September Wrap Up 2019

Another month flying by and soon enough the year will be out. So, what did I get up to in September? Well, to start I finished another book, Fellowship of the Ring, and it’s quite the experience. Part of why I enjoyed the book is because I could have fun with it. I’m a massive fan of the Lord of the Rings film franchise, so I love seeing how the film deviates from the books. However, it’s interesting to note that I doubt I would have enjoyed the books so much if I hadn’t already seen the films.

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In other news, September was the month I finally treated myself to a holiday. For a quick city break, I headed out to Prague and it was so much fun. A much-needed break in a city full of culture and good vibes.

However, September ended on quite the sad note as I lost one of my cats. It’s never easy to lose a pet, especially one that has been by your side since you were 10 years old. Unfortunately, there was nothing that could be done, but she passed away at home with the family next to her, and she had a good 15 years of life.

I wasn’t as active on the blog for reasons noted above, but I needed to take a little blogging break, and now I have a head full of blog posts that need writing. Here is what I got up on the blog in September. 

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Overrated Disney Animated Films

Last month, I did a feature on Disney’s underrated animated films. I found it really interesting to read about the films you thought were underrated, so I decided to take a look at some of the overrated Disney animated features. This list is bound to be divisive, but that’s part of the fun. So, here are the 5 Disney animated features that I think are overrated. 

Frozen

The single most overrated Disney film there is. Sure, Frozen has a great message in the sense of sisterhood, but when it comes to the plot, it’s not all that memorable. It’s easy to see why kids love this film. It has semi-catch songs, magic, the strength of sisterhood, and a talking snowman. However, if you were to give me a choice between Frozen and Tangled, I’d choose Tangled in a heartbeat. This is the film that will be hailed as an instant classic to our youngest generation, but there are so many other films released in this revival era of Disney animated films that have tighter storylines and memorable characters.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Six Reasons to Read Six of Crows

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

The original title for today’s topic is ‘Book Titles with Numbers In Them.’ However, I’ve not read a vast amount of books with numbers in the title, and the only memorable one that came to mind was Six of Crows. This book is one of my favourite fantasy novels, so I thought I’d put a spin to this week’s numerical theme and spotlight six reasons to read Six of Crows.

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1. Fast-paced action: This is a book that is easy to get into. The opening chapter immediately grabs your attention and throws you right in the middle of mystery and danger. From the very first moment until the last, the pacing of this book is consistent in its fast-paced action. There is never a dull moment and the uncertainty of what’s to come will have you at the very edge of your seats.  Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Autumn TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

I can confirm that 2019 has quite possibly been the worst reading year yet. In 9 months I’ve succeeded in reading a staggering 5 books in total. This might be my new normal now since I’ve long accepted the fact that I can’t do massive reading spree’s like I use to, but I am determined to at least read a couple more books before the year is out. So, here is my short but hopeful to-read pile for autumn.

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Underrated Disney Animated Films

Disney’s animated classics are a staple to everyone’s childhood. They have produced some of the most compelling animated features over the years, so much so that even now they’re capitalising on the nostalgia and timelessness of classics in their live-action adaptations. There’s no denying that features like the Lion King and Beauty and the Beast deserve the praise and attention they get. However, there are several Disney animated classics that have an equally compelling story yet seem to fly under the radar. Here are some of the underrated Disney animated films that deserve more attention.

Oliver and Company

A classic twist on the tale of Oliver Twist, this film follows the shenanigans of an orphaned kitten, Oliver when a ragtag group of dogs adopt him into their family. Billy Joel lends his voice to the character of Dodger, the charismatic leader of this gang of thieving dogs and he oozes charisma which bleeds into his catchy musical number. This film also has a heartwarming message about the family you choose. Continue reading

August Wrap Up 2019

Goodbuy summer sunshine. Hello, comfy clothes, boots, and the crisp autumnal air. I am the type of person that like my season in order so I am more than happy to welcome this new season, despite the fact I’ll miss my evening walks.

Looking back, August turned out to be a very busy month. I had a couple of reunions with old friends, attended village shows, work events, and a bunch of other random events throughout August. It was a fun month, for the most part, and the weather was glorious for most of it. 

So, what’s been happening on the blog? I was surprised to find I’d written so many TV and film posts, but that is reflective of the fact that I’m still not reading as much. That’s not to say I’m not reading because I have made a lot of progress on the Lord of the Rings book. As many of you may know, the Lord of the Rings movie franchise is my all-time favourite. I grew up with the franchise yet I had never read the books as an adult. It’s quite fun reading them because I like seeing how the films deviated from the books.

Nevertheless, August wasn’t a bad blogging month and here is a summary of what I got up to.

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Ranking: The Funniest Friends Character

It’s hard to believe that this year marks 25 years since the very first episode of Friends aired and to this day it’s still as popular as ever. There is no denying that this sitcom will always be a classic and no show has quite matched the brilliance of this show since. Much of the credit must be given to the stellar cast as the chemistry between them made it easy for viewers to invest themselves in their friendships. The comedy of the show felt natural and each core character has some stand out comedic moments, so I thought it would be fun to write this post ranking the funniest Friends characters.

6. Rachel Green

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When it comes to a character arc, Rachel takes the crown. She’s gone from a spoilt rich girl to a career woman. Looking back, her growth was one of the most beautiful arcs on the show. However, when it comes to comedy, Rachel is at her funniest when she gets to play off the other friends. This is never seen more clearly than in her interactions with Phoebe as her roommate. From channelling unagi to hunting down Monica’s wedding dress, some of Rachel’s funniest moments are usually heightened by another character’s reaction. Continue reading