January · Movies · Random Thoughts · Top 10

Movies I’m Looking Forward to in 2018

Other than books, I’m a huge movie buff. Unfortunately, I don’t get to go out as much with five kids running around, so this may be more of a wish list for me. There are a lot of great movies coming out, and even if I don’t get to watch them in theater, some of theses are releasing early enough that I will be able to catch them on Blu-ray before the end of the year.

In no particular order:

  1. Pitch Perfect 3. Yes, this was released December 2017, but it was late December so I chose to add it to this list. I love all the leading ladies in this series and I’m sad to hear that this may actually be the last one.
  2. Avengers: Infinity War. I finally saw Doctor Strange (which turned out to be better than I thought it’d be) and have watched Captain America: Civil War for like the hundredth time (I love Chris Evans, I mean, Captain America) and also the latest Guardian of the Galaxy installment (I love Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana) which is my least favorite, so far, of the Marvel comics/movies. But I can’t wait to see all these characters come together for the latest Avengers movie!
  3. Insidious: The Last Key. What are we in… the third or fourth movie in this world? I absolutely love the Insidious movies! I watch every one of them knowing I’m going to need to sleep with a light on that night. Every time I think that it’s going to be too cheesy (because most sequels usually are), they add more scares. I can’t wait to watch this one!
  4. Black Panter. I fell in love with this character in the last Captain America movie and I can’t wait to see his story. I am excited to find out everything about this character and see how it develops even after this.
  5. Annihilation. I always say I don’t like Sci-Fi, but I watch a lot of it and some of my favorite movies are sci-fi (i.e. Interstellar, The X-Files TV show/movie, The Terminator 2 to name a few). This one is led by all women again (Gina Rodriguez is in it, too!) so I’m really looking forward to this. And from what I understand, this one is based on a book by the same name, so I may just pick up this book before watching it. Maybe.
  6. Mary Poppins Returns. I’ve watched the Julie Andrews movies as Mary Poppins and though they were cute, not really my favorite. But this time it’s Emily Blunt and I love her. She is literally the only reason I want to watch this movie.
  7. A Quiet Place. This one should probably be number one on this list. I know I said there is no particular order, well, I lied, okay? This is definitely the main one I’m looking forward to the most this year. It has all I love in movies: the scare factor (mystery, suspense, and horror), John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, it looks like they live in the middle of nowhere, and they use sign-language to communicate! If all else fails, at least they can say that it is different than your normal horror flick.
  8. The Strangers: Prey At Night. I watched the first one and I really loved it. Hack- and-slash horror movies are the least of my favorites in the genre, but sometimes they can be okay (Mike Myers, anyone?). And this one took it up a notch with the suspense factor. I hope this one is just as good.
  9. The Incredibles 2. It goes without saying that I love Disney movies. The Incredibles is on the list of one my all-time favorite movies on pretty much every list, including but not limited to: favorite Disney movie, favorite comedy movie, favorite cartoon movie, favorite childhood movie, etc. And an added bonus, my kids love this movie, too! Luckily, they will be the perfect excuse to see it opening day. Instead of people questioning why a single 29-year-old woman is in the same theater as minors.
  10. Sicario 2: Soldado. I wasn’t going to add this one because Emily Blunt isn’t going to be in this one (seriously, I’m obsessed with her). But after re-watching the trailer, I gave in. The first one was soooo good and I can’t wait to see how much further they will go with the story line.

And, of course, there are a whole lot more that I didn’t mention that I’m sure I’ll watch. But these are the ones that I am going to watch regardless of reviews or backlash or anything. What movies are you guys looking forward to this year?

HAPPY VIEWING!

R.

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Bookish Thoughts · Features · January · Random Thoughts · Top 10

Top 10 Books I Meant To Read in 2017 But Didn’t Get To

I got this idea over at The Broke and the Bookish blog. I thought it would be a fun little feature to do, that is until I went over all the books I didn’t read and realized there were a lot I wanted to get to but for some reason didn’t. I tried to trim the list down to ten, but I kinda, maybe cheated a little.

