My Top 11 Favorite Modern Novels

I enjoyed reading the Kite Runner in high school, I even found a graphic novel version of it. A Wrinkle in Time inspired me to become a writer at age 12. You should definitely check out Confessions of a Shopaholic also by Sophie Kinsella. I’ve heard of Watership Down however the movie scares me. I’ve read a little of Ready Player One, I got a bored with the plot so I just looked for pop culture references I recognized in the book.

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In my last post I shared with you 11 of my favorite classic novels. This was a list made up of novels published 1960 and before and was in honor of the Great American Read program I saw on PBS. It seemed only natural to then give you my favorite modern novels and then non-fiction, memoirs etc. On one hand this list was much easier to put together and another it was harder. I don’t read a lot of modern novels and I find even fewer that I love so it was easy to narrow it down but even coming up with 11 was difficult! But these are 11 pretty good books that I really enjoyed and I hope you will enjoy them as well.

I am going to give an honorable mention to A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman which I loved!

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My Top 11 Favorite Classic Novels

My favorites are: Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, Pride and Prejudice, & Jane Eyre

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When people see how much I love movies they sometimes assume that I don’t also like to read. This is probably because in my experience many men choose movies over reading but I think both are essential to be a full complete person. I love movies but there is something about the experience of living in stories that only books can give you. Movies give you a 2 hour story but a book can delight you for weeks depending on its size.

Recently I enjoyed watching the kickoff program for The Great American Read. This is a 2 hour show on PBS that has compiled a list of the 100 best books of all time. Some are questionable such as 50 Shades of Grey and an embarrassing number I haven’t read but watching the show inspired me to do more reading and to tell you my lovely readers about…

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Pixar 42: Incredibles 2

The movie people have been waiting for is finally here!

Reviewing All 56 Disney Animated Films And More!

For years whenever a superhero movie sequel came out I wondered to myself ‘will they ever make The Incredibles 2?” The 2004 film is not only one of my favorite animated films but is my favorite superhero movie along with Wonder Woman. It so brilliantly weaves together traditional superhero themes with a message of the mundane nature of modern work and the toxicity of pretending to be something you are not. Now in this sequel Brad Bird and his team have managed to combine classic superhero fun with a reminder that when “done properly, parenting is a heroic act.”

Incredibles 2 starts off where the first movie leaves us. Unfortunately, the people have not immediately welcomed back Supers like you might expect. They see carnage and suffering left by Syndrome and look for someone to blame in the Supers. This leaves the Parr family in a tricky dynamic of…

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Character Study of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy in ‘Pride and Prejudice’

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Elizabeth Bennet

Elizabeth is the central character in Pride and Prejudice – indeed it could be said that Elizabeth is Pride and Prejudice.  She is the main focus of our interest, she is the novel’s heroine, even though she makes mistakes and is not particularly heroic.  Her personality, her attitudes and her development throughout the novel bring together the story and all the other characters.  The novel is concerned with pride and with prejudice and she and Darcy are the main players.  She is Mr Bennet’s favourite daughter and her ‘quickness of mind’ is made evident in her witty and teasing conversations, where she often adopts striking and independent views.  (See Chapters 8,9, and 11, when she is looking after Jane at Netherfield, in her conversations with Bingley, his sisters and Darcy).

She likes to laugh at people, including herself.  She shares her capacity for irony with her…

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Violet Evergarden Full Review

I know that I already wrote a review for Violet Evergarden but that was the bare bones spoiler- free version. For the long analytical version, check out this link!  http://www.overlyanimated.com/2018/06/10/violet-evergarden-gives-you-an-excuse-to-cry/

Violet Evergarden is a show meant to be experienced by all. I wouldn’t want to spoil the story for you by giving it all away in the review.

Neo Yokio, Netflix’s Anime Original: Review

My exact sentiments.

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Note: Before you read the stuff I rant, please be advised that everything I said down below were purely my opinion. I just want my thoughts to get out of my head. So please forgive me if you were offended by my words. Its totally not my intention.

NeoYokio2017.pngSynopsis: Netflix’s press release describes Neo Yokio as the greatest city in the world. The series revolves around Kaz Kaan (Jaden Smith), a wealthy “magistocrat” who lives with his Aunt Agatha (Susan Sarandon) and tries to live a normal life away distanced from his demon-slaying past. (Wiki)


Review:

Why did I watch this? Why?

Neo Yokio. Wow. This “anime” pretty much changed my outlook about Netflix. I dunno what, but it seems I can’t trust Netflix anymore when it comes to anime-related content. You guys saw Death note live-adaptation right?!?! Was that even an adaptation?!?! It was a mess. Now this?!?! Wtf…

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Violet Evergarden(2018)Spoiler-Free Review

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Set in an alternative post WWI universe, Violet Evergarden tells the story of Violet Evergarden, a former child soldier who has spent most of her in the military following orders from her commanding officer, Major Gilbert. Just as the war reaches its climax, Major Gilbert gets mortally wounded. Before he dies, his last words to Violet are “I love you”. Trying to grasp the meaning and emotion behind his words, Violet becomes an “Auto Memory Doll” An Auto Memory doll is a person who carries people’s thoughts and emotions then transcribe them into heart-felt letters. With her new job, she hopes to gain a better understanding of “emotions”.
Watching Violet Evergarden was cathartic for me because it gave me an excuse to cry. Around this time, I was looking back on my past and imagining if things went differently. Viewing Violet’s struggle to overcome and understand her past, It made me realize that although there are certain parts or events in her past that she wishes to do-over again. Her past is her past. It can’t be changed or rewritten so she has to learn to live with it.
With that said, The impact of Violet’s personal interactions with either clients or friends will never be forgotten because her presence in their lives however long or short has changed them into better people for knowing her.