Friday, April 21, 2017

Tag-- I'm It!

It turns out it's been over two months since I've participated in a tag(excluding the BatB tag I wrote in March), so I'm just in the mood for new ones!

Hamlette tagged me for one, which as far as I can tell is simply called "Tag-- I'm It!"

Rules: You must be honest. You must answer all the questions. You must tag at least 4 people. 

1. What book has been on your shelf the longest? 

The first five Anne of Green Gables books and the Chronicles of Avonlea installments and a beeaautiful collection of Louisa May Alcott novels-- all passed down from my grandmother who received them in the '50s. These are also some of the first books I read of my own initiative, so they will always be special. :) 

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you'll read next? 

I'm in the middle of several books, but the "main" one is Hood by Stephen Lawhead, for which I have mixed feelings. My last read was Winter by Marissa Meyer(more mixed feelings) and once I finish most of the books I'm currently reading I'm planning to either re-read The Outsiders or re-start The Book Thief.

The Book Thief

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated? 

I didn't hate it per say, but Beauty by Robin McKinley sorely disappointed me. A number of friends had enjoyed it and I had even lent it to one friend before I read it telling her she would like it(and she did), but I found it to be a yawner. So many more interesting things out there. 

Then again, I had a similar experience with the other Robin McKinley novel I've tried-- The Outlaws of Sherwood-- so perhaps her writing just isn't my cup of tea. 

4. What book do you keep telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't? 

Good question. I'd like to think I'll get to all the books I want to read before I die, but if I don't it will probably be Lady Susan by Jane Austen or another lesser-known book by one of my favorite authors. 

5. What book are you saving for retirement? 

Maybe I should save re-reading War and Peace for retirement. I would really like to read it again since I was a little disappointed the first time, but 13,000+ pages is dozens of hours I could spend otherwise. 

6. Last page: read it first or wait 'til the end? 

When I was young and foolish, I used to read last paragraphs, but now I have outgrown that custom. Such ridiculousness. ;)

7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside? 

Depends how long it is... 

8. Which book character would you switch places with? 

Probably one of the Pevensies. Probably Lucy because all the exciting things happen to her and she has great older brothers and I really want older brothers. 

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?) 

Yes. Lord of the Rings reminds me of being obsessed in 6th grade and the cozy-ness and happiness that ensues every read. 

10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way. 

Well, I am pretty proud of the aforementioned L. M. Montgomery and Louisa May Alcott books my grandmother gave me, so those. 

11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person? 

I'm sure I have, but besides birthday or get-well-soon gifts, nothing comes to mind. 

12. Which book has been with you the most places? 

Any of the books on my shelf(and I think there are a few) that I took from my parents' shelf that they've had for a long time. I've lived the majority of my life in the same house, so I don't have any special "this-book-has-survived-thirteen-moves" stories. 

13. Any required reading in high school that wasn't so bad later? 

I hated The Scarlet Letter when I first read it for school, but when I was later assigned to skim over it and write a paper on it, I appreciated it more. I think I would like it a lot better now. 

14. Used or brand new? 

Either. I love acquiring used books because I'm cheap, but I still highly value new, beautiful, unread books.

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book? 


16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book? 

It's always hard to definitively say a movie is better because movies and books are such different story-telling mediums, but possibly Hugo or North and South or The Giver

17. Have you ever read a book that made you hungry, cookbooks included? 

The Master Puppeteer made me hungry because it's set in Japan and every time it mentioned rice I really, really wanted to have sushi. ^.^

18. Who is the person whose book advice you'll always take? 

Hmm, I read from such a wide variety or recommendations and discoveries that there isn't really one particular person I return to for ideas...

19. Is there a book outside of your comfort zone(e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving? 

Generally I don't care for hyper popular YA dystopian books(not that I've read that many), but The Maze Runner was a pleasant exception.

I am tagging...

Rachel at A Girl's Place 
Bekah at Bekah the Bookworm
Lover of Lembas
Erudessa at The Flowering Vales 

Only participate if you're interested and thanks for reading! :)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Cinematic Excursions: March

I know this is pretty late, but I wanted to highlight all of the movies I saw in March and make monthly movie-updates a habit. We'll see if it sticks! :)

Singin' in the Rain

My local theater featured this and, not only was it beautiful on the big screen, it was even better than I had remembered it from previous viewings. I've decided it's my favorite musical on movie.

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers

Another classic musical, but unlike Singin' in the Rain, I found the music to usually distract, rather than complement, the story. But it's entertaining all the same. :)

Spider-Man 2002

This is my favorite discovery of March 2017. I'll admit that the special effects are really lacking, but it's fifteen years older than the current Marvel franchise, so we can cut it some slack in that regard.

But really, it is awesome in so many respects. It doesn't stoop to the over-the-top action and killing sequences of current Marvel movies and Peter Parker is a very solid role model. "Forget the flying monster guy" and this movie is really good. (bonus points if you caught that reference)

Maybe when I finish the trilogy I'll write a new post about the many merits of Tobey MaGuire's Spider-Man.

Beauty and the Beast(2017)

This was the most anticipated movie of, like, my whole life-- I had been waiting for two years.  You can read my review here, but bottom line: it was very beautiful and very well done in a number of ways, just not quiite the perfect film extravaganza I'd looked forward to. :/

Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones

Waay better than I expected. Once you get past the rather poorly constructed plot and how ridiculous Yoda looked while lightsaber-dueling, it was pretty good. Padme and Anakin are really sweet and Obi-Wan is a great character, especially played by Ewan McGregor.

Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith

So many mixed feelings. It was epic and big and emotionally powerful, but Anakin's development didn't flow like I'd expected it to in the directions cited by Attack of the Clones. I liked the Emperor's story, though. I'll never see Darth Vader the same again.


Which movies did you watch in March? Do you love Spider-Man 2002 as much as I do?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Happily Back From My Impromptu Hiatus

In case you failed to notice(if you did, that's honestly okay), I took a three-week break from the internet that ended last Monday.

I got pretty behind on responding to comments over the break, so I'm sorry about that, but I just finished responding to everything today. Thank you for the lovely comments! :)

In other news,

~I'm going to post a list of the movies I watched in March and my corresponding opinions soon

~I have watched both Spider-Man: Homecoming trailers far more times than is healthy or sane

~I finished The Lunar Chronicles

~I started Merlin because between Doctor Who and Robin Hood I don't watch enough cheesy BBC tv  ;)

~Wait For It from Hamilton is an incredible piece of music

I'm planning to get back into the swing of blogging again, which is an exciting prospect. :) But for now, I'm off to practice piano.