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How To Make The Most of Your Christmas Reading?

Sitting in your corner, the fire on, a glass of wine on the speaker and a good book in your hand. That is the dream- for us bookworms. But, when you’re working all year round, get busy over the year it can sometimes be impossible to find time to read your favourite books. So, while Christmas is upon us and you have some time off maybe you should pick up those books you’ve been meaning to read and settle in for a relaxed night of fun and simplicity.

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Of course, we all have our own list of books we want to read over Christmas and as a bookworm- I have my own. So here is the list.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

I saw the film earlier this year and absolutely loved it. And now, I would like to read the books to compare the similarities and differences between the stories. I’ve been looking in the book shops and once I get paid this week, I think I’ll be investing in the books for myself.

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Harry Potter Series- Including Fantastic Beasts and The Cursed Child

I got these books this year, and added onto the original set I would love to be able to read the entire set all the way through. I’ve heard great reviews of both books and so, I have high hopes. Especially as I’m such a fan of the original series. Let’s hope they don’t disappoint me.

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I’m a Gryffindor- On Pottermore. What House Are You?

The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden

It’s a book by an author I love. Another one of his books ‘The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared’ is a favourite of mine. I find a particular scene hilarious which entails a dog’s disappointment from being shut away from the drama ensuing in this woman’s kitchen until he realises he has been shut in the pantry with the FOOD. It is how I imagine most dogs think actually. The author- Jonas Jonasson is a genius. And so, I’m expecting big things from this book but I am utterly sure I’ll love it.

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Birthdays For The Dead

I got this book on O2 priorities cheap book deal with WH Smith. I had to repeatedly visit the shop as they kept running out of stock. Must be a good sign. Or the bookworms of the world couldn’t pass up an opportunity to get a really cheap book. Stuart MacBride is said to be an extremely talented writer and I do love a good crime book.

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Game of Thrones Set

I’ve been trying to track down the last couple books I need to complete my set. Aside from the fact I’ve had to buy the out of order depending on when I see these books in the charity shops or on market stalls which has not helped my OCD nature of wanting to do things in order, I’m hoping someone has bought me one of the books I’m looking for. And then, I can pour over my books and follow it by re-watching Game of Thrones because you can never see it too many times.

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I’m aware that in reality this is a lot of books and it would be impossible to read them all. However, I do know I’ll be able to make a start on my little Christmas wishlist and carry on reading into the New Year. There is always time to sit down with a good book. I’m going to leave you with a very good quote, written by an amazingly talented man which rings true.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one”- George R R Martin

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American Gods: Book Review

Normally I’m a pretty fast reader. Ask anyone who knows me. I completed two Game of Thrones books in a weekend, the entire Harry Potter Series over four days and both The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings within a week and that is a long book. This was only 600+ pages. For me, that is child’s play but, I took my time with this book. Not because I love it more than some of my favourite series, or because I absolutely hated it. I took my time with this book because from the very first page I realised, this book needs to be read slowly, re-read and savoured.

*Disclaimer- the book is completely different to what I have seen of the show*

Firstly, I am going to talk about the overall story, then the characters and finally recommend ten times over that this is a book you should all read.

I did not see the story ending how it did. It was magnificent. With some books, the ending has a twist but then it isn’t explained, or it comes too late in the book instead of building from the beginning, or the twist is so damn predictable you could have written a better ending. And those are the most disappointing kind. I won’t tell you how the book ends because that would ruin the surprise for anyone reading it however, I just had to begin with the ending because as you can see I’m still in a state of shock and awe.

The book begins with Shadow facing a personal tragedy resulting in his early prison release. What the follows is mystery, action, adventure, myths and legends coming to life, a little bit of love, family, betrayal and renewal. And most of the time, these kind of books aren’t good because there are just too many elements however, Neil Gaiman is a magician and has managed to sow these elements together to create a wonderfully, original story wherein you don’t always realise a new clue to the overall mystery has been identified within the story. Furthermore, the characters as there are so many names and descriptions to remember all bring an individual piece of the puzzle with them. Some openly know what bearing their knowledge has whilst others simply trade on it assuming it useless to Shadow.

