Thursday, March 31, 2016

Frabjous Finalities {March 2016}


Well, would you look at that? Another month has passed. *glares at calendar because time is slippery and rude*

March was such a crazy month. Oh man...I still can't believe how much happened. In comparison to February (which was also pretty busy), March was a tornado of activity. So here I am to give you my very very very long-winded life update.

Life


Most normal people love March because it means the arrival of spring. Well...yeah, I'm not exactly normal. I was actually dreading this month because it meant the arrival of blazing hot days. Where I live, we don't get all the beautiful blooms and cool, crisp spring days. Nope. Our summer essentially begins in the month of March and goes all the way through September. And in case you weren't already aware, I do not like the heat. Also, March meant the arrival of Daylight Savings Time so I feel I'm justified here.

The first couple weeks were relatively uneventful. Panic attacks over geometry, excessive book consumption, whining about the time change...you know, the usual. (Side-note: DLST is truly a plague upon mankind.)

On March 14, we celebrated Pi Day. Now, I'm not a math person at all, but hey, if it means we can eat pie, I'm all for it.

YUM.

This is where it gets crazy. As you all you know, I left for a vacation about two weeks ago. We actually left on St. Patrick's Day for a little "mini" vacation. It was in the same state that we live so nothing major. We had a grand time, and the trip involved lemon raspberry cheesecake (SO DELICIOUS), vintage umbrellas, and fluffy pillows. (Am I the only one who loves hotel pillows? Ever since I was little, I've had this strange adoration for them.) It was during this side trip that I discovered I won a giveaway! Much to my delight, it was the Northanger Abbey film. I've been participating in the read-along of the book by the same name (which, sadly, is coming to an end; but I'll link to it anyway), and won one of the two giveaways that the hostess was holding. Much squealing and dancing ensued.

Here it is in all its blurry glory! (We're just gonna pretend
I'm not being lazy by refusing to take another picture.)



After crashing at our house Friday night (technically Saturday because it was 1 in the morning), we hit the road the following morning and set out for the "main" vacation. We stopped at the cousins' house for the night, and I reveled in the sudden weather change. It happened to be our luck that there was a sudden cold spell up north so I was obviously pleased with that. We ate lunch with the fam on Sunday before finishing the journey to Virginia. The last leg of the journey was only about 4 hours so we got to our hotel in time for dinner.

On Monday, we visited Liberty University. The main reason for our trip was to tour the college I'm interested in attending. And let me tell you, that campus was amazing! It was absolutely gorgeous and had SO many things to do. There was a horseback riding facility, a snow center on Liberty Mountain (which is essentially the campus's year-round place for skiing, snowboarding, and tubing), and most importantly, a beautiful library. Oh gosh...that library was breathtaking. They had somewhere around 250,000 books, I think. And they still have room for about 200,000 more. It was crazy. My bookish heart may have nearly burst with joy.

Needless to say, I applied to Liberty and now have a great desire to go there. It was just incredible.

We conquered the long drive home in one day on Tuesday. Thankfully, it was spring break so I could sleep in the next morning after the exhausting trip. We had another local excursion on Thursday, but the rest of the week was relatively relaxed.

Resurrection Day weekend brought with it a major shopping trip (wherein I got an Easter dress and pink stuff and lots of gorgeous shoes), the morning worship services, and a delicious Sunday dinner. It was all in all a fairly laid-back weekend...especially after the busyness of the previous week.

Aren't these shoes to-die-for??

All the pinkkk!

These shoes are Italian. Nuff said.

This is the glorious, aforementioned umbrella. Isn't it darling?


On one final note, I discovered during our trip to Virginia that I had won another giveaway. This time it was the book Blood Ties by Hazel West. She just released her new book and was doing a blog tour. Since she was hosting a giveaway, I thought "sure, why not" and decided to enter. Imagine my surprise when I found out I had won two giveaways in one month! And they are some of my favorite things ever (a book and a movie about a book).

The rest of the month has mostly been me freaking out over the explosion in the blogging world (so sorry I haven't commented in forever, y'all), adjusting to school once again, and bemoaning the fact that our trip didn't involve the snow which was originally forecasted (I'VE BEEN ROBBED).

For your personal enjoyment, I've included some pictures from our trip.


One of the dorms.
 
 
This was the stage at the on-campus theater. Apparently, the plays
are so good that Disney watched their production of
The Little Mermaid and gave them the rights
to make more Disney plays.

