Movie Mondays Moved

It took me a long time to decide to add movies to this blog, and it took me almost the same amount of time to realize that it wasn’t the right move for me.

What essentially has happened is that Movie Mondays has grown into its own project, something that is bigger and broader than what Movie Monday was originally supposed to be. I am okay with this, but also know that because of this Movie Monday now needs its own space, its own home, its own blog.

This post is not meant to be a self-promotion for another blog, but an update to let you all know what’s going on, and why there will be no more Movie Mondays. For those of you that liked the movie reviews, please know that I have refined the formatting of those posts to give better information and have a better flow.

Movie reviews are now over at 365 Movies which is also hosted by WordPress, so not much has changed except for the blog address.

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Now that I have this sorted out and separated, this blog will continue to post book reviews and book related posts on its original schedule of Wednesday and Sunday. I have many, many ideas for more book related posts and I am still reading when I get the time.

If you are wondering, the hiccup in my posting schedule is due in part to the current world pandemic (I am a healthcare worker and it did turn my world sideways) and in part to the generalities of life. But, be assured that I still enjoy updating this blog and my new movie blog too!

Also, in case you were wondering why you can’t find previous Movie Monday posts on this blog, its because I transferred them over the movie blog so they can all live together as happy little family over there.

I’m pretty sure that’s all the updates I needed to give, but if you have any questions even if it wasn’t something I covered with this blog post, please do leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them. And as always, keep reading little book worms!

Unicornucopia: The Little Book of Unicorns by Caitlin Doyle

Unicornucopia: The Little Book of UnicornsUnicornucopia: The Little Book of Unicorns by Caitlin Doyle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I bought this book because of my love of unicorns (and the small section on Unicorn Spells at the back to the book).

What I’ve found is that this is a book for adults with kids. Maybe small kids?

The way it’s put together is the book is fairly small, but thick; this is because the pages are not full of text, but word art and pictures (until you get to the recipes). The information given about unicorns is referenced in the back (which I love), and there are also many recent memes included. I especially like the ones about believing in yourself.

The illustrations are beautiful, if a bit cartoonish, but as its a parents book for kids, it works and goes with the themes. There are also crafts, recipes, and spells included in the book. I know I said spells and I’m sure many people are cringing at that, but don’t worry. The spells are just a complicated, fun way to communicate with the spirit of a unicorn. The spells center around finding happiness for yourself and seeing the magic of the world, nothing sinister here, it’s a unicorn for gravy’s sake!

So I do like this book, it’s cute, it’s fun, and it’s given me something to do for a little while!

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The Tolkien Tag

This tag was created by booktuber Andrea Heckler, but I found it on The Book Nut.

How Did Your Middle Earth Journey Begin?

With the movie trilogy, which then was followed by the trading card game, and then I read The Lord of the Rings, then I read the Hobbit, and then watched the Hobbit. I’ve also read The Simarillion at some point.

What is Your Favorite Middle Earth Book?

The Hobbit

What is Your Favorite Middle Earth Movie?

The Return of the King

Movies or Books?

I like the Fellowship movies best, but The Hobbit book is better than the movies.

Who Are Your Favorite Characters?

I’m a fan of Aragorn, his character progression is so completely interesting. But I love the camaraderie between Legolas and Gimli too.

What Middle Earth Race Would You Be?

I’d probably be a Hobbit, since I come from a farming background and cook for a living.

Best Actor/Character Casting Match?

Ian McKellen as Gandolf and Christopher Lee as Saruman, loved their performances.

What is Your Favorite Place in Middle Earth?

Lothlorien, it’s just so beautiful.

What is Your Favorite Quote from the Books or Movies?

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”

Eventually I’ll have this tattooed on the back of my leg.

Keep reading little book worms!

Done!: Finish Your Creative Project in One Month by A. P. Lambert

Done!: Finish Your Creative Project in One MonthDone!: Finish Your Creative Project in One Month by A. P. Lambert

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is really good for motivation to get going on your creative project. There isn’t much for clear steps because it’s for a “creative project” which could be anything from building a table to knitting a sweater. However, I did say it was good for motivation.

The author puts for many ideas and suggestions for keeping you moving forward on whatever personal project you’re stuck on. Tips on staying focused, finding accountability, and keeping on track I’m finding helpful.

I believe I found this as a freebie on Amazon, so it’s worth a read if you’re stuck on a creative project, or even just a personal project.

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The 5th Horseman by James Patterson

The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club, #5)The 5th Horseman by James Patterson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m really starting to get into the Women’s Murder Club series now. I’ve read enough of the books to figure out how the interpersonal relationships work between the women (even the new one).

