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Jul. 16th, 2016

bofur

best books of 2016 (so far!)

* Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild by Mary A. Kassian
*The Suspicion at Sanditon by Carrie Bebris
*White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan
*The Lightning Dreamer by Margarita Engle
*The Winter Fortress by Neal Bascomb
*The End of the Perfect 10 by Dvora Meyers
*The Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels
*A Dance with Jane Austen by Susannah Fullerton
*Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
*The Plain Choice by Sherry Gore
*Dead Presidents by Brady Carlson

May. 30th, 2016

a...a little dog!

fairy tales and me (again)

Have stumbled onto new (re)discoveries...!

*During the past week I've been watching on YouTube fanmade trailers of the 2015 Cinderella in Non/Disney styles. Very cool! They have reintroduced me to the interesting notion of crossover pairings, too!Read more...Collapse )

*Another discovery I made on YouTube is Grimm Reflections, a fairy tale webseries which has retold the stories of Snow White and Rapunzel. It is an excellent series. In Snow White the characters are layered, there's surprising twists, and the end...! Rapunzel is like a miniseries, short yet brilliant. Suspenseful, beautifully shot and edited, great music. I will go down as a hardcore Will/Rapunzel shipper. Great casts in both seasons. And June 1st kicks off season three: Cinderella. Bring it on!Read more...Collapse )

*So I've seen Disney's The Jungle Book twice at the movies now. I actually wasn't interested in seeing it at first. Growing up I watched the animated cartoon a lot, but it never was among my favorite Disney films. It wasn't until after the live-action movie came out and I kept hearing so many good things about it I finally decided to check it out. And...WOW. It blew me away. Favreau's The Jungle Book may now be my definitive version. Not only was it visually stunning, but had story with heart. The voice cast was all perfect. Neel Sethi made me totally believe in him as Mowgli and in his world. Shere Khan has catapulted into my top 5 Disney villains. Kudos to (terrifying) Idris Elba! I love so much the relationship between Mowgli and Bagheera. Unlike the cartoon, I felt their friendship was stronger, more of a focus point than compared to Mowgli's and Baloo's. (There is no "Papa Bear" or discussion of Baloo adopting the boy in the new film.) Instead Mowgli longs for Bagheera's approval, looking up to him very much as a father figure. And it is so touching.

The Jungle Book I think ties with Cinderella as my favorite live-action Disney film (both are head and shoulders above Maleficent). After the release of that stunning teaser trailer (the music!!!!) last week, I am looking forward to seeing what Beauty and the Beast has in store. :)

Mar. 18th, 2016

sleeping beauty

2016 World Junior Championships. Junior Ice Dance - SD. Rachel PARSONS /...

Feb. 19th, 2016

dori + tea

these are a few of my favorite things

I just stumbled over this cool blog post about Disney and Jane Austen: Wait, There's Some Disney in My Jane Austen. Had to share!!

Jan. 28th, 2016

a...a little dog!

part of your world (3-year-old!!)

Jan. 15th, 2016

radagast

classical music mashup

Jan. 10th, 2016

a...a little dog!

fiddler on the roof -- WOW

Dec. 10th, 2015

i do believe

can't stop watching this!

Nov. 27th, 2015

sleeping beauty

2015 NHK Yuzuru Hanyu SP ESP2

Sep. 1st, 2015

edmund

goodbye summer reading

2015 Summer reading total: 164 books

Top 12 Summer Reads:
*For Such a Time by Kate Breslin
*While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movement by Carolyn Maull McKinstry
*Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L'Engle
*A School for Brides: A Story of Maidens, Mystery, and Matrimony by Patrice Kindl
*The Ballet Lover's Companion by Zoe Anderson
*Dancing Through It: My Journey in the Ballet by Jenifer Ringer
*Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
*Murder & Matchmaking by Debbie Cowens
*Pigs Might Fly by Dick King-Smith
*A Castle Full of Cats by Ruth Sanderson
*Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford
*Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson

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