Geeking By in April

Geeking by in April

Last month disappeared in a whirlwind and April crept by so slowly! It wasn’t an easy month in many ways and a lot of work got done behind the scenes rather than on the front of the blog. I did work out some awesome things that I am happy to finally share with you!

 

New Blog Schedule Thingie!

Totally technical term there, however, it is an accurate one because I am using ‘schedule’ in a lose way. I need something flexible so that I don’t get overly flustered or bury myself in work or guilt for not getting work done. I am hoping to start getting this up this month. Like I said, I’ve been putting the ground work in for a bunch of stuff behind the scenes even if I’ve not actually posted anything. So here’s a sneak peek of how each month will hopefully start to look!

Zodiac Series – Taking over from the Birthstone series this will be on the same thought train but on a smaller scale. I’m setting up one pinterest board with a section for each zodiac sign filled with products based on each sign, as well as links to fashion and beauty gurus explaining how to identify your specific sign’s style. The accompanying blog post will have a lot less work in it and more information gathered from resources with some examples I’ve found and I’ll highlight some of my favourite products I’ve found on my hunt. Most of the links will be on the pinterest board though so I won’t need to find and edit 100 odd images this time.

Blog Links – I really liked the idea of a blog links list, however, I failed to find a way to make it work. Instead I’m incorporating this into a smaller blog series, so once a month I’ll pick a theme or type of blog link i.e. website listings, linkies, book related, etc. and post a list of 10 of them.

Tramsmog Tuesday – Old news really in comparison, but I love it and I will be bringing back my World of Warcraft Transmog Tuesday back every week.

10 Things – This one is purposely vague because I wanted something that didn’t have a real definition, something that I could just do what I wanted with each month. If I wanted to do 10 crime tv shows, or 10 cute animal tops then I could. This will be the wild card every month 🙂

Geek on the High Street – I love this series, but it was sooo unorganised, no real time frame and so many faults. Then I had the revelation to make it a monthly themed feature! I can plan it around upcoming movies, events (Star Wars day, for example) and so on.

Geeking By – You’re currently reading it! The monthly update of my personal life, blogging, studying, goals and, of course, geeking!

Let me know what you think in the comments! 🙂

 

Surviving

I never did a word of the year this year because I just couldn’t decide on one. Now four months in and I’m pretty sure it’s going to end up being surviving. That is literally what this month has been about. I have felt guilty at the lack of productivity and moving forward, but to be fair I don’t see HOW I could have functioned. At this point I’m just happy I managed to keep basic things like clean washing and stuff going! I mentioned last month that I chose to swap medications and this month was the horrible period of no meds and starting new meds aka still having no meds because they haven’t kicked in yet. I was doing ok until about the 16th and then it has literally been a migraine every. single. day. Yes, over-exaggerated punctuation is needed for that one. It has been hell. In a weird way it was a relief because for a while there I was like ‘oh crap, what if these aren’t migraines, they’re something else like sinuses or stress etc.’ and then my body went, NOPE HAVE THEM ALL! I had one last night, currently as I write this I have a niggle but so far I’m ok *crosses fingers, touches wood, prays to every god imaginable, sacrifices first born*.

I started the new medication for migraines a week ago so it should start kicking in soon, however, it’s a slow building one so I up the dose again in a week anyway. It’s been making me super dizzy but that IS a well known side effect and it seems to be adjusting. It is also helping me sleep better; my previous medication wasn’t a drowsy one, while the one before was so I’ve been missing that kind of medication just to help knock me out at night. I’ve noticed since the ME/CFS set in that sleeping has become harder for me, and also even more essential because to put it in basic terms my body is a very leaky fuel tank. Sleep is replenishes the fuel and my body is just leaking it all over the place, so I have been needing 12 + hours for several years now. I’m just getting myself back to a 12 hour rotation this month and being on this medication I’m actually sleeping better and waking up feeling more refreshed. So yey for a side effect working for me. Also, I may have been a little TOO happy that weight loss is a side effect….

