Monday Movie Meme: Encore Presentation

Monday Movie Meme

Thanks to Molly from the wonderful Bumbles Blog for creating this meme! This week’s theme is: Encore Presentation. Make sure you check to what the upcoming Monday Movie Memes are!

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Monday Movie Meme

What kind of movies do you tend to watch over and over again?
Walt Disney logoThe genre of movies I most often play on loop is probably animated movies, and it’s usually Disney. Not only are they childhood favorites, but watching as an adult 22-year-old child I can appreciate jokes or subtleties I missed as a child. Kids/families are so fun and happy, and I’m pretty much always in the mood for them. I have a Toy Story tattoo with my sister, The Lion King is my favorite movie of all time, I base all my decisions on emulating Princess Jasmine and have an extraordinary list of cartoon crushes including Aladdin, Dmitri, Flynn/Eugene, Jack Frost and Tadashi. These are the kinds of movies that I will watch at pretty much any time, and movies I often choose as my watch-a-movie-while-I-go-to-sleep movie.

Also anything with a Boston accent and/or heist.

What’s the movie you’ve watched the most?
The Lion King RafikiThe Lion King. Probably. I have no actual way of knowing this but it’s my best guess. This was the first movie I saw in theaters and it was love at first sight. I loved The Lion King before I even saw it, I would watch the preview for it on my Aladdin (which is probably a close second) VHS tape and get so excited every time the music started. I listened to the soundtrack before the movie came out, so I already knew all the words before I saw the movie. I was three-years-old so I don’t remember, but I’ve been told that soon as “The Circle of Life” started playing in the theater I got so excited I stood up on my chair and started singing. I was so in love with The Lion King my parents took me to see it several times and I referred to the movie theater as “Mufafa’s House,” thinking showing The Lion King was the only purpose of the building. I was none too pleased when one day my parents took me to see Pocahontas and “Mufafa” was nowhere to be seen.

Needless to say, soon as I had the VHS tape I watched The Lion King on repeat pretty much for the next 10 years. At that point I got the DVD and I still haven’t stopped watching since then.

What’s a movie you’ve only seen once but want to watch again?
FocusFocus starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie. I have a sick obsession with cons and heists. I also have a sick obsession with Will Smith (and his family). So a movie where Will Smith plays a con artist was destined to be an instant favorite for me. I remember the first time I saw the trailer for this, I went to see Horrible Bosses 2 (another movie I want to see again) and I nearly shat my pants in the theater from excitement.

I went to see it opening weekend and obviously loved it. Not only do I want to see it again because I liked it so much, but I always like watching con/heist/plost-twisty movies again and try to find the clues/hints I didn’t catch the first time. Knowing the end of the movie allows you to appreciate the beginning and set up for what’s about to happen so much more. You can really see how everything ties together.

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Monday Movie Meme: Great Expectations

Monday Movie Meme

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Monday Movie Meme

What’s the last movie you saw that was much better than expected?
A million ways to die in the west gifHmm…the first movie that comes to mind is A Million Ways to Die in the West, with Seth MacFarlane and the beautiful Charlize Theron. When I saw the trailers I knew I wanted to see it but didn’t have super high expectations for it. It looked funny, but “dumb” funny.

When my family rented it from RedBox and popped in the DVD player on a Friday night, I was pleasantly surprised! Yes, it was really dumb, but it had a lot more funny than I anticipated. While there were definitely parts that made my groan and/or roll my eyes, I thought it was hilarious and now my family quotes it all the time. (“People die at the fair!”) Now it’s on HBO frequently and I’m always happy to watch whatever part I happen to flip on to.

What’s an upcoming/newly released movie that you can’t wait to see?
Wow are there a lot of movies I want to see coming out this spring/summer/year.  (In no particular order) I’m wicked excited for The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 2The Avengers: Age of UltronStar Wars VII (the new trailer gave me goosebumps), Pitch Perfect 2, just to name a few… But one that’s coming out sooner and one of the ones I’m most excited for is Jurassic World.
chris prattNot only is Jurassic Park in my top ten favorite movies of all time, but the Jurassic World trailer is so beautiful and perfect it nearly brings me to tears. Between the new dinosaur hybrid (obviously a terrible idea), the action sequences, the magnificent Jessica Chastain’s Academy Award worthy yelling of “RUN,” heart throb Chris Pratt riding a motorcycle alongside velociraptors and the classic John Williams music playing in the background at just the right times, there is no way anyone can not be excited for this movie. However, I am a little nervous because I did not like The Lost World: Jurassic Park. But I did like Jurassic Park III which brought back my favorite character, Alan Grant. So, the lack of Dr. Grant makes me a little nervous…but I still can’t imagine being disappointed by Jurassic World.

