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Friday, May 19, 2017

A-Z Book Tag

Hello Everyone!
Guess what day it is, the 19th! So that means I have to do a post.
I'm sorry I have been doing so many tags lately! But, I saw this tag over at Merideth's blog, and it just looked so fun I had to steal it.


A-Z Book Tag:

Author You've Read The Most From:

Hm, I'd have to say Mary Pope Osborne.
Mary Pope Osborne
 But that was only one series, so the person I have read the most of their works would be Kathryn Lasky.
Kathryn Lasky

Best Sequel Ever:

This is hard, I pretty much always like the first one better. Let's go with The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns, by Chris Colfer
 

Currently Reading:

A lot of things. One of them is, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, by J. R. R. Tolkien.

I'm reading it with Risa's read-along!


Drink of Choice While Reading:

Drink? I usually just drink water.

E-reader or Physical Book?:

Physical Book!! I love to hold a book and turn the pages!
 

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Dated In High School:

What!?

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes.


Hidden Gem Book:

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt. It is a really good book, plus it's fun to say.
 

Also Pax, by Sara Pennypacker. I love this book!
 

Important Moment In Your Reading Life:

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. My first Charles Dickens.
 


Sense & Sensibility, by Jane Austen. My first Jane Austen.
 

Just Finished:

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, by J. R. R. Tolkien.


Kind of Book You Won't Read:

Mushy Romance!

Longest Book You've Read:

David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens.


Major book hangover because of...:

I don't know. Usually I only read to the point of a hangover when I am sick and I am already feeling bad so I don't know.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Wow, um, Do bins count? I think seven.

One book you have read multiple times:

I don't usually reread books but I have reread Holes, by Louis Sachar a few times.


Preferred place to read:

In a comfy chair, my bed, out side on the swing (weather permiting).

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you've read:

                                                            The Fellowship of the Ring
 

                 
                                                                   Pride & Prejudice 
I'm sorry, I love this one!

Reading regret:

Miss Perigrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs.

His Dark Materials series, by Philip Pullman.

Series you started and need to finish(all books are out in series):

Nancy Drew!

Three of your all time favorite books:

1. Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery.

2. Holes, by Louis Sachar.
3. Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen.


Unapologetic fangirl for...:

Charles Dickens
Jane Austen
Land of Stories
Middle Earth

Very excited for this release more than all the others:

The sixth Land of Stories! (There has to be one!)

Worst bookish habit:

Reading a book in one day.

X marks the spot: start at the top of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

This is an awesome question! I don't really have a book shelf, more bins, so that one is Saige Paints the Sky by Jessie Haas.

Your latest book purchase:

The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, by Margaret Sydney.

ZZZ-snatcher(last book that kept you up WAY late):

Appointment with Death, by Agatha Chirstie.


I Tag:
Anyone who wants to do it!

Thanks for reading!

MovieCritic

Monday, May 15, 2017

100 Books the BBC think most people haven't read more than 6 of

Hello!
So apparently there is this list that the BBC thinks that most people haven't read more than six of. I am here to make it into a tag!

The Rules:
1. Be honest.
2. Put an asterisk next to the ones you have read all the way through. Put an addition sign next to the ones you have started.
3. Tag as many people as these books that you have read.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen*

2. Gormenghast Trilogy - Mervyn Peake
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte*
4. Temple of the Golden Pavilion - Yukio Mishima
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee*

6. The Story of the Eye - George Bataille
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. Adrift on the Nile - Naguib Mahfouz
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens*

11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott*
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Rhinoceros - Eugene Ionesco
15. Baron in the Trees - Italo Calvino
16. The Master of Go - Yasunari Kawabata
17. Woman in the Dunes - Abe Kobo
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Feast of the Goat - Mario Vargas Llosa
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gogol's Wife - Tomasso Landolfi
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
(I'm going to read this one this summer with Hamlette's read-along!)

23. Magic Mountain - Thomas Mann
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. Ferdydurke - Gombrowicz
26. Narcissus and Goldmund - Herman Hesse
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll*
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame +
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. The Jungle - Upton Sinclair
33. Tom Sawyer / Huck Finn - Mark Twain +
34. Emma -Jane Austen* (Parts One, Two, and Three)

35. Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
36. Delta Wedding - Eudora Welty
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Naomi - Junichiro Tanizaki
39. Cosmicomics - Italo Calvino
40. The Joke - Milan Kundera
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. Labyrinths - Gorge Luis Borges
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45. Under My Skin - Doris Lessing
46. Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery*