That brings me onto the other medication which for privacy reasons I am purposely not naming, sorry, just some stuff is private and some people aren’t all sunshine and rainbows. Since stopping it my appetite has really decreased and considering I was on this for over 11 years I have to wonder how much it has added to my weight gain. I also started protein shakes for breakfast as planned so hopefully should start to see some change soon. I started the new medication today, and had to giggle at the warning label; do not eat with grapefruit. Seriously not an issue for me. I do not eat fruit (I can’t stand the texture!), and not a huge fan of the taste of grapefruit juice either.

 

Getting down with the Dinos

(aka Battle for Azeroth alpha)

We started wandering around Zandalar in the alpha and will continue to do so in the beta. There are so many cute dinos every where! I may have gotten just a tiny bit distracted…. 😀 So far the quests have been super fun on the horde side, I hope the alliance ones are just as good – we’re keeping them a surprise until BFA actually launches. I tried to play discipline, but I am just so out of practise with it and possibly even out of love with it now. It just doesn’t suit my play style any more so I’m playing as shadow – and holy void energies batman, we have actual AOE! You can see all my screenshots so far over here in the Battle For Azeroth gallery. They DO contain SPOILERS so look at your own risk!

 

In other Geekery

I’ve been working my way through more DC comics, catching up to date and getting my head hurt with some timey wimey stuff. I’m still with the bat family and have a few of them to catch up with, and I’ve also read The Flash, Teen Titans and the Dark Metal event now too. I also completely fell in love with Supersons, the adventures of Superboy (Jon Kent) and Robin (Damian Wayne). It is hilarious, heart warming and absolutely brilliant. The bad news is that it has been cancelled and will be ending 🙁 Damian is a complete little git, but he has a heart of gold and him and Jon are adorable together. Next up is Justice League, Titans and the Doomsday event. TV wise it has also been a catch up time with NCIS, Private Eyes, Bull and Criminal Minds.

 

Over to you!

And that mixed bag of fun was my April, how did yours go?

 

((This months banner graphic is from my personal scan collection. It isn’t yet available to the public but you can find more over at my public gallery 🙂 ))

Geeking By in March

Just Geeking by in March

Umm…. where the hell did March go?! It feels like I just finished February’s geeking by post, and I almost didn’t realise this one was due out. Woops! It really doesn’t feel like I did much at all for most of this month and then bam, The Sci Fi Weekender convention (22nd – 25th) was suddenly upon us. Since I’m dedicating a whole post to that experience that might mean this monthly update is a bit on the wee side of things. ((Image from Public Domain Images.))

 

All Clear

Let’s start with what has been the elephant in the room for me for a while now; my chest x-ray came back perfectly clear. Yep, nothing at all. I literally blurted out ‘really?!’ at my doctor because I was so sure I’d seen something in the x-ray and because I had been feeling that rotten. Fast forward a few weeks and I’m weaning myself off my migraine medication and lo and behold, I start to feel better. Apparently the one I was on did wonders for my migraines and then I had the massive infection at the start of year and it triggered a nasty side effect. I’ve now stopped it completely and about to start the 2 weeks of 0 medication before starting a new one. My doctor has also referred me to a headache specialist, which considering I’ve had migraines since I was 17 and have never seen one, sounds like a good plan.

I’m also stopping one of my main medications to swap to a new one. I’m on a high dose, it’s not working as well as it used to and it’s an old medication so my doctor recommended changing it. It’s a scary process, however, I’m at that stage of my health conditions where it is just about fine tuning my medications. Now’s the best time to do it as I have plans later on in the year.

 

Blogging

With each month that goes past I feel like I’m getting more organised and in control again with my blog. There’s a slow and gentle increase in activity from my end of things and I’m happy with the progress I’m making. I’d hoped to start a new blog series this month, and eventually I realised I was not going to get to it this month. That wasn’t a big deal, it’s something I could easily shift to the next month. Next month I’m hoping to just continue as I am and not over do it.

 

To Azeroth!

