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2015 Wrap Up

The year of 2015 is coming to a close meaning now it is time for me to look back on the year— the books that I read, the movies that I watched, and all of the goals that I didn’t make.
Reading My main reading goal for 2015 was to read 45 books but I slacked off early in the year and ended up only getting through 22 books. This year I focused on just reading whenever and whatever I wanted and did not force myself to read anything if I wasn’t enjoying it. At the beginning of the year I planned on using a TBR jar throughout the year and I followed through with this for a few months but eventually gave up. My final reading goal was to start reading comic books and I did start reading a few Flash and Green Arrow comics while also using the internet to learn more about other heroes.
Notable reads  Rebel Belle: This was a refreshing and fun read! I am really glad I read it! A Darker Shade of Magic: Another great book from author V E Schwab! I was really looking forward to this book after Vicious

Netflix Adventure: The Babadook and Inglorious Bastards

Now to continue my great Netflix Adventure with two acclaimed movies that I’ve been hearing about for a while now— The Babadook and Inglorious Bastards.

The Babadook is a movie that I heard a lot about last year but I never actually watched until recently. I had high expectations due to all of the hype surrounding the film last year and it definitely fulfilled those expectations. The Babadook is a truly unsettling movie due to its use of music, great acting, and portrayal of its character’s decent into madness. The movie’s main character has a slip into a dark place that is just creepy and unsettling for viewers to watch but it just adds to the great atmosphere in The Babadook! I recommend this one for fans of atmospheric films, horror, or intense and gripping movies.

Inglorious Bastards was my first Tarantino movie (I don’t know why, but it just seemed like the one that I would like the most), and I really enjoyed it! The movie being mostly subtitled is something that would probably tu…

Nearly Gone Review

*Sigh* I tried to like this book… I really did…
Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother's job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone's skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn't trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her.
Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn't figure it all out soon—she'll be next. –goodreads.comsummary
I went into Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano with high hopes— I had been told by people that I wouldn’t be able to put it down so that was what I was expecting…

Orphan Black Seasons One and Two

My Netflix saga continues with a show that took me a while to find! I actually had to watch it on Amazon because Amazon Prime exclusives (blabla legal stuffs) and of course it took me forever to realize that it was an Amazon Prime exclusive, but I’ve seen it know and I’m here to discuss seasons one and two of Orphan Black!

I had heard a few things about Orphan Black before I decided to check it out but I mostly went in blind and without many expectations. I was hooked from the first episode, and could not stop watching. Orphan Black does not waste time with pointless scenes of exposition about character backgrounds but instead throws the audience into the story and lets them figure things out as the story progresses. Viewers are introduced to Sarah’s character and history through dialogue between characters in early episodes. Through these early interactions in early episodes viewers can also pick up a things about Beth’s character and the people in her life. Both of these characters i…

The Rose Society Review

Hello my fellow reader and welcome to… MY FIRST BOOK REVIEW IN MONTHS! *cries*
Yeah, I’m sorry that book reviews have been so severely lacking but my reading slump has been extreme and now I have finally finished a book— that book being The Rose Society by Marie Lu! The Rose Society was a book that I went into with high expectation. Even though it had been a year since I read the first one I remembered enjoying it and looked forward to enjoying the second book. Did it live up to expectations… well it was a good one-time read. *shrugs*
I have to give The Rose Society credit for actually making me interesting reading again. It basically said, ‘he remember these characters you liked from this The Young Elites? They’re in this book! Come read it.’ And I read it and enjoyed it. Characters that I had grown to love from The Young Elites were in the novel again and I enjoyed reading from their point of view again. It was also nice to read Marie Lu’s writing style again since she was the writer …

Mockingjay Part 2 Review

Studio Producers have still not realized that splitting finales into two parts does not increase the quality of the movie— but it does increase the money in their pocket! And that’s why they’re going to keep doing it. The finale for The Hunger Games series finally here with a strong... meh!
The trailers made Mockingjay Part 2 look intense and like a strong finale but the movie itself sort of fell flat. Parts were intense but the intensity falls apart by coincidences, plot holes, and characters acting out of character as soon as you started thinking about it. As soon as Mockingjay started it wasted no time letting the audience know that it would be making Gale into a war hungry butt-face. The book made this same choice but no one I know is a fan of that choice so translating it so faithfully to the screen was not the best choice. It makes me question if the rebels are letting this war get to them or not and if some of them truly had the right intentions. And I feel that was the effect Mo…

My Reading Troubles

So at the moment I’m at in a bit of a reading slump…. (*cough* a lot of a reading slump). I keep starting books but I just can’t seem to stick with anything… so this post is about EVERY BOOK THAT I’VE STARTED BUT NOT FINISHED IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS!

I keep trying to read this book and it’s just not working out. Granted the same thing happened when I first tried reading The Knife of Never Letting Go (that book took me two years to actually finish), but I eventually got into it. I hope that one day I can finish The Ask and the Answer!

