‘Before I’m 21, I want to…’

We’re already in June, how crazy is that?! Time literally flies by. It’s a scary thought. Especially since it means that I’m 21 in 6 months now. I didn’t think about what things I want to do – or what should be done, in general – before I turn 21 until this year. It only recently dawned on me of how much of a big milestone that is; I’ll be graduating soon, will have to start looking for a house, will have to look for a job after I get my PGCE. It’s terrifying. So, I’ve prepared a list of what should be done before people turn 21.

Go to the movies alone.

Not that you should completely isolate yourself, but taking a trip to the cinema or even a theatre etc. will force you to be independent, while not going to a familiar place. It’s actually quite exciting; you’ll be able to choose whatever film you want to see, even possibly seeing another movie straight afterwards, you can have as many snacks as you want, go around shops while you wait for the film to start as well. It’s a great ‘me’ day. So – next time a movie goes into the cinema that you want to see but no one else wants to, take the opportunity to treat yourself!

Read books about growing up.

As sad as the realization is; you are growing up and will have to be independent. I know! I almost cried too! But reading nostalgic books, and books about becoming independent, being an adult and ‘stepping into the real world,’ will benefit you and put you at ease. I haven’t read it yet, but ”Infinite Jest’ by David Foster Wallace is meant to be a great book to read before you’re 21.

Pull an all nighter just for fun.

Most people may disagree with me on this because it’s not particularly good for you. But one all nighter won’t kill you. It’s a fun way to rebel, have a bit of fun and to read all those books or watching that movie or TV series you’ve been meaning to get into. Why not?

Try eating something crazy.

Just go wild. You’re going to have so many responsibilities soon that you may not have the time to just experiment. Me? Well, I’m getting the courage to try Buddy the Elf’s special spaghetti. You know what one I mean. Where he mixes the sweets with it. Yep, that’s going to be my crazy dish. Wish me lush and pray for me.

Go to a music festival

I’ve always wanted to go to one but either didn’t have time, money, anyone to go with, or I simply didn’t realise that one was happening. It looks like so much fun!!

Skydive

It’s probably highly unlikely that I’ll get to do this before I’m 21, but I’d love to skydive. It looks like it’s such a rush filled with excitement. I’d love to try it.

Go Camping

Wales doesn’t exactly have the weather for camping, so I may pass on this one. Unless caravanning counts? If so, I’ve been camping loads of times. But it’s a great way to connect with nature and feel free.

Have a heart to heart with your parents about what they were like at your age.

Been there, done that. It was interesting, but also depressing that they had already gone abroad at my age with their friends and I haven’t. But this chat is underrated, so I suggest you go have this heart to heart now!

Change your hairstyle.

Unless you’re happy with it. I’m happy with my hair, but changing your hair is such a big risk that one eventually has to take.

Get a professional bra fitting.

Granted that most girls would have done this by now, but you’d be surprised. Yes, it can be scary and daunting. But it’s really not that bad and it’s so beneficial for you.

Vote.

Don’t underestimate how powerful your vote is.

Learn to cook a signature dish.

You’re going to have to cook for yourself the majority of the time one day. Why not cook something Gordon Ramsay or Jamie Oliver can?

Ask someone out.

This can be really scary, but life’s too short to not take risks! If you like someone, tell them and ask them out. The worst they can do is say no. I’m sure they won’t, but oh well! Shake it off and start a new!

Open a savings account.

I have one of these and they can help get rid of stress so much. You’ll be able to save a lot without realising, so it’s definitely worth it.

 

Sorry to depress you with all of this adult stuff. Have a magical day!

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My New Instagram Account

Hey guys! This is just a quick post to let you all know that I have just made an Instagram account especially for my blog. If you’re interested, please check it out and give it a follow. I’ll be posting pretty cool stuff on it, and would appreciate the support!

My account is: booksanddisney_

Thanks guys!

Have a magical day!

 

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Hay on Wye Book Festival, 2018

I haven’t yet posted a review of an event I’ve been to, so please bear with me if this isn’t very good or exciting!

Originally, I wasn’t too keen on going to the festival as I wanted to save money and I wasn’t feeling very well – the last week or so I’ve been suffering with laryngitis but I’m feeling better now. But on the 26th May, my parents thought we should go since it was the weekend and we didn’t have anything else planned, and so we did, along with my Nan. I have to say, I’m so glad they decided we should go as it was so much fun, not at all expensive and it truly put you in the mood to read.

The journey there was about an hour and a half long; not too bad in general, but not too good for people like myself who has travel sickness. Fortunately, I didn’t feel sick! However, there was so much mist on the way there! It looked like something out of a horror movie. It was creepy but also beautiful.

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We finally arrived at Hay on Wye but decided to use the Park and Ride to get to the festival itself. The rain started – luckily for us, we didn’t have to wait for the bus! We were on the bus for five minutes and arrived at the festival. Admittedly, the weather could have been better, but what else can you expect from Wales?

