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Outlander Trailer!

So looking forward to this. I’ve read all of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series books and can’t wait for the series!!

The trailer has been released:

 

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Can’t wait for this movie – opening November 22nd!

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I just read the book a few weeks ago when I learned the movie was coming out soon. So looking forward to seeing it!

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I’ve been super busy lately and have neglected my blog. Yes, I feel terrible. 🙂 Here’s a recap:

My husband and I celebrated our 9 year anniversary earlier this week. I bought Chris 2 things – one has yet to arrive. The 9th anniversary traditional gift is leather and I bought him a bracelet that’s got metal and small leather inserts – it’s very cool-looking and was to replace the last bracelet he had that broke after several years of wearing. I also got him a leather toiletry case which I know he’ll love since we travel regularly. He got me a new office chair to replace the squeaky monstrosity I’m using now – I’ve had it for years… We went out for dinner last night to celebrate and I enjoyed one of the best Italian meals I’ve had in a long time! We went to Trattoria Timone and even though we didn’t have reservations, they were able to find a table for us. I started with one of the best caesar salads I’ve ever had – super garlicky! followed by the jumbo seafood ravioli – truly decadent and really delicious. Shrimp, scallops and lobster wrapped in one massive ravioli in a tasty rosĂ©e sauce – perfection. Paired with a yummy Malbec. Tiramisu and a cappuccino for dessert. I blew my whole bank of WW points on that meal but it was worth it! 🙂

Last weekend, family came down to visit from Montreal and we took them to the Badlands – I love this place, I feel like I’m walking on Mars…  My sister-in-law and I did some fall shopping as well and I think I bought out the entire RW & Co store. Ha. Just kidding. But I did stock up on work clothes for fall including 3 skirts, 3 tops, 2 cardis and 2 pairs of pants. I’m all set – except for the elusive hunt of the new handbag for fall. Must find this soon now that the weather is cooling down.

We closed the pool (snif) but we’ll be back in sunny climes soon enough during our cruise in October. Funny story – a rep from the cruise line contacted me asking if we wanted to upgrade our ocean suite to the grand suite for an extra $720. We countered that we’d do it for $300. We’ll see what happens. 🙂

I’ve been hooked on a book series by Jean Auel about caveman times – it’s really a very engrossing story that’s set about 25,000 years ago when both Neanderthals and Cro-magnons lived at the same time. The characters are very interesting and I’m enjoying learning about the way of life back then which mainly focused on survival and finding food, shelter and surviving the elements. I’ve just started book 5 – highly recommend for something a little different. I watched the movie they made of book 1 (The Clan of the Cave Bear) with Darryl Hannah back in the mid-80s but it doesn’t do the book justice.

I think that sums it up.

I feel much better now – you’re all caught up! 🙂

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Last year, I had “Read 30 books in a year” as a book challenge. I only got to 26. This year, I decided to keep it at 30 but took it more seriously and I’ll admit — I have several young adult titles in my repertoire because they’re such fast reads. I’m already at 26 and it’s only July!

That being said, the YA books are surprisingly good!  I picked up Divergent and Insurgent and thoroughly enjoyed those books – I’m looking forward to book 3! I was a fan of the Harry Potter, Twilight and Hunger Games series and never thought about them being considered YA so I never looked for others. There are some great stories out there.

Part of me feels like I’m cheating and I should be feeding my brain more intellectually stimulating fare but you know what? Life is too short to read stuff that’s so-called more “suitable”. I never did like rules. 🙂

So what are your favourite reads?

What’s hot this summer (other than Mr. Grey)?

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I admit it – I’ve recently finished the Fifty Shades trilogy. I got caught up in the hype and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. And yes, the books are pretty steamy. They’re explicit, they have sexual scenes, some (many) dealing with the dominant behaviour of Christian Grey and his kinky ways. I did have moments of “Did I just read that correctly??  Oh my – yes I did!” By book 2, I was no longer shocked and started enjoying the actual story.

Reading on my daily commute did pose some challenges – I would tilt my Kindle away from potential nosy commuters should someone catch a glimpse of any telltale words… Riding crops…handcuffs…parts of your anatomy you only read about in anatomy books…you get the picture.

It was the first time I’d read any form of “erotica” book and by the end of book 3, the novelty wore off and there were fewer and fewer surprises. I’ll be honest – I did enjoy the books. I liked the characters, the story and the chance to peek into a different world.

Then I read some of the reviews on the books and Wow! People are seriously nasty and have written pretty scathing things.  What did they expect? Jeez – lighten up people…it’s just a story.

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This book was listed in Amazon’s recommended books for me so I decided to give it a shot and I’m so happy I did. What an awesome story! 70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion.

The full description reads as follows:

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut–young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister. Back on Earth, Peter and Valentine forge an intellectual alliance and attempt to change the course of history.

This futuristic tale involves aliens, political discourse on the Internet, sophisticated computer games, and an orbiting battle station. Yet the reason it rings true for so many is that it is first and foremost a tale of humanity; a tale of a boy struggling to grow up into someone he can respect while living in an environment stripped of choices. Ender’s Game is a must-read book for science fiction lovers, and a key conversion read for their friends who “don’t read science fiction.”

I couldn’t put it down – it was great. I couldn’t get enough of Ender’s cleverness in battles and strategy and outwitting his opponents at every turn.

I was also happy to find out that they’re making it into a movie in 2013!! The cast looks great too – Asa Butterfield (from Hugo) is playing Ender, Harrison Ford is Colonel Graff, Viola Davis is Major Anderson, Ben Kingsley is Mazer Rackham. Can’t wait!

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