The Birthstone Book Tag!

The Birthstone Book Tag

Hi 😀 so today I’m gonna be doing this book tag Keira tagged me to do quite recently. It sounds so interesting so let’s see what it’s about!

January- Garnet

Associated with warding off negative forces and dark energies- Name a book with the darkest/evilest character you can think of.

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I’m gonna stick with Keira’s answer – Voldemort, obviously! He’s not even evil at this point. He’s beyond evil, as described in the books. The guy split his soul in seven eight!!

February- Amethyst

Purple is associated with royalty- Name a book with regal qualities

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I have actually not read any books with royalty so far! So I’ll go with my instinct and say Game of Thrones, which is very popular and apparently features many kings and queens. And sudden deaths. I don’t know if I’ll ever read it though – looks like a hefty task, plus it doesn’t sound like something I’d get into. But who knows!

March- Aquamarine

Washed out- Name a ‘wishy washy’ character, a character who is not strong/ a follower.

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I’m digging deep for this one… The obvious choice would be Bella Swan from Twilight because that’s what everyone keeps saying but I want to pick something of my own, not by general concensus. Ginny from Harry Potter isn’t the strongest character on film, but in the books she’s perfect, and this is a book tag, so no.
I think I’ll go with the Divergent characters, especially in Allegiant. Y’all know my grudge against this book. There’s no particular character, everyone just sorta fell flat. Especially Four. Bye gurl, you and your flop POV
OH! Now I remember the answer I was looking for! It’s Linda from Paulo Coelho’s Adultery, or whatever her name was. She’s the main character, and ugh. I couldn’t reach half of the book. One minute she loves her family, the next she’s giving blowjobs to a highschool crush she just interviewed, then she’s in the shower with her husband who’s having fun sticking I’m-glad-I-don’t-remember-what in her hooha, then suddenly she’s depressed, then she wants to cheat and be with the blowjob guy, then she’s being a bitch to his wife, then she’s depressed again… Enough. Get a grip.

April- Diamond

A diamond in the rough- Name a book you loved, but that is not well known.

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Interesting one… Let’s go with the Perfectionists by Sara Shepard, I can’t get over how awesome this duology was to read. Go read it! I’d die if she made a spin-off/sequel, it’d work out so well. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be in the works, but she is debuting a new mystery series later this year so I’m pretty thrilled for that!

May- Emerald

Said to balance energy- Name two characters who balance each other well.

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I think Colin and Lindsey from An Abundance of Katherines go together very nicely. Their differences complement each other, and I loved their relationship. She broke the Katherine streak!

Side note – I just think it’s so incredible that you could literally find every single character description and type in the Harry Potter series. They’re the first ones that come to mind. It’s so amazing how iconic this series is. Fyi, the ones that came to mind are of course Fred and George. Ugh. It hurts. So bad.

June- Pearl

Associated with loyalty- Name a character who is loyal to the end.

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DID YOU HAVE TO MAKE ME THINK ABOUT SNAPE?!
I’m gonna say Chuck, from the first Maze Runner. He was loyal until the end.

July- Ruby

Blood read- Name a book that made your blood boil, one that made you angry.

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Okay, I fail. I can’t think of any non-HP book. Flop.
Well it’s obviously The Order of the Phoenix. So many things about this book is anger-inducing, from Harry’s own anger, to Umbridge being a total fucking bitch, to what we all know happened at the end. RAH!

August- Peridot

Pale in comparison- Name a supporting character who you like better than the main character

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I’m currently reading Scorch Trials and I can honestly say Thomas is NOT my favorite. I think it’s Newt. So kewt.

September- Sapphire

Blue like the ocean, calming- Name a book that had a calming affect on you.

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Thirteen Reasons Why. Definitely. While this book’s purpose is certainly not calming, it was just so good for my soul. I read it right after my exams and I felt cleansed. Took my mind off things. And it transported me into Clay’s head, to the whole story, it was so immersive. Loved it.

October- Opal

Iridescent- Name an iridescent book (beautiful cover, character etc.)

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All the books in the Lunar Chronicles series look GORGEOUS! Also, the Cormoran Strike novels by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a J.K. Rowling) all look polished and beautiful as well.

