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So my mother decided at the last minute to give me a Christmas since I'm still living at home (I should have suspected judging by how many times she went to booksamillion). And I finally got to open my presents today!

I've been wanting Funko Pops for ages but haven't yet bought into the craze. Well, my mother sought to remedy that (probably after I reminded her that my obsession with Suicide Squad was not temporary). Imagine my amazement to receive both Harley Quinn (one of my favorite all-time characters), and my own little Eva Green!

Behold: Harley Quinn (Suicide Squad edition) and Miss Peregrine (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children):

I also received a Suicide Squad bookmark, a Christmas Snoopy mug with a Woodstock plushie, and a pack of my favorite G2 pens in lovely colors.

And, per request, two brand new books that made my favorite series (Richelle Mead's Bloodlines) collection finally complete!:

And with my leftover Amazon gift card credit, I finally ordered those two End of Green cds I've been wanting so damn badly (both of them brand new and one of them a box set!)     High Hopes in Low Places

Awesome Christmas for me overall! Hope everyone else's was likewise.
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Charlie Countryman was pretty damn good, but I wish it had been longer and I think I wanted to like it more than I actually did. Except... Evan Rachel Woods was gorgeous (especially with accent), seeing a homicidal Mads Mikkelsen was a real treat, and Shia Labeouf is a fantastic actor (so much fucking emotion). 

Came home late one night and popped in Insurgent to re-watch. I saw it in IMAX in the theater and adored it then, and was pleasantly surprised that I loved it just as much on a second watch and on a second screen. Theo James is adorable as Four and Shailene Woodley is incredible as Tris (god, can she act). Plus TrisFour is just perfection. Still have to read the books....

Creed, the latest Rocky installment (and I am totally calling it that), was really good. I've never seen Stallone in anything I haven't loved, so I knew it would be, but he had so many scenes and I liked the other actors too, so of course I had to watch it again. 

Season 2 of The Middle was just as good and as funny as the first. Seriously, I have no idea how that show does it. I've been looking for a good comedy show for years and have tried plenty and have never found one even remotely as good as this one. 

Halfway through Season 2 of Z Nation and it's just as good as the first. To be honest, I like this series as much as I like The Walking Dead. I feel it's just as original and adds a certain lightness and humor that The Walking Dead doesn't have, while also adding in serious and heartbreaking scenes just as well as The Walking Dead. 

As far as books go, last month I read Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie for my Gilded Age class and adored it. Not only superbly well-written, but also almost a history book as it talks about the time period. One of the best books I have ever read. Frank Holt's Into the Land of Bones, a requirement for my Age of Alexander course, was also fantastic: easy to get through and interesting and Holt also making me want to attack his references and read more about Seleucid history especially. I'm currently reading Sinclair Lewis' It Can't Happen Here for my Fascism class and I hate it. Half of it is incredibly dull and the other half I can't even understand. I'm pretty picky on books in general, less so on Classics, and this book is gonna be hell to get through. 

And I finally read and just finished Richelle Mead's The Ruby Circle, and I swear to god that book was written for me. For those of you who aren't familiar with Richelle Mead's young adult books (her adult books are forced and terrible, okay, sorry), Vampire Academy is the first series and Bloodlines the second and a spin-off of Vampire Academy, with some major and some minor characters and even some new characters. Richelle Mead created this fully fleshed out and kick-ass world where half-vampire, half-human Dhampirs protect royal vampires, Moroi, from the evil Strigoi, or the evil vampires. If this doesn't sound awesome enough, she also creates the Alchemists, a religious organization that hides the vampire world from humans and work with the Moroi to do this (even though they claim all vampires are evil).

SPOILERS: These two series have EVERYTHING: resurrection, chases, vacations to Russia, wielding magic to heal and/or damage, murder, friendship, kidnapping, heart-melting romance and SO much more. The Ruby Circle, unfortunately, is the last book of the Bloodlines series. While VA started out as my favorite series (Romitri and Rose & Lissa), Bloodlines became my favorite by The Fiery Heart, primarily because of Adrian/Sydney. Sydney is a lot like me, especially with her obsession with ancient history, and Adrian/Sydney quickly became my favorite couple. Not only that but SPOILERS! by the end of the series they finally finally FINALLY get their happy ending and live in Northern Maine (so totally my dream state). See what I mean? Book totally written for me. They could have moved anywhere but they chose MAINE. Not only that, but it was totally my dream for Eddie to stay with them and I was completely expecting this not to come true and IT DID. Still crying over that ending, sobbing actually. 

Here's some music to brighten your day. 

Absolutely gorgeous instrumental piece. 

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So this month has been a pretty eventful one for discovering music and I have to put it here so I can go back to it later: 

New Finds: 

Tori Amos' Raspberry Swirl: what a fun song. Three other amazing songs are: Blood Roses, Liquid Diamonds and Siren (the latter from the Great Expectations soundtrack). 

