2016 Goals

I’ve decided that if I don’t call them “resolutions” that there might be a higher chance of me trying to accomplish them.

I’m actually one of those people that tries to take every opportunity I can to make promises that I inevitably don’t keep to better myself. At the beginning of a new school year, after a particularly unproductive weekend, whatever might motivate me to try and have a New Start to create a Better Self.

At least I realize that I’m not that disciplined of a person and am not that disappointed in my failure but I do know that I steadily improve each time I try to create new habits. In conclusion, it’s not like setting goals for myself is making anything worse so here I go!

1. Develop skills. This includes but is not limited to my coding abilities, decreasing my aversion to networking and spending more time crocheting cool projects.

2. Spend more time reading. Honestly I’ve gone from reading 100+ books a year to less than 50 and I’m not sure why, maybe it was because I’ve been spending more time on the internet or homework is much harder than it used to be but I would like to go back to the former please.

3. Put effort into others. Just because I am an introvert does not mean that I’m allowed to never plan hang outs and not stay friends with the cool people that I have the pleasure of knowing in my life.

4. Clean up. My ability to walk through a dirty room unfazed is stellar, unfortunately that is exactly what I’m trying to curb. Hopefully I can create habits that make it less of a chore to stay tidy!

5. Track money and time. I find that if I know where I am spending my money and my time then I will be much more capable of deciding whether that is something I want to continue or if there are things I need to cut back on.

6. Be the nerd I want to be. Which is someone that is always on top of their schoolwork and rewrites their notes are prettily and pretty much knows everything about all their subjects. Serious goals.

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Quidditch

Wizards and broomsticks and snitches oh my!

I don’t know if you’ve heard of this book series called Harry Potter? I think they made a movie or two where he was the main character also. Well, on the off chance that you have, you will probably then have heard of quidditch. It’s the biggest sport in the wizarding world so who would have thought I would be able to spend the last year physically playing it?

Quidditch has become a real sport in recent years, mostly starting up through universities thanks to enthusiastic and determined people. Getting a team together for a fictional sport off the ground can’t be easy! (And by off the ground I don’t mean on flying brooms, unfortunately physics is not on our side here.)

Canada gets more and more teams joining its ranks every year and many of the US teams are quite formidable. There’s been a world cup tournament that has happened for the past few years and I actually have friends that played on team Canada. Amazing to think about.

For people who are just trying to wrap their heads around a way for muggles to be able to play the sport (and yes, it is a sport) without any magic, let me break it down for you.

The first thing to note is that yes, we kept in the broom part but no, we have not yet figured out how to use them to fly. There are official quidditch brooms but most people just use a length of plastic pipe that is has to be held between their legs at all times while playing. Having one hand occupied most of the time does make the game a little harder!

You’ve got chasers which are the ones that score. Each team has 3 chasers and a keeper who does exactly what a chaser does except they’ve got a few extra privileges. They deal with the quaffle and the hoops. It’s basically handball where they can run with the ball and pass to each other in order to put the quaffle/slightly deflated volleyball through one of the three hoops. It’s pretty much the same as in Harry Potter except that it’s not way up high in the sky and we have full contact tackling.

Next are the beaters which are super important to muggle quidditch strategy. They use the 3 bludgers which look suspiciously like slightly deflated dodgeballs to hit whomever they want from the opposing team in order to make them get off their broom and run back to their own hoops before remounting. Where it differs from the movies is that the bludgers do not have a mind of their own to be redirected by beater bats but it’s still not fun coming against a beater that could make you basically run a suicide during a game. A quidditch team must always have 2 beaters on the field at a time.