After finishing Cinder I immediately went to read Scarlet but then the reading slump began. I had school starting and even though I liked the book I just never had time to read. I hope to get back to it soon.

I was super excited for Patrick Ness’s new book that came out this October but as soon as I bought it I had no time to read it. I found parts of it great and parts kind of confusing, but overall I think I’ll get back to it eventually.

This is what I’m read…

NaNoWriMo 2015

Hello my fellow readers! As most of you probably know, for writers November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short!). This will be my third year participating in NaNoWriMo, and although I don’t normally reach the full 50,000 words, it’s always a good experience.
This year I’m doing something different by trying to complete a screenplay for NaNoWriMo. I have the general 3 act structure planned out so far and have begun writing a little. We will see how this goes!
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Goodreads Monday! The Selection

Hello and welcome to Goodreads Monday! A weekly meme hosted by Forever Reading where we feature books that we added to our TBR thinking we’d read them, but we never did.

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined. – summary
The Selection by Kiera Cass Publis…

My Netflix Movie Watching Adventure... The Bourne Identity and 2001: A Space Odyssey

Hello! Welcome to the next stop on my Netflix movie watching adventure! If you don’t know what I’m talking about then click HERE and find out!
This weekend I watched two very different movies, The Bourne Identity and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

I actually only finished watching The Bourne Identity this weekend since I had started it the weekend before; I really enjoyed it! The action was great and intense and the story was interesting and immersive. I knew basis of the story going in so it makes me wonder how my viewing experience would have been different if I hadn’t known about the Bourne character going in. Overall, I recommend for everyone; especially fans of action, or someone who wants to watch a more grounded spy movie.

I had been eyeing this one on Netflix for a week or two just out of curiosity and because it’s directed by Kubrick. This was my first Kubrick movie and I actually enjoyed it! I was worried going in that I would have trouble picking up on the plot or other details but no…

To Be Released... This Savage Song

Hello fellow readers and in lieu of my usual Goodreads Monday post I’m here to discuss a book by one of my favorite authors that will be coming within the next year— This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab.

The city of Verity has been overrun with monsters, born from the worst of human evil. In North Verity, the Corsai and the Malchai run free. Under the rule of Callum Harker, the monsters kill any human who has not paid for protection. In the South, Henry Flynn hunts the monsters who cross the border into his territory, aided by the most dangerous and darkest monsters of them all—the Sunai, dark creatures who use music to steal their victim’s souls.
As one of only three Sunai in existence, August Flynn has always wanted to play a bigger role in the war between the north and the south. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate Harker, daughter of the leader of North Verity, August jumps on it. When Kate discovers August’s secret, the pair find themselves running for their lives and battl…

Reading Update... 10/23

Wow it has been a while since my last reading update so here we are!

Ever since I first heard about the idea for this book I knew I had to pick it up! I have started it and so far it is interesting. I am a fan of Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking Trilogy so I am excited to see what he does with this idea!

I am reading this book for my English class but, surprisingly, I’m enjoying it so far! The writing style s very elegant and descriptive so I’m excited to continue reading.

This is what I will be reading as soon as I finish The Rest of Us Just Live Here. I have read a few pages already and so far it seems like it will be dealing a lot with the repercussions from the first one and take a lot of time to develop the characters— needless to say, I’m excited!
Have you read any of the books mentioned above? What were your thoughts on them?
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Watching Movies on Netflix

Netflix is a magical thing— most people will agree with that! At the moment I’m using Netflix to catch up many movies that I haven’t seen before and want to watch now (whether it be because I was too young when it came out, or I just missed it in theaters).
With that said you can be expecting some shorter movie reviews for these movies that I’m watching on Netflix. Below will be reviews for the movies that I have already watched on Netflix up to now.

I have seen a few of M. Night Shyamalan’s later movies but I had never seen The Sixth Sense so I decided that it was time! I highly enjoyed the movie which was full of suspense and shock. I recommend it for EVERYONE!

I watched this movie immediately after The Sixth Sense and it was everything I expected and more! It was full of intense action, with commentary mixed in throughout. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time since I actually grew to love some of these characters. I recommend Snowpiercer for EVERYONE (especially fans of inten…

Book Haul! 10/19

Hello my fellow reader! This week I ordered two new books from Amazon that I’ve been looking forward to for a while now and they have finally come in the mail!

I’ve been waiting for this book since I read The Young Elites and it is finally here! I am excites to see where the story goes after the last book and you’ll probably be hearing more about this book soon!

I didn’t actually know that this book was coming out until I went to BookCon and heard about it, but now I’m super excited. The way Patrick Ness described it sounded so interesting and different and I can’t wait to see how much I enjoy the book.
Have you read any of the books mentioned here? What did you think of them?
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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (and why it's great!)

