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Top Ten Books of 2014

And now for my favorite top ten list—books! So this was a really great year for me, reading-wise, as I (somehow) managed to more than double the amount of books I read in 2013 for a total of 121 books. Granted, a lot of those were graphic novels or other short books, but still. And so picking a top ten was hard as I had about 40 books that I rated 5 stars. So I’ve grouped some together and also made separate lists for novels and graphic novels.   Note: These lists are for books I’ve read in 2014

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Most Anticipated Films of 2015

So after writing up my favorite films of 2014, I thought I'd make a list of the films I'm most excited for this year.   Top Ten Most Anticipated Films of 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens. By far, the film I’m most excited for, no question. The trailer was fantastic, and I love how JJ Abrams captured the look of the original trilogy, while it’s still recognizably Abrams. Cannot wait. Avengers: Age of Ultron. Not much needs to be said. I loved the first Avengers (and most of Marvel’s films o

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Top Ten Films of 2014

*blows dust off blog* This might be the first year I've seen over 10 films that came out this year... So here's my favorite picks.     Top Ten Films of 2014 Interstellar. This is by far my favorite film of 2014, and IMO the best-made this year, too (that I've seen). This was an incredibly long film that didn’t feel long to me, and that’s really the best thing. Matthew McConaughey was great, Jessica Chastain was great, Mackenzie Foy was amazing...actually I really enjoyed pretty much all of th

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Of Space, Wheels, and Watches

There’s been a lot of great things in just this first week of August. First, of course, starting with August 1st: Guardians of the Galaxy. Oh man was it amazing.   Though, as much fun and as beautifully made as Guardians is, I do think The Winter Soldier is still the better film, overall. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’d consider TWS to be the best-made film so far, above even The Avengers (I’d have to watch them again, but from what I can remember, at least, it really is amazingly written). That be

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Last Forever

BZP! Been a while; I've missed you. Been a busy month, but just had to pop in after last night's HIMYM episode. Hope everyone's doing well.   This entry is about How I Met Your Mother’s series finale, “Last Forever.” Yes, spoilers follow (hence spoiler tag =P).     What about you guys: thoughts? Please remember to use spoiler tags if discussing any specifics.

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So, Pacific Rim

It’s the movie everyone’s talking about. Or was, at least, closer to when it was released...which was a long time ago now. But still, it was a very widely-discussed film, procuring lots of hype and attention.   And of course me, not going to the theater very often, only just saw it recently. And then a little more recently after buying the DVD (and by "recently" I mean nearly a month ago...and about two months since the first viewing).   So, about Pacific Rim. Spoilers to follow!   I’ve heard th

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Top Ten Books I Read in 2013

This year is definitely the best year book-wise for me. I don’t rate many novels five stars on Goodreads—I try to save that rating for only books that are the best of the best, and as such, I end up rating most books only 4 stars, even if they may be more of 9/10 or 9.5/10, instead of 5. But this year, every single book on this list was a 5-star book, more than I’ve ever had before. But I can still rank them fairly easily (much more easily than the top ten film list), so here it goes.   Top Ten

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Top Ten Films I Saw in 2013

So, this list includes both 2013 releases and films that I saw for the first time in 2013, since I don’t think I’ve even seen 10 2013 films. Still, I saw a lot of new films that came out earlier, and I was really impressed with the films I did see that came out this year, so I decided to make just one list.     Top Ten Films I Saw for the First Time in 2013 Saving Mr. Banks, by John Lee Hancock. I’m really surprised this is #1 on my list, but I saw this right as 2013 closed and was very ple

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2013: In Review

2013 in Review   So, I’m late on this, but I was out of town on/around New Year’s. Pretty great year overall. Read some great books, saw some great films, started watching some great TV shows, watched the 50th anniversary of Dr. Who, wrote a fair amount, met some awesome people, strengthened important friendships…in the end I’d say the good outweighs the bad overall. The first half of the year wasn’t all that great (one reason of which is because I struggled with my faith for a bit), but in th

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Merry Christmas!

Oops, guess I kinda forgot about posting here, plus I had finals and stuff...   Well anyway, just got home from Midnight Mass, and considering it's nearly 5AM, I just wanted to quickly wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. ^^   Hope everyone has an amazing day! Christmas is most likely my favorite holiday--I just love this time of year!

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NaNoWriMo: Completed!

~ :: :: ~ So I finished NaNoWriMo today. I got a little behind earlier this week, but then yesterday I wrote 5k, catching up and then some. And today, somehow, I managed to crank out over 9k (cue "it's over 9000!"), ending with 50,075 words a couple hours ago.   I'm still in a little bit of disbelief that I wrote that much today, and the fact that I finished NaNo at all. Last year I only got 22k, and this year I finished seven days before the end, so I'm definitely super excited about th

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RIP

So last night we had to put our family dog to sleep. =/ He's been kinda sick for a while, but in the past week or two he got exponentially worse. If ever was the idiom "skin and bones" appropriate, it would be for him, from a combination of problems--particularly in the past week. He started eating more than he ever had, but still kept losing a lot of weight. Yesterday he was unable to keep anything down at all, so that was when we decided it was time.   The weirdest thing is that I honestly ha

