Classic Movie Recommendations!

This year I am taking a film studies class where we watch films from all time periods and genres and because of it, I have absolutely fallen in love with old films. Since I have been exposed to more diverse movies, I really wanted to make a post appreciating and recommending some films that if you haven’t watched, you really should! If you are skeptical about older films because you think they might not be for you, check one of these out and it may change your mind ūüôā

Rear Window 

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This is definitely one of my favourite movies ever, and was one that I watched pretty early on in my class. It is film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and follows a professional photographer who breaks his leg and is wheelchair bound because of it, forced to spend days locked in his apartment. While watching out his window one day, he witnesses what he believes is a murder committed by the man across from him, and gets his girlfriend, Lisa to help investigate this possibly dangerous man. While this movie takes place in one location, it is a masterpiece of cinema that completely gripped me from beginning to end! A number one recommendation for sure.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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Audrey Hepburn has been a favourite actress of mine for a while, and this is one of my favourite films of hers! While she is amazing in all of the films she stars in, Breakfast at Tiffany’s has a charming feel to it that you can’t help but adore. This film follows a young woman in New York who is in search of an older and rich man to marry to help her brother who is in the army. However, there is a spark between her and a young¬† struggling writer who moves into the apartment above her, and they form a strange friendship. Such a feel good movie that will leave you with a funny smile on your face!

Sunset Boulevard

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At first, I was hesitant about saying I liked this movie, but now I can say that despite all of its strangeness, I really did enjoy this movie! Sunset Boulevard follows a striving screenwriter who is taken into the home of a forgotten silent film actress to work on a script of her life story. Along the way she falls madly in love with him, but he can’t reciprocate those feelings as he has them for somebody else. I enjoyed the concept of this story and would recommend it because its ending…that was an iconic cinematic ending!

Roman Holiday  

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A classic that I am sure you have all heard of, but may have not seen…if that is the case then go watch it. Now! This may have been the first classic film I saw…if not at least the first I remember watching. I wasn’t completely taken with it at first, and had to watch it over the course of three days, but a few months later I rewatched it and loved it! It is another Audrey Hepburn movie, who co-stars with Gregory Peck to deliver a beautiful romance movie! Roman Holiday follows princess Ann who takes off for a night in Rome, wanting to shed her suffocating responsibilities as a princess. Along the way she meets a news reporter who finds her on a park bench, asleep from a sedative given to her by her doctor. He takes her back to his apartment to keep her safe, and soon realizes who she is. He sees this as an opportunity to make some money, but he soon develops feelings for her as they adventure around Rome together. A favourite of mine, and it will definitely captivate you!

The General 

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This is a silent film with one of my favourite actors, Buster Keaton. At first I wasn’t taken by silent films, but Buster Keaton is so entertaining and hilarious you barely notice there are no words! The General follows a train engineer who wants his girlfriend’s hand in marriage, but one day she is kidnapped when the train she is in is stolen by Northern forces. Buster then goes off after the train in a desperate attempt to save her, and it makes for an interesting story. This was such a fantastic movie, and I am pretty sure you can watch it on YouTube for free because it is from the 20’s, so you have no excuse not to watch it!

Those are a few recommendations and I hope you enjoyed and feel inspire to watch some of these. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: November 2017 Wrap Up!

AuthorTuber & BookTuber Recommendations!

YouTube has expanded into a such a massive platform that is filled with content that will have you glued to your computer screen for hours. I love YouTube and watch a wide variety of channels daily. However, I will only be sharing some amazing AuthorTubers (YouTubers who are authors and discuss their processes and craft) and BookTubers (YouTubers who discuss books), because those are the two genres of YouTubers that fit the best with my blog! If you have any other channel recommendations please leave them below because I am always looking for more YouTubers to watch!

AuthorTubers:

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Lindsay Cummings РLindsay Cummings is the author of the Murder Complex series as well as Zenith which she co-writes with BookTuber, Sasha Alasberg. I have not read any of her books (yet), but I really enjoy her videos which give us insight on the life of an author and also ways to improve our writing.