Some things about this particular book in the series:
1. I’m am super happy that so far the “kill off a women, replace her” theme has NOT been continued (yet). It’s a trope that would get very tiring, very quickly. However, I see how it made sense to the plot of the previous book.

2. I’m not sure if I like the two(three?) distinctly different crimes that did not overlap at all. One was introduced immediately, the other a little after. The immediate one finished roughly two-thirds through the book and the other one took over (and wasn’t completely settled until the epilogue).

3. Some part of me knew the prime suspect was just an asshole.

I’ll have to leave my thoughts there otherwise I’ll start spoiling the book, but I think you get the picture. I did really enjoy reading it, and stayed up one night trying to get to the bottom of the first crime. I’ll be reading more!

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The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll

The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the FutureThe Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by Ryder Carroll

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For some context, I have used a Bullet Journal since 2015. I have been wanting to read this book since it first came out. Originally, I tried to get the digital version from my library, but soon decided I needed to own the physical copy and I was not disappointed with this decision.

As someone who has been using a Bullet Journal I still found this book to be inspiring and informative. Omg, the information in this book was so insightful and presented in a way that could be understood even by the novice Bullet Journalist.

Ryder Carroll rehashes the basics of the Bullet Journal, adds in some planning basics, and they gets into making the Bullet Journal system your own. He addresses “the right way to Bullet Journal” which was an online argument between artistic Bullet Journal enthusiasts and the minimalists, and ended with some great FAQs.

I almost feel the need now to keep this book with my Bullet Journal just for reference.

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Midnight Curse by Melissa F. Olson

Midnight Curse (Disrupted Magic, #1)Midnight Curse by Melissa F. Olson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this book by an author I’d never heard of before winning it from a Goodreads giveaway. To date this is the only book I’ve won on a Goodreads giveaway!

I loved the very intricate plot that involved supernatural species (vampires, werewolves, witches) and the added bonus of a Null, something that strikes me as something the author created to add to the story. What I really liked about the plot is that it didn’t revolve around the characters being supernatural, it revolved around very human concerns, but it made sense for the supernatural characters to have these concerns too.

My favorite character had to be Shadow though, I loved the idea for this character, especially since I’ve been working up a character similar to her and this gave me new inspiration. I love it when books inspire my own ideas. So, yes, very good book!

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The 4 Day Diet by Ian K. Smith

The 4 Day DietThe 4 Day Diet by Ian K. Smith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As other reviewers of this book have said: Do I review this as to the process and how it’s written or by how much weight I’ve lost?

Well, since I haven’t had a chance to implement the diet itself yet, I’ll review it based on how it’s written and the process. This book starts out by meeting you were you are at and then getting really real with yourself. It shows you how to calculate your BMI and what that actually means (and a handy BMI chart). Then it shows you how to calculate approximately how much weight you can reasonably expect to lose in a given week.

Then it goes into food choices, and fiber and nutritional values, and so on and so forth. Then it finally gives you the 4 day diet modules. The modules consist of 4 days of diet choices, and 4 days of exercise choices. The idea is that you mix up the modules as you see fit. The dietary choices are things like salad greens, X cups of vegetables, X eggs, and so forth. It gives you some freedom in diet choice and even allows for substitutions in the diet.

All in all it sounds very reasonable and something that is very doable for most of us. I haven’t tried it yet myself, but I can see me doing this as a lifestyle change.

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Pocket Book of Poetry by Various

Pocket Book of PoetryPocket Book of Poetry by Various

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this collection of poetry. It contains some very famous poems by some very well known authors including Shakespeare, Byron, Bronte, Yeats, Keats, Elliot, and more. If you find it you should grab it up.

I must confess that I actually took the time to read through this twice. I had to, the poems all had a beauty about them that I wanted to soak them in as much as possible before reading something else. Some of my favorites were “The Road Not Taken”, “Because I Could Not Stop for Death”, and “O Captain, My Captain!”

To me, this was an inspiring read. Reading some of the great poets inspired me to try my hand at poetry again.

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100 Things Avengers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Dan Casey

100 Things Avengers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die100 Things Avengers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Dan Casey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you are just getting into the Avengers’ fandom because of the movies and have little to no knowledge of the comic books that led us there, then this is a good book to read.

Not only does the author provide background on the Avenger’s comic book histories, there are histories of the comic book creators and people with influence at Marvel. It also takes a look into the cinematic universe, taking in Robert Downey Jr’s affiliation with the MCU, how The First Avenger almost didn’t happen, and other cinematic references.

It answer a lot of questions I didn’t even know I had about the Avengers, and awakened a keen interest in the comic book side of the MCU.

This book is an asset to all Avenger’s fans and I recommend reading it at least once.

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