The festival looked beautiful. Definitely heaven for bookworms. Throughout the day, there were interviews from different authors talking about their work and/or someone else’s. There were also book shops, animal and nature charities, cafe and restaurants about. The restaurants were quite expensive but everything else was priced pretty decently.

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I decided not to go to any of the interviews since I missed the one’s I would have liked and didn’t really like any others, though my parents saw the Bear Grylls interview. But we were so lucky to have gone to the book singing when we did! We met Cressida Cowell (author of How to Train Your Dragon) who was so sweet and cute. I loved the movie growing up and can’t believe I actually didn’t know it was based on a book! Sin!! I also met Laura Bates (author of Everyday Sexism) and Owen Sheers (a poet and co-wrote Letters to the Future with Laura Bates). They were doing book singing together, and were so funny and sweet.

 

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After the book singing, my Nan and I wandered around for a bit while my parents watched Bear Grylls. Neither of us are big fans so were happy enough to look at the books on sale, and the other stalls set up.

The hour my parents were gone went by so quickly. It really didn’t feel long at all. We had another wander with them, and had a look at the charity stalls set up. The ones I saw were RSPB and The Woodland Trust. I bought a badge from RSPB and signed up to receive updates from The Woodland Trust and received a free tree in exchange. My Nan and I had a Rowan tree (I named mine Roman because I’m so funny and original) and my Mam has a Crab Apple.

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We spent about five hours there – it felt like two, though! I guess the day was so fun and exciting that it went by quickly.

The festival is on for a few more days, I’m not sure if I’ll be going again this year because I may not have the time. If you have the time though, I definitely recommend going! Or, save a date for next year. It’s definitely worth the trip, there’s so much effort put into it and it’s actually quite heart-warming.

 

Have a magical day!

 

Harry Potter Spells Book Tag!

Quite a while ago, I saw this book tag and decided to have a go at it. But I completely forgot about the tag until today… almost a year later (oops!). Better late than never though, right?

No?

Anyways, let’s begin!

Expelliarmus – a book that took you by surprise.

 

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Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur. This book is full of poetry and prose about life and although I heard a lot of praise about it, I didn’t expect to like it that much, because I’m not a big fan of poetry. At least I wasn’t until I read this beautiful, astounding book. Everyone should read it.

Prior Incanto – the last book you read.

 

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I wasn’t 100% what this meant, so I have two answers. The last book I finished was A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas. I rated it 5/5 stars on my GoodReads page, if you want to follow it;). It’s a stunning fantasy novel about a girl who kills a faerie and has to pay the price.

The current book I’m reading is Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy. I’m finding this very good but is quite slow paced.

Alohamora – a book that introduced you to a genre you hadn’t considered before.

 

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In Cold Blood – Truman Capote. A true crime novel. While I love the horror and crime genre, I hadn’t considered reading a novel based on a true story, especially one as dark as this.

Riddikulus – a funny book you’ve read.

 

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I Hate Myselfie – Shane Dawson. Hilarious doesn’t even describe it! There are some heart breaking moments, but I almost cried of laughter when I was meant to. He doesn’t even try to be funny, it comes natural to him. Keep an eye out for my upcoming review of this.

Expecto Patronum – a childhood book connected to good memories.

 

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Horrid Henry’s Christmas Cracker – Francesca Simon. I used to love this book as a kid, and still do now. Every Christmas Eve I make time especially to read this. It’s become my own little tradition now.

Sonorus – a book you think everyone should know about.

 

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Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur. As said earlier, it’s such a beautiful and powerful book. It helped me a lot and I hope it helps other people too.

Obliviate – a book or spoiler you would like to forget reading.

 

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling. I wish I could forget reading these just so I can read them again like it was the first time.

Imperio – a book you had to read for school.

 

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Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck. Just like every other person had to in the UK for school. And just like everyone else, I was so angry at the ending!

Crucio – a book that was painful to read.

 

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The True History of the Kelly Gang – Peter Carey. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good plot and well written and everything. But the grammar was AWFUL! Yes, it was intended to be that way to make it seem more realistic, but it honestly gave me a headache.

Avada Kedavra – a book that could kill you (interpret as you will).

 

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If I Stay – Gayle Forman. Tragic, heart breaking, cruel… just a few words to describe this! I loved the book and the movie, but I couldn’t stop crying.

 

If you love Harry Potter and books, answer these questions as well.

 

Have a magical day!

20 Reflections At Age 20…

I haven’t posted on here that much lately, so sorry about that! But on to my post;

In December, I turned 20. It caused me to reflect quite a lot, because of the realization that I officially wasn’t a teenager anymore (even though I’ll always still claim to be a teenager, anyway). I felt old, even though I’m not, but then realized, I’ve already done so much with my life.

So here are my twenty pieces of advice/reflections. Hopefully I’ll be able to offer some good words of wisdom in my old age ;).

