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January Monthly News

Welcome to the January edition of the monthly news! Happy New Year!! So this year, with the Oscar nominations coming out, I decided to watch whichever nominees I had access to. This should be interesting, as I have a few to watch and review. Do you watch the nominees?? As for books, I need to pick up my pace a bit. I am almost finished my 5th but 1 cannot be reviewed till April. Yup, I'm reviewing Spring releases already. It's messing with my GoodReads pace though. Are you on track with your reading pace?

BOOKS: Trapped by Jack Kilborn (recommend)Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets to the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (recommend)Unqualified by Anna Faris
MOVIES: Jojo Rabbit (recommend)Klaus (recommend)
YEARLY TOTAL: 3 Books ❄ 2 Movies ❄ 


BOOK OF THE MONTH:


BOOK OF THE YEAR (Y-T-D):

FAVORITE MOVIE OF THE YEAR (Y-T-D):
SPECIAL POSTS:

The #Friday56 #Instagram56

Welcome to week 463!

RULES:

*Grab a book, any book.

*Turn to Page 56 or 56% on your ereader.
If you have to improvise, that is okay.

*Find a snippet, short and sweet.

*Post it, and add the url to your post in the Linky below.

Also join in the fun on Instagram using the hashtags #Instagram56 #Friday56

Happy weekend to you all!


Check out this read on Amazon.
Read my review.



Here is my snippet from page 56...




Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

Everything is better with bacon! Especially hot dogs. Being someone who is not a huge fan of the tubular meat choice, I had to find a way to be able to want them so the family was happy. Other than chili cheese dogs, this is my favorite way.

Preheat your oven to 350 C.

Grab those Juicy Jumbos made by Schneiders if you have them in your grocers. Any dog wil do though, but that is what I use. 

Score the hot dogs in a diagonal fashion. This allows the fat from the bacon to leave flavor in the dog itself. 
Take the strip of bacon, and you will need 2 per dog if you use the Juicy Jumbos, wrap it around the dog being sure to leave no spaces except at the end.

Place on a parchment paper covered baking sheet. (As seen above)

Bake for approximately 45 minutes. I know it seems like a long time, but you want the bacon crispy. If you turn the heat up higher, you will get a greasy mess in your oven. You will know when they are done....

Be sure to drain the fat off before sticking on the bun. We added shr…

Klaus #OscarNominee

Watch on Netflix now!
Rated PG
96 minutes

A simple act of kindness always sparks another, even in a frozen, faraway place. When Smeerensburg's new postman, Jesper, befriends toymaker Klaus, their gifts melt an age-old feud and deliver a sleigh full of holiday traditions. Starring Joan Cusack, Jason Schwartzman, Will Sasso and Rashida Jones!




REVIEW: We love this movie!!
The hubby and I sat and watched this one together. I know it's past Christmas, but it is appropriate for any season. This is a unique, beautiful and fun look at what the story of Christmas is.
The writing in this film is brilliant!! I can totally understand why this film is nominated for an Oscar. It has a way of taking what you know and making it a reality so-to-speak.
The cinematography for this animated movie is amazing too! It accompanies the excellent writing perfectly.
All the hubby keeps saying is, 'it was awesome'. 😁
A great film to watch any day, any time!


5/5



**I watched this movie on Netflix. Opinions are…

The #Friday56 #Instagram56

Welcome to week 462!

RULES:

*Grab a book, any book.

*Turn to Page 56 or 56% on your ereader.
If you have to improvise, that is okay.

*Find a snippet, short and sweet.

*Post it, and add the url to your post in the Linky below.

Also join in the fun on Instagram using the hashtags #Instagram56 #Friday56

Happy weekend to you all!


Check out this read on Amazon.


Here is my snippet from page 56...






#Win The Protective Ones by Shelley Shepard Gray (US)

A practicing Lutheran, Shelley Shepard Gray is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than eighty novels, translated into multiple languages. In her years of researching this community, she depends on her Amish friends for gossip, advice, and cinnamon rolls. She lives in Colorado with her family and writes full time.


PRAISE FOR SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY
The Patient One 
“A pleasing story about recovering from grief and a solid beginning for a new series.” —Publishers Weekly
“Gray tells a beautiful story of friendship love and truth born out of pain and grief. This story reminds us to hold those we love close.” Rachel Hauck, New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress

“Gray has created an endearing cast of characters...that both delights and surprises—and kept me thinking about the story long after I turned the last page. Bravo!” Leslie Gould, #1 bestselling and Christy Award winning author of over 30 novels

“Compelling… Once you read The Patient One, you will be i…

Unqualified by Anna Faris (3)

Kindle: 7987 KBPrint: 315 pagesPublisher: Dutton; Reprint edition (October 24, 2017)ASIN: B01MTE6LPW
AMAZON
Anna Faris has advice for you. And it's great advice, because she's been through it all, and she wants to tell you what she's learned. 
After surviving an awkward childhood (when she bribed the fastest boy in the third grade with ice cream), navigating dating and marriage in Hollywood, and building a podcast around romantic advice, Anna has plenty of lessons to share: Advocate for yourself. Know that there are wonderful people out there and that a great relationship is possible. And, finally, don't date magicians.
Her comic memoir, Unqualified, shares Anna's candid, sympathetic, and entertaining stories of love lost and won. Part memoir—including stories about being “the short girl” in elementary school, finding and keeping female friends, and dealing with the pressures of the entertainment industry and parenthood—part humorous, unflinching advice from her hit po…

Silent Threat by Jeff Gunhus #Blitz

Jeff Gunhus is the USA TODAY bestselling author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year-old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 30 on Amazon, have been recognized as Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists and reached the USA TODAY bestseller list.

After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active life in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel or on JeffGunhus.com.

Check him out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and GoodReads.


“A brilliantly written thriller. Breakneck …