July Book Reviews

One of my personal goals for the year was to challenge myself to read 100 books. Easier said than done even though I love reading, I still have to work, have a life and pursue my other interests as well. I suppose that is why it is a challenge. I did a little spotty math, and if my calculations are correct I have to read eleven books each month for the rest of the year to meet my goal. I’m happy to say for the month of July that I reached that goal! Below I’ve listed them with a short review, hope you enjoy!

LOVE-LOSS-AND-WHAT-WE-ATE-Padma-Lakshmi‘Love, Loss, and What We Ate’ by Padma Lakshmi is a beautiful memoir of a very interesting life. My knowledge before reading this book of Lakshmi was contained to watching a few episodes of Top Chef and the occasional celebrity news article. If you are at all interested in her life this is the book to read. I listened to it on Audio book and as it was read by Lakshmi herself it added another level of personalization.

 

 

Harry_Potter_and_the_Goblet_of_Fire_Book_4‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ by J.K. Rowling. Up until the seventh book came out this was my favorite. The tasks, and the level of work that had to be done to accomplish (most) of the tasks was incredibly entertaining to read. I feel like this novel starts to shape who Harry will become, and he is really truly tested for the first time at the end of the novel and proves himself strong and worthy. This kid is only fourteen! I also really want to have a go in the Prefect’s bathroom.

 

Everything Everything‘Everything Everything’ by Nicola Yoon is a book like none other I’ve ever read. It is YA lit, yes- but despite that it has a plotline that sticks with you. Despite the icky ‘first love’ pains, and the computer IM conversations it is fun and quick to read. Not everything is the way it seems- and everyone in the story has something to overcome and learn.

 

 

 

Harry-Potter-And-The-Order-Of-The-Phoenix‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ by J.K. Rowling – is the novel in the series in which we get what I call ‘Caps Lock Harry’ as he yells all the time, (teen angst), he should have been informed a little bit more than he was, and Umbridge, arguably worse than Voldemort. Despite all of that, I absolutely love the plot line of Dumbledore’s Army and how they come to play in later in the series.  Harry is starting to notice girls (that took awhile) – and he and his friends again prove themselves worthy. Also, Harry is vindicated- finally!

 

Billy-and-Me‘Billy and Me’ by Giovanna Fletcher fell flat for me. I read this book because it was one of Zoella’s summer read recommendations, but I didn’t get what she must have out of it. The start was promising, but the heroine is just so annoying I could never put myself in her shoes. It’s a classic ‘normal girl’ meets ‘celebrity boy’ plot but he has to kiss other girls in his line of work and he doesn’t spend time with her. Instead of talking about her feelings with him it like a normal person I had to put up with the whining for most of the novel. Sheesh.

 

But Mama always put Vodka in her Sangria!‘But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria!’ by Julia Reed is a collection of short stories and personal memories in each chapter with normally three to five recipes following each one. For this reason it reads quickly. Several of the stories are very interesting, and I made photocopies of some of the recipes to try out later. I spent the first part of the book thinking, who IS this person?! Her life seems so crazy and certainly in the fast lane.  She is a journalist and author, a down home southern cook. This is a book for foodies!

 

HP and the Half Blood Prince‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ by J.K. Rowling is where Harry starts really learning what it will take for him to defeat Voldemort. Dumbledore teaches him Voldy’s background and just enough to have Harry continue on by himself. Harry, Ron and Hermione have always been a team, but in this book we see that team cemented as one with the goal to defeat Voldemort. Gosh, I love this series.

 

 

With Malice‘With Malice’ by Eillen Cook is a book I’m still thinking about over a week since finishing reading it. It is reminesent to me of ‘Foxy Knoxy’s’ story- Amanda Knox, the American girl who was accused of killing her roommate in Italy. The difference with this novel is that Jill wakes up with amnesia, and is shocked to learn that she has already been to Italy and is accused of killing her best friend over a boy. The end. OH MY GOSH. Perfection.