The last few months I’ve been talking about how Chris and I have been playing Divinity 2, this month it took a back seat as Chris got back into World of Warcraft and has been playing catch up. He now has all 110 characters, and I’ve been helping him complete the Broken Shore and Argus campaigns one by one. It’s so much fun and also so hard watching him play through all the class hall campaigns and mount quests because I am sooo bad at keeping my mouth shut about spoilers. I don’t do it maliciously! I just get overly excited or forget and let something slip /facepalm. We are big WoW nerds so we talk about the lore a lot, and there’s just so much lore and stuff to discuss from the class quests.

We also got a fantastic surprise this week – Battle for Azeroth ALPHA invites! We’ve had beta invites before, however, these are our first alpha ones and I’m sooo excited! Realistically I know I don’t have the energy to stream or video, so I’ll be posting stuff on my blog instead. So if you’re interested keep an eye out! We’ll be playing through the horde storylines as we play Alliance main and want to keep that side of things a surprise for when the game goes live. We’ll be taking a small peek at Alliance side, such as exploring zones but we’ll be avoiding quests and storylines. There will, of course, be loads of screenshots.

 

Diving back into comics

I finally broke my reading hiatus! Last year I read through (most of) the DC New 52 comics. If you don’t know much about comics, especially the big guns like DC and Marvel, there tends to be different lines that usually act as a relaunch of the universe and character storylines. So the New 52 was a useful place for a newbie like me to start, and I read most of the big story arcs. I tried to read some of the smaller ones, and succeeded for a bit until my enthusiasm tailed off and I got distracted by something else. I’d been putting off starting the new line, Rebirth, which would take me up to date rather than playing catch up because I felt completionist guilt. That lasted until this month 😛

I finished off (aka caught up to current issues) Wonder Woman first; when I first started reading DC I’d accidentally read her Rebirth arc first, got thoroughly confused and popped back to the New 52 line. That meant I didn’t have much of her left to read, so I quickly headed into the Bat family starting with the man himself, moving onto Detective Comics, Nightwing, Batwoman and Batgirl. I’m now onto Red Hood and the Outlaws.

I also popped my head out of DC to read the new World of Warcraft chronicle which was really interesting, exciting and actually personal for me because the lore has finally caught up to in game events. It was great fun and really made everything come together and feel epic. It’s hard to put into words, I guess the best way to describe it would be to say that it made it feel like we’d been a part of something bigger and not just playing a game. That sounds silly, however, WoW has become as much about the community spirit as it has the game and for me the Chronicle solidified that.

 

Time to Weigh In

Ironic subtitle since I haven’t actually weighed myself yet. I needed to pick up some new clothes before we went to the convention and had a big shock when I saw myself in a full length mirror for the first time. Holy crap I’ve put on so much weight. I mean, I knew I had put some on. I just didn’t realise how much. I wasn’t happy, and thankfully I was buying clothes in Yours Clothing which is a plus sized clothing chain in the UK which helps women feel comfortable with their size. I was at least able to buy clothes that made me feel better about it. Now that my chest problems are sorted out I need to get my health and weight sorted out. I loved the keto diet I went on; it worked amazingly well and I know that works best for my body now, which is great. Problem is I have zero energy to prepare and cook all those fabulously tasty and healthy meals. So I’m heading for the protein milkshakes to replace my breakfast and lunch, and starting gentle exercise. Doing so will help my energy levels and help combat the fatigue so I can get back onto the keto diet.

 

Telly Catch Up Time

I did spend most of the month on my Silent Witness binge, and then I went to a sci fi convention and came back wanting to watch alllll the shows. I’ve only caught up with Hawaii 5-0 so far. I watch a whole bunch of crime tv shows, so there’s all those to catch up on, as well as some sci fi/fantasy ones (including comic based). You can see what I’m currently watching by checking out (or following me!) on Trakt.tv, a site that lets you ‘check in’ and track tv shows and movies.