**Full Disclosure** I watched the trailer again (for the 426th time, probably) and still got goosebumps and welled up with emotion. June 12 can’t come soon enough.

What’s the last movie you saw that was much worse than expected?
WhiplashEvery year I watch all the Oscar nominated films for Best Picture, Actor and Actress. So, once a year I watch a lot of critically-acclaimed movies that aren’t necessarily people pleasers. While I watched a lot of movies that I didn’t really like, one that I was expecting to like but didn’t was Whiplash.

I thought JK Simmons was great and totally deserved his Oscar and I am a fan of Miles Teller…but I really did not like this movie. Neither character was really likable and it’s not a very exciting movie either. I also don’t see why it was nominated for Best Picture.

What’s an upcoming/newly released movie that you couldn’t be paid to see?
Unfriended and Before I Wake…they both look like they might be good, but I hate horrors. I find no joy in being terrified, it only keeps up at night and makes more afraid of the dark than I normally am. The only way I could be convinced to watch a scary movie is if Ansel Elgort, Dylan O’Brien, Josh Hutcherson, all/any member of One Direction and/or a Hemsworth promised to watch it with me and keep me safe through the night.

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Reader Problems Book Tag

I went looking at various book tags and thought this one would be really fun. I owe this one to Casey @ inspiredbythepage (her blog is awesome), who found it at toddmedicii‘s page who found it on Katytastic‘s BookTube channel. On to the tag!

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
I don’t have a system for picking what to read next. Sometimes it’s because I just found out a movie is coming out in the near future, it could be binge reading a series or just that a book on my shelf jumped out at me for no particular reason at all.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
This used to be much more of a problem for me. I’m pretty obsessive compulsive and used to have the hardest time finishing books I hated because I absolutely refused to abandon it. But after reading a few pretty crappy books in a row I had an epiphany. Forcing myself to sit down and read a book I hate was not how I was going to spend my time. I love reading, and if I have to force myself to finish a book then I’m wasting time I could be spending reading a book that I actually enjoy.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?
Oh man do I hate losing. It’s especially terrible not meeting the Goodreads Reading Challenge because I literally (or literarily, hehe) set myself up for failure. Last year I tried to catch up by reading the 3 books from the Hogwarts library (which take no time) but still came up short. It’s devastating, but sadly I don’t have a surefire secret way to always meets the Goodreads Reading Challenge.

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
Curse the world. I hate when things do not match, I would probably try to accumulate the missing matches and gift or sell the mismatched books if it was a series I really love. If it has actors on the cover I would burn it. (Just kidding I would never ever do that to a book but just making a point. I detest actors/movie art on the cover of books)

5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
The Internet, hopefully. Or one of my best friends likes to read almost as much as I do and we generally agree on books, so we bond often. Although he doesn’t read as much as I do so sometimes I have to turn to fellow bloggers until he catches up.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
I am definitely a crier. I have ugly cried reading books, thankfully not in public. While I’ve shed a few tears on the train or on a park bench, I haven’t full out lost it in a public place (yet). But I can’t stop reading, especially at such an important/emotional part. I have to power through and cry in public, haters gonna hate (hate hate hate hate).

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads?
Definitely not skip the sequel. It depends how much I liked the first one and how quickly I read it. If I loved it and/or it was a quick read I would likely read it again. But if I only liked it or it took a long time, I would try to find a synopsis online or ask a friend who read it. Maybe read my blog if it was a book I reviewed.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
I do let my friends borrow my books…but they know I love my books more than I love them so they know to handle them with great care. When anyone asks to borrow I book I feel two emotions simultaneously, immediately and intensely: 1. YAY! BOOKS! SOMEONE WANTS TO READ BOOKS! IT’S SO GOOD, YOU SHOULD READ IT! WE CAN TALK ABOUT IT AND IT WILL BE GREAT; 2. THIS IS MY BABY YOU CAN’T TAKE MY BABY! WHAT IF YOU HARM MY BABY?!

9. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
I wish I knew the answer. I think just takes a really good book, but there’s no way of knowing what book will do it for me until I start reading it. Generally, I don’t like to be reading two books at the same time, so if I’m in a reading slump with a book it can take me a while to finish. If it’s a bad book I’ll put it away and start a new one, but if it’s a good book and I’m just in a slump…I don’t have a cure.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
It depends on the cost tbh. I love owning books and want to have Belle-sized library one day so I’ve stopped borrowing library books, but as a twentysomething drowning in debt I can’t really afford it. So, I always turn to one of my favorite book sites Thriftbooks to buy my books. It’s a brilliant way to buy used, cheap books (with free shipping!). But the books I want aren’t always available or still too expensive for me. I almost always wait until the price is a single digit before I buy it. Unless it’s a series and I really can’t wait to read it, then I’ll splurge.

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?
There is no one answer, sometimes a book comes in and I start reading right away. But there are some books on my shelf that I probably bought over a year ago that I still haven’t read. It depends on if it’s in a series, if the movie is coming out, on my mood…pretty much the same answer as the first question.


This was a fun one! Here’s who I tag:
Summer @ xingsings
Joey @ thoughts and afterthoughts
Emily @ Books and Cleverness
Poulami @ Daydreaming Books
Katie @ Bookish Tendencies

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: Movie Review

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day movie posterMovie: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Director: Miguel Arteta (Cedar Rapids)

<Writers: Rob Lieber

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ – Good

Stars:
Steve Carell Steve Carell as Ben Cooper

Jennifer Garner Jennifer Garner as Kelly Cooper

Ed Oxenbould Ed Oxenbould as Alexander Cooper

Dylan Minnette Dylan Minnette as Anthony Cooper

Kerris Dorsey Kerris Dorsey as Emily Cooper

Read the Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day book review!

Remind me what it’s about…
A Daniel Powter kind of day. Alexander feels like he’s cursed with bad luck and is never as successful as the rest of his family. Until one terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day when Alexander’s family gets a taste of what it’s like to be him every day.

What did you think?
It’s a perfect family film — it has great slapstick/physical comedy for kids and more witty jokes for adults (or 22-year-olds who are not adults). The movie silly and over-the-top in the perfect, laugh out loud kind of way. Steve Carell is exactly how you want Steve Carell to be in a fun, family flick and Jennifer Garner is a perfect and beautiful mother on- and off-screen.

Was it a good adaption?
Considering that they turned a book that takes less than 5 minutes to read into an 81 minute film; definitely. Even though there obviously were additions to the story, it stayed as true as it could to the original story (which was fairly simple). It was a bad day.

I loved how they incorporate Australia into the movie and how the additions didn’t feel forced or excessive. Although I never read Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, I know one the complaints I hear the most was how much they changed and added to story — taking away from the original beloved book. But the additions in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day made sense for the story and for the movie. Thankfully, I don’t feel cheated out of one my favorite childhood books.

Should I watch it?
Only if you like hilarious family-fun movies. You can buy it on Amazon or rent it at Redbox.

Here’s the trailer if you need more convincing.

Monday Movie Meme: The Year You Were Born

Monday Movie Meme

Thanks to Molly from the wonderful Bumbles Blog for creating this meme! This week’s theme is: The Year You Were Born. Make sure you check to what the upcoming Monday Movie Memes are!

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Monday Movie Meme

What year were you born?
I was born in 1992.

What was the highest grossing film that yearHave you seen this film? What did you think of it?
Aladdin movieAladdin…more on this later.

 

 

 

 

 

What movie won the Oscar for Best Picture that yearHave you seen this film? What did you think of it?
Unforgiven movieUnforgiven. I’ve never even heard of this movie until right now, so no. It’s a western and I hate westerns…so I’ll probably never see it.

 

 

 

 

What is your favorite movie from the year you were born?
aladdin and Jasmine

Aladdin, without a doubt. Not only is it my favorite movie from the year I was born, but it’s one of my favorite movies of all time. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the world was blessed with both Princess Jasmine and myself in the same year. I am destined to be Princess Jasmine. I have made most life decisions by asking myself: what would Jasmine do? One day I will have a tiger and lovable street rat husband of my own.

Even if I wasn’t meant to be Princess Jasmine, I would still love this movie. It’s funny and sweet and the songs are magical. Aladdin even makes you love a faceless character (*ahem* The Magic Carpet). Not mention Aladdin was probably my first crush ever and the reason I love criminals. This movie is pretty much flawless.