 

Image result for kristen martin channel;Kristen Martin РKristen Martin is an AuthorTuber that I have found recently and I absolutely love her videos! She is a self-published author of a sci-fi series called The Alpha Drive trilogy, and is an Amazon best-selling author. Apart from self-publishing all of her books, she also has a full-time job and uploads 2 writing filled videos per week on her YouTube channel. Kristen Martin inspires me to be more productive with my life and writing overall, and she shares helpful wisdom on writing!

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ShaelinWrites РShaelin is also a new AuthorTuber for me, but I really like watching her because like myself, she is a younger writer and has accomplished so much! She is writing major in university, which is something I have always had an interest in doing, so I found her videos describing her first and second year as a writing major very helpful and eye opening. It is is great watching a young writer chase her dream, because it inspires me to not give up when things get tough which is something all writers struggle with.

 

BookTubers:

Image result for abookutopiaabookutopia (Sasha Alsberg)¬†– I mentioned Sasha Alsberg when recommending Lindsay Cummings channel because they co-wrote Zenith together, a sci-fi, YA novel. Sasha was originally a BookTuber who I have been watching for years now, but over the years she has incorporated writing into her videos which I have really enjoyed. I would be surprised if you are a lover of books and writing and haven’t heard of her, but if you haven’t please check her out!

Image result for peruseprojectPeruseProject (Regan)¬†– Regan is another favourite BookTuber of mine who reviews and recommends books, but also dabbles in fashion and has been putting out a lot of fun vlogs lately! She has a very broad reading taste which I think is great because it makes me want to read books that aren’t generally in a genre I would read. For example, I have had the urge to read historical fantasies because she is a huge fan of those, and that is a genre I don’t generally read.

Image result for readbyzoereadbyzoe (Zoe Herdt)¬†– I would be lying if I said the reason I found Zoe wasn’t because I saw that we have the same name…but regardless I was so glad I found her channel because she is one of my favourite BookTubers! Lately she has been doing a lot of readathon vlogs where she reads as many pages/books she can in a day, which is really inspiring me to start reading more again. I used to read all the time, but now I am getting close to being done with high school so the workload is a lot more. Anyways, her channel is amazing so please, check her out too!

Those are a few AuthorTubers and BookTubers that I love to watch, but if you have more recommendations (especially in the AuthorTuber category), then please leave them below. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: NaNoWriMo 2017 Week 2: Tips and Tricks!

 

Fantasy Recommendations for Fall/Winter!

Fall and winter are the perfect time to snuggle up with a good fantasy read, so here are a few recommendations to get you going!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

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Sarah J Maas is excellent at writing these dark and addicting fantasy reads. This is a very loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and follows our main character Feyre who while hunting, kills a wolf that turns out to be a faerie. Her punishment for this is that she can either die or live out the rest of her mortal life in the faerie realm. Choosing to live, she moves in with a faerie who seems like a monster at first, but she realizes there may be more to him than she thought. A Court of Thorns and Roses is such a swoony book that will leave you wanting more and more. There are also two other books in this trilogy so you can binge the whole thing!

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare 

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I realized that I rarely recommend this trilogy on my blog, and that is because I haven’t read it in forever! I have decided to reread it though this month, so I thought I would recommend it since it is such a dark, cozy read. Clockwork Angel takes place in London, which screams fall with its dark, rainy days (usually). It follows Tessa, a girl from America who receives a letter from her brother telling her to come visit him in London so she does, only to discover it is a trap and is kidnapped. However, Will Herondale, a Shadowhunter, saves the day and brings her back to the institute where he lives. There we are introduced to more Shadowhunters, more action and adventure, and even a heart wrenching love triangle. This trilogy is amazing and if you haven’t read it, definitely check it out!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs¬†

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This book is a perfect fall/winter read because it is definitely on the darker and peculiar side (haha). Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children follows a boy named Jake, who visits his late grandfather’s home country of Wales after his mysterious death. There, he finds the gateway to an alternate time where he meets the peculiar group of children who grew up with Jake’s grandfather. I haven’t read this book in what feels like ages so I have the sudden urge to re read this one too as the days get darker!

