Monday, February 7, 2011

The Perfect Peeta?


The Perfect Peeta.... if there is such a thing!

In light of another actor name drop (Alex Pettyfer) who may play Peeta, in The Hunger Games movie, I have decided to vent my frustration.

It's not like I have anything against Pettyfer, I honestly don't know much about him. My frustration stems from my own doubt of casting Peeta. Is there really going to be an actor who fits Peeta, perfectly? Am I going to be completely satisfied with the casting? I really cannot say.

In this article (see below) Alex Pettyfer's name is now on the "Peeta Radar" are we happy about this? 

Alex Pettyfer may be in talks to play Peeta in 'The Hunger Games' movie

He's already a fan favorite to play the character of Jace in the upcoming movie adaptation of Cassandra Clare's City of Bones. Now there's buzz that 20-year-old actor Alex Pettyfer has talked to Hunger Games director Gary Ross.

Pettyfer, currently starring in the upcoming sci-fi adaptation of I Am Number Four, recently dished about the possibility he could play the role of Peeta Mellark to J-14.

"I met with Lionsgate. I think Gary Ross is a great director," he said. "I have [read the books]. I'm a very big fan. I just hope they can conquer the movie."

Now it could turn into a war of the studios -- Screen Gems for City of Bones and Lionsgate for The Hunger Games -- and a war of the Mortal Instruments fans versus The Hunger Games fans. And who knows where fans of BOTH series will align themselves!?
Casting for The Hunger Games is still in the very early stages, with NO announcements having been made as of yet. Filming is set to begin later this spring, with a release date set for March 23, 2012.

Continue reading on Alex Pettyfer may be in talks to play Peeta in 'The Hunger Games' movie - National The Hunger Games | [CLICK HERE]


Tell me in a comment how you feel about this... and, tell me who YOU think would make the perfect Peeta. [Confession time] While I was reading this series, I did have one actor in my head. He wasn't there all the time, but he was there sometimes. You see, I always pictured Gale as the "hot" one, the one who girls would pick first... but Peeta, he's in the background, cute, yet not first noticed.

David Kross, from The Reader (an amazing movie) is who I thought of.

In the end, I honestly don't know who should play Peeta...

Until next time,

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Game Day Guacamole

The Anti-Super Bowl Dip

I don't really have a problem with football, well, I don't like it, that's all! I'm not the biggest sports fan, so on this huge game day, I somehow made guacamole to go with dinner. Go figure!

The recipe is very simple, easy to make, and seriously delicious. I didn't have a lot of ingredients at home, so I used what I had and it turned out fabulous.

Below is a picture guide. Please feel free to use this as a guide for making your own guacamole.

  1. 2 avocados
  2. Salt
  3. Pepper
  4. Garlic Powder
  5. Onion Powder
  6. Red Pepper Flakes
  7. Mayonnaise
  8. Salsa

The ingredients I used. Add amounts to your liking.

Slice avocado down the center | Turn halves to separate | Remove seeds.

Slice in small cubes while still in the peel.

Remove the avocado cubes into a bowl.

  • Using a wooden spoon, mash the avocado cubes to a preferable consistancy. I like mine to have a little bit of chunk, but not too much.
  • Add in: Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and red pepper flakes.
  • Continue to mix/mash until well blended.
  • Add in preferable amounts of salsa and mayonnaise.
  • Blend. Enjoy!

Finished Guacamole!
I hope you guys enjoyed your Super Bowl day! Hopefully, you got some reading done as well.

Until next time,

Friday, February 4, 2011

Welcome Mrs. P

Mrs. P Magic Library 

Special Guest Blogger!

To conclude my week of guest bloggers, I have asked Mrs. P to write a little something about her favorite childhood book.  Mrs. P can be found on her award winning website. If you have not checked it out, you need to!

I am a big supporter of youth reading and writing, so I am ecstatic Mrs.P has created such a wonderful website! I wish her nothing but the best. 

