Friday, 2 February 2018

What I Watched: January 2018.

January's 'What I Watched' list has gotten more additions to it this past week than it has all month as I have been dying in bed with the flu. It's been five days and I'm still struggling to breathe through my nose and swallow without the razor blades catching. It's definitely kicked my butt and here I was gloating that I'd made Christmas without getting sick. Karma! So here's what got watched in the longest month of my life:

A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong. I adore Mischief Theatre and all the bits of their shows that I've seen. I'm still desperate to go and see them in London, but that will have to wait. A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong was on around Christmas and I considered it one of the highlights of my entire week. I've currently seen it about 4 times and laugh each time. I love them!

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. I got bored one night and this popped up on my list and as I'd only seen it once I gave it another whirl. Not as good as the first one, but it's an alright watch for a boring night in.

Fifty Shades of Grey / Fifty Shades Darker. The new one is out next week and I cannot wait to see it, so I decided to give the first two another watch. I can't help it, I actually like the movies. I don't care what anyone says!

Kingsman: Secret Service. I've found myself putting this on in the background as I clean because it's a really easy watch and I can bop along to the tunes that come on as well.

Bridget Jones Diary / Bridget Jones Diary 2. These will always be two of my favourite movies. I intended to watch the third one again after these but I've not got around to it yet. Nothing will beat the first one though.

John Tucker Must Die. A staple in all 90's girls watch list. I love this movie. Who wouldn't wanna get one over on a scumbag boy?

She's All That. Freddie Prinze Jr and Paul Walker in one movie?? Yes, please! This movie has been a firm favourite of mine for years. Rachel Leigh Cooke is such a beauty!

Anthropoid. Stepping away from teen flicks, this one is a WW2 movie based on real events. Two Czech spies plan to assassinate Hitler's third in command, Heydrich Reinhard, during the Nazi takeover. Starring Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan, this is an extremely sad story and it is so well acted that you'll sit there for 5 minutes after just thinking about it all.

Star Trek: First Contact. Alex randomly decided to put this on the other night and as I was ill I ended up falling asleep throughout it and waking up and missing some of it, but I got the gist. I'm not really a trekkie, but it was a terrible movie, I suppose.

What have you been watching lately?
Laura x 
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Saturday, 20 January 2018

My iTunes Most Played.

2018 has been the year of entertainment so for on PGR. My first post of 2018 was What I Watched, the second was a 2017 Book Round-Up and now I am doing a post about my most played songs on iTunes. It's safe to say that I'm quite happy with my blog so far this year. I've always wanted to put more books, movies, music and tv on PGR because they are the things that I'm most interested in and they are how I like to spend my time. So hopefully more of these sorts of posts will be coming this year!

top twenty tunes.

I Don't Wanna Live Forever - Zayn + Taylor Swift
Supermarket Flowers - Ed Sheeran
Rock Bottom - Hailee Steinfeld
Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
Children Of The Universe - Molly Smitten Downes
Carry On My Wayward Son - SPN 200th Episode
The Road So Far - SPN 200th Episode
I'm With You - Avril Lavigne
Not Afraid Anymore - Halsey
Try - Pink

Runaways - The Killers
Disaster - Jojo
Too Close - Alex Clare
Sharp Edges - Linkin Park
Better Than I Know Myself - Adam Lambert
The Edge - Tonight Alive
One More Night - Maroon 5
E.T. - Katy Perry
Monster - Paramore
Beast of Burden - The Rolling Stones

What songs are on your most played list? I'd love to know! I'm ALWAYS on the look out for new songs to listen to!
Laura x
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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

2017 Book Round Up.

One of my goals for last year was to read more books. As a kid, I would constantly be at the library choosing new books to read and be that one geeky kid in the class that got all excited when the scholastic library would come to their school. I adored books growing up and somehow along the way to adulthood that passion for books slipped a little. I still kept a long list of books that I wanted to read I just never got around to it and if I did I would take weeks, sometimes even months, to complete just one of them. 

So at the beginning of 2017, I set myself a challenge on Goodreads (follow me here) to read one book a month, so twelve books in total which isn't a lot to some people, but to me, that was probably a more realistic goal. So did I meet my goal? 


(Supernatural is my favourite TV show so this gif was perfect)

I made my way through 14 books, so I passed my set goal (woot!) and I am so bloody happy about it. I finally got my love of books back and I can't wait to stick my nose into some new ones this year. Speaking of, I have been a little braver and set 2018's goal at 15 books, so hopefully, I can do that. EASY.

What I Read in 2017

My Mad Fat Diary - Rae Earl ★★★★
MMFD is one of my ALL-TIME favourite TV programmes. It touched on something that is so close to me personally (Rae is literally me) I decided to give the book a read that it came from originally. The way Rae Earl narrates the book is amazing. It's not sugar-coated tween bullshit that you read nowadays where everyone is a brooding introvert, it's real. It's so real that I found myself crying thinking how damn accurate it was to me and my own self-vision. Even though I loved it, it didn't amass the amount of love I have for the show.

My Madder Fatter Diary - Rae Earl ★★★
My love for the first book made me hungry to read the follow up to it. Sadly though I didn't feel as much of a connection to the sequel as I did the first book. This one just seemed to lose the feel of the first one and I know it's based on a true diary of Rae Earl's but I feel like it could've been edited a little better and make me love the characters as much as I did in MMFD.

