Tuesday, February 16, 2016

10 songs I wish that were books

10 songs I wish that were books

"Hello" by Adele - Who else has this song stuck in their head? Adele is delightful, and most of her songs seem to tell a dramatic, heart-felt story.

"Violet Hill" by Coldplay - This song has always inspired my imagination. I could see it as the theme for a historical fiction, historical romance, or dystopian.

"Underneath the Sycamore" by Death Cab For Cutie - Ditto, DCFC lyrics have a wide range of emotional value. I always imagine a fantasy or scifi story for this one.

"Rabbit Heart" by Florence and The Machine - Much like the music video, I can see this one involving a fantasy or mythology with a strong heroine.

"Can't Feel My Face" by The Weekend - Total earworm. Maybe a good start for a paranormal romance?

"Lights" by Ellie Goulding - Another earworm always on my Pandora channel. It's a versatile song, good for drama or mystery.

"Dancing In The Dark" by Bruce Springsteen - A classic. Sparks of a slice of life, mystery, contemporary romance, or retro new adult.

"Found Out About You" by The Gin Blossoms - Anyone for some essential '90s? Has the hints of a psychological thriller, coming-of-age YA.

"Wonderwall" by Oasis - More great '90s music. This one sounds like a inspirational, redemption story. Dystopian, historical, or contemporary, works for all occasions.

"Two of Us" by The Beatles - Great song for a buddy comedy, travelogue, or classic old-friendship-turned-romance.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (29)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that was created by Breaking the Spine to spotlight a blogger's eagerly anticipated new books.

For this Waiting on Wednesday, I picked The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher.

Release Date: October 18, 2016

Book Summary: "Carrie Fisher's latest book is based on journals she kept while filming the original Star Wars movie."

My Thoughts: So, ever since "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Oshie and I have been on a huge Star Wars kick. Both of us have been fans for more than twenty years. We've recently re-watched the commentaries for the original movies, and by far, Carrie Fisher's comments and memories are the most hilarious. She has a wonderful, natural sense of humor. I've really enjoyed her past books, and I can't wait to read this exclusive focus on her work creating one of the coolest, sassiest princesses in the galaxy.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

My Top OTPs (Past and Current)

My Top OTPs

Ah, shipping, when you enjoy a series and want certain romantic pairings to become canon! Here's some of my favorites, old and new. Just in time for Valentine's Day.


1.) Elizabeth & Darcy (Pride & Prejudice) - With me, if you know me, this is a given. It had to be. It was destined to be, as sure as the sun will shine, the Regency Cinderella had to have her Prince. All the coolness, the pride, the prejudice, the prejudice and pride. I scarcely remember the days when I did not know this OTP. But, even now, I never grow tired of it.

2.) Jane & Edward (Jane Eyre) - I remember reading this with my jaw dropping. I had no earthly idea how the characters were going to get past the issue in the attic. I wanted them together, but it was, unfairly, impossible. Worrying how it would end, was one of my top reading moments, ever. So much love, so much misfortune.

3.) Katniss & Peeta (The Hunger Games series) - I called this one a long time ago. I remember wanting to add a "Team Peeta" banner to this blog, back before the "Mockingjay" novel was released. I kept hoping for their "pretend romance" to be real! Peeta cared so much about her from the start and it was painful to watch her ignore him. Gale was nice, but as a person, he didn't really help Katniss to grow as a character. The ending of the Mockingjay Part II was especially sweet when we saw both "Peeta bread" babies.

4.) Bathsheba & Gabriel (Far From The Madding Crowd) - I admit I still, still need to read the book. But since they were originally novel characters, and you-just-don't-know how hard I shipped them during my first viewing of the movie, I'm gonna include them. Sometimes a girl needs to really think about what's best for her. Mr. Gabriel Oak is the awesome. My hero. Go watch the movie and read the book!!

5.) Sumi & Soichiro (Stepping on Roses) - I got so wrapped up in this manga, it was nerve wrecking waiting to find out the end, and I had to wait years. Again, it was a case of "pretend" romance turned real. For a while, it seemed like another suitor would have been nicer to Sumi. But I hoped and hoped that Soichiro would get over himself and get in touch with his emotions (again, I'm about character growth).

