Monday, 22 June 2015

The Cormoran Strike Series by JK Rowling (yes, you read that right)

Hey bloggers!

I recently did The Book Challenge on Noor's blog, and it was refreshing, fun, and interesting. It was intriguing enough that my lovely friend GirlRadio decided to do it, and something very very- what's the word- oh yes- CONCERNING- caught my eye. 

When I answered the book challenge questions, I mentioned a couple times about the Cormoran Strike series by JK Rowling (alias Robert Galbraith) under what I wished would turn into a movie.

I can't believe this 


Then, as I read GirlRadio's post about The Challenge, I was immensely surprised that she- a complete potterhead and fellow Hogwarts student, fangirl extraordinaire had only just heard about the Cormoran Strike novels. Maybe it was even through me! 

AND I WAS LIKE, WHAT. 

Then it hit me. Not everyone has heard of these books yet. 

These books are so freaking amazing! They are just as good as the Potter series ever was. JK Rowling never ceases to amaze me with her talent and creativity.

She has so far released to books about Cormoran Strike under the alias Robert Galbraith. Here are the links to the descriptions:


She will be releasing a third by the end of October, and I'm so excited! 

Rowling- or Galbraith- is probably my favourite author of all time. And the Cormoran Strike novels captivated me just as much as the Harry Potters series did. They were more mature, delved deeper into Rowling's capability, and were simply OUTSTANDING. 

A bit more about the novels:

Cormoran Strike is an overweight, army veteran private detective with a severed leg. He solves cases with extreme geniosity and his secretary, Robin, the red-haired feminist. The content in these books is quite mature. In the first book, there is a lot of violence and murder that looks like suicide, with a brief mention of what you would call dirty romance. 

However, it's much cleaner than the second book, which's entire plot kind of revolves around the brutal death of a writer that likes and writes about... how do I put this... what happens in our favourite book about a certain color (hint heavy sarcasm). 

Overall rating for Cuckoo's Calling: 4.5/5
Silkworm: 5/5


THESE BOOKS ARE AMAZING. It feels like my job to pass the knowledge of them onto unknowing potterheads. I must spread the wisdom. It's my mission, my purpose in life.

These are books written by JK Rowling. 

They are delightful. 

So read them. 

-Oakstar

Friday, 19 June 2015

The Book Challenge

Hello bloggers! I've decided to do Noor's book challenge today. Here are the rules:





RULES:

Must answer all questions
Repost the picture with a link to Noor's blog
You MAY tag people if you would like, but it isn't required
Have fun!

THE QUESTIONS:

1. June/July TBR? (To be read)
Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.

2. Book (series) you would like to see as a movie?
OH MY GOD THE CORMORAN STRIKE NOVELS AHHHHHHHHHHHH. 

3. Overhyped book/author?
Um, I'm sorry, but The Fault In Our Stars. I really just did not like it. At all. The characters were cliche, Gus was an obnoxious prat, and it was cheesy, even if it WASN'T SUPPOSED TO BE.

4. The best book series you will ever read?
Harry Potter, come on!!!!!!!!!!!

5. Book to movie adaption that was really bad?
Honestly, Percy Jackson. Like, what the heck did they think they were doing? Annabeth was a freaking brunette. They looked about eighteen, and then ending was all messed up. 

6. Books that just made you cry.
I'm not very emotional when it comes to reading books, but I'd have to say Counting By 7's. 



7. Book you're reading right now? Give it a quick rating.
 Currently reading Eragon. Rich vocabulary. Intriguing. I'd say 4.6/5. 

8. A book series that you just didn't like?
Divergent. I'm sorry. I just couldn't get through the second book. I don't like the characters.  

 9. Book that you haven't read yet, but really need to?
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling). Oh my goodness, it's coming out this autumn and I am super excited!

10. Summer reading list 2k15?

Eragon
And Then There Were None
Jane Eyre
Haroun and the Sea of Stories
To Kill a Mockingbird
Watership Down
Fahrenheit 451

I won't tag anybody because I know tagging people kind of gets annoying, but please, if you want to do this, do it! it's actually quite fun!

-Oakstar

Monday, 15 June 2015

tHis drivEs mE nutS

OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG *squeals* *does a little happy dance**makes popcorn**eats it*.

You GUYS. I just PAINTED my nails MULTI-COLORED. I'm FREAKING out *jumps all over the walls*.

I have ABSOLUTELY nothing else to say. so I thought I would show a picture of my bbfl being fabu *squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee*. 
not mine XD
Lol, pizza is bae omg like srsly. 

                                                                                                                                                                   

Hey bloggers,

I thought instead of telling you what my blogging pet peeves were, I would just show a post that had almost all of them. It included:

1. Capital letters where they shouldn't be.

2. Pointless posting, good for nothing

3. Way too many of these little things **. They're cute occasionally,and I seriously have no problem with a couple in a post, but using too much just bugs me.

4. No capital letters at the start of the words in a title. THIS REALLY BUGS ME, OKAY? It's a title. You put capitals.

5. Acronyms. This is not Instagram, okay? One here or there is okay, but seriously? Enough. 

6. The spelling of seriously. It's driving me so nuts I might have to change it on my post.

7. An unreadable color. I think sometimes I might be guilty of this, but I do try to avoid it.

If you recognize yourself in this post, I'm truly sorry. I do not mean to offend anyone or make fun of them. 

