Friday, September 30, 2016

Five Favorite Couples Tag

*grins* Hey, guys! This is my 100th post! It's hard to believe I've pressed that scary orange "Publish" button 100 times. But apparently so!


But 100th post or not, here I am here to fill out the Five Favorite Couples tag! I really love all my fictional couples and OTPs even though I don't talk about them very much. :D But I will talk about them today, as I have been tagged by Olivia for the tag! (I know that was a while ago, but we don't need to bring that up ;D)

Note: includes spoilers for Downton Abbey Season 2, Star WarsCaptain America: Civil WarLes Misérables, and Little Women respectively.

Rules
1.)  Pick one couple from each category
2.)  Tagging is optional
3.)  Link back to my site(here)


Categories
1.) Period Drama Couple
2.) Sci-Fi/Fantasy Couple
3.) Superhero Couple
4.) Preferred Couple (from a love triangle)
5.) Couple Ended Too Soon


Period Drama Couple~ Tom and Sybil

Yup. Unlike some Downton couples, I actually like both Tom and Sybil individually. Plus they were just meant for each other. <3 The end. :) 





Sci-Fi/Fantasy Couple~ Han and Leia 


(I'm sorry, Olivia, for using yours. :D) I don't think we really need much explanation for this one. It's a truth universally acknowledged that they are absolutely perfect together. 
"I can arrange that." 

Oh, and take a minute to appreciate what I found on Pinterest: 

see the resemblance?

In the same vein, I have shifted from apathy for Rey and Finn's romantic future to really wanting them together. Plus "Finnrey" is just a super ship name. :) 

Superhero Couple~ Steve Rogers and Kate

Captain America has cycled through a couple love interests, but I really want this one to last, if only for sparing the exasperation of yet another lover. Please, Marvel writers? :) 


Plus it's completely perfect that she's a relation of Agent Carter. Yes. Yes. 

Preferred Couple(from a love triangle)~ Marius and Cosette 

A love triangle, you say? Marius sometimes drives me nuts and Cosette often bores me, but they are, in other respects, a good couple. 




Couple That Ended Too Soon~ Jo and Laurie

So maybe they were never a couple. Maybe it would've never worked out. But that's what we all wanted for awhile, wasn't it? 


Feel free to snatch the tag if you are so inclined! 

Which are your favorite couples? Do you agree with mine? 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Tolkien Tag~2016

Whoop, whoop! It's that time of year! :) 

Hamlette is hosting another Tolkien party this week and all my followers who like Tolkien ought to join in right now. :D 


Click the button for details: 





To begin the Tolkien-y festivities, she has put together the following tag. Here are my answers: 



1.  How many books by J.R.R. Tolkien have you read?

Counting each LotR installment, six: The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, Farmer Giles of Ham, and Smith of Wootton Major





To be perfectly honest, the last two didn't do much for me especially Smith of Wootton Major, but I love Lord of the Rings


Oh, I also started and I *think* finished a picture book he wrote called Mr. Bliss. So seven, then. 



2.  Have you seen any movies based on them?


*nods* I've seen all of the LotR and Hobbit movies multiple times and the cartoon Hobbit, which was...interesting, but not all that bad. 



3.  Are there any scenes/moments that make you cry?


The Battle of Five Armies-- when Bilbo says goodbye to Gandalf and the end credits(no thanks to you, Billie Boyd) 


Return of the King- The Grey Havens thereon out till the end 


4.  Are there any scenes/moments that make you laugh?


More than make me cry, ironically. 


~the end of the Council of Elrond "Right, so where are we going?" 


~"They're taking the Hobbits to Isengard!" (I don't even know why) 


~the unexpected party scenes in An Unexpected Journey 


~so many other scenes in An Unexpected Journey 



5.  Have you ever chosen a Middle Earth name for yourself?  If so, what is it?


I wouldn't be opposed to going by Eowyn. 

6.  Who would you want to party with/marry/fight to the death? (pick three characters)


I think I'd like to "party" with Eowyn sometime after the Ring is destroyed, as she's so grim before. 


The others would be Sam and Sauruman respectively. 

7.  When was the last time you visited Middle Earth, via books or movies?


Yesterday! I'm currently reading The Two Towers


8.  Do you consider Gollum to be a villain?  Why or why not?


Not quite. I see him more as an anti-hero. Rather like Boromir. 

9.  How would you sum up what Tolkien's stories mean to you in one word?


Nostalgic, perhaps? 

10. List up to ten of your favorite lines/quotes from the books or movies.


It would be too difficult to decide on quotes from both books and movies, so I'm doing the Lord of the Rings movies exclusively:







10. "They're taking the hobbits to Isengard!" (Don't you dare judge me, Lizzy. ;) ) 

9. "Right! So where are we going?" 


8. "That still only counts as one!" 


7. Gimli: "Never thought I'd die fighting side by side with an elf." 


Legolas: "What about side by side with a friend?" 


Gimli: "Aye, I could do that."


