews
"This clever, funny, delightful book is just what this crazy world needs. The surprising and inventive interaction between text and illustration shows that two brains are, indeed, better than one--especially when they belong to Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr." —Andrea Beaty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Ada Twist Scientist



Combining Robbi’s illustrations and Matthew’s words, we run two small presses— Idiots’Books (illustrated picture books for adults) and Bobbledy Books, (a picture book and music club for kids). Together, we have published more than 60 volumes, including titles with Macmillan, Chronicle Books and LB Kids. We speak, teach, and run workshops on collaboration and creative entrepreneurship (with appearances at TEDx, Mom 2.0,Alt Summit, and ICON7). And we blog about our ongoing adventures in creative mishap.

ROBBI BEHR is an illustrator/print maker/commercial salmon fisherwoman who earned a BA from Williams College and an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. When she is not drawing stuff or eating ice cream or watching sappy late-90s chick movies, she is, in all likelihood, fast asleep.

is a writer/art director/blues harmonica player who has so far failed in every attempt to be swashbuckling. He managed to secure a BA from Williams but was summarily rejected from every MFA program to which he applied—thus emboldening Robbi to remind him almost daily that he is a master of nothing.

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Review ~ Black Goat Blues by Levi Black

In Red Right Hand, Charlie Tristan Moore was thrust into a nightmarish world of lurking Lovecraftian horrors when The Man In Black, a diabolical Elder God, chose her as his unwilling Acolyte. Discovering her own power, Charlie ultimately defied The Man In Black, but at a cost.

Now armed with a magic coat made from the skin of a flayed angel, Charlie is out to destroy The Man In Black and save her boyfriend Daniel--and she doesn't care how many bloodthirsty gods and monsters get in her way...

I have to say this book surprised me. It is the second in a series and while the first would have helped to a point I didn't feel that I needed it. There was a moment that I couldn't understand the desire and the absolute need to be with Daniel but I figured it had to be because I missed the story in the first book.
Charlie is an interesting character that just won't quit. She is constantly after The Man In Black no matter what or who stands in her way. She isn't as bad ass as it appears and slowly builds up her powers pushing herself until she nearly dies in order to defeat this man. It is definitely something I admire about her at the same time I kept wanting to tell her to wait and take her time eventually she was going to get herself and those she cares about killed if she didn't slow down. The book shows different characters, Gods, and other places in the world I would have never thought about. It also reminded me of Dr. Strange with objects having personalities which I found amusing. 

Red Right Hand is a perfect blend of old-school horror and modern storytelling sorcery. Levi Black is absolutely riveting! ―Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Predator One and Deadlands: Ghostwalkers.

Visceral and creepy, Red Right Hand is a sincerely twisted tale that’s every bit as thrilling as it is macabre. ―Cherie Priest, bestselling author of Boneshaker and Maplecroft
A merge of horror and dark fantasy that will grab you by the throat! ―Faith Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock series.

Red Right Hand is a beautiful, terrifying nightmare of a book. Stylish and nerve-wracking, it held me constantly in an iron grip as I read it...and has yet to let me go. More, Levi Black! ―Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author of The Rules
Levi Black writes with bare knuckle confidence and a champion prizefighter’s skill. Red Right Hand is his first round combination that leaves you flat on the canvass, dazed and impressed. Get in the ring and be ready for battle. ―Nate Southard, author of Pale Horses and Will the Sun Ever Come Out Again?
Levi Black's Red Right Hand is visceral, violent, and sexy. This book has jaggedly-sharp humor, snappy patter and tight pacing that can literately leave you breathless at some points. It's crazy fun with unspeakable horrors! ―R.S. Belcher, author of Nightwise and The Six-Gun Tarot
Imagine that one of Lovecraft’s Great Old Ones showed up at your door and said, ‘You work for me now.’ That’s the premise of Red Right Hand, Levi Black’s grim and gory tale that takes urban fantasy into the darkest places of both the universe and the human heart. Riveting in both senses of the word: it grips your attention, and it feels like bolts punching through your flesh. ―Alex Bledsoe, author of Long Black Curl
Levi Black mixes deft characterization, vivid description, and H. P. Lovecraft’s cosmic horrors to create a thoroughly engaging urban fantasy. ―Richard Lee Byers, author of The Reaver and Blind Man’s Bluff
With Red Right Hand, Levi Black gives us an exciting, pulse-inducing mashup of Urban Fantasy and Lovecraftian Horror. Charlie Moore is a great entry into the pantheon of urban fantasy heroines, and The Man in Black is a Mythos character made even more terrifyingly real. I can't wait for the sequel. ―Gini Koch, author of the Alien/Katherine"Kitty" Katt series

Levi Black’s Red Right Hand is a perfect fusion of noir, action and horror. Urban decay, Lovecraftian madness and emotional desperation are only a few of the ingredients in the mix that powers this breakout novel. The engine on this beast is burning high-octane fuel and running hot. Highly recommended! ―James A. Moore, author of the Seven Forges Series and Alien: Sea of Sorrows
Sleek, savage and brutally well-written, Black's story hurtles you into a world where the elder gods view humans as expendable playthings or tasty snacks. Even as you obsessively turn the pages, you'll be rooting for good to triumph over endless evil. A brilliant blend of horror and urban fantasy, Red Right Hand proves that truth is chaos, and hell is only a tentacle away. ―Jana Oliver, award-winning author of the Demon Trappers series