Pet peeves are a personal thing, and these are mine. Please don't hate me, because I still love all the blogs I follow,even if some of my pet peeves are displayed in their blogs.

I hope you laughed at this!

-Oakstar




Sunday, 14 June 2015

Old Things

So recently, I've been thinking about old things. How they look different, smell different, feel different.

Recently, I went to Orchard House in Maine, the home of Louisa May Alcott and family, where she based her Little Women book off of, and also a home for many people who had grown up reading those books.

via Wikipedia
The whole house was super old. Creaking floorboards, musty carpets, faded engravings. But even if the engravings on the bread boards weren't so faded, it's like there was a sense of old in the house. I felt the history. In the parlor, where the girls would perform skits and plays for the family, I felt the love and the laughter they must've all shared. In the sisters' rooms,  I felt the huge amount of creativity they all had, and the joy they all felt pursuing their passions.

Most importantly, I felt the decades of history of laughter, love and friendship, just oozing from the walls of the house, and it made me feel happy, calm.

I started to wonder if this is what old things do to us. Old things meaning old places with crumbling foundations, churches, houses, museums. Also old objects, jewelry passed on for generations, old recipe books, paintings, artifacts. They let an aura that is indescribable. It's kind of happy, it's kind of sad... almost melancholy.

Why though? In a recent post of mine, I talked a little bit about spirits and reincarnation. I'm very open to anything, but is it possible that old things capture feelings, and kind of take them with them wherever they go? If a thing- or a place-  is so surrounded by a certain feeling, then it eventually will take on this certain place's atmosphere forever.

Maybe I just think too much or concentrate on little things. I don't think objects have a conscience, are alive. I just think it's possible that feelings can attach themselves to anything at all.

But think about a church, for instance. An old church. Even me, who is not an overly religious person (I'm not an atheist, but I do not have one solid religion I fit into), still feels immense calm and happiness inside a church. It's the feeling I get.

Do you ever sense certain feelings and emotions around certain places or objects? Let me know in the comments.

-Oakstar

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Why We Always Need Ice Cream In The House

Hey bloggers! After my slightly darker blog post last time, I have decided to do a really light one today about why it is important to always have ice cream in the house. Thanks to Emily from Lynde Avenue for the inspiration for this post.

1) When you get the fandom feels

Rose just left the TARDIS?  Dean got attacked by a demon? Spencer doesn't win Survivor? Tris dies? Prim dies? Augustus dies?  Cinna dies? You find out Hazel dies?  Sirius dies? Lupin dies? You read this post and start crying about all the deaths? Ice cream can help you through this.

2) When you've had a bad day

You didn't get a role in the latest school play? Had a fight with your best friend? I recommend vanilla.

3) When it's hot

What better way to cool off?

4) When people come over and you want to impress

Put some in a fancy bowl, drizzle with chocolate sauce and plop a maraschino cherry on top. Bonus points:Whipped cream.

5) When you just want it 

Because we all get cravings sometimes.


I could go on to talk about how it's good to only have things in small amounts, how it's unhealthy to have too much, blah blah blah. But to be honest, I really don't want to.

-Oakstar

Friday, 5 June 2015

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

You know those places that just make you feel alive? That touch every singe one of your senses, even ones that you can't name?

I've only felt this way four times.

1) On my grad trip in the sixth grade, the Ottawa Parliament Library. The books felt alive

2) Muir Woods in California

3) Sleepy Hollow

4) Orchard House

On our trip to Maine a few weeks ago, we stopped in Concord to visit some touristic sites. I've wanted to go ever since I read The Mother Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick. It was one of my least favourite books I've ever read, but I still was intrigued by the setting, Concord.

We went to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery first, a cemetery which houses a lot of graves of famous authors and war veterans. 
 

I took a lot of pictures there, and I'll show pictures as I write what came to my mind while walking by the graves. 

When I first walked into the cemetery, it was like the atmosphere had changed. The temperature became humid, and there was a low hum in the wind that whistled through the trees. It wasn't spooky, because I was with my family and it was the middle of the day, and I knew that if any spirits haunted the place, they were good.



The steps leading up to Author's Ridge

 I felt safe there, like nothing could hurt me. I felt calm and peaceful, like the four elements were balanced inside and outside of my body. There was a ton of greenery, shrubs, and trees. There was so much life in a place where there was a lot of... death.

I could see how much the people buried in the cemetery were respected. The most famous of the authors' graves had pencils and pens placed on the headstones. 


Louisa May Alcott's grave. She was such an amazing woman.

Life is beautiful <3 td="">


We found this in author's ridge. Rest in peace Mr. Potter.

How can a place with much death make me feel so alive? That is the question. Am I morbid?

No.

Why are we so afraid of death? We're afraid of leaving what we have here behind, never seeing loved ones again. We're afraid of going into the unknown. We don't know what will happen to us.

Religion says we will either go to heaven or hell. Atheism says that absolutely nothing will happen to us, that we will cease to exist. But neither knows for sure because no one has the proof.

So maybe, instead of thinking about death as leaving this world, it's possible to think about it as changing the way we're living in it. Grass, trees, bushes, flowers, all of them alive. All of them peaceful.

Is it possible that there's more life than death in this cemetery? Yes it is. 

Maybe death can cause life. And maybe death is not as bad as we make it out to be.





Next time I post about the trip, I'll be doing it on Orcard House, because it deserves a post of it's own. 

-Oakstar