 
The sunset was gorgeous one night, but my
iPad apparently doesn't take good photos
when we're in the car. So now the moon
looks like a blob. :P
The view from where I sat in the car. Say hello
to my sloth Flash! :)
 
Their pizza is soooo yum.



 
 

Books


ALL THE BOOKS. March has been a wonderful reading month for me. I read a total of seven books...which, believe me, is nothing to sneeze at. What with school and vacations and the like, I've been hard-pressed to find reading time. But praise be to the good Lord, I read seven books this month. Can I get an amen? XD

  • Entwined (by Heather Dixon) was my first read. Upon finishing the beauteous thing that is Illusionarium, I quickly ordered the author's other book from the local library. And the result? Um...LOVE. Yeahhh, I think I'm in love. If it's even possible, I think I enjoyed it more than Illusionarium. And that's saying something. There's (lots and lots of) dancing; the most squishable, adorable couples; fantastic characters; hilarious dialogue; and oh, magic tea sets. Seriously, peeps, GO READ THIS BOOK.
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  • Still recovering from the awesomeness of Entwined, I decided to read The Horse and His Boy. Ack, the Narnia books are always so fuuuun. And Shasta and Aravis? Yup, they're adorable.
  • After discovering that Wayne Thomas Batson had released Isle of Stars, the third installment in his pirate series, I furiously attacked the link to the ebook and laughed like a crazy person and devoured the book in days casually checked it out. And good gravy, of course I loved it! It's Wayne Thomas Batson; what's not to love? Although I will say that it might not have been quite as good as I expected? I dunno. But the ending was precious so it made up for it. (The ending was also cliffhangery, which made me scream, "I NEED THE NEXT BOOK RIGHT NOWWWW!" in the wee hours of the morning. You know, the usual response.)
  • Okay, so I finally did the thing and read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Because my beautiful purple copy was just begging to be read. I absolutely adored it! It was so funny. The characters, the quotes, the tea party (yep, lots of tea sets this month). All the important things. (Gosh, I'm beginning to wonder how I even functioned without some of these books in my life. Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland have seriously brought my life so much happiness.)



  • Book number five this month was...drumroll...Heartless! That's right, Christine, you can rest easy now knowing that I have read one of Anne Elisabeth Stengl's golden masterpieces. (Get it? Because it's from the Tales of Goldstone Wood series? Okay, I'm done.) I really enjoyed it, although maaaybe not as much as I thought I would. (Or wood. Hehe, yeah, I promise that's the last pun.) It was a bit slow, but the writing was gorgeous and the characters were delightful little squishies. *stares pointedly at a certain catlike charrie* So yes! I can't wait to read the next one!

  • No amount of emotional preparation could ready myself for the tearjerker that is Deluge (by Lisa T. Bergren). I thought I was ready but noooo. It destroyed me. I decided to tear through the saddest part of the book on Easter of all days. And...yeah. Needless to say, my family didn't see much of me that day. I seriously was sobbing because of this book. Like literally every chapter I was tearing up and having my heart crushed. It was a good day. I had a few issues with this book (mostly all the DEPRESSING STUFF) so it didn't really measure up to my expectations. But it was still good--in a very depressing way. Hopefully I'll recover...eventually...

  • I've been reading through Northanger Abbey (by Jane Austen) a chapter a day in March...well, at least I've been trying to, but I keep getting distracted by other books. (And am also lazy sometimes, but that's beside the point.) I have *cough* six chapters to read today in order to be caught up, but I'm still including it in this month's books read. Hey, I'll probably end up finishing it today anyway. It's such a good book--I honestly probably like it even more than Emma, if you can believe it. The characters are wonderful: sweet, naïve, adorable Catherine and charming, clever, teasing Mr. Tilney. And now I have the movie to watch when I finish the book. Score!

Movies/TV


I didn't really watch a whole lot of movies this month...which is honestly probably a good thing. My TBR pile would have fallen on top of me and squished me to the size of a pancake if I didn't get a move on and start reading those books. Since you guys want me to live (you do...don't you? *stares at you expectantly* hint: the answer's "yes"), I chose to read instead of watch movies.

Anywhozens, these are the flicks that actually made their way to moi.

~ North & South (2004): Ohhhh my goodness. EEEEP! What has happened to my life?! *flails in a puddle of feels* This miniseries really wrecked me emotionally. Just...just...the things that happen in this are going to ruin you. It was a lot deeper and darker than most of the period dramas I have seen thus far, but it truly had a sense of rich realism that I quite liked. Watch it right now! (But don't blame me when you can't function and walk around the house in a daze because feeeeels.)

