Month: November 2016

Movie Musical Challenge – Meet Me In St. Louis

Movie Musical Challenge – Meet Me In St. Louis

For this Movie Musical Challenge I’ve made a list of 15 musicals that I haven’t yet seen and probably ought to have. The challenge is throughout the year and once watched I’ll put my thoughts up on the blog. So the tenth movie for the challenge is Meet Me In St. Louis (1944), starring Judy Garland. Some of my favourite songs were “The Trolley Song”, “The Boy Next Door”, and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, but every song was brilliant as each one made me want to hum along and repeat again and again. 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. Set in four acts from the summer of 1903 and spring of 1904, we follow the Smith sisters as they go through rites of passage and changes as each comes to their own. This was a gorgeous, quintessential film and is definitely in my top three musicals of 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 752 other subscribers Email Address

Movie Musical Challenge – Kiss Me Kate

Movie Musical Challenge – Kiss Me Kate

For this Movie Musical Challenge I’ve made a list of 15 musicals that I haven’t yet seen and probably ought to have. The challenge is throughout the year and once watched I’ll put my thoughts up on the blog.   So the eight movie for the challenge is Kiss Me Kate (1953), starring Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel. I felt a bit funny about the romance between Fred and Lilli because I felt that they hadn’t worked through their issues but perhaps it helps that it was pretty obvious that Fred was still in love with Lilli and the reason for their divorce was something trivial. To be honest I’m not sure that I had a favourite song – Too Darn Hot, Brush Up Your Shakespeare and I Hate Men are probably the best but there was nothing that stood with me. The standout for me was Ann Miller and her dancing. She was the highlight of the film and made me just want to get up and start tap dancing. This is probably my least favourite musical that I have watched so far and to be honest I didn’t really feel anything for Lilli and Fred or for the concept of the film. Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your […]

Review: A Year and a Day by Isabelle Broom

Posted November 23, 2016 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 2 Comments
Review: A Year and a Day by Isabelle Broom

I received this book for free from Netgalley / the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. A Year and a Day by Isabelle Broom Series: Standalone Published by: Penguin Micheal Joseph on 17th November 2016 Genres: Chick Lit; Contemporary; Fiction; Romance Pages: 400 Format: E-arc / Paperback Source: Netgalley / Publisher Rating: ***** About: A heartwarming and heartbreaking story about love and life in one of Europe’s most romantic cities, Prague. Welcome to a city where wishes are everywhere For Megan, a winter escape to Prague with her friend Ollie is a chance to find some inspiration for her upcoming photography exhibition. But she’s determined to keep their friendship from becoming anything more. Because if Megan lets Ollie find out about her past, she risks losing everything – and she won’t let that happen again . . . For Hope, the trip is a surprise treat from Charlie, her new partner. But she’s struggling to enjoy the beauty of the city when she knows how angry her daughter is back home. And that it’s all her fault . . . For Sophie, the city has always been a magical place. This time she can’t stop counting down the […]

Through the Letterbox: My Bookish Crate Dark Retelling Box Review

Through the Letterbox: My Bookish Crate Dark Retelling Box Review

So this is the second ever subscription box from My Bookish Crate (having recieed the gorgeous Harry Potter Pride box) and is one of my favourite to have received from through the post. My Bookish Crate is a monthly subscription book box based in the UK. In each box you can expect: a recently published Young Adult book and 4-5 bookish goodies related to the box’s theme The box is £28 plus shipping at £3 (if UK based) bringing it to a grand total of £31. The price for the box isn’t unreasonable although I do dislike paying for delivery (it should be included in the price!!). With everything you get though the box is well worth the price. The October theme was Dark Retelling and as Halloween was around the corner it was a perfect box to receive. Upon opening the box I was greeted by this sight. I could see a couple of things peeking out ready to be opened.     I loved the fact that the book was wrapped up adding so much more to the mystery of what the book was. It turned out to be Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter. Which I was a little disappointing about […]

Movie Musical Challenge – Easter Parade

Movie Musical Challenge – Easter Parade

For this Movie Musical Challenge I’ve made a list of 15 musicals that I haven’t yet seen and probably ought to have. The challenge is throughout the year and once watched I’ll put my thoughts up on the blog.   So the seventh movie for the challenge is Easter Parade (1948), starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland. There are so many wonderful songs that its hard to pick a favourite. But some include, A Fella with an Umbrella, A Couple of Swells and It Only Happens When I Dance With You. Despite the title of this musical, there isn’t much time spent on the ‘Easter Parade’. But this is a light, whimsical and entertaining musical showcasing the talent of Astaire and Garland. With great support from Ann Miller and Peter Crawford. This may not be the best musical that Astaire and Garland has ever done but its simplicity and easy sing a long songs makes it a classic that should not be missed. This is an appealing musical with standout dance routines and fantastic songs that you just want to try out long after this film is finished. Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. […]