November- Topaz

Associated with resilience- Name a book with a character who rises to the top in a time of adversity.

Every cliché ‘hero’ ever. I honestly wouldn’t be interested in reading such books, just like I’m not interested in watching such movies. Why would I want to read the same fight over and over again knowing who’s always going to come on top?

December- Zircon

Associated with friendship- Name a book with a friendship you want to be a part of. (Tanzanite is the other birthstone for December )

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I think it’d be pretty cool to have Quentin, Radar and that honeybunny guy from Paper Towns as friends because tbh they’re not too different from my actual friends and they seem like my bunch. But of course…
I think it’s pretty much common knowledge that the Golden Trio featuring Slayrry, Queenrmione and Riconald Weasley is the squad goal of everyone on this planet. I couldn’t not mention these three. Ugh how I wish I could be there and talk shit about Ron and Harry with my Herminouchette and I could stand up to her when she gets in catfights with those two and I’ll end up with her eventually while Ron goes and fucks himself. Ah…

And on this bittersweet note, I conclude this tag which was very fun to do! Thanks a lot for tagging me Kei, in my turn I tag Selfie, Luna, L (do u even read), Elm (like u do tags lel), Ruth (snap me gurl), Aspen (u 2 gurl) and emily (long time no c!!1)

Hope you enjoyed this 😀 bye!

All the things! (Actually just 2)

Hey! Remember me?

I’m Anthony, the horrible and irresponsible guy behind A Very Awkward Blog who hasn’t posted in a whole week.
I really have no excuse except that I’ve been horribly lazy. Also this has been quite a hectic week. I initially intended to do a post for each separate event but I realized that I have done 0. NONE. So I decided to just cram ’em all into one!
By the way, the only reason I’m writing this now is because I’m supposed to be studying for my maths, physics, chemistry and civism tests coming this week. Like how can I be myself if I don’t procrastinate? C’mon.

Saturday, March 5th

I skipped my piano lesson for the first time. Shame on me.
The reason was that my philosophy teacher had invited me and some friends to a seminary in a college, where they were going to show philosophical movies and discuss them. My friends were on a trip to a 5-star hotel that I couldn’t afford so I thought I’d go instead of moping around. I went with a girl from my class and met with our teacher and people from another class at the college. The first movie was too much to describe. Some words that come to mind are: weird, complicated, mentally messed-up, uncomfortable, disturbing. It was this black-and-white old Swedish movie called The Seventh Seal or something full of witch burnings and crazy jesters and yelling and torture. There was also a Voldemort-like character that wears all black and is supposed to be death and plays chess with people. Also, the Virgin Mary appeared next to a dancing baby. You know, typical saturday movie.
At that point I was thinking ‘what the fuck am I even doing here’. The philosophical people discussed the movie and its seemingly deep meanings and I was utterly lost. Then came lunch time and the sandwiches were so good. I’d even say that was the best part of the whole day. After that, they showed the second movie, and while it was not my usual type it was considerably better than the first. At least it was in color. And had a plot. We discussed it and I found that I understood and enjoyed that, so I’ll be coming back next month, hopefully with my friends.

Woow! One down.

Tuesday, March 1st

I almost forgot about that one. On that day, I felt like not going to school because I needed to study for the maths test I told you about in my last post (I ended up getting 15 by the way. A lot more than what I first thought I’d get but still not on par with the amount of studying I had done). Unfortunately I had chosen the wrong day to be absent because they gave us our mid-year exam grades that day.
I was going to write out every grade but ain’t me got time fo dat (also you probs don’t really care) so here’s da pic:

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Yep! I’m first in my class. Whoow! 16.57 is a very good grade (well my friend in the other class got 17 but he’s a big exception) and I would have loved to get it in front of all the basics (there comes my modesty) but like all dem know it be me on top. I should really stop trying to sound thug because it’s just pathetic.
I can’t believe I got 38/40 on English! I only “lost” two grades on the essay because 13/15 is the top grade (for some curious reason, you can’t get a perfect score on the essay). It’s really the grade I’m the most proud of.
My maths grade is, while not horrible, still unsatisfactory. I studied for a LOT more than 92/120. And the dilemma continues…
In History, Philosophy and Geography, however, I got a grade way higher than what I deserved. Seriously! I’m really lucky. I studied the right stuff at the right time. This won’t keep working forever but I’m getting away with it for now!
This exam also marked the first time in my history where I got a higher grade on my Arabic essay (5.5/8) than on French one (5/8). I mean I’m very happy that I got such a grade but I literally used to get top grades in French. Maybe my investment in English and neglect of French had its impact (even though in my opinion what I wrote deserved a much higher grade). Oh well.
Enough about my grades. Let’s move on!