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~ Pursuit to Algiers (1945): Call me weird, but I still love the old Sherlock Holmes movies. There's just something about an old-school Sherlock film (you know, before Sherlock was young and attractive and popular and *cough* Benedict) that makes me giddy. They may be a bit unbelievable at times, but hey, it's Sherlock Holmes. He's not your average detective.

~ The Absent-Minded Professor (1961): Another old-school movie for old souls like me. This movie is just really fun. Kinda kooky, but in the best possible way. ;)

~ Pride and Prejudice (2005): I've been watching this in fragmented pieces since way back in February and finally finished it just this Tuesday. As always, it was delightful. I think this was my fifth or sixth time watching it? I don't even know anymore. But now I feel I'm completely qualified to review it. (It's gonna be a massive review...just so you know.)


Music


~ OWL CITY. Lots and lots of Owl City. (This one in particular has become a favorite.) I'm addicted; there's no turning back now.

~ Embarrassingly enough, I've been listening to the periodic table song...like a lot. I'm talking enough to have memorized elements 1 through 97 in order. Yeahhh, I'm a bit of a nerd. (But seriously, it's super catchy.)

~ Since it was St. Patty's Day a couple weeks ago, I broke out my Brave soundtrack. And yes, I know Brave is set in Scotland, but I figured it was close enough. (Plus, ya know, I just wanted any excuse I could to sit and listen to bagpipes.)



~ This lovely little ditty (don't you just love that word? I could say it all day) called "Peter Pan." Because, guys. This is a song about Peter Pan! I know, I know. AWESOMENESS OVERLOAD.

~ "The Call" by Regina Spektor. Though to be fair, I've never really stopped listening to it so...

~ The soundtrack for Anna Karenina, which to be clear I have never seen and probably never will...for reasons. But I stumbled across the soundtrack just yesterday, and 'tis gorgeous, darlings. Just take this track for example.



Blogging


Here is a comprehensive list of all the posts you lovelies have trudged through this month.

  •  Lovely Books ~ Villains. Essentially where I discuss why villains make me want to hug them, hit them on the head with a baseball bat, and run away from them and hide all at the same time.
  • Lovely Books ~ Quotes. The final post in Tracey's Lovely Books linkup...which I completed on the same day as the villains post...which also happened to be the last day of the linkup. Ehehe. Not procrastination at all. Nooope.
  • The Happy Tag. This is where I made you all sick with my infectious happiness. You're welcome.
  • À Bientôt, Auf Wiedersehen, and All That Jazz. Wherein I broke the news of my departure to you guys. It's a wonder you survived without me.
  • February 2016 Period Drama Challenge Tag. My fashionably late answers to (in case you couldn't figure it out from the title) February's tag for the Period Drama Challenge.
I guess this is as good a time as any to ask. What would you guys like to see more of on my blog? I have a gazillion post ideas, but I'd love to know what you guys want to read. After all, this is for the readers. I just don't feel like my blog has any clear direction at the moment and need to figure out what you all like.


Randomosities


Here are some photos I snapped this month. Just a sampling of my nonexistent skills with a camera photographic expertise.

(Happiness is Owl City and jelly beans.)

(This is an edited photo. Shhh, don't tell.)


I've also had a rekindled fondness for the color mint green. Not only is it gorgeous but it also perfectly matches the color of my toothpaste. You know, just in case I accidently get some on my shirt. Not like that would ever happen. I'm not clumsy at all. *waits for lightning to strike*

I've discovered the power of a messy bun.

Oh, and most importantly, I ate cake.


Yup, March has been good to me.

 

Well, there you have it. My version of March madness. It's been a crazy yet exciting 31 days. (And upon reflecting back, I seem to notice the notable appearance of delicious food. I apparently have my priorities right.)

Back to my earlier question about what posts you want to see more often. I've been trying to create a poll but haven't been able to figure out how to include one in a post yet. :/ (Oh, the glories of technology.) So I'll just list a few options below, and you guys can let me know in the comments.

  • Writing
  • Bookish Discussions
  • Devotional
  • Movie Reviews
  • Other (you can specify in the comments)
I'm trying to make my blog a little nicer, and your feedback would be a wonderful asset!


What did your month look like? Was there scrumptious food? (Food makes everything better.) What books did you read?


Friday, March 25, 2016

February 2016 Period Drama Challenge Tag

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Hullo, hullo, hullo! I'm baaack! Did you miss me? Yeah, I thought so.