So, with all those characters I’ll rattle off the few which stuck in my head.

Shadow- We discover the mystery through him, and only when he finally understands a part of the puzzle then so does the audience. Lost and angry, Shadow is the key to the whole picture with obstacles always thrown in his direction whilst grieving for his wife and friend. He is every gods pawn until he realises the true power he holds. Your classic protagonist who is rough around the edges and broken deals with identity issues stemming to his childhood. Overall an amazingly complex character who is great to follow within the story and provides the reader with a relatively normal character to follow the story through.

Wednesday- A man in disguise. A mystery. A scared god who uses Shadow to complete his true plan. However, you constantly get the feeling he is trying to tell Shadow all along who he is and what he needs. Wednesday demonstrates that the biggest conman in the world are the gods within this story, they’ve lost themselves and stooped to the level of humans (a travesty to them) to survive. He just admits this fear. He plays the bad guy trying to be the good guy. Or does he?

Low Key- I never actually got this until the end. A very good ploy by the author to disguise one of the many antagonists in plain sight. Introduced to this character as Shadow’s mentor in prison, the man who helped him cope and gave pearls of wisdom to him, it is hard to understand how I missed his true godly identity. It was smacking over the head the entire time. This is why I love this character because you think someone so minor was just to set up the story but, instead he plays a major role. The author brilliantly hid this character till the perfect time for which he revealed himself cementing the entire con.

This is just a small taste of the book but I recommend you all pick it up and give it a go. Without trying to give too much away, I hope I’ve told you why I love this book. And I’ll say it again; there is shock and awe, the characters are brilliantly written and developed and you never understand the full picture of the book till the end. This is because the author wants it like this to pull in the audience. It is definitely worth the read.

Read it! Read it! Read it! Read it! Read it! Read it! Read it! Read it! Read it! Read it!

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Tis The Season To Be JOLLY…

IT’S CHRISTMAS! Well, not quite but we are counting down the days to one the best HOLIDAYS of the year! If it is anything to go by last year, we won’t have any snow again. Of course, I live in the UK so we pretty much get totally wacky seasons. We could have rain at Christmas and it’ll be February before the snow decides to arrive and make it impossible for everyone to function.

By now, Santa and the Elves are running around his workshop like their hair is on fire. His other helpers? Well, they are tending to Rudolph and his Reindeer friends after last years rush they’ve had to take the year off to recuperate. And Mrs Santa? If she is anything like our mums, wives, girlfriends, aunts etc then shes shouting at Mr Santa for treading snow on the new carpet or because he is late for tea…AGAIN. But, for now we have Christmas songs to keep us going. That’s right people- break out the Xmas CD’s it is time to put your favourite songs on and turn the up to 11. It is definitely my favourite time of the year, Christmas songs add to the ambiance of the season and for that WE thank musicians everywhere. YOUR DA BEST! So, it’s the start of December and the reason I didn’t right a blog post last week is because this one is going to be so big and it took a couple weeks to get some research together. Thank god for social media! I’ve been asking family, friends and their friends alongside social media for your favourite Christmas songs and here is the list. So get your dancing shoes on!

  1.    Merry Christmas Everybody- Slade 

You can’t have Christmas without this song, it kinda gets annoying after 25 days of ‘ITS CHRISTMAS’ but, we come back to this classic every year and that is because it is the first song that comes to mind when you think of Christmas.

2. Silent Night- The Dickies

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It’s a punk version of the song and I had trouble finding a good version on YouTube so, if you are a punk fan then look for it! This was my dads suggestion, I much prefer the classic version…the one we learn in music class on a piano? ah memories. But, if you like this song you’re either an old, white haired, leather jacket, motorbike riding punk like my dad or you really like punk? But, who’s to judge? We all like different things. Still it is a Christmas song, and so it made the list.

3. Once in Royal Davids City- Cecil Frances Alexander

Originally written as a poem in 1848, this is now sang as a hymn in churches around Christmas time. I’ve not heard this before myself but, the suggestion was made on social media and it reminds this person of the true meaning of Christmas thus, it is a Christmas song. It is rather beautiful. This choice just goes to demonstrate we all have different versions of Christmas and we should all respect that.

