Saturday, January 31, 2015

In January

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books:
Balboa: Swordsman and Conquistador, by Felix Riensenberg Jr.
The Three Musketeers, ♥ by Alexandre Dumas
A Grief Observed, by C.S.Lewis
The Weight of Glory, by C.S.Lewis
The Children of Hurin, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Ferdinand Magellan: Master Mariner, by Seymour Gates Pond
Eats, Shoots & Leaves, by Lynn Truss

movies & tv:
The Three Musketeers (2011) - This is a new favorite movie of mine. ♥
The Battle of Five Armies ♥ (along with the other two Hobbit movies)
The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) - It's just a great story.
Clash of the Titans - It was fun.
Wrath of the Titans - This one was pretty good, fun.
I Am Four - It was fun watching it with my family; I can't think of much else nice to say.
Taken 3
*The Fellowship of the Ring (extended edition)
Paddington
The Pirate Fairy - I like the Tinkerbell/Pixie Hollow movies, didn't really expect to, but I do. This one isn't the best, but Tom Hiddleston voices one of the characters, so it's good.
Ratatouille - This one is really pretty good, I enjoyed it a lot.
*North and South
*Wives and Daughters - I love the different characters and how they all interact and everything.
*Cranford - I do like Judi Dench.
Agent Carter (the first, third, and fourth episodes) - It's okay.
Once Upon a Time (finished season four) - I'm looking forward to the next season, I hope it takes place more outside of Storybrooke, like season three in Neverland - that was my favorite.

† Landmark Book
* seen before



I want to read more, as much as possible. So I made an effort to this month, and it was great. I kept a little notebook with me while I read and made notes and précis and took down quotes, and I liked that; it helps me 'get' what I'm reading, and it's nice to be able to read back through my notes. There are so many cool things to read and learn about, and so many books. There're so many half-read and begun-to-be-read books on my bookshelf, books I haven't finished and want to. But I've finally figured out a nice method of plowing through 'em: I choose four books to read at a time: one fiction/story, one scientific/factual/helpful, one philosophy, and one history. So far it works great, and I'm happy about it.


Do you ever suddenly feel an urge to sing, where you've just got to sing? Not necessarily because you're happy, and not necessarily because you're said, but just simply because you've got to sing. Or maybe you're a dancer, and it's that you've just got to dance; or maybe you're a runner and you've just got to run. And the urge isn't so much sad and isn't so much happy as it is simply big, and you've got to let it out somehow, someway, or you'll burst? I get that urge to play my violin. You know how violinists sort of sway and bend to the music as they play? I don't know if that's just a part of the playing, but I rather think it's a dance. When I'm playing and I'm concentrating so hard on the music that I'm not exactly thinking about anything, just hearing the music, then all I want to do is to dance. So I sort of do, my violin and I, and the music. And I love that.


What books and movies did you enjoy especially in January? xx

39 comments:

  1. I think I understand your violin thing. It's odd, but I can't play if I'm not thinking about it, or thinking about anything at all. The rest of the world fades away and I get caught up in playing. What's different for me, though, is sometimes I can't even hear what I'm playing. Not sure if that's normal or not, you tell me. :)

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    1. Yes, exactly. I love that. Yes! I was wondering if that was just me! I do that too - I'll be playing but I won't exactly be hearing what I'm playing, or just plain don't hear it. It's weird, and it's not like I'm not hearing anything, I'm just not hearing (so profound, ha). I guess it has to do with the fact that one's concentrating so much that they're not aware of everything to the usual degree or something? I don't know. :/ It's weird. Thanks for commenting, Jo. :)

      xox

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  2. I've been trying to read more as well. I used to read tons but somehow it slowed down.
    I would love to know how to play the violin. Or any instrument for that matter!
    Love your blog!