I had a wonderful, exhausting, fantabulous trip, but it's nice to be home. (And back to my computer...not like I missed it or anything. :P) It amazes me how much occurred in the blogoverse within the span of a week. I have somewhere between 30 and 35 posts waiting on my dashboard and a handful of beautiful comments begging to be answered. Plus, on top of that, I won not one but TWO giveaways! Like I said, pretty crazy. O_o

Anywhozens, I've returned and am ready to dive back into the wide world of blogging. As part of the Period Drama Challenge the lovely Miss Laurie is hosting, I'm posting my answers to the February tag. At the end of each month, she puts up a few questions for the participants to answer, as well as a list of participants and films reviewed. If you haven't already, go check out the challenge! It's loads of fun...even if I've fallen severely behind in my reviews. *COUGH*

Before I bore you to death, here are my (very, very late) answers! Prepare to be amazed. ;)

1. What period dramas did you view in February?
 
Lemme see here. *flips through journals because memory is not cooperative* Ah, yes. I watched The Shop Around the Corner (1940) and Amazing Grace (2006). I have yet to review both of these (I'm such a bad participant, hehe :P) because of time restraints. I also watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), but I'm not sure if that counts or not.

2. What is your favorite period drama musical?
 
Did...did you just ask that?! Because musicals are essentially life. (I'll be honest though and admit that, although I love musicals, I haven't seen a ton of them.) The first two that came to mind were The Sound of Music (1965) and, you guessed it, Singin' in the Rain (1952). Those films are happiness personified, peeps.

3. If you could order up an adaptation of your favorite classic book, what would it be and who would star?
 
*dies because the questions are so haaard* *looks through shelves because memory is still not cooperative* *dies again* Yeah, um, I think I've mentioned before that I didn't like classics until recently. So I haven't really read a lot of them. Most of the movie adaptations I've seen I've actually really liked. But since I have to pick...maybe The Magician's Nephew? I'd have a hard time picking the cast, but I think Johnny Depp would make a great Uncle Andrew...seeing as he already takes on all the eccentric characters anyway. XD

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4. If you could be a famous royal from history, who would you be and why?

Well, I always wondered what it would be like to be one of Henry VIII's wives for a day. (Because that's how long I would last.)

Um, yeaaah. I was obviously not serious. I find Eleanor of Aquitaine to be quite a remarkable ruler...though I probably wouldn't exactly want to be her because, ya know, she kept getting kicked to the curb all the time so...

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5. What period dramas are you looking forward to viewing in March 2016?
 
I already watched one of them, North & South (2004), which I still have to review. (Like I said, I'm a horrible participant.) If I get the chance this month, I hope to finish watching Pride and Prejudice (2005) from last month and maaaaybe Belle (2013). We'll have to see what the rest of March holds. I still have a lot of movies to review from February and even January. Oops.
 
 
That's all for today. I have a lot of posts that I need to let the world in on, but life is making a point of being...well, life. So it may be a while before you can enjoy all the awesomeness.
 

How about you lovelies? Who would star in the dream cast of one of YOUR favorite classics? And as a random question that has nothing whatsoever to do with this post (you know, just like usual), what's your favorite fruit? (Don't even ask me why that question popped into my head.)

 

 

 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

À Bientôt, Auf Wiedersehen, and All That Jazz

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Well, lovelies. I'm just writing a quick note to tell you that I will *gasp* not be posting until late next week. I'm going on vacation for a week with the fam (a road trip, as a matter of fact), and WILL NOT BE TAKING MY COMPUTER. And yes, that deserved all caps because GUYS. I will not be using my computer for a week. *collapses because it's unbelievable* *starts dancing because is reminded of Owl City song*

Ahem. Yes.

I know you'll all miss me terribly (I'm so humble, hehe), so I'll leave with you with a few Pinterest delights because I'm such a generous person. (The humble pie is delicious, by the by.)


https://www.pinterest.com/pin/458663543281797550/
Because Benedict Cumberbatch tackling a life-sized
teddy bear is just about the best thing ever.


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https://www.pinterest.com/pin/304555993523467118/

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The amount of awesomeness in this is too much. I CAN'T EVEN
HANDLE IT.


 
I'll try to comment on all the beautiful posts you guys put up (I'm not going completely internet-free; I'll still have my iPad), but even if I don't, rest assured that I will read them and glory in all their splendor.

