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Book: Paper Towns

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51hgkNew+XL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Paper Towns, a John Green novel, recently turned into a film (2015), is a story about a boy who likes a girl. However, this girl is Margo Roth Spiegelman and is somewhat of a mystery to everyone she knows. After an all-night adventure, Margo disappears leaving behind clues for Quentin to follow. The book takes place in the last few weeks of Quentin’s school life adding further stress to the exams, prom and graduation.

Having never read a John Green novel, I was first introduced to Paper Towns at the cinema when I watched the film for a friend’s birthday. I enjoyed the film and decided to pick up the book. I first found the book to be quite slow (probably due to knowing what was going to happen thanks to watching the film first – oops). But once I got half way through (its only about 300 odd pages) I was enraptured and couldn’t put the book down.

The story, which follows a very basic structure unwinds in a very linear fashion (find a clue, follow clue, eventually find girl), frames questions about life, people and friendship. While it seems that the book is about Margo, which in a way it is, the story sees the development of unique and unusual friendships between different types of people as they come to the end of their high school careers. Many of which are brought together by the events surrounding and the disappearance of Margo.

I really enjoyed this book and urge you to give it a read if you haven’t yet. If you struggle through the first half, like I did, try your best to power through because I really did enjoy the ending. It was definitely worth the time and effort.

Here’s the trailer for the film (I also really enjoyed the film but it did follow a slightly different ending):

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: https://www.amazon.com/Paper-Towns-John-Green/dp/014241493X
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TV and Film: Doctor Who

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dskjhfdToday I’m recommending Doctor Who once again, because yes, it’s that time of year. Doctor Who is back on our screens and well into its ninth series with only two or three more episodes to go.

Many people were unsure about Capaldi’s doctor last series, but I think he’s now well-adjusted and has settled into the role quite successfully. I love his unique relationship with his companion Clara, who keeps him balanced when he could quite easily go off on one or be mean or too extravagant.

The episodes this series have been quite incredible with interesting plots and characters. There have also been a lot of two-parters which is actually really good so we can gain more detail from each story. There have been ups and downs as you would expect with any good TV show and… there have been incredible speeches from both the Doctor and Clara.

I’ve been loving these episodes massive amounts so… If you’ve missed this series, or never watched Doctor Who, it is never too late to jump in and I hope you really enjoy it!

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://www.flickeringmyth.com/2015/10/watch-a-promo-for-doctor-who-series-9-episode-4-before-the-flood.html

Film and TV: X-Men Days of Future Past

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x_men_days_of_future_past_poster-wideAs per usual, I’m late on watching this film but I finally got to watch X-MEN: Days of Future Past, the latest instalment in the X-MEN franchise. I absolutely love X-MEN and this film was no disappointment.

First and foremost, the film had an amazing cast filled with people old and new from the XMEN series including: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage and Josh Helman. The film is so well thought out flawlessly entwining the two casts in one film.

The narrative of the film is really interesting. Firstly the time travel element, which I think I’m safe to say as that detail was revealed ages ago, wasn’t done in any cheesy, clichéd way which made it all the more realistic. The narrative also comments on issues such as war which provides a message we can use especially in today’s society with wars being very much a thing of the present.

The narrative also develops the relationships between the characters and allows us to see that friendship between Charles and Eric who, if you know X-men, don’t always appear so friendly to each other. The relationships between other characters are developed too, such as Logan with young Xavier, Xavier’s relationship with Raven and so on.

The cinematography in this film is superb, the opening sequence is amazing and there is this one scene with Quicksilver, who is a mutant who can move really fast, that is shot so well and the effects are done brilliantly that even a guy who is faster than everyone else running around a kitchen in the Pentagon looks realistic. It’s hard to rave about the scene without your audience having seen it, but just trust me.

In addition, as always, the music in this movie genuinely made chills go down my spine, it was so good and the makeup was brilliant.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is such a good film. It’s a bit of an emotional rollercoaster to say the least and all I can say to the ending is OMG. There is heartache and happiness. Who knew a film could mess with your emotions like this one did? I had to watch the gag reel to get over all of the emotions!

Anyway, I really do recommend this film if you haven’t seen it, or haven’t been introduced to the X-Men series at all, then please do watch them! You won’t regret it.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the picture, it is from: http://www.hdwallpapers.in/x_men_days_of_future_past_poster-wallpapers.html

Christmas: YouTubers Doing Vlogmas

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It’s Christmas time, there’s no denying that and typically in the run up to the big day, many YouTubers take part in an event called Vlogmas. This means that they take the pledge to vlog daily until the 25th of December. I love watching these videos because it increases my own excitement and allows me to see Christmas in different places such as New York, London and Los Angeles. In this blog post, I want to recommend ten channels, with their first vlogmas video to get you equally excited for the special day.

