Top 10 DVDs – Part One

A few weeks ago, I shared a list of my favourite books with you, so this week I thought I would share a list of my favourite movies. As you will see, a few of the movies included in this list, were also mentioned in my top 10 books post but I thought I would still talk about them here, because I feel that they were almost perfect portayals of the books and this is something that I love the most about them. This list is in no particular order, as I found it quite difficult to pick a number one favourite. I have divided this list in to two seperate blog posts as it ended up being extremely long, so watch this space for part two 🙂 Let’s get started!

Divergent Series

In my collection, I currently only own the first 2 movies from this series; Divergent and Insurgent. However, I did go and watch the third movie; Allegiant, a few months ago when it was in the theatre. I absolutely love this movie series, the action-packed scenes and the growing romance between Tris and Four are definitely the highlights for me. The first movie would have to be my favourite of the three, as I really enjoyed the unfolding story of Tris transitioning from the quiet, selfless life of Abnegation to the loud, courageous life of Dauntless. I found the storyline was very engaging and liked that it followed the order of the book perfectly.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the second movie as it also followed the order of the book and really displayed the development of Tris as a character and her growing bond with Four. However, as it was sequel and followed a similar to story to the first movie, I did find that in some sections, I started to get a bit bored. When I heard that they were releasing a third movie, I was beyond excited to see where the story would lead. As I had loved the first two movies in this series, I walked into the theatre expecting amazing things from the third installment and sadly, was met with nothing but confusion and disappointment.

I hadn’t quite had time to read the third book before the film was released but I thought that it would be okay, and I would understand it anyway, as the first two flowed perfectly with the corresponding books. But unfortunately, not a single thing made sense to me and I watched the whole thing with a look of confusion. I am about halfway through the Allegiant book at the moment but I’ve found that the movie didn’t really follow the book at all. I feel that because of all the changes that were made, the storyline got tangled and lost. I have heard that they are releasing a fourth installment to recover from the flop of Allegiant, so I am hoping that this one will be easier to follow.

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Hunger Games Series

As with my Divergent series collection, I currently do not own the last DVD for The Hunger Games but I did go to see it while it was in the theatre, so I am able to give my opinion on this one also. The first Hunger Games movie was released in 2012, however, I did not jump on the bandwagon and had refused to watch it up until 2015. I’m not entirely sure why I didn’t want to watch it, I just had it in my head that I was going to hate it and didn’t see the point in watching something I knew I wouldn’t like…and boy, was I wrong.

I bought the first 2 movies; The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, when I saw them on sale one day, and decided ‘why not?’ I sat down that night, and watched the first one with a little hesitation, but about 15 minutes into it, I was completely hooked. I ended up watching the second one that same night, and bought the third one; MockingJay Part One, the following week as I found they were such an amazing series. I loved the action-packed scenes as Katniss fights to live and the relationships between Katniss and Prim, Gale and Peeta. Although, I found a few scenes a little hard to watch due to the blood, strange creatures and dead bodies, I thoroughly enjoyed all three of these movies.

I was so excited to see the final installment of this series, and was expecting big things from MockingJay Part Two. As I was watching it, I found that I was really enjoying the storyline of the final movie, it was more action-packed than any of the first 3 but it was also more grusome. This film was also so much more emotional than its predecessors due to deaths of so many of my favourite characters, tears were definitely shed while watching this movie. I am so happy that this series ended with another great movie and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys movies that are action-packed.

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Letters To Juliet

This film is definitely one of my top three, as it is such a feel good movie and I love movies that contain alot of romance. Letters to Juliet is mostly set in the beautiful countryside of Italy, it is always sunny and warm and always makes me want to visit Italy. This movie follows the story of Sophie, a writer from New York who is on her pre-honeymoon with her fiancee Victor. She finds a letter in the wall of Juliets House that was written 50 years earlier and replies to it, sparking the beginning of a quest to find a man called Lorenzo for Clair, the woman who wrote the letter.

I love this movie as it takes you all over the beautiful towns of Italy in a quest to find true love and I really enjoyed the romance forming between Sophie and Charlie. Another thing I really liked about this film, is that fact that it stars Vanessa Redgrave as Clair, and as someone who grew up watching The Wind In The Willows, it’s so lovely to put a face to the voice and she really is perfect for the role. Amanda Seyfried has always been one of my favourite actresses and I feel like she is perfect for the bright and bubbly, lovestruck Sophie.

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Safe Haven

Another one of my absolute favourite movies is Safe Haven, I think I probably watch this movie almost once a month because I love it so much. I bought this DVD sometime last year immediately after I had read the book, as I loved it so much and was delighted to see that it had Julianne Hough as a lead role as she is definitely one of my favourite actresses. Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel are perfect in their roles for Katie and Alex and they really make the chemistry seem real.

