Monday, November 24, 2014

Movie Monday #5

Interstellar has to be one of the most visually amazing movies ever. I've heard various opinions on whether the plot withheld the span of the movie, two and a half hours. However, I think it did. The movie is in the same vein as Gravity but with a lot more dialogue. There is also a book companion for the movie that explains all the painfully detailed science within the movie. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but I didn't enjoy every single scene mainly the ending. If you are going to check the movie out, I recommend seeing it in theaters in Imax if possible.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Winter Break Reading List

My university breaks for the entire month of December and a few weeks here or there in November and January. I couldn't be happier. I decided to use this time to catch up on all the books I missed while I poured over my graduate classes.
*This list is in no specific order.
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Holiday Read-A-Thon

I'm so excited for this read-a-thon because I'm on Winter Break from school. For the read-a-thon, all you have to do is sign up and pledge to do something good for your community. I haven't completely decided what I'm going to do. Normally, I would volunteer at the elementary school I attended, but school systems have changed their volunteer policies so much I don't think it's even possible. So maybe I’ll donate some books to my local library. The good deed isn't mandatory, but it's definitely something you should want to do anyway. 
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wish List Wednesday #5

Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl: A young woman tells you what she's "learned"should definitely be at the top of your list for 2014 memoir/personal essay reads.

"There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told," writes Lena Dunham, and it certainly takes guts to share the stories that make up her first book, Not That Kind of Girl. These are stories about getting your butt touched by your boss, about friendship and dieting (kind of) and having two existential crises before the age of 20. Stories about travel, both successful and less so, and about having the kind of sex where you feel like keeping your sneakers on in case you have to run away during the act. Stories about proving yourself to a room of 50-year-old men in Hollywood and showing up to "an outlandishly high-fashion event with the crustiest red nose you ever saw." Fearless, smart, and as heartbreakingly honest as ever, Not That Kind of Girl establishes Lena Dunham as more than a hugely talented director, actress and producer-it announces her as a fresh and vibrant new literary voice.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                        -Goodreads Synopsis

Beyond the fact that Lena Dunham is a solidified star, with a show on HBO, and a witty 20 something I love a feel-good book. I’ve heard that her essays are pretty interesting and I’m excited to get my hands on a copy. Maybe my Secret Book Santa will surprise me with a copy.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Bookish Secret Santa

This is a really awesome twist on Secret Santa for all the book lovers out there. I joined the list and so should you! Sign up is now until November 21st. 

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Wish list Wednesday #4

What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey is a compilation of her life experience that she posted in her monthly column What I know For Sure in O, The Oprah Magazine

For the first time, these thoughtful gems have been revised, updated, and collected in What I Know For Sure, a beautiful cloth bound book with a ribbon marker, packed with insight and revelation from Oprah Winfrey. Organized by theme—joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity, and power—these essays offer a rare, powerful and intimate glimpse into the heart and mind of one of the world’s most extraordinary women—while providing readers a guide to becoming their best selves. Candid, moving, exhilarating, uplifting, and frequently humorous, the words Oprah shares in What I Know For Sureshimmer with the sort of truth that readers will turn to again and again.
                                                     -Goodreads Synopsis 

The reviews for Oprah's "book" are split with most saying it's insightful, but others feel the writing is pretentious. I expect the book to be witty and maybe not awe provoking but close to it. The book is a staggering $24.99 but if you can muster the price tag I think it might be worth the little inspirational pick me ups that surely lie inside. 
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