Sunday, July 29, 2012

All the Books!

hosted by Jordyn at Ten Cent Notes, discovered through Frenetic Reader =)

EVERYTHING in the vlog. I talk really fast. Hope you guys  had an amazing weekend!

Friday, July 13, 2012

here's a 10 minute video... (bookshelf tour)

...of my bookshelves. If you're curious. But seriously, it's like 10 minutes so I completely understand if you're just like "screw this".

If you don't know yet, I'm Friday for a Youtube Collab channel called TotallyBooksessed and we talk about books and yeah... go check that out :) Happy Friday!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

BR: Take a Bow

by Elizabeth Eulberg

I think it’s no secret that I have been in a killer reading slump of some odd sort, whether it is the lack of motivation on my part or just a loss of interest in reading and blogging in general… anyway, today was such a gorgeous day and I was determined to sit still and read a book, goddammit!

Summary (goodreads)

Emme, Sophie, Ethan, and Carter are seniors at a performing arts school, getting ready for their Senior Showcase recital, where the pressure is on to appeal to colleges, dance academies, and professionals in show business. For Sophie, a singer, it's been great to be friends with Emme, who composes songs for her, and to date Carter, soap opera heartthrob who gets plenty of press coverage. Emme and Ethan have been in a band together through all four years of school, but wonder if they could be more than just friends and bandmates. Carter has been acting since he was a baby, and isn't sure how to admit that he'd rather paint than perform. The Senior Showcase is going to make or break each of the four, in a funny, touching, spectacular finale that only Elizabeth Eulberg could perform.

My Thoughts

It took me a lot of picking and choosing before settling on Take a Bow, I had a faint idea what the mood of the book will be, and I thought it fit what I was looking for perfectly—and it did. I am so, so glad.

Take a Bow is so adorable. It is lovely and seamless and made me smile like a maniac by the end of it. It is predictable yet a very enjoyable read and I’m debating how much I want to pick apart the book. I feel like the good part of Emme is also the bad part because the author made her incredibly sympathetic and as a result, she is kind of too perfect for my liking (apart from being a doormat for Sophie, which I admit, is quite a big flaw). I got a tad annoyed reading about how freaking selfless and nice and pretty she is.

That said, pretty much all the characters made me happy (or I'm just a serious mood reader), even the terribly flat Sophie, because I just felt like I was able to walk into their lives and sit in the corner and watch everything unfold—it was that kind of feeling when I was reading. I liked reading about the supporting cast but I did feel like many secondary characters lacked dimension. The story is told from four characters’ POV, which was a device I was initially wary about but turned out to work. I liked how Eulberg wrote the dialogue for Carter’s parts and I was very fond of Ethan’s pining for some reason, too. I felt while the different narrators had their own story arc, the story is still undeniably focused on Emme, which I liked.

Honestly, this is a very good “surface” read. Not necessarily shallow, but.. you know.. don't think too hard and you'll like it type of read. It was perfect for my mood because I just wanted a feel-good, predictable novel. I thought the plot was engaging and it included enough bumps and twists that never made me too emotionally traumatized but kept everything interesting. The writing started off quite clunky, but quickly picked up its flow and just took off from there. Eulberg is an author I hope to read more of.

Rating in HP Terms: Exceeds Expectations
Recommended for: contemp fans!
Acknowledgements: 3.5/5

8/10 – because Take a Bow is kind of the perfect book if you’re in the mood to be happy. Not too deep but with a fun plot, sympathetic characters and some very adorable angst. Yes, that’s a thing, ADORABLE ANGST because I seem to be obsessed with calling this book adorable. Go read it!

source: publisher
author website / twitter / facebook

ps- excuse this poorly written, ramble-fest review. I'm sorely out of practice and too lazy to completely edit it.

Monday, July 2, 2012

I need movies recs!

Hello lovelies! This is a non bookish post, so if you're here for books, sorry :p

I've been on a movie watching streak that is getting borderline embarrassing considering I spent the entire monday in my pajamas (shhhh) and watched a bad movie and a good movie. Before I ask for recommendations I'll include the last 10 movies I watched (kind of over the span of a week, wow) and a few sentences of my thoughts. If you're curious, a full list of movies I've seen this year can be seen here (and yes, I realize I've seen far more movies than books). Also, I know this post will be long winded and useless, I just really wanted to talk about movies.

