Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

Hello there, all! Today I’m linking up with The Broke and The Bookish for their Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s prompt is,

Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

I’m really excited about this prompt, because books! And book’s settings, which is almost as good. So, without further ado, here is my list!

1. Narnia

…Seriously, who wouldn’t want to go to Narnia? Talking animals, living trees, beautiful enchanted places. I’d also love to go back to the beginning of Narnia, where if you threw a lamppost into the ground, it would grow a baby lamppost, and toffees make a toffee tree, and the air is buzzing with magic.

2. Middle Earth

Another classic bookish destination. Especially since I love the elves, I’d want to go to Rivendell, but most of all I’d love to visit Lothlorien.

3. Tronjheim

Here we’ve got a place from the Inheritance series. Not my favourite books, but the scenery was amazing, especially Tronjheim, the home of the dwarves, and Ellesmera, the elves’ capital city.

4. India

This one mostly comes from the book The Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda, which not only educated me on Indian mythology but inspired me to go there.

5. Hogwarts

A familiar name to just about everyone, the wizarding school would be ideal to go to, though I’m quite partial to Hogsmeade, too.

6. Ember

From a not-too-well-known series, beginning with The City of Ember. Ember is a city powered by electricity, deep underground.

7. Russia

I’ve always wanted to go to Russia, but even more so after reading The Wolf Princess. Gorgeous, snowy winter days!

8. Space

Especially the Pleiades and the Crab Nebula.

9. The School For Good and Evil

Though admittedly both schools sound somewhat repulsive, it would be fun to visit there at least.

10. Redwall

The place just sounds so nice and cosy, even if it is inhabited solely by mice, voles, etc.

Enjoy, and feel free to link up yourself!

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NaNoWriMo 2014

Yes, I know I’ve been gone for ages. I’m sorry. There was lots of personal…stuff going on, but it’s mostly cleared up now and I am back! (Of course, I’m still a huge procrastinator, so don’t expect too many posts.)

As for the latest events, NaNoWriMo 2014 is coming up in a month!

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If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it’s a challenge to write 50,000 words during the month of November on the adult site. On the NaNoWriMo Young Writer’s Program, you can pick a wordcount goal for your writing during November.

I participated in NaNoWriMo 2013 and I’m going to do it this year too! My goal last year was 30,000 words, though by January it had ended up being 80,000, and I’m still editing it. I hope I can finish this year too!

I’ve been doing lots of planning for NaNo and it’s been fun and ridiculously busy. I hope you all will join me this year in writing a novel! Good luck!

Top Ten Characters Who Would Have Sat At My Lunch Table

Hello, there! Today I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their Top Ten Tuesday. Since I couldn’t think of anything for this week’s prompt, I’m going to do last week’s instead. I know, I’m a cheater.

The prompt is-

Top Ten Characters Who Would Have Sat At My Lunch Table In High School

Let us start out by saying that, as a homeschooler who is still in middle school, I’ve never had a lunch table other than my own dining room table, and the people who sat there were generally my parents or siblings. That aside, let’s begin!

1. Ella from Ella Enchanted

She’s funny, quirky, and bold, and she’s pretty cool! I think we would be fairly good friends and it would be very fun to have her around to lighten things up.

2. Ash from Ash

Ash is quiet and fairly serious, but still interesting and fun. I’d love to get to know her better.

3. Kaisa from Ash

Once again from the book Ash, Kaisa is cool and sporty and basically the opposite of what I am, but still really cool.

4. Kaede from Huntress

Kaede is funny and determined and basically awesome. I could totally see her and Ella getting along really well, and it’d be great to have her around.

5. Edmund Pevensie from Chronicles of Narnia

Can I cheat and say I want two from this universe? Edmund and Lucy are my favourites from this series(actually, nevermind, Aravis and Shasta too.)

6. Pippin from the Lord of the Rings

Pippin is funny and bold and tends to get ignored a lot and is an all around a great character.

7. Lizzy from Pride and Prejudice

She’s my favourite character and bold and determined to go her own way. Not only would she get along with Ella and Kaede really well, I could see her keeping peace.

8. Silverstream from Warriors

Yes, she’s a cat. Shhh. Cats are the best, and she was always my favourite. I could get a lot of petting done that way.

9. Shay from Uglies

She’s cool and fun and brave and she takes initiative when no one else does. Not to mention she’s hilarious.

10. Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles

She’s smart and funny and strong and cool and basically who wouldn’t want to have her around?

That’s all for today! Have a good night/day/morning!

The Lego Movie and Disappointing Cliches

Hello, there! I recently saw the Lego Movie in theaters, and I’ll admit, I was quite disappointed. I’m here to share with you why I was.

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This review-thing contains spoilers!

 

Well, the movie was mildly funny, and some parts made me laugh pretty hard. The main song, “Everything is Awesome” is annoyingly catchy, and may or may not be stuck in my head right now. However, the movie had it’s bad parts. 