This movie follows the story of Katie as she escapes an abusive relationship and begins to make a new life for herself in the small beachside town of South Port in North Carolina. She meets Alex on her first day in South Port, when the bus she is travelling on makes a brief petrol stop, but Katie hops off as she feels that this is the perfect place for her to settle down. She begins working at Ivan’s Fish Shack and finds a cottage to rent in an isolated area of the town, where she meets a surprising neighbour called Jo. Although there are quite a few ups and downs in the budding romance between Katie and Alex, I really enjoy the scenes that they share, especially when they are having fun with Alex’s kids, Josh and Lexi.

I found that this movie really followed the storyline of the book and only made a few subtle changes that although were a bit strange to start with, really improved the story and helped to slightly set it apart from the book.

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Paper Towns

This movie is relatively new to my collection, but I knew that I would definitely be buying it after I found out that a movie was in the works. I think that Paper Towns is possibly my favourite book by John Green, so it was a no-brainer that I was going to love the movie, as I had already read and seen The Fault In Our Stars so I knew to expect incredible things. Cara Delevingne is perfect for the role of Margo and although she had to put on an American accent for the film, you would never know that it was not her natural accent.

The chemistry between Margo and Quentin (Nat Wolff) is incredible, which I think is due to the fact that they have known each other since they were kids, and although they grew apart as they got older, the one night that they reunite is like they never stopped being friends. This movie follows the story of a night of chaos between Margo and Q, that includes fish, blue spray paint and the top of the Sun Trust Building. This is the best night of Q’s life and he believes that maybe things are starting to looking up for him until the following day when Margo disappears, which sparks a lengthy quest for clues and hints as to where Margo is.

As the film develops and Q begins to dicepher the clues Margo left for him, he plans a roadtrip with his best friends Ben and Radar along with Lacey and Angela which turns out to be the perfect way to end their senior year. I was not disappointed in the slightest with how this movie turned out and I almost wish that there was a sequel, just so I can enjoy watching the chemistry between all the characters again, unfolding to create the best year of their lives.

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Have you seen any of these movies? Are any of them your favourites? 🙂

Knitted Infinity Scarf

As you know, I have many different things I enjoy doing during my free time. Another of my many hobbies is knitting. I love the idea that just a few balls of wool can create an amazing item of clothing. A few of my favourites include jumpers, hoodies and my absolute favourite are infinity scarves. I found a pattern for this feather and fan lace style scarf when I was in Spotlight and found a ball of the most amazing maroon coloured wool. I have received so many compliments on the finished scarfs and have even had a few requests to make some for other people.

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So I thought it was about time to write a blog post to let you know that I have decided to start selling my scarves online. I am currently finding a good website to sell my scarves on, so for now they can be ordered by sending me at email at ladydaisyblog@outlook.com. At the moment they are only available for pre-order, so there will be about a 2-3 week wait (per scarf) as this allows me enough time to make the infinity scarf and get it in the post for you. It also allows time for you to choose the colour you would like your scarf to be 🙂 colours subject to availability.

Currently, they are only available for pre-order in New Zealand, but if you are from another country and would like one, please email me at the above email address to arrange this. I am able to ship the infinity scarves to most countries but please bare in mind that shipping costs will vary depending on where you would like it sent to. The price of the scarf will also vary based on which kind of wool you choose but this will be discussed by email before the scarf is created 🙂

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If you would like to purchase an infinity scarf, please use your name in the subject line of the email and a brief message stating how you would like to pay (cash, bank deposit or through paypal), which colour you would like and your postal address. I will reply to you within 2-3 business days to let you know the total cost and any payment information that you may require 🙂 payment must be received before the scarf is created.

If you purchase a scarf I would love to see some photos of you wearing it so please check out my links page to see where you can find me and tag me in your photos 🙂

Chocolate Chip Cookies

During Winter there is nothing more cosy than cuddling up in a warm blanket with a good movie and a plate of freshly baked cookies. One of my favourite cookies to make during Winter is chocolate chip. I love that there are so many different recipies and flavours of chocolate chip cookies but the classic ones are definitely my favourite. You can find the original recipe for these cookies here. Let’s get started!

You Will Need:

  • 200g butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2tsp vanilla essence
  • 3 cups flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

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What To Do:

1. Melt the butter and place in a large mixing bowl. Add both sugars and beat until light and fluffy.IMG_20160614_143235

2. Add in the eggs and vanilla essence and mix well. Gradually add in the dry ingredients and mix until smooth.

3.Roll into medium sized balls and place on a well greased tray. Flatten slightly with a fork.

4. Bake at 180 degrees celcius for 8-10 minutes.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and would love to know if you try them out! 🙂

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Top 10 Books

There are quite a few things that I enjoy doing during my free time and one of my favourite pastimes is reading. I enjoy reading a range of books, from horror to ones that make you feel happy and even ones that make you feel a little sad. As long as there’s a good story line, I’m bound to enjoy it! So I decided it would be a great idea to compile a list of my top 10 books to share with you 🙂 I have included the blurbs to each book, to give you an idea as to what they’re about. Let’s get started!

