What is in my TBR pile

Usually, at this time of year, I give you a peek at my to be read (TBR) pile. My pile is till huge because I’m constantly adding more books.

I’m currently reading Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark. This one was recommended to me by someone who knows I love Disney. It’s good so far.

Here’s a sampling of my TBR pile:

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

The Finisher by David Baldacci

Everless by Sara Holland


What are you reading? What’s in your TBR pile?


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Papá a Toda Madre ends

I didn’t blog much about this novela, but I loved it and it might actually be one of my favorites. Not only did it have drama, but it was funny. I laughed out loud at some of Mauricio’s antics.

Here’s a recap of the novela and all of its happy endings.

As I suspected, Fabián was Anifer’s real father. For awhile, he was fine with Mauricio keeping her. Unfortunately for Anifer, Fabián decided he wanted to be recognized as Anifer’s father. I don’t think he really had any interest in Anifer. He was merely looking for a way to hurt Mauricio. Apparently, taking Logatoys from him wasn’t enough.

Fabián went crazy. He tried to force María and Anifer to live with him, which made Anifer not like him at all. She wanted Mauricio. As a true hero, Mauricio got Anifer and María away from Fabián who then went into hiding until the grand opening for Anitoys. Fabián decided he was going to burn down the plant. He didn’t realize Anifer was in the factory until Mauricio told him. Mauricio and Fabián went into the factory to save Anifer and Fabián didn’t get out. It was a fitting end.

Mauricio ended up happy with Anifer and Renée, even though Renée decided to leave to go back to school. She and Mauricio kept it going and, at the end, we found out that Renée was pregnant. Through the course of the show, Renée also found her father, Noel, and yes, she and Fabián were siblings.

As for the others, Jorge finally kicked Dulce out and told Kika that he loved her. Lili and Pablo had a baby boy. Toño became a stand-up comic, which was odd, but probably the best career for him. Nerón finally asked Flor to marry him and she said yes. Rodrigo and Rafael adopted a boy and girl.

It was a finale that was full of happy endings. This one didn’t become the Shakespearean tragedy that a lot of novelas become at the end. The only thing that could have made this one better was Mauricio getting down on one knee to ask Renée to marry him, but I guess we can assume that’s going to happen.

What did you think of this one?


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Papá a Toda Madre is a lot of fun

I’ve been watching Papá a Toda Madre for about a month and I’ve really enjoyed seeing Sebastián Rulli play a big kid. Mauricio is not the type of character Rulli usually plays, but he’s been doing a great job.

Papá a Toda Madre is about Mauricio who has run the family toy company into the ground. He tries to marry the daughter of an investor to infuse his company with money, but the wedding is put to an end when a little girl named Anifer shows up in the middle of the ceremony and announces she is Mauricio’s daughter.

Even though Mauricio eventually gets an investor, he’s forced to give up his lavish lifestyle and ends up moving to a neighborhood in which his neighbors are the very people he laid off because his company was bankrupt. Mauricio realizes he can’t take care of Anifer on his own so he asks Renée, one of the people he laid off, to move in with him and help him with Anifer.

Renée is reluctant at first, but soon agrees because she can’t afford the mortgage on her house. In exchange for her help, Mauricio pays for her to go to the engineering school she got into.

While the primary storyline is about Renée and Mauricio, there is a lot more to this novela. Jorge’s storyline that has been the most disturbing to me. He is a lawyer at the toy company and acts like he is religious, but he’s been living a lie. I actually felt bad for him when his wife walked out on him and their kids. Now, he disgusts me because I found out he’s had two families the entire time. How is he going to explain to the kids he’s been living with where the other kids came from? Will he tell them that they are all siblings?

Are you watching Papá a Toda Madre? What do you think so far?



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My list of the top five hottest guys on TV in 2017

It’s time for my annual list of the five hottest guys on TV. For 2017, I have a couple of new additions. Here are the guys who made my list:

5. José Ron (Ramón on Enamorándome de Ramón) –  José Ron is back on my list. While I don’t like all of the tattoos, I do like his expressive blue eyes. I’m going to miss seeing him when Enamorándome de Ramón ends.

