Monthly Archives: December 2014

Random Fridays: Best Films of 2014

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I watched hardly any new films this year, so this post is going to be pretty short. But anyway, here we go:

How to Train Your Dragon 2 I’m really into animated films, by the way. And this one was just, wow. First off, I find that animated sequels almost never live up to the original, but this one definitely did. The ending was a little rushed, but still, this film is just awesome. Also gonna throw in a good word for the soundtrack. Seriously, it’s amazing. Anyway, moving on…

The Lego Movie We got this in Hungary while on holiday just for the sake of it. (no we didn’t watch it in Hungarian. It had language options.) We all laughed insane amounts and managed to watch it about five times in a couple of weeks.

And now a couple of films that I haven’t been able to watch yet, but plan to soon.

Big Hero 6 Although this is already out in the US, we Brits aren’t getting it till the absolute last day of January. 😦 But like I said, I’m really into animated films so I hope to see this as soon as it’s possible.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies This one’s out, but I haven’t seen it yet. Given how Part 2 turned out, I’m not expecting it to be much like the book at all, but I think it’ll still be worth the watch.

So that’s it. I said I didn’t watch many new films this year. If you want to take part in Random Fridays you can check it out by clicking on the first picture.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I read in 2014

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again, and this time it’s the Top Ten books I read in 2014. It was hard to put these into order, but I did it! I’ve only included books I read for the first time this year. As usual the cover image will link to the book’s Goodreads page.

1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This was the first dystopian I read, as well as being the first YA I read, and I must say I couldn’t have found a better entrance. (as far as I know anyway) Very, very awesome book.

2. Urchin and the Rage Tide by M I McAllister. I love this series to pieces, and this was pretty much the best ending it could possibly have. Although it’s sad to have to leave Mistmantle behind, it did have to end eventually and this was an excellent final chapter. *bittersweet sigh*

3. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Books two and three of the same series come in at about the same place, but I think this one’s still my favourite so far. I’ve already made my feelings concerning this series quite clear. If you weren’t around then go over here.

4. The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan. As a series finale, this could have done better. But as a book, I think it’s awesome. So much so that I actually read it two and a half times in a row.

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This was every bit as awesome as I expected, and I had pretty high expectations.

6. DragonQuest by Donita K. Paul. This whole series was awesome, (the characters are the best) and I think this was my favourite. For one thing it introduces Regidor, Toopka and Bardon, all of which I love. The series is a must for lovers of Christian Fantasy.

7. Brotherband: Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan. The best part of this book was the Rangers Apprentice references. Not to say that the book itself isn’t amazing, which it is. Best of the series I’ve read so far.

8. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.

9. Emma by Jane Austen. This was the… second Austen I read I think. The first being Pride and Prejudice. Not sure which one of her books to try next. Any suggestions?

10. Eragon by Christopher Paolini. This series is really quite a commendable fantasy. I still like the first one best. The others have a little too much politics for me to handle. Still good though.

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Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2014

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This week’s Top Ten is about authors I read for the first time in 2014. This time the images will link to the relevant author page on goodreads/author website rather than a book. The books in brackets after the name are ones I’ve read. (I can’t be bothered to list all their books XD)

1. Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles). So, so addicted to the Lunar Chronicles at the moment (I need Scarlet! Hopefully I’ll get it for Christmas :D)

2. Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson books) Almost equally obsessed with Percy Jackson.

3. Cornelia Funke (InkHeart trilogy) Inkheart is just awesome.

4. Donita K. Paul (Dragon Keeper Chronicles)

5. Christopher Paolini (Inheritance Cycle)

6. Pseudonymous Bosch (The Name of This Book is Secret and it’s sequels) This is seriously the only author image I could get for this guy. He’s very secretive XD

7. Bethany Canaan (What Thou Need’st) Bethany only has one novella out at the moment, What Thou Need’st, which you can get hold of for $1.99 here. It’s good 😀 Please do check her out, I know she’ll appreciate it a lot. 🙂 (For those of you wondering, I know her off another site)

8. Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games) Okay, so technically Suzanne shouldn’t be on this list since I’ve only read about three chapters of The Hunger Games as yet (and that was actually the preview on Amazon). But those three chapters are awesome enough for her to make it here anyway.

9. Charlotte Brontë (Jane Eyre) again, I haven’t actually finished Jane Eyre, but I’m running out of authors so there we go.

10. Micheal Buckley (The Fairytale Detectives)

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