Hocus Pocus the Sequel

I did it. I finally finished Hocus Pocus the Sequel. It only took how long? I have to say I am a little disappointed in this one. The first half was great. But, that was the movie in written form. The second half? Not so great.

We follow Max and Allison’s daughter Poppy. Poppy and her friends don’t listen and go to the Sanderson house where it all goes downhill. I don’t know what else to say about the book. Wish I could, but it was a struggle to get to the last page. We’ll just say that they had a mission to save Poppy’s family and the town before the Sanderson sisters stayed on this earth.

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It just did not grab my interest.  I’m one of those people who have to finish the book no matter what. In some cases, I’ll grab the audiobook in hopes that might help, but I decided to do it here and there by the book. Unfortunately, that went from mid-October to now.

As always I don’t want to stop you from reading the book. If you do read it and like it. Let me know. I always like when that happens. Sometimes I can see the book in a new light.

One Year Left

keep-calm-i-m-only-39-years-oldWell, this morning I said goodbye to thirty-eight and hello, to thirty-nine. Am, I ready for the last year of my thirties? Yes, and no. The thirties weren’t bad, but not as exciting as my twenties. I am looking forward to my forties in the sense that maybe I’ll be happier in that decade. At least compared to my thirties. I had goals in my thirties that I never accomplished. But, maybe the forties I will?

Again, I’m not saying my thirties were bad. It just wasn’t my favorite decade in my life so far. I think we all go through that. I know some who weren’t a fan of their twenties, but loved their thirties.

I decided for my thirty-nine self, I’m only going to have a few goals. Goals that will get me where I want to be. Where I would like to see my future self. There is one goal, I’m still hoping for. But, at this point in my life. I’ve given up on that.  Am I okay with giving up? Yes, and no. But time will fix that. And if it happens, awesome.

Not doing anything too exciting for my birthday. I took today off from work. I got to sleep in and have a lazy morning. Which, I loved.  I do have my book exchange party with my book club tonight. I look forward to those every year to see what new book I get. We all have different tastes, so it’s always fun to get a book I might not pick up.

After book club, I plan on just getting into my pj’s and my new Star Wars snuggie thanks to the bestie. Hopefully, curl up with the sequel to Hocus Pocus. This book, I’m definitely struggling with. The first half of the book was good. It was the first movie. The second half where the kids are now grown up? Yeah, I’m having trouble with this part.

In sad news as I was writing this. My phone alerted me about Penny Marshal’s death. So sad. I grew up watching her.  She will be missed.

Happy Belated Birthday Jane

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I meant to post this yesterday. Yesterday was Jane Austen’s birthday. She has always been my all-time favorite author. Obviously, it’s been years since she passed away. She would have been 243 if she were maybe a vampire?  

Every year on her birthday, I read something of hers. Rather it’s a chapter from Pride and Prejudice, her letters, prayers, etc. I also watch a movie. Before bed, I watched the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice. I could have watched the 1995 version, but it was 11:00 at night when I started the movie. I didn’t think it would be a good idea to watch the 1995 version if I wanted to sleep.

This year, I couldn’t help but realize I’m almost two years away from being the age she was when she passed away. Right now, I’m freaking out about turning thirty-nine. But, in reality, I know it’s still young. Austen was young when she passed away.

No matter the new authors I experience, I think she will always be my favorite author. I’ve come across a lot. But, I always come back to Austen. I read all her books almost every year. Sometimes I read Pride and Prejudice a few times a year.

I think I might have to continue a Jane Austen night. It is still early. I could watch the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice. But, I could always watch another movie. So many decisions. What to do, what to do.

But either way, Happy Belated Birthday Jane Austen!

LitjoyCrate November ’18

LitjoyCrate November ’18

Here is this month’s LitjoyCrate box.

This is the spoiler booklet. Forgot to take a picture of next month’s theme. It’s Fallen Kingdom. I’m already trying to figure out what the book will be.

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Another bookmark! Even better? It’s from Ink and Wonder. Love their wood bookmarks. We have Professor Trelawney.

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Candles are the best. This smells like the woods. Love, love, love.

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And I love collecting pouches. I like having my choices. This goes along with the book and its Celtic folklore.

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Every month they put in two playing cards. Sorry, the picture is a little dark. But, it’s Magnus and Alec.

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I believe this has to do with the book. I want to say the main character? Another thing I’ve been collecting. Different prints.

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And we have the book. Can’t wait to read this. Tried to do a video of it. But, again having issues today with video.

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I would have to say the bookmark and the pouch were my favorite this month. If you like to check them out, click, here.

 

Go Scribbler November ’18

Go Scribbler November ’18

When I found this subscription box, I was thrilled. I get plenty of book boxes and can always choose to try some more. But, there are maybe a few writing boxes? Although, this is the only one I’ve seen. If there is one I’m missing. Please let me know.

The first thing you see when you open the box is the Scribbler Writing Exercise. Even after I use them, I like to save them. This way I can use them again. I also find this comes in handy when I hit a block.