6. "You draw too much attention to yourself, Mr. Underhill." I frequently quote this one to my siblings for some reason. 


5. I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you.


4. "I made a promise, Mr. Frodo, a promise. 'Don't you leave him, Samwise Gamgee.' And I don't mean to. I don't mean to."


3“I’m glad to be with you, Samwise Gamgee, here at the end of all things.”


2. "All we have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given us."


1“It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered, full of darkness and danger they were and sometimes you didn't want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come and when the sun shines, it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something, even if you were too small to understand why, but I think I do understand; I know now folk in those stories had lots of chances to turn back, only they didn't; they kept going because they were holding onto something. What are we holding onto, Frodo? There's some good in this world and it's worth fighting for."



There you go! Agree/disagree?? 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Guess-The-Book-By-Its-Book-Closing-Sentence Game Answers

Thank you to everyone who played!! It turned out a bit harder than I intended, but you all participated anyways. So thanks! :D 

Zee answers: 

1. "Before her, on the dark hill, against the sunset, was the little beloved grey house that was to be disappointed no longer."

Answer: Emily's Quest

2. "So I awoke, and behold it was a dream." 


Answer: Pilgirm's Progress


3. "He would be there all night and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning." 


Answer: To Kill a Mockingbird

4."And finally I began like this: When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home." 


Answer: The Outsiders

5. "Then they walked home together in the dusk, crowned king and queen in the bridal realm of love, along winding paths fringed with the sweetest flowers that ever bloomed, and over haunted meadows where winds of hope and memory blew."

Answer: Anne of the Island 

6. "'It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I ever have done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.'" 

Answer: A Tale of Two Cities 


7. "When Margaret grows up she will have a daughter, who is to be Peter's mother in turn; and thus it will go on, so long as children are gay and innocent and heartless." 

Answer: Peter Pan




8. "'Well, I'm back,' he said."

Answer: Return of the King(Lord of the Rings is also a legitimate answer) 

9. "When I take you on board the Witch, it's going to be for keeps."

Answer: The Witch of Blackbird Pond

10. "All their life in this world and all their adventures in ____(Narnia) had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before." 

Answer: The Last Battle 

Oh, and "one of the most wonderful authors that ever was" is L. M. Montgomery. :)  




~Scores~

Art3mis Took ~ 65%
KB ~ 40%
Chloe ~ 30%
Savannah ~ 30%
Madison ~ 20% 
Lover of Lembas ~ 20%
Cordy ~ 20% 



Thank you again for participating! 


What are some of your favorite closing lines? How many of these books have you read? 


Friday, September 9, 2016

Guess-The-Book-By-Its-Closing-Sentence Game

Bonjour!

I love reading the first sentence of a book and that lovely sense of expectancy(or nostalgia for a re-read). Closing sentences can be just as lovely: by that point the author has kept your attention to the last page and you've experienced the complete package between.

To celebrate these lovely closing words and because it was time for another game, I've put together some of my favorites for you to guess.

Just guess in the comments which book you think each quote came from(of course you may skip guessing on some quotes if you have no idea) and I will post the answers and scores in about a week. Unless you're pretty sensitive to spoilers, I think this should be fine.


If you choose a book in the same series as the correct answer, I'll give you a half point, since really that deserves some credit. Oh, and I've enabled comment moderation so you don't accidentally see something and please don't be silly and look the answers up on the internet-- that would be cheating. xD

Here goes!

1. Before her, on the dark hill, against the sunset, was the little beloved grey house that was to be disappointed no longer.

2. So I awoke, and behold it was a dream. 

3. He would be there all night and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning. 

4. And finally I began like this: When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home. 



5. Then they walked home together in the dusk, crowned king and queen in the bridal realm of love, along winding paths fringed with the sweetest flowers that ever bloomed, and over haunted meadows where winds of hope and memory blew. 

6. "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I ever have done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known." 

7. When Margaret grows up she will have a daughter, who is to be Peter's mother in turn; and thus it will go on, so long as children are gay and innocent and heartless. 

8. "Well, I'm back," he said.

9. "When I take you on board the Witch, it's going to be for keeps."

10. All their life in this world and all their adventures in ____ had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before. 


Oops. That was a bit harder than I meant for it to be. Hmm, let me give you a hint: two of these are from the same author and she is one of the most wonderful writers that ever was. :)

Don't be afraid to participate even if you only know a few! Have fun and thanks ever so much for reading/commenting!

Monday, September 5, 2016

My Summer Summed In A Collaboration of Grainy Phone Pictures

I need a substitute for "collaboration", you guys. I use it a lot, so give me some alternatives(...please).

Anyways, I had a wonderful summer, and the pictures to prove it! There were some disappointments, including only finishing about 80% of my "before-August-ends" goals and spending more time than I should have on the internet, but overall it was lovely and brim-full of happy memories. I've gathered some pictures and some summer-y tidbits interspersed.

Without further ado,



^^One of my corkboard collages. I was hugely proud of it. See the picture of Carrie Fisher hugging a stormtrooper on the right? Isn't that the cutest? And the Enjolras/Marius/Eponine picture on the left? :D It makes me very happy.