Finally, the piece of equipment most people tend to ask about first: the snitch. In Harry Potter, the snitch is a tiny golden ball with wings that flits around very quickly and must be caught by the seeker in order for the game to be finished. Our real live snitch is a human being, usually dressed in gold or yellow, that has a sock with a tennis ball at the toes velcroed to a pair of shorts. There are manufactured snitch shorts that looks way more official than what I just described and it’s actually really difficult for a seeker to actually reach this sock located right above the snitch’s bum. The snitch does not have to use a broom and can mess with the seekers however they want, throwing them to the ground or pulling their broom out from under them, it’s all fair play.

There used to be off-pitch seeking, in which the snitch would be hiding somewhere away from where the game was  actually happening and the seekers had time to go and look for it just like in Harry Potter but as the sport developed, that was deemed impractical and all the seeking is done right in the middle of game play.

It makes for a difficult time for the spectator to choose what to watch with the scoring and the face-beating and the yellow-clothed person running around.

Hopefully that makes quidditch make sense to those of you who hadn’t heard about it being played in real life and hopefully you agree that this full-contact, co-ed sport deserves being called a sport despite its eccentricities.

I have included a video below to showcase the sport in action:

Oh, and what’s my position? I’m a chaser and I just love it. If I could seek, I would but I might just be too small for the job.

Home: The Movie

Based on my absolute favourite book: The True Meaning of Smekday

This is going to be a review of the adaptation of one of my favourite books of all time. I still haven’t made an actual review of it to link to you guys but one day it will arrive. Although I sincerely think the contents of it would be something along the lines of: “read these 17 quotes, aren’t they hilarious, oh here’s some context refer to the glossary for all the words that don’t make sense now look at this picture hahaha remember when oh yeah you might not have read it why are you reading this when you could read that dude go do it now trust this internet stranger”

Truly feeling like a hipster when I first read the book when it came out 8 years ago (le gasp I’m old) and finally the movie adaptation was released in 2015 with most people who see it never knowing that there was a book first and the book was better.

Yep, I went ahead and said it. The book was truly magnificent with a blend of random and deep and the movie chose a few of the lessons learned in the book, made the painfully obvious and then dumbed everything else down to kid level. Which I respect I guess, movies are a different form of entertainment than books and when you put that much effort into animating this world, it’s got to be something the masses and target audience will enjoy.

If I had seen the movie never knowing about the book’s existence, I still would have loved it though, the book is not the only thing that’s making me give Home an overall great review. I mean, I could spend the whole time griping about how they missed their chance of including teleportation, asphyxiation and just-add-water-sheep-lookalikes but I think I’ll pass.

CHARACTERS

Right away, Oh was a little over the top but it makes the plot by setting him aside as an outcast and making his transformation in the end more obvious. I bet the kids adored him and his silly antics even though I was more entertained with how they kept the stilted speech of the Boov similar to the style of the book than his ridiculous antics.

Side note: I was lie-on-the-floor devastated when I found out that they had changed his name from J.Lo to Oh because that takes away from the insane charm of the book. However, I was dance-with-strangers-on-the-street happy that they managed to cast the actual J.Lo as Tip’s mother.

Captain Smek was a character that I did not care for in the least. He was even more comic relief than Oh was and it was pretty much just annoying. The gelatinous and colourful body properties of the Boov were unnecessary in my opinion but I guess got a kick out of it. I need to keep reminding myself that this movie is in fact not aimed towards 20 year old girls.

Rihanna was perfect as Tip and Tip was the character that best translated from page to screen. They kept the fact that she was scared and needed her mother and was willing to do whatever it took to get there. She was strong and vulnerable and basically amazing.

The final main character was Kyle the traffic Boov and while he may seem like just some random guy that they added I basically died when I heard that he was actually going to be important.  In the book, J.Lo pretends that he knows a traffic Boov and calls her Kyle and it’s just a random not-really-that-important interaction so I love how big a role he ended up getting.

PLOT

The plot was so basic compared to that of the book but it had enough twists and funny moments to keep me entertained.

