Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Book Titles Book Tag

Me answering questions with the titles of books I have both read and not read yet. Also two movie titles. Haha!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Short Thoughts On Current Reads August 2017

My little thoughts on my current reads. Yay!

Weekly Obsession Wednesday - Historical Fiction TV and Eyeliner

Hello all! Here are my obsessions for the week. On with the show.

#3 Finishing Watching Reign

This week I finally finished watching the TV show Reign. I didn't get to watch the final season when it aired, and I was curious to see how the show finished out. The beauty of Netflix! This show centered around the life of Mary Queen of Scots, but also featured stories about other kings and queens during the same time period. I enjoy period drama so it's no surprise that I enjoyed watching this show. It is extremely fictionalized (what else can one expect from a TV show after all), and there are some plot lines that aren't my favorite. However, overall this show was super fun to watch, because of the high drama and the great acting. Of course, it also features beautiful sets and costumes. The show did mange to keep in a few key points from the life of Mary Queen of Scots which was cool. There are parts of her real life that even the writers of a TV show couldn't make up they are so crazy. Haha! The ending was only a tiny bit rushed, but I still think the show had a nice finish. Plus, it gets extra points for making one of the saddest stories in history feel like it had a happy ending.

#2 The Great Gatsby 2000 Film Version

I checked out the 2000 TV movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby at the library. I had been wanting to watch this adaptation for a long while, but hadn't gotten around to it yet. I flipping love the book so I like to see how different adaptations approach it. I was a bit on the fence on if I would like the 2000 adaptation, because I dislike the 1974 version and I think the 2013 version is lovely. Luckily the 2000 adaptation turned out to be very good. I think it was well adapted in terms of the writing, and I liked the elements from the book they picked to focus on. Overall it was very well casted in terms of the actors. My favorite element of the film was that the direction and cinematography focused on what was going on in the reactions of the characters when nothing was being said. I also thought the general tone of the film reflected the the tone of the book. I truly enjoyed the 2000 version. I highly recommend it. I might have to buy a copy of it for my DVD collection.

#1 NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner

The last time I went to Walgreens I wanted to have a bit of fun and try out some new make up products. One that I tried was the NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner. This line of eyeliner comes in a fun variety of bright colors. I enjoy liquid liners in wacky colors, because they are great for when you don't feel like wearing eye shadow yet still want to have some fun with your make up. I got three of the shades in this brand and I love the colors. I also love that they are so easy to apply. The brush applicator doesn't get too much product on it and it just the right size. Thus, I rarely make a mistake when trying to doing winged eyeliner with this product. When I get the chance I will probably get a few more colors, because they all look super fun.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tunes For Tuesday - Randomness and Insanity Playlist Vol. 9

Happy Tuesday all! I wasn't planning to make a randomness and insanity playlist. However, the more I picked songs the more random I got. I couldn't think of a title for this playlist that suited other that Randomness and Insanity, and so here is volume 9. Haha!

Randomness and Insanity Vol. 9

1. Heroes - David Bowie
2. Guiding Light - Muse
3. Don't Think Of Me - Dido
4. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker - The Ramones
5. This Love (Will Be Your Downfall) - Ellie Goulding
6. Boys Don't Cry - The Cure
7. Cars and Guitars - Tori Amos
8. Heavy In Your Arms - Florence + The Machine
9. I'll Take Everything - James Blunt
10. Play Me Backwards - Joan Baez

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Overwhelming TBR Tag

This tag was super fun so I decided to go for it. It talks about those book that you never seem to get around to. Haha!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Weekly Obsession Wednesday - Paper and Power?

Hello all! I have just two weekly obsessions this week, so no countdown this week. I still really enjoy these new obsessions. On with the telling.

