10×10 Challenge Completed! (Summer Edition)

If you haven’t read this post, let me explain what this is about real quick. I saw a post by Meg, who did this 10×10 Styling Challenge, created by Style Bee. Basically, you choose 10 items out of your wardrobe, and for the next 10 days, your outfits can only come from the 10 items. The rules aren’t too hard and fast, but I decided not to wear the same outfit twice, as that seemed to defeat the purpose of this challenge.

As a refresher, here are my 10 items.

So, here’s my 10 outfits I came up with!

Monday – Outfit #1

I started off with my floral dress as it was a sunny day. Also, a dress is pretty much an outfit on it’s own, and I wasn’t feeling the most inspired this Monday morning. That being said, wearing this dress tends to cheer me up. It’s floaty and sweet, and I paired it with my comfy flats (again Mondays). I took this picture before work (still kinda tired tbh), as I normally tie my hair back in some way at work. Babies like grabbing hair.

Tuesday – Outfit #2

Another warm day, so I put together an official outfit. T-Shirt, Shorts and Sandals are comfy and perfect for another hot day. This was taken after work, and I’m not quite sure what I’m doing, but I kinda liked this picture.

Wednesday – Outfit #3

Today was Valentine’s day! I put my hair in a braid rather than a ponytail to be a teensy bit more festive. I wore my floral singlet, harem pants and also a grey cardi. It was cooler in the morning, but by mid afternoon I had to take it off as it got really hot again. This was the also comfiest outfit I’ve had so far, I love these pants 😀

Thursday – Outfit #4

I was feeling kind of lazy on Thursday, as you do. So I wore almost the same outfit as Wednesday, except I threw on my Superdry shirt instead. Still counts right! Plus, I left my hair down (which was a mistake as it was windy today).

Friday – Outfit #5

It was a little cooler today, and by that I mean it was cloudy instead of just sunny. So I decided I could wear my sweater. There haven’t been too many days where I could wear that, as I would just get to hot. But, paired with shorts and sandals, it was okay. I also wore a necklace today just for fun! It’s my little owl one, the kids are fascinated by it.

Saturday – Outfit #6

The weekend! Saturday was a fairly busy day for us. We were out for almost the whole day, driving here and there. We also decided to eat out for dinner which we haven’t done since last year. We normally get takeout. We went to a little Italian place and the food was so goood! I’m happy with my outfit choice. I love this floral dress, and since it was a bit cloudy, I could bring out my trusty cardigan for an added layer. I also wore contacts for a change, cause I wasn’t too lazy.

Sunday – Outfit #7

It only now occurs to me that I’m derping in this picture, but too bad. It’s staying. Another sunny weekend day. A bit warmer than before, so out came my combo of singlet, shorts and sandals. I did have to check that I hadn’t worn this combo before, but I have been keeping track of the combos in a notebook, and I was safe. Also, I like pairing something floaty with something a little more fitted. I also realized that I’ve been wearing these sandals for a few days in a row, but they’re so comfy!!

Monday – Outfit #8

Still a warm day, but with lots of clouds. Pairing my cardi, with my stripy singlet and shorts proved to be a good mix. Since it was slightly cooler, my cardi helped keep me warm, but since I was in shorts, I wasn’t too warm. Also, this is comfy to move around in all day, as working with little kids and babies, you tend to prefer comfort over style.

Tuesday – Outfit #9

There was a decent bit of rain today, so I actually wore boots today, but for the sake of the challenge, I put on the black flats, which was my original shoes I was going to wear. I wanted to wear my floral dress one more time, but I wanted it to look different. So, since there was rain and it was a bit cooler, I threw my sweater on top. I’m not quite sure what I thought of this outfit. It seems a bit too preppy, but hey, I was super comfy in it!

Wednesday – Outfit #10

I was trying to think of what I hadn’t worn together at this point. It was a little warmer, so I didn’t want to have too many layers. Black and white is always a good mix, so I wore my stripy singlet with harem pants. I wore my yellow sandals just for a pop of colour.

There you have it! My first ever outfit challenge completed! I actually had a lot of fun putting this together, that I’m planning on doing this challenge seasonally. Otherwise, I’d just keep using the same 10 items. I recommend giving this a go, even if you only do it for 5 days instead of 10. It definitely helped me to mix and match more, rather than wearing the same thing everyday to work, like I sometimes do. But hey, the kids do it too 😛

Which was your favourite outfit? Mine’s a three way tie between 5, 6, and 7.

Angela.