One of my actual favourite scenes was one they took straight from the book, direct quotes and everything‼ It happened in the mopo (although I forget if it was an actual mopo in the movie) slash convenience store where Oh and Tip first meet. All of that coming into the out and mimom and shoot forth lasers from my eyeballs and exploding heads being impolite was from the book and it made me so happy! If you are near me when that happens, I not only quote the entire thing along with them but I also fill in the rest with every fact from the book that you really didn’t want to know and are busy just wishing I would be quiet.

But who wouldn’t want to know that Gratuity found something called Tub! That came with its own spoon?????

In the novel, Slushious takes them across the United States but I found traveling across the pacific and around the world made the adventure even more exciting! There was just enough panic with the invitation bringing their enemies down upon them to keep you on the edge of your seat and all the Boov technology was really well done!

Some more subtle nods to the book I had forgotten about until now are the orange peels that Captain Smek was wearing as that ended up being all the rage to the Boov in Florida as well as Oh eating the urinal cakes in the bathroom.

Finally, the ending was really well done. The friendship and family tie-ins were very strong and real and pulled at all the right emotions. At this point we had strayed so far from the book plot that I could simply appreciate that finale for all it was.

FINAL THOUGHTS

At the end of the day, Home is an amazing movie with an amazing soundtrack featuring the first black animated protagonist which is pretty nifty and great. It’s cute enough for both kids and adults to enjoy and will hopefully expose people to the book it originated from so that they can experience true happiness.

Other things they missed out on in the movie:

  • Bubble writing
  • 7 magnificent genders
  • An alien hiding in plain sight in Roswell
  • Two separate organizations called BOOB
  • And of course, 4 pages full of the word ‘meow’
not pictured: me dying from this scene being in the actual movie

May Masterpost

BOOKS

ready player oneReady Player OneErnest Cline

I cannot rave about this book any more just read my review and then read this book. I implore you.

 

 

The Rules For Disappearing – Ashley Elston

the rules for disappearingThis was a pretty good read, man! It was a little over the top but I enjoyed it. The premise is that there’s a family in the witness protection program that keeps moving from place to place and our protagonist is a teenage girl so you can see where this is going she gets attached to a boy even though she knows she’ll probably be leaving without a trace. //that was a really great run on sentence// To tell the truth I really don’t blame her since I basically fell in love with Ethan too. The whole time you’re thinking one thing and that it’s going to be a straightforward storyline but buyer beware, it gets so much bigger than you imagined.

My only annoyance was that she got to pick her new name ever time she changed identities and I really didn’t like any of her choices. Like none. At all. Gosh you’d think I’d be easier to please with that many chances.

Unlucky CharmsAdam Rex

unlucky charmsOh Adam Rex, I want to love everything that comes from your brain but I just can’t get myself to love this series. There’s too many characters to keep track of and everything is just a bit too odd. Which is weird considering The True Meaning of Smekday is my absolute favourite book and is also by him and is also quite weird but in that one it just works and in this one it just makes you cringe a lil bit. I’m making out that it was horrible but I’ve read way worse this book was cute and funny sometimes. Very funny actually, there are so many little parts in the book that you’re like “what the heck” except in a really good way.

This review was all over the place I’m sorry.

MOVIES

bridesmaidsBridesmaids – I was super disappointed with this movie. Like I had heard amazing things about it being hilarious and great and awesome and all that happened was a whole lot of second-hand embarrassment. I kept waiting for the awkward, petty stuff to end but it never did. I guess it’s a different kind of humour than I’m into because I could tell the parts that were supposed to make me laugh. Really the only things I liked were the car scene (where she keeps driving by breaking laws) and Megan’s job.

 

Captain-America-The-Winter-SoldierCaptain America: The Winter Soldier – Gotta admit it, I only watched this movie for Bucky. I wasn’t going to watch it at first since fighty action movies aren’t my thing but then it had been out for a month and tumblr was going crazy with gifs and photosets from the movie. Basically that was what introduced me to our villain who kinda looks very nice underneath that hair and mask and has a tragic backstory so that we don’t have to hate him! And all this I learned before I saw it from all the discussion on tumblr. Spoilers don’t annoy me so it’s all good. But yeah, the movie was okay, not going to be my fave. It was just funny watching it and noticing all the the parts I had technically already seen before.

