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Everyday I’m Shufflin’

For this week’s Spill it Sundays Arman had us tell about our most recently listened to music, most recently read books, or most recently watched shows. Seeing as how I don’t really listen to music of course I headed straight for the book option. And we were supposed to choose just FIVE, but really, how could I do that? Instead I decided to share everything I have read so far in 2014.

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Throwback selfie from sometime over Christmas break:

shuffling-selfie

Books that I have read so far this year:

Allegiant

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I got this book for Christmas and basically read it in less than two days. It rounded out the trilogy nicely. Most fans of the books really disliked the ending of Allegiant, but I felt the same about its ending as I did with Mockingjay. The writing was excellent, and while I was sad about how the story was concluded, it did fit (I’m trying not to give away anything so I am purposely being vague 😉 ).

United We Spy

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This is the sixth and final book in the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter. The Gallagher Girls are basically teenage spies. While that sounds like a very childish setup for a book series, the main character really develops throughout all of the six books and it kind of felt like I was saying goodbye to a friend as I finished the final book.

Double Crossed

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This was a free novella that included cross over characters from two of Ally Carter’s series. All of her books are very easy yet interesting reads and this one was no different. It involved some tense hostage situations and a lot of covert plans.

Pride and Prejudice

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I have already read Pride and Prejudice twice before but for some reason I got this strong urge to read it again so I downloaded it on my phone and read it in a few days. Now I NEED to rewatch the movie with Kiera Knightley. Watching all of the youtube clips/trailers/behind-the-scenes can only hold a person over for so long…

Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, Last Sacrifice

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Again, all six of these books were “rereads” for probably the thousandth time. Before you think these are just another Twilight series, let me just say NO. They are so different and so much better. These are action-packed, at times very contemplative, and more importantly- the main character is witty. Having just watched Vampire Academy last weekend I really wanted to read the books again. Then the author Richelle Mead announced on her Facebook page that all of the books were on sale for $2.99 as ebooks so I scooped up the ones I didn’t already have in digital format.

Cinder (Audiobook)

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Caitlin originally mentioned this book awhile back and when I spotted it as an audiobook at my local library I knew it was the perfect thing to listen to on my drives to/from school. To summarize the main character Cinder is a revamped version of Cinderella… as a cyborg.

Currently Reading:

The Help

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I just started this one last night as I needed something to read before going to bed. So far the grammar mistakes (which are on purpose to show dialect) are kind of getting on my nerves. But I really enjoyed the movie and like the premise of the book.

Game of Thrones

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Maybe I shouldn’t call this “currently reading” as I haven’t read anything out of it for a few weeks. Here’s the scoop: George R.R. Martin is an amazing writer. He is also very graphic. I am conflicted about which one will win out and so for now I’ve not had the desire to read any more of it.

Alice in Wonderland

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This book I got about half way through for a Honors book discussion. But then the discussion was cancelled due to weather and I haven’t had any reason to finish yet. I was surprised at how much I liked it though seeing as I really don’t like any of the movie versions (they creep me out).

Scarlet (Audiobook)

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As soon as I finished Cinder I picked up Scarlet, the sequel. This time the heroine is supposed to be a modern day Red Riding Hood. I don’t like the main characters in this book as much, but it’s still pretty good and I like the point of view changes where we get to hear from both Scarlet and Cinder (from the first book).

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And that is what I have been reading so far this year! Most of these books I read over Christmas break and I haven’t had a ton of time in between classes to read. This coming week is going to be jam-packed with exams so I probably won’t have a chance to read much for awhile again.

Questions for you:

What have you been reading lately?

Who is your favorite author?

Do you ever reread books?

 

Spill It: TV Shows

I’m so glad that you are liking my link love posts on Fridays! I would really like to make them a more consistent feature on Eating 4 Balance so that I can share all of the wonderful things that I find every week on the internet. I already have a bunch of funny videos to share for the next edition!

Now, as it’s Sunday, I’m linking up to Arman’s Spill It Sundays. This week’s theme is TV Shows!

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Required selfie:

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What was your favorite TV series growing up?

