Saturday, 8 April 2017

Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts

Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they've encountered during the week, etc).

1. Hello again, everyone! This post has been lying in my draft box for ages and I'm finally finishing it off today - as I got back from an 11 hour flight from the U.S. just this morning and I'm desperately trying to fight off the jet lag and stay awake! So, yes, the most notable thing that I have to share is that I've been on holiday! It was my second trip to the U.S. (you can read about my first visit in my last Bookish and Not So Bookish post!), I was there for just over a week, and I was visiting my good friend Samara who lives in Seattle. I would certainly never have predicted that my second trip to the States would be less than six months after my first; in fact the only reason I was able to go on this trip was because of a tax rebate from the government as it turns out that I was paying too much tax between the years 2014-16! Anyway, Samara and I had a lot of fun late-night conversations and she also took me to see Pike Place Market, the MoPop Museum, the University of Washington campus, Gas Works Park (which features quite prominently in 10 Things I Hate About You), the Columbia Center Observation Deck, Bainbridge Island, and the Seattle Art Museum. I also went on a short side-trip over to Victoria in British Columbia so I got to see a little bit of Canada on this trip as well! In Victoria I went to their Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf districts and I also had my first Tim Horton's and did some shopping at Munro's Books (where I bought copies of Garth Nix's Sabriel and Hannah Kent's Burial Rites). Yeah... I'd say that it's been a pretty great week! :D

2. Oh and as I didn't manage to spend all of my spending money during my trip I think I'm going to be putting it to good use by going clothes shopping at some point in the next week :D

3. I turned 29 in January (I'm having a very hard time accepting that I'm almost 30!) and I've also had my bedroom redecorated since my last Bookish and Not So Bookish post. I've had the walls re-painted and I've had new furniture, a new carpet, and new curtains put in.

4. I've also started to collect funko pops for my bedroom as I wanted to jazz up my bookshelves a little bit and the dolls are so very cute. At this moment in time I only want a small collection but from what I've gathered it can be a very addictive hobby so who knows how many I'll eventually end up with, lol?!

5. The best books that I've read since my last B&NSB post have been Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray, Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson, and Katherine by Anya Seton - all brilliant reads!

6. It looks like the book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel-Pie Society is finally getting made into a movie! I've only read the book once (am hoping to re-read it fairly soon though) and that was quite a few years ago but I remember really loving it and thinking that it could make for a wonderful movie. And the cast for this movie looks great so far as well! Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Penelope Wilton, Matthew Goode and Jessica Brown Findlay :)

7. I have a new phone! I've gone from having an iPhone 5c to an iPhone SE in Rose Gold. Ooh, get me! :D I know the SE isn't the fanciest iPhone out there (it's basically a more updated version of their 6c I believe) but I can't really afford Apple's newer products and I'm honestly really happy with it. My new phone only costs me 50p more a month than my old phone but has three times its amount of storage and data (I was constantly having to delete apps on my old one!)

8. Sadly I think I'm going to have to give my local bookshop a wide berth for a while as I was sitting in their café a couple of weeks ago and happened to notice something moving around under my table. So I looked down and saw a mouse (or possibly even a rat) running around by my feet! I was pretty freaked out and left pretty sharpish after that but not before informing the barista who told me that they've been having problems with them for a while now. So, yeah, I think I'm going to be buying most of my books online for a while *shudders*

9. I hate to be negative - especially since almost everyone I follow online seems to have loved this film - but I've seen the new Beauty and the Beast and I was honestly so frustrated with it :( The 2015 Cinderella is still by far and away my favourite of the new Disney live-action films. The animated Beauty and the Beast is probably my favourite Disney film and although I never for one minute believed that this new live-action version could top it I genuinely believed that it could be a great "companion piece" to that film. But this film was just... *groans* Alright, there were some positive aspects to the new version to be fair. The castle looked awesome, Luke Evans and Josh Gad were both great (their musical theatre backgrounds really show!) and on a shallow note I also very much appreciated the opening scene in which the Prince gets turned into the Beast (as Dan Stevens was giving me major David Bowie from Labyrinth vibes). But aside from that... for the vast majority of the time I was just wishing that I was watching the original version instead. The big musical numbers in this new version had none of the energy and animation (pun intended! :D ) of the original's, the pacing seemed off in places, and the new songs that were in it were forgettable. Emma Watson seems like a very nice and intelligent person in real-life but I still have yet to be sold by her as an actress and I certainly think that she was miscast as Belle. The blatant auto-tuning to her voice had me cringing at times, I didn't sense any chemistry between her and Dan Stevens, and to me her Belle just didn't have any of the warmth and liveliness of Paige O'Hara's. And finally, because this rant is getting a bit longer than I intended, the new plot additions and backstories for the characters added very little to the story and even created some logical inconsistencies i.e. SPOILERS (highlight to read) Why didn't Belle just use the Beast's magic book to transport her back to her father? And if the Enchantress has been living in Belle's town for the whole time then how come she never placed a curse on Gaston? We know she likes to punish the arrogant, which Gaston definitely is, and he even insulted her on one occasion! 

10. And now that I've finally finished this post I'm going to have a good long shower and...

Good night! 


Michaela Szczepanski said...

There was a rodent of some sort in your bookshop/cafe?! No fair! Everywhere I get coffee from is clean and boring. I would have embarrassed and distressed you by trying to capture and adopt it. I miss my rats.

Hannah said...

Michaela - You know, after I left the place and calmed down a bit, it did occur to me that you would have probably enjoyed the experience considerably more than I did! ;) Well, now you know where to go if you ever fancy getting some more rats and don't want to fork out for them...