Update & Some Things

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After attempting to post lots of new stuff around here and get all active and everything, I didn’t. Not because I didn’t want to but because things happened. I’m not sure what exactly now and realized I wasn’t even stressed about it as much as I normally would’ve been. Partly because this is my blog and I do what I want, and another part because it feels like I hardly have readers nowadays. And that’s actually okay.

With that being said, I do have plans to continue blogging (duh) but have also started a YouTube channel (again.) If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll know that back when The Story Siren was popular with her IMM posts, I started up a YT channel. But I am so awkward in front of a camera that it was short lived. Well, guess what? I restarted my channel! I am just as awkward but I am getting a little more comfortable with it and am editing better and so far it’s going okay.

But with that becoming my priority, I was also neglecting this little blog over here. So I decided to compromise. I realized I feel like I haven’t been posting interesting content on my YT channel, and I haven’t been posting anything here at all, so I was trying to think of ways that I could remain active on both, and the answer is quite simple: not to do too much at once. Even though I only started my channel a couple weeks ago, I already feel myself pressuring myself to put out videos about three times a week. That’s a lot! Not only is there filming and editing, but what am I even supposed to film about?! I’ve found myself doing more tags and readathons than anything else, and that’s not really the point of what I wanted to share on there.

I’ve also found myself buying an overwhelming amount of books. I had done really well in limiting myself to buying less, but recently discovered so many new books that it’s almost impossible to not buy them all.

So I’ve come up with a plan that might or might not work out, that involves both my blog here and my channel over there, that keeps my spending money on books at a minimum, and is less stressful to me. And more of a note to myself, here are my plans.

  • Post a video/blog post about book haul and to be read pile
  • Tag/meme/feature
  • Unboxing video/blog post with feature or other
  • Monthly wrap up of all books read for the month

That seems easy enough to accomplish and I am looking forward to starting fresh (yet again) because really, I love sharing my thoughts on books to all you out there. Happy reading 🙂

Reading Harry Potter as an Adult | Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Reading Harry Potter as an Adult | Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #2
Publication: Scholastic Press on July 1st, 1999
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
All Harry Potter wants is to get away from the Dursleys and go back to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby - who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley's younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone--or something--starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects... Harry Potter himself.

Confession time: I didn’t like Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets that much reading it now as an adult.

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I KNOW.

I’m not sure if maybe I never noticed before, but Chamber of Secrets is probably my least favorite book in the series. It makes me a little sad.

A lot of sad actually.

But it’s a different experience reading these now that I am not very close to Harry Potter’s age, and I’m only just realizing how crazy dangerous some of these events are and he’s just a child (again, I feel so McGonagall saying that, but it’s true!)

I have to also admit that there were a few things that I disliked, and even found a little annoying. For example, I didn’t really like Dobby, who never really bothered me before. I never really adored him or anything but now I had a difficult time seeing what the appeal was to him in the first place. Is that terrible?

Just writing this is depressing me, but I’ll point out that I am rating this one three stars this time around which is lower than I ever thought I would rate a Harry freaking Potter book.

I am looking forward to reading the third book in the series, but also a little terrified. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is one of my favorites (the favorite) because it introduces the character of Sirius Black (who is for sure, my favorite) but what if I don’t love it as much?! I’m scared I’ll come to the end of the series and feel like I’ve been living a lie LOL.

That’s impossible, though…right?

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#5PeculiarYears + Giveaway!

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missp_paperback_72To celebrate the five-year anniversary of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, Quirk is running a contest for fans of the series over at http://www.quirkbooks.com/ 5PeculiarYears. All you need to do is submit your Miss Peregrine fan art, cosplay, shelfies, or selfies to be entered to win a number of prizes.

I have not read yet Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children yet  *hides under TBR pile* but will be reading before the movie releases in September (pinky promise!)