Driving_Miss_Daisy_Driving Miss Daisy – This is a cute old movie that my mom decided we all needed to watch as a family because it had Morgan Freeman in it. It was kind of anti-climactic like nothing intense happened and then it ended but I guess maybe we can blame it on the fact that it’s an old movie perhaps. it was adorable though, I’ll give it that.

 

flippedFlipped – I actually discovered this movie from a website that gives you movie suggestion for when you don’t know what to decide on. Pretty nifty. Anyways this is a movie set in the 50s about a girl and a boy. The boy’s family moves in across the street from the girl when they’re both about 9 and, from the beginning, she’s infatuated. Of course, he wants nothing to do with her. They grow older and soon – well not too soon, she spends a good number of years mooning over him – she realizes that he’s not what she thinks he is and *poof* becomes over him. This is just around the time when he wakes up and realizes she’s pretty frickin awesome. (I liked her right away, he was a lame0 in my opinion) Won’t spoil the ending but it starts with “p” and end with “redictable”. The cool thing about this film is that you get to see the story from both perspectives!

free-birdsFree Birds – Literally my mom came home from work and one of the first things she told me was that we were most definitely going to watch this movie. I had seen the trailer and it just looked so lame so I did the obvious thing and groaned about it for a bit but obviously it was just for show since her mind was set. I was right and it was lame but it could’ve been lamer so there’s that. I caught most of the plot twists before they happened except for the idiotic one at the end AND there’s the fact that their time travel logic literally made no sense at all. Like they had Harry Potter 3 reasoning where everything already happened and you can’t change it (with the Great Turkey) and then they had the changing kind (with them saving Thanksgiving from being a turkey-eating holiday and all) and they had one part where the future selves all came back to talk to the present self and they didn’t know what was going to happen like where the heck did you come from you have to know! So yeah, flawed time travel logic is a real pet peeve of mine apparently. Also not saying this movie was utterly disgusting there were some pretty hilarious parts in it like the fight/dance and also Steve but overall y’know it was lame.

gbfGBF – What a cool movie. This was a pretty interesting concept that I hadn’t really seen explored anywhere. I can’t even say it was over the top because it literally was supposed to be that way. It was about a boy in high school who was unceremoniously outed from the closet as the first gay guy at his school and was instantly snatched up by the three clique heads of the school to become their new accessory. It teaches us a lot of things about how everyone is a person and deserves to be respected and has some hilarious parts and some pretty strange parts but overall it’s very good.

star-trek-into-darknessStar Trek Into Darkness – More like Star Trek Why The Heck Is There No Colon. It was really awkward because I was watching this for the first time (as in first time watching anything Star Trek related) with someone who LOVED Star Trek and everything about it. You know what they do, you and I have most likely done it to someone else, they stare at you during the important parts cause they’re checking for your reaction. They want you to love it as much as they do. It’s actually stressful since I’m the type of person that internalizes every emotion unless there’s something funny happening and we can agree that Star Trek was not meant to be funny. But yeah this is my roundabout way of saying I didn’t really like it, everything was too serious and there was too many explosions and near death moments that they shouldn’t even have survived so yeah. Even Benedict Cumberbatch couldn’t salvage it.

X-Men-Days-of-FutureX-Men: Days of Future Past – Came in blind, came out loving it. Here’s the review.

 

 

 

xmen first class

X-Men: First Class – I am in love with Nicholas Hoult, ‘scuse me, Hank McCoy. So smart and adorable… Anyway not the point here. I am a major fan of origin stories!! So this was basically the beginning of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters and there was young Charles and young Erik and it was just very nice to see. The montage where they find all the mutants was pretty cool and I almost wanted there to be more but I know it’d be overwhelming. Just seeing all the mutants show up in Cerebro made me want to learn each and every mutation.

