Wednesday, December 31

December Wrap Up

First off, Merry Christmas to everyone and have a very happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that it is snowing wherever you are (unlike here..... hurry up and snow already!..) As they say on weheartit, it is page 364 of 365: make the most of it. Yeah, well, I'm just gonna snuggle up by the fire with a blanket and a book and maybe a cuppa tea. Best way to end 2014 don't you think?

I got into a mad fit of blogging at the start of December and if you want to reread any, here they are:
~ November Wrap Up
~ An Abundance of Katherines review
~ Christmas Tree Cookies Recipe
~ My Favourites = Music
~ Reading
~ My Christmas Wish List

Then as a year, here are the main highlights:

  • Did the Leaving Cert in June (final exams) and spent the previous months attempting to study but wasn't fooling anyone.
  • Turned 18 (age is just a number baby)
  • Started this blog! YAY! And said goodbye to the old one (he who must be named...shudder..)
  • Went to Paris. "Adventure is out there!"
  • Started College
  • In which case I had to talk to new people (stranger danger!)  and try to make friends (not my forte)
  • Got a scholarship - and now I have an internship as a software developer over the summer. If you know what that means PLEASE TELL ME!!!!
  • Got an email from JD Brewer asking me to review her book Intrepid (review very soon)
  • Won two giveaways on the same day from the lovely Sunny and Michelle
  • Surviving the year despite a lot of setbacks and difficulties.
I did do a lot more reading of other blogs this month and enjoyed some very good posts. But because I am lazy blogger and have no intention of pretending otherwise I'm just going to link the blogs I enjoyed without having to find the posts.

Happy New Year Bloggers!!!
All the best for 2015
Marian  ^_^

Sunday, December 14

My Christmas Wish List


1. Ukulele - It's just such a cool instrument. It sounds fantastic and is really easy to carry around. I love to learn new instruments so this is next on my list.

2. Candles - I have a recent obsession with candles. I like to have them burning when I'm studying, reading or even blogging. ( yes there is one lighting right now )

3. iPod Touch - I currently have the tiny iPod nano.  I think it's time to upgrade and also it's time I started using apps.

4. Notebooks - One of my favourite things to buy in the world. I could spend hours browsing through pretty vintage notebooks. Of course when I buy them I hate writing in them because I don't want to ruin them

5. Round Glasses - Actually I do have sunglasses like these but I'm looking for a pair with a small rim.

6. Extra long Socks - I like socks and my feet get cold. (preferably in brown/burgindy/green) And they also look great in outfits.

7. Typewriter - Does this really need explaining?

8. Skateboard - I can't skate or rollarblade and this seems like the safer of the two options. And i want to be one of those people that cruises through college on a skateboard.

9. Bookends - You have no idea how badly I need these!


1. The Great Gatsby ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald } I saw this film and was just blown away but it. The colours, the characters, the story and of course the parties. The ambience was spectacular.

2. The Handmaid's Tale ~ Margaret Atwood } I read an excellent review on Ruby's blog (here) and have wanted to read it ever since. The story sounds quite unique and highly endearing.

3. The 13 and a half lives of Captain Bluebear ~ Walter Moers } This was recommended to me by my friend Thomas (blogs are here and here) so I have no idea why else I want to read t.

4. Intrepid ~ J.D Brewer } I saw this book just a few days ago on goodreads and then added it to my tbr list. BUT THEN: I got an email from the author asking me if I would like to review it so obviously I did a little hyperventilation dance around my room and replied yes.

5. She is Not Invisible ~ Marcus Sedgwick } I read Midwinterblood and loved how it was written despite being very creepy.

6. Taipei ~ Tao Lin } Another recommendation from Thomas.

7. Anna and the French Kiss ~ Stephanie Perkins } I have read so many reviews and I think it is about time I stooped to peer pressure and read it.

8. Department 19 ~ Will Hill } Saw this book on Emily's blog (here) and she highly recommended it.

9. The Isobel Journal ~ Isobel Harrop } I read a fabulous review on Hawwa's blog (here) and was fascinated with it as I have never read such as visual book.