Hawaii 5-0 was an interesting one to start with because there were some major cast changes. Two of the main cast left at the end of last season due to a contract dispute (which to be honest, I agree with them and their reasons, but of course I’m sad to see them go). Both of their characters have been written out as off doing their own thing, which means there’s some new recruits Tani and Juni and Eddie the dog. Yes, I am completely and utterly in love with that dog. I am so glad he stuck around rather than being a one episode wonder as happens in so many crime tv shows. I’m missing the old guys, yet I do love the new ones especially Tani. Danny refers to her as a “female you” to Steve in the first episode and yep, she is! She’s totally holding her own against the guys and the older team members, while still showing vulnerability and youth. Lou has taken her under his wing, and it’s great to see them bonding. I’m also super happy to see Adam is now a cast regular. I always liked him as a character and an actor, but honestly, it really did just feel like he was always in Kono’s shadow. Now he’s finally not just Kono’s love interest and has a chance to shine.

I’m only up to the mid-season finale (as I probably will be with all my shows as I catch up), so I’m really curious to see what happens next. They really did leave that on a big question.

 

Over to You

Apparently I had more to say than I realised! How was your March? Personally April for me usually sucks, so I’m not looking forward to this month at all. Anything excited planned this month? Let me know in the comments!

2017 End Of Year Book Survey

2017 End Of Year Book Survey

Helllo 2018! The last few months have sucked, emotions running low and motivation non-existant but I’m back and the new year has brought with it my long-lost motivation! After a difficult January I’ll be posting about my word of the year, plans and a review of last year, however, first of all it’s time to start out with something bookish.

I was surprised to find that this was my first time doing one of Perpetual Pageturner’s End of Year book surveys. I thought I’d done it at least once before, but that was actually her A-Z book survey! You can find out more about the End of Book survey over at her blog! I’ve linked my answers to their respective goodreads pages so you can go add them to your TBR if they tickle your fancy 🙂

 

2017 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 371 – Most of these were comics as I started reading DC in a big way this year.
Number of Re-Reads: 0 – I don’t have time to re-read, too much new stuff to devour!
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy and Urban Fantasy.

 

 

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2017? Non-fiction has to be Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World. This book really did have a massive impact on my life and how I think. Fiction, wow that is a tough one. I guess it will have to be the Gilded Cage by Vic James.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? Probably The Green Arrow DC 52 series. I have been such a fan of Green Arrow in Smallville and Arrow, but the comics were just so bad. I had to give up.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? Most of the DC comics I read. I started with the New 52 series and was surprised at how good they were, especially the Green Lantern series. I ended up reading the Red and Yellow Lantern series as well.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? I’m not sure I pushed many, but I did recommend the Mindfulness book a lot. I doubt anyone actually listened though.

5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017? Best series goes to the DC comics, namely the new 52 run of Batman and Batman and Robin. To be honest, all the Bat family storylines were fantastic and thoroughly enjoyable! Best sequel goes to Patricia Briggs’ Fire Touched, book 9 of the Mercy Thompson series. I read a couple of good enders last year as I made a point of catching up and finishing series as much as possible. I think Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare is the winner though. The previous book in the series was such a let down that I left it years before picking up Heavenly Fire, which I devoured, then devoured the Infernal Devices and the next series and finally two seasons of Shadowhunters!

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017? I didn’t read many new authors  last year, but it was a pleasure to be able to finally read some of the work of my friend Leah Chiasson. I absolutely loved her novella Bound by Blood, and can’t wait to get my hands on more of her work!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? Again, DC comics. I’ve been around the fandom and enjoyed the film and tv verses, however, getting into the comics properly was quite scary and intimidating at times.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?  I’ve named several of them already so to throw a new name into the hat; Rick Riordan. I caught up with Magnus Chase, started the Apollo series and finished off the Kane Chronicles. I literally have to pick up several of his books from the library at a time so I can read them back to back!

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? I’m not a big re-reader, as I said, so it will probably just be Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World  because it has so content that is always going to be relevant to what I’m going through.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017? I’m a major sucker for pretty covers, and have picked up quite a few amazing books just by cover, so this is a really hard question! I think it has to be the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The cover is as mysterious as the book, however, once you’ve read the book the cover takes on a whole different meaning. It’s like a puzzle all on it’s own.

