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Friday, July 17, 2009

It's a Boy Girl Thing

I watched this movie with my friend, Shabem. What a cute story. He's a jock and she's a brainiac. They don't like each other very much. Then, one morning, they woke up in each other's bodies. Now, they have to live with. It's a cute love story with comedy thrown in. They're both believable character. I can't believe I didn't notice Kevin Zeger in my other favorite movie, The Jane Austen Book Club.



He might be even cuter than Zac!


Top Five Casts:
Samaire Armstrong ... Nell Bedworth
Kevin Zegers ... Woody Deane
Sherry Miller ... Katherine Bedworth
Robert Joy ... Ted Bedworth
Sharon Osbourne ... Della Deane


He looks like Zac Efron or Zac Efron looks like him.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Stone Cold (The Camel Club) by David Baldacci Audio CD

Stone Cold (The Camel Club)
by David Baldacci
Reader: Ron McLarty
Audio CD
List Price: $49.98
Published in 2007
ISBN-10: 1-60024-052-6

This is the second Camel Club book I listened to. I knit while I listen. So, at the end of this book, I have this much finished. I listed to Divine Justice first and didn't like Annabelle very much. But in this book, I like her very much. I understand where's she's coming from. I like Harry Finn's character. He's efficient and smart. I think his character is well-developed. I like Alex Ford. I can't wait to find out more about him in the previous book. I reserved it from the library. I like Ron McLarty as a reader too. He's quite engaging. I'm going to go and find a picture of him now.



Book Summary:
Oliver Stone and the Camel Club are back in their most dangerous adventure yet, a war on two fronts. Casino king Jerry Bagger from THE COLLECTORS is hunting Annabelle Conroy who conned him out of millions. Stone and his colleagues Reuben, Milton, and Caleb marshal all their resources to protect Annabelle. Yet all their skills may not be enough when a deadly new opponent rips off the veneer of Stone's own mysterious past. Bagger's menace pales next to newcomer Harry Finn's lethality. Seeming a normal family-man, Finn has already killed three men with more targets to come. When Finn also sets his bulls-eye on Stone, his reason why will be the greatest shock of all, making readers reconsider their beliefs in good and evil. As bodies and institutions topple, the story rockets toward a shattering finale that will leave the survivors of this explosive tale changed forever.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Divine Justice by David Baldacci Audio CD

Divine Justice
by David Baldacci
Audio CD
List Price: $44.98
Published in 2008
ISBN-10: 1-60024-428-9

I listened to this book on a lark. I've been trying to assemble David Baldacci's books. I think I have most of them. But sometimes, I'm anal about having all the books then reading them one after another. But, I wanted to take up knitting again. I listed to this and carried around my CD player with me. My iPod happened to stop syncing with my iTunes so CD player it is. What a great read.

The book start out with Oliver Stone, not his real name, running and hiding. He just killed two high profile government people. He ended in this small town, right into a nest of murdering drug dealers. The action never stops. I like this story very much. I'm probably going to read/listen more of Baldacci's stories.

Other books in the series:
The Camel Club (2005) | The Collectors (2006) | Stone Cold (2007) | Divine Justice (2008)

Monday, July 6, 2009

Five Children and It - Freddie Hightmore


Five children were sent to an English countryside due to war. While exploring the seaside through a forbidden room, they encountered IT. He's like a genie, except that his wish doesn't last past sundown. This is a hilarious and oftentimes melancholy tale of children and their wishes and the lessons to be learned from it. This is also a book by Edith Nesbit. I'm planning to read it to my children and see how they compare to the movie we just saw via Netflix's instant play.


