With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time—and what developed behind the scenes. And today, as she reprises her most iconic role for the latest Star Wars trilogy, Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity, and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candor and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.
By way of a disclaimer I should probably start this by saying that I was and continue to be a massive Carrie Fisher fan. I'm also a complete Star Wars nerd. My room as a kid was wall papered with posters and pictures and I own no less then 4 complete collections of the movies. My room as an adult still includes Star Wars art, collectibles and one very old Han Solo, life size cut out. My library at work has Star Wars posters, a Kylo Ren figurine and multiple pins and patches hanging off of various bulletin boards. In other words, I am 100% predisposed to adoring this book.
Giving any sort of real review here is almost a lost cause. Every time I try I end up just recounting the stories Fisher tells about what it was like to grow up in her family, to be thrust into the spot light and to take on the iconic role of Princess Leia. Me recounting these stories is a poor imitation of how Fisher writes, so why even try. I'll simply tell you to go buy this book. If you love Fisher, buy it. If you love Star Wars, buy it. If you love Hollywood Gossip and insider stories of celebrities acting like fool, buy it. If you have a bit of a crush on Han Solo or Harrison Ford, definitely buy it. This book was an absolute delight to read and if I'm being honest, I was a little sad when it ended. It felt like visiting an old friend and getting all the best gossip over tea (or mimosas, your choice) and I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that I wish there was more time with Fisher to visit and laugh about the strange and magical world she lived in.
While I wandered through the warehouse, I couldn't resist picking up a few extra copies of some of my favorite titles. In fact I circled back around a few times as I debated why I needed multiple copies of these books. Despite having no plan what so ever, I still picked them up. At the time I didn't know what I would do with them or who they were for, I just felt like I had to get them and share them. A few hours later it struck me that it's been roughly forever since I've done a giveaway. So here we are, a Scholastic giveaway just in time for the holidays.
I have three sets of books to win, you'll notice that each prize pack includes The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. This is, by far, my favorite book. It's one of the very few that I reread multiple times. The other books are all books that I've read more then once and, more importantly, constantly recommend to other readers.
So without further ado, here is what's up for grabs!
About the books-
Just Another Girl
Hope knows there's only one thing coming between her and her longtime crush: his girlfriend, Parker. She has to sit on the sidelines and watch as the perfect girl gets the perfect boy . . . because that's how the universe works, even though it's so completely wrong.
Parker doesn't feel perfect. She knows if everyone knew the truth about her, they'd never be able to get past it. So she keeps quiet. She focuses on making it through the day with her secret safe . . . even as this becomes harder and harder to do. And Hope isn't making it any easier. . . .
In Just Another Girl, Elizabeth Eulberg astutely and affectingly shows us how battle lines get drawn between girls -- and how difficult it then becomes to see or understand the girl standing on the other side of the divide.
You think you have an enemy. But she's just another girl.
Prom & Prejudice
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single girl of high standing at Longbourn Academy must be in want of a prom date.
After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn't interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be - especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London.
Lizzie is happy about her friend's burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles's friend, Will Darcy, who's snobby and pretentious. Darcy doesn't seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it's because her family doesn't have money. Clearly, Will Darcy is a pompous jerk - so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway?
It's the summer before seventh grade, and twelve-year- old Raine O'Rourke's mother suddenly takes a job hours from home at mysterious Sparrow Road- a creepy, dilapidated mansion that houses an eccentric group of artists. As Raine tries to make sense of her new surroundings, she forges friendships with a cast of quirky characters including the outrageous and funky Josie.
Together, Raine and Josie decide to solve the mysteries of Sparrow Road-from its haunting history as an orphanage to the secrets of its silent, brooding owner, Viktor. But it's an unexpected secret from Raine's own life that changes her forever.
The Scorpio Races
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
How to Enter:
Simply fill out the form below indicating which prize you want to win (you can pick more then one). This contest is open to US residents only and you must be able to provide an email to contact you with and, if you win, a mailing address that accepts packages. A winner will be chosen on Saturday (December 16th) using a random number chooser.
There are a few races that I do every year, no matter what. This is one of those races. It used to be that the whole family ran it, there's a picture somewhere (that I can't find right now) that shows myself and my cousins all running the race one year. I'm super out of shape having just started running, but we are all together and smiling. This year it was myself, my uncle and one other cousin who ran. Some have moved away, others are no longer with us. Regardless of how untrained I am or how much I really dislike road races, this is one that I refuse to miss. This year was no exception. The weather was perfect for a 5k and it's always great to get out there with the Fleet Feet Racing Team. I have to give a huge shout out to Della who grabbed me a tutu from the cheer bin, I can't believe I left mine at home! I had a great, albeit slow race and it was a great way to start off Thanksgiving!
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