11. Most memorable character of 2017? Oh wow, another difficult one! I always become very emotionally involved in books and their characters. I fully immerse myself in anything I read, and if I can’t then it’s a sure sign that the book isn’t enjoyable for me. I would answer every character because every one has left an imprint on my mind and heart. Two came to mind immediately; Apollo from the Trials of Apollo series and Jem from the Infernal Devices series. Apollo, to put it bluntly, is a complete ass. He’s a god that has been dumped on earth and has trouble adjusting. But then you begin to see things from (some of) his side of things, including what it must be like to have Zeus as a father. His character gave me a lot to think. Jem was memorable for a complicated life that transcended time, and his story was particularly poignant to me.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017? The Night Circus – This book came highly recommended and I can see why; it is a work of art, as intricately created and connected as each part of the circus within. I found it very reminiscent of Victorian Horror stories, a genre that I really enjoy and admire. However, that being said it is a genre and writing style that I appreciate more from an academic standpoint rather than as a reader. The story is enjoyable, but it is the construct of the novel that makes it truly remarkable and while it intrigued me, it just didn’t hit all the spots for me.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017? Again, Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? So so many!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017? It would take me hours to find one, so I’m going to pick one from the Mindfulness book that had such an effect on me;

“Mindfulness meditation teaches you to recognise memories and damaging thoughts as they arise. It reminds you that they are memories. They are like propaganda, they are not real. They are not you. You can learn to observe negative thoughts as they arise, let them stay a while and then simply watch them evaporate before your eyes. And when this occurs, an extraordinary thing can happen: a profound sense of happiness and peace fills the void.”

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017? Shortest (not including comics) – Bound by Blood and Longest – City of Heavenly Fire.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most: Lord of Shadows, I did not see that ending coming and ohmygoodness I need the next book like NOW.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR: Jem/Theresa/Will from the Infernal Devices.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year: Apollo and Meg from Trials of Apollo, their relationship is so serious and so hilarious at the same time.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously: Betrayals, book 4 in the Cainsville series by Kelley Armstrong. I have loved every single one of these books and will be pretty bummed when the series ends.

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure: Wonder Woman comics.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017? I wasn’t sure, and then I remembered; Diana aka Wonder Woman. With the new movie coming I decided to start with her various comic arcs and fell in love with her. Until then I’d never seen the appeal, I wasn’t really interested in her compared to other female superheroes. Tying with her is Dick Drake aka Robin/Nightwing. I love his character, but have to be honest; the art work in his 52 series is seriously swoonworthy!

23. Best 2017 debut you read? I only read one this year, and it was Gilded Cage by Vic James. Fantastic series set in a contemporary British setting – pick it up!

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? The Night Circus  for the same reasons listed in #12.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? Any of Rick Riordan’s books, with a special shout out to Magnus Chase because his take on Norse mythology is hilarious.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017? Every Cassandra Clare book I read this year? Yep seems about right!

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. It’s a set of short stories and they are amazing. Usually I find additional short stories are ok, great sources of additional information but Clare really out did herself with these.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare; the whole plot is just urgh! It’s so heartbreaking to watch the characters go through everything.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017? Gilded Cage by Vic James.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare; I just wanted to scream at everything happening, at all the mess and heartache.

 

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017? I don’t read many book blogs, but I’ve really enjoyed Epicfied’s blog in 2017!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017? Nada.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog? It was actually my last entry about my struggles with my ME diagnosis and why I’ve been so quiet. The comments really helped me realise I had nothing to be ashamed with and I’m planning to talk a lot more about it this year.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? I only went to one, so it was the Sci Fi Weekender which we’re heading back to this year!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017? No idea.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? Realising that I need to change how I do things, and having to cut back on some of my blog series because I don’t have the energy for the upkeep. Likewise, accepting this was not an easy thing to do.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? N/A.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? My birthstone series.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? I don’t think there were many this year.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? I completed my goodreads goal twice and upped it, but failed the third one.

