Stories of the Month: July 2017

Movies

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10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

This one is a film I felt like I HAD to watch. I think it’s been on Netflix for quite a while, but I finally got around to it this month. I had never seen this late 90’s classic even though pretty much everyone my age has and I wanted to see what all the hype was about. Waling away from this movie, I’m no bigger a fan of Julia Stiles (I think she’s so-so as an actress, maybe that’s just because of the roles I’ve seen her in) and I feel a lot sadder about the loss of talent the Heath Leger’s passing left in the world. I like stuff from the 90’s, yeah it’s not as great as the Golden Age of Hollywood or the amazing effects films can use today, but 90’s movies feel so cozy and relaxing to watch. You walk away with that warm fuzzy feeling that only nostalgia can give, and I love it. So overall, I thought this was a cute film, I get why everyone loves it and talks about it even to this day!
My Grade: A

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Leap Year (2010)

This film has a 21% on Rotten Tomatoes, and I’m not surprised. I must admit, I was baking a cake while watching, so I wasn’t really paying attention to the whole thing and I feel absolutely no remorse. I thought this film looked promising and entertaining, but the plot was super lame. Amy Adams’ character is seemingly committed to her longtime boyfriend and wants to use some Irish tradition of proposing on Leap day, but her plans go awry when her plane goes down early on the wrong side of Ireland and she has to find another way to get to Dubin in time. She then meets a handsome Irishman, I’ll save you the strange and confusing details of all the places and things they see together, and pretty much insta-falls in love with him. Sure Adam Scott’s character was pretty lame and unexciting so who wouldn’t fall in love with Matthew Goode instead, but I thought this fate-laced tale of a cheating almost-fiancee was pretty unexciting and predictable. Save yourself the time and take it out of your Netflix list.

My Grade: D

Television

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Doctor Who Series 10 (pretty much the second half)

I’m not one to hide my disappointment with the way this show has been heading for the last couple of seasons. I have grown a bit fonder of Capaldi as his time on the show has progress, but I still think the writing has gotten sloppy almost to the point of no return. When I finally hit this season’s penultimate episode (written by Moffat) I was actually captivated for the fist time in ages. I think Moffat has a real talent for writing creepy and scary storylines to go with Doctor Who’s famed monsters and I loved this new Cybermen story. That said, the finale didn’t really keep my attention and I was completely lost by the time they were setting up for the Christmas special.

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In other, maybe more important news, there’s a new Doctor! I’m sure you all knew that Capaldi is stepping down after the Christmas special this year (especially obvious by him started to regenerate at the end of the finale) and I had been waiting and waiting for them to tell us who the new Doctor is. Finally they revealed that it will be *drumroll* Jodie Whittaker from Broadchurch! After I recovered from my intial shock of hearing that the Doctor is finally going to regenerate into a woman, I realized that it was a little less shocking considering the show she is coming from. If you follow DW news at least moderately closely, you’ll know that Moffat is also stepping down after this season and handing off the show to Chris Chibnall, the writer of Broadchurch. I am a big fan of the other show, so you can bet I’ll be watching Series 11 in hopes that I will be drawn back in, although a change in writing could really go either way.

 

Books

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On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher.

I loved reading Carrie’s first novel, and I put up a whole review to prove it! Carrie’s writing isn’t perfect, but her story telling skills shine through in this book and I really enjoyed this sweet, quick read. Check out my review [add link] and pick up On the Other Side for yourself!:)


Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won’t open.

Evie’s soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it’s too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow , some way, she may also find her way back to her long lost love . . .


You can check out my full review of On the Other Side here!

Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

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I always get lost in Richelle’s characters and world-building, which makes for an overall enjoyable reading experience for me. Yay! While her books tend to have similar elements (fantasy setting, strong-willed and independent females, steamy adult scenes, and mysteriously attractive male counter-parts), it works for me! I very much enjoyed this book and couldn’t wait to finish it so I would know how it would end. Of course, the ending isn’t completely satisfying because it’s a series! I have yet to buy the second book, and the third isn’t out yet, but I’ll definitely be picking up the rest of this series in the future.

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In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.


My full review will be up soon!

So I suppose I was a bit slow on the book reading front this month, but I also started (currently half-way through) The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken. I plan to finish it soon, but it’s been slow going since I’m reading the e-arc strictly on my work breaks and not at home in my downtime, It’s not super long though and I’m really enjoying Prosper’s world!

