Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Book and a Movie

I promise I will be back with something decor-inspired soon.  But so far my summer has been filled with fun activities and relaxing.

If you are into relaxing with a good book, I just finished "Honolulu" by Alan Brennert and would highly recommend it.

"Honolulu" tells the story of a girl named Regret, born in a Korean village around the turn of the 20th century.  Regret wants more for her life than the life of a repressed Korean woman can offer.  She decides to become a picture bride (basically a mail order bride) for a Korean man living in Honolulu.

Once in Hawaii, Regret quickly learns that the streets aren't lined in gold and life is not as she expected.  Regret learns to make her way in this new world.  The author does a great job of weaving real history into Regret's story and brings life to Hawaii of the 1920's and 30's.

I liked "Honolulu" so much that I'm now reading Brennert's first book, "Molokai."

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"Molokai" is the story of a young Hawaiian girl who contracts leprosy and is taken from her family to live in the leper colony on Molokai.  I'm only a few pages into this book, but it already seems like it will be just as good as "Honolulu."

As for the movies, I took the girls to see "Dolphin Tale" at the dollar movie theater this week.  I don't know how we missed this movie when it was in the theater (it's already out on DVD.)

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I am such an animal lover and love inspiring animal movies.  I rarely cry at movies featuring humans, but throw an animal in there and I'm a blubbering mess.  This movie was no exception.  The girls and I deemed this movie, "our new favorite."  If you are looking for a great family-friendly movie, get this DVD.

Have you read any good books and seen any good movies lately?


Starr @ The Kiefer Cottage said...

I just saw The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Made me want to move abroad with the family even more than I usually do! I really enjoyed seeing the ensemble cast.

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Thanks for the book recommendations. Always up for a new book. If you want to check out my new party, pop in for a visit. Wishing you a grand day. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Lisa at Shine Your Light said...

Oooh thank you for the recommendations….I needed some titles for summer reading!!

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

The books sound exotic and interesting - always looking for new reads. Have you read Heaven is for Real? it has been sitting in my pile for a year but I have not picked it up to read yet.