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text 2019-06-26 03:41
Reading progress update: I've read 53 out of 237 pages.
The Mother-Daughter Book Club - Heather Vogel Frederick

Man I love this series.

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review 2019-06-26 03:02
Review Mandie and the Trunk's Secret by Lois Gladys Leppard
Mandie and the Trunk's Secret - Lois Gladys Leppard

Title: Mandie and the Trunk's Secret
Author: Lois Gladys Leppard
Series: Mandie, 5
Format: ebook, bind-up
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars


Synopsis: Mandie and her best friend return to the attic to investigate and discover a set of old letters which include some important and exciting information.


Favourite character: Celia & Joe
Least favourite character: April


Mini-review: Another good Mandie book. As a punishment for the events of the last book, Mandie and Celia have to clean the attic... only to get into another mystery.

Makes sense.

I was happy that Joe was in this one, if only because the scenes where Celia is pretending to ignore them while they make awkward yet adorable plans for the future (even if Joe deserves better than the bratty Mandie). I wish that they had added in a scene with Joe meeting Tommy, because that could've been hilarious. Another book, I suppose. 


Fan Cast:

Amanda "Mandie" Shaw - Emma Rayne Lyle

Celia Hamilton - Sadie Sink

Joe Woodard - Louis Hynes

Miss Prudence Heathwood - Mary Steenburgen

Miss Hope Heathwood - Patricia Heaton

April Snow - Emily Carey

Aunt Phoebe - Alfre Woodard

Dr. Woodard - Gideon Emery

Grandmother Taft - Meryl Streep

Thomas "Tommy" Patton - Asher Angel

Robert Rogers - Kyle Red Silverstein
Miss Cameron - Emily VanCamp

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text 2019-06-25 03:08
Movie Review: Murder on the Orient Express (2017)


Title: Murder on the Orient Express
Release Date: November 10, 2017
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench
Length: 1h 54min
Rating: PG-13


Favourite character:

Crush: Biniamino Marquez & Pierre Michel 


Least favourite character: Count Andrenyi


Mini-Review: (Note: I am reviewing this as a movie, not an adaption. Please do not bash it in the comments, as I know it's a terrible adaption.)

First of all I want to address the fact that there are so many amazing actors in this movie: Josh Gad, Judi Dench, Daisy Ridley, Willem Dafoe, Derek Jacobi, and my queen, Michelle Pfeiffer. Not many people know how much I adore Michelle Pfeiffer.

Movie-wise this was good, in my opinion. It was kind of my introduction to Agatha Christie. I had seen a few adaptions, and read a couple of short stories and stand-alones, but I didn't become a die-hard Christie fan until I saw this movie in theatres. It was the first movie I had seen after knee surgery and I had to go up tons of stairs on crutches. But it was worth it. It changed my reading life.

I thought it was well cast, despite the fact that some characters aren't actually in the book, and others switch ages. But like I said, this is a movie review, not an adaption review.

We can also ignore Kenneth Branagh's terrible French accent, but bask in Marwan Kenzari's amazing French accent.

As a movie fan, I enjoyed it and can't wait for "Death on the Nile." As a Christie fan, I'm kind of terrified.


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review 2019-06-25 02:48
Review: Shouldn't You Be In School? - Lemony Snicket
Shouldn't You Be in School? - LemonySnicket

Title: Shouldn't You Be In School?
Author: Lemony Snicket
Series: All The Wrong Questions, 3
Format: ebook
Length: N/A
Rating: 3.5 stars


Synopsis: Is Lemony Snicket a detective or a smoke detector?

Do you smell smoke? Young apprentice Lemony Snicket is investigating a case of arson but soon finds himself enveloped in the ever-increasing mystery that haunts the town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Who is setting the fires? What secrets are hidden in the Department of Education? Why are so many schoolchildren in danger? Is it all the work of the notorious villain Hangfire? How could you even ask that? What kind of education have you had?

Maybe you should be in school?


Favourite character: Lemony, Pip & Squeak
Least favourite character: Stew


Mini-review: I thought this book was great. Definitely preferred the lack of Theodora and Officers Harvey & Mimi. 

I keep wondering, though, how much research the author had to put into these books to be able to give random facts about caviar. 

I really like how each book adds new characters on to the old ones, so that the cast just keeps growing and growing.

Also, was there a gay couple in this book? The Talkie Brothers, who are both referred to as uncle by Ornette, but then Lemony says "They didn't look like brothers."


Fan Cast:

Lemony Snicket - Finn Wolfhard

Moxie Mallahan - Oona Laurence

Jake Hix - Grayson Russell

Cleo Knight - Elle Fanning

Ellington Feint - Esme Creed-Miles

Kellar Haines - Dante Brown

Ornette Lost - Storm Reid

Pip Bellerophon - Max Charles

Squeak Bellerophon - Jacob Tremblay

S. Theodora Markson - Natasha Lyonne

Stew Mitchum - Major Dodson

Sharon Haines - Danai Gurira

Officer Harvey Mitchum - Josh Gad

Officer Mimi Mitchum - Rebel Wilson

Dashiell Qwerty - Lucas Till

Hungry Hix - Keala Settle

Hangfire - Burn Gorman

Prosper Lost - Adrien Brody

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review 2019-06-24 17:03
Review: The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson,Rod Bradbury

Title: The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared
Author: Jonas Jonasson
Series: The 100 Year Old Man, 1
Format: paperback
Length: 384 pages
Rating: 4 stars


Synopsis: A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it’s not too late to start over …

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant).

It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle. Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.


Favourite character: Allan & Benny
Least favourite character: the Prosecutor


Mini-review: This book was fantastic and hilarious. I loved how it followed Allan's journey out the window versus how he came to be climbing out of the window, from the day he was born and onwards. The fact that he found himself in the middle of some of the biggest historic events that happened in the 1900s and became friends with presidents and such made this book so much better.


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