4. José Pablo Minor (Gabriel on Mi Marido Tiene Familia) –  I loved José Pablo Minor as Gael on Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse, but I love him even more as Gabriel on Mi Marido Tiene Familia. He handles comedy well and he’s perfect with Daniela.

3. Colin O’Donoghue (Hook on Once Upon a Time) –  I admit that I haven’t kept up with this season of Once Upon a Time, but when I have time to tune in, it’s for O’Donoghue. He’s okay as a detective, but he’s still fantastic as Hook. He continues to be the only man on TV that can pull off guyliner.

2. Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen on Arrow) – For the second year in a row, Amell is in the number two spot. He’s still great to look at, but Arrow has been a disappointment this season. I miss the non-whiny version of Oliver Queen.

And the guy at number one is:

1. Chris Wood (Mon-El on Supergirl) – I’m thrilled that the writers brought Mon-El back.  The chemistry between Wood and Melissa Benoist is stellar. Despite the fact that he’s currently married, I’m convinced that Mon-El and Supergirl will end up together. I can’t wait for the second half of the season.

Now it’s your turn. Who’s on your list?

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Superhero crossover event results in two weddings and a funeral

The crossover event, Crisis on Earth X, brought Supergirl, the Legends, Green Arrow, and the Flash together to fight Supergirl and Green Arrow’s evil doppelgangers on Earth X.

Overall, I thought the four episodes were exciting, but at times the fight scenes were a little difficult to follow. To sum it all up, even though it looked like they couldn’t possibly beat the evil Supergirl and Green Arrow, they did.

Sadly, in the melee, Martin Stein was shot. I had read that Victor Garber, who plays Martin Stein, planned to leave, but I didn’t expect the writers to kill him off. They could have left the door open for him to come back after his run on Broadway. I guess he didn’t want the option of returning.

While I shed a couple of tears for Martin Stein, the crossover event made me shout for joy at the end. Not only did Iris and Barry get married, but Oliver and Felicity did as well. Yes, you read that correctly. We finally have Olicity. It looked like we were only going to have one wedding until Felicity surprised everyone by asking Oliver to marry her. After she embarrassed him by saying no in front of everyone earlier in the crossover event, I was expecting him to say no. I should have known that Oliver would never say that to Felicity and I’m glad.

What did you think of the crossover event?


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What happened to the superhero shows this season?

In my blog last week, Diggle is the new Green Arrow?, I vented about Arrow. I wish I could say that Arrow was the only superhero show lacking this year, but it’s not.

I wasn’t thrilled with  the last season of the The Flash and this season isn’t any better. I’m still trying to figure out the point of The Thinker. I’m assuming his role in Barry’s life will come out as the season goes on, but I admit I’m underwhelmed with the storyline. The only good thing I can say is that they brought back Harry. Besides Cisco, he is the best character on the show.

Supergirl also hasn’t done much for me this season. I’m really interested in the mysterious mother who seems to have powers, but doesn’t know why or how to use them. Yet, they spent one whole episode on Mars. Maybe it was to introduce J’onn ‘s father, but I think they could have done that without spending an entire episode on it.

I’m not going to stop watching these shows yet, but I wish they would take some notes from what I consider to be the best superhero show on TV — Gotham. Imagine living in a city run by all of the bad guys and that’s Gotham. Every week is exciting. I laugh at Penguin and the Riddler. They couldn’t have cast those roles any better.

There is an ongoing storyline intertwined with Gordon trying to catch a new criminal on each episode. Gordon is a strong character. He’s not afraid to take on the bad guys and will do whatever it takes to save his city.

I also love that we finally have the Dark Knight this season. Bruce Wayne is growing up. I can’t wait for him to don the full Batman costume.

Do you have a favorite superhero show?


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Diggle is the new Green Arrow?

I’m back to discussing television and this week I’m talking about Arrow, which after two episodes has left me annoyed.

As I suspected, everyone, except William’s mom, survived the massive explosion on the island. However, Thea is currently in a coma and Diggle has nerve damage.

