Ruler Of The Books Tag!

I want to thank Christina for nominating me for this amazing tag! This is my first time doing it! She is awesome and if you like books you definitely need to check out her blog if you haven’t already!!

WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU MAKE EVERYONE READ?

Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austin or the Harry Potter series because you really can’t hate them!

WHAT WOULD YOU ABOLISH IN BOOK CONSTRUCTION?

Hmmm I don’t think I would want to abolish anything in particular.

WHAT AUTHOR WOULD YOU COMMISSION TO WRITE YOU ANY BOOK?

Jack Kerouac or Mark Twain- I really like their style.

WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU DEMOTE TO THE LIBRARY BASEMENT TO MAKE ROOM FOR NEW BOOK?

The Catcher In The Rye (sorry to all the people who love this book!)

WHAT COVER ARTIST WOULD YOU COMMISSION TO MAKE A MURAL?

Quentin Blake

WHAT CHARACTER’S FACE WOULD YOU PUT ON A COIN?

Mr. Darcy- to be honest I have always had a crush on him and would love to see his face on coins.

WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU AWARD THE “RULER OF BOOKS” 2016 PRIZE TO?

I don’t know most of the books I read last year were pretty old. I don’t think I’ve read stuff published in 2016. If you have any suggestions about 2016 books to read leave them below!

My Nominees Are:

Bookishendavours

Shweta Suresh

theorangutanlibrarian

James J Cudney IV

And anyone reading this consider yourself nominated!

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2016/2017 Tag!

I want to thank thepurplealmond for tagging me! I had never done tags before but thepurplealmond tagged me to two and I really enjoyed doing them both! Thank you so much and if you haven’t checked out thepurplealmond yet please do!
RULES:
1. Mention Creator of tag
Thank you to David for creating this tag!
2. Use the image in the article

3. Mention blogger(s) who have chosen you

4. Answer the questions

5. Tag 9 other bloggers & let them know
Describe your 2016 in 3 words
Interesting, heuristic, exciting
Write the name of 2 people that have characterized your 2016.
My parents- for supporting me when I wasn’t feeling my best.
Write the most beautiful place you’ve visited in 2016 and why you liked it so much.
 Ummm I don’t think I went anywhere in 2016…
Write the most delicious food you’ve tasted in 2016.
Fried spinach
Write the event which has marked you more of this in 2016?
Graduating high school
Write the finest purchase you’ve made in this 2016, and if you want to link a photo.
My phone…?
Write 3 good intentions for this 2017.
To spread positivity
To help the poor
To read more
Write 1 place you want to visit in 2017.
Europe
Write 1 plate/food you want to eat in 2017.
Anything with cheese will do…
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all of my amazing followers! You guys mean the world to me and seriously I couldn’t have got through 2016 without you! I hope 2017 is amazing and you guys all get everything you wish for! Let me know in the comments below what you hope for and expect from 2017!

My 2016 Favorites!!!

So it’s almost the end of the year and I really wanted to share some of the things I really enjoyed this year!

My 5 Favorite Books Of 2016:

  1.  The Unknown Ego– this book is about the Freudian theory of the ego and how it effects behavior. It explains from a psychodynamic approach how human behavior is effected by the by our earlier experiences in life. I would not really encourage everyone to read it but I would encourage anyone who is interested in psychology, especially the psychodynamic approach, to check this book out. I’m still barely starting to learn psychology but since I want to become a therapist I thought I should read up on it and this book was so easy to follow and simple so I also really liked it for that reason.
  2.  We The Living By Ayn Rand– This is the first book I’ve ever read by Ayn Rand and I can tell you it was really something. It takes place in Soviet Russia and even though it is a work of fiction it is quite realistic is showing what life was for the Russians after the Civil War- especially for those who did not support the Reds. I would highly recommend reading this book at least once unless you’re the kind of person who gets depressed easily by books (I’m like that too! I literally cried after reading this) in which case I would suggest you avoid it by all means.
  3.  On The Road by Jack Kerouac– I don’t even know what to say about this book. This book has changed my life in such a way that I could never be thankful enough. Kerouac has been a lifesaver for me. I wanted to read this book for quite a long time and when I finally did it turned out to be so much more than I expected. It’s about a young mans journey around the US with his incredibly amusing and often outrageous friends. This book inspired me to start working on my own book starting next year and gave me some amazing ideas. While reading this book I felt like my mind just opened up and I had this amazing epiphany. Even to people who don’t usually enjoy reading I would highly encourage reading this book. Believe me it will change your life!
  4. Othello by William Shakespeare– I was really inspired by this book too and found it a fascinating read. This is probably my favorite Shakespeare book so far and I actually read it because I had to for my English Literature for school. It is a sad description of how a mans life is ruined and turned upside down due to racism and prejudice and his wife too suffers a sad fate for her undying love for him. I would recommend this book to everyone but if you’re a fan of Shakespeare or if you don’t mind the kind of olden English used in this book you should totally check it out!
  5. Bluebeard’s Egg And Other Stories by Margret Atwood– I have been obsessed with Atwood’s work since I first read The Handmaids Tale which I also had to read for my English Literature but last year. This book is a variety of short stories which are all incredibly interesting with surprising and mostly pretty sad endings. I would highly recommend this to anyone who’s a fan of Atwood’s work or of kind of depressing short stories in general…

Honorable Mention- The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy By Douglas Adams– The only reason this book isn’t on the list is because I kind of felt like the sequels were not as amazing as the first book and in fact I am finding it kind of difficult to finish the last book. This book however (the first one) is witty, sarcastic, humorous, kind of insane and really interesting. I would highly recommend giving it a read especially since it’s quite small and you can finish it in like a day. 