X-Men-2000X-Men – WHY IS ROGUE SO ANNOYING. All she does is stare I hate people that just stare instead of doing things go hang out with Frodo if you’re going to do that. Fell in love with the x-men though. Love the idea of a school and having powers and being peaceful while trying to defend themselves against the government.

 

x2-movie-posterX2: X-Men United – Okay one question is this blue Nightcrawler the same red guy that was on Shaw’s team in First Class? (Okay, did a quick google and nope the red guy is Azazel and he’s the biological father of Nightcrawler. The more you know.) Loved how Magneto escaped his plastic prison in this one, I always thought that that could be a thing and then they actually used it so woo!

 

x men the last standX-Men: The Last Stand – DUMB. Why the heck would you end this trilogy with killing off like 3 major characters and then depowering the others. This is a superhero movie they’re supposed to survive and do something super cool instead to save the day. Gosh darnit. I can’t imagine watching this in theatres and not having the relief of there being more movies to undo the stupidity of this one.

 

MUSIC

A-PunkVampire Weekend

Hey Brother – Avicii

Mine – Taylor Swift

Northern Downpour – Panic! at the Disco

Potential Breakup Song – Aly & AJ    ((hello 2007))

Shark Attack – Grouplove

That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed) – Panic! at the Disco

Things We Lost In The Fire – Bastille

Tongue Tied – Grouplove

 

January | February | March | April

Happy Dance

Today I found out that I had the 4th highest mark in my mechanical engineering class!! This is a real pick-me-up after school being pretty tough for the past while!

April Fool’s was yesterday. I got pranked once but it wasn’t even that good and then I was on guard the entire rest of the day so I saw through all the internet ones out there.

Youtube and Goodreads went hardcore with theirs though!!

What about you guys, prank anyone? Did you fall for anything??

March Masterpost

BOOKS

the bitter kingdom - rae carsonThe Bitter Kingdom – Rae Carson

Loved loved loved the ending to this trilogy! Seriously, The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy is one of the more underrated series in the YA genre. I had been reading a lot of contemporary and hardcore dystopian books so it was great to read this one and get a change of pace with some pure fantasy. I love Elisa and how resourceful she is. She is an amazing lead character that isn’t always perfect but strives towards it which is honestly even better to read about as she interacts with other characters and makes big, scary decisions. The ending was very satisfactory, everyone came out all around better than when they started out and there were so many climaxing moments and twists that I basically devoured it in a matter of hours. One thing I was kind of sad about that I shall try not to spoil was how she finally got comfortable and good with that one thing (you’ll know if you’ve read the book) and then it was gone by the end. But that’s very minor. I definitely recommend this series to everyone, such perfection!!

the coldest girl in coldtown - holly blackThe Coldest Girl In ColdtownHolly Black

I thought this book was dumb but I still really enjoyed reading it if that makes any sense??? The concept and the romance and just a lot of things in this book had me rolling my eyes right out of their sockets but it was written in just the right way that made me want to know what happens next and hope for the best for the characters. For some reason, while reading it, I really wanted to see pictures of all the characters. Like does Gavriel look classically good looking or modernly so? What exact shade of blue are Midnight and Winter’s hair? What does Valentina look like? I might be perusing the tag on tumblr for some fanart…

cress - marissa meyerCressMarissa Meyer

This book. How, Marissa, how did you manage to make yet another stellar novel that actually rivals your first two books? Like doing it once with Scarlet is okay but then here you are blowing me away with Cress! I learned so many new things! I fell in love with even more characters! I felt so invested in book that everything that happened to Cinder and the gang (hehe reminds me of Scooby and the Gang) I felt like it happened to me personally as well. Very interesting plot development, I am completely at a loss to how you’re going to tie everything up in Winter – which comes out IN AN ENTIRE YEAR I CAN’T WAIT THAT LONG – which is a good thing! I know I’m going to be amazed so not having a clue how that will go about happening just adds to it!

