Brooke's Nook

This is my little corner of the web world. I will review books, movies and discuss other current media events and things I love. I tried, and failed at putting together a book club last year. We moms are all SO BUSY with kids, jobs, housework and life in general.

My dream job would literally be to own a book store/coffee shop and discuss these things all day every day! Here is my plan B.

I like to hear my Papaw's stories.
He and Mamaw come here every Wednesday to see the kids. Papaw usually has a few suckers for the kids tucked away in his coat pocket or the front pocket of his flannel shirt. He says they have to wait until they finish their lunch but --we all know how that works, don't we? The kids have all got this figured out too.

Don't you just love the way Grandpa's are? Especially from a grand daughter's point of view? He hung the moon! He can do no wrong! He is the smartest, sweetest, most handsome, funniest, strongest person EVER. He is the person I measure everyone else against.
But you should see him with his great grand babies. He's an ole' softy. He loves to have them sit on his lap and he loves to aggravate them too. I even caught him petting Mae Mobley the other day. The kitty jumped up on his lap and at first Papaw acted like he could care less but I'll be darned if I didn't look over a few moments later to see her asleep and him petting her.

Oh, Grandfathers are great! What was I blogging about? Oh yes, his stories! Every time I am with him I hear little bits of his life. Little pieces of this big puzzle that all come together to make up this hero of a man. He's been telling stories, like all grandpa's do, for as long as I can remember. Lately though, I have really been wanting to remember everything he says. Maybe it's because I am older and I want to remember what he says so I can tell my grandkids some day. I don't know. I just want to know everything about him.

Today he talked about the Navy. How he was in 13 different countries. He talked about Puerto Rico and Cuba. I didn't know that! Now I do and I think he's even cooler.
A few months back, when I was getting ready to leave for Boston, he told me all about how he was docked in Boston while he was in the Navy. He told me when I got there " look up a man by the name of Curley. James Curley. He was a crook but he was the Mayor at that time. He got elected while he was in jail. And one time, I don't know why but somehow a buddy and I got invited to this ball they were having in his honor and I got to meet him. There's probably a statue somewhere. I bet his name will be somewhere in Boston." The third day I was in Boston, Josh and I were on a trolley tour and the guide pointed out a big statue of Mayor James Curley in front of City Hall. He also told the story about the Mayor just as Papaw had said it earlier. I wish I had his memory! And his stories! I cannot imagine, my Papaw at a Mayor's ball. All dressed up with his buddy and their dates.

It's a new year! Hey family and friends. I got a Nook color for Christmas and I love it. So far I have only been able to read one book but I loved reading from it. I am one of those people who loves books! When Rylee was younger we would always go to Barnes and Noble or Borders and just sit and read. We try to make it to the library once a month too! I love the way books smell and I love diving in to a new book so I wasn't sure I would like a nookcolor. However, much to my surprise it is AWESOME. It is really easy to read off of and I can shop and buy a book in seconds. It is also a web browser so I can check email and facebook etc..
All in all I give it a 10! Thanks Honey for getting me the best Christmas gift ever :)

Hello everyone! I am sorry I have been on a Brooke's Nook hiatus lately--its been a busy October and I feel like our November is already shot as well. I blog to you today because I follow another blog and her latest post is all about guessed it...The Help. I thought it was fun and I wanted share the link so here it is :

Pretty cool, huh?

On a completely different note I wanted to remind you to come see "White Christmas" at TVHS November 5th, 6th or 7th. Little Miss Rylee has a cameo scene and I would love for you to come see her and the students' hard work. I had the great pleasure of choreographing 2 numbers for the dancers and it was a lot of fun! Mark your calendars, we hope to see you there!

Okay so I have to admit that when I read a really, really good book I have a bad habit of either mentally casting myself automatically as the lead character ( Hey, I could have been Bella Swan or Allie from the Notebook) or casting actors for a future movie based on that book. Well, I was digging around the internet and found that they ARE making a movie based on The Help! In my opinion, they nailed it when it comes to many of the actors cast in this movie! Allison Cheney is Mrs. Phelan, Viola Davis as the wonderful Aibileen and Bryce Dallas Howard as prissy Hilly Hollbrook. I am also looking forward to seeing Emma Stone portray Skeeter. She is new at the whole "lead role" thing but you will recognize her as a supporting actress in a lot of teen movies in theaters lately. I really hope the screenplay writers can do this novel proper justice. It could go either way but I am crossing my fingers. It comes out in 2011 and I will be there...who is with me?
For those of you who would like to check out more about this movie here is the link!

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

After I read the Twilight Series last spring/summer it took a long time for me to find another book or book series that I could get into. Okay, so I read the Twilight Series books twice...go ahead and judge...but I suggested them to friends and one of my aunts and they all loved the books as much as me!


I took a break from reading for a while until recently when I found The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

You want this book in your life. You will not be able to put it down and you will find yourself skimming the pages to know how it turns out but then eventually pacing yourself because you dont. want. it. to end. EVER.

It is about the treatment of black maids in Jackson, Mississipi in the early 60's. It isn't as "heavy" as it may seem. There is a depth here but it is written from the point of view of the maids, therefore sometimes it is light and lovely. They care for wealthy white families and their children back when no one knew any better. The white families never trusted the black maids, always accussing them of stealing from them but ...they allowed them to care and raise their children. Like I one knew any better then! sigh.

It really is a good book and the first novel for Author Kathryn Stockett. She grew up in Jackson herself and was cared for by her black maid so she brings a certain insight to the characters that is endearing. I laughed, I cried I cheered outloud. It was a great time. You want to read this book! Do it! ;)