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Here, have at some lists I finally managed to post even though they've been lying around on my computer SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR, growing longer all the time. (Let me tell you a funny story. You know why I only posted them now? I didn't feel up to the amount of coding this would require. HA. HA. FUCKING HA.) Anyway, these lists are super awesomely coded- um, except for the list of shows. The reason for this is that I can't quite seem to sum up my feelings for a whole season (or worse yet, a whole show) in one of three categories, and I'm sometimes quite divided (take Doctor Who, for example, SOME OF IT IS CRAP BUT IT'S STILL A THING OF MY HEART), but if I watch more than just a few episodes it usually means I at least really, really enjoy the show. So, without further ado... some embarrassingly long lists.

movies: 119 watched + 30 rewatched = 149 total )

books: 76 read + 7 reread = 83 total )

tv shows: 44 seasons watched + 2 rewatched = 46 total )
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Everybody who knows me also knows that I really love me a list. I make lots and lots of them - so have some to sum up 2011!



books read in 2011 )


films watched in 2011 )


musicals & concerts )

I travelled rather a lot this year; I went to Paris twice, I finally got to visit London, I was in Manchester, Liverpool, Chester, and York, and I travelled on a ferry for the first time in my life, which was really exciting (even in spite of the seasickness). All in all, it was a great year, even though I was in a bad spot every now and then, but I tackled some of my problems, and 2012 will be the year of coming to grips with them. It's also going to be a year of adventures! I'm going to finish school and move out (for the second time, but this time on my own), and I seriously cannot wait to start uni. Inbetween, I hope I'll be able to go to London (for funtimes and marmfishery!) and Paris (for work). I don't know whether everything will work out, but I'm certainly determined to try. OPTIMISM FTW.

Thank you all for being fabulous friends and for making my life all the time. <3 Here's to 2012!

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Let me sum up.

1. I've been doing a lot of paperwriting (in the course of which I've read some brilliant essays in Transforming a Rape Culture, which is basically an assortment of awesome feminist stuff, but more on that soon), so I haven't been able to read much this past month. I read Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones which was sweet and funny and also kind of heartbreaking, and then I read The Castle of Otranto which was oh so ridiculous. These gothic novels, they have potential, they really do, but all this being in love forever after only having known each other for two minutes? Nah. Cranky banter's much better than endless chitchat about how you will never leave each other yadda yadda yadda, So, in conclusion, Howl's Moving Castle = much better than The Castle of Otranto.

2. I went to France! For about... two days? We had a horrible ride there with lots and lots of traffic jams and not enough coffee, but we had sushi when we arrived, and we went to see Sweeney Todd the next day which was all kinds of awesome. It was soooo good, and the cast was amazing. Downright amazing. Only the guy playing Anthony was a bit old-ish for the role, but apart from that, it was all perfect. <333

3. I have finally seen The Social Network! And I thought it was a pretty boring film which was mostly due to there not happening a lot of things, or at least not a lot of things I understand, but I fell in love with Erica and the Winklevoss twins, and then I was all, "MARK AND WARDO, WHY ARE YOU SUING EACH OTHER INSTEAD OF INDULGING IN SEXYTIMES?", and then laliandra pointed me to the fix-it fic, AND I STILL HAVEN'T GOT ROUND TO READING IT YET. Which, uh, moving on, is probably due to #4.

4. Almost done (re)watching season 1 of The Mentalist! It's my favourite tv show right now, and I think that I was huge amounts of too innocent when I first watched it because I missed all the slashy subtext, and also, upon rewatching, I have found my first OT3. Oh, the goodness that is Cho/Rigsby/Van Pelt. ALSO. I totally want an Inception/Mentalist AU where Cobb is Lisbon and Van Pelt is Ariadne and Minelli is Saito. And then Cho would be Arthur and Rigsby would be Eames, only that leaves Jane with Yusuf. IDK. BUT I WANT THIS. SERIOUSLY, THIS IS TOO GOOD TO JUST LET IT GO. Aaaanyway. THIS IS OWAIN YEOMAN. HE'S MY FAVOURITE AT THE MO. And he has this lovely Welsh accent he has to drop for the show, and it makes me sadface all the time. :(((

Owain Yeoman

I NEED THIS AU THINGY.
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I know, I technically still owe you that entry about The Hunger Games, but I haven't gotten round to it yet, and I don't know if I ever will. I'm bogged down with (self-induced) work, and there's all that other stuff I want to blog about as well. Maybe when The Girl Who Was On Fire comes out... but first, have my March books!


20. Big Mouth and Ugly Girl by Joyce Carol Oates
21. Eine Woche voller Samstage by Paul Maar
22. Am Samstag kam das Sams zurück by Paul Maar
23. Sams in Gefahr by Paul Maar
24. Onkel Alwin und das Sams by Paul Maar
25. Neue Punkte für das Sams by Paul Maar
26. Ein Sams für Martin Taschenbier by Paul Maar
27. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
28. Tschick by Wolfgang Herrndorf
29. Ash by Malinda Lo
30. An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley

Good news: there weren't any books I particularly disliked this month. There were some who didn't quite live up to my expectations though, but this was a really good month in terms of books.

A bunch of good books. )
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How is it that when I finally work up the motivation to write these entries, I am at my least witty and sophisticated? Duh. Anyway, have the...

 

Books I Read in February

10. Woyzeck by Georg Büchner
11. Flavia de Luce - Mord im Gurkenbeet (The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie) by Alan Bradley
12. Frühlings Erwachen by Frank Wedekind *
13. Knife by R. J. Anderson *
14. Rebel by R. J. Anderson *
15. Arrow by R. J. Anderson
16. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
17. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
18. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
19. Love, Ellen - A Mother/Daughter Journey by Betty DeGeneres

Books I liked. )

Books I didn't like. )
___

The Hunger Games Trilogy is going to get an entry of its own, I think, because I have a lot of conflicted feelings about it, and I don't really know where to fit it in.
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Introducing the new monthly feature - aint that fancy? :D



Books I read in January

  1. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  3. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
  4. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  5. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  6. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
  7. Die Wellenläufer by Kai Meyer
  8. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  9. Die Jungfrau von Orléans by Friedrich von Schiller
Books I liked. )

Books I didn't like. )
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... but I am always one for arriving late to the party! 


Soo, in 2011, I resolve to...

  1. be more eloquent.
  2. be more interesting.
  3. read more books.
  4. read more fanfiction.
  5. blog less. (I KNOW, what kind of resolution is that? But I couldn't take the posting pressure I put on myself anymore, you know, and I was dumping a lot of stupid babbling on your heads all the time anyway.)
  6. procrastinate less. (HOW DO #4, #5 AND #6 EVEN GO TOGETHER?)
  7. be a good feminist.
  8. earn some money. (How though. HOW. I'm actually thinking of selling a few of my books. :/)
  9. find a new favourite mug and not break it.
They all sound so feasible, don't you think? :D (Apart from #9. I broke one just today. Hmph.)

By the by, I have also made an introductory post! Lots of unnecessary information about me, for free! (Won't this scare potential new lj friends away? Why yes, it probably will. I am not very good at being more eloquent and interesting yet!)

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