So without further ado, in no particular order, here are the books I had planned on reading last year, but never did:

  1. All but one of Ania Ahlborn’s books. I discovered this author early last year, maybe late 2016… not too sure, but I do know it was pretty recent. I’ve heard nothing but great things about her writing and her books and decided to give her a shot. I bought a few of her novellas and books, which were at a pretty decent price on Amazon and even bought a couple of physical books from BookOutlet. But even after stocking up on a ton of her books, I only read The Devil That Crept In (which I really enjoyed). I hope to read most, if not all, of her books throughout this year.

 

 

2. All the Missing GirlsThe Perfect Strangers by Megan Miranda. Anytime I looked up good thrillers or mysteries on any list, All the Missing Girls would show up. I bought it on my Kindle and even purchased The Perfect Stranger (which I think is the sequel?) because I wanted to binge read both of them. Yea right. Never got to them. In my defense, I did start ATMG, but couldn’t get past the first few chapters. Don’t ask me why. But I do plan on getting to these some time 2018.

 

 

3. Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King. I received this monstrous beauty of a book through the Book of the Month Club. I was looking forward to this and couldn’t wait to dig in, but I think the sheer size of this book intimidated me and so I put it on the back burner for when I didn’t have anything to read. Obviously, that never happened but I will read this book before the year is done, even if it means it’s the last book I read.

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4. Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker. This is another book I received through the Book of the Month Club. I was in the mood for a thriller when I originally selected it but by the time it arrived I was in the middle of a few other books that I set it to the side. Again, I am in the mood for suspense/mystery/thriller (I’m currently reading two) and I really want to get to this one soon.

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5. The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin. I re-read the first two in the Mara Dyer series and after three (maybe four) years after the release of what was originally a trilogy, The Retribution of Mara Dyer (it took me so long to get to it because I did not want the series to to end), I finally read it just so I can be ready for the new book from Hodkin. Unfortunately, I never got to read it. Again, don’t ask me why. And again, it will be read soon.

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6. Killer of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. At the moment, I can’t recall where I first heard about this book, but after reading the synopsis, I knew I had to have it. I first got the audiobook from my library but couldn’t finish it (and it was getting so good!) so I was a little bummed, but then I saw that it was one of the options for the Book of the Month Club, so I decided that it would be the last book I got from them. I can’t wait to finish this one.

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7. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. I have checked this book out from my library, I have it on my Scribd account, I’ve even listened to about 1/3 of the book on audiobook. It sounds really interesting, but for some reason, I have been so confused the entire time I’ve read and haven’t been able to get through it. I want to like it so bad because of all the awards it’s gotten and the overall great reviews it has received. I’m going to give it one more chance (maybe two) to finish it, otherwise, as much as I don’t want to, I may have to DNF this book.

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8. The Grip of It by Jac Jemc. I received this book through Page Habit‘s horror book box subscription. I had never heard of it previously and it sounded intriguing enough that I shelved it for an October read, since all I read is horror during that time. But I never got around to it 😦 this time, I won’t wait until October. I plan on picking this up pretty soon.
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9. Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) & Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. If you have yet to hear about the hype surrounding this series, the you need to come out from under the rock you’re hiding in, because I can’t go on any book blog or BookTube without someone raving about these books. I purchased the first one and have the second one on my Kindle. The books themselves are gorgeous, I won’t lie, and that’s what excites me the most: the uniqueness of it. But I guess because of the overwhelming positive reviews, I couldn’t bring myself to read them. I want to get to them this year, even it is towards the bottom of my TBR. Or maybe I’ll wait until Obsidio gets released so I can read them all at one time (is it a trilogy?)

 

10. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. This is another book that I started but couldn’t finish. I have no idea why, because I was really enjoying it, but I just couldn’t finish this book. I was only a few chapters in, so whenever I get to it, I do plan on starting from the beginning. Maybe I’ll save it for an October read, or even Christmas since it took place during the winter/Christmas season.

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Like I mentioned earlier, there were way more books I wanted to add to the list, but these were the main ones that I had set on my immediate TBR but just never finished, or in some cases, started. Have you guys read any of these? Did you like them? What books did you mean to get to but never read?

 

HAPPY READING!

R.