One last note: I've officially become an Owl City fan. Now I can't imagine my life without his music. Dozens of his songs have been on repeat, but here's one of the ones I especially love. (It will explain the picture at the top of the post...not like I needed a reason to use a picture of a hot air balloon, but ya know.)




I'll talk to you dears soon! Have a delightfully green St. Patrick's Day! (And make sure to eat Lucky Charms...and listen to Celtic music...and wear green.)

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Happy Tag


Well, look at that. I've been tagged. *leaps around bedroom and nearly topples a bookcase* Being tagged makes me happy. Luckily, this tag is about alllll the happy things. So I can be as happy as I want without everyone thinking I'm crazy.

...Oh, that's right. You already do.

Because I'm sure you're all dying to know the things that make me happy, I'll go ahead and get started. I'm adding in one category that I saw in a happy tag on someone else's blog. It's fictional characters so I obviously need to include that. Shout out to Laura for being her amazing self and tagging me! (Her blog is seriously awesome; go check her out!)

Books


The Magician's Nephew (C.S. Lewis)

The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)

Peter Pan (J.M. Barrie)

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (C.S. Lewis)

Emma (Jane Austen)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)

Isle of Fire (Wayne Thomas Batson)

Raising Dragons (Bryan Davis)

Dreamtreaders (Wayne Thomas Batson)

Words


Frabjous
Catawampus
Shimmer
Scribblings (shocker, right? ;))
Ethereal
Whimsical
Scrumptious
Gobbledygook
Effervesce
Razzmatazz
Sylvan
Sprite
Delicate

Movies/TV Shows


Singin' in the Rain

The Curse of the Black Pearl

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Enchanted

When Calls the Heart

The Adventures of Tintin

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

National Treasure

Frozen

A Bug's Life

I Love Lucy

That Darn Cat!

Tangled

Fictional Characters


Bilbo Baggins (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit)

Han Solo (Star Wars)

Legolas (The Lord of the Rings)

Jane Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)

Catherine Morland (Northanger Abbey)

Honey Lemon (Big Hero 6)

Piglet (Winnie-the-Pooh)

Lucy Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia)

Prince Edward (Enchanted)

Flynn Rider (Tangled)

Olaf (Frozen)

Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes)

Jack Thornton (When Calls the Heart)

Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)

Scents


fresh sheets
warm chocolate chip cookies
old books
lavender
mountain air
orange trees
new textbooks
Christmas trees
freshly-brewed coffee
apples
campfire smoke
pumpkin pie

Songs


"Unusual" ~ Francesca Battistelli

"Two Hornpipes (Tortuga)" ~ Dead Man's Chest

"Endangered Love (Barbara Manatee)" ~ VeggieTales (don't you dare judge me, Lizzy)

"Concerning Hobbits" ~ The Lord of the Rings

"Fight Song" ~ Rachel Platten

"Under the Sea" ~ The Little Mermaid

"Touch the Sky" ~ Julie Fowlis (Brave)

"Handpainted (Brennley's Song)" ~ Cozi Zuehlsdorff

"Good Morning" ~ Singin' in the Rain

Miscellany


York peppermint patties// plaid shirts// fuzzy blankets// sparklers// family road trips//weekends// movie nights// curling up with a favorite book// rainy days// snow// singing Christmas carols// antique typewriters// raiding local bookstores// comments// the clicking of my fingers on the keyboard// figure skating// watching horses run// long hair// crisp breezes// autumn colors// the feeling of my pen gliding across the page// laughing with my bestie// inside jokes// stargazing// rainbows// colorful umbrellas


As you can see, I'm a very happy person. Prone to sarcasm, yes, but still very happy. ;) And believe it or not, I had to really limit myself here. There are hundreds of other things that make me happy, but I unfortunately couldn't list them all here. Most of these things...probably didn't come as a surprise. *ahem*

Thanks ever so much, Laura! I had such fun doing this tag!

UPDATE: Eheh, I just realized that I forgot to tag people. :P I feel like I tag most of the same people so I tag everyone who is wearing the color pink today. (Because, duh, pink is awesome.) If you want to do the tag, feel free to run and put on something pink. XD

Now I must know. What kinds of things make YOU happy? You can make ME happy by letting me know in the comments below. :)

 
 

 

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Lovely Books ~ Quotes

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What's this? Two posts in one day? Has she gone mad?

No, I haven't gone mad, I assure you. (Because there's no way to "go mad" if you already are, hehe.) I apparently fell waaay behind on my Lovely Books posts so I'm doing two posts in a row. Oops.

