New Favorites 2

Hey everyone!  In the beginning of July I made part 1 of this post talking about my favorite music and TV shows, just to update you on what I’ve been liking.  Eventually I’ll probably start doing a monthly favorites posts, but for now, this post is about my favorite movies and YouTubers.

Movies

I don’t watch movies often, so I’ll only have a few for this category.  I really loved Silver Linings Playbook, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.  It’s probably on my list of favorite movies.  It came out a few years ago, but I saw it a couple months ago.  For some reason I find this movie really relaxing, and I’ve rewatched it a few times, too!

Another movie I saw recently that I loved was Stuck In Love.  It had a few actors I was familiar with, like Lily Collins and Logan Lerman.  It’s an indie movie, so I wasn’t expecting to like it, but whoa.  That was a good movie.  It used to be on Netflix, but it was recently removed :(

YouTube

I watch YouTube on a daily basis, and I’ve come to discover a lot of YouTubers that I enjoy watching.  What draws me to a YouTuber is more their personality and less their content, though I’m interested in what they talk about.  So here are some of my favorites:

  • ADoseofBuckley: He uploads angry rants about music, pop culture, and other news. I think I discovered him by his Worst Songs of 20?? videos.  He’s humorous but informative, and I love the tidy way he puts together his videos.
  • BreeAnn Barbie: She makes videos about beauty, piercings, and she also uploads vlogs from time to time.  I found her because I was in desperate need of assistance when I got my first piercing almost a year ago!  I love her personality, which always shines through in every video.
  • Marques Brownlee: Otherwise known as MKBHD, he makes videos about tech.  Phones, cameras, and computers are his expertise.  I really love watching his videos, though I know pretty much nothing about tech (though I have picked up some of the lingo), other than how to use some of it xD

Those are just a couple that I watch regularly.

Anyway, let me know your favorite movies, or if you watch the same YouTubers as me! :D

-littleonion

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Thoughts On The 100 VidCon Panel (2015)

Possible spoilers down below for season 2 of The 100 and of the VidCon panel.  If you haven’t watched the panel yet and would like to, click here!

Last night I watched the season 2 finale of the CW’s series, The 100.  I really enjoy watching this show, I love the characters, and of course, I love shipping them. 

Immediately after I finished the episode, I hurried to Tumblr to read other people’s thoughts and feels about the show before going to YouTube to watch some interviews with the cast and the 2015 VidCon panel for the show.  I have to say, I was kind of disappointed.  I usually don’t pay attention to the opinions of the actors in my favorite shows, because I don’t want their opinions to have an effect on my opinions, but I was excited to have finished the second season, so I watched it anyway.

Although the actors all gave in depth, thorough answers to all questions they were asked, it surprised me that they were having trouble remembering details about the show.  It was also surprising and disappointing that Marie Avgeropoulos, who plays Octavia, didn’t talk much, but I also noticed that none of the questions were really directed at her either. 

I’m anxious to know if Bellarke will eventually become a couple in future seasons, especially due to the negative reactions I saw when they were asked questions regarding the ship.  I’m kind of second guessing whether or not I ship Bellarke anymore.

I enjoyed Lindsey Morgan and Ricky Whittle the most–they were so funny together! 

Those are some of my thoughts on the panel, but I’d love to know what you think of the show, and if you watched the panel, let me know your thoughts on that too :D

-littleonion

New Favorites 1

Because I’ve been gone for a few months, I decided it would be a good idea to update you guys on my new favorite music, movies and TV shows, YouTubers, etc.  I’ll have another post regarding movies and YouTubers, since it’s already going to be pretty lengthy.  Any books I’ve read have pretty much been rereads, so I don’t have any new favorites in that category, but I started reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, which a lot of people thought was amazing, so hopefully I like it!

Music

Spotify is still my favorite app for listening to music, and I use it every day, whether I’m trying to go to sleep, on Tumblr, doing the dishes—I always use Spotify.  So the discovery of artists who are new to me was inevitable.  First, I’ve really been enjoying classic rock lately.  Some of my favorites are “Too Late For Love” by Def Leppard, “Still Loving You” by Scorpions, and “Don’t Look Back” by Boston.  Those are pretty popular, so you’ve probably heard them too!