HELLO! My fellow readers! Today instead of the usual Goodreads Monday post and talking about books that I haven’t read, I am going to show off a book that I have read!
When I was looking through my Goodreads list to find a book to talk about today Me and Earl and the Dying Girl really stood out as a book that I’m still thinking about! Both the book and the movie were superb, with great characters, and unique storytelling! Jesse Andrew has such a quirky since of humor that comes out great in both the book and the movie (which was WRITTEN by him). Due to Jesse Andrews writing the screenplay, the spirit and themes of the book were captured SO WELL in the movie and it made a great experience for both fans of the book and movie fans alike.
If you haven’t checked out Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (the book or the movie), you should go out right now and read/ watch it! You won’t regret it!
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The Martian Review

Hello my fellow readers, movie watchers, and TV addicts! So this week I had the fortunate opportunity of watching The Martian. I had been seeing posters for this movie everywhere so I was looking forward to it for a little while, so when I saw reviews coming out I rushed to go see it. And it did not disappoint.

The tone of The Martian was much different than I expected, since I was expecting a more serious tone (this could be since I did not watch any trailers but I’m glad I didn’t because it allowed me to be surprised throughout the movie). But do not get me wrong, I LOVED the funny moments and I thought Matt Damon pulled them off nicely. His character actually reminded me of if Chris Pratt’s character from Parks and Recreation got stranded on Mars (with the exception of the fact that Chris Pratt’s character would fall in a crater and die in a matter of seconds… XD).
The story was mostly strong as it was led by great characters. It was very interesting to see the switching between Damo…

Goodreads Monday! The Iron Trial

Hello and welcome to Goodreads Monday! A weekly meme hosted by Forever Reading where we feature books that we added to our TBR thinking we’d read them, but we never did.

Most people would do anything to get into the Magisterium and pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. Call has been told his whole life that he should never trust a magician. And so he tries his best to do his worst -- but fails at failing. Now he must enter the Magisterium. It's a place that's both sensational and sinister. And Call realizes it has dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future. – summery
The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black Published on September 9th 2014 Was added on December 17th 2013
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Fall TV Premieres

The fall is finally here and you know what that means… TV SHOW PREMIERES!
I have a few shows that I’m looking forward to coming back for new seasons and I thought I’d talk about it with you!
Agents of Shield By the time that this post goes up I’ll have already seen the season 3 premiere but as I’m writing this I’m still waiting for the episode. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the show but I do get enough enjoyment out of watching it to keep up with the show.
Once Upon a Time I have not actually seen the finale of season 4 from the spring but I have heard enough of what happened to jump in with season 5. I watched the premiere on Sunday and really enjoyed it! I’m interested to see how Jennifer Morrison plays Emma as a darker, more villainous character— it’s different, refreshing, and I can’t wait to see more!
Arrow and the Flash I’m just going to talk about these two in one section. I’m excited for both of these but it’s a different type of excitement for each— for Arrow I am cautiously …

Goodreads Monday! More than This

Hello and welcome to Goodreads Monday! A weekly meme hosted by Forever Reading where we feature books that we added to our TBR thinking we’d read them, but we never did.

A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? The street seems familiar, but everything is abandoned, overgrown, covered in dust. What's going on? Is it real? Or has he woken up in his own personal hell? Seth begins to search for answers, hoping desperately that there must be more to this life, or perhaps this
More than This by Patrick Ness Published on September 10th 2013 Was added on December 16th 2013

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I'm Still Here!

HELLO READERS! I’m so sorry for my long absence but I’m still trying to sort things out with school and color guard. I need to set a schedule for myself to post so that I can keep up with it but the sad truth is that I haven’t been reading as much as I should. I used to always get my reading done during the school day and now I’m getting my homework done during the school day, which is good because I can get to sleep earlier, but is also bad because I have a lot less time to read.
The reason I’m posting this is becaue I want to tell you that I’m going to create a schedule for myself— on Monday I’m going to continue with the Goodreads Monday meme and on Wednesday I’m going to post a discussion. The discussion could be about books, TV, movies, or life… it just depends what mood I’m in that day. This schedule is just until November and then color guard is over and posting will go back to normal. And if I have a not busy week I’ll posts more than twice a week, it all just depends!
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Unpopular Opinion Book Tag

Hello readers! The Unpopular Opinion Book Tag was created by The Book Archer. I was not tagged by anybody but I saw the tag on Novels and Necklaces’s blog and thought I’d give it a shot!
Popular book or series that you didn’t like

If you follow my Instagram then you might’ve heard me talk about this one before but I’m just not a fan of The 5th Wave. The book had such promise and I was so hyped to read it but it fell flat by page 50 with its confusing writing style and (honestly) just flat out depressing plot.
Popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love

This is kind of a cheat since not everyone hated Fractured but it does seem to be the least favorite of the Slated trilogy, meaning the fact that it’s my favorite puts me in a small minority. I felt that the plot was a different twist from Slated while still building on the plot and character that we met in the first book.
Love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did not want them to end up…