Back in March, I published my review of The Abominable Dr. Phibes. That post became my 500th. Every time I publish 100 posts, I host a special double feature. For months, I was trying to find the right theme for these reviews. Remembering how my first milestone double feature was published on Halloween, I decided to commemorate another holiday. However, I wanted to choose a holiday that is lesser known. After doing some research on the internet, I learned National Read a Book Day is celebrated on September 6th. This caused me to remember how I not only had the 2017 movie, At Home in Mitford, on my DVR, but I also owned a copy of the book it is based on. Then I remembered I had a copy of Saint Maybe, the same book that was adapted into a Hallmark Hall of Fame film. That was when the idea for this double feature was born! With every double feature, I try to answer a thought-provoking question related to both films. Since I read both aforementioned books before watching each movie, I am asking the following question:
Would these adaptations encourage the viewers to read their source material or any other book?
Prior to this double feature, I had never read anything by Jan Karon or Anne Tyler. I also have never seen the Hallmark Hall of Fame adaptation of Saint Maybe before. But this will be my second time watching At Home in Mitford, as I first saw the film when it released in 2017. Similar to my PB & J double feature, there are no pre-movie thoughts and/or questions this time.
As I mentioned in my season five premiere re-cap, I was looking forward to learning more about Luke and discovering why he is the way he is. Figuring any information about this new character wouldn’t come right away, I expected to wait until it was revealed in an upcoming episode. But in this episode of Chesapeake Shores, Luke shared more about his backstory than I thought he would. Because it is only the third episode of the season, I was surprised by how soon this information came. At the same time, receiving these pieces of the story now is probably for the better. Now that the foundations of Luke’s character are being placed together, we have a starting point of where Luke could go from here. However, we’ll probably have to wait for that to be discovered, as we’re only toward the beginning of the season.
Just a reminder: If you did not see this episode of Chesapeake Shores, there are spoilers in this re-cap.
Name: Are the Stars Out Tonight?
Abby’s story: Abby is having difficulty reaching a new client named Evan Kincaid. He’s interested in building a hotel in Chesapeake Shores, but the soil surrounding underground pipes in contaminated with asbestos. One day, at the O’Brien family home, Mick and Abby discover why they have been struggling to contact Evan. Through a Zoom video call, they learn Evan has been mountain climbing in New Zealand, which means Evan is in a different time zone than Abby and Mick. During this call, Evan reveals he might pull out of the project. But Abby convinces Evan to check out Chesapeake Shores, giving him a sales pitch on why her hometown is, in fact, prime real estate. Later in the episode, Evan arrives at the building site, riding a Hoverboard. He says he arrived early to view the property, saying it reminds him of his home in Ireland. But he’s still not convinced of the project’s reality. While crossing paths with Evan at the mini golf course, Abby explains how the asbestos in the soil can be easily removed in a short amount of time. Evan tells her that if he gets a Birdie, he’ll reconsider. Since he does get a Birdie, he stays true to his promise. Toward the end of the episode, Evan surprises Abby to showing up at the O’Brien family home. He agrees to go through with the hotel project, only if Abby is the lead contractor. Evan says this is a perfect business plan because they not only don’t like each other, but that Abby also tells things like it is.
Mick’s story: While sitting by the outdoor fireplace, Mick learns that Abby offered Thomas their Hampton property as potential office space. He is unhappy to hear this, telling Abby he doesn’t want to risk ruining his relationship with his brother again by working together with him. As Abby reveals, this concern is partly due to Evan’s hotel project and the Dilpher case. Several days later, through a conversation between the brothers, it is revealed that Thomas loves the Hampton property. While talking about a past business project, they become distracted by old photographs. This is because Abby and Megan are searching through photo albums, in an attempt to find pictures for Jess’s wedding. When they come across a photo of a camping trip from 1967, Mick and Thomas reminisce about their camping experiences. This inspires them to take a weekend camping trip, promising to discuss the Hampton propriety during the trip.
Megan’s story: While shopping at a local store, Megan comes across a painting of Chesapeake Shore by an artist named Arthur Driscoll. After discovering the painting’s eight-dollar price tag, Mick, who happens to be shopping with Megan, agrees to buy the painting for her. Megan explains that Arthur was a well-known artist in the ‘60s, but fell off the map in the ‘70s. She also reveals that if the painting was created by Arthur, it could be financially valuable. At the O’Brien family home, Megan continues to inspect the painting, trying to locate a signature. She experiences difficulty contacting Arthur as well. She eventually receives a phone call from the artist, only to have him rudely give his blessing to display the painting anywhere Megan’s heart desires. This doesn’t stop Megan from continuing to contact Arthur. She tells Kevin she has ridden on her bike past the artist’s house. Megan says that she also turned to Nell for any information. Nell told Megan she used to be close with Arthur, but lost touch when his wife died. Several days later, Megan visits Arthur at his home, bringing the painting with her. After unenthusiastically answering the door, he recognizes the painting as one of his own. Arthur also tells Megan she paid too much for it, after Megan reveals she only paid eight dollars for the painting.
