April’s 5 Word Movie Reviews – Join in and win $ for charity

Every time you add 5 words of your own to one of my reviews then you donate $1 to charity.  What charity, you ask?  The charity is chosen by the person who has the most reviews once we reach 100. (Last charity herePLEASE leave a clear 5 word comment so I can give credit for it.

You can add reviews to any of my past movie posts AND see who is in the contributing lead here.

Act of Valor, 2012 (Cast-U.S. Navy Seals, Roselyn Sanchez, Nester Serrano, Emilio Rivera)    Grade B

Raw, Violent, Powerful Recruitment Film


A girl and two boys, running through a dark forest.Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 1, 2010 (Cast-Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint)      Grade B

Waited too long, Needed refresher.

Fast-paced first half of movie. (Heather)

Best one of the bunch! (Stephanie)

Good, but a little long. (Kathy)

Time to Grow Up Kids (Beth)

Saw at theater, exciting experience! (Debbie)

It’s hard to grow up.  (Kay)

Emma Watson, audio book reader.  (Tony)


Carrie, 1976 (Cast-Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, John Travolta)  Grade C+

Getting period never so traumatic!

I can’t top yours, Stacy :)  (Stephanie)

Sissy Spacek was perfect lead. (Kathy)

King Of Horror Movies Classic (Beth)

Traumatized teen, pig blood, still scared! (Debbie) – I’m pretending not to notice the 6th word

Ick factor when first seen.  (Kay)


Man holding up a card labelled hall pass, his friends standing behind himHall Pass, 2011 (Cast-Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis) Grade C

Funny first half, iffy second.

Great cast, hoped for more. (Debbie)

Sundays with Gage – Family

I asked my mom if she’d come up and Gage-sit while I went to the British Tea, an annual charity fundraiser put on by New Clevelanders.  This is the newcomers club I’ve belonged to for 10 years and I’m currently the club’s historian, aka photographer.

My mom decided to invite my aunt Judy, my aunt Betty and cousin Kelly too.  So, the foursome arrived on Wednesday and left on Friday and, of course, I wait until they are getting ready to leave before snapping a photo.  Seems like Gage is always getting photographed in his high chair, but I guess that’s the only place he’s still enough.

Gage is going to be an only kid and I wish we lived just a little closer to my family.  It’s a little less than 2 1/2 hours and that’s great for weekend trips, but not as easy for stop-ins.  I want Gage to be surrounded by his extended family and I am always so thankful when they visit.  Gage always loves an appreciative audience and they were definitely that 🙂

Delirious, by Daniel Palmer

DeliriousFinished 4-22-12, rating 4/5, thriller, pub. 2011

I started this on audio, read by Peter Berkrot (12 hours 39 minutes) and finished with the print version after the discs turned faulty halfway through.

Charles Giles is successful, arrogant, and trying to distance himself from his family when he is fired from his job due to some questionable actions that Charlie cannot explain.  He is accused on espionage, an absurd thought to a company man like Charlie.  When co-workers and medical personnel tell him he’s going crazy, Charlie thinks he may believe them.  After all, his brother Joe is schizophrenic and his dad had his own mental health issues.  Locked up with crazy people will make even a sane man nuts and Charlie isn’t sure he’s a sane man, he did write that Kill List and one person on it had already died.

I liked this fast paced thriller.  Was Charlie crazy or could the circumstances of his firing have been manipulated?  His mother was in a coma and this led to a reconnection with the brother who he was trying to forget.  I liked the very real relationship between the two.  Charlie harbored a lot of bad feelings toward his brother that stole most of their mother’s attention.  Add into the mix that Charlie really felt like he was going crazy and could identify with his brother and the typical thriller becomes laced with a reality that leaves the reader satisfied.

Is Charlie paranoid or is he being set up?  Both choices are plausible and the book had me guessing til the reveal.  One minute I’d think Charlie was mentally unstable and the next I was sure he was bring set up.  This is an excellent debut and I look forward to more by Palmer!

I checked the audio out of the library and had an autographed book on my shelf.  Both were very good. 

Isn’t that what I said? Grisham Quiz – guessing closed

These John Grisham titles are not quite right, but they’re close.  Give me the correct title for 10 points each.

You have until noon Sunday to submit your answers as a comment.  Comment will be hidden until I post the answers.  No Googling!

This round will last til August.  The person with the most points will win a B&N gift card (total $ based on # of total participants, so please play) and a randomly selected participant will win a fun prize from me.

Have fun and Good Luck!

1. A Moment to Silence – A Time to Kill

2.  The Fugitive Peers – The Runaway Jury

3. The Road Attorney – The Street Lawyer

4. A Colorful Abode – A Painted House

5. The Ruler of Wrongful acts – The King of Torts

6. The Guiltless Mortal – The Innocent Man

7. The Fish-eating bird Short – The Pelican Brief

8. Hopping Yuletide – Skipping Christmas

9. Splotched Coffee – Calico Joe

10. Shallow water Province – Ford County

Last week’s Graphic Novels quiz here.  Leaderboard and rules here.

World Book Night/Day

I handed out my last book at 4:40 at Walgreens.  World Book Night was a success 🙂  I chose The Glass Castle and Jason reminded me last night about how I came to read The Glass Castle.  Jason is not a big reader, but in the break room at his office there is always a pile of 20 or so books for people to take/exchange and one day he brought home a random book for me to be sweet.  I had seen the book on a few blogs but, not being a memoir reader, never thought I’d read it.  But you all told me I had to and when I did I was blown away and it ended up being one of my favorites of the year.  So, we’ve come full circle.  Someone put the book out there to be found and read, I did, and today I got to put the same books out there to inspire 20 more people to read.

