April 29, 2009

The World's Greatest Library

While Googling pictures of books and libraries for a little project of mine, I came across the world's greatest library, in my humble opinion of course.

This is The Duke Humphrey Reading Room. Although, it was better known to me as the Hogwarts Library from the Harry Potter movies! I gasped upon seeing this image pop up in my search results because I recognized it instantly. It's best known from the first of the five currently released films. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are pouring over the ancient books in search of information about Nicholas Flamel, the only known owner of the sorcerer's (or philosopher's) stone.

Hmm... I wonder if their restricted section screams as loud as it did in the movie... (clearly kidding!)

April 26, 2009

Tweet Tweet

Well... I caved in and signed up for an account with Twitter. I just wanted to see what this thing was all about. So after two days, I've shaped an opinion... I don't get it. I apologize to those who are avid "Tweeters?" "Twitterers?" I don't really know what to call them. But I really am not understanding the appeal of Twitter. I get it for news updates... but do people really care that the A/C has not yet been turned on in my building?

Perhaps I am being an old fart about this. Maybe I'll catch on and really enjoy it once I find people to follow who are interesting to me. Haha, I am sure if I could J.K. Rowling or Stephenie Meyer or any other author that I love, my tune will change. But for the mean time, I'll just have to keep trying. Anyone Twitter out there? Here's where you can find me if you're interested!


April 19, 2009

Another Book Turned Movie!

After the successes of A Walk To Remember, The Notebook, and Nights in Rodanthe, can we really blame Hollywood for going after another one of Nicholas Sparks's books?

Set for release in February of 2010, director Jamie Hallstrom (left in the above photo)will bring Nicholas Sparks's Dead John to the big screen. The movie is set to star the gorgeous Channing Tatum (Step Up, She's the Man, Coach Carter, The Battle in Seattle) as the lead role of John Tyree.

Here is a description of the novel taken from Sparks's website: An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life--until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who has captured his heart. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. And sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else. "Dear John," the letter read...and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever. Returning home, John must come to grips with the fact that Savannah, now married, is still his true love—and face the hardest decision of his life.

Hmm... I am sure I'll be in line to catch a matinee of this one!

April 13, 2009

Mailbox Monday!

I finally have a Mailbox Monday to report!

No, I did not receive the absolutely adorable little kitten in the mail. I recently found a deal through Amazon.com and through my library (where I work) on some wonderful books! Some I have read, others are on my mountain of TBR books. And some are books that I am collecting to put into my classroom next year for my students to "check out" from me for free reading. Because you know I'll do all that I can to turn my students into lifelong readers.

So here are the books that I got through the mail:

* Libba Bray - Rebel Angels
* Libba Bray - The Sweet Far Thing
* Jack Schaefer - Shane
* Kristiana Gregory - Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile
* Anne Bronte - Agnes Grey
* W.P. Kinsella - Shoeless Joe
* Sandra Worth - Lady of the Roses

So there you have it, ladies and gents! I had a wonderfully special delivery today. I wish the mailman would bring me such wonderful treats every day!

April 10, 2009

This Day In History

This day marks the anniversary of F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, The Great Gatsby. The book was first published in 1925 and remains a popular book in public schools across the country.

The Great Gatsby tells the story Tom and Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby, as told through Nick Carraway's recollection of the events. The story takes place in Long Island during the roaring 1920's. Fitzgerald dubbed this era "The Jazz Age." It's a wonderful story and is one of America's greatest classics.

Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby, Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan

April 1, 2009

That Lusty King Henry

Well, since I have posted the results to the most swoon-worthy male character, I think it is time for a new poll! This time I will focus on one of my favorite male historical figures: King Henry VIII. He has shot back into popularity lately with the Showtime series The Tudors and the romantic Hollywood film The Other Boleyn Girl.

So who portrayed Henry the very best on screen? That is what I want to know. I have my own opinions, but I am curious to see what you historical fiction nuts think! Here are my choices. At the bottom of this post, I have a link where you can watch short clips of each of the nominees playing Henry, in case you haven't seen their portrayal before. Enjoy!

-Eric Bana - The Other Boleyn Girl
-Richard Burton - Anne of a Thousand Days
-Keith Michell - The Six Wives of Henry VIII
-Jonathan Rhys Meyers - The Tudors
-John Stride - William Shakespeare's Henry VIII
-Ray Winstone - Henry VIII

Check out this link to get a look at all of the Henry's in action and don't forget to vote! http://tudorswiki.sho.com/page/Depictions+Throughout+History+of+The+Tudors