FRIDAY FIVES STYLE
Instead of just going with five book recommendations, I'm going to mix it up and pull from different things I like:
And all of them start with 'R'! So here are my Five 'R' Recommendations:
1) Book→ RUBY RED (Rubinrot) by Kerstin Gier & Anthea Bell
From Goodreads: Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!
Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon--the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.
I read this book almost a year ago now, and I've been waiting impatiently for the next in the series Sapphire Blue (Saphirblau). As you can probably tell from the titles in brackets, these are German books that have been translated to English—hence the wait. Ruby Red was a fun, light time travel read with romance, ghosts, mystery, and a secret society. And that cover is just beautiful, right?
2) Music→ RIVER DRIVER by Great Big Sea
Let me preface this by saying that this music isn't for everyone. It hails from Canada's East Coast (the Maritimes) which is rich in Scots-Irish heritage. As such, the music from the Maritimes has a strong Celtic flavour. Since the Maritimes are named for the word 'maritime' (meaning 'of the sea'), you can probably guess that fishing is a large part of their economy. Maritimes music often reflects this...and a love of the drink O_o (like I said, Scots-Irish heritage). Anyway, I ♥ Maritimes music.
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3) Travel→ ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER, Germany
4) Movie→ RETURN TO ME (2000)
With the arrival of Judd Apatow and his gang on the romantic comedy scene, it feels like these types of movies have taken a serious turn for the low-brow and raunchy of late. Back in the day there were gems like Return to Me which were cute, funny, romantic, and even a little bit sad at times. This one has all of those things, with a cast that includes: David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, Bonnie Hunt, James Belushi, and Joely Richardson, among others. It has great music too, mostly oldies like the Dean Martin track the movie is named for. Just a fun, sweet romance all around.♥
5) TV Show→ REVENGE on ABC
I'm not sure if this show will be renewed for a second season, so I'm hesitant to suggest it. I don't see why it wouldn't be, but then ABC is one of the top offenders for yoinking shows I've gotten hooked on.
Revenge "centers on a young woman who is welcomed into a community filled with people who don't know she's only there to exact revenge on those who had destroyed her family." (IMDB)
It's said to be very loosely based on Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo. The show's protag, Emily, is the perfect example of a sympathetic villain, heavy on the sympathetic. Right off the bat we want her to bring down the Graysons and their entitled cronies.
Well, most of them anyway. There's also some swoon factor with some of the show's leading men. Just an interesting show to watch.
So this is long and rambly (as per usual), but those are my Five 'R' Recommendations for you. ☺