1. Fleur DeForce – On Fleur’s vlogging channel ‘FleurDeVlog’ – Welcome to Vlogmas

2. Giovanna Fletcher – On Gi’s only channel ‘GiovannasWorld’ – We’re Sick!

3. Tom Fletcher – Giovanna’s Husband and member of McFly/McBusted – Get Over It

4. Jenna Ezarik – On Jenna’s main channel ‘ItsmeJennae’ – Not Crying

5. Ingrid Nilsen – On Ingrid’s vlogging channel ‘TheGridMonster’ – Vlogmas 2014 is here

6. Justine Ezarik – On her main channel ‘iJustine’ – I woke up like dis

7. Jim Chapman – On Jim’s vlogging channel ‘EveryDayJim’ -Vlogmas Day 1 – The BFAs

8. Tanya Burr – Jim’s fiance – Insane Handbags and British Fashion Awards!

9. In addition to Ingrid Nilsen’s vlogging videos, she is doing a series of festive videos on her main channel – MissGlamorazzi – DIY Cute and Easy Holiday Decor Ideas!

10. Meghan Camarena – On her main channel ‘Strawburry17’, she is doing a series of videos on her main channel – The Naughty List

Enjoy!

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Something Different is Called For.

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Hi everyone.

There’s going to be some changes. I’m sorry! I know people hate changes, but I’m sure that in the long run, this is going to benefit my blog.

I have been a little run of my feet since I returned to school and have had to do homework instead of writing recommendations. This has therefore led to less content and less love in my recommendations.

Therefore I announce my changes: I will not be posting daily any more. Instead I will be posting three days a week; Monday, Wednesday and Friday. These days will not be allocated to anything specific. I will still be recommending films, youtubers, music, books, beauty products, food and writing up celebrity quotes but these can appear on any day and in any order.

This is a massive change I realise, but I hope you guys, my followers, understand that this way I can keep a constant stream of content coming your way as well as ensure I don’t hit a wall.

Thanks so much for sticking with me these past few weeks, I truly appreciate it.

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Food: Snack Selection Pack

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FoodThis week, during our weekly shop at popular supermarket Aldi, I found a wonderful and, to an unhealthy foodie like myself, perfect selection pack. Stupidly, I threw away the packaging so I don’t know what it is called but either way, the names of the snacks within are listed here and if you see a bag with these in, you’ll know it’s the one.

So what’s within?

  • Burton’s Jammie Dodgers (minis) – I’ve been craving these for so long, so they would’ve been a brilliant treat to find on their own let alone in this incredible pack. If you haven’t ever eaten these, they’re basically raspberry jam sandwiched by two shortcake biscuits.
  • Cadbury’s Animals – These wonderful ‘Animal shaped mini biscuits half covered with milk chocolate’ were a massive part of my childhood and still a snack my mother and I love today.
  • Cadbury’s (mini) Fingers – ‘Crisp mini biscuits covered with milk chocolate’ and downright delicious, I’m hungry just thinking about them.
  • Burton’s (mini) Maryland Choc Chip Cookies – For many people in the UK, these ‘Mini Cookies Containing Chocolate Chips’, are the quintessential cookies.

If any of these made you hungry, I apologise, but now you have an excuse to fill your tummy with some delightful treats.

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Food: Leftover Jacket Potatoes

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Potato WholeAs its summer, I’m going to continue to recommend recipes relevant to typical summertime meals. A very common meal during summer, or at least summer in my household, is to have jacket potatoes (baked potatoes depending on what you call them) with salad. Often we’ll have leftover jacket potatoes after these meals. Do not throw them away, put them in the fridge.

Today I’m going to give you a really quick, easy and simple recipe for using your leftover jacket potatoes. I must now say this recipe is one that my Dad taught me.

Ingredients you will need: Leftover jacket potatoes, salt and pepper, dried rosemary and oil. To have with your potatoes you may want ingredients to make a salad.

  1. Prepare your pan. First and foremost, grab a pan and put it on the hob. Then you’ll need to put a thin layer of oil across the pan to ensure your potatoes don’t stick to it and to give some extra flavour. I use corn oil; you can use whatever you prefer.
  2. Add rosemary. Before you even go near your potatoes you’ll want to grab some rosemary. You’ll want the dried version of the herb and this can easily be found in your local supermarket. Sprinkle the rosemary in the oil in the pan.
  3. Slice your potatoes. Grab your potatoes and slice them up. Here I’ve chopped them up near enough into cubes. You can slice them and lay them flat in the pan if you prefer.
  4. Put your potatoes in the pan and turn on the heat. If you are cubing your potatoes throw them in ensuring they’re all touching the pan, if you are slicing your potatoes lay them in the pan flat. Add some salt and pepper onto them at this point.
  5. (Optional) Make salad. You’re going to want to leave the potatoes to fry, so usually while they’re doing that I make my salad to go with it. If you have leftover salad, you can use that. Make sure you keep an eye on your potatoes to make sure they don’t burn or over cook.
  6. Turn the potatoes. Your potatoes should be half way there when you turn them. For slices, simply flip them over so that the opposite side can fry. For cubes, try your best to flip and stir the potatoes to try to get all the other sides crisped up too. Do not worry if they’re unevenly fried as the potatoes are only being reheated as they were already cooked.
  7. (Optional/ if needed) Add some more salt and pepper, rosemary and oil.
  8. When your potatoes are fried enough, take the pan of the heat.
  9. At this point I’ll dish the potatoes up on a plate alongside my salad, but if you are creating this meal for a family, you can dish everything up separately and put it in the centre of the dining table for everyone to grab their own servings.
  10. Enjoy!

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 (In the pictures; top to bottom: Jacket potatoes cubed and put in the pan; Finished potatoes served on a plate, Finished potatoes and the salad they’re served with).