What was also great was that I had lent my copy of Cinder to my friend and I was getting all her commentary about it in the same time span that I was reading Cress so it was like getting all these awesome flashbacks!

infinityglass - myra mcentireInfinityglassMyra McEntire

This book was quite good. I had never book too invested in this series from the beginning and it didn’t help that they switched main characters every book and that I didn’t remember most of everything that had previously happened (this was the 3rd and final book in the series) so I had a grand old time reorienting myself to the plot and who everyone actually was. The romance was cheesy but I enjoyed it, especially the part at the very end where everyone has someone, so cute!

racing savannah - miranda kenneallyRacing Savannah – Miranda Kenneally

The cheese in this book though! Gotta love it though since it’s a Miranda Kenneally book and there’s horses. It was a fun read, good laughs and just reading through the interactions between Savannah and Vanessa, Rory and Jack. Real pleaser. The one thing that got a little annoying was how selfless Savannah seemed to be. I don’t know, it just seemed a tad overdone, not hating on being selfless, I should work on that! Loved seeing past characters getting cameos, always a bonus and can’t wait until the next book!

MOVIES

DivergentSee my actual review that I actually did!

SONGS

Crazy – The Tragic Thrills

Creeps and Strangers – The Tragic Thrills

The Garden – The Tragic Thrills

YOLO – The Lonely Island ft. Adam Levine

Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Brick By Boring Brick (string quartet version) – VSQ

Nicotine – Panic! at the Disco

Almost There – The Frog Princess Soundtrack

Little Numbers – BOY

Happy Sad Songs & Sad Happy Songs – The Gregory Brothers

Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles

 

January | February

February Masterpost

BOOKS

Perfect Ruin – Lauren Destefano

The last book I read from her was the final book in her Chemical Garden series, Sever. Can’t say I super loved it at all, the premise was a little weird but I did read to the end of the trilogy instead of dropping it so there was something. All that to say that even though I did like Perfect Ruin, I’m not sure if it’s because I didn’t expect too much from it or because it was genuinely good. But anyway it was an interesting premise with a couple really complex characters and I’m interested in seeing what happens next! I would also love for the science of some things to be explained a teeny bit more…

Champion – Marie Lu

Book three in the Legend trilogy aka I was super pumped for it to finally come out!! Let me just put it out there that the cover art was phenomenal. It just looks so hardcore and kind of somehow perfectly depicts the mood of the book. The actual book was quite good, it moved pretty quickly and had me wanted to read it at all times which sucked because school. It was very nicely woven together, just a tad too political to become one of my favourite books. I was definitely in shock after it ended; I needed to just sit and let it sink in for a while. It was a very satisfactory conclusion to an amazing series!

Movies

Stuck In Love – I decided to just watch this movie on a whim because I’d seen so many gifs of it on tumblr and when would I ever not want more Logan Lerman in my life? It was super cute and totally underrated! It sorta chugged along and kept me interested the whole time with the lives of this odd writer family. Definitely worth a rewatch! The only thing was that it was slightly weird to watch Clary Fray (Lily Collins) fall in love with Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) and then Isaac from TFiOS (Nat Wolff) was her brother just chillin there.

But you will literally not believe what happened afterwards. I have a friend that pretty much has the exact same taste in books and movies as me so I went to text her that this was a super great movie and that she needed to watch it in the near future so that we could discuss in it detail and she was already in the middle of watching it. Yes. Like what the heck we did not plan it, I didn’t even know if she knew that movie existed and then the same night at the same time like no how is that possible. We freaked out of course.

