Movie and Book Reviews Galore and Amazing Mexican Chicken

Happy Monday!  First full week of November – how crazy, right?

So I promised you movie and book reviews galore, so here we go!

First, if you remember, I got these three books from the library:

And, this is sort of embarrassing to admit, but I read only “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”  I was in the middle of reading “Before I Go To Sleep” when we moved, and I didn’t want that, and “The Wednesday Letters,” to get lost in the shuffle, so I returned them to the library before I finished them.  So, short story long, I have a review for only Tiffany’s.

I saw the movie with my family a few years ago, and I really liked it.  And I read another Capote book—In Cold Blood—in college, and it is one of my favorite books of all time.  So I was excited to read this one.


Here is the summary from

“In this seductive, wistful masterpiece, Truman Capote created a woman whose name has entered the American idiom and whose style is a part of the literary landscape. Holly Golightly knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany’s; her poignancy, wit, and naïveté continue to charm.”

So was it everything I thought it would be and more?  Yes!

I really really liked this book a lot!  It is a super easy read, but it is also really interesting.  It takes place in the 50’s, which I love and the characters are all super interesting.  This book reminds me a lot of “The Great Gatsby” because the book is narrated by a character who is looking into the world of the main character, and I really like that aspect of writing.  It gives you a good idea of the character while still keeping the character a bit of a mystery.

Like I said, this is a super short read, but it kept my attention, I loved the setting, and it was entertaining.  I definitely recommend this (but more so, I recommend In Cold Blood – read that now!).


Now for the movies.  I mentioned this before, but we have a free preview of the movie channels for the next few months, so I’ve been DVR-ing moves like crazy.  I watched This Means War this weekend, but Staci’s review is exactly what I thought about the movie, so you can check out her review  I’ll focus on two others.

Horrible Bosses


James and I watched this Friday night, and I really enjoyed it.  Although Jennifer Aniston is NOT what you expect if you are a Rachel fan, but Jason Bateman and Charlie Day are excellent.  I love Bateman in everything he’s in, and Charlie Day is such a great comedic actor (watch one episode of Always Sunny or just the scene in Horrible Bosses where he is singing in the car, and you will get it).

It was definitely brainless and raunchy humor, but sometimes you need a good, no-thinking comedy, and this movie was definitely it.

The Hangover Part II


I feel a little differently about this one.  The movie is fine.  That’s it.  Not great, not hilarious, not terrible.  Just fine.

If this were a stand alone movie, I think I would like it more than I did.  However, The Hangover is one of my favorite comedies and was so original at the time, so this one is kind of overkill and not in the same ballpark.

But I laughed a few times, and it’s the same cast I loved in the first one, so this one was fine.  Watch it if you are interested in the franchise, but otherwise, skip it.


On another topic, dinner tonight was wonderful!

I threw a bunch of stuff in the crockpot and made an awesome Mexican Chicken dish that was a big hit (among James and I, but hey, we count!).   I definitely recommend this spicy meal when you need an easy crockpot recipe and when it is cold and rainy like it was tonight.

Crockpot Mexican Chicken


2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I used frozen and they turned out perfectly)

2 can of diced tomatoes with green chiles

1 can of southwest style black beans

1 cup of Cheddar or Mexican blend cheese

¼ cup of plain greek yogurt


Add the chicken, tomatoes, and beans to the crockpot and cook on low for 8-10 hours.  After the chicken is finished cooking all day, add ½ cup of cheese to the top of chicken, tomato, and bean mixture and let melt.  Add additional cheese and greek yogurt to each individual piece of chicken and enjoy!

That’s it for tonight!  Off to read a little bit then head to bed.  See you tomorrow!


  1. Jessie says:

    I felt the same way about Hangover 2. I just feel like Hangover 1 was SO good that’s its going to be very hard to compete with.

  2. I’ve got to read Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It’s one of my favorite movies-I can’t believe I’ve never read it!

  3. i have yet to make any sort of crock pot chicken but I seriously need to, that looks good

  4. Sun says:

    I love that you read Breakfast at Tiffany’s – it’s one of my favorite movies but I’ve never read the book. I’m now adding it to my list!

  5. I love all Audrey Hepburn movies! I’ve read breakfast at tiffany’s too…I thought it was really different from the film, but still liked it!

  6. Nicole says:

    Delicious dinner!

  7. I had no idea Capote wrote “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” I remember watching that movie in high school. Now I really want to read “In Cold Blood.” I have “Garlic and Sapphires” on hold at the library. I can’t wait to get into it!

    • Laurie says:

      Yay, I hope you like it! Hopefully my raving about it holds up :) And yes, do read In Cold Blood!! One of my favorite books — creepy and so so interesting!

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