Small Foot (Movie Review)

I went to see the new movie Small Foot in theaters with my brother, his girlfriend, and her little sister this past Tuesday. I had a great time. We went to a movie theater in the city and the seats were sooo comfortable.

I feel like this is a great movie for inspiring activism in this next generation of youth. The main character found something that went against everything he’d been taught and instead of pushing the fact down and ignoring it, he decided to take action to find out the truth for himself. In discovering the truth, he realizes that things are far more complicated than he’d expected and finds himself at a moral crossroads.

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Book Review)

*Synopsis*

The year is seventeen hundred and something and Monty is on his way to Paris with his beloved best friend, Percy, and his annoying younger sister, Felicity. He is supposed to go on a year long tour of the continent before coming back home to run his father’s estate. Felicity will be dropped off at finishing school on their way back and Percy will be going off to law school upon their return.

Monty’s reputation as a gambler, drunkard and hedonist precede him. This is his last chance to get into his father’s good graces. All the while, Monty must suppress his true feelings for Percy at all costs and be on his best behavior throughout the trip. Well, if that actually happened, we wouldn’t have this novel.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is definitely something to look out for at your local bookstores.

*Review*

I listened to the audiobook of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. It was my first read of Booktubeathon and a great way to start the week. I listened to this at 1.25 speed at the beginning then switched over to 1.5 speed as it is a long book and the 1.0 speed is just way too slow for me.

This was an excellent show of diversity. This is the first book I’ve read with an LGBT main character. I am very particular about historical fiction, especially those set in Europe but I was absolutely blown away by this one. A European historical fiction with one of the main characters being dark skinned is incredibly uncommon. Gender roles are discussed heavily in a natural way. It’s so well formatted and the humor is wonderful. The plot just kept getting thicker and thicker.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue has quite the colorful cast of characters. A bear leader, “pirates,” French noblemen, and alchemists are just a few of the kinds of people to be found in this story. Monty, Percy, and Felicity had the best group character development that I’ve seen in a while. The way their relationships with one another evolved were incredibly well done. Family, friendship, and love are central to the novel.

This is a definite 5/5 stars. It very well may have been the best book I’ve read this year.

*Spoilers*

I was shipping Percy and Montague so hard throughout the novel. Their relationship was so complicated and beautiful and I just wanted them to live happily ever after together. That night Felicity told Monty about the way Percy looked at him, I just knew the truth would come out soon enough.

10 Family Friendly Movies to Watch on Netflix

It’s no secret that I love children’s movies and TV shows. Here’s 10 movies that the whole family can enjoy, and they’re all on Netflix!

Moana

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I have seen Moana at least 3 times now. I absolutely love this movie and if you haven’t seen this yet, you need to reassess your choices.

Jurassic Park

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Netflix has a great selection of Jurassic Park movies if you want to binge through them before the next hit of the franchise.

The Secret Life of Pets

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I’ve seen this one twice: once with my younger cousins and once by myself. It’s really cute and fun, a nice way to spend a weekend in.

Bolt

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This takes me back to my childhood. It was one of my favorite Disney movies growing up so it’s really nice to watch this again and reminisce.

Trolls

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Another one of those movies that you should watch immediately if you haven’t already seen it. And if you have, watch it again!

Sing

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The cast is hilarious. This is a fun movie to get your groove on and the plot is great.

Mulan

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Mulan will forever be one of my favorite Disney princesses. She is strong, independent, and clever. Also, the soundtrack is wonderful.

Kung Fu Panda

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Another one of those childhood favorites.

Meet the Robinsons

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I love this movie. I re-watched it recently and I’m glad I did.

The Rugrats Movie

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The Rugrats was my absolute favorite cartoon growing up. They need to bring the series back to Netflix.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (Book Review)

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is Mindy Kaling’s first memoir dated back to 2011. In it, she talks about her upbringing and how she got into comedy, as well as other experiences she’s had along the way. It’s a quick read that will keep you interested, even if you don’t know all the pop culture references. Kaling makes this feel like more of a conversation than a novel.

I devoured this book in a matter of hours. I couldn’t set it down. I’ve been watching a lot of The Office lately and I’ve watched The Mindy Project in the past, mixed with my hidden love of memoirs, this was a hit for me.

I would give this a solid 4/5 stars.