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Next, we have the Writer Magic. It’s a chat with either an editor, agent, etc. I always get great advice when listening. I have yet to ask a question in the chatroom. I have plenty of questions, but always want to make sure I ask the right one.

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Anything in the world of publishing, I can learn. I’m all for it. As always, looking forward to reading this.

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Another great thing about the box, the writing passport. World Building is this month. I can’t wait to check it out. Each passport will have advice from the author that is featured in the box.

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If you are a book reader like me. You can’t help but love bookmarks. Especially, when one is one you can color. Sorry, the video is so big. I tried to adjust it, but yeah. No luck.

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I live in Ohio. Ohio can get cold. These hot chocolates will come in handy.

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Post its and a notepad? Yes, please.

This is for ingramspark.com

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Fountain Pen. Love these.

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The autograph and the book. I just had gotten this book at the library.  Looking forward to reading this one. I enjoyed her elemental assassin series. Again, sorry about the size of the video. If you pause. You can read the back.

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Overall, love the box! Can’t wait for December’s. If you would like to check out the box, you can click here.

Christmas At Pemberley Manor

img_2395-1I’m a sucker for Hallmark movies. Come this time of year when the Christmas movies come out, I’m definitely all for it. If you have gotten to know me, you know how I love Jane Austen and all things Pride and Prejudice.

Not only is there one with the theme of Pride and Prejudice, but there is two this year for movies. The first new movie to kick off the Christmas movies was Christmas at Pemberley Manor. I couldn’t watch it live, so I made sure to record it for later.

Sunday, I got all comfy ready to watch my favorite fictional couple find their way to each other. I’ll admit it, I was excited to know who would play George Wickham’s character. There is just something about Wickham. You know you shouldn’t love the bad boy. But, you can’t help it. Of course, you know in the end you won’t love him. But, it doesn’t matter how many times I read the book or have seen the different movie versions. I have a soft spot for Wickham until he turns into a complete jerk.

Back to the movie. I want to give this a positive review, but I can’t. The only way I can give it a positive review is if it had nothing to do with Pride and Prejudice.

The only thing that it had to do with Pride and Prejudice? Character names and the name of the manor. But, the manor? It was more like a house, not a mansion.

Darcy is my favorite all-time male character. The guy I would love to have if he were real. I didn’t fall for this Darcy. I can fall for the one in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. But, this one? Not even close. I even liked the Darcy from the other Hallmark movie, Unleashing Mr. Darcy. The Darcy in this movie? He was just a typical business guy. No one special. He was nice from the beginning. We need some tension coming from Darcy. He and Elizabeth are to get off on the wrong start. I didn’t even feel that from the beginning.

Elizabeth is also to have some judgment in her. She was way too nice.

Caroline, Elizabeth’s boss? She started off nice, and she did turn a little mean in the movie. But, she turns around and is nice again. That’s not the Caroline we know and love to hate.

George? George was way too friendly to be Wickham. Unless he’s not supposed to be based off Wickham. Which I might be able to see the more I think about it. Because this George had no hatred towards Darcy. And his feelings towards Elizabeth seemed real.

Now I worry about the next movie based on Pride and Prejudice. I’m hoping it will be better because that one is actually based off a book that was released, I believe last year? I read that book and liked it. It had a reverse role where it made Darcy, female. So fingers crossed on that one. I can’t remember when it airs. So, keep your eye out for that post.

I hope I didn’t discourage you from seeing this movie. If you are a Hallmark movie fan, I think you might still like it. If you are a Pride and Prejudice fan? I would love for you to see it. Would love to discuss this with you. I would be curious to see if there are any Jane Austen fans who liked this.

Killers of the Flower Moon

I’m always up for learning about history. After reading Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, I am IMG_2164really shocked this was never talked about in school.

I will do my best to not spoil the book, but is it really spoiling it, if it actually happened in real life? I am talking about the Osage tribe, back in the early 1900s. The FBI got involved when members of the tribe had been murdered.

With as many deaths in the tribe, I feel like we should have learned about this. It was also sad to read about these killings. To see it through the eyes of those who saw their loved ones killed to even the descendants having the memories of what happened in the past.

When going into the book, I thought there would be more of Hoover in this. After all, he is one we all learned about in school. If you didn’t learn about him in school, you learned about him in some other way. The book follows Tom White as he tries to find out who is responsible for all the deaths. Tom White is one I never remember learning about.

I felt so bad for Mollie Burkhart. She lost her loved ones because of these killings. She wasn’t the only one, but we got to see more of her sufferings. And compared to others, this hurt her the most. After the tragic events and to go through all this? Knowing what your husband did? How others in the tribe saw you?

You do learn what became of those who were responsible for the deaths. Why am I not surprised they did get away with it in some ways. They should have been punished a lot worse than they were. I know it was the early 1900s. When you think about it though, there are still many who can get away with it and not get the punishment they deserve.

I could go on about this book, but that could make this post a lot longer. If you want to discuss more of it. Please feel free to comment below. Especially, if you have read it.

I’m definitely interested in reading some more from this author. Please check out this book. It’s definitely a topic that should be in the history books.

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