Archive for July, 2009

Giveaways! (and a quick note)

Okay, so it seems that HMHY was really, really, really, dreadfully unpopular, but thank you so much to sweet Priya for entering! You won, so I’ll be working on a review of Up soon and send it to you asap! (I am figuring out a new way to do reviews that YOU guys want to read. Come back soon to hear more about it!) Also, I just found out that there are several giveaways going around at the moment. This is what I love about YA: you have the chance to get a book you really want for free, because someone is always giving it away.

  • If you’d like a shot at winning Cayla Kluver’s Legacy, head on over to “La Femme Readers”–there’s an awesome giveaway going on over there. Click here!
  • You can win Graceling, The Hunger Games, or Water for Elephants over at “Today’s Adventure”. Check it out!

July 30, 2009 at 11:32 am Leave a comment

Help Me Help You Contest

If you’ve read at least one or two of my reviews, you will realize that they are not exactly like other reviews; not only do they give a good idea as to whether a book, movie, or album is of high-quality or not, but they also help my readers–they give them information that would take them a few extra minutes if they had to wait for that product’s Amazon page to load. I think of my reviews as almost part of a database, like IMDb–it includes my thoughts and a summary, but it also has several other tidbits as well.

With this said, I think I better make this next part clear: I have no idea what to review next. That is, I’m going to write another movie review, but I’m sort of stuck on which one to do. Since my family is getting Netflix, you would think I would have plenty to write about. And I do. And that, my readers, is my problem. I’m a rather indecisive reviewer. Actually, I’m just indecisive overall.

Anyhow, I need you guys to basically help me help you all get another review. But it’s going to be like a contest. Basically, you give me entries for what movie you want reviewed, and, next week, I’ll do a random number generator and whoever has that number and picked a movie for that entry will win…a review!

Okay, I know this sounds dumb, but I can’t afford to get a prize and send it out. Anyway, I don’t think my mom would let me.

There’s just one rule: comment, leave your e-mail address (please write it in the safe way–e.g.,, and state ONE MOVIE PER ENTRY from the list I have at the end of this post.

Most blog contests have a system in which they incorporate a number of entries, so I’m going to do the same:

  • 1+ Comment on this post (again, with your E-MAIL) and state which movie you want
  • 2+ Send me an e-mail or put in your comment a question for me to put in the forthcoming FAQ page. It doesn’t have to be formal; it can be a joke, a random question (e.g., “What is your favorite color?”), a question about my opinions, anything. But questions like, “Where do you live?” and “How old are you?” are prohibited, even though most people may know one or the other or both of those questions’ answers. NO PRIVATE QUESTIONS.
  • 3+ Each time you link anywhere; it can be anywhere you please EXCEPT for MySpace, simply because I’m not allowed to go on there and can’t verify where you link myself. Leave a comment or e-mail me with a link to where you linked. You can link on your blog, Twitter, Facebookanywhere! Just let me know where. Also, I’m going to make a tweet that you can RT for three more entries.
  • 4+ For following my blog!

Questions I Am Sure You Will Have:

  • Can I make my first entry for one movie, my second entry for another movie, my third for a different movie, and so on? Absolutely. Enter in one movie per entry as erratically as you wish.
  • If I make three separate posts this week, and in each post I mention and link to this post/blog, does that count for three entries? YES! Absolutely.
  • What if I tweet about the contest in several intervals? Go right ahead. If you tweet a number of times (including RTing), it counts as that times three. Same goes for Facebook.
  • What must I write in a comment? It is absolutely, positively, VITAL to have your e-mail and the movie you chose for that entry.
  • I don’t see any movies I want reviewed. Will you being doing this again soon? Yes! I’m planning on doing a music one for my album reviews, if this goes well.
  • Anything else that you should tell me? Yeah. There’s a catch, sort of. The movie you pick won’t necessarily get a good review just because it was your favorite movie.
  • Do I get recognition? You get mentioned in the beginning of the review, and you will have a post announcing you as the winner (if you are the winner). But if and when I post reviews on other sites (e.g., Amazon), that will not be put on there.
  • Can I make an entry a movie I haven’t seen but am interested in? Definitely, as long as it’s on the list.
  • What are your reviews like? I did a review on Ratatouille last summer. All movie reviews will be formatted just like it.
  • When is the last day to submit entries and enter? Next Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 11:59:59 PST
  • Who do I e-mail to who? What should the subject of the e-mail be? E-mail me, bookbutterfly, at lady(d0t)dashti(at)gmail(dot)com, or bookbutterflyangel(at)yahoo(dot)com. If it is regarding a linked entry, please state so in the subject; if you have a question or comment (which I would love to hear, even if a comment is negative), please state that in the subject. Please write either “Help Me Help You”, “Help Me Help You Contest”, or “HMHY” somewhere in the subject; it would help me sort out my regular mail from ones for this contest.