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Platonish

“Platonish” And Why It Was Such a Great Episode (some spoilers to follow)   “Platonish,” season nine, episode nine of How I Met Your Mother, is my favorite episode in HIMYM’s recent history. Without a doubt it’s my favorite episode so far this season (and apparently I’m not alone in thinking that, either, as it’s the highest rated episode so far this season on IMDb), and it’s one of my favorites from the past couple seasons.   There’s been a few disappointing episodes the last couple s

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Extended Edition

Gallery of images here.   So Friday evening the extended edition of An Unexpected Journey came. That night I skipped NaNoWriMo and watched the film. Saturday and Sunday I watched the Appendices, and Sunday night I re-watched the film again. (Also quick note: this is the DVD version, so number of disks may differ between this and Blu-Ray/3D/etc.)   Man, I love this movie (original review here--my opinion hasn't changed all that much, though overall I think I actually like the film better than I

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Of NaNoWriMo, Halloween Stories, and Life

So I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year. I wasn’t sure I was going to because 1. I wasn't sure I wanted to commit to a large project this semester; and 2. I wanted to start working on a new novel idea, but that idea was far from ready to be worked on during NaNo (I didn’t even have character names yet, much less any sort of character profiles at all, or a lot of information on the world [as it’d be fantasy], plot, etc.).   But then one of my friends from school convinced me to, and I’m so glad she did,

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My Thoughts on the Matter

Top ten celebrity character crushes (which has basically just become "favorite characters" because I'm not sure I'd say I have crushes for all of them)--both for male and female.   Female: Fantine (Anne Hathaway)--Les Misérables     Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic)--Castle     Parker (Beth Riesgraf)--Leverage (honorable mention to her brief appearance in Criminal Minds as Dr. Maeve Donovan as that side story was adorable [edit: er, not the end of it, but the character in general], as w

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Top Ten Tuesday #16: Books I Wish Could Have Sequels

~ :: :: ~ August 6: Top Ten Books I Wish Could Have Had Sequels The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern. The Night Circus is one of my favorite books. Actually, this pretty much goes for the next three, too. These four books are, in my opinion, great examples of the “perfect” stand-alone novel. I love the “Circus of Dreams”, experiencing it, reading the underlying plot, everything. This book was amazing, and as much as I’d love for there to be a 20-book-series, it’s ending was incredibly w

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But the Cat Came Back

So recently the most adorable cat ever has been hanging around my house. It'll go away for a while sometimes but keeps coming back. Can't help but think of this (one of the greatest cartoons, and far too catchy for its own good):     (though, I'm not trying to get rid of it, and I actually give it food/water [unfortunately we can't keep it as my dog is unfriendly and my dad's allergic to cats :C], but still)     But the cat came back The very next day~

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Last Day to Vote

In the Flash Fiction Marathon Final Polls. Please go vote! Polls close tonight at 11:59 PM PST.

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New Computer

So my old laptop died, and it looked like trying to fix it would cost a fairly good amount, plus I needed a new laptop anyway, so my dad decided he'd get me a new one. Ended up being able to get this:     Acer Aspire Ultrabook M5-581T-6405   Really, really happy with it. Ended up costing ~$100 less too because it was a display model. I was originally planning on actually waiting 7-10 days for them to ship one to a nearby store (as no one had it in stock), but when visiting my local BestBuy they

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Top Ten Tuesday #15: Best Movie Adaptations

~ :: :: ~ July 9: Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations     These will all be in the “best” category, as I actually can’t think of any horrible movies/books that I have read (thankfully I never did see/read Twilight, etc.). There are also various other movies that I’ve loved (Hunt for Red October, Les Miserables, Princess Bride) but have unfortunately not read the books yet, and therefore did not include them in this list (or the opposite, like Jurassic Park because I read the book rec

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Top Ten Tuesday #14: Books Most Intimidating

~ :: :: ~ July 2: Top Ten Most Intimidating Books Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo. Mostly just because of its size. I absolutely love the story, and really want to read this book, but it is a little daunting. The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas. Basically the same as above. And, really, also The Three Musketeers. Jack Ryan series, by Tom Clancy. Simply because they're so many, and mostly large books. They're fast reads, though, so not all that intimidating. Ender's Game,

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Flash Fiction Marathon 2

Go enter!   People loved it last year, so we brought it back. Please enter and help make it the success it was last year.   Edit: And the OTC topic is up, as well as the first OTC them! Still one more day to enter the Bionicle theme!

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Top Ten Tuesday #13: Books I've Read So Far

~ :: :: ~     Unfortunately I haven't been keeping up with these, but school and a couple other projects are done so I have a little more time now--plus, I really like this theme. It's been an amazing bookish year so far for me, with a lot of really great books read--38 read so far total. It's actually fairly surprising to me that all of the books below (with the exception of The Walking Dead) I rated 5 stars--something that I don't do very often, so to have 11 books (because of ASoIaF) alrea

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Top Ten Tuesday #12: Books to Reread

~ :: :: ~   April 16: Top Ten Tuesday REWIND -- pick a past topic you missed or one you want to revisit! As such, I've chosen: "Top Ten Books I Want to Reread" A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness. This is probably my favorite book. I've read it twice, and I'm definitely eager to do so again. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. An amazing book that I've only read once--would definitely look forward to reading it again. A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin. Because this series

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