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A Month In Review: February 2015

A Month in Review - Feb. 2015

Wow, so I didn’t post at all this month. I was just really busy, and also life is kind of bonkers at the moment. So, rather than just turning up in March with a vague ‘I was doing stuff’, I thought I’d actually do a post about it. ūüėÄ This will¬†probably¬†become a regular thing (might change it to every other week if it gets too jam-packed), since I kinda need some variety around here. Anyway, on to the actual post!

First off, part of the reason for life being all higgledy-piggledy is that our house is getting some serious work done. Which means we can’t use about half the rooms (including not being able to sleep in the bedrooms for safety reasons and whatever), so that kinda sucks. But it should be done by the end of this week! (Although we said that last week, so…)

Right, now for the fun parts.

Films I Watched

So, my siblings and I are basically trying to watch as many Marvel movies as we can, as quickly as possible. This started in… late December last year, I think. So far we’ve managed to get through, in order of watching, Captain America, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, and Big Hero 6 (Which, while yes, it’s a Disney movie, is technically a Marvel movie too). We have yet to get hold of any of the Iron Man movies though.

Anyway, above are the three we watched this month (oh, and Man of Steel, which I forgot about when I first wrote this post and had to edit in).¬†The Avengers¬†was ridiculously awesome. I watched it about seven times in one week (yes I’m crazy).

Thor: The Dark World¬†was also very cool. Although, thanks to the internet, I knew a rather large spoiler beforehand (not going to say what it is, of course. If you’ve seen it, you’ll probably know what I’m talking about).

Man of Steel was actually the only non-Marvel movie we watched for the first time this month. I, having never seen a Super-Man related film, liked it, though the big fight scenes at the end got a bit repetetive. According to my brother (who I believe has watched at least one such film), though, it was pretty mediocre. But there we are.

Lastly, we FINALLY got to see¬†Big Hero 6! ūüėÄ ūüėÄ ūüėÄ All you lovely Americans got it last year, but we Brits didn’t get it till the end of January, and I was driving myself nuts being careful not to see spoilers on the internet (man that was hard). But it was AWESOME. Unusually for me, I watched all the trailers beforehand, which I don’t think I’ll do again since it turns out watching movies with very little idea of what was going to happen is more fun. Although, I must confess I’ve watched all the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailers, but since they reveal hardly anything I think that’s okay. So, so, excited for that movie, by the way. But enough about super hero movies. Let’s move on.

Books I Read

Inkdeath¬†was better than I expected actually. It was rather depressing though. And what was with that ending? It didn’t make much sense. Also several characters seemed to have changed character in this book. Farid just became weird, and Fenoglio was annoying.

Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian¬†was every bit as good as it’s predecessors. I’m a little wary of reading Heroes of Olympus though. On one hand, I’d love to spend more time in this universe. On the other hand, I’m not so sure it’ll be as good as the Percy Jackson books. I’ll probably read them eventually anyway.

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You¬†was fun. For some reason, pretty much everyone in my family went ‘hey that title sounds dark’ at some point, which I don’t understand, since to me the title screams ‘teen romance with spies in the normal world’, which is pretty much exactly what it was. But whatever.

The Oath of the Brotherhood¬†was awesome. If you’re into Christian Fantasy, I’d totally recommend it.

Things I did

Now we come to the ‘busy’ part.

Art Stuff

I had a renewed artiness recently, so I’ve been drawing all sorts of things. This month, I drew a bunch of dragons first, like this one:

Then I started drawing Ponies. This requires some explanation. First off, as some of you may know, I’m a My Little Pony fan. (don’t judge me. It’s a good show!) Recently I discovered the fantastic art work of kilala97¬†on DeviantArt, and it is just so awesome. She has this whole ‘Next-Gen’ MLP thing, and it’s really good. Go check her¬†out. Even if you’re not a brony/pegasister. She does other stuff too. So I effectively joined a sub-fandom (or whatever you wanna call it) and art happened. Mostly colouring in her line art (with permission), like this:

(if you wanna see more of my artness, I now have a DeviantArt account, so you can check that out) Shortly after this, I discovered the fascinating world of

Fan Fiction 

(dun, dun, DUN!)

I discovered a site called fimfiction.net, which is a fan-fiction site specifically for My Little Pony fans. There’s a whole group dedicated to fan-fics about kilala97’s characters, and umm, yeah. Much reading was done. Also, since I didn’t have anything to write (being in the middle of world building and stuffs), I went and wrote a random little fan-fiction myself, which isn’t very amazing, but I’m happy anyway. If you want to check¬†that¬†out, click here. I promise that’s it for links this post.

Also, for half term, (which was last week), we drove down to where we used to live, and saw our friends and stuff. (we also watched Big Hero 6 and Man of Steel while down there) So, that’s what I’ve been up to this month. Did you have a fun February?

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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 ūüėÄ Please do check her out, I know she’ll appreciate it a lot. ūüôā (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 Bront√ꬆ(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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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Winter TBR

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So, this week’s list is of the top ten books I’m planning on reading this Winter. Not sure there are ten but we’ll see. As usual if you click on the book cover it’ll link you to the goodreads page for the book. So:

1. Feel¬†the Fear¬†by Lauren Child. Like I said last week, I’ve been with this series since the beginning and I can’t wait to read this one. ūüėÄ

2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I promise this list will not be made entirely of my sequels list from last time. I really need to read this book though. As soon as possible.

