Monday, December 30, 2013

2014 To Read List

First, I know, it's my third post within the same month, of the same year!!! Suey, don't die from shock! And secondly, I really should be doing something else, so naturally I figured I would write a blog post right now. :) I really do put the Pro in procrastination!

Well we all know that the New Year is just days away, and with it the list of goals that shall just be ignored within the week by most of us... because let's be honest we all have Christmas goodies laying around that we are all going to continue  to eat. So I decided to make a list that I actually have interest in and might accomplish. Now I know some of you can read books in days or weeks, but for me, I am lucky to finish a book in a month during the school year... but come summer, librarians, ye be warned!

So here are some of the books I hope to devour this year!

  • Finish Book Thief... then finally see the movie!
  • Finish Pride and Prejudice... don't judge me
  • Through the Ever Night... The only book I asked for Christmas, but instead I got "Flirt Fearlessly: an A to Z Guide on Flirting (More to come on that! Sheesh)
  • Into the Still Blue
  • Allegiant
  • Night Circus
  • The 5th Wave
  • Ender's Game
  • To Kill a Mockingbird... No I have never read it, and I really want to
  • Finish Days of Blood and Starlight
  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters
Other bookish things I want to do this year...
  • Blog more... about books, or movies, or my sad singleness... Whatever
  • Encourage a certain someone to continue with her book.... ;)
  • Maybe experiment with writing myself... just cause I think it would be fun to try... maybe
  • Read... read... read
 Any book you think I really should read that's not on the list?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

My Christmas Movies

Around this time of year certain things become tradition. How we put up the Christmas Tree, the songs we sing, the treats we make, and most definitely the movies we watch. I recently saw a "Top 20 Christmas Movies" list and it got me thinking about the movies I feel necessary to watch during Christmas time. Because, Heaven knows, it just wouldn't feel like Christmas without them. Now some are classics and some of them are quite unusual, and probably only I think of them as "Christmas" movies, but that is ok since this is my list... get your own! ;)

In no particular order, my "Feels Like Christmas" Movies List:

The Nativity Story:

We often think of the Wonder and Awe of the Savior's birth to a Virgin Mary, and the humble stable and manger, the Star, the Angels and Shepherds, the Three Kings with their gifts, and even Mary's long journey on a donkey while pregnant, and this movie captures all of that. But even more, when I watched this movie, it was the first time that I thought of the ridicule both Mary and Joseph had to endure, the fear they probably felt. And it definitely made me understand and appreciate Joseph in a way I never had before. And I still get chills when Christ's birth is portrayed! Love this movie!

It's a Wonderful Life:

Ol' George Bailey (HOT DOG) and his Building and Loan. Love the message. No matter the trials your are going through, if you have love, family, and friends, you have a wonderful life!

Miracle on 34th Street:

Must be watched on Christmas Eve. End of Discussion!

Home Alone:

My first Christmas movie first! I remember just waiting for Christmas so I could watch this movie. As a kid you just can't go wrong with bad guys stepping on sharp objects in their bare feet, catching on fire, and repeatedly hit in the face with Kevin zip-lining it to his tree house. Too fun!


"Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?"
"I'm a cotton-headed ninny muggings"
"First we'll make snow angels for 2 hours, then we'll go ice skating, then we'll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse cookie dough as fast as we can, and then we'll snuggle"
I LOVE THIS MOVIE. It still makes me laugh.

And now for my atypical Christmas movies.

While You Were Sleeping:

"These potatoes are so creamy.... Mary mashed 'em"
"Hey Lucy, you ok? It looks like he is 'leaning'"
I could go on... Again, it's not Christmas until I have watched this one. And let's be honest, Joe Jr has some of the best lines in this movie.

Little Women:

I'm not sure when this one happened, but one year I didn't watch it and something felt like it was missing. And anytime I sing "Here We Come a Wassailing" I think of this movie.

What would be on your Christmas Movie List?