Category Archives: Recommendations

1st of December: Your Favorite Christmas Movie.

Hello! I decided to do a Christmas challenge and even though I have had little luck in regards to fulfilling these challenges in the past, I am paradoxically optimistic. Yeah, we never learn.

As for my favorite Christmas movie, I was torn between Home Alone and Love, Actually, but I had to go with Home Alone. For me, as for many, Home Alone has been a holiday classic – the topping of the tradition – since my childhood. Filled with Christmas spirit, a beautiful soundtrack and a great amount of slapstick humor, it tells the tale of young Kevin, an eight-year-old boy who is so unfortunate to be left alone by his family on Christmas Eve. When two robbers – albeit, failures at that – named Marv and Harry have got their eyes set on Kevin’s house and plan to rob it rotten, Kevin is left to save the house. And that is where the fun part starts.

Warning: If seeing people in enormous amounts of pain somewhat triggers you, this movie is probably not for you. For those who love slapstick humor so much it is borderline sadism, on the other hand; sit back, relax and enjoy!

Seriously, if you are one of those weird aliens who have yet to watch this movie, do so.

30 Day Blog Challenge – Day 9: Tell Us About An Interesting Documentary You Have Watched.

While I love watching movies and reading, for some reason, I am not that invested in documentaries. I can probably name on one hand the documentaries I have watched through and through, but one of them really stuck with me. It was called Stonewall Uprising and was made in 2010. It accounts for the events of the Stonewall riot that took place in New York, June 1969.

For those of you who have never heard of the Stonewall riots, it was a series of demonstration by the gay community of New York. Specifically, they rioted against the police and the anti-homosexual legal system that had been enforced back then. Among others, the rules entailed laws against homosexuals socializing within society in plenty forms, and denied them of free education on equal basis with straight people.

Within months after the riots, the first LGBT-organizations came to rise.

It is worth a watch and can be found on the Internet somewhere.

30 Day Blog Challenge – Day 7: 5 Recommended Reads.

Considering I have a book blog that can be found here, this questions has plenty more answers than 5, and you can check them out of you’d like, but I will come up with five of my all-time favorite novels:

  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  2. The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
  3. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Pretty libraries.

As you all know by now, I study library and information science. So the other day, after having been on internship at a significantly small library, I started dreaming away for a moment. So I looked up some exclusive and beautiful libraries. Take a look!

rio de janeiroReal Gabinete Português de Leitura – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Anna Amalia Library – Weimar, Germany

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Library of Klementinum – Klementinum, Czech Republic

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Strahov Monastery Library – Prague, Czech Republic

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Abbey Library – Admont, Austria

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The University of Coimbra General Library – Coimbra, Portugal

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Belle’s Library from Beauty and The Beast, because I felt like including it

 

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Yesterday I went to the “town next door”, with Cathrine. We were heading off to the cinema, to watch “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”, but before that, we needed something to eat. I had a lovely taste of traditional Christmas treats, whereas Cathrine had an Italian pizza. Role reversal, you may say.

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Let’s just say we developed a bizarre fascination with that candle.

Then we headed off to a coffee shop, in which we had two (ginormous) cups of hot chocolate and some treats to eat.

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The movie was amazing. It deserves to be mentioned that the character of Legolas was my very first fictional character crush, and it provided me with a lovely sense of nostalgia to see him on the big screen yet again. On a serious note: The movie was entertaining and definitely worth a watch.

Hanging out with Anna.

Today I went shopping, before heading off to Anna’s place. Now, I am not a selfless person, as you may be aware by now, so while I went shopping for Christmas gifts, I also picked something up for myself! A dark blue, classy dress, probably ever so loosely inspired by the ’60s. It fit me so well, and I will be wearing it Christmas Eve. I will show it to you then.

Thereafter, I went off to Anna’s place, where we ate some lovely salmon and watched the hilarious chick flick comedy Mean Girls for the thousandth time or so. Never get tired of that movie!

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After we had finished watching, we went off to Cathrine’s, as she lives nearby. I had to drop by with yet another Christmas gift for her, and she had gotten a visit from another friend of ours, Camilla, so we stayed and chatted for a while. Mostly, we discussed celebrity crushes, which served for some hilarious comments.

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Anna’s Christmas decorations.

 

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Anna (don’t shoot me dead for this, hon.)

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Me.

 

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Anna’s demonic cat.

The Hunger Games, Catching Fire.

