#MovieMonday | G.I. Jane (1997)

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Welcome to another MOVIE MONDAY!

Each week (obvs on a Monday…hence the title of the feature!) we will bring to you one of our personal favourites. We hope you enjoy and share with us your favourite movies!

This tag is open to anyone who wants to join us. Just be sure to comment with your blog link so we can geek out together!

This weeks movie is one of my all favourite military action movies….

G.I. Jane (1997)
Directed by; Ridley Scott

I can’t remember the first time I saw G.I. Jane, but it fast became one of my favourite movies! I remember I was younger, as watching a female lead up against the gruelling SEALS program made me enquire as to how I could enrol in the Army to become an infantry soldier. Sadly at the time, I received a response advising that females were not able to become infantry soldiers 😦 but I could still dream.

Demi Moore is one of the few females I have seen that can REALLY pull off a shaved head (Furiosa… I’m also looking at you!). When I mentioned to my other half once about shaving my head, I was met with laughter and a comparison of Puggsley Addams! Not sure my jaw line is sharp enough!

THIS scene is EVERYTHING!! I’m lucky if I can do ONE push up on bended knees! Demi Moore does them ONE handed and on top of chairs?!? WTF?!

With this line alone, Jordan is up there in my top 5 fictional heroines!

-S.

#MovieMonday | BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017)

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Welcome to another MOVIE MONDAY!

Each week (obvs on a Monday…hence the title of the feature!) we will bring to you one of our personal favourites. We hope you enjoy and share with us your favourite movies!

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This weeks movie is a live action re-telling of one of the most infamous Disney movies ever released; BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017)
Directed by; Bill Condon

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This remake of the Disney classic, for me, really brings the magic to life!

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You can appreciate the real chemistry between Belle and the Beast. It’s so much more than the animated original.

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This movie left me with nothing by warm and fuzzy feelings when I finished watching it!

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*L*

#BookTag | #Top10Tuesday 01/05/2018 – Top 10 Books I Could Re-Read FOREVER!

#Top10Tuesday is a weekly book tag hosted by the fab team over at That Artsy Reader Girl

The rules are simple – following a given prompt (or choose your own) you choose 10 items that fit within that prompt.

I have chosen a ‘Top 10’ prompt from back in February which is ‘Top 10 Books I Could Re-Read Forever’.

Remember that these are in NO particular order! 🙂

GABRIEL’S INFERNO by Sylvain Reynard

THE INFORMANT by Susan Wilkins

THE MERMAID’S SINGING by Val McDermid

HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE by J.K. Rowling

MAYBE SOMEDAY by Colleen Hoover

THE TAKE by Martina Cole

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Steig Larsson

DEEP DOWN DEAD by Steph Broadribb

THE FIREMAN by Joe Hill

BEAUTIFUL DISASTER


by Jamie McGuire

What do you think to my choices? Do you agree with any of them?

Would love to hear in the comments! 🙂

Until next week, happy reading…..

-S.

 

#MovieMonday | TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY (1991)

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Welcome to another MOVIE MONDAY!

Each week (obvs on a Monday…hence the title of the feature!) we will bring to you one of our personal favourites. We hope you enjoy and share with us your favourite movies!

This tag is open to anyone who wants to join us. Just be sure to comment with your blog link so we can geek out together!

This weeks movie is one of my Top Five of ALL time…

TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY (1991)
Directed by; James Cameron

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When I was a nipper, we had a small collection of VHS tapes, mostly all of them ex-rental purchases from Ritz video! (Am I showing my age yet?!) Among such classics like Aladdin, Back to the Future: Part Three (no idea why we didn’t have the first two!) and Total Recall, we had Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

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Now at this point, I had never seen the first Terminator, so I was oblivious to the back story of Sarah Connor and Skynet. Thankfully the narration the sequel gave me enough insight.

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I love literally EVERYTHING about this movie. From the characters, to the plot, the action, the chase sequences. EVERY THING!

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Sarah Connor is and will always be my spirit animal. She is the only female I think I truly look up to. She’s strong, sensitive, puts others before herself. She’s a warrior.

