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Randomly Me Monday: Volume Four

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Continuing my “About Me” posts this week with Volume 4.

Previous posts: 1, 2, 3,

Thought I’d play it a bit more tame this week and list some of my favorite movies and books. Five of each sounds good!

Movies:

  1. Amelie–this is by far my favorite movie of all time. It’s completely charming and heart warming with that bit of quirkiness that I love. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend that you do. Riiiiiiiight NOW! … What are you waiting for?!
  2. Robin Hood–yes the version featuring Kevin Costner’s slaughtering of an English accent. I have no clue why I like this movie as much as I do (I love most period movies when it comes down to it), but I’ve liked it since I was a kid. One time when I was sick I watched it four times in a row.
  3. Love Actually–not only one of my favorite Christmas movies, but one of my favorite in general. I love the multiple storyline type of movies and this one is probably the best. It’s done by the same people who did About a Boy (another fave).
  4. Cast Away–I love anything with Tom Hanks, but this one is one of his best. I don’t think there is another actor on earth who could captivate an audience without speaking for 1/3 of a movie, but he managed it in this one. And Wilson? Not gonna lie, I tear up when he floats away.
  5. Super Bad–I am a sucker for crude comedies and this one rules them all. I am shocked by half of it, but in that it’s-so-awful/gross-it’s-hilarious sort of way.
  6. Newsies–I know every song, dance, and character (well, most of the characters) name by heart. My BFF and I have watched this movie dozens of times and it never gets old. I am not a huge fan of musicals, but this one doesn’t count. Vintage Christian Bale? Not too shabby! LOVE. IT.

(couldn’t stop at just 5 for movies!)

It’s really hard for me to list my favorite movies as I am such a huge movie buff that they change depending on the mood I am in (except for Amelie, that will always remain my #1). I’m also a big fan of inserting random movie quotes into everyday conversation. I love when people get it and play back, but it’s a tad embarrassing when they have no clue what I am talking about. Thankfully, my close family and friends usually get it!

On to my favorite books:

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird–again, my #1 is a no brainer. I have loved this book since I was a kid. It’s one of my mom’s and aunt’s favorites as well, so I read it long before it was require reading in school. The movie is also incredible.
  2. Harry Potter series–yes, I am only counting this as one and yes, I am a HUGE nerd. I hated when the series came to an end (I may have cried). My favorite of the 7 is Order of the Phoenix. J.K. Rowling knows how to write, man!
  3. Chronicles of Narnia–again a series I am counting as one. Love all the books, but Prince Caspian is probably my favorite of the bunch.
  4. Pride and Prejudice–I adore Jane Austen and all her books, but this is my favorite. I love any adaptation of it as well, the A&E mini-series (Colin Firth… SWOON!) and recent movie with Keira Knightley being my top picks. Crap! That reminds me of Bridget Jones’ Diary (loosely based on P &P as well, add the books and movies to my list as well!
  5. The Hunger Games Trilogy–these are a recent favorite. I just finished re-reading the series to prepare for the movie release next month.

Again, picking my favorite books really depends on what I can think of in the moment as well. I love reading and don’t have a preferred genre. What do I hate? TWILIGHT! I read all the books (what can I say, I am a glutton for punishment), and kept waiting for Stephenie Meyer to learn how to write. It didn’t happen. The movies are just about as bad. *Shudder*

My Kindle is brimming with books I still need to read. I stocked up before moving to Bulgaria, but other than the Hunger Games re-read, I haven’t read that much here. I really want to complete #14 on my 30 Before 30 list, so I better get crackin’!

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What are your favorite books and movies? Let me know in the comments!

W.

 

 

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  9. Oh my god!!! I love Newsies too!!!! Ahhhh Newsies fans are so hard to find these days. HP series also tops for me. My boyfriend had never read them, and I convinced him to let me read them aloud to him (I do all the voices, of course). We just got through The Socerer’s Stone and he loved it! It’s so nice to share something I love with him, but also a great excuse for me to re-read my favorite series from top to bottom again. One of my favorite books that I recommend to every traveler is The Beach (yes, the same as the Leonardo DiCaprio film, but infinitely better). It’s a bit more of a thriller than the other books on your list, but a page turner that appeals to the adventurous spirit.

    • AHHH! Isn’t it the best? I had to restrain myself on this post in general. It is scary how much I could geek out over things like Harry Potter and Newsies. I am not lying when I say I know every word and dance in that movie! I LOVE that you do the voices for HP. My husband (the Bulgarian that he is) has never read them, so I am trying to convince him to get started. I love all kinds of books, so I will check out The Beach. Maybe I can get it on my Kindle. I saw the movie and all I remember is a shark attack! LOL. As always, thanks for reading and commenting, Mo!

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