10. Landline ~ Rainbow Rowell } I've read Fangirl and Eleanor & Park but even though I wasn't a huge fan of E&P I loved Fangirl. I've read reviews here and

11. We were Liars ~ E. Lockhart } This book seems to be everywhere. Here
12. Wreck this Journal } one of my top most wanted books ever. I've read so much about it and stared at it longingly for a creepily long time in a book shop. (review here)

13. The year of the Rat ~ Grace Lin} I loved Hawwa's review here

14. The Jewel ~ Amy Ewing } I loved Holly's review here.

15. Anne of Green Gables ~ Lucy Maud Montgomery } I have read a LOT of hype particularly from Emily, here.

16. Shiver ~ Maggie Stiefvater } started following her on twitter, looked up her books, recognised shiver and now it is here.


1. Star Wars { The people in my course tend to be very ... nerdy. So in an attempt to "fit in" I think i should watch this. (And I also secretly have wanted to for years!)
2. Breakfast at Tiffany's { It's a classic and I have never seen it.
3. Pretty Woman { I just loved this film!!!
4. The Amazing Spider-Man { Again; LOVE! (Andrew Garfield: MARRY ME?)
5. The Lord of the Rings { Another attempt to be more this type of nerd.



1. The Coronas - The Long Way
2. Hozier - Hozier
3. Hudson Taylor - (not really an album...yet)
4. Delorentos - Night becomes Light

What do you think of my rather long list? Have you read any of the books?
Seen any of the films? What's on your list?
Happy Christmas!
Marian  ^_^

Tuesday, December 9

Reading

If there’s one thing us bloggers seem to have in common (aside from blogging, of course) is our love of reading. There are probably millions of fellow bloggers out there whose sole topic for their blogs are books. Not just even bloggers. Ordinary people who do not feel the need to share their bookish passion also take pleasure in these simple treasures. After all, what is a book anyway? A mere bundle of pages with some meaningless letters wedged together? But it creates this wonderful, imaginative, terrible, adventurous and possibly dangerous tale that can make two complete opposites the best of friends from a little fangirling.



Why do we read? Is it an “escape” as so many people like to call it? Well, I like to think not. I don’t want reading to be a thing that keeps me from reality. (In fact I’d prefer some books to be my reality - Hogwarts, anyone? - but that’s not my point…). I want books to be part of my everyday life. I like to be able to share these marvellous gifts with friends, neighbours and even random people in cafes. They are a way of experiencing new things from the comfort of my own home. Reading is a hobby that brings joy, comfort and friends ( just because they are fictional does not mean I can’t call them my friends, OKAY!). It allows my imagination to grow and lets me learn new rings. It often shapes my perspective and enlightens me with new ideas. But best of all, it makes me happy.



For most people reading was introduced as a way of improving their English and skills for school... or else your parents just wanted you to shut up and go to sleep. For me it was definitely the latter. Instead of books my parents read me poems. Nothing special. No Robert Frost or W.B. Yeats. Just your ol’ nursery rhymes etc. Then finally we began “bigger books”. My favourite had to be Alice in Wonderland. It had jigsaws where the pictures should be and such an imaginative magical story that filled my head with all sorts of wonder. 

The variety in books today means that no matter who you are there is probably some book out there that you will enjoy. Genres from classic to fantasy, crime to dystopian, romance to thriller and Children, YA and Adult.


Because of books, friendships, communities and fan clubs have formed. There are so many bookbloggers in the world that I've probably only read a tiny tiny percentage of them. My favourite range from having 300+ followers to a humble 10 followers. But that amount doesn't matter, it is their content and obvious passion that draws me to their blogs. A great book blogger for me, shares their honest opinions, writes truthful reviews and captures the essence of that book. I love it when a post makes me feel inspired or excited to read a new book and I'll often comment and then come back later to see a reply. Books can create an engaging bond between two strangers. It is these blogs that I trust and come to for new books to read. I'd go through some of their old reviews to see which ones might interest me.
Here's a photo I made while I was experimenting with HTML: so click anywhere in the picture to bring you to a random book blog....