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi 

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Another trilogy I haven’t read in ages and am dying to re read. Shatter Me follows a girl named Juliette who has been locked up for over a year because of her powers, alone, until a boy named Adam is brought in with her and breaks her out. I really enjoyed the Shatter Me trilogy, which is actually soon going to be a series! It was fast paced, fun but also on the darker side that makes it a perfect read for the fall/winter time.

Grimm’s Fairy Tales by the Grimm Brothers¬†

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Fairy tales are the perfect stories to read during the fall/winter time, especially Grimm’s fairy tales because they are so dark and twisty. There is Little Red Cap, Rapunzel, Hansel and Grethel, etc. They are all stories we know and love, but there are also some in there I guarantee most of you haven’t read. So snuggle up and crack open this magical book because it will give you the cozy vibe you need during the colder months,

Those are a few recommendations for the fall/winter time and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: NaNoWriMo Prep #2!

 

October 2017 Talk!

October is approaching at a rapid pace and I am ready to welcome it with open arms. October is easily one of my favourite months because it is 100% fall, there are amazing Disney movies out and also Halloween! There are also a few books to make it more exciting, and here are the ones I am looking forward to.

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All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

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If you didn’t know, Maggie Stiefvater is the author of The Raven Cycle series, which I am slowly making my way through and am ultimately enjoying. Now since that series has concluded, she is coming out with a brand new book and I cannot wait to get my hands on it! I personally like going into Maggie Stiefvater’s books without knowing or understanding the synopsis, but I can tell this is going to be a dark and whimsical book just like all of her others. October 10, 2017

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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 I know I am not the biggest John Green fan, but I always read his books so I know eventually I will pick up this one too. Turtles All the Way Down follows sixteen year old Aza, who for the prize of $100,000, investigates the mystery of the fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett with the help of her friend Daisy. This seems a bit different than what John Green usually writes but nonetheless, I am interested to see what it is like. October 10, 2017

Sadly there were no movies I was really looking forward to, but those are the few books I am excited to get my hands on! I hope you enjoyed this quick October 2017 Talk, and don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update.

 

 

 

Favourite Fall Films!

Fall means Halloween which means amazing movies, so here are some recommendations to get you in the fall/Halloween mood!

Twitches & Twitches Too

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I cannot even begin to explain the love I have always had for these movies. When I was about ten or eleven I watched these movies for the first time and absolutely adored them, and to this day I still do! Twitches follows two girls named Alex and Cam who are not only long lost twins, but witches too, and on their 21st birthdays they are reunited and discover the truths of their pasts. This is a movie enjoyable for any age honestly, and if you haven’t seen these movies then definitely check them out!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

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Not only do the Harry Potter movies give you the dark and cozy vibe you want during the fall, but for a good portion of the movie they have a Halloween feast! If you didn’t know…Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone follows eleven year old Harry Potter who discovers that he is a wizard, and that he is enrolled in a magical boarding school called Hogwarts where he will learn to use his powers for the greater good. There is darkness and magic and ultimately Harry Potter is a fantastic thing to watch and read during the fall, or really any time of the year.

Insidious

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You can’t not watch a horror movie during the fall/Halloween time, so I had to throw one in. I recently watched this movie and I really enjoyed it. It was creepy and eerie and was exactly the horror movie I needed. Insidious follows a family who moves into this old house, and after there son slips and falls off a ladder while exploring the attic, he goes into a coma. Later on the parents learn that their son isn’t in a coma because of the fall, but because he has traveled to far into the spirit realm and it is up to them to try and get him back. The second one is also really good and I recommend it!

