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October book Reviews

One of my personal goals for the year was to challenge myself to read 100 books. Even at the end of a crazy October I was only two books short of reading eleven for the month- so we’ll be kicking it up a notch for November! Without further ado, here is a review of each of the books I’ve read this past month!

a-lady-unrivaled‘A Lady Unrivaled (Ladies or the Manor #3) by Roseanna M. White was an excellent follow up novel to the first two in the series. I thought Lady Ell Myerston’s story would be my favorite of the series, but the spunk she displays int the first two novels is not at the same level in this novel. The story is pretty romantic though- Lord Cayton redeems his reputation and wins the heart of the lady. Oh- and the mystery/drama that surrounds the characters throughout the novels is wrapped up with a bow.


life-itself‘Life Itself’ by Robert Ebert was very long and informative. Interesting in parts… and in need of some serious editing in others. I listened to it on Audio book which is why I was able to soldier on through the thing. It’s a must read for anyone who is a fan of Ebert’s – but anyone who just love biographies like myself may want to steer clear.




the-girl-with-the-lower-back-tattoo‘The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo’ by Amy Schumer is a hilarious and completely honest look into Schumer’s life. She reads the Audio book herself which is so clutch. There’s really not much to say about this book other than read it. You’re welcome.


shockaholic‘Shockaholic’ by Carrie Fisher is narrated by Fisher on the Audio book and is hilarious… and a hot mess. That’s kind of her point I suppose. It wasn’t my favorite – but I imaine that die hard fans will love it.



before-the-fall ‘Before the Fall’ by Noah Hawley was a fantastic novel. It focuses on an airplane crash which two people survive and switches back and forth from present to the lives of those who perished just before the flight. It is a mystery, and a look at the human condition. I found myself loving the chapters in the present and being annoyed when I had to read about yet another perished passenger- but usually ended up enjoying those chapters anyway. A great read!
20000-days-and-counting‘20,000 Days and Counting: The Crash Course For Mastering Your Life Right Now’ by Robert D. Smith was a fantastic and quick read. It is chock full of advice and lessons that hit home and make you want to make the most of each day that you are given. A must read.





kate-the-future-queen‘Kate: The Future Queen’ by Katie Nicholl is one of the best biographies I have ever read. It was another Audio book I listened to in the car and my road trips were so looked forward to just so I could listen to this novel. It is an extremely thoughtful and thorough look at Kate’s life with so much more information than at least I ever knew about her. It’s a book I will be purchasing in the future. If you care at all about England’s future Queen, (and let’s be honest- we all do) then it is the book for you.



i-dare-you‘I Dare You’ by William H. Danforth is a novel I was awarded along with the ‘I Dare You’ Award in 4-H back in High School. It’s a very prestigious award, and I was surprised and very honored to receive it. I never read the book I was given for some reason though- until now. As slightly dated as it is, (being written in 1931) it is still an inspiring, fun and quick read. Even more so because I was awarded this honor among so many.



100-days-of-real-food‘100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake was an incredibly honest and interesting look at what we eat, and how we can eat better- much better. Leake’s family took a challenge to eat only ‘real’ (non highly processed foods) for 100 days and it changed their lives. It is inspirational to change your diet, and is full of yummy and nutritious looking recipes.


That’s books 64 through 73! Stay tuned at the end of November for a wrap up of all of the novels I read in the next month!


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1 Year, 100 Movies: #13 Star Wars (1977)


For 1 Year, 100 Movies, I will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year- and will complete a goal on my 2013 Manifesto. Come along on the ride with me- oh, and please pass the popcorn!

George Lucas took a huge risk on “Star Wars” but it paid back – and hasn’t stopped. Lucas’ previous film was “American Graffiti,”- basically a tonal study of a small rural town in the early 1960’s, so making an epic science fiction film was a pretty big leap. It was only his third film and very well could have been his last.

We begin “Star Wars: A New Hope” with the two droids we see throughout the Star Wars films, C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) and R2-D2 (Kenny Baker). They bookend and punctuate the story, but for the most part are in the film as observers- metaphorically (and sometimes literally) telling the story. We find the droids on a space ship that has been invaded by storm troopers. Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) is taken captive, but the droids evade capture by way of an escape pod, but are caught on the planet they land on and are sold to Luke Skywalker’s (Mark Hamill) family. Skywalker is helping out on his extended family’s farm, dreaming of a life off fighting with the rebellion. He stumbles across a message that R2-D2 holds, which leads him to Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness).The warmth and depth of Guinness’ character  brings a credibility to this fantastic story.

Luke’s family is tragically killed, and so our little team take off in response to Princess Leia’s message. We meet Han Solo, (Harrison Ford), a charming space cowboy- the opportunistic smuggler with a heart of gold who reluctantly steps up to the plate to help in the Rebellion. They take off after Princess Leia, and after successfully finding her, she leads the escape. For this film at least, she is strong and self-reliant. Throughout the film the obstacles that stand in front of Luke fall away. Luke’s limited view of the world expands, but for him to look beyond his reliance on his teacher, Obi-Wan must fall. Luke and the rest of the gang flee the Empire’s battle station in wake of Obi-Wan’s death.

The Rebellion mounts an attack on the Empire. Though the rebels face terrible odds, the spirit of Obi-Wan guides Luke and bolsters his confidence in the Force. That, and Han returns for an eleventh hour rescue. In this film, Lucas mixes cultures and references with wild abandon. It is as though he wanted to get in all the visuals and things built up in his head that he grew up with. This film deserves its spot because it is a showcase of the best of motion pictures- from adventure films, television serials and war movies. Lucas’ love and devotion to the art of film is inspiring to watch.

In my humble, non-professional, average movie-goer opinion this movie earns: