Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

Favorite Christmas Movie of 2008

I love Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life! I try to watch it every year and I actually got my mom to watch it this year! She really enjoyed it even though we were both in tears by the end.

Now that Christmas is over and 2008 is nearly over, what was your favorite Christmas/ holiday movie that you watched this year? Don't forget to stop by and check out my It's a Wonderful Life review!

I hope to have many more reviews on my Ladytink's Neverland in 2009!

All My 2008 Reads/ Reviews

Another year has come to an end and 2009 is almost here! I hope everyone has read lots of neat things, enjoyed blogging about them, and met some great new bloggers too. I know a lot of people are doing their favorites of the year posts but I've never been good at picking favorites so I won't be doing that this year either.

I've actually only been keeping track of what I'm reading since the middle of 2006 which is the year I still can't beat since I read 164! In 2007 I only managed 97 books so I'm very proud of myself when I say that I read 132 books this year! I hope to beat that number in 2009 though.

I'm a little (okay, a LOT) behind on my reviews but here is my complete list of reads for 2008 (to make it less complicated everything is backwards) including links to the reviews over on my Movieholic & Bibliophile Blog. You guys are more than welcome to go over and leave comments on any of these or post links to your review of the same book (or movie!) in the comment section.

Total books read: 132
New Authors: 49
Books in a Series: 89
Short Story collections/anthologies: 5
Mystery: 36
Non-Fiction: 4
Romance: 47
Children or YA Fiction: 24
By Women: 121 (not including anthologies)
By Men: 12
Authors I Read the Most By: Charlaine Harris (10) & J. R. Ward (6)
Best Reading Month: March (19)
Worst Reading Month: August (4)

2008 = 132
No Rest for the Wiccan by Madelyn Alt
Jinx by Jennifer Estep
Hot Mama by Jennifer Estep
The Darkest Pleasure
by Gena Showalter
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library by Alice Kimberly
Santa Baby by Crusie, Foster, & Phillips (anthology)
The Kitchen Witch by Annette Blair
The Ghost and the Dead Deb by Alice Kimberly

Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Changeling by Delia Sherman
The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter
The Faery Reel edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling (anthology)
The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Karma Girl by Jennifer Estep
Their Way Home by Melissa Van Rossum
Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine
Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine
The Dead Girls' Dance by Rachel Caine

Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
The Ghost and Mrs.McClure by Alice Kimberly
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
The Vampire Shrink by Lynda Hilburn

Mr.Perfect by Linda Howard
The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler
Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R. L. LaFevers
The Moon-Spinners by Mary Stewart
Winnie the Pooh: A Celebration of the Silly Old Bear by Christopher Finch
Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen

The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver
This Charming Man by Marian Keyes
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
24 Hours by Greg Iles

Naked in Death by J. D. Robb
Wreath of Deception by Mary Ellen Hughes
The Good Guy by Dean Koontz
Lover Enshrined by J. R. Ward
I'll Be Watching You by Andrea Kane
The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

To Catch a Cheat by Kelley St. John
Heartsick by Chelsea Cain
Faking It by Jennifer Crusie
Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie

Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel by Judith and Neil Morgan
Runaway Mistress by Robyn Carr
Tempted by Megan Hart
It Must be Love by Rachel Gibson
Blood Noir by Laurell K. Hamilton
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen
Carrot Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Rose Cottage by Mary Stewart
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison
My Immortal by Erin McCarthy
Troubling a Star by Madeleine L'Engle
And the Dying is Easy (anthology)

Lover Unbound by J. R. Ward
Greywalker by Kat Richardson
Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
Hex Marks the Spot by Madelyn Alt
A Charmed Death by Madelyn Alt
The Trouble with Magic by Madelyn Alt

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Boy's Life by Robert R. McCammon
Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor
The Chocolate Bear Burglary by JoAnna Carl

The Chocolate Cat Caper by JoAnna Carl
Lover Revealed by J. R. Ward
Lover Awakened by J. R. Ward
Lover Eternal by J. R. Ward
Dark Lover by J. R. Ward

An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris
Biting the Bullet by Jennifer Rardin
Sucker Bet by Erin McCarthy
Bled Dry by Erin McCarthy
Bit the Jackpot by Erin McCarthy

A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle
Lipstick Jungle by Candace Bushnell
Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson
Poppy Done to Death by Charlaine Harris
Last Scene Alive by Charlaine Harris
A Fool and His Honey by Charlaine Harrris
Dead Over Heels by Charlaine Harris

A Girl's Guide to Vampires by Katie MacAlister

The Julius House by Charlaine Harris
Three Bedrooms, One Corpse by Charliane Harris
A Bone to Pick by Charlaine Harris
Real Murders by Charliane Harris
Crazy for You
by Jennifer Crusie
High Stakes by Erin McCarthy
Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer
Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning
My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon (anthology)
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Master of Dragons by Angela Knight
Master of Swords by Angela Knight
Master of Wolves by Angela Knight
Master of the Moon by Angela Knight
Master of the Night by Angela Knight

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Forever and the Night by Linda Lael Miller

On the Prowl (anthology)
Ice Storm by Anne Stuart
Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
Another One Bites the Dust by Jennifer Rardin
Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin
Ice Blue by Anne Stuart
Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich
Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit
Cold as Ice by Anne Stuart
Hard Day's Knight by Katie MacAlister
Visitors from Oz by Martin Gardner
Poetry for Young People: William Butler Yeats
Ain't Myth-Behaving by Katie MacAlister

Related Links: My 2007 Reads Post

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


The first movie I ever owned was Don Bluth's The Land Before Time, Jurassic Park was the first film I remember seeing in theaters, and my favorite TV show when I was a kid was Dinosaurs but dinosaurs themselves were never really my favorite thing. However, my little brother loved them as a kid lol.

How about you, did you get in on the dinosaur craze? How about your siblings or children?

Don't forget to visit my post about the Jurassic Park Trilogy!

Jurassic Park by "Weird Al" Yankovic:

My December Reads

December Books
Total books read: 9
New Authors: 1
Books in a Series: 7
Mystery: 2
Non-Fiction: 0
Romance: 5
Children or YA Fiction: 1

No Rest for the Wiccan by Madelyn Alt
Jinx by Jennifer Estep
Hot Mama by Jennifer Estep

The Darkest Pleasure by Gena Showalter
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library by Alice Kimberly
Santa Baby by Crusie, Foster, & Phillips (anthology)
The Kitchen Witch by Annette Blair
The Ghost and the Dead Deb by Alice Kimberly

Monday, December 29, 2008

Teaser Tuesday- Jinx

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.

  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

  • Please avoid spoilers!


Who would want to rule the world, really? It'd be nothing but a giant headache, with everyone constantly whining and crying at you.

Musing Monday- Recommendations

How often do you recommend books to others, and who do you recommend them to? Do you only recommend books to your “reading friends” or to anyone you think might find the book interesting? What does it take for a book to make it to your ‘recommendation’ list?

Oh I'm always recommending books to everyone! Family, friends, complete strangers... lol. Friday when I was in Borders two strangers started recommending Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series to each other (which I love) and somehow True Blood came up. Neither lady knew that it was based on Charlaine Harris' books so I pointed them in that direction and each one bought the first three!

To make it on my "recommendation list" the book (or series) has to be something I throughouly enjoyed. I'm always honest even in my blog reviews though I do try to find something good to say about a book even if I didn't enjoy it that much. If I do recommend a book that I only sortof like, it would have to be something that I know that that person would love.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Crafty Stuff

There’s just something about a craft store (especially Michaels!) that I find so peaceful. I’m not sure if it’s the smell, all the wonderful crafty things, or the sheer “creativeness” in the air but craft stores are definitely magic places!

When I was a kid I loved doing craft projects, painting sculptures, etc. but I haven’t made anything in years :( . At one point I wanted to learn how to scrapbook because I have TONS of photos but discovered that I had too many ideas (plus I really hated cutting up my pictures). So all that stuff I collected is sitting in a huge box in the top of my closet just waiting for me to get up the courage to tackle that project. And I know I will…. eventually.

What about you? Do you do any crafty thing (knitting, painting, scrapbooking, etc.)? Do you have a favorite craft store or do you use Michaels too?

Friday, December 26, 2008

Some Christmas Gifts & Award

Here is the majority of hubby and mine's Christmas presents this year (some of these are gift card buys). There is also a few things not pictured. You like my new fluffy white bathrobe lol?

Oh and Melody and Kailana gave me this Christmas award!

Here are the rules:
  • You must be a true Christmas lover to receive this award. The person to whom you give the award must also be in love with Christmas.