 

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Gone Girl: Movie Review

Gone Girl movie posterMovie: Gone Girl

Director: David Fincher

Writer: Gillian Flynn

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ¾ – Yes, I made a new rating for the movie just like I did for the book.

Stars:
Ben Affleck American Legend Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne

Rosamund Pike Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne

Neil Patrick Harris Neil Patrick Harris as Desi Collings

Tyler Perry Tyler Perry as Tanner Bolt

Read the Gone Girl book review!

Remind me what it’s about…
Amy Dunne (Pike) has gone missing and no one can tell if her husband Nick (Batfleck) had anything to do with it or not. The movie goes back and forth between Amy and Nick’s marriage before the incident and following present-day Nick as the case unfolds. There’s more twists in this plot than a pretzel it’s fabulously exciting.

What did you think?
It’s so good.* There are few things in this world greater than a well executed plot twist (one of them is ice cream). It’s one of the best crime/mystery/thriller books/movies out there and the plot twists are bona fide twists that will genuinely surprise you. Just when you think you know what’s coming, something entirely new and out of left field comes into play; it will keep you on the edge of your seat. 

Rosamund Pike is an amazing Amy (that’s a joke for those of you who have read the book/seen the movie) and Boston icon Ben Affleck perfectly portrays the brooding and bumbling Nick. The admirable Affleck wouldn’t even don a Yankee cap for the film, because understands some things can’t be sacrificed for art (like his soul).

*But the ending is horrible and anguish inducing.

Was it a good adaption?
Unfortunately, it was a perfect adaption. It was too good of an adaption. BEN AFFLECK LIED RIGHT TO MY FACE. Ben looked me right in the eyes and promised me that ending of the movie was going to be different than the book. That couldn’t be less true. The ending of the book sucked and the ending of the movie was exactly the same — horrendous. I have never complained about a movie being so accurate to a book, never before have I wished so deeply that a movie would have strayed so far from the book. Alas, here I am with a perfect book-to-movie adaption and horribly unsatisfying ending.

Should I watch it?
It’s kind of a tough call, because 95% of the movie is fantastic but the last 5% might ruin it for you. I would say yes, just prepare to be disappointed. You can watch it on Amazon.

Here’s the Gone Girl movie trailer.

Liebster Award!

First and foremost I’d like to thank Poulami AKA Nerdybirdy at Daydreaming Books for the nomination! I was so excited to see this notification pop up on my phone. For anyone who hasn’t heard about the Liebster Award, it’s just a fun little award for bloggers by bloggers to help find new blogs and help your blog be found. So thank again to Nerdybirdy, and her blog is awesome and everyone should go check her out.

Liebster Award

 

Here are the rules for the Liebster Award:

  • Link back to the person that nominated you
  • Answer the questions given by the nominator
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers
  • Create 11 questions for the nominees
  • Notify all nominees via social media/blogs

1. How long have you been a reader?
I’ve been a reader pretty much my whole life. I’ve loved reading since elementary school and throughout middle school and high school I always had a book with me. There have been periods where I’ve unintentionally taken a break from being a bookworm, but never for long.

2. Suppose you have a wide list of choice, how are you gonna pick which book to read?
There is no method to my madness when deciding what to read next. It depends on if I’m in the middle of a series, if there’s a movie adaption coming out, how long it’s been on my shelf, my mood…it could be anything.

3. Any recent favorite adorkable character?
The most recent addition to my adorkable loves is probably Neil Perry from Dead Poets Society. *cries in a corner*

4. Where do you like to buy books?
I always buy my books from Thriftbooks, they usually have the books I want for really cheap. It’s the perfect way to build a library without breaking the bank.

5. What is your worst bookish habit?
Sometimes I judge a book by its cover…

6. Do you wait for the paperback or grab the hardcover?
Depends on how badly I want to read it and how much it is. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

7. What’s your hobby beside reading?
Is Netflix a hobby? Or a lifestyle?

8. Do you watch any tv shows? If yes, what are your favourite ships?
I love Captain Swan (Once Upon A Time) and all my favorite Game of Thrones ships are at least half dead so… But for series that are over, my favorite couples are Cory & Topanga, Chandler & Monica, Jim & Pam, Marshall & Lily and Chandler & Joey (OTP♥).

9. What gift did you get on your last birthday?
Since my last birthday was the same day as my college graduation sometimes I mix up what was a graduation gift and what was a birthday gift…but two things I know were for sure birthday were the Funko POP! Ghost action figure (to go with the Jon Snow I already had) I got from my roommate and a big framed photo of Jackie Robinson (my personal hero) stealing home plate on a game that happened on a May 18 (my birthday) from my parents.