4. I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday- Wizzard

I was surprised this is my nans favourite Christmas song. But, she likes it and I can imagine her dancing and singing along when it comes on the radio in the house. This video always creeped me out when I was little. It was the face paint and I have a thing about not being able to see a person in costumes face properly. I don’t mind the video now though. I love to dance to the song when it comes on! It’s a great song and it just begins my Xmas holidays.

5. Walking in a Winter Wonderland- Dean Martin

There are so many different versions of this song but, this is one of my favourite versions. With so many versions out there, it is definitely a classic Christmas song and has rightly earned its place there. It was suggested to me via twitter and I kicked myself for forgetting about this song because it is great. Other versions include Peggy Lee or Michael Bublé.

6. Driving Home for Christmas- Chris Rea

The video is not the original one for the song, in fact the video we so love is the remastered version (2009) with the same singer and a few familiar faces… Mum got very excited suggesting this song for me, I could one surmise she likes this song. Either that or I know where I get my excitement for Xmas from? Hmmm give me a minute. It’s a great, easy going Christmas song for anyone to listen to and that is what this holiday should be about-FUN!

7. Stay Another Day- East 17

The song is quite heavy-hearted. For people who may not know, this song was written by lead song writer Tom Mortimer, for his brother Ollie who unfortunately committed suicide. There are two videos for this song. One features the band performing the song in the studio but, after this song because Christmas number one in 1994 a second video was released with Christmas bells added to the end, shot in black and white while the boy’s wear furry coats. So, yes it is a Christmas song but, there is a deeper meaning behind the song releasing someone’s pain and grief.

8. White Christmas- Frank Sinatra

This was grandads pick for the list. He is a lover of Frank Sinatra so, I had a feeling this would be his favourite. Obviously, we know the other versions of this song- the most famous being the original by Bing Crosby. It’s a great song, so smooth and calming. Just what is needed over an exciting Christmas. This actually caused contention in our house when my mum claimed this version of the song did not exist. Well, mum here is the video. We’ve heard it nan and grandads before.

9. Last Christmas- Wham!

Another suggestion by Mum. She really does love Christmas. Well this song always makes me want to get up and sing my lungs out which isn’t good. It would probably scare the dog. These types of songs are the best. The ones you just want to sing too. It’s a bit of a sore topic for a Christmas song singing about a broken heart but, it’s a classic.

10. Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth- David Bowie and Bing Crosby

It’s a bit like a dream. Two legends singing a Christmas song together and killing it. If I do say so myself. It’s one song I could listen to over and over and never get tired of it. Why do you love this song????????????????? Sorry I got distracted by the video. I can’t explain why I love this song, I just do! This blog post may take a little longer to finish, I just need to finish watching this video.

11. Step into Christmas- Elton John

Have you noticed a pattern yet? Singing legends sing some of my favourite songs and so they, will be the last song you listen to because they’ll stick in your head. Elton John is very direct at the beginning of the song- he simply says this is my Christmas song and that is one of the reasons I love it. The other being it is great to dance to, it just carries on building!

12. Fairytale of New York- The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl 

Here’s to all us cynics. I absolutely love this song but, don’t worry I don’t sing it out loud at work someone may get offended. Many people made this suggestion including my parents, friends and people on social media but don’t you worry I already had this on my list. It is truly my favourite every Christmas song and it really signifies the beginning of Christmas for me. It’s just the most unusual and amazing Xmas song I’ve heard and will truly forever be my favourite song.

So that is my list. What is your favourite Christmas song? What reminds you of this season? I cannot wait till Christmas day. 22 days and counting here. It’s time to get into the Christmas spirit. Just follow the signs, you’ll get there soon enough. First stop songs, next stop advent calendar, then the Christmas jumper and so on.

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…Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

 

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Letter: from a page folder with love <3

Dear page-folders, book markers and book lovers…

As I talked about in my previous post about the book marker or page turner, I am in fact a page turner! I can’t help it, there is something to love about a worn book with a page turned over. It looks used! In my opinion, a book should look worn not the pristine condition it was bought in? A book is shown love by the crack of a spine, or the pages turned although I don’t dismiss the book-markers (my mum is one). 