Tara Fitzgerald ... Mother
Freddie Highmore ... Robert
Alex Jennings ... Father
Jonathan Bailey ... Cyril
Jessica Claridge ... Anthea

Saturday, July 4, 2009

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly (audio)

The Scarecrow
by Michael Connelly
Read by Peter Giles
Audio CD
List Price: $39.98
Published in 2009
ISBN-10: 1-60024-574-9

This story takes a bit getting used to. It's Peter Giles. He reminds me of my Ethics 101 professor, Dr. Channel. He's a brilliant instructor, but his voice is quite hypnotic. I would even say, soporific. Peter Giles is not that bad. Just that it's got the same rhythm to it. I was going to knit and listen, but I end up scrubbing my floors and listening because otherwise, I wouldn't have been able to finish the story.

This is about Jack McEvoy. He works for Los Angeles Times and is #99 on the workforce reduction list. That last two weeks of his stay, he stumbled into a serial killer investigation. This brings back his former FBI girlfriend because he had no one to turn to. The Scarecrow feeds into my suspicions that on the hands of the wrong person, information superhighway can cause chaos and mayhem.

I like this story, but it isn't my favorite one by this author. Lincoln Lawyer is still one of my most favorite.

Thanks to Anna of Hachette for my copy. You can still win a free copy of this audio until July 21, 2009.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Proposal - Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds


I went to see this movie with my husband yesterday. I had so much fun. I think Sandra Bullocks makes great romantic comedy movies. She and Ryan Reynolds makes the screen sizzle. It was a pleasure to watch a good film and be entertained. There are many laugh out loud moments. There are also some tender moments that makes me teary-eyed. I will watch this movie again.

Top Five Casts:
Sandra Bullock ... Margaret Tate
Ryan Reynolds ... Andrew Paxton
Mary Steenburgen ... Grace Paxton
Craig T. Nelson ... Joe Paxton
Betty White ... Grandma Annie




I don't know how long this link will last, but I like this scene. Funny!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Poseidon (2006)



I saw this movie last Tuesday on Netflix Instant Play. I didn't bother watching it when it came out because, well, it wasn't that appealing to me then. I'm not much into movies, but it's amazing that I've been watching more of them lately than ever. I think my books are positively forlorn that I have not been spending as much time with them as I used to.

This movie is exciting, scary and fun. All things that makes a movie glue you to your seat. My daughter was cowering next to me, but of course, she stayed and watched. It was a fun movie. It was all things a movie should be. I wished now that I had watched it on big screen.

I think that I might just go ahead and pull a rabbit out of a hat. My husband wants this 73" screen TV. I'm with him on that now...where before I couldn't see the point. We have three working TV. So, we're shopping for that big screen TV now.


Top Five Casts:
Josh Lucas ... Dylan Johns
Kurt Russell ... Robert Ramsey
Jacinda Barrett ... Maggie James
Richard Dreyfuss ... Richard Nelson
Emmy Rossum ... Jennifer Ramsey

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Amazing Young Adults Giveaway

Lisa Roe has three amazing young adults book giveaway. Click here to win them. The more you do, the more chances you have of winning.

Tombstone Tea (ARC) by Joanne Dahme
published by Running Press Teens

The Hunting, Book 1: Z.Rex (ARC) by Steve Cole
published by Philomel Books

Uncle John's Under the Slimy Sea Bathroom Reader for Kids Only by Bathroom Readers' Institute.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

UP May Not Be a Book


Up may not be a book, but it's a fantastic movie. I cried in more than one place in it. I love it! Have you seen it?

Top Five Casts:
Edward Asner ... Carl Fredricksen (voice) (as Ed Asner)
Christopher Plummer ... Charles Muntz (voice)
Jordan Nagai ... Russell (voice)
Bob Peterson ... Dug / Alpha (voice)
Delroy Lindo ... Beta (voice)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

I Love My Library


I just got an e-mail that I can pick up my copy (for borrowing that is) of
The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide
by J.R. Ward
Paperback
560 Pages
Published 2008 by Signet

I will rate it later, after I have read it. I'm just really excited about it right now. Too bad I cannot make it to my library because I was out all morning and part of the afternoon getting glasses for my 4-years old. He's finally got it 5 hours later. I might have gone shopping in between somewhere.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Like Cans of Soup...