My 5 Favorite TV Shows Of 2016:

  1.  30 Rock– The cast includes Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski and more. It’s hilarious, interesting, deep, sarcastic and basically one of the greatest shows I’ve ever seen!
  2.  Arrested Development– The cast includes Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Will Arnett, Portia De Rossi, David Cross and many more incredible actors! It was hilarious, outrageous, emotional, thought provoking and more. I would highly recommend watching it even though the end is kind of left hanging because it didn’t really end (it’s hard to explain just Google it!)
  3.  The Office (US)– The cast includes Steve Carrell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Mindy Kaling, B.J Novak and many more. The first word that comes to mind when remembering this show is probably outrageous. From Jim’s silly pranks and antics to his love for Pam he stole our heart. Steve Carrell may be the worst boss ever but he too will forever be remembered fondly as Michael Scott. If you’re a fan of Parks and Rec or The Office (UK) I would highly recommend this show.
  4.  Modern Family– The cast includes Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and many more incredible actors. I absolutely love this show. It’s hilarious yet enables to learn so much about both life and family. It’s ongoing and if you haven’t began catching up yet all I can say is what are you waiting for?!?
  5. Fresh Off The Boat– The cast includes Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang, Ian Chen, Forrest Wheeler, Lucille Soong and many more amazing actors. It’s funny and relatable and surprisingly emotional. I have really enjoyed so far and look forward to more episodes.

My 5 Favorite Movies Of 2016:

  1.  Rogue One- Absolutely brilliant and surprisingly sassy. Even if you haven’t watched any other Star Wars movies and even if you aren’t a huge Star Wars fan you will still love this movie.
  2.  Finding Dory- This movie just proves that Ellen DeGeneres can do no wrong. I would highly recommend you watch this movie.
  3.  Zootopia- Hilarious with an amazing moral about peace and unity. Really loved this movie.
  4.  Sausage Party- I would definitely not recommend this to everyone but if you are a fan of Seth Rogen do find some time to check it out. It’s quite funny!
  5.  Central Intelligence- Hilarious and also very interesting! Definitely check it out if you haven’t so far.

My Favorite Musicians In 2016:

I hardly ever listen to new music so all the musicians below are going to be kind of old but they are what I listened to most this year.

  1.  Janis Joplin
  2.  Bob Dylan
  3.  The Beatles
  4.  Loudon Wainwright
  5.  Seth MacFarlane- Yes you read right! I said Seth MacFarlane. If you’ve heard of him before it’s probably because of his TV shows or movies but yes he does music to. If you’ve seen anything he’s worked on before don’t be scared because his music is the exact opposite. It’s deep, meaningful, beautiful, and truly amazing. Please do check out his music if you have some time!

So those are my favorites for this year! Please let me know yours in the comments below I would love to hear from you!

Also really random question but if anyone has a good recipe with parsnips let me know because I bought some yesterday but now I kind of am not sure what to do with them because I’ve never had parsnip before and I have no idea what they taste like… Thank you!! 🙂

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Things To Do In 2016!

Since it’s going to be 2016 soon I thought that I would start it positively and try to achieve some of my goals. This year I realized even though I turned eighteen I haven’t really achieved everything I thought I would by the time I’m an adult. For 2016 I felt like I really want to try new things and have some fun before I start university. So I decided to share some things I’m planning to do this year so maybe you guys can do it too and bring positivity to your lives in the coming year.

Get a jar- I actually read about this on the internet and thought it was an amazing idea. So you get a jar (preferably large) and you decorate it however you like (there are some pretty cool ideas online) and then every time something positive happens in your life you write it down on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. This is a great way to store your memories. At the end of 2016 you open the jar and read all the great things that happened that year. This idea really appealed to me because I guess we all have times when we don’t feel very happy and going through this jar may be the perfect way to cheer yourself up. Plus, no one can remember everything that happens and when I was thinking about the things that happened in 2015 I realized I had actually forgotten some things and with this jar I won’t forget all the great things that will happen in 2016.

Get a journal- so obviously I love writing but I’m not a fan of talking and I find it very hard to express myself verbally and that’s why I have always kept a journal where I can write about things I’m going through and how I feel about them. This year will be no different. I plan on writing about everything that goes on so I can read through it at the end of the year. I know it sounds kind of cliché and corny but it’s actually great to read about your experiences and how much you have learnt and grown. Plus, you can someday pass it on to your kids or someone you care about (or publish it and make some cash!).

Make a list- make a list at the beginning of the year of all the things you hope to achieve in that year. You can write about things like what grades you want if you are in school/university or you can write about some work goals or relationship goals you hope to achieve. You can pretty much write about anything and everything you want to do that year. Then stick the list somewhere you will see it every day. I’m planning to stick mine above my bed so I can see it every morning when I wake up and every night before I sleep. This way you will always remember the things you hope to do and it will be a kind of motivation for you to do it.

Say “thank you”- this year you need to be grateful for everything and everyone you have in your life. Write a list of people who mean a lot to you and simply thank each one of them for being in your life. Tell them what they mean to you and how much you appreciate everything they have done and are doing for you. This year make sure you don’t have any regrets and live each day like it’s your last and treat everyone like they deserve. On the other hand try to cut out everyone in your life who is bringing negativity to you. You do not need people like that in your life. If there is someone who is trying to hold you back, make you feel bad about yourself, put you down- cut them out. Don’t let them hurt you anymore and don’t let them control your life anymore. A new year means a new start and trust me you can’t start afresh with people like that around.

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

So I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you will try out some of these things in 2016. Don’t forget to like, follow, share and comment about what you’re planning to do next year!