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Reading Challenge Book List

Reading Challenge Book List

I mentioned recently that I completed my Reading Challenge for this year. I thought it would be fun to go back and look at all the books I’ve read as part of this challenge. I’ll also include little snippets about my thoughts on the book, just as a refresher.

If you want more detailed thoughts on the book, you can check them out in my previous Reading Challenge Posts!

1) Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

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Mystery/Thriller. 349 pages. Read in January. Rated 4 stars.

2) The Martian by Andy Weir

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Sci-Fi/Adventure. 369 pages. Read in March. Rated 5 stars.

3) Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

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Young Adult/Contemporary. 310 pages. Read in March. Rated 3 stars.

4) The Princess Bride by William Goldman

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Fantasy. 398 Pages. Read in March. Rated 5 stars.

5) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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Classics/Sci-Fi. 268 Pages. Read in March. Rated 2 stars.

6) Bossypants by Tina Fey

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Biography/Humour. 283 pages. Read in April. Rated 4 stars.

7) The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

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Mystery/Thriller. 323 pages. Read in April. Rated 4 stars.

8) The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler

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Drama/Feminism. 185 pages. Read in April. Rated 3 stars.

9) Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Romance/Chick-Lit. 369 pages. Read in May. Rated 5 stars.

10) After You by Jojo Moyes

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Romance/Chick-Lit. 353 pages. Read in June. Rated 4 stars.

11) Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart

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Biography. 272 pages. Read in June. Rated 4 stars.

12) The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

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Humour/Self-Help. 224 pages. Read in June. Rated 5 stars.

13) The Life Changing Magic of Tidying: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

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Self-Help. 224 pages. Read in July. Rated 5 stars.

14) After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Chick Lit/Romance. 352 pages. Read in July. Rated 3 stars.

15) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Sci-Fi/Dystopia/Feminism. 311 pages. Read in August. Rated 5 stars.

16) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

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Childrens. 155 pages. Read in August. Rated 3 stars.

17) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

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Mystery/Thriller. 465 pages. Read in October. Rated 5 stars.

18) The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

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Mystery/Thriller. 503 pages. Read in October. Rated 4 stars.

19) The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

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Mystery/Thriller. 563 pages. Read in October. Rated 3 stars.

20) He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo 

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Self-Help/Relationships/Humour. 208 pages. Read in October. Rated 3 stars.

That’s all the books I’ve read as part of this challenge. I’m still trying to read more books, I’m figuring out what my goal for next year could be. I’m hoping 30, but that sounds too ambitious. As for the books I’ve already read, I feel like I read a big range. I get bored if I keep reading from the same genre over and over. I’ve never had a favourite one. I like mixing fiction and non-fiction, as well as light, funny books with more serious ones.

What books have you guys been reading lately?

Angela.

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Black & White Photo Challenge

I’ve seen this challenge going around lately about posting a black and white photo every day for seven days. The rules are that you post a black and white photo of your life, with no people, and no explanation. You’re also to challenge someone new each day.

I have been nominated by Anni (Gluecksgeist) on Instagram, Lee (Golden Pink Journal) and Pat (Kindergarten Knowledge) on WordPress. I have really wanted to do this challenge, but following on from my 30 Days of Photography Challenge, I didn’t want to do this everyday for a week as it felt too similar. Instead, I’ll put them all in one post!

Here we go!

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I tag anyone who wants to take part.

That’s all for this post!

Angela.

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Reading Challenge Completed!

I’ve officially completed my 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge! Back in March I set myself the goal of reading 20 books. A huge goal considering I have only read 3 or 4 new books for the past few years. It was something that I wanted to do more of, and now I’ve accomplished that goal!

Here’s book numbers 16-20 that I’ve read. I’ll try keep things ‘spoiler-free’.

16) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum

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I read this in August. After finishing The Handmaid’s Tale, I wanted something light to read. I had watched the movie, but hadn’t read the book, so now seemed like a good time.

I’m sure you guys know the story of this. Dorothy gets literally swept up by a twister and lands in the magical world of Oz. On her journey back home, she comes across a brainless scarecrow, a tin man, and a cowardly lion. Follow the yellow brick road and all that.

I gave this three stars. I liked it, but it didn’t really grab me that much. It’s a fun children’s book, but I didn’t feel invested in the world. It was definitely some nice, light reading after my previous book though which is all I wanted.

17) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

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This took me the longest to read. I started it in August then forgot all about it, and finally picked it up again in October. The Millenium Series had been on my TBR list for the longest time, and I finally decided to get into it.

