Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"You Must Remember This"

With a career spanning more than five decades, few actors are more qualified to recount the glamorous Hollywood era of the late 1940s and early 1950s than Robert Wagner. You Must Remember This is Wagner’s ode to a bygone age, to its incomparable style and how it was displayed, and to its legendary stars.

Wagner revisits the houses, restaurants, and other haunts of Hollywood’s elite, offering an intimate view of their lives on and off screen. He fondly recounts mythic figures simply entertaining at home among friends, away from the publicity machine and public eye that morphed into today’s paparazzi culture. 

Wagner also discusses the business of Hollywood and its evolution from an industry once dominated by moguls to one run by agents, and examines the career arcs of his peers, carefully considering why some survived and others faded.

Engaging and entertaining, You Must Remember This is a window into the splendors of an erstwhile era and an opportunity for readers to live vicariously through one its most beloved leading men.

My Thoughts...

I'm not sure I would call this a 'memoir' in the true sense of the word. I found it more like a guided tour of vintage Hollywood during its golden age, from the 1930s through the 1950s. Studio publicity departments made sure that fans knew little about celebrity life outside the public eye. (So different from what we have to endure of so-called celebrities in this day and age.)

The book is filled with memories of famous people, hot spots like the Brown Derby, Ciros, and other famous nightclubs of that era. There are anecdotes including Judy Garland singing Gershwin at a dinner party thrown by Clifton Webb and golf games with Fred Astaire. 

You Must RememberThis is Wagner's tender farewell to a legendary era. It was a charming tribute to Hollywood's glory days. If you are looking for a tell-all book about the stars of yesteryear you will have to look elsewhere, R. J. has to much class to write a tell-all book.

I enjoyed the book, I'm not sure it's for all people but if you enjoy reading history about old Hollywood stars etc. you will enjoy this book. I enjoyed it enough to award it 4 "Golden Age" stars.

I own this book and it is a part of my personal library.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

"Be My Texas Valentine"

In Texas, Valentine's Day is for restless hearts, brave second chances, and passions rekindled. New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas, Linda Broday, Phyliss Miranda, and DeWanna Pace tempt you with four delicious treats. . .

Out on these rugged plains, love never comes easy. And four daring ladies will do whatever it takes to capture the hearts of four irresistibly sweet-talking Texans. . . When a quiet foreman comes to the aid of a mystery lady, they'll find that this perfect starlit night is made for courtin'.... A determined heiress gambles high to reclaim the rancher she's never stopped wanting. . .. When a spirited lady and a go-getter mayor compete for their town's future, it's two dreams for a lifetime. . .. And to attract a lonely doctor's attention, a shy young woman needs courage--and two unlikely matchmakers. . .

My Thoughts...

Jodi Thomas is one of my favorite authors, so when I found this book at a library book sale I grabbed it, not noticing that it was four short stories by four different authors. Jodi just being one of the authors. What a nice surprise, now I will become familiar with three new authors.

I've read the first two novellas in the book and enjoyed them both. I will read the other two stories at a later time. 

Today is Friday, February 13, 2015...I finished the book and enjoyed all four of the novellas. They were the fluffy mind candy  "G" rated kind of books I like. And I also have three new authors and their books to look forward to reading.

Today I went to visit my favorite bookstore, B & N, and found three new books. I just can't wait to start reading them. While there I found this cute little bookmark, I love bookmarks. 

It has a good reminder: "Follow Your Dreams". What a fun thing to think about. Now I just have to figure out what dreams do I want to follow?

The weather was great today, sunny and bright, just what I needed to get me out of my funky mood. And let me just say, "A visit to the bookstore always helps to get me out of my funky moods." I meandered around throughout the shelves of books for about an hour. Then I found a cozy little corner and started to read one of the books until hubby came and found me. After that we went for Chinese Food to go, and headed home. It was just a wonderful fun-filled day for me today. 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

"Book Tours, Authors, and Publishers" Ranting and Raving

Today I am going to rant and rave about "Book Tours" and also review requests from authors and publishers. 

When I started my blog "Ann's Reading Corner"  I started it because I love to read, it is my favorite pastime and I find it very entertaining. I decided to keep track of the books I read and add a few thoughts about what I thought of the books I was reading. Not realizing others might read my thoughts... I really didn't realize how many book bloggers were out there in the blogospere, until I started to get comments from other book bloggers. Well that was fun for a while until the authors and publishers got in touch with me and asked me to read and review their books. That was fun for a while, I loved receiving free books. 

Then along came the bloggers who help authors and publishers by sponsoring "Book Tours" of their books. That was fine until recently, I'm beginning to feel like my fun and entertainment of reading has become "work" instead of fun. Just this week I received a note from one of the sponsors of a book tour well let me show myself what came in my e-mail.

What do we expect from your review:

We expect your honest opinion. Please try to write at least two paragraphs. (About 150 words) ​ Authors and publishers appreciate more than just a few lines.

Here are some handy tips to keep in mind when reviewing a book:
  • Write your honest thoughts about the book. Did it capture and hold your attention? Did you enjoy the story? What did you like about it? Was there anything you didn't like and why? What about the setting, characters and plot? If you are reviewing a children's book, make sure to comment on the illustrations. The answers to these types of questions will be more helpful and interesting for your audience than simply writing a book report that just summarizes what the book is about.
  • Be careful not to provide "spoilers" when reviewing fiction. Please don't ruin the story for others by telling key details that unfold or reveal how the book ends. This is especially true when you review suspense and mystery novels.
  • If you write a long review, please be sure to use paragraph breaks so that the review is easier to read.
  • Remember that a review is about the book and its content. You may agree or disagree with what the books says or how it is written, but being personally critical of the author doesn't offer your audience much value.

Special Request from Author:

Since this book revolves around the.... 

I'm sorry but that got to me and made me think, why did I start a reading blog? For fun and keeping track of the books I read...And another thing about reviews I don't enjoy reading long-winded reviews, if they are long reviews I usually don't read them.

Really, I just read for fun and my own personal entertainment. So as far as I'm concerned after I finish up with the 3 or 4 books I have accepted to read and review that ends my accepting books for review. (Except from my favorite authors.) I am going back to what I started this blog for, to keep track of the books I read with a few thoughts about what I thought about them, what I liked or disliked about them. It is my life and I have decided to enjoy it "MY WAY!"