Luke’s story: Luke arrives at The Bridge while Thomas and Mick are having a conversation. Instead of being an interruption, Luke is given the opportunity to be introduced to both men. While Luke is telling Mick about his search for employment, Mick reveals how The Bridge is having electrical and plumbing problems. After volunteering to look at the fuse box, Luke quickly discovers the issue. Mick is not only impressed with Luke’s electrical knowledge, but also agrees to hire him. On his first night at The Bridge, Luke tells Mick he fixed the aforementioned plumbing problems. He also asks Mick for a favor. Luke wants Mick to keep a record of his employment. He reveals that he will give this information to his parole officer. After Luke embarrassedly leaves The Bridge, Mick demands to know what has been going on. Luke shares that, years ago, he dropped out of college after his dad died, in order to take care of his mom. After his mom died, he started to lean more toward alcohol. One night, while consuming a lot of alcohol, Luke got into a bar fight with another patron. This fight not only caused the patron to become seriously injured, but it also caused Luke to get arrested for assault and battery. Even though his original sentence was three years, he got out after two for good behavior. Mick appreciates Luke’s honesty and agrees with work things out with Luke.
Bree’s story: At the University of Maryland, Bree shares one of her lesson plans with Jerome. She tells him her play-writing class will revolve around memoir writing. During this conversation, Bree asks Jerome why he became a professor, after dreaming of becoming a politician in high school. Jerome shares that law school was his original plan. But after reading The Great Gatsby, he fell in love with reading and didn’t look back. Later, in Chesapeake Shores, Bree is struggling to come up with an introduction for her class. After Kevin agrees to hear Bree’s ideas, he suggests she find a way to grab her students’ attention. This causes her to think of a quote from one of her favorite writers, one that revolves around what the writer wants the reader to hear. Kevin’s advice and the aforementioned quote give Bree the confidence she needs for her new job.
Connor’s story: Connor is still working on the unequal pay case that was mentioned in the season five premiere. He, Linda, and Margaret attend the case’s hearing, to determine whether the case will go to trial. When the judge asks Connor if he agrees that men have more physical strength than women, Connor says he agrees. But he also says that women are capable of having emotional strength, using his sisters as an example. At his next hearing appearance, Connor reveals the case’s issue is not necessarily about unequal pay, but unequal employment opportunities. His findings show that women are being denied job offerings for fork-lift operator. As the case goes on, Linda and Margaret are pleased with Connor’s work. One day, at the firm, Connor sees Paul Dilpher and Linda go into her office. Connor later tells Linda that Paul is trying to fight his father in court, which would cause a conflict of interest. Linda assures Connor that as long as he isn’t given information about the case, everything will be fine.
Some thoughts to consider:
In this episode of Chesapeake Shores, Kevin is looking for a swimmer to join his Triathlon team. This Triathlon has been brought up a few times this season, so far. It provides a consistent part of the story, as well as giving the fans something to look forward to. With the introduction of Luke, I wonder if he will join Kevin’s team? We already know Luke is athletic and he is familiar with the O’Brien family. Since Luke doesn’t have any known family, maybe he will be “adopted” by the O’Briens?
As I mentioned in this re-cap, Nell tells Megan she was close with Arthur. When I heard Megan tell Kevin this, it made me wonder if Arthur and Nell will form a relationship? Throughout the course of this series, Nell hasn’t been given many stories of her own. In fact, her presence hasn’t been as consistent as the other members of the O’Brien family. If Nell and Arthur did form a relationship, it would be a win-win for the both of them. Not only would Nell receive a new story, but Arthur could also have the opportunity to grow as a character.
During this episode’s credits, there was an announcement about Jess and David’s wedding. It stated that there were two episodes left until the wedding would air on the show. What surprises me is how the wedding is being shown in the middle of the season instead of the season finale. This decision reminds me of how most of the weddings on When Calls the Heart have taken place in the middle of a season.
What are your thoughts on this episode? Are you looking forward to seeing Mick and Thomas’s camping trip? Let me know in the comment section!
Another new year comes new goals and new paths! As 18 Cinema Lane embarks on a third year in the world of blogging, there are many more things to accomplish! Some of these things I’d like to share with you. I have created a post of what readers can expect for 2021, similar to articles from years past. The post will also include statistical highlights from 2020. The support I’ve received during this time has served as the fuel that has kept this blog going. To everyone who has left a like or comment, thank you. I also thank visitors and followers who have taken the time to read my content. To this day, it still amazes me how successful 18 Cinema Lane has become in such a short amount of time. Grateful is the word I would use to describe this blogging journey so far!
Total Blog Posts: 169
Total followers: 125
Total Comments: 697
Total Likes: 895
Participated Blogathons: 52
Total Movie Reviews: 227
Total Word on the Street stories: 16
18 Cinema Lane’s Annual Blogathon
The tradition continues as I host a new blogathon in 2021! What is different about this year’s event is how it will take place during the summer, instead of the fall like the first two blogathons. Because of this, I will announce the event in January.
New Blogathon Folders
As I was resolving a technical blog-related issue, I was told my site’s blogathon folder was too long. To fix this problem, I decided to create a new folder for blogathons I participate in between 2021 to 2023. For the original blogathon folder, I have named it “My Blogathon Folder 2018-2020”. This decision was made to prevent my readers from becoming overwhelmed by blogathon related content, as I have participated in over fifty of these events.
Separate Blog Folders
At the top of 18 Cinema Lane’s home page, there are separate tabs for different content-related areas of the site. This was done to make my blog easier to navigate. Originally, I had a tab called “Sally’s Special Posts”, where readers were led to a section of the site that featured all the editorials, lists, and double features I’ve created, as well as all the awards I’ve won. Now, these categories are split into separate folders. For example, each award I have won will be located in the “Awards” folder.
No set schedules
Last year, I announced I would be publishing posts on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays. I thought this would promote structure and consistency on my blog. However, I found this particular schedule to be too restrictive for myself. While I continue to make regular content, it won’t be within a pre-set schedule. This means that posts may be published on any day of the week.
