Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sunshine Award, Tagged, & My Picks of the Week


Good Morning, Muses!

So guess what The Muses Circle snagged? That's right, the Sunshine Award! I must thank Cat for nominating my blog for this award!

Rules For This Award Are:

a. Thank the person who nominated you
b. Write a blog post about it with the answers to the questions
c. Nominate 10 other bloggers and let them know


1. Favorite Color: Purple
2. Favorite Animal: Hippos! (but I really do love all animals)
3. Favorite Number: 27
4. Favorite Non-alcoholic Drink: Grape Snapple
5. Facebook or Twitter: both!
6. My Passion(s): Reading, Writing, Collecting/Watching Movies & TV Series, Helping students find a love for reading
7. Getting or Giving Presents: both!
8. Favorite Pattern: n/a
9. Favorite Flower: White Lilies and Lily of the Valley

Nominate 10 other Bloggers:

3. Kristin Feliz "GrowingUp YA"
4. Jessica, Kole, Chris, Brittany "Book Sake"
6. Intricate Knot "My Blog & Role Fantasy"
10. Mad book Worm "Books With Marshmellows"



The Muses Circle has also been TAGGED Twice! I apologize for just getting around to this tag. Since the last person(s) to tag me was Cel and Ela over at YA Anonymous, I will be answering their questions.

What Is a Blog Tag?

A blog tag is basically where a blogger comes up with a set of questions, the blogger tags other bloggers by sending the questions to them, and they must answer the questions, make their own set, and send them to other bloggers--so on and so forth.

Tag Rules:

a. Post the rules
b. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, then create a set of new questions to ask the people you have tagged.
c. Tag people and link them in your post
d. Let them know they have been tagged!

My Answers to Cel and Ela's Questions:

1. Where in the world do you want to travel?

Australia & New Zealand

2. What would you rather read/own: ebook or hardcopy?

While ebooks are cool, I will always prefer hardcopies of books!

3. What book are you most excited to be turned into a movie?

There are 3 book into movie adaptations I am looking forward to: 1) World War Z, 2) Robopocalypse, 3) Daughter of Smoke and Bone

4. Is there a book that you could recommend to us?

There are soooo many, but definitely Robopocalypse, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, The Child Thief

5. If you could get an author to add another book to a series, what series would it be?

I desperately want J.R. Ward, author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, to write Qhuinn and Blay's book!

6. Who is your book character crush and why?

Akiva from Daughter of Smoke & Bone :)

My Questions:

1. What is the earliest book you remember reading?

2. What is your character hero type (characteristics you like/look for in your hero)?

3. What book/series would you like to see as a movie or tv series?

4. Do you tend to like shorter novels (like 250 pages or less) or longer novels (300 pages, more the better!)?

5. Do you think hardback novels are over priced?

6. Does it bother you when a series starts in paperback and then later novels in the series are printed in hardback? (in another words, does your collection all have to be in hardback or paperback or are you cool to mix it up?)

My Fellow Bloggers I Have Tagged:

3. Kristin Feliz "GrowingUp YA"
4. Jessica, Kole, Chris, Brittany "Book Sake"
6. Intricate Knot "My Blog & Role Fantasy"


My Picks of the Week!

I know this has been a super long post, so I am keeping my rambling short. Enjoy these picks of the week!

(March 13-15th)

Young Adult

Dark Eyes
by: William Richter

Wally was adopted from a Russian orphanage as a child and grew up in a wealthy New York City family. At 15, her obsessive need to rebel led her to life on the streets. Now the 16-year-old is beautiful and hardened, and she's just stumbled across the possibility of discovering who she really is. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" for teens, this debut thriller introduces a new heroine.

Release Date: 15 March 2012

Difference Between You and Me

by: Madeleine George

Jesse cuts her own hair with a Swiss Army knife. She wears big green fisherman's boots. She's the founding (and only) member of NOLAW, the National Organization to Liberate All Weirdos. Emily wears sweaters with faux pearl buttons. She's vice president of the student council. She has a boyfriend.

These two girls have nothing in common, except the passionate "private time" they share every Tuesday afternoon. Jesse wishes their relationship could be out in the open, but Emily feels she has too much to lose. When they find themselves on opposite sides of a heated school conflict, they each have to decide what's more important: what you believe in, or the one you love?

