September 18, 2014

Thursday Trailer: This Is Where I Leave You

While I advocate reading the book before the movie, I really enjoy seeing their adaptations and then critic it mercifully (just kidding!) I've decided to begin a weekly meme to highlight film adaptations I'm looking forward to. For some I have already read the book and others well, I'll see the movie and then read the book later… but in the meantime, I'll share their trailers.

The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family—including Judd’s mother, brothers, and sister—have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd’s wife, Jen, whose fourteen-month affair with Judd’s radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public.

Simultaneously mourning the death of his father and the demise of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch’s dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family.

As the week quickly spins out of control, longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed, and old passions reawakened. For Judd, it’s a weeklong attempt to make sense of the mess his life has become while trying in vain not to get sucked into the regressive battles of his madly dysfunctional family. All of which would be hard enough without the bomb Jen dropped the day Judd’s father died: She’s pregnant.

I'm on a waiting list at my library for This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper, thus I have yet to read it.  Although, I love Tina Fey and once I got over Jason Bateman being mean in Juno I like him again too.  In some strange way it reminds me of The Royal Tenebaums although I don't think This Is Where I Leave You will have as dry sense of humor.  Basically, this film looks like a sit back and relax kind of movie, and we all need one of those once in a while.

Opens: September 19, 2014
Genre: Dramatic Comedy
Rated: R
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Starring: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard and Jane Fonda
Directed By: Shawn Levy
Based on the novel: "This Is Where I Leave You" by Jonathan Tropper
Produced By: Paula Weinstein, Shawn Levy, Jeffrey Levine; Executive Producers Mary McLaglen, Jonathan Tropper 

September 17, 2014

Fall Bloggiesta

Bloggiesta is here once again, I really enjoy spending weekends working on my blog, espcieally the weekend of Bloggiesta, when I realize my blog to-do list is a mile long and discover new tips on improvement.

To Do

  1. Participate in one mini-challenge
  2. Write review for Broken Harbor
  3. Comment
  4. Update reviews

September 16, 2014

HFVBT: Madame Picasso Book Review

9780778316350.inddPublication Date: August 26, 2014
Harlequin MIRA
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction

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The mesmerizing and untold story of Eva Gouel, the unforgettable woman who stole the heart of the greatest artist of our time.

When Eva Gouel moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, she manages to find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star in the art world.

A brilliant but eccentric artist, Picasso sets his sights on Eva, and Eva can't help but be drawn into his web. But what starts as a torrid affair soon evolves into what will become the first great love of Picasso's life.

With sparkling insight and passion, Madame Picasso introduces us to a dazzling heroine, taking us from the salon of Gertrude Stein to the glamorous Moulin Rouge and inside the studio and heart of one of the most enigmatic and iconic artists of the twentieth century.


The Good:
I'm typically not a romance novel kind of person but I've always enjoyed reading about women behind the (fill in famous man here) perhaps I would have enjoyed People Magazine if it existed in the early 1900s.  

The details depicted to Picasso's paintings were miraculous and could vividly picture them.  Eva's yellow kimono was brilliant,  and the backdrop of Paris was magnificent, drawing its own landscape that could be seen in great detail upon reading.  I also liked that Eva and Picasso didn't jump into bed on page two.  It was a slow courtship from afar (for the most part) and enjoyed the build up it provided. 

The Bad:
At fear of being a prude the sex (no matter how small) bothered me.  It wasn't graphic and if Picasso really did paint in the nude more power to him.  Although I would have preferred more of an "end scene"  upon reaching the bed.  Maybe I'm old fashioned but I don't see anything wrong with leaving a little to the imagination.  

Also, I had a really hard time feeling completely sorry for Eva.  Once again, I'm not trying to make excuses for myself as her death was horrible, but come on, if Picasso really loved you as much as he claims he does he wouldn't have run from the relationship.  For that reason and the fact that she was not pro-active about the situation I was a little irked.  

The Conclusion:
Despite my complaints, Eva was a real person and Anne Gerard brought her to life with vast amounts of detail.  Madame Picasso  is a great historical novel for anyone who has an interest in art, or just a good historical fiction novel.

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Praise for Madame Picasso

"Early twentieth century Paris and Picasso's lost love come to enchanted, vivid life in Madame Picasso. With a deft eye for detail and deep understanding for her protagonists, Anne Girard captures the earnest young woman who enthralled the famous artist and became his unsung muse." - C.W. Gortner, bestselling author of THE QUEEN'S VOW

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About the Author

Anne Girard was born with writing in her blood. The daughter of a hard-driving Chicago newsman, she has always had the same passion for storytelling that fueled his lifelong career. She hand-wrote her first novel (admittedly, not a very good one) at the age of fourteen, and never stopped imagining characters and their stories. Writing only ever took a backseat to her love of reading.

