Friday, June 23, 2017

Fan Art Friday: Adam West

I have loved all the tributes to Adam West, especially the Batman signal in L.A. That was awesome! He was the best mayor of Quahog, the second best Batman, an amazing Gray Ghost, and the best pizza delivery guy! He will be missed.

What is your favorite Adam West character?

Feel free to click on the illustrations to check out more from these artists.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

What Alice Forgot

10029663Goodreads Synopsis:    What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over? 

Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce. 

A knock on the head has misplaced ten years of her life, and Alice isn't sure she likes who she's become. It turns out, though, that forgetting might be the most memorable thing that has ever happened to Alice.

My Thoughts:

-    A-MAZ-ING! I loved it! I devoured it! I couldn't put it down! 

-    The writing and the story were so addicting. I couldn't stop reading, and when I did, I couldn't stop thinking about it. 

-    I was so immersed in the story, and I loved the characters. I feel like Alice and I are good friends now. We have gone through a lot together. 

-    The story really makes you think about life and the relationships you have with different people, like spouses, children, siblings, friends, etc.

-    I loved how the story tackled several issues, and it was real, and it was hopeful. It was so tactful and sensitive. 

-    The ending was perfect! 

-    Read this! All the hype is deserved! 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Vol 1 - 3

10862575From Goodreads:    Usagi Tsukino is a normal girl until she meets up with Luna, a talking cat, who tells her that she is Sailor Moon. As Sailor Moon, Usagi must fight evils and enforce justice, in the name of the Moon and the mysterious Moon Princess. She meets other girls destined to be Sailor Senshi (Sailor Scouts), and together, they fight the forces of evil! 

My Thoughts:

-    I've always wanted to read the Sailor Moon manga, so I'm excited I finally started.

-    I love that Sailor Moon is a gamer and goes to an arcade after school every day. 

-    I'm not okay with 14 year old girls being sexualized. I'm not okay with any girl being sexualized, but it is worse the younger they are. I really wish Usagi and her friends were older.

-    I love Luna. Every great manga has a fun snarky cat.

10912036Goodreads Says:    The mysterious Tuxedo Mask has revealed his identity, forcing Usagi to come to terms with her growing affections for the masked vigilante, all the while defending the people of Earth from renewed attacks by the sinister “enemy”. Everything threatens to overwhelm even Sailor Moon when suddenly a new Sailor Guardian appears. Could this new Guardian be the Moon Princess the Sailor Guardians are sworn to protect?

My Thoughts:

-    Why is Sailor Moon shocked that someone knows who she is? Her clothes don't change much, and she doesn't wear a mask all the time.

-    I think it is hilarious that Usagi is depicted as a bunny when her parents talk about her. 

-    I can definitely see how The Lunar Chronicles was influenced by Sailor Moon. Fun Fact: Marissa Meyer wrote Sailor Moon fan fiction before she published a book.

-    A lot about the characters is revealed in this volume. It was very interesting, and I'm enjoying the story. 

11251704From Goodreads:    Tuxedo Mask gone bad?! As more of her closest allies fall under the power of the evil Queen Beryl, Usagi comes closer to discovering the truth behind her past. The stage is set for an all-out battle for the fate of Earth between the Sailor Guardians and the forces of evil. But when the dust settles, a little girl calling herself “Usagi” falls from the sky and right into the arms of Mamoru. What is her connection to Sailor Moon and why does she want the Legendary Silver Crystal?

My Thoughts:

-    The first story line finished halfway through this volume. I would have been okay if that was the end of the manga, but I'm glad there is more. I liked the way everything wrapped up.

-    Chibi-Usa? She seems like bad news. 

-    I wish the girls were older than 14! They don't act or look like 14 year olds. Plus Sailor Moon found her soul mate. That shouldn't happen at 14. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Dads

Top Ten Favorite Dads in Literature

Hans Hubermann

Atticus Finch

Jean Valjean

Joe Vince
(I couldn't find a picture of of this character, but Bree said that David Tennant is Joe.)

Matthew Cuthbert

Pa Ingalls

Mr. Peggotty

Papa Bear

Bob Cratchit

Arthur Weasley

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Road to Oz

765296Goodreads Synopsis:    Dorothy and Toto are off again on an exciting adventure down The Road to Oz!

In order to help the lovable, ever-wandering Shaggy Man, Dorothy and Toto must journey through magical and mysterious lands. Soon the three are joined by a lost lad named Button-Bright and the beautiful young Polychromethe Rainbow's Daughter. With magic at work and danger about, these new friends must journey through cities of talking beasts, across the Deadly Desert into the Truth Pond, and through many other strange and incredible places before they can reach the Emerald City.

Along the way, Dorothy and her companions encounter a whole new assortment of fantastic and funny characters--the crafty King Dox of Foxville, the magical donkey King Kik-a-bray, the terrible bigheaded Scoodlers, and Johnny Dooit (who can do anything)--along with old friends Jack Pumpkinhead, Tik-tok, Billina, and, of course, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, and the wonderful Wizard himself.

My Thoughts:

-    I'm starting to feel like the stories are the same, but with different companions and lands to visit.

-    I liked this book, but the ending was a tad boring. Ozma's party was just list after list after list. There was a lot of listing and telling, and I wish I had been more immersed in her party.

-    I really wish there was a new illustrator. I'm tired of John R. Neill's pictures. 

-    L. Frank Baum was very dedicated to his readers. They asked for more Oz, and he delivered. I really enjoy reading his letters at the beginning of each book.

-    Button Bright and Polly were kinda useless. I don't know what their purpose was. They didn't add to the story at all. The Shaggy Man was the only one who helped Dorothy along the journey. 

-    I'm not to the burned out phase yet, but I think I'm getting there. I hope Baum changes up the formula a little in the next books. 

Previous Oz Books
(covers are linked)

60181 430480 560635

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Going Vintage

10594356Goodreads Says:    When Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, cheats on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory decides the best way to de-Jeremy her life is to de-modernize things too. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in1962, Mallory swears off technology and returns to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat with computer avatars). The List:
1. Run for pep club secretary
2. Host a fancy dinner party/soiree
3. Sew a dress for Homecoming
4. Find a steady
5. Do something dangerous
But simple proves to be crazy-complicated, and the details of the past begin to change Mallory’s present. Add in a too-busy grandmother, a sassy sister, and the cute pep-club president–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far.

My Thoughts:

-    The first time I tried to read this, I quite. I wanted to give it another chance though because I love the author. I finished this time, but my feeling towards the book didn't change.

-    The characters were pretty lame. I wasn't a fan of any of them, especially Mallory. She was SO over dramatic, and her motives for things were really immature and stupid. Not only did Mallory cut herself off from technology, she cut herself off from people. She wasn't listening to her sister, friends, grandma, or parents. She was so self absorbed.

-    I was really hoping that Mallory was going to go full on 1960s, but her efforts were a sad attempt. I don't think her heart was really in it. She was just being a drama queen.

-    I wish there had been more about the grandma and her life in the 60s. Her life was WAY more interesting than Mallory's.

-    There was no point to this book. There was no lesson learned. What was Mallory trying to accomplish? Nothing! 

-    I was really disappointed with this one, but I really Lindsey's other books. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Fan Art Friday: The Marvelous Land of Oz


I was surprised at how many pictures of Jinjur I found. Wow! I wish there had been more of Tip and his friends.

My favorite is the last one. I love seeing all the characters together.

Which is your favorite?

All the illustrations are linked to the source. Feel fee to browse.