    Renee
    www.losetheroad.blogspot.ca

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    1. I know! I used to spend all day reading, and now.... *sigh* To begin with I don't have all day to spend reading anymore (school-school-school), but still. I guess it's an encouraging thought though that you did used to read a lot; it's easier to remake a habit than build a new one entirely.
      It's so much fun! Music is lovely. :) Thanks so much, Renee, you're so kind. :)

      xx

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  3. I am very curious about The Three Musketeers... and since you seem to have enjoyed it, I guess it's about time I give it a go myself. :)
    Sounds like you had a fabulous month!

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    1. It's a great story, I enjoyed it a lot. :) There are a number of different translations into English and they're surprisingly different; the translation I read is by Jacques le Clercq, and I'd recommended it very much. I'm saying this because there are other translations (which I'd previously begun to read) that I wouldn't recommend, they're rather... inappropriate (as in, 'suggestive material'), just so you know. Not all the translations are like that. Thanks for commenting, Hannah!

      xx

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  4. I love that there are a few Lewis and Tolkien things in here. ;) The Starving Inspired

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    1. I really enjoyed reading them, especially Lewis - he writes in such a clear, precise, logical way. I love it. :) And Tolkien is all around a brilliant storyteller. :)

      xx

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  5. you play the violin? that's amazing! I do too, and it's not very often I stumble across a fellow blogger who does as well. Hmm, maybe I ought to give the notebook idea a try when reading books... it sounds like a good idea :)

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    1. It's so cool to find fellow bloggers who play the violin! Yeah, (as of last month) I really like keeping a notebook with me while I read, I really like being able to go back and read my notes. You might like it too. :) Thanks for commenting, Autumn.

      xox

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  6. All for one and one for all! And ah, Ratatouille; my brother and I watch that almost once every two-three months. I think that was one of the better Pixar ones from this century (saying that makes me feel old, gosh, and I'm only one, two years into my teens).

    xoxo Morning

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    1. Ratatouille was so fun! That sounds like a fun tradition. :) Oh, and yes, all for one and one for all!

      xx

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  7. Yes to the random urge to sing! Haha, did you mean "Agent Carter" or "Agent Charter?" I'm guessing it's just a typo, so no worries! I really love Marvel. And Once Upon a Time. I miss it.

    I love seeing your month summaries. They're really neat! xx.

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    1. I'm glad you know what I mean. :) haha Yes, I meant 'Carter'. "Agent Charter," ha. Oh, OUAT, I miss it too. And Marvel - Age of Ultron is going to be awesome! ♥

      Aw, thanks, Lizzy, I'm glad you like them. :)

      xx

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  8. Hmm, have you read the Stravaganza series? It's a fantasy series about these people can travel between worlds. They're really good if you like that sort of thing. You should try them.
    I'm going to have to read the books on your list. I haven't read any of them!

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    1. No, I haven't! I'll have to look them up, I haven't read much of that kind of book, but they sound cool. Thanks for the recommendation, Kat! :)

      xx

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  9. The feeling that you have with your violin is very similar to what I have with my piano because even though I can't sway physically with a piano, I do in my heart I do.
    I also saw The Battle of Five Armies this month along with "Cranford", "Little Women", some Downton Abbey, and "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World."
    I've read Unbroken, and finished the last of The Giver Quartet. I read some other book, but I forget them now. :)

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    1. I'm sure you know what I mean. Music is amazing. :)
      It's cool we saw some of the same things! I haven't heard of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World before, how did you like it?
      I liked Unbroken, it's a powerful story...and a hard book to read if you're like me. And I read the first Giver book and liked it pretty well. :) Thanks for commenting, Ekaterina!

      xx

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  10. That's so cool that you play the violin! I get that feeling too, I think, for singing and dancing, though I'm not great at either. :P

    I finally finished the book I started in November -- Nicholas Nickleby! It took me forever, though I did take my time with it.

