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Friday, June 15, 2018

Favourite Five: Childhood Movie Musicals

Since it's nearly impossible to narrow down my top five favourite musicals, I decided to limit these to ones that I loved the most when I was younger (and I am still fond of today!). I have taken Disney animated movies off of here otherwise I would never stand a chance of getting a list less than twenty. So, here are my favourite five in no particular order:


1) Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (1997)

2) Muppet Treasure Island (1996)


3) The King and I (1956)

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

TMST: Midyear Update

Thanks to the work of Rainy Day Ramblings again, this week's TMST topic is a Midyear Update.

So, I guess the first place to start is that I have now been running this blog for nearly a year and a half (I guess closer to a year and a third?), so I am looking forward to how things go over the next while. Life is general is getting busier, so I don't know what I will have time for, but I am trying to commit to at least one post a week, although lately I am generally doing more than that. My original date for posting was Tuesdays, but since I often like to do Top Ten Tuesday or Tell Me Something Tuesday, I have currently flipped it on over to Fridays. We'll see how that goes.

Alright, now onto the proper mid-year update. My two main goals for this year are my Goodreads Goal and my TBR Challenge, although there are a few other things I do hope to achieve by the end of the year. For Goodreads, I decided for this year to try and get through 35 books. I'm currently at 13, and not far away from finishing two more, so I'm on good track (even though according to where Goodreads thinks I should be I am two behind). Where my TBR Challenge is concerned, well, I'm not doing the greatest (aka failing miserably). I'm supposed to complete 12 books that I chose for this year, and I have completed 2. I am a good chunk of the way through the third one, and I have a few that I think I should be able to finish quickly, so I'm not officially worried, but I really need to pick up the pace. Unfortunately with my schooling at the moment I have weekly assignments, so that is really cutting into my reading and blogging time. My other goals for the year (although unofficial), are these:

Friday, June 8, 2018

Period Drama: Hidden Figures

Based on real events, and the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, this film was nominated for three academy awards.


What It's About:

In 1961, before the public use of computers, men and women were employed at NASA to calculate by hand the delicate math required for space travel. Three of these "human computers", Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, struggle to be heard and treated fairly amongst their colleagues, as they are not only women in a men's world, but African American. Fighting gender inequality and racial prejudice, these three women pave the way for women in STEM, and are invaluable in NASA's success during the Space Race.

Friday, June 1, 2018

May 2018 Update

You know how I said May would pick up? Well, May is crazy time at work (through until September), and everything started in April that I was watching and hasn't finished yet. So because of that, I'm including a few movies that I am not planning on reviewing, rather than just television shows.

Started Watching:

Merlin season 3
I've slowed down a bit on Merlin since I've been busy with The 100 and The Handmaid's Tale this month, but I'm still watching it. The plot development is better this season, with storylines carrying forward more than they did in past seasons. Still a nice show to casually watch.

Something in the Rain
This is a sweet little K-drama that I just started watching about two people who have known each other since childhood. As they get to spend more time together, they become closer and closer and fall for each other. I'm only a few episodes in, but really enjoying it. It's nice to find another K-drama I'm liking after having a string of bad ones!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Ten Bookish Worlds/Settings I'd Never Want to Live In

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic from That Artsy Reader Girl involves Bookish Worlds I’d Want to/Never Want to Live In. Since I did a similar post a while back about Bookish Settings I'd Love to Visit, this time I'm going with Worlds That I Would Never Want to Live In. I'm using both real places (but as they are described in the book) as well as fantasy worlds for this one.

1) Panem - The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

2) Tanakuatua - Web by John Wyndham
It's an island of spiders that learn how to work together like ants. Enough said.

3) England - Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

4) Menzoberranzan - Drizzt Do'Urden books (Forgotten Realms) by R.A. Salvatore

5) The Boat - Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Friday, May 25, 2018

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

This post will essentially be Spoiler Free, however comments by other users may possibly contain information that spoils portions of the plot, so read at them your own risk. This book is second that I've completed for my 2018 TBR Challenge, so I am definitely on better track than I was last month.


What it's about:

In J. K. Rowling's wizarding world, Beedle the Bard is our version of the Brothers Grimm, or Hans Christian Anderson. This book is a collection of magical fairytales that witches and wizards have grown up with, alongside a commentary from former headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Albus Dumbledore. This collections contains both stories Harry Potter fans know (Tale of the Three Brothers) and new ones to enjoy.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

TMST - Books Compared to Other Books

Are you more inclined/less inclined to read books that are compared to other popular books or authors? That's this week's Tell Me Something Tuesday topic from Rainy Day Ramblings.

Definitely less inclined. There are extremely rare cases when I find that these comparisons are accurate, or are not a complete rip-off of another author's work. I think a lot of the time that this is a bit of a money grab or selling tactic. 

In the same vein, I also dislike when a quote from a similar author is on the cover telling me how much they loved this book. I might like an author's writing in a certain genre, but that doesn't mean I like what they like to read. This is also tricky if an author writes in more than one genre. For example, if Meg Cabot really enjoyed a Sarah Dessen book, that might be fine as a recommendation if you like Princess Diaries, but might not mean anything if you are into the 1-800-WHERE-R-U series.