maandag 23 januari 2012

Small book update

I really have to read a bit more. I have 16 unread books on my bookshelves and there are 3 more on it's way, so that is 19 books! Well at least I cannot complain that I don't have anything to read!

The last two books I've read are Dracula by Bram Stoker and War Horse by Michael Morpurgo.

I have read Dracula a long time ago and I decided to read it again, in English this time. I really like the journal style and the characters. I love the story, best vampire story ever but what I dislike is that the characters befriend each other so annoyingly quick. In a matter of minutes they become best friends and they will give their life for one another and it is really hard to comprehend that. And more than once it annoyed me. Another thing that I hated was that the men looked at the women as weak and easily scared. I know it's an old story, but still.

I absolutely loved War Horse. It is a very good book. Some of the characters are a bit shallow and the way the horses think is just terrible wrong, but well, old story and I think it will be very hard to write a story from a horse's point of view if you make the horse think like horses actually think. What I enjoyed the most about the books is that you see the war through the eyes of a horse. It's a really entertaining and relaxing story, but there are some emotional moments in it. The funniest thing is that Joey, the horse who tells the story, looks almost exactly as my horse!

Right now I am reading A Clash of Kings, the second book of George R.R. Martins Song of Ice and Fire series. I am really enjoying it book and I'm really curious how it is going to end. 

maandag 16 januari 2012

Shuffle please!

I was bored and saw the game Saskia did, and decided to do it as well. The first 100 songs shuffled by Itunes. I bolted the songs I like a lot. 100 songs out of 1712. 

  1. I Am a Cider Drinker – Alestorm
  2. No Dream can Heal a Broken Heart - Sonata Arctica
  3. The Carpenter – Nightwish
  4. Good Enough – Evanescence
  5. Death of a Dream: The Embrace that Smothers pt 7 – Epica
  6. This Town - Ministry of Magic
  7. Evenfall – Tristania
  8. Rest Calm – Nightwish
  9. When the Lights Are Down – Kamelot
  10. Turn the Page – Blind Guardian
  11. The Unforgiven – Apocalyptica
  12. Boundaries are Open – After Forever
  13. Tragic Kingdom – Cradle of Filth
  14. Dying Within – Diablo Blvd
  15. Harry Freaking Potter – Steam Starkid (A Very Potter Sequel)
  16. The Gate – Tristania
  17. The Wayfarer – Nightwish
  18. End Credits – Hans Zimmer ( Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tide)
  19. Stargazers – Nightwish
  20. Dreams and Dust – Forever Slave
  21. Willow – Emilie Autumn
  22. Kiss it Goodbye – Nickelback
  23. A I Lie Here Bleeding – Everygrey
  24. Tonight in Flames – Cradle of Filth
  25. Somehow Precious – Stratovarius
  26. Closed Eyes – Evergrey
  27. Lumos! (Hedwig's Theme) – John Williams (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
  28. Last Man Standing – Hammerfall
  29. Para-Noir – Marilyn Manson
  30. The Sunk'n Norwegian – Alestorm
  31. Misty Fields – Korpiklaani
  32. Aunt's Marge's Waltz - John Williams (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
  33. L490 – 30 Seconds to Mars
  34. Immortal – The Rasmus
  35. Punagra – Faun
  36. Veteran of Psychic Wars – Tarot
  37. Oblivion – 30 Seconds to Mars
  38. Sacrament of the Wilderness - Nightwish
  39. In Perfect Harmony – Within Temptation
  40. Ressurection – Apocalyptica
  41. A Return to the Sea – Nightwish
  42. Lose Control – Evanescence
  43. Palm Tree Escape - Hans Zimmer ( Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tide)
  44. Carián's Well – Tarja
  45. Nordic Feast – Korpiklaani
  46. Goodbye Lover – MyLucina
  47. The Last Amazing Grays – Sonata Arctica
  48. I Kissed a Girl – Katy Perry
  49. Hall of the Mountain King – Apocalyptica
  50. Intro (The Silent Force) – Within Temptation
  51. Harry & Hermione – Nicholas Hopper (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
  52. Solitair – Kamelot
  53. Pray! - Apocalyptica
  54. Fail – Everygrey
  55. Fools of Damnation : The Embrace that Smothers pt 9 – Epica
  56. 1.000.000 Lighyears – Amaranthe
  57. Skogens Lengsel – Midnattsol
  58. When The River Calls – Evergrey
  59. Serpent's Kiss – Symphony X
  60. Our Farewell – Within Temptation
  61. There She Goes – Zornik
  62. The Flood – Sieben
  63. Somewhere Around Nothing – Apocalyptica
  64. Scared of Yourself (accoutic) – Zornik
  65. The Cross – Within Temptation
  66. Disbelief – Sengir
  67. Path of Tears – Blizzard Entertainment (World of Warcaft: Wrath of the Lich King)
  68. Vulture – Tristania
  69. Night of the Hunter – 30 Seconds to Mars
  70. Get Whatever You Want – Zornik
  71. Marauders map – Ministry of Magic
  72. Harry Surrenders – Alexandre Desplat (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt 2)
  73. Lagoon – Nigthwish
  74. The Last Enemy – Arch Enemy
  75. Hogwarts Hymn – Patric Doyle (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
  76. Deva – Faun
  77. For the Sake of Revenge – Sonata Arctica
  78. Liar – Emilie Autumn
  79. Nothren Lights – Midnattsol
  80. Old Souls – Hans Zimmer (Inception)
  81. Computer God – Pain
  82. Your Forgiveness – The Rasmus
  83. Last Ride of the Day – Nightwish
  84. It's the Fear – Within Temptation
  85. Sleepwalker – Nightwish
  86. Unlaced – Emilie Autumn
  87. Isis – Faun
  88. Midwintertears – Tristania
  89. The Hero – Ministry of Magic
  90. Endless Reign – Diablo Blvd
  91. In Noctem - Nicholas Hopper (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) Love it so much! Best song ever :D
  92. Life Burns – Apocalyptica ft. Lauri Ylönen
  93. On the Coldest Winter Night – Kamelot
  94. Wishmaster – Nightwish
  95. My Mind's Eye – Sirenia
  96. The Human Stain – Kamelot
  97. A Drop in the Ocean – Stratovarius
  98. This Pain – Lacuna Coil
  99. R-Evolve – 30 Seconds to Mars
  100. Night after Night (Out of the Shadows) – The Rasmus 