Other artists I’ve been loving recently are The Smiths, Lana Del Rey, Marina and the Diamonds, and Elliott Smith.  My favorite songs by them are “Half A Person” (The Smiths), “Old Money” (Lana Del Rey), “Better Than That” (Marina and the Diamonds), and “Between The Bars” (Elliott Smith).  I actually discovered that song in a movie, which I’ll talk about in part two of this post :D

TV Shows 

A few months ago, my family decided to get Netflix again, and let’s face it: I’m obsessed with Netflix, you’re obsessed with Netflix.  We’re all obsessed with Netflix.  Here are some shows I’ve been into:

  • Everybody Loves Raymond — I’m in love with this show.  I’m almost done with season 7, and it’s just a really cute show to watch.  My favorite character is probably Robert, because, despite his quirks, he seems like the only normal one in the family XD
  • Melissa & Joey — I used to love this show, and when I saw it was on Netflix, I flipped out.  I had to catch up on season 3, and part of season 4 is up, but I think I want to wait for when they put up all the episodes before I start watching season 4 <3
  • Sherlock — I actually didn’t watch Sherlock on Netflix, but I have rewatched some of the episodes (and I convinced my mom to watch them with me!).  This show is really fun and suspenseful.
  • The 100 — I started this show around the time the first episode premiered, but I wasn’t feeling it, but I started watching it again and it’s fantastic!  Season 2 needs to go up already! D:
  • Supernatural — I never thought I’d see the day when I would be watching SPN.  I have to admit, it was nothing that I thought it would be.  The plot is fantastic, and asdfghjkl.  I’m on season 6 and have taken a little break from it, but I’m definitely going to get back into it.  I guess I just don’t like season 6 Sam >.>
  • Pretty Little Liars — Let’s just say I’ve been sucked into a lot of the major TV fandoms.  Thank you, Netflix.  But seriously, PLL is great.  I used to watch it, but I kind of lost track.  The characters were annoying, the plot was stressful, but I’ve decided to give it another chance.  Plus, I hadn’t ever seen season 1, so that’s where I’m at.

An honorary mention goes to the show Friends, but I only watch it occasionally, when I’m feeling down or if I’m bored with everything else I watch xD

That’s all for this post!  Feel free to let me know your favorites, and leave me Netflix recommendations! :D

-littleonion

Where Have I Been?

I seemed to have dropped off the face of the earth a few months ago and disappeared from the blogosphere completely!

School was really tough this year; I had a lot more homework than I did last year, and I wasn’t able to keep up with reading, blogging, and reading other people’s blogs.  For a while I really wanted to blog, but I had no inspiration and didn’t want to publish any halfhearted posts, so I decided to stay away until school was out.

Now I have more time on my hands, and I’m ready to bring blogging back into my life.  I’ve missed interacting with all of the people I follow, but I’m excited to visit your blogs to see what I’ve missed :D

Until then,
littleonion ;)

Book Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

islaTitle: Isla and the Happily Ever After

Series: Anna and the French Kiss, #3

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Summary: Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

Review:

Hello, all!  I feel like it’s been a million years!  But, I’m happy to be back with a new review, my first review of the year!  This is actually the first book that I’ve finished this year (aside from rereading The Perks of Being a Wallflower).  I’m also reading this other book called The Physics of Immortality, but that isn’t exactly a book for “light reading.”

Isla and the Happily Ever After has been sitting on my shelves since August, even though I already knew I’d love it.  Stephanie Perkins’ books are perfection on paper.  The third and final book in this trilogy focuses on Isla and Josh, who was a prominent character in Anna and the French Kiss.  He definitely had a bigger role to play in this book.

In Isla, we got to see a lot of Josh that I don’t remember seeing in the first book.  We also get to know about who he is in general a lot more, since he’s one of the main characters.  He was so sweet and perfect and ugh.  *Mentally adds him to my never-ending list of book boyfriends*

Isla was… meh.  She got really annoying toward the end of the book.  I felt there was a lot of unnecessary drama that she created.  I could kind of relate to her, though.  I’m not really sure how to feel about her.  Again, meh.

