Apologies and Awesome Photos

Hi guys,

I am so so so sorry for not posting anything 😦

First I got a cold for a week, and then I had a truckload of tests and assignments coming up, and I have about five half-finished posts that I haven’t been able to get around to It’s actually getting to the point where I’m writing posts during my three-hour plant biology prac on a Tuesday morning.

I hope this cute pictures of my cat, Patch, will make up for it 🙂

Patch curled up on a cold day

Patch sleeping on the first day we got her

Patch hanging out in my guinea pig’s cage

Patch hunting goldfish

Patch and Fudge eying each other off

Hope you enjoyed and I will try my best to get back to regular posting soon! 🙂

One Year Anniversary!

WordPress has just informed me that’s it’s been a year since I started blogging. Wow, a whole year. I can hardly believe it (in fact I triple checked to make sure it was a year 😛 ).

First Anniversary

It’s been a year since I posted my first ever post Hunger Games Book Review and I feel like I’ve come so far from then. In the year I’ve posted 54 times. My aim was to post at least once a week so I may have slacked off near the end *shift eyes* I’m still very happy with how I’ve gone, I honestly thought I’d slack off a lot earlier. One of the reasons I didn’t was because of my amazing followers, all twenty-five of you 🙂 I’d like you to know that if I ever feel like not posting it’s you guys who keep me going, so thank you so much!

photo by Dominik Gwarek

So to celebrate, I’m going to give you my favourite plot post *drum roll please*

Books vs. E-books

This was my first ever rant, and I’d have to say it’s my favourite. In fact, it’s one of the reasons I started this blog in the first place; to rant about why print books are infinitely better than e-books 😀 I just really like this post, it feels like the beginning of something (and is pretty well-written if I do say so myself). It also gave me a lot of feedback which I love.

So here’s so one great year of blogging, and here’s hoping that my next year is just as great 😀

Top 10 Epic Soundtracks

Hello, all! Another music post, but this time I will show you my top ten epic soundtracks. I originally named this post “Top 10 Epic Songs” but there was no way I could pick just one song from each movie/TV show. Generally, if one song from the soundtrack is epic, others will be as well. However, I still have to limit myself to one song for an example. You might be wondering why movies like Jaws aren’t on this list, and it’s mainly because they aren’t in my music library. Hopefully, these songs will make any activity feel epic! So, here’s the list of most epic soundtracks, in no particular order, from my music library.

Inception

This one is a pretty obvious choice, and I don’t think anyone could deny that the soundtrack for this movie is a pretty epic one. It was written by Hans Zimmer and I was spoiled for choice when it came to choosing which song I was going to use as an example. I finally decided on Dream is Collapsing:

Avatar: The Last Airbender

It may be just a children’s show, but this soundtrack packs a punch. It’s different from most other soundtracks I know of because it mixes both Eastern and Western influences into its music. Perfectly, I might add. The music is written by The Track Team and the example I will show you is The Final Blow.

Batman Begins

Often overshadowed by its sequel The Dark Knight, this movie has some pretty epic music. The score was composed by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard. The song I will use as an example of this soundtrack is Antrozous:

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

This film isn’t really that well known for it’s music, but I really like it. It has some pretty epic music in the battle scenes (including the song I will show you called The Battle). The sequels also have some pretty good music. It was composed by Henry Gregson-Williams, a relatively unknown composer who also wrote the score for Chicken Run, Shrek and Wolverine.

Doctor Who

Well, you all know how obsessed I am with this show (or at least I hope you do) so I had to put this on the this. The music for Doctor Who is written by Murray Gold. I love this music because it’s so different, especially the song I am the Doctor. I can’t put my finger on it, but there’s just something unique about it. I’m kind of going to cheat with this one and show you two songs; I am the Doctor and Captain Jack’s Theme, but the latter is also from Torchwood so… I’m so not cheating 😛

Pirates of the Caribbean

I would have to be crazy to leave this soundtrack off the list. I don’t think there’s a single person who doesn’t love it. The music (from the first film at least) is by Klaus Badelt. The example I will give you well known song He’s a Pirate:

Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit

These films (and I’m sure the ones to follow) have some incredibly epic soundtracks. The soundtracks were both composed by Howard Shore and the music I will present to you is a medley of a whole bunch of songs including Concerning Hobbits, Misty Mountains and The Ring’s Theme:

How to Train Your Dragon

This is an amazing movie that has an amazing soundtrack to go with it. I think some of the scenes in this film were made by the music. It’s just brilliant. It was composed by John Powell and I song I will give as an example is Test Drive:

Prince of Egypt

To be fair, I’ve never actually seen this movie and I only really know one song well (although I did listen to some of the others to make sure they were sufficently epic enough to go on this list). My favourite songs is When You Believe (specifically not the Mariah Carey version). It’s yet another song composed by the great Hans Zimmer. This version is sung by Michelle Pfeiffer and Sally Dworsky:

X-Men: First Class

This film, I find, has much better music than its predecessors. This might be one of the reasons why I hold it in such high regard. The soundtrack was written by Henry Jackman who also composed the music for Wreck-it-Ralph. The song I present to you is Magneto’s Theme, it doesn’t really start getting epic so I suggest you listen to the whole thing:

Well, there you have it. Some of the most epic soundtracks I could think of. What did you think of my list? Did I miss any of your favourites?