Scooby Doo. Hands down. No question about it. From the prequel series called “A Pup Named Scooby Doo” to “Where Are You Scooby Doo?” to the movie spin-offs there isn’t one version that I’ve seen and not liked. Really, it’s not possible.

Scooby Doo

What is your current favorite TV series?

Arrow. I finally caught up with all of the episodes last night on Hulu and the CW. As of right now one of the minor (probably soon to be major) characters, Roy, just got injected with some funky stuff and is now supernaturally strong. And someone is walking around terrorizing the town in a scarecrow-like mask. What’s not to love?

In all things serious though, my favorite part is the back and forth flashbacks that show what Oliver’s life was like when he was stranded on the island. Often during a tv series you may wonder why a character is the way he is, and with these flashbacks you get just that. Maybe I’m just a nosey tv watcher, but I always want ALL of the details. I don’t like to be left hanging for long.

Arrow

If you could guest star in ANY TV show, which would it be?

How long would this guest appearance be lasting? If it was just for one episode I would probably want to be in Rookie Blue, Bones, House, or a similar medical/police drama where I’m the featured case (and get the most air time 😉 ). If it was for a longer character arc… maybe Sherlock? I’m not very good at a British accent, but I would love to work with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman!

Sherlock

What genre of  television do you enjoy the most? (Reality, Action, Drama, Comedy)

I’m not really picky on what kind of television I watch. It just has to be good. For example, some reality tv series like American Idol, The Voice, or Wipeout are not so ridiculous that I can’t sit down and enjoy an episode occasionally when they’re on. I like comedies too, but they can’t have characters who are super embarrassing. Take The Office- that show is hilarious; however, watching Michael make a fool of himself made me want to curl up in a corner and die.

I guess I like a combination of action and drama. I’m all for cop shows, medical shows, superhero shows, lawyer shows, etc. Throw in some supernatural features and that’s even better (think- Star Trek, Buffy, Heroes, Continuum, ).

Scifi Shows

Which TV series do you think should NOT have been renewed after its first season yet had?

Any of those adult cartoons. I’m sorry (not really) but The Simpsons, Family Guy, South Park are not something that I ever or will ever like to watch. Also, certain reality shows like Jersey Shore, The Hills, The Kardashians, Jon and Kate Plus Eight… Really, any show that ruined the lives of its stars. I like people. I don’t like people being exploited (or exploiting others).

Reality TV ecard

Which TV series do you think deserved to be renewed yet was not? 

Lizzie McGuire? Phil of the Future? (I need to know what happened! Did Lizzie and Gordo stay together? What is Miranda doing now? Does Phil ever come back from the future?! This is important stuff people).

Aside from these childhood shows that ended way too soon and resulted in life long trust issues, some more recent shows that shouldn’t have been cancelled are Leverage, Surface, Heroes, Tru Calling, Dollhouse, Dead Like Me, Eureka, Life Unexpected, Kyle XY, Freaks and Geeks, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s not necessarily that I felt like all of those shows should have been renewed (okay, maybe it is), but I just didn’t appreciate the endings. They were either cliff hangers, or so unrealistic that I felt like they were thrown together in a hurry and totally ruined all that was good about the series.

Disney Shows

What is your favorite TV show theme song? (This one I added myself)

Do you mean other than Scooby Doo‘s? (Isn’t it just so… catchy? 🙂 )

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air springs to mind, as does The Big Bang Theory, Batman (POW!)), WildfireMASH, Buffy, Cheers, Rugrats, Pokemon/Digimon, Step by Step, Phineas and FerbBoy Meets World, The Addam’s Family (tell me you didn’t *snap* just upon hearing that name!), and I saved the best for last- The Greatest American Hero. You really need to listen to all of these, because they are all amazing songs and soon will be stuck in your head all day.

The Greatest American Hero

If you are currently undergoing some snow storms and sub-zero weather, stay safe my friends! And for everyone else, enjoy the rest of your weekend. I’ll see you on Monday (hopefully) with a giveaway 🙂

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Answer any/all of the questions above!

How is the weather where you are?

What was the last thing you watched? (Online or on TV)