Halloweentown

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Halloweentown is another childhood movie that I think almost everyone watched…but anyways I have to put it on the list for those of you who haven’t seen it yet! It follows a girl named Marnie and her family, who have never been able to go out on Halloween or even go trick or treating because their mother won’t let them. But when their grandmother comes, secrets come out as Marnie discovers she is a witch. This is such a fun movie and everyone should watch it.

Those are a few of my favourite fall/Halloween movies and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Fall Reading Recommendations!

 

Fall Reading Recommendations!

Fall is my favourite month because the weather has cooled down so it isn’t 100 hundred degrees anymore, and it is the perfect time of the year to curl up and read a good book with a cup of hot tea or coffee. Personally, I feel like the books I read in the fall are more heavy and dark books, so here are a few recommendations!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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This is the perfect book to read in the fall because it is dark and mystical and is definitely a page turner. The Raven Boys follows a cast of different characters and one of them is Blue Sargent, a girl from a family of psychics who doesn’t seem to possess the same gift. That is until one night she sees a ghost of the soon-to-be dead and he introduces himself as Gansey. Blue is mystified at how she could see him, but when she meets the real Gansey one day, things flip upside down. I really enjoyed this book and am excited to continue on with the series this fall!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

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Throne of Glass is a dark, high fantasy series that has magic and assassins, and is overall a very complex and interesting story. While I am not a huge fan of the books after book two, I did really enjoy this first one and am dying to give it a re read. Throne of Glass follows an assassin named Calaena Sardothian who has been let out of a slave camp so she can participate in a tournament to become the king’s personal assassin. There is a lot of action, romance and adventure and while it has been a while since I first read it, I remember that I loved it!

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

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I would say all of Stephen King’s books are very dark, so I had to add one to the list. This is the first book in The Dark Tower series, which has been recently adapted into a movie. Since I have only seen the movie and haven’t read the book (yet), and since the setting sounds pretty complex I won’t try to explain it because I would probably not do it justice! It does sounds like a very adventurous and entertaining read though, and am excited to get to it this fall.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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This is a contemporary book that follows a girl named Mia Hall. Mia strives to get accepted into Julliard and live out her dreams of playing the cello, but that is all jeopardized when she and her family get into a car crash. We follow Mia in the past and present, and learn more about her as well as what is going on around her during the crash. This is also a movie, which I really enjoyed, and is dark and sad, but also happy and fluffy a lot of the time!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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The Hunger Games may be one of the darkest books out there because of its concept…but I think that is what makes it so appealing. The Hunger Games, if you didn’t know, follows our main character Katniss who lives in a society where at the age of 12, you are reaped among others to participate in the Hunger Games, where 24 kids are placed in an arena and forced to kill each other to win. The movies are amazing and the books are also good and very fall appropriate so definitely check them out if you haven’t already!

Those are five book recommendations for fall and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

Bingeable TV Series!

I made a blog post earlier on about bingeable book series, and since I love TV so much I decided to make a bingeable TV series post as well. These are TV series that have finished or are quite a few seasons in, that are very bingeable and addictive. A lot of these shows are pretty popular, but I threw a few that I don’t hear about that often in as well so I hope you enjoy!

The Vampire Diaries

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I obviously had to start with my favourite TV show of all time because it is amazing, and one of the most bingeable series out there. The Vampire Diaries just wrapped up its final season (season 8) last fall which was really sad but I suppose all good things must come to an end. This series follows a girl named Elena Gilbert who after the death of her parents, meets a mysterious boy named Stefan Salvatore who saves her from the sadness she felt about her parents. With Stefan in her life, secrets unravel and truths rise up not only about Stefan, but about Elena that she never knew. If you haven’t watched this series just go watch it because even though it has its cheesy, cliche moments (quite often too) it ¬†is fantastic!