dinsdag 3 januari 2012

A new year, a fresh start: resolutions.

Since last year was a terrible year for me, I decided to pick some resolutions so I have something to work on. I know I wont be able to fill them all in and I have to pick some and skip other for later.I really need this so I have something to focus on! I should print this and paste it on my wall above my desk!  Now, onwards then.

  • Get a job
  • Spend less time being bored and spend more time doing stuff
  • read at least 25 books
  • explore different genres of books/movies/games/series
  • Get rid of my insecurities
  • Get a drivers licence
  • Buy a second hand car
  • Rent a house/ flat with my BF
  • Buy a second horse
  • Lose some weight (get one size smaller at least!)
  • Worry less
  • Be more optimistic
  • Finish my Harry Potter fanfic
  • Continue writing and expanding my idea for an original story
  • Do more stuff with friends
  • Pick up photography again
  • Go to London for a (mid)week and visit the Harry Potter sets
  • Keep my room clean
  • Help my parents more in house
  • Think less, do more and dare to be reckless
  • Buy a computer so I don't have to use this shitty laptop any more (and I'll be loads happier)
  • Take better care of myself
  • Work hard to make one of my dreams come true

The material girls in me.

Sometimes I wonder if there are things I can't live without, and I am talking material items, not persons or animals, and I realized that it is a very difficult question. I am used to so much luxury that it is hard to image living without it.

As and example, my computer and internet are part of my daily life. I almost use it daily and it's one of my most use relaxation and time passing method. It is really scary to consider how much time I have spent in front of a computer screen. What will I do if someone just takes it away from me? Well I think I will be utterly bored and get irritated. I know I could live without a computer if needed, but I prefer not to. I love gaming too much and it is a great way to keep in contact with my friends and to meet knew people from all around the world.

Next up, books. I will go crazy if I can't read any books, or am allowed to own books. I love reading so much. Books can take me away from this cruel world and let me experience things I never thought possible. It's also a great source of gaining more knowledge and to extend your vocabulary. Sometimes I think I love books more then anything else in the world. Seems a bit silly, no?

The last one I can think of is my Ipod (or my phone or another mp3 player). Music is such a splendid therapy. If I feel really bad and listen to the right music, it can cheer my up. I just love to lie in bed and listen to music, just enjoying it. Waiting is a lot more bearable when you are listening to music. Time just seems to pass faster when you are trying to decipher the meaning of those lyrics or while screaming as loud as you can with the song (mentally, or vocally). I always get into a bad mood when I have to take the bus or go for a walk and the battery of my Ipod is dead. So yes, my Ipod is pretty important to me.

Besides the basic needs of life (food, clothes, house, …) I cannot thing of any other luxury item that I will miss terribly when it is going to be taken away from me for some silly reason. It's not a lot, but still more then enough. If we ever need to abandon everything to shelter from some disaster, I will take those three things with me, thought I will probably not be able to save all the books I own.

So what of you guys? Is there something material you don't want to miss, whatever happens?