Alright, so I went off with Cathrine today. First we had pizza, which was absolutely delicious.

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Then we went off to watch Catching Fire in theaters. And what a movie! It was absolutely incredible, and in my estimation, much better than the first one. Jennifer Lawrence did a wonderful job from start to finish, the characters of Finnick and Joanna were captivating and interesting, and the effects made the plot seem nothing but authentic. Definitely going to rewatch that one sometime down the road.

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Thereafter, it was time to go home, in which case we spent twenty minutes sitting at the freezing bus station, singing our hearts out for no apparent reason.

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My TV-show recommendations.

As my dear friend, Anna decided to freshen up her blog a little, I thought I’d to the same, so here comes a list over my favorite TV shows, cancelled and still running. So if you have too little to do with your life, I recommend you start living mine:

 

Glee (2009- ).

In first place, I am putting Glee. I suppose I am not obligated to tell you what it is about, as it is one of the most famous (and infamous) shows out there. It’s basically a musical TV-show with varying plots and characters you love to hate and vice versa. Personally I think season 1-3 were the most epic, but season 4 is great too. WARNING: It is gonna make you cry so don’t believe those who say it’s a comedy. At its lightest, it’s a dramedy.

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Shameless US (2011- ).

If you want a show that doesn’t give two shits about boundaries, this is the show for you: The show is impossible to sort into any genre, as it literally goes all over the place. The plot is fairly basic: A struggling family in Chicago with an absent mother and alcoholic father has to provide for themselves at the hands of the 21-year-old oldest sister – and from there on in, everything escalates.

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Pretty Little Liars (2010- ).

This show is probably the closest I come to liking detective series. Four former girlfriends find themselves reunited at their late friend’s funeral, and turns out there was more to said friend’s death than what met the eye. WARNING: You can’t trust anybody.

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Bomb Girls (2012- ).

Here I am, enjoying Canadian TV-shows! Bomb Girls is a historical drama about what a role women were in the position of, during World War II. The show specifically focuses on a group of women working at a bomb factory. Don’t worry, there are men in uniforms too.

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The Secret Life of The American Teenager (2008-2013).

As this show is getting cancelled this summer, I think it is fair for me to recommend it. While the show’s writing is questionable, this teen drama was groundbreaking in its heyday (2008). Actually, when watching, you might realize how much has changed socially only since 2008. the show basically mentions every trigger there is: Sexuality, abuse, alcoholism, divorce, abortion, while still not being dark. Today I guess it goes under the category of just another teen drama with semi-ridiculous plots, but hey, I find it enjoyable!

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My Mad Fat Diary (2013- ).

And I also evidently have a thing for British shows all of a sudden! This story is based on a true story that is localized in Great Britain, 1996. The plot revolves around an overweight girl and her friends, each of whom struggle with issues of varying kinds. It digs fairly deep, and is worth a shot.

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Sex and The City (1998-2004).

I do not have to tell you what this show is about; you all know it. I am just saying – it is worth watching! Watch the whole thing and laugh your ass off.

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Girls (2012- ).

This show revolves around a group of girls in their 20’s, trying to figure out their lives and where it is heading. There’s probably a lot more to it, but then I’d go into details, and I’d rather not. It’s worth a shot!

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Movie recommendation: Country Strong (2010)

 

This week I finally got my shit together and decided to watch the movie “Country Strong”. It has been recommended by many a friend of mine (okay, fine, I only have three friends, you happy?) for quite some time now, and yesterday I finally watched it.

It is honestly one of the best movies I have seen in a while. I am not going to post a lot of spoilers or anything, in case you haven’t watched it yet (huh, as if my blog has readers), but I will say one thing:

The movie is a delightful mixture of harmonic singing voices, consistent storylines and characters and not to mention phenomenal world-class acting, especially from Gwyneth Paltrow starring as the assumedly washed-up country legend Kelly Canter.

I highly recommend that you all watch this movie, it is truly amazing!

 

 

The blogs of the three friends that I have:

OK, so I decided I could just post the blog address of the three friends that I have. Not that it will help any, seeing as the only readers I probably have are those three, so it just turns into a creepy circle.

Guess I’m just doing this for myself then, in case I get alzheimer and forget their addresses:

Anna: http://annaxcharlotte.blogg.no/

Cathrine: http://cathrinereier.blogg.no/

Mia: http://agnosticperspective93.wordpress.com/

 

Enjoy!