Winners Announced in the Valentine’s Day Giveaway!!

Six people have been chosen as winners in our Valentine’s Day Giveaway!

Congratulations to:

  1. Jeffrey who left a comment on February 13th
  2. Pat Guarnero who left a comment on February 8th
  3. Heather M who left a comment on February 8th
  4. Katrina@ Musings who left a comment on February 10th
  5. hillarypat who left a comment on February 8th
  6. jeff7saltzer who left a comment on February 7th

Please contact me with your mailing address and book choice (first come first serve) by Tuesday, February 21, 2012 to claim your prize.  Shipment is to the US only.

Thank you to all who participated and left comments.  The staff and I wish you the happiest of Valentine’s Days!!  We hope it is filled with love…..and books!!

Valentine’s Day GIVEAWAY!

Valentine’s Day is a week away! It’s a day to bask in the love we have from family, friends, and significant others  (I like to bask in the love I get from my animals too – LOL).  In honor of Valentine’s Day the staff at Reflections of a Book Addict is giving away 6 romance novels to 6 lucky winners!  Winners will get to pick one of the following novels as their prize:

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

Will of Steel by Diana Palmer

The Last Cahill Cowboy by Jenna Kernan

The Wicked Lord Rasenby by Marguerite Kaye

The Tycoon’s Paternity Agenda by Michelle Celmer

The Confession of Fitzwilliam Darcy by Mary Street

Good luck to all those entering.  The staff and I hope that you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day filled with love, friendship, and books!!


Six luck winners will have the opportunity to win the novel of their choice from the selection above.  Simply leave a comment in the thread below telling us what you like about Valentine’s Day or about your favorite love story.  Comments will be accepted through midnight on Monday, February 13, 2012.  Winners will be picked at random and announced on Tuesday, February 14, 2012.  Giveaway open to residents of the US only.  Good luck!

Adam’s Film Friday – The Notebook

Hey guys. Sorry for the lack of review last week, I was on vacation/recovering from working 16 hours on Cinco de Mayo, but I’m back. For this week, we are going back to what this set of blogs was originally supposed to be about: reviews for movies based on books or works of literature. This week is also a new genre for this series: a romance. For this week’s movie, I will be reviewing Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook.

The Notebook starts off with Duke (James Garner) telling an unnamed woman (Gena Rowlands) a story. The story is about young lovers Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams), who meet one night at a festival. From the moment he sees Allie, Noah is enamored with her and has to go on a date with her. He goes as far as climbing up a Ferris wheel to ask her out, to which she eventually says yes. Their relationship is volatile, with constant fighting and making up. As the summer goes on they become more serious, but they break up after a fight one night and Allie moves out of Seabrook and into college in New York. Noah writes one letter a day for a year to Allie. Unfortunately, she doesn’t receive any of the letters because they are intercepted by her controlling mother, Anne Hamilton (Joan Allen). Allie eventually moves on while in college, while Noah goes to fight in World War II. When some of the soldiers come back, Allie volunteers as a nurse’s aide and falls in love with wounded soldier Lon Hammond Jr. (James Marsden), eventually becoming engaged to him. When Noah comes back from the war, he repairs an old plantation home that he purchases and gets his name and picture in newspaper. While Allie is trying on her wedding dress, she sees Noah’s picture and decides she needs to go visit him to move on with her life. When she goes to visit him, she realizes her first love isn’t completely dead and must choose who she wants to share her life with. Does she choose the man she promised herself to or her first love?

I have to admit, the first time I saw this movie I was pretty sure I was just going to see another chick flick with a sappy ending. I actually enjoyed this movie a lot more than I was expecting to. The story, which is based on Nicholas Spark’s novel, is a truly original take on a classic love story. Most love stories are too pure and the couple always gets along in an unnatural way. I liked that this couple despite all their flaws truly loved each other. Like Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth from Persuasion, the sum of the couple as a whole was better than their existence separately.

Another highlight of the movie was the chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, who played Noah and Allie. They played off their character quirks quite well, and I almost felt like I was watching a real couple rather than characters. (In reality, McAdams and Gosling did date for 3 years after making the Notebook). Rachel McAdams was especially incredible in this role. She embodied Allie. She seemed so genuinely conflicted in choosing between Lon and Noah. As the viewer, your eyes are just drawn to her when she is on the screen.

All and all I really enjoyed the Notebook. It has a great story, but also features even better actors that bought the story to life. Like always, I will end my review with a question: do you believe true love exists? If it does, do you think it truly conquers all? After seeing this movie, you might change your perspective on true love. Until next time, happy viewing.

4 out of 5 Stars

The Notebook (2004)
New Line Cinema
PG-13, 123 Minutes

My Top 10….Literary Couples (Part I)

Happy Valentines Day!! I thought it would be interesting if I sat myself down and forced myself to think about my favorite literary couples.  So, without further adieu here is part one of my list! 

(Please be warned, there could be some spoilers in my blurbs on each couple)

10.) Sookie Stackhouse and Eric Northman (From the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris)

                For those of you who have read the series, you know that Sookie and Eric have had a very tumultuous relationship over the 10 books that have so far been published.  Sookie is a telepath who is thrust into the world of the supernatural when she begins dating a vampire named Bill Compton.  (The books take place in a world where vampires have come out into the open to admit their existence) Sookie and Bill break up once his true reasons for being with her are revealed.  Eric, another vampire, is over 1,000 years old and un-phased by humans.  Until meeting Sookie he thinks that humans are useless for anything beyond feeding from.   In the fourth book, Dead to the World, Sookie and Eric finally get together, much to the pleasure of Sookie readers everywhere.  Eric is normally cocky, cool, and all about himself, but his love for Sookie changes him in small ways here and there.  He is constantly trying to take care of her and protect her from the evils of the supernatural world.  He tries to hide from Sookie how deep his feelings are for her because he knows she is still wounded from her relationship with Bill.  When they are together and free from the supernatural drama there is a sweetness to their relationship that is wonderful to read.  Their relationship has its ups and downs, just as real ones do, and it’s this honesty and realness that I like so much. 

9.) Beauty and the Beast (From the fairytale)

                Beauty and the Beast was one of my favorite Disney movies as a child and subsequently it’s my favorite fairytale.  The fairytale is fairly different from the movie version, but the idea of Belle falling in love with the beast is still existent.  The idea that love can transcend the physical appearances of people is what draws me to Belle and the Beast.  I feel that so many people focus on the physical appearances of their partners rather than what’s on the inside.  Beauty and the Beast pushes a message that I personally wish more people would try out in their own lives.

8.) Odysseus and Penelope (From The Odyssey by Homer)

                The Trojan War is at an end and Odysseus begins his long journey back to Ithaca to his wife Penelope and their son Telemachus.  Odysseus has been gone for ten years, and in that ten-year span Penelope and Telemachus have kept a large group of suitors at bay.  Odysseus’ journey is filled with many obstacles, each one threatening to end his quest to return home.  He must deal with a Cyclops, the Sirens, and countless other obstacles.  His love for his family, his kingdom, and his people all keep his spirits up.  He knows that the relationship he has with his wife is strong enough to withstand anything.  The strength and courage they have in their marriage is admirable.  I had to have them on this list because of how much faith they have in each other and their relationship. 

7.) Noah Calhoun and Allie Nelson (From The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks)

                The Notebook is a romantic novel that chronicles Noah and Allie’s love story told through the pages of a notebook.  Stricken with dementia Allie doesn’t remember anything about her life.  Noah fills the pages of a notebook and reads it to her on a daily basis, hoping that it will bring her back to him.  He tells her about Noah, a poor southern boy, and Allie, a rich socialite, who meet one summer while in their late teens and have an unforgettable summer romance.  Circumstances arise tearing them apart from each other, but it doesn’t last.  They make their way back to each other eventually and get married.  Their relationship is indicative that even in the face of tragedy love can overcome it all.

6.)  Mary Boleyn and William Stafford (From The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory)

                Everyone knows who Anne Boleyn is, but few know of her younger sister Mary.  Before Anne was with King Henry VIII, Mary was.  It is said that Mary had two children by the king before he began courting Anne.  When Henry was done with Mary she began spending as much time as possible with her children at the family home in the country.  Mary is chaperoned out to the country by a group of her uncle’s men.  Leading these men was William Stafford.  Stafford begins interacting with Mary and her children on each trip out to the country.  Mary becomes interested in him and when she’s at court begins to secretly seek out his company.  William, knowing that Mary is too high for him socially, leaves court to begin making a life for himself as a farmer.  After a short separation Mary realizes that she has found true love in William Stafford.  Leaving court suddenly she rushes to William’s farm to tell him that she will leave everything of her former life behind if he will have her.  I absolutely love Mary and William.  Mary is willing to leave her wealth, family, social status, and position completely behind for a man who literally has nothing but a piece of land with which to grow a farm on.  If that’s not love what is?!? (For Todd’s review of The Other Boleyn Girl click here)

So there you have it folks! The first half of my top ten literary couples!  Do you agree with the first half of my choices?? Who are some of your favorite literary couples?  Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Check back in tomorrow for the top 5!  I hope you all have a fantastic Valentine’s Day filled with love!