New Instagram Account
In late 2020, I said I was working on a creative side project. This year, that project became a reality! I have become more serious about American Girl doll collecting, with my new Instagram Account reflecting that. It’s called Dolly Parkingston’s Dollhouse, a place where I share photos of my dolls, as well as collecting tips and questions of the month. If you have an Instagram account and would like to see what Dolly is up to, you can type @dollyparkingtonsdollhouse into the search bar!
Occasionally, I talk about books on 18 Cinema Lane. This is to create a sense of variety on my blog. In 2021, I chose a different way to determine which book I would select next. With the John Wayne Hot Chocolate tin I won in a blogathon, I have written titles on slips of paper and placed them in the tin. Every time I read a book, I will randomly pull a slip out of this tin in order to choose the next book I read. From time to time, I might bring up which books I selected. As of January of the new year, my first book is The Musician’s Daughter by Susanne Dunlap!
What are your thoughts on these announcements? Is there anything you’re looking forward to in 2021? Let me know in the comment section!
Before I start this tag, I’d like remind everyone that Thursday, March 19th, is the last day to cast your vote for the Best Actor of the 2nd Annual Gold Sally Awards! The Best Actress poll will be re-posted on the 20th! Here is the link to the poll:
Originally, I was going to talk about Black Widow being postponed because of the Coronavirus or the possibility of Apple buying Disney. However, I already published a Word on the Street story discussing several movies’ release dates being affected by the Coronavirus, including some titles from Disney. I also mentioned the Coronavirus on two separate occasions; in the aforementioned Word on the Street story and in the most recent re-cap of When Calls the Heart. So, I won’t be talking about those things in an effort in sound less repetitive. Instead, I’ll be participating in the TBR Tag, in honor of achieving the milestone of publishing 350 posts! Posting this tag is very fitting, since March is National Reading Month. I also got the idea to participate in this tag after reading Katie’s post from Never Not Reading. To my readers, followers, and visitors who are not aware, TBR stands for “To Be Read”. TBRs are comprised of lists and collections of books that one would like to read. While I primarily talk about movies on 18 Cinema Lane, I do like to talk about books from time to time.
If you’d like to read Katie’s post, here’s the link:
For me, I have two ways of organizing which books are on my read-ar (get it? Radar? Reading?). I have a real-life bookshelf in my house where I place several books that I’d like to read. My private board on Pinterest contains a list of books that sound interesting to me. For books that I’m unsure about, I have a list called the “TBR Holding List”, where I’ll write down the name of the book and author until I can determine if I’ll add it to my Pinterest board.
2. Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?
I would say that the majority of my TBR collection consists of physical books. However, there are a few ebooks that have caught my eye, such as Chip Crockett’s Christmas Carol.
3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?
This question depends on two things. The first is what I feel like reading at that given time. Right now, I’m finishing a book that has over 300 pages, so my next read will contain a shorter page count. The second is whether I’m participating in a readathon. I try to match prompts with books I already own. If one of the books I have conveniently matches one of the prompts, I’ll likely read that book sooner.
4. A book that’s been on your TBR the longest.
That would have to be Two Little Girls in Blue by Mary Higgins Clark! I saw the book’s cover in a magazine advertisement years ago. When I read the synopsis, I knew I wanted to eventually read it. Fortunately, I purchased the book at a rummage sale three years ago! Now, all I have to do is set aside some time to read the book.
5. A book that you recently added to your TBR.
For my real-life bookshelf, I added Amy Foster and Words on Bathroom Walls, as I received those books as Christmas presents. For my Pinterest board, the last book I added to that list is December Stillness by Mary Downing Hahn.
6. A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover.
Whenever I add a book to my collection, it’s because the story itself sounds interesting. Even though I have books on my shelf and list that have photogenic covers, the way a book looks is not the sole reason why I want to read any story.
7. A book on your TBR that you NEVER plan on actually reading.
Currently, I can’t think of any books that I’m not interested in reading. If a book is on my shelf or list, it’s because I want to read it. It wouldn’t be there if I didn’t want to check it out.
8. An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any answers for this prompt, as every book in my TBR collection has been published at some point.
9. A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you.
I will say The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern! I’ve seen this book on several Booktube (the book community on Youtube) videos. I do own a physical copy of the story. However, I still haven’t read it.
10. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you.
There are so many Booktube videos that have brought up The Selection series by Kiera Cass. Some people seem to like it, while others dislike the books. Since I own the first book in the series, I would like to read it, as I want to see where my opinions lie on this particular spectrum.
11. A book on your TBR that you’re just dying to read.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m really looking forward to the film adaptation of Words on Bathroom Walls! However, as of March 2020, the movie is still in post-production. Until it’s finally released, I’ll just read my copy of the book. Fortunately, I plan on reading it very soon!
12. The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf.
I don’t have a Goodreads account. But, as I’ve mentioned in this tag, I do have a real-life shelf. On it, I own 51 books that are a part of my TBR collection. Meanwhile, my Pinterest board boasts 186 books. In total, my collection contains 237 books!
What did you think of this tag? What books do you have in your TBR collection? Share your thoughts in the comment section!
2020 is finally here! I am so excited to be embarking on my second year as a movie blogger! My movie blogging journey has, so far, been a good one. One reason for this is the support I have received from my readers and followers. Every like, visit, and comment is appreciated. It makes me feel like what I write about matters to someone. Like the previous year, 2019 was more successful than I ever expected! From receiving 100 followers to publishing 300 posts, 18 Cinema Lane grew and became a place that I’m proud of. Similar to last year, I will be sharing the stats of my blog and announce upcoming projects. This kind of post will be a new tradition for 18 Cinema Lane, as it allows my readers and followers to be informed about what’s happening on my blog.