I handed out books at the dermatologist, wine store, dry cleaners, and Walgreens.  Everyone was so excited.  I will say it was hard to really differentiate the reader from the non reader when giving them away.  I tried my best.  And it was weird to say World Book Night when I was handing them out at 1 pm!

Sundays with Gage – Learning is fun

As a first time mom, I am somewhat clueless about how or when babies and toddlers learn things.  Each month I religiously look at the milestones from the What to Expect book, oh wait, Gage is now 18 months and I haven’t looked yet, okay, I ALMOST always take a peek at milestones.  It’s nice to be aware of what should be happening or what’s about to happen, but the books don’t explain everything.

For instance, kinda thought that once I put a straw into Gage’s mouth it wouldn’t take more than a few minutes for comprehension.  I mean, he does suck on a bottle every night, right?  Well, it’s taken weeks and I finally broke down and bought the little juice boxes so I could squeeze it through the straw.  After a few days of this he finally caught on that he could do this himself.  I know he is late to the party and other kids have been doing this forever, but what can I say?  He’s been busy doing other things.

Like he is a master nose blower.  When we tell him to blow he shows off his lung capacity.  But, when he wants to be a big boy and  blow bubbles himself this is a problem.  We tell him to blow and, well, let’s just say that he gets very upset because his nose blowing doesn’t produce any bubbles.  It doesn’t matter how many times this has happened, I get a good laugh every time.

Watching Gage learn is fun.  One thing we have not had to teach him is love balloons.  Here’s a bonus picture of him running around the house like a madman with his balloon.

World Book Night ideas

Monday is World Book Night and I’ll be passing out 20 copies of The Glass Castle to light/non-readers.  I have a few ideas about where I’d like to pass out books, but am hoping you’ll give me a few more.  When I first signed up I had a neighborhood in mind and was thinking of places to pass them out (coffee shops, hair salons), but now I’m considering other options.

So, how are you planning on passing out your books, if you’re a giver?

If you’re not a giver I’d love to hear your suggestions too! 

The problem with lists

I love lists.  When I started this blog over 4 years ago, I thought it would be fun to come up with a Top 100 list so I did.

My Top 100 movie list is more accurate than my book list because I rewatch favorite movies all the time.  The initial list took some time, but I feel pretty good about it.  Every month or so I try to review a favorite movie and before I do I watch it again and adjust how high on the list it should be.  In the 3 or so years I’ve been doing this, two movies after another viewing, didn’t make the cut.  This week I asked Jason if he wanted to watch #21 with me and he said yes, so over two nights we watched it.  And spent most of the time making fun of it.  I couldn’t believe it.  It just did not age well.  Alien was filmed in 1979 and it shows.  My memories did not match the movie at all.  I was so disappointed and will have to take it off my list.

So, has this happened to you?  Do you remember loving a book or a movie or a song and then when you read/watch. hear it again it’s terrible?

Mrs. Pollifax on Safari, by Dorothy Gilman

Mrs. Pollifax on Safari (Mrs. Pollifax Series #5)Finished 4-18-12, rating 3.5/5, mystery, 223 pages, pub. 1976

“I don’t know why I’m telling you all this-probably because I’ll burst if I don’t tell someone, and you look so-so human-but Africa’s having the most tremendous impact on me.  Ever since we arrived I’ve been having the strangest dreams at night, and seeing life and myself in the most astonishing perspective.  This country’s returning me to something I lost, it’s disinhibiting me.”

Chapter 7

Mrs. Pollifax is a widower in her 60’s and instead of settling down to garden club meetings she has become an improbable asset to the CIA.  The missions never seem to be dangerous, at least until Emily arrives on the scene, and this assignment is no different.  She is excited to be assigned the job of taking pictures on an African safari.  Not bad, right?  Well, it ss a great experience until she goes and gets herself kidnapped.

I read a few of the Mrs. Pollifax series way before I became obsessed with reading series’ in order, so I was happy to find her future husband on the safari.  Cyrus is a big man instantly smitten with the seemingly retiring Mrs. Pollifax.  It was nice to see Emily appreciated.

There was a safari tour full of suspects and an old CIA friend in the area somewhere, causing Emily to come under suspicion from many quarters.  The mystery was good, as was the description of Africa’s political plight (circa 1976).  I love the feisty Emily Pollifax.  She is smart, resourceful, and full of sass.  She is constantly underestimated and always rises to the challenge.  I enjoyed visiting with her after all these years.  A quick and satisfying read.

I recommend this series to cozy mystery fans and fans of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple.

I checked this book out of the library.

Graphic Novels Quiz – guessing closed

So many books are being retold these days, graphic style.  I went to the library and chose 10 graphic books.  The first 6 are classics (one is not a novel).  I accidentally picked up two copies of the same book, one original text and one quick text, SO #10 is the same book as one of the first 9.  Just give me the title of the book it’s based on.

You have until noon Sunday to submit your answers as a comment.  Comment will be hidden until I post the answers.  No Googling!

This round will last til August.  The person with the most points will win a B&N gift card (total $ based on # of total participants, so please play) and a randomly selected participant will win a fun prize from me.

Have fun and Good Luck!






Answers to last week’s poetry quiz here.  Leaderboard here.

1. Great Expectations – original text  2. Fahrenheit 451  3. Sense & Sensibility  4. Jane Eyre  5. Dante’s Divine Comedy  6. Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species  7. The Exile (Diana Gabaldon)  8. Richard Castle’s Deadly Storm  9. Troublemaker (Janet & Alex Evanovich) 10. Great Expectations – quick text