If you don’t know the story, it revolves around two characters the most. Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading (disgraced) journalist trying to do what’s right, and Lisbeth Salander, a genius, ruthless hacker with lots of piercings and tattoos. They work together to try solve a 40 year old murder. That’s one of the storylines anyway.

I gave this five stars.  I loved this book. It did start slow, but then it picked up really fast. I had to keep reading to find out what happened, which is always the mark of a good book. I’ve also since watched both the Swedish and American film versions.

18) The Girl Who Played With Fire

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I read this in October. When we went on our mini holiday, it’s always a good idea to have a book to read while travelling. There’s a lot of downtime.

Again, there’s multiple storylines at work here. Lisbeth and Mikael are again the main characters. There is again a murder to be solved and lots of intrigue to go around. As well as exploring more of Lisbeth’s past.

I gave this four stars. I again really liked it, but not quite as much as the first. It felt a little slow at times, but it kept me interested.

19) The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

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I read this in October, pretty much right after the previous book.

The end of the trilogy ends with Lisbeth fighting against the system, so to speak. Her and Mikael work together one more time, but this time against various corrupt government people. Another vague summary, but I am trying to keep things from spoiling as this series was a really fun read.

I gave this three stars. As the series went on, I just wasn’t as captivated as I was in the first book. It again felt slow at parts, and there were side plots that felt unnecessary. But it was a nice way to end the series and I loved the trilogy as a whole.

20) He’s Just Not That Into You

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Another October book. This time, I was trying to think of another light and fun book to read after the previous ones. I looked through my TBR, and found a few books that I remembered adding out of pure curiousity. So I bought a kindle version of this book.

This is meant to be a self-help book in the world of dating, specifically for women. It’s written by Sex and the City writers and basically gives a lot of scenarios about when a guy is just not that into you. Basically, it encourages someone to look at their relationship and realize if it’s a dead-end one. Why waste your time on someone who’s not that into you, when you’re deserving of more, is the general theme of the book.

I gave this three stars. I was expecting to just have a good laugh with this book, and I did. Some points made sense to me, others didn’t. It was a very fast light read though, and if you’ve got nothing better to do, then it’s a fun read.

That’s  it for the last five books! I’m so proud of myself that I got through this challenge. I feel like I can read more books before the year wraps up. I’m excited to do the challenge next year again, and maybe set my sights a little higher.

I’ll be doing a wrap-up for this challenge later, so it’ll remind me of all the books I’ve read this year, and cause it sounds like fun.

What books have you read lately?

Angela.

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30 Day Photography Challenge – Days 11-15

Here’s the next installment in my photography challenge!

Day 11 – Something Blue

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You guys may recognise this spot as the river near our house. I love going there for photos. I was trying to do that photo effect where you slow the shutter speed so you get a more ‘misty’ photo of the water ripples. You need a tripod for this shot, as any shake will mess up the shot. I did not have a tripod, and this was the best one I could get!

Day 12 – Sunset

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I was wanting to get a sunset photo during the past weekend, but we had nonstop rain. One evening in the week, we had sunny weather and we took advantage. We went uphill so we could get a better shot. I took so many photos, and it was hard to narrow down! This is definitely one of my favourites.

Day 13 – Cannot Live Without

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I chose to do another flat lay thing for this one. There’s many things I can’t live without biologically speaking. But for my photo, I went with a different approach. My family, my husband, and me. My thoughts, inspiration, brain, are all important parts of me. Also, I am just so into Winnie The Pooh Quotes lately.

Day 14 – Eyes

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This took a surprising amount of time to co-ordinate. However, I’m really happy with how this photo came out! Fun fact, if you look deep into my eyes, you can see the reflection of my arm holding out the camera. As well as my messy office.

Day 15 – Silhouette

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It took me the longest time to figure out how to take a silhouette shot. Finally, I realized that you needed to wait a while after sunset where the sky is still bright, but the sun is down. That’s Rory there. I was crouching really low on the ground, so I could get more of his silhouette against the fading sky 🙂

That’s it for this round!

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Which one was your favourite?

Part 1 – Days 1-5

Part 2 – Days 6-10

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30 Day Photography Challenge – Days 1-5

So as you guys know, I have a brand new camera which I’ve been having so much fun testing out! I want to work on my photography skills, so I found a photography challenge on Pinterest which I’ve decided to try!

Here are the first five days of the challenge.

Day 1 – Self Portrait

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You may have seen this in  my latest OOTD post, but this is technically the first selfie or ‘self portrait’ I took with my camera!