I LOVED Kurt.  I was sad to see that Anna kind of pushed him aside once Josh came into the picture.  I’m glad Kurt was able to find the Right Way (*nudge nudge, wink wink*), though.  I just wish that Isla had made more friends instead of focusing all of her attention on Josh only.

This book was so exciting, though.  I read it in two sittings, and I don’t know why I had the motivation to pick it up, considering I haven’t done something like that in a long time.  I feel so spontaneous xD

Of course, we had cameos from Anna, St. Clair, Lola, and Cricket, which was amazing.  Unfortunately, they were talked about more than they actually were there.

5/5 stars to this beauty!  I love, love, loved this book.  I only had a few problems with it, but I’m letting them slide.  Overall, this series was fantastic.  I think Anna was my favorite, then Isla, then Lola.

What did you think of this series?  Are you thinking about picking it up?  Let me know!

TBR Tag!

Hey, guys :D The lovely Nirvana @ Nirvana’s Pocketful tagged me to do this tag forever ago, and I literally have a list beside me of all of the posts I need to write xD Anyway… better late than never, right?  Let’s get started.

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

When I was a newbie (around June of 2012), I would make lists of series that I wanted to check out, but then I joined Goodreads and just started keeping track of my TBR digitally.  I’m a list person (see intro XD), so I would literally end up with a billion lists that had just… accumulated.  But they were pretty much lists of the same books.  For some reason, I felt the need to have multiple copies of these lists xD

Is your TBR mostly print books or e-books?

Definitely physical copies.  I don’t read e-books well, and there are only a few that I’ve actually successfully finished.  For some reason, reading off a device bores me!

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

Uhh… heh.  I kind of panic about it for a couple days because I’m a really indecisive person.  And then I made my TBR wine glass for the unread books I actually own, but I kept forgetting to update it every time I bought a new book… so, uh, I really don’t know how I choose.  Sometimes I make other people choose for me XD I’m like, “Here, pick a book!”

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?

*consults Goodreads*

This comes as a surprise to me, but the book that’s been on my TBR the longest is The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.  I tried reading this book and watching the movie, but I couldn’t get into it.  It’s the very first book I put on my GR TBR, and that was March 26, 2013.

A book you recently added to your TBR?

Snail Mail, No More by Paula Danziger.  I read the first book in this series a long time ago, and it was cowritten with Ann M. Martin, which is why I was interested.  Anyway, I just recently (December) found out that there was a sequel and I was just like OMG NO WAY.  I’m definitely going to get this from the library soon!

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

I don’t think any of us pay attention to the “don’t judge a book by its cover” advice… at least in the literal sense xD

HaloThe book is Halo by Alexandra Adornetto.  Have I thought about this book ever in the past year and a half?  No… Have I thought of this author ever in the past year and a half?  Uh… no… Do I know what this book is about?

*crickets chirp*

Because this book was only added to my TBR because of its AMAZING cover.  I mean, look at that!  Look at that.

A book on your TBR you never plan on reading?

*cough* The Golden Compass *cough*

An unpublished book in your TBR that you’re excited to read?

MAGNUS CHASE.  And Frozen Hearts by Topaz Winters :D I’m really excited for that one.

A book in your TBR everyone recommends to you?

You can probably guess this one: Throne of Glass.  EVERYONE tells me to read it.  I own it.  It’s sitting on my shelf as we speak… er… read.  In fact, I can see it now.  But have I picked it up?  Nu.  I mean, I read about fifteen pages, but I wasn’t into it so I just started something else xD

Number of books in your TBR?

You ready for this, guys?  Haha, no, I don’t think you are.

There are 472 books in my TBR.  There!  I said it!  *hides*

I have a problem xD

But, you know what?  If I could read roughly 100 books in a year, I could get my TBR finished in five years.  Unless I add more to it.  Ugh.


I’m tagging whoever sees this and thinks it’s interesting, because it’s late (or rather, early xD) and I don’t feel like chasing down ze links!  Thanks again to Nirvana for tagging me :D I have some more posts planned, so keep an eye out for those!

-littleonion

 

Tech Experiences: iPod Touch 4th Generation

Hi, guys, and Happy New Year’s Eve!  After writing my Kindle Fire HDX review, I decided that maybe I want to review some other tech products.  While I can’t go into specifics like how big the battery is, or what kind of display a certain product has, I can share my experiences and give you little tips and warnings that might aid you in your search for a new product.