 

#BookTag | #GoodreadsMonday 30/04/2018 |CHILD 44 (Leo Demidov #1) by Tom Rob Smith @tomrobsmith (April 28th 2011, Simon & Schuster UK @simonschusterUK)

Title: CHILD 44 (Leo Demidov #1)
Author:
Tom Rob Smith
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 28th April 2011

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Stalin’s Soviet Union strives to be a paradise for its workers, providing for all of their needs. One of its fundamental pillars is that its citizens live free from the fear of ordinary crime and criminals.

But in this society, millions do live in fear . . . of the State. Death is a whisper away. The mere suspicion of ideological disloyalty-owning a book from the decadent West, the wrong word at the wrong time-sends millions of innocents into the Gulags or to their executions. Defending the system from its citizens is the MGB, the State Security Force. And no MGB officer is more courageous, conscientious, or idealistic than Leo Demidov.

A war hero with a beautiful wife, Leo lives in relative luxury in Moscow, even providing a decent apartment for his parents. His only ambition has been to serve his country. For this greater good, he has arrested and interrogated.

Then the impossible happens. A different kind of criminal-a murderer-is on the loose, killing at will. At the same time, Leo finds himself demoted and denounced by his enemies, his world turned upside down, and every belief he’s ever held shattered. The only way to save his life and the lives of his family is to uncover this criminal. But in a society that is officially paradise, it’s a crime against the State to suggest that a murderer-much less a serial killer-is in their midst. Exiled from his home, with only his wife, Raisa, remaining at his side, Leo must confront the vast resources and reach of the MBG to find and stop a criminal that the State won’t admit even exists.

After watching RED SPARROW in the cinema back in March – I was keen to read a spy thriller. I’ve only read a small handful to now so wanted to broaden my horizon!

Before anyone asks – no I haven’t seen the movie. Nor will I until I have read the book. This is how I roll these days!

This tag was bought to life by the wonderful Lauren at Page Turner 20

Be sure to go and check out her page for more information on how to get involved!

-S.

#BookTag | #Top10Tuesday 24/04/2018 – Top 10 Romance Novels

#Top10Tuesday is a weekly book tag hosted by the fab team over at That Artsy Reader Girl

The rules are simple – following a given prompt (or choose your own) you choose 10 items that fit within that prompt.

As I haven’t posted a ‘Top 10’ for a while, I thought this week, I have chosen a ‘Top 10’ prompt from back in February which was a love freebie. With that, I am going to share with you my Top 10 Romance Novels. Which are in NO particular order! 🙂

MIDNIGHT BLUE by L.J. Shen

FROM LUKOV WITH LOVE by Mariana Zapata

CARNAGE by Lesley Jones

GABRIEL’S INFERNO by Sylvain Reynard

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

 

HERO by Lauren Rowe

BAIT by Jade West

ONE NIGHT PROMISED by Jodi Ellen Malpas

UNDEFEATED by Stuart Reardon & Jane Harvey-Berrick

GREY by E.L. James

 


What do you think to my choices? Do you agree with any of them?

Would love to hear in the comments! 🙂

Until next week, happy reading…..

-S.

#MovieMonday |TRON: LEGACY (2010)

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Welcome to another MOVIE MONDAY!

Each week (obvs on a Monday…hence the title of the feature!) we will bring to you one of our personal favourites. We hope you enjoy and share with us your favourite movies!

This tag is open to anyone who wants to join us. Just be sure to comment with your blog link so we can geek out together!

This weeks movie is a favourite of my other half (Adam) and mine. We saw this when it was first released in IMAX 3D. The visuals. The audio. Story aside…it’s a stunning movie to watch!

TRON: LEGACY (2010)
Directed by; Joseph Kosinski

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Straight off. This is the SEXIEST Disney castle intro I have EVER seen! Just look at this still. Then search on YouTube for the full thing. SWOON!

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Once we get through the introduction and a recap on the previous movie – Sam is accidentally transported into the same world his father still lives in.

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As much as I try and repel technology, there is something to be said about how it can elevate a movie to visual perfection and TRON: LEGACY to me is a perfect example.

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We only cried a little bit when we heard the sequel to LEGACY was not being made anymore 😦

#BookTag | #GoodreadsMonday 23/04/2018 | RECOVERED by Jay Crownover @JayCrownover (March 24th 2018, Indie Published)

Title: RECOVERED
Author:
Jay Crownover
Publisher:
Indie Published
Publication Date: March 24th 2018

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It was hate at first sight…

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I hated Cable James McCaffrey.

