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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Books We Want To Read In 2015


With the start of another year, we've compiled a list of books we hope to get to by 2015.

ANIS

1. The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

The reason I want to read this is mostly because I don't want to be punished by Fidah. It's not something I will read of my own free will but I certainly hope that I'll enjoy reading it along the way.

2. The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

This dystopian novel was published some time last year and has been acclaimed by critics. I've read the synopsis and it really intrigued me. I'm slightly intimidated by the number of pages but I'm willing to give it a shot. I heard that the author is famous for writing some of the X-Men series. 

3. The Martian by Andy Weir

I've heard how this novel has garnered raving reviews from readers. The story follows an astronaut who was stranded in Mars and how he must apply his knowledge and experience in order to survive. The story entices me because it is the likes of Gravity and Interstellar, two award-winning space-related films. I've also heard that it has been adapted into a movie with quite a star-studded cast like Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels and Sebastian Stan.

4. Seconds: A Graphic Novel by Bryan Lee O'Malley

I want to read this because I am now a huge fan of Bryan Lee O'Malley. I enjoyed all of his comics from the Scott Pilgrim series to Lost at Sea. Another reason is that Phil Lester of AmazingPhil read the graphic novel too and mentioned that it was so good.

5. The Flash, Vol. 1: Move Forward (The Flash Vol. IV #1) by Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato

Recently, I've become obsessed with CW's The Flash so I figured it is only right if I start reading the comics, right? I'm aware that there are countless versions of The Flash comic series that I'm so confused as to which one should I read. I picked this because it seems like the more recent one.

FIDAH

1. Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott

If you've read my 2014 favourites post, you would know that I loved Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott. Salt & Stone is probably on the top for my most anticipated releases of 2015. From what I've heard, it's even more action-packed and intense than the first book. I'm dying to get my hands on a copy. I need a Pandora too.

2. Eon by Alison Goodman

I received this book as a birthday gift from Hazira back in September 2013. I think it's about time I get to this book especially since I've been reading more fantasy lately. 

3. Torn by Jennifer L. Armentrout

If you've stuck by our blog for some time, you would know how much I love Jennifer L. Armentrout as an author. I believe I read Wicked last December and that ending. Oh boy. I need the sequel, enough said.

4. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

I don't know much about this book. I know it's fantasy and has high ratings. That's all I need.

5. Brandon Sanderson

I know. I know. I'm cheating a little for this. Ever since reading the Mistborn trilogy, I've got to check out his other books. I'm definitely leaning towards The Way of Kings or Warbreaker or Steelheart since I own them. But then again, I'm not sure since I visit the library often. 

HAZIRA

1. The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Same goes as Anis, the reason why I want to read this is because I do not want to be punished by Fidah. Besides that, I have heard that this book has received raving reviews from readers. I am slightly frightened because of the thickness of the book but I am willing to give this book a shot.

2. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

I have read the synopsis of this book and it really captured my attention. The story is about a sixteen year old guy who struggles with coming out. I need to get my hands on this.

3. Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

This novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. It discusses the issue of arranged marriage in particular, which I find it interesting and am willing to give it a try.

4. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

I am looking forward to reading this book mainly because of the mental health issues discussed at hand. I haven't really read books where these issues have been portrayed realistically and sensitively. I am hoping that this book will turn out good.


This is a non-fiction book which follows a girl who fought for her right to an education. I usually do not favor reading autobiography books but I became excited to read this book after I watched an interview between her and Jon Stewart. It makes me believe in the power of one person's voice to change the world.
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Monday, 19 January 2015

Nowhere Boy | Music Monday #3



For this month's edition of Music Monday, I'll be sharing with you my favorite soundtracks from the movie, Nowhere Boy. One of the reasons I love this movie so much is because of it's soundtracks. The Nowhere Boys sang some of the songs that were popularized by The Quarrymen back in the 50's. Let's take a look at some of my favorites!

In Spite of All the Danger by The Nowhere Boys



I love Aaron Taylor-Johnson impeccable portrayal of John Lennon in this movie. I was impressed that he can sing very well too. I love his voice. This is my favorite scene from the movie because I was able to vibe the sadness. It's a very emotional performance because based on the movie, the song was recorded after John's mother's death.