 

 

Elizabeth-the-Queen-Smith-Sally-Bedell‘Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch’ by Sally Bedell Smith was a joy to listen to on Audiobook. It is long, but so very interesting. I gained a new understanding of Elizabeth the Second, a steadfast, hardworking woman who values her family, and her commitment to her country. This book covers literally every possible aspect of her time on the throne, from before her coronation up to the wedding of William and Kate. This book gets two thumbs way up from me!

 

None-Like-Him-Book‘None Like Him’ by Jen Wilkin is a novel explaining the greatness of God, and how no one is like Him- and why that is a good thing. It has some really great nuggets of information, many good parts that make you think, but still many others that made me feel like I was being talked down to like a teacher to a kindegarner, or worse- like a fake friend. I know Wilkin did not intend that to happen, but it was just the voice of the novel. With good editing all of this could have been fixed.

 

Harry_Potter_and_the_Deathly_Hallows_(US_cover)‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ by J.K. Rowling is my favorite of all of them. It has been knit together from the genius that is Rowling with plot lines and little nuggets from each of the novels. It’s an absolute joy to read, to imagine these incredible things happening, to see the man Harry has become, the solid team the trio has worked to be, and the absolute vindication at the end of the novel.

*Side note, I’m still SO MAD at how they screwed up the end of the war in the movie. Grrrr….

That’s books 32 through 42 of 100! Stay tuned at the end of August for a wrap up of all of the novels I read in the next month!

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You can also see my goals for 20152014, 2013, 2012 and my bucket list!

 

Lush : Lava Lamp Bath Bomb [ REVIEW ]

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One of my goals for 2016 is to test every Lush bath bomb and as many bubble bars as I can. As the great Leonardo da Vinci once said, ‘Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgement.” What is more relaxing close to home than a luxurious bath?  This year I will review products from my fav shop that makes fresh and handmade beauty goods, Lush! So draw up a bath, get a good book and a glass of wine, and let’s relax!

Lush’s Lava Lamp bath bomb is pretty amazing. It took awhile for me to get a hold of because my local store kept receiving packages in which the purple melts had melted in our crazy Midwest heat. Finally I caught a break and picked up two for my trouble. I have to say, it was worth the wait. I LOVE the citrusy orange smell, and the effect of the purple melt looks just like an old 70’s lava lamp – so clever. There are no bubbles, and the color is reminiscent of bathing in a tub of beer- but the smell and the moisturizing properties of the melt more than make up for that. This is a good one for a pick-me-up. Love it!

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Valentine’s Day Lush Products I’ve tested:

Unicorn Horn bubble bar, The Kiss lip gloss, Prince Charming Shower Cream

Christmas Lush Products I’ve tested:

Frozen Bath Bomb, Dashing Santa Bath Bomb, Peeping Santa, Bar Humbug bubble bar, Golden Slumbers bath bomb, Shoot for the Stars bath bomb,

Halloween Lush Products I’ve tested:

Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb, Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar

Mother’s Day Lush Products I’ve tested:

Rose Bubble Bar, Secret Garden Bath Bomb, Mother Superior Bubble Bar

Easter Lush Products I’ve tested:

Immaculate Eggception, Golden Egg, Fluffy Egg, Bunch of Carrots, Bubblegrub, Humpty Dumpty

Other Lush Products I’ve tested:

Blackberry Bath BombTwilight Bath Bomb, Sakura Bath Bomb, Phoenix Rising, Honey Bee Bath Bomb, Space Girl Bath Bomb, Big Blue Bath Bomb, Granny Takes a Dip Bath Bomb, Rose Queen Bath Bomb, Ickle Baby Bot, Sex Bomb Bath Bomb, Yuzu & Cocoa Bubble Bar, Karma Bubble Bar, Rose Jam Bubbleroon Bubble Bar, Milky Bath Bubble Bar, Guardian of the Forest Bath Bomb, The Experimenter Bath Bomb, Green Bubbleroon Bubble Bar,

*This post is not sponsored

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Click here to see my goals for 2016

You can also see my goals for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and my bucket list!

