Sunday, November 29, 2015

Fa La La Films: Candace Cameron Bure Night! November 28th

Tonight, I only watched one Christmas movie. This one -- 

A Christmas Detour

Two New York City-bound travelers find themselves inextricably linked when a snowstorm reroutes them to an airport hotel in Buffalo. Ever the eternal optimist and hopeless romantic, Paige desperately needs to find a way back home to meet her fiancee’s parents before her forthcoming wedding. And it’s somehow up to fellow passenger Dylan MacKenzie, who is permanently soured on romance following a recent heartbreak. Yet Dylan somehow rises to the occasion to become Paige’s chivalrous helpmate. The pair are joined on this misadventure by an older couple named Frank and Maxine trying to get to Connecticut. As their madcap journey ensues, our foursome will find plenty of surprises in store. 

My ratings are getting rather boring - mostly 5 stars - but I love Christmas movies!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Fa La La La Films - November 27

Royal Movies tonight!

Crown for Christmas

After getting fired from her job as a maid at a ritzy New York City hotel, Allie reluctantly accepts a temp gig as the governess to a young girl who is part of a powerful family in Europe that lives in an actual castle. After arriving, Allie learns the girl is named Princess Theodora and her father is Maximillian, the King of Winshire. The King informs Allie that the Princess has a tendency to terrorize authority figures, a predilection that has grown worse since her mother’s death. Yet governess and Princess wind up hitting it off while at the same time a spark forms between Allie and Max. However, Countess Celia is expecting to wed the King. Will Max take a stand for his feelings for Allie and make it truly a merry Christmas for all (or at least, most)?

I've seen this one before, but I was happy to watch it again!

A Princess<br /> for Christmas<br />

When Jules Daly's sister and brother-in-law are tragically killed in an accident, July Daly (Katie McGrath) becomes guardian to her young niece, Maddie, and nephew, Milo. On top of balancing the daily hysteria of becoming an overnight parent, Jules was recently laid off at work, her car is on the fritz, and the kids' shenanigans have caused a dozen nannies to flee.

When an ominous knock on the door comes late one evening, Jules wonders, what now? At the door is Paisley Winterbottom (Miles Richardson), a proper English butler, with a curious invitation: a Christmas holiday with grandfather, Edward (Roger Moore), the Duke of Castlebury Hall, who was absent from the kids' lives, but wants to reconnect out of love for his late son. Jules initially wants to decline the trip, but her eventual acceptance makes for a magical Christmas season for everyone.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Fa La La La Movies - November 26th

Thanksgiving Evening
Video from 12 Gifts of Christmas

12 Gifts of Christmas 
When Anna, an unemployed painter, is unable to make ends meet, she is hired to become a personal Christmas shopper for Marc, an uptight corporate exec. As they work together, Marc learns that Christmas giving has less to do with the amount of money spent and more to do with the importance of the gift, while Anna discovers she might find success as an artist in a way she never expected. Stars Katrina Law, Aaron O'Connell and Donna Mills.

Video from Northpole: Open for Christmas
When Mackenzie Reed inherits her beloved aunt’s once-majestic hotel, she decides the sensible thing to do is sell it before Christmas. But fixing up the rundown place while managing the hotel staff (including the handyman and his kids) and dealing with demanding guests is more challenging than she had anticipated. That’s when the magic of Christmas intervenes. Mackenzie gets some unexpected help as Clementine and a group of Elves arrive on a special mission from Santa to repair the hotel and at the same time help her to rediscover some hidden talents along with the true meaning of Christmas.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Christmas Reading

I've started my Christmas Reading Challenge. This week so far I have read two books: 


The Merry Little Christmas Project which helps you figure out how to simplify Christmas for your family and make it meaningful. I gave this book 5 stars. It was well-written and I may even try some of its suggestions!

The other book that I just finished today is: 


When I finished this book, I quickly looked up others in this series. It was a great story of a businessman who faced a life-threatening illness which made him take a new look at his life and a widow with a child who has a serious health issue who had just lost the job that would have been her future. It's predictable, yes. There is a big loving family, a great Christmas celebration, snow and sleigh rides and everything. A perfect Christmas novel. I loved it. 5 stars for this one!

Let's see, what shall I read next? Oh!!! It's Thanksgiving! I can start watching Christmas movies! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

6th Annual Christmas Reading Challenge!

It's here! It's here! The 6th Annual Christmas Reading Challenge is finally beginning! It is sponsored by True Christmas Spirit and runs from November 23, 2015 through January 6, 2016. 

Read Christmas novels, books about Christmas lore, a book of Christmas short stories or poems, books about Christmas crafts, and children's Christmas books!  Here are the levels: 
 --Candy Cane:  read 1 book
 --Mistletoe:  read 2-4 books
 --Christmas Tree:  read 5 or 6 books (this is the fanatic level...LOL!)
          Additional levels:
 --Fa La La La Films:  watch a bunch or a few Christmas's up to you!
 --Visions of Sugar Plums:  read books with your children this season and share what you read
*the additional levels are optional, you still must complete one of the main reading levels above

I will be trying for the Christmas Tree level - yes, I am a fanatic! I will also be watching lots of Christmas movies starting on Thanksgiving. It is hard, but I am determined to wait until Thanksgiving to give in to the Christmas movies. 

