Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Luxe Series by Anna Godbersen: A Quick Review


Hello all my literary soulmates! In case you’re wondering how on earth you’re going to spend your time for the next few months while we wait patiently on The Mortal Instruments film adaptation, the final installment of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, and not to mention The Hunger Games sequel, I have some ideas…

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Band Baaja Baaraat: A Quick Review

Bitto Sharma (Ranveer Singh) and Shruti Kakkar (Anushka Sharma) graduate from university. Shruti has everything planned out- start her wedding planning business (Shaadi Mubarak), get married five years later, then have kids. Bitto has no plans… except trying to get out of working on his dad’s sugarcane farm. Due to circumstances, the two become business partners and complications ensue (naturally).

What I liked about this movie:

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Young Adult Fiction Author John Green: A Quick Review

Author John Green is one of those people who have the ability to make aspiring authors, like myself, both want to better ourselves and vomit at the same time. I would be satisfied to just write a sentence as well as Green, let alone a whole novel. The guy is just good. His knack for language is excellent, and his capability of making our everyday emotions this tangible thing is inspiring.


I was introduced to Green’s work about three years ago when his young adult novel, Looking for Alaska, was listed as a text for one of my kid lit classes. I bought the book, but I ended up dropping the class (I decided to go with storytelling that semester). Anyways, the book sat on my shelf until a couple of months ago. I decided to go searching for it after reading and loving his latest novel, The Fault in Our Stars, last year.

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2012-13: The Television Year in Review


With the Emmy nominations scheduled for release tomorrow, July 18th, it’s that time of the year to look back on what turned out to be an eventful year in television. Although it was one that didn’t exactly provide many newcomers to threaten the veterans atop critics’ leaderboards, it was nonetheless one with its fair share of surprises and disappointments. That’s not even to mention the welcome return of one of the greatest television comedies of all-time. So here it is, in all its glory, my summation of the year in television; from those shows that continued to hook me each and every week, to those that birthed a whole new brand of boob tube frustration.

Note: I would be remiss not to mention those shows I was not able to view during the year. Those include TremeThe NewsroomThe AmericansThe Good WifeHomelandModern FamilyGirlsVeep, and 30 Rock among many others.

Best Comeback


(Showtime, 2006 to Present)


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The List: Ashley’s Favorite Summer Movies

It seems like after the Fourth, summer just flies by. In what’s left of my vacation, I decided to compile a list of my favorite summer movies. By “summer movies,” I mean those that remind me of sun, sand, and 5 day rentals at our local video store.


The Sandlot: Believe it or not, this baseball classic just celebrated its 20th anniversary.

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The Lone Ranger: A Quick Review


To start our nation’s birthday off right, I watched “The Lone Ranger.” Let me just say, you don’t have to like Johnny Depp, but you have to admit he’s one of the greatest actors of our generation. His role as Tonto is eccentric, yet inspired. This film has a a great mix of comedy and action that will keep you entertained throughout. I had read a review before seeing the movie that suggested it was too political to be funny and too goofy to be serious. If by political, they meant the government’s need for power and control, then yes, I guess it was political. As far as being too goofy, I seriously doubt this film is shooting for the Oscars. Overall, I enjoyed it and I hope you will too.


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The List: Hillari’s Best Movie Endings Ever! (Since the year 2000)

Some may call me an optimist after reviewing this list, but believe me, I’ve been called worse. I mean, is there anything better than a good, hopeful, awe-inspiring, uplifting, and all out warm-fuzzies guaranteed departure from our fictional, but based-on-a-true-story-world? I’ll be the first to admit, I love leaving the theater (or closing a book) with a butt load of goosebumps and a whole lot of happy, now-how-can-I-take-this-and-become-the-person-I-want-to-be feelings.

Here is my list of best movie endings ever, in this millennium. Please keep in mind that there are numerous honorable mentions (that I’m not going to mention), and that this is completely my opinion — and does not reflect the views of my fellow bloggers (who are probably judging me silently right now).

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