Wednesday, November 24, 2010

3 things: a book, a movie, and an album

Hello everyone! This post was from Sunday morning, but when I started going into labor I pulled it! I rescheduled it for today. :) Friday I will begin sharing my wonderful guest blog features, so get excited!

Today I thought I'd share three things: a book, a movie, and an album!

1) a book

My blog has been lacking a bit in my normal book recommendations for one reason, and that reason is...HARRY POTTER! I've been reading the HP books for the very first time, and I recently finished book four. I'm trying to go slow so I can savor every bit of the series, so I decided to take a small break before I start book five. It's hard though, because I have the last three books stacked up on my nightstand, taunting me, but my Kindle is also full of samples of great books I've been looking forward to checking out. On a related note: did you know on the Kindle you can get the first chapter (or sometimes couple of chapters) sent to your device for free? I always do this to make sure I want to read the book before I commit to spending the nine or so dollars on it, and I'd say it's one of my favorite features of the Kindle. So, during my Harry Potter break this week I've read a few books in my downtime (aka waiting to have a baby time), and there was one in particular that I really enjoyed.

I am going to include a short summary from Publisher's Weekly, but I've shortened it because if you're anything like me, you dislike hearing too much about a book!

Near the start of this outstanding novel of psychological suspense from Edgar-winner Lippman (Life Sentences), Eliza Benedict, a 38-year-old married mother of two living in suburban Maryland, receives a letter from Walter Bowman, the man who kidnapped her the summer she was 15 and is now on death row. The narrative shifts between the present and that long ago summer...

This is the first book I'd read by this author (it was published just a few months ago) and I was really impressed by not just her style of writing, but her ease of story-telling. Her characters have great depth, and as a reader I started to really feel like I knew these people, and I got to live a bit in their experiences, which was an experience in itself. I found this novel to be fascinating, dark at times, but overall an intriguing read that I'd recommend to anyone who is looking for a new book!

2. a movie

Yesterday Hank and I went and saw "Morning Glory." I love Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton, and Harrison Ford (along with a lot of the other minor actors), so you'd have to imagine my happiness when I first came across this preview over the summer:

Hank wasn't too keen on seeing it, but throughout the entire movie I glanced at him to find him laughing, smiling, and even maybe, sorta, kinda having a little tear in his eye. In the end, he enjoyed it. And as for me? I LOVED it. I found it to be motivating, inspiring, and uplifting. It went beyond a "chick flick" and I thought it was a lot of genres rolled into one; romantic comedy, a feel-good film, a "finding yourself" kind of movie, and yes, a movie that girls would enjoy. But my husband loved it too! There's something for everyone. I highly recommend this movie!

3. an album

I'm quite late on the Mumford & Sons bandwagon, but recently this album has been on repeat in our house close to everyday. It's just that good. I adore these guys- their music, their voices, and those cute scruffy faces. But, on the small chance you haven't yet fallen in love with this band, give this little playlist a listen, and then head over to their website to buy their album! Enjoy!

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  1. i'm listening to mumford on my record player right now! they inspire me so much. definitely one of my top favourite bands... i can't get enough of them.

  2. I read a Laura Lippman book last year called Baltimore Blues and quite enjoyed it. I'll have to add this new one to be list of books to get. (my to-be-read stack is so huge right now, which on one hand is exciting and tantalizing and on the other hand is a little overwhelming...)

    The Harry Potter books are so much fun. Enjoy!

    (I'm currently reading The Petting Zoo by Jim Carroll, and am looking forward to rereading Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith, and the Hunger Games trilogy next)

    I've got a couple Mumforn & Sons songs on my iPod but I'm still on such a heavy Gogol Bordello kick that I haven't listened to much else lately. I've actually been making a list of bands to check out for when I'm ready to listen to new music again. lol...

  3. A bit YES for the mumford & sons!! Love them.
    Morning Glory held absolutely no appeal for me, but you've made me consider giving it a try :)

  4. love love love mumford. sounds AMAZING on vinyl too! love you, cant wait to meet henry!

  5. I'm so grateful for all of your recommendations. Keep 'em coming.

  6. I loved "Morning Glory" and it was a great refreshment from the "every movie is in 3D now" genre that is happening in the Hollywood industry. I have so many books to catch up on too!