3.¬†Cress¬†by Marissa Meyer. I’d like to read this one as soon as possible after reading Scarlet. That’s pretty much all I have to say concerning this book.

4.¬†Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters¬†by Rick Riordan (wow that’s a long title.) See I told you this wasn’t¬†all going to be from my sequels list. My best friend has been begging me and begging me to read this series and for some reason I kept putting it off. But I finally read The Lighting Thief the other day and I¬†loved it.¬†I already said how much I love fairytales, and I’m just as obsessed with Greek Mythology. This series is just epic. Wait a sec, I’ve raved about this long enough. Let’s just say I really want to read this book. Moving on…

5. Any book by Melanie Dickerson (excluding The Healer’s Apprentice cause I’m squeamish). This is what’s going on my Christmas wishlist so this is what I’m putting here. The only reason I chose The Captive Maiden to represent this is because I adore the cover. (seriously,¬†Look at that dress!) Like I already said I love fairy tales. And fairy tale retellings are awesome.

6.¬†The Hunger Games¬†by Suzanne Collins. I’ve been eyeing this one cautiously for some time now, and recently my sister watched in school for English class. She loved it, and now she refuses to give me a moment’s peace until I’ve either watched the film or read the book. So there we go. (not that I mind. I would’ve read it anyway :))

7.¬†Scorpion Mountain¬†by John Flanagan. The casts of Brotherband and Rangers Apprentice team up and go to Arrida. (note: I spelled this wrong last time. sorry.) Awesomeness ensues. That’s basically what this book looks like it’s going to be. I am excited. ūüėÄ ūüėÄ ūüėÄ

8.¬†The Ordinary Princess¬†by M.M. Kaye. So this was mentioned by various people over at the NaNoWriMo website and it sounded interesting, so I’m giving it a go. I could only get hold of it on CD though.

9.¬†Predator’s Gold¬†by Philip Reeve. Um yeah. What can I say. I actually have no idea where the plot’s supposed to be heading for this book, but whatever.

10. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke.

Well, I did reach 10 after all. So yeah. Oh by the way, I finished the first draft of Dark of War. It’s insanely short though. And the plot is waaaaay to straight forward. But there we are. It shall be edited! In January.

Oh yeah, and if you want to join in with Top Ten Tuesdays you can click on the image up top and it’ll take you there.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Can’t Wait to Get

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So, it’s Tuesday again! This time it’s the Top Ten Sequels I can’t wait to get. There aren’t actually that many sequels I do want to get just now, but these are the ones I do. If you want more info on the book, click on the cover image and it should link you to the relevant goodreads page. So, here we go:

1.¬†Scarlet¬†by Marissa Meyer. I read Cinder the other day (which was my first YA I do believe. Yes I first read a YA when I was sixteen :P) and I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel.

2.¬†Feel the Fear¬†by Lauren Child. I’ve been with the Ruby Redfort series ever since Look into My Eyes came out waaay back in… 2010 I think. Can’t wait for the next installment ūüėÄ (wow I’m gonna be eighteen by the time this series ends.)

3.¬†Scorpion Mountain¬†by John Flanagan. Another series I’ve been with since pretty much the beginning. I’m so excited for this one¬†We’re going to see Evanlyn again!! (probably) And go to Arridi!¬†*jumps up and down in excitement* Evanlyn, by the way, is from John Flanagan’s other series, Rangers Apprentice, which is set in the same world as Brotherband. (that’s a very epic series. You should go and read it now if you haven’t already) Anyway, moving on…

4.¬†Cress¬†by Marissa Meyer. Yes, I haven’t actually read Scarlet yet but I’m still looking forwards to this one. Especially since Rapunzel is one of my favourite fairy tales. ūüėÄ

5. Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George. After reading Tuesdays at the Castle, which turned out way better than I thought it would, Wednesdays is likely to be another fun read.

6.¬†Predator’s Gold¬†by Philip Reeve. Honestly I have no idea where the plot is headed for this book, but I’m looking forwards to reading it all the same.

7.¬†A Swiftly Tilting Planet¬†by Madeleine L’Engle. I have no idea how I’m going to get my hands on a copy of this and the rest of the books, but I will eventually. I Loved Wrinkle in Time and Wind in the Door and I NEED MORE. Annoyingly this book is rather rare in the UK ūüė¶

8.¬†Inkspell¬†by Cornelia Funke. Honestly I’m scared to read this book. I read Inkheart about four months ago and loved it, and I do want to know what happens next. But… Unfortunately I know (thanks to some idiot screaming about it on the web) that my favourite character is going to die. So… I’m scared. But I did just order it from the library, so it will be read.

So, not quite ten, but there we are. If you would like to participate in Top Ten Tuesdays, you can click on the Top Ten Tuesdays sign and it’ll take you to the page with info on how to take part. And I’ll be back here on Friday! (hopefully) Bye ūüôā

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