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Mid-Year Movie Freak Out 2024

Happy Saturday everyone!  Today, I'm sharing my Mid-Year Movie Freak Out 2024!  You can check out my  202 1,  2022 , and 2023 list, if you feel so inclined.  If anyone would like to link up with me and share their Mid-Year Movie Freak Out, I'd love to see your answers to the questions.  By the way, the titles are linked to my  Letterboxd  review or their Letterboxd page.  Without further ado, here we go: 1. Best movie you've watched so far in 2024. Oppenheimer (2023) - I can officially say I understand why it was nominated for so many awards. Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr were absolutely brilliant in this. 2. Best sequel you've watched so far in 2024. Dune: Part Two (2024) - I was really surprised that I definitely preferred this to the first film.  Rebecca Ferguson's performance as Lady Jessica is the real standout. 3. New release you haven't seen yet, but want to. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (2024) - I missed this one at the theater and I'm

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The Mummy Congress: Science, Obsession, and the Everlasting Dead by Heather Pringle

              On Friday's I take part in two weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by  Freda's Voice  ( Anne @ My Head Is Full of Books  is currently managing hosting duties), and Book Beginnings, hosted by  Rose City Reader .  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.  Happy Friday everyone!  This week I'm spotlighting one of my one of my  Beat The Backlist 2024  books,  The Mummy Congress: Science, Obsession, and the Everlasting Dead  by Heather Pringle .  I don't know about you, but this sounds fasci

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Titles Starting With The Letter C

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday which is is hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl .  This week's topic is a Throwback Freebie, but I've decided to do something a bit different this week.  I found this via Louise @  Foxes & Fairy Tales  (she found it Pam @  Read Bake Create ) and the idea is to share ten of your favorite books that begin with a certain letter.  Today, I'm continuing my series by featuring ten of my favorite books beginning with the letter C.  Without further ado, here we go in alphabetical order: The Calculating Stars ( Lady Astronaut Universe #1) by Mary Robinette Kowall Carry On ( Simon Snow #1) by Rainbow Rowell Caster ( Caster #1) by Elise Chapman Catching Fire   ( The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas Chew, Vol. 1: Taster's Choice  ( Chew #1) by John Layman and Rob Guillory The City of Brass  ( The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty Clockwork Angel ( The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Cla

Music Monday: Paris Combo

                        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. Happy Monday everyone!  This week I'm spotlighting a couple of songs from Paris Combo , a band I happened to hear listening to the Vive La France station on Pandora.  I love this sound and I've been listening to a lot of their stuff lately, but these are the two I first really fell in love with.  Give a listen to Fibre de Verre

Pride Month 2024 - Wrap Up & Mini Reviews

  Happy Saturday everyone!  In honor of Pride Month in June, I celebrated by reading LGBTQIAP books on my TBR.  If you like, you can check out my original TBR post  here .  I managed to complete all of the books on my original tbr except one and had a pretty great reading experience.  Keep reading to see my thoughts on the books I read for Pride Month: ❋   ❋ I wanted to absolutely love  The Absinthe Underground  by Jamie Pacton , but unfortunately I ended up preferring the idea of more than anything. My main issue throughout were both Sybil and Esme. They grated on my nerves to no end, but then again maybe I'm just too old. I also wasn't a fan of how the confrontation went down at the ending - seemed like a bit of a cop out. I also was expecting more in terms of the magic system. Maybe the novel being compared to Holly Black's stories worked against me. Finally, something that took me out of the story were the references within it to the real life artists Alphonse Mucha and

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (Sal and Gabi #1) by Carlos Hernandez

                        On Friday's I take part in two weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by  Freda's Voice  ( Anne @ My Head Is Full of Books  is currently managing hosting duties), and Book Beginnings, hosted by  Rose City Reader .  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.  Happy Friday everyone!  This week I'm spotlighting one of my one of my  Beat The Backlist 2024  books,  Sal and Gabi Break the Universe  ( Sal and Gabi  #1) by Carlos Hernandez . I've heard a lot of great things about this and

Beat The Backlist 2024 - June Update

  Happy Thursday everyone! Today I'm sharing my sixth update for my June progress on the year long  Beat The Backlist 2024  reading challenge, hosted by  Austine Decker .  You can see my original tbr  here .  In June, I completed 5 books for a total of 33 books completed out of 52 books on my tbr.  Without further ado, keep reading to see my thoughts on the books I read in June: ❋   ❋  ❋   It's interesting that while  Chaucer's Tale: 1386 and the Road to Canterbury  by Paul Strohm  revolves around Chaucer that he's not always the center of the story.  Honestly, that formatting choice was the most surprising aspect of this book.  That said, it works for the most part but I just wish there was more detail about his life.  My review is also on Goodreads . ❋   ❋  Toil & Trouble  by Augusten Burroughs  is my first book from this author.  While I liked his writing style well enough, I can definitely say I'm too much of a skeptic to really enjoy reading this as a memoi