(Oh and don't miss Anne and Gilbert at the top. <3)





















Oh, and I think this is the first time for me to show you all a picture of my face, so...yeah. :p #alwaysafirst


Book Highlights of the Summer(Re-Reads Excluded) 

~A Tale of Two Cities(I wish I'd been more awake when I read this, but I'm pretty sure I'll love it as a re-read)

~Tuck Everlasting

~Cinder and Scarlet

~The Lunar Chronicles

~War and Peace(not a favorite, necessarily, but at least a highlight)

~Anne's House of Dreams


waterfall!











waterfall! 














^^Meeting Mr. Paolini! :) (This picture doesn't capture, however, the extensive line that choked the Barnes & Nobles shelves and took hours to finish. *ahem*)


Best Movies of the Summer: 

~Sense and Sensibility'95

~Anne of Green Gables

~The Walk(if you can get past the PG content warning and utter stupidity of the main character, you Must See This Movie)

~Captain America: Civil War

~Hugo

~The Empire Strikes Back

(Re-watches are obviously the best, considering that 2/3 of these are movies I'd already seen)




"At the top, at the top, at the top of the world, my head and heart are pounding.  I'm alive and I am free, so look at meeeee, at the topppp of the wooorld!"~Tuck Everlasting: The Broadway Musical :D

#gymselfie

When THIS is your gym. <3






















Oh, and another picture from that same hike(but on a different day) which I shall caption "gym selfie". When THIS is your gym. :) (look at that! I'm wearing the same shirt here as in the first picture. I promise I have other shirts. ;) )




sunsets and persistent fishermen trying for salmon

Musical Highlights: 

~starting to learn violin

~playing my first Chopin piece

~getting somewhat addicted on Studio C's Mockingjay parodies

~listening to Hamilton, Newsies, and Tuck Everlasting tons




Finally checked off one of my bucket list items and ordered under a fake name! The barista's response: "Seriously?(pauses for me to tell the truth, hears the truth and continues...) Because when I was in fifth grade, I wrote in my journal, 'I want my name to be Hermione Granger'".

You know what guys, I've found a kindred spirit. :)

(And I did tell her the truth eventually.)




Here, just let me save up a few million dollars, then I'll buy a house there.

Miscellaneous Highlights: 

~having family friends visit and doing all the Alaskan stuff with them

~having a group of college kids we'd never met before over at house for a week to help with our homeschool conference

~completing a Downton Abbey marathon

~becoming a Studio C fan

~converting two other friends to the Studio C "fandom"

~finishing at least half a dozen hikes

~getting to see a world-class pianist perform at our church

~finding time to meet up with friends

~watching The Olympics: Simone Manuel is my new favorite athlete. She's 1). smiley and bubbly(got my priorities straightened out here), 2). talented(well, clearly), and 3). a Christian. Watch this and I reallly wish I could find a good video of the interview afterwards, but I can't. I just love that she immediately gave the glory to God and was so happy to have the gold medal. :D




















Perfecting our selfie skills. (I'm 95% sure she'd be okay with my posting this.)





See, we're not terrible at selfies!





















Beautiful ice cream cone and a rare display of successful Pinterest nail art. (Not a phone picture.)






Oh yeah, and some of these aren't phone pictures; there were just too many good pictures from the camera to not include them.




















Ripstiking! (This picture was actually taken last summer, but that's okay.)




To quote Lizzy Bennet, "What are men to rocks and mountains?"


Though not without its shortcomings and disappointments, summer was great!!

How was y'all's summer? What were you favorite books and movies of the summer? 





Saturday, September 3, 2016

Anne of Ingleside Book Review

I spaced out in August on the Classics Challenge and forgot to read a modern classic... 

Just in case, I skimmed through the list of titles I'd read in August and found one could make the case for Anne of Ingleside being a modern classic. It was published after WWI and still read by thousands today. So I think it counts? 

Anne of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables, #6)

Maybe not, but in the hopes that it does, here's my(slightly edited and lengthened) review from Goodreads: 

It's hard to believe this came from the same author who created Anne. Where the first four Anne books were genuine and original, this almost read like boring fanfiction. 

Anne's children, though rather cute, were extremely one-dimensional. We have a promising throwback-to-Avonlea chapter at the beginning, but it turned out to be nothing more than a moaning session between Anne and Diana. Nooo. 

A few funny parts, an occasional sweet nostalgic reference, and the last chapter kept this from being a complete flop. 

I won't get into how Anne isn't really Anne anymore, the stories are significantly less interesting, Gilbert is dull, and or how boring the whole volume is. To sum it up, I was not impressed. 

My expectations for the next Anne installment are significantly diminished. 


And speaking of Goodreads, how did it get 4.04 average star rating?? This does not add up. 

Anyways, thanks for reading my rant and have a nice Saturday! :D 




(P.S. Don't worry, the next Anne book is better.)