Catching up + ALL of the books!! [Review]

Despite all of the best intentions, sometimes life gets in the way. Since my last post I moved myself and my little fur-baby to a house, lost my very dear grandmother and have been going through very good but very stressful changes at work. Needless to say my little blog took a back seat, but I’ve been (mostly) faithfully carrying on with my goals for 2016- just not writing about them here. I have posted a photo a day on Instagram- check them out and maybe follow me if you like at ‘kflakes’! I’ve also been planning excursions, got adventurous with my hair and had it ‘painted’ (balayage), and I’ve been reading like crazy. The rest of this post I’ll devote to mini-reviews of all of the books I’ve read since the last one I talked about in my goal toward 100 this year. In the future I’ll write similar posts monthly, reviewing all of the books I’ve read. Hope you enjoy!

jurassic‘Jurassic Park’ by Michael Crichton- Book 17 of 100 was pretty fantastic. It varies drastically in places from the film we all know and love, but is no less entertaining or lovable. The back story behind the novel is extensive, the dinosaurs have already started to escape- and good gracious, the ending is terrible and poetic all at the same time. This is a must read- and made for a very entertaining book to listen to in the car.

 

 

 
Glass-Sword-Victoria-AveyardGlass Sword (Red Queen, #2) by Victoria Aveyard- Book 18 of 100 was very interesting. In this book the elite class has silver blood and the common folk have red blood. Our heroine Mare Barrow has red blood, but also the powers of a Silver- and incredible powers at that. In the first book she discovered and struggled to cope with the repercussions of that fact. In this novel she discovers she is not the only one to have red blood and silver powers. They basically start a war in this novel, and it’s pretty great. Can’t wait for the next book!

 

richestThe Richest Man in Babylon by  George S. Clason- Book 19 of 100 is a must read for those wanting to make something of themselves financially and also in their community. The novel holds the key to personal wealth (very simple, really) and is entertaining to boot. A great book to listen to on tape.

 

 

 

accentYes, My Accent is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told YouYes, by Kunal Nayyar- Book 20 of 100 is highly entertaining and intelligent. We see behind the scenes of Nayyar’s life, and he is every bit as lovable as his character Raj on ‘The Big Bang Theory’. We see what it took for him to get where he is, funny stories from his childhood, an entire chapter on his week long wedding festivities and other hilarities. I loved this book, it’s witty and inspiring and a lighthearted read.

 

 

FirstlifeFirstlife (Everlife, #1) by Gena Showalter- Book 21 of 100 is an odd duck. I kept going back and forth between loving it and thinking it was terrible. It is basically a tug of war between the two locations for one’s afterlife. Each person is to choose where they want to go before they come of age or they may not get a choice. They may be killed and end up in neither. Both realms, Troika and Myriad will do anything to recruit our heroine Tenly ‘Ten’ – but she has reservations about both. It’s a trip, but at least is fairly original!

 

The-Life-Changing-Magic-of-Tidying-Up-718x1024The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo- Book 22 of 100 is a helpful if not fairly impractical look at how to clean up the clutter in your home. I imagine it works incredibly well for some, but for someone like me who has borderline horder tendencies- but who also has fantastic organizing and ‘tucking’ skills, it is impractical and unnecessary. If I wanted to live as though my life were on display I would maybe look into it more. 🙂

 

"Furiously Happy," by Jenny Lawson

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson- Book 23 of 100 is outrageously funny. The novel is essentially a memoir of Lawson’s struggle with mental illness, but don’t let that deter you. It’s an honest, brilliant and clever look at how Lawson handles her illnesses, and the humor that gets her through. There are plenty of stories and side bars that had me in stitches, and others that made me cry. In other words? Perfection.

 

 

obsession-by-nora-robertsThe Obsession by Nora Roberts- Book 24 of 100 is one of Robert’s most recent novels and I very much enjoyed it. It follows Naomi, who discovers as a child her father’s darkest secret and makes him infamous. In the present day she settles in a small town only to have her past catch up with her- but she finds roots and a man to love. She finds part of herself and a loving dog as well. The only thing that annoys me is the image on the cover- it makes no sense to me in relation to the story- the view of the sea from her new home would be what I would have showed!