 

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018? The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness. I’ve been trying to get around to reading this and finishing the series all year, and now that there’s a TV series due I really want this finished.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)? Tempests and Slaughter the first book in the Numair Chronicles by Tamora Pierce. It has been a very long time coming and so long since we had a new Tortall book!

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? My book list is so huge that I am way behind on new releases, and very rarely get hold of debut authors the year they actually debut.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018? It’s a toss up between the Queen of Air and Darkness, the next book in Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series (December! 🙁 ) and the next book (Burn Bright) in Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018? I want to get back into the ease of reading. Due to a difficult January that’s not happened, and I’ve read a handful of comics this year and that’s it – which really isn’t like me at all.

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable): None I’m afraid!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this survey, as late as it is, and get some great book recommendations from it!

February Movie Roundup

February Movies Roundup

This month I watched a hell of a lot more movies than I normally do which was a combination of several factors; DVDs from Christmas, DVDs from my fiancé’s birthday, feeling awful due to a lovely chest infection and finally, drowning out the noise from our neighbours. The later not only gives me migraines, but also makes me really irritable. I think I now know why I’m so sensitive to it, so that’s a plus and a future blog post in itself, however, the movie thing is working. So here’s a run down on what I’ve watched this month and my thoughts on them. (Please note – This post contains affiliate links.)

 

Total Recall

I’m a big Arnie fan so I’ve seen the original a few times, and like with any reboot I wasn’t sure how this would turn out. I actually really enjoyed it. I’m a bit Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel fan so having those two as the leading ladies was great. Plus watching Kate Beckinsale switch accents and go pretty damn psycho was fantastic to watch.

 

Star Trek Beyond

I had mixed feelings about this one, and I think Chris summed it up when we got to the end of the film; “It felt like a TV episode”. It was good, don’t get me wrong, it just felt like an extended episode rather than a movie. Enjoyable, and interesting to see other characters have a bigger role, but ultimately felt a bit off. It was also very bittersweet watching Anton Yelchin 🙁

 

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

A random movie to keep my mind off the noise, this turned out to be very clever and well written. It had a great amount of British actors in it, which is a plus to me. However, it was a little bit predictable. Normally with spy/thriller movies I’m in the dark until the reveal happens, and this time I knew who it was. It was still very enjoyable to watch and I recommend it.

 

Battleship

I’m pretty sure this movie got trashed by the critics, however, since it came out I’ve wanted to see it. I’ve liked Taylor Kitsch as an actor since seeing him in The Covenant so I was curious to see him in this. I can’t explain what attracted me to it, just various elements that seemed intriguing and I did enjoy it. Is it the best film ever? No, but I tend to like films on whether I enjoy them. I was honestly surprised to see that Rihanna can actually act, and wasn’t just there as a token character. The film includes other actors such as Alexander Skarsgård, Liam Neeson and Brooklyn Decker and has some touching moments regarding Pearl Harbour and Veterans. Over all it’s a fun sci fi romp.

 

Edge of Tomorrow

I’ll start by saying that I am not a huge Tom Cruise fan, never have been, and after the whole Scientology thing my interest him declined further. I tend to avoid his movies unless something else interests me about them, in this case it was his co-star Emily Blunt who I always enjoy in films. This is a very complex and emotional sci fi film, and it does hit right to the heart at several points. I like the ideas behind the aliens and the concepts, it’s very clever and for that alone worth a watch. Plus, there is something highly amusing with watching Tom Cruise get killed over and over again. Emily Blunt is on top form as a tough takes-no-prisoners female soldier.

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

I LOVE these remakes. The first film was amazing and the second was great too. I grew up with TMNT and I can’t put into words how spot on these films have got it. I like Megan Fox as April, and as an Arrow fan it was fantastic to see Stephen Amell as Casey Jones. These films are a great homage to part of my childhood and can’t wait for more.