  • Link back to the person who gave you the award.

  • List 5 things that you love about Christmas. If you can't limit it to 5 things, then keep going til you run out of space!

  • Pass the award along to as many people as you like. That can be 2-50. It's up to you! But keep the Christmas cheer going!

  • Let your recipients know that you have tagged them by leaving them a comment. Also, link back to the person who gave you the award.

5 things I love about Christmas:
I get to visit family for two weeks (we live two states away from all my family)
I get to bake all kinds of Christmas goodies for everyone
Christmas specials
Christmas gifts (giving and recieving)!
I get to read all those Christmas books I've been saving all year!

I'm not going to tag anyone in particular but if you have made it to this post than I'd love for you to take it with you!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Jason Bourne vs. James Bond

I found this fun video at one of Matt Damon's fan sites. E! Online is having a poll on who is better Jason Bourne or James Bond. I've only seen one Bourne movie, Dr. No and I actually enjoyed it but I haven't gotten around to see any of the others yet (and you know how nutty I am about reading/ seeing things in order!).

So, what about you, James Bond or Jason Bourne? Don't forget to visit my review of the three Bourne films!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Been Crazy Busy

Sorry I've been away for the past few days! Darren and I are in Georgia for the next two weeks visiting family. Between my birthday and baking stuff for Christmas I haven't really had time to get online. I'll get some new reviews up in the next few hours and then I have to go shopping lol. Is everyone else having as crazy a time as I am? How in the world are you able to get around to updating?!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy Birthday to me lol. Hubby is spoiling me rotten today. He bought me the rest of the Buffy seasons, beautiful white roses (my favorite), and The Tale of the Beedle Bard. Not sure what he has planned today other than spoiling me a little bit more lol.

Enjoy Donald Duck's birthday:

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Kreativ Blogger Award

Carrie K. over on Books and Movies and shaunesay over at Shaunie's Happy Place both nominated me for this cute award! They always has something interesting to say so I enjoy visiting their blogs a lot. Carrie and I also tend to have similar taste in movies which is why she nominated me. Thanks guys!

This award deals with values we deem important in others. Here are six values that are important to me, six things I don’t support, and my nomination of six bloggers:

Six values in others that are important to me:

Six things that I do not support:
Closed-Mindedness (Did I just make up a word?)
Holier-than-thou Attitude

Now, here are the six bloggers I nominate to receive this award:

Most Similar Blog: Living Read Girl
Lady T has been one of my favorite people to visit ever since I found her blog. She posts about anything and everything from movies to books to TV.... well you get the picture! Check her out!

Most Similar Taste in Movies: Here There & Everywhere 2nd Edition
DesLily was one of the first blogs I discovered. We both appreciate the old black and white films and actors who are no longer with us.

Friendliest Bloggers: J. Kaye's Book Blog, The Bookworm, Musings of a Bookish Kitty & Hello, My Name is Alice
I know, I know I'm not supposed to share categories, but when have I ever really played by the rules lol? These four ladies have commented on just about every post I have written on almost all three of my blogs since they found me (or was it the other way around?) on here. Especially in the beginning when I wasn't doing the blogs for anyone other than myself they helped make me want to make improvements and put together the most interesting and interactive reviews I can!

If I left you out, its not because I love you guys any less!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Fictional Serial Killers/ The Good Guy

It takes a seriously talented author to create a memorable villain but it takes a genius to create a serial killer who is not only interesting but he (or sometime she) is the person you root for! My two favorite killers are Hannibal Lecter and Dexter Morgan. I’ve seen all of the Hannibal movies and read all the books (would love to do a re-read) but I’ve only read the first book in the Dexter series and only watched the first season. Something I need to remedy quickly!

I think Hannibal’s intelligence and Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal of him is what makes him my number one favorite bad guy (although I found I preferred the book version of him more). Can’t say I was surprised in the least when I discovered that he was the #1 villain on the American Film Institute’s 100 Heroes and Villains! It was the TV Dexter that made me want to read the Dexter books. Michael C. Hall walks the thin line between being creepy and interesting- mainly because he’s a serial killer who kills other serial killers.



So who is your favorite fictional serial killer? Don’t forget to stop by my review for Dean Koontz’s The Good Guy!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Books Make Great Gifts!

Great clip of authors and other famous people promoting books:

Twas the Night Before Christmas Poem

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."

Don’t forget to drop by and check out my Twas the Night Before Christmas post!