Release Date: 15 March 2012

Girl Stolen
by: April Henry

Sixteen year-old Cheyenne Wilder is sleeping in the back of a car while her mom fills her prescription at the pharmacy. Before Cheyenne realizes what's happening, their car is being stolen--with her inside! Griffin hadn’t meant to kidnap Cheyenne, all he needed to do was steal a car for the others. But once Griffin's dad finds out that Cheyenne’s father is the president of a powerful corporation, everything changes—now there’s a reason to keep her. What Griffin doesn’t know is that Cheyenne is not only sick with pneumonia, she is blind. How will Cheyenne survive this nightmare, and if she does, at what price?

Release Date: 13 March 2012

by: Lissa Price

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined.

Release Date: 13 March 2012
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MOVIES & TV SERIES (March 13th)


Descendents, The
Directed by: Alexander Payne

Starring: Goerge Clooney

From Alexander Payne, the creator of the Oscar-winning Sideways, set in Hawaii, The Descendants is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family's land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.

Release Date: 13 March 2012

Directed by: Lars Von Trier

Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Alexander Skarsgard

Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander SkarsgÄrd) are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and brother-in-law (Kiefer Sutherland). Meanwhile, the planet, Melancholia, is heading towards Earth... Melancholia is a psychological disaster movie from director Lars von Trier.

Release Date: 13 March 2012
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My Week With Marilyn
Directed by: Simon Curtis

Starring: Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh

In the early summer of 1956, 23 year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of 'The Prince and the Showgirl'. The film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Aurthur Miller (Dougray Scott). Nearly 40 years on, his diary account The Prince, the Showgirl and Me was published, but one week was missing and this was published some years later as My Week with Marilyn - this is the story of that week. When Arthur Miller leaves England, the coast is clear for Colin to introduce Marilyn to some of the pleasures of British life; an idyllic week in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from her retinue of Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work.

Release Date: 13 March 2012
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Three Musketeers
Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson

Starring: Luke Evans, Milla Jovovich, Mads Mikkelsen

The hot-headed young D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman) joins forces with three rogue Musketeers (Matthew MacFadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson) in this reboot of Alexandre Dumas' story. They must stop the evil Richlieu (Christoph Waltz) and face off with Buckingham (Orlando Bloom) and the treacherous Milady (Milla Jovovich).

Release Date: 13 March 2012


The Killing: Season 1

Starring: Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman

Follows the police investigation of the murder of a young girl, tying together three interlocking stories as investigators chase a variety of leads.

Release Date: 13 March 2012

The Tribe: Season 1, Part 1

Starring: Caleb Ross, Meryl Cassie, Beth Allen

Where the virus came from, no-one knew... from deepest space, bacterial warfare or some nation's scientific experiments gone horrifically wrong? All the Adults are gone... All the teachers are gone... All peace and regular meals are gone... Just tribal instincts and war paint survive. If survival depends on not getting caught by the evil Locusts or rival cyber gang Demon Dogs or just finding your next meal... then the only option is to start your own Tribe.

Release Date: 13 March 2012


  1. I've been dying to see My Week with Marilyn and The Descendents. I heard Melancholia is supposed to be pretty good too, and a lot of people were wondering why it didn't get nominated for any awards this season.

    I want to check out Starters too. I've been suffering from post-Hunger Games depression, so I need some new books to read!

  2. Congrats on the Sunshine Award - how exciting!
    I am in love with Marilyn Monroe and really want to see My Week with Marilyn, just haven't gotten around to it yet. Hopefully I'll be able to soon.
    Stopping by from Blogaholic - feel free to visit me at www.theafwife.com. Have a great weekend!

    1. Hi! My Week with Marilyn was definitely a good movie and an eye opener for me. I never knew much about Monroe and her personal life which was quite sad. Definitely watch it when you get time!

      Thanks for stopping by my blog! I just joined yours. Hope you have a great weekend!


  3. Stopping in from Blogaholic :) you can visit me here:http://acountrygirlcan.blogspot.com/

    1. Hi! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I just checked out your blog and am your newest follower now :)

      Best Wishes!


  4. Kudos to you on another award, Mia! Your blog is beautifully arranged and so much fun that of course you're getting awards!!

    Thank you so much for awarding me, too. Appreciate it. :)

  5. Thank you so much Mia for nominating me blog!!

    Sorry about the delay in post, I was without internet there for awhile when my modem was fried LOL!

    Great post and congrats on the awards!!