Wednesday, January 20, 2021

My History with Taylor Swift


Taylor Swift and I have a long history with each other. We have a rather a love/hate relationship. While I listen to her music (at least her old stuff), I could never like her as a person. For years, I never understood why people consider her so admirable and refuse (or are just too stupid) to recognize her glamorized vitriol and money making manipulative nature she has always possessed. I grew up in Taylor Swift mania and so my history of her road to fame is much more accurate than what most of her fans know about today. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Goodreads Reviews: The Librarian of Auschwitz


 
The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio G. Iturbe

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Truth is the first casualty of war." When truth is destroyed then madness may reign free. From the time she was 9 years old, Edita "Dita" Adler has seen the truth disappear the moment the Nazi's occupied her home in Prague in 1939. From there Dita was taken from her home, placed in the ghettos and then finally shipped to Auschwitz where she spends every moment trying to survive. Not live, just survive.

Amid the filth, bloodshed, starvation, sickness and hatefulness, there is a small glimmer of happiness. Block Thirty-One has been made into a school for the children too young to work. It is of course a sham for the Nazi Party to give the appearance that Auschwitz is a perfectly ordinary displaced persons camp, however to the teachers and their pupils, Block Thirty-One is a sanctuary.

Even though it's termed 'a school,' books are forbidden. Yet, Fredy Hirsch, the director of Block Thirty-One manages to stash eight different books that will be secretly shared around. He gives the position of Block Thirty-One librarian to fourteen year old Dita, believing that she is capable to handle it. From the moment the books are put into Dita's hands, she vows she will protect them with her life. And every moment of her life could possibly be her last.

A gritty, heartbreaking, true life account of a young girl who witnessed and survived the darkest and most evil institutions in history. She is constantly on her guard whether protecting the books, evading Dr. Josef Mengele the notorious "Angel of Death," keeping her family together or even fighting her feelings for a man she admires.

The Nazi's tried to destroy the truth of culture and humanity. They tried to kill it within the gas chambers and the tunneled graves. However, by hiding the eight books of Block Thirty-One, Dita preserved the truth and brought it to light, with her story of survival, resilience and courage.


Monday, January 18, 2021

Inklings Link-Up~January 2021

Inklings for a new year! Here's my list of Inklings posts from last year!

1. At any time during the month, on your own blog post a scene from a book or film that matches the prompt.

2. Leave a link to your post in the comments section on this post and I'll post all your links with the next prompt. That's it!

January Prompt

A new beginning in book or film

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

 

The Guardians are back! And still getting into trouble. What else would you except from a group of aliens? I was pleasantly surprised with this sequel, because it had an emotional depth to the story that you really wouldn't expect from a franchise like this one. Dealing with the fragile concepts of kidnapping, abandonment, abuse, nature v nurture and what constitutes 'family,' are dealt with quite brilliantly in the Guardians ongoing journey.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Guardians of the Galaxy



 If Star Trek had a baby with the Marvel franchise then this quirky film would be their child. Guardians of the Galaxy was another Marvel product that I had no concept of until it premiered in 2014. To be honest I didn't particularly care for it, but upon re-watching it for reviewing purposes, it does have a whimsy and charm to it that other Marvel franchises tend to lack. It's gritty, but not serious. It's geared toward teenagers, but adults can find the humor just as easily. It's certainly not my favorite of the Marvel productions, but it does have a place for your super geeky, space loving fans.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

LOTR Read-Along: The Fellowship of the Ring: The Breaking of the Fellowship


As the story relays, the Fellowship's quest is coming to an end. Our band of diverse heroes have come to a crossroads of what to do with themselves. Do they continue on to Mordor or follow Boromir into Gondor, do they all go their own way? A difficult question after all that they've been through together. The decision is laid before Frodo. Only the Ring bearer can decide the fate of all of them now.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Lovely Blog Party


Cordy from Any Merry Little Thought is hosting her month long Lovely Blog Party!

I participated in 2019 writing about Arthur & Gwen from BBC Merlin and a movie review of First Knight.

This year I'll be writing about Lynda Day and Spike Thomson from Press Gang. They were definitely a cute and unique couple, but they weren't without their problems either.