Movie Musical Challenge: Meet Me In St. Louis

Posted June 16, 2017 by Charlotte in Movie Musical Challenge! / 0 Comments
Movie Musical Challenge: Meet Me In St. Louis

For this Movie Musical Challenge I’m using the AFI’s 25 Best Musicals List to try and work my way through. The challenge is throughout the year and once watched I’ll put my thoughts up on the blog. So the fifth movie for the challenge is Meet Me In St. Louis (1944), starring Judy Garland. I loved this film the first time around and watching it again there was a sense of nostalgia and somehow Judy Garland managed to captivate me more than the last time. I still loved the songs, but the two that stood out were “The Boy Next Door”, and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. Every song is brilliant but it something about these two songs that are haunting and somehow manage to sum up Meet Me In St. Louis. There is a quaint and nostalgic look at a time of innocence and optimism when something such as the World Fair coming to your town is the most exciting thing to happen. From the summer of 1903 and spring of 1904, we follow the Smith sisters as they go through rites of passage as each comes to their own. This was a gorgeous, quintessential film and is easily one of my favourite musicals of all […]

Review: What Happened That Night by Sheila O’Flanagan

Posted June 14, 2017 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: What Happened That Night by Sheila O’Flanagan

So this is another stunning book from a fabulous author. What Happened That Night is as sparkly as the featured diamonds. This is a book about two women – Lola and Bey, mother and daughter. Two women with aspirations, goals and ambition. Both of them make rash decisions in one night that effects them for the rest of their lives. Sometimes our initial judgement is off and we misguide ourselves into thinking that we have made the right decision, sometimes we will overthink things through to tell ourselves that we are right. But as stated we should not live by our mistakes sometimes we should learn and accept and while not move on, accept that we are not perfect. This is a heartfelt tale of how one night can change your life. About two independent women who lives are dictated by one mistake. Talented through Bey may be, her fathers family are arrogant and dismissive of her and her skills. Despite everything Bey manages to achieve she is still defined by one night. I really loved the fact that this book isn’t defined by a rocky love interest and pining. Yep there is romance. But there is also so much more to […]

Review: Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

Posted June 12, 2017 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

We have all brought a lottery ticket and daydreamed about what we would do with the winnings – what we would buy, what we would donate and what we would give to our families. But nobody imagines what the impact of winning the lottery would have. How it could change relationships, create fake friends and draw unwanted attention. Nobody thinks of the consequences and the darker side of winning. Just the rush and have some serious spare change in your pocket. Windfall takes all this into consideration and more. I’m not sure that I found Teddy a suitable love interest. In my mind he was shallow and self-absorbed. Even before he won the lottery. He was kind but it felt like he was kind because that was the only thing he had to offer. Or maybe I’m being too harsh. Actually I am being harsh – Teddy is an underdog – he and Alice – have not had an easy start to life. Its only fair that he has some insecurities. Both have massive insecurities and all their problems come to light after the aftermath of winning the lottery and both end up dealing with their issues and accepting themselves. All have to […]

Pastime Pleasures #33 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Posted June 9, 2017 by Charlotte in Pastime Pleasures, Reviews / 0 Comments
Pastime Pleasures #33 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

This has to be my favourite Harry Potter out of the whole series. It is the pivotal point in the Harry Potters and a complete game changer. Goblet of Fire is the starting point for Harry and co to grow up. Before Harry’s adventures were limited to in-school activities. And Voldermort is still a shadow of himself. And it is now all going to change. Because now that he is back. There is a lot of Quidditch, adventure and thrills. As Harry races to the end of the Triwizard cup and starts to realise that he is a teenager. The fact that Harry and co are growing up lead to some hilarious moments as hormones take the better of them. And we get to learn about other schools. I loved that we finally get to know so much more about the wizarding world rather than just Hogwarts, Diagon Alley and Harry’s life in the summer holidays. “We are only as strong as we are united and as weak as we are divided.” – Albus Dumbledore Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 211 other subscribers […]

Review: The Mills & Boon Modern Girl’s Guide to Growing Old Disgracefully by Ada Adverse

Posted June 7, 2017 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: The Mills & Boon Modern Girl’s Guide to Growing Old Disgracefully by Ada Adverse

This is another fun list from Mills and Boon. All about growing old. And lets be honest everyone grows old, we grow old ever day. Some of us just need a few tips in that department. Or two…. And if we are being perfectly honest it’s not about growing old disgracefully it is all about growing old with style. Even if a bit of finesse is missing. This A-Z listing of hilarious and as usual an over the top guide. Every page was neatly defined in the vintage pictures. Both words and images managed to define the amusing side of motherhood perfectly. This is a quick easy read that you can dip into as the mood takes you. Every page had something to laugh at, something to make me smile. This would be the perfect gift for anyone, any time in the year. Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 211 other subscribers Email Address