 

The Crown by Kiera CassThe Crown (The Selection, #5) by Kiera Cass- Book 25 of 100 was a book that I really wanted to like but couldn’t. The writing was subpar, the plot was stagnant, and the relationships seemed forced. I enjoy Cass’ ideas and dedication to the storyline, but it fell short for me again. The idea is a bachelorette style process to find a king for a future queen. Eadlyn is the daughter of the couple featured in the first series Cass released which I really liked, but this one just didn’t work out. It probably would make a much better film or tv show than books.

 

originals-how-non-conformists-move-the-worldOriginals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam M. Grant- Book 26 of 100 is a hugely popular book. As good as it was though, it was only minimally inspiring for me. I wanted so much more out of it that it didn’t give. The book talks about how to recognize a good idea, speak up, building alliances, choosing the correct timing and managing fear and doubt. It also touches on how to prepare kids and how leaders can get more from their employees. This all sounds great, but I felt like it only skimmed the surface. Maybe it needs a second read.

 

harry-potter-1Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling- Book 27 of 100 is the first in the Harry Potter series. It is my favorite book series and I decided the time was ripe to read them all again before the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is released July 31st. I love the first novel, showing Harry’s discovery of his magic powers and his introduction into a new world of friends and situations he can control and start to become his own person in. All eleven year olds need to learn how to fight the darkest wizard in history, right?

 

hp-chamber-of-secretsHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling- Book 28 of 100 is the second in the Harry Potter series. This book makes me laugh because all of the antics and his involvement in the Chamber of Secrets aren’t really required of him- he just has a solving problems thing. These first novels always make me think of how even from a young age he is destined to do what he does and even become an Auror (dark wizard fighter) as an adult.

 

 

no fears no excusesNo Fears, No Excuses: What You Need to Do to Have a Great Career by Larry Smith- Book 29 of 100 was a fantastic read. This book is basically a kick in the pants to strive for the future you design for yourself. A huge part of the novel is spent on explaining how a person can stop preventing themselves from holding themselves back- and also find not only a good job, but a career that they love. Something they would do if they weren’t getting paid for it. Inspirational.

 

 

hp prisonerHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling- Book 30 of 100 is the third novel in the series. Many people count this book as their favorite in the series. It introduces Harry to his godfather, a connection to the past he desperately desires. The plot of this novel steps it up entertainment-wise as they continue to do for the rest of the series. It is incredible to me how J.K. Rowling even from the start of the first novel takes things that happen and tie them into the last novel. Goosebumps.

 

caperThe Corsican Caper by Peter Mayle- Book 31 of 100 was a easy read. Mayle’s books on his personal life are incredible so I decided to pick up one of his fiction stories. This one focuses on a man trying to take another man’s home that falls in love with- through any means he must. It is entertaining listening to how they attempt to stop this from happening, although as a short novel it was hard for the characters to be fully developed, and at times it was confusing as I was listening to it. Overall I enjoyed it, but I prefer his memoirs.

That’s books 17 through 31 of 100! Stay tuned at the end of July for a wrap up of all of the novels I read in the meantime! Read all the reviews here.

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You can also see my goals for 20152014, 2013, 2012 and my bucket list!

Book 1. Wake Up Happy by Micheal Strahan

Book 2. Jesus > Religion by Jefferson Bethke

Book 3. The Sisters of Versailles by Sally Christie

Book 4. Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed

Book 5. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Book 6. Binge by Tyler Oakley

Book 7. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Book 8. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Book 9: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

Book 10: The Siren by Kiera Cass

Book 11: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Book 12: Rhinoceros Success by Scott Alexander

Book 13: Quidditch Through The Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp (J.K. Rowling)

Book 14: Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

Book 15: Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

Book 16: The Moviegoer by Walker Percy

2016 Movie Challenge|Week 15|The Duchess

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As one of my goals for 2016 I am participating in a movie challenge to watch a different film each week for all 52 weeks of the year – each with a unique theme. Some will be films I have seen before, others will be new, and all of them will adhere as closely as possible to the week’s theme. I will review each of them here weekly and if you like, you can follow along with me on the challenge!  I have listed each week’s challenge at the end of this post. So pop yourself a bowl of popcorn and kick up your feet!