So what's your story with books? Do you remember the first one you read? Or was there a recent one you think other's would enjoy? Any favourite bookbloggers you think deserve a mention?
Happy Reading!
Marian  ^_^

Saturday, December 6

My Favourites #1

Hey! Here's a new "feature" (if that's what you want to call it) where I will share with you  a list of my favourite things. Today's topic is songs! And who doesn't like music?!
So a couple of months ago I shared one of my playlists but today I am going to show you my favourite songs right this minute. Like (nearly) every other person in the world, I enjoy listening to music and of course I have my own specific taste. I like interesting sounds that have a great rhythm. If you make me listen to Rhianna or Lady Gaga I will telepathically stab you. I have no interest in that very "pop" sound that infests radios. Acoustic guitar any day.

1. Alt J ~ Breezeblocks

2. Asgeir ~ King and Cross

3. Hudson Taylor ~ Chasing Rubies

4. Delorentos ~ Secret

5. Mumford & Sons ~ Little Lion Man

6. Vance Joy ~ Riptide

7. Twenty One Pilots ~ House of Gold

8. CHVRCHES ~ The Mother we Share

9. Little Green Cars ~ Harper Lee

10. Phoenix ~ Girlfriend

11. Two Door Cinema Club ~ What you know

Have you heard of any of these? Tell me a few of your favourite songs!
Also some of these songs were introduced to be my Emily, July and Thomas.
Happy Christmas.
Marian  ^_^

Thursday, December 4

Christmas Tree Cookies


IT'S CHRISTMAS!!
And, what does that mean....?  It's time for some very festive baking. So what's more festive than some cookies in the shape of Christmas trees?! I made your basic dough and rolled it out and then cut a whole pile of stars in different sizes. When they cooled I stuck them together in a tiered shape with some icing.
I also cut a few snowmen shaped cookies as well as Christmas trees with cookie cutters but they were all gone before I could take a photo (.. I'll take that as a good sign :L  )


Ingredients:
250g plain flour
250g butter
125g caster sugar
2 egg yolks
2 tspn vanilla extract

Method:
1. Rub flour and butter together until like breadcrumbs.
2. Add the sugar, eggs and vanilla and mix to smooth dough.
3. Refrigerate for at least 30 mins.
4. Roll out the dough and go crazy.
5. Bake your masterpieces in an oven @ 180*C for about 10 minutes.

And that's that. Is there anything special you like to bake at this time of year?

Happy Christmas.
Marian ^_^

Tuesday, December 2

An Abundance of Katherines

As the final John Green book I had left to read, I was trying to prolong this book as long as possible. It waited a total of 8 months and 12 days on my book shelf. Now that it's all over, that I have no more John Green books left, all I can think is "-what now?".  It's kind of an end of an era. Similar to how I felt after Harry Potter ( but not nearly as drastic ) . John Green is definitely one of my favourite authors. It's not like he wrote one great book, he wrote a number of varying degrees of greatness. So I look forward to a next instalment, whenever that may be.

19 Katherines and counting...
When it comes to relationship, Colin Singleton's type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls name Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a blood-thirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight Judge Judy-Loving best friend riding shotgun - but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherines Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the right girl.



The Story:
It is basically about how two boys go on a road trip to clear their heads and end up staying in the first place they visit. As a big fan of Road trips, adventures and all the jazz, I was instantly drawn to this book. I love the idea of bring free, getting lost, not knowing where the next road will take you. It's sort of exile rating. But, to my dismay,  this book doesn't revolve around my idealistic road trip. There is an actual story behind it. And a good one too for that matter. Colin embarks on a journey which helps him, I think, discover himself and what is really important. There's all this nonsense about being a prodigy that really i didn't get. I just don't believe in "prodigies" or whatever he was on about. Everyone has a brain and individually we all use that brain differently. For Colin, one way he (impressively) uses his brain is by anagramming. He's a very intelligent fellow, and decides to make a formula that shows how a relationship progresses. Throughout the book there were all these side notes with a whole bunch of information that I found fascinating. Big thumbs up for that! I also loved how the book was written. As with any john Green book there is a distinct flow to the sentences that makes you go "-that has to be John Green...!" He has a witty way of telling stories with gripping story lines, fascinating learnings and some of the most wonderful characters. The only other problem I had with Katherines was the ending. It was just so predictable. But there was a sense of revelation and conclusion.



