I recently watched The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, and I just LOVED it. Was it difficult to watch? Yes! Was it emotionally challenging? Yes. Were there scenes that just got to me? Yes. There were a few scenes in this one where it was almost impossible to not become an emotional wreck. (I'm thinking specifically of a scene between a father and son on a train. I seriously thought I couldn't take much more after that.) But was it worth it? Absolutely. It was tough to watch because of the content, but because of the content it was authentic. I think it is very, very important that viewers see the truth of what those war years were like. I think people need to be reminded what happened during the Holocaust. I think this movie does a great job at showing the very best and worst of humanity. The best because there were people who stood up and did something. There were people who were willing to risk their very lives to save Jews from the Nazis. Anyway, I'd definitely recommend this one! I thought the acting was great. It definitely helped that it starred Goran Visnjic whom I just love and adore!!! And playing a small-but-yet-still-significant role was Ruby Bentall, whom I recognized from Lark Rise to Candleford.
Watch The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
If you want to watch a really great, really compelling movie with a lot of heart
If you like watching historical films based on true people/true events
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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).
I also review adult books.
I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)
I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.
Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
multicultural books and international books
I am not a fan of:
dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood
I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.
If you're interested in sending me a review copy of your book, I'm happy to hear from you. Email me at laney_po AT yahoo DOT com.
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1) I do not guarantee a review of your book. I am just agreeing to consider it for review. 2) I give all books at least fifty pages. 3) I am not promising anyone (author or publisher) a positive review in exchange for a review copy. That's not how I work. 4) In all of my reviews I strive for honesty. My reviews are my opinions--so yes, they are subjective--you should know my blog will feature both negative and positive reviews. 5) I do not guarantee that I will get to your book immediately. I've got so many books I'm trying to read and review, I can't promise to get to any one book in a given time frame. 6) Emailing me every other week to see if I've read your book won't help me get to it any faster. Though if you want to email me to check and see if it arrived safely, then that's fine!
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