Divergent: The Divergent Trilogy, Book 1 by Veronica Roth; The Book-to-Movie Now on Blu-ray & DVD!
Uncategorized / February 22, 2014

Divergent by Veronica Roth. Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      On April 25, 2011, Divergent became the debut novel for author, Veronica Roth; the book I am featuring in today’s book review. Divergent is the first book in a trilogy by Roth, the second book is Insurgent (May 1, 2012), and the third is, Allegiant (October 22, 2013).       One of the main reasons I selected Divergent as the subject of today’s book review is that Summit Entertainment has purchased the media rights to the book; the production of the movie took place in 2013. I have since learned that the scheduled release date for this movie is March 21, 2014! What a major accomplishment for Veronica Roth on her debut novel.       Why is this novel being brought to the big screen? Well, it, undoubtedly, has everything to do with the novel’s popularity. Originally appearing on the New York Times Best Seller List for the Children’s Chapter Books, the book remained on the list for thirty-nine weeks in 2012; then in December 2012, when that list was eliminated, the book was moved over to the new Young Adult Best Seller List–it met with similar success on this list, as well.      Divergent also won a…

The Path to Love: Spiritual Strategies for Healing by Deepak Chopra [Dedication to Shirley Temple Black]
Uncategorized / February 17, 2014

This blog post is dedicated to Shirley Temple Black. Please see full dedication, below. The Path to Love by Deepak Chopra. This book is available in hardcover, paperback, audio and e-book. Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      I have selected this book, The Path to Love: Spiritual Strategies for Healing by Deepak Chopra, in honor of the month of love, February, in which we celebrate Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day occurs every year on February 14th. Many people view this day, spent celebrating love, thinking that it is for couples, for romantic love.       When we think about it, though, we remember being children and giving our mother, father, teacher, and classmates Valentine cards. We may also think of fraternal love. We might consider the love soldiers have for each other as a “band of brothers.” There is the love of the “Good Samaritan,” and love of family. If we think of self-love, we may only disparage it as an egotistical attitude in opposition to something that is more noble and selfless (love of others)–and then, of course, we discount self-love. The inner path.      Deepak Chopra is not talking about the arrogant, self-centered, and egotistical brand of “love.” Deepak…

Valentines Day: Will You Be My Valentine? A Potpourri of Reading Fun and Love!
Uncategorized / February 10, 2014

Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      Hi, Everyone! Happy Valentine’s Day. All this month I have books about various aspects of love. Novels (Endless Love and Therese Raquin), and even a spiritual approach to love and healing (The Path to Love, by Deepak Chop- ra). Today’s post is strictly about love and Valentine’s Day. I’ve selected a few books, quick picks, really, for you to consider reading. Hopefully, these quick little reviews will be helpful in selecting a book for your reading enjoyment. I also have a few personal Valentine’s Day comments for you to consider, first, so here we go. . . .      On Valentine’s Day, we usually focus on other people in our life whom we love. We need to remember that to be truly happy in life, we need to love ourselves, too. Our hearts are boundless and we have enough room in our hearts to love both ourselves and everyone else in our life. The funny thing about love is that the more love we give away, the more love we have. Our love is not depleted, but, instead, is constantly replenished. It’s as if we were digging a hole on the beach by the ocean, the…

Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola; Movie Retitled as: “In Secret,” now available on DVD/Instant Video–DEDICATION: to Philip Seymour Hoffman!
Uncategorized / February 6, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman. DEDICATION: To Philip Seymour Hoffman.      This blog post is dedicated to Mr. Hoffman, a wonderful and well-beloved actor who died of an apparent drug overdose on February 2, 2014. Mr. Hoffman was most lauded for his work in Capote, winning him the BAFTA, Academy Award and the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his leading role in Capote. Other notable work included: In Cold Blood, Doubt, Charlie Wilson’s War, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Almost Famous, State and Main, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Death of A Salesman, and most recently, Hunger Games: Catching Fire.      My heartfelt condolences to family and friends and to all who loved Mr. Hoffman. My heart and prayers go out to you. Philip Seymour Hoffman will be missed by us all.      _______________________________________________________      Blog Post Update on 06-03-14: The book-to-movie, Therese Raquin, retitled, In Secret, for the big screen, has been released to DVD and rental through instant video. You can get more information about this movie by clicking on the link, here. _______________________________________________________ Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola is available as an e- book, hardcover, paperback, mass market paper- back, and in audio on CD,…

Endless Love by Scott Spencer Goes to the Big Screen (Again)! The Book-to-Movie Now Available on Blu-ray and DVD!
Uncategorized / February 1, 2014

Endless Love by Scott Spencer. This is one of the books numerous book cover images. There are several versions of the book cover, see below. Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      Endless Love. The book has been read and reviewed and the movie spawned by the book has been watched and reviewed. Many book bloggers have made postings of the story, and, of course, everyone has listened to and discussed the Lionel Richie and Diana Ross musical hit, Endless Love duet. So, why have I decided to do a post about the book that first appeared in 1979 (almost 35 years ago)?      Well, like many of you, I have seen the 1981 movie version of Endless Love. I think I agree with movie critic, Leonard Maltin’s, negative assessment of the movie [read on for his comments, below]. I had not planned on watching the movie again–but I did watch it again this past week. What prompted me to do Endless Love book cover alternate view. so is the fact that a remake of the film will be coming to the big screen on Valentine’s Day (02-14-14).      And, I have a confession to make. Here it is: although I had seen the movie, I had…