Monday, August 20, 2018

Music Monday: Mulan & Tarzan


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.


This week I'm sharing some more of my favorite Disney songs - "I'll Make A Man Out Of You" from Mulan (1998) and "Strangers Like Me" from Tarzan (1999)Mulan is one of my all time favorite Disney movies and the song that I've picked is one of the best Disney songs in my opinion - and probably the most motivational.  As for Tarzan, I haven't seen it in ages, but the song that I've selected has always stood out to me.  What are some of your favorite Disney movies and songs?





Friday, August 17, 2018

To All The Boys I've Loved Before (2018) - Movie Review


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I didn't expect to fall in love with the movie adaptation of To All the Boys I've Loved Before as much as I did. The original novel isn't one of my favorites, but the trailer for the movie adaptation reeled me in (and I'm not even that into romantic comedies). Actually, I think I prefer how it translated to screen - the movie really worked for me in the end. It's totally crush worthy - you can't resist the characters and their relationships (fake boyfriend/ girlfriend, best friends, and family alike). Lana Condor does a fantastic job of carrying the movie as Lara Jean - it's so easy to relate to her character and I loved getting to know the rest of her family and friends. Yes, the fake relationship bit with Peter is fairly predictable, but it's fun seeing Condor and Noah Centineo bring it to life. It's Lara Jean's story, but I particularly liked that Peter is well-fleshed out. At first you expect he's just going to be an irritating jock, but the more you get to know him, you see that the character is much more kind than you first expected. Even though there are some bumps along the way with family, friends, and classmates (and that pesky fake relationship), I was behind them the whole way.

Overall, the groundbreaking movie adaptation of To All The Boys I've Loved Before is a fantastically bubbly teen romantic comedy and a great coming-of-age story that I thoroughly enjoyed more than I initially expected. The casting for this film was done right - it's difficult to imagine anyone else playing these roles now because they are the real heart of the story. By the way, I love the references from The Golden Girls, Sixteen Candles, James Dean, and to Fight Club. Finally, I have to say that I'm hoping Hollywood, Netflix, and the like will take note and bring more diverse YA stories to life, romance or not. And on that note, I'm really looking forward to seeing Crazy Rich Asians on the big screen on my next day off.



I watched this Netflix movie on August 17, 2018 and my review is also on Letterboxd.

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Retribution Rails (Vengeance Road #2) by Erin Bowman + 50/50 Friday




On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.



This week I'm spotlighting one of my current reads for Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder ChallengeRetribution Rails (Vengeance Road #2) by Erin Bowman which will fulfill the task to read a western.  I'm really excited to finally be reading this one because I really enjoyed Bowman's Vengeance Road (this is a companion novel).  You rarely see YA westerns, but Bowman's brand is definitely worth picking up especially if you are a fan of True Grit, Walk the Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, or Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto.  


Beginning:

There's a nice stretch of rail between Painted Rock and Gila Bend, and that's where we'll take the train.

Diaz and Hobbs are hunched over the track, sweating and cursing beneath the Territory's winter sun as they work to uproot another spike.  Hobbs is yapping advice in a tone that's earning him rude gestures from Diaz.  Besides their banter and the clank of tools hitting metal, the morning's silence is damn near deafening.  No cactus wrens singing.  No breeze.  Not even the far-off whistle of the train we know's coming. 

A robbery ain't how I envisioned spending my eighteenth birthday, but after three years riding with this crew, I've learned to expect nothing and be ready for anything.

56:

Across the way, the door to the deputy sheriff's house bursts open.  he stumbles into the street wearing only his night things, but his arm's raised, and I don't got to see the pistol to know it's there.

50/50 Friday: Best/ Worst Magical Power You've Read About


Best - Antari from Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab - I'd love to be able to travel between the four London's like Kell.


Worst - Forced Sleep from Doctor Sleep by Stephen King - I love this novel and Snakebite Andi who has this ability, but this isn't one of my favorite magical powers to read about in a book.


