Friday, December 2, 2011

My Winter Holiday Reading List

Finally finished the first eight books in the Sookie Stackhouse Series.... only to find out that there are 3 more books in the series. 

Oy vey. Not that I don't like the series - but my goodness how much more drama can Charlaine Harris put Sookie through? Well, I'll be sure to find out and tell you. 

In addition to reading the next three books in the series, I'll be adding a few other books that I've been looking forward to. Looks like the majority of my Hanukkah gifts this year are going to be books:

Sookie Stackhouse Series – Books 9, 10, 11

If you like the HBO Show True Blood, then you might like these books. The show takes what Harris provides and amplifies it by a billion. The actors stay trueto their characters, but the drama and action is more intense than the book. However, Charlain Harris does a great job maintaining just the right amount of suspense in each chapter. 

In addition, to really understand the “supernatural” world that Bon Temps is, you must read the books. The show includes as many important details as they can – without boring you – but the truth is there is a lot they leave out.

I definitely recommend.

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US Trailer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

This movie looks incredible. You all know how I felt about the books:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl who Played with Fire

The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

Now I can't wait to see the movie!

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Meeting Nicholas Sparks

Last weekend I had the privilege of meeting my favorite author, Nicholas Sparks.

He is everything you would assume the author of The Notebook, The Guardian and The Lucky One to be like -- genuine, kind and charming.

In honor of meeting Nicholas Sparks, I would like to recommend my top five favorite books of his:

1) The Guardian

It starts off describing a typical woman in an average life. When she least expects it, something incredible happens to her. When you think the story will have a happy ending and no climax, Sparks throws a curve ball at you that will leave you racing through the last 100 pages.

2) True Believer

Jeremy Marsh is the ultimate New Yorker: handsome, almost always dressed in black, and part of the media elite. An expert on debunking the supernatural with a regular column in “Scientific American," he receives a letter from the tiny town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, about ghostly lights that appear in a legend-shrouded cemetery, he can’t resist driving down to investigate.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Turning an Incredible Book Into a Movie: Sarah's Key

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay is one of those books that I'll never forget. This book was a thrilling, tragic but incredible book centered around the Holocaust. Never have I experienced a book like this that gave me nightmares as well as hope. It is one of the strongest book I have ever read.


Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d'Hiv', to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah's past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.

Furthermore, I am delighted to say that they made this book into a movie....which comes out tomorrow!! If this trailer doesn't persuade you to read the book or see the movie, perhaps this article will: New Angle on an Oft-Visited Nightmare


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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Summer Reading List.... looking a bit thin

For the first time in forever, I'm having trouble selecting which book is going to be my next read. I blame this on my favorite authors not writing fast enough (cough Nicholas Sparks cough).

On the bright side, this tiny problem has forced me to branch out and try new authors. The list may be short, but that's why I'm counting on you to help fill it out a bit.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were.
Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special–and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together.
Recommended by Rachel Leamon


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Monday, May 30, 2011

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Movie Trailer!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie trailer (sneak peak?) is out! This trailer already depicts how suspenseful and scary the movie is going to be. The movie isn't set to be out until December 2011, so I HIGHLY suggest that you start reading this incredible trilogy NOW.

Here is my take on each book:

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Review

"The Girl Who Played with Fire" ....not so hot

"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" delivers


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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Scenes from London 2011


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Monday, May 2, 2011

Two Down.... How Many More to Go?


I don't think it's a coincidence that Osama bin Laden was killed 66 years (to the day) that Hitler was killed. For men like these, G-d creates a special place in Hell.

Today was a joyous day because America got a little reminder of what greatness we can accomplish when we work together -- we can take down monsters like Osama bin Laden. 

It's not exactly a man's death Americans are celebrating today (although in this case I think that would be 100% understandable), but it's the victory over terrorism that we are celebrating. With this leader's death, we have weakened a violent group.

No, terrorism does not end with Bin Laden's death, but it has taken a major blow; one which has taken us 9 years to do. So I congratulate our soldiers, applaud President Obama's action (as well as his staff) and give thanks to our trusted allies which have helped us get to this day.

I also feel extremely happy for the 9/11 victims who can now, finally, have a bit of closure over their loved ones who were brutally murdered.

The war is not over but this was the "Battle of Saratoga" of our time. Terrorist will look upon America and her allies and know that we mean business.

Good reads:

9/11 Victims' Family Members Reflect On Osama Bin Laden's Death

Osama Bin Laden -- Dead


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Saturday, April 9, 2011

The (Modern) Story of Passover

Passover is less than two weeks away! When people ask me what the holiday is about, I find it hard to explain in one sentence (it's a pretty long story). However, I found this video extremely helpful in explaining the story in a language everyone can understand: social media.

Enjoy!


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Monday, April 4, 2011

Interesting Reads

Just like to share a few articles that caught my attention this week!

Books:

Reality Television Star Bethenny Frankel Guides Others to ‘A Place of Yes’

I've always admired and respected Bethenny Frankel because she turned herself into a successful business woman, mother and wife, despite EVERYTHING life threw at her; And she did it all while rocking a positive attitude and stilettos.

I've never read dieting or "self-help" books but I have a feeling that her book will reveal more than that.

