Exams and Summer

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So, I know nobody reads this but I’m going to keep it going as a fancy diary. I’m going to stop my fad of ‘advertising’ and asking for requests etc. but I’m going to try and write about my summer and basically write about anything in an attempt to improve my writing.
My exams finish the day after tomorrow and I am excited and apprehensive. I cannot wait until I no longer have to revise and have nothing on my mind to make me feel guilty about doing silly things in procrastination (like blogging to nobody) but at the same time I worry about how empty the next couple of weeks will be. I have applied for two part time jobs and I am going to redecorate my room so I should have plenty to do. Not to dwell on it, but overall the exams went well. Just have to wait for results…..
I’m also going to try and do a monthly favorites blog post. Again, not because I think anyone will read it but just because it will be interesting to look back on in the future.
For now I have more procrastination to do, which I will inevitably blog about for no reason.
Maddox

Someone Else’s Fairytale – E.M Tippetts

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The other day, I was talking about summer jobs with my friend, and I mentioned my desire to work in a bookshop. At this she replied: “Yeah, but to do that you need to be an expert in all books, not just crappy dystopian fiction and YA fluff.” I am ashamed to admit that I did laugh, as this is completely true. I love dystopias and a bit of (admittedly crappy) romantic fluff, and this is the best way to sum up ‘Someone Else’s Fairytale’. It’s chick lit written by ‘E.M Tippetts (http://www.amazon.com/E.-M.-Tippetts/e/B001JP3ZRK). It’s written from the first person perspective of Chloe Winters, an average college student with family problems and a guy best friend. At a movie shoot where she is coerced into being an extra by her roommate, she meets Jason Vanderholt, the A-list lead actor in the play. He’s local to the area, and he recognises her from her similarities to her relatives, whom he knew well – tacky and unbelievable, I know. Then follows many more encounters and a relatively good story. The book is set in Albuquerque, NM, but there are also inevitable visits to LA, family homes and other exciting settings. The reason I bought this book was because I had just finished reading an excellent dystopian YA novel that had thrilling romantic tension between someone of a high status to someone of a low status, but nothing happened between them, and there wasn’t a sequel. I was left wanting to read more about a couple like this, so I did some research and downloaded a few samples onto my kindle. After reading them all, I bought the one I liked the most. It was dead cheap – £1.99 –  and it left me wanting more, so I bought the sequel (not nearly as good unfortunately). I loved it, it was exactly what I was looking for – a happy-go-lucky, uncomplicated romance. It was a Sophie Kinsella kind of book and I really enjoyed it. I thought Jason and Chloe made an excellent couple and I loved the crime/mystery twist incorporated into the story, as well as the intervention of family members throughout the novel. If you’re looking for an easy summer read with deeper themes intertwined, then go for this.
I’m going to try and do reviews like this for every book I read over the Summer, so keep a look out – there’s more to come!

Ed Sheeran

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Right. Here I am, sat here blogging to Ed Sheeran’s new album, ‘X’ (multiply). It’s good. Really good. Though, so far, it’s got nothing on ‘+’. It’s an excellent follow-up, but that album was literally incredible, I love it so much. ‘X’ is definitely worth a listen, there are some really fab tunes. The only thing it’s lacking is a collab. He’s done some great stuff with Taylor Swift (their voices compliment each other perfectly) and I really think he should put some on his album’s. Correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t think he has ever done a collaboration with another artist and then added it to his track list. I thought there was some kind of unspoken agreement in the music world that each collab you do, you do another one for the other persons album, kind of like with youtubers. Anyway, apart from a collab it has everything – rap (‘Take it back’, ‘Don’t’); sad songs (‘Nina’, ‘Bloodstream’); happy songs (‘Thinking out loud’), and, typical Ed Sheeran, some deep, personal songs (‘Afire love’). As a big Ed Sheeran fan, I really like that he released a new song everyday for the week leading up to the album release. It kept us satiated in our anticipation. A lot of people don’t like Ed Sheeran, and I can see why. His music can sound boring unless you know it, and then it’s incredible, hence this album is growing on me every time I listen to it. He also sings mainly sad songs. He said himself that the only truly happy song on ‘X’ is ‘Thinking out loud’. He sings about things he knows about, and it’s all personal, all true and stuff he can really sing genuinely about. Personally, I think he’s great.
On a completely different note, I know I am awful at blogging right now, but hopeful I will improve. I also know that I have no followers, so it may seem rather pointless to do this blog, but everyone starts somewhere, and I’m starting here. This blog’s main purpose is personal, anything else is an extra perk 🙂

The Fault in Our Stars Movie – SPOILERS!

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So, about two years ago, I read TFiOS and loved it. Cried my eyes out, but absolutely loved it, well done John Green. I read it again last weekend in anticipation for the film’s release on Thursday and, somehow, I loved it even more and cried even more. It was a completely different experience reading it for the second time, knowing what was going to happen. It was way sadder 😦 I was excited about the movie having seen Shailene and Ansel in Divergent (wasn’t so keen on the film – review to come – but loved their acting) and I wasn’t expecting to be disappointed. I booked my cinema tickets for opening night and, after being moved from our seats twice, finally settled to watch the film. I loved it. I though it was so incredible and it was one of those rare, very special movies which captures the essence of the narrative perfectly, embodies the intricate characters flawlessly. I was crying for the majority of the film, again made sadder by knowing the outcome. Shailene Woodley was impeccable. She just ‘was’ Hazel. She looked perfect, moved perfectly, spoke perfectly, she just had ‘it’. Ansel Elgort was equally as talented, making Gus’ character as incredible as it is on the page. His descent into illness was done incredibly accurately (and sadly) and the script-writers stuck to the book very well, keeping much of the dialogue the same. The only thing I missed was Gus’ sisters visiting him when he was ill, and Gus’ Dad realising how lucky they were to have Hazel. Another thing I noticed was the acting of Mrs Lancaster, Laura Dern. It was fantastic. She really demonstrated how horrible it was for her, but how she remained strong. She was the one who reduced me to tears first. “The only thing worse from biting it at cancer, was having a kid bite it from cancer.” Makes me want to cry again just recounting the experience. 
All in all it was an excellent movie, so book your tickets ASAP!

New Blog!

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Hi
I’m new to this whole blogging business but lets see how it goes! I will blog about anything and everything – books, films, music, makeup etc. I plan to blog daily from Saturday 28th June but this is just an initial post to get me started which I will probably end up deleting in a few weeks time out of embarrassment. I want to keep this blog relatively private. Mia Zabel is a pseudonym used for this blog alone, it is not my real name. Anyway, I hope you enjoy my blog!
Mia x