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Left: Me-Page Folder Right: Mum-Book Marker. She may be a rare species!!

 

Turning the pages over to mark your position demonstrates how loved the book is. You can mark a page without finding or buying a bookmark, what do you have to lose? It’s a way of life. And I’ve seen and heard people in the past talking about how it’s disrespectful to turn over a little page! Well I’m here too tell you that each and every book worm is different and should not be judged by how they mark a page. 

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In a few other posts, I’ve talked about my love of books but, in the past I’ve also heard a disdain in the voices of those who bookmark and don’t page fold. But, every person is different! While yes, it could ruin a book to an extent…the page fold in my eyes is the mark of a well worn-popular book. And I love that about books. However, that is not to say the book marker doesn’t love their book just the same. We all have a way of leaving our mark on a book and that’s what shows our individuality!

 

The bookworm is a rare species, we love to nest and could read books forever if that were even possible. We love to smell books, and just because a book is new should not mean it isn’t marked in our own way. To be completely honest…some people use a page fold and others bookmark to leave their history on a book and that’s OK! So, be yourself and don’t be afraid! To the bookworm who page-folds I don’t judge and no one else should and to the book marker- I have no judgement on you either and you shouldn’t either. 

A love is books is magical, it transports you to another time, world…life! It’s a distraction and more people should get involved. So, next time you kids ask for something buy them a book instead of the newest craze, download the kindle apps to their phones? Books are for life and let the new generation leave their mark on a book.

“BOOKWORMS UNITE!”

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Once Upon a Time…

…in a far off land, there lived  a princess…

We all grew up listening to the same, old fairy tales. And of course, for those who are a little more obsessed they will know that these are not how the original fairy tales went…

Written by the brothers Grimm, lets just say these tales are not completely appropriate for a four-year-old unless blood, horror, mental unstability etc is something you want to subject them too. Yet, these are the fairy tales kids heard (once upon a time) and now, we are told of the beautiful lands, good versus evil without too much blood. So, why?

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As a kid, I loved fairy tales and my favourite is Alice in Wonderland! Honestly I still love them to this day. With television shows such as Once Upon a Time or Grimm I’ve kept up my interest as well as owning a brothers Grimm fairy tale book… And had I known about the real folk tales as a child, I definitely believe until I reached around 11 they would have grossed me out so, maybe the should be introduced during some point of our childhood?

But, I’m not discounting the flouncy, moralistic and happy fairy tales we were brought up on…many of them adaptions on the original story I just don’t believe a ‘dumbing-down’ should take place. Not everyone is aware that the stories we grew up with in modern society, are not the originals. Perhaps, we should provide a child with the knowledge of a more gruesome version of beloved classic fairy tales and give them the opportunity to read them once they are able to independently read, making the choice themselves?

I’m an avid reader, and I have been since I was little. My mum often speaks of times when she sent me upstairs as a child and she’d wonder why I wasn’t making more noise-I was reading so I didn’t mind being upstairs- and after that she used to make me sit on the sofa away from my books. Or the time when I was reading Harry Potter and my brother got that upset with me for some reason he hid my book…I slept with it for the next couple days so he couldn’t get his hands on it? My point: I independently read from the age of four/five and would not necessarily have been old enough to understand the brothers Grimm fairy tales but, as I grew older had I been given the choice at 8/9 I probably would have read them instead of 11.

I was lucky growing up because I had two parents who saw how much I loved reading and encouraged me to do so. So, I did know about the darker tales yet, many of my friends had no clue?

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I have loved books all my life and will continue to do so! I wanted to blog about this because I love fairy tales and having recently stumbled upon an article about fairy tales thought I would blog. If you have an interest now in the brothers Grimm fairy tales then read them…or while it may not be factually correct watch GRIMM or Once Upon a Time and enjoy them. It’ll be a piece of your childhood!

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REVIEW: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Yo ho, haul together

Hoist the colours high

Heave ho, thieves and beggars

Never shall we die…”

Hans Zimmer- Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End

As a fan of the franchise, even the films some would consider questionable I was very excited to see the new installment. Aside from the fact it was forecast to bring the greatness of the first installment- The Curse of the Black Pearl to a new adventure, it also had the job of wooing new and old fans alike to fall in love with series all over again. I can only speak for myself and I have enjoyed all the films within the franchise but, this one was great. I cried, I laughed and I enjoyed it that much I waited till the film ended before I went to the bathroom and I had a large drink!