Katatonia's Dissolving Bonds and Displaced, both b-sides to their kick-ass and haunting album The Great Cold Distance. This album (with several others) helped me getting through time alone and away from home, especially Soil's Song and Increase. Into the White is another I keep going back to. 

Straylight Run - Hands in the Sky (Big Shot) - found this awesome song while watching Season 2 of Sons of Anarchy. One of the best scenes ever in that show and a song I've been putting on loop since then. 

Meg Myers is pretty talented and I especially adore her singles Desire and Sorry

Metric's Sick Muse is so unique, especially the dubstep version. Of course, I still obsess over Help I'm Alive

Signs of Betrayal's Addiction I am far too obsessed with. Seriously, still on repeat. 

Dishwalla's Angels or Devils sounds so familiar, yet also haunting and gorgeous. 

Songs I Found Again: 

Smile Empty Soul's False Alarm: so poetic. They also do an amazing song on The Punished called Finding Myself

And the absolute gorgeousness that is Submersed's Hollow (the way this guy sings... gah). Submersed also does an awesome song called Complicated on The Punisher soundtrack. 

Still obsessed with after endless weeks: 

Autumnblaze's New Ghosts in Town (no adequate words for this song from this German band). Every Sun is Fragile is also frighteningly beautiful. 

Stabbing Westward's album Darkest Days. Song highlights being: Everything I Touch, You Complete Me, Sometimes It Hurts and Desperate Now (Desperate Now!) 

Revis (REVIS! Revis, okay?) Okay, some highlights, even though all their songs are highlights: Living Rooms, Caught in the Rain, Your Wall, Spin, Save Our Souls and From That Point On. 

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So I'm getting really into Ill Nino. I stumbled on their song With You a year or two ago, but for some reason didn't go further than that. 

Two awesome videos: 

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Music = orgasm. Of course, I mean metal music. 

Nick Holmes - Paradise Lost (I Remain, Hallowed Land, Mystify, Prelude to Descent, Mouth, Perfect Mask)
Chino Moreno - Deftones (Change, My Own Summer, Be Quiet and Drive, Tempest, Leathers, Rosemary, You've Seen the Butcher)
Autumnblaze (New Ghosts in Town)
Revis (Spin, Living Rooms)
Ill Nino (Unreal)

Will be adding to this :)
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So I have to make this post because I've been depressed and today was the best day I have had in years

First, I go to Goodwill Bookstore and find the last 2 Maximum Ride books I need (fucking love this series) and the complete series of The OC (4 separate seasons). Not only have I been trying to find this series for months now, but getting the whole freaking series for $20 at $5 a piece? Too damn good to be true. It's also a great sign too because this series really cheers me up, so the fact that I found it in its entirety means something. 

Then, I go to Dunkin Donuts to get my breakfast and lunch since I have classes back to back, and they're so friendly and I give them my coupon and something gets messed up and they're still so friendly... and they forget to charge me. Seriously, walked out with $7 worth of free food and coffee. 

Next I get to class and we're doing a group project and I get to talk with this girl who I like and who is actually super down to earth and nice. 

When I get to my next class I'm surprised how quickly the day is going, and my last class of the day this guy who I've kinda been crushing on asks me out. Seriously. And then we walk to the parking lot together and he takes my hand and kisses the top of it like a total gentleman and then gives me this huge bear hug ('cause that's what he's like... a big cuddly bear). Totally my day. 

And then I get home and my mom is super supportive (which she rarely is because she's overprotective and possessive), and she's like 'oh yeah, you can have the car all weekend' (which never happens w/o her throwing a bitch fit). 

And now Taproot's 'Shine' shows up in my head and songs always reflect my mood, not to mention usually try to tell me something too. And this is such a happy, positive, love-filled song for me. And one of my favorite bands, so very familiar :)

I feel like the universe is finally working for me :D

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Homework most of the day, but I did get to start reading Tempestuous, the third book in Lesley Livingston's YA faerie series. I always have to read books out of order, but this is the first series in a long while I've been able to read in order and all in the same year too... what a victory. 

Tomorrow I'll finish up homework and re-watch Buffy again and read more. Fuck writing right now, it's just too frustrating. 

Also... more Tori Amos. Video not mine. 

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Kinda in a down-slide again: not much sleep, depression, chewing gums, dry skin, hungry all the damn time, headaches, acne, no motivation or ambition, spacing out a lot. My school work never suffers much, just everything else. 

God, it doesn't help at all to point it out but I need to start remembering how I'm feeling so I figure it all the fuck out. 

Tori Amos is just the thing
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Going to bed because my wrists are hurting from typing. 

Tomorrow is assigned reading and Wednesday is school all day and Thursday is hopefully Debriel writing if I can get my head out of Ames/Alec for one goddamn second. They are wrecking me. 

But, on an ending note, this song is awesome. Vid not mine. 

Thinking about putting some more stuff on here. It might be good to document my life a little now that I'm out of work and back home and getting back to normal a little bit. 


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