 

 

Bookish Thoughts · Features · January · Top 10

Most Anticipated Books of 2018

This is by no means a finalized list. Plus, this list only reflects a few of the books that will be releasing the first half of 2018. There were sooooo many books I wanted to add but I took into consideration authors I’ve read or have been wanting to read, sequels of books I’ve read or want to read, and yes, the covers look so pretty! 🙂

NOTE: I wanted to put the summary along side of these books, but because a few of these are sequels to books I have yet to read (or maybe you guys haven’t read them), I opted not to, you know, because spoilers.

JANUARY 2018

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1. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Release date: January 9th

 

 

 

 

 

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2. The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani

Release Date: January 9th

 

 

 

 

364141083. My Enemy Next Door by Nicole London and Whitney G.

Release Date: January 11th

 

 

 

 

 

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4. Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland

Release Date: January 15th

 

 

 

 

 

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5. Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker

Release Date: January 23rd

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 2018

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6. Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Release Date: February 13

 

 

 

 

261815607. Forget You, Ethan by Whitney G.

Release Date: February 28th

 

 

 

 

 

MARCH 2018

349929298. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

Release Date: March 6th

 

 

 

 

 

249093479. Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Release Date: March 13th

 

 

 

 

 

APRIL 2018

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10. Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Release Date: April 10th

 

 

 

 

 

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11. Sam and Ilsa’s Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohna & David Levithan

Release Date: April 10th

 

 

 

 

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12. The Elizas by Sata Shepard

Release Date: April 17th

 

 

 

 

 

MAY 2018

3421930713. The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

Release Date: May 1st

 

 

 

 

 

3506873614. 9 Days & 9 Nights by Katie Cotugno

Release Date: May 1st

 

 

 

 

 

3612745615. Listen To Your Heart by Kasie West

Release Date: May 29th

 

 

 

 

 

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Release Date: May 29th

 

 

 

 

 

JUNE 2018

3233333817. Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Release Date: June 5th

 

 

 

 

 

3613779418. Court of Shadows (Court of Furies #2) by Madeleine Roux

Relese Date: June 26th

 

 

 

 

 

Welp, that’s it! What books are you guys looking forward to?

Happy reading! 🙂

R.

Book Meme · March · Top 10 · Weekly Update

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Authors I Want To Meet or Have Met

The first five are authors I am dying to meet (in no particular order):

1. Stephen King: because obviously, amiright? King of Horror. Wrote one of my favorite horror books in The Shining and I have been obsessed with this man for yeeeeeaaaaarrrsssss. Not only is horror, but it’s more psychological and it is because of his stories that psychological thriller is my favorite genre.

2. Dean Koontz: I was 11 years old when I read Tick Tock. It was my favorite book for so long and I kept my copy nice and clean up until three years ago when my kids tore it up (grrrr) and then spilled juice on it (grrrrr x10). I finally came across another copy with a different copy and you should have seen me dancing in the aisle when I found it! 🙂 I actually yelped! Hahaha seriously. I will be honest and say I haven’t read anything else by him but I have been collecting his books ever since. Once I have all of his work, I will read them.

3. Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher (because we all know they’re a package deal): Besides a couple of novellas, I have read all of Colleen Hoover’s books. I didn’t know who she was up until maybe four years ago and quickly loved her writing. When she came out with the Never, Never series, Tarryn Fisher won me over and have been obsessively reading her work, too.

4.Stephanie Perkins: because Lola is one of my all-time favorite characters.

5. Michelle Hodkin: because her Mara Dyer series is one of my favorite series even though I have yet to read the final book. I remember pre-ordering The Retribution of Mara Dyer and anticipating it only for me to not read it three years later because I do not want the series to end. I do have plans to start the series over and finally finish it but I am dreading it.

The following authors I have met and loved an am looking forward to meet again (in no particular order):

6. Gretchen McNeil: she was the sweetest and I am hoping to get more of her books to sign. Possess is one of my favorite YA Horror books. I love that she is just as obsessed with that genre as I am, and she has an appreciation for it like I do.

7. Kiersten White: She was so quirky and so funny, it’s easy to see why people love her books so much. Definitely one of my favorites in the YA contemporary genre.

8. Tahereh Mafi: because her Shatter Me series is one of my favorites. She is so kind and beautiful and when I meet her again I will not be shy and awkward.