The Pow{h}er Method

I haven't been able to take a ballet lesson in a few weeks. However, I didn't want to get totally out of shape. I remembered that near my house there was a place called Releve One which teaches the The Pow{h}er Method. This is a method that incorporates dance movement with isometric strength moves as well as stretching. I decided to give their Barre n' Pow{h}er classes as try. I truly enjoyed the first classes I tried. It's movement that really helps to work on all the muscles in your body. It challenging, but in a really good way that makes you feel good about yourself. Also you're so focused on the movement that class goes by very quickly. I'm definitely going to keep attending classes.

Office Supplies

I'm going through a phase where I'm addicted to buying fun looking office supplies. I believe this addiction began when I started doing more work with day planning and paper. I particularly love getting supplies in the Me to We brand sold at Walgreens. All their products are so colorful and inspiring, and since my day planner is from the same brand they all match the planner. Many of their products have things written on them that make you want to shoot for your goals. My favorite new product that I got in the brand are metal clips with all kinds of different happy faces on them. They are so cute! I guess it's cool to get more of Me to We office supplies because a portion of your purchase goes to helping children have access to education. That is pretty cool.

Tunes For Tuesday - Writing Playlist 3

Hello all. Here is the playlist for Tuesday. Sorry for the delay. I've been doing some solid work on my poetry book. Thus, I felt lead to put together a third writing playlist. I figure you can never have enough variety in music when you are doing writing work. I thought I would share this new playlist with all of you. This playlist is kind of crazy but I like it.

Writing Playlist 3

1. Dreams - The Cranberries
2. Pop Song 89 - R.E.M
3. Honest - Joseph
4.Insomniac - Amber Run
5. Writer In The Dark - Lorde
6. Basket Case - Green Day
7. Georgica Pond - Johnnyswim
8. Cheerleader - Pentatonix
9. The Listening Chair - Imogen Heap
10. Killing The Blues - Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
11. The First Kiss - Fiona Apple
12. When The Right One Comes Along - Nashville Cast
13. Trust - Neon Treee
14. Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House
15. The Cemeteries of London - Coldplay
16. Bethlehem Steel - Delta Rae
17. Electric Twist - A Fine Frenzy
18. Castle On The Hill - Ed Sheeran

Sorry for the playlist delay

Hello all! I'm sorry for the delay on this week's playlist. My internet went out just when I was about to type up the song titles and I just couldn't get it to start again before bed time. The only way I'm able to write this note is with 4G and the blogger app. With luck I should be able to post it in the afternoon. Let's cross our fingers that the internet gets it's life together over night. Happy Tuesday all!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

July Wrap-Up

Here are the book reviews for the 7 books I read in July. It's a bit on the long side but I had a lot to say. Haha!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Weekly Obsession Wednesday - Getting Organized and Other Ventures

Hello all! If you have been following me over the last week you can probably guess that I was pretty much consumed with Booktubeathon and other book/reading things. Regardless I did manage to come up with three new not book related obsessions. Let's jump in!

#3 The Return of The Hula Hoops

A few years ago I got into working out by teaching myself some easy hula hoop tricks. However, I stopped hula hooping for a while after moving two years ago. However, this summer I thought it would be fun to pick the hobby up again. It's a great way to get outside of the house into the sunshine and also tone my stomach and arms. I was pleasantly surprised that I could still do the few hula hoop tricks I know. I think I will try to learn at least two more before summer ends.

#2 New Planner

 I've been trying to focus more on getting organized and getting tasks done. For me the best way to do that is to have a weekly planner. I found a lovely one by chance at Walgreens. I love it! It has both and monthly calendar and a weekly planner for making to do lists. Having both is a great tool to help me remember to do tasks. To make planning more fun I have been using washi tape to decorate my planner as well as mark events. I'm determined to keep up the habit of being more organized.

#1 Book Work

I have been slowly working on a poetry book for the longest time. I finally decided that it was time to get myself into gear and pick up the pace on trying to get this book finished. I printed out the pages of the the poems I had so far and started getting to work. I've been working on it every day and brainstorming how I want to put the book together. I'm actually making pretty solid progress which makes me very happy. Maybe it won't be too long before I finish a first draft. While organizing this book I got and idea for a second poetry book, but I have to finish this one first of course. Haha!