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Liebster Award

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Hello all! The lovely Scott Meeberg nominated me for something called the “Liebster Award.” I’m not exactly sure of what this is, but I figured this would be fun to do anyways. If you aren’t following Scott’s blog already (http://scottmeebergblogs.wordpress.com), go follow it now! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

The official rules are:  

1) Thank the rockin’ blogger who nominated you.

2) Answer the 11 questions you were given.

3) Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 500 followers.

4) Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

5) Tag your nominees and post a comment in their blog so they know they’ve been nominated.

Questions:

1) What is your favorite and least favorite color?

 

Favorite: yellow

Least favorite: orange

 

2) What do you notice first about the opposite gender?

 

I’m not sure, their face I suppose?  

 

3) What is your favorite movie and why? (I’m sure Devin will have fun with this one)

 

Edward Scissorhands or Dirty Dancing

 

4) What upcoming or recently released movie do you most want to see?

 

The last Hobbit movie I’m super excited for!

 

5) If you could have any animal as a pet, and you didn’t have to worry about the cost or difficulty in taking care of it, what would you choose?

 

A Tiger would be pretty cool, as long as it didn’t eat me.

 

6) Which sport is your favourite to play? To watch?

 

I love playing volleyball, but I like to watch hockey.

 

7) Which website do you go on the most?

 

Youtube!

 

8) If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, where would you choose?

 

The Cheesecake factory! I’m not sure if they have them in Canada, but I ate there while in the States, and the menu is huge, and everything is so good!

 

9) What is something about you that most people don’t know or wouldn’t expect?

 

I can solve a Rubik’s cube.

 

10) What is your biggest fear or the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

 

My biggest fear is escalators, I will always take the stairs if it’s an option.

 

11) What’s the funniest joke you can think of off the top of your head?

 

Can’t think of a funny one at the moment!

 

Now my 11 questions!

 

1) If you could live in any time era, which would you choose?

2) Do you have any tattoos? If so, what are they?

3) Do you prefer reading, or watching movies?

4) What is your favorite genre of music?

5) Are you allergic to anything? 

6) Do you sing the car?

7) Who would you like to see in concert?

8) Are you a righty or a lefty?

9) Put your Itunes library on shuffle, what’s the first song that comes up?

10) Can you speak another language?

11) Grab the nearest book to you, turn to page 27, what does line 5 say?

 

I apologize if you have already been nominated, so if I tag you and you have already been nominated, then just ignore this 😀

 

I nominate:

 

1) http://thebusinesssideofcommunications.wordpress.com

2) http://derekneilpluim.com

3) http://thegildedcarafe.wordpress.com

4) http://yegmetal.wordpress.com

5) http://joanfriesen.wordpress.com

6) http://alyssaknoop.wordpress.com

7) http://shortandsoundreviews.wordpress.com

8) http://b00kqu33n01.wordpress.com

9) http://crexlove.wordpress.com

10) http://kerrim2008.wordpress.com

11) (Could not find another blog I followed that hasn’t been tagged :P)

Antigua: The Land of Fairies Wizards and Heroes

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Since my last post was about the best selling single volume book, I decided to do some research and find a book that is known for having low ratings. After looking through many books with low reviews, I came across a book called, Antigua: The Land of Fairies Wizards and Heroes, by Larry Ellis and Denise Brown Ellis.

Reading through the reviews on Amazon was pretty entertaining, and when I read some that took actual quotes from the book, I couldn’t believe this book was allowed to be published. Their spelling and grammar is embarrassing, and apparently they state a character takes a train from Britain to England. I’m hoping this book is a joke, and I would not recommend it!

 

Sources:

http://www.amazon.ca/Antigua-Land-Fairies-Wizards-Heroes/dp/1425997821

http://www.homeshop18.com/antigua-land-fairies-wizards-heroes-part-1/author:larry-ellis-denise-brown-ellis/isbn:9781425997823/books/miscellaneous/product:21101089/cid:14567/

The best selling single volume book

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Everybody has their favourite book. Even if this book is not a part of a series, there is always one book people can’t help but read over and over again. I thought it would be interesting to go on Wikipedia, and see what was the best selling single volume book. The top book that sold approximately 200 million copies, published in 1859, was A Tale of Two Cities,  by Charles Dickens. I haven’t read this novel yet, but I am planning to read it over the summer. This book is followed by The Lord of the Rings, which is technically one book, but it sometimes considered a series.

Let me know if you have read this book, and if it’s worth being one of the most popular books ever!

 

Sources:  

Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1989. Print

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_books

http://www.factofun.com/top-10-best-selling-novels-time/

 

 

 

Your Grammar Sucks #2

Since my university life is getting pretty busy, I decided to leave you with another episode of, “Your Grammar Sucks” by Jacksfilms. These never fail to make me laugh, and push me to be extra aware of what I post online. I’m hoping these videos are encouraging all people to double- check what they post. Nobody is required to have perfect grammar online, but it should be readable, and it shouldn’t make myself and others cringe.