10. Which flavour do you love the most?
Which flavor of…what? In my mind this was about ice cream (in my mind, everything is about ice cream) so that’s what I’m going with. My favorite ice cream Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked of chocolate chip cookie dough.

11. What are you passionate about?
My books, my TV shows, my movies, baseball, children, traveling, writing and food.


I’m going to try and not just nominate book bloggers and branch out…here are my nominations:

Head In The Clouds, Heart In The Books
Rukhi
Liam’s Library
Literally Courtney
S. Lynn
For A Lucky Girl
Bookish Tendencies
Elena Square Eyes
F R E E D O M
Full-Time
Dear World… Sincerely, A Socially Awkward Bookworm

I didn’t check to see if any of you have been nominated before, if you have feel free if ignore the nomination or you can play along again for fun!

Here are my 11 questions:
1. What is your biggest pet peeve?
2. What would you sing at karaoke night?
3. If you could have dinner with any celebrity (dead or alive) who would you dine with?
4. What is your top played song on iTunes?
5. If you had to pick your last meal on Earth what would it be?
6. If you could live in the world of any movie/book/TV show, what story would you live in?
7. How do you eat your Oreos?
8. If you could be anyone in the world  (besides yourself) would you do it? Who would you be?
9. What’s the best compliment you’ve received?
10. If you came with a warning label what would it say?
11. Do you watch Star Wars in chronological order (4, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3) or in numeric order?

 

The Ultimate Book Tag

First, I’d like to thank Summer at xingsings for tagging me in The Ultimate Book Tag. While I don’t truly see this as the actual ultimate book tag…I decided to play along anyway. Without further ado, let’s get to the tag.

The Ultimate Book Tag

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
I’m not sure…I used to all the time when I was younger, but I haven’t tried in a long time in fear of getting sick.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
First one that came to mind was Tahereh Mafi (author of Shatter Me) because she crosses out so much of the narrative and then says something different. At least in the beginning, her main character would say/think a whole paragraph that would be crossed out and replaced by a single sentence. It happens less frequently as the story goes on and as she gains more power/confidence, but I thought it was really unique.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
Harry Potter. Obviously.

  • The story is better
  • The writing is better
  • Everything is better

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?
I hate holding things so I don’t usually have a bag, I try to put anything I need in my pockets. But if I do need a bag for whatever reason I usually have either the book I’m currently reading or The Outsiders, pens, a crossword puzzle book, chapstick, a small notebook, lotion, nail clippers and there’s usually receipts/ticket stubs/etc.

5. Do you smell your books?
When I get new book or one comes in the mail I usually give a good sniff in excitement.

6. Books with or without little illustrations.
I just like little illustrations at the beginning of chapters, like in Harry Potter.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
Twilight and Shatter Me.

I read Twilight when I was in high school before anyone knew what it was and I loved it. I was totally obsessed with the series, I had a t-shirt and everything. Then after I saw the first movie I realized that it’s actually terrible.

The first time I read Shatter Me I absolutely loved it, I couldn’t put it down and couldn’t wait for the next book to come out. I made my best friend read it and when he finished he said he knew why I liked it so much, Juliette (the main character) is so dramatic and he felt like he was reading what goes on in my head. So I read it again keeping what he said in mind and found it to be absolutely true. Juliette’s stream of thoughts are so over-the-top in a way that is hilarious and annoying (which I often find true about myself). She spits out the most dramatic things about the most casual situations, such as: “My heart is a water balloon about to explode. My lungs are swinging from my ribcage. I feel as though every fist in the world decided to punch me in the stomach.” I have also been known to say dramatic things, so it didn’t surprise me that I didn’t notice how dramatic Juliette was in my first reading. Even though the writing is really cheesy, I still love this series.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
I don’t think so? I used to get in trouble for staying up too late reading but I think that’s true for a lot of bookworms out there.

9. What is the tinniest book on your shelf?
Probably The Outsiders.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
I’m not at home and I’d have to check that one.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
I only write for my blogs. The only book I could see myself writing is an autobiography (not that I honestly believe I’ll ever be known well enough that it will ever be a book I need to write). I do love writing, but I don’t think I’m an author.