Stories of the Month: June 2017

Movies

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I went into this movie knowing it was going to be pretty lame. I was expecting to laugh at some dumb humor, and that happened. There was a story-line that they went through with the Flocka and the criminals behind it, but it was done sloppily in between cheap genital jokes and every pretty boy pop culture reference that could be hurled at Zac Efron’s character. I liked that there was a story, and that Efron’s character was questioning why lifeguards should get involved with criminals. Did I laugh? Yes, sometimes. Was I done with penis jokes after the first ten minutes? Yes. Did they keep making them anyways?
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Stories of the Month

This is something new I want to do because I have never really been a “wrap up” type of person. Usually, I don’t have tons of time to read unless I’m on a break from school so I don’t have tons of books finished at the end of each month. However, I watch a lot of tv and movies as well as reading, so I think lumping them into one quick monthly post will work better for me! Read on to see what stories I consumed in the month of May! Continue reading “Stories of the Month”

On the End of Sophomore Year

Cool things that happened this school year:

  • Joined a dance group on campus
  • Saw Michael Che do live stand-up for free through BU
  • Went to Rhode Island Comic Con for my 20th birthday
  • Made some really great friends
  • Explored more of Boston
  • FINISHED CGS!!!

That’s a wrap on sophomore year at BU for me! I can’t believe I am now a junior in college. It feels like just yesterday I was working two jobs and saving money for London over my gap semester. It’s crazy how fast time flies even though it can feel like the months drag on while I’m away at school. As I write this, I am not currently back at home just yet (I wish), but I am back at my sister’s apartment because 1) she’s storing all my stuff over the summer and 2) she’s graduating from college this Saturday!

Aside from living in the nation’s smallest state for another week, I thought I’d take some time to reflect on my first two years of college and where I hope to be in two years when I graduate. I’m one of those people who genuinely went into college without a clue of what I want to do afterwards, and that’s okay. I had applied to different schools for different programs thinking I’d find my way at some point and settle on a major. When I was accepted to BU, I had applied for film but was put into their general studies program instead. Obviously I have no complaints about this, regardless of how much people make fun of us CGS students for being less competent than others. I didn’t know what I wanted and I loved that the program I was placed in included a semester in London during my freshman year.

Traveling to London for my second semester of college is one of the best things I have ever had the privilege to do. This was the first time I left the United States. Ever. I had to get my first passport, do my own grocery shopping, cook for myself, basically do everything on my own because mom can’t come to college with me! I welcomed this. I am a pretty independent person anyways, but in London I had to think about what I wanted to eat throughout the week and buy everything I needed. I had to live in a flat with a shared kitchen between 12 people. But on top of this, I got to experience a new culture, live out my anglophile dreams of seeing Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, a Doctor Who-esque Police Box, eat Nando’s and so much more in person instead of through a screen. Thinking back, it all still seems like a dream. As if for six weeks I floated through life just trying to absorb everything I could.

Sophomore year was a lot less surreal, but still loads of fun and cool experiences. I joined a dance group on campus which really helped me to make friends that I have commonalities with and I got more involved in campus life. I also decided during the second semester this year that I want to pursue a dance minor. My hope is that I will be able to complete all of the necessary credits as quickly as possible, even if that means overloading a couple of credits for the rest of my time at BU. Dance helps me stay sane and I am so grateful that I have it back in my life.

Then there was Capstone. The dreaded Capstone project is something every CGS student at BU has to go through at the end of sophomore year. After this, we are done with all the required liberal arts credits and can focus on major and minor requirements. I was on a team that was “experimental” which really just means we didn’t have to write a cohesive argumentative 50 page paper on some worldly issue. Instead, we could come up with any topic and find a creative way to express what we wanted to about it. My team chose to research anxiety on campus and how students handle anxiety. We made a short film and put a lot of effort into this creative element. With a group of 7 people working on a single project that hold a big weight on everyone’s final grades, there was bound to be some tension and there was. In the end, I have some great friends (one of which is to be my roommate next year) and I really think it went well if I ignore all the stress involved XD.

So now, here I sit. Free to go home for the summer and back to my lovely job at the bookstore. I always used to say I hated Vegas and couldn’t wait to leave, but I do miss being home with my family when I’m back east. It’s hard to be away from my dog for so long too, but I get to see them all soon! Also, I can get back into the swing of reading the books from my bookshelf instead of an endless sea of e-ARCs, I am very much looking forward to reading everything I bought last summer/winter and haven’t read yet.

I hope you have all had a lovely year, good luck to any students who aren’t done with exams yet and happy summer break!!

Katie x

April 2017 Favorites!

I have done one favorites post in the past, but I feel like I should really get into doing them more frequently! Thinking about what to include in this post has helped me remember some positive things about the past month, so I am having fun choosing my favorites. There are only a select few items I will highlight this month, but they were very enjoyable for me 🙂 Continue reading “April 2017 Favorites!”