Week 15: A movie based on a true story

The Duchess is based on the life of Georgiana Spencer, who became the Duchess of Devonshire upon her marriage to the Duke in 1774. Georgiana was popular and celebrated for her fashions and for her political involvement. What I find incredible about her was that she was such an active political campaigner in a time when women had few rights and women’s suffrage was more than a century away. She wrote a number of works, mothered numerous children including the future 6th Duke of Devonshire, and had lovers of her own.

This movie, The Duchess filmed in 2008 (which I had somehow never seen before) was a faithful retelling of Georgiana’s story- and also very entertaining. Kiera Knightly is fantastic as always and you can’t go wrong with Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort the Duke. The costuming and sets are absolutely incredible. The emotions are raw and portrayed to perfection. The drama is potent. Great film, thoroughly entertaining and educational. Two thumbs up!

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2016 Movie Challenge

  • Week 1: A movie with bad reviews
  • Week 2: A movie you started but never finished
  • Week 3: A movie with a one word title
  • Week 4: A movie a friend recommended
  • Week 5: A movie with a love triangle
  • Week 6: A classic romance
  • Week 7: An Academy Award best picture
  • Week 8: A movie by a female director
  • Week 9: A movie based on or turned into a tv show
  • Week 10: A movie with a number in the title
  • Week 11: A movie based entirely on its cover
  • Week 12: A silent movie
  • Week 13: A funny movie
  • Week 14: A movie you own but have never watched
  • Week 15: A movie based on a true story
  • Week 16: A movie with antonyms in the title
  • Week 17: A movie directed by someone under 30
  • Week 18: A movie that made you cry
  • Week 19: A movie you were supposed to see in school but didn’t
  • Week 20: A movie your mom loves
  • Week 21: A movie based on a graphic novel or comic
  • Week 22: A trilogy Part 1
  • Week 23: A trilogy Part 2
  • Week 24: A trilogy Part 3
  • Week 25: A movie made by a director with your initials
  • Week 26: A movie set in a different country
  • Week 27: A movie with nonhuman characters
  • Week 28: A movie from a director you love but haven’t seen yet
  • Week 29: A movie at the bottom of your to-watch list
  • Week 30: A movie with magic
  • Week 31: A documentary
  • Week 32: A movie that came out the year you were born
  • Week 33: A movie you hate
  • Week 34: A movie based on a book
  • Week 35: A movie set in high school
  • Week 36: A musical
  • Week 37: A movie in a language you don’t speak
  • Week 38: A banned movie
  • Week 39: A popular director’s first movie
  • Week 40: A movie longer than 3 hours
  • Week 41: A movie with a color in the title
  • Week 42: A mystery or thriller
  • Week 43: A movie that scares you
  • Week 44: A movie that takes place in your home state
  • Week 45: A collection of short films
  • Week 46: A movie released this year
  • Week 47: A movie set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  • Week 48: A memoir
  • Week 49: A movie by a director you’ve never seen before
  • Week 50: A movie set during Christmas
  • Week 51: A movie from your childhood
  • Week 52: A movie set in the future

2016 Movie Challenge|Week 14|Chef

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As one of my goals for 2016 I am participating in a movie challenge to watch a different film each week for all 52 weeks of the year – each with a unique theme. Some will be films I have seen before, others will be new, and all of them will adhere as closely as possible to the week’s theme. I will review each of them here weekly and if you like, you can follow along with me on the challenge!  I have listed each week’s challenge at the end of this post. So pop yourself a bowl of popcorn and kick up your feet!

