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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April Literary Junkies

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1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it!
I'm currently reading Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I decided to read this book because I have seen so many bloggers recommend it. I also read Rainbow Rowell's book Fangirl and really enjoyed it. It's about two 16 year olds who are each other's first love. Even though they are both from very different families, they are both misfits.

2. Divergent, Hunger Games, or Twilight. Which do you prefer and why? (If you've never read them which do you think you'd prefer?)
I have read all three of these series and enjoyed them each at the time (except I wasn't a fan of Allegiant). If I had to pick one to be my favorite, it would be Hunger Games. I feel like if Allegiant had been better, it would have been a closer race between Hunger Games and Divergent. Hunger Games kept me sucked in the whole time and had me in tears for most of the last book. 

3. TV Series Based on Books they start out very close to the book to draw in the fans but then will start to separate themselves by changing things and adding characters. What are you thoughts on this?
I think it's okay and usually necessary. I think it would be impossible to make a TV series that follows a book or book series exactly because the TV show wants longevity. If they followed the book exactly, they would only be able to make a certain number of episodes. In some cases, a TV show is a huge improvement on a book series. I read the first few Vampire Diaries books and didn't like them at all, but I love the show.

4. You've just been recruited to help a movie studio bring your favorite book to the big screen. What's the movie and who are you choosing to play the main characters?

I wrote a whole post on 10 books that I thought should be made into movies.  The only one that I really thought about who should play the characters is the Hex Hall series which I think would make a good movie because so many YA books are being made into very popular movies these days. This one follows the same basic formula of other successful movies-magical creatures, teenage heroine, love traingle. When I was reading the book, I pictured Darren Criss as the main male character, Archer. I could see someone like Lucy Hale or Emma Roberts playing the main female character, Sophie. Lastly, I think a blonde Liam Hemsworth would make a great Cal.

5. Going back to the above question, do you keep it word for word the same or do you use this chance to change little things you thought would make the book better?
I understand that a few things need to be changed to keep a movie at around 2 hours. I also understand that some things need to be changed just because that helps it translate to film. Overall, though, I'd like to keep things as close to the book as possible.

6. After you finish a physical copy of a book do you keep it for a reread, put it on a shelf to collect dust, donate it to Goodwill, or do you just not purchase physical copies of books?
I don't really purchase too many books. I'm a big fan of the library. Usually, the only way I buy a book is if it is one that I already love.

Are you linking up? If not, what's a book you'd love to see made into a movie?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dancing with the Stars Week 2 Recap

Happy Wednesday! The week is halfway over! For me, it means I'm back to work.

I see show recap posts often and have never done one because I don't watch that many reality shows. However, I do enjoy watching people dance so Dancing with the Stars is a reality show I've stuck with through the years.

I'm no dancing expert, but I definitely don't mind sharing my thoughts on this show. The past few seasons, they've been trying to make some changes. Since it's still early in the season, I thought I'd share overall pros and cons so far this year as well as something I'd like to see on the show.




Pros:

 -I'm glad they switched the judges back to their original position. I didn't like them being on the other side last season. It just felt wrong.

-Erin Andrews is the new cohost. No offense to Brooke Burke, she seemed like a perfectly nice person, but she was a terrible cohost. She absolutely could not ad-lib and I found her so awkward. I'm SO HAPPY with this change. I'd been hoping for it for years. I personally think Erin has been doing a great job.


-Last season, they also switched the format to only one show a week. In the past, they'd have the competition night and then the results night. The results night always seemed so unnecessary. They'd fill an hour with random performances and commentary. Now, they've done away with all of that and just eliminate someone at the beginning or end of the competition night.

Cons:

-They keep advertising this new "switch" where viewers can vote to switch the partners. I don't feel like this has been fully explained for one thing. For another thing, I think it's unnecessary. Part of the fun of the show is the relationship that is built between the celebrity and dancer. So, I'm not sure how this is going to work.


-I feel like they're trying to create drama this season. They keep playing up some "rivalry" between Candace Cameron Bure and Danica McKellar, Cody Simpson and James Maslow, and Charlie White and Meryl Davis. To me, this isn't the kind of show that needs drama. I just like to watch them dance.

