Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (Outlander, #1)Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

At first, I was skeptical, knowing that I never really got into historical romances. But “Outlander” managed to change my mind about not just history, but the people who lived during those historical times. I really enjoyed reading “Outlander” and I look forward to reading the sequels.

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Poll Says Best-Ever Trek Episode Is…

http://www.startrek.com/article/poll-says-best-ever-trek-episode-is

You won’t believe which episode made #1!

Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm

Grimm's Fairy TalesGrimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In reading Grimm’s Fairy Tales, I begin to wonder why some of the original stories never made it to the movies. Or if they were, Disney screwed them over. I found myself enjoying the original stories more than the Disneyfied versions of the stories, which says a lot about who I am and what I read. I highly recommend that you should read this book if you enjoy fantasy or classic fairy tales.

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The Judgment of Paris by Ariel Setobarko

The Judgment of Paris (Miranda)The Judgment of Paris by Ariel Setobarko

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fresh Update on a classic story

This is a great way to teach children how to read and also introduce them to Greek Mythology. In less than a few pages, I learned more about the story of Paris and the Golden Apple than plowing through an adult novel of the same nature. These kinds of books should be read to children at an early age.

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2016 Entertainment Review

Now that we FINALLY reached the end of this year, it’s time for the end-of-the-year report…

Best movies:

  1. Star Trek Beyond
  2. Ghostbusters
  3. Independence Day: Resurgence
  4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  5. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  6. Finding Dory
  7. Zootopia
  8. Warcraft
  9. Deadpool
  10. Suicide Squad

Worst Movies:

  1. The Divergent Series: Allegiant
  2. Kung Fu Panda 3
  3. Ride Along 2
  4. How to Be Single
  5. Zoolander 2
  6. Keeping Up with the Joneses
  7. Sausage Party
  8. The Secret Life of Pets
  9. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
  10. Ice Age: Collision Course

Best books to read:

  1. Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
  2. What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
  3. Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
  4. Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
  5. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare
  6. Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) by Victoria Aveyard
  7. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  8. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  9. This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  10. Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Books you probably shouldn’t touch:

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two by John Tiffany
  2. End of Watch by Stephen King
  3. Grey by E. L. James
  4. Our Young Man by Edmund White
  5. Remember Mia, by Alexandra Burt
  6. Dark Rooms, by Lili Anolik
  7. Girls by Emma Cline
  8. When We Was Fierce by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo
  9. The Continent by Keira Drake
  10. The Love That Split the Universe by Emily Henry

Songs of the Year:

  1. Leonard Cohen “You Want It Darker”
  2. Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake
  3. Starboy by Weeknd Ft Daft Punk
  4. Pillowtalk by Zayn
  5. Let Me Love You by DJ Snake Ft Justin Bieber
  6. What Do You Mean by Justin Bieber
  7. Sorry by Justin Bieber
  8. Calvin Harris (feat. Rihanna) “This Is What You Came For”
  9. Hymn for the Weekend by Coldplay
  10. Radiohead “Daydreaming”

2016 Pop Culture Events

And now for some very interesting things that happened this year:

  1. ‘Stranger Things’ on Netflix
  2. Live Musicals (Grease and Hairspray)
  3. Deadpool
  4. Pokemon Go
  5. Brexit
  6. The Michael Phelps Face meme
  7. The mannequin challenge
  8.  Beyonce’s “Lemonade”.
  9. Kylie Jenner’s lip kit
  10. Hamilton the musical
  11. Leo DiCaprio FINALLY wins an Oscar
  12. Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman (The Final Five)
  13. Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live

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They’re All in Heaven Now

Apparently, George R.R. Martin wrote 2016, because these guys are all dead:

  1. David Bowie
  2. Alan Rickman
  3. Muhammad Ali
  4. Gene Wilder
  5. Abe Vigoda
  6. Maurice White (of Earth, Wind, and Fire)
  7. Umberto Eco
  8. Harper Lee
  9. Patty Duke
  10. Doris Roberts
  11. Prince
  12. Chyna
  13. Anton Yelchin
  14. Christina Grimmie
  15. Pat Summitt
  16. Garry Marshall
  17. Tim LaHaye
  18. Kenny Baker (a.k.a. R2-D2)
  19. Lou Pearlman
  20. Alexis Arquette
  21. Arnold Palmer
  22. Shimon Peres
  23. Leonard Cohen
  24. Janet Reno
  25. Florence Henderson (a.k.a. Mrs. Brady)
  26. Fidel Castro
  27. John Glenn
  28. Alan Thicke
  29. Zsa Zsa Gabor
  30. Richard Adams
  31. Vesna Vulović (the woman who survived the world’s deadliest fall)
  32. George Michael
  33. Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia)
  34. Debbie Reynolds (Carrie Fisher’s mother)

And as always, the brave soldiers who died defending our country and everything it stood for.

And on a sad personal note, three members of my church went to heaven (may they all R.I.P.) and Wrinkles, our family dog, was taken to doggie heaven on October 27, 2016. I’m still sad about it. Curse you, 2016!

Well, let’s hope 2017 will be better.