Day 2 – What You Wore

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On a Monday morning to work, I wore my favourite overalls and striped shirt. It got a bit chilly, so I did throw on a blue cardi as well.

Day 3 – Clouds

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There was a lot of picks for this one, clouds are just so much fun to look up at.

Day 4 – Something Green

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Again, the river provides some great photo opportunities. I’m glad it’s so close to our new place!

Day 5 – After Dark

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Seeing a bright full moon behind clouds just seemed like a good photo opportunity. Reminds me of something supernatural, or maybe I’ve been watching Buffy too much lately. Who knows? 😀

That’s it for Days 1-5. I’ll post the next five on the 11th!

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Which one was your favourite?

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2017 Reading Challenge (Part 2)

2017 Reading Challenge (Part 2)

Hey guys, I have not yet finished my Goodreads Reading Challenge (20 books!), but I just felt like sharing the previous 5 books I’ve read. In this post that I shared back in June, 2017 Reading Challenge (Part 1), I shared the first 10 books I’ve read. It would make sense to save this post till I finish the next 10, but I just feel like splitting it up instead.

Anyway! Here’s book numbers 11-15 that I’ve read.

11) Buffering – Hannah Hart

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I read this in June. It was my first biography since Tina Fey’s. It’s also my first book I’ve read by a YouTuber!

The book is about Hannah, herself. For those who don’t know her, she’s an online personality, she’s a proud lesbian and she’s amazing. She tells stories from her life, she’s found journal entries from her past and talks about many aspects of her life that she previously kept private. Actually, she explains it best. “I’m a little nervous about all these vulnerable words going into the world, these tales about my love life, the wrestling I’ve done with faith, how I feel about sex and my family and myself. I’ve had a lot of trials, a lot of errors, but also a lot of passion. Here’s the thing–I’ve always found comfort in the stories shared by others, so I hope my stories, now that I feel ready to tell them, will bring you some comfort too. And when you read this book please remember: Buffering is just the time it takes to process.”

I gave this four stars. I was really impressed with this book. I only watched Hannah sometimes on YouTube, and she always seemed happy and together. This book goes up to the end of 2015, while I was laughing at her videos, she was going through something serious. It was an eye-opener. Props to Hannah for sharing her personal stories, her voice really came through in this book.

12) The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson

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I read this in the middle of June. It was recommended to me back in a personality quiz I did back in Personality Quizzes Overload.

This book is written by a blogger by the name of Mark Manson, it’s sort of a self-help book. But not really. The title is also misleading. It doesn’t talk about how not to give a fuck, but more about what you should give a fuck about. Some things are just out of your control, and you shouldn’t spend so much energy caring or worrying about them. He argues that life isn’t about ‘thinking positive’ or ‘making lemons into lemonade’, but more about learning how to stomach said lemons. Not everyone is destined for greatness, he advises us to learn our limitations and accept them.

I  gave this five stars cause it was just such an entertaining read. I’m tempted to buy it so I can read it again forever. It was really funny, and the way he writes kept me hooked from start to finish. All the stories and advice are presented in a straight-forward, no bullshit kind of way, and yes there’s a lot of swearing, but I think that’s just how he talks. I really recommend everyone read it.

13) The Life Changing Magic of Tidying – Marie Kondo

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I read this at the end of June/beginning of July. I had heard about this book from so many people, and I was so happy when I finally got my hands on a copy at the library.

This is about the Kondo method of tidying up and decluttering.  Rather than taking it room by room, and doing a little at each time, which means you’re never finished. She talks you through a category system (which makes a lot more sense), and about throwing away things that don’t ‘spark joy’. I don’t explain it as good as she does, but this book has so many helpful tips and I wrote a lot of them down.

I rated this five stars. You guys may know that I hate tidying, cause it takes too long. The tips in this book have helped me very recently. You guys know we’re moving soon, well with the tips from this book, I sorted out what I really want to keep, what to donate, and what to chuck out. We permanently have less clutter, and I plan to keep this mindset in a few months time when I’ve probably bought more unnecessary things.

14) After I Do – Taylor Jenkins Reid

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My only July book. I was starting to slow my reading during this time. I wanted a light book to read, so I looked through the recommendations on Goodreads. I liked the concept of the story since most chick lit I read is “Meet Cute”, so I thought I’d give it a go.

The general gist of the story is about a married couple, Lauren and Ryan. They’ve been together for ever and married for longer, and they’ve reached a breaking point. They’re both unhappy, miserable and pissed at the other. So, they decide to take a year off from being together, and during that time, they’re not allowed any contact with each other. Anything goes basically, then at the end of that time, they’ll meet up again and see what they want to do. That was the concept that made me think this story should be fun. It’s a love story about after the love has left.

