Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Summer Movie Challenge

I find that I am missing out on a lot of good or potentially good movies and so along with my Summer Reading Challenge, I have set forth a Summer Movie Challenge for myself.

A lot of these are probably considered “older” by now. The last time I sat and watched a movie I think was last June when I went and saw Rock of Ages in the theater. Yes, an entire year ago is when I last watched a full length movie in one sitting. So very sad.

Here are the movies on my list. Again, I doubt I will get through all of them, but gosh darn it I am going to try.

Summer Movie Challenge

  1. The Dark Knight Rises
  2. Ted
  3. Pitch Perfect
  4. Step Up Revolution
  5. Identity Thief
  6. Jack Reacher
  7. Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows
  8. Silver Linings Playbook (must read the book first)
  9. Flight
  10. Hansel & Gretel
  11. Bourne Legacy
  12. Hotel Transylvania
  13. The Campaign
  14. The Hunger Games
  15. Hit & Run
  16. Taken 2
  17. Seven Psychopaths
  18. The Raven
  19. Cold Light of Day
  20. The Heat*
  21. White House Down*

*I might not make it to the theater before these movies leave.

My goal is to watch one movie per week at a minimum, but I am hoping that I will get more in. Of course movie watching competes with reading and then there is that always present pesky life thing.

Do you have any good movie suggestions? Did I miss a must see on my list? 

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Summer Reading Challenge

I tend to read a lot more during the summer than I do throughout the rest of the year. I aim to read a book a week every January and this year I was lucky to finish a book a month. But then June came around and I finished four books in the final two weeks, so there you go. I am sure it has to do with me being a total homebody during the summer and not wanting to set foot outside. I am not a fan of summer at all. I am perfectly happy to hole up in the air conditioned house and read.

 I decided to set forth a summer reading challenge for myself. I am not doing any particular order, because it just depends on what I am in the mood for. I have a lot of new genre books on my list but a few of my old mystery genre standbys as well.
Summer Reading Challenge – The List
  1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  2.  Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  3. Reflected in You by Sylvia Day (yes it is smut, but I really enjoyed the first book in the series)
  4. Ashes to Ashes by Tami Hoag (an older book that is the first in a series)
  5.  Bad Blood by John Sandford (trying to catch up on the Virgil Flowers series)
  6.  Silver Linings Playbooks by Matthew Quick (the movie is on my challenge and I want to read the book first)
  7.  Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  8. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  9. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  10. Shockwave by John Sandford
  11. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  12. Ask for It by Sylvia Day
  13. Seven Years to Sin by Sylvia Day
  14. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  15. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  16. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
  17. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
  18. Locked by Maya Cross
  19. Life Before Legend by Marie Lu

I really don’t think I will finish 19 books this summer, especially when I know some of them are quite a bit longer that some of my usual books. But I am going to try to read as many as I can.

As always, I reserve the right to change my mind and I have since I first wrote out my initial list. I added a few and subtracted a few to better suit my mind at the moment.

Do you read more or less during the summer months?  What is on your summer reading list? 

Monday, July 01, 2013

Bookmarks: The Hunger Games Trilogy - reaction

I am just going to start July off with a reaction post to …. The Hunger Games trilogy! Yes, I finally settled in and read the series and watched the movie. I could kick myself that I did not do it earlier!

I felt like I was out of the loop because I hadn’t read the series and everyone went on and on about how good it was and they were so right! I could not put it down. I did nothing other than read every single night since I picked up The Hunger Games. And as soon as I finished Catching Fire, I had to jump right into Mockingjay.

My first thoughts when I was reading The Hunger Games, were:

·         Wow! This is a YA book? Seriously? The whole premise is children killing children for the entertainment of the “wealthy & privileged.”
·         I might be on Team Gale
·         I love Haymitch & Cinna
·         If I am reincarnated, I want to be Katniss Everdeen.
·         Does Effie live in District 12? I could not figure it out.

My thoughts while reading Catching Fire were:
·         I am totally on Team Peta
·         How are they going to get them back in the arena?
·         Oh, that’s how. Interesting
·         I don’t like Johanna
·         Wait! What? That’s how this is going to end?!?
·         Must pick up Mockingjay immediately
·         I will never think of Donald Sutherland as anything but a creeper now

My thoughts while reading Mockingjay were:
·         Is she going to be in the hospital throughout the entire book?
·         Oh, sad Finnick
·         How do they do that temporary tattoo thing?
·         So they really just live way underground?
·         She has to be just like everyone else? Really? She’s Katniss Everdeen!
·         Need more Peeta
·         Still loving Haymitch
·         Is it PlutarCH or PlutarK? I went back and forth on the pronunciation
·         Oh finally some action!
·         Whoa, Peeta what are you doing?
·         Oh, poor Peeta.
·         Johanna is growing on me.
·         Happy Finnick.
·         Now I want cake
·         Yay, more action!
·         The underground creeps me out
·         What kind of freaky voodoo do they have in the Capitol
·         Wow, it is taking forever to get to the Capitol.
·         Well duh! You should have dressed up like the Capitol freaks before!
·         Wait, what are you doing to those children?
·         Who dropped the parachutes!?!
·         NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
·         I expected that arrow to fly that way. But I thought another arrow would fly from someone else, who’s name rhymes with cheetah
·         I totally get why she wanted that pill
·         Oh, Peeta you are too sweet.
·         Seriously Team Peeta
·         Home sweet sad home
·         Sniffle
·         Happiness through my tears
·         Wait? It’s over? No. It can’t be over! What will I read now!?!?

Yeah, that was awesome. I agree with a lot of people who said that they enjoyed Catching Fire more than the other two and that Mockingjay is the least favored. For me Mockingjay didn’t have enough “fight”. And yes, I cried at the end. It was hard to make it through the last several pages because the tears were blurring my vision.

I watched the movie the day after finishing Mockingjay and I think they did a super job. They got in the most important things, but left out all of that stuff that just drug on, like the long trip, the fight for water, the storm in the arena. But they did keep in all the important stuff. I noticed that One thing, Seneca Crane was more visible in the movie than in the book. I guess that is because the book is told from Katniss’ point of view and they needed the presence of the Gamemakers. His look really fit the character.

I am super excited for Catching Fire in November. I just watched a trailer online and I am not sure that I can really wait four months!

I think it really helped me get a better feel for the characters knowing who the actors were in the movie. I think they hit a homerun with Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch & Lenny Kravitz as Cinna. And like I mentioned, Donald Sutherland will forever been a total creeper in my mind as Snow.

I would love to know your thoughts if you have read the series and/or seen the movie. I don’t have anyone around me who has read it so I have no one to talk to and gush over it with!

If you have not read it, you should Really. It is not my usual fair, but now I am hooked and find the whole dystopian world very interesting. I took a few days to fully digest The Hunger Games as a whole and now I am reading Divergent.

Probably no need to say, but I give this series 5 out of 5 stars!