Contributed by Kathy Kinney who stars as Mrs. P on the award winning website.
Even though my mother never finished high school she was a reader and she passed her love of it on to me - and I so do love to read. As a child if I loved a book I would re-read it once a year.  Some of my yearly favorites were: Cheaper By the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth, Jr and his sister Ernestine Gilbreth Carey; Our Hearts Were Young and Gay by Cornelia Otis Skinner and Emily Kimbrough and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein.   It might seem like an odd combination of books - two biographies and a fantasy tale but what they had in common was living life in a fun, creative and adventurous way.  That was the kind of life I wanted as a child and it is the kind of life I created for myself and lead now that I am grown.  I read everyday for entertainment, comfort and to keep my imagination toned and ever ready for my next adventure.  Giving someone the gift of reading is beyond value and thanks to our libraries it's free.  So why not share the gift of reading with every man, woman and child you know - and of course don't forget to gift yourself.  I have made it easy for everyone to enjoy a classic story with my free website full of books. So come meet me in my Magic Library at and I’ll read one to you.

Thank you for your kind and sweet words! I really enjoyed reading them, and I appreciate the time you spent on writing this for my blog.

Also, I did ask two other special people what their  favorite childhood books were. The answers are below.

  • Author Julie Kagawa (The Iron Fey Series): Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Website Novel Novice: Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

Thank you to everyone who contributed this week. May we all encourage young readers!

Until next time,

Guest Blogger: Becky's Barmy

My Day 5 Guest Blogger: Becky's Barmy Book Blog

Becky Barmy Book Blog
My favourite book as a very young child was 'The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry & The Big Hungry Bear' a mouthful for a title I know, but I loved it, my mum did all different voices and the characters made me laugh, and taught me important lessons about sharing. This was where my love of books stemmed from (Yep I really did start early) As I got older the books came with me, they just got longer and with more advanced plots. I read through Lucy Daniels Animal Ark Series, this is where my love of animals came from and why I respect nature so much, this of course led me to fantastic Classics like 'The Animals of Farthing Wood' and 'Watership Down.' 

Reading is important to me because it is a gateway to other worlds, a way to escape and experience everything I could ever want without having to leave my house or spend mass amounts of money. Books take me to places I can only dream of and teach me important lessons about the world I live in and people I may meet. 

I always try to encourage young readers, working in a library this is quite easy to do, we do lots of displays and story-times, activities and crafts to get children interested in reading. I think it is one of the most important things for children to pick up. Sharing books and learning to read offers so many more skills for life and helps them to embrace their imagination. 

Start your children reading from the very start, read to them as babies, then share books as they get older, you won't regret it.

Becky from 'Becky's Barmy Book Blog'
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Thank you Becky, your words of encouragement are very welcoming. I suggest parents' start reading to their children while "mom" is still pregnant! We have to start early, right?

Until next time,

Happy Reading Young Readers!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Guess what I got!

Best Day Ever!

Very exciting day for me. I got a UPS delivery, one I was not expecting, and the gift was amazing! Apparently, I won a contest I didn't even know I'd won. Inside the package was a signed ARC of Delirium by Lauren Oliver!!

Yes, you have my permission to be insanely jealous! [hehe]

Until next time

Guest Blogger: The Caffeinated Diva

 My Day 4 Guest Blogger: The Caffeinated Diva

I think your project is a fabulous one, encouraging young readers!

My absolute favorite was Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  From the moment I opened the cover, I was enthralled by it and to reading.  I soaked up that book, and the subsequent ones, like they were water.  They are still among my most treasured books. 
Reading is important in so many ways, from the obvious learning aspect to the pure unadulterated joy they can give the reader.  I love escaping into a book, losing myself in a another place or time, feeling as if I were right there in the story.  Reading opens you up to so many new things.  I believe that kids are starting to lose the love of reading.  Video games and the TV have their time and place, but reading can offer so much to a child. 
I have 4 sons, from 7 to 18, and they all have different tastes.  My oldest is in college now and his only complaint is that he rarely has time to read anything but text books!  My 13yo is an avid reader, with a lot of the same tastes as his mom.  My 9yo hasn't really found his taste yet so we use that as a chance to try all kinds of books. 
My 7yo is the one child who doesn't love to read.  He was born with a cleft lip & palate and has some speech issues.  He is smart as a whip, but very aware that sometimes his speech is different than other kids.  It isn't at all drastic, but it is there.  In his mind, anything that involves language, whether it be written or spoken, is something to stress about.  So bringing him to reading has been a challenge.  We read a book together every afternoon, with him reading it aloud to me.  That helps practice the speech without him realizing what I am doing, and gets him reading.  We talk about it afterward and I am finally starting to see that glimmer in his eyes when we talk about new books.  A future bookworm in the making!

Thanks for considering me!

Kim @ The Caffeinated Diva

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Thank you Kim! I love seeing a twinkle in all young reader's eyes!

Until next time,

Happy Reading Young Readers!