If Mickey Spillane had delved into the Cthulhu Mythos, he might have turned out something like this. Hard-hitting and truly scary, Red Right Hand is a postmodern Lovecraftian nightmare of a tale. Dark and bloody and bad to the bone. ―Charles R. Rutledge, co-author of Congregations of the Dead


Levi Black lives in Metro Atlanta with his wife and an array of toys, books, records, and comics. He's been weird his whole life and is almost as scary as he looks. Red Right Hand is his first novel.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Review ~ Faithful Place by Tana French

Title: Faithful Place
Author: Tana French
Genre: mystery/suspense
Publish Date: 7/2010
Pages: 400
1) Into the Woods
2) The Likeness
3) Faithful Place

Reason for reading:
I heard on a podcast that I just needed to read this author because she was so amazing

Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was a nineteen year old kid with a dream of escaping his family's cramped flat on Faithful Place and running away to London with his girl, Rosie Daly. But on the night they were supposed to leave, Rosie didn't show. Frank took it for granted that she'd dumped him - probably because of his alcoholic father, nutcase mother, and generally dysfunctional family. He never went home again. Neither did Rosie. Then, twenty-two years later, Rosie's suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank, now a detective in the Dublin Undercover squad, is going home whether he likes it or not. 

Getting sucked in is a lot easier than getting out again. Frank finds himself straight back in the dark tangle of relationships he left behind. The cops working the case want him out of the way, in case loyalty to his family and community makes him a liability. Faithful Place wants him out because he's a detective now, and the Place has never liked cops. Frank just wants to find out what happened to Rosie Daly - and he's willing to do whatever it takes, to himself or anyone else, to get the job done.

I have to say this was a recommendation from a podcast I listen to called Read or Dead  these two ladies went on for about 20 minutes or longer about how amazing Tana French was. After that I thought I have to read this author immediately. Low and behold when I was at the library I saw a copy of the Faithful Place and even tough it was the 3rd in the series I figured I would give it a try. Mainly because each book is about a different detective in the series some in the murder pool some in undercover. This book dealt with Frank Mackey from the undercover unit. The unique thing about this book is the fact it takes place in Ireland and while at times you can tell I have to say for the most part you couldn't and I enjoyed that. 
Also while I figured out the mystery it didn't stop me from turning the pages and turning the pages until I got to the end to make sure that a) I was right and b) that I knew everything that happened. 
I have to say I love Frank. I can see how some people didn't enjoy his story he is a hard egg to enjoy but I LOVE his story I loved learning about his back story, his family, his history, but I also loved learning about his here and now. I loved his daughter, his ex-wife, his relationships since. This story was beautifully written and I wasn't shocked at the ending I was fully engaged and enjoyed the twist and turns. So much so I have picked up Broken Harbor which is the 4th in the series and I have put all her books on my hold list at the library. 

Grade 5 out of 5 stars
Would I recommend this book: UM yes I actually already have to 2 people!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Blog Tour ~ Truthers by Geoffrey Girard

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Blog Tour ~ Black Moon Rising by D.J. Machale



The next fast-paced, thrilling adventure from bestselling author D. J. MacHale! Check out a book and fall under its spell . . . literally.

Marcus is an agent of the Library--a place filled with tales that don't have an ending. Mysteries that won't be solved until Marcus and his friends Theo and Lu step in to finish them. Before it's too late.

Because mysterious accidents are disturbing a middle school in Massachusetts. Windows shatter for no reason. Bleachers collapse at a pep rally. Most of the students think they're just having a string of bad luck, but Marcus suspects something a lot more dangerous. Something like witchcraft. When the black moon rises, this story must come to an end . . . one way or another.



D.J. MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several popular television series and movies. As an author, his ten-volume book series: Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure Through Time and Space became a New York Times #1 bestseller.

He was raised in Greenwich, CT where he had several jobs including collecting eggs at a poultry farm; engraving trophies and washing dishes in a steakhouse…in between playing football and running track. D.J. graduated from New York University where he received a BFA in film production.

His film-making career began in New York where he worked as a freelance writer/director making corporate videos and television commercials.

D.J. broke into the entertainment business by writing several ABC Afterschool Specials. As co-creator of the popular Nickelodeon series: Are You Afraid of the Dark?, he produced all 91 episodes. D.J. also wrote and directed the movie Tower of Terror for ABC’s Wonderful World of Disney. The Showtime series Chris Cross was co-created, written and produced by D.J. It received the CableAce award for Best Youth Series.

D.J. created and produced the Discovery Kids/NBC television series Flight 29 Down. He wrote every episode and directed several. His work on Flight 29 Down earned him the Writers Guild of America award for Outstanding Children’s Script and a Directors Guild of America award nomination.

Other notable television writing credits include the ABC Afterschool Special titled Seasonal Differences; the pilot for the long-running PBS/CBS series Ghostwriter; and the HBO series Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective for which he received a CableAce nomination for writing.

In print, D.J. also authored the supernatural Morpheus Road trilogy; a whimsical picture book The Monster Princess; and The SYLO Chronicles, a thrilling sci-fi trilogy. He also wrote Voyagers: Project Alpha, the first of a six book science fiction adventure.

D.J.’s newest book series is The Library, a spooky middle-grade anthology about a mysterious library filled with unfinished supernatural tales, and the daring young people who must complete them.

D.J. lives in Southern California with his wife Evangeline and daughter Keaton. They are avid backpackers, scuba divers and skiers. Rounding out the household is a spoiled golden retriever named Casey and an equally spoiled tuxedo cat named Jinx.

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If I could only watch 5 movies

How does one pick a favorite movie let alone a top five? Does picking only one make it easier or harder? Earlier this week I was as...