Last 10 movies I watched:

-I didn't really love this but if you go into it knowing it is just mindless entertainment (think Transformers with aliens) you might not hate it. I didn't like it because it felt really manipulated, from the music to the ways they tried to build the tension. And I was really annoyed because I found the last quarter of the movie (the battleship part) to be highly unlikely-- a real dealbreaker (oh wow, Audrey doesn't complain about the aliens but she complains about the boats. She has a great logical mind there, she does) 2.5/5

-Yup, the one with Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher, and okay, I don't hate Katherine Heigl (I'm actually caught off guard by the intensity of some people's hatred towards her) and I did reasonably think this movie was enjoyable.. until it felt like every. single. person. was a killer and then it just got kind of ridiculous. Overall a cliched, sometimes-likeable film. 3/5

-Well, this was a fun one :) I'm really fond of the protagonist Merida and I thought Brave was interesting enough. I didn't really like the twist very much, but after I got past my initial surprise/displeasure and just well, got over it, I came to enjoy the film. Lovely mother-daughter moments but well, not my favourite Pixar movie. 4/5

Mirror Mirror
-What the heck happened? Ech, just not really my thing. I found it really boring and I found it creepy that the 18 year old Snow White was supposed to end up with the seemingly 30 year old Prince Charming. Nothing in this movie really impressed me, and it was very, very forgettable. 2/5

This Means War
-Don't expect too much from this, and if you don't, you'll like it. I thought it was.. okay. What did I like? Chris Pine and Tom Hardy. What did I not like? Reese Witherspoon's character, I just can't really get behind her dating two guys at once, which was kind of the whole point of the movie. Villain was atrociously underdeveloped and the ending was blah. However, I did find a few of the scenes entertaining to watch, but ultimately, it's another cliched romantic comedy* to me, just with an unlikable leading lady. 2.5/5

Men in Black III 
-I really liked the first MIB film, thought the second was okay..and that was like.. 10 years ago? AGES ago, like wow. The third one was interesting and made enjoyable because Josh Brolin played an awesome younger version of Agent K. It was nostalgic to get back to the MIB universe, and overall while it wasn't the best movie by a long shot, I didn't dislike any part of it and it was actually kind of touching towards the end, though nowhere near as emotional as some people made it out to be (or I just have no heart). 3.5/5

The Italian Job 
-Well, this is the epitome of movies I adore. I use the word adore because it's not as if I'm convinced it's the best heist movie (it's a heist movie!) ever or anything, it just has all the elements I love. I liked how the characters are sympathetic and the heist is smart (I love heists, just saying.. yeah) and it had the Oceans Eleven feeling to it and the action was good and characters were funny.. all around one of the better movies I've seen recently. One of those movies that are very "me" movies. 4.5/5

Good Will Hunting
-Okay, I know it took me forever to finally watch this movie (dude, it is a pre-2000's movie) but gosh, I really loved it. I don't even know why, it was just that I was really into it when I was watching and I loved Will's character and the brains and heart in the movie, along with Robin Williams' character too. And I totally had the creys. 5/5

Magic Mike 
-*blush* that's right, I watched it. I thought the ending was too abrupt and I think all I want to say is that if you go into this movie thinking it's just a stripper movie, you'll be surprised. However, you can't go into it thinking it's going to have some deep insightful message. The movie does have some heartfelt parts but come on... are you going to watch it for the storyline or the pelvic thrusting? A perfect girls' night movie though. 3/5

The Three Musketeers 
-I tried to like it.. ish. But eh, even Logan Lerman had a hard time saving this movie. However, it's like.. mindless entertainment and the plot is alright and there's sword fighting (I really like sword fighting. and archery) so eh.. not worth a rewatch but I'm not hating it with every fibre of my being. 2.5/5

Midnight in Paris
-this one you have to kind of sit down and get into a mindset of watching the movie or you'll get distracted (I did, the first time I tried watching it) but I really, really enjoyed this one. I loooved the Paris feel from the music to the absolutely breathtaking setting. I wasn't expecting what happened (is that a twist or did I just miss it?) but it was still engaging and I like seeing the character arcs and well, the very interesting characters introduced. I thought Marion Cotillard was excellent in her role too. I want to go to Paris so bad!! 4.5/5 

Okay, now that I've rambled, I would love some recommendations (because I've got so much more time to waste). To be more specific: nothing pre-1995 unless it's truly fantastic, either romantic comedies that are great or really good dramas, or a.. brilliant comedy or something. Something good, haha. No movies featuring teen disney stars.

Or I'll just ask, what's the best movie you've seen recently?

*It feels like i watch a lot of romatic comedies always looking for something I like.. and I'm most often disappointed (I somehow feel like I have high standards, though I like some really bad movies too so.. *shrugs*) Also, if you're curious, my favourite romantic comedy for a while has been Crazy Stupid Love.

TINAT giveaway winner!

Happy belated Canada Day! For those who do not know the awesomeness of Canadians, I shall direct you to this magnificent tweet by the one and only Patrick Ness:

I always knew he was cool.

With the important things aside, I wanted to announce the winner of This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers.. Congrats to: Melissa from Books and Things!! I'll email you shortly.

Thanks to everyone who entered! I think I'll have a random movie post up soon because I haven't had much luck regarding reading lately. Have a great week, everybody.