If you love Christmas as much as we do, go over to True Christmas Spirit and sign up for the challenge! 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Your Dream Library

I have been asked to do a post about my list of books I would have in my personal Dream Library. I am going to list a couple of my favorites here - this isn't a complete list, these are just ones I am thinking of right now as I am posting this. 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo 
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Which books would you put in your Dream Library? 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Title:  We Were Liars
Author:  E. Lockhart
Kindle Edition:  242 pages
Published:  May 13, 2014 by Delacorte Press
Literary Awards:  Milwaukee County Teen Book Award Nominee (2015), The Inky Awards Nominee for Silver Inky (2015), Bookworm Best Award for Best Fiction (2014)

from Goodreads: 

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

Alleluialu's Review:

This book is my book club's July selection. We don't usually read young adult books, but I am very glad I read this one. It moves very quickly and there is a big twist I didn't see coming. I usually can see the foreshadowing, but this time it was well-disguised. Young adults will love this book. I am not a young adult, though, and I liked it very much. So there you go. 

I gave this selection 5 stars! It was very, very good! 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Book Blogger Hop - July 3 to July 9, 2015 - hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

Book Blogger Hop

I haven't participated in a Book Blogger Hop for a while, but I always enjoyed them. You get to visit other book blogs and see what other people are reading. There is also a question to answer each week. Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer has taken over the reins to this Book Blogger Hop so the fun can continue! 

Here is the prompt for the week of July 3 to July 9: 

Do you lend out your books to friends and family? 

Think of YOUR answer and write a comment to this post. Then go to Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer and click on one or more of the other blogs listed to see what they say. 

Here is my answer: 

I gladly lend out my books to friends and family. Last month, I took our book club selection over to our library and offered it to anyone who wanted to read it. I told them I didn't need it back. I have enough books on my TBR shelf, I don't need another bookshelf of books I have already read, although I do keep a few if they are very special. 

High Summer Read-a-Thon by Seasons of Reading

Seasons of Reading

It's summer! Time to relax and read, and read, and read. Seasons of Reading is sponsoring the High Summer Read-a-Thon to help you do just that - relax and read! 

There really are no requirements to join this read-a-thon at Seasons of Reading. You do not have to have a blog. You can join from Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads. Sign-up here

Children's books are allowed as long as you are also reading some adult selections. 

There will be one big giveaway at the end of the read-a-thon, but you must have participated in the read-a-thon to qualify. This means signing up and linking up your wrap-up at the end (winners are chosen from the wrap-up linky). 

The hashtag for this Read-a-Thon is #HSreadathon on Twitter (or Facebook). You can see the rest of the details for the Read-a-Thon here

Here is the read-a-thon credo as proclaimed by Seasons of Reading: a week of relaxed reading during which we can personally challenge ourselves and whittle away those ever looming TBR piles/shelves/libraries. So, no pressure...EVER! Enjoy!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Book Review: Annie Moon and the Elemental Artifact by Melanie Abed

Anni Moon & The Elemental Artifact by Melanie Abed

Title: Annie Moon and the Elemental Artifact
Author: Melanie Abed
Ebook Published September 30, 2014 by Oculus Print

from Goodreads:

Anni doesn't know about Elementals, Funk, Zephyrs, excited talking Bat-Rat creatures, and, least of all, Dragons. All that changes when her best friend, Lexi, is kidnapped and forces beyond Anni’s control trap her on a hidden, floating island in the Elemental world.

In a race against time, Anni sets out to save her friend. Along the way she finds allies among the Elementals, but she is also presented with a choice, one that might help save Lexi. If Anni agrees to an ancient, open-ended contract, will her sacrifice cost her more than she’s bargained for? Or will it land her in the middle of an age-old war between the humans, the Elementals, and the dreaded Fectus?

Alleluialu's Review:

I read this book upon request of the author. In my opinion, young readers - middle school, junior high - would really enjoy it. Personally, I am open to nearly any kind of book no matter what age the intended audience. This book had all kinds of interesting characters and mysteries to solve. The main character, Annie Moon, was adventurous, strong and clever. I liked that about her. She also cared deeply for her friends and those she regarded as family. She wasn't freaked out - well, not for long anyway - about being in a strange place with really strange creatures. She was focused on finding her friend, Lexi, no matter what. Lexi, on the other hand, appeared meek but her association with Annie strengthened her. This was a very good book with lots of lessons that could be learned. It moved along well and I think any middle school/junior high reader would really enjoy it.

I have given this book 4 stars - I really liked it, but after all it was written for middle school/junior high readers and I definitely am not one of those. However, I do think that audience would really enjoy this book.