Life & Times of Brenda Cankles - Randi M. Sherman ★★★
At the beginning of last year, I was contacted by the author of this book offering me a pre-released version of it for a read through and review. Obviously wanting to kick my challenge off to a good start I jumped at the chance (read my review here). I loved the idea of this book, it spoke to me a lot in the sense that this character, who was a large person, didn't care what people thought about her and she did what she wanted and wore what she wanted, but I was a little taken aback by the actual story of this person and it made me confused as to how I was supposed to view this character. 

HP & The Chamber of Secrets - *The Queen* JK Rowling ★★★★
I haven't read this book in years so I decided last year that I was going to reread all the Harry Potter books and relish in that happy place that I had as a child. I didn't manage to read any other book of the series than this one, but I loved taking that trip back to Hogwarts and I'm hoping I'll get around to doing it this year instead.

Me Before You - JoJo Moyes ★★★
I didn't know about this book until I saw the trailer for the movie and was intrigued by the story of it, so I went out and found a copy of the book and spent the week reading it. I know some have a moan about this book but I truly fell in love with it. I love the characters and the story is something that I haven't read about before, so it was something new that opened my eyes to the workings of others minds.

Me After You - JoJo Moyes ★★
As the follow-on to Me Before You, I wasn't expecting a lot from this book as the two main characters were what made that book good but I was intrigued to see what become of Louisa so I gave it a read. I liked this book. I liked how JoJo kept that connection between Louisa and Will a thing even after the first book. I would've liked it to have had a better ending, but I really enjoyed it. 

Deja Dead - Kathy Reichs ★★★★
Bones has been one of my favourite TV shows for years and I collected all of Kathy's books over those years but never got around to reading them all, so I decided to give them a go and this one is by far one of my favourites of the collection. 
Death Du Jour - Kathy Reichs ★★★
Deadly Decisions - Kathy Reichs ★★★
Fatal Voyage - Kathy Reichs ★★★
Grave Secrets - Kathy Reichs ★★★
Bare Bones - Kathy Reichs ★★★

The Duff - Kody Keplinger ★★★★
I adore the movie version of this book a lot so obviously, I had to give the book a read, right? I really like the book and I really like the movie, but they're almost completely different stories. The characters are the same, but the development of their relationships and the story behind them is a lot different. I think if the movie had stuck with the book's story I would've liked it a lot more.

Lying Out Loud - Kody Keplinger ★★★
By the same writer of The Duff, this book is set in the same universe and has a couple of the same characters pop up, but this is a story in its own right. I liked this book. I found it somewhat annoying how long the story took to reach its end because there wasn't much to the middle of it except the same jargon over and over, but I thought it was an okay read.

And those, ladies and gents, are what I read in 2017. I'm already on with my 2018 goal and am currently reading Naked Heat by Richard Castle (Castle is one of my fave TV shows too)

Have you read any of these books? Or have you got a recommendation for me to add to my list?
Laura x
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Friday, 12 January 2018

What I Watched: Dec 2017 & An Update.

Happy New Year! How is 2018 treating you so far? Good, I hope. If I'm honest with you I've not done anything remarkable so far this year. The only thing I'm sorta proud of is that I've started to eat a little healthier and cut down on all the junk food I'm used to devouring during the day. I'm not sure how long this new found love of salad bowls will last but fingers crossed it's long enough to lose me some timber!

Over Christmas and the New Year, I've done a lot of thinking regarding PGR and where I want it to go. I'm completely aware that my blog is so far under par compared to the blogs that I love to read (Your Almost Alice and See The Stars for example), but I enjoy writing my blog and I like editing it and making new headers and colour schemes etc, so I've decided that I'm not just going to give up on it like I initially wanted to, I'm going to try my best to pick it up this year and get some half decent posts put up. Even if it's just once a week I want to keep PGR going. So if you're new here, hi, if you've stayed on to read my dreadful posts, I thank you and hope you stick around.

What I Watched: December 2017.

Home Alone 2. My FAVE film to watch at Christmas and pretty much any time really.
Santa Who? I really enjoyed this movie, so I've added it to my infinite Christmas watch list.
A Christmas Prince. I gave into the hype and I'm glad I did. This is such a cute little movie.
Twilight. Not seen it in a long time. I still hate it. Also, I still love it.
Star Wars, The Force Awakens. First SW movie I've seen, kinda like it. Watched in prep for...
The Last Jedi. I honestly enjoyed this and feel a tiny bit like I'm becoming an SW fan.
Elf. 'Goodbye, Mr Narwhal'.
Get Santa. This was a random movie choice from 2016, but it's not a Christmas fave.
New Moon. Favourite of the saga.
Eclipse. Meh.
Chicken Run. First time watching this and it was okay.
Breaking Dawn Part One. This was where I stopped watching the first time around.
Frozen. I adore this friggin' movie. It's amazing. 'Yeah! Why?!'
Breaking Dawn Part Two. First time watching and it wasn't too bad a round up of the saga, really.
Under The Mistletoe. This hit home a little but it was a nice little movie.
Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. CLASSIC.
Rush Hour 1 + 2. Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Together. That's all.

I think it's safe to say that December was the month where I went into hibernation. This is the longest movie list I've ever written and I've been doing these lists for around a year now! I had a nice time just relaxing and enjoying the moment though and I hope this month makes me feel the same way.

Until next time beauties,
Laura x
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