Once Upon a Time

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Honestly, I have no idea if they are done filming this TV show because this past season has NOT been a favourite of mine at all. However, the first five seasons are really enjoyable in my opinion, and definitely deserve to be watched. I love watching this TV show during the winter because it is dark and cold outside, which perfectly reflects the mood of Once Upon a Time. Once Upon a Time follows a cast of characters who do not remember that they are fairy tale characters placed in the real world by the evil queen, and it is up to the queen’s son, Henry to find the savior and bring her back to Storybrook to break the curse. If you like fairy tales you will adore this TV show because I know I did!

Castle

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Castle is a murder mystery TV show that follows famous writer, Richard Castle as he works with the New York Police Department to solve homicides in research for his new books. I absolutely adore this TV series because while it is calculating and intriguing with its murders and situations, it is also funny and witty due to the amazing characters. Castle recently wrapped up its final season last year (season 8) and I was so devastated because the show is so great and deserved a little more air time!

The 100

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This is one show that I have been watching since day one and it is an emotional roller coaster let me tell you. The 100 follows a group of teenaged prisoners who had been sent down to post-apocalyptic earth hundreds of years after a nuclear war to see if the ground is survivable. Because the ground may not be survivable, they had lived in space for hundreds of years but it is time they return to earth, but they learn to question whether or not the earth is still survivable and if they are the only ones down there?.You will want to watch this show non stop because it leaves you on the edge of your seat wanting more, which is the best reaction to a TV show you can get!

Grey’s Anatomy

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You cannot¬†help¬†but binge Grey’s Anatomy because it is so dramatic and addicting that it takes over your life for a few weeks. Grey’s Anatomy follows a group of interns at the hospital, Seattle Grace, as they try to become doctors and figure out what they want in life. That is my basic description of it but there is so much more that goes down and it is just amazing. Go watch it!!!

Merlin

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I found this TV show a few years ago and flew through it because it was really good. It takes place during the age when King Arthur was alive, and follows our main characters Merlin, who is struggling to understand the powers he has, and Arthur, a young man who is also struggling to understand his destiny. There is lots of mystic and magic which I really enjoyed, and now thinking about this TV show I really feel like rewatching it!

Those are a few bingeable TV shows and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: August 2017 Wrap Up!

80’s + 90’s Movie Recommendations!

I have been devouring movies from the 80’s + 90’s lately, and while most of these are the typical teen romance movies, I threw in some different genres as well. If you also love these kind of movies, definitely check these out if you haven’t because they are fantastic!

A Nightmare on Elm Street

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I personally really enjoy this movie and watched it when I was only eleven years old…but yeah it is a good horror movie and is a favourite horror movie of mine from the 80’s! A Nightmare on Elm Street follows several teenagers who are victims to “Freddy Krueger”, a serial killer that kills people in their dreams. It is very dramatic but I enjoyed it when I was eleven and I still like it now. 1984

Sixteen Candles

This was a very recent watch for me as it finally came on Netflix, but I had always wanted to watch it and was not disappointed! Sixteen Candles is a teen romance movie about a girl named Samantha who’s sixteenth birthday is overshadowed by her older sister’s wedding, but not only that, she has to go to school as well, where she pines after a taken senior named Jake Ryan. This movie is full of laughs and awkward moments that perfectly embody what it is like being a high school student! Some movies gloss high school over but this one (for the most part) shows that it is not perfect and that we all have our awkward moments. 1984

The Breakfast Club

Surprised to see this on my list? Probably not as it is a classic, and a movie that not only teenagers, but everyone should watch! The Breakfast Club is a drama/comedy that follows five high school students who have to sit through a full day of detention for different reasons. These students come from completely different worlds, yet by the end of the day, they form a unique friendship. Just thinking of this movie makes me want to watch it again because it was so good! 1985

Home Alone

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Home Alone is a movie I have been watching ever since I was a little kid, and I still watch it every Christmas to this day! It is a movie for the whole family and has humor that everyone gets. Home Alone follows a boy named Kevin who is part of a very big family, and is often forgotten. So when his family accidentally leaves him behind as they depart on their vacation, he is left home alone. While home alone, two robbers try and break into his house, and he has to defend it until his parents get home. This movie is so hilarious and entertaining, and is another must see! 1990