In case you weren't aware, Lovely Books is a linkup hosted by my dear friend Tracey, who's basically a wizard of words.  So far, we've talked about three things that make books lovely: covers/titles, couples, and villains. Today we're finishing up with what really makes stories so grand--the words. Ultimately, the reason we love books so much is because of the words it contains. Whether they be witty, thought-provoking, wise, beautiful, or inspiring, words are what make books books.

So without further delay, let's get on to all the frabjous quotes!

Quotes


"Would you like an adventure now," he said casually to John, "or would you like to have your tea first?"
~ Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie ~
 
"To die will be an awfully big adventure."
~ Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie ~
 
There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.
~ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis ~
 
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Most of us know what we should expect to find in a dragon's lair but, as I said before, Eustace had read only the wrong books. They had a lot to say about exports and imports and governments and drains, but they were weak on dragons.
~ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis ~
 
“And you must always remember there's one good thing about being trapped down here: it'll save funeral expenses.”  
~ The Silver Chair, C.S. Lewis ~
 
“You look pretty, as always," he said.

Azalea grinned, deciding not to remind him that the last times he had seen her, she had been soaked, frozen, unconscious, and a torn mess of the undead.
~ Entwined, Heather Dixon ~
 
"Not enough information makes for a lot of dead cats."

Ashley opened her eyes and squinted. "Dead cats? What in the world are you talking about?"

"You know, 'Curiosity killed the cat.' And I have enough curiosity to start a feline genocide."

"Feline genocide?"

"Yeah. If you don't explain Apollo, the cat kingdom will crumble. Cats all over the world will suddenly plop down in unmoving masses of fur, their food will dry up in smelly chunks of fish, and when people call, 'Here, kitty kitty kitty,' no cats will come running; they'll just-" Walter suddenly stopped. A blank expression covered his face.

Ashley poked his ribs with her finger. "What's wrong? Cat got your tongue?"

Walter stared straight ahead. "I just realized . . . if all those things happened, no one would notice the difference."
~ Circles of Seven, Bryan Davis ~
 
“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”  
~ Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen ~
 
Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken.
~ Emma, Jane Austen ~
 
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
~ The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien ~
 
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All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
~ The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien ~
 
“I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”  
~ The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien ~
 
"Still, I wonder if we shall ever be put into songs or tales. We're in one, of course; but I mean: put into words, you know, told by the fireside or read out of a great big book with red and black letters, years and years afterwards. And people will say: 'Let's hear about Frodo and the Ring!' And they'll say: 'Yes, that's one of my favourite stories. Frodo was very brave, wasn't he, dad?' 'Yes, my boy, the famousest of the hobbits, and that's saying a lot.'"
 
"It's saying a lot too much," said Frodo, and he laughed..."Why, Sam," he said, "to hear you somehow makes me as merry as if the story was already written. But you've left out one of the chief characters: Samwise the stouthearted. 'I want to hear more about Sam, dad. Why didn't they put in more of his talk, dad? That's what I like, it makes me laugh. And Frodo wouldn't have got far without Sam, would he, dad?'"
 
"Now, Mr. Frodo," said Sam, "you shouldn't make fun. I was serious."
 
"So was I," said Frodo.
~ The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien ~
 
It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.
~ The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien ~
 
For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.
~ The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien ~
 
"Y'know, Razz," he said, "this is my favorite Dream weapon."
 
"Archer..." Razz said, her voice a strangled whisper.
 
"I mean, I use it all the time," Archer went on. "Seems like I should have a name for it, y'know?"
 
"Archer?"
 
"I always call it 'The Sword,' but that's just cheesy. I mean Arthur has Excalibur, Aragorn had Andúril, and Aidan had Fury. My sword should have a name. Funny how so many heroes have names that begin with A. Hey, my name begins with--"
 
"ARCHER!"
~ Search for the Shadow Key, Wayne Thomas Batson ~
 
No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.
~ The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne ~
 
"I love vibrant colors, both when they blend together in a lovely tapestry and when they clash as if in battle for chromatic supremacy in a mosaic of strife. I love music, the melodies, the harmonies, the way the rhythm commands them to march together."
~ Master and Slayers, Bryan Davis ~
 
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"Your heart is reflected by the light you shine. How great is your light when you sacrifice all you have for those who have nothing to give."
~ Third Starlighter, Bryan Davis ~
 
"Thank you, for now we shall soon be acquainted, as I am authorized to tease you on this subject whenever we meet, and nothing in the world advances intimacy as much."
~ Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen ~
 
Adventures are funny things, and they always begin with the unexpected. But the best adventures of all are the ones that never end.
~ The Door Within, Wayne Thomas Batson ~
 
Perfect love has a breath of poetry which can exalt the relations of the least-instructed human beings.
~ Silas Marner, George Eliot ~
 
“He's around the twist," said Azalea. "Breaking all the windows? He's mad."

