Happy Birthday

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Happy Birthday Mark Twain!

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The Hunger Games Movie Trailer

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I cannot wait for this film to be released. The Hunger Games Trilogy are probably the best young adult books I’ve read since Harry Potter. Collins’ tells an amazing story with rich, beautiful, and sometimes painful, details. Her heroine is not the bravest or strongest but she has the greatest will. Collins also reminds us that there isn’t always a “happy” ending to every story, that sometimes you have to settle for good enough, which in and of itself, is kind of happy. I will definitely be re-reading the series before March. Check out all of the movie info at imdb.com and the official site.




True Story

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Today’s quote of the day from goodreads: Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore? -Henry Ward Beecher


I’m house/dog sitting for my sis-in-law this week while she is out of town for work. She and my brother have two beautiful Shelties, my niece-dogs, Twix and Snickers. Also known as the candy girls. With my brother in Iraq, when Amy needs to go out of town, I come and stay with the girls.


As a thank you gift, she gave me a $25 Amazon gift card. Add that to the $25 Amazon gift card she gave me last month when I watched the girls so she could visit family out of state, which I haven’t used yet, and I am in a state of complete and total bliss.


Fifty bucks to spend on Amazon. Just thinking of the books I could buy makes me happy. But the decisions! How will I decide what to buy? I can get books for my kindle. I can get books to hold and shelve. I can buy books for other people. I can buy a beautiful hardback book. Or several colorful paperbacks. Something I’ve already read, that I want to own so I can re-visit the characters whenever I want, or something I’ve never read; a new set of folks to visit.


For now I will just browse, much like when I visit a brick and mortar bookstore, and imagine what it would be like to be able to read them all.

A new twist on an old story

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Snow White and the Huntsman…


I will admit that I was not enthused to hear that Kristen Stewart was playing Snow White in this newest film adaptation of the famous fairy tale. But even then I knew I’d probably go see it anyway. (After all, I have seen all three Twilight movies so far.) And anyway, I loved Snow White when I was a kid; it was one of my favorite stories to read in my giant fairy tale book.


But now, having seen the first official trailer, it looks like it is really going to be a good movie and I’m actually looking forward to seeing it. And, Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen = fabulous! (Not to mention Chris Helmsworth…)


The premise sounds interesting too. I’m thrilled to see Snow White as a bad-ass, fighting her own battles (with some help of course), rather than a sweet, simpering thing that has to rely on a man (or seven) to save the day. Here is the blurby (yes, that’s the official word) from the official Universal Pictures site


In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar winner Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Helmsworth, Thor) who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Clafin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.


The film is currently set to release on June 1, 2012. Universal had originally planned for a December release but after Relativity announced that their film version of the tale, starring Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and Lily Collins as Snow White, would release on June 29, Snow White and the Huntsman was moved to release almost seven months earlier than planned.


Update: Go here for info on Relativity’s Mirror, Mirror, release date March 16, 2012. It has Sean Bean!


Check out all the info on the movie here and here.


Long time, no post.

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So, yeah. I’ve been a little slack with updating the site since June-ish or so. Though to be fair, I wasn’t reading very much at all during those few months either, so I didn’t really have anything to update.


But, I started a new job in October (which I really really love so far yay!), and with the removal of work related stress from my life, I’ve been reading again. And so, I will be updating again.


I’m sure you are all on pins and needles waiting, so watch this space. In the meantime, enjoy one of my most favoritest Shel Silverstein poems, which was the featured quote of the day today on goodreads


“Listen to the mustn’ts, child.
Listen to the don’ts.
Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the wont’s.
Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me…
Anything can happen, child.
Anything can be.”