Total Blog Posts: 179
Total followers: 164
Total Comments: 599
Total Likes: 717
Participated Blogathons: 34
Total Movie Reviews: 142
Total Word on the Street stories: 17
My 2nd Annual Blogathon
Once again, I will be hosting another blogathon in 2020! It will be movie themed and it will take place later in the year. So that announcement will come in either May or June.
Changes to the Gold Sally Awards
The Gold Sally Awards is another event that will be coming back! However, there will be some changes made to the awards. These changes are not major, but they will, hopefully, improve the voting experience for my readers, followers, and visitors. This announcement will be posted toward the end of January.
Yearly Double Feature
Every time I publish 100 posts, I coordinate a special double feature to celebrate the accomplishment. At the end of 2019, I published 300 posts. I decided to create my double feature reviews in January because I wanted to take my time and make the best articles I realistically could. This double feature will correlate with Movierob’s Genre Grandeur, as January’s theme is “Youth-Led Movies”. Those series of articles will be published in either the middle of or later in the month.
On rare occasions, I talk about books on my blog. But I try to make that an exception to the rule, as my primary focus is on film. When I discovered a readathon that was movie themed, I knew I had to participate! The readathon is called “Filmathon” and will take place from January 7th to the 14th. It was created on the Youtube channel, lookingforshaki. I will making at least one post about it sometime in January.
New Blog Banner
Last year, K, from K at the Movies, created the official logo for 18 Cinema Lane. I love how it turned out and K did a fantastic job with the image! They also made two additional logos that I also like. One of them will be used as the new banner of my blog! This will take place shortly around the time this article is published.
Are you excited for these announcements? What are you looking forward to in 2020? Please tell me in the comment section!
Back in August, Fable Fox and K, from K at the Movies, asked for feedback on potential topics for this year’s ’31 Spooks of October’, an event created by K. Thinking that this would be something worth my time, I chose to answer Fable and K’s call for content ideas. After putting a lot of thought into what I would contribute to this event, I decided to talk about something that doesn’t always get discussed on 18 Cinema Lane: reading. While my blog primarily focuses on movies and movie related topics, I try to add books into the conversation whenever it’s appropriate to do so. Last year, I participated in the readathon called Spookathon. In case you’re not familiar with this concept, a readathon is an event that requires participants to read a certain amount of books within a pre-set period of time. For last year’s Spookathon, I only read one of the three books that I had attempted to read. Because I came very short of reaching this goal, I wanted to try again at finding readathon success. So, I thought that “31 Spooks of October’ would be a perfect time to do this. This month, there are two readathons that are taking place around the same time; Spookathon and Sbooktober. I will be stretching my participation throughout October, instead of reading exclusively within the weeks set aside for these events. Below is my TBR (to be read) list and which challenges each book meets!
California Angel by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg
The first book I’m reading, which I’m already half-way through, is California Angel. For Sbooktober, which has a Harvest Festival theme, this book will fit the challenges for “a book you’ve been scared to read” and “a book that features transformations”. Out of all the books on this TBR list, California Angel has the greatest number of pages, with 359 to be exact. I’m also not enjoying the book, so far. But I’m hoping the second half is better than the first. Because the protagonist, Toy, is a teacher and because, according to the synopsis, she gets accused of committing a crime, she ends up transforming the lives of those around her. For Spookathon, this book will fulfill the requirements to “read a thriller” and “read a book with red on the cover”. California Angel is labeled as a “thriller”, especially on Goodreads. The copy that I own has a ruby ring on the cover, which means it contains the color red.
Murder, She Wrote: The Highland Fling Murders
The second book I’m planning on reading is Murder,She Wrote: The Highland Fling Murders. This novel will satisfy the challenges to “read something you wouldn’t normally read” and “read a book with a spooky setting” for Spookathon. I don’t usually read books that are based on pre-existing television shows. But, since I’ve been watching Murder, She Wrote lately, I think this is a story I might enjoy. According to the synopsis, this story features a haunted castle, which is, indeed, a spooky setting. This book will also meet Sbooktober’s requirements for “a book that features water”, “a book with a journey or quest”, and “a book with orange on the cover”. In this book, Jessica and her friends take a journey to the British Isles and Scotland. These locations are surrounded by the ocean and, as you can see in the photo, this book has an orange cover.
Murder on Ice by Alina Adams
The third book that I hope to read is Murder on Ice, which is the first book in the Figure Skating Mystery series. It will fit Sbooktober’s challenges for “a book with a flower on the cover”, “a book you think will have twists and turns”, and “a book from a unique perspective”. Because this is a murder mystery, I’m guessing there will be several twists and turns in this story. The protagonist, Rebecca “Bex” Levy, is a figure-skating researcher, which is a profession and perspective that isn’t featured on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. It also helps that Alina Adams, the author of this book, was also a figure-skating researcher. In the photo at the top of this article, you can see that there is more than one rose on the cover. This book will also fulfill only one challenge from Spookathon: “read a book with a spooky word in the title”. For Murder on Ice, the spooky word of choice is “murder” because murder mysteries are spooky.
Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards
The fourth book on my TBR list is Mandy. Julie’s book will only meet one challenge from Sbooktober: “read a book someone “picked” for you”. When I asked a family member to pick a book for this readathon, they suggested this one! I’ve owned this book for so long, but now I have an excuse to finally read it! It’s also the only book of these five that isn’t a mystery.
Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn
My final book is Closed for the Season. It will meet several requirements for Sbooktober: “a spooky book”, “a book with an animal in it”, and “devour a book in 24 hours”. Because this book is 182 pages, I think I can read it in a day or less. According to Goodreads, this book is featured on the shelf called “A boy and his dog”, so I’m hoping there’s a dog in this story. Since Closed for the Season takes place in an abandoned amusement park and it’s a murder mystery, it has the potential to be spooky.
Have fun at the movies!
If you want to learn more about these events, you can visit the Youtube channel, booksandlala, or type “#SPOOKATHON 2019 ANNOUNCEMENT” into Youtube’s search bar. You can also visit the Youtube channel, Paper Faerie, or you can type “SBOOKTOBER 2019 ANNOUNCEMENT!” into Youtube’s search bar. For the Sbooktober video, the portion about the readathon starts at 4:50 and ends at 6:31. If you want to read Fable and K’s post that I referenced in this article, here’s the link:
Last month, I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Annlyel from Annlyel Online. However, because I’ve recently taken two out of town trips and had several blogging related things on my plate, I wasn’t able to accept the award as soon as I had wanted to. Now, I have set aside some time to finally publish my blog post for my third Sunshine Blogger Award! Before I list the rules, as well as the questions with my answers, I want to thank Annlyel for choosing to nominate me for this award! I still can’t believe that I’ve won five awards within the one year that I have been blogging! What really makes the awards I’ve won so special is that each of the nominators had believed in me, as a blogger, enough to want to give my blog the time of day. This amount of belief gives me the confidence to be as great of a blogger as I can be!
Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Answer the eleven questions from the blogger who nominated you.
Nominate eleven bloggers.
Create eleven new questions for your nominees to answer.
Annlyel’s Questions and My Answers
If you can, which movie is your favorite of all time? There are several movies that I absolutely love. But since I have to pick one for this question, I’ll go with Atlantis: The Lost Empire! Among Disney’s collection of animated films, Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a very different kind of story. However, it still has that familiar sense of “Disney magic”!
Have you been to Disney World? If so, what’s your favorite park? Yes, on more than one occasion, in fact! There are so many great locations in this Orlando, Florida amusement park. But, when it comes to favorites, it’s a tie between Disney M.G.M. Studios (or as it’s now known as Disney Hollywood Studios) and Magic Kingdom. As a fan of movies, I think it’s so cool that Disney created a whole “land” dedicated to this topic. With the Magic Kingdom, you can’t go wrong with an original classic.
Who’s your favorite Star Wars character? I’m not as invested in the Stars Wars franchise as I am with other film series. I have seen the films from the original trilogy, though, so I’ll choose Yoda and the Ewoks. The Ewoks are so fierce and adorable, while Yoda is kind and wise. Frankly, I’ve always wished that I could give Yoda a hug!
Who’s your favorite Marvel superhero? Definitely Bucky Barnes! I’ve talked about him plenty of times on this blog, so I don’t really need an explanation.
Who’s your favorite DC Comics superhero? When it comes to superheroes in film, I have found myself more invested in the MCU heroes than those from DC. For this question, though, I’ll say Batman is my favorite DC hero. Over the years, I have enjoyed watching the Batman film from 1989. I also think that Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy has, for the most part, been solid. It’ll be interesting to see what Robert Pattinson has to offer, talent wise, to the iconic role.
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure, pertaining to food? In my life, I don’t really have any “guilty pleasures” because I don’t feel guilty about liking the things that I do like. However, I will say that this edible “guilty pleasure” is mustard potato salad. Trust me, this dish is more delicious than it sounds!
What city is on your bucket list to visit? Definitely Kansas City, Missouri! I’d love to see the Hallmark Headquarters in person!
What’s your favorite pastime activity? Ever since I could remember, I have always loved reading! I’m currently reading The Secret Garden in preparation for an upcoming blog post. This is my second time reading it, and so far, it’s a good book!
Wakanda, Coruscant, or Hogwarts; which of these fictional worlds would you love to visit? Out of these three locations, I’d pick Wakanda. Since Bucky has spent some time there, he could give me a tour of some of his favorite spots. He could also introduce me to some of his newer friends, like T’Challa and Shuri. Then, we could all join forces and figure out how to have Wakanda become the host country for the Summer Olympics (this should totally be a plot point for either Black Panther 2 or Bucky and Sam’s show on Disney+).
What’s your favorite novel of all time? I actually have several favorite books. But the one that I will share is A Little Princess! Sara is such a great protagonist and the “all girls are princesses” message still holds true!
What’s your favorite sporting event? No doubt, it’s the Cheerleading and Dance Worlds! Competitive cheer and dance are my favorite sports, so this particular event is the biggest event for them. I’m hoping that in the 2020 Summer Olympics, cheer and dance teams can be included into the overall athletic program.
My Eleven Nominees
Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews
Ailish from Ailish Sinclair
Lee from Lee’s Movie Reviews
Eric from Diary of A Movie Maniac
Hisfamestilllives from His Fame Still Lives
70srichard from 30 Years On: 1984 a Great Year for Movies
Delaram from Delaram Art & Design
Allie from Often Off Topic
Rebecca from Taking Up Room
Debbie from MOON IN GEMINI
Rob from MovieRob
My Eleven Questions
Which fictional, mythical, or extinct creature/animal would you want to have as a pet?
Have you ever watched a Hallmark movie? If so, which one was it?
