What movies are you excited for this month?
Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother’s bedside. She’s been stricken with something the old-timers call “Milk Sickness.”
“My baby boy…” she whispers before dying.
Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother’s fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.
When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, “henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose…” Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.
While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.
Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.
I did see this movie when it came out and I thought it was okay. I don’t know how I got this book, but because my book club members had not read it yet, this was my pick for January. I don’t like history. I don’t usually enjoy historical fiction. This was written just like a historical biography. I am not a fan of historical biographies. I really only like memoirs. The concept of this book is really intriguing. I mean Abe Lincoln, hunting vamps with an axe.
Pretty epic. The Photoshop photos were well done. They were pretty funny, I did end up googling some facts about Abe Lincoln to see if any of the book was true. So I guess in a weird way the book made me slightly smarter? Although I didn’t like the book and there is no way I would read it again. I did read the entire thing, and normally I DNF books pretty quickly. It was interesting enough to read the entire book.
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Peter Pan, the book based on J.M. Barrie’s famous play, is filled with unforgettable characters: Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up; the fairy, Tinker Bell; the evil pirate, Captain Hook; and the three children–Wendy, John, and Michael–who fly off with Peter Pan to Neverland, where they meet Indians and pirates and a crocodile that ticks. Renowned children’s-book artist Michael Hague has brought the amazing adventures of Peter Pan to life. His beautiful illustrations capture the wild, seductive power of this classic book. This newly designed edition will be enjoyed by fans young and old alike.
After I read the Peter and the Starcatcher series (review to come), I knew I had to go back and read the original story. I really only know the Peter Pan story from the Disney cartoon, and various other movie renditions I have seen. I love the Disney film, and most of the other movies too to be honest. The story is fairly true to the Disney movie, with much of the violence removed. I did like the story, however, I didn’t really love the writing style. The language was no in keeping with modern times, because the book is so old, so I didn’t really enjoy it. I did not like the narrative interjections at all, and it felt too much like reading a play, which I guess I’m not into, even though I really do enjoy watching plays. I guess this is why I don’t really read classic novels.
The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.
EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
I loved this book. This isn’t my go-to genre, but with all the hype – even my bestie was telling me I had to read it (I actually borrowed it from her!) I’m not disappointed. Finally a book that lives up to the hype! This book was compared to Gone Girl quite a bit, and for me it is far superior to Gone Girl. It is about Rachel, who is an alcoholic, on her way to work. She rides the same train every day and every day she passes by her old house. The one her ex-husband, and his now wife, and their baby live in. She also passes one of their neighbor’s houses, and she ends up having this imaginary scenario, where it seems like she knows them and how they are as people. She imagines them as the perfect couple, until one of them goes missing. It’s insane. It is so interesting because she doesn’t know whether she is guilty of anything or completely innocent, because she often gets blackout drunk. A lot of this book hit too close to home for me, because Rachel struggled with infertility. And I actually read passages of Rachel’s thoughts out to my husband, because they literally could have been my own words. Although I didn’t start drinking, it’s easy for me to see the way my life could have turned out, which is frankly haunting, even without the murder. Because Rachel doesn’t know what has happened, it really does keep you guessing, which is refreshing. I can usually guess what is going on and what will happen pretty early in books, but this was not the case in this book. I was surprised and then I felt like I should have known! Worth a read!
I love movies!
I am only looking forward to 1 movies this month though. Continue reading “December Movies”
There aren’t many movies that I am looking forward to this month, but I am very excited about the two I do want to see!! Continue reading “November Movies”
October usually has the best movies, because they release all the good horror movies this month. Horror movies are one of my favorite genres (along with Thrillers, Animated, and Books-to-movies!)
Here are the movies I am most looking forward to in October:
I love going to the movie theater. There is are three regular movie theaters here to choose from. One is really small, and kind of crappy, and hot, with loud kids and sticky floors all the time. Another is really expensive for no reason. The third is the perfect mix of cheap and nice. It is always clean, and air-conditioned, and the children who go here are surprisingly well-behaved. It doesn’t seem like a movie theater would change the kid’s behavior, but it does. Continue reading “SEPTEMBER MOVIES”
Top Ten Tuesday from Broke and Bookish Blog
My top ten childhood favorites were a bit hard to narrow down, but I think I did a pretty good job deciding. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Childhood Faves”