BOOK REVIEW: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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BOOK: The Ocean at the End of the Lane.
AUTHOR(S): Neil Gaiman.
SERIES: N/A.
GENRE: Fantasy. Surrealism. Magical realism.
PUBLISHER: William Morrow.
DATE READ: 02/05/2017-02/08/2017.
LENGTH: 178 pages.
VERSION: Hardcover.
PERSONAL RATING: 3/5

SUMMARY:

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse where she once lived, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.

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BOOK REVIEW: Salt to the Sea

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BOOK: Salt to the Sea.
AUTHOR(S): Ruta Sepetys.
SERIES: N/A.
GENRE: Historical fiction. Young Adult.
PUBLISHER: Philomel Books.
DATE READ: 01/28/2017-02/05/2017.
LENGTH: 389 pages.
VERSION: Hardcover.
PERSONAL RATING: 4/5

SUMMARY:

Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.

As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.

Yet not all promises can be kept.

THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. THIS REVIEW ALSO CONTAINS DISCUSSIONS OF THE HOLOCAUST. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.

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LIFE: Month in Review (January 2017)

I, unfortunately, don’t really see myself as being one of those bloggers that can do a week in review post and therefore am going to try to do month in reviews. It seems a bit more manageable, and a good way to reflect on the last 28-31 days. So here we go! First month in review post ever!

I’ll be breaking this down into specific categories, and hopefully it won’t be too unbearably boring.

Also, fair warning, the linked reviews contain spoilers.

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MOVIE REVIEW: I Hate Valentine’s Day

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MOVIE: I Hate Valentine’s Day.
DIRECTOR(S): Nia Vardalos.
WRITER(S): Nia Vardalos.
YEAR: 2009.
GENRE: Comedy. Romance.
DATE WATCHED: 01/22/2017.
WATCHED VIA: Netflix.
LENGTH: 98 minutes.
RATING: PG-13.
PERSONAL RATING: 3/5

SUMMARY:

In Manhattan, Genevieve Gernier owns a flower shop and has a personal dating rule: a limit of five dates with a man to avoid a relationship. When Greg Gatlin buys a restaurant nearby her shop, they decide to date. However, after five dates, Genevieve is not happy with her rule and does not know how to meet Greg again.

THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.

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BOOK REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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BOOK: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
AUTHOR(S): J.K. Rowling.
SERIES: Harry Potter, book six of seven.
GENRE: Fiction. Young Adult. Fantasy.
PUBLISHER: Scholastic.
DATE READ: 01/02/2017-01/19/2017.
LENGTH: 652 pages.
VERSION: Hardcover.
PERSONAL RATING: 4/5

SUMMARY:

It is the middle of the summer, but there is an unseasonal mist pressing against the windowpanes. Harry Potter is waiting nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys’ house in Privet Drive for a visit from Professor Dumbledore himself. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce one-to-one duel with Lord Voldemort, and Harry can’t quite believe that Professor Dumbledore will actually appear at the Dursleys’ of all places. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts in a few weeks’ time? Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts has already got off to an unusual start, as the worlds of Muggle and magic start to intertwine…

THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.

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LIFE: Facing the Spring 2017 Semester

This upcoming week marks the start of the spring 2017 semester. I’ve got a schedule that keeps me on campus from about 9 in the morning to about 5 at night, with no break for an actual lunch. My classes actually start at 11:00AM (I’m going early because of my brother) and I only have 15 minute breaks between classes, which means A) eating one full meal super quickly during those breaks, B) snacking throughout the day, or C) eating during one of my classes. I know for a fact that I cannot go that long without eating something, and I’d rather not eat a full lunch at 10:30 in the morning. I’m leaning towards snacking on stuff throughout the day, just because it’ll keep me fuller longer and I won’t feel the need to binge on anything.

All of this, of course, means trying to find recipes that do not require refrigeration (or at least very little, mostly in an effort to keep the weight of my backpack down), do not require reheating (since getting to a microwave in between classes will be unreliable as far as levels of ease is concerned), and are high protein/easily portable but still low in calories. Because this year I will continue losing weight. (Unlike last year when I mostly ended up gaining.)

I’ve got a collection of some recipes for things like peanut butter banana muffins and skinny buffalo chicken wraps that I’m going to try, but I’m hoping anyone that stumbles across this post might be willing to offer some other recipes/food tips for a college student that wants to eat healthily (but inexpensively).

I’ll probably blog about the recipes I try each week, assuming I stick with this for longer than this upcoming week.

MOVIE REVIEW: Sister Cities

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MOVIE: Sister Cities.
DIRECTOR(S): Sean Hanish.
WRITER(S): Colette Freedman.
YEAR: 2016.
GENRE: Drama.
DATE WATCHED: 01/07/2017.
WATCHED VIA: Netflix.
LENGTH: 86 minutes.
RATING: TV-14/PG-13.
PERSONAL RATING: 5/5

SUMMARY:

Four estranged sisters reunite after their mother’s alleged suicide. Mary Baxter (Weaver and Smart, at different ages) led an enviable life, traveling the world as a young dancer. She was blessed with four daughters from four different fathers, each as unique as the cities they are named after: Carolina (Katic), Austin (Weixler), Dallas (Trachtenberg) and Baltimore (Bellisario). After Mary’s death, her daughters reunite in their New England family home to mourn.As the local police investigate the circumstances of Mary’s death, old animosities among the sisters resurface, and a dark secret threatens to tear the family apart. Faced with a horrifying truth, the estranged sisters must choose to either turn their back on the only family they have known, or risk everything to protect one another.

THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS AND ALSO CONTAINS DISCUSSION OF SUICIDE. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Manchester by the Sea

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MOVIE: Manchester by the Sea.
DIRECTOR(S): Kenneth Lonergan.
WRITER(S): Kenneth Lonergan.
YEAR: 2016.
GENRE: Drama.
DATE WATCHED: 01/01/2017.
WATCHED VIA: AMC movie theater.
LENGTH: 137 minutes.
RATING: R.
PERSONAL RATING: 4/5

SUMMARY:

An Uncle is obliged to return home to care for his nephew after his brother dies. Unknowing he is to be the guardian and struggles with the decision. Throughout the movie he recounts past memories that caused him to leave Manchester and distancing himself from his past.

THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.

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