 

Paranoia

As part of my 2017 geeky goals I’m trying to watch films by certain actors and Harrison Ford is one of those. I’m a big fan of him but there’s some gaps in my watch list. Liam Hemsworth plays the lead character alongside Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman as big corporate enemies, with Amber Heard as a sassy love interest. All give fantastic performances, but the older cast outshines the younger one massively. Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford are on top form and are damn right scary at times.

 

Lucy

Don’t watch this film if you’re wanting something as background noise. It’s a mind bender and a half! The premise of the film is to ask the question of what would happen if a human could use 100% of their brain. Insert a lot of philosophy, science and special effects. It was an enjoyable watch which left me with many questions.

 

Deja Vu

An older film that I’ve had my eye on since it’s release, we picked it up in a charity shop last summer. Like Lucy there are some head hurting moments, and a whole lot of heart wrenching ones too. It’s an action thriller with Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer and the delightful Paula Patton.

 

Suicide Squad

I’ll start off by saying that I’ve not read any of the comics, and so my knowledge of many of these characters were limited. I know Deadshot from Arrow, and Harley from well… who doesn’t know Harley Quinn?! The Joker was probably the only character I’d say I know relatively well. I really enjoyed it. Yes, it got totally trashed by fans and critics alike but I liked it. I wasn’t sure about Will Smith as Deadshot, but as the story unfolded I found that he was a good fit for the role. I totally did NOT recognise Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, was pleasantly surprised by Cara Delevingne and may be just a little bit in love with Margot Robbie 😛 I liked the introduction to the bad guys using the DC heroes, and the tiny snapshot of The Flash made me wonder if Ezra Miller might not be so bad.

 

Ghostbusters (2016)

I was ready to love this, ready to have the feminist in me applaud it… and it failed miserably. It tried too hard to be wacky, and there were just so many stupid moments. I don’t do stupid funny. I do witty funny. It was hilarious at points, don’t get me wrong, but when you’re watching an all female led movie and you think the male co-star was the best? Yeah something went very wrong there. Chris Hemsworth stole the show, not because he was a guy, just because he was the better actor. I loved the cameos from the original actors more than anything. Sorry, originals 1, reboot 0.

 

Jungle Book

I’m not a Jungle Book fan, never have been. I love Disney and I can’t even remember the Jungle Book movie apart from 1-2 songs (the second I remembered during this film). After watching this I’m still not a big fan, however, this film isn’t about the Jungle Book story. It’s about the acting of the super talented 13 year old kid, Neel Sethi, who plays Mowgli. I had to check out how it was made after watching it, and the whole thing is CGI. Award winning actors voiced the animal characters, but they didn’t crawl around on all fours for the kid to act alongside. He had props and people in the CGI get up to bounce off, but still, that is amazing for a guy his age. I can’t wait to see him grow into an even more amazing actor. And oh my, the CGI. It is incredible. Really beautiful and so detailed.

 

Central Intelligence

If you love buddy cop movies like Beverly Hills Cop, Lethal Weapon and Rush Hour you will LOVE this. I have not laughed so hard at a movie in so long. It was brilliant, and Dwayne Johnson wearing a unicorn t-shirt and a fanny pack? Oh my. It is not to be missed. The movie is based on a former bully victim (Dwayne Johnson) who grows up to be a kickass CIA agent, and ropes in someone from his old high school in a thrilling espionage mess. Yes, mess. Kevin Hart plays the other part of this duo and the chemistry is hilarious. Seriously, go watch it.

 

The Legends of Tarzan

After watching Suicide Squad and Battleship this moved up my list as I wanted to see more Margot Robbie and Alexander Skarsgård. Unlike most Tarzan films, this picks up AFTER meeting Jane and leaving the Jungle – which I was very glad about because the whole Tarzan meets Jane thing has been so overdone. Tarzan, now Lord John, heads back to the Jungle with Jane and gets into a load of trouble. The plot is predictable, however, it has some great acting and the animal scenes are amazing and poignant. Samuel L Jackson is in there as a gun-totting American who provides some comic relief, and overall it is a very beautiful and fun film. As an animal lover though it is the scenes watching Tarzan meeting his animal friends again and rekindling those relationships that stole my heart.