  1. Do what you love. There’s no point in doing something if it’s not going to make you happy. Sometimes you have to put yourself first.
  2. Don’t worry about what people think about you. Unless you’re actually victimising and offending someone, then why should you be that conscious with what you do?
  3. Some friends don’t last forever. I’m one of the lucky ones that still has their friends from their childhood, as well as new ones. But not everyone will be that lucky. And who knows what the future hold.
  4. Be yourself and love yourself – I’m still working on the ‘love yourself’ part, but still!
  5. Respect nature and animals. They do a surprising amount for our world, so we should do our best to give something back to them.
  6. Stand up for what you believe in. It can be tough, but it’ll allow you to feel empowered and you’ll help encourage others if they believe the same thing that you do.
  7. People will let you down, but don’t let it get you down. They may not always do it on purpose; sometimes promises can be hard to keep, etc. But don’t take things to heart.
  8. You can’t make people like you. 
  9. Don’t give up, mistakes are inevitable. But try anyway.
  10. Apologise and accept apologies. It can be tough, but holding grudges can be tougher.
  11. Smile! It’ll brighten your day and everyone else’s.
  12. Treat others the way you want to be treated/”if you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.” – Thumper. I’m pretty sure this was probably drummed into everybody’s head whilst growing up, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true.
  13. “We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other.” – An Inspector Calls.
  14. Exercise and be healthy to help yourself and the world. A treat can be nice every now and then, but not all the time.
  15. Judging does not equal caring. 
  16. “Have courage and be kind.” – Cinderella.
  17. Pink is the best colour. Obviously; even Sharpay Evans and Audrey Hepburn agree! La vie en rose 🙂
  18. If you want to do something, do it. You can’t let others rule your life (unless it’s illegal).
  19. Do things for others. Spread happiness. This is one of my New Years Resolutions, and I started off by donating blood and 19cm of my hair. Easy pops!
  20. Take a risk, try something new. “Go, live your dream.” – Hook Hand Thug.

I hope this came of some use! I’ll try and post more often, I have some new ideas and books I’d like to write a review.

You can now find me on Pinterest: modernrapunzel 🙂

 

Have a magical day!

 

Halloween Must-Watch Movies (Part 2 – Scary Edition!)

Welcome to part two of Halloween Must-Watch Movies (you can read part one here )!This part will feature scarier movies, so is probably more suitable for adults. Unless you’re a morbid, weird kid like I was and actually loved horror movies. Nevertheless, Halloween is the perfect time of year to watch scary movies because it really puts you in a festive sort of mood. Plus, all scary movies just seem so much better in October for some reason!

1. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

This movie, for some reason, was one of my favourites growing up. It’s one of those movies that made me fall in love with Johnny Depp and Tim Burton!

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Plot: Judge Turpin lusts for the wife of barber Benjamin Barker and so transports him to Australia for a crime he did not commit. Returning after 15 years with the new identity of Sweeney Todd, Barker now seeks revenge on Turpin. With the help of Mrs Lovett, many will fall to his blade.

2. Dark Shadows (2012)

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Plot: During the 18th Century, Barnabas Collins seals his own doom when he breaks the heart of a witch Angelique. She turns him into a vampire and buries him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas escapes from his coffin and finds that the town he lived in is a very different place.

3. Friday the 13th (1980)

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Plot: In 1957, a young boy named Jason drowns in a lake near Camp Crystal Lake. But, in 1979, a group of counselors reopen the camp and then are slowly killed off one by one.

4. Saw (2004) & series

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Plot: Photographer Adam Stanheight and oncologist Lawrence Gordon regain consciousness while chained to pipes at either end of a bathroom. As they realise they’ve been kidnapped by a sadistic serial killer, Jigsaw, and complete a puzzle to live, their flashbacks relate the fate of the previous victims. Meanwhile, Dr. Gordon’s family are forced to watch his torture through a video.

5. Paranormal Activity (2007) & series

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Plot: Katie and Micah are haunted by a supernatural presence in their house.

6. Final Destination (2000) & series

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Plot: When Alex and his friends cheat death, Death comes after them one by one, in the order they were meant to die.

7. Psycho (1960)

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Plot: Marion Crane is on the lam after stealing $40,000 from her employer in order to run away with her boyfriend, Sam Loomis. Sam becomes exhausted during a heavy rainstorm, so they stop off at Bates Motel. There, they meet Norman Bates; a young man with an interest in taxidermy and a difficult relationship with his mother.

8. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

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Plot: Based on Washington Irving’s classic tale, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Icabod Crane investigates a series of murders, but soon discovers there’s more to it than they think.

9. Halloween (1978)

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Plot: On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was sentenced and locked away for 15 years. But on October 30, 1978, while being transferred for a court date, a 21-year-old Michael Myers steals a car and escapes Smith’s Grove. He returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he looks for his next victims.

10. Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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Plot: Several Midwestern teenagers fall prey to Freddie Kreuger, a disfigured man who preys on them in their dreams – which, also kills them in real life. Soon Nancy begins to suspect a dark secret kept by her and her friends’ parents is the key to unravelling the mystery. Her and her boyfriend Glen try to solve it before it’s too late.

 

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