1. Girl Online + Girl Online: On Tour – Zoe Sugg

Girl Online

Penny has a secret

Under the alias Girl Online, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, her crazy family and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets Noah: a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment on her blog.

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.

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Girl Online: On Tour

Penny’s bags are packed

When Noah invites Penny on his European music tour, she can’t wait to spend time with her rock-god-tastic boyfriend. But, between Noah’s jam-packed schedule, less-than-welcoming bandmates and threatening messages from jealous fans, Penny wonders whether she’s really cut out for life on tour. She can’t help but miss her family, her best friend Elliot… and her blog, Girl Online.

Can Penny learn to balance life and love on the road, or will she lose everything in pursuit of the perfect summer?

2. Divergent Series – Veronica Roth

Divergent

In the world of Divergent, society is divided into five factions – Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity and Erudite. Every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice Prior, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is. Her choice shocks everyone, including herself.

During the initiation that follows, Tris and her fellow initiates undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them, Tris must determine who her friends really are – and whether she can trust the man who both threatens and protects her.

Because Tris has a deadly secret. And as growing conflict threatens to unravel their seemingly perfect society, this secret might save those she loves… or it might destroy her.

Insurgent

I have done bad things. I can’t take them back, and they are part of who I am.

Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future.

Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be stronger than ever… because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.

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Allegiant 

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature – and of herself – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

Four

Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.

Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future—and the future of the entire faction system.

Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.

3. Love, Tanya – Tanya Burr

Hi everyone and welcome to Love, Tanya! This book is really close to my heart, because it’s inspired by my journey to becoming confident and feeling happy about who I am. I wanted to write a book to share the things I’ve learnt with you – to reveal my top tips on fashion, beauty, love, friendship, YouTube… and loads more! Plus, there is room for you to list your own hopes and dreams alongside mine – so get creative and get involved! I’d love it if this book became a keepsake you can turn to whenever you need some guidance or a little pick me up. I hope you enjoy it!

Love,
Tanya

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4. All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

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5. Paper Towns – John Green

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…

6. The Fault In Our Stars – John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten..

7. Looking For Alaska – John Green

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

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8. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

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9. Life With A Sprinkle Of Glitter – Louise Pentland

THIS IS MY FIRST EVER OFFICIAL BOOK! Aloha Sprinklerinos! Imagine you are in one of those glorious vintage shops where every surface is laden with treasure. Cut glass, pill boxes, old cameras, pendants, chests of drawers and stacks and stacks of books. This book is like that. Each chapter is one of those gem encrusted tins that you can open, peep inside and enjoy. You can either methodically wander the entire shop, looking at each individual item in order, or, you can dance around with wild abandon, opening and closing whatever you like, whenever you like. You can take in tiny bits of it at a time or you can devour it all in one go. I don’t mind. I don’t mind how you go about it; all that matters to me is that you take something from it. Divided into four sections: Glitz, Create, Need to Knows and All About Love, you’ll find all my little tips and tricks, stories and insights and nuggets of advice. I want you to walk away from this book feeling uplifted. I want you to feel as though you are equipped to deal with something in your life and deal with it in the best possible, positive way. I want to show you how I find so much joy and enrichment in my life and how you can do it too, with just a Sprinkle of Glitter…Toodlepip! Xxx

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10. The Pointless Book & The Pointless Book 2 – Alfie Deyes

The Pointless Book

Brought to you by YouTube Vlogger Alfie Deyes, The Pointless Book, accompanied by the free downloadable app, is the ultimate addition to his YouTube channel a weird & funny video-diary of fun, challenges and nothingness: bake a cake in a mug; take part in a people-watching challenge; create a time capsule; diarise a week of your life and learn to make origami. Fully illustrated and packed with a host of games, activities and pranks, Alfie invites you to join his online following as he challenges you to complete your journal of pointlessness and do virtually nothing with pride.

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The Pointless Book 2

Alfie Deyes is back with another instalment of his unique brand of nothingness. Bigger, better and even more pointless,The Pointless Book 2 is once again full of hilarious challenges and crazy activities, and the ultimate accessory to Alfie’s wonderful PointlessBlog. With all the humour and quirkiness of Alfie’s celebrated YouTube site, Pointless Book 2 is packed with a host of games, activities, dares, pranks and jokes – and, of course, an exclusive digital app to take you closer to Alfie and the PointlessBlog. Fully illustrated and endlessly entertaining, Alfie invites you back to his Pointless party and to once again do virtually nothing with pride!

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Have you read of these books? Are any of them in your top 10? I’d love to know! 🙂