Jurassic Park

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I love watching Jurassic Park and seeing how different its animations are compared to today. There is a lot of fake looking dinosaurs and props, but once you get past that it is actually a decent movie that almost anyone can enjoy. Jurassic Park follows a group of people that get trapped on a dinosaur island theme park with real live, wild dinosaurs roaming loose. They have even made a newer movie of this called Jurassic World which is also pretty good, but you have to watch the classics before watching the new ones! 1993

Clueless

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This is another teen romance film that is a favourite of mine. In Clueless, our main character is the shallow and rich, Cher who decides to give the klutzy new girl, Tai, a makeover. There is also a cute romance and a lot of realization that maybe money and being popular isn’t everything. Clueless is a lot like Mean Girls so if you like Mean Girls then check out Clueless because in my opinion, it is just as good! 1995

Titanic

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Another classic that had to be on this list. I am astounded whenever I meet someone who¬†hasn’t¬†seen Titanic because it is high up there on my list of favourite movies. Not only is this movie centered around romance, but towards the end a lot of action happens that keeps you on your toes during this 3 hour long movie. I feel silly explaining this movie but if you didn’t know, Titanic tells the events of the sinking of the Titanic in the 1920’s, and follows two lover named Jack and Rose. They fall in love quickly after Jack saves Rose, but when the ship crashes into an ice berg and starts sinking, they race to survive along with the other passengers. Love this movie and it is a must see for everyone! 1997

 

 

Drive Me Crazy

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I discovered this movie through Netflix and really loved it! It is a cute teen romantic comedy that follows our two main characters who come from two different social worlds. Nicole and Chase are next door neighbors and while Nicole is popular, Chase is not, yet the two come together to plan a scheme to fake date each other in order to make their romantic interests jealous. Things end up not working in the way they originally thought, and they wonder if the person they thought they wanted is who they still want. This movie is so cute and fast paced and I loved it! 1999

10 Things I Hate About You

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Another teen drama film but ugh, this one had me laughing and swooning the whole time. I love one of our main characters, Kat, who is very independent and headstrong and even a little scary at time, but she is a very good role model for girls because she doesn’t take anything from anyone! I am really bad at describing this movie, but basically it is about these two sisters, Bianca, who gets all the boys and Kat who does not, and their father forbids them to date. But after a lot of begging from Bianca to be able to date, he decides that Bianca can date once Kat does, and two boys under Bianca’s spell search for a boy that could handle Kat so they can take her out. This movie is so hilarious and entertaining, and you cannot help but love it.¬†1999

Those are a couple recommendations of movies from the 80’s and 90’s and if you haven’t watched them, definitely check them out because they are all great. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading Update!

 

 

 

 

Bingeable Book Series!

Imagine this: curling up in bed with a hot steaming cup of coffee or tea with a stack of books at hand. Doesn’t this sound amazing? Well if it does, then definitely keep reading for a lot of bingeable recommendations!

The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

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Obviously you have to read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series before reading this one, but if you already have then you need to pick this series up. The Heroes of Olympus series follows a group of demigods who band together to defeat the all powerful, Gaia, or who is better known as Mother Earth. There are five books and they are The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune, The Mark of Athena, The House of Hades and The Blood of Olympus. These books include a wonderful cast of characters and pages upon pages of epic quests and fight scenes.

The Kane Chronicles trilogy by Rick Riordan

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Yep, more Rick Riordan because his series are so much fun to read in a binge session. While Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and the Heroes of Olympus are influenced by Greek and Roman mythology, the Kane Chronicles is influenced by Egyptian mythology. It follows two siblings, Carter and Sadie, whose father disappears in a grand scheme to steal a valuable item from a museum. Later they learn that they are tied to the Egyptian world of gods and monsters, and that their father’s disappearance has to do with it. This series does not get a lot of credit for how good and fun it is, so when I see a chance I have to recommend it!

