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July Monthly News

Welcome to the July edition of monthly news!
I had my best reading month in a long time. Most were short stories, but 7 is still well above what I have gotten reviewed or read in the last year. I feel good about it anyways. Have you slowed down on your reading?
The hubby and I have been together 17.5 years, but celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary on the 5th.
I'm hosting a giveaway for Barry Season 1, come check it out!
Not much else happened, but I'm thankful for that. 
What about you guys?


BOOKS: Actors Anonymous by James FrancoBefore by Cambria HebertChicken Recipes by Hannie P. Scott (recommend)Daire Meets Ever by Alyson NoelEver After High: Ashlynn Ella's Story by Shannon HaleFree Fall by Brad Thor (recommend)Going Through The Change by Samantha Bryant (recommend)
MOVIES: Barry Season 1 (recommend)Isle Of Dogs (recommend)Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Yearly Total: 35 Books & 15 Movies

Book of the Month:


Book of the Year:

Maze Runner: The Death Cure #Movie

AVAILABLE NOW!
Rated PG.
144 minutes
AMAZON US   |   AMAZON CA   |   AMAZON UK
In the conclusion to the Maze Runner trilogy, Thomas and the surviving Gladers prepare to face off against WCKD one last time as they fight to find a cure for the deadly disease known as The Flare that has wiped out most of the world. Friendships and loyalties will be tested and the fight against WCKD will also determine who will survive in the end.

My review for The Maze Runner My review for The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
REVIEW: Lots of action but a little lax on the story line.
I felt like I had too big a break in between the movie to really remember much of the series anyway, at least, since the maze. This apocalyptic society they live in is harsh. It makes for great entertainment, but is pretty far-fetched.
This story did try to center around finding a cure for this death. It reminded me of The Walking Dead. These people are cranks though, so don't get it confused.
I still haven't read the series, nor…

Going Through The Change by Samantha Bryant (35)

Kindle: 1458 KBPrint: 250 pagesPublisher: Curiosity Quills Press (April 23, 2015)ASIN: B00T7ZVYM2
AMAZON US   |   AMAZON CA   |   AMAZON UK
Going through “the change” isn’t easy on any woman. Mood swings, hot flashes, hormonal imbalances, and itchy skin are par for the course. But for these four seemingly unrelated women, menopause brought changes none of them had ever anticipated—super-heroic changes.

Helen discovers a spark within that reignites her fire. Jessica finds that her mood is lighter, and so is her body. Patricia always had a tough hide, but now even bullets bounce off her. Linda doesn’t have trouble opening the pickle jar anymore… now that she’s a man.

When events throw the women together, they find out that they have more in common than they knew—one person has touched all their lives. The hunt for answers is on.
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day, and a novelist and wife and mother by night. In other words, she's a superhero all the time!
REVIEW: So …

The Friday 56 (With Instagram 56 & Book Beginnings)

Welcome to Week 386!
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in youreReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. 
*It's that simple.

Or join The Friday 56 onInstagram!
Rules: * Grab a book and find a creative way to showcase your 56. It can be a photo of the book and the 56 in comments, or whatever you come up with. Make sure to use the hashtag #Friday56 *Add your Instagram url to the Linky.
Happy weekend!
Check this book at Amazon; https://amzn.to/2LnQg3f Page 56 on Kindle

Free Fall by Brad Thor (34)

Kindle: 1582 KBPrint: 64 pagesPublisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books (June 11 2013)ASIN: B00D5765T0
AMAZON US   |   AMAZON CA   |   AMAZON UK

The prelude to Hidden Order, Brad Thor's riveting and pulse-pounding Scot Harvath thriller.
Bradley George "Brad" Thor Jr. is an American thriller novelist, and putative Republican presidential candidate challenging Donald Trump in the 2020 United States presidential election.
REVIEW: What an exciting little read!
It was my first time reading a book from Brad Thor, and I loved the subject matter. Who wouldn't enjoy an espionage thriller with Somali pirates? I know I did, and it also made me want to read more from the author. I even may start this series right, since this novella is #11.5 in the series, but I didn't know that when I sat to read it. I don't think it mattered anyway. I don't feel like I missed out on anything previously so it's all good.


4/5


**Compensation may be earned from the links within. This copy was o…

Isle Of Dogs #Movie

AVAILABLE JULY 17!
Rated PG-13
102 minutes

AMAZON US   |   AMAZON CA

An outbreak of dog flu has spread through the city of Megasaki, Japan, and Mayor Kobayashi has demanded all dogs to be sent to Trash Island. On the island, a young boy named Atari sets out to find his lost dog, Spots, with the help of five other dogs... with many obstacles along the way. Starring Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Yoko Ono and many more!


REVIEW: Cute and funny at times.  For a movie without a ton of dialogue, and some of that dialogue in a language I don't understand, it was still easy to know what was going on and enjoy it. These dogs are such hams though. Each with their own personality, bringing these dogs to life. Literally. They talk, and in English. Lots of adventure. A few laughs, and a good story. They say it's not for kids, but I don't see why not. They may get bored with the lack of voice, but there's not much in there they shouldn't see if anything at all. A great independent film!

Barry Season 1 #Win A Digital Code (US/CDN)

AVAILABLE NOW!
Rated PG
8 episodes and bonus features
AMAZON US   |   AMAZON UK
Three-time Emmy®-nominee Bill Hader (SNL) “gives a master-class in acting” (Indiewire) in the critically acclaimed dark comedy series, Barry: Season 1, available for Digital Download on June 18th. Hailed as “the best new comedy on television” (NPR), cast regulars also include Henry Winkler (Royal Pains), Stephen Root (True Blood), Sarah Goldberg (Hindsight), Glenn Fleshler (True Detective), and Anthony Carrigan (Gotham).
Barry (Hader) is a depressed hitman from the Midwest, and while on a job in Los Angeles, he follows his mark into an acting class and has a career epiphany when he discovers the intoxicating world of theater acting. Instantly drawn to the class and students, Barry is eager to leave his lonely, cold-hearted job behind, but as he attempts to start a new life in LA, his criminal ties won’t let him walk away, forcing him to find a balance between both worlds.
Termed as a “bittersweet dramedy that&…

The Friday 56 (With Instagram 56 & Book Beginnings)

Welcome to Week 385!
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in youreReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. 
*It's that simple.

Or join The Friday 56 onInstagram!
Rules: * Grab a book and find a creative way to showcase your 56. It can be a photo of the book and the 56 in comments, or whatever you come up with. Make sure to use the hashtag #Friday56 *Add your Instagram url to the Linky.
Sorry I am late. I actually forgot to post last night.
Check out the author's webpage at Amazon; https://amzn.to/2NyQSQi Page 55 on Kindle

Ever After High: Ashlynn Ella's Story by Shannon Hale (33)

Kindle: 2249 KBPrint: 15 pages
There is only Spanish and German translations on Amazon currently.
Accompany Ashlynn Ella, daughter of Cinderella, while her friends in the woods help her prepare for a new course at Ever After High. She will sign her destiny and her wedding with a prince. But what will happen if, before signing, you know the hunter of your dreams?  Welcome to Ever After High, the institute where the children of the characters of the most famous stories study.
New York Times best selling author Shannon Hale started writing books at age ten and never stopped, eventually earning an MFA in Creative Writing. After nineteen years of writing and dozens of rejections, she published The Goose Girl, the first in her award-winning Books of Bayern series. She has published seventeen books for young readers including the Newbery Honor winner Princess Academy and its two sequels, multiple award winner Book of a Thousand Days, superhero YA novel Dangerous, and the first four Ever After Hi…

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