PS: Sincerest apologies for not posting anything for almost two weeks! I just haven’t been in the writing mood at all and even struggled to type out this list (which is why there isn’t much of a description). Hopefully I’ll get back into my writing groove soon enough 🙂

Top 10 Songs That Make Me Cry

I really enjoy listening to music but unfortunately, because of the style of music that I listen to, it’s difficult to review it. Therefore, I have come up with the idea to create a series of the top 10 songs that I listen to, to fit into a category. This category is for the top 10 songs that have made me cry. Not just out of sadness, either, but out of happiness as well. A lot of them are from TV shows or movies so they may only make me feel the way they do because of the context I know them from. However, I hope you guys love them as much as I do. These songs are in no particular order. The top 10 songs that make me cry. Warning that this post contains spoilers about Doctor Who, The Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, the musical Wicked and Avatar: The Last Airbender (however none of the actual songs do).

Doomsday
This song from Doctor Who (and written by Murray Gold)plays over one of the best separation scenes ever; the separation of the Doctor and Rose. I was bawling my eyes out, it was horrible, and I relive that moment whenever I listen to this song. I love how affected I am by it, it just shows how good it is. In addition, the song itself is just gorgeous. The use of voice, without using actual words, is amazing and just makes it more emotive. It just sounds so sad, almost like the singer is letting out their grief by singing a wordless song.

 

Moonlight Sonata
This is one of those beautiful classic pieces of music that can portray emotion without a single word. I have found myself unknowingly listening to this song and just subconsciously feeling sad for no reason. The way Moonlight Sonata does this is just incredible. Written by Beethoven, it is one of the top classical songs. No story is needed to feel this song.

 

Edge of Night
The songs of hobbits are usually happy, cheerful and full of life, but this one (sung by Billy Boyd) is the exact opposite. It’s short with very few lyrics:

Home is behind, the world ahead, but there are many paths to tread. Through shadow, to the edge if night, until the stars are all alight. Mist and shadow, cloud and shade. All shall fade, all shall fade.

It’s short and sweet, or a better description, short and sad. It is sung to the greedy and vindictive steward of Gondor who had sent an army of men to an impossible battle where they will all surely die.

 

Vale Decem
Another song from Doctor Who (and written by Murray Gold), played during another incredible sad scene in the show. The title, and all of the lyrics are in Latin, with vale decem meaning ‘farewell ten’. That’s what this song is about, a farewell. The farewell of the tenth Doctor as he regenerated. I thought I was ready for this moment, but this song made sure that I wasn’t. The lyrics, and translation to the song:

Vale Decem (Farewell Ten)
Ad aeternam (On to eternity)
Di meliora (The fates be with you)
Ad aeternam (On to eternity)
Vale Decem (Farewell Ten)
Di meliora (The fates be with you)
Beati (Oh, blessed be he)
Pacifici (Who brought us peace)
Vale Decem (Farewell Ten)
Alis grave (Lay down your burden)
Ad perpetuam memoriam (We will remember you forever more)
Vale Decem (Farewell Ten)
Gratis tibi ago (We give you thanks)
Ad aeternam (On to eternity)
Nunquam singularis (You are not alone)
Nunquam (Never)
Dum spiro fido (Trust to the last)
Vale… (Farewell…)

 

Blood on the Pavement
This is one of the final songs in the season two final of Sherlock, and for anyone who’s seen the show, they’ll know how important it is for setting the scene. It has the slowed down main theme, that’s usually so upbeat, being brought to almost a halt. It really shows the reaction of John Watson to the events that are occurring before him, and what he is feeling. In the case of this song, it is absolute grief.

 

Married Life
Anyone who has seen that classic Pixar film Up would know the brilliance of that wonderful love story that lasted a lifetime in just a few minutes. This song shows the same things, you can feel the good times and the bad times of their story, with all of the ups and downs. The ending of which was just heartbreaking.

 

Reconciliation
This song from Avatar: The Last Airbender is about exactly what the title says. The reconciliation of Zuko and Uncle Iroh. Although not in the song, the lines that are said during that part are just so heartwarming. The first song in this list which causes happy crying, this time for a moment that was meant to happen for so long. This song just brings it all back.