The Characters:
My favourite character has to be Hassan. He is Colin's best friend who accompanies him on this road trip. He's just genuinely a wonderful character that I would love to be friends with in real life.



The Cover:
I love nearly all of John Green's book covers. They all share this bold colour scheme with sharp lines. This cover really stands out because of the red. I like the light bulb image because of the whole idea of "Eureka" ( I thought it was very clever ). And how the letters in the background all form Katherine, just like an anagram.... dun dun dun!



Movie?
An Abundance of Katherines was optioned by a small production company that in the end couldn’t get a movie together; they're now working with a different production company with the hopes of setting it up somewhere, but that’s a long way off.
Anyway, for Colin Singleton I would pick Nick Robinson. And for Lindsey, I'm not entirely sure, but for some strange reason I can see Elizabeth Gillies as her, but I feel like she should have blond hair...


Favourite Quotes
“He liked the mere act of reading, the magic of turning scratches on a page into words inside his head.” 

"How do you just stop being terrified of getting left behind and ending up by yourself forever and not meaning anything to the world?”


 ★ ★ ★ ★
Eureka!
Marian  ^_^

Monday, December 1

November (+October) Wrap Up

Hello people of the world. Nice to see you all again. November was kind of non existent for me on blogger. The emphasis should be on the no of NOvember. Yeah, I'm hilarious... haw haw.
Anyhoo, as I didn't get around to doing a wrap up for October, I thought I'd bundle the two months into one. After all in November I only did one post. One pathetic measly post. Tut tut Marian. So this month (as in Decmeber ) I am going to pack this blog with so many posts that you will be sick of me. You better watch out (.. You better not cry...♫ ♫ - oh great, now that song is stuck in my head ).



So those are the 5 FANASTIC posts I did over the past 2 months.  You're welcome.

Because I was a useless blogger I didn't read many other blogs so I have no favourite posts from other bloggers to tell you about. 

On a totally different note; are any of ye on ello? If so, wanna follow me? Or would anyone like an invite?

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!!
Marian ^_^  


Sunday, November 9

To blog or not to blog

That is the question!
So it has been a shamefully long time since I have sat down and actually wrote a whole post and then posted it. I've been meaning to. Honest! But then a week passed since I was supposed to post the October Wrap up and now it seems like opportunity has slipped away. So I am now typing away a pathetic excuse as to my absence and lack of blogging.  How am I doing?
It's not that I have nothing to write about. I do have about 10 drafts here but none of them are not nearly finished and I am just too lazy to try right now.
Instead I am on grooveshark listening to Ed Sheeran, Alt J, Delorentos and Asgeir.
When I probably should be studying for my two exams this weeks. Eeek!
Anyhoo, I may or may not be blogging again soon for college takes up a lot of time ( they didn't mention there would be actual work involved when I was busy doing the Leaving Cert). And if I do blog, then hopefully there will be a point to the post.
So long, Farewell, Aufwiedersehen, Goodbye.
Marian  ^_^

Friday, October 31

Autumn Snapshot

Autumn is a photographer's dream season. The colours, the sun, the rain, the sky, the wind and shadows make for some great photos. Over the last month I've been carrying around my camera so when the opportunity arose I could promptly take a snap.
Here is my snapshot of Autumn 2014.

For more photos follow me on instagram: @marianinwonderland
Happy Halloween!!!
Marian  ^_^
P.S. Like my mad pumpkin carving skills?
*pun intended*
"We're all mad here."

Sunday, October 19

The Original Cup-Cake

I saw this idea on pinterest yonks ago  and thought it was so cool. As a big fan of puns I couldn't miss the chance to make a literal cupcake as oppose to the actual cupcake.

I made the cake from a Rachel Allen recipe for "divine chocolate cake" and then moulded some ready-made icing around it, not forgetting the handle of course. Lastly I put some yummy chocolate fudge icing on top to give it a hot chocolate/tea facade.



You know what would be super cute? If I made little cupcakes and added handles so I'd have loads of little tea cups. Then you could probably lift the whole cupcake up by the handle!  This cake is just too heavy to be lifted by the handle..... yes, I tried....