Needless to say, if you are waiting for it to come out on DVD before you watch or one of the many streaming services available then I suggest you find another blog post as spoilers lie ahead….

Henry Turner embarks on a journey of self discovery alongside, Carina Smyth whilst Captain Jack Sparrow rediscovers his old friendships, introduces another “Turner” to the pirate life and goes to meet yet another man who is intent on killing him. He really does anger everyone he meets. He functions as a supporting character reminiscent of the first film allowing for his charmingly drunk antics to  be considered hilarious, slightly dangerous and above all demonstrates how intelligent he truly is despite playing dumb for most of the film. Will Turners fall from grace is shown early on the film, from the good looking, moral captain aboard the Flying Dutchman to  crew that looks eerily similar to that of Davy Jones era. Henry, his loyal son discovers a way for his fathers curse to be broken alongside Carina Smyth- a woman of science who has been deemed a witch embark on this journey as she questions who her father is. In walks Hector Barbossa, who left it as a comfort with her on an orphanage doorstep not a quest for her to complete. A secret he keeps until his death, when she has to accept her father was truly a man of the stars but also a pirate at heart. Meanwhile, Captain Armando Salazar pursues Jack intent on killing him and breaking his curse through the Trident of Poseidon hoping to wipe piracy of the face of the earth.

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An imaginative and complex story, this film is a journey of self-discovery and freedom from imprisonment. Henry’s blind faith in his task to bring his father home through Jack Sparrow, the man who imprisoned him to the Flying Dutchman in an act of friendship shows how fall Jack has truly fallen. Forgetful of all his friends, complacency that he can do everything on his own Depp portrays a pirate who is truly lost as the sea no longer shows him everything he wants. Little by Little, through the help of Henry, Barbossa, Carina and his ever faithful crew Jack begins to gain everything he lost however, losing his oldest friend in the process to save them all. As he looks on at the end of the film, seeing Elizabeth and Will reunite he shows a moment of happiness at his old friends before reverting to his old self with his ship and compass, and of course Jack the Monkey.

Inspired by the first film, Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario play the two main protagonists; Henry and Carina. Functioning as the main characters, this relationship is a throwback to that of Will and Elizabeth who also fell in love throughout their adventure, while rather hilariously Jack takes on a drunken uncle-type stance advising them both on their relationship similar to the way he did with Elizabeth and Will. These young actors take on a very complex set of characters, succeeding and making their relationship more than just another ‘Will and Elizabeth’ love story. They have dared to make these characters their own demonstrating the personal growth of Henry- from loyal to his own man and Carina- from orphan to independent, intelligent woman alongside a growing relationship. But the real growth truly comes from Jack, allowing Carina to stay with the Turners showing his belief she’ll be better off with that family to rediscovering his old friendship with the Turners through their youngest son.

This film is amazing. A true masterpiece. Reminiscent of the first film, it will draw a lot of the disenchanted fans back to the franchise whilst, providing yet another great installment for all those who enjoy each film and drawing in a new younger audience as the first film is 14 years old. With a box office figure of $735.2 Million dollars it is clear this film was as successful as hoped by the producers and the post-credits scene is suggestive of a sixth installment reintroducing our old, favourite characters Will and Elizabeth against Davy Jones where I am sure, Jack will be joining the fight alongside other pirates.

It is a must-see. If you have yet to watch this film, I suggest you find time to watch it because it is truly amazing!

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Warm Bodies:Review

Director: Jonathon Levine

Writer: Isaac Marion

Cast:

  • Nicholas Hoult as R
  • Teresa Palmer as Julie Grigio
  • Rob Corddry as M / Marcus
  • Dave Franco as Perry Kelvin
  • Analeigh Tipton as Nora
  • Cory Hardrict as Kevin
  • John Malkovich as Colonel Grigio
  • Patrick Sabongui as Hunting zombie
  • Justin Bradley as Unknown
  • Tod Fennell as Armed Patrol

Certificate: 12A                                                                       

This movie is the perfect cross between humour, romance and horror. Every audience member is left both amused and scared.

