Monday, March 18, 2019

Postcards 2019: Taj Mahal

2019, this year I am going to highlight postcards from places that I have never visited!! I know many of you think that I have traveled all over the world and I have been to many places, but there are places here in the USA and all over the world that are still on my bucket list. So this year, I will be sharing postcards from places that I have not visited yet!

The Taj Mahal in India








Sunday, March 17, 2019

Why the new Nancy Drew: Hidden Staircase movie should acknowledge Sammy Keyes



Why the new Nancy Drew: Hidden Staircase movie should acknowledge Sammy Keyes



I was very excited to see the new Nancy Drew movie and as I watched it, I was stuck by how similar it was to another young detective, Sammy Keyes. The movie opens with Nancy Drew sporting some skateboarding moves that would not be a problem for Sammy Keyes. The Sammy Keyes books started with Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief, which was written in 1998 by Wendelin Van Draanen and ended after 18 books in 2014 with Sammy Keyes and the Kiss Goodbye. Sammy starts as a seventh grader and of course is a few years younger than Nancy Drew, so she gets around town on a skateboard much of the time. Through the course of the Sammy Keyes books, she deals with some school bullying which is exactly how the new Nancy Drew movie starts with Bess being bullied by a school jock, and something that was not in original Nancy Drew books. Sammy often comes to the defense of her friends and just like Sammy, Nancy comes to the defense of Bess and in the process is forced to do community service. Sammy Keyes is no stranger to community service. She begins the book Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy by doing community service at the local Catholic Church. She was also suspended from school in the first book of the series. I believe that the Nancy Drew books did not address bullying by peers because the original Nancy Drew was not in a school setting. Other books written at the same time (Like the Dana Girls) do have more peer bullying.

Nancy Drew starts off the movie clashing with the local Sheriff and Sammy Keyes is no stranger to run ins with the local police. Officer Borsch in the Sammy Keyes books is very leery of Sammy, even when her motives are pure. The relationship between Nancy Drew and the Sheriff in the new movie immediately reminded me of Officer Borsch and Sammy Keyes. In the original Nancy Drew books, Nancy has a good relationship with the police. They respect her father and her as his daughter and often believe her hunches and ask for her help on mysterious cases.

There are differences also, Sammy lives with her grandmother and has a mother who is working in Hollywood and she is not sure about who is her father. Nancy Drew lives with her father and an aunt (created for this movie and appears to be a hybrid of Aunt Eloise and Hannah Gruen from the books) and her mother died recently (in the movie, not in the books). The main mystery in the new movie is taken directly from the Hidden Staircase; the second Nancy Drew book which was originally written in 1930. I really enjoyed the new Nancy Drew movie and I highly recommend it. It will only be in theaters for a few more days and will be released on DVD April 2nd. And if you like the movie, you might want to pick up a Sammy Keyes book. They are targeted for a somewhat younger audience, but do not let that stop you from reading some top notch mysteries!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Postcards 2019: Budapest

My Postcard theme this year is places that I have never been, but now that my airline flies to Budapest, I could go there very soon!!





Monday, March 04, 2019

Postcards 2019: Corfu

Never even thought of going to Corfu until I watched a show called The Durrells. Loved it and the location, now I want to go to Corfu.




Thursday, February 28, 2019

Books I read in February 2019






Rich People Things by Chris Lehmann (library) Very interesting and I learned a LOT!
Hijacking the Runway by Teri Agins (audio book) About how celebrities are becoming a major force in the fashion industry. Very interesting, if you are a fan of Project Runway and other fashion shows, check this out.
Caroline: Little House Revisited by Sarah Elizabeth Miller (library) I enjoyed this book (and thought it interesting...it has a blurb in the front saying it has the full approval of the Little House Heritage Trust)  A look at the Little House stories from the point of view of Caroline. So if you love the Little House books, you should put this on your reading list.
Holy Ghost by John Sandford (library) I read it in about 4 hours. Enjoyed every minute. I just think these are so much fun to read. I enjoy the murder mystery aspect and I really care about the characters. The interaction between the characters is fun and real to me. His dialogue is just spot on. Love it!
Laura Ingalls is Ruining My Life by Shelley Tougas a YA book about a girl whose family moves to Walnut Grove, MN so that her mom can get inspiration to write a book. It was fun and if you are a Laura Ingalls fan you might enjoy it.
The First Man by James R Hansen (library) Biography of Neil Armstrong. I really enjoyed it, now to see the movie with Ryan Gosling.
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline (library) a fictional imagining of the life of Christina Olson, who was the subject of the Wyeth painting "Christina's World". I thought it was just okay
Orlando by Virginia Woolf  Ugh, read this one again for a book club....I read it in college (and other Woolf titles) and I am not a fan of Woolf. It was okay. I need to watch the movie again while it is all fresh in my mind.
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson (library) If you liked A Man Called Ove, then read this one too, I quite enjoyed it. Similar themes of an older person being bossed around by his children and dismissed by contemporaries in a small town in England.
Perfume by Patrick Suskind recommended by friends. I thought it was just okay. The writing is beautiful, but the subject matter is dark and I did not really enjoy it.
Inheritance by Dani Shapiro (library) a woman finds out that her father was not really her biological father and that she was the result of a sperm donor. It throws everything that she thought she knew about herself and her family into chaos.
The Knock at the Door by Margaret Ajemian Ahnert (library) about Armenian genocide in the early 1900's. Before Hitler started killing the Jews, the Turks were killing the Armenians. Dark, but a part of history that is largely forgotten.
The Blunderer by Patricia Highsmith similar to strangers on a train....two men with horrible wives, one murders his wife and the other has his wife die under the same circumstances, so now he is a suspect in a real way, when he really did not do anything. He is the blunderer of the title and just cannot dig himself out of being a suspect because everything he does points to him as a murderer. I enjoyed it.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Postcards 2019: Big Bear, CA

2019, this year I am going to highlight postcards from places that I have never visited!! I know many of you think that I have traveled all over the world and I have been to many places, but there are places here in the USA and all over the world that are still on my bucket list. So this year, I will be sharing postcards from places that I have not visited yet!   Never been to Big Bear.....gotta go one day




Monday, February 18, 2019

Postcards 2019: Galapagos

 2019, this year I am going to highlight postcards from places that I have never visited!! I know many of you think that I have traveled all over the world and I have been to many places, but there are places here in the USA and all over the world that are still on my bucket list. So this year, I will be sharing postcards from places that I have not visited yet!      Isn't the Galapagos on everyone's bucket list?