During the Summer of 2008, my husband and I, along with our friends, had a strict schedule. Each week in May, June, and July, there was a new film release for us to see. We were all young and childless with what now feels like endless expendable income and boundless hours of unencumbered time. I made a chart and each Friday night, we met up for dinner and a show. It was a glorious summer. And it all began on May 2, 2008 with an iffy little venture starring an alcoholic star looking to make a comeback. Continue reading →
As some of you may recall, T. Mack and I delved into The All Souls Trilogy back in 2015. We read the goliath of a novel that is A Discovery of Witches, drank some moscato, and dropped our wine-honest thoughts on camera so you could decide for yourself whether it’s worth the read (You can check that out here). But even though the series was a hefty endeavor, I still found some magic in it, and when I heard it was being made into a TV show, and that many of my favorite actors would be cast in leading roles, I couldn’t wait to check it out. That was four years ago! But finally, it’s here! I binge-watched it like a lunatic, and here’s what I have to say about this slightly pretentious, vampire/witch romantic drama:
A few years ago, I reviewed a book called Rogue Touch. I liked the book just fine, but it strayed so heavily from the source material, it rubbed a lot of Rogue fans the wrong way. Recently, I found the time to try Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi. It’s been in my TBR for so long, I forgot it was there. But I’m glad I found it again. The main character isn’t actually Rogue, and the world isn’t that of the X-Men, but it may as well be both. Read on to find out how. Continue reading →
The Lost City of Atlantis, a mermaid, a wizard, time travel, and even a unicorn… Prospero’s Children has something for every fantasy lover. It’s no wonder I found this novel appealing in my youth. But did my love for it endure the test of adulthood? Continue reading →
American Gods is a book by Neil Gaiman, first published in 2001. It is also a television series based on the book which aires on the STARZ network. Both iterations tell the story of Shadow Moon, a felon who is released three days early from prison due to a family tragedy. On the way to the funeral, Shadow meets Mr. Wednesday, who offers him a job as a chauffeur, valet, and overall manservant. This encounter sets in motion events in Shadow’s life that are amazing, devastating, tragic, and triumphant. It sends him on a journey of discovery, whether he wants to go or not. In the end, Shadow could end up a hero, a martyr, back in jail, or the King of America.
On the heels of Galentine’s Day, I thought it would be a great time to highlight a book that takes female friendship and does some very mysterious and magical things with it. The Peach Keeper, by Sarah Addison Allen, is part mystery, part magical fantasy, and part buddy cop adventure. It’s a wonderfully strange tale of two women thrust together into a reluctant friendship in an attempt to uncover a decades-old mystery, protect their families, save their investments, and possibly, discover what true friendship really is.
Tomorrow is Galentine’s Day, the unofficial day designated each year to celebrate the bonds of female friendship. I hope you and your besties have made appropriate plans. Whether you have or not, though, I’ve got a list of excellent movie choices to help you celebrate this most friend-tastic of holidays. So sit back, relax, pour yourself a tall glass of the beverage of your choice, and enjoy these movies that celebrate the magic of being a woman and the incredible pleasure of getting to take the journey with your best friends at your side!