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I just cannot leave it alone. I had to fix the list. So, I went back and put authors and readers on my books. This is only a partial list of the books I have read. I like reading, but I don't always review what I read. Here are some books that caught the 'I feel like reviewing' wave.

Here I am taking a picture of a flower on the way home from eating out. My husband took this picture. What does canned soup have to do with it? I used to re-arrange my canned soup pantry when I have to take a major exam. The order soothes me.


Friday, April 3, 2009

Awards From Bobbie

I am very happy that Bobbie thought of me when he did this award. Thank you so much! Bobbie reviews books at Book Reviews by Bobbie.


1. Put the logo on your blog
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you
3. Award up to ten other blogs
4. Add links to those blogs on yours
5. Leave a message for your awardees on their blogs


I need 20 blogs, and I'm going to give it some thought. I should have another post coming up.

Put the logo on your blog or on a post.
Nominate up to 10 other bloggers which show great attitude and or gratitude.
Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
Remember to link to the person from whom you received your award.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Changed Domain

My dot com expired, and I'm back here. I hope my friends can still find me.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

One Shot by Lee Child

One Shot (Jack Reacher, No. 9)
by Lee Child

I can't believe I'm already on the 9th book of Jack Reacher series. This is a fantastic series. I'm so glad I found out about it. I've been listening to the audio of this book. Dick Hill is a fantastic reader. I hope they pick an actor who sounds like him when they make this series into a movie. I've gotten used to Jack Reacher sounding like him.

In this installment, Jack went to Indiana to find out about a trained military sniper like James Barr who went on a rampage. The slam-dunk case is no more when Jack finds out more and more about the event. I like the twist and turn this story takes. I like how it's always possible for Jack to find help, and it's believable. I almost didn't want this story to end. It's one satisfying read.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Alpha Factor by Wes Ball

The Alpha Factor: The Secret to Dominating Competitors and Creating Self-sustaining Success
by Wes Ball
Hardcover
Published in 2008
ISBN-10: 0-9800031-0-5

I was a little distressed to realize that my 2009 is shaping up away from books. Take a look at my list so far. So much more movies than books. But then I got hold of a really great book, which I will soon be giving away at my other site, then I'm back to my reading thing. Thanks to Lisa Roe of Online Publicist for sending me a copy of this book.

I read THE ALPHA FACTOR by Wes Ball. It's an engaging books for business people, but very easy to read for every body else. In fact, I think every one should read this book because it has nuggets of wisdom about what truly ticks in marketing. It's surprising to find out what I've suspected all along. People buy products if it makes them feel smart and empowered about their choices. I used to get annoyed at commercial who makes their potential customer look and feel stupid.

This book is truly a must read for anyone who operates a business or even if you're planning to be one. It's organized and it's smart. It's highly researched. And frankly, reading this book will make you feel smart! I'm making this my new stocking staffer. You won't be sorry if you read this book.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Books and Movies I've Read/Seen in 2009

I usually have a nice list somewhere, but I don't want to forget the ones I've started already, so here they are. I have listened to two books, but I can't recall their title now, even if it was just a few days ago...I mean we're only 7 days into 2009!

Book:
1. Child, Lee - Persuader~, read by Dick Hill

~ audiobook


Movie:
14. Yes Man* - Jim Carrey
13. Hannibal Rising - Gaspard Ulliel
12. Meet the Robinsons - cartoon
11. A Scanner Darkly - Keeanu Reeves

10. Accepted - Justin Long
9. My Fair Madeleine - cartoon
8. The Virgin Queen - Kevin McKidd
7. Trainspotting - Ewan McGregor
6. Marley & Me*+ - Owen Wilson

5. Gran Torino* - Clint Eastwood
4. 27 Dresses - Katherine Heigl
3. Love is the Devil - Daniel Craig
2. The Mother - Daniel Craig
1. Bedtime Stories*+ - Adam Sandler

* movie theater
+ will watch again