This “review” is on a product that’s a bit older, so I’m not sure how many people are thinking about buying it, since there are newer, better versions of it.  But nevertheless, I’ve decided to share my experiences that I’ve had with my 4th generation iPod Touch.  I hope you enjoy!


ipod touch

The 4th generation iPod Touch first came out in 2010, but Apple made it available in white in 2011, which is when I got mine.  I received it as a Christmas present, and it was one of the most exciting, most useful things I’ve ever gotten.  I got it in white, and it’s 8 GB, which has been just enough memory for my needs.  Sometimes I do have to delete pictures or apps that I don’t use if I want something else, but it’s a small sacrifice.

This iPod has a front- and back-facing camera, which I love.  It has a down-facing speaker, which is meh, and nothing impressive.  I’m definitely more partial to the Kindle speakers.  There’s a massive difference.

The headphone jack is at the bottom of the device, and I prefer it to be placed there.  While I’ve never actually used a device with the headphone jack built into the top, I have seen devices with that feature, and it makes no sense to me.

My iPod runs iOS 6.1.6, and I have a feeling that they’ve discontinued software updates for this generation, because I haven’t gotten one in a while, and when iOS 7 came out, I wasn’t able to update to that (unfortunately!).

The very first tip I have, and I’m just going to apply this to all Apple products: do not touch your brand new iPhone or iPad or iPod if you don’t have a case ready.  I swear, after one day of use, the back of my iPod was all scratched up.  Granted, I was with friends and we were all marveling over our new technology—but still.

Also, don’t skip out on getting a screen protector!  My friend got this iPod for Christmas as well, and she also got the newest iPod, and both times, she cracked her screens :( I’m happy to say that my screen is still in perfect condition, because the day after I got my iPod, I got a case and a pack of screen protectors.

I really began to notice problems about two years of owning an iPod; that’s when buttons actually started breaking.  The first button to break was the power button, which was so disappointing.  Shortly after, the home button broke, and though there is an alternative so you’re not trapped in one app for the rest of your iPod’s life, it does make things inconvenient.  Because the power button is broken, I changed my settings so that the device never turns off.  That means battery drains a lot faster.

We went to a shop to see if these problems were repairable, but the lady behind the counter said that due to the cost of the repair, it would probably just be better to buy a whole new iPod.

Within the last six months, I’ve noticed that my iPod force-closes apps a lot more (though it hasn’t happened in a while).  I’m just going to assume that it has to do with how long I’ve had it.  I don’t use photo-heavy apps like Pinterest on my iPod anymore, because it can’t handle it.

With the camera, there’s a bit of lag when you try to take a picture, and you have to hold still for a few seconds after you take the picture, to ensure that pictures don’t turn out blurry.

The App Store is plentiful, and I don’t think you’ll have any problems finding what you need.  But, with newer software updates that my iPod doesn’t receive, some apps cater only toward those updates and don’t allow me to download the app because I need iOS 7 or higher.

One feature I really used to love about my iPod was iBooks.  I.  Loved.  iBooks.  I loved downloading freebies, and a lot of them were really impressive!  It also lets you download PDFs from Safari to read in the iBooks app, and that’s actually how I read the first two Hunger Games books :D A couple of freebies that I was very impressed with were Long Time Coming by Edie Claire, UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn, and my all time favorite, Discovering You by Melissa Kean.  Long Time Coming is actually an adult book that was really interesting.  I always say that I’ve never read anything from the adult genre, but I guess I’ve never really included this one.

Discovering You is simply amazing.  If you want a book similar to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, go find this one.  It’s very interesting, and I wish it were available in the Kindle Store! D:


That’s everything I’ve got about the iPod Touch 4th generation.  I seriously doubt people have their eyes set on this device, but if you own it, what are your thoughts?  I can honestly say that I’ve used my iPod every single day since I’ve gotten it.  I just love this thing.

Are you an Apple person or an Android person?  Personally, I’ve never actually used an Android device, so for now I’m sticking with Apple.  Let me know your preferences!

-littleonion