Over 100 Moments of Movie History

I stumbled upon an article on Facebook entitled “55 Movies You Have to Watch by the Time You’re 30.” I’m not quite sure why these should be watched before the age of 30, but the list included movies such as “The Graduate”, “Casablanca”, and “Pulp Fiction” — movies I’ve always wanted to watch but haven’t for … Continue reading Over 100 Moments of Movie History

Read My Shelves Challenge: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

In order to woo myself back into the world of reading my bookshelves, I decided to begin by re-reading the Harry Potter series. I blazed through the first book without stopping, leaving a trail of page dust behind me. The first book is compelling and a fantastic start to the series. The second book, however, … Continue reading Read My Shelves Challenge: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The Problem with Wanting is that it Makes us Weak: My Thoughts on the Grisha Trilogy

 SHADOW AND BONE ★★★★☆ Leigh Bardugo immediately drew me into her Grisha world with Shadow and Bone. I had no idea where these orphans Mal and Alina had come from, but I wanted to find out everything I could about them. Alina’s journey is reminiscent of Frodo in Lord of the Rings, revealing how greatness … Continue reading The Problem with Wanting is that it Makes us Weak: My Thoughts on the Grisha Trilogy

We Now Find Ourselves on the Edge of Extinction: My Thoughts on Days of Future Past

Synopsis: X-Men: Days of Future Past is an action adventure science fiction movie starring Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence. The film begins in a future dystopian society where scientists have utilized Mystique’s DNA to create adaptable super machines called sentinels which are efficiently destroying the mutant race. In hopes of preventing the war before … Continue reading We Now Find Ourselves on the Edge of Extinction: My Thoughts on Days of Future Past

Post Graduation Reading Goal: Read My Shelves

As part of post-graduation, I am attempting to “read my shelves.” I will be embarking on a quest to read the books on my bookshelves, rather than borrowing books from friends or the library. I’ve always had the mentality that the books on my bookshelves will always be there, and I can read them anytime … Continue reading Post Graduation Reading Goal: Read My Shelves

Be Brave: My Thoughts on the Divergent Trilogy

DIVERGENT ★★★★★ Divergent is one of the best written Young Adult novels I have read. The characters are well developed, the plot line is unique, and the storyline is absolutely compelling. I tore through the book on my first and on my second read. Tris is a strong female character who makes a decision highly relatable to the young … Continue reading Be Brave: My Thoughts on the Divergent Trilogy

The Marks Humans Leave are too Often Scars: My Thoughts on the Fault in Our Stars

Synopsis:  Sixteen year old Hazel Grace Lancaster is diagnosed with stage 4 Thyroid cancer with metastasis forming in her lungs. Her mother forces her to attend a support group for children living with cancer. At the support group, Hazel meets Augustus Waters who lost a leg to osteosarcoma and is in remission. Augustus invites Hazel … Continue reading The Marks Humans Leave are too Often Scars: My Thoughts on the Fault in Our Stars

Are Yah a Slave: My Thoughts on Twelve Years a Slave

Synopsis: 12 Years a Slave is a historical drama based off the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York who was kidnapped, transported down South, and sold into slavery. Facing both cruelty and unexpected kindness, Solomon struggles to retain both his dignity and his hope. After twelve years, a chance … Continue reading Are Yah a Slave: My Thoughts on Twelve Years a Slave

Everything Going to be Okay, Irish: My Thoughts on Captain Phillips

Synopsis:  Captain Phillips is a drama starring Tom Hanks based on the true story of Captain Phillips and the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a band of Somali pirates. Review: The movie focuses on the relationship between Captain Phillips and Muse, the leader of the small band of Somali pirates. Tom … Continue reading Everything Going to be Okay, Irish: My Thoughts on Captain Phillips

It Wasn’t Always Mine: My Thoughts on The Book Thief

Synopsis: The Book Thief is a war drama starring Sophie Nélisse and Geoffrey Rush. During the horrors of World War II, Liesel discovers the power of words and finds comfort in stolen books. She learns the world is not always what it seems when she befriends a Jew named Max who is hiding in her adoptive family’s basement.  … Continue reading It Wasn’t Always Mine: My Thoughts on The Book Thief