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Jonathon Levine, most known for directing the film 50/50, has in my opinion made one of the most amusing zombie films ever.

Warm Bodies is about the world post apocalypse, set in a city where most of the zombies have been living in an airport and the human survivors behind a wall to stay safe. Julie, daughter of the colonel heads into the city to collect medical supplies where she meets R who saves her. He’s different from the rest. He eventually takes her home but they have already affected other zombie’s lives. Can the zombies be cured?

Nicholas Hoult, an up and coming actor is pushed into the limelight as he plays the main character, R the zombie. We see the story from his characters point of view, who makes quirky, amusing comments all the way through the film.

What am I doing with my life? I just wanna connect. Why can’t I connect with people? Oh right, it’s cause I’m dead.’ – R

 Is it possible for the humans and the zombies to live together as one? Can there be a cure?

There is an amazing fight at the end where we see the bonies (zombies too far gone that they ripped their flesh off) fighting against zombies and humans together but who will win the battle? What will become of the loser?

This film was based on a book and I think that Jonathon Levine has been successful in creating a whole new genre of zombie movies. I would recommend you put down whatever you are doing and go watch this film… if you dare.

Rating: 4/5

Verdict: I would watch the film over and over, it’s something that you can just sit back and watch.

                                                                  

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Life in Song

What is the last song you listened to? Heaven Knows- The Pretty Reckless.

I don’t know why I love this song, I just do. I’ve liked it from the moment I heard it on youtube while browsing one day. Music provides an escape for us all, I can tell you the last three songs I listened to today aside from this. They are my favourites, I listen to them a lot and not beacuase I relate to the, I just like them. These songs leave me in my own little world.

Here are some of my favourites and why I love them:

Don’t You Forget About Me

This song is from one of my favourite films in the entire world, and something my mum and dad also enjoy; The Breakast Club. This song just puts me in my own world, where I’m thinking about my family. I always think I must look funny to the people walking past me becuase I either mouth the words, sometimes I’m doing a little jiggle or I’m just smiling about something it reminded me of. So today, I was smiling because I was remembering this weekend when movie night with mum consisted of the Harry Potter DVD starting on its own which led to her telling it that, it should stop and eject itself also. She’s daft and I love her. It was Halloween and kind of spooky though…

Highway To Hell

Okay, I have a love AC/DC, which I attribute to my dad. He loves them too. We have a thing every Christmas where he buys me a mystery CD. It’s normally a band he likes which he wants me to try. It works out quite well. I still enjoy listening to Primal Scream and The Clash. Both CD’s feature on my iPod. Also, the rock/punk/80s music seems to really help me keep motivated while studying. I don’t know why. So, I was listening to this in Wilkinsons and resisting the urge to break out into air guitar as it played. I did resist but, in my head I was rocking it. People would look at me strange if I did it or maybe they would join in if they knew it was this song I was listening too. Maybe, this is what we all think when we are listening to music.

See You Again

For anyone that knows me, I’m not your stereotypical girl who just loves romcoms and thats it. My taste lies in the Action/Adventure/Thriller/Drama. I have an ecelectic taste is what I’m saying. One of my favourite film franchises is Fast and Furious which is strange because I’m not into cars like that at all. But, I love this song. When I went to see the most recent fast and furious film this song came on at the end and I cried. I listen to this song a lot, and it just makes me so emotional. I love the cinema and everytime I hear this, I just think of how amazing the film is and how different they will be now.

I don’t want to be

This just a song that I could listen to for days. I’m always resisting the urge to burst out into song when it comes on my iPod. Funny story; I was walking the dog once on a farm track nearby where I’m from and this came on. I forgot myself and started to sing along. I was about halfway through and turned around to see a guy who lives a few houses down walking his dog behind me. So, when he sees me, he always smiles now. I think he is remembering this. I would reccommend Gavin Degraw to him though. Moral of the story; sometimes you get in funny situations but if you love the song why not belt it out for others to hear whether you can sing or not.