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 – This was a fun movie that I watched with my whole family. Wasn’t expecting much from it except good animation but it proved to actually be something. The main message was to not get full of yourself and that friends are there for a reason and the plot twists were pretty much obvious yada yada but other than that there were some gem scenes hidden in there. The entire movie was absolutely filled to the brim with puns from your taco-diles to shrimp-anzees to toast-quitos to susheeps to you get the picture. The small child in me was delighted anytime a pun was made which was every second sentence pretty much. Shoutout to Flint Lockwood’s dad and his newfound pickle family, that was just the cherry on top.

Scott Pilgrim vs The World – This movie as well came from seeing way too many gifs of it on tumblr and finally caving and watching it. Gotta say, having never read the comics, it really took me by surprise. I usually only watch intensely mainstream movies so all these special effects and weird cinematic things were a new experience for me. (Except when I watched Fantastic Mr. Fox and let’s not go there because why would they do that to my favourite Roald Dahl book??) It took a bit of time to get used to but it was pretty neat having more than just the acting to look at. Not that the acting wasn’t great, Michael Cera I don’t even understand how you’re a movie star you’re so awkward but it just works and I was rooting for Scott the whole time. The one who stole the show though was Wallace. Just like he stole Scott’s sister’s boyfriend in that one part. He was literally hilarious! Loved the movie minus Ramona Flowers pretty much. Like what did she even do to be cool enough to fight over? Her hair isn’t normal? Like is there anything else? So that was a little frustrating but yeah.

No Strings Attached – I have to admit, the only reason I watched this was because of Ashton Kutcher. I just felt like seeing him for an hour and a half. The movie also did sound interesting in theory but it fell short of my expectations. Sure, there were some very adorable moments and lovely montages but it was just meh in general.

Killers – This one was watched in the same night at the last one after perusing Ashton’s imdb page for a bit. Not my kind of movie at all but it did get me hooked. I’m assuming the point was to be over the top and outrageous because that was what was accomplished. Also Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher most beautiful on screen couple ever, yes?

SONGS

The Draw – Bastille

Natural Disaster – Pentatonix

Love Again – Pentatonix

Camilo (The Magician) – Said The Whale

Fake Your Death – My Chemical Romance

We Are Golden – MIKA

A Million Ways – OK Go

Here It Goes Again – OK Go

Happy – Pharrell Williams

Just Give Me A Reason – Pink

Say Something – A Great Big World

 

January

Scale: Book to Movie

My friends and I do this thing.

I tend to surround myself with book nerds so many, many, many of our conversations revolve around different books and the news that includes them. Meaning that any adaptations to the big screen are always anticipated.

Right now, I’m eagerly waiting for Divergent and The Fault In Our Stars but that’s a whole other thing.

We didn’t explicitly come up with this method of grading movies on purpose, it sort of rose from the need of being able to correctly describe what you felt about how well the movie turned out compared to the book.

There are some movies that we all just agree collectively on how good or bad they are and they basically set the standards for any other movies to come.

Sadly, sitting at the bottom of the scale is the Percy Jackson movies. MAN, could you have done any worse? Like this series is loved by many and you mangle the plot so badly and don’t even remember what one of the main characters looks like. (Actually, not having Logan Lerman would probably have made it unbearable)

At the tippy top (thus far, it might be beat, which is a good thing!) is Catching Fire. The movie was so on par with the book it was amazing to see everything come alive exactly how we all imagined it in our heads. Insanely well done and a great example to any other book to movie adaptations in the works.

So that’s literally how we judge them:

“The Book Thief was not quite Catching Fire due to some things but it was pretty darn close!”

“I sure hope The Maze Runner doesn’t go Percy Jackson on us”

January Masterpost

I take in a lot of things in a short amount of time.

So I’ve decided to break said things down into monthly sections where on the last day of each month I just make little lists of things that I have seen and liked throughout the month!