12. When did you get into reading?
I’ve loved reading since I was a little kid, throughout middle school and high school I always I had a book with me. Freshman year of college I took a break from being a bookworm, I don’t know how or why. But sophomore year when I read The Hunger Games I remembered how much I love reading and haven’t stopped reading since.

13. What is your favourite classic book?
I haven’t read that many, but my favorite is To Kill A Mockingbird.

14. In school what was your best subject Language Arts/English?
Mr & Mrs Smith

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?
I’d accept it and be grateful, then probably sell it online or regift it.

16. (Apparently Question 16 was supposed to be here, but now it’s disappeared?)

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
Not posting regularly.

18. What is your favorite word?
Serendipity. I love how it looks, sounds and what it means.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
I’m not sure if my associations with these words align with everyone else’s, but I consider myself more of a dork. A little bit of nerd. Not at all a dweeb.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Uhm…vampires? I haven’t read any fairy books.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Shapesifters because of Animorphs. (I haven’t read any angels books either)

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
I don’t really care for either?

23. Zombies or Vampires? Why?
Vampires, I don’t love either but I’m really not into zombies at all.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
Neither? But if I had to pick I would probably pick forbidden love because I’ve read way too many love triangles.

25. And finally: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Definitely action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in.


Here’s who I tagged:

Katie @ Bookish Tendencies
Jenn @ A Daily Rhythm
James @ Book Guy Reviews
CK @ CK’s Reading Corner
Poulami @ Daydreaming Books
Casey @ Inspired By The Page
Todd @ ToddMedicii
Becca @ Becca and Books

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Top Ten Characters I’d Like To Check In With

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish is about revisiting old characters − meaning, the book or series is over and you wish you could peek in on the “life” you imagine they are leading years down the line after the story ends. Here are 10 characters I would like to check in with (in no particular order):

*spoilers*

1. Harry Potter from Harry Potter
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone bookIsn’t he on everyone’s list? I’m dying to find out more about how The Boy Who Lived lived on after Voldemort’s defeat. J.K. Rowling graciously wrote a prologue at the end of The Deathly Hallows, but I need more than just a chapter! Does Harry even know how to live when someone isn’t constantly trying to torment/kill him? This whole list could easily be 10 characters form Harry Potter, so let’s just assume I get the 411 on them while I’m checking in with Harry.

 

2. Ponyboy Curtis from The Outsiders
The Outsiders book coverDid he stay gold?!

 

 

 

 

3. Nick & Amy Dunne from Gone Girl
Gone Girl book cover
So…what happened? The ending so disappointing and open-ended (but not in a good way). This is among the most underwhelming and frustrating endings of all time (along with How I Met Your MotherDexter, and The Prestige). Did Amy actually get away with all the crazy shit she pulled? Did she have the baby? How is Nick handling all of this? What is Amy going to try to do when she realizes that a baby won’t make them happy and isn’t going to save their marriage (because she’s out of her damn mind)?! I would settle for any answer. Especially one that puts Amy in jail.

 

 

4. Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird first editionHow did the trial affect Scout growing up? Did she grow be as brave and intelligent as Atticus taught her to be? Did she follow in his foot steps to become a just and moral lawyer? What about Jem? Just tell me everything.

 

 

 

5. Jonas from The Giver
The Giver book coverAs I find this book on Goodreads, I see that this is a series (or “quartet,” as Goodreads describes it). Without look too deeply into them (to avoid spoilers) I don’t see Jonas appearing in the rest of the quartet. Since I didn’t know there were sequels to the story, the only one I’ve read is The Giver. Thinking that I read all there was to be read, I’ve wondered about Jonas. Did he die at the end? That’s how I first interpreted it but I know there are varying opinions. If he and baby Gabriel lived, how did they fare in a world outside of The Community?

 

 

6. Charlie Gordon from Flowers for Algernon
flowers for algernon bookOh, Charlie. His story really breaks my heart. I think Charlie was happy in the end, but I’d like check in and see what he is up to and if he is being treated fairly.

 

 

 

7. Gale Hawthorne from The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games book coverThankfully Suzanne Collins wrote an epilogue that let us see what Katniss and Peeta are up to, but there was very little on what happened to Gale. Is he happy with his life? Is he still in love with Katniss? Probably, because she’s the heroine of a YA series and everyone is always in the love them. But did he ever have kids? What’s the government like? What are Katniss and Peeta’s kids’ names?!?!