Actually, let’s not make this post a super long one that no one will read. Yay for procrastination! No, I swear I’ll begin on the next one right now. Maybe pre-schedule it. I haven’t done that in ages.

[NB: 8 hours later. Still haven’t started that post.]

Anyway, GUYS HOW U BEEN?? It’s been really long. Tell meh all about ur lyfs down belo
Byz

iReview: Paper Towns by John Green

Time for another John Green book review.

Yaaaaay

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Now I’m aware that this has been around since 2008 but I just read it last week and since the movie recently came out I decided a review would be appropriate.

Like 90% of all the books I have read, I borrowed this one from my friend, the same friend who lent me TFIOS and hated it. Apparently she had read Looking For Alaska and had loved it, then had gotten the rest of John’s books and they didn’t have the same effect. She couldn’t even read all of Paper Towns, deeming it as ‘too boring’.Oh well, I still win.

The book had been sitting in my closet for a couple of weeks during which I was rereading Harry Potter. But then we decided that we should go see the movie and it was in three days but I couldn’t see the movie without having read the book first! That goes completely against my life philosophy. Anyway.

I started reading the book in the afternoon. I had to read 100 pages a day to finish it before we go to the movies. 

In the end, we couldn’t make it to the movies. But that didn’t matter because i had finished the book in less than 24 hours. I couldn’t put it down.

It is divided in three parts. The Strings, the Grass and the Vessel. Each of these is a metaphor about life and what connects people, that the characters discover throughout the book. And each of these 3 parts contained some of the best things I like about books.

The first part was hugely entertaining and I read it in a snap. I just love this sort of planned-revenge-journey-trip-craziness type of books. 

The second part was also great. It was about the disappearence of Margo and Q’s quest to find her through the clues she had left him. This was the mystery part of the novel, and I love mystery, as you could tell by my Perfectionists review, so I loved this.

And the third part is a typical roadtrip, which reminded me of the one in An Abundance Of Katherines (yet another John Green novel). But this one was even better. And the ending was very intriguing.

I totally expected it, and would have liked it better if it didn’t end the way it did. Give me a really sad ending for once. But despite that, the conversation the characters had was very interesting, even though it was a bit preachy and rant-y and unrealistic, although I have gotten used to it in John’s novels. I also really loved the last sentence.

I loved Q, but I thought Margo was a bit too much at some points.

Just like with An Abundance of Katherines, I found the best friend character too repulsive. I mean seriously? Honeybunnies, MILF jokes and a whole chapter about his pee? Stop it Ben. I don’t even know how he got Lacey. I liked Radar a lot more, partly because I thought he was kinda like me.

I recommend this book to all teens and John Green fans. It’s great!

Rating: 4/5 Stars.

My Life In Movies Challenge – Animated Version

I received a suggestion to do this fun challenge by Claire Packer where I have to name my favorite movie from each year, starting my birth year up till now. 

I decided to add a little twist, and that is instead of naming movies in general I would go with animated movies. (Also so that I won’t end up with a list where half the movies are Harry Potter and the other half are YA movie adaptations)

So here you go:

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2015: Minions

2014: The Lego Movie

2013: Despicable Me 2 (Runners Up: Monsters University, Frozen)

2012: Brave

2011: Rango

2010: Despicable Me (Runners Up: Toy Story 3; Tangled)

2009: Up

2008: WALL-E

2007: Ratatouille

2006: Arthur and the Invisibles

2005: Corpse Bride

2004: Shrek 2

2003: Finding nemo

2002: Spirited Away 

2001: Monsters, Inc

2000: The Emperor’s New Groove

1999: Toy Story 2

The movies I enjoyed most would be Despicable Me, Monsters, Inc, Ratatouille and Up. They are all fun and touching in different ways.

What are your favorite movies from each year?