News:

Eastern Bank Robbed at Gunpoint

Sometimes "The Town" doesn't stay in the town it was set in. A lot of robberies have been taking place in the Boston area -- why is that? Regardless, it's important to start being more aware of your surroundings!


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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Groundhog Reading List

I have been crazy busy with work, working out, writing, visiting friends and READING.

Yes, my day could be the craziest one ever but I always make time for reading. It's the number one way I end my day -- seriously, I always have a book on my nightstand, in my purse or car.

As a result, I always like to keep a list of what books I want to read for that particular season. The groundhog says Spring is right around the corner, so these are the books I chose to bring in the warm weather:

Water for Elephants
........by Sara Gruen

I have already read this book, and it is honestly now one of my favorite books. I didn't know what to expect -- but I was surprisingly (and happily) blown away.

Though he may not speak of them, the memories still dwell inside Jacob Jankowski's ninety-something-year-old mind. Memories of himself as a young man, tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Memories of a world filled with freaks and clowns, with wonder and pain and anger and passion; a world with its own narrow, irrational rules, its own way of life, and its own way of death. The world of the circus: to Jacob it was both salvation and a living hell.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

This is Why We Can "Never Forget"

For Jews who think that the Holocaust will never happen again, I applaud your hope. For the Jews that think that Holocaust can't ever happen again, you're wrong.

Today might be even more riskier than ever because antisemitism doesn't get enough media attention..... until someone like Natalie Portman brings it to light..

The following are a few articles that should put a little fear in your heart if you're a Jew, and should put awareness in your brain if you are anything else.

Being racist, antisemitic and prejudice is being one thing - evil. Don't let it happen to anyone.


Natalie Portman 'Shocked and Disgusted' by John Galliano's Rant


Antisemitism Rising in Greece - It was spreading in Sweden less than a year ago.

He's Tired of Holocaust Stories- A Jew confessing that he is tired of listening to Holocaust stories is the scariest thing I have ever heard of. Yes there is a time and place to listen to these stories, but that means you MAKE the time to listen; not shut it out completely.

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Best Movie Proposals

If you are thinking about popping the "big question" this Valentine's Day, take a few pointers from these three fabulous men.

I'm not trying to be mushy -- but these three on-screen movie proposals bring me to tears every time I watch them. I not only love to watch them, but I love to read them on paper too.

Here are my three favorite movie proposals:

#1: Pride and Prejudice
(favorite proposal to read & watch)

Mr Darcy: You must know... surely, you must know it was all for you. You are too generous to trifle with me. I believe you spoke with my aunt last night, and it has taught me to hope as I'd scarcely allowed myself before. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.




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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Gotta Love New England Weather



On my way home from work on 128 North, I was the lucky car picked to ride in between four plow trucks. While going 5mph, I had my co-driver take a lovely picture of this hilarious (yet terrifying) scene.

Some times you just have to laugh at life -- Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.....

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

This Week in Words and Pics

This was a mind blowing week of protests, revelations and more. These are a few posts and pictures that sum it up.

Article

Social Networking has officially taken over.  Pope Meet Facebook, Facebook Meet Pope

I don't necessarily agree with everything this posts is saying, but I found it interesting to read. Let me know your thoughts on it in the comment section below!
And as such, the Pope thought it made sense to weigh in on social networking by simultaneously praising it and discussing some of its challenges. His main point is that online friendships can't substitute for real ones and moreover, he warned about the risks of depersonalisation, alienation, self-indulgence, and the dangers of having more virtual friends than real ones.
Blog Post

Walk away from the computer and pick up a pad and pen: Why Your Learn More Effectively by Writing than Typing


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Sunday, January 16, 2011

How Would You Describe "Writing"?

I am currently reading the book, Atonement by Ian McEwan. Although only on the second chapter, I am finding that I really enjoy the book -- particularly because the beginning portrays a young girl falling in love with writing.

The first chapter focuses on the reader getting to know little Briony and her love for writing. As she works on her first serious play, Briony marvels at the delights writing does for her.

I find these parts most enjoyable to read because I can relate. I remember growing up and letting my imagination run wild when a pen and piece of paper were in my hand. It was fun and exciting to create new characters and having complete control over their actions.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Books You Need to Read in 2011

Personally, I think 2010 was a great year in the writing world; We have great authors like Nicholas Sparks, Stieg Larsson and Phillipa Gregory to thank for that.

Because there are so many great books to choose from, I have highlighted five that I recommend you read first -- and before 2011 is over:

The Millennium Series by Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Part one of a series of stories, secrets and psychological insights into an entire world that -- unfortunately -- can be real.

The Girl who Played with Fire
The reader is thrown into an interesting investigation about Sweden's sex trafficking that is fascinating as well as disturbing.

The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
I was pleasantly surprised to find myself reading this book as feverishly as I did the first. The plot is engaging, the characters are entertaining and the ending is satisfying.

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

What Would You Like to See Next?

The votes and stats are in. The top three posts people seemed to enjoy the most on this blog include......


#3: Writers are the Best Kind of Loners


I imagine this was a favorite because a lot of writers could relate to the emotional independence I discussed in the post.




#2: Power of Print Campaign


This was a cryptic campaign that was never really explained to the public -- just seen and heard about via magazines. So I'm sure this post was a good resource to curious readers. Glad to help!






But the #1 post that got over 500 page views is .........

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