 

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Also, Quirk was great enough to send me a tote bag to give away to you all! To enter, just check out the Rafflecopter below and submit your entries (US only, sorry guys!) I’ll also be sneaking in some book swag as well 😉

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Have you read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children? Let me know your thoughts of the book below, I’d love to hear!

Literary Fashion | November 9 + The Merciless

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Like I mentioned in my last Literary Fashion post, the outfits I’ve created no longer match the character, but instead, match the covers of the book.

November 9 was one of my favorite books last year, so I definitely wanted to create an outfit that matched. I’ve used dresses really often, though, so in order to change it up a bit, I added some colored pants and a cute lace top. This one was fun to create and I wanted to incorporate most, if not all, the colors on the cover.

November 9 by Colleen Hoover 

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“When you find love, you take it. You grab it with both hands and you do everything in your power not to let it go. You can’t just walk away from it and expect it to linger until you’re ready for it.”

The Merciless by Danielle Vega

This one was tough to create, to be honest, because while I wanted to match the cover, I also wanted to add some of the books themes as well, but also include sort of a Mean Girls theme to it. The Merciless is about a group of popular high school girls (a la Mean Girls) who go psycho and try to perform an exorcism. So I went with an “On Wednesdays We Wear Pink” theme to match the cover and reference Mean Girls. After adding heels and a skirt, though, I felt like the outfit should be more “high schooler” and I just can’t imagine wearing heels to school all day (as you can see, I put lots of thought into these LOL.)lf4

“We exorcise you, impure one, you satanic power.” Her clear voice fills the cold corners of the basement.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

When I was trying to figure what outfit to choose for this cover, I originally wanted a light summer dress but I couldn’t find one in the right shade of blue. When I went with gold, I wanted a beautiful evening gown and then it turned into a much fancier outfit, which really has nothing to do with the book and everything to matching the covers almost exactly.

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“You only really fall apart in front of the people you know can piece you back together.”

Which outfit is your favorite? Let me know and offer any suggestions for future books as well 🙂

New Feature! | What I’m Watching This Week

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Lately, I’ve become obsessed with binge watching shows and have always loved movies. I once tried creating a feature on here about movies and such, but it was short lived. I decided to give a new feature/meme a try and see how this works out.

What I’m Watching This Week highlight any current shows I’m watching, movies I’ve recently seen, and any other related stuff. Feel free to join in by adding your link and grabbing the button below. You don’t need to post weekly (I’ll be posting every two weeks) but you can make it fit your schedule any way you like!

TV SHOWS
Game of Thrones – Season 6

I’m a little late joining in on this one. I decided I was going to read A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin a couple of months ago because my boyfriend kept insisting I watch the TV show. I wanted to read the series first, though. I couldn’t even get through the first book, unfortunately. With school and other stuff, I gave up on it and decided to just watch it on HBO Go.

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I’m addicted.

I binged watched the first five seasons in a month, then finally caught up with Season 6. Now I anxiously await each Sunday for the new episode to come out.

Season 1-5: I really, really enjoyed these seasons, some more than others.

Season 6: So far, it’s okay. There are a lot of things I want to learn more about but I feel like they are dragging out, and I was disappointed that nothing really happened in this past week’s episode; it felt like a filler episode and I hate those. I am hoping the episode reveals more about young Ned Stark’s past, whether Jon Snow and Sansa Stark will attack Ramsey Bolton at Winterfell, etc.

American Horror Story – Season 4: Freak Show

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I finally started watching the fourth and most current season of AHS and I am really liking it. The first few episodes creeped me out, especially with the killer clown on the loose, even though I don’t find clowns particularly scary. I’m currently on Episode 7 and will most likely finish the show in the next few days.

Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood – Part 1

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I’ve watched Full Metal Alchemist before but this is the first time I am going to watch Brotherhood. I am gonna be honest, I only decided to start this now because watching AHS at night was really scaring me, so I needed something else to watch before heading to bed each night.

