†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.
*The Fellowship of the Ring (extended edition)
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