He was entitled, spoiled, a user…and an addict.

He was out of control and didn’t bother trying to hide it.

He had everything anyone could want but still seemed miserable and lost.

Every move he made, every mistake he stumbled his way through, rubbed me the wrong way. However, I couldn’t stop myself from trying to save him from himself when no one else would. In the sweltering heat of the summer, Cable taught me that having it all means nothing if you can’t have the one thing you want more than anything else.

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I was obsessed with Affton Reed.

She was rigid, uptight, and no fun. There was something about her innate goodness that called to me.

She acted like she was above all the normal faults and failures that clung to the rest of us like the scent of smoke after a fire.

I was infatuated with her, but that didn’t stop me from acting like she didn’t exist.

In the scorching heat of summer, Affton taught me that there is always a way back from the brink of despair. She showed me that the trick to having it all was realizing that it was already there, in my hands. All I had to do was hold onto it.

The road to recovery is full of twists and turns no matter who is in the driver’s seat.

I have *M* to thank for my ongoing adventure into the world of contemporary romance. Since attending RARE in London earlier this year, I have been reading some truly amazing indie authors.

It was the blurb for RECOVERED that peaked my interest. I’ve heard of Jay Crownover before and from what I’ve seen…her work is very well received. I can’t wait to get stuck in and let you know what I think!

This tag was bought to life by the wonderful Lauren at Page Turner 20

Be sure to go and check out her page for more information on how to get involved!

-S.

#MovieMonday | THE DUFF (2015)

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Welcome to another MOVIE MONDAY!

Each week (obvs on a Monday…hence the title of the feature!) we will bring to you one of our personal favourites. We hope you enjoy and share with us your favourite movies!

This tag is open to anyone who wants to join us. Just be sure to comment with your blog link so we can geek out together!

This weeks movie is one of my all time favourite guilty pleasures….

THE DUFF (2015)
Directed by; Ari Sandel

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You may be wondering what the chuff a ‘DUFF’ is?

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Which Mae Whitman (yes, the same Mae Whitman who plays the Presidents daughter in Independence Day!) is certainly not by the way! If I was HALF as cool as her, I’d be a happy lady!

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I’m not usually a fan of American high school rom-coms, but this seems to tick a lot of boxes for me. Brilliant characters (Alison Janney plays Bianca’s mother and is HILARIOUS!), a great plot and has NOTHING to do with it starring Robbie Amell. Nothing at all. Nope. It’s ALL about the acting….

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This movie is based on the book of the same name. I read the book AFTER watching the movie and was taken back at how much the story had changed. But I enjoyed both regardless.

I’m also a sucker for a happy ending!

#BookTag | #GoodreadsMonday 16/04/2018 |FEARLESS by Jessie Keane @realjessiekeane (March 22nd 2018, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

Title: FEARLESS
Author:
Jessie Keane
Publisher:
Pan Macmillan
Publication Date: March 22nd 2018

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Play dirty, play to win.

Josh Flynn is the king of the bare-knuckle gypsy fighters. His reputation is un-blemished; his fist a deadly weapon.

Claire Milo has always loved Josh, they were destined to be together from the day they met. Two gypsy lovers with their whole lives ahead of them. If only Josh would find a different way of earning a living instead of knocking the living daylights out of another man in the boxing ring. One day, she knew something really bad was going to happen. She could feel it . . .

Shauna Everett always wanted what she couldn’t have, and nobody, especially Claire Milo was going to stand in her way. She’s had her eye on Josh Flynn for years and she knew just how to get him. If it meant playing dirty, then so be it. What had she got to lose?

In a world ruled by violence, crime and backstreet brawls, only one woman will win in Jessie Keane’s Fearless, but how low is she prepared to go to achieve that goal?

Can you sense a theme on some of the books that are coming up on my TBR? I thoroughly enjoy Martina Cole and I’m half way into my first Kimberely Chambers book (THE TRAP) and LOVING it! Next step for me is Jessie Keane!

This tag was bought to life by the wonderful Lauren at Page Turner 20

Be sure to go and check out her page for more information on how to get involved!

-S.