The Tolkien Tag

This tag was created by booktuber Andrea Heckler, but I found it on The Book Nut.

How Did Your Middle Earth Journey Begin?

With the movie trilogy, which then was followed by the trading card game, and then I read The Lord of the Rings, then I read the Hobbit, and then watched the Hobbit. I’ve also read The Simarillion at some point.

What is Your Favorite Middle Earth Book?

The Hobbit

What is Your Favorite Middle Earth Movie?

The Return of the King

Movies or Books?

I like the Fellowship movies best, but The Hobbit book is better than the movies.

Who Are Your Favorite Characters?

I’m a fan of Aragorn, his character progression is so completely interesting. But I love the camaraderie between Legolas and Gimli too.

What Middle Earth Race Would You Be?

I’d probably be a Hobbit, since I come from a farming background and cook for a living.

Best Actor/Character Casting Match?

Ian McKellen as Gandolf and Christopher Lee as Saruman, loved their performances.

What is Your Favorite Place in Middle Earth?

Lothlorien, it’s just so beautiful.

What is Your Favorite Quote from the Books or Movies?

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”

Eventually I’ll have this tattooed on the back of my leg.

Keep reading little book worms!

Done!: Finish Your Creative Project in One Month by A. P. Lambert

Done!: Finish Your Creative Project in One MonthDone!: Finish Your Creative Project in One Month by A. P. Lambert

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is really good for motivation to get going on your creative project. There isn’t much for clear steps because it’s for a “creative project” which could be anything from building a table to knitting a sweater. However, I did say it was good for motivation.

The author puts for many ideas and suggestions for keeping you moving forward on whatever personal project you’re stuck on. Tips on staying focused, finding accountability, and keeping on track I’m finding helpful.

I believe I found this as a freebie on Amazon, so it’s worth a read if you’re stuck on a creative project, or even just a personal project.

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[DVD] Movie Review: Resident Evil

This film is the first in a four part series starring Milla Jovovich, she is the only recurring actress and character throughout the series. The movies are based on the video game for the PlayStation.

It’s a zombie movie to put it simply.

But it is so much more than just a zombie movie. This first film is probably the most well known of the series and has been on TV on occasion. It’s also a bit blood and gore (dead people eating live people, gun fights, and gory injuries), but not graphic; the camera doesn’t linger on the death scenes but continues moving with the plot.

The mystery of the Umbrella Corporation, who Alice (Milla Jovovich) really is, and what exactly happened at the Hive slowly unravels throughout the movie, and at the end…well it doesn’t really end, the next movie starts (sort of).

I have previously admitted to a fondness of dark movies, and this is certainly one of those. Also, this all started because I found a 4 in 1 DVD of the Resident Evil film series, so be prepared to see reviews of all four.

 

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Also, I started watching Buzzfeed Multiplayer, and they played Resident Evil 2 (Remake), feel free to enjoy that too!

 

The 5th Horseman by James Patterson

The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club, #5)The 5th Horseman by James Patterson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m really starting to get into the Women’s Murder Club series now. I’ve read enough of the books to figure out how the interpersonal relationships work between the women (even the new one).

Some things about this particular book in the series:
1. I’m am super happy that so far the “kill off a women, replace her” theme has NOT been continued (yet). It’s a trope that would get very tiring, very quickly. However, I see how it made sense to the plot of the previous book.

2. I’m not sure if I like the two(three?) distinctly different crimes that did not overlap at all. One was introduced immediately, the other a little after. The immediate one finished roughly two-thirds through the book and the other one took over (and wasn’t completely settled until the epilogue).

3. Some part of me knew the prime suspect was just an asshole.

I’ll have to leave my thoughts there otherwise I’ll start spoiling the book, but I think you get the picture. I did really enjoy reading it, and stayed up one night trying to get to the bottom of the first crime. I’ll be reading more!

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The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll

The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the FutureThe Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by Ryder Carroll

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For some context, I have used a Bullet Journal since 2015. I have been wanting to read this book since it first came out. Originally, I tried to get the digital version from my library, but soon decided I needed to own the physical copy and I was not disappointed with this decision.

As someone who has been using a Bullet Journal I still found this book to be inspiring and informative. Omg, the information in this book was so insightful and presented in a way that could be understood even by the novice Bullet Journalist.

Ryder Carroll rehashes the basics of the Bullet Journal, adds in some planning basics, and they gets into making the Bullet Journal system your own. He addresses “the right way to Bullet Journal” which was an online argument between artistic Bullet Journal enthusiasts and the minimalists, and ended with some great FAQs.

I almost feel the need now to keep this book with my Bullet Journal just for reference.

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Midnight Curse by Melissa F. Olson

Midnight Curse (Disrupted Magic, #1)Midnight Curse by Melissa F. Olson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this book by an author I’d never heard of before winning it from a Goodreads giveaway. To date this is the only book I’ve won on a Goodreads giveaway!

I loved the very intricate plot that involved supernatural species (vampires, werewolves, witches) and the added bonus of a Null, something that strikes me as something the author created to add to the story. What I really liked about the plot is that it didn’t revolve around the characters being supernatural, it revolved around very human concerns, but it made sense for the supernatural characters to have these concerns too.

My favorite character had to be Shadow though, I loved the idea for this character, especially since I’ve been working up a character similar to her and this gave me new inspiration. I love it when books inspire my own ideas. So, yes, very good book!

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The 4 Day Diet by Ian K. Smith

The 4 Day DietThe 4 Day Diet by Ian K. Smith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As other reviewers of this book have said: Do I review this as to the process and how it’s written or by how much weight I’ve lost?

Well, since I haven’t had a chance to implement the diet itself yet, I’ll review it based on how it’s written and the process. This book starts out by meeting you were you are at and then getting really real with yourself. It shows you how to calculate your BMI and what that actually means (and a handy BMI chart). Then it shows you how to calculate approximately how much weight you can reasonably expect to lose in a given week.

Then it goes into food choices, and fiber and nutritional values, and so on and so forth. Then it finally gives you the 4 day diet modules. The modules consist of 4 days of diet choices, and 4 days of exercise choices. The idea is that you mix up the modules as you see fit. The dietary choices are things like salad greens, X cups of vegetables, X eggs, and so forth. It gives you some freedom in diet choice and even allows for substitutions in the diet.

All in all it sounds very reasonable and something that is very doable for most of us. I haven’t tried it yet myself, but I can see me doing this as a lifestyle change.

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