[Netflix] Book Tag

Time for another book tag, this time it’s coming to us from Book Loving Nut, and it’s the Netflix Book Tag, which I thought was quite appropriate for this blog! So without further ado here are the prompts:

Recently Watched: The book you most recently read:

I actually just recently finished a series of writing books from Tyler Wagner, his Author’s Unite series. The last book in that series was Next Steps for Authors.

Top Picks: A book recommended to you based on another book you’ve read:

Well, if we go with the previous answer, Tyler Wagner references his book called Conference Crushing heavily in his writing series. However I will most likely not be reading that one. I do have more Jodi Picoult books recommended to me by my co-workers that I will be reading!

Recently Added: The book you most recently bought:

I could go on again about Tyler Wagner, but since I’ve already covered that I’ll go with the next most recent purchase and that was V. C. Andrews’ Landry series from a local thrift store.

Popular on Netflix: One book that you have and one book that you haven’t read that everyone has been talking about:

Well, my co-workers are still talking about Jodi Picoult, a book on the death penalty that they would like me to read, does that count? I have read The Shack which has been made into a movie was a big deal around my work place for awhile.

Comedies: A funny book:

Anything by Sir Terry Pratchett, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Dramas: A character that is a total drama king or queen:

No specific character, but any female character that suffers from “all the males want me”, total drama queen.

Cartoons: a book with cartoons on the cover:

Again, anything by Sir Terry Pratchett. I love his Discworld series.

Watch again: a book or series you want to read again:

I have reread The Unicorn Chronicles several times already, plan to reread The Oz Series by L. Frank Baum again, and want to reread the Second Sons Trilogy.

Documentaries: a non-fiction book that you would recommend to everyone:

Why Does He Do That? by Lundy Bancroft

Action & Adventure: an action packed book:

James Patterson’s books certainly are action packed. I also like Tana French’s books are good for this too.

New releases: A new release or soon-to-be-released book that you’re excited about:

I do not follow new releases that well. I’m not even sure I know of any coming out as I don’t really have a series I follow closely.

 

And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this book tag and I tag everyone who would like to do it themselves! And as always…

 

Keep reading little book worms!

 

Scary Mary by S.A. Hunter

Scary Mary (Scary Mary, #1)Scary Mary by S.A. Hunter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Again, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into with this book, but it appears to be a young adult version of Ghost Hunters. Mary lives with her fortune teller grandmother and is clairaudient. Which means she can hear and talk to ghosts. Which includes dead dogs.

So…what happens when I new boy turns up at high school? Well, a lot happens actually, except Mary actually likes the new boy, something that doesn’t happen very often because she’s the school freak because of the ghost thing.

Well, it sounds like an interesting series, but like a lot of ebooks this wasn’t very long for a novel, and while it was the first in the series (and therefore free) I’m not completely sure the author hooked me. This is part of the reason I’m not a huge fan of ebook series.

That’s not to say it’s a bad book! It’s not, it was fun to read and I really liked Grandma and Chowder! It’s free so read it to find out!

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[Netflix] Movie Review – Jaws

My mother has the paperback copy of Jaws in her book collection. I have read it, but it was many, many years ago. I’ve also watched Jaws the movie before, but it was many years ago. As of writing this, Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws 3, and Jaws: The Revenge are all on Netflix. Jaws (the book) is also at my local library.

The stars have aligned and now I’m reading the book and watching ALL the movies, starting with the original. A very young Richard Dreyfus stars in this movie, alongside Roy Schneider and Robert Shaw. This story also features the New York town of Amity. I know.

It’s the classic tale of Man vs Beast and reminded me a bit of Ernest Hemmingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, and if I ever get around to reading it, we’ll throw Moby Dick in this category too.

Toss in a Mayor who wants to do what’s best for the town’s economy and ignores the issue and you have a scene for a killer great white shark. To me, Jaws is firmly set in the land of classic books, and the movie does justice to the book. In fact the movie is probably now a classic itself.

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The Horse Mistress: Book 1 by R.A. Steffan

The Horse Mistress: Book 1 (The Eburosi Chronicles, #1)The Horse Mistress: Book 1 by R.A. Steffan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really was not sure what to expect when I found this ebook on Amazon and started reading it, but it turned out way better than I ever thought it would. It actually follows an idea I’ve had, to a point.

This is a fantasy ebook, set in a different time and place, and as such the naming conventions are different and not my favorite it terms of trying to sound things out in my head as I’m reading along. This also reads more like a short story than a full novel. That’s all the bad things I have to say about it.

I enjoyed the idea of the plot, the camaraderie between the three main characters, and the differences in the societies that we were introduced to. I will admit that the relationship between the three characters changes drastically throughout the ebook, but I rather liked it.

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Passive Income Online by Robert Hawthorn

Passive Income OnlinePassive Income Online by Robert Hawthorn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Having read previous ebooks about Passive Income Online and found similar results with both, this one has a different take (sort of). Affiliate marketing is still around, and I think everyone who writes a book about passive income has to include it, it’s like a rule or something.

However, this book took into account social media, photography, and article writing. There’s also a hefty section on Amazon, and fulfillment by Amazon strategies. All of which I don’t remember reading in another ebook.

So, having read up on this, my suggestion is still: read everything you can get your hands on. Every author, every book will have a different take on the subject. Read until you find what you’re looking for!

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House Rules by Jodi Picoult

House RulesHouse Rules by Jodi Picoult

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having never read Jodi Picoult, but having seen ‘Mys Sister’s Keeper’ in theater as my only basis, and then informed that I need to read that book… I read this book. It was going around my work place and offered to me to read.

My co-worker that started this book through the work place reads quite a bit of Jodi Picoult and the co-worker I got the book from afterwards does too, and told me that Picoult writes about controversial topics, and from watching the movie and reading this book I have to agree.

It’s not the center of the plot, but whether or not to vaccinate your child does come in discussion. I also like how the book is written from each person’s point of view and changes throughout the story. Jacob has Aperger’s and really loves criminal forensics, this of course gets him into trouble, leading to a court trial, and lots of information on how Jacob’s diagnosis is important to the case.

I was mad at the ending(?), because it ended, but it wasn’t really an ending. But, having said that, books that elicit strong emotions from me, are often the best kinds of books.

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[DVD] Movie Review – Disney’s Babes in Toyland

This is an older Disney movie musical starring Ray Bolger (also known as the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz), Ed Wynn, Annette Funicello and Tommy Sands. It is set in Toyland, the land of fairy tales and toymakers. But not all is fun and games as the evil Barnaby (Bolger) plots an evil deed with two hired thugs to turn a happy wedding upside down.

I first watched this movie as a child off a VHS tape, and now as an adult I own the DVD and still enjoy the songs especially The Forest of No Return, its a children only scene from the movie. But my favorite scene is the battle of good and evil at the end before everyone returns home to finally have a happy wedding.

There are also some slow love ballads between Tom (Sands) and Mary (Funicello) to show how devoted they are to each other and give some substance to the story. The unfortunate Toymaker (Wynn) gets caught in the middle of Barnaby’s plot, but ultimately he has a happy ending too.

Everytime I watch this movie I get a sense of nostalgia and suddenly wish I was a kid again.

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