What is the one TV show that you wish hadn’t been cancelled?
There’s a pop culture themed exhibit at you nearest museum! If you could suggest a piece of movie, television, literary, or theatrical memorabilia to include in the exhibit, what would you choose?
Which two movies or television shows would you love to see have a crossover event? This can be any two films or any two television shows (cancelled or current).
Is there a remake, sequel, or franchise continuation that you wish never existed? If so, what is it?
If you could be an audience member at any sports event, what would it be?
What was your last blog post about?
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Happy National Reading Month! When this time of year comes around, I usually don’t do anything to celebrate the occasion. As a reader, I have felt bad about not doing anything to acknowledge it. But, now that I have a blog, I have the opportunity to commemorate National Reading Month! Over the years, I’ve observed how many Hallmark Hall of Fame movies are based on pre-existing literature. This inspired me to create the Hallmark Hall of Fame Reading Challenge! As I was researching the history of Hallmark Hall of Fame, I discovered that there are a lot of plays, short stories, and novels that were adapted into films. Honestly, there were so much pre-existing literature associated with Hallmark Hall of Fame, it took me several days to complete this list. Even though this reading list is very long, you do not have to complete this reading challenge within the month of March. In fact, you can complete this challenge whenever you want! Also, you can read as many or as few books as you like! If you want to watch the Hallmark Hall of Fame movies that these literary works were adapted into, that is completely optional. Now, I’ll explain the set-up of this reading challenge list!
Starting on the left, each book is listed in the chronological order of the film’s release. For instance, even though Richard Paul Evans’ book, The Locket, was published in 1998, the movie adaptation was released in 2002. The title of the book and the book’s author are listed next. After that, the title of the film is placed within parentheses. There are times when a film adaptation does not share the same title as its respective piece of literature. A recent example of this is The Second Sister being the basis for Christmas Everlasting. Feel free to scroll through the list and find your next piece of literature for the Hallmark Hall of Fame Reading Challenge!
Hallmark Hall of Fame Reading Challenge
2018 – The Second Sister by Marie Bostwick (Christmas Everlasting)
2018 – The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe (The Beach House)
2017 – The Christmas Train by David Baldacci (The Christmas Train)
2017 – Love Locks by Cory Martin (Love Locks)
2016 – A Heavenly Christmas by Rhonda Merwarth (A Heavenly Christmas)
2012 – Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas (Christmas with Holly)
2012 – A Smile as Big as the Moon by Mike Kersjes with Joe Layden (A Smile as Big as the Moon)
2011 – Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom (Have a Little Faith)
2011 – Nobody Don’t Love Nobody: Lessons on Love from the School with No Name by Stacey Bess (Beyond the Blackboard)
2011 – The Last Valentine by James Michael Pratt (The Lost Valentine)
2010 – The November Christmas by Greg Coppa (November Christmas)
2010 – The Lois Wilson Story: When Love Is Not Enough by William G. Borchert (When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story)
2009 – A Dog Named Christmas by Greg Kincaid (A Dog Named Christmas)
2009 – Irena Sendler: Mother of the Children of the Holocaust by Anna Mieszkowska (The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler)
2008 – Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had by Brad Cohen with Lisa Wysocky (Front of the Class)
2008 – Sweet Nothing In My Ear: A Play In Two Acts by Stephen Sachs (Sweet Nothing In My Ear)
2007 – Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff (Pictures of Hollis Woods)
2007 – The Valley of Light by Terry Kay (The Valley of Light)
2006 – Candles on Bay Street by K.C. McKinnon (Candles on Bay Street)
2006 — If Nights Could Talk: A Family Memoir by Marsha Recknagel (In from the Night)
2006 – The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy (The Water Is Wide)
2005 – Silver Bells by Luanne Rice (Silver Bells)
2005 – Riding the Bus with My Sister by Rachel Simon (Riding the Bus with My Sister)
2005 – The Magic of Ordinary Days by Ann Howard Creel (The Magic of Ordinary Days)
2004 – Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler (Back When We Were Grownups)
2004 – Plainsong by Kent Haruf (Plainsong)
2004 – The Blackwater Lightship by Colm Toibin (The Blackwater Lightship)
2003 – Fallen Angel by Don J. Snyder (Fallen Angel)
2003 – A Painted House by John Grisham (A Painted House)
2003 – Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland (Brush with Fate)
2002 – The Locket by Richard Paul Evans (The Locket)
2002 – My Sister’s Keeper: Learning to Cope with a Sibling’s Mental Illness by Margaret Moorman (My Sister’s Keeper)
2001 – Love and War in the Apennines by Eric Newby (In Love and War)
2001 – Follow the Stars Home by Luanne Rice (Follow the Stars Home)
2001 – The Flamingo Rising by Larry Baker (The Flamingo Rising)
2000 – The Runaway by Terry Kay (The Runaway)
2000 – Looking for Lost Bird: A Jewish Woman Discovers Her Navajo Roots by Yvette Melanson with Claire Safran (The Lost Child)
2000 – Cupid and Diana by Christina Bartolomeo (Cupid & Cate)
2000 – Atticus by Ron Hansen (Missing Pieces)
1999 – A Season for Miracles by Marilyn Pappano (A Season for Miracles)
1999 – Caleb’s Story by Patricia MacLachlan (Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter’s End)
1999 – Durango by John B. Keane (Durango)
1999 – Night Ride Home by Barbara Esstman (Night Ride Home)
1998 – Grace & Glorie: A Play in Two Acts by Tom Ziegler (Grace & Glorie)
1998 – Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler (Saint Maybe)
1998 – Thunderwith by Libby Hathorn (The Echo of Thunder)
1998 – The Love Letter by Jack Finney (The Love Letter)
1997 – Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons (Ellen Foster)
1997 – What the Deaf-Mute Heard by G.D. Gearino (What the Deaf Man Heard)
1997 – For the Roses by Julie Garwood (Rose Hill)
1997 – The Wild Palms by William Faulkner (Old Man)
1996 – Calm at Sunset, Calm at Dawn by Paul Watkins (Calm at Sunset)
1996 – Lily Dale by Horton Foote (Lily Dale)
1996 – The Boys Next Door by Tom Griffin (The Boys Next Door)
1995 – Journey by Patricia MacLachlan (Journey)
1995 – Redwood Curtain by Lanford Wilson (Redwood Curtain)
1995 – The Piano Lesson by August Wilson (The Piano Lesson)
1994 – The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy (The Return of the Native)
1994 – Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler (Breathing Lessons)
1993 – To Dance with the White Dog by Terry Kay (To Dance with the White Dog)
1993 – Skylark by Patricia MacLachlan (Skylark)
1992 – A Shayna Maidel by Barbara Lebow (Miss Rose White)
1992 – O Pioneers! by Willa Cather (O Pioneers!)