    I watched The Pirate Fairy just for Tom Hiddleston... hehe! Have you seen Return to Cranford? It's not nearly as good as Cranford, but it has Tom Hiddleston in it too. :D

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    1. I love the violin. :) haha I'm sure you know what I mean. :)
      Dickens takes a long time to read, I've been in the middle of David Copperfield and Pickwick Papers for years (okay, that sounds bad), I guess I'm not very motivated. :/ How did you like Nicholas Nickleby?
      haha Yeah, basically. Yes! I have, a couple times. T.H. is awesome. :)

      xx

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    2. Oh my goodness, I loved it. New favorite Dickens, I think! Although that's not saying much since the only read one other -- Little Dorrit. I just love his writing style though, and I fell in love with the character of Nicholas. :)

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    3. Cool! Maybe I should try reading that one. I watched a not-so-good movie adaption of NN a long time ago and it turned me off from the story, so I'm glad to hear you liked the book. Oh, and how did you like Little Dorrit? I've been told it's good and a coupla people have told me to read it...

      xx

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    4. Oh, which version did you see? I'm really glad I decided to read it, because I saw the 2002 Charlie Hunman version and didn't like it very much, especially Nicholas' character. But then I found out about the 2001 James D'Arcy version and since I'm a fan of D'Arcy I decided I wanted to see that one too, but then decided I should read the book first. Then of course I fell in love with the character. And the 2001 I thought was much better. The character's were much more accurate, and the plot in general too, but it was still too short!

      I liked Little Dorrit about the same I think. It was wonderful. Right now I'd say I like NN more, but that's probably just because I read it most recently. ;)

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    5. Yeah, it was the 2002 version that I saw too, so I'm sort of glad to hear that you didn't care for it either, but liked the book, because that means there's a good chance I'd like the book too then. James D'Arcy - wait, that's Jarvis! I really like him as Jarvis. hmm, sounds cool. Maybe I should read the book then too. ;) I'll add both the book and 2001 movie to meh lists of to be read/watched.

      xx

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    6. Yes, Jarvis! :D He's a really good actor, and makes a great Nicholas. Cool! I hope you enjoy them!

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  11. I'm hoping to see the 2011 "Three Musketeers" soon! I hear good things about it :-)

    Also, I've nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award -- details are here :-)

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    1. I think it's a 'hit or miss' type of movie, but if it's a hit it's totally fun. I hope you enjoy it. :)

      Aw, thanks, Hamlette!

      xx

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  12. Sounds like you had a good January! And I totally understand the urge to sing, it happens to me 24/7 ♥
    Amy xx

    Perfect Imperfections

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    1. I love singing, music in general, really. :) Thanks, Amy.

      xox

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  13. Hello! I've tagged you over at my blog:-) Great post, I get the urge to play the piano when I'm depressed. The music just sort of comes out better that way.:-)

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    1. Thank you, Beth! Music is such a beautiful way of expressing emotion.

      xx

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  14. Fun list! I adore 'Monte Cristo' and 'Musketeer' movies. Oh, and Taken is a great series. :)

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    1. Thanks, Rissi! Dumas told some great stories. :) I've just seen the third Taken movie, but it was fun!

      xx

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  15. Ah! I want a violin!

    -Max

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    1. haha I hope you get one sometime! :)

      xx

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  16. I want to read more too. I think I'm going to start with the classics this year.

    /Avy

    http://mymotherfuckedmickjagger.blogspot.com

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    1. Reading is wonderful, for so many reasons. Have fun with the classics! :)

      xx

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  17. Hello! My name's Dani and I just discovered your blog.

    I love, love, love all of the BBC miniseries adaptations of Elizabeth Gaskell's books. Last year I read "Wives and Daughters" and "North and South" for the first time and loved them both so much!

    I also see that you're a fan of Doctor Who, Merlin and Sherlock. I've decided we are kindred spirits.

    God bless!

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    1. Hey, Dani! Gosh, this is awesome. Cheers for BBC! :) And you read North and South! I've been thinking of reading that one, and I'm glad to hear you liked it, especially as we seem to have similar tastes. :) Oo, and yay for Sherlock and Merlin and the Doctor! :D

      Thanks for following, Dani!

      xx

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