Saturday, November 30, 2013

Ramblings and the Week to Come 01DEC13

Personal Wrap-Up:
I have had such a relaxing time with this four day weekend (am I already thinking about what I'll be doing when I return to work on Monday? Yes, but in anticipation, not dread.) I had the pleasure of seeing Disney's "Frozen" on Thanksgiving and highly recommend it to fans of animation and women with sisters (I was so thankful I saw it with my sister as I just wanted to hug her at several points.) I think I do like "Tangled" and "The Princess and the Frog" more at this point but I'll need to watch "Frozen" a few more times before rendering a final judgment. On today's agenda is to see "Catching Fire" and I'm anticipating a good time based on the blogging reaction I've seen.
Blogging Wrap-Up:
Yay, I'm on track to reach my reading goal this year! As a reminder, that goal is 300 books for the year and I'm actually ahead at this point (happy dance). Unfortunately part of that total is books for business/non-review books so I'm not ahead on my goals for the blog. But you know what? I'm not even stressing about it. I'm just going to sit back and go with the flow for once. It is going to be a really good week on the blog though (see below).

Monthly Recommendations: 
I wasn't sure if I'd have many to recommend this month but luckily I have a couple, across categories.

For adult non-fiction, Dare by Becky Blalock for pressing my career ambitions.
For adult fiction, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion utterly charmed me.
For YA fiction, my main focus, we have In the Age of Love and Chocolate by Gabrielle Zevin to bring the Birthright trilogy to a close; full thoughts on Monday. I also enjoyed Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel for its unique historical setting and witty writing and Lauren Layne's Isn't She Lovely (NA + "Stephanie" + Pygmalion retelling = winning combination)

My Obsession:
<I'm definitely still obsessed with Candy Crush, which I realized when I completed an episode (aka 15 levels) in about 24 hours (as I wait for my quests, I'm also trying to get 3 stars on every level). But I thought I'd share about something else this week.>


Recently I rewatched "Strictly Ballroom" for the first time in ages. I know many people are familiar with "Moulin Rouge" but this is an earlier work from that director. If you enjoy "Dancing with the Stars" and such, I think you'd like this movie. In fact, my family ended up joking about wanting a remake starring Derek Hough and his inventive dance steps.
Week to Come: I think this is going to be a super fun week and I'm so excited to share with you all! Have you read any of these books? What are you most looking forward to discussing?

Sunday is a new month, which means War and Peace discussion. We're almost done-I can see the finish line and I can't wait to brag to everyone of my acquaintance that I've finished this behemoth :)

Then we have the highly anticipated conclusion to Gabrielle Zevin's Birthright trilogy In the Age of Love and Chocolate. I'm a huge shipper of Anya and Win so that resolution will strongly affect my review. Tuesday is a sneak peek at These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. For Wednesday, I have a review of Crewel's sequel Altered and thoughts about the cover change.

On Thursday, I'm part of a Rockstar Book Tours blog tour with a review for Amy Spalding's Ink is Thicker than Water. Friday is another YA novel Something Real by Heather Demetrios (very early review because Netgalley wants to archive that). And Saturday features the latest Lauren Willig Pink Carnation novel that I had originally skipped over-now I'll be briefly caught up!

For Americans, how is your holiday weekend going? For everyone, how close are you to meeting your reading goal(s)?

12 comments:

  1. Ah! So jealous that you have seen Frozen already :) Shame on Norway for not getting it until December 26th. Sigh. But so glad you enjoyed it :D Been dying for it for months. <3 My favorite is Tangled, but hoping I might enjoy this one even more :) Maybe. Anyway. I hope you have an awesome week; happy reading. <3

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    1. I was so happy-I've been waiting for it and it completely met my expectations! Now I can't wait for the DVD :)

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  2. Love love LOVE Strictly Ballroom! I can't believe you read 300 books a year. You are my new hero.

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    1. I'm so glad you're familiar with it-I know a lot of people would give me blank looks when I mention it.

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  3. So glad to hear that Frozen was good! And you're not the only one who thought so. We've seen a couple good "reviews" on Twitter too.

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    1. Definitely worth making a trek out to the theater.

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  4. Hope you loved Catching Fire! Eek thanks for reminding me, I'm still hopeful of reaching my goal of 100 books for the year but at my current pace it's going to be close lol. I'm on 88 books, better sneak in some short stories haha. You are amazing ... 300 books ... amazing :)

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    1. It was pretty good but I think I preferred the first film, just because it had that setup and I appreciate that in a film.

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  5. 300 books????? That's simply amazing. I'm on track to finish my goal of 200. Great work :)

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    1. Yep, just barely got it done and will not be repeating in 2014!

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  6. So glad you saw Frozen & really liked it too! I think it's actually competing with Princess and the Frog for recent favorite on my list. haha. I am actually going to see it again this weekend. Hope you have a great one. (Even though I am commenting way late ha)

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    1. I love all three of the recent Disney princess releases-they are great additions to the princess canon.

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