1991 – Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (Sarah, Plain and Tall)
1990 — Decoration Day by John William Corrington (Decoration Day)
1990 – Father’s Arcane Daughter by E. L. Konigsburg (Caroline?)
1989 – The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher (The Shell Seekers)
1988 – The Tenth Man by Graham Greene (The Tenth Man)
1988 – April Morning by Howard Fast (April Morning)
1988 – Stones for Ibarra by Harriet Doerr (Stones for Ibarra)
1987 – Foxfire by Susan Cooper (Foxfire)
1987 – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden)
1987 – Pack of Lies by Hugh Whitemore (Pack of Lies)
1987 – The Room Upstairs by Norma Levinson (The Room Upstairs)
1985 – Love Is Never Silent by Joanne Greenberg (Love Is Never Silent)
1985 – The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas (father) (The Corsican Brothers)
1984 – La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas (son) (Camille)
1984 – The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson (The Master of Ballantrae)
1983 – The Winter of our Discontent by John Steinbeck (The Winter of our Discontent)
1983 – Thursday’s Child by Victoria Poole (Thursday’s Child)
1982 – Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie (Witness for the Prosecution)
1982 – The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
1981 – Dear Liar: A Biography in Two Acts: Adapted from the Correspondence of Bernard Shaw and Mrs. Patrick Campbell by Jerome Kilty (Dear Liar)
1980 – A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (A Tale of Two Cities)
1980 – Gideon’s Trumpet by Anthony Lewis (Gideon’s Trumpet)
1979 – All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (All Quiet on the Western Front)
1978 – Stubby Pringle’s Christmas by Jack Schaefer (Stubby Pringle’s Christmas)
1978 – Homely Girl, A Life: And Other Stories by Arthur Miller (“Fame” is included within this book) (Fame)
1977 – The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer: A Novel by Douglas C. Jones (The Court Martial of George Armstrong Custer)
1977 – The Last Hurrah by Edwin O’Connor (The Last Hurrah)
1976 – Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
1976 – Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont (Beauty and the Beast)
1976 – Meeting at Potsdam by Charles L. Mee Jr. (Truman at Potsdam)
1976 – Works of George Bernard Shaw by George Bernard Shaw (“Caesar and Cleopatra” is included within this book) (Caesar and Cleopatra)
1975 – The Rivalry by Norman Corwin (The Rivalry)
1975 – Valley Forge by Maxwell Anderson (Valley Forge)
1975 – Eric by Doris Herold Lund (Eric)
1975 & 1974 – Paul Gallico’s The Small Miracle by Paul Gallico and Bob Barton (Something Wonderful Happens Every Spring & The Small Miracle)
1975 – If Only They Could Talk & It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet by James Herriot (All Creatures Great and Small)
1974 – The Gathering Storm by Winston S. Churchill (The Gathering Storm)
1974 – Still Life by Noel Coward (Brief Encounter)
1974 – Crown Matrimonial by Royce Ryton (Crown Matrimonial)
1974 – The Country Girl by Clifford Odets (The Country Girl)
1973 – The Borrowers by Mary Norton (The Borrowers)
1973 – Lisa, Bright and Dark by John Neufeld (Lisa, Bright and Dark)
1973 – Peanuts & You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown)
1972 – The Man Who Came to Dinner by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart (The Man Who Came to Dinner)
1972 – The Hands of Cormac Joyce by Leonard Wibberley (The Hands of Cormac Joyce)
1972 – Harvey by Mary Chase (Harvey)
1971 – A Death in the Family by James Agee (All the Way Home)
1971 – The Snow Goose: A Story of Dunkirk by Paul Gallico (The Snow Goose)
1971 – The Collected Works of Paddy Chayefsky: The Stage Plays by Paddy Chayefsky (“Gideon” is included within this book) (Gideon)
1971 – The Price by Arthur Miller (The Price)
1970 and 1953– Hamlet by William Shakespeare (Hamlet)
1970 – The Greatest Story Ever Told by Fulton Oursler, Henry Denker, and Warren Parker (Neither Are We Enemies)
1969 – The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell (The Littlest Angel)
1969 – The File on Devlin by Catherine Gaskin (The File on Devlin)
1968 – Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (Pinocchio)
1968 – The Works Of J. M. Barrie by J. M. Barrie (“The Admirable Crichton” is included within this book) (The Admirable Crichton)
1968 – Elizabeth the Queen by Maxwell Anderson (Elizabeth the Queen)
1967 – Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw (Saint Joan)
1967 – A Bell for Adano by John Hersey (A Bell for Adano)
1967 – Anastasia by Marcelle Maurette (Anastasia)
1966 – Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward (Blithe Spirit)
1966 – Barefoot in Athens by Maxwell Anderson (Barefoot in Athens)
1966 – Lamp at Midnight by Barrie Stavis (Lamp at Midnight)