The Wrath and the Dawn duology by Renee Ahdieh

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Yes, yes, this isn’t a series but it is a fantastic duology that everyone needs to read. It twists around with the Arabian story of One Thousand and One Arabian Nights and it is filled with action, suspense and swoon worthy moments. I currently have not read the companion to the first book, which is the Rose and the Dagger, but I am getting it in the mail today so I will jump into it as soon as possible!

Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi

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This is a trilogy where you pick up the first book and then immediately after you finish you want to pick up the other two books. But wait…this trilogy isn’t going to be a trilogy for long because Tahereh Mafi announced that she is adding two more books to this addicting series! This means you have time to catch up. The first book follows a girl named Juliette who has been locked up in a cell for almost a year but eventually breaks out with the help of an unusual friend. She soon realizes her breakout was more than she assumed and suddenly her whole life is flipped upside down. Love, love, love these books and definitely recommend them!

Anna and the French Kiss trilogy by Stephanie Perkins

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I know, this isn’t really a trilogy but while the books follow completely different characters with each book, they do intertwine eventually. The three books are Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After. This is a contemporary trilogy and each book is different so I won’t go into too much deal other than say that there are heart throbbing romances and heart shattering heart breaks!

Those are all the bingeable series I have for you today and I hope you enjoyed.

Back to School Reads!

Personally, I enjoy school. I like the structure and organization of it, as well as most of the classes. Especially getting into my last 2 years of high school, school has gotten more enjoyable because I can choose the majority of my classes. But anyways, enough about¬†that. In this blog post, I will be discussing books that take place at schools and just give you that “back to school” vibe that we¬†all love.

Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout

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I describe this book as a sci-fi contemporary book that follows seventeen year old Katy who has just moved to a small town in Virginia with her mother looking for a fresh start. There, she moves next to two twins named Dee and Daemon Black, and soon she is quickly thrust into their crazy world. Obviously, Katy goes to school through this book, and a new school might I add. Overall though, this is a really fun and quick read that is perfect if you find the back to school time stressful.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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Eliza and Her Monsters is a book that I think a lot of us can relate to. It follows odd Eliza Mirk, a girl who is the anonymous creator of a popular web comic,¬†Monstrous Sea. And while her online life is thriving, her offline life…not so much. That is, until Wallace transfers to her school and she realizes maybe it is worth putting effort into her offline life. This is a really cute contemporary that made my heart and cheeks ache from smiling too much! I flew through this book in a day, so another easy read for back to school.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

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Of course this is going to be on this list! Harry Potter, if for some odd reason you didn’t know, entirely takes place at a magical boarding school called Hogwarts and gives you all the back to school vibes you could hope for. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone follows eleven year old, Harry Potter, who discovers that he is a wizard. He is then, sent off to this magical boarding school where he learns to control his powers while fighting off an evil wizard that everyone thought was dead. Everyone loves this series because how could you not?

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

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Just Listen and Saint Anything are my top 2 favourite Sarah Dessen books, but since I talk about Saint Anything a lot, I will put Just Listen down instead. Just Listen follows Annabel, a girl who seems to have it all but if you knew her, you would know she has anything but. Returning to school friendless and lonely, she meets another lone wolf named Olly and the two form a very unlikely bond. Another book I just flew through because it was so addicting! Perfect back to school read, and it shows you that if you feel like you don’t fit in, don’t give up looking because eventually, you will find where you belong.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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I don’t want to only include contemporary so here is some supernatural fantasy! Vampire Academy takes place at a, well you guessed it, vampire academy that our two main characters, Rose and Lisa, ran away from a year ago. Brought back, they realize they are still having to face danger despite being “safe” at the academy. ¬†This is part of a six (?) book series that you can’t help but binge read because they are so addicting!

Those are a few book recommendations for back to school and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: July 2017 Wrap Up!