9. Lauren Oliver: because as a fan I owe her a do over. I was so shy and embarrassed that one of the books I had her sign I hadn’t read and she asked me about it and I looked dumb. I was just starstruck because Pandemonium is one of my all-time favorite books and I wanted to talk to her about that one but she was promoting Vanishing Girls and I was just lost.

10. Robin Reul: because her book is the very first ARC I’ve ever won since joining the booktube community and it holds a special place in my heart. I met her and she was so funny and gorgeous and sweet and I felt bad I only had the ARC and not a finished copy.

The following authors are ones I wish I had met:

11. Emily Dickinson: my favorite poet of all-time.

12. Afeni Shakur: because 2pac.

13. Maya Angelou: main reason because she’s a phenomenal woman.

14. William Peter Blatty: because the movie based on his novel ruined my childhood… and I LOVE IT.

15.Edgar Allen Poe: because after reading his poetry in middle school, it put me in a dark place and I wrote pretty cryptic poetry (words of my 7th grade English teacher. Never forgot) and my childhood wasn’t even all that bad during this particular time. 7th grade is actually one of my favorite years of school career.

Top 10

Top 10 movies in 2017

Good morning, everyone! Happy Tuesday 🙂 Hope you all had a lovely weekend and an amazing week so far! I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately and while I love that I’m finally finding some much needed “me” time, I miss watching movies with the bf. Scratch that, I miss watching grown-up movies with the bf. We don’t lack movie (or TV) watching, but they’re all kids movies. And, yes, I’m a sucker for a great Disney/Pixar movie or Dreamworks, but I have to be honest, I miss the cursing and the violence and, dare I say, even the nudity, sometimes. Thankfully, 2017 is bringing some great movies:

(In order of release date)

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1. Lego Batman (February 10, 2017)
I realize this one already came out, but we haven’t watched it yet therefor still on our “to-watch” list for this year 🙂 because of our little ones, regular movie theaters don’t work so we usually go to drive-ins and while it can still get crazy, at least there they can run around without being shushed by the movie-goers.
2. Beauty and the Beast (March 17, 2017)
3. Wonder Woman (June 2, 2017)
4. Transformers: The Last Knight (June 23, 2017)
5. Despicable Me (June 30, 2017)
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6. Spider-Man Homecoming (July 7, 2017)
7. CHiPS (March 24, 2017)
8. Annabelle 2 (August 11, 2017)
9. Stephen King’s It (September 8, 2017)
10. Pitch Perfect 3 (December 22, 2017)
I know, I know. I added a few kid movies in there. I can’t help it. Because my life revolves around my children, I have become addicted to cartoons even more than I already was. Anyway, 2017 has a lot of sequels and remakes. I’m very much looking forward to “IT”. The first one is pretty much legendary so we’ll see how this one holds up. What movies are you guys looking forward to?
R.
Top 10

My Top 10 Romance Movies

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to make a list of my favorite romantic movies. This started off as a great idea in my head. I always joke about how I don’t watch romance movies and how they’re too cheesy and predictable, and while all of that is true, I really didn’t know how true until I started racking my brain to remember great romantic movies that I’ve watched in my 28 years.

My top 2 are the obvious (though none of the listed movies are in any particular order):

  1. The Notebook (2004)

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2. Titanic (1997)

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And then at this point, I couldn’t for the life of me think of any other ones so I started googling, and found the following

3. Ghost (1990) How could I forget this one? One of my all-time favorite songs is on the soundtrack!

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4. Romeo & Juliet (1996) This may be considered more of a tragic love story, but in my defense, google pulled this up.

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5. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

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6. Juno (2007)

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After this is when I had to resort to romantic comedies:

7. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

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8. Clueless (1995)

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9. 50 First Dates (2004)

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10.  How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days (2003)

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There was a long list of romantic/com-roms on Google but I chose the ones that I’ve watched over and over and over again and will, for as long as I live, watch them over and over and over again.

What are your favorites? Any ones I may have missed? Let me know!

Hope you all have a very happy Valentine’s Day (or Taco Tuesday for you fellow foodies out there) with your favorite people! 🙂

R.