Along for the Ride Review

I liked this book. It wasn’t one of the best books I ever read, but I liked it well enough to keep reading it. The best thing about this book was the fact that it wasn’t all about the romance. It was about how the main character, Auden, changed over time. The romance was just a part of that story of change. I also loved the way Sarah Dessen used riding a bike as an overall metaphor for the book. I like how it’s evident in her title as well. Basically, there becomes this running theme in the novel that if you fall your bike, you just have to brush off the dirt, and get right back on again. Sarah Dessen is a good writer, there’s no denying that.

It seems I liked this book more than I thought I did. Funny how that happens when you write a review. Overall, I think it’s a good summer read.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

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#projectbareall

So I was inspired by a few things lately to publish this blogpost. The first thing was Thumbelina Lillie‘s challenge for us to post a make-up free picture of ourselves. The second was Colbie Caillat’s new music video, “Try.”Now for a little bit about me and my makeup: I actually first started regularly putting on makeup September of 2013. I had applied makeup before that, but it was usually for shows or special occasions. I still don’t wear a lot of makeup (just some mascara, a little eyeliner, a few dots of concealer, and a pat of powder), but what I do wear helps me feel more confident when I step out my door. That being said, I’m not afraid of going bare faced, although I think this largely has to do with how little makeup I wear. I’ll participate in this challenge anyway, so, without further ado, here is a picture of me with no makeup, that hasn’t been edited in the slightest:

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Post a picture of yourself bare faced and leave me the link in the comments! 🙂

Wicked Book Review

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

What It’s About: The title really says it all. It’s the background of the Wicked Witch of the West and we read about everything you don’t see in The Wizard of Oz. I don’t want to give too much away, but you see that Elphaba isn’t really evil, but rather she has a set goal and is just really irritable to everyone in the process of reaching that goal.

What I Think: To start off, I loved the illustrations in this book. There’s a map in one of the first few pages which I love and each of the sections of the book have an illustration before the start of it. Here’s a picture from the map:

Okay, starting on the actual story. I like when you just get carried away by books and you really have to force yourself to put the book down. I didn’t find that in this book. It’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the story, but I had no problem setting the book down when I got up to do other things. I think this largely had to do with the fact that this book was quite philosophical. This book talks about the evils of men, dictatorship, revolution, hardship, etc, all things we see in our world today. You say, “Well Gwen, of course there’s going to be evils and hardship. Many books have that theme today.” Well, let me explain it this way: this book is the story of the Wicked Witch of the West with a heaping of philosophy and religion, which is fine, I’d just rather spend my time reading something less philosophical over summer break. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this book to someone, but I think the story under all the philosophy and religion is very interesting.

Here’s one quote that I really liked:

― Gregory Maguire, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

― Gregory Maguire, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Have you read this book? Have you seen the musical? What did you think of them? How similar are they?

Maleficent Movie Review

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I LOVED the plotline of this movie. I loved the story and how Maleficent was developed as a character. However, the acting in this movie wasn’t all that great. Angelina Jolie was amazing, of course, but everyone else? Ehhhhhh… I wasn’t all that impressed with the action scenes either and the graphics could have been a tad bit better (if you’re going to make a movie, you better hold it up to Lord of the Rings standards). Basically, this movie felt like it was all about Angelina Jolie–which is fine because she’s awesome–but they could have spent a bit more money on it. Hey, but I don’t actually know anything about movies. I just like to criticize.

On a final note, if you haven’t seen Maleficent yet, you should go see it. Like I said, I loved the plotline and the plotline is one of, if not the, most important things about a movie, in my opinion. Also, Maleficent’s makeup is amazing. Watch her face the whole movie, take notes, and then create a tutorial of how to get the look. Or you could just link me to a good makeup tutorial. Either or.

What movies have you watched lately? Anything worth seeing?

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

This recipe originally come from the blog Crazy for Crust and you can find the original recipe here.

As always, I found this recipe on Pinterest. I was hanging out with my friend at the time I saw them and she was like, “Those look so good!” I told her I would make them for her. So, enjoy! Also, my apologies for the terrible lighting in my kitchen. I’m still trying to find the best way to shoot pictures of my recipes.

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Aren’t these blueberries gorgeous?
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This last picture is of the ganache that can be put on top of the blueberry muffins. This ganache is made up of white chocolate and heavy cream. I didn’t manage to snap a picture of the muffins after they had been dipped in ganache, but the recipe website has some nice pictures. 🙂

A few things about these blueberry muffins… First of all, they’re really thick, which makes them really filling, but personally, is not a texture that I particularly enjoy. However, the taste is delicious and there is an option at the bottom of the recipe to make your muffins less thick. Also, the ganache is magical and transforms itself into a lemon glaze when you put it on top of your muffin (not really, but that’s what it tastes like).

What have you been baking lately?

Favorite YouTuber Moment

So I was catching up on some old YouTube videos the other day and while watching Zoella’s May Favourites video, this happened. Sorry if the formatting is really messed up, I tried to do this as best I could. Also, since my blog doesn’t seem to be letting me put things at the bottom of the post I’ll ask you here: What are some of your favorite YouTuber moments? Also, here is where I got these lovely gifs. 🙂