How To Give A Book


Every year at the holidays MotherReader, a very noteworthy book blog,  gives suggestions for the gifting of books and this year she has once again come up with a ton of suggestions. The list includes books for all ages and lovely additional things that go with the book to make the gift extra special. With wonderful bloggers like MotherReader around no one should be stuck for suggestions – holidays or birthday! So hop on over there and peruse the list!

Maleficent (2014) – Movie Review


Angelina Jolie – Maleficent
Elle Fanning – Aurora
Sharlto Copley – Stefan


“Explore the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain in this wickedly fun twist on the classic SLEEPING BEAUTY. In an unforgiving mood after a neighboring kingdom threatens her forest, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) places an irrevocable curse on the king’s newborn daughter, the Princess Aurora. but as the child grows, Maleficent finds herself becoming fond of the girl. And as the conflict between the two realms intensifies, Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land. Journey beyond the fairy tale in this soaring adventure that is “visually arresting, brilliantly designed” (Andrew Barker, Variety).”



Honestly, I’m speechless. This movie was absolutely stunning. The visual effects were beautiful, the characters were portrayed amazingly well, and the story of such an evil villain, and showing how she wasn’t necessarily what others saw, was so creative.

In the Sleeping Beauty story, and in the movie, you always disliked Maleficent, and you were supposed to because she was the bad guy, oh, sorry, bad woman. But in this movie, it showed why she was portrayed to be the bad woman and how she changed as she watched Aurora grow and looked after her.

So the story was the first amazing thing about it, how they were able to twist such a well-known story and make you feel for her. But then the other amazing thing was the visual effects. From the moment the movie started, it was magical and the creatures, from fairies to the water creatures, was just stunning.

Some of the creatures were kind of creepy looking, but they were supposed to be. It was all about judging someone by how they looked throughout this entire movie. They judged Maleficent and her friends because they were magical beings and the one Kingdom wanted to destroy them because of it.

Now Angelina Jolie, playing Maleficent was amazing. She played that part SO well. She took on that role and really was just….amazing. I don’t know how else to explain it because she had the personality down pat and was able to get all the subtle things down. Jolie was able to walk around with an air of grace but deadly grace when she went evil.

This, is probably one of my favorite scenes of her portrayal of the character in the movie with the way she looks down and acts all innocent but has this deadly air to her.

So, to me, besides the story, the visual effects were the best thing to me as I’ve always been interested in how they do it and such and it’s amazing how magical they can make a movie nowadays.

All in all, this is a really really good movie. It was PG-13, so it’s not for children, and it really wasn’t, especially with all the violence. For being based on a Disney movie, this really was Hollywoodized (not a word, but I’m making it one now) which is kind of annoying but as a near adult, it didn’t really detract from the movie for me and I still loved it, but if you want your younger kid to watch this, this really isn’t for them because of the nature of what happens. It is quite a dark movie, lighting wise (for parts of it), and dark also in the nature of what happens.

I highly recommend it, even if you don’t really like Disney movies, because I don’t love Disney movies but still absolutely loved this. It take the classical fairy tales and adds a twist to them.

So let me know what you think and enjoy!

Still Stuck For Gift Suggestions? Look No Further!


Barnes and Noble has created an almost perfect helper for selecting gifts with their Holiday Gift Guide which has recommendations galore. GALORE!!!

Here are just some of the great offerings they have:

For teens a selection of top picks HERE as well as suggestions about the coolest author of the moment HERE.

For the younger readers in your life suggestions of books that they should have in their library HERE so you can choose something great to add. As well as other magical reads HERE. And there are a couple of books that MLCWO needs to check out.

Sci-fi and Fantasy fans are catered to HERE.

Whovians HERE.

Walking Dead fans HERE.

Games of Throne fans HERE.

And for the consummate Star Wars fan you need to go HERE to pick up something extra cool for yourself your recipient.

There is so much inspiration that you probably can do all your gift shopping in one place. So pop on over to Barnes and Noble and start checking off your list.

And no, there is no compensation from BN for the plug – just a book lover sharing a great discovery!


Giving Gifts To Book Lovers That Aren’t Books

So, you have a bookish person in your life (or it is you) and you have tried to choose the perfect book and become overwhelmed with choices. Where to start?

Well, there are lots of  wonderful things besides books out there to tempt you. Here are some of today’s selections:

An essential ingredient for the page turning addict, a bookmark. There are thousands to choose from but here it a lovely little selection to get you started.

Author Bookmarks 


How many of us need this?

A classic piece of book jewelry.

Perfect for the younger readers in your life.

Or how about this lovely little guy?

And for the Whovian in your life.

With over 59,000 bookmarks on Etsy you can certainly find something unique and wonderful for any book lover.

The Elves Are Busy Helping With Your Gifts

With the holiday season in full swing it’s time to stop reading, put down the books and think what wonderful things to give as gifts? Everywhere you turn there are suggestions: socks, scarves and gloves, perfume, something for the kitchen. All good ideas, if not slightly ordinary and expected.

So, how to be creative and give the best present imaginable? Well, why not start with a book? After all you are a reader and book lover (or else you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog) so why not  share your love with your friends and family? Exactly.

Where to start with so many wonderful books to read? At this time of the year ‘Best of the year’ lists are all over the place and every publisher, book seller, newspaper, etc. have recommendations but really, where to start?

To help you here are some suggestions. NPR staff have created a truly wonderful, awe inspiring guide  – Concierge – with filters to help you choose what to read gift. There are LOADS of categories including Young Adult, Kids, fiction, cookbooks and much more. You can apply multiple filters to really focus your selection and then you’ve got your book(s) chosen. There are over 250 titles! And as if that wasn’t enough they have links to several other years with more choices. HERE. No reason not to find a book to read gift.

Happy reading!



The Holiday Season Has Started!



December 1 officially starts the holiday season. With Halloween and Thanksgiving tucked away for another year we can now listen to Christmas carols, drink eggnog, watch soppy holiday movies, elf the cat and anything else that doesn’t move and start planning gift giving. Ah, December.

To put you in the holiday spirit and help you get your inner elf on Book Riot has assembled some of the most beautiful crafts ideas based on books, paper and the printed word. These are gorgeous crafts that celebrate the season, and books. What could be better? HERE.

And to help you with your holiday preparations throughout the month of December you will get all sorts of gift and holiday ideas. The elves at mylibrarycardworeout are going to help you get through the season, with imagination and style! Stay tuned!!!!