Week 14: A movie you own but have never watched

Chef has been on my DVD shelf for a little while now, tagged to watch but nevertheless collecting dust. Last week it became my movie of the week, and it was just as good as I thought it would be. It held every emotion, you cheered for all of the characters and there was a real growth throughout the film. It’s a movie for foodies, a movie for family and just to feel good. It is impressive in that it is gritty and not always pleasant. The emotions are raw and sometimes adult language is used. In the end it all comes together. A not so great parent learns how to be a parent and how to relate to his son. A son who just wants to be loved is able to get through to his father, showing him the talent he has and the good heart his dad was blind to. There is friendship, love and all the good food. This is a good one!

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2016 Movie Challenge

  • Week 1: A movie with bad reviews
  • Week 2: A movie you started but never finished
  • Week 3: A movie with a one word title
  • Week 4: A movie a friend recommended
  • Week 5: A movie with a love triangle
  • Week 6: A classic romance
  • Week 7: An Academy Award best picture
  • Week 8: A movie by a female director
  • Week 9: A movie based on or turned into a tv show
  • Week 10: A movie with a number in the title
  • Week 11: A movie based entirely on its cover
  • Week 12: A silent movie
  • Week 13: A funny movie
  • Week 14: A movie you own but have never watched
  • Week 15: A movie based on a true story
  • Week 16: A movie with antonyms in the title
  • Week 17: A movie directed by someone under 30
  • Week 18: A movie that made you cry
  • Week 19: A movie you were supposed to see in school but didn’t
  • Week 20: A movie your mom loves
  • Week 21: A movie based on a graphic novel or comic
  • Week 22: A trilogy Part 1
  • Week 23: A trilogy Part 2
  • Week 24: A trilogy Part 3
  • Week 25: A movie made by a director with your initials
  • Week 26: A movie set in a different country
  • Week 27: A movie with nonhuman characters
  • Week 28: A movie from a director you love but haven’t seen yet
  • Week 29: A movie at the bottom of your to-watch list
  • Week 30: A movie with magic
  • Week 31: A documentary
  • Week 32: A movie that came out the year you were born
  • Week 33: A movie you hate
  • Week 34: A movie based on a book
  • Week 35: A movie set in high school
  • Week 36: A musical
  • Week 37: A movie in a language you don’t speak
  • Week 38: A banned movie
  • Week 39: A popular director’s first movie
  • Week 40: A movie longer than 3 hours
  • Week 41: A movie with a color in the title
  • Week 42: A mystery or thriller
  • Week 43: A movie that scares you
  • Week 44: A movie that takes place in your home state
  • Week 45: A collection of short films
  • Week 46: A movie released this year
  • Week 47: A movie set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  • Week 48: A memoir
  • Week 49: A movie by a director you’ve never seen before
  • Week 50: A movie set during Christmas
  • Week 51: A movie from your childhood
  • Week 52: A movie set in the future

2016 Movie Challenge|Week 13|How to Marry a Millionaire

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As one of my goals for 2016 I am participating in a movie challenge to watch a different film each week for all 52 weeks of the year – each with a unique theme. Some will be films I have seen before, others will be new, and all of them will adhere as closely as possible to the week’s theme. I will review each of them here weekly and if you like, you can follow along with me on the challenge!  I have listed each week’s challenge at the end of this post. So pop yourself a bowl of popcorn and kick up your feet!

Week 13: A Funny Movie

How to Marry a Millionaire was the funny movie I chose for (last) week because A) I’ve somehow never seen it before and B) How can you go wrong with this star studded cast? It was funny, but not a belly laugh kind of funny. The plight of the furniture being sold and repurchased, in and out of that apartment was pretty funny in itself. The situations the women get themselves into are goofy as well. I guess that’s what happens when you set out a trap to catch three millionaires. The biggest joke was on them in the end- the audience can see it coming but the reaction of Monroe, Grable and Bacall is hilarious and fitting. Mostly it was a joy to watch, the acting from literally every actor was incredible.