Happy Baking!
Marian  ^_^

Tuesday, October 14

Ada Lovelace Day

I just wanted to say a very Happy Ada Lovelace Day! Today ( October 14th ) is the day for celebrating all women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It wasn't long ago when these careers were thought of as male professions. Ada Lovelace Day is all about showing how women are just as successful in these areas.


So who is Ada?

Ada was an English woman born in 1815 who had a strong interest in science and logic. When she translated an article on the engine she wrote her own elaborate set of notes which essentially was an algorithm for a machine. Therefore she is said to be the first computer programmer.

As I am studying computer science I obviously take a special interest in this. She's just so cool. I feel like Blair Waldorf now, all for powerful women etc. There's just so many inspiring women out there. Behind Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerburg, Steve Jobs, I bet that you'll find that there are quite a few successful and unheard of women. Just to name a few; Heather Payne, Sarah Kunst, Tracy Chou (heard of pinterest? yeah), Libby Leffler and the woman herself Suw Charmann Anderson.

Happy Lovelace  Day to all my fellow tech savvy people.
Marian ^_^

Sunday, October 5

September Wrap Up ( and Liebster)

Hello October, didn't see you coming there. Yesterday the sun was shining and now all of a sudden the wind is howling and leaves of red hues are blowing about and crackling under my shoes. I love autumn and its amazing colours. In fact I love all seasons really.  I am very enthusiastic about the seasons and festivities that go with them. So this month I'll be busy wrapping up in warm clothes, reading lots of books by the fire and baking some halloweeny cakes!

Last month (September),  I...

  • started college
  • read the 5th Wave
  • knitted a hat
  • journalled
  • played Sail by Awolnation on piano
  • tried to relearn guitar... fail.
  • cuddled by cat Daisy a lot ( she broke her paw!!!)
  • watched Vlogbrothers
  • and... listened to a lot of cool bands.
My blog posts from September...





I am also combining my lovely liebster award post into this too. A HUGE ENORMOUS THANK YOU to the wonderful Emily from Emily Etc.

Zee Rules:

1. Give 11 facts about yourself.
2. Anser the 11 questions you are given.
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers.
4. Set them 11 questions.
5. Put the award button on your site.

well, because I'm so bad ass I'm going to bend the rules a little (and also because I don't know where the button is... EMILY!!) (and also also because I don't think I'm following ... 11 blogs....)

The Facts.

1.  I cannot stand "lol" ( laugh out loud). It just INFURIATES me! It's not just "lol", I also seriously dislike "girl", "babez", "awks", "totes", just any annoying abbreviations.
2. I love anything hippy, unique, quirky. Different is beautiful.
3. My favourite film EVER is The Breakfast Club. It's just - !!!
4. I have a nose piercing.
5. I love socks. Odd socks! :L
6. I don't like P faces :P . The only way is L. :L
7. I love to travel.
8. I like to write lists. All the time. To-do lists, to-read lists, lunch-lists. 
9. I'd pick the freezing cold over the warm sun, any day.
10. My lucky number is 8.
11. The Sims is my favourite computer game.

The 11 Questions.

1. Which book world would you live in,  if you could never return?
That's easy. Harry Potter. Duh!
2. Which book world would travel to for a week before returning?
I'd love to visit The Night Circus.
3. What book have you been meaning to read forever but just not got around to?
Game of Thrones, 1984, Gone Girl, Northern Lights, An Abundance of Katherines... just to name a few.
4. What book did everyone else love but you hated?
Hmm... One Day, To kill a mockingbird, Paper Towns ( *please don't hurt me* ).
5. What book were you very sceptical about reading but actually loved?
Hush Hush.
6. Fictional Crush?
Gus from TFioS and probably Patch from Hush Hush.
7. Most perfect book ending?
The Book Thief.
8. What do you do when you're bored?
Watch Gossip Girl, or read, or knit, or read, or draw, or read, or listen to music, or read.
9. When did you last cry, and why?
I think the last time was two months ago while watching TFiOS for obvious reasons.
10.  What's your happy song(s)?
Come On Eileen.
11. And finally what's your sad song(s)?
Do you mean what do I listen to when I'm sad or what song makes me sad? Well there's a few that make me feel better when I'm sad; Perfect by P!nk, Don't you forget about me, Brave by Sara bareilles. But every time I hear that religious song "do not be afraid" I always burst into tears. It just always reminds me of funerals. And for an 18 year old I have been to way too many funerals.