BOOKS

Man, I barely read at all this month! Understandable because of school. I only read on my bus ride to and from school so that’s like only an hour a day if I don’t get distracted…

i hunt killers - barry lyga

I Hunt Killers – This’ll probably creep you out for a second but I’m really interested in serial killers and psychopaths. Not in the I-relate-to-them-so-much or the I-think-what-they-do-is-great way but just in a purely curious and intrigued way. So reading this book that puts you in the brain of said person-type was actually pretty cool (yet disturbing) and definitely made me want to read more.

 

splintered - a g howard

Splintered – Man, this book was just weird. It was supposed to be a retelling of Alice in Wonderland but it just ended up being creepy and twilight-esque and did not make sense at all. I didn’t know what was happening half the time and the amount of adoration both boys had for the main girl, Alyssa, was slightly nauseating. I do have to mention that the connections and plot twists in the book were genuinely interesting; like something mentioned at the beginning of the book turns out to be useful and important later on and you would have never guessed so that was a plus! Obviously it has a sequel(s??) but I’m on the fence over whether I should take the time to read it…

etiquette&espionage - gail carriger

Etiquette & Espionage – This book could’ve been so much better!! But it wasn’t!! I was rooting for it!! Maybe it didn’t help that it was kind of an earlier spinoff of another series set in the same world. But still, the characters were like 12 so you couldn’t really relate to what they were doing and there was a cutish romantic subplot but again they were 12 so you felt creepy wishing anything would happen. The actual plot I found kind of dumb like when would the lead girl (SOPHRONIA LIKE WHAT KIND OF NAME IS THAT) would care that much about something that was really none of her business. It had some funny parts but overall not my favourite.

dream thieves - maggie stiefvater

The Dream Thieves – I enjoyed this book despite myself. Even though it was confusing and attempted to be poetic and went over my head sometimes, I actually liked it a lot. My theory is that I am attached to all the characters in some way or another. There’s none that I think are dumb and pointless and they all have interesting lives and stories behind them. There were some amazing moments in the book where I was dying to know what happened next which is always a good thing but really just getting to know Ronan and Gansey and Adam and Blue and even the Grey Man that sold this book for me.

MOVIES

All the good movies came out last month… There was The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Frozen and Catching Fire which were all hits in my book! But I did manage to watch some this month:

the book thief - markus zusak

The Book Thief – Having read and adored the book first, I thought I was be ready for the movie. I wasn’t. They did a fantastic job of adapting this book to the screen, everything stayed so close to what happened and the actors chosen were fantastic (little Rudy was legitimately adorable) To tell the truth, I had forgotten most of the plot by this point and was basically recalling it as it happened before my eyes… BUT I did remember the ending and me and the friend I went to see it with were literally already sniffling before the thing happened and when it did oh man we were done there were so many tears and the snot would not stop but it was so beautifully done that I can’t hate on it. Man, why are the best books the ones that make you cry?

new year's eve

New Year’s Eve – Wow whole different pace than the previous movie here. I’m very late to the party for all things chickflick so this was no exception. I had watched Valentine’s Day over the summer and actually thought it was very cute so I decided to go for it while my mother and sister were catching up on Sherlock. And again, it was very cute! I had a hard time in the beginning wrapping my head around who was who but after that got all sorted then it was very fun to just watch everything unfold. Pretty predictable, even that part where people wanted to meet up with each other I called who it was going to be and gloated to myself for a full 2 seconds. Enjoyed the male leads in the movie, you can never go wrong with Zac Efron, Josh Duhamel (who basically just won all the awards in my books like man can you not look this good please and thanks?) and Ashton Kutcher.

MUSIC

A little lazy in the music department actually this month, didn’t add too many songs to the ol’ itunes but here’s the ones I did!

James (Never Change) – Allstar Weekend (PERFECT 1 PERSON DANCE PARTY SONG)

Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High – Arctic Monkeys (competeing with FOB for longest title, I see)

Do I Wanna Know – Arctic Monkeys

Rocks Into Rivers – Seabird

And there you have it! I hope you have as much fun discovering these things (if you haven’t already) as I did! Tell me your top three in these three categories for the month of January in the comments below!