47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. Don Quixote - Miguel Cervantes +
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Absalom Absalom - William Faulkner
51. Beloved - Toni Morrison
52. The Flounder - Gunther Grass
53. Dead Souls - Nikolai Gogol
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen*
55. My Name is Red - Orhan Pamuk
56. A Dolls House - Henrik Ibsen
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens*

58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59. The Idiot - Fodor Dostoevesky
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. Leaves of Grass - Walt Whitman
64. Death on the Installment Plan - Celine
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas +
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Pedro Paramo - Juan Rulfo
69. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville +
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens*
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Metamorphosis - Kafka
74. Epitaph of a Small Winner - Machado De Assis
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Inferno - Dante
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. The Light House - Virginia Woolf
80. Disgrace - John Maxwell Coetzee
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens*
82. Zorba the Greek Nikos Kazantzakis
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Box Man - Abe Kobo
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. The Stranger - Camus
88. Acquainted with the Night - Heinrich Boll
89. Don't Call It Night - Amos Oz
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pychon
94. Memoirs of Hadrian, Marguerite Yourcenar
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Faust - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
100. Metamorphosis - Ovid

Total:
12 I have read all the way through.
5 I have started.
2 I have reviewed!

I tag:
1. Cordy
2. Merideth
3. Elanor
4. Hamlette
5. Olivia
6. Erudessa Aranduriel
7. Kara
8. Rachel
9. Ruth
10. Rose
11. The Elf
12. Miss March

None of you have to do this if you don't want to!
Wow, I proved the BBC that they were wrong!
I hope everyone has a good day!

MovieCritic

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Four Fictional Characters Tag

Hello Everyone!

Cordy has tagged me with the Four Fictional Characters Tag! Thank you so much Cordy!

The Rules:
1. Link back to the person who tagged you
2. List four fictional characters (use pictures if you want! They can be from movies or books) and, if you like, describe what they're like and why you believe they relate to you
3. Tag a few other blog people! Three, or four, or even twenty. :) Share the fun!
Be sure to let them know you've tagged them!

1. Grace (From Home on the Range (2004))

Grace is a peacemaker. She is super friendly and thinks well of everyone (not quite me there, but I try!).
She is calm and tries to keep the peace between Maggie and Mrs. Caloway.
Sometimes to make things go faster, she just needs to sing a song, which makes everyone think she is dying.
She is loyal and when something needs to be done, she stands up, encourages others, and shows them, "We can do it!"




2. Nancy Drew (From the Nancy Drew series)
Nancy loves a good mystery.
She loves to help people.
Her best way of helping is to solve their mysteries.
She always gets it right (Once again, not quite me there.)!
She is super kind to everyone, no matter who they are, she will help them.
She is extremely smart (not me)!
Her friends love that she always includes them. No one is left out.
She is a super sleuth!



3. Mary Bennet (From Pride & Prejudice)
Mary, is sort of the odd one.
She reads books all the time.
She doesn't like going into public unless she has too.
She is pretty good at playing the piano and pretty bad at singing.
At the oddest times she will say the strangest things.
She seems to be sort of this dull person, but she has a hidden romantic side. (What!? You have a romantic side, MovieCritic!?)



4. The Tin Woodsman (From the Wizard of Oz series)
The Tin Woodsman is kind.
Even if he doesn't have a heart, he strives to be a kind person.
He loves to have friends.
He will go any distance for his friends.
He loves animals and will help them.





And I tag:
aGirlWithIdeas
Erudessa Aranduriel
Elanor
Hamlette
Rachel
Ruth
Anyone else who wants to do it!

Also, I have been reading The Lord of the Rings and I am finding that I am a lot like Faramir.
Thank you again for tagging me Cordy!
Thank you for reading!

MovieCritic

Monday, May 8, 2017

Movie Review: Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Hello All!
I am going to review a very weird, but very sweet movie today. When I started watching it I was a little bit freaked out, but then as the story went on I got used to it.
Here it is:

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016):
 

"If you must blink, do it now. Pay careful attention to everything you see no matter how unusual if may seem. If you look away, even for an instant, then our hero will surely perish."
Kubo is a boy who makes enough money to support him and his mother by playing his mandolin, which is magic and can make paper dance in the art of origami. He is hiding from his grandfather and aunts who have stolen his one eye and want to steal the other. His mother does the best to not let this happen. But his aunts find him and he must sent out on a journey that might save his life.
Genre: Fantasy, Animated-Claymation,
It is so amazing that this whole movie is just clay!!!
Costumes: 8, the armor is pretty cool, but my favorite is the mother's.