Have you read any of these books?  What are you reading this weekend?  As always thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

My 4th Blogoversary - Giveaway (US Only)


I can't started blogging four years ago this week!  How time flies!  It's been a fantastic four years and I hope this upcoming year is going to be just as successful.  I've loved getting to know members of the book blogging community - we're a great bunch of people, if I do say so myself.  I can't wait to see what the next year brings!  Let's celebrate with virtual cake, virtual hugs, and, what you're all here for, a giveaway!


As a big thank you, I'm hosting a giveaway (US Only, sorry)!  One lucky winner will get to choose one of my favorite 2018 debuts!  You can choose from the books listed below (covers are linked to Goodreads):







This giveaway will last until Midnight (ET) on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018.  I will alert the winner via email and they will have 48 hours to respond or I will have to select another winner.  Good luck!


As always, thank you for visiting my blog and perhaps commenting down below.  Here's to the rest of 2018 and 2019 (and hopefully many more)!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Bookish Websites


Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the first Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Favorite Book Blogs/ Bookish Websites.  I've shared some of my favorite books blogs before, so today I'm sharing some of my favorite bookish websites.  Here we go, in alphabetical order:

Book Riot

Bookstr

Bustle Books

Epic Reads

Goodreads

The Hub

NetGalley


The Ohio Digital Library - Overdrive/ Libby

Project Gutenberg

Monday, August 13, 2018

Music Monday: The Lion King and Pocahontas


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.


This week I'm sharing some more of my favorite Disney songs - "I Just Can't Wait To Be King" from The Lion King (1994) and "Steady As The Beating Drum" from Pocahontas (1995).  I love these two songs and I feel like I don't mention either of them enough.  By the way, The Lion King was the first movie I saw in the movie theater.  What are your favorite songs from these two movies?






Friday, August 10, 2018

Sky Girls: The True Story of the First Women's Cross-Country Air Race by Gene Nora Jessen (ARC) - Review


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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The year is 1929, and on the eve of America's Great Depression, nineteen gutsy and passionate pilots soared above the glass ceiling in the very first female cross-country air race. Armed with grit and determination, they crossed thousands of miles in propeller-driven airplanes to defy the naysayers who would say it cannot - not should not - be done. From the indomitable Pancho Barnes to the infamous Amelia Earhart, Sky Girls chronicles a defining and previously forgotten moment when some of the first women pilots took their rightful place in the open skies. For a country on the brink of defining change, they would become symbols of hope, daring, and the unstoppable American spirit. And for generations to come, their actions would pave the way for others to step into the brave unknown and learn to fly.

Sky Girls is a reprint of the 2002 release The Powder Puff Derby of 1929: The First All Women's Transcontinental Air Race. Early aviation has always interested me, especially when it comes to women pioneers in the field. This history book is a decent entry to get you get interested in the topic. It covers the entire length of the race from California to Ohio and gives us a taste of the pilots involved including Amelia Earhart. Personally, I wish the author's narrative followed a few of the pilots more closely rather than jumping around between the entire group of racers involved. There are also a lot of photos and maps included (or at least there are supposed to be since the ARC mostly just had blank spaces representing where those are supposed to appear in the final copy which definitely made me feel a little out of the loop). Overall, my favorite aspect of this book is that at the end it features more in-depth profiles on all of the racers by concisely going beyond the narrow scope of the race. I also liked the fact that the author, a pilot herself, also goes a little further in the history of female aviation pioneers by touching on their involvement in WWII, commercial airlines, and space. By the way, she even features a profile of Jerrie Mock, the first woman to fly solo around the world in 1964 completing Amelia Earhart's goal. She was awarded the Federal Aviation Agency Gold Medal by President Johnson for her achievements. Even cooler yet, she was a local central Ohioan from Newark.

Thanks again, NetGalley!

I read this history book from August 8 - 10, 2018 and my review is also on GoodreadsSky Girls: The True Story of the First Women's Cross-Country Air Race will be released on August 18th, 2018.