I gave this three stars. I wanted to give it three and a half, but it wouldn’t let me for some reason. Basically, I liked the story. It was fun and light, which is what I wanted. It was easy to put down and then get back into. I would have rated it higher, but I didn’t quite like how the story was only from Lauren’s point of view. I really wanted to know more about what Ryan got up to in that year, but never mind.

15) The Handmaid’s Tale

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I read this in August. I had been recommended to read this book by a friend a few years back, but I forgot all about it. Until some blogging friends brought it back up and we decided to all read it (Shoutout to the Cool Ladies, you know who you are!). Also the show had come out, and I wanted to see that, but now I had to read the book first.

The book is set in a dystopia (officially called Gilead), where women have basically little to no rights. It’s super religious, and the birth rate has decreased substantially. So the fertile women are rounded up and given the title of handmaids. They’re treated not as human, but like cattle basically. They are assigned to a house with an ‘elite’ couple, called the Commander and his wife. Once a month, they take part in a “ceremony” where they have sex with the Commander (it’s more like rape), while the wife is present, to try get said handmaiden pregnant. Which if she is, it’s then handed over to the Commander as their own child. If she doesn’t get pregnant within a certain time, she’s sent away to some horrible place since she didn’t fulfill her ‘purpose’. This was the opposite of my previous book. Not light at all.

I rated this five stars. It’s super dark and gristly, and a terrible but gripping story overall. I had a few unanswered questions after finishing it, but otherwise I loved the story. Atwood really draws you in to this horrifying world she created, and it does make you think, that this is a frightening possibility.

 

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There you have it guys!! The 11th to 15th books I’ve read this year. I’ve since read one more, and am starting book number 17. I’m still on track to finish this before the year ends which I’m really happy with, since I started in March. 20 may not sound like much, but to me, it’s huge! I really am loving reading so many new books this year.

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Any book recommendations you guys have for me? Or have you read any of the books in the post? What did you think?

Angela.

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 8

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 8

Day 8 – A movie that makes you sad

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This movie technically makes me happy too, no film comes to mind that only brings up sad emotions. A lot of the movies that make me happy also have sad moments. For example, Toy Story 3.

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I really enjoyed the first two Toy Story’s, and watched them so many times over and over on DVD. As someone who was very attached to her toys, had an overactive imagination which led to my toys going on various adventures, I really liked the idea of toys being alive. The moment that made me cry was not the end, but that scene in the garbage incinerator.

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You guys who have seen this movie will know what I’m talking about.

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So yeah, this is a movie that makes me sad.

Have you guys seen Toy Story 3? Did you get hit with the feels?

What movie makes you sad?

Angela.

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 3

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 3

Day 3 –  A Favourite Action/Adventure Movie

You guys may know that I love superhero films, they’re so much fun, and I love getting caught up in all the fight scenes and CGI going on! But, my choice for today’s prompt is not a superhero one!

Edge of Tomorrow (a.k.a. Live Die Repeat)

I loooooove this movie. I hadn’t really heard much about it, it kind of went under most people’s radar, which is hilarious as this movie is amazing and there’s so many big names in it.

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The film’s story was adapted from a Japanese novel called “All You Need is Kill”. Basically, in 2015 aliens (called Mimics) arrived on Earth via a meteorite and start attacking. The film is set in 2020, where the Mimics have spread over most of Europe and are killing everyone in their way. Tom Cruise plays William Cage, he’s in public relations, convincing people to join the fight, but not having any combat experience himself.  His superior orders him to be there for a landing operation against the aliens, meant to turn the tide and end the war. He initially declines, but they send him off anyway. During the operations, Cage is killed, but wakes up the day before the battle. From here, he gets caught in a time loop, eventually teaming up with Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) to find a way to defeat the aliens. Rita is a seasoned soldier, very well-respected and feared, nicknamed the “Full Metal Bitch”.

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That’s a lot to take in yes. When I first watched this movie, I didn’t even know the plotline. Rory mentioned he wanted to watch it, and I said sure why not. This movie was incredible. The plot, writing, storyline, dialogue, humour and acting made this film such a thrilling and action packed watch. I’ve since heard they’re doing a sequel, and I’m not so sure about that. But then again, I doubted the first one, and it blew my mind.

Have you guys seen Edge of Tomorrow?

What’s your favourite action/adventure movie?

Angela.