 


Have you seen any of these? What did you think? I’m taking movie recommendations, especially any available on UK Netflix and Amazon Prime so let me know you’re suggestions <3

 

Geek on the High Street [Geek on the High Street]

Sharing Saturday: Geek on the High Street

It’s that time again! The aim of Geek on the High Street is to find and highlight geeky products that can be found in normal high street stores. Unfortunately a lot of women’s clothes stores and department stores like Debenhams & M&S consider geeky stuff to be for men or children. So Geek on the High Street was born to shine a light on some of the hidden geeky treasures for geek girls. I’ll be mainly focusing on women’s fashion since mostly women read my blog, but if anyone is interested in a male version please let me know in the comments!You can check out round 1 here and round 2 here 🙂

Like last time you can find a few of my favourites featured in this post while the pinterest board has everything! 🙂


 
 

 

Dorothy Perkins

Not much over at Dorothy Perkins as usual, however, there were a few cute and quirky items such as these racoon slippers, retro top and unicorn socks.

 

George at Asda

This time around George at Asda was quite a let down. A few socks, a Minnie and Mickey top and a few unicorn themed items were the highlights.

 

 

Evans

 

 

First timers on Geek on the High Street, Evans don’t have much in the way of geeky but I did manage to spot these quirky tops and some fab items in their nightwear section. Namely some awesome animal pyjama and night mask sets and animal themed dressing gowns.

 

H & M

H & M have an eclectic selection right now, including some DC underwear, this fabulous dragon onesie and some Disney and Star wars goodies.

 

New Look

Sorry unicorn fans, it seems that New Look has ditched their fascination with unicorns. Instead there’s some grungy gothic items and some cutie pie socks to satisfy your geeky needs!

 

Next

Next had a surprising amount of bits that caught my eye, including items from Disney, some rock band tees, these snazzy Star Wars PJs and just look at those awesome swan slippers!

 

Matalan

Another newcomer, Matalan seems to keep their geeky and quirky items for places that can’t be seen in public. Namely, sleeping, shoes and socks. If you’re partial to quirky socks then this is a place for you to check out.

 

River Island

 

River Island is mainly focused on dark, rock and grunge items, although there’s a few quirky items such as this science planet t-shirt that I spotted.

 

Select

First time here for Select, and and as you can see they don’t really cater much to the alternative and geeky crowd. I did find these two items though, and loving the #witchplease top.

 

Sports Direct

Sports Direct are once again the winner in all round awesomeness for alternative, quirky and geeky items with a tonne of well known fandoms and names covered. Like always you can view all the items I found on the Geek on the High Street pinterest board, but here are a few I had to share with you!

 

Sports Direct – Dresses

Wait.. Sports Direct have a new shop? ‘Fraid not folks. There were just that many absolutely awesome geeky dresses and skirts that I had to give them their own section, and even then this was me ‘narrowing it down to a select few’. Yep, you need to check them out on the pinterest board pronto!

 

TK Maxx

Ok, I may just be a little bit obsessed with the TK Maxx cat hoodie and t-shirt featured above. There’s not really any fandoms over there and the only geeky brands are band related. There’s some fun quirky and fantasy stuff though, like the dinosaur top and the wolf eyes t-shirt.

 

Topshop

Topshop’s geeky game is a bit all over the place this time around to be honest. There’s not really any fandoms, other than the Disney PJs seen here. However, if you’re looking for weird, whimsical, whacky and quirky then Topshop has you covered. As you can see from the selection here there’s some science stuff, zodiac, a few unicorns, some nifty slogans and those damn awesome snake jeans.

 

Uniqlo

Sadly Uniqlo’s collaboration with Disney is over, as is their Star Wars one that featured in December (although, to be fair you didn’t miss much as most of it catered to men or unisex). There’s still some Minnie and Mickey items about, as well as a bunch of Peanuts stuff and some awesome Marvel comic t-shirts too.

 

Have you spotted some geeky items around your local high street? Anything I’ve missed? Let me know, and don’t forget to follow the Pinterest board for future updates!

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