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2016 Movie Challenge

  • Week 1: A movie with bad reviews
  • Week 2: A movie you started but never finished
  • Week 3: A movie with a one word title
  • Week 4: A movie a friend recommended
  • Week 5: A movie with a love triangle
  • Week 6: A classic romance
  • Week 7: An Academy Award best picture
  • Week 8: A movie by a female director
  • Week 9: A movie based on or turned into a tv show
  • Week 10: A movie with a number in the title
  • Week 11: A movie based entirely on its cover
  • Week 12: A silent movie
  • Week 13: A funny movie
  • Week 14: A movie you own but have never watched
  • Week 15: A movie based on a true story
  • Week 16: A movie with antonyms in the title
  • Week 17: A movie directed by someone under 30
  • Week 18: A movie that made you cry
  • Week 19: A movie you were supposed to see in school but didn’t
  • Week 20: A movie your mom loves
  • Week 21: A movie based on a graphic novel or comic
  • Week 22: A trilogy Part 1
  • Week 23: A trilogy Part 2
  • Week 24: A trilogy Part 3
  • Week 25: A movie made by a director with your initials
  • Week 26: A movie set in a different country
  • Week 27: A movie with nonhuman characters
  • Week 28: A movie from a director you love but haven’t seen yet
  • Week 29: A movie at the bottom of your to-watch list
  • Week 30: A movie with magic
  • Week 31: A documentary
  • Week 32: A movie that came out the year you were born
  • Week 33: A movie you hate
  • Week 34: A movie based on a book
  • Week 35: A movie set in high school
  • Week 36: A musical
  • Week 37: A movie in a language you don’t speak
  • Week 38: A banned movie
  • Week 39: A popular director’s first movie
  • Week 40: A movie longer than 3 hours
  • Week 41: A movie with a color in the title
  • Week 42: A mystery or thriller
  • Week 43: A movie that scares you
  • Week 44: A movie that takes place in your home state
  • Week 45: A collection of short films
  • Week 46: A movie released this year
  • Week 47: A movie set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  • Week 48: A memoir
  • Week 49: A movie by a director you’ve never seen before
  • Week 50: A movie set during Christmas
  • Week 51: A movie from your childhood
  • Week 52: A movie set in the future

‘The Moviegoer’ by Walker Percy [ REVIEW ]

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One of my goals for 2016 is to get back to my roots and read more books. As the great Frederick Douglass said, ‘Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.’ Books are a passion – nay, an obsession of mine and always have been. I grew up in the library and my parents fostered my love of reading and learning. With books I have lived a thousand lives, found myself absorbed in different worlds, and learned immensely more than I could have otherwise. I have a goal of reading 100 books this year, along with me!

 

The Moviegoer by Walker Percy is your typical American novel at face value, but there is something about it that makes it special.

Binx Bolling is a New Orleans stockbroker who is searching for something beyond his everyday by the cultural references that have come to define him:

“Other people, so I have read, treasure memorable moments in their lives… What I remember is the time John Wayne killed three men with a carbine as he was falling to the dusty street in Stagecoach, and the time the kitten found Orson Welles in the doorway in The Third Man.”

Bolling is, of course, a moviegoer, and the magic of the silver screen is consistently more captivating to him than his affairs with his secretaries or the concerns of his family. He’s not particularly unhappy with his life, but his search requires that he identify a meaning in his own life to keep him going. He hasn’t anything exactly in mind, but keeps at it. Classic existential angst. But The Moviegoer is more than just Southern charm (which it has in spades). It’s more than just another hollow story of making it in America. The Moviegoer, after nearly five decades is captivating because The Moviegoer is now, more than ever. We are all Binx Bolling.

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Book 1. Wake Up Happy by Micheal Strahan

Book 2. Jesus > Religion by Jefferson Bethke

Book 3. The Sisters of Versailles by Sally Christie

Book 4. Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed

Book 5. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Book 6. Binge by Tyler Oakley

Book 7. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Book 8. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Book 9: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

Book 10: The Siren by Kiera Cass

Book 11: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Book 12: Rhinoceros Success by Scott Alexander

Book 13: Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp (J.K. Rowling)

Book 14: Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

Book 15: Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

Book 16: The Moviegoer by Walker Percy