-My biggest complaint with this show has always been that certain dancers always get certain types of celebrities. I know that certain dancers are more popular so they want them to stay on the show longer, but it's not fair.

My Favorite/Least Favorite Dancers:

-An early favorite of mine is Charlie White. Before DWTS, I had only heard his name, but I don't watch figure skating so knew nothing about him. In my opinion, he has a very natural talent for dancing. I have really enjoyed both of his dances so far. He also seems really sweet.


-I'm also rooting for Candace Cameron Bure. She also has a very natural talent for dancing. I also like that she is a Christian who is not afraid to speak out on her faith. Too often Christians are shown in a bad light on TV.


-I was very surprised that Billy Dee Williams was not eliminated. I understand that he is 77 and I applaud him for getting out there and remembering his dance at his age. However, he is painful to watch and will never be able to keep up with the younger competitors. I hope he goes next and doesn't take the spot of someone else who deserves to be there.


-I was a little upset that Diana Nyad was eliminated. I know she just didn't have the fan base since her claim to fame is swimming from Cuba to Florida and she's not necessarily what we'd consider a celebrity. However, she seemed to have a great personality. I would have liked her to stick around a little longer.


-On the other hand, it didn't bother me that Sean Avery was eliminated. He was very forgettable. For me, this show is about more than dancing ability. It's also about the personality and entertainment value and he had neither.


What I'd Like to See on the Show:

-As I mentioned, I don't think the pairing is always fair. I would love to see the stars paired randomly and live on TV. I wish they'd have all the celebrities and all the dancers there. Then, they'd let the celebrities randomly draw the name of their dance partner from a hat. I think that would make for interesting TV.

Do you watch Dancing with the Stars? What are your pros and cons of the season? Who are your favorites and least favorites? Let me know your thoughts.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Lately I've been...

Well, I've been tracked out for the past 2 weeks and I have been pretty lazy! I haven't had a track out in a while where I had absolutely nothing to do. I don't really know what to do with myself. So, of course, instead of being productive I've done a bunch of NOTHING.

Oh well...I guess we all need times like that. I've read a lot. Most of the books I haven't enjoyed too much. I hope to review a few of them soon. Two of them are movies also and I'd love to see the movies and do a book/movie review. Even though I haven't reviewed anything recently, I do keep my Goodreads page and my Bookshelf page updated. I'm currently reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon which is the first in a pretty long series. I've heard a lot of great things about it and I'm enjoying the first one so far.


I also bought Frozen on Friday. I hadn't seen it until I went home that afternoon and watched it. Even though I hadn't seen it until Friday, I feel like I already knew all the songs between playing Kids Radio at school for my students, viral videos, and other people playing the songs. It kind of took away some of the fun of it, but I still really enjoyed it. It's a great movie.


On a bad note, I hurt my back really bad on Saturday. Don't ask how it happened. It was kind of a freak thing and I'm not really sure how what I did caused my back to get hurt as bad as it did. I was in a lot of pain Saturday night. However, Sunday I gradually improved and I'm a lot better today. I'm still sore and there are certain things that still hurt (like getting up and bending over). This has been my home for the past 48 hours or so...


While stuck on the couch, I was watching something about the history of various fast foods and it made me have a craving for macaroni and cheese. So, I used this recipe for an easy mac and cheese in the crock pot. It is yummy!


There's one last thing I'm really excited to share with you. Satisfaction Through Christ is a blog that I really enjoyed reading. Recently, Christie announced she was turning her blog into a contributor blog. So, I am happy to share that I will be a contributor at Satisfaction Through Christ. There has been a lot of behind the scenes things going on this past month and the new site will officially launch on April 1! The posts will be on a wide variety of Christ related and family friendly topics. During the month of April, I will be contributing a DIY post and an adoption related post. I hope you'll go over there and look around a little bit and follow along. Also, we have a Facebook page, Instagram, and a Twitter.

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I hope all of you had a great weekend and have a great week ahead. I'll be heading back to work for work days on Wednesday so maybe I'll get back in a normal routine.