 

 

8. Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride
the princess bride book coverHow is life for Inigo after finally seeking his revenge? Did he become the next Dread Pirate Roberts? Does he actually feel happy/at peace now that he killed his father’s murderer? I’d also be hoping to find out everything I could about Westley and Buttercup.

 

 

 

9. Xander Carrow from Matched
Matched bookI think this is the only YA post apocalyptic series with a love triangle (a seemingly specific category that describes a million books) where the lead character didn’t end up with the person I shipped him/her with. I definitely preferred Xander over Ky. Even though I could tell Cassia would end up with Ky, I was still disappointed in the end. I love Xander and I want to know if he found love again and what he is doing with his life now.

 

 

10. Jacob Black from Twilight
Twilight book cover*sigh* I don’t even like Twilight any more. I first read the series when I was in high school and loved it (Past Briana didn’t know any better, she was young and dumb). But even so, I’m really curious to see what happened with Jacob and Renesmee. He imprinted on a half vampire baby who is gonna stop aging as a teenager? (I think?) But does Jacob still age? I don’t remember. I think they are both going to be the same age one point where their relationship will theoretically go from brother/sister to romantic…? Gross? Or not? I’m fuzzy on the details. Maybe I don’t want to know about Jacob and Renesmee after all.

 

What characters would you like to check in with?

The Maze Runner: Movie Review

The Maze Runner movie posterMovie: The Maze Runner

Director: Wes Ball

Writers: Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers & T.S. Nowlin

Genre: Sci-fi,  apocalyptic, action

Length: 1 hour 53 minutes

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ – Great

Stars:

Dylan O'Brien Dylan O’Brien as Thomas

Kaya Scodelario Kaya Scodelario as Teresea

Will Poulter Will Poulter as Gally

Thomas Brodie Sangster Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt♥

Read The Maze Runner book review!

Remind me what it’s about…
Thomas (love of my life O’Brien) wakes up in some kind of cargo elevator (called The Box) that takes him up to an open field and he is greeted by Gally (Poulter) who is surrounded by other young/teenage boys. Their leader Alby (Aml Ameen) tries to tell Thomas that he is in a place called the Glade but Thomas is freaking out because he doesn’t remember anything about himself or his past, not even his name. So, they lock him up in DIY prison until he can get a hold of himself. Once Thomas gets his shit together, Newt♥ (Brodie-Sangster) takes him on the tour of The Glade and explains how they keep The Glade running and that each boy does his part. Thomas also finds out that The Glade is actually the center of giant maze that they can’t escape.

The next day The Box comes up again. Normally The Box only comes up once a month, so the Gladers curiously gather around to see what came up so quickly. They were even more shocked to find that it was a girl (Scodelario). ~MyStErIoUs~

What did you think?
I LOooOOooOVED IT. It was spectacular and definitely was worth staying up too late and getting 4 hours of sleep that night to see the premiere. The utterly adorkable Dylan O’B(ae)rien perfectly wears his dirty blue button-up shirt captures Thomas on the silver screen. His curious, rebellious and good hearted spirit was spot on. This glowing review is not affected by my undying love for the swoon-worthy and charming ways of Mr. O’Brien off screen. No, but really. He was a great Thomas. The whole cast was great. Although Thomas Brodie-Sangster is a little littler than I wanted Newt♥ to be, how you can you be disappointed with a face like this?

The Maze Runner runs (hehe) almost two hours long but goes by in a flash. It’s exciting, and thrilling but not overwhelming. There’s a perfect balance of fast-paced action and slower, more-detailed plot advancement. The movie was interesting, suspenseful, funny and wonderful.

Was it a good adaption?
It was a perfect adaption of the book. It wasn’t all directly from the words of James Dashner, but every change made sense for the movie and made it better. Despite the changes the movie still stayed true to the story, I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything majorly important. It eliminated some of the more supernatural aspects of the book which helped the story seem a lot more realistic which I loved. One of my favorite changes is Teresea, I didn’t care about her character in the book but she’s a crazy BAMF in the movie and I love her.

All the details and changes were actually improvements to The Maze Runner.  Not to say that I think that the movie is better than the book, you still get so much more from the characters and the story in the book, just that the changes that were made were good ones. The only thing that I feel like I missed from the book, was Newt’s limp. But I’m trying not to be nit picky.

Should I watch it?
Yasss bish yass! Buy or rent The Maze Runner from Amazon right now.

Here’s the trailer, if you’ve read the book you’ll see that it’s perfect and if you’ll understand how perfect it is: