November 20, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I {Book to Movie}

This movie comes out November 21st and I am sure many of you already have your tickets. When I read this series (so many years ago) I had no idea it would become as big as it has.

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My name is Katniss Everdeen.
Why am I not dead?
I should be dead.

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans--except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay--no matter what the personal cost.

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Movie Synopsis

In District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever, Katniss Everdeen works to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends.

I have seen the many trailers for this movie and I am so excited. This is the type of movie you want to get dressed up for and throw a big party for. I thought the most fun would be to dress like the Capital People. So think anything big, bold, outrageous and couture! If you still can't think of anything then you can always look to the icon of the Capital people...
*Effie Trinket*
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So anything from crazy hair colors to some sort of huge hair decoration and different textures of fabric, feathers, flowers or even butterflies. Then comes your make-up. Be adventurous and bold. I'm sure when you go and see the movie some people will dress up. Be inspired and play along. You will have so much fun.

Fan Art

There is so much fan art out there for The Hunger Games Series. This is one of my favorites. The editing on this photo looks awesome.

Jennifer Lawrence
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There are other forms of art like this fabulous book art

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Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer has exploded onto the acting scene and is more popular than ever. Vanity Fair put her on the cover of their November 2014 issue and there is an awesome interview with her in the magazine. They also have some fun personal videos at the shoot with her. She talks about producing her first film "The Glass Castle" which is still in development so there isn't much on IMDB to read about yet. But I guarantee we will do a post on that Book to Movie. Man this lady has been busy. She has finished filming "Mockingjay Part 2" and is in pre production for "Joy" playing Joy Mangano and "X Men: Apocalypse" playing Raven.

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 When I was researching Jennifer I kept seeing a ton of Magazine covers that she was on. So I thought it would be fun to collage a bunch of them. This isn't even all of them. She has been on magazines all over the world. This girl really is on fire. I love how she can look so different on each cover. It looks like she has been on more covers than a lot of models have.

Josh Hutcherson

He is best know for this role but he was also in the movies, "Bridge to Terabithia" and "The Kids Are All Right" and "Journey to the Center of the Earth". He is rumored to be doing a third movie in the "Journey" movies called "Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon" but that has just been announced to be filming so there may be a chance he won't do it. We will have to see how busy he is.

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Liam Hemsworth

He is no stranger to Book to Movies. He also was in "The Last Song" with Miley Cyrus and I'm pretty sure you would recognize him in "The Expendables 2" with Sylvester Stallone. He is currently filming as the lead actor in "The Dressmaker" another book to movie I will have to post about in 2015, with Kate Winslet and Sarah Snook. He is also filming another movie where he is the main character called "By Way of Helena" with fellow Hunger Games actor Woody Harrelson which comes out in 2015. Wait a minute! I just realized that he is the younger brother to Chris and Luke Hemsworth. I don't know why I didn't see it before. He totally looks like a younger skinnier in the face Chris Hemsworth. Lol.
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Woody Harrelson

This might show my age a little but when I think of Woody Harrelson I think of "Woody" on Cheers. If y'all haven't seen a Cheers episode you've got to find them on Netflix or something and watch them. They are classic TV and worth getting into. Some more of his recent filming has been, "Now You See Me" and "No Country for Old Men". He is currently working on "By Way of Helena" with fellow actor Liam Hemsworth. They've just started pre production of "Now You See Me 2". He just finished filming "Triple Nine" with Kate Winslet and Casey Affleck. Can't wait to see more movies with Woody in them.

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Francis Lawrence

He is no stranger to directing Books to Movies and he has proven he will do his job well because he directed the last two Hunger Games movies. He is most well known for "I am Legend" - "Constantine" - "Water for Elephants". He has directed all the Hunger Games movies except the first one. And how fun is this? He has directed many music videos for artist such as Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Green Day.

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Suzanne Collins
You can check out her website here. I just searched and searched on the web to see if she has any new books in the works and I can't find anything. Is this a thing for some authors that when they have a huge hit in the movies that they stop writing books, examples now are Suzanne Collins of this series and Stephenie Meyers of the The Twilight Series. I would love to read more books from Suzanne Collins. So please Suzanne write us some more books to love.
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I can't wait to see what they do with the first half of Mockingjay. Hope you all get into the spirit of The Hunger Games at the movies.

Movie Trailer

If you want to check out our other Book to Movie posts here they are:

The Giver
If I Stay
The Maze Runner
Gone Girl
Before I Go To Sleep

Post your reviews in the comments. I'd love to hear what you think of the movie.


Kellie H.

November 19, 2014

Mockingjay Photo Shoot: Katniss {Part 1}

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Having read Mockingjay for our book club, I know that there are going to be many twists and turns in this exciting, and sometimes heartbreaking movie. It will be interesting to watch as one of our favorite stories jumps off the pages of the novel and onto the screen for all to see.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens in U.S. theaters on November 21st, 2014.
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This classic Katniss look was styled by the fabulous Jacque with Looks For Lovlies. Jacque is amazing at going into anyone's closet and coming out with an outfit you wish you would have thought to put together yourself! 

Jacque: To create this look I knew I wanted everything to be simple, classic and chic. I started with dark denim and a simple fitted black tee. Then I layered the outfit with a leather jacket via Guess and a silver feather necklace to mimic the Mockingjay symbol. The high leather boots help to keep the look fashion forward and simple while still looking chic.You can shop this look at the bottom of this post.

One of our book club members, Angie (who will be featured in our Mockingjay photo shoot part II tomorrow) created a side braid with more visual interest by adding a second braid that wrapped in the back. 

Jen, from Classy Cosmetics, wanted to be loyal to the character by truly only enhancing Jennie's beauty. (yes that is the models real name, such twinners!)
 Because these two bare a striking resemblance, not much had to be done. She warmed up Jennie's skin by using Loreal True Match in a shade slightly darker than her natural color. Warm toned bronzer, apricot blush and warm browns eyeshadow with minimal mascara finished up this Hunger Games look. 

Check back TOMORROW to see part II of our our Mockingjay photo shoot where we visit the Capitol!

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Makeup by Jen with CLASSY COSMETICS
Styling by Jacque with  LOOKS FOR LOVLIES
Hair styled by Angie

November 17, 2014

Our 2015 Book Picks!

It's the most wonderful time of the year...
Time to chose books for 2015!

This year at our first ever book club retreat we sat down in our pajamas to start the process of choosing twelve books that we would like to read and host book clubs for next year. When we select our books, we do our best to mix us the genres so we get a little taste of everything.
This year we choose:
-2 Classics
-1 Non Fiction
-4 Young Adult
-1 Historical Fiction
-1 Autobiography
-3 Fiction

Take a peek at the 12 books we carefully chose for our 2015 line up and read why we picked them. And as always, we hope you will read along with us!

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We didn't hesitate for a second to read this book because it is written by our very own, ROBIN KING!
Robin has been a Delicious Reads members from the beginning and just published her first book, REMEMBRANDT which has been getting great reviews and we are very proud to call her ours. 

SYNOPSIS: Alexandra starts a new semester at college, hoping to escape her painful memories—a nearly impossible task with her eidetic memory replaying everything in movie-esque detail. Things aren't always what they seem: her handsome running partner shows up when she least expects it, her Russian professor is anything but ordinary and Brown University holds a well-kept secret. 

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When we discussed what autobiography we wanted to read I mentioned MY LIFE IN FRANCE . Immediately the other members jumped at the idea of reading a book about someone who loves food as much as we do! I'm certain this book club meeting will be brimming with deliciousness!

SYNOPSIS: Julia’s unforgettable story – struggles with the head of the Cordon Bleu, rejections from publishers to whom she sent her now-famous cookbook, a wonderful, nearly fifty-year long marriage that took them across the globe – unfolds with the spirit so key to her success as a chef and a writer, brilliantly capturing one of the most endearing American personalities of the last fifty years.

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When we Skyped with author Leigh Bardugo this fall, we asked her for some of her favorite book recommendations. She was the one who told us to read CARTER BEATS THE DEVIL last year and we all LOVED that book so when she mentioned we should tread THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY we choose it without another thought.

SYNOPSIS: Erik Larson—author of #1 bestseller In the Garden of Beasts—intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.

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We were almost done choosing our books for 2015 when I realized we hadn't chosen a traditional "Classic" which I personally love to read. We wanted to pick something different than the usual classic when one member suggested we pick one of Jules Verne's fantastic tales,  20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA was chosen.

SYNOPSIS: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a classic science fiction novel by French writer Jules Verne published in 1870. It tells the story of Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus, as seen from the perspective of Professor Pierre Aronnax after he, his servant Conseil, and Canadian harpoonist Ned Land wash up on their ship. On the Nautilus, the three embark on a journey which has them going all around the world.

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This new YA book has been creating a lot of buzz with it's controversial topics of gender and identity and we are all excited to see what kind of a discussion we'll have! REMAKE is a little bit Science fiction, a little bit romance and a little bit action and sure to be a great book club book.

SYNOPSIS: A World Where Freedom Isn't a Choice
Nine is the ninth female born in her batch of ten females and ten males. By design, her life in Freedom Province is without complications or consequences. However, such freedom comes with a price. the Prime Maker is determined to keep that price a secret from the new batches of citizens that are born, nurtured, and raised androgynously.

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We've heard so many wonderful things about STATION ELEVEN from publishers, from reviewers, from readers and from one of our favorite authors, Erin Morgenstern, We decided it was a no-brainer and added it to our list immediately.

SYNOPSIS: An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty.


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We've never chosen to read a Middle Grader book for book club before but we made an exception for this charming and beautiful book. I read WONDER earlier this year and was touched by it's message and main characters August who has found a cozy spot in my heart so make room because he will find a spot in yours as well if you read it.

SYNOPSIS: August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

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Originally we had scheduled to read THE THIRTEENTH TALE this November but we bumped it to next year when local author Teri Harman came and speak to us at our retreat instead. BUT, we did not want to miss out on reading this intriguing and suspenseful tale so we made sure to add it to our 2015 list.

SYNOPSIS: Former academic Setterfield pays tribute in her debut to Brontë and du Maurier heroines: a plain girl gets wrapped up in a dark, haunted ruin of a house, which guards family secrets that are not hers and that she must discover at her peril. Margaret Lea, a London bookseller's daughter, has written an obscure biography that suggests deep understanding of siblings. She is contacted by renowned aging author Vida Winter, who finally wishes to tell her own, long-hidden, life story. Together, Margaret and Vida confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves.

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We had SO much fun reading Agatha Christie's "AND THEN THERE WERE NONE" last year that we decided to read one of Christie's other classics, MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
If you love a good murder mystery the you'll love Christie's books and they make for a great book club discussion.

SYNOPSIS: Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.
Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again . . .

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When we were discussing what book we wanted to read during October I thought of SHUTTER because every now and then it's nice to read a book that makes you want to crawl under the blankets and hide. ;) This YA horror should scare us just enough without crossing over into Stephen King territory of giving us nightmares for months! (IT ruined me for a year!)

SYNOPSIS: Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat -- a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film.
When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn't exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she's faced before . . . or die trying.

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I can't believe I'm admitting this to you all but I've NEVER read an of the Narnia books!
There, I said it, judge me all you want but we all have book regrets!
When I admitted my "book sin" to the group we all agreed that reading THE LION, THE WITCH, and the WARDROBE for Christmas would be perfect AND remedy my never having never read this Ya classic.

SYNOPSIS: Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice. Open the door and enter a new world.

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Who doesn't love a sweeping tale of romance full of charm and intrigue??
We wanted to kick off 2016 discussing a book we knew we would all like and EDENBROOKE will not disappoint us I'm certain.