Oliver now has full custody of his son, William, and is trying to figure out how to be a dad and Green Arrow. Yes, here we go again. Every season, it seems Oliver has some crisis in which he doubts himself and can’t figure out how to be Green Arrow and Oliver Queen. It’s getting tiresome.

After telling William that he would always come home, Oliver decided he couldn’t lie to his son and he had to come up with a way to keep his promise to William. His answer was to hand over the reins of Green Arrow to Diggle.

As in past seasons, I don’t expect it to take long for Oliver to realize he has to come back. After all, someone is still out to get him and we don’t know who that is. I highly doubt handing over the hood to Diggle is going to stop the person who wants it revealed that Oliver is the Green Arrow.

The best part of this season thus far has been the supporting cast. I’m glad the show still has Rene, Dinah, and Curtis. They are the reason I keep watching.

What are your thoughts on this season?


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Jill’s chitchat: Jessica James confirmed to judge talent show

Former Broadway star, Jessica James, has been confirmed as one of the judges for the talent show. After some pretty intense negotiations (okay, they weren’t that intense), Miss James agreed to join the panel of judges that already includes Mayor Cord Bennett.

The top 20 acts have been chosen and I’m pleased to announce that some of the performers attend the Lincoln Falls School for the Arts, which is owned and run by Miss James. While Miss James is proud of her students, she said that she will be fair and will not favor her students over other acts.

I’m also pleased to announce that I’ve been asked to be the third judge. It is my first time judging and I couldn’t be more excited. I hope to see all of you at the Lincoln Falls Theater on October 20 when we will crown this year’s most talented person in Lincoln Falls.


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Jennifer goes to Disney World


Pandora at Animal Kingdom

After our cruise, we decided to extend our trip and went to Disney World for a couple of days. I primarily was interested in going to see Pandora at Animal Kingdom and I was not disappointed. Disney did a wonderful job recreating the world of Pandora from Avatar.

My first stop at Animal Kingdom was the new ride Flight of Passage, which is in 3D. I felt as though I was riding on the back of a banshee. It was incredible. I also went on the much more relaxing Na’vi River Journey. It is not as thrilling as Flight of Passage, but it’s worth a ride just to experience the bioluminescent rainforest.


Another view of Pandora at Animal Kingdom

In addition to Pandora, Animal Kingdom added a nighttime show. Usually, we don’t spend a whole day at Animal Kingdom, but we did this time just to see the show and I’m glad we did. Rivers of Light has music and special effects that will keep you mesmerized.

Besides Animal Kingdom, we also went to Hollywood Studios because we had to ride The Great Movie Ride one last time. It is being replaced with a different ride. Stitch’s Great Escape at Magic Kingdom also is being replaced. I didn’t realize when I rode Stitch’s Great Escape that it was my last time. I recently heard that it is being turned into a meet and greet area.


Me with Rafiki

With the expansion at Hollywood Studios, a lot of the park was blocked off, but the expansion sounds amazing. I saw part of the roller coaster in Toy Story Land. If that land is anything like Cars Land at Disney Land, it will be awesome.

Disney World is always fun and we had a great time.


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Jennifer goes to St. Maarten


View of the French side of St. Maarten

Before the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma, I stopped at St. Maarten on my cruise. My family went on an island tour so we could see both the French and Dutch sides. It was beautiful.

St. Maarten is primarily known for its beautiful beaches. While we took advantage of the beach after our island tour, we also walked around Philipsburg, the capital of the Dutch side. Philipsburg has plenty of shops and restaurants on Front Street.


View of the Boardwalk in Philipsburg

On the beach, jet skis are available for rent, as are beach chairs. Snorkeling excursions are available, but I saw a lot of people snorkeling right from the beach.

We rented a couple of chairs and an umbrella, and completely enjoyed a couple of hours on the beach. It was the most relaxing time we had on our whole trip.

I’ve heard that at least one cruise line plans to add St. Maarten to its itineraries again in November. This is great news for an island that heavily relies on tourism. If you are looking for a beautiful place to sit back and relax, I can’t think of a better place than St. Maarten.


The beach in Philipsburg


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