Spring book reviews
Since yesterday was the first official day of spring, let's share some spring-ish book reviews:
Baby the Rain Must Fall - as long as we're saying goodbye to the rain!
Sweet Valley #39: Elizabeth Loves New York - it's about time we caught up with the Wakefield twins, isn't it?
Leaving Cheyenne - a memorable and moving western by Larry McMurtry
The Philosopher's Diet - bikini season is coming up. . .
The Next Star
Ingrid Bergman's week has come to a close, and all 31 of her reviews are now posted to her page. I hope you had a good time revisiting her classics! Are you ready for your clue? Only die-hard old movie buffs will get this one; everyone else just come back on Wednesday to find out who he is.
This magnetic German actor usually played villains, but in one of his good-guy roles, he played Ingrid Bergman's love interest.
A toast to Ingrid Bergman, our new Star of the Week! To start things off, you can watch a classic video clip from Gaslight. Also posted to her page are reviews for The Visit and A Walk in the Spring Rain, two of her finest performances. Come back every day for new reviews, and enjoy!
'Furious Love' book review
Usually I group my book review posts into a theme, but sometimes a book is so special it deserves its own post. Furious Love, the extensive chronicle of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor's love story, was pretty incredible to read. No matter how little or how much you know about them, you're guaranteed to learn something. Sometimes beautiful, sometimes painful, but always loving - read my full review here.
The Next Star
Yul Brynner's week has come to a close, and all 21 of his reviews are now posted to his page. Are you ready for your next clue?
Next week’s star has 4 Golden Globes, 3 Oscars, 2 Rags, 2 Emmys, and a Tony under her belt. She won her second Academy Award when she acted opposite Yul Brynner.
Do you know who this talented lady is? Leave your guesses below, and check back on Sunday to find out if you're right.
David Niven Biography
As it's David Niven's birthday today, and since you all know how much I love him, I thought I'd share the review of a fabulous biography I read recently. Niv is a wonderful, well-researched, loving tribute to him, and although parts of it are hard to read, I totally recommend it. Click here to find out why.
Star of the Week: Yul Brynner
Ladies, you'll be very happy to know our new Star of the Week is Yul Brynner! To start things off, we've posted reviews for two classics, The Brothers Karamazov and The Magnificent Seven. You can also watch a fun clip from The Ten Commandments. For his television work, try to find the season he made of Anna and the King. Come back to his page every day, and enjoy!
As we've just passed sweetheart's day, some of you might be in the mood to read some books with a little romance. I'm not talking about "romance novels," but instead romantic novels.
Try Always with You, set in lovely Sonoma County, The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty, or Swept Away, a wonderful story about starting over.
The Next Star
Rex Harrison's time has come to a close, and all 17 of his reviews are now posted to his page. This next clue should be an easy one if you're into old movies and musicals. Ready?
Next week’s Star became an icon when he shaved his head for a role. Rex Harrison played the part first, though, in the non-musical version.
Leave your guesses below and come back on Tuesday to find out if you're right!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day or Galentine's Day, you might be considering a romantic movie tonight. Check out our full page for lighter far and tearjerkers. New this year are The Lost Valentine starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, What If starring Daniel Radcliffe, The Vow and The Time Traveler's Wife starring Rachel McAdams, and more!
Star of the Week: Rex Harrison
Our new Star of the Week is Rex Harrison! To start things off, you can chuckle as you watch a video clip from My Fair Lady, and you can read reviews of the more serious The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and Midnight Lace. You know the drill: come back to his page every day for new reviews - Enjoy!
A Few Memoirs
If you like true stories, today's post is for you. For a celebrity kiss-and-tell, check out Mickey Rooney's memoir Life Is Too Short. If you like more modern name-dropping, check out Waiter to the Rich and Shameless instead. Into true crime? The Mafia Hit Man's Daughter is exactly what it sounds like. And finally, animal lovers or nature volunteers will fall in love with The Puma Years. Enjoy!
The Next Star
Dudley Moore's week has now ended, and all 14 reviews are now posted to his page. Are you ready for your next clue? You'll have to go back in time to solve it. . .
Next week’s star originated a hilarious Dudley Moore comedy 40 years earlier.
Do you know who he is? Leave your guesses below and come back on Saturday to find out!