  • Wildstyle. I wanted to like her, I really did, but the movie butchered her, one of about two female characters, so badly. One of the biggest things that bothered me was the stereotypical cliché. The ‘strong female character’ starts out powerful, one of the best on the time. Enter Emmett, the bumbling main character, who surpasses her strength in 100 minutes, while she stays static and once it becomes apparent he’s part of the prophecy, doesn’t do anything to better herself. Sigh. Not only that, but she developed an too-quick romantic relationship with him and obviously has a crush on him about 40 minutes into the movie.
  • Emmet. Bumbling mess-up learns he’s the Chosen One, and quickly becomes the supreme self-sacrificing epitome of a hero. Sigh.
  • The ‘Wise Mentor Who Dies But Comes Back As A Ghost And Gives Advice That Leads The Hero Into Sacrificing Himself.’ Need I say more?
  • Batman. He takes the role of ‘boyfriend who’s actually not horrible but gets dumped for the hero and seemingly doesn’t care.’ 

All in all, the movie was rather disappointing, despite it’s positive message. I know it’s a short review, but that’s all for today! 

Review of the Week

Hello! Today I’m going to do a quick review of what I did this week. (and sorry for the spotty posting, I’ve been busy.)

x I did some planning for my next novel, which I’ll be writing in this year’s NaNoWriMo. I’m so excited!

x I got a lot of books. Grave Mercy, Wonderstruck, a book about Arthurian legends, etc.

x I went swimming and took walks! I actually swam all the way across a lake with my dad. He got to kayak, though. 

x I ate lots of sweets, way more than I should have. (Icies, suckers, chocolate, etc.)

x I marathoned 5 episodes of Merlin. Yes, five. 

x I started (yesterday) Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box. As of ten minutes ago, I have played six hours of it already. 

x I got very little sleep, as usual.

x I bemoaned the fact I couldn’t watch Deep Breath.

x Went to a party and got to pet a kitten.

x Didn’t really do all that much, I guess!

 

Well, that’s all for today! Farewell.

 

 

 

Places I Want To Go+ Thoughts on Seasons

Hi! Today I’m going to tell you about some of the places I want to visit, along with some thoughts on the seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter.

Places I want to go:

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1. Romania

Romania is so pretty, I swear. I would love to visit there!

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2. Russia

Two words. Siberian. Tigers. 

Ahaha, that and Russia is pretty cool.

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3. Iceland

Oh my gosh, Iceland. I really, really want to go here!

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4. Italy

Vineyards and pasta…as my dad would say. A family trip to Italy would be fabulous.

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5. Belgium

CHOCOLATE. My siblings went here and said there was primarily lots of chocolate and bikes. 

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6. England

I really want to visit England. It would be so fun~

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7. Scotland

My siblings went here and read The Hounds of Baskerville here! I can’t wait to see it! 

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My thoughts on the seasons:

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Spring

Spring is a fairly good season, my third favourite. Not too hot or too cold, generally, and lots of pretty flowers! Not to mention it’s always a welcome distraction after the growing monotony of winter.

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Summer

Ah, summer, my least favourite and most despised season. Hot, overly humid/dry, lots of mowing to do, and did I mention that it was hot? Thankfully it’s over for this year soon!

autumn

Autumn

Autumn is my favourite season! The leaves are turning, the air is crisp, apples abound, and I can finally wear my sweaters and drink tea. 

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Winter

Cold and snowy, and my second favourite season. I don’t even mind the shoveling! 

That’s all for today. Farewell!

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

Hello again! Today I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their weekly feature, Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s prompt is: 

top ten books i really want to read but don’t own yet

1. Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes.

I saw a sort of good, sort of bad review of this book over at Goodreads, and it said to read the book, if only for the ending. I certainly can’t resist such a mystery!

2. The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell.

This book looks really interesting! I can’t wait to read it. 

3. Loki’s Wolves by K. L. Armstrong.

Norse mythology, hurrah! This book looks super fun and interesting. I can’t wait to read it!

4. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.

My sister and librarian both liked this book, and it looks very interesting! I can’t wait to read this one.

5. The Quotable Doctor Who: Wise Words from Across Space and Time by Cavan Scott.

This book looked really good! I love quotes, I love Doctor Who-put them together and it should be perfect. Right?

6. Malice by Chris Wooding.

Oooh, horror-y fantasy-y books! Nevillegirl recommended this one to me, and it looks fantastic!

7. Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George.

Castles and heroic princesses! Yay! 

8. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.

DRAGONS. My librarian recommended this to me, and I can’t wait to read it! because DRAGONS

9. Fairest by Marissa Meyer.

So technically this one’s not been released yet, but hey! It’s not on my shelf. Oooh, so excited for this one. More villain backstory, which is always the best.

10. Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses and Other Female Villains by Jane Yolen.

Ooh, all about female criminals, and whether or not they were truly evil or not! This one sounds so interesting, I can’t wait to read it!

 

Well, that’s all for today. Farewell!