Teaser Tuesday- Christmas Carol

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:

  • Grab your current read.

  • Let the book fall open to a random page.

  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

  • Please avoid spoilers!


"I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school-boy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to every-body!"

I have just left 18th century England on Christmas Day. Thanks to four ghosts I now have a new outlook on life...

Monday, December 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Meme

I wasn't going to say anything but I've been thinking about it all day so Happy Birthday Meme!

Charlotte Baxter


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Musing Monday- Reading On the Go

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about reading on the go…

I always like to have a book with me at all times – call it a nerdy grown-up security blanket – and rarely do I leave the house without slipping one into my bag (even if I KNOW I’m not going to have a chance to read it). Do you take a book with you? Do you take whatever book you’re currently reading, or do you have a special on-the-go book? And do you have a preference for a these types of book (paperback, hardback; short stories; poetry etc)?

I tend not to carry a purse too often nowadays but when I do (and did), I'd always have my current read stashed inside. I've never bought a bag that a book wouldn't fit inside lol.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

M&M Love

M&M's are some of my favorite candies but I especially like them in cookies! Has anyone tried those Premiums yet? The chocolate almond and the triple chocolate have me drooling. Hopefully I'll get some in my stocking this year! ;o)

So what's your favorite M&M? Plain? Peanut? Dark Chocolate? Almond? Other?

Do you hate these questions? I decided instead of the polls I'd have sort of a discussion type thing whenever I posted a new review on either blog that would somehow relate to it.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Frosty the Snowman was a Jolly, Happy Soul

Georgia isn't really a good place for snow. My entire life, I've probably seen it snow enough to cover the entire yard (lightly, with plenty of bare spots) maybe three or four times. Most of the time, it just sprinkles a teeny, tiny bit of snow and then it rains or ices over-- NOT fun.

I realized the other day while watching Frosty that I'd never actually built a snowman (I know, I've been deprived)! Nor have I ever seen snow as beautiful (and plentiful) as it is in the Frosty the Snowman cartoons so this year I find myself dreaming of a white Christmas...

How about you? Have you ever built a snowman? Don’t forget to drop by and check out my Frosty the Snowman and Frosty’s Winter Wonderland posts!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Red and Rover

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tempting Tuesday- Kitchen Witch

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:

  • Grab your current read.

  • Let the book fall open to a random page.

  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

  • Please avoid spoilers!


While Shane and Logan chose a pumpkin to carve, she went for a final fitting on the gown she'd ordered for the station's annual Salem by the Sea ball the following Friday. No vintage outfit this time, but an up-to-the-minute fashion statement-- a curve-flattering, full-length, corset dress her mother would have loved. This, she did not model, because she wanted to make a "splash".

Monday, December 8, 2008

Musing Mondays- Planned Reading/ Reviewing

How long do you wait after finishing a book before you pick/start another one? How many books do you have planned ahead or do you pick up random books from your tbr pile (if you have one)? Do you review right away or keep reading and come back to it later?

I don't have a set time after finishing a book. Sometimes I automatically pick up another (especially if it's the next book in a series) and sometimes I can go a day but it usually just depends on my mood and the book itself of course.

I also don't really plan ahead. I have a general stack of books that I need to read for my book clubs before the month is out and most of the time I concentrate on that. I have TONS of books that I own that I haven't gotten around to reading because my library books come first.

I would love to be able to review right after I finish a book but I'm currently reviewing the books I read in July at the moment. I do take notes when I finish a book about what I thought etc. since it will be months before I get around to actually writing it.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Late Advent Calender

I apologize for missing out on my turn on the Advent Blog Tour! I haven't had internet access all week :( Before I lost it I was working on something so I'll post it incompletely below and I will also do my best to get new posts up on both of my other blogs by the end of the day. Again, I apologize.

Happy Holidays everybody! Two days ago was my turn on the Christmas Advent Calender and for reasons beyond my control I wasn't able to make it on time. For those that don't know me, my name is Ladytink_534 or Jen and I have three blogs: the one you're currently at, my Movieholic & Bibliophile Blog where I review books and some movies, and my Ladytink's Neverland where I review only animated or family-friendly movies. Below are some of my posts from Christmas past, most of the film ones include the entire Christmas special itself.

Films and Christmas Specials:
Frosty the Snowman
A Springwater Christmas by Linda Lael Miller