Star of the Week: Dudley Moore
Dudley Moore is our new Star of the Week! To start with, you can read reviews for Arthur and Bedazzled, and you can also watch a delightful clip from The Adventures of Milo & Otis to appreciate his vocal talents. Enjoy and come back to his page directly every day for new reviews! For his television work, you can watch three seasons of Not Only... But Also.
Happy Groundhog Day! And although Phil Connors didn't appreciate the winter weather at first, some people do like it snowy and drizzly. For those of you who like wintertime and want to hold onto it before it ends, check out these new reviews of movies set during the cold and freezing months:
Before Winter Comes - a post-war POW camp drama starring David Niven
Captain Newman, M.D. - a psychiatric veterans' hospital in the weeks leading up to Christmas
Ash Wednesday - Elizabeth Taylor recovers from plastic surgery in a beautiful ski resort
The Next Star
Liza Minnelli didn't make many movies, so her week has come to an end. All 12 of her reviews are now posted to her page, and now it's time for your clue:
This comedian and musician played Liza Minnelli’s love interest in a quirky romance.
Do you know who he is? Come back on Friday to find out if your guess is correct.
Star of the Week: Liza Minnelli
(Bowler) Hats off to Liza Minnelli, our new Star of the Week! To start things off, check out reviews for Cabaret and Arthur, and take a few minutes to watch her iconic showstopper "New York, New York" number. Enjoy, and come back to her page every day for new reviews!
For young readers
Whether you're young or young at heart, sometimes it's really nice to curl up with a book geared towards readers. The genres vary of course, but fantasy series are really popular right now. I've gotten hooked into The Unwanteds and The Selection, and I'll always try something written by Tamora Pierce. Check out these new reviews below!
Go Ask Alice
Pretty Little Liars, Book 1
Unwanted, Book 2
The Selection, Book 2
A Little Princess
The Next Star
Michael York's week has come to a close, and it's time for a new clue. It won’t be hard to guess next week’s Star. She’s a showbiz legend who starred with Michael York in a very famous musical. Since you don't need to put your thinking cap on, you can just head over to his page and catch up on any of the 25 reviews you may have missed. Come back on Friday!
Star of the Week: Michael York
Michael York is our new Star of the Week! To start things off, you can read reviews for two 1970s classics, Logan's Run and Great Expectations. Also, a funny video clip from The Three Musketeers is posted to his page. Enjoy, and come back every day for two new reviews!
A few winter books
As I've explained before, I always separate my books into "seasons". Summer books are lighter fare and beach reads; fall consists of mysteries and thrillers. Winter lends itself to classics and period pieces, and spring hosts a catch-all of whatever I feel like at the moment. So, since it is winter, here are a few books to inspire you to pick up a new (or old) one at the start of the year. Enjoy!
The Daughter of Union County - post-Civil War in the South
A Widow's Vow - a brothel in the 1800s
Pride and Prejudice - is this still required reading in school?
Emma - trust me, it's better than you think
The Next Star
Susannah York's week has come to a close, and you can revisit all 22 of her reviews now posted to her page. Are you ready for your next clue? Here you go:
You only have to change one of the names to guess next week’s star. . . He starred with Susannah York in an exciting court-martial drama.
Let me know your guesses below, and come back on Saturday to find out if you're right.
Our first Star of the Week is Susannah York! To start things off, you can watch a video clip from her Rag-winning performance in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? and you can also read reviews of The Battle of Britain and Conduct Unbecoming. For her television work, check out her two seasons of Trainer. Come back to her page every day for two new reviews, and enjoy!
'Heartless' Book Review
One of my favorite things about Goodreads is their end of the year recap, where they show you all your books you've read. It's a great way to reflect and remember, "Oh, I read that this year?" Sometimes you can gain more perspective that way. I read the Young Adult fantasy novel Heartless this year, and it was at the top of my Goodreads page because I'd rated it so highly. Read the full review to find out why.
The Next Star
How's this for timing? George C. Scott's time has come to an end just before the end of the year. It's soon time to celebrate our first Star of the Week for 2023! All 32 of his reviews have been posted to his page, and here is your clue:
If you watched George C. Scott in a Christmas movie this season, then you also saw our next Star, who also acted in a famous Bronte story with him.
Leave your guesses below and come back on January 2nd to find out if you're right!
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