 

Stuff We Did
The second time I cried during the film Up, and probably the saddest song of the film. And yet also one of the happiest…

 

For Good
Another separation song, but this time the separation of two best friends Galinda and Elphaba from the musical Wicked. I think it sums up most good friendships. These are two of my favourite lines from the song:

And just to clear the air, I ask forgiveness for the things I’ve done you’ve blamed me for. But then I guess we know there’s blame to share and none of it seems to matter any more.

Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better? I do believe I have been changed for the better.

 

Firework
Lastly, Firework , sung by Katy Perry. It alsi doesn’t make me cry out of sadness, but rather if happiness. It’s just so inspirational. For once a song isn’t about lost love of complaining about life, but showing how good it can be and how special each person is.

 

I hope you guys liked my list. What songs make you cry?

Random Questions from a Fellow Blogger

So, last week I was tagged in a post on Blogs-Of-A-Bookaholic along with ten others, which means that I need to answer the questions she set and ask some other bloggers my own questions. I’m going to do things a little differently and tag my good friend on Stefanb33 while asking him questions more specific to him and his interests. Meanwhile, here are my answers to Becky’s questions:

1.) Which book do you think should be adapted into a film that hasn’t been already?
It’s not a single book but a trilogy; the Guardians of Time trilogy by Marianne Curley. The first book is called The Named, the second is The Dark and the third is The Key. I think it would be perfect as a movie but unfortunately it’s not very well known (probably because it’s written by an Aussie) so it hasn’t been yet. I think it would be a great movie mainly because it doesn’t have many speaking explanations, instead things are shown and there’s a lot of action going on all the time that could easily be put into a film. I will review this awesome trilogy sometime in the future and force you all to read it 😛

2.) Which classic are you too scared to read/keep putting off?
Pretty much all classics. I read the start of Little Women and didn’t like it at all so I’m sort of… avoiding classics for the time being. There are only some like Sherlock Holmes and The Lord of the Rings that I’ve read and actually enjoyed.

3.) Sam or Dean Winchester? (Show Supernatural)
I don’t watch this show but I’ll say Dean because there’s a Dean in Harry Potter… Or maybe Sam because of Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings…?

4.) Do you think the paperback will become extinct and be fully replaced with the Kindle?
Never! I will not live to see this terrible decline! See my Books vs. E-books rant to see why!

5.) Have you ever had an experience with the paranormal? E.g Ghosts, aliens etc.
Well, I believe in angels and demons so, kind of. I haven’t actually experienced anything myself, though.

6.) Your least favourite genre to read?
Anything that could actually happen in real life. I just find them boring. Especially books about self-discovery and nothing else. I just feel like with these books I could ask a random their life story and get a story more interesting. One of the few authors whose books I can read in this genre is Jodi Picoult’s.

7.) Who’s biography would you consider reading?
Really tricky… probably CS Lewis’s or JRR Tolkien’s. I’d love to hear about their ideas of fantasy, Christianity and their friendship.

8.) The best birthday present you’ve ever had?
Also very tricky. One of my best recent birthday presents was a stuffed Totoro given to me by one of my friends ❤ He’s so cute and awesome!

9.) Your opinion on Shades of Grey? (Whether you have read it or not.)
I haven’t read it but from why I’ve heard (from reliable, book-reading sources of mine), it sounds trashy and poorly-written.

10.) Your favourite place to read?
Anywhere quiet. I don’t really take much notice of my surroundings when I read because I’m so captivated by the story (and sometimes the world) that I’m reading. I’ve always wanted to read a book on a warm Summer’s day, leaning up against a big tree and sitting on the ground by myself. Or on an old, wooden swing hanging from one of the tree’s branches.

11.) Which books from present day do you think has the potential to become a classic 50/100 years down the line?
Harry Potter for sure, it’s captivated millions and is a great story for all ages. Plus, this generation of Harry Potter fanatics with definitely read it to their children so it means that it will at least be passed down one generation. I will be one of those parents.

Now my questions for Stefan;

1. What is your favourite game for a kick of nostalgia and why?

2. Is there a song/band/singer you used to love but now hate?

3. What game could you never give away, throw out or sell; no matter how many times you’ve played it?

4. What is your most prized possession?

5. What made you want to start blogging?

6. What is your least favourite movie?

7. What has been the best moment in your life so far up to this point?

I’m really looking forward to seeing your answer to these questions!

I also have some very exciting news! A few years ago I started writing a book but then got destracted with Year 12 and university, homework etc and stopped writing it… But just recently I started writing and editing it again, yay! It’s a fantasy set in Melbourne, Australia, but that’s all I’m giving away for now.