"Ah, no," said the King. "It's only madness if you actually do it. If you want to break all the windows in the house and drown yourself in a bucket but don't actually do it, well, that's love.”
~ Entwined, Heather Dixon ~  
 
All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this. One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother. I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, "Oh, why can’t you remain like this for ever!" This was all that passed between them on the subject, but henceforth Wendy knew that she must grow up. You always know after you are two. Two is the beginning of the end.
~ Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie ~
 
If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.
~ Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne ~
 
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"It's quite exciting," said Sherlock Holmes, with a yawn.
~ A Study in Scarlet, Arthur Conan Doyle ~
 
"Once a King in Narnia, always a King in Narnia. But don't go trying to use the same route twice. Indeed, don't try to get there at all. It'll happen when you're not looking for it. And don't talk too much about it even among yourselves. And don't mention it to anyone else unless you find that they've had adventures of the same sort themselves. What's that? How will you know? Oh, you'll know all right. Odd things, they say-even their looks-will let the secret out. Keep your eyes open. Bless me, what do they teach them at these schools?"
~ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis ~
 
"I knew who I was this morning, but I've changed a few times since then."
~ Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll ~
 
"So, you see, a man can love you, but only imperfectly. It is God alone who can be God."                 
~ The Golden Braid, Melanie Dickerson ~             
 
"Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea comes the end of our fellowship in Middle-earth. Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil."                 
~ The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien ~
 
 
And so here we are...at the end of all things. This linkup was such a blast! I can hardly believe it's over now. I have to admit, this last edition was so much fun to do. I had to severely limit myself because there are about a gazillion other quotes that I could include. The struggle is real, people.
The linkup does end today, but you can certainly check out the quotes edition right HERE if you're interested.
 

But I must know. What are some of your favorite quotes? Are you, like me, completely obsessed with Narnia and Lord of the Rings quotes? (Because they apparently comprised about one third of this post. :P)

Lovely Books ~ Villains

http://traceydyck.blogspot.com/2016/02/lovely-books-villains.html
(Click on the pictures in this post to check out the links!)
Here I am. Again. (You thought you got rid of me. Mwahahaha! I have returned!) This time, I'm back with malicious thoughts...er, characters. Yes. Characters. That's what I meant.

The first edition of Tracey's Lovely Books linkup (which you have until tomorrow to join...I was a bit late to the party XD) was about covers/titles. Because admit it: we all judge a book by its cover (or title) on occasion. Those bindings have a certain amount of influence over whether or not we'll pick up that book. Then we talked about my favorite thing--couples! Seriously though, what reader doesn't have a gazillion ships? And devoting an entire post to squealing about them is just about the best thing ever.

Now, in this third edition, we get to unleash our villainous side and list all our favorite (or least favorite? I honestly don't know how to classify villains :P) evil-minded charries. *rubs hands together and cocks a lopsided grin* Let the games begin!

1.) Smaug (The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien)

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Isn't he beautiful? :O
Okay, I'm not going to lie. Smaug is pretty awesome. I mean, he's a dragon, for pete's sake! (Anyone get that reference? You know, Pete's Dragon? No? Moving on.) So that's basically all I need to tell you. Oh, and he also has great self-confidence and astounding dental care.
 
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Get a load of those pearly whites! I'd like to know how he
manages such a hefty toothbrush.
  

2.) Bartholomew Thorne (Isle of Swords, Isle of Fire by Wayne Thomas Batson)

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This guy wins every award for villainy ever. He's seriously terrifying in only the way that Wayne Thomas Batson can achieve. He has a thick, raspy voice that gets raspier (is that even word?) when he's upset...which is a lot. Oh, and he also has a handy dandy weapon called the bleeding stick. Aaaand, yeah, there's a reason it's called that. Basically, you don't want to know this dude.
 
(And because this is just as good an excuse as any to share, I just found out today about a sequel to the pirates duology. I'M JUST ECSTATIC RIGHT NOW. You can pick up the free ebook over at Mr. Batson's blog. I promise you won't regret it!)

