Day: March 30, 2017

The Blog is Growing!

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When I first started this blog about 6 months ago, I thought it would be an entertaining experience… but somehow in the last few months, I’ve got close to 100 followers and I’m on here posting nearly every day. It’s been really fun and challenging, but ultimately I want it to deliver valuable content, insight and laughter. I’m super excited with the results so far!

Now I need to start adding new content sections. Starting next week, a few posts each week on the following topics:

  1. Book Reviews
  2. TV & Film Reviews
  3. My Book: “Watching a Glass Shatter”
  4. Other Fiction I’ve Written
  5. Vacation Spot Experiences
  6. 365 Daily Challenge
  7. General Blog & Thoughts

What else should I add?

  • More animations?
  • Restaurant Reviews and link to Open Table and FourSquare reviews?
  • More author and book content?
  • Or keep it streamlined as it is now?

Let me know your opinions and let’s see what we can come up with next! Thanks for everyone’s support.

Thanks.

-jjc iv

 

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Review: The Eyre Affair

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The Eyre Affair
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book may describe my perfect job goal: to be able to enter a book and meet the characters, ensuring they are following the author’s original intentions and not “on-the-loose” due to some sort of villain. How amazing would that be? Awesome kick start to this series… I read the first 4 then started to get a little disenchanted, but I’ll go back one day! All book lovers need to give this first one a chance — you’ll undoubtedly love and hate parts of it!

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Review: Zeitoun

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Zeitoun
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The book club I belonged to several years ago selected Zeitoun and we had a week to read it. I enjoyed the book and hadn’t realized how many horrible things happened in New Orleans besides the actual impact of the hurricane. Based on some reality, the story helps a non-Louisiana native understand the true impacts of the hurricane, not only on the land but on the people.

The imagery and language were strong, and the characterizations were very intricate. Since reading the books, I’ve spent time in Louisiana (both rural and New Orleans) and hear so many different stories of what actually happened.

I may re-read this one in preparation for the next American Crime Story TV anthology. I enjoyed the “OJ Simpson” season 1 so much and am excited to see what they can do with the impacts of Hurricane Katrina. And this book will help me prepare and remember as much as I can before diving in.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The FreeForm cable network aired all the Harry Potter movies this weekend and it prompted me to pick up all the books on my shelves and read a few pages again. I opened to the scene where Harry starts speaking parseltongue and was instantly brought back into this amazing world. I loved this series when I read it nearly ten years ago and I’m considering starting all over again — one a month in between all the other books I read. The imagination. The depth of characters. The reality among fantasy. I can’t imagine a world without it!

What was special about this book is how it carried the intense weight of the first book and added even more. Harry’s energy drives the story. His relationships create the challenges. And we meet Dobby. I love Dobby! If you haven’t read the whole series, you have to indulge in the first few books just to understand the world the wizards live in…

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Review: A Murder is Announced

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A Murder is Announced
A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So… a murder is listed in a newspaper… foretelling it will happen at a certain date and time. Is it possible? Yes. Does it happen? You’ll just have to read it.

Christie at her best… love her stories. love the concept. well-written. I’m on a kick to go back and read all the Poirot’s and Marple’s this year!

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Review: The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era

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The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era
The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era by Jessica Fellowes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Exactly what you’d expect: highlights from the show, cast and real-life castles. It’s a beautiful book, a must-read for any fans… and if you’ve not seen the show, it’s a good intro!

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Review: Treasures of Westminster Abbey

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Treasures of Westminster Abbey
Treasures of Westminster Abbey by Tony Trowles

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’d just visited Westminster Abbey and picked this up as a remembrance. It was a great account full of beautiful pictures. Worth a read for anyone interested in British history.

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