After earning a bachelor's degree in English literature from UCLA and a Master's degree in psychology from Pepperdine University, a chance meeting with the acclaimed author, Irving Stone, sharply focused her ambition onto telling great stories from history with detailed research. "Live where your characters lived, see the things they saw," he said, "only then can you truly bring them to life for your readers." Anne took that advice to heart. After Stone's encouragement twenty years ago, she sold her first novel. When she is not traveling the world researching her stories, Anne and her family make their home in Southern California. When she is not traveling or writing, she is reading fiction.

Anne also writes historical fiction under the name Diane Haeger. For more information, visit You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Madame Picasso Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, August 25
Review at Flashlight Commentary

Tuesday, August 26
Review at Historical Fiction Notebook
Interview & Giveaway at Flashlight Commentary

Wednesday, August 27
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages
Interview & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Notebook

Thursday, August 28
Review & Giveaway at Words and Peace
Review & Giveaway at Kinx's Book Nook

Friday, August 29
Review at Scandalous Women
Review at Curling Up by the Fire

Monday, September 1
Review at A Bookish Affair
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, September 2
Review & Giveaway at Luxury Reading
Interview & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair

Wednesday, September 3
Review at Gobs and Gobs of Books
Spotlight & Giveaway at Susan Heim on Writing

Thursday, September 4
Review & Giveaway at The Maiden's Court

Friday, September 5
Review at To Read or Not to Read

Monday, September 8
Review at Book of Secrets
Review & Giveaway at Mina's Bookshelf

Tuesday, September 9
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Wednesday, September 10
Review at Books in the Burbs

Thursday, September 11
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews

Friday, September 12
Review at Caroline Wilson Writes
Review at The Book Binder's Daughter

Monday, September 15
Review at Layered Pages
Review at Carole's Ramblings

Tuesday, September 16
Review at She is Too Fond of Books

Wednesday, September 17
Interview & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

Thursday, September 18
Review at One Book of a Time

Friday, September 19
Spotlight & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time

Monday, September 22
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee

Tuesday, September 23
Review at The Librarian Fatale

Wednesday, September 24
Review at CelticLady's Reviews
Review at WTF Are You Reading?

Thursday, September 25
Review at Kincavel Korner

Friday, September 26
Interview at Kincavel Korner

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September 15, 2014

Blog Revamp

I've been thinking about changing up my blog for a while. I started fiddling with the design and pondered.  I haven't lost interest in blogging I just needed a little spice.  I started a movie blog which dropped soon after, two blogs to upkeep was one too many for me.  I still watch a ton of movies, as much as I read books actually.  I sporadically began posting them here.  I sat back and reevaluated. Why not continue to post them regularly here?  But my blog/header is She is too fond of books, that implies that it is a book blog.  Hm, I've been messing with my design so much lately perhaps this is the push I need.  That was it, my final straw.  I decided to mix up the wording going from She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain to She is too fond of books and movies.  Hopefully it isn't too drastic a change.  Or is it?  I hope not.  I will admit the header I made is a little plain Jane but that is for another rainy day.  Anyway, this variation voids a little of the constriction I was feeling and get my mojo back 100%.

September 13, 2014

Weekly Update 9/14/14

Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer is a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

The second is, It's Monday! What Are You Reading  is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey her meme is exactly as it sounds, share what you are reading and/or what's next on the ever growing TBR

After an appointment in Iowa City I made a pit stop in Illinois to visit and spent time with my bf, taking a short road trip back to Iowa with him .  I also went to Barnes and Noble and spent the last of my Christmas gift card, buying An Untamed State by Roxane Gay I've read 75 pages so far, I think it will be a very quick read too.

Also, maybe it takes sone getting use to but I get annoyed with Disqus as a comment platform on my blog.  If a person doesn't leave a link either in the comment or their Disqus profile I can't visit them which really annoys me as it prohibts me from discovering other cool sites.  Any suggestions?

Currently Reading:

  1. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay (because I just couldn't wait)

Up Next:
  1. The Secret Place by Tana French

Last Week:

  1. Movie Review: The Giver
  2. Thursday Trailer: Before I Go To Sleep

This Week:
  1. Book Review: Madame Picasso
  2. Book Review: Broken Harbor
  3. Thursday Trailer: This Is Where I Leave You

Book Haul:

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