Instead of nominating 11 people I'm just going to nominate everyone who reads this. Just comment your answers to the questions instead of doing a post... or if you really want to then by all means go do a post.

My Questions.

1. How old are you?
2. 3 favourite hobbies?
3. What are you reading write now?
4. Who is your favourite superhero?
5. Have you ever met anyone famous?
6. What is your most played song on your playlist?
7. Tell me one of your dreams/ ambitions?
8. If you could change your name, what would you pick?
9. Any randoms?
10. What is your favourite movie?
11. Ask me a question, and I'll answer it in the comment.
Anyway, HAPPY OCTOBER!!!
Marian ^_^



Sunday, September 28

College Life

Hello world, long time no see. If you didn't already know; I have just started college. It's a pretty big step going from secondary school to college but it is an even bigger step going from an all girls school to a very male dominated class in college. Most of you that read this are probably not from Ireland and are unfamiliar with the educational system here, so let me break it down for you.
-First, there is play school for a year at 3 or 4 years.
-Primary School for 8 years
-Secondary School for 6 years (usually)
-College for (generally) 4 years.
So you see, I have spent the last 6 years in a very lovely school full of girls where I've made some very good friends, had the greatest laughs and become quite comfortable in that environment. And now that's all gone. Poof!
I'm not going to tell you what college I'm going to (because I'm paranoid like that) but I will tell you that I am studying Computer Science. And it is VERY DIFFICULT! But - I really like it. The people in this course are GENIUSES though. And they are very nerdy. Video Games seems to be very popular.... and surprisingly art too. Some of my friends ( Yes! I actually made friends!! Can you believe it?!) are particularly good. In fact here's a link to one of their blogs where he posts drawings.
Take a look and comment or whatever. His drawings are just stripped back to their fundamental lines. It is a really cool style of drawing I think. And then looking at Farah's work makes me want to lock all my pencils and journals away so no one can see how bad I am in comparison.

On another note, I really miss my friends from secondary school. We are all a bit spread out and it's hard to meet up often. I am used to seeing them almost everyday. Now when I want to tell them my exciting news, or gush over the most amazing book or even just hug them because I'm not having a great day, they're not there. And it's really hard. I know I should be making lots of new friends and I like to think that I am but it feels to soon to be my "usual" odd self. It's not that I'm not being myself I'm just holding back on saying everything that pops into my head.

Also; awkward silences. They happen a lot to me. I wouldn't consider myself shy but I'm not much of a talker. It's grand if the other person talks a lot or if we're talking in a group but one to one I can sometimes say nothing. Yet in my head I can't shut up at the same time. There could be nothing coming out of my mouth but in my mind I'm jabbering on. You probably think I'm crazy now. Maybe I am.

Anyhoo, how have you been?
Marian  ^_^

Saturday, September 20

The 5th Wave

For a year, I've been having this internal debate on whether to read the 5th Wave or not. There's just been so many different opinions from raves to rants. About a month ago I gave in to my unofficial "rule" about me being the judge of my opinions about books and not letting others affect my own personal opinion. So, here is my review.

 After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

 Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. 
This is a song I found on youtube that was inspired by the book. It kinda has spoilers but only if you really read into the lyrics. Give it a listen. I think it's actually very good.


 My Thoughts... It took a long while to get into the book. I mean those first 100 pages just dragged on! Not to mention how confused I was. There seemed to be very little context so I couldn't understand who, what, where...! Then when the POV changes and doesn't explain who's POV it is and expects me to be able to figure it out.. it's just - ARGHH!
On a better note I thought the actual plot was good. (Somehow) I had never read a book about an "alien invasion"... - wait, does The Host count as an alien invasion?  The second half of the book had a lot of action and suspense, but nothing that would keep you up at night alas. The first half, I felt, was written in such high suspense with absolutely nothing remotely happening that it got very tiring after a while. Everything about the first half I didn't like. I also didn't like how amidst an alien invasion the main character managed to focus her time thinking about some stupid, arrogant, superficial  boy!! I did like Evan though. And her brother. They were characters that I could tolerate and sort of understand.