1965 – Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (Inherit the Wind)
1965 – The Magnificent Yankee by Emmet Lavery (The Magnificent Yankee)
1964, 1954, 1953, 1952, and 1951 – Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti (Amahl and the Night Visitors)
1964 – Painting as a Pastime by Winston S. Churchill (The Other World of Winston Chuchill)
1964 – The Romancers by Edmond Rostand (The Fantasticks is loosely based on “The Romancers” (The Fantasticks)
1964 and 1958 – Little Moon of Alban by James Constigan (Little Moon of Alban)
1964 – Abe Lincoln in Illinois by Robert E. Sherwood (Abe Lincoln in Illinois)
1963 – Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw (Pygmalion)
1962 – Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand (Cyrano de Bergerac)
1962 – The Teahouse of the August Moon (play by John Patrick, novel by Vern Sneider) (The Teahouse of the August Moon)
1962 – Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring (Arsenic & Old Lace)
1961 – Victoria Regina by Laurence Housman (Victoria Regina)
1961 – Jean Anouilh: Five Plays by Jean Anouilh (“Time Remembered” is included within this book) (Time Remembered)
1960 and 1954 – Macbeth by William Shakespeare (Macbeth)
1960 – Lost Horizon by James Hilton (Shangri-La)
1960 – Captain Brassbound’s Conversion by George Bernard Shaw (Captain Brassbound’s Conversion)
1960 and 1956 – The Cradle Song and Other Plays by Gregorio Martinez Sierra (The Cradle Song)
1960 – The Tempest by William Shakespeare (The Tempest)
1959 – A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (A Doll’s House)
1959 – Winterset by Maxwell Anderson (Winterset)
1959 – Ah, Wilderness! by Eugene O’Neill (Ah, Wilderness!)
1959 and 1957 – The Green Pastures (play) by Marc Connelly and Ol’ Man Adam an’ His Chillun by Roark Bradford (The Green Pastures)
1959 – Berkeley Square: A Play in Three Acts by John L. Balderston and The Sense of the Past by Henry James (Berkeley Square)
1958 and 1956 – The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare (Kiss Me, Kate and The Taming of the Shrew)
1958 – Johnny Belinda by Elmer Harris (Johnny Belinda)
1958 – Dial M for Murder by Frederick Knott (Dial M for Murder)
1958 – Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge (Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates)
1957 – Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare (Twelfth Night)
1957 – On Borrowed Time (play) by Paul Osborn & L. E. Watkins and On Borrowed Time (book) by Lawrence Edward Watkin (On Borrowed Time)
1957 –Yeoman of the Guard by W. S. Gilbert (The Yeoman of the Guard)
1957 – There Shall Be No Night by Robert E. Sherwood (There Shall Be No Night)
1957 – The Lark by Lillian Hellman and Jean Anouilh (The Lark)
1956 – The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman (The Little Foxes)
1956 – Works of George Bernard Shaw by George Bernard Shaw (“Man and Superman” is included within this book) (Man and Superman)
1956 – Born Yesterday: Comedy in 3 Acts by Garson Kanin (Born Yesterday)
1956 – The Corn is Green by Emlyn Williams (The Corn is Green)
1955 – Dream Girl by Elmer Rice (Dream Girl)
1955 – Works of George Bernard Shaw by George Bernard Shaw (“The Devil’s Disciple” is included within this book) (The Devil’s Disciple)
1955 – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)
1954 – Moby-Dick, or, the Whale by Herman Melville (Moby Dick)
1954 – Richard II by William Shakespeare (King Richard II)
1953 – Imaginary Conversations by Walter Savage Landor and Charles George Crump (Aesop and Rhodope)
1953 – Favorite Poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (“The Courtship of Miles Standish” is included within this book) (The Courtship of Miles Standish)
1953 – Of Time and the River: A Legend of Man’s Hunger in His Youth by Thomas Wolfe (Of Time and the River)
1953 – The Imaginary Invalid by Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere (The Imaginary Invalid)
1953 – The Trampling Herd: The Story of the Cattle Range in America by Paul I. Wellman (McCoy of Abilene)
1953 – The Story of the Other Wise Man by Henry Van Dyke (The Other Wise Man)
1953 – Lincoln’s Little Correspondent by Hertha Ernestine Pauli (Lincoln’s Little Correspondent)
1952 – The Small One: A Story for Those Who Like Christmas and Small Donkeys by Charles Tazewell (The Small One)
1952 – Father Flanagan of Boys Town by Fulton Oursler (The Vision of Father Flanagan)
1952 – Mistress of the White House: The Story of Dolly Madison by Helen L. Morgan (Mistress of the White House)
1952 – Finding Providence: The Story of Roger Williams by Avi (The Story of Roger Williams)
1952 – Doctor Serocold by Helen Ashton (Doctor Serocold)
Will you be participating in the Hallmark Hall of Fame Reading Challenge? Which piece of literature from this list would you be interested in reading? Share your thoughts in the comment section!