Tuesday, June 26, 2012

PurpleMist's Life Update #1

Cupcakes make me happy.

So, as some of you may know, I'm on a pretty long holiday at the moment. 10 months, to be exact. I know it sounds like a lot but this year has passed by SO fast! I only have 3 more months until my university course starts.


The thing about having so much free time is that you're always going to worry that you're wasting it. I had a pretty long holiday two years ago and at the end of it, I regretted not doing more things during the free time that I had. The only things I did during those school-free 6 months were that I started this blog and participated in NaNoWriMo.



During this holiday, I've been trying to do as much as I can, but I still get lazy and end up wasting hours on the internet almost everyday every now and then. I want to do things worth mentioning and so far I have:
- got my driving license
- joined a volunteer program
- watched way too many movies and tv shows
- became an editor for a young writer on wattpad
- met a LOT of new people
- read some amazing books
- became part of an online writing team


I think I'm quite happy with the things I've been doing but there was a lot more stuff I wish I had done. Like, I wanted to learn photoshop and work on my novel regularly (sort out the plot, write a second draft and clear things up so when people ask me what it is about, I actually have an answer!).


Most of you don't know this but it was my birthday a few weeks ago, on the 7th of June. I was supposed to publish this post somewhere around that time but it took longer than I expected. Yes, I procrastinate THAT much.
Anyways, my brother (it happens to be HIS birthday today!) gave me an awesome birthday gift, these two books:
I had been dying to read Mitch Albom's books because a friend of mine had told me so much about them. I completed 'tuesdays with Morrie' a few days ago and gosh, I honestly think every one should read this book. And if reading isn't your thing, then watch the movie!
I can't wait to read 'the five people you meet in heaven' next.



Speaking on books and reading, I'm going to be part of a book blog tour next month. Not sure how these things work because it's my first time but I've been given a copy of the ebook which I haven't started reading yet. It's a collection of short stories by multiple authors. I will be reviewing it on this blog soon and the awesome part is that I get to interview one of the authors!


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To the person who sent an email asking me to do a life update post: thank you! I was getting lazy running out of ideas so your suggestion got me writing.
I'm not really sure what to write about in a life update post so I just ranted on about all the stuff I've been doing.


I love getting emails from followers, it still amazes me that people actually go out of their way to talk to me via email, you guys totally make my day :D

I have SO many blogs to catch up on, sorry I haven't been reading/commenting, I'll get to it asap!

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I have so much to tell you, the problem isn’t that I’m running out of time, I’m running out of room, this book is filling up, there couldn’t be enough pages, I looked around the apartment this morning for one last time and there was writing everywhere, filling the walls and mirrors, I rolled up the rugs so I could write on the floors, I’d written on the windows and around the bottles of wine we were given but never drank, I only wore short sleeves, even when it’s cold, because my arms are books too. But there’s too much to express. I’m sorry. -Jonathan Safran Foer
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I need this.


Monday, June 4, 2012

Mini Reviews: Books & Movies :)


I liked this book better than I thought I would. At first, some of the characters pissed me off with the silly things they did and the stupid decisions they made. But as I read further into the story, I got more intrigued by how complex the plot really was and I loved how the author dealt with the issue of self-esteem amongst teenage girls.
“No matter where you go or what you do to distract yourself, reality catches up with you eventually.” 



Forget You by Jennifer Echols

Despite the fact that I was pretty much hooked after reading the first few pages and finished it in a couple of hours, I wouldn't recommend this book. Zoey's character made me want to pull my hair out and I didn't like most of the other characters because they were too one-dimensional, specially her father. This novel is character-driven so I wish it had better characters and personalities.
"I understand I can’t have you. But I want to know you’re in the world with me.”

Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan 

I almost never read fantasy novels because I prefer to read about real life and not some made up fantasy world. So I didn't think I would like this book, but I found myself actually enjoying it and completed in a few days time. There were some plot problems but overall it was a good read and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel. (I'll be writing a proper review of this book later.)

“When it comes to matters of the heart, rules don't matter.” 


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I wanted to watch this movie for two reasons:
1) I heard it's hilarious and 2) Channing Tatum is in it. 
And guess what? I loved it! I was actually laughing out loud, which doesn't happen very often during movies. I wouldn't even mind watching it again.



Honestly, the only reason I wanted to watch this movie was because the male lead was Ed Westwick (he plays Chuck Bass in Gossip Girl). It was a fun movie, not exactly as chick flick-y as I expected it to be. The actors played their roles perfectly and the story line was great. And of course, all the English accents were very attractive.


This movie was amazing. Very unique storyline and the directing  was wonderful. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet played their roles perfectly and I fell in love with their characters just a few minutes into the movie. I still don't really know how to describe it, it was just different from anything I've ever watched, but in a good way. It showed how fragile relationships can be and how difficult it really is to run away from memories, specially the good ones. 
Makes me think of this quote by Maya Angelou:
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 



I didn't want to make this post too long by adding summaries, so just click on the titles to read more about the books and movies!
If you have watched/read any of these, share your opinions please :)