Script: 9, only one or two bad words. "I will not blink! Wait, do I even have eyelids?"
(After he said that I couldn't stop blinking.)
Crew:
Directed by: Travis Knight
Produced by: 
Travis Knight
Arianne Sutner
Screenplay by:
Marc Haimes
Story by:
Shannon Tindle
Marc Haimes
Starring: (Voice)
Art Parkinson as Kubo

Charlize Theron as Monkey


Matthew McConaughey as Beetle
Ralph Fiennes as the Moon King
Rooney Mara as Kubo's Aunts

George Takei as Hosato
Music: 8, has some nice songs.
Music by: Dario Marianelli

Quotes: 8, "If you're Monkey, and I'm Beetle, why don't we just call him Boy?"

Storyline: 7, This is such a sweet beautiful story, but there are quite a few scary scenes so younger children might be scared. But I really recommend it, as I said, it is a beautiful story.

Good For: Anyone who has lost a family member, Those who have to do things, Everyone.
Overall Rating: 8!

Well, there it was! Thank you so much for reading!!

MovieCritic

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Movie Review: STAR WARS IV: A New Hope

May the Fourth be with you!
 

Today is STAR WARS day! May the Fourth! In the spirit of this I will be doing a review of STAR WARS IV: A New Hope. You may notice how I am starting with the "fourth" (Wow, I am really connecting things today.) movie, that is because I will be reviewing them the way they were made not the way they are "supposed" to go. Why I am doing this:
1. They first three that were made are SO much better than the prequels.
2. If you watch the first three that they made FIRST (The only way you should watch them!) No surprises are spoiled.
This is how you should watch the STAR WARS movies:
A New Hope
The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
The Phantom Menace*
Attack of the Clones*
Revenge of the Sith*
The Force Awakens
The Last Jedi (Okay, this one is not out yet, but, when it is out...)
*You don't even need to watch the ones with the asterisk.
Anyway, here is my review.


STAR WARS IV: A New Hope (1977):

(Also titled  STAR WARS, or STAR WARS: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker)
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
The Empire has taken over, and has plans that will change the galaxy. When Princess Leia's ship is attacked by the Empire she quickly hides vital information in a droid that she hopes will reach an old general. The droid runs into Luke Skywalker, a young man who has to help his uncle even though he wants to go to the university. Luke's life will never be the same again.
Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure
Costumes: 8, Stormtroopers and Darth Vader's costumes are pretty cool, but my favorite is Princess Leia's.
Script: 8, only one or two bad words. "These are not the droids you are looking for..."
Crew:
Directed by: George Lucas
Produced by: Gary Kurtz
Written by: George Lucas
Starring:
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford as Han Solo
Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia

Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin
Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi
David Prowse as Darth Vader
Peter Mayhew as Chewy
Anthony Daniels as C3PO
Kenny Baker as R2D2
Music: 10, I love the theme!
Music by: John Williams
Quotes: 10, "Close the blast doors! Close the blast doors!...Open the blast doors!"
Notes: Now, you might think, "Star Wars? I don't think I will like that." That is what I thought, but, there is so much more to it! Here is how much I like it, it made it's way to my #2 favorite movies spot!
Storyline: 8, there is some fighting, death, scary images, flirting, but that is it! It is very clean. A really great movie.
Good For: Families, everyone!
Overall Score: 9!

A while ago I had a few polls, and here are the results!

The Results of my poll, What is your favorite STAR WARS?
IV: A New Hope - 2 votes
V: The Empire Strikes Back - 2 votes
VI: Return of the Jedi - 3 votes
I: The Phantom Menace - 0 votes
II: Attack of the Clones - 0 votes
III: Revenge of the Sith - 0 votes
VII: The Force Awakens - 1 vote
I have them listed in the order they came out. A total of five people voted (they could vote multiple times)! And they all voted on my favorite STAR WARS!
The Results of my poll, Who is your Favorite STAR WARS character?
Luke Skywalker - 2 votes
Princess Leia - 1 vote
Han Solo - 4 votes
Chewbacca - 1 vote
Yoda - 1 vote
Lando Calrissian - 1 vote
Darth Vader - 0 votes
Obi-Wan Kenobi - 4 votes
C3PO - 0 votes
R2D2 - 1 vote
Other - 0 votes
It had a total of 5 votes (they could vote multiple times)!

Something that I do that is very weird is that everytime I see a STAR WARS movie, I have to drink chocolate milk. It is very weird, but I've always done it. 

I want to also thank my little sister for making this header for me!


Thank you so much for reading! 
May the Fourth be with you!

MovieCritic