SYNOPSIS: Marianne Daventry will do anything to escape the boredom of Bath and the amorous attentions of an unwanted suitor. So when an invitation arrives from her twin sister, Cecily, to join her at a sprawling country estate, she jumps at the chance. Thinking she'll be able to relax and enjoy her beloved English countryside while her sister snags the handsome heir of Edenbrooke, Marianne finds that even the best laid plans can go awry. From a terrifying run-in with a highwayman to a seemingly harmless flirtation, Marianne finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure filled with enough romance and intrigue to keep her mind racing.

November 14, 2014

Looks From Books: Shadow on the Crown

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This month at Delicious Reads we are reading Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell. 
This historical fiction novel revolves around the life of a young 11th century queen and her journey into an arranged marriage to an older king, finding her place in this new kingdom and her forbidden love story. 
I decided to create a modern day royalty look using a faux fur shrug and tulle and lace midi skirt. Then I layered a statement ring, floral crown, studded gold heels and over the top necklace layering for some crowned jewelry level glam. 
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November 10, 2014

Pretty in Print: Incorporating books into your Thanksgiving Table Decor

The holidays are coming up and that means hosting lots dinner parties for families and friends!  I love
hosting dinners for my loved ones, and I love decorating the table for the occasion.

I hardly ever do a holiday tablescape without using my vintage books, they make decorating so 
easy and so fast.  They are great for creating different heights, and quickly give structure to all my table decorations.

I got all of my beautiful vintage books from one of our beautiful local used book stores called Pioneer Book.  They are located on Center Street in Provo and they have such a wonderful selection of 
classic, vintage books.  I would highly recommend stopping in their cute store to have a look at their vast collection. 

When I started thinking about what kind of tablescape I wanted to do for this post, I looked at my books and noticed I didn't have a ton of orange books to create a traditional,
fall thanksgiving table.  But I did have quite a few blue books and I love using blue and orange together, it is such a popular color combo right now.  So, I would suggest when you are thinking 
about how to dress up your table for the up coming holidays, think of mixing things up a little bit.  Choose surprising color combinations, go with something a little less traditional.  Your guests 
are bound to love what ever you come up with and will be impressed with your creativity.

Recreating this look would take you minutes, and wouldn't cost you very much either.  Use books you already have around the house, if you don't have any or enough books in the color 
combo you are wanting, take a  look at this tutorial I did on Book Wrapping.

If you don't have fake fall foliage and pumpkins, right now is the BEST time to stock up because all the stores have majorly discounted all of their fall decor to make room for Christmas.  I love to get faux fall foliage and pumpkins from Michaels and Hobby Lobby.  I also like to get a few stems from Pottery Barn, they have sales on their fall items around this time of year as well. 

I am obsessed with blue and white porcelain, thus it is frequently featured in my posts.  I find it to be 
so timeless and elegant.  Hobby Lobby has an excellent selection of pretty blue and white porcelain, I have purchased quite a few of their items.  You can also find amazing deals and unique pieces in antique stores, for those of you that love to go antiquing like me!

If you aren't into blue and white as much as I am, you could supplement your decor with beautiful 
hand folded books.  I did a tutorial on Book Folding a couple of months ago, check it out!  
These beauties would look great with any color combination or any seasonal decorations you already have!

For the place settings I used white wooden chargers from Pier One Imports and my mom's collection of Blue Willow China.  For place cards I wanted to tie back into the books and reading element of the decor, so, we created our own script of Thanks and Thank You and printed it off in the typewriter font and cut it into the individual cards  You could also use pages from old books.

For the centerpiece I wanted to create something that would be easy and affordable.  I didn't want to go out and buy any extra decorations that I would then have to find a place to store with no
guarantees that I would use it ever again.  So I simply used apples and oranges, mixed in a few fall leaves to break up the composition and threw in a couple of gold pumpkins that can easily be found when you are shopping for your faux fall leaves and pumpkins.  I arranged them all on a platter then used a cake stand to give it a little additional height.

I hope this post has inspired you to create something fun and unique for your Thanksgiving table this year. I would love to see a recreation on this blue and orange theme or any other creative decor you come up with using books.  

Post your pictures to instagram and, as always, make sure to tag @deliciousreads so I can see all of your gorgeous holiday decor! 

Thanks for reading
and happy decorating!


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