I know that I sound like I really didn't like this book but it really wasn't all that bad. I just think it got a bit too overhyped and sometimes too degraded. It belongs somewhere in the middle ground.

★ ★ ★
Marian  ^_^

Monday, September 8

The Ultimate Playlist

Hello, how are you today? I've been listening to a lot of music recently and thought why don't I share with you my favourite songs on my playlist.

The Coronas
Since I first heard of them with their song Heroes and Ghosts I have remained quite a big fan. They're Irish (yeah!) and nearly all their song are extremely good! I even saw them live at Indiependence.


Walking On Cars
They are my most recent obsession. I heard of them from a friend about a year ago, but alas I did not bother to look them up. And then I saw that they were on the Indie line up and though hmm maybe I should check them out. And then Bam! I was in love. They are also Irish (I seriously think Irish band are just superior to other countries). From Dingle ^_^




Hermitage Green
Erm... these are also Irish (sorry!). But they are just amazing. I also saw these at a gig. Just listen to the guitar!


Come on Eileen
It's a classic. There's nothing else to it.



Awolnation Sail




Also on my playlist are:
American Authors - Best Day of my Life
Kodaline - Brand New Day
Arctic Monkeys - Snap Out of it
The Killers - Mr. Brightside
The Beatles - Twist and Shout
Have you heard of any  of these songs? Tell me your favourites?
Marian  ^_^

Thursday, September 4

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

This was one of the many books I brought with me to Spain this Summer. I sat outside at the pool one morning and opened the first page. That evening I closed the last. No doubt, it is a very easy read (-->there's no Swedish politics or hundreds of names you need to remember). I was very excited to finally read Will Grayson, Will Grayson as John Green is one of my favourite authors. It was also an interesting twist to read a story written by two people. David Levithan's writing compared to John Green's had a lot of differences and also similarities.

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.


What I thought... Okay. This book was not what I expected. At first I was just reading along, enjoying new people, new places and then bam! I was addicted. I fell in love with the two Will Graysons. They were both so interesting and different and yet through it all very connected. Switching PoV from chapter to chapter gave two perspectives of the same situation. I was intrigued how differently they viewed their friends. I mean, it wasn't hard to get mixed up. I also wonder why David's Will was written in lowercase...? Anyway the story, the characters and even the setting are all very vivid.

On the Characters... David's Will Grayson, I found, was rather annoying. He had this whole self pity and moping thing going on that really bugged me. I know he had good reason to be and I understood why but I just didn't like it. Though by the end of the book I had grown a lot fonder of him. His journey from the start to the end is really spectacular. And that moment at the end with all the Will Graysons is just.... so inspiring and motivating. The other Will Grayson seemed far more ordinary and typical in comparison. Yet, I could relate to him a lot more. An then there is Tiny. Ah yes; Tiny. I really loved him but hated him at the same time. I think he was the most real of all.

On another note... This was actually first book I have ever read where being gay plays a central role. Will Grayson Will Grayson is a book I must applaud for being very 21st century and dealing with real world things like depression, relationships, homosexuality, betrayal, trust and underage drinking.


{Quotes} 

“When things break, it's not the actual breaking that prevents them from getting back together again. It's because a little piece gets lost - the two remaining ends couldn't fit together even if they wanted to. The whole shape has changed.” 

“this is why we call people exes, I guess - because the paths that cross in the middle end up separating at the end. it's too easy to see an X as a cross-out. it's not, because there's no way to cross out something like that. the X is a diagram of two paths.” 

★★★

 Happy Reading.
Marian  ^_^

Tuesday, September 2

August Wrap Up

August was a really busy month for me. I though it absolutely flew. One minute I'm sleeping until noon and the next thing I'm hitting that alarm at dawn. At the start of the month I spent 3 nights in a tent at Indiependence festival. That was BRILLIANT! It took a while to get over that weekend and catch up on sleep. My Leaving Cert results came out soon after.
                                                             Afraid
...But all was well in the end! ^_^
Then I had to accept a place in College which means -- I AM NOW A COLLEGE STUDENT! That fact both terrifies me and delights me. It is a scary world out there, especially when you know no one.
And we all know how bad I am at talking to people.