You Give Love a Bad Name

Please don’t judge me but, when I was younger I used to think that they were singing ‘you give love a band aid’…It is a source of amusement in our house for years and my parents still laugh when this begins to play. It reminds me of family holidays when dad would put the CD on it the car. It is just a fun memory and probably a funny one for my parents. They teased me for days. It was pretty funny though, I sometimes laugh at myself.

Hooked On a Feeling 

If I could just put the entire Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack on this post I would. I particularly love this song. I have no idea why, I’m being serious but I can’t help but sing along when I hear it. I’ve wrote many an essay, dancing and typing to this. I’m doing that now actually. Better not we don’t want any spelling mistakes now do we…it’s just so good I got to dance. Recently, introduced my mum to the film over the summer. She was singing along to all the songs. Her exact comment was I love this film because of the music.

Thriller

I could choose so many songs but, I’m going to leave you with this one. Now, Halloween was yesterday but that is not why I picked it. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN 13 GOING ON 30? I have with my mum. It is one of her favourite films and she introduced to me. Well, in this film there is a part where Jennifer Garner starts dancing to Thriller and Mark Ruffalo joins in. Everytime I hear the song, I just remember the scene. It’s great!

Here’s a great song, that I’m going to leave you to play. It’s a classic and I always dance to it. Remember, music is an escape for most of us and it puts you into your own world. Well these are just a few for you to listen to. Maybe you should make a post yourself about this? We should all share our favourite songs for everyone to listen too…

Time Warp

via Discover Challenge: Song

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Tim Burton is a genius! I love his work and this just sealed it even more for me.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a masterpiece. Tim Burton has succeeded in creating another world, just in the way he made Wonderland or The Chocolate Factory-it is beautiful.

Set in the present day and war-time 1940’s Burton brings a wonderment to the peculiar children demonstrating their beautiful gifts and how it could be seen as a curse. Each peculiarity has its ups and downs but this film demonstrates that it’s the most simple peculiarity that is the most important. The best part about this film, is that it’s for all ages. Upon, leaving the cinema it was wonderful to hear adults praising it and a small child asking everyone what peculiarity they would like to have. It is just amazing for someone to have a reaction to it in this way, and a testament to the worlds Burton creates.

With a star-studded cast; Eva Green, Asa Butterfield and Samuel L. Jackson and many more, it is easy to see why the box office said it had a great opening weekend. I would particularly like to draw attention Samuel L. Jackson’s performance. I’ve never pictured him as the ‘baddie’, maybe because he’s currently one of the best hero’s in  the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) but I loved him. One word to describe his character; sassy. I have never seen such a sassy villain, he definitely picked his moments and they were timed to perfection.

Eva Green…I enjoyed her performance so much. Her character displayed care and sacrifice in order to help children cast out by society and she played it so well. Also, I have to say, she was very good as one of the protagonists opposite the antagonistic Samuel L. Jackson. I look forward to seeing them act together again. But, all of this is testament to the genius of Tim Burton. His assembled cast worked well together to get his vision across and I hope he makes the remaining two as this was indeed a book adaption.

I would give this 5/5 for brilliance and genius and I would also repeatedly go and watch this. Don’t forget to buy the DVD when it comes out.

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Rag’n’Bone Man

I recently stumbled upon a brilliant singer after my dad referred me to him. He’s brilliant and in fact most of you have heard him sing. Rory Graham or his stage name Rag’n’Bone Man is brilliant. I haven’t been able to stop listening to him since I watched his videos on you tube.

Rag’N’Bone Man-Lay My Body Down

Recently, he made an appearance on Later with Jools Holland on BBC 2 performing a stripped back version of single ‘Human’, which we’ve all heard recently on the radio and television and he won’t be going away any time soon. A beautiful soulful voice it’s just hard not to listen to him over and over again.

You may know one of his songs from television programme ‘New Blood’, his song is the theme.

Rag’N’Bones Man-Wolves

Or Human- his most recently released song as the song that was part of Michael Phelps video sequence for the Rio Olympics 2016.

Rag’N’Bone Man-Human

All I can say, is listen to this man. He’s amazing and won’t be going anywhere soon. I will be anxiously waiting the release of his album in 2017 so, I can buy it.