 

3.) Devin (Dragons in Our Midst, Oracles of Fire  series by Bryan Davis)

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At this point, I feel like I'm just copying Christine and Tracey in all my answers. >.< (Apparently we all just think exactly the same. :P) But, BUT this guy totally deserves a place in the halls of villainy. As much as I despise Morgan, Devin's always maintained his position of (dis)honor in my mind. He's so doggone persistent, you know? He seriously won't go away. And he's got such a crafty, twisted mind which is perfectly acceptable if you're a villain. 

 

4.) Cythraul (The Dark Sea Annals series by Wayne Thomas Batson)

 

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That cover. O.o

 
If anyone can possibly be more terrifying than Bartholomew Thorne, it's this guy. He isn't the main villain, per se, but I've always thought him to be the more frightening of the two for some reason. He literally built a whole temple out of human bones. I kid you not. Cythraul's got some MAJOR issues. He also enjoys...ahem...experimenting on people. You'd have to read the books to know what I'm talking about, but he does some ghastly things. I won't mention anything else because spoilers. But yeah. He's creepy.

 

5.) Roger Chillingworth (The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne)

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In case his name didn't tip you off, this guy is chilling. He was once a good man, but his thirst for revenge wrought him into a completely different person...if you could even call him that. He is often compared to Satan or a devil. The manipulation and sheer evil of this man cannot be conveyed. Just...blegh. 

 

6.) Frank Churchill (Emma by Jane Austen)

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...And just like that, I lost five followers. XD
 
So I know Frank Churchill is not really a villain. In fact, the interesting thing about Emma is that there is no villain. Jane Austen leaves it open to the reader to decide. And really, no one can decide. There just isn't one. Frank is not a bad sort of guy. He just makes quite a few (very, very large) mistakes. He always kind of appalled me, but I've come to see him in a slightly better light after reading the book. All that to say, his deceit and carelessness really make him less-than-ideal.
 
Yup, I really bent the rules on that one.

 

7.) The White Witch (The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis)

 
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Oh, look! Another character that I stole from someone else's post! *casually adds the villain to the list*
 
Ahem. So this is looking frightfully similar to other people's posts. But I couldn't leave off the White Witch, now could I? Mr. Lewis certainly did a masterful job of crafting this villainess. Her cold, manipulative manner and sudden "mood swings" (you know, when she goes from being all kind and inviting to shouting at the top of her lungs) really set hers apart from your average villain. She has such a commanding presence, an almost regal air to her. She's brilliant. (And also evil, but we shan't get into that.)
 

 

8.) The Keeper (Entwined by Heather Dixon)

 
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Cover love right here.
First of all, this book is stupendous! You know how much I raved about Illusionarium? Well, I may like this book even more. I just finished it a few days ago and instantly fell in love. One of the things that really stood out to me (other than all the wit and charm and just general awesomeness) was the villain. Keeper is so...creepy. Oh my gosh, he is such a fantastic villain! You don't think of him as being a bad sort of fellow until later on. And even while he's being downright evil, he maintains such a level of suave gentility that it's almost sickening. I loathe him, yet I can't help but applaud Heather Dixon for creating such a breathtaking villain.

 

9.) Lord Paratore (The River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren)

 
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Ack, this man is so vile. And really that makes him an automatic win in the villain book. (Which is totally a thing, in case you were wondering.) It's been a long time since I've read these books so I don't remember all the details. But I do remember being positively appalled by Paratore. He needs some serious help.
 

10.) Bezeal (Dreamtreaders series by Wayne Thomas Batson)

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This guy...oh, this guy. He's a slippery swindler merchant from the Dreamscape with gleaming teeth and glowing yellow eyes. And he speaks entirely in rhymes. Literally everything he says is in rhymes--unless he's upset. That's the only way you can tell he's distressed. Oh, and he also likes chocolate. And muffins.
 
And thus ends my delightful assortment of villains! I had such fun introducing you all to my favorite baddies. The creepy, slightly conceited, and brilliant villains apparently seem to interest me most. Luckily, literature is full of 'em so I had plenty to choose from. (There also seems to be a trend of Wayne Thomas Batson villains in this post. Eheh.)
 
Much thanks to our illustrious hostess Tracey at Adventure Awaits for doing this linkup! It was such great fun! ^_^ (And she was gracious enough to tell me I could do a late post on the quotes version so I may end up doing that.)  Go check this brilliant lady out right now!
 

What are some of your favorite villains? Does my list of characters resemble yours in any way? Also,  what's your opinion on Frank Churchill? Do share!