Top Ten Tuesday – Reasons I Love Reading

Today’s Topic: Reasons Why I Love Reading

Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

I’m always baffled by people who don’t enjoy reading. Honestly, I wonder what is wrong with them, but then I have to remind myself not to judge. Everyone has different interests and passions. However, I still feel sad for those people because I feel they are missing out on one of the great experiences of life. Here are a few reasons I love to read: Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Reasons I Love Reading”

June 2021 Quickie Reviews

  • 51 films/series total
  • 29 new classic films
  • 13 re-watches
  • 7 foreign films
  • 2 TV series
  • 2.5 silent films
  • 1 documentary

Biggest Disappointment: Rose Marie

Gracie Allen, Robert Young & Eleanor Powell in Honolulu

Favorite Discovery: Honolulu, Just William

Most Watched Actors/Actresses: Fred Astaire, Ann Southern, Eleanor Powell Continue reading “June 2021 Quickie Reviews”

Book Review – George Cukor: A Double Life by Patrick McGilligan

The Philadelphia Story, Camille, My Fair Lady, The Women, It Should Happen to You, it surprised me to learn how many of the films I love shared the same director. When I realized how many of George Cukor’s films were favorites of mine, I actively started seeking out his pictures and have now seen the majority of them. But still, I didn’t know much about this film legend who is often known as the “women’s director.” I recently happened across a copy of Patrick McGilligan’s biography George Cukor: A Double Life and took it as a sign that it was time for me to learn more.

All drama, Cukor thought, ought to be tinged with comedy. That was how he viewed life. pg. 145

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Book Review – The Ice Swan by J’nell Ciesielski

After fleeing the murderous Bolsheviks, Her Serenity Princess Svetlana Dmitrievich Dalsky arrives in Paris with the sole responsibility of her mother and sister sitting on her shoulders. Survival quickly becomes the sole focus of her days. A chance encounter with Scottish nobleman turned doctor Wynn MacCallan finds her with a champion and suitor she does not want.  But when further threats and tragedy impact both their lives, Wynn and Svetlana must learn to trust each other in order to move forward towards an unpredictable future. Continue reading “Book Review – The Ice Swan by J’nell Ciesielski”

Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish Quotes on Grief and Loss

Today’s Topic: Book Quotes that Fit X Theme (Pick any theme you want, i.e., motivational quotes, romantic dialogues, hunger-inducing quotes, quotes that fill you with hope, quotes on defeating adversity, quotes that present strong emotions, healing, etc. and then select quotes from books that fit that theme.)

Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

Last year, someone very near and dear to me passed away. It really hit me hard. Thanks to that loss, I now notice fictional statements on grief and loss whereas in the past, I kind of skimmed over them. It wasn’t something I really related to. Now I do. And I hope that this experience and the ability to relate to fictional character’s journeys of grief are making me a more understanding and compassionate person. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish Quotes on Grief and Loss”

Top Ten Tuesday – Book Titles that Are Complete Sentences

Today’s Topic: Book Titles That Are Complete Sentences

Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

Well, I originally thought this prompt would be a bit more difficult as I don’t tend to read books with long titles. However, once I started going through my Goodreads, I realized some sentences can be short and still complete a thought.

I did notice one peculiarity, the majority of this week’s titles come from my TBR list, not from books I’ve already read. Maybe I have a subconscious bias against sentence titles? Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Book Titles that Are Complete Sentences”