Movies I Really Want to Watch [3]

Greetings, everyone!

I didn’t not go to the movies as often as I wanted but I still managed to watch four in this last month and a half (sorry for the late post, guys):

Get Out
The Circle
Viral

Alien: Covenant

And here are only two films I am looking forward to the most during the next month-ish.


Black Butterfly

Black Butterfly

Outside a mountain town grappling with a series of abductions and murders, Paul (Antonio Banderas), a reclusive writer, struggles to start what he hopes will be a career-saving screenplay.

I miss watching a good thriller and this one seems to have all the right ingredients!
These two seem to perform so well in their roles as well, very excited to see it.


3 Generations

3 Generations

After Ray decides to transition from female to male, Ray’s mother, Maggie, must come to terms with the decision while tracking down Ray’s biological father to get his legal consent.

Check out that cast! Elle Fanning has been blowing me away with her performance lately and I am looking forward to seeing Susan Sarandon Again, not to mention Naomi Watts.
This is not an easy subject and I am a bit wary as to how well Fanning will perform in particular, as well as whether the comedy aspect will be stretched a bit far, but we’ll see.

 


Please let me know if you watched any of these and let me know what you thought – no spoilers, though!

My Instagram Experience

So I started my Instagram account roughly a month and a half ago and figured I would reflect on my experience so far.

I started my account very timidly because I knew I would like to post pictures, as I love taking them, but I was also aware that I don’t have any proper skills at it and there is so much beautiful stuff out there. I came to a point where I figured I was either going to try and go pro, and shortly after most likely quit, or try and learn a few tips, taking it easy and doing it for fun. I chose the latter.

Since then I finally bought a better phone – a Huawei P10, which Leica camera is pretty neat. I wonder if I will ever learn to play with all its features but so far I am happy with it.

Contentwise, I would have to say I am still trying to find my voice but I am finding it difficult to stick to fully book related topics. It all started when I began browsing through Bookstagram and found so many neat decorative items that I would love to have.

I have to tell you, I have never shopped so much in decoration stores as I have lately. I am enamoured with all the scented candles and baggies and whatnot and I find myself thinking ‘ooh that would look lovely in a picture’ over the most random items.

The next step is to actually dare to light a candle so I can fully experience the relaxing atmosphere reading with a scented candle must provide.

So in my Instagram account you will find several pictures of my Kindle, since that is how I usually read:

I am trying not to post much food or beverage but I did post this:

Then I also posted a couple of nature stuff:

Here's to new beginnings. #changeisgood #newoffice #naturelovers

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And art stuff:

I guess this would be my most elaborate attempt at a proper picture, I do love the colours:

And of course, my reading nook:

 

I have truly enjoyed browsing through Instagram, especially meeting you folks out there. I have also found some pretty nifty stuff just browsing a couple of hashtags of stuff that I love.

So this is it. My Instagram turned out to be more personal than I thought, I guess it gives a more complete picture of me because it is just much quicker to take a picture than write a blog post, at least for me.

I would love to know how your Instagram experience has been.
Also, do you have any tips to find more people, like popular hashtags of stuff we bookworms usually love, as well as to gain more followers?

Looking forward to your comments!

My Reading Nook

I have never felt like a proper bookworm given that I did not have a proper reading nook. I mostly read in bed but now I am proud to say I finally have my own extremely cosy and comfortable reading nook!

I ordered this beanbag which is actually also a mattress so if someone wants to sleep over now they can! Don’t you just love 2 in 1 stuff? So practical.

I can see myself spending a lot of time here.

What do you think?
And do you have a reading nook? I would love to see it!

International Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway

Folks, this giveaway is close to an end! You only have a couple more days so make sure you enter it now!
Just click here.

Good luck to all!

Ana's Lair

The lovely L.S. O’Dea, author of one of my favourite YA series Lake of Sins, is hosting a giveaway for a Kindle Paperwhite, which just happens to be my e-reader of choice, so you can imagine how excited I am!

And it’s an international giveaway too – anywhere that Amazon ships.

What do you have to do? Just submit your email.

You can enter the giveaway until May 5th.

Click the picture below and may the odds be ever in your favour.

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Getting Artsy

If you follow my Instagram account you will have noticed a few days ago I went to a Tiger shop and got some art supplies:

Watercolour paper and crayons – oh, the possibilities!

I don’t know how to draw or paint but I still love this kind of stuff – there is just something about a blank sheet of paper and colours and just the potential for something beautiful.
I am not really drawn to colouring books and I had lost hope of finding something to fulfil this yearning but then I came across these and was so excited.

I was not 100% sure what I was going to do with them but when I got home an idea started forming. I would start with random abstract stuff, yes, that is really the only thing I can do eheh, but I would combine it with something I have been meaning to try for a while now, ever since I came across the work of so many talented people out there: making my own bookmarks!

Somehow the ones I get or come across otherwise are too small and I figured hey, this could be a good way to combine this desire to get artsy within my very limited capabilities and making something useful. So I present to you my first experiment:

I am not sure if it is because of the crayon’s quality not being too good but I did not get an effect using a brush, only my finger, and still it doesn’t look too good but I am pretty happy with the result considering it was my first attempt, and encouraged to keep going!

I am curious, have you ever tried this? Do you have any tips regarding materials, techniques or anything really?

Movies I Really Want to Watch [2]

Hello there, ladies and gents!

Well, I have to say I am pretty upset because two of the films I had been looking forward to watching the most did not premiere after all – A Cure for Wellness and Our Little Sister. I will continue to look for them but things are not looking up…

So during the past month I only managed to watch three movies out of my list. Click to see their reviews:

A Man Called Ove
The Handmaiden
Life


Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant

The crew of a colony ship discover an uncharted paradise, with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.

Alien is the horror movie I remember making the biggest impression on me – closely followed by Gremlins. Yes, I watched them at a very young age!
Anyway, that first movie, which came out in 1979 (can you believe it??), had several ingredients that made it the horror classic it is today, and since I have heard this film captures much of that I am looking forward to watching it, despite the nasty nightmares it will surely give me. I need to make sure I watch this early in the day!

 


 

The Circle

The Circle

A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover a nefarious agenda that will affect the lives of her friends, family and that of humanity.

This one is actually not new to me, as last year I came across the short audio story We Like You So Much and Want to Know You Better by the same author, which basically introduces us to the novel’s world. I found the concept intriguing and wanted to know more so I will definitely watch this one. Also, it’s been so long since I have watched something featuring Tom Hanks! And Emma Watson does sound perfect for this role.

 


 

Get Out

Get Out

A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s mysterious family estate.

Have you watched this trailer?? Watch this trailer! Tell me it doesn’t freak you out!
I have got to watch this.

 

 

Viral

Viral

Following the outbreak of a virus that wipes out the majority of the human population, a young woman documents her family’s new life in quarantine and tries to protect her infected sister.

I know this is not going to be the most mind-blowing movie I have ever watched but it has been a while since I have watched an end-of-the-world flick so I think I may end up going for it. The idea of something messing with people’s brains to the point they turn them into something they are not has appealed to me for a long time.

 


 

Please let me know if you watched any of these and let me know what you thought – no spoilers, though!