6.) Leah Clearwater & Jacob Black (Twilight) - It was clear to me, once Edward returned to Bella, it was going to be Bella & Edward...she never flip-flopped. So, in return, I wanted Jacob's character to be happy and not merely the sad cast-off. To me, there was a lot of potential for a Leah & Jacob pairing. They were in the same pack, they both lost their first love. Anything, anything, but Renesmee!

7.) Snape & Lily (Harry Potter series) - Talk about complicated unconditional love. Snape is the tragic romantic hero of our time. I know Lily died to protect her son and that action created a powerful magic for Harry. Yet, part of me wished that Lily had somehow survived to magically find her son and reconnect with Snape, who redeemed himself through his love for her. RIP to actor Alan Rickman, who I'll always remember in this role, and for Colonel Brandon via Sense & Sensibility (1995).


1.) Rey & Ben Solo (Kylo Ren)(Star Wars novelization) - Okay, I'm aware that most fans think they're cousins...or siblings, if, potentially, that Han and Leia had a forgotten daughter. But I hope it's not true! The "lost" family plot has been done. I, personally, hope Rey is a Kenobi or merely a "new" Force sensitive character of no relation to anyone. Ultimately, some of our heroes efforts are wasted if Kylo Ren isn't redeemed/doesn't return to the light side. He's proven that his family doesn't matter to him anymore, so what else will save him except love? For me, this pairing helps both characters to change. I'm on this ship until it sinks!

2.) Alana & Marko (Saga series) [mature audiences only]- Saga is a great space opera heavily influenced by Star Wars. At times, the content is very mature and violent. However, I keep reading because of the unique love story between the main characters, Alana and Marko, who continually risk their lives to be together and protect their young daughter, Hazel. I'm holding my breath that the couple can retire somewhere peacefully in the end.

3.) Claire and Jamie (Outlander series) - This couple stresses me out! Just when I think everything will work out fine for them, the author throws them yet another challenge. The odds always feel stacked against them. Much like, Alana and Marko, I hope Claire and Jamie can retire happily ever after someday...I have several books to read in this series before I can find out.

4.) Kyoko & Ren (Skip Beat) - I started the Skip Beat series at the end of 2015. Overall, it's a comical look at the old show business game, and makes me nostalgic for the days my friends and I dreamed of being pop idols or dating one. Kyoko gives up everything to help her former love, Sho, make it big in show biz. When he casts her aside, she vows revenge. Some readers might hope Kyoko and Sho are able to reconcile in the future. Personally, I see sparks flying between Kyoko and Sho's acting rival, Ren. I've gotta keep reading to find out.

5.) Kell & Lila (A Darker Shade of Magic) - As I've mentioned in other posts at the end of 2015, I am eagerly waiting their sequel. These two must be together! So much witty dialog and tension. Lila has the right amount of sass to rival Kell's magic. They must see each other again!

6.) Abigail & William (Secret of Pembrooke Park) - As I work on this blog post, I'm currently reading this story. Miss Abigail seems to be gaining more suitors, but I love the sweet moments between her and William Chapman. They need to confess their love and solve the secret of Pembrooke park asap!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Review: Cats in Paris: A Coloring Book of the Felines of Paris by Won-Sun Jang

Cats in Paris: A Coloring Book of the Felines of ParisCats in Paris: A Coloring Book of the Felines of Paris by Won-Sun Jang
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

With Valentine's Day around the corner, this is a cute book for cat collectors.

Overall, it's more "cat"astic than Parisian. I had all these sweet French cat stereotypes in my head when I considered this book. And although there are pages with cats against the backdrop of Montmarte, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Eiffel Tower, afterwards its mostly typical cats that could be from anywhere. Cat stamps. Cats and flowers. Cats and yarn.

So, it probably won't teach you much about Paris. But if you love cats and want a fun, feline coloring book, this one is nice.

I was given a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.

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