I hope everyone is having a good week, and to remember to take breaks from their busy schedules!

City of Bones

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City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, is a novel targeted towards a young-adult audience. The story is based around main character, Clary Fray and her family secrets. At the beginning of the book, Clary is doodling a strange symbol everywhere, that only her mother, and her mother’s boyfriend seem to recognize. When Clary and her friend Simon decide to sneak into a strange bar, Clary watches somebody being killed. When Clary reacts to this, nobody else but the people involved with the killing know what is going on. This leads into Clary going on many adventures to discover what her mother has been hiding from her.

This book was also made into a movie, which turned out pretty good. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a easy read filled with vampires, werewolves, and other fantasy creatures!

 

Sources:

Clare, Cassandra, and Mike Rosamilia. City of Bones. New York: M.K. McElderry, 2007. Print.

http://www.literaryfeline.com/2013/10/bookish-thoughts-city-of-bones-by.html

Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe #1

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I have started reading the first comic book of the series, Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe. So far, I love it! It starts out with the Watcher talking directly to the reader about how he has seen worlds with good in it, and some with evil. That’s all I’m going to say for now, since I don’t want to spoil what happens later on.

For anyone who has never checked out comic books, I would highly recommend giving it a try. They are super interesting, and it gives you a new type of reading, which is super refreshing.

 

Sources:

Bunn, Cullen, Dalibor Talajic, and Lee Loughridge. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe. New York, NY: Marvel Enterprises, 2012. Print.

http://www.destructoid.com/review-deadpool-257138.phtml

Is Twilight really that bad?

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Some would argue that despite the poor grammar, and the weak storyline, Twilight is meant to be escapism for young adults into a majestic vampire fantasy. I don’t buy this reasoning at all, and these are my top 3 reasons of why Twilight is indeed, that bad:

 

1) It’s poorly written:

This is probably the main reason these books are difficult to get through. It felt like Meyer lost her dictionary while writing this book, making the storyline fall short. It was like she discovered a thesaurus for the first time, and couldn’t control herself. Using a thesaurus can be extremely beneficial, but Meyer found a way to abuse it.  

2) Bella, or who should we just call her Mary-Sue?:

One of the main thing that bothers me about this book series, is the main character. I understand some stories have the main female character as a normal Mary-Sue, but the character Bella takes it to a whole new level, it’s embarrassing. She has no backbone, and if you look at the relationship between Edward and Bella, it is actually quite abusive. Along with Bella’s low self esteem, she seems to be attracted to guys that are aggressive, dangerous, and who she would have to give up most her life to be with, while still having her eye on a werewolf.

3) It lead to 50 Shades of Grey:

Need I say more?

 

Sources:

Meyer, Stephenie. Twilight. New York: Little, Brown and, 2005. Print.

http://www.sodahead.com/entertainment/have-you-read-twilight-liked-it-but-are-you-tired-of-all-the-sudden-vampire-wannabes/question-299312/

Divergent

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I have started reading the book Divergent, and so far it is pretty good. The storyline is set in the future, in Chicago. Within the city, there is 5 different factions which are split up depending on certain traits. At the age of 16, there is one day of the year where everyone of this age group must go through a series of tests to see what faction they fit best. Throughout the movie the main character Beatrice doesn’t go through this system like she’s supposed to.

So far the novel is well written, and interesting. It has been made into a movie recently, and it also looks like it will be good.

Sources:

Roth, Veronica. Divergent. New York: Katherine Tegen, 2012. Print.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/summit-sets-release-date-film-369966

 

Is Harry Potter worth reading?

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The other day, my roommate and I were arguing about movies. Mostly the Harry Potter series. Her argument is that these movies are brilliant, and the books are even better. Personally I did not really enjoy the Harry Potter movies that much. The first one was not bad, but all the others didn’t really impress me. I realize that the book is usually better than the movie, but I’m not sure if I should waste my time reading the series. The storyline and some of the characters just do not interest me.

Is this book worth reading? Or will it be similar to the twilight series, where both the books and movies fell short.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

Sources:

http://www.craveonline.com/film/articles/562497-trolling-2-harry-potter-sucks#/slide/1

One for the Money

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One for the Money is a novel by Janet Evanovich, and is one of the first in a series with the character Stephanie Plum. This book is about Stephanie, who is unemployed, and gets a job with her cousin. This job consists of her getting after people who have skipped out on their bonds. Throughout the book she gets put into a more dangerous situation than she anticipated. She gets involved in this dangerous case to get a large payout, so she can look for a better job, and get back on her feet.

I would highly recommend this book if you enjoy humour, and action. This book has also been created into a film, and I do not think they did the book justice. I would advise to read the book instead of watching the movie!

Sources:

Evanovich, Janet. One for the Money. New York: Scribner’s, 1994. Print.

http://bookaholicmom.blogspot.ca/2012/02/one-for-money.html