But I am really enjoying it so far. I’ve only seen a couple episodes, and I can already tell it’s a lot faster than the original, seeing as I’ve already learned how Ed and Al Elric lost their limbs (and bodies) when that took an entire show to find out completely last time. I’m really happy to see that the humor is still there, as well as all the serious issues these brothers face. It’s a very interesting story and I’m looking forward to seeing where the show goes. I hear it is much more closely tied to the manga, but I’ve never read it.

MOVIES in THEATRES

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I was super excited to watch a new Avengers movie, and I am a huge fan of Captain America, so it only made sense to go to a midnight premiere. I was happy to see most of the team back together, finally understood why there was a war between them in the first place, and really wanted to punch Iron Man in the face. It is easy to say that after the movie I was definitely Team Cap, even though before watching I swore I couldn’t pick sides. The introduction of new Avengers was done seamlessly and I was super excited to see the appearance of Giant Man! His sneaky surprise made me squeal. Of course, we all knew from the trailers to expect Spidey, but it was still awesome to see him fight the Winter Soldier, Falcon, and Captain so effortlessly, reminding us how truly strong that kid is.

It is easy to say that after the movie I was definitely Team Cap, even though before watching I swore I couldn’t pick sides. The introduction of new Avengers was done seamlessly and I was super excited to see the appearance of Giant Man! His sneaky surprise made me squeal. Of course, we all knew from the trailers to expect Spidey, but it was still awesome to see him fight the Winter Soldier, Falcon, and Captain so effortlessly, reminding us how truly strong that kid is.

The introduction of new Avengers was done seamlessly and I was super excited to see the appearance of Giant Man! His sneaky surprise made me squeal. Of course, we all knew from the trailers to expect Spidey, but it was still awesome to see him fight the Winter Soldier, Falcon, and Captain so effortlessly, reminding us how truly strong that kid is.

Anyways, I’ve already seen the movie twice and really can’t say enough about it. If you love Avengers movies or superheroes, this is definitely one to check out.

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Another superhero movie? Yep, I can’t get enough of them. After loving Days of Future Past, I was really looking forward to seeing Apocalypse. Unfortunately, I did not love it. I liked it, for the most part, but I felt very eh about. The fight scenes were okay, the new casting of Jean Grey, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Storm, etc. was something of an adjustment, and I was disappointed in how short Wolverines appearance is. Quicksilver’s scene, similar to that of Days of Future Past, was epic but didn’t make me enjoy the movie as much as I thought. It’s not terrible, but it is definitely the weakest of the new three X-Men’s. I’m not sure if there is a new one in the works (I’m sure there is though,) but I hope the next one reignites my love for this series because this one sure left me feeling empty.

Unfortunately, I did not love it. I liked it, for the most part, but I felt very meh about. The fight scenes were okay, the new casting of Jean Grey, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Storm, etc. was something of an adjustment, and I was disappointed in how short Wolverines appearance is. Quicksilver’s scene, similar to that of Days of Future Past, was epic but didn’t make me enjoy the movie as much as I thought. It’s not terrible, but it is definitely the weakest of the new three X-Men’s. I’m not sure if there is a new one in the works (I’m sure there is, though) but I hope the next one reignites my love for this series because this one sure left me feeling empty.

It’s not terrible, but it is definitely the weakest of the new three X-Men’s. I’m not sure if there is a new one in the works (I’m sure there is, though,) but I hope the next one reignites my love for this series because this one sure left me feeling empty.

MOVIES on TV

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I’m not too big on classics anymore, but I watched this one with my family. My uncle is a huge classics fan and kept shouting his suggestions while we tried to figure out what to watch one day. Finally, I gave in and put on this one thinking it was a Marilyn Monroe movie I’d seen before (I was confusing it with Some Like it Hot) but about half way realized I’d been thinking of the wrong movie.

This is a sweet comedy about three young ladies trying, and failing, at marrying millionaires and instead falling in love with penniless guys (of course!)

It’s a fun one to watch, but I don’t recommend it if you’re not into classics already. I think most people get bored of them nowadays cause they’re so simple, but I find them very glamorous.

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