I also attended my Debs which is like a Prom in America, I guess. Despite how ridiculous it was, it was a bit of fun. Food was awful though.

Anyhoo, these are the posts I did in August:
1. July Posts of the month.
2. Indiependence 2014
3. Millenium Trilogy Review
4. Chequerboard Cookies
5. Meet the Family
6. Journaling

F talked about Christianity and belief


New blogs that I found last month includes the very lovely Holly's, Charli's and and Rachel's.

Goodnight Bloggers (I'm worn out from College Orientation).
Marian  ^_^



Wednesday, August 27

Journaling

Journaling is a hobby to me that is quite private. Everything I write, doodle, draw and sketch into my journals is honest and basically the raw truth. In a way when you open my journal you are opening a secret door into my mind. It is a bit like blogging but where I blog to "people" I only journal to "myself".
I have my fair share of these little books I like to call my journals. Some have specific intentions like my "travel diary", "everything I like journal", "drawings journal", "Ideas journal". As you can see I really like buying journals. Particularly the really unusual ones.

Today I am going to show you a few pages from my Journal that I draw in absentmindedly. It has no real purpose so you could find anything at all in here.

It's just a simple A5 sketchbook but it's great to carry around with me.
All I need is an inky pen and I'm happy!


I only started this notebook on the 22nd of August so this page shows my first doodlings.



On the second page i used my Calligraphy pen and ink to write my favourite lyrics from songs. There is lines from The best day of my life, Budapest, All the Others, Come on Eileen, Mulan, Under the sea, The Colours of the Wind, Hand in Hand, Don't you forget about me, Gibson, Teenage Dirtbag and Defying gravity.


On another page I wrote a poem by Emily Dickinson- "Hope is the thing with feathers-".  She is one of the few poets I actually enjoyed studying for the leaving Cert. this poem is really cute and easy to remember. I think it is about a bird. ...You know how you are never right or wrong when it comes to interpretation in English...


And then there is the eye...




Do you keep any journals?

Happy Wednesday!
Marian   ^_^

Sunday, August 24

Meet the Family



Daisy
D.O.B:  March 2007
Nickname:  The Queen Bee.
Mother's Name: Sindey
Favourite Food: Cheese
Favourite Person in the world: Me
Fear: Bees (She's absolutely petrified of them)
Worst Habit: Climbing in my window.
Personality in 3 words: Stubborn, Manipulative, Self-centred.

Mona
D.O.B:  June 2009
Nickname: Moaning Myrtle
Mother's Name: Daisy
Favourite Food: Ham
Favourite Person in the World: My sister
Fear: My Dad.
Worst Habit: Falling over and breaking things.
Personality in 3 words: Flimsy, Scattered, (Think-Luna-Lovegood)

Oscar
D.O.B: September 2008.
Nickname: Ossie
Mother's Name: Daisy
Favourite Food: Cat Treat
Favourite Person in the world: Daisy
Fear: Me.
Worst Habit: Glaring at people.
Personality in 3 words: Bashful, Timid, Gentle.
Autumn
D.O.B: July 2012
Nickname: Otto
Mother's Name: Mona
Favourite Food: Cat treat.
Favourite Person in the World: Everyone.
Fear: Bikes
Worst Habit: Following People.
Personality in 3 words: Lovable, Affectionate, Playful.



Fudge
D.O.B: September 2008
Nickname: Podge
Mother's Name: Daisy
Favourite Food: Meat
Favourite Person: Nobody
Fear: Dad
Worst Habit:  Likes to start fights
Personality in 3 words: Loner, Barbarian, Paranoid.   
So, that's all of them.
We only have 5 ;)
As you can see from the amount of photos I have of Daisy that she is my  beautiful cat. She gets me like no one else. We share a bond. She is the Sheldon to my Amy. We only have to look at each other and we can understand what each other is thinking. 

You may think that I am like that crazy cat woman from The Simpsons but I swear to you I'm not. Really!! My friends however do not believe me. They (much to their amusement) got me a guide to cats for my birthday. Haw Haw. Very Funny. ...... It does have some good tips though?

Are you a cat/dog person?
(If you pick cat you may be my next best friend)
Marian ^_^