My Favorite Christmas Songs

Those who know me, know of my love for all things Christmas. This includes Christmas music which I start listening to October 1 since my collection is massive and takes time to get through. Plus, it helps me prepare my heart for the season.

Over the years, I’ve amassed a mental list of favorite Christmas songs.  And since I tend to focus on the sacred side of the holiday, you won’t find a lot of popular secular songs or artists on my list. But you may find certain trends in my song choices, such as my affinity for orchestral arrangements as well as for the nostalgic sounds of the classic crooners.

In sharing my list, I hope you find some new favorites yourself, and maybe share some of your own. Continue reading “My Favorite Christmas Songs”

Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Book Related Memories

Today’s Topic: Bookish Memories (Share stories of your reading life as a child, events you’ve gone to, books that made an impression on you, noteworthy experiences with books, authors you’ve met, etc. Reminisce with me!)

Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

Reading has always been one of my favorite things. So, I have some good memories after a life time of reading.  Here are a few of my favorites. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Book Related Memories”

Book Review – The Mozart Code by Rachel McMillan

About the Book:

Lady Sophia Huntington Villiers is no stranger to intrigue, as her work with Alan Turing’s Bombe Machines at Bletchley Park during the war attests. Now, as part of a covert team in post-war Vienna, she uses her inimitable charm and code name Starling to infiltrate the world of relics: uncovering vital information that could tilt the stakes of the mounting Cold War. When several influential men charge her with finding the death mask of Mozart, Sophie wonders if there is more than the composer’s legacy at stake and finds herself drawn to potential answers in Prague.

Simon Barrington, the illegitimate heir of one of Sussex’s oldest estates, used the previous war to hide his insecurities about his past. Now, he uses his high breeding to gain access to all four allied quarters of the ruined city in an attempt to slow the fall of the Iron Curtain. He has been in love with Sophie Villiers since the moment he met her, and a marriage of convenience to save Simon’s estate has always kept her close. Until now, when Sophie’s mysterious client in Prague forces him to wonder if her allegiance to him—and their cause—is in question. Torn between his loyalty to his cause and his heart, Simon seeks answers about Sophie only to learn that everything he thought he knew about his involvement in both wars is based on a lie.

He sartorially met any challenge and the face Simon Barrington presented to the world was untouchable: his armor Savile Row, his weapon his slickly pomaded ebony hair, his shrewd, ethereal blue eyes flashing confidence he didn’t always feel.

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Thirty-Six Overlooked Films of Classic Movie Stars

It’s rather easy to rattle off the most well-known films of famous silver screen stars. And I’m rather glad those movies are still bringing attention to faces who are no long with us, but who contributed greatly to the popularity of moving pictures.

However, it would be a shame not to dig deeper into the filmography of these stars as there is much of their work that is just as deserving of attention. Some, because of the quality of the production and others simply for great entertainment value.

I made my own list of classic films that I feel are overlooked and worth highlighting. Obviously, it’s rather subjective and definitely not comprehensive. So if I’ve left out one of your favorites or you disagree with my choices, I’d love to hear from you! Continue reading “Thirty-Six Overlooked Films of Classic Movie Stars”