Hello Little Girl by Aaron Taylor-Johnson



I just love how Aaron Taylor-Johnson's voice sounded so calm and cool here. It's as if he's standing in front of you, singing this song especially for you. It's a very sweet and romantic song too. Also, it looks easy to play. I can't play the guitar but if I do one day, I hope to play this song!

That's Alright Mamma by The Nowhere Boys



This is my most favorite song from the movie. It's such a simple yet fun song, perfect to dance along to! Let me just praise Aaron Taylor-Johnson again for singing this song! His voice here has got a bit of rock n roll to it which I absolutely adore! He's got such wonderful voice, he should consider becoming a indie-folk or old-school rock n roll singer, I think those genre will suit him best. Also, I admire how he sounds so chill when singing.  

Wild One by Jerry Lee Lewis



What I love about this song is the rapid piano playing! This song is perfect to twist to. It's such a fun and upbeat song that gets you pumped up. Well, it did for me. I don't know why but I love singing along to this song and pretending to "play" the piano! Haha!! 
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Friday, 16 January 2015

The Flash #2 | TV Talk



Hello everyone. Today’s post is going to be about The Flash. Again. I’m sorry but currently I’m just so obsessed with this show! This has got to be my second favourite show because my ultimate favourite show is Sherlock. So a few days ago, I watched the mid-season finale and I was kind of overwhelmed. There were so many things going on. We’ve got the Reverse Flash vs Flash duel, Barry’s love-life issues, Iris moving in with Eddie and not forgetting, Ronnie’s return. 

This episode, 9, was so much better than the previous one, episode 8. Episode 8 was probably was the worst. First, Barry got all mad and he attacked Eddie, which caused Iris to no longer trust the Flash and told him to stay away from her. This whole time she has been trying to convince Eddie that the Flash is a hero and now the Flash disappoint her. The ending scene between Barry and Iris was so upsetting to watch. 

However, episode 9 was pretty awesome mostly because of Reverse Flash. We got to see him more in this episode as he steals the tachyon prototype which I think will make him invincible. Reverse Flash is wicked. He is so much faster than Flash, so fast that he’s vibrating all the time. It didn't really surprise me that Dr Harrison Wells is Reverse Flash. I always thought that if it wasn't him, then it’s Eddie. What remains unanswered for now is that if Dr Wells is Reverse Flash, how he can be present as himself and Reverse Flash when the police surrounded Reverse Flash by baiting him to go to STAR Labs with the tachyon prototype. My theory is that he set the Reverse Flash costume on auto-mode. However, many speculates that Reverse Flash is from the future. Apparently, he can time-travel. I don’t read the comics but if that’s true then I say it’s so freaking cool. I really love the Flash vs Reverse Flash duel scene at the football stadium. It was epic! 

In this episode, Ronnie made an appearance. Although, he is not exactly the same person anymore. For one thing he is a metahuman now who goes by the name, Firestorm. I think he probably suffered memory loss because he confronted Caitlin at the car park of a shopping mall but when Caitlin and Cisco went to locate him, he warned them not to look for him again and that he’s not Ronnie. I’m guessing and hoping that he is a good guy because he helped the Flash by throwing fire at Reverse Flash.

The part that affected me deeply in this episode would be when Barry confessed his love for Iris. Finally! Everyone can see just how much Barry loves Iris except Iris herself. It broke my heart a little when she cried afterwards. I was slightly gutted that she ended up choosing Eddie, moving in with him. You can tell Barry is hurt and he is trying his best to be happy for his best friend. I just hope that their friendship won’t be strained in the upcoming episodes.

I've seen the extended trailer for the upcoming episode, episode 10 and oh boy, I can’t wait. The anticipation is killing me. I hope to see more powerful villains and hopefully a couple of good metahumans too along the way. It would be nice for Barry to have a sidekick, just like Arrow has one too. I heard that Barry is going to have a love interest. I don’t know what to comment on that because they have not shown her yet. As long as she’s not evil, I'm fine with her.. HAHAHA! Although I still hope to see Barry and Iris together someday. 

Anyways, I’ve been wanting to read Flash comics. However, I preferably want to read the one that has the closest storyline to the TV series. If any of you know which one is it, please let me know in the comments below. Your help is deeply appreciated. That’s all I’ve got for today. Until next time.


HERE IS THE TRAILER FOR THE UPCOMING EPISODE OF THE FLASH!




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