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February 14, 2014

Romantic Movies for 2014

Is it Valentine’s Day? Or Single’s Awareness Day?

Either way, I’m in the mood for watching some romance, and 2014 looks like it’ll be great for movies in that department. Here are four I’m especially excited about:

Winter’s Tale

What’s the best thing you’ve ever stolen?
I’m beginning to think I haven’t stolen it yet.

It’s Sybil from Downton Abbey! I’m really looking forward to seeing Jessica Brown Findley take on a new character. And ladies, the guy literally rides a white steed. I’m going to watch Winter’s Tale this evening with friends, and I’ll be sure to let you know how it turns out.

The Fault in Our Stars

I believe we have a choice in this world about how to tell sad stories.

Finally, a John Green movie. I’ve only read Paper Towns and probably won’t read TFiOS before it comes out on June 6. I’m trying not to feel guilty about that.

The Song


I can’t sing that song, Shel, that’s her song.

Based on the life of Solomon, this movie has got romance and a lot more, like passion, courage, and failure.

In Secret

Why did we kill him?

O.O What the heck? I have no idea what the movie’s resolution will be, and I’m surprised the trailer reveals so much, but I definitely want to find out.

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January 6, 2014

Three Little Words

Try new things. That’s my new year’s resolution.

Inspired by Sarah at Yes and Yes and her yearly New Things lists, I think I can give it a shot for a year. In Sarah’s words:

Some are easy, some are hard, some are shockingly mundane.

Most of mine probably fall in the mundane category, but they seem awfully exciting to me!

Here’s my top ten things to try:

1. Write a letter to a stranger.  Rediscovering my love of letter writing this past year has been lovely and bears more indulgence. And mll. will make finding a stranger easy.

2. Read The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater and then make November Cakes. I’ve literally been meaning to read The Scorpio Races since before it came out. Step one: get a copy of it.

3. Crochet a scarf and send it to the Red Scarf Project. This means I have to learn to crochet decently. I knit, so how different can it be? Famous last words.

4. Read Ecclesiastes. I really need context for the “Vanity, vanity, all is vanity,” remark.

5. Go skiing. And preferably not end up in a cast of any sort.

6. Visit another continent. Any of them, though I’m cliche and would prefer Europe.

7. Go on a double date. With the right people, this could be hilarious, but it also has a huge amount of #FAIL potential.

8. Go to a fancy restaurant by myself. I feel like college has sort of diminished my ability to be happily alone in public.

9. Fast for a weekend. To see what it’s like for myself.

10. Get a french manicure. Honestly, I’m not even sure what getting one done entails and how/if it differs from a normal manicure.  I just know I admire the end product.

There they are! The silly and exciting and one slightly stress inducing.

All in the name of trying new things.

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November 5, 2012

2013 Historical Fiction Debuts

When historical fiction hits me, it knocks me over. Forgotten Fire still breaks my heart when I think of it and sometimes I find myself building dream futures for the characters in The Luxe after Splendor.

I’m ecstatic 2013 is looking to be a great year for YA historical fiction. A lot of debut authors are coming out too.

Here are the debuts I’m excited for:

Release Date: January 29,2013

There are two reasons I’ve got my eye on The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Sheperd.

1. The heroine of this novel isn’t a debutante. She’s a maid.

2. It sounds like its going to dig into the ugly side of human nature. The exactly-how-much-evil-are-we-capable-of side. I find that question to be terrifyingly fascinating.

 


Release Date: January 8, 2013

To be honest, the cover of Delusion by Laura L. Sullivan strikes me as a little silly. But the idea of magic during the time of World War II England grabs mt attention.

 

 

 

Release Date: March 12, 2013

The summary of Strands of Bronze and Gold by  Jane Nickerson promises “thrilling suspense!” It sounds creepy as hell. I love it when historical fiction books have me on the edge of my seat, since some people see them as being slow and a bit of a drag.

Plus, this one’s set in Mississippi, a place whose history has me fascinated.

 

This last one isn’t by a debut author, but I’m slipping it in anyway, because it sounds delicious.

Coming out on June 11, 2013:

Born of Illusion
by Teri Brown

Here’s the entire (lengthy) summary:

Anna Van Housen has a secret. A gifted illusionist, Anna assists her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and séances, easily navigating the underground world of magicians, mediums, and mentalists in 1920’s New York. As the illegitimate daughter of Harry Houdini—or so Marguerite claims—sleight of hand illusions have never been a challenge for Anna. The real trick is keeping her own gifts secret from her opportunistic mother. Because while Marguerite’s own powers may be a sham, Anna possesses a true ability to sense people’s feelings and foretell the future.

But as Anna’s powers intensify, she begins to experience frightening visions of her mother in peril, which leads her to explore the powers she’s tried so long to hide. And when a mysterious young man named Cole moves into the flat downstairs, introducing Anna to a secret society that studies people with gifts like hers, she is forced to confront her past and rethink everything she’s ever known. Is her mother truly in danger, or are Anna’s visions merely illusion? And could the great Houdini really be her father, or is it just another of Marguerite’s tricks?

From Teri Brown comes a world bursting with magic, with romance, and the temptations of Jazz Age.

Adding a real-life element to the book makes it ten times more frightening; I’ve always been sort of fascinated by Houdini. I mean, how did he do what he did? This book was called Houdini’s Daughter when I first heard of it (a title I like better, frankly).

Also, there’s going to be a book tying a young woman’s fate to Jack the freakin’ Ripper? I’ll be reading that one with both hands over my eyes.

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Geez, this list is filled with creepy ones. Do you know of any lighthearted historical fiction coming out?

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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