  • Up (2009)
  • Lost in Austen (2008)
  • The Mission (1986)
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
  • Little Dorrit (2008)
  • Mamma Mia! (2008)
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996)
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
  • Ballet Shoes (2007)
  • North and South (2004)

*This list may grow throughout the week, though I can’t say for certain, so check back often!

July 22, 2009 at 3:16 pm 1 comment

TFPWU 7.12.09 through 7.18.09

What I Finished This Week

  • Once Upon a Curse by E.D. Baker

What I’m Reading Now

  • River Secrets (The Books of Bayern #3) by Shannon Hale
  • Boston Jane: An Adventure (Boston Jane #1) by Jennifer L. Holm
  • Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

What I’m Reviewing Now

  • See last week’s TFPWU…

What I’ve Watched

  • Mamma Mia! (2008)
  • I Dream of Jeannie: Season Three (Disc Four) (1967)
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996)
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

What I’m Watching Now

  • Not quite sure what I’ll be watching next…maybe Ballet Shoes (2007)?

Who and What I’m Listening To Now

  • Not much…although my mom has been playing an awful lot of ABBA ever since we saw Mamma Mia!, and that’s all that’s been ringing in my head as of late. πŸ˜›

edit: P.S. If you guys think I should write a review on any of the stuff that I do a weekly update on, let me know and LEAVE A COMMENT!!!!!!!! I can’t read your mind, so tell me! πŸ˜€

July 19, 2009 at 1:02 am Leave a comment

Hello, Again! (and the Introduction of TFPWU)

So. I have been away. But I have been brought back. If you’ve been keeping yourself updated with my journal blog, you will know why. For now, I want to share with you all that I will be trying to keep up this blog again (I didn’t abandon it, I simply didn’t have time for it πŸ˜› ), but for now, I will be doing weekly updates called…er, I’m not quite sure what to call it, actually. πŸ˜› I was going to call it a retrospective of sorts, but so many other blogs have something similar and call it exactly that, so it doesn’t seem highly original. My creative juices aren’t exactly flowing for this kind of thing, so I think for now I’m just going to call it “The Forest Princess’s Weekly Updates”, or TFPWU. Yes, “The Forest Princess” is yours truly. Do you guys have any ideas for a title for it? The current title seems so dry and generic, personally. Also, I will be adding some extra features to the site. I’m still working on them, but if you look at the directory tab above, you will see the few pages I have added. I’m also deleting some posts (namely, the ones explaining the format of my reviews, and yes, I am slightly changing the format, but just a wee bit) and moving them to their own separate pages parented by the directory. Just go check on the directory every so often! I may not update it every single day (I’ve been so terribly, terribly, terribly busy, and will continue to be), but just check every once in awhile for something new! πŸ˜€ So. Now I may commence “The Forest Princess’s Weekly Updates” (TFPWU). *fanfare consisting of many trumpets πŸ˜‰ * But pleast note that this first one will include this week and last week’s updates.

What I Finished This Week These Past Two Weeks

  • The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall

What I’m Reading Now

  • Once Upon a Curse (The Tales of the Frog Princess #3) by E.D. Baker
  • River Secrets (The Books of Bayern #3) by Shannon Hale

What I’m Reviewing Now

  • Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale. I’m actually done writing it, and have been for several months now, but I haven’t posted it on here yet. You can read it on Goodreads, though! πŸ˜€
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (The Castle Series #1) by Diana Wynne Jones. I’m done writing this one as well, and it can also be found on Goodreads, but I have yet to post it here. Grr!

What I’ve Watched

  • Lost in Austen (2008)
  • I Dream of Jeannie Season Three (Discs One, Two, and Three) (1967)
  • The Mission (1986)
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
  • Little Dorrit (2008)

What I’m Watching Now

  • I believe I will be watching Mamma Mia! (2008) next, but I haven’t started it yet.

Who and What I’m Listening To Now

  • I found out this week that Ashley Monroe’s debut album, Satisfied is available on iTunes, and was thrilled because I’ve been DYING to buy her songs “Satisfied” and “Pain Pain”. I’ve listened to them so many times since I bought them earlier this week, but before lunch today I had a sudden odd penchant for any song I had in three-four or six-eight time–something sort of waltz-y or dancey-ish, I guess.

edit: Hey folks, step on over to Reviewer X’s blog, where she is giving away that book you’re probably dying for (and if you’re not, you